Fukushima timeline August 2011

Radioactive news 2 August 2011

  • Japan to begin trial production of methane hydrates in FY 2012+

    TOKYO, Aug. 2 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Japan will begin trial production of methane hydrates on the seafloor in fiscal 2012, hoping to tap the next-generation energy source known as "burning ice," industry ministry officials said Tuesday.

    The project will be carried out some 70 kilometers off the Atsumi Peninsula in Aichi Prefecture for several weeks in the second half of fisca
    Source: breitbart.com

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

    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 considered fatal to human health. The company and government say they remain on target to bring the reactors to a safe state of cold shutdown by January. Tens of thousands of people remain in temporary shelter after a no-go zone around the complex was enforced.
    Source: RT NEWS

  • M6.2 quake shakes Shizuoka region

    TOKYO — A moderate 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the south coast of Honshu late Monday, but no tsunami warning was issued. The tremor, which hit just before midnight, hit at a depth of around 10 kilometers, around 39 kilometers south of Shizuoka and 165 kilometers south of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency and U.S. Geological Survey said.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • New Fairewinds video: Gundersen discusses effect of inhaling hot particles… More

    Included in this presentation and PowerPoint is a discussion of how nuclear power plants work, how to cool a reactor during an accident, the effect of hot particles when inhaled, and concerns involving the long-term storage of nuclear waste. This presentation took place at the Nuclear Power Conference held at the University of Vermont July 23, 2011.
    Source: enenews.com

  • Nuclear agency's meddling revealed again

    Another case of questionable conduct by Japan's nuclear regulator has come to light. A former official of the nuclear safety agency has admitted asking a regional utility to mobilize its people for a government symposium on nuclear power 5 years ago.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Govt bans shipments of Tochigi beef cattle

    Japan's government has ordered Tochigi Prefecture to suspend its shipments of beef cattle due to fears of radioactive contamination.

    The government ordered the ban on Tuesday after beef from 4 head of cattle shipped from 2 municipalities in the prefecture was found to contain unsafe amounts of radioactive cesium.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Pockets of high radiation remind of Fukushima plant danger

    Aug 2 (Reuters) - Pockets of lethal levels of radiation have been detected at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in a fresh reminder of the risks faced by workers battling to contain the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
    Source: reuters.com

  • Govt sets new criteria for contaminated fertilizer

    Japan's government has laid down a new set of criteria for the use of fertilizers that may be contaminated with radioactive cesium.

    On Tuesday, the agriculture ministry urged farmers not to use humus and compost that contain 400 becquerels of cesium per kilogram or more.

    It also called on them not to use livestock feed containing 300 becquerels of cesium per kilogram or more. For fish feed, the limit was set at 100 becquerels per kilogram.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Imtech sees profit in German nuclear shutdown

    Germany shut down seven nuclear power plants after Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster and decided to phase out nuclear power completely by 2022, overturning legislation that had originally extended the lifespan of 17 nuclear power plants and creating a need for new non-nuclear capacity .

    "We are not active in nuclear power plants but we are active in combined power and heat generation, biomass, you name it, so it fits perfectly with our business model," Imtech Chief Executive Rene van der Bruggen said in an interview after results on Tuesday.
    Source: reuters.com

  • TEPCO to check plant radiation levels carefully

    The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex is searching for radioactive hotspots after finding record high radiation near an exhaust pipe at the plant.

    Tokyo Electric Power said on Monday that over 10,000 millisieverts per hour had been detected at the bottom of the exhaust pipe in between reactor buildings No.1 and No.2. That's the highest level detected since March when the quake and tsunami disabled the plant.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • The Truth About Nuclear Power: Japanese Nuclear Engineer Calls for Abolition

    Koide Hiroaki began his career as a nuclear engineer forty years ago drawn to the promise of nuclear power. Quickly, however, he recognized the flaws in Japan’s nuclear power program and emerged as among the best informed of Japan’s nuclear power critic. His cogent public critique of the nuclear village earned him an honourable form of purgatory as a permanent assistant professor at Kyoto University. Koide would pay a price in career terms, continuing his painstaking research on radio nuclide measurement at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute (KURRI) in the shadows. Until 3.11.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Ukraine Gives Japan Dosimeters, Masks as Radiation Fears Persist

    Ukraine is donating radiation measuring devices and gas masks to Japan as it battles the world’s worst nuclear crisis since the Chernobyl explosion in the former Soviet territory 25 years ago.

    Ukraine’s government will supply 2,000 personal dosimeters and radiometers and 1,000 gas masks on Aug. 4 “at the request of the Japanese leadership,” the Ukrainian embassy in Tokyo said today in an e-mailed statement. A ceremony for the handover will be held on Aug. 9
    Source: bloomberg.com

  • #Radioactive Leaf Compost Spreads to Schools

    possibly irradiating children as they planted flowers as part of school curriculum.

    Ever since the March 11 start of the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident, unthinking, order-following school teachers and administrators throughout Japan from kindergarten/nursery school on (with a few exceptions) have made small children:
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/08/radioactive-leaf-compost-spreads- to.html">

  • Japanese rice crops threatened by radiation

    Local authorities in Japan are working to determine whether the country’s traditional staple crop is contaminated with unsafe levels of radioactive cesium.

    At least 18 of the prefectural governments most acutely affected by radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster last spring are running tests to gauge the safety of local food supplies. The areas produce nearly half of the nation’s rice crops, Reuters reports.
    Source: smartplanet.com

  • #Radioactive Fallout in Tokyo in March: Iodine, Cesium, Tellurium, Radioactive Silver

    Silver-110m, half life about 250 days, wouldn't have been discovered unless the control rods had melted at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

    There was the news in early April that radioactive silver was detected in South Korea. There was no way the same nuclide wasn't falling in Japan if it could fly all the way to Korea, I thought.

    Sure enough.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Workers Knew About the Extremely High Radiation Around Exhaust Stack

    They may not have known the exact number (well, for that matter, no one knows because the survey meter went overscale at 10 sieverts/hr), but they've been running past the area when they have to enter Reactor 1 building to install the external heat exchanger to the Spent Fuel Pool, according to the tweets by a worker currently at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

    So much for TEPCO's word that "there is no work planned near the area, and there will be no effect on the progress of the work at the plant", which is technically correct, at least the first half.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Foreign ministry simulated nuke plant disaster in 1984

    The Foreign Ministry had simulated a possible attack on nuclear plants in 1984 that included a scenario in which all power sources were lost--as occurred at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant--but chose to keep the results confidential, The Asahi Shimbun learned.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Record high radiation at crippled Japan nuke plant

    "Three plant workers were exposed to a dosage of four millisieverts while they were monitoring radiation," a TEPCO spokeswoman said. "We are still checking the cause of such high levels of radioactivity."
    Source: newsonjapan.com

  • Time to dismantle dangerous nuclear reactors, scrap nuclear fuel cycle program

    The Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that occurred five months ago and the ensuing nuclear crisis have reminded the public that natural disasters are unpredictable and that an accident at a nuclear power station could cause irreparable damage to extensive areas.

    Risks of serious accidents at nuclear power plants cannot be overlooked in quake-prone Japan. We have proposed that an order of priority for shutting down nuclear plants be set based on their danger, and that the number of such power stations be gradually decreased.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Fukushima: More 'tainted cows' shipped

    Another 290 beef cattle raised in Fukushima Prefecture have been shipped inside the prefecture as well as to Tokyo, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures after being fed what is believed to be cesium-tainted rice straw harvested in Miyagi Prefecture.
    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: 10+ Sieverts/Hr Spot Photos from TEPCO

    So there are more than one spot.

    A human worker measures the radiation with the survey meter on the stick, August 1. Judging by the pale green color on the ground, workers must have been here, spraying the resin to suppress radioactive particles from flying:
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • No clear path for fishing industry devastated by March 11 tsunami

    Around 130 local fishermen gathered at an elementary school -- closed due to declining population -- in the tsunami-stricken Miyagi Prefecture town of Onagawa on July 22. They sat on a classroom floor and faced Mayor Nobutaka Azumi, who explained his post-disaster recovery plan to them.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Gov't to test rice crop in 19 prefectures for contamination

    TOKYO — The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said Monday that rice will be checked twice for radioactive cesium before and after harvesting in 19 prefectures. The latest move follows bans on produce including green vegetables, milk and dairy products, some river fish, mushrooms and green tea, as well as beef shipments from Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures.
    Source: japantoday.com


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