Fukushima timeline - March 2011

Radioactive news 25 March 2011

Japan crisis: nuclear workers exposed to 10,000 times more radiation than normal

Concerns over the extent of radioactive contamination in Japan deepened after it emerged that three workers admitted to hospital this week were exposed to radiation levels 10,000 times higher than normal
The news raised fears that the steel and concrete containment around one of the reactors at the crippled Fukushima


Fukushima Reactor No. 3 suffers likely core breach, now leaking water at 10,000 times normal radiation levels
The Fukushima situation took a turn for the worse today as two nuclear repair workers stepped into some water at Reactor No. 3 and suffered severe radiation burns requiring immediate hospitalization. The water, it turns out, measures 10,000 times normal radiation levels, and it appears to be leaking from the core of Reactor No. 3.

If confirmed, this can only mean one thing: A containment breach that now risks the spewing of enormous quantities of radiation into the environment, easily dwarfing the releases from Chernobyl in 1986.


Radioactive fallout from Fukushima approaching same levels as Chernobyl
Because Fukushima continues to leak radiation into the environment, its total radioactive output may yet exceed that of Chernobyl. There's certainly a lot more fuel at Fukushima than there ever was at Chernobyl: 1,760 tons of nuclear fuel versus just 180 tons at Chernobyl.
So Fukushima has ten times the amount of fresh and spent fuel as Chernobyl. And it's still spewing radiation every second. The food and water in Japan is already contaminated, the oceans are radioactive, the air is radioactive, neutron beams are jetting out of the nuclear facility, it's raining yellow water, workers are being hospitalized with radiation burns, and still the nuclear industry says stop worrying... it's all safe!


Japan Requests U.S. To Block Popular Websites
In a recent effort to improve recovery efforts from the recent earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, the military has decided to block the use of certain websites from its network. Japanese military has reported that these sites are not being blocked due to any content reason but solely to improve the bandwidth necessary for militaristic needs. On Monday the U.S. Pacific Command received a request to block the 13 highest traffic usage sites commonly used on military networks such as YouTube, Google Video, Amazon, eBay, Myspace, and MTV.com.


Detailed close-up aerial video of wrecked reactors at Fukushima - #3 MOX reactor "may be" leaking


Breach in reactor suspected at Japanese nuke plant
TOKYO (AP) -- A suspected breach in the reactor at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, Japanese officials revealed Friday, as the prime minister called the country's ongoing fight to stabilize the plant "very grave and serious."
The plant has leaked some low levels of radiation, but a breach could mean a much larger release of contaminants. The possible breach in Unit 3 might be a crack or a hole in the stainless steel chamber of the reactor core or in the spent fuel pool that's lined with several feet of reinforced concrete.


Edano: Voluntary evacuation from 20-30 km advised
The government is advising residents to voluntarily evacuate areas within 20 to 30 kilometers of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in view of the severe living conditions in the zone.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters on Friday that business and distribution in these areas has been harshly disrupted, as an increasing number of people have voluntarily evacuated.


Japan reactor core may be leaking radioactive material, official says
Authorities in Japan raised the prospect Friday of a likely breach in the all-important containment vessel of the No. 3 reactor at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a potentially ominous development in the race to prevent a large-scale release of radiation.
Contaminated water likely seeped through the containment vessel protecting from the reactor's core, said Hidehiko Nishiyama of the Japan nuclear and industrial safety agency.
Three men working inside the No. 3 reactor stepped into water this week that had 10,000 times the amount of radiation typical for that locale, Nishiyama said. That water likely indicates "some sort of leakage" from the reactor core, signaling a possible break of the containment vessel that houses the core.


Japan Quietly Evacuating a Wider Radius From Reactors


3 Reactors May Be Breached, Nuclear Disaster Continues
Kyodo is now reporting that officials at the Fukushima nuclear power plant are injecting freshwater into both reactors#1 and #3. Radioactive water was also found leaking at reactor #2. This means that higher levels of radiation have likely leaked into the atmosphere.
2 of the 3 workers who stepped into the radioactive water were exposed to 2 to 6 sieverts of radiation below their ankles.
“The National Institute of Radiological Sciences, where the three arrived earlier in the day for highly specialized treatment, said the two were exposed to 2 to 6 sieverts of radiation below their ankles, whereas exposure to 250 millisieverts is the limit set for workers dealing with the ongoing crisis, the worst in Japan’s history,” reported Kyodo News.


Japan Nuclear Watch, Friday: Where Did the Water Radiation Come From at Unit 3?
The inability of authorities to get these events under control, and continuing reports of worker exposure, unsafe tap water and produce is naturally increasing the alarm among residents. TV interviews are showing more and more folks saying they want to leave, just get out, but not getting answers they believe from the Japanese Government. Government officials are now saying it’s okay for folks within the 30 kilometer radius to leave voluntarily, but as of Friday, they hadn’t ordered that evacuation. Instead, the Times reports they are quietly encouraging folks to move away. And it’s all complicated by the fact the quakes and tsunami left tens of thousands homeless and requiring massive relief efforts on water, food, shelter medical care.


No, the Amount of Radiation Released from the Japanese Nuclear Reactors is NOT "Safe"
Just as with the Gulf oil spill - where BP, government spokesmen and mainstream talking heads spewed happy talk about how "benign" the dispersants were and how all the oil had disappeared, there is now an avalanche of statements that the radiation is at "safe" doses for everyone outside of the immediate vicinity of Fukushima.
For example, Japanese government call-in advice lines are telling people to simply rinse off any produce covered with radioactive dust.


Fresh coolant injected, high-radiation water leaks from three reactors
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it has begun injecting freshwater into the No. 1 and No. 3 reactor cores at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to enhance cooling efficiency, although highly radioactive water was found leaking possibly from both reactors as well as the No. 2 reactor.
The latest efforts to bring the troubled reactors at the plant under control are aimed at preventing crystallized salt from seawater already injected from forming a crust on the fuel rods and hampering smooth water circulation, thus diminishing the cooling effect, the plant's operator said.


High radiation levels at Japanese plant raise new worry
Highly radioactive water has been found at a second reactor at a crippled nuclear power station in Japan, the plant's operator said, as fears of contamination escalated two weeks after a huge earthquake and tsunami battered the complex.



Radioactive news 24 March 2011

  • Evacuation Ordered After 3 Nuclear Workers Burned by Radiation
    The injured workers were contaminated with up to 180 millisieverts of radiation, close to the recommended limit, after working in water 30 centimeters deep while laying a power cable. Two of the workers were hospitalized with beta radiation burns on their feet after water had seeped into their boots.


  • Cooling system at reactor No. 5 “abruptly stopped working on Wednesday afternoon” – TEPCO
    … The cooling system at Reactor No. 5, which was shut down at the time of the earthquake and has shown few problems since, also abruptly stopped working on Wednesday afternoon, said Hiro Hasegawa, a spokesman for Tokyo Electric.
    “When we switched from the temporary pump, it automatically switched off,” he said. “We’ll try again with a new pump in the morning.”
    The second sentence of this quote appears to have been removed from the NY Times article cited by enews. Does this have something to do with Stuxnet?


  • Radioactive Iodine In Fukushima Seawater Highest Ever, Reactors 5 And 6 Now Leaking Too
    What's far worse, reactors 5 and 6 which have been supposed to be ok, are also leaking: "The firm also said it found both iodine-131 and cesium-137 in a sample taken from near the drain outlets of the plant's No. 5 and No. 6 reactors that stabilized Sunday in so-called ''cold shutdown.'' The bad news is not only in immediate proximity to Fukushima: "Iodine-131 19.1 times higher than the limit was also detected Wednesday afternoon in a sample taken some 16 kilometers south of the nuclear power station, up from 16.7 times on Tuesday."



  • Fukushima Radiation Release Rivals Chernobyl
    Despite media spin downplaying severity of crisis, Fukushima is likely to be a worse catastrophe than 1986 disaster.
    The radiation released by the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant already rivals and in one sense exceeds the Chernobyl catastrophe according to Austria’s Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, even as media spin downplays the severity of the crisis despite the fact that the problems at the plant show no signs of abating.



  • Was Fukushima a victim of Stuxnet?
    We know that the Stuxnet virus was written, at least in part, by Israeli programmers. There is reason to believe that American black ops were also behind the writing of the code. The virus was presumably intended to primarily target Iranian nuclear facilities ( it appears that the virus was very effective in slowing down the work at Iran’s nuclear power plant.). However the virus also infected computer systems across Asia, and most likely has infected numerous public utilities, both nuclear and conventional, around the planet.



  • Chernobyl-Style Yellow Rain Causes Panic In Japan
    Radioactive yellow rain that fell in Tokyo and surrounding areas last night caused panic amongst Japanese citizens and prompted a flood of phone calls to Japan’s Meteorological Agency this morning, with people concerned that they were being fed the same lies as victims of Chernobyl, who were told that yellow rain which fell over Russia and surrounding countries after the 1986 disaster was merely pollen, the same explanation now being offered by Japanese authorities.



  • Evacuation zone near nuke plant may widen
    The government is reviewing its current directive for people living in a 20 to 30 km radius of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to remain indoors, and may recommend they relocate farther away, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano indicated Thursday.
    But Edano stressed in a news conference that reconsidering the directive does not mean the risk of radiation leaking from the plant is increasing.



  • Tap water woes hit Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki
    The scope of radiation-contaminated tap water expanded Thursday, with radioactive iodine detected in tap water in Chiba, Saitama and Ibaraki prefectures, while the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which said the day before its drinking water was contaminated, scurried to distribute 240,000 bottles of water to households with babies.
    Chiba authorities urged parents not to give tap water to infants less than 1 year old. Saitama refrained, at least initially, from taking similar measures after the level of iodine fell below the regulated limit later Thursday.



  • Yellow Rain Falls In Tokyo? Pollen Excuse Exact Same As Chernobyl Yellow Rain Lie
    While the Japanese government continues to say that the yellow rain seen in Japan was simply “pollen,” many have been reminded of a very similar occurrence after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
    Officials claimed that the yellow radioactive rain that feel in Gomel, Belarus was pollen and harmless. We now know that was a bold faced lie.
    Remembering Chernobyl – Yellow Rain:
    “We all jumped in the puddles with the yellow stuff. … You don’t see (it in) the air, it doesn’t materialize. But when you see the yellow dust, you see radiation,” Sergieff said.



  • Fukushima radioactive fallout nears Chernobyl levels
    Japan's damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Austrian researchers have used a worldwide network of radiation detectors – designed to spot clandestine nuclear bomb tests – to show that iodine-131 is being released at daily levels 73 per cent of those seen after the 1986 disaster. The daily amount of caesium-137 released from Fukushima Daiichi is around 60 per cent of the amount released from Chernobyl.



  • Nuclear Physicists “Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Truth: Locally Chernobyl”
    As with the BP Gulf Oil Spill independent scientists are finally stepping forward with research and analysis refuting government propaganda downplaying and minimizing the true scope of the disaster.
    For example in my last post I wrote about an article on New Scientist, Japan Radioactive Fallout Hits 73% of Chernobyl levels.
    Sascha Vongeh is a respected, published and peer reviewed scientist who also writes for the scientific website to Science 2.0 writes a piece titled “Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Truth: Locally Chernobyl”
    He goes on to point out the ongoing cover up by so called government experts and concludes with a stern warning.



  • Japan Radioactive Fallout Hits 73% of Chernobyl levels
    New scientific studies put Japan’s nuclear radioactive fallout at 73% of Chernobyl levels, refuting much government propaganda about how Japan is no big deal and Japan is "No Chernobyl".
    Yellow radioactive rain has also began to fall in Tokyo, just like during Chernobyl.




Radioactive news 23 March 2011

  • Fukushima Smoking Gun Emerges: Founding Engineer Says Reactor 4 Has Always Been A "Time Bomb", Exposes Criminal Cover Up
    "One of the reactors in the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant may have been relying on flawed steel to hold the radiation in its core, according to an engineer who helped build its containment vessel four decades ago. Mitsuhiko Tanaka says he helped conceal a manufacturing defect in the $250 million steel vessel installed at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 4 reactor while working for a unit of Hitachi Ltd. in 1974. The reactor, which Tanaka has called a “time bomb,” was shut for maintenance when the March 11 earthquake triggered a 7-meter (23-foot) tsunami that disabled cooling systems at the plant, leading to explosions and radiation leaks....“
    Source.: zerohedge.com
  • What They're Covering Up at Fukushima
    After reading his account, you will wonder, why do they keep on sprinkling water on the reactors, rather than accept the sarcophagus solution [ie., entombing the reactors in concrete. Editors.] I think there are a couple of answers. One, those reactors were expensive, and they just can't bear the idea of that huge a financial loss. But more importantly, accepting the sarcophagus solution means admitting that they were wrong, and that they couldn't fix the things. On the one hand that's too much guilt for a human being to bear. On the other, it means the defeat of the nuclear energy idea, an idea they hold to with almost religious devotion. And it means not just the loss of those six (or ten) reactors, it means shutting down all the others as well, a financial catastrophe.
    Source.: poorrichards-blog
  • US bars some Japan foods over radiation fears
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States has announced it was barring some food imports from Japan due to fears of radiation and nuclear contamination in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami disaster.

    The US Food and Drug Administration said it had placed an import alert on all milk, milk products, fresh vegetables and fruits from certain regions...
  • Radiation Level At Fukushima Reactor No. 2 At Its Highest Level Recorded So Far, Neutron Beam Observed 13 Time
    Per the Japan Nuclear Agency: the Radiation level at Fukushima reactor No. 2 at its highest level recorded so far. From Reuters: "Radiation at the crippled Fukushima No.2 nuclear reactor was recorded at the highest level since the start of the crisis, Japan's nuclear safety agency said on Wednesday. An agency spokesman said 500 millisieverts per hour of radiation was measured at the No.2 unit on Wednesday. Engineers have been trying to fix the plant's cooling system after restoring lighting on Tuesday." And some more truthy news from Kyodo:

    Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has observed a neutron beam, a kind of radioactive ray, 13 times on the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was crippled by the massive March 11 quake-tsunami disaster.
    Source.: zerohedge.com
  • Nuclear power plants shut down in Germany
    Ed note–Ostensibly, the reason for the nuclear reactors in Japan going into meltdown mode was an earthquake followed by a tsunami. No such dangers exist in Germany, yet they are shutting down their reactors–Do they know something the rest of us don’t, perhaps dealing with a computer worm known as Stuxnet designed to destroy reactors such as these?

    Germany has temporarily shut down seven of its nuclear reactors while it reconsiders its nuclear strategy.

    Was the helicopter incident a warning?
    Source.: theuglytruth.wordpress.com
  • FDA Stopping Japan Food Imports: Uses Border Patrol: Dairy, produce, baby formula
    The Food and Drug Administration issues ALERT that will halt imports of produce and dairy products at entry to the U. S. from certain areas of Japan where a leaking radiation has comtaminated food and water.

    The Alert provides "Detention Without Physical Examination of Products from Japan Due to Radionuclide Contamination"

    The U. S. Customs and Border Patrol will also be involved in the effort.

    The FDA Alert product list includes:
    - Vegetable/Vegetable Products
    - Milk/Butter/Dried Milk Products
    - Filled Milk/Imitation Milk Products
    - Milk Base Formula Product (Similac, Enfamilm Etc.)(Baby)
    Source.: emergencyemail.org/
  • HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — The Japanese government said Wednesday that the economic cost of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami could be as much as $308 billion, more than double the cost of the 1995 Kobe earthquake and four times the cost of Katrina.
    Source.: DailyBail
  • Seawater radioactivity high / Sample shows large iodine concentrations near nuclear plant
    Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday seawater near an outlet at the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant had a concentration of radioactive iodine-131 that was 127 times higher than can be safely ingested by a person continuously for one year, according to government standards.

    In a phenomenon called biological concentration, radioactive materials in seawater will become more concentrated in fish and marine plants.
  • Radioactive Iodine In Tokyo Water Found Too High For Infants
    Local authorities in Tokyo said Wednesday that iodine exceeding permissible levels for infants has been detected in tap water in northern Tokyo, adding to concerns over contamination from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said that a sample of water from Katsushika ward had found radioactive iodine levels of 210 becquerels per kilogram, about double the permissible level for infants, although still considered safe for adults. While not certain, officials said they suspect that the airborne iodine had drifted over rivers that feed Tokyo's water system and had come down in recent rainfall.
    Source.: Nikkei
  • Japan Finds More Vegetables, Water Affected By Radiation
    Japanese authorities discovered more leafy vegetables and water contaminated by radiation on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after a quake-hit nuclear plant went on alert.

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan warned consumers across the country against eating a wide range of leafy vegetables harvested in Fukushima Prefecture, including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and spinach.

    It is the first time that Kan has restricted consumption of some farm products in the wake of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power station, which has been crippled by the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami.
    Source.: Nikkei
  • Fukushima Engineer Says He Covered Up Flaw at Shut Reactor No. 4
    One of the reactors in the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant may have been relying on flawed steel to hold the radiation in its core, according to an engineer who helped build its containment vessel four decades ago.

    Mitsuhiko Tanaka says he helped conceal a manufacturing defect in the $250 million steel vessel installed at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 4 reactor while working for a unit of Hitachi Ltd. in 1974. The reactor, which Tanaka has called a “time bomb,” was shut for maintenance when the March 11 earthquake triggered a 7-meter (23-foot) tsunami that disabled cooling systems at the plant, leading to explosions and radiation leaks.
    Source.: Bloomberg
  • Extremely high radiation found in soil
    Japanese authorities have detected a concentration of a radioactive substance 1,600 times higher than normal in soil at a village, 40 kilometers away from the troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.
    Source.: NHK World
  • Japanese nuclear reactor workers evacuated again
    Workers at the troubled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan were evacuated Wednesday as smoke spewed into their facilities for the second day in a row. According to CNN, officials with the Tokyo Electric Power Company said that “something is on fire” but didn’t say what.
    Source.: rawstory.com
  • Exclusive: Fukushima babies, pregnant women nuclear fallout rescue underway
    Babies and pregnant women are being rescued from the Fukushima Nuclear power plant fallout area despite Japanese government telling everyone within the 20-mile radius danger zone of the leaking plants to remain indoors where people are being radiated. A grassroots group began the high-risk rescue mission Monday.

    The first eight of approximately 1000 women and babies to be rescued within the 20 miles radius left the area Monday with help by Connected Light according to the group's co-founder, Yumi Kikuchi who contacted Dupré for help late Tuesday night.
    Source.: examiner.com
  • Restoration at nuke plant disrupted, radiation fears spread to Tokyo
    Work to restore power and key cooling functions was disrupted again Wednesday at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant as smoke caused workers to evacuate, while fear of radioactive pollution spread to Tokyo with an alert not to give tap water to infants.
    Source.: kyodonews.jp
  • Israeli firm’s cameras recording Japanese nuclear core
    Security cameras installed by Israeli defense company at Fukushima plant have ability to detect presence of radioactive clouds in air.

    As the world continues to gaze with concern at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, hi-tech security cameras installed by an Israeli defense firm are recording events at the troubled core from an insider’s vantage point.

    The Arava-based Magna BSP company, which specializes in producing and installing stereoscopic sensory and thermal imaging cameras, had been contracted to place cameras around one of the plant’s six cores – the core that has been experiencing explosions and overheating.
  • Was Japan supplying nuclear fuel to Iran?.
    was Japan supplying nuclear fuel to Iran?..Israel supplied the security at Fukushima
    Iran has announced readiness for nuclear interaction with other countries and Japan could be one of them, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, on Tuesday.
    Speaking in his weekly press conference, when asked whether Japan will replace Russia for nuclear cooperation with Iran, he said, “the visit to Japan’s nuclear power plants by Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili were upon invitation by the Japanese side.”
    Source.: seeker401.wordpress.com
  • New Problems at Japanese Plant Subdue Optimism
    The restoration of electricity at the plant, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, stirred hopes that the crisis was ebbing. But nuclear engineers say some of the most difficult and dangerous tasks are still ahead — and time is not necessarily on the side of the repair teams.
    Source.: NY Times
  • Suspended due to radiation the second reactor "Fukushima-1". Contaminated drinking water in Tokyo
    Japanese liquidators to elude a difference at an NPP "Fukushima-1". On Wednesday the rehabilitation work on the second reactor had to be suspended due to high levels of radiation, and the first reactor temperature jumped sharply. All employees were evacuated from the building of the second reactor after instruments showed that radiation reaches 500 millizivertov per hour, the Agency explained on Japan's nuclear and industrial safety (NISA).

  • Japan nuclear crisis revives long U.S. fight on spent fuel
    The threat of the release of highly radioactive spent fuel at a Japanese nuclear plant has revived a debate in the United States about how to manage such waste and has led to new recriminations over a derailed plan for a national repository in Nevada.

    Pools holding spent fuel at nuclear plants in the United States are even more heavily loaded than those at the Japanese reactors, experts say, and are more vulnerable to some threats than the ones in Japan. However, utility companies have taken steps since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to make them safer.
  • More U.S. states find traces of radiation from Japan
    Colorado and Oregon have joined several other Western states in reporting trace amounts of radioactive particles that have likely drifted about 5,000 miles from a quake and tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan, officials say.

    But, on a portion of its website dedicated to tracking such radiation, the Environmental Protection Agency noted Wednesday that these and other readings "show typical fluctuation in background radiation levels" and -- thus far -- "are far below levels of concern."
    Source.: CNN
  • IAEA unsure where Japan plant radiation coming from
    Japan’s earthquake-hit nuclear complex is still emitting radiation but the source is unclear, a senior UN atomic agency official said, as workers faced another day of struggle on Wednesday to cool damaged reactor cores.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also raised concerns about a lack of information from Japanese authorities, as rising temperatures around the core of one reactor threatened to delay work.
    Source.: National Post
  • Food problems worsen
    The government has instructed Fukushima Prefecture to halt shipments of broccoli and 10 other vegetables, and has told consumers in the prefecture not to eat 10 of the products, excluding turnips, as radiation levels far beyond legal limits were detected in them. The government has also told Ibaraki Prefecture to stop shipments of parsley and unprocessed milk.
    Source.: yomiuri.co.jp
  • Steam rising from 4 reactors at Fukushima plant
    An NHK helicopter crew has confirmed what appears to be steam rising from No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 reactor buildings at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

    This is the first time that steam has been seen coming out of the No.1 reactor.
    Source.: NHK World
  • Radioactive iodine found in Kawaguchi
    The city of Kawaguchi, north of Tokyo, says radioactive iodine-131 has been detected in one of its 7 water purification facilities.

    The municipal government announced on Thursday that it detected 120 becquerels of iodine per liter of water in a survey carried out on Tuesday. The reading is above the 100-becquerel safety level for infants but is safe for adults.

    The city is calling on residents to refrain from letting infants drink tap water.
    Source.: NHK World


Radioactive news 22 March 2011

  • 56 People Died in Cherynobl - 52 min.
    Best-selling author Michael Crichton examines the intersection of media, politics, and science, inspiring viewers to challenge old assumptions and to search beneath the surface of issues

    Is environmental debate today, including global warming, bio-technology, and other issues, based on science or politics? Are popular accounts of such issues rooted in science or phantom risks? Are government policies focusing on the trivial while ignoring the real, and in the process wasting limited resources, crippling human innovation to address true dangers, and inviting tyranny? In discussing not just environmental issues but the increasing politicization of science itself,
  • Japan says high seawater radiation levels are no cause for alarm
    Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced today that in samples taken 1,100 feet south of the plant on Monday, radioactive iodine exceeded legal limits for wastewater by 126.7 times, cesium-134 by 24.8 times, and cesium-137 by 16.5 times. Samples taken 16 kilometers (10 miles) south were up to 16 times above legal levels.

    Radioactive elements in the ocean will not likely pose a threat to human health because they quickly become diluted, says Masaharu Hoshi, a specialist in environmental impact assessments at Hiroshima University’s Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine. He says contamination of seawater was not a problem following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    Source.: csmonitor.com
  • Japan: The Solution to the Blown Reactors
    Dr. Michio Kaku’s Recommendations to the Prime Minister.

    “If I had the ear of the Prime Minister, I would recommend the “Chernobyl Option.”

    * Put the Japanese Air Force on alert
    * Assemble a huge fleet of helicopters. Put shielding underneath them.
    * Accumulate enough sand, boric acid, and concrete to smother these reactors, to entomb them forever.

    This is what the Soviets did in 1986, calling out the Red Air Force and sandbagging the reactor with over 5,000 tons of concrete and sand.”
    Source.: veteranstoday.com
  • Japan Extended Reactor's Life, Despite Warning
    Despite concerns about the safety of its oldest reactor, a 10-year extension was approved last month. Multimedia Interactive Feature Hazards of Storing Spent Fuel Related New Repairs Delay Work at Nuclear Plant in Japan (March 22, 2011) No Urgent Changes Seen for U.S. Nuclear Plants (March 22, 2011) Radiation Over U.S. Is Harmless, Officials Say (March 22, 2011) Eisaku Sato, a former governor, called the system flawed. TOKYO — Just a month before a powerful earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi plant at the center of...
    Source.: N.Y. Times
  • Spent Fuel Hampers Efforts at Japanese Nuclear Plant
    Workers at Japan’s ravaged nuclear power plant on Tuesday renewed a bid to bring its command centers back online and restore electricity to vital cooling systems but an overheating spent fuel pool hampered efforts and raised the threat of further radiation leaks.

    The storage pool at Fukushima Daiichi Power Station’s No. 2 Reactor, which holds spent nuclear fuel rods, was spewing steam late Tuesday, forcing workers to divert their attention to dousing the reactor building with water. If unchecked the water in the pool could boil away, exposing the fuel rods and releasing large amounts of radiation into the air.
    Source.: N.Y. Times
  • Radiation Levels Continue To Rise In Fukushima, Japan Continues to Downplay Disaster
    Radiation 1,600 times higher than normal levels has been detected in an area about 20 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, International Atomic Energy Agency officials said Monday.

    Status of nuclear power plants in Fukushima as of 10:00 March 22 (Estimated by JAIF) FUEL RODS IN REACTORS 1,2, and 3 ARE ALL EITHER FULLY OR PARTIALLY EXPOSED!
    Source.: TheIntelhub
  • Safety breaches reported at UK nuclear reactors
    EDF Energy, the company that runs Britain's nuclear power stations, has been reprimanded by government inspectors after a series of safety blunders at reactors in Scotland.

    Two reactors at Torness in East Lothian have suffered failures in electricity supplies, several "unplanned shutdowns", and a seaweed blockage. It was the loss of power caused by the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the still unfolding nuclear disaster at Fukushima in Japan.
    Source.: guardian.co.uk
  • Radionuclide Blankets United States; Authorities Insist Levels Are Harmless
    Contradicting Barack Obama’s assertion last week that radiation from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant would not even reach Hawaii, the mainland United States has been blanketed with radioactive Xenon 133 particles, while spent nuclear fuel pools at Fukushima have now reached boiling point and threaten to spew out more radioactive smoke.
    Source.: prisonplanet.com
  • Letterman With Physicist Dr. Michio Kaku On Japan
    From last night's show...

    Theoretical physics professor and author Dr. Michio Kaku shares his opinions on the best-and-worst-case scenarios for the nuclear crisis in Japan.
    Source.: The Daily Bail
  • Radioactive tobacco
    Cannabis is often compared to tobacco, with the damage caused by smoking tobacco given as a reason to prohibit use of cannabis. Yet most of the harms caused by tobacco use are due not to tar, but to the use of radioactive fertilizers. Surprisingly, radiation seems to be the most dangerous and important factor behind tobacco lung damage.

    Radioactive fertilizer
    Source.: acsa2000.net
  • Phytoremediation: Using Plants to Clean Soil
    On the morning of April 26, 1986, a small town in the former Soviet Union was the site of a nuclear explosion that literally shook the earth. The historic accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Reactor 4 in the Ukraine caused severe radioactive contamination. Families within a 30-km zone of the power plant were evacuated, and in the months that followed, extensive contamination was discovered in areas up to 100 km from the site. Scientists are hopeful that plants may play a key role in cleaning up some of the contamination.
    Source.: nsdl.org/resource


  • Cameron ‘relaxed’ nuclear safety checks
    The British and Japanese governments are making nuclear power more unsafe.

    Japan changed nuclear inspection rules in 2009 to let nuclear plants run for up to two years without any inspection. It also wants to cut the length of time that inspections take.


    Meanwhile, David Cameron still plans to go ahead with a new generation of nuclear reactors in Britain to replace older plants that are due to be decommissioned.

    They will be less safe. The government is privatising safety inspections for the nuclear industry as well as responsibility for the safety of transporting nuclear waste.
    Source.: socialistworker.co.uk
    • Some Radiation-Tracking Air Monitors May Not Be Working Properly, EPA Says
      Monitors are listed as undergoing review if they report an abnormal reading, Fraass said. Scientists then evaluate the reason, Fraass said.

      An abnormality might mean that the monitor isn’t working correctly, or the device measured a spike in radiation levels attributable to an environmental change, Fraass said. For example, higher temperatures can cause higher levels of naturally occurring radon gas, he said.

      Twenty-two monitors weren’t working and were listed as out of service today, Fraass said.

      “If a monitor in one area is being repaired, EPA’s network will still be able to detect any fluctuation in background radiation levels,” Gilfillan said.
      Source.: Bloomberg
    • Can we trust anything the US government says about war, money or energy?
      The 5-minute video on the left, along with the re-posted information from "AntiCorruption Society," presents important considerations in understanding the oligarchies who have hijacked the US government. The presenter is Benjamin Fulford.

      What we know from the facts are

      the US engages in unlawful wars all based upon lies known to be lies as they were told.
      the US engages in predatory economic policies that steal trillions every year from the American public, while ignoring the obvious solutions of creating a national money supply rather than a national "debt supply."
      there is compelling evidence that the US has the technological capability to cause tsunamis and earthquakes.
      Source.: examiner.com




    Radioactive news 21 March 2011

    • If It Walks like a Werewolf and So on and So Forth.
      We see where the US and Israel have taken credit for creating the Stuxnet virus. We see where it appeared in Japan in October. We see that an Israeli firm had charge of security at the Fukushima plant and, for all I know, all of the plants. Don’t they also do security around the US plants? I don’t have to speculate about if Israel did or did not do this. If they could they would. Any country that lets a military commander pump a load of bullets into a wounded ten year old girl and then lets him off Scot free, is capable of anything. I’m only surprised they didn’t do other things to her as well.
    • Smoke drives crews out of Japan nuclear plant
      A new column of smoke rising from an overheating nuclear plant in Japan drove workers out of the smouldering site on Monday, denting hopes for a breakthrough in the post-quake atomic crisis.
      Heavy rain in the region disrupted rescue efforts and compounded the misery of tsunami survivors now fearing radioactive fallout from the wrecked Fukushima plant, which has suffered a series of explosions and fires.


    • WHO sees Japan food safety situation as “serious”
      China and South Korea announced on Monday they will toughen checks of Japanese food for radioactivity, hours after the World Health Organization said the detection of radiation in some food in Japan was a more serious problem than it had expected.
      China will monitor food imported from Japan for signs of radiation, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing the national quality watchdog, while South Korea will widen radiation inspections to dried agricultural and processed food from fresh agricultural produce.
    • Radiation discovered in Fukushima, Ibaraki foods
      The governments of Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures have respectively urged dairy farmers and vegetable growers to refrain from shipping cow milk and spinach raised outdoors, following tests that found radioactive substances in some of these items.
      According to test results announced Saturday, samples of cow milk from Kawamatacho, Fukushima Prefecture, and spinach from six cities, towns and villages in Ibaraki Prefecture were found to contain radioactive iodine and other radioactive materials in excess of provisional limits, officials said.


      The samples were taken from producers near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.


    • White Smoke At Fukushima No.2 Reactor, Smoke At No.3 Reactor Stops
      White smoke billowed from a building that houses the No. 2 reactor at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station Monday afternoon, while grayish smoke that was rising from the building of the No. 3 reactor stopped shortly after 6 p.m., the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.
      The Tokyo Fire Department said it had stopped spraying water for the day after the smoke rose from the No. 3 reactor building. It will suspend the operation until safety at the site is confirmed, it said, adding, whether it will resume on Tuesday remains undecided at present.


    • Iodine from plant detected in Tokyo
      Besides Tokyo, radioactive iodine was found in Saitama, Chiba, Yamanashi, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry said.
      In addition, traces of cesium were detected in Tochigi and Gunma after testing samples collected in a 24-hour period from 9 a.m. Friday. Tochigi, Gunma and Niigata border Fukushima Prefecture.


    • New Repairs Delay Work at Crippled Nuclear Plant
      Efforts to stabilize the hobbled nuclear power plant in Fukushima hit a snag on Monday when engineers found that crucial machinery at one reactor requires repair, a process that will take two to three days, government officials said.
      Another team of workers trying to repair another reactor was evacuated in the afternoon after gray smoke rose from Reactor No. 3, said Tetsuro Fukuyama, deputy chief cabinet secretary. But no explosion was heard and the emission ended by 6 p.m., NHK said. In a separate incident, the broadcaster cited the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency as saying white smoke was coming from the Reactor No. 2 building. Significantly higher levels of radiation have not been detected around the two reactors, Mr. Fukuyama said.


    • US State Dept offers radiation antedote to workers
      The State Department is offering potassium iodide to its staff in Japan as a precaution against a possible radiation release from the tsunami ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.


    • No Danger No Concern No Sanity
      On March 15 Michi Okugawa wrote, “The situation in Tokyo is getting worse. The number of people who are panicking is increasing with more and more people trying to get out of Tokyo or out of the country. The nuclear plant explosion is having a large effect in our daily lives. The biggest problem is transportation. Tokyo is darker now due to power saving. As I am writing this, more people have decided to evacuate from Tokyo. I am living my usual life but the surrounding is in a panic.”
      The government of the world’s third-biggest economy has been
      insisting that there is no widespread threat of radiation but
      confirmed that fresh foodstuffs are now showing signs of contamination


    • Workers flee Japan nuclear plant as smoke rises
      Containment at three reactors at Japan's crippled nuclear plants is currently intact, U.S. nuclear regulators said, although a plume of smoke from two buildings Monday temporarily stalled critical work to reconnect power lines and restore cooling systems.
      Workers are racing to bring the nuclear plant under control, but the process is proceeding in fits and starts, stalled by incidents like the smoke and by the need to work methodically to make sure wiring, pumps and other machinery can be safely switched on.


    • Let’s Send Ann Coulter to Fukushima
      On her website, Coulter wrote an article entitled A glowing report on radiation, in which she wrote: “With the terrible earthquake and resulting tsunami that have devastated Japan, the only good news is that anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably much less likely to get cancer.”
      She declared “excess radiation operates as a sort of cancer vaccine.”


    • Radiation Protection, Now and Long Term
      Dr. Dan Beilin
      Fortify Health
      It is critical for those in the U.S., especially on the West Coast, to adjust to the continuing increased radiation, potential radiation and the resulting food contamination from Japan's tragic nuclear disasters. You can check daily Geiger readings for Northern California, which extends from San Luis Obispo to Mendocino.


    • Nuclear Cover Up: World's Largest Movable Structure to Seal the Wrecked Chernobyl Reactor
      To safely enclose and robotically dismantle the 25-year-old makeshift confinement sarcophagus at Chernobyl, contractors are now erecting a massive steel structure weighing more than 29,000 metric tons
      By Charles Q. Choi | March 17, 2011
      Because the destroyed reactor is still highly radioactive, to protect workers, the arch will not be constructed over the sarcophagus. Rather, it will be assembled nearby from prefabricated segments each about 25 meters high and weighing an average of 300 metric tons.


    • No Quick Fix Seen at Japan’s Nuclear Plant, Pic Shows Reactor 3 Destroyed!
      FUKUSHIMA, Japan – Officials raced Monday to restore electricity to Japan’s leaking nuclear plant, but getting the power flowing will hardly be the end of their battle:
      With its mangled machinery and partly melted reactor cores, bringing the complex under control is a monstrous job.
      Restoring the power to all six units at the tsunami-damaged complex is key, because it will, in theory, power up the maze of motors, valves and switches that help deliver cooling water to the overheated reactor cores and spent fuel pools that are leaking radiation.


    • Work To Restore Power Delayed As Smoke Seen at Fukushima Reactors
      Work to restore power and key cooling functions to the troubled reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was marred Monday by smoke that rose from the buildings housing the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, the plant operator said.
      Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government’s nuclear safety agency said operations to revive power systems and spray massive coolant water onto overheating spent nuclear fuel pools will likely resume Tuesday after the utility observes the situation at the site.
      TEPCO said it had briefly evacuated its workers after grayish and blackish smoke was seen at the southeast of the No. 3 reactor building around 3:55 p.m. above a pool storing spent nuclear fuel, though a blast was not heard.


    • Radiation 1,600 times normal level 20 km from Fukushima plant: IAEA
      Radiation 1,600 times higher than normal levels has been detected in an area about 20 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, International Atomic Energy Agency officials said Monday.
      Data collected by an IAEA team show that radiation levels of 161 microsievert per hour have been detected in the town of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, the officials said.
      The government has set an exclusion zone covering areas within a 20-km radius of the plant and has urged people within 20 to 30 km to stay indoors.



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