Fukushima timeline - September 2011

Radioactive news 8 September 2011

  • New Japanese Wind Turbine Triples Power Output Without Increasing Size

    Necessity, as we’ve all been told can sometimes be the mother of invention. In Japan, there is a necessity for a power source that does not require fossil fuels, since they don’t have any. So the Japanese invested heavily in nuclear power, which, at the moment, is looking like a tenuous investment given the wake of the Fukushima meltdown. Fortunately, they did not put all their eggs in one basket, either.

    In fact, researchers at Kyushu University, which houses the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, had a hunch that the answer just might be blowin’ in the wind, if only they could squeeze a little more out of it than what conventional technology would allow.
    Source: triplepundit.com

  • Quake shakes nuclear zone

    TOKYO — An earthquake rattled Japan’s tsunami-ravaged northeast coast late on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of further damage and no tsunami alert.

    The tremor struck under the Pacific Ocean, not far from the epicenter of the March 11 quake-tsunami disaster that killed more than 20,000 people and triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

    The latest earthquake had a magnitude of 5.2, the US Geological Survey said, at a depth of 29 kilometers.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Fukushima Food gradually recognizing the contamination of vegetables

    Five months after the disaster of Fukushima is still not under control. On the contrary - in the destroyed nuclear power station is actually the highest radiation levels were measured from the beginning. Rice farmer 80km from reactors finds levels higher than deemed acceptable for an entire year for a nuclear worker. Tepco offers no help to farmers or concerned citizens interested in testing, saying they are only responsible for what happens inside the reactors, not what happens to the environment or people.
    Source: mixeswell

  • Sea radiation leaks reach 15,000 terabecquerels off Fukushima plant

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Researchers estimate that amount of radioactive substances that leaked into the sea from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant between March 21 and April 30 totaled 15,000 terabecquerels, an entity which led the research work said Thursday.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Report: Gov’t paper shows melt-out at Fukushima was predicted on day of quake

    On March 11, at 22:35, the Cabinet received advice predicting that the fuel would be damaged and the pressure vessels would be breached

    Forecast: exposure of top of active fuel (TAF): 21:40 (approx.) Forecast: damage to the reactor core(s) begins: 22:20 (approx.) Forecast: breaching of the pressure vessel(s) begins: 23:50 (approx.) [...]
    Source: enenews.com

  • Heavy rainfall feared in disaster-hit Nara, Wakayama, Mie prefectures

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The national weather agency warned Thursday of heavy rainfall in Nara, Wakayama and Mie prefectures through Friday amid growing concern about further landslides and flooding in the western Japan region, where soil has already been loosened by a powerful typhoon last weekend.

    Another typhoon, Kulap, heading northward off Minami-Daito Island in Okinawa Prefecture on Thursday, is likely to bring strong winds to an area around the island and the southern part of the southwestern island of Kyushu through Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Radioactive waste disposal conundrum slowing recovery efforts

    In Fukushima Prefecture, the need to decontaminate residences and roads has become increasingly urgent, while little headway has been made in securing temporary storage for radiation-tainted mud. And while the central government is hoping to set up interim storage facilities in the prefecture, no concrete timeline has been established. In addition, rubble still litters Japan's northeastern coast.

    webmasters comment:

    and at the same time japans gov is forcing the residents to go back to Fukushima... Their propaganda spins will never hold, beacuse there is just to big of a gap between their deeds, the spins and the actual problems Japan is facing. They can not and will not be able to spin their way out of contaminated Tokyo and the rise of cancers there, not to mention the impact on the USA.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Nuclear experts: Radiation-contaminated areas in Fukushima disaster only one -tenth of Chernobyl's

    The Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ) suggests in a recent survey that the total area of radioactive contamination following the nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima in March equaled no more than one-tenth of that in the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

    webmasters comment:

    There should be an inquiry made into the connection of AESJ and the recent reports of rocket propelled flying pigs around Japan.

    The obvious BS appart from data rigging is of course the fact that the sea does not qualify as an "area". Note the map.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Tokyo may offer $6 bln in subsidies to keep firms in Japan

    TOKYO, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Japan is considering offering more than $6 billion in subsidies in its third extra budget to help companies build facilities in the country, the trade minister said on Friday, as the export-oriented economy aims to keep businesses from relocating abroad due to the surging yen.

    webmasters comment:

    Sorry, we are closed... We are relocating due to surging yen... Right.
    Source: af.reuters.com

  • Tepco Aug LNG use hits record as more reactors shut

    TOKYO, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co used a record amount of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for power generation last month as the No.1 and No.7 units at its sole online nuclear plant in Kashiwazaki-Kariwa were shut for maintenance, leaving only two reactors in operation.
    Source: af.reuters.com

  • Reactors at San Onofre Nuke Plant in California Shut Down Due to Blackout

    The blackout affecting large swaths of San Diego County led to a shutdown of two reactors at the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

    Gil Alexander, a spokesman for Southern California Edison, said the power outage did not cause any safety issues. Alexander said a fluctuation in power caused the reactors to shut down at 3:38 p.m. but that the overall plant continues to have power.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • TEPCO submits heavily redacted copy of Fukushima nuke accident manual

    A Diet science committee says it has received a heavily censored copy of a nuclear accident operating manual for the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).

    webmasters comment:

    Japan government looks like its being run by Tepco. A company responsible for the biggest nuclear screw-up in the history of mankind, sends them a completly blacked out accident manual? Seriously? All of the Japans political spectrum looks like a bunch of pussies.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Ocean Contamination 3 Times As Much As TEPCO Announced

    says the government corporation Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 5 months after the leak of highly contaminated water was first discovered (in April) at the water intake for Reactor 2 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

    So, instead of 4,700 terabecquerels of radioactive iodine and cesium as TEPCO announced back in May, JAEA says it was 15,000 terabecquerels that leaked into the Pacific Ocean, and that it could have been leaking since March 21, not from April 1.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • TEPCO's Extreme Blackout

    All you can read is about 10 or so lines, according to Tokyo Shinbun citing Kyodo News (9/7/2011).

    TEPCO submitted the 12-page document as requested by a Lower House committee concerning the emergency operation procedure at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • UK's Daily Mail: Eerie Echoes of Chernobyl in Fukushima

    Daily Mail, which has always had excellent photos of Japan's triple crisis of earthquake, tsunami, and nuke accident, has a collection of photographs of Fuktaba-machi, Fukushima and Pripyat, Chernobyl, side by side.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • 54% of evacuees from disaster-hit prefectures eye settling elsewhere permanently

    Eighty-seven percent of evacuees from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures -- hit hard by the March 11 megaquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis -- have no prospect of returning home, and 54 percent are considering settling elsewhere in Japan, according to a Mainichi poll.

    webmasters comment:

    Here s an idea... You from Japan and got radioactive dirt, sewage etc? Deliver them to Tepco and government buildings all over Japan...

    Thing is that you would probably get jailed and fined... No such thing for Tepco though... all business as usual. Its costs (spin propaganda included, since its the only way you can actually "handle" such crysis) vs profit.

    And as you can offently hear in the business community... "There is profit to be made everywhere." No wonder Big Pharma invested billions and billions in Japan pharma companies right in the first weeks following the disaster.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Urgent Investment In Renewables Needed

    PARIS -- A fundamental change is needed in power generation, with a greater and more urgent investment required in renewables used in all industries, including the metals sector, an executive at the International Energy Agency said Thursday.
    Source: nasdaq.com

  • Japan-Vietnam talks on nuclear reactor exports resume after hiatus

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan and Vietnam restarted talks Thursday on proposed exports of two nuclear reactors to Vietnam after a six-month hiatus following radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station...

    webmasters comment:

    Radiation leaks? Thats what it is... a leak... forget about them explosions... the bangs are long gone...

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Mystery man on Fukushima webcam comes forward (PHOTOS)

    The mystery man seen in video at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has stepped forward to explain his actions on a blog in English and Japanese.

    To prove his identify he has provided several clues that only someone intimately involved in the incident could have known, including this drawing of the positioning of the camera. He also explained that the barely visible device in his hand was a mobile phone that he was using to view himself on the live streaming video camera. [...]

    webmasters comment:

    This smells of a disinfo campaign... he points out well known issues such as working conditions (hello, does 250mSV limit sound as a good company practice...) and writes stuff like "I had some days that I can’t asleep well in the daytime though I had works in late night because the working hours of our room’s members are inconsistent"...

    "However I must apologize for the possibility of some trouble to the company which I was employed. I’m terribly sorry."

    This not something a worker would write... the language of the blog is completly wrong also... sounds like japanese dude trying to get a job at pravda.ru

    Source: enenews.com

  • Guardian: Japan PM “feared the country would collapse” — “It was truly a spine-chilling thought”

    Japan’s prime minister at the height of the nuclear crisis has said he feared the country would collapse [...]

    In candid interviews with Japanese newspapers, Naoto Kan, who resigned this month, said that at one point he believed the disaster could become many times worse than Chernobyl.

    “It was truly a spine-chilling thought,” he told the Tokyo Shimbun, adding that he foresaw a situation in which greater Tokyo’s 30 million people would have to be evacuated, a move that would “compromise the very existence of the Japanese nation”.
    Source: enenews.com


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