News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in April 2011

Radioactive news 18 April 2011

  • North Korea TV reports seriousness of radioactive leaks at Japan plant

    North Korea's state television has reported the seriousness of continued radioactive leakages at a Japanese nuclear power plant hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan.

    In a Korean Central Television Station program broadcast Sunday night, experts voiced concern about the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

    "What is most serious is that even a month after the accident, we see no prospects of getting radioactive leakages under control," an expert said.

    Another expert warned, "There is a possibility that unexpected radioactive substances may leak (out of the plant)."

  • Alarming New Fukushima Reports
    Five weeks after Japan's disaster, reports suggest worse, not improved conditions. It portends serious regional and global trouble ahead, besides what's already happened.
  • Radioactivity rises in sea off Japan nuclear plant

    Levels of radioactivity have risen sharply in seawater near a tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in northern Japan, signaling the possibility of new leaks at the facility, the government said Saturday.

  • Radiation near Japan reactors too high for workers

    A pair of thin robots on treads sent to explore buildings inside Japan's crippled nuclear reactor came back Monday with disheartening news: Radiation levels are far too high for repair crews to go inside.

    Nevertheless, officials remained hopeful they can stick to their freshly minted "roadmap" for cleaning up the radiation leak and stabilizing the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant by year's end so they can begin returning tens of thousands of evacuees to their homes.

  • Questions Raised on Purchases of Tokyo Electric Power Shares

    Japanese regulators and executives of the Tokyo Electric Power Company are asking questions about a seemingly coordinated series of stock purchases two weeks ago that led to an undisclosed buyer or buyers acquiring a large bloc of the utility, which owns Japan’s dangerously damaged nuclear power plant.

    Regulators want to know whether the trades, valued at up to $600 million and placed from Hong Kong during the week of April 3, were structured to circumvent Japanese securities laws, which require the owner of more than 5 percent of a publicly traded company to file disclosure papers identifying the shareholder.

  • British Nuclear Power Plant Goes Dark. Stuxnet Worm To Blame?
    According to Siemens’ website, EDF Energy is a customer of the German technology giant, whose infrastructure software has suffered from a global infection of the sophisticated Stuxnet worm. A 2007 briefing deck by the Technical Working Group on Nuclear Power Plant Control and Instrumentation disclosed that Heysham 2 had its Reypac controllers replaced with Siemens S7. Today’s outage occurred at Heysham 1 and so far I cannot determine if Heysham 1 had the same upgrades as Heysham 2. EDF Energy hasn’t disclosed any further information about the outage at the time of this writing.
  • TEPCO official reveals there is “little doubt” plutonium has leaked from Fukushima

    The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it will examine the seabed off the facility to ensure that no plutonium has leaked into the ocean.

    Tokyo Electric Power Company said on Monday it will conduct the inspection as plutonium is heavier than other radioactive materials and could have accumulated on the floor. …

    TEPCO senior official Junichi Matsumoto said there is little doubt that plutonium has leaked from the plant during the accident.

  • Nuclear Overseers Are "Fake" Agencies Funded and Controlled by the Nuclear Power Industry

    The Christian Science Monitor noted recently:

    Just as the BP oil spill one year ago heaped scrutiny on the United State's Minerals Management Service, harshly criticized for lax drilling oversight and cozy ties with the oil industry, the nuclear crisis in Japan is shining a light on that nation's safety practices.


    [Russian nuclear accident specialist Iouli Andreev, who as director of the Soviet Spetsatom clean-up agency helped in the efforts 25 years ago to clean up Chernobyl ] has also accused the IAEA of being too close with corporations. "This is only a fake organization because every organization which depends on the nuclear industry – and the IAEA depends on the nuclear industry – cannot perform properly."

  • S.Korea: Distributors Install Radiation Detectors in Stores

    Radiation detectors are finding their way into stores as public concern grows over potential radioactive food contamination. Hanaro Club run by Nonghyup or the National Agricultural Cooperative Foundation placed detectors in 32 stores nationwide, following the footsteps of other large discount store chain such as Lotte Mart. Hanaro Club began testing on agricultural, livestock and seafood products last Thursday.

  • High Level Forecast Of Cesium-137 Not Shown To The Public

    The forecast that was not shown to the public was possibly a worse case scenario but it makes one wonder which prediction turned out to be more accurate.

    The simple fact is that every single government that has ever been involved with a radiation release before the current Japanese disaster has covered up the dangers.

    One glaring example is the Boeing-Rocketdyne nuclear disaster. 5 weeks after a partial meltdown 30 miles from downtown L.A. the U.S. government claimed that NO radiation was released. This can be confirmed with very little research.

  • A growing trend Vegetable gardening is experiencing a Renaissance not seen since the 1940s

    Self Sufficiency!
    A new generation of vegetable gardeners is transforming the urban environment and the way we are thinking about food.

    They are planting on boulevards, digging garden plots in city parks, tearing the sod out of their back yards and even their front yards and filling their balconies with pots full of herbs and greens. It's the young, the urban, the cool. And the rest of us, too.

  • "To Work at Fukushima, You Have to Be Ready to Die"
    Specialist on Japan, the sociologist Paul Jobin [1] has studied workplace conditions for workers in the nuclear industry. He offers us his analysis at a moment when those workers are attempting to get a hold on the situation at the Japanese power plant.
  • Waterlevel in the basement of reactor No 4 is at 5 meters, water coming up the stairs.

    Beneath the reactor building of Unit 4 of Nuclear Power Plants Fukushima Daiichi TEPCO has confirmed that water has accumulated at 5 meters depth, TEPCO, and the amount of radiation, whether to have flowed from where the water I decided to look like.
    According to TEPCO, I was in the basement to check the status of the Unit 4 reactor building of the 14th, I have found that water has accumulated a depth of 5 meters.
    The No. 4 is found that water has accumulated near the stairs down to the ground on October 31, from surface to 100 mSv of radiation has been detected at a higher per hour.
    [warning: google translator messes up dates; i = it]

  • Gov't panel releases 2 of over 2,000 radiation dispersal estimates

    The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan has released only two computer-simulated estimates of radioactive substance dispersal since the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, although more than 2,000 of them were made, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.


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