Fukushima timeline August 2011
- Three Plutonium Brothers of Japan: "They Are So Safe You Can Drink It"
Tokyo Brown Tabby's latest captioning is over the collection of video clips of three Japanese nuclear researchers, claiming safety for plutonium on the national TV. The first two appeared on TV after the March 11 accident to assure the public that there was nothing to worry about on plutonium, because it was so safe.
Three Plutonium Brothers are:
(1)Tadashi Narabayashi Professor in Engineering at Hokkaido University (in TV Asahi "Sunday Scramble" on Apr. 3, 2011)
(2)Keiichi Nakagawa Associate Professor in Radiology The University of Tokyo Hospital (in Nippon TV "news every" on Mar. 29, 2011)
(3)Hirotada Ohashi Professor in System Innovation University of Tokyo (at a panel discussion in Saga Pref. on Dec. 25, 2005, regarding using MOX fuel at Genkai Nuke Plant)
- Japanese Researcher Says Reactor 3's Fuel Melted Twice, Dropped to Containment Vessel
According to Tanabe, the amount of water from March 21 to 24 was only about 11 to 32% of what was needed to remove the decay heat, and within one day the melted fuel would attain the melting temperature again.
Tanabe thinks this massive "re-melting" caused the release of a large amount of radioactive materials into the environment which caused a spike in air radiation in wide areas of Tohoku and Kanto including Tokyo, and most of the re-melted fuel dropped from the RPV to the Containment Vessel.
- Bayer threatens to quit Germany over nuclear shutdown
Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power after the Fukushima catastrophe in Japan could lead to some of the country's major companies relocating elsewhere in search of cheaper energy.
Bayer....The company that dumped AIDS tainted vacciness into 3rd world countries.... The Germans are better off without these parasites.
- Japan to refrain from claiming safety of Japanese foods
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto has instructed his ministry to refrain from claiming the safety of Japanese foods, changing its stance after radiation-contamination beef was found to have been sold to consumers in Japan, sources close to the matter said Sunday.
- Parents live with radiation fear in shadow of Fukushima nuclear plant
Since the crisis started on March 11, authorities have raised the exposure limit for children to that used for atomic plant workers in many countries but have sought to reassure families their children are safe.
- TEPCO struggling to stabilize plant despite progress reports
TOKYO — The vice chairman of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan on Sunday said the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant still poses risks despite some progress reported by the government.
- Japan rice futures soar on nuclear fears
TOKYO — Japan started trading rice futures Monday but suspended the market after the price of the staple grain soared on fears that radioactive contamination from the Fukushima disaster will restrict supply.
- Nagasaki mayor: We must do away with myths and face reality
The myth that nuclear plants are completely safe has crumbled because of the Fukushima plant disaster. However, Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been fighting with a different myth for over half a century: that the United States was justified in dropping the atomic bombs because they saved more lives than they took. Journalist Akira Naka shows that this myth is not based in fact in his book "Mokusatsu" (Ignore by silence), but it is nonetheless still vigorously propagated.
- Japan nuclear expert: Massive “re-melting” occurred at Reactor No. 3 (DIAGRAM)
[Fumiya Tanabe, former head of the research at Japan Atomic Energy Agency] thinks the fuel melted and dropped to the bottom of the Reactor Pressure Vessel of Reactor 3 by March 14′s explosion; then the melted fuel stayed there, cooled by more than 300-tonnes/day water. However, the amount of water injected dropped to only 24 tonnes per day from March 21 to 23, and 69 tonnes per day on March 24, probably due to increased pressure within the RPV.
It caused the melted fuel to heat up again, and the fuel melted through the RPV and dropped onto the Containment Vessel (pedestal; see the diagram from Asahi).
- “Most” of the fuel at Reactor No. 3 may have breached vessel after melting down again
According to a study, the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant might have suffered a second nuclear meltdown, Kyodo news agency reported Monday.
According to the study, which was conducted by nuclear safety expert Fumiya Tanabe, fuel inside one of the plant’s nuclear reactors might have breached the bottom of a pressure vessel after melting again.
- After Fukushima, Japan's 'authority myth' is crumbling
Ordinary people in Japan are starting to wonder whether to trust what politicians and the media tell them...
- Protesters rally in Fukushima against nuclear power
TOKYO (Japan): An estimated 1,700 people rallied in the capital of Japan's Fukushima region, home to a crippled atomic power plant on Sunday calling for an end to nuclear energy, local media reported.
- Water treatment system at Fukushima plant stops for 7.5 hours, cause unknown
Following a string of problems with the pumps, NISA instructed TEPCO to investigate the causes of the mishaps. The agency urged the utility to work out and submit preventative plans as well as to report a list of troubles other than those with the pumps.
- Safecast finds 750,000 Bq/m2 or 23,000 CPM — Taken August 7 in Tokyo (PHOTO)
Value: 750,000 Bq/m2, 23,000 CPM Type: surface concrete Radiation: alpha, beta, gamma
Mobile Probe Radiation measurement for www.Safecast.com
Reported by: Pieter Franken, Safecast.org Japan
Medcom inspector alert courtesy of Www.Medcom.com
- Tepco May Announce More Fukushima Losses in Quarterly Earnings
“Nobody thinks the compensation payments will be less than 1 trillion yen, but Tepco won’t book charges like that tomorrow because it would bankrupt the company,” said Reiji Ogino, an analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley in Tokyo.
- Japan's continued promotion of overseas nuclear power expansion calls for reflection
Harsh criticism of the prime minister is no longer rare these days, but a remark by Hitachi Ltd. Chairman Takashi Kawamura during a summer seminar of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) lobby in Karuizawa, a resort not far from Tokyo, takes the cake.
"We'd like to go forward with our plans for overseas nuclear power expansion regardless of what the prime minister says," Kawamura said on July 22, furious over Prime Minister Naoto Kan's declaration to reduce and eliminate Japan's dependence on nuclear power.
- Nippon Life Logs Record April-June Premium Revenue
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Nippon Life Insurance Co.'s premium revenue for the April- June quarter jumped 18.7% on the year to 1.35 trillion yen, an all-time high for that quarter, according to earnings results released on Monday.
This is what people of Japan think of their future after Fukushima. I also bet that radiation related issues wont be covered by any of Japans insurance companies.
- TEPCO starts evaporating saltwater
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has began evaporating contaminated saltwater, as a way to reduce accumulated radioactive seawater at the plant...
However, TEPCO says the system has the capacity to process only 40 percent of the contaminated seawater into freshwater, leaving 60 percent untreated. As of August 2nd, there was still about 21,000 tons of contaminated seawater left at the plant.
- Solar storms threaten nuke plants: Electric power outages could last “for years or even decades” — Risk significantly outweighs that of major earthquakes
...] NOAA predicted four extreme solar emissions which could threaten the planet this decade. Similarly, NASA warned that a peak in the sun’s magnetic energy cycle and the number of sun spots or flares around 2013 could enable extremely high radiation levels. [...]
This type of storm could also induce geomagnetic currents that could debilitate transformers on the power grid. Electric power would be out for years or even decades. [...]
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