Fukushima timeline - July 2011
- No. of tainted cattle shipped around Japan nears 1,500
TOKYO — A scare over radiation-tainted Japanese beef deepened Thursday with the number of cattle thought to have been contaminated and shipped around the country rising to nearly 1,500, reports said.
As many as 1,485 beef cattle in nine prefectures are thought to have been fed straw contaminated with radioactive cesium before being sent for slaughter and processing nationwide, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.
- Thus Spread Radiation All Over Japan - Through Contaminated Cows
I had expected the wide spread (other than the radioactive plume from Fukushima I Nuke Plant) of radioactive materials in Japan to occur via the radioactive debris in the Tohoku region as municipalities far away from Fukushima are asked to receive debris for burning and burying to help clean Tohoku after the earthquake/tsunami (and conveniently missing is a mention of nuke accident).
That can still happen, but it is the radioactive beef from the cows that ate radioactive rice hay that have brought radiation everywhere in Japan.
- What happened and what do we face in Fukushima?
(NaturalNews) What happened in Fukushima, Japan on March 11, 2011 may be the most sinister global disaster in the recorded history of our planet. The repercussions of this historic disaster will remain for centuries to come. The manifestations of nuclear radiation from the meltdown of the reactors in Fukushima will haunt humanity in ways that we'll only discover over time. The obvious poisoning of our food, water, and air is just the beginning of what is happening to humanity, animal and plant life, and the planet.
In an interview with Harry Jabs, a nuclear physicist with as masters degree from Texas A&M and who has a Diploma in Physics from the University of Hamburg in Germany, we expose what had to have happened in Fukushima on March 11 and the weeks and months that followed. It is a shocking story that many cannot read without either disbelief or utter shock.
- Melt-Through Simulation Created by Japan's METI Well Before #Fukushima
This animation was created by the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization, a government corporation under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (which regulates the nuclear industry), to train Senior Specialists for Nuclear Emergency Preparedness on the severe accident of loss of cooling, using a Mark-1 Boiling Water Reactor.
- Strong earthquake hits Iwate
A strong earthquake hit Iwate Prefecture on Saturday afternoon.
The quake had a magnitude of 6.5, with the focus estimated to be in waters off Miyagi Prefecture.
It registered an intensity of 5-plus on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7.
- 6.4 earthquake, near the east coast of Honshu, Japan, 11:34pm, Jul 22, 22 mi deep
6.4 earthquake, near the east coast of Honshu, Japan, 11:34pm, Jul 22, 22 mi deep, at 38.953°,142.019° http://on.doi.gov/oqJcWT
- Friday's water treatment system halt caused by human error: TEPCO
TOKYO, July 23 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday human error in work to install a system to prevent an overflow of electricity caused Friday's temporary halt of a key water decontamination system at its crisis- hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
A circuit breaker in a backup power panel installed in May was activated Friday morning, leading to a blackout which also temporarily stopped cooling operations for one of the spent fuel pools, as it was mistakenly set to work at electric current levels far lower than it should have been, it said.
- TEPCO probes Fukushima blackout
Tokyo Electric Power Company is investigating the cause of a sudden power failure at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The blackout halted the cooling of a spent fuel pool for 5 hours.
The trouble occurred at around 7:10 AM on Friday, when a circuit breaker malfunctioned on the power feed to the No. 3 and 4 reactors.
The blackout halted equipment to cool the spent fuel pool for the No. 3 reactor.
Cooling was restored around 5 hours later by means of an alternative power source.
"restoration work" is going on without backup power source.
- Gov't to allow use of less-demanding radiation detector for beef
The government is set to allow inspection of beef for radiation contamination using more widely available, less-demanding detectors as it prepares to impose broader beef cattle screening to contain the widening food scare, government officials said Friday.
- TEPCO head seeks local leaders' support on Niigata nuclear plant
Nishizawa and Shimizu also met with Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida, who sought a prompt response to the issue of the recently discovered radioactive cesium contamination of rice straw used as feed for cattle, including providing compensation.
The TEPCO president said he will address the matter, which has sparked fresh concerns nationwide about food safety.
- Panel tries to quantify radiation exposure risk
Lifetime exposure to more than 100 millisieverts of radiation presents a significant risk of cancer, according to a preliminary finding of the Food Safety Commission reached at a meeting July 21.
The calculation includes radiation from food and external exposure.
The committee, established under the Cabinet Office, has been tasked by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to assess the effects of exposure on human health over a lifetime.
The committee will make its final decision as early as next week and will present it to the ministry.
On March 17, the ministry set provisional benchmarks, backed by the Food Sanitation Law, to restrict distribution of food contaminated by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant crisis.
- Disaster victims struggle to care for elderly family members in temporary housing
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate -- Residents in temporary housing built after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami are struggling to care for elderly family members with dementia and other symptoms, highlighting the need for better support measures.
- IAEA sees "significant progress" on Japan atom crisis
(Reuters) - Significant progress has been made in efforts to contain and stabilise the situation at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, the head of the United Nations atomic agency said on Friday.
In a statement issued ahead of a visit to Japan next week, Director General Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Tokyo Electric Power Co's plan to achieve a cold shutdown by early 2012 "could be possible."
IAEA would be better off with their mouth shut. Their performance in the last 10 years can be measured with hunting for non existent nuclear weapons in Iraq, while nuclear power plants all over the world are leaking. Failed organization with failed agenda.
- Radioactive cesium found in rice straw fed to cattle in Mie
MIE — Mie prefectural authorities said Friday that radioactive cesium had been found in rice straw fed to cattle at a ranch in Taiki town. Local government officials told a news conference that the straw had been procured from Miyagi Prefecture after the March 11 disaster.
- Iwate town gets over 50 requests from evacuees to switch temporary housing units
OTSUCHI, Iwate -- The municipal government here has been hit with dozens of complaints about temporary housing units for evacuees, logging over 50 requests from people wanting to move to other housing units.
- News Navigator: Could radioactive cesium-contaminated beef threaten human health?
In other words, up to 1,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium could be detected in the meat of a cow that had eaten feed containing 10,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram everyday. However, as much of the substance is discharged from the animal's body through urine...
webmasters comment: Cesium enriched urea goes back in to the soil, feeds the grass, grass gets eaten by the cow and the process is set to continue for the next 30 years after Fukushima stops spewing radiation.
- Gov't names 4 more radiation 'hot spots' near Fukushima plant
TOKYO — Japan on Thursday recommended 59 more households should evacuate from four areas considered radiation “hot spots” near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, officials said.
The voluntary guidance, in areas where higher levels of radiation have been detected sporadically beyond the 20-kilometer no-go zone around the plant, will affect households in Fukushima Prefecture’s city of Minamisoma.
The move is the second such recommendation after authorities in June identified 113 households that should evacuate from four districts near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
- Fukushima Blackout: Cooling at SPF No. 3 stopped for 5 hours, still on backup power — TEPCO says no ‘major’ change in temp
[...] The blackout halted the cooling of [No. 3] spent fuel pool for 5 hours.
The trouble occurred at around 7:10 AM on Friday, when a circuit breaker malfunctioned on the power feed to the No. 3 and 4 reactors. [...]
- After Fukushima: AREVA and the United States - Nuclear Option - or Nuclear Crusade?
In a recent flurry of nuclear criticism, the United States and AREVA have gone on the offensive, declaring a nuclear future, and criticizing Japan and Germany for recent decisions and comments regarding nuclear free energy policies.
- Government may buy all radioactive beef
The central government is considering buying all beef with levels of radioactive cesium exceeding government standards in an effort to try to address rising consumer concern and falling prices for Japanese beef.
- TEPCO redefines “cold shutdown” — Only bottom of pressure vessel has to be under 100 degrees celsius, not reactor-core coolant
[...] A cold shutdown is usually defined as bringing the temperature of the reactor-core coolants to below 100 degrees. But this has been redefined as bringing the temperature at the bottom of the pressure vessels to below 100 degrees and reducing the release of radioactive materials from the reactors [...]
- Fukushima Night Release Video June 26 2011
Posted by Lucas Whitefield Hixson
- Internal radiation dose of around 80 microsieverts from eating 2 pounds of radioactive beef
Eating 1 kg [2.2 pounds] of the meat is roughly equal to a radiation dose of 82.65 microsieverts for a period during which radioactive cesium remains in one’s body.
- Kan, ministers disagree on export of nuke plants
At a session of the Upper House Budget Committee, Kan indicated that the government should review its stance on the export of nuclear plants.
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