Radioactive news 15 March 2011

  • Nuke engineer: Fuel rod fire at Fukushima reactor “would be like Chernobyl on steroids”
    The Fukushima reactor building that exploded March 12 is one of a series of identical General Electric reactors constructed in Japan and the US. In this reactor design, the used nuclear fuel rods are stored in pools of water at the top of the reactor building. These “spent” rods are still highly radioactive: the radioactivity is so great the rods must be stored in water so they do not combust. The explosion at Fukushima Daiichi reactor unit 1 apparently destroyed at least one wall and the roof of the building: some reports stated the roof had collapsed into the building.
    Source.: Revolutionary politics
  • Workers Strain to Retake Control After Blast and Fire at Japan Plant
    Engineers at the plant, working at tremendous personal risk, on Tuesday continued efforts to cool down the most heavily damaged unit, reactor No. 2, by pumping in seawater. According to government statements, most of the 800 workers at the plant had been withdrawn, leaving 50 or so in a desperate effort to keep the cores of three stricken reactors cooled with seawater pumped by firefighting equipment. Crews battled to put out the fire at the No. 4 reactor, which they said they had done just after noon on Tuesday.

    But late Tuesday Japan’s nuclear watchdog said a pool storing spent fuel rods at that fourth reactor had overheated and reached boiling point and had become unapproachable by workers. The fire earlier Tuesday morning was sparked by a hydrogen explosion caused by rising temperatures at the fuel pool, which released radioactivity directly into the atmosphere. The government said late Tuesday that radiation levels at the plant also appeared to be falling sharply from earlier in the day.
    Source.: NYTimes
  • Japan braces for potential radiation catastrophe
    Japan faced a potential catastrophe Tuesday after a quake-crippled nuclear power plant exploded and sent low levels of radiation floating toward Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and others to stock up on essential supplies.

    The crisis appeared to escalate late in the day when the operators of the facility said that one of two blasts had blown a hole in the building housing a reactor, which meant spent nuclear fuel was exposed to the atmosphere.

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan urged people within 30 km (18 miles) of the facility -- a population of 140,000 -- to remain indoors amid the world's most serious nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986.
    Source.: Reuters
  • Germany shutting down seven nuclear reactors
    Germany announced Tuesday it would temporary shut down the oldest seven of its 17 nuclear reactors pending a safety review in light of Japan's atomic emergency.
    Source.: The Local
  • Potassium Iodide Works: Rare Agreement Between Alternative Health and the FDA
    With the tragedy in Japan continuing to unfold as we speak, most news coverage has focused on the death toll resulting from the earthquake and tsunami. Some coverage has also been given to the meltdown of the Japanese nuclear reactors. However, there has been very little discussion in the mainstream media of the attempted cover-up of problems at seventeen reactors that malfunctioned in 2003, or that the radioactive particles from the latest full-blown catastrophe could soon be reaching the western United States as early as March 25th.
    Source.: Activist Post
  • America on radiation alert: Japan faces world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl as experts warn fallout may reach U.S.
    Fears that America could be hit by the nuclear fallout from the Japan earthquake have dramatically increased as workers prepared to abandon a reactor crippled by the earthquake and tsunami last night in the face of what is set to become the world's second worst nuclear disaster - topped only by Chernobyl.

    Damage at the number two reactor at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex is worse than thought, the Japanese government admitted tonight, sparking fears for human health both in Japan and the U.S.
    Source.: Dailymail
  • Official: Japan's nuclear situation nearing severity of Chernobyl
    The explosion Tuesday at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has elevated the situation there to a "serious accident" on a level just below Chernobyl, a French nuclear official said, referring to an international scale that rates the severity of such incidents.
    Source.: CNN
  • Potassium Iodide protects thyroid and glandular system from radiation damage
    In the aftermath of Japan's nuclear catastrophe and the fear that winds could blow radiation into the west coast of North America, there has been a sudden rush on potassium iodide, which helps protect your glandular system from radiation poisoning if you're exposed. The Japanese government is handing out this supplement in huge quantities to the survivors north of Tokyo, and here at NaturalNews, we've received a flurry of requests from people wanting to know where they can find available supplies of potassium iodide.

    These "radiation pills" are being sold out everywhere. NukePills.com says they were completely sold out over the weekend.
    Source.: NaturalNews.com
  • US Radiation Network
    Welcome to RadiationNetwork.com, home of the National Radiation Map, depicting environmental radiation levels across the USA, updated in real time every minute. This is the first web site where the average citizen (or anyone in the world) can see what radiation levels are anywhere in the USA at any time.
  • Logical Assessment of Japan’s Nuke Disaster – FAQ
    There has been a lot of speculation about Japan’s ongoing, and ever widening Nuclear Reactor Disaster. Maybe to put your mind at ease, or to give some hope for those who might be effected by this event… We have put together some best and worst case scenarios, and in doing so hope to answer questions that the Media has either forgotten to address, or is outright avoiding.
    Source.: TheIntelHub
  • New fire hits Japan nuclear plant
    There has been a fresh fire at the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northern Japan.

    The new blaze began at reactor four. The plant has already been hit by four explosions, triggering radiation leaks and sparking health concerns.

    More than 3,000 have been confirmed dead and thousands are missing following Friday's 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami in north-east Japan.

    The disaster has damaged the nuclear plant's cooling functions.

    Officials have warned people within 20-30km of the site to either leave the area or stay indoors.

    The Tokyo Electric Power Co, which operates the Fukushima plant, said on Wednesday that efforts were under way to put out the latest fire.
    Source.: BBC News
  • Greg Palast Reveals Faked Nuclear Plant Safety Test
    "Dear Folks, I know you have all heard of a mythical term called ‘oversight’. The context most familiar to you could be anything from the Federal Reserve, defense contracting overruns, to the Pentagon’s black operations. But Greg Palast is going to introduce us to the nuclear unicorn today."
    But I must say I was surprise to read below that mythical oversight extended to nuclear plant safety testing. I now learn that our government and regulatory people has taken the industry’s testimony at face value that safety tests had been done and actually worked. Silly me, I would have figured that independent monitors would be validating every step of any safety testing issues. Yes, suspicious Jim is embarrassed. I bad."
    Source.: Redacted News
  • Admitted Japanese Nuclear Meltdown Now Means Detrimental Health Effects Worldwide
    After repeated denials by the Japanese Government insisting that radiation leakage from their nuclear power plants was a non-issue, recent video and reported evidence confirms the horrific truth. Japan is now preparing for the worst case scenario evacuating hundreds of thousands of people. The radioactive release may soon reach Canada and the United States and exposure may last months.

    Scroll down to end of article for section on "How Does Potassium Iodide Work?" - Potassium iodide (also called KI) is a salt of stable (not radioactive) iodine. Stable iodine is an important chemical needed by the body to make thyroid hormones. Most of the stable iodine in our bodies comes from the food we eat. KI is stable iodine in a medicine form.
    Source.: PreventDisease.com
  • New fire breaks out at Japan nuclear plant
    Hopes that Japan’s nuclear crisis was stabilizing were dealt a blow on Wednesday after another fire broke out at the No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan.
    Source.: The Wall Street journal
  • Japan Nuclear Situation "Out of Control"
    The European Union's energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger said today that the Japanese nuclear disaster is a lot worse than what Japan is declaring. In fact, he believes it could be an apocalypse:

    There is talk of an apocalypse and I think the word is particularly well chosen [...] I hope that it doesn't happen, but we can't rule out that the worst case scenario [a complete meltdown a la Chernobyl] happens in the next few hours or days.

    The European view on the subject is way darker than what the IAEA, the Japan government and most of the United States' media is portraying.
    Source.: Gizmodo.com
  • Tokyo streets and shops empty – and the air is heavy with fear
    After the earthquake, nerves are beginning to fray in Japan's capital following the tsunami and nuclear crisis

    Justin McCurry
    Guardian

    The dimmed lights in the normally effervescent neighbourhood of Tokyo were eerily appropriate given the mood on Monday, three days into the greatest test of Japan's resilience as a nation since the second world war...
    Source.: Activist Post
  • Fukushima: Mark 1 Nuclear Reactor Design Caused GE Scientist To Quit In Protest
    Thirty-five years ago, Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric resigned from their jobs after becoming increasingly convinced that the nuclear reactor design they were reviewing -- the Mark 1 -- was so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident.

    Questions persisted for decades about the ability of the Mark 1 to handle the immense pressures that would result if the reactor lost cooling power, and today that design is being put to the ultimate test in Japan. Five of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which has been wracked since Friday's earthquake with explosions and radiation leaks, are Mark 1s.
    Source.: ABC News
  • Fire at Japan nuclear reactor heightens radiation threat
    Another fire broke out on Wednesday at an earthquake-crippled Japanese nuclear plant that has sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo and triggered international alarm, suggesting that the crisis may be slipping out of control.

    Academics and nuclear experts agree that the solutions being proposed to contain damage to the Daiichi reactors at Fukushima, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, are last-ditch efforts to stem what could well be remembered as one of the world's worst industrial disasters.

    While public broadcaster NHK said flames were no longer visible at the building housing the No.4 reactor of the plant, Japanese TV pictures showed smoke rising from the facility at mid-morning (1000 local, 0100 GMT).
    Source.: Reuters
  • Fukushima nuke plant situation 'worsened considerably': think tank
    The situation at the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in northeastern Japan ''has worsened considerably,'' the Institute for Science and International Security said in a statement released Tuesday.

    Referring to fresh explosions that occurred earlier in the day at the site and problems in a pool storing spent nuclear fuel rods, the Washington-based think tank said, ''This accident can no longer be viewed as a level 4 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Events scale that ranks events from 1 to 7.''

    Noting that a level 4 incident involves ''only local radiological consequences,'' it said the ongoing crisis is ''now closer to a level 6, and it may unfortunately reach a level 7'' -- a worst case scenario with extensive health and environmental consequences.
    Source.: Kyodo News
  • URGENT: Fuel rods damage at Fukushima's 2 reactors estimated at 70%, 33%
    An estimated 70 percent of the nuclear fuel rods have been damaged at the troubled No. 1 reactor of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant and 33 percent at the No. 2 reactor, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday.

    The reactors' cores are believed to have partially melted with their cooling functions lost after Friday's magnitude 9.0 earthquake rocked Fukushima Prefecture and other areas in northeastern and eastern Japan.
    Source.: Kyodo News
  • WORKERS ABANDON NUCLEAR PLANT
    FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Workers at a quake-damaged atomic power plant suspended operations and evacuated Wednesday after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous to remain there, dealing a setback to Japan’s frantic efforts to stem a nuclear crisis.
    Source.: MSNBC
  • Japan suspends work at stricken nuclear plant
    Japan suspended operations to prevent a stricken nuclear plant from melting down Wednesday after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous for workers to remain at the facility.
    Source: Hawaiinewsnow.com
  • Level 6 Event – Radiation Levels Soar As Radioactive Winds Sweep Toward Tokyo
    According to our sources this is now a Level 6 event and readings will be fluctuating and rising rapidly.

    At this time it is openly admitted that readings are 400 mR/hr at 20 miles out from the source.

    It is now openly admitted that radioactivity has reached dangerous levels in the area. There is now a 20 mile diameter perimeter (HIGH-RAD AREA) established around the Fukushima reactor.
    Source.: TheIntelHub
  • Workers Evacuate Nuclear Power Plant
    He was speaking after smoke was seen rising from reactor three. Earlier, a blaze struck reactor four for the second time in two days.

    Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, which killed thousands, damaged the plant’s cooling functions.
    Source.: TheIntelHub
  • Workers Go Back In To Fukushima
    The story "Workers Abandon Nuclear Plant" changes to "Workers briefly evacuate stricken nuclear plant"

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Workers at a quake-damaged atomic power plant briefly suspended operations and evacuated Wednesday after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous to remain there, dealing a setback to Japan’s frantic efforts to stem a nuclear crisis...The workers were allowed back into the plant less than an hour later after the radiation levels receded, Reuters reported.
    Source.: MSNBC