Fukushima timeline August 2011

Radioactive news 3 August 2011

  • Another Tokyo University Professor Haruki "Detarame" Madarame Tells Like It Really Is: "It's All About Money, Isn't It?"

    The current chair of the Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission is Haruki Madarame, who's been dubbed "Detarame" Haruki in Japan, or "Falsehood, nonsense" Haruki. "Detarame" nicely rhymes with his last name.

    He was a professor at Tokyo University before he became the chair of the NSC in April 2010. He gave an interview to a citizens' group back in 2005 on nuclear energy. Far from being "falsehood" or "nonsense", his talk was very frank, and totally made sense.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Shimane Prefecture to test all beef cattle

    he local government decided to run tests after radioactive cesium exceeding government safety levels was detected in rice straw used for feed at a farm in the prefecture in late July.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Japan radiation causes possible rice contamination

    Japan's government has approved a plan that would compensate the victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

    The nuclear plant was severely damaged after it was hit by the March earthquake and tsunami.

    And now there are growing concerns over radiation contamination in food.

    Al Jazeera's Aela Callan reports from Fukushima on why rice farmers in particular are worried about their crops.
    Source: AlJazeeraEnglish

  • Powerful typhoon to approach Okinawa later this week+

    TTOKYO, Aug. 3 (AP) - (Kyodo)—A powerful typhoon moved westward over the southeast of Okinawa Prefecture on Wednesday and is expected to approach Okinawa's main island sometime between Thursday and Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
    Source: breitbart.com

  • Tepco Reports Second Deadly Radiation Reading at Fukushima

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. reported its second deadly radiation reading in as many days at its wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo.

    The utility known as Tepco said yesterday it detected 5 sieverts of radiation per hour in the No. 1 reactor building. On Aug. 1 in another area it recorded radiation of 10 sieverts per hour, enough to kill a person “within a few weeks” after a single exposure, according to the World Nuclear Association.
    Source: bloomberg.com

  • AJE speaks to Richard Tante about Japan radiation leaks

    Record levels of radiation have been recorded at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant reactor, just months after the nuclear accident resulting from the earthquake and tsunami in March.

    The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported that Geiger counters - a hand-held device used to measure radiation - registered their highest possible reading at the site on Monday.

    Al Jazeera speaks to Richard Tanter, a senior research associate at the Nautilus Institute about the radiation and its effect on the Japanese economy and government.
    Source: AlJazeeraEnglish

  • Lethal radiation levels linger at Fukushima Daiichi

    As workers continue their efforts to secure the damaged reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, new sources of deadly doses of radiation have been uncovered at the plant.

    This photo from a gamma ray camera at the plant shows radiation levels exceeding 10 sieverts per hour (in red) - the maximum level the camera can detect - at the base of a ventilation stack between reactors 1 and 2. Exposure to radiation at this level can lead to serious illness or death within seconds.
    Source: newscientist.com

  • Court injunction sought against reactor restarts

    People living near 7 nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, have sought a court injunction against restarting them. The reactors are currently offline for scheduled maintenance.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • TEPCO seals off area of nuclear plant with high radiation level

    TOKYO — The operator of Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant said Tuesday that an area where potentially lethal levels of radiation were detected has been sealed.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said radiation exceeded 10 sieverts at two locations near a duct connected to a ventilation stack between two reactor units at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Damages eyed for cattle farmers in 17 prefectures over tainted straw

    TOKYO, Aug. 3, Kyodo A government panel plans to recommend compensation be paid to cattle farmers in 17 prefectures for financial losses suffered as the result of the plunge in sales and prices of beef because of the discovery that cesium-tainted rice straw might have been sold as cattle feed in those areas, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Japan Passes Law Supporting Nuclear Plant Operator

    TOKYO — Japan’s Parliament on Wednesday passed a law that will allow the use of public funds to support the company operating the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, and help it pay what is expected to amount to billions of dollars in compensation claims.
    Source: nytimes.com

  • Law for radiation cleanup by gov't in designated areas mulled

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government will take charge of clearing debris and soil contaminated with radioactive material emitted from the badly damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant under a new law being prepared by the government and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • People from All Over Asia Protest in Front of TEPCO Head Office

    The photo was uploaded on August 2 on Twitpic. The person who took the picture tweeted to one of the independent journalists covering the Fukushima accident as "People from all over Asia are protesting in front of TEPCO's head office right now. Are you aware of that?"
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Nuclear agency asked 2 more utilities to send staff to symposiums

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A former senior official of Japan's nuclear safety agency acknowledged Wednesday that he asked two more power companies to mobilize their employees for government-sponsored symposiums on nuclear energy, in the latest revelations of alleged attempts to manipulate opinions at the events.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • #Radiation in Japan: Now It's Radioactive Manure

    Now that the Ministry of Agriculture has set the provisional safety standard for compost at 400 becquerels/kg, this is the first manure to exceed that limit. It was made in Ibaraki Prefecture, and was being sold in Kyoto.

    Low-level contamination spreads to the western half of Japan. Already, radioactive leaf compost have been found in Tottori Prefecture (Chugoku region) and Kagawa Prefecture (Shikoku region).
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Nissan EVs will soon be able to redirect power to homes

    Yokohama — Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday it has developed a system to supply electricity to ordinary households from batteries installed in its Leaf electric vehicle, so the car can serve as a power storage device in emergencies.
    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • Record-high radiation at Fukushima since quake & tsunami struck

    Summary: Japan's energy operator TEPCO has detected the highest level of radiation at the Fukushima nuclear facility since the March earthquake and Tsunami hit the plant. The reading, taken between the first and second reactor buildings, registered at levels ...
    Source: revolutionarypolitics.tv

  • Nuclear energy can be replaced with renewable energy

    The elimination of nuclear power plants cannot be achieved over a short period of time. Therefore, we basically support the government's intention to consider the matter from short-, medium- and long-term perspectives. It is necessary to set a clear timeline if the government is to draw a realistic roadmap toward the goal.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 1: It Was Over 5 Sieverts/Hr at the Entrance of "Train Room" on 2nd Floor

    The robot "Packbot" went to the opening to the "train room" and the survey meter went overscale. The actual radiation level at the opening could be a lot higher, and I hate to think how high it is INSIDE the room. The radiation could have fried the bot.

    Notice how rapidly the radiation level rose, from 18 to 300 to 2000 to over 5000, as the robot went inside the air conditioning room to the entrance of the "train room"

    TEPCO's press handout on August 3 (in Japanese; English version is not yet out)
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Japan utility seals area with high radiation level

    The operator of Japan's damaged nuclear power plant says an area where potentially lethal levels of radiation were detected has been sealed. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday radiation exceeded 10 sieverts at two locations near a duct connected to a ventilation stack between two reactor units at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. TEPCO says no one has been injured. The area required no immediate work and was closed off.

    It also said radiation levels around the complex were not rising. That's a sign the duct wasn't leaking. TEPCO said melted fuel in the No. 1 reactor might have collected inside the duct after leaking from the containment vessel during venting early in the crisis.
    Source: newsonjapan.com

  • High radioactivity level at reactor building

    The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has detected the highest confirmed indoor level of radioactivity at the facility since the March accident.

    The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, said on Tuesday that the level in a room on the second floor of the Number One reactor building was 5,000 millisieverts per hour.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Cattle farmers demand compensation from TEPCO

    Japanese farmers have staged a protest in front of Tokyo Electric Power Company's headquarters in Tokyo, demanding compensation over a ban on beef shipments due to fears of radioactive contamination.

    About 350 cattle and rice farmers from across the country took part in the protest on Wednesday against the operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Source: nhk.or.jp


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