Fukushima timeline August 2011

Radioactive news 7 August 2011

  • Radiation Fear Dominates Thoughts of Japanese Parents

    Media reports indicate that parents living near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant are facing a nightmare dilemma: evacuate their children or live with the fear that radiation will make them sick.

    Since the crisis started on March 11, authorities have raised the exposure limit for children to that used for atomic plant workers...

    Source: medindia.net

  • Tohoku Electric's spare capacity falls to 2.8% on Friday+

    TOKYO, Aug. 5 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Tohoku Electric Power Co. barely met demand for electricity on Friday afternoon in the aftermath of torrential rain in Niigata and Fukushima prefectures in late July that has damaged its 28 hydraulic power plants and one pumped-storage hydroelectric power station, company officials said.
    Source: breitbart.com

  • #Radiation in Japan: Chernobyl-Affected Trees from Europe Sold in Japan?

    "I want to tell you how some European countries have been disposing the trees that were contaminated by the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear accident 25 years ago. Japanese timber trading companies started to buy Norway Spruce [Picea abies, also commonly called European Spruce]- "whitewood" - from Germany, Finland, and Sweden in great quantities, and the import continues to this day.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • HIROSHIMA PEACE SYMPOSIUM: Experts call for nuclear disarmament

    HIROSHIMA--Four experts made their cases for nuclear disarmament at the International Symposium for Peace 2011, held in Hiroshima on July 31.

    The following are summaries of their opening remarks, which were abridged and reorganized by The Asahi Shimbun.

    The panel comprised of George Perkovich, vice president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Tilman Ruff, chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Kazumi Mizumoto, vice president of Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City; and Motoko Mekata, professor at Chuo University.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Official N-crisis compensation to begin in Oct.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to begin providing official compensation to victims of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant from October, it has been learned.

    TEPCO decided on the policy after the government Dispute Reconciliation Committee for Nuclear Damage Compensation approved on Friday interim guidelines on industries, products and prefectures eligible for compensation.
    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Post-tsunami Iwate fishing industry faces uncertain future

    OTSUCHI, Iwate -- Fishermen, around a dozen of them, silently set to work with scissors, cutting scallop farm nets from a mass of metal wires -- just one small part of the awesome damage inflicted on this port town by the March 11 tsunami.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • VOX POPULI: Abandoning nuclear power is not a defeat for science

    Follow-up radiation surveys in Hiroshima and Nagasaki show there is no such thing as a "safe level" of exposure to radiation. According to Tatsuhiko Kodama, a University of Tokyo professor who recently testified before the Diet, the radioactive materials released from the crippled Fukushima plant equaled 20 Hiroshima bombs in the uranium equivalent. Kodama also pointed out that the radiation from the Fukushima plant will remain much longer than the radiation from the Hiroshima bomb. Nobody knows the scope and duration of the harm done by the fallout from Fukushima.

    A haiku by Fujiroku Taguchi goes: "I'm not saying nuclear generation is bad/I'm saying it's scary." The almost physical nature of our fear and loathing for nuclear power generation today is making us unable to see the benefits of peaceful utilization of nuclear energy. Our trying to do without nuclear power generation does not spell defeat for science. Rather, I'd like to think it's our sanity kicking in as citizens of a country that had two atom bombs dropped on it in August 1945.
    Source: asahi.com

  • EDITORIAL: We must leave nuclear power behind us


    Fifty seven years on, Japan is now absorbing the vast implications of another nuclear disaster. The country has experienced a series of nuclear tragedies: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the Daigo Fukuryu Maru fallout and Fukushima. Japan must now reconsider its relationship with nuclear power, military or civilian.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Cleanup plan in works for Fukushima

    The government is thinking of setting a decontamination target of halving the areas in Fukushima Prefecture where radiation exposure exceeds 20 millisieverts a year by March 2013, sources said Saturday.

    webmasters comment:

    They also said they achieved cold shutdown, but they still need to define what they meant by it. I guess we are facing a similar situation here.

    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • Gov't eyes halving area of high annual radiation exposure in 2 yrs

    Decontamination entails the cleaning of buildings and road surfaces as well as the removal of mud and soil. There is a possibility that some of the water used in the decontamination process and mud removed from roadside ditches could contain large amounts of radioactive substances.

    While the decontamination operations proceed, the country could be faced with a new problem of how to store and dispose of the contaminated water, mud and soil, they said.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Yoko Ono says Japan should look to geothermal energy

    Yoko Ono has an idea for her disaster-scarred country Japan—abandon nuclear energy for renewables and tap the geothermal energy beneath the unstable ground of the volcanic island nation.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Decontamination system stops at Fukushima Daiichi

    Shortly after 7 AM on Sunday, some of the pumps in a US decontamination device stopped and could not be restarted. The equipment is used to remove radioactive cesium.

    About an hour later, a pump in a French device also stopped working.

    A back-up pump also failed to work, bringing the whole decontamination system to a halt. TEPCO says it is continuing to inject cooling water into reactors by using treated water.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Typhoon Muifa moving away from Okinawa

    Unstable atmospheric conditions caused by the typhoon and a cold air mass prevailed over wide areas of the Japanese archipelago on Saturday, bringing heavy rain to some parts.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Powerful typhoon brings record rainfall to Okinawa

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The main island of Okinawa Prefecture experienced record rainfall Saturday as a powerful typhoon engulfed the area, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

    In Motobu, Okinawa, 610 millimeters of rainfall was recorded in the 24 hours through Saturday morning, a record amount since comparable data became available in 1981, according to the agency.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


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