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Google warned, however, that some of the new imagery might include strange black stripes due to an early Landsat 7 hardware failure. The company was able to eliminate most of these stripes, as well as clouds and other atmospheric events, by analyzing many different Landsat images. Even so, these obstructions are still visible in some areas.

Search the NOAA web site for strontium-90 or cesium-137 (one of the more common and more serious products of the Fukushima meltdowns with a half-life of 30 years) and there is one result, which begins promisingly:

Going forward, Google’s satellite imagery of Earth will get even better, Hancher said. “The new Landsat 8 satellite, launched earlier this year, promises to capture even more beautiful and up-to-date imagery in the months and years ahead,” he wrote.

In order to prevent nuclear material from being diverted to use in weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency of the U.N. requires each country to report regularly on the volume of nuclear materials in its nuclear power plants. At Fukushima, this is currently impossible.

The important aspect of this research, according to the Stanford News, was that: “The work supports the idea that the Fukushima radioisotopes can be used to reliably determine the previously unknown trans-oceanic movements of juvenile Pacific bluefin tuna. This information could be used to prevent tuna from being overfished.”

At the Fukushima site, Energy News reports, workers are expecting the situation with all four reactors to get worse. While there are somewhat credible contingency plans for three of the reactors, the fourth – reactor #2 – has radiation levels that are already so intense, one worker said, that in an emergency, “a prepared squad is likely to perish before it accomplishes its mission.”

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