News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in June 2011

Radioactive news 23 June 2011

  • Suicides upping casualties from Tohoku catastrophe

    Yamada, Iwate Pref. — On June 11, a dairy farmer in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, chalked a note on the wall of his cattle shed. "If only there wasn't a nuclear power plant," the message read, in reference to the damaged Fukushima No. 1 plant just 45 km away, which had effectively ended his livelihood.

    The man already had culled his livestock after raw milk shipments from the area where he lived had been stopped. Now, he chose to end his own life, too. "I have lost the energy to carry on working," he added in what would be his final words.

    His is not an isolated case. Suicides have been reported throughout the quake region.

  • Researchers simulate Fukushima radiation spread

    The simulation shows some of the radioactive material was carried 5,000 meters into the air by ascending currents of a low-pressure system that passed near Japan the next day.

    Computer images show the substances were then carried by westerly winds and spread over the Pacific Ocean.

    The images indicate that on the 4th day after being vented the substances reached the west coast of the United States, and on the 7th day they approached Iceland after crossing the Atlantic.

  • Tainted green tea leaves in France - update

    The French government reported June 17 that inspectors at Charles de Gaulle Airport detected 1,038 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram in a shipment of tea from Japan, double the EU standard of 500 becquerels per kg. The export was identified as 135 kg of green tea, the prefectural government's economy and industries division said.

  • New policy set on handling of radioactive-tainted sludge

    A government task force on nuclear disaster on June 16 decided to allow sludge containing 8,000 becquerels per kilogram or less of radioactive cesium to be buried in sites that will not be used as residential areas or agricultural fields.

    Sewage sludge contaminated with radioactive materials from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co., has been found in 13 prefectures, including Fukushima and Tokyo.

  • Kyoto seeks accord on Fukui nuclear plants

    Kyoto asked the firm not to resume the operations or make any changes to key equipment without the prefecture's consent, and to hold periodic consultations to draw up a disaster management plan.

  • No initial information on accident reached 6 towns

    Six of 10 municipalities around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant say they received no evacuation information from the central and local governments just after the March 11th nuclear accident.

  • 82 millisieverts outside zone seen

    Cumulative radiation outside the 20-km radius of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the past three months has reached as high as 82 millisieverts, more than four times the limit of 20 millisieverts a year, a science ministry estimate showed Tuesday.


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