News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in June 2011

Radioactive news 11 June 2011

  • Diagonal digging technology to be used for geothermal power generation

    Mitsubishi Materials Corp. and Tohoku Electric Power Co. are planning to employ diagonal digging technology to reach a geothermal energy source just below a national park for electric power generation, it has emerged...

    Japan is ranked third in the world for the amount of geothermal energy sources it holds, following Indonesia and the United States. The country is estimated to have enough of such power sources to generate 20 million kilowatts -- equal to the capacities of 20 nuclear reactors, according to the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry.

  • Shizuoka tells tea retailer to conceal radiation info

    Shizuoka — Shizuoka Prefecture told a Tokyo-based mail order company not to say anything on its website about excessive radioactive material being found in tea from the prefecture, the retailer said Friday.

  • Novelist Murakami slams nuclear policy

    BARCELONA, Spain — Novelist Haruki Murakami criticized his country's pursuit of nuclear energy Thursday during his acceptance speech at the 2011 International Catalunya Prize ceremony in Barcelona, describing the ongoing crisis at the quake-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant as "a mistake committed by our very own hands."

  • Japan may shut down its nuclear power plants in nine moths

    The Japanese Ministry of Economy announced yesterday that, due to protests by local authorities in the country, the existing nuclear power plants (NPP) may be shut down, and the country’s power sector will become practically nuclear-free by April 2012. To compensate for the reduction in output, Japan will be forced to annually import oil-fuel and natural gas in the amount of $40 billion. Domestic experts are making a significantly higher assessment of Japan’s additional demand for hydrocarbons. However, Russia will hardly have a share of the new “Japanese pie”: almost all of Tokyo’s additional needs will be met by Qatar, Australia and the Arab states.

    Today, 19 of Japan’s 54 reactors are operational, and the rest have been stopped for inspection and, perhaps, will not be turned on due to a ban by local authorities. If the local governing bodies continue having a negative stance, then by April 2012 all nuclear power generating units will be shut down as a preventative measure, but will not be returned to operational mode.

  • Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result of Fukushima Fallout?

    U.S. babies are dying at an increased rate. While the United States spends billions on medical care, as of 2006, the US ranked 28th in the world in infant mortality, more than twice that of the lowest ranked countries. (DHHS, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics. Health United States 2010, Table 20, p. 131, February 2011.)

    The recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicates that eight cities in the northwest U.S. (Boise ID, Seattle WA, Portland OR, plus the northern California cities of Santa Cruz, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and Berkeley) reported the following data on deaths among those younger than one year of age:

    4 weeks ending March 19, 2011 - 37 deaths (avg. 9.25 per week) 10 weeks ending May 28, 2011 - 125 deaths (avg.12.50 per week)

    This amounts to an increase of 35% (the total for the entire U.S. rose about 2.3%), and is statistically significant.

  • #Radioactive Cement Here We Come!

    De facto loosening of standards in radioactive safety is coming fast and furious over in Japan. Shock and awe, sort of.

    The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) is going to allow radioactive sewage sludge to be recycled as cement materials. Starting with the sludge with several hundred becquerels per kilogram of cesium, and gradually expand to the sludge with higher radiation as long as it is "confirmed "safe".

  • Cesium detected in Shizuoka tea

    Radioactive cesium exceeding the legal limit was detected in tea made in a factory in Shizuoka City, more than 300 kilometers away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Shizuoka Prefecture is one of the most famous tea producing areas in Japan.

  • Marijuana and Radiation Protection

    (NaturalNews) Marijuana offers strong protective qualities against radiation exposure. Since fewer and fewer people have the financial resources to continually purchase all the helpful things they will need perhaps growing weed in our backyard will offer the public one of the best anti-radiation solutions in the long run.

  • Children in Fukushima to be given dosimeters

    A city 60 kilometers away from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has decided to distribute dosimeters to all kindergarteners and school children to monitor their radiation exposure.

    Voices of parents expressing concern about their children's health due to the radioactive contamination are growing louder.

  • More Tepco Shareholders Seeking Nuclear Phaseout

    TOKYO (Nikkei)--A total of 402 shareholders at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) have jointly submitted a resolution urging a withdrawal from nuclear power operations, the utility revealed in a notice for its general shareholders.

  • Japan Censors Tests Showing Radiation In Tea Above Legal Limits Over 300 Miles From Fukushima

    Japan orders tea manufacturer to withhold radiation test results from the public because it “may spread unnecessary fear” after nuclear radiation is detected in tea above legal limits 300 miles from Fukushima.

    As a reference, here is a map showing the location of the Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo, and the prefecture where radiation levels in the tea is being detected above legal limits.


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