News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in April 2011

Radioactive news 7 April 2011

  • FLASHBACK - Alps suffering from Chernobyl fallout claim

    An independent laboratory says the Alps are still contaminated with fall-out from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 12 years ago.

    The Centre for Research and Independent Information on Radioactivity (CRII-RAD) says in places the levels of radiation exceeds safety limits.
  • They already lost homes, boats — now they may not be able to fish

    Fishermen who lost their homes and boats on March 11 now fear radioactive water gushing into the Pacific from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant could cost them their livelihoods.

    The contaminated water has raised concerns about the safety of seafood, prompting the government to set limits for the first time on the amount of radiation permitted in fish.

    Authorities insisted the radioactive water would dissipate and posed no immediate threat to sea creatures or people who eat them, and most experts agree.

    But even though the new standards are being adopted as a precaution, the mere suggestion that seafood from Japan could be at any risk stirred worries throughout the fishing industry.
  • Fish radiation limits set same as vegetables'

    The government has decided to set consumption limits for radioactive iodine in fishery products at 2,000 becquerels per kilogram--the same regulatory value set for vegetables.

    The hasty decision was made in response to Monday's announcement by an Ibaraki Prefecture fishery cooperative that radioactive iodine had been detected in kounago (young sand launce) caught in waters off the prefecture. The small eellike fish was found to contain 4,080 becquerels of iodine per kilogram.
  • Radiation level remains high after leak stopped

    At the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, radiation in seawater near the Number 2 reactor remains high, even after the leakage of contaminated water into the sea was stopped.
  • Core of Stricken Reactor Probably Leaked, U.S. Says
    The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that some of the core of a stricken Japanese reactor had probably leaked from its steel pressure vessel into the bottom of the containment structure, implying that the damage was even worse than previously thought.
  • France detects radioactive iodine in rainwater, milk

    After the radioactive cloud eminating from Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant reached Europe last week, French authorities have detected radioactive iodine-131 in rainwater and milk.

    CRIIRAD, an independent French research body on radioactivity, said it had detected radioactive iodine-131 in rainwater in south-eastern France.

    A sample analysed on 28 March showed radioactivity levels of 8.5 becquerel.

    In parallel testing, the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), the national public institution monitoring nuclear and radiological risks, found iodine 131 in milk.

    According to the institute, concentrations from a sample collected on 25 March showed levels of less than 0.11 becquerels per litre.

    In normal times, no trace of iodine-131 should be detectable in rainwater or milk.
  • “Blinding”Blue Light/Flash Seen During Earthquake In Japan, Nuclear Plants Lose Power

    Two nuclear power plants in Japan have lost power and are currently running on back up generators after another huge quake rocked Japan.

    “At 12:23 a.m. the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, an arm of the Japanese government, began holding an emergency press conference. An official said external sources of electricity have been cut to both the Higashi-Dori nuclear power plant in Aomori Pref., in northern Japan and the Rokkasho nuclear recycling plant, which I wrote in the latest issue of Forbes magazine . Both plants are reportedly operating normally via on-site emergency generators,“wrote Yas Idei, writing for Forbes in Japan.

    Reuters has reported that officials have restarted the cooling systems at the Onagawa nuclear plant.
  • FLASHBACK - New cybervirus found in Japan / Stuxnet designed to attack off-line servers via USB memory sticks

    Stuxnet, a computer virus designed to attack servers isolated from the Internet, such as at power plants, has been confirmed on 63 personal computers in Japan since July, according to major security firm Symantec Corp.

    The virus does not cause any damage online, but once it enters an industrial system, it can send a certain program out of control.

    Symantec says the virus reaches the servers via USB memory sticks, and warns against the careless use of such devices.

    Systems at power plants, gas stations and water facilities are not connected to the Internet to protect them from cyber-attacks.

  • Onagawa nuclear plant loses part of outside power

    Japan's nuclear agency says the quake on Thursday night disabled 2 out of the 3 outside power lines used at the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture.

    The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says the plant has been using outside power lines to cool its nuclear fuel rods since the March 11th quake. The agency says after Thursday's quake, the plant is using only one remaining power line.

    The agency says there is no change in radiation levels around the plant as of just after midnight Thursday. The agency is trying to confirm the current status at the plant.

  • Onagawa plant safety inadequate?

    Earthquake acceleration levels at Tohoku Electric Power Co.'s Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi Prefecture exceeded quake-proof standards when the March 11 temblor slammed Tohoku, the utility said Thursday.

    Tsunami triggered by the earthquake also far exceeded the maximum level anticipated and almost reached the site of the plant. The power station, which has three reactors, safely suspended operations when the disaster hit, the utility said.
  • Russia Bans Seafood Imports From Areas Near Japan Nuclear Plant

    MOSCOW -(Dow Jones)- Russia's federal food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has banned the import of seafood from some 242 Japanese processing plants situated near the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.
    In a statement Rosselkhoznadzor said the ban came as a result of the analysis of radiation risks in the area surrounding the nuclear plant. "Russia's imports of Japanese seafood in 2010 totaled 57,000 metric tons."
  • Japan's neighbors alarmed over risk of radiation threat

    China's health ministry said traces of radioactivity in spinach had been found in three provinces.
    India earlier this week banned Japanese food imports for three months.
    In South Korea, some schools closed because parents were worried that rain across the country could be toxic.
    "We've sent out an official communication today that schools should try to refrain from outdoor activities," an education official in South Korea said.
    South Korea's nuclear safety agency reported a small level of radioactive iodine and caesium particles in rain in the south but said it was not enough to be a public health concern.
    Nevertheless, many Koreans donned face masks, and streets near schools in Seoul were more congested than usual as parents drove children to work rather than let them walk.
  • Radioactive Fallout To Engulf Taiwan, People Should Stay Home

    Radioactive Fallout To Engulf Taiwan, People Should Stay Home, Those Who Must Go Out Should Immediately Take Off Their Clothes And Cleanse Nuclear Contaminants From Their Bodies As Soon As They Are Back Home
    Posted On Apr 04
    On the other hand, agricultural officials, in response to the approaching menace, are readying preventive measures, while medical professionals offer suggestions on how to stay out of harm’s way.
    From this week on, an ongoing checking program will expand to include more vegetables and fruits grown in open-air gardens and orchards in sample checking, and if the situation goes from bad to worse, even fodder grass will be included, said an official with the Executive Yuan’s Council of Agriculture.
    Sample checking of dairy products had already begun on April 2.

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