Fukushima timeline August 2011
- France heedless to Fukushima wake-up call
Francis Sorin from SFEN, the French nuclear energy association, ties himself up in knots while trying to make the case that there is life for his industry after Fukushima. In a recent article, he contradicts himself in the space of the same paragraph.
“In our country which, unlike Germany, has no coal, oil or gas, nuclear is synonymous with security of supply,” he writes. “Indeed, thanks to this energy source and to the contribution of hydraulic energy, France is now capable of producing all its own electricity, quite independently of any outside market. Areva, the world’s number one producer of uranium, owns and/or exploits significant uranium mines in America, Africa and Asia. This stock of energy reserves amounts to the equivalent of 35 years of national consumption.”
One moment, Sorin is lauding how nuclear energy guarantees France independence. The next he is acknowledging how that energy depends on imported resources. And he seriously wants us to believe that nuclear is preferable to wind and solar power? That it is better to use radioactive substances transported from Africa and Asia than sources of energy that are readily available at home?
- Workers enter containment vessel at Fukushima Daini reactor
FUKUSHIMA (Kyod) -- Workers began inspections Monday inside the containment vessel of the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant's No. 4 reactor to prepare for investigations into the impact caused by the March 11 quake-tsunami disaster, according to operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.
- Independent: Why Fukushima is worse than Chernobyl; “Now the truth is coming out” — 72,000 times worse than Hiroshima & 1 million+ cancer deaths, says professor
[T]he triple meltdown [...] has elevated Japan into unknown, and unknowable, terrain. Across the northeast, millions of people are living with its consequences and searching for a consensus on a safe radiation level that does not exist. [...]
Some scientists say Fukushima is worse than the 1986 Chernobyl accident [...]
[M]any experts warn that the crisis is just beginning. Some scientists predict that one million lives will be lost to cancer. [...]
- Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl
"Fukushima is still boiling its radionuclides all over Japan," he said. "Chernobyl went up in one go. So Fukushima is worse."
On the other side of the nuclear fence are the industry friendly scientists who insist that the crisis is under control and radiation levels are mostly safe. "I believe the government and Tokyo Electric Power [Tepco, the plant's operator] are doing their best," said Naoto Sekimura, vice-dean of the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. Mr Sekimura initially advised residents near the plant that a radioactive disaster was "unlikely" and that they should stay "calm", an assessment he has since had to reverse.
- Greenpeace calls on new Japan PM to delay school start for Fukushima kids
On August 17, 18 and 19, a Greenpeace radiation monitoring team surveyed a high school, preschool, and childcare centre, as well as several public areas in Fukushima City. The team found dose rates of up to 1.5 µSv/h 1m from the ground at one school despite having been decontaminated by the authorities, and up to 2 µSv/h at 1m at a park in the city centre (2), showing that official clean-up efforts are not sufficient to protect children’s health.
- Mr.Koide tells people in Fukushima what to do.
Hiroaki Koide, an assistant of Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (KURRI) , has spoken in Fukushima for the first time since the accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, in the lecture held in Bell Casa in Fukushima city on 5th Aug 2011.
- Fukushima Daichii Nuclear Power Plant - Creepy Pointy Person is Back :Close and Personal
translation: "You are next!"
- Fukushima: Strange Pointy Person at Nuclear Power Plant
- Japanese government killing its own people in Fukushima
- Rice shipments begin in Fukushima
Earlier this month, Fukushima checked radiation levels of early-harvested varieties of rice at paddies of all rice growers in the prefecture. Test results confirmed the safety of all the checked rice, although a small amount of radioactive cesium was detected in rice grown at one location.
- Anger in tsunami zone over Japan power games
TOKYO — As Japan's political elite readies for yet another leadership showdown on Monday, there is widespread anger about the Tokyo power games among survivors of the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster.
Almost six months after the catastrophe, tens of thousands of people still live in crowded shelters and temporary homes, many mourning loved ones, fearful of radiation and without jobs, homes or a clear idea about their future.
- Taiwan and Japan in path of typhoons
Super-typhoon Nanmadol has killed at least seven people and left flattened bridges and blocked roads in its wake as it slowly moved away from the Philippines, officials said. The toll of dead and missing is likely to rise as officials assess the full impact of the storm, the strongest to hit the country this year
- Japan's finmin Noda wins vote to become next PM
Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, a fiscal hawk, will become Japan's sixth prime minister in five years after winning a ruling party vote on Monday, an outcome likely to please investors worried about a bulging public debt.
- NISA Mentions "Neptunium-239" in August 29 Press Conference
Now this is very curious. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA)'s daily press conference is ongoing (August 29). The NISA spokesman Moriyama mentions neptunium-239's conversion ratio to plutonium-239 as 1 to 1.
- Fukushima Peaches to Be Pushed by Fukushima City Junior High School Students
Now the adults in Fukushima Prefecture are using school children to push Fukushima produce to the rest of the country.
Students from a junior high school in Fukushima City in Fukushima will promote locally-grown peaches in Yokohama, where they will spend 3 days on their school trip. According to the Kanagawa Shinbun article below, the students are indignant that the local peach growers are suffering because of the "baseless rumor" that their peaches are radioactive.
- Japan's Ministry of Environment to Allow #Radioactive Ashes to Be Buried in Regular Waste Final Disposal Sites
Here we go. Radioactive Japan (or at least East Japan). Now all radioactive debris and garbage can and will be burned and buried.
The news headlines at various media outlets say "ashes that contain up to 100,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium", but if you read the news carefully, as long as there are "countermeasures" to prevent the leakage of radioactive cesium into the surrounding environment, the Ministry is prepared to allow the ashes with any amount of radioactive materials to be buried in regular waste final disposal facilities.
- Another #Radioactive Rice from Chiba, 46 Becquerels/Kg
The rice has been cleared for shipping, because the level of radioactive cesium is much below the national provisional safety limit of 500 becquerels/kg which will pose no threat to health, according to the authorities in Chiba.
- How Reactor 4 at Fukushima I Nuke Plant "Exploded", According to TEPCO
TEPCO is trying to explain what happened to Reactor 4 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. The explanation is that hydrogen gas along with radioactive materials from Reactor 3 flowed to the main exhaust stack, which then flowed backwards from the exhaust stack through Reactor 4's Emergency Gas Treatment System into the reactor building of Reactor 4.
- Reactor 3 Close-Up Photo from TEPCO
The crane was doing something else on August 22, when some Japanese watching the TEPCO Live Cam noticed the crane which looked like it was toppling over the reactor building. It did no such thing, it was simply folding.
- Ministry to provide radiation levels at schools online 24/7
The education ministry and Fukushima prefectural government will begin operating a computer system from early October that will provide live Internet data on radiation levels at all elementary schools in Fukushima Prefecture.
The ministry will install radiation measurement devices at about 500 elementary schools in the prefecture. That will cover all schools except for those that have been ordered to evacuate.
Similar measurement devices will be installed at an additional 100 locations where children often gather, such as community centers and parks. The installation will be made in response to requests from municipal governments.
The radiation measurements from those 600 or so locations will be sent through telephone lines and be available around-the-clock on the education ministry website (http://www.mext.go.jp/).
- Gov't eyes revival law, nuclear waste facility for Fukushima
The government plans to establish a special law to help revive Fukushima Prefecture, while seeking to build a temporary storage facility there for radioactive waste...
Sad thing is that majority of news readers will just swallow such b.s. and move on...
The above statement could also be written like this:
"The government plans to establish a special law to help unburden Fukushima residents, while seeking to soft gun ownership legislation that allows guns to be carried from the age of 3 years up".
- NSC planning to set evacuation zones around nuclear power plants in advance
A working group in the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan (NSC) is planning to set evacuation zones around nuclear power plants in case of a serious accident, NSC sources said.
Which of course means that untill now they were running 54 nuclear power plants without any disaster or contingency plans that would regard the safety of the people.
Why on earth would anyone believe that a private nuclear corporation would actually give a damn about people? What stronger proof do you need that there is a war going on, where sold-out media and sold-out politicians are merely puppets in the hands of nuclear industry?
- Above-limit cesium found at incinerators in 7 prefectures
The amounts detected were up to 95,300 becquerels in Fukushima, 70,800 becquerels in Chiba and 30,000 becquerels in Iwate.
Since 9,740 becquerels of cesium per kilogram was found in dust at an incineration plant in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward in June, other prefectures also covered in the ministry survey such as Gunma and Ibaraki have released similar findings.
notice how they are only reporting on cesium and completly ignoring other radioactive elements.
- Fukushima No. 4 unit explosion caused by hydrogen leak from No. 3
The plant operator known as TEPCO initially believed the explosion at the No. 4 unit was caused by hydrogen gas produced by the exposure of fuel stored under water in a pool in that building. But TEPCO officials said the new evidence points to the possibility, first suspected in May, that hydrogen gas had flown from the No. 3 unit as the fuel was not particularly damaged.
I m suprised that "the plant operator known as Tepco" knows how to find a toilet. Oh wait, it doesn't... thats why the world is getting all of their crap.
Seriously. It would be best if they just shut up with their "evidence shows, we suspect, it was hydrogen BS"...
- Fukushima, Iwate, Tochigi farmers resume shipping cattle
FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) -- Farmers in Fukushima, Iwate and Tochigi prefectures on Sunday resumed shipping cattle to market, as the central government on Thursday lifted a ban on shipments after deciding sufficient measures have been taken to ensure no radioactive contaminated beef is marketed.Source: mdn.mainichi.jp
- FEATURE: U.S. residual radioactivity research continues on Bikini Island
The research witnessed by participants in last week's rare media tour showed the United States is continuing to study the effects of nearly 70 nuclear bomb tests in the 1940s and 1950s in the vicinity of Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
60-70 years after and effects are still there. But according to government of Japan and their nuclear shills nuclear fallout from the damaged nuclear plants, where as we have learned the radiation is much more persistent and untill now officially in the equivalent of hundres of A bombs is going to half it self by 50% magically in the next 2 years...
And japanese media are pushing pro nuclear Kaieda as the saviour of Japan.
- High blood sugar levels linked to fatal cancer
It has long been known that diabetes increases the risk of cancer, but a recent Kyushu University study shows that having only elevated blood sugar levels can increase the risk of dying of cancer.
"you all are getting sick beacuse you are eating to much sweets! Stop complaining about radiation!"....
- Reactors 'could restart this year' / Kaieda makes 1st reference to specific time period for suspended facilities
Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Banri Kaieda said he expects the reactivation of nuclear reactors whose operations were suspended for scheduled checkups to begin this year.
Kaieda expressed his view at a joint press conference held Saturday for the five candidates in the Democratic Party of Japan's presidential election, including himself. It was the first time Kaieda had referred to a specific time for the restart of nuclear reactors.
- Tepco Mulls Electricity Charge Hike Of Over 10%-Nikkei
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501.TO) is holding discussions on raising electricity charges by more than 10%, the Nikkei reported Sunday.
The accident at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has forced Tepco to rely more on thermal power generation, leading to higher fuel costs.
Right... destruction of Japan does NOT show on balance sheets at all... seriously, honest, cross my heart and hope you die... courtesy of "the safest nuclear company in the world".
- Kaieda ahead in DPJ race, survey shows
Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Banri Kaieda has the lead in the Democratic Party of Japan presidential election, but the winner of the five- way race likely will be chosen in a runoff, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey.
It is doubtful whether Kaieda will be able to win a majority of the votes cast by DPJ lawmakers in the first round of the election, paving the way for a runoff between the top two contenders, various party sources said.
Kaiedas policies would mean a nail in the coffin for Japan.
- Japan, Vietnam To Restart Nuclear Plant Talks
(Nikkei)--The Japanese and Vietnamese governments will resume talks on a nuclear power project that had been put on hold following the March 11 disaster. read full article... This article is available to Nikkei.com subscribers only.
- Japan Should Promote Peaceful Use Of Nuke Tech: IEA Chief
Just the title. One of Nikkei exlusives articles. Nevertheless one thing is clear. Nuclear power is not about nuclear and non nuclear countries... It is about one corrupt, highly manipulative and DEADLY industry.
- Nuclear Plant Under 'Unusual Event'- Aluminum Siding Hits Calvert Cliffs
LUSBY, Md. -- Calvert Cliffs, a Southern Maryland nuclear power plant, automatically went offline overnight. An "unusual event" status remained in effect Sunday morning.
- 220 Million Bq/liter of Cesium now in No. 2 Spent Fuel Pool — SFP No. 1, 2, & 3 “clearly have significant spent fuel damage” (VIDEO)
[...] Just 2 days ago, TEPCO released a report that has a water analysis of the condition of the spent fuel pools at Fukushima. This data was taken in August, August 19th and 20th, so it is very current and I wanted to share it with you today. [...]
- ‘Unusual Event’ at Maryland nuke plant: Large piece from building hits main transformer, triggers reactor shutdown — Emergency response plan in use (VIDEO)
Calvert Cliffs, a Southern Maryland nuclear power plant, automatically went offline overnight.
Constellation Energy Nuclear Group spokesman Mark Sullivan [...] said an “Unusual Event” has been declared [...]
- Officials issue “Code Red” warning of potential dam failure in Maryland — 15 miles from nuke plant
Officials in St. Mary’s County are warning of a potential dam failure at St. Mary’s Lake near Callaway.
- Nuclear Engineer: If quake caused weakness at Virginia’s North Anna nuke plant, hurricane could take it rest of way to failure
Nuclear plants have sensitive leak detection systems, but “if the earthquake caused piping to become weak, then that’s something that the hurricane could take the rest of the way to failure,” said David Lochbaum, a former nuclear engineer and director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ nuclear safety project. [...]
- Cesium leak equal to 168 '45 A-bombs
The amount of radioactive cesium ejected by the Fukushima reactor meltdowns is about 168 times higher than that emitted in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the government's nuclear watchdog said Friday.
Source: weeklyintercept.blogspot.com via WRH
- Japanese Island’s Activists Resist Nuclear Industry’s Allure
IWAISHIMA, Japan — When the boats came to start work on a planned nuclear power plant just off this tiny island, an aging fisherwoman named Tamiko Takebayashi carried out a dramatic protest: she lashed herself to the dock.
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