‘Irreparable’ safety issues: All US nuclear reactors should be replaced, ‘Band-Aids’ won’t help

Photo: AFP/ Stan Honda All 104 nuclear reactors currently operational in the US have irreparable safety issues and should be taken out of commission and replaced, former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko said. The comments, made during the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, are “highly unusual” for a current or former member of the safety… Read more →

Earthquake near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power station

Photo: BBC A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck in south-west Iran, not far from the country’s only nuclear power station, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says. Initial reports on state media say three people have died. Posts on social media in the region said people felt the quake across the Gulf in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. Iran’s nuclear programme… Read more →

7.3 earthquake in the Banda Sea off Indonesia has been felt more than 600 kilometres away in Darwin

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake in the Banda Sea off Indonesia has been felt more than 600 kilometres away in Darwin. Geoscience Australia says there could be more aftershocks from the quake that shook the Top End of the Northern Territory overnight. Tremors were felt in Darwin and Katherine at about 2.30am local time. Overnight staff at the Darwin weather bureau… Read more →

Strong 7.3 quake hits off Japan near Fukushima

(Reuters) – A strong quake centered off northeasternJapan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-meter tsunami in an area devastated by last year’s Fukushima disaster, but there were no reports of deaths or serious damage. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and thousands of coastal residents were ordered… Read more →

Upswing in Earthquakes in the Long Valley Caldera Region of California

( - An upswing in California earthquakes has some people questioning the health of the faultlines. Long Valley Caldera to Mammoth Mountain are swarming at the same time. Earthquakes are the normal in California, however within the last week an upswing in activity has been noted. The Long Valley Caldera is showing signs that magma is indeed moving down there. The Long… Read more →

Magnitude-7.5 earthquake strikes off coast of Guatemala

A magnitude-7.5 earthquake has struck off the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, the USGS reports, shaking buildings in nearby cities including Mexico City, Guatemala City and San Salvador. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a possibility of a local tsunami, but issued no warning for a larger region. The earthquake was about 20 miles deep and was centered… Read more →

Italy quake deaths blamed on scientists and an ex-government official

The head of Italy’s disaster body, Luciano Maiani, has stepped down after seven colleagues were sentenced for their roles before the L’Aquila quake. Six scientists and an ex-government official were convicted of multiple manslaughter for giving a falsely reassuring statement. The 6.3 magnitude quake killed 309 people and left the city in ruins. Mr Maiani, a physicist, said the Serious… Read more →

Lorca earthquake ’caused by groundwater extraction’

Scientists studying the fault beneath the Spanish city of Lorca say that groundwater removal may be implicated in a deadly 2011 earthquake there. Detailed surface maps from satellite studies allowed them to infer which parts of the ground moved where. They report in Nature Geoscience that those shifts correlate with locations where water has been drained for years. The study highlights how… Read more →

Scientist warns of Fuji eruption chaos

A Japanese scientist has warned Mount Fuji is due for a “big-scale explosive eruption” that could affect millions of people and cause billions of dollars worth of damage. Last month a study found the magma chamber under the mountain has come under immense pressure, which could even trigger a volcanic eruption. It said the added pressure could have been caused by last… Read more →