Radioactive news 20 September 2011

  • Typhoon nears Tokyo, Toyota to close plants

    At least four people died and two were missing in Japan as typhoon Roke bore down on Tokyo on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds and disturbing transport systems, public broadcaster NHK said. Toyota Motor Corp plans to close 11 factories in central Japan early on Wednesday, eliminating evening shifts, while utility Chubu Electric Power has lost about 1,870 megawatts of hydro power output due to the typhoon. The center of typhoon Roke was off Japan's Pacific coast at 10 a.m. (9 p.m. ET), moving northeast at 35 km (22 miles) per hour, and is forecast to make landfall later on the day in central Japan or a region around Tokyo, the Meteorological Agency said.
    Source: newsonjapan.com

  • Report from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station site (Japanese)

    (Scene 1: Title "field reports from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station") 1 through 4 outboard sense of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (6 seconds) (Scene 2: No. 4 wants to concentrate the waste treatment building) (15 seconds) (Scene 3: Work on Unit 1 reactor building coverage) (31 sec) (Scene 4: The debris removal work Unit 3) (47 seconds)
    Source: CompassNorthChicago

  • Gundersen’s Latest: 60 holes in bottom of Fukushima-type reactors make core melt-through easier — Fuel only had to get through a thin pipe, not inches of steel (VIDEO)

    Fairewinds Introduces a Japanese Language Edition and Identifies Safety Problems in all Reactors Designed Like Fukushima, Fairewinds, September 19, 2011:

    At 8:55 in (Summary)

    Boiling water reactors have control rods that come in from bottom… Unique problem and important difference between boiling water reactors and pressurized water reactors… Fukushima is a boiling water reactor, which has holes in the boittom… Easier for core to melt through because of those 60 holes in the bottom of reactor… Only has to melt-through very thin walled pipe and scoot out the hole in the bottom of the reactor… NRC says holes for control rods form channels for hot molten fuel to get out of reactor a lot easier and a lot quicker…
    Source: enenews.com

  • Nuclear wipeout: How earthquakes may unleash nuclear catastrophe

    (NaturalNews) Mike Adams wrote recently about the threat to the world's nuclear installations from the sun and we are almost being promised this by NASA. The sun is acting up but so is the earth with increasingly intense and frequent earthquakes.

    Japan marks 600th eruption of the Sakurajima volcano this year
    Source: naturalnews.com

  • Extremely Powerful Typhoon No. 15 On Course to Fukushima I Nuke Plant

    Or so it looks like, though no MSMs in Japan dare mention that.

    Here's the map from Yahoo Japan typhoon information, and the location of Fukushima I Nuke Plant is marked with an arrow (courtesy of Savechild.net). The expected path of the typhoon looks almost directly over the plant.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Strong Typhoon Lands On Japan's Main Island

    TOKYO (Kyodo)--A strong typhoon landed on Japan's largest island of Honshu on Wednesday and is expected to make its way across the archipelago, with the Japan Meteorological Agency calling for ''the greatest possible vigilance.''
    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • Fukushima plant workers to be eligible for free cancer exam

    The health ministry decided Wednesday that workers engaged in crisis control at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant should be screened for cancer every year for free from fiscal 2012 if they have been exposed to accumulated radiation of over 100 millisieverts.
    Source: english.kyodonews.jp

  • Nuclear fuel unloaded in Fukui Pref.

    Nuclear fuel unloaded in Fukui Pref. Plutonium-uranium mixed oxide, or MOX, fuel is unloaded from a ship in the town of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, in June 2010, to be transported to the Takahama nuclear power plant operated by Kansai Electric Power Co. Japan held 30.1 tons of fissile plutonium at home and abroad as of the end of 2010, down 0.9 ton from a year earlier for the second consecutive yearly decline, the government said Sept. 20, 2011.
    Source: english.kyodonews.jp

  • Understanding the Ongoing Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima: A “Two-Headed Dragon” Descends into the Earth’s Biosphere

    Nuclear technology is the equivalent of acquiring on earth the technology of the heavens….The deployment here on earth of nuclear reactions, a phenomenon occurring naturally only in heavenly bodies and completely unknown to the natural world here on the earth’s surface, is…a matter of deep significance. For all forms of life, radiation is a threat against which they possess no defense; it is an alien intruder disrupting the principles of life on earth.
    Source: japanfocus.org

  • Breaking news “Children as waste disposal”

    “You are making the children waste disposal !”

    A mother yelled at the mayor of Yokohama city,Hayashi Fumiko.

    Yokohama city government held an emergency press conference last weekend to detect hot spots around the city center.

    The highest figure was over 40,000Bq/kg,which was measured from dirt beside a street ditch.
    Source: fukushima-diary.com

  • Column of the Day: What’s happening in Fukushima?

    9/20,Japanese government declared Fukushima nuclear plants can be settled (kept under 100C) (“cold shutdown”) by the end of this year.

    However,Koide from Kyoto university warns it is too unrealistic.
    Source: fukushima-diary.com

  • Japan lawmaker: Plutonium certainly went deep within basement of Reactor No. 3 — Anyone’s guess where it’s at now

    [...] “In reactor three, which suffered a meltdown, fuel rods containing plutonium perforated the bottom of the containment and embedded themselves in the basement of the building. Just where and how far the plutonium traveled, no one quite knows”. (political commentator Jirou Honzawa)

    On the tenth of August, LDP party and Diet member Seiichi Murakami posed the question of the whereabouts of the plutonium to the budget steering committee of the lower house, but neither Minister of health, Labour and Welfare Ritsuo Hosokawa nor his fellow ministers were able to provide an answer.
    Source: enenews.com

  • Typhoon Death Toll Rises to Four in Japan

    Tokyo, Sept. 21 (Jiji Press)--Typhoon No. 15, named Roke, has left four people dead and two missing in Japan, prefectural police and other sources said Wednesday. The typhoon made a landfall in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, around 2 p.m. (5 a.m. GMT), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • TEPCO Admits to 200 to 500 Tonnes of Groundwater Flooding into Bldg Basements Every Day at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant

    Here are some numbers from Yomiuri Shinbun article (9/20/2011):

    200 to 500 tonnes of groundwater per day to the basements of reactor buildings and turbine buildings of Reactors 1, 2, 3 and 4.

    105,000 tonnes of highly contaminated water in the basements at the end of May

    90,000 tonnes of this water have been processed by TEPCO up to September 13

    102,000 tonnes of highly contaminated water in the basements as of September 13

    87,000 tonnes of water added

    Of that 87,000 tonnes, estimated 47,000 tonnes were recirculated back into the reactors, leaving 40,000 tonnes of water to have been coming from somewhere.

    TEPCO now admits that the rainwater contribution to this amount is only a small portion, and most is from groundwater.

    40,000 tonnes divided by 180 days equals is 222 tonnes. Hmmm. Where did that 500 tonnes per day number come from?
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Japan Signs MOU with Saudi for Water Treatment

    From Saturday through Monday, Tadahiro Matsushita, senior vice minister of economy, trade and Industry, visited Saudi Arabia with Kyoichi Tsushima, parliamentary secretary for land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, to sign the memorandum with the country's Ministry of Water and Electricity. The agreement covers comprehensive cooperation in management of water and sewerage, including desalination of seawater, measures against water leaks and treatment of sewage.

    webmasters comment:

    While Japan is overwhelmed with radioactive sewage. Rats are leaving the ship, Japan is sinking.

    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • A new plan set to reduce radiation emissions

    They say the amount of radioactive substances released from the plant was about 200-million becquerels per hour in the first half of September. They say that's about one-four millionths of the level of the initial stages of the accident in March.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Typhoon makes landfall in central Japan

    Japan's Meteorological Agency says the typhoon landed near Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, at around 2:00 PM on Wednesday.

    The storm is believed to be heading northeast at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Raw Video: Typhoon Headed to Japan Disaster Zone

    A powerful typhoon is bearing down on Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast, approaching a nuclear power plant crippled in that disaster and prompting calls for the evacuation of more than a million people.
    Source: AssociatedPress

  • Longer Half Life Fukushima Fallout With a Neptunium 239 Signature Hits Saint Louis

    Video Summary:

    (1) Longer Half Life Fallout Detected in Saint Louis on 9/14/2011

    (2) The Detected Half life is Indicative of Neptunium 239

    (3) Under a Long Term Np-239 Fallout scenario, Explosive Dispersal of the Corium Becomes Risk Mitigating

    (4) Based on the Jet Stream, the Primary Fallout Areas Were Canada, Midwest, and the Yankee States.
    Source: potrblog