- Tepco Says Highest Radiation Detected at Fukushima Dai-Ichi
Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, said it detected the highest radiation to date at the site.
Geiger counters, used to detect radioactivity, registered more than 10 sieverts an hour, the highest reading the devices are able to record, Junichi Matsumoto, a general manager at the utility, said today. The measurements were taken at the base of the main ventilation stack for reactors No. 1 and No. 2.
- Cabinet recommends cutting nuclear reactors
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan presented on July 29 an interim report on new energy policies. The basic thrust of the policies is that Japan will "decrease its number of nuclear reactors."
In working out the position, the Cabinet apparently gave consideration to pro-nuclear forces who are opposed to Kan's idea of "abolishing all reactors," while maintaining momentum toward the decrease in the number of reactors.
- Highest Radiation Ever Detected At Fukushima: 10+ Sieverts An Hour
Remember all those idiots who claimed that Fukushima is contained, or better yet, the drama is exaggerated? Perhaps it is time to exile them all, starting with that moron from MIT, to Fukushima where the radiation measured at the base of the main ventilation stack just hit an all time high 10 sieverts/hour. The truth likely is much uglier: this is simply the highest reading the devices are able to record. In other words, there does not exist a device that can capture the true extent of the catastrophe at Fukushima!
Source: zerohedge.com via WRH
- 4 killed, 2 missing in torrential rain in Japan
Torrential rains in central and northeastern Japan have left 4 people dead and 2 missing, after one more death was confirmed on Monday.
The rains last week and through the weekend in Niigata and Fukushima Prefectures have burst river banks and caused flooding in many areas. More than 7,400 homes have been damaged.
- Hundreds of tons of very highly radioactive water found in yet another building at Fukushima plant
[...] Tokyo Electric Power Company said on Monday that it discovered about 700 tons of contaminated water on Saturday in the basement of an on-site building.
- Chiba, Tochigi to test rice for cesium traces
The Chiba and Tochigi prefectural governments say they will test the rice harvested in their prefectures for radiation.
The decision comes after radioactive cesium was detected in rice straw, vegetables and compost following the Fukushima nuclear accident.
- Japan gov’t: Agency funding project to monitor online info about Fukushima crisis — Around the clock monitoring of “blogs on nuclear power” and “Twitter accounts”
[...] Chikako Ogami, a spokeswoman at the energy agency of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) [...] said the agency had set aside funds in the nation’s disaster reconstruction budget for a project to monitor “inaccurate” online information that may lead to harmful rumours against residents of Fukushima. [...]
- Highly radioactive water flows into another place
Highly radioactive water has been found in the basement of a building at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant near the storage facility for contaminated water.
- “Highest radiation level since the start of the nuclear crisis”: 10 sieverts per hour measured outside between Reactors No. 1 and 2
The operator of a crippled Japanese atomic power plant said Monday it had measured the highest radiation level since the start of the nuclear crisis, a news report said.
- Cesium leveling out at the Fukushima reactor No.3
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says that the level of radioactive cesium in seawater around the Number 3 reactor has shown no signs of increasing.
- China Claims Pacific Waters Around Japan Contain Cesium and Strontium in All Water Samples
Beijing, Jul 31 (PTI) Waters of the western Pacific, close to Japan”s tsunami-hit nuclear plant, are “clearly affected” by the radioactive materials leaked from the crippled Fukushima facility, tests by China”s state agency have found.
- More ‘tainted cows’ shipped from Fukushima
TOKYO – Another 290 beef cattle raised in Fukushima Prefecture have been shipped inside the prefecture as well as to Tokyo, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures after being fed what is believed to be cesium-tainted rice straw harvested in Miyagi Prefecture.
This brought to 872 the number of cows suspected to have been contaminated with radioactive cesium and shipped from Fukushima Prefecture.
- Iwate beef cattle shipments banned
The government issued a shipment ban Monday on all beef cattle from Iwate Prefecture after detecting radioactive cesium exceeding the state limit from a number of cows.
Iwate is the third prefecture to be handed down such orders, following Fukushima and Miyagi, raising nationwide concern over the spread of contaminated beef cattle. On Sunday it was reported that Tochigi could be next.
- Japanese monitor radiation on their own
So starting in April, Okoshi began using her dosimeter to check nearby forest roads and rice paddies. What she found was startling. Near one sewage ditch, the meter beeped wildly, and the screen read 67 microsieverts per hour, a potentially harmful level. Okoshi and a cousin who lives nearby worked up the courage to confront elected officials, who did not respond, confirming their worry that the government was not doing its job.
- Tepco to start work by year-end to block radiation water leak to sea
TOKYO, Aug. 1 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday it will start building by the year-end an 800-meter-long shield between the Nos. 1-4 nuclear reactors at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant and the coastal line to prevent radiation-contaminated water from flowing into the sea.
- Russia Sends 61 Products Back To Japan Over Radiation Fears - Kyodo
Low-level radiation was detected in 235 Japanese products that arrived at Russian ports and 61 of them were sent back to Japan between April and late July, a Russian customs official said in a written response to questions from Kyodo News.
- Gov't bans all shipments of beef cattle from Iwate Pref.
TOKYO, Aug. 1 (AP) - (Kyodo)—The Japanese government on Monday ordered the suspension of all shipments of beef cattle from Iwate Prefecture after a number of cattle raised there were found to be contaminated with radioactive cesium.
Iwate is the third prefecture, after Fukushima and Miyagi also in northeastern Japan, to be ordered by the central government to suspend all beef cattle shipments.
The government issued the order to the Fukushima and Miyagi prefectural governments last month after rice straw exposed to radiation leaked from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was fed to beef cattle and meat tested positive for radioactive cesium.