Radioactive news 31 May 2011

  • High radioactivity levels at No.1 reactor

    The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has reported high levels of radioactive substances in water that has accumulated in the basement of its Number 1 reactor. Tokyo Electric Power Company says a water sample taken from the reactor building's basement on Friday contained 2.5 million becquerels of radioactive cesium-134 per cubic centimeter. It also detected 2.9 million becquerels of cesium-137 and 30,000 becquerels of iodine-131. The levels are almost the same as those already measured in contaminated water in the basement of the Number 2 reactor's turbine building.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Radiation exceeds limit in Iitate & Namie

    The science ministry says the accumulative radiation exposure level has exceeded the government limit for evacuation at two locations more than 20 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The ministry said on Monday that the cumulative exposure had reached 20 millisieverts in a district in the mountain village of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture. The district is about 33 kilometers northwest of the plant. On Sunday, the ministry said that total radiation exposure had exceeded 35 millisieverts at one location in Namie Town, 31 kilometers northwest of the plant.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Ibaraki to check radiation at beaches

    The Iwaki Municipal Government in Fukushima also said last week that it will forgo the opening of nine beaches in the city this summer. With the swimming season set to begin in July at most beaches, the Ibaraki government plans to measure radiation in sand and seawater at its beaches twice in June and once in July to ensure they are safe for public use, local officials said.
    Source: japantimes.co.jp

  • Japan Auto Output,Exports Log Record Falls In April

    TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Japan's auto production and exports suffered record falls in April, as parts shortages in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake disrupted manufacturers' operations for the entire month, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said Tuesday.
    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • Fuel Oil may Have Leaked Into Ocean At Fukushima Daiichi

    TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Hundreds of kiloliters of heavy fuel oil may have leaked into the ocean from Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant when the huge tsunami on March 11 damaged two oil tanks, the plant operator said Tuesday.
    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • TEPCO begins live video stream from Fukushima

    TEPCO has begun live-streaming video of the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant through the company's website. The real-time footage comes from a camera installed about 250 meters northwest of the No.1 reactor. The No.1 to No.4 reactors can be seen in the webcast.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Daio Paper Freezes Plan To Expand Capacity Of Factory In Fukushima

    TOKYO (Kyodo)--Daio Paper Corp. said Tuesday it has decided to freeze a plan to boost containerboard production capacity at a subsidiary factory in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, citing radiation risks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • April Wages Fall For 2nd Month On Quake's Supply Chain Disruption

    TOKYO (Kyodo)--Average wages in Japan shrank in April for the second straight month, down 1.4 percent from a year earlier to 272,255 yen, as the March 11 quake's disruption of industrial supply chains continued to take a toll, the labor ministry said Tuesday.
    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • TEPCO tackles increasing contaminated water

    Tokyo Electric Power Company detected 2 million becquerels of radioactive cesium per cubic centimeter of water in the basement of the No. 1 reactor building. It speculates that radioactive substances from the melted fuel have leaked from the pressure vessel encasing the reactor core. Large amounts of contaminated water in the plant's buildings are hampering efforts to contain the situation.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Rain increases radioactive water at nuke plant

    Heavy rain has increased the volume of highly radioactive water building up inside the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Contaminated water already floods the basements of the turbine and reactor buildings, partly due to water injections to cool down the reactor cores. Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, now says water levels rose faster on Monday as rain poured inside the badly damaged buildings.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Internal exposure concerns

    Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission has expressed concerns about internal radiation exposure for workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Source: nhk.or.jp