Absorbed by other events and also because the new information arriving has only confirmed the worst expectations discussed here earlier, I have not commented on Fukushima these last days. However the problem is anything but gone: it is in fact revealing all its worst as a bud of death flowering.
Follow most important snippets from Energy News, which is the best resource I know for instant news on this matter. I've read them all but can't get to analyze them.
It can be synthesized maybe into key phrases such as: "like Chernobyl", "worse than Chernobyl", "radiation cover up", "meltdown", "China syndrome", "nuclear explosions", "exposure to radiation", "earless bunny" or "extended evacuation".
In chronological order from May 17 till today:
Japan gov’t “alarmed” by high levels of radioactive cesium detected outside of Tokyo in tea leaves picked May 15
Melting of nuclear fuel at Reactors No. 2 and 3 “extensive if not complete” — “Far more dire than previously recognized”
Molten fuel made it outside of Containment Vessel at Reactor No. 1– Pressure Vessel is “completely broken” says Kyoto U. nuclear professor
Melted fuel in Reactor No. 3 appears to have burned through pressure vessel — Loaded with rods containing plutonium
TEPCO says it has yet to be able to grasp “entire situation” at Fukushima — Will have to “drastically modify its plans”
Strange: U.S. made “strong request” that radioactive water be dumped in ocean says special adviser to Japan gov’t
Reactor No. 6 now has over 6 feet of contaminated water in turbine building — Water in reactor building may cause cooling system to fail
Nuclear Engineer: Almost all nuclear engineers have known since early on that the reactors have melted through the core
Cesium-137 levels 100 times normal levels in Osaka, 350 miles SW of Fukushima — First-ever detection of cesium-134
Korean TV news director exposed to 148 milliSieverts — Chromosome analysis shows 7 cells out of 1,000 damaged
“A Massive Cover-up”: Texas officials directed staff to change test results that showed drinking water exceeded EPA radiation limits
Report: Reactor No. 1 “exploded” after full meltdown — Similar pattern of disaster befell Reactors No. 2 and 3
Kyoto U. nuclear professor: Much more serious than I envisioned — We’re in uncharted territory for first time ever since humans started using nuclear power (VIDEO)
High levels of radioactive material found in Tokyo — 170,000 Bq/kg in slag approaches levels found in Fukushima
Nearly 5,000 nuke plant workers suffering internal radiation exposure after ‘visiting’ Fukushima — Local gov’t to consider testing residents
ACRO: Contamination from Fukushima meltdown is very large and comparable to environment of Chernobyl
IAEA informed in March that No. 1 reactor core started melting about 50 minutes after cooling stopped — Melted pile of fuel in 3.5 hours
See also at this blog label: nuclear catastrophe for older news, background info and analysis.
Also retired nuclear engineer Arnie Gunderssen has regular video-analysis on this matter.