News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in June 2011

Radioactive news 24 June 2011

  • High level of radiation exposure estimated

    A group of doctors has found that the estimated level of accumulated internal radiation exposure for people living in Fukushima Prefecture has exceeded 3 millisieverts.

    The researchers, including doctors who have provided medical care to A- bomb survivors, conducted analysis on the food and urine of 15 residents in Iitate Village and Kawamata Town in Fukushima Prefecture. These areas are about 40 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

    They estimate that residents have been internally exposed to up to 3.2 millisieverts for about 2 months, measuring from the date of the accident in March until early May.

    Webmasters comment:

    Internal exposure of 1.6 mSv/month is equal to 19.2 mSv. So is the 20mSv limit set for internal exposure or for the radiation of the environment? It is not nearly the same thing.  I sense a big media sping comming here, that will be talking about measuring standards for a year while doing nothing to protect the people of Japan.

    Also note the article below that states 280.000 dosimeters will be given to children in Fukushima. I m sorry to say but my mental images show 280.000 beeping children, but since i doubt that that will be happening i would suggest double checking the readings from those dosimeters with other reading devices.

    When it comes to nuclear industry follow this rule of thumb. Don't trust anything, check everything!


  • Nuke regulatory reform easier said than done

    VIENNA — Japan faces renewed pressure this week from the International Atomic Energy Agency to rethink its nuclear safety regulatory system, which has been attacked for allowing overly close ties between the watchdog agency and the ministry promoting atomic power.


  • Trial opens over legality of Fukushima plant

    A Japanese court has begun a trial over the legality of the government's authorization of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, where an accident took place on March 11th.

    Webmasters comment:
    Legalizing the criminal act of having the japanese taxpayers pay for the disaster inflicted by a private company!


  • Dosimeters will be given to 280,000 children

    Fukushima Prefecture has decided to distribute dosimeters to about 280 thousand children to monitor their radiation exposure caused by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

  • Fukushima water purification unit not meeting expectations

    "We were expecting to move to a full start in a few days, but we cannot tell at this stage when we can put the system to operation," Junichi Matsumoto, a senior official at the utility's nuclear power section, said.

    The utility based its plan for treating contaminated water on the assumption that the system was capable of reducing radiation levels in contaminated water at the entire compound to levels ranging from 1/10,000th to 1/1,000,000th.

  • Radioactive materials from Fukushima reached Europe in 10 days

    Riding the jet stream, radioactive materials released from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant crossed North America and arrived in Swerland in less than 10 days, according to researchers.

    The modeling simulation was done by a team of researchers from Kyushu University and the University of Tokyo. The results confirmed timings and concentrations observed in Europe and North America.

  • Parents concerned about children's radiation

    Parents and teachers in Fukushima Prefecture are skeptical about the government-set level of exposure to radiation for children, especially in relation to outdoor activities.

  • 6.7-magnitude quake jolts Aomori, Iwate prefectures

    A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 jolted Aomori and Iwate prefectures Thursday morning but did not spawn significant tsunami, the Meteorological Agency said.

    The agency issued Iwate Prefecture a warning for tsunami of up to 50 cm immediately after the 6:51 a.m. quake but lifted it at 7:45 a.m.

  • Disaster damage estimated at $210 billion

    The Japanese government has estimated the monetary damages from the March 11th earthquake and tsunami to be about 210 billion dollars. That figure does not include damage from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

  • Drone Aircraft At Fukushima Plant Loses Control, Lands On Reactor Building

    TOKYO (Dow Jones)--A small 8.2 kilogram drone aircraft gathering data from heavily damaged areas of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant lost control Friday and landed on the roof of the No. 2 reactor building, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) said.

    The vehicle, known as a T-Hawk, is about 20 centimeters in diameter and looks like a small jet pack. It is used primarily by the military for reconnaissance work in dangerous areas. It has been used at Fukushima Daiichi since mid-April to assist in damage assessment.

  • TEPCO: Stopping melt-through fuel from contaminating groundwater will cost too much, hurt company stock price

    (NaturalNews) The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility struck by the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, has made it abundantly clear that protecting people and the environment from the radioactive fallout of its three massive reactor "melt-throughs" is not a priority (

    According to a recent report in The Mainichi Daily News, TEPCO officials claim that installing proper containment vessels to prevent melted fuel from seeping into groundwater will cost too much, and hurt the company's stock value -- and thus it is fighting against calls by the Japanese government to install a concrete containment barrier below the damaged reactors.

    Webmasters comment:
    My personal opinion on the subject? The talk about the cost is a bone to chew on, while the reality is that the building of the containment vessel below the raging meltdowns is more of a science fiction project than reality.


  • Eight new nuclear power stations for the UK

    The government today (June 23) revealed the plans to build eight new nuclear power plants across the UK by 2025.

    The planned sites are at: Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Heysham, Lancashire; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, South Gloucestershire; Sellafield, Cumbria; Sizewell, Suffolk; and Wylfa, Anglesey. The sites are adjacent to existing power stations.


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