Volcano near restarted reactor in Japan: chance of large eruption 'extremely high'

The Sendai nuclear power plant is located 40 km (25 mi) from the active volcano Mount Sakurajima in Japan. Photo: courtesy of Kimon Berlin."Japan’s weather agency on Saturday told thousands of residents near a southern city to prepare for a possible evacuation as it upgraded a volcanic eruption warning." As if nature itself was snubbing nuclear power, seismic activity around the volcano Sakurajima spiked this past Saturday morning, a few days after the restart of the Sendai nuclear reactor.

"The volcano is about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from a nuclear reactor that was switched on this week, as Japan restarted its nuclear power programme following the 2011 Fukushima crisis when a quake-sparked tsunami set off reactor meltdowns at the now-crippled Reuters

"Critics have said the restarted reactor at Sendai was still at risk from natural disasters.

"Officials raised their alert to its second-highest level after picking up increasing seismic activity around the volcano, which sits just off the coast of Kagoshima, a city of more than 600,000 people." The Guardian

Seventy-seven people within 2 miles of the volcano have already been evacuated. The Sendai reactor has made no changes in light of the raised warning.

"Japan is home to over 100 active volcanos and lies at the nexus of the North American, Eurasian and Philippine Sea tectonic plates. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis are not uncommon." PRI's The World Consider Fukushima.


Aug. 16, Rally in Port Huron, MI to stop a nuclear waste dump on Lake Huron shore!

DO sign the petition at, and the spread the word about, 16th, 1PM at Pinegrove Park in Port Huron, Michigan (1PM - 4PM) to rally to stop a deep underground nuclear dump, proposed for the shores of Lake Huron in Canada.

Here's a Facebook link to the event:

Beyond Nuclear will be there, and hope you can too. Please spread the word!

See the flier.



"The Iran Nuclear Deal 70 Years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki"

Margaret Harrington, host of "Nuclear-Free Future Conversation" on Channel 17/Town Hall Meeting Televsion in Burlington, VT, interviewed Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps on the Iran Nuclear Deal announced on July 14th, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing 70th anniversaries on Aug. 6th & 9th, and the Japanese Abe administration's restart of an atomic reactor at Sendai post-Fukushima, despite overwhelming popular opposition. (Note: there appears to be "dead air" and a black screen at the 29:00 to 30:00 minute mark of the interview, but it resumes after that).

FOE, Greenpeace, Sierra Club: "Nuclear Power Is a Losing Proposition"

In an op-ed published in the Miami Herald, the Executive Directors of Greenpeace U.S.A. and Sierra Club (Annie Leonard and Michael Brune, respectively), and the President of Friends of the Earth U.S.A. (Erich Pica), have listed the many reasons why nuclear power cannot solve the climate crisis: it costs too much; takes too long; is not safe to operate in a time of worsening natural disasters; and there is no solution for the radioactive waste problem. The good news, however, they report, is that renewable energy, like wind and solar power, as well as energy efficiency, are fully capable of replacing fossil fuels in the electricity production sector.

To that list of insurmountable problems with dirty, dangerous, and expensive nuclear power is age-related degradation of atomic reactors. Sierra Club and its Nuclear-Free Michigan campaign just submitted a friend of the court brief to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on behalf of Beyond Nuclear et al., urging the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) hearing at Entergy Nuclear's Palisades to go forward, regarding age-related degradation of the safety-significant reactor pressure vessel (RPV). RPV degradation is a worsening risk at many reactors, including Point Beach Unit 2 in WI, Indian Point Unit 3 in NY, Diablo Canyon Unit 1 in CA, Beaver Valley Unit 1 in PA, and Davis-Besse, OH.


Dr. Gordon Edwards on "Brazil Nuclear Leader's Arrest May Stymie Atomic Ambitions"

Dr. Gordon Edwards, President, CCNRDr. Gordon Edwards, President of Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (photo, left), has prepared the following backgrounder in response to the Reuters article, reprinted at Voice of America, about the the arrest of the longtime head of Brazil's nuclear energy utility, Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva. A retired admiral, Pinheiro da Silva was arrested on corruption charges on Tuesday for allegedly taking 4.5 million reais ($1.35 million) in bribes from engineering firms working on the long-delayed Angra 3 nuclear power plant. The arrest could disrupt a plan to revive Brazilian nuclear ambitions whose roots go back to its atomic-bomb program in the 1980s. More.