Radioactive news 17 March 2011

  • Official UN Forecast: 'Diluted' Radioactive Fallout Heading To US West Coast
    An official United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese nuclear reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.

    The Feds have deployed radiation detectors to the west coast to monitor the situation.
    Source.: TheIntelHub
  • Top US Officials: Japan Nuclear Reactor #4 Completely Breached, In Full Meltdown, Releasing Lethal Radiation – US Expands Evacuation Area To 50 Miles
    Top US officials have testified before congress today that situation in Japan has a reached a catastrophe of proportions on par with Chernobyl. Both the Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Gregory B. Jaczko, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave dire testimony before the The House Energy and Commerce committee.

    At this point both the primary and secondary containment vessels at the Fukushima nuclear reactor #4 are breached. To make matters worse radiation readings taken by the US indicate that the cooling pond is empty indicating which means the fuel rods are in a state of complete meltdown with no cooling to counteract the meltdown in progress.
    Source.: Poorrichards blog
  • Caldicott: Japan may spell end of nuclear industry worldwide
    Dr Caldicott said that despite the best efforts of nuclear energy campaigners, the Japanese disaster is likely to spell the end of the industry not just in Australia but worldwide.

    “We’ve had earthquakes in Australia before—no-one will want to risk this happening in this country.”

    “But I think the nuclear industry is finished worldwide.”

    “I have said before, unfortunately, the only thing that is capable of stopping this wicked industry is a major catastrophe, and it now looks like this may be it.”
    Source.: Poorrichards blog
  • SDF finishes spraying water on No.3 reactor
    The forces finished the 30-minute operation on Thursday evening. Five fire engines loaded with a total of 30 tons of water were used.

    But the Defense Ministry says it has not confirmed whether the water reached the storage pool housing spent fuel rods, though it reached the inside of the building that houses it.
    Source.: NHK World
  • Japan nuclear crisis: Meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi plant may now be inevitability
    Americans were told to flee a wide area around Japan's failing nuclear plant on Wednesday as federal officials warned it might be too late to avoid meltdown.

    So much radiation may have leaked at the Fukushima Daiichi plant that workers may not be able to get close enough to fix it, said Gregory Jaczko, head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    "We believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures," Jaczko said.

    He said all water had apparently boiled away from the cooling pool at Reactor No. 4, where 1,097 tons of spent fuel rods are stored.
    Source.: nydailynews.com
  • Pentagon Cover-up of Data on Fukushima Disaster
    The Japan Times reports the Pentagon will send an unmanned Global Hawk high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft over the deteriorating Fukushima nuclear complex today.

    “Photographs taken by the plane equipped with infrared sensors could provide a useful clue to what is occurring inside the reactor buildings, around which high-level radiation has been detected,” the news source reports.

    The flight is basically unnecessary and represents PR spin. Both the Pentagon and the Japanese government know full well the severity of the situation at the Fukushima plant and they are not releasing this information to either the Japanese or American people.
    Source.: bushstole04.com
  • Radiation Remedies 15. March Update
    Struck by mega-quake and tsunami, Japan has declared a nuclear power plant emergency. Radiation is being released intentionally to ease pressure. It is hoped high tech prowess of that society can contain this additional disaster. If not, the disaster becomes planetary.
    Source.: feastandfamine.blogspot.com
  • Obama Fiddles While Fukushima Burns
    History tells us that Nero fiddled while Rome burned, but Barack Obama is providing the famous emperor with some serious competition when it comes to going AWOL while America and the world face crises the likes of which haven’t been experienced in decades.

    While protests and civil wars rage in Libya and Bahrain, Obama is keeping himself busy by videotaping his NCAA tournament picks, hitting the golf course for the 61st time in his presidency, and partying with lawmakers during a Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats game.
    Source.: mountainrepublic.net
  • Major Nuclear Accidents Around the World
    The following are major nuclear accidents around the world since the former Soviet Union set up the world's first nuclear power plant in 1954
    Source.: english.cri.cn
  • Tokyo Passengers Trigger U.S. Airport Detectors, N.Y. Post Says
    Radiation detectors at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare airports were triggered when passengers from flights that started in Tokyo passed through customs, the New York Post reported.

    Tests at Dallas-Fort Worth indicated low radiation levels in travelers’ luggage and in the aircraft’s cabin filtration system; no passengers were quarantined, the newspaper said.
    Source.: bloomberg.com
  • US nuclear agency: Japan crisis no US health threat
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission sought to tamp down American fears of nuclear fallout, stressing Thursday there was no present radioactive risk to US territory from Japan's quake-stricken atomic reactor.

    "All the available information continues to indicate Hawaii, Alaska, the US Territories and the US West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity," the NRC said.
    Source.: Activist Post
  • WHO issues guidelines on radiation exposure
    In the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued fresh guidelines on how to minimize exposure to radiation that can cause cancers, especially in children and young adults.
    Source.: Reuters
  • Japanese drop giant waterbombs on stricken reactors as Foreign Office promises rescue charter flights to get Britons out of Tokyo
    Plans are being drawn up to evacuate every British national in Japan amid mounting fears of a nuclear catastrophe. Thousands of Britons were last night warned to leave Tokyo and all other areas under threat of radiation poisoning.

    The Foreign Office is even chartering additional planes to ensure that all British citizens can leave the country on free-of-charge rescue flights - as thousands of terrified passengers cram into Tokyo airport attempting to flee.

    It comes as the Japanese authorities resorted to dumping water on over-heating reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant from helicopters in a desperate last-ditch attempt to stop a catastrophic meltdown.

    Experts have warned that they have 48 hours to avoid another Chernobyl.
    Source.:DailyMail
  • US West Coast boosts alert for Japan radiation
    LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The United States is boosting radiation monitoring on the West Coast and Pacific territories, as officials forecast that low levels could be detected in California by Friday.

    While authorities say they do not expect harmful levels, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sending the monitoring units to Alaska, Hawaii and Guam to boost an existing network, said an official Thursday...
    Source.: Activist Post
  • Cover-up in Canada: Radioactive Leak Into Lake Ontario
    With all the focus placed on the Japanese radiation leak as well as the toxic plume of radioactive particles (possibly containing uranium and plutonium) heading for the United States, another potential disaster is receiving virtually no attention.

    Of course, attention should be paid to the Japanese situation. Especially since the mainstream media is doing everything it can to cover up the scale of the disaster. Nevertheless, it seems the continent of North America is being hit from two sides in terms of radiation danger.

    On March 16, a report was released by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) stating that Canada’s Ontario Power Generation has released radioactive water into Lake Ontario via a leak in the Pickering A nuclear generating station.
    Source.: TheIntelHub
  • Radioactive Japan
    I am roughly sixty to seventy kilometers due west from the nuclear plants that the Japanese authorities are struggling so hard to control. I witnessed two military helicopters fly over. Now, I am watching those same helicopters dropping water and attempting to cool those plants on the in-dash television of my car. This is as close as I am able to get to the plant. The video shows the needle of my Bicron PGM slamming the right side of the meter. I was taught in specialized training for this trip that, if this happened, I was to flee the area.
    Source.: CNN
  • Top US Nuclear Official: Japan Radiation May Already Be Over US
    America on radiation alert: Japan faces world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl as experts warn fallout may reach U.S.

    * California ‘monitoring situation closely’ amid dramatic escalation of disaster
    * Japan’s nuclear crisis now appears worse than the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979 – but not yet as bad as Chernobyl in 1986
    * Japan PM tells people within 19 miles of plant to stay indoors as radiation reaches levels that could impact human heath
    * Radioactive wind could reach Tokyo within hours – and radiation levels are already rising in city
    * Nuclear Regulatory Commission admits it is ‘quite possible’ radiation could reach the U.S.
    Source.:alexanderhiggins.com
  • Copters, trucks try to cool fuel rod pool
    Ground Self-Defense Force choppers dumped water bags, a Tokyo police water cannon unsuccessfully tried to spray water and five enclosed GSDF firetrucks later took on the desperate attempt to cool spent nuclear fuel rods in a storage pool suspected of drying up at the Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant's No. 3 reactor.
    Source.: japantimes