News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in April 2011

Radioactive news 8 April 2011

  • US unprepared for Japan-style nuke accident: lawmaker

    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US nuclear reactor near Baltimore would come dangerously close to meltdown within two days of a disaster on the scale of what happened in Japan three weeks ago, a lawmaker said, citing a draft report by the US nuclear watchdog...

  • Did the nitrogen injection backfire?

    The graph shows, that the radiation in the dry well (D/W) of reactor no 1 cannot be measured anymore. The meter stops at 100 sieverts/hour. In the torus/suppression chamber (S/C)there has been no change since yesterday so far.

  • Radioactive water spilled at Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi

    Radioactive water spilled from pools holding spent nuclear fuel rods at the Onagawa power plant in Miyagi Prefecture following the strong earthquake late Thursday, the nuclear safety agency said Friday.
    While the spent fuel pools at the Onagawa plant and the Higashidori nuclear power station in Aomori Prefecture, both operated by Tohoku Electric Power Co., lost their cooling functions for 20 to 80 minutes after the quake, the temperature hardly rose, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.

    A small amount of contaminated water spilled on the floor was observed inside the buildings at all three reactors at the Onagawa plant, which has suspended operations since the mega earthquake and tsunami last month, according to the agency.

  • NUCLEAR CRISIS: More Really Useful Links

    Includes links to lesser known radiation monitoring sites in Japan and elsewhere; primers on understanding radiation (phenomena, measurement, & effects); video, news, background & analysis of the disaster; epidemiology & dose/risk assesment; historical scientific studies and results; more.

    Invaluable to talk people like me down out of the fear tree. Unnecessary freaking out is counter productive (a good thing to be reminded of often).

  • The cesium deception: Why the mainstream media is mostly reporting iodine levels, not radioactive cesium

    Virtually all the numbers you're seeing about the radioactivity coming out of Fukushima are based on iodine-131 which only has a half-life of 8 days, not the far more dangerous cesium-137 which has a half-life of 30 years. So while the mainstream media reports that "radiation levels are falling rapidly" from the 7.5 million times reading taken a few days ago, what they're not telling you is that the cesium-137 radioactivity will take 30 years just to fall by 50 percent.

    It's the great global cover-up in all this: What happens to all the radioactive cesium being dumped into the ocean right now? It doesn't just burn itself out in a few months like iodine-131. This stuff sticks around for centuries.

  • Obama's friends turn radioactive after Japan accident

    President Obama's push to expand renewable domestic energy has put him in an awkward position following the explosions at a nuclear plant in Japan and the subsequent leakage of radiation. While Obama can still talk about solar, wind and biofuels, nuclear power is practically the only way to generate reliable and affordable energy without fossil fuels.

    Making things more uncomfortable for Obama, three of his most intimate corporate friends -- General Electric, Duke Energy and Exelon -- are deeply involved in nuclear energy.

  • TEPCO entertaining no hopes of quick fix

    It has been nearly a month since the earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan, but the situation surrounding the reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant remains perilous.

    TEPCO is considering installing additional cooling systems as part of a new plan to stabilize the reactors damaged by the March 11 disaster.

    According to estimates released by the utility Wednesday, 70 percent of fuel rods at the No. 1 reactor have been damaged. At the Nos. 2 and 3 reactors, 25 percent to 30 percent of fuel rods have been damaged, the utility said.

  • Water radiation levels rise north of nuke plant

    The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says seawater radiation levels continue to rise in areas north of the plant.

    Tokyo Electric Power Company says it detected on Thursday 110 becquerels of radioactive iodine-131 per cubic centimeter in seawater samples collected 30 meters from outlets in the northern part of the complex.

  • Aftershock batters nuclear plants

    Operations have been suspended at all nuclear power plants from Aomori to Ibaraki prefectures since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. But electricity is still crucial to keep their cooling systems operating.

  • Contamination spread around hemisphere

    Radioactive materials released from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant spread around the entire Northern Hemisphere in the two weeks following the March 11 disaster, an international nuclear watchdog said Thursday.

    The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization said minute traces of radioactive substances spread around the hemisphere by March 25 after being carried across the Pacific. But it said the amounts of such substances were far below levels that could affect human health.

  • Japan Nuclear Radiation Found In Food Being Bought In California Stores

    As reported live last night on the Intel Hub radio show and again today on The Alexander Higgins Show, Japan nuclear radiation including i-131, Caesium 134 and Caesium 137 are now being detected in a wide variety of foods being bought on store shelves in California.

    In the first food chain tests made public radioactive contamination was found in spinach, strawberries, topsoil, grass, and milk.

    Of the isotopes detected, radioactive iodine has a half-life of 8 days outside of the human body and 100 days inside of the body. The C-134 ha a half-life of 2.0652 years and the c-137 has a half-life of 30.17. C-135 with a half-life of over 2.3 million years is not reported as detected.

  • Amid nuclear crisis, Japan’s Tepco planned new reactors

    Amid nuclear crisis, Japan’s Tepco planned new reactors
    By Andrew Higgins, Wednesday, April 6, 12:45 AM
    FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN — Even as it struggled to contain the world’s worst nuclear disaster in a quarter-century, Tokyo Electric Power Co. late last month quietly set out big plans for the future: It proposed building two new nuclear reactors at its radiation-spewing Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

  • "The Emergency Statement from Fukushima"

    From Yoshimi Takashi Hikosaka's blog, from the human beings bearing the brunt of this environmental catastrophe, comes this request, entreating the government of Japan and, I think, governments everywhere:

  • Plutonium Carries Serious Risks to Public Health and the Environment

    Plutonium Carries Serious Risks to Public Health and the Environment
    WASHINGTON - March 30 - The release of plutonium from at least one of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactors carries serious risks to public health and the environment, according to Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). Inhalation of a plutonium particle the size of a speck of dust can lead to lung cancer and death. The particle’s extensive half-life also means it will impact the environment for thousands of years if released into the soil, air or sea.


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