Fukushima timeline - July 2011

Radioactive news 10 July 2011

  • Japan says Fukushima clean-up to take 20 years

    Japan's Prime Minister has announced that it will take up to 20 years to clean up after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. It's the first time the government has attempted to indicate how long the operation may take.
    Source: RTNews

  • Dismantling Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to take several decades

    TOKYO — The full dismantling of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, including removing nuclear fuel and tearing down reactors and the buildings housing them, is expected to take several decades, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Fukushima fuel rods removal can begin in 10 years

    An expert on decommissioning nuclear power plants says work to remove fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant can begin in 10 years.

    He said the situation in Fukushima is 10 to 20 times worse than what happened at Three Mile Island, where only a small portion of the fuel rods melted down, all of which remained inside the reactor.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Elderly Fukushima woman kills self 'to evacuate to grave'

    MINAMISOMA, Fukushima -- A 93-year-old woman, dejected over the ongoing nuclear crisis, was found hanged at her home in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, in late June, leaving behind suicide notes that said in part, "I will evacuate to the grave. I am sorry."
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Tsunami advisories lifted at 11:45

    The agency observed 10 centimeter waves at Ofunato port in Iwate Prefecture and Soma port in Fukushima Prefecture. But after that, it observed no major tsunami and lifted the advisories at 11:45 AM.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Tokyo traces cows from contaminated farm

    But beef from 6 cows shipped from the farm to Tokyo and Tochigi in May and June are believed to have already made it to market without radiation testing.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Earthquake List for Map of Asia Region

    Here is a list of the earthquakes located by the USGS and contributing networks for the Map of Asia Region. Most recent events are at the top.

    webmasters comment: at this moment 3 aftershocks.
    Source: earthquake.usgs.gov

  • Gov't to conduct 2-stage 'stress tests' for nuclear reactors

    TOKYO — The Japanese government will conduct additional safety assessments called “stress tests” in two stages before restarting nuclear reactors suspended for regular checks, government sources said Saturday....

    ...conducting a comprehensive safety assessment based on the European Union’s stress tests, the sources said.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • M7.3 earthquake jolts northeastern Japan

    Areas in northeastern Japan hard hit by the March 11 mega earthquake and ensuing tsunami were jolted again Sunday morning by a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
    Source: english.kyodonews.jp

  • Ponyo, the anti-nuke goldfish princess, BANNED!

    The Japanese paper, Tokyo Sports (L), reports that Hayao Miyazaki’s film, “Ponyo on the Cliff” (IMDB.com), has been banned for broadcast on Japanese TV because it is “reminiscent” of Japan’s great tsunami of March 11. Specifically, the “Fish Out of Water” segment of the animated fantasy of goldfish princess and a five year old boy shown below was cited as unsuitable.
    Source: news.3yen.com

  • Japan Students Forced To Clean Radioactive Dirt With Up To 17,020 Bq/Kg Cesium From Swimming Pools

    Japan schools force students to clean radioactive dirt from swimming pools in locations designated as hot spots with radiation levels 4 times Chernobyl evacuation limits.

    In another propaganda show meant to convince the public there is no threat from radiation in Japan, local schools forced children to clean radioactive dirt from the bottom of the schools swimming pools.

    One PTA member who didn’t trust the assertions from the school and the government kept a sample of the dirt collected from the pool and decided to have it tested for radiation.

    According to a the Mainichi Daily News (Japanese), that sample was found to contain 17,020 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium.
    Source: blog.alexanderhiggins.com via WRH

  • Scientists launch 'operation sunflowers' to decontaminate farmland near nuclear plant

    A group of scientists, led by space agriculture professor Masamichi Yamashita at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), had planted sunflower seeds on farmland in three locations in Namie and Katsurao, Fukushima Prefecture, on an experimental basis after receiving approval from the owners of the farmland. The group visited the farmland again on July 2 and confirmed the seeds were sprouting. The levels of radiation one meter above the ground in the area were rather high, ranging from 7 to 21 microsieverts per hour.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • 7.1-magnitude quake hits off east coast of Japan's Honshu,tsunami warnings in effect

    This still image taken from NHK footage shows the geographic location of the epicenter of the earthquake that happened near east coast of Japan, July 10, 2011. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck the eastern Japan coast at 9:57 a.m. (0057 GMT) local time Sunday, prompting the authorities to issue a tsunami warning for the northeastern coast. (Xinhua)

    TOKYO, July 10 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale jolted off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 09:57 a.m. local time (0057 GMT) on Sunday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Tsunami warnings or advisories are currently in effect.

    The quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometers under the seabed and the epicenter is some 200 kilometers from the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan's meteorological agency said.
    Source: english.peopledaily.com.cn

  • Experts warn that drug's benefits unproven for low-dose radiation dosages

    The pigment Prussian blue, which is also used in paints, was found to encourage the ejection of cesium-137 when it was used on 46 people exposed to the isotope in an incident in Brazil in 1987. It was found to be particular effective on adults. However, almost no other data on Prussian blue's medical use exists. A German pharmaceutical company put the pigment into capsule form and began selling it in 1997 under the name Radiogardase.

    Prussian blue is said to cut down the length of time that cesium-137 stays in the human body by two thirds, and the World Health Organization has recommended that all countries keep stocks on hand. It was approved for sale in Japan in October last year. Possible side effects are feared such as constipation and potassium deficiency in the blood,
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Nine Mile Nuclear Plant employees walk off the job

    Union officials and Constellation Energy Nuclear Group have been holding contract negotiations for months, but earlier this week the talks broke down over pension issues and in response, 450 plant employees have walked off the job.

    Sandy Regan is just one of those employees. She has worked at the plant for 15 years.

    "We're not whining about our wages, which is what a lot of people kinda get a bad rap because we're union, and we're not doing that at all, these people were promised pension money and now they're taking it away,” said Sandy Regan.
    Source: northernny.ynn.com

  • June 30 meeting revealed depleted uranium storage facility burned after quake — Contained 1,800 lbs. of DU

    [Headline:] Depleted Uranium Storage Facility Also Burned when Cosmo Oil’s Gas Tank Exploded

    On June 30 Chiba Prefectural Assembly held meetings of 2 standing committees [...] it was revealed that the LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) tank fire and explosion at Cosmo Oil Refinery in Ichihara City, Chiba also burned the adjacent depleted uranium storage facility. There was no leak of radioactive materials, according to the committee.
    Source: enenews.com


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