News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in May 2011

Radioactive news 11 May 2011

  • Radioactive water found in No.3 reactor pit
    Tokyo Electric Power Company says water containing radioactive material has been found flowing into a pit outside of the No.3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
    The flow was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon at a pit linked to a utility tunnel near the reactor's water intake.
    Workers could not confirm whether the water was leaking out into the sea, but they reported seeing froth near the water intake.
    TEPCO says the concentration of radioactive Cesium in water sampled from the pit was 620,000 times higher than the safety limit set by the government. The utility also says it detected 1.5 milli-sieverts per hour of radiation on the surface of water in the pit, which indicates contaminated water may be leaking into the sea.

    Source: NHK
  • Dr. Mark Sircus: Nuclear Contamination 101
    Already we have a huge problem our grandchildren are going to have to deal with—the radioactivity from Fukushima! We hear today that the Prime Minister of Japan will not accept anymore of his salary until the nuclear disaster is under control and that Japan’s plans for nuclear expansion are being buried as should the entire nuclear industry in the world.

    Are our leaders really thinking since most of these children and their children are not going to be around they don’t have to lift a finger to help ensure they have a good future? Without an excuse we can only judge the elite as total barbarians—psychopathic monsters who are not capable of heart feelings of empathy and compassion for the human race.

  • Will Fukushima’s Next Earthquake Start A Global Extinction Event?
    The reactors can NEVER be placed in ‘cold shutdown‘ because the cores are partially melted together. We are talking about hundreds of tons of fissile material inside reinforced concrete containment vessels. The containment vessels are cracked. They are releasing radiation. Fission excursions are still occurring and no one can go inside those containments for hundreds of years – even if they could get to the fuel.

    They continue to pour water on them and drain it off into the ocean because there is nothing else they can do. If they stop pumping water, the genie comes out. If they keep pumping water, it has to go somewhere and that somewhere is the ocean. It is still a stop gap. Those reactor cores cannot be put into ‘cold shutdown’ or dismantled or entombed. Ever.

  • Japan: Compared To Radiation Dumped Into Pacific Ocean Today's Release Of Half Billion Becquerels Is Nothing
    Japan downplays release of 500 million becquerels of nuclear radiation by saying it is nothing compared to the amount radioactive material that has already been dumped into the Pacific Ocean by TEPCO from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

    Today TEPCO was forced to release 500 million becquerels of nuclear radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor into the environment at the Fukushima nuclear reactor to lower the radiation levels inside the plant. In recent days, levels of radiation have been measured high as 700 millisieverts per hour which would be deadly to workers in just a few hours. over the course of the last few days.

  • Japan Junks New Nuclear Plants
    Japan will build no new nuclear reactors. It's a huge body blow to the global industry, and could mark a major turning point in the future of energy.

    Says Prime Minister Naoto Kan: "We need to start from scratch… and do more to promote renewables."

    Wind power alone could---and now probably will---replace 40 nukes in Japan.

    The United States must join them. Axing the $36 billion currently stuck in the 2012 federal budget for loan guarantees to build new reactors could do the trick.

  • Recriticality at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Japanese Researcher Says Nuclear Chain Reaction May Have Reignited Long After Tsunami Disabled the Plant
    Today, Tetsuo Matsui at the University of Tokyo, says the limited data from Fukushima indicates that nuclear chain reactions must have reignited at Fuksuhima up to 12 days after the accident.
    Matsui says the evidence comes from measurements of the ratio of cesium-137 and iodine-131 at several points around the facility and in the seawater nearby. He has calculated what the starting ratio must have been by assuming the reactors had been operating for between 7 and 12 months.

    He says the ratios from drains at reactors 1 and 3 at Fukushima are consistent with the nuclear reactions having terminated at the time of the earthquake.


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