Explanations and information about
the Japan nuclear accident of 2011
The Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan
appears to have had a
For an explanation of the distinction see not "a meltdown".
Meltdown 101: What is a nuclear reactor meltdown? (csmonitor.com)
Japan nuclear disaster 2011:
explanation s (videos)
First, view this Reuters video on Japan's threatened
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(on YouTube) Second - if you need a simple scientific
explanation by a chemistry professor - watch this nine minute video:
(Professor Martyn Poliakoff.
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Nuclear fallout explanation (wwlp.com)
Questions asked include: Is a full scale meltdown a real possibility in
Japan? What happens during a nuclear meltdown?
Glenn Beck Explains Japan's Nuclear Meltdown Using M&Ms (businessinsider.com) Explanation of the partial meltdown using blackboard, kitchen pots and
our Nuclear meltdown
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News about Japan's earthquakes and tsunamis
Furious parents in Fukushima have protested at moves to weaken nuclear
safety standards in schools, which allow children to be exposed to 20 times
more radiation than was previously permissible. 2 May 2011.
Fukushima parents dish the dirt in protest over radiation levels (guardian.co.uk)
How the crisis started, what a meltdown is, concern about radiation.
Nuclear crisis in Japan explained (firstnews.co.uk)
25 March 2011.
Nuclear Experts Help Japan (scholastic.com)
Nuclear experts from the U.S. are in Japan analyzing radiation leaks and
offering advice. 22 March 2011.
Japan's Nuclear Disaster (scholastic.com)
Report, with explanation of nuclear power and health risks. Terms in bold in
article: radiation, evacuate, Geiger counter, fuel rods, uranium. 19
Happen Here? (scholastic.com)
An interview. 17 March 2011.
More Trouble for Japan
Now Japan faces a nuclear power-plant crisis. Suggested terms to define:
nuclear power plants, reactor, turbine, radiation. 16 March 2011.
Japan's Nuclear Fears (Time for Kids)
Suggested terms to define: nuclear power plant, nuclear reactor, backup
power, radiation, meltdown, radiation exposure. 16 March 2011.
Japan vows to resume aerial, ground efforts to avert nuclear crisis
Includes a short video. 18 March 2011.
Q&A: Is Japan facing nuclear nightmare? (CNN)
Short video. 16 March 2011.
Japan nuclear emergency, Fukushima (makanaka.wordpress.com)
Illustrated continually updated summary of news and resources on the Japan
earthquake and nuclear reactor accident. 22 March 2011.
The International Atomic Energy Agency provides daily updates on the
handling of the Japan nuclear accident. 27 March 2011.
15 March 2011. Japan quake:
Nuclear lessons from Three Mile Island (BBC)
earthquakes news for kids section
the World Nuclear
Nuclear Impact Map (esri.com)
Interactive map which shows Japan's nuclear plants at risk, earthquakes and
How Japan's nuclear crisis unfolded (cnn.com)
Video summary from CNN.
Visualizations: List of videos, animations and images (serc.carleton.edu)
our Nuclear power animations
power plant explosions escalate fear of nuclear crisis (juniorsbook.com)
Summary of the Japan nuclear troubles, with information about nuclear
reactors, nuclear waste and meltdowns.
Radiation in Japan
Radiation Checker (targetmap.com)
Interactive. Data is real time. Takes a few seconds to load.
Fukushima Nuclear Plant (iaea.org)
Radiation updates on individual units
Japan radiation readings (park18.wakwak.com/~weather)
11 Radioactive Vegetables (chinadaily.com)
Eleven types of vegetables from Fukushima have radioactive materials above the
legally safe limit.
US advice for
expatriates and students in Japan (wwwnc.cdc.gov)
Advice on exposure to radiation in Japan (arpansa.gov.au)
Advice for Australians.
Information on radiation levels in Japan (international.gc.ca)
Advice and information from the Canadian government.
our Nuclear radiation page
Information and reports (serc.carleton.edu)
students: Japan 2011