Fukushima timeline - July 2011

Radioactive news 3 July 2011

  • Fukushima's No. 5 Nuclear Reactor Cooling Facility Stops

    (Reuters) - The system to cool the nuclear reactor and fuel pool has stopped at the No. 5 unit of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant in northeastern Japan, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power said Sunday.
    Source: huffingtonpost.com

  • Woman living in Fukushima shelter burns herself to death in apparent suicide

    FUKUSHIMA — The body of a 58-year-old woman was found in front of her home in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture on Friday after she apparently burned herself to death, police said Saturday.

    The woman, who had been living in an organized refuge area, was found by her husband Friday morning outside their former home, which is in a no-go area due to radiation. Residents have been permitted to make short visits home a few times since the evacuation began.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Japan Cancer Expert: "No Hope For Future"

    Japan's leading business journal Toyo Keizai has published an article by Hokkaido Cancer Center director Nishio Masamichi, a radiation treatment specialist. The piece, entitled “The Problem of Radiation Exposure Countermeasures for the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Concerns for the Present Situation”, was published on June 27 and is consistent with the critical coverage of the Fukushima crisis that has appeared in independent weekly magazines, notably Shukan Kinyobi, which have taken a strong anti-nuclear stance since the March 11 earthquake-tsunami-meltdown, and have repeatedly focused on the dangers of radiation exposure while calling for far-reaching measures to protect those at risk.
    Source: beforeitsnews.com

  • Fukushima panel wants towns to make power

    FUKUSHIMA--A committee tasked with drawing up the reconstruction strategy for Fukushima Prefecture following the March earthquake and nuclear disaster will call for local communities to generate their own power rather than relying on large power stations.

    The prefecture's reconstruction vision study committee will make "energy independence," the idea that communities should produce the electricity they use, central to its reconstruction plan and will call for a phasing out of nuclear power.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Dairy farmer's last words blame nuclear plant crisis

    Just before he took his own life, a desperate farmer scrawled a haunting message to those he left behind: "Remaining dairy farmers: Don't lose out to the nuclear accident, do your best."

    The 54-year-old man, a dairy farmer from Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, wrote the message on the wall of the compost shed, beside the barn where he killed himself in June.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Nuclear compensation panel eyes payments for lost exports

    Firms may be compensated for lost sales due to import restrictions imposed by foreign countries following the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

    The government screening panel on compensation for nuclear accidents agreed to consider such payments at a meeting July 1. Companies that lost business because of the dramatic fall in foreign tourists to Japan following the accident may also be eligible for payments.

    Webmasters comment:
     People paying for disaster caused by a private company!

    Source: asahi.com

  • Meltdown: The Story Of What Really Happened at Fukushima?

    It’s been one of the mysteries of Japan’s ongoing nuclear disaster: How much of the damage did the March 11 earthquake inflict on Fukushima Daiichi’s reactors in the 40 minutes before the devastating tsunami arrived? The stakes are high: If the quake alone structurally compromised the plant and the safety of its nuclear fuel, then every other similar reactor in Japan is at risk.
    Source: beforeitsnews.com

  • Hose leaking water at Fukushima No.5 reactor

    The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says a hose has been leaking seawater used to cool the No.5 reactor, which is currently in a state of cold shutdown.

    Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, is set to replace the hose, but will have to suspend the reactor's cooling function to do so. It says this will raise the water temperature, but the reactor will still remain in a state of cold shutdown.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • TEPCO sends robot into No. 3 reactor at Fukushima plant

    TOKYO — Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Saturday that it had sent a robot into the No. 3 reactor building at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. TEPCO released a film to media, showing the robot moving inside the reactor with a vacuum cleaner to gather up radioactive dust.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Germany overwhelmingly votes for the energy revolution

    Greenpeace Germany Executive Director Brigitte Behrens reflects on the importance of the German Parliament’s decision to phase out the country's nuclear power plants, not just in Germany, but because of the example it sets for other nuclear-powered countries.

    Germany’s vote is historic, not only as it on a final nuclear phase-out by 2022, but even more importantly the Parliament decided on a definite power shift to renewable energies as the replacement. The law was passed in with an overwhelming majority of 513 votes in favour, with a mere 79 votes against and eight abstentions. The decision will be in compliance with the German -40% CO2 reduction objective from 1990 to 2020 and importantly will comprise a significant drop in coal use.
    Source: greenpeace.org

  • Post-Fukushima Nuclear Protest Music - Rankin & Dub Ainu Band "You can't see it, and you can't smell it either "

    Radiation is strong, Radiation is powerful, it doesn't discriminate, and you can't beat it Even if you're... Gaddafi, Obama, Sarkozy, Berlusconi, Hirose Takashi (anti-nuclear journalist), Rankin' Taxi (composer of this song) the Prime Minister, Hanshin Kyojin (comedy duo), the pro-nuclear and anti-nuclear camps Tokyo Electric and Kansai Electric and all the other electric power companies Men, women, children, adults Asahi (newspaper) Bunshun (magazine), Ebisu and Kirin (beer) White people, black people, Seiyu and Daiei (rival supermarkets) Toyota and Nissan (cars), Iraq and Iran
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • (Photo) Cold Shutdown At #Fukushima Reactor 5 In Danger As Water Leaking From Cooling System

    The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says a hose has been leaking seawater used to cool the No.5 reactor, which is currently in a state of cold shutdown.

    Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, is set to replace the hose, but will have to suspend the reactor's cooling function to do so. It says this will raise the water temperature, but the reactor will still remain in a state of cold shutdown.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Japan's Tsunami: The First 24 Hours

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan -- When Unit 2 began to shake, Hiroyuki Kohno's first hunch was that something was wrong with the turbines. He paused for a moment, then went back to logging the day's radioactivity readings.

    He expected it to pass. Until the shakes became jolts.

    As sirens wailed, he ran to an open space, away from the walls, and raced down a long corridor with two colleagues. Parts of the ceiling fell around them. Outside, he found more pandemonium.

    "People were shouting about a tsunami," he said. "At that point, I really thought I might die."

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    EDITOR'S NOTE: It was an ordinary Friday afternoon, and then the shaking began – harbinger of a nuclear nightmare that rages on, three months later. A moment-by-moment account of the crucial first 24 hours after an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.
    Source: huffingtonpost.com

  • Mayor To Approve Resumption Of Genkai Reactors

    FUKUOKA (Kyodo)--Hideo Kishimoto, mayor of Genkai, Saga Prefecture, will approve the resumption of two suspended reactors at the Genkai nuclear power plant when he meets with Kyushu Electric Power Co. President Toshio Manabe on Monday morning, sources close to the matter said Saturday.
    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • Fire breaks out at Los Alamos Technical Area 53 — Squirrel blamed

    The fire broke out at the lab substation Saturday in a site referred to by officials as Technical Area 53. [...]

    Crews are patrolling the site to ensure it is out.

    Technical Area 53 houses the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center which is used for nuclear physics experiments including weapons research.
    Source: enenews.com

 

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