Fukushima timeline August 2011

Radioactive news 5 August 2011

  • Lethal Levels of Radiation at Fukushima: What Are the Implications

    TEPCO has discovered locations on the Fukushima plant site with lethal levels of external gamma radiation. Fairewinds takes a close look at how this radiation might have been deposited and how similar radioactive material would have been released offsite.
    Source: fairewinds.com

  • In pictures: Hiroshima after the bomb dropped

    Saturday marks the 66th anniversary since the US dropped the first atomic bomb in the Japanese town of Hiroshima.

    We've taken a look through the archives to bring you a few snapshots of the devastating consequences on that town in the immediate and long-term aftermath.

    Click on the image to launch
    Source: independent.co.uk

  • Yahoo Japan Releases Radiation Info On Website

    TOKYO (Kyodo)--Yahoo Japan Corp. on Friday started showing real-time radiation levels at 11 locations in Japan on a special online map using data gathered by a group of academics in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • TEPCO required to compensate tourism industry over nuclear crisis+

    TOKYO, Aug. 5 (AP) - (Kyodo)—A Japanese government panel recommended on Friday that Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, be required to pay damages to tourism companies across the country, such as tour agencies and operators of hotels and "ryokan" Japanese-style inns, which were adversely affected by the nuclear crisis due to cancellations by foreign travelers.

    That is one aspect of the guidelines on compensation worked out by a 10- member panel under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
    Source: breitbart.com

  • U.S. Navy storing radioactive waste from quake relief mission at Sasebo

    SASEBO (Kyodo) -- The city of Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, will ask the central government to promptly dispose of radioactive waste found to have been stored by the U.S. Navy at the Sasebo Naval Base after its personnel took part in relief efforts following the March 11 disaster, city officials said Friday.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Japan likely to decommission aged nuclear reactors after stress tests+

    TOKYO, Aug. 5 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Industry minister Banri Kaieda said Friday that Japan's aged nuclear reactors could be decommissioned if results of the planned stress tests on them indicate aging problems.

    "If test data indicate aging problems, the next step may be decommissioning," the economy, trade and industry minister told a press conference.
    Source: breitbart.com

  • Last year's rice being hoarded over radiation contamination worries

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Consumers are beginning to hoard last year's rice as their dietary staple over concerns that freshly harvested rice may be contaminated with radioactive materials released from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, retailers said Friday.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Japan says it will continue to export nuclear power plants

    Tokyo, Aug 5 - Japan today said it would continue to export nuclear power plants after ensuring that the safety of the technology was of highest global standards, even as the country grapples with the crisis at its tsunami-hit Fukushima atomic unit.

    The Japanese cabinet approved the sales despite uncertainty over Tokyo's own use of the atomic technology.

    Prior to the March 11 devastating earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear crisis in the country, Japan had been actively promoting exports of nuclear technology and had struck an accord last year to build nuclear plants in Vietnam.
    Source: lensonnews.com

  • Minami-Soma to turn down nuclear subsidies

    MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Hit hard by the nuclear disaster, Minami- Soma city will again decline subsidies given to host communities of nuclear plants to send a clear anti-nuclear message to the government and electric power companies.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Reactor utilization rate drops to record low of 33.9% in July+

    TOKYO, Aug. 5 (AP) - (Kyodo)—The operation rate of Japan's 54 commercially run nuclear reactors was as low as 33.9 percent in July, down from 36.8 percent in June, according to a recent report compiled by the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum.

    The ratio for July is believed to be the lowest on record if data during days when the number of reactors was much smaller than now are excluded, said the nonprofit industrial organization aimed at promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
    Source: breitbart.com

  • Panel lists five key challenges at Fukushima

    Five key challenges stand in the way of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s efforts to stabilize the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and eventually remove damaged fuel from its reactors, according to a government panel.

    An expert committee of the Atomic Energy Commission of Japan, which met for the first time on Aug. 3, said five major technical problems will have to be overcome before a decommissioning process that could take several decades can start.
    Source: asahi.com

  • In a switch, Japan’s A-bomb survivors turn against nuclear energy

    TOKYO — For more than 65 years, the worst event in Japan’s modern history stood alone, with nothing afterward momentous enough to change its lessons. Those who survived the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki decided that similar bombs should never be dropped again. To ensure that outcome, they called for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
    Source: washingtonpost.com

  • Reactor in Niigata to be shut down for inspection

    The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, is shutting down a reactor at a nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture, central Japan, for a regular inspection.

    The utility began inserting control rods into the No. 1 reactor of the Kashiwazaki-kariwa plant on Friday evening. The reactor is expected to reduce its power output and stop operating by Saturday morning to undergo the inspection for about two months.

    The shutdown means that of Japan's 54 reactors, 39, or over 70 percent, are out of service. Only three of TEPCO's 17 reactors are operating.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Member of Parliament: Health Canada “negligent” on Fukushima radiation threats

    The Vancouver Quadra Liberal MP has criticized Health Canada’s “negligent” job informing Canadians of potential health risks relating to radiation levels following Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

    “I think they have been negligent from the perspective of being clear and transparent with Canadians about this issue, right from the beginning,” Joyce Murray told the Georgia Straight by phone. [...]
    Source: enenews.com

  • Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama in Shukan Gendai Interview

    Watching Professor Kodama. He's explaining that chronic low-level radiation may cause chronic inflammation that leads to cancer.

    He is very soft spoken in person. Warm smiles. He explains scientific/technical issues for lay people well.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: 2 Sieverts/Hr on Water Surface in the Reactor Bldg Basement??

    That's what a worker at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant tweeted on August 4. He was expressing his concern for the radiation if the contaminated water in the basements of the reactor buildings becomes less, as TEPCO plans, because of the water treatment system.

    TEPCO says that their plan to treat all the highly contaminated water at the plant is more or less intact; if not by the end of the year as planned, at least by the end of February next year.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • World is learning: No nuclear is safe nuclear

    Suddenly, old dangers become new again. As South African activist and retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu says: “The nuclear power crisis in Japan’s Fukushima power plant has served as a dreadful reminder that events thought unlikely can and do happen. But it must not take another Hiroshima or Nagasaki … before (some leaders) finally wake up and recognize the urgent necessity of nuclear disarmament.”
    Source: thespec.com

  • Powerful typhoon approaches Okinawa

    TOKYO — A powerful typhoon approached Okinawa on Friday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. As of 4 p.m., Typhoon Muifa was 70 kilometers southwest of Naha, packing winds of just over 200 km/hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: 3.6 Sieverts/Hr at Stack Drain Pipe for Reactors 1 and 2

    Another solid "sievert" number from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

    Maybe I shouldn't be writing in sieverts. It minimizes the significance somewhat. It is 3.6 sieverts/hour, or 3,600 millisieverts/hour, or 3,600,000 microsieverts/hour. No humans of any age should be exposed to that kind of radiation, not even the TEPCO workers.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


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