Fukushima timeline - September 2011
- Japan's ex-PM Kan feared 'uninhabitable Tokyo': Report
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's former premier Naoto Kan feared Tokyo would be rendered uninhabitable by the Fukushima nuclear crisis, he said in an interview published on Tuesday in which he recalled the 'spine-chilling' thought.
He added it would have been 'impossible' to evacuate all of the 30 million people in the event of a mass exclusion zone encompassing Tokyo and the Kanto region, and said that this risk made nuclear power a too dangerous option.
- Germany Sets New Renewable Energy Record
While the latest green headlines in the U.S. are mostly depressing with growing signs that the Obama administration will approve the proposed Keystone Pipeline and the bankruptcy of Solyndra, at least we have some good news coming from across the ocean. According to a new report by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), the German renewable energy sector broke a new record in the first half of 2011, generating 20.8 percent of the country’s power production.
Not that it is such a big surprise to anyone who follows Germany and its growing use of renewable energy in the last decades, but it’s still an outstanding accomplishment for such a big economy. In the U.S., for comparison, renewable energy made up in the first quarter of 2011 11.7 percent of the electricity supply. In Japan, it’s about 9 percent.
- Writers, musicians call for farewell to nuclear power
Writers and musicians, including Oe and Ochiai as well as popular musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, will hold an antinuclear rally at Meiji Park in Tokyo on Sept. 19, aiming to mobilize 50,000 people while collecting 10 million signatures for denuclearization, in the wake of the nuclear emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
- No. of Japan's nuclear plants to be zero in future: Hachiro
Industry minister Yoshio Hachiro said Tuesday that the number of Japan's nuclear power plants would be ''zero'' in the future, based on Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's policy of not building new nuclear power plants and decommissioning aged ones.
- Radioactive Japanese green tea - already in a store near you : Exported
The Japanese are making no distinction between radiation contaminated food (which is below the unusually high Japanese safety limits), and contamination free food. As a result contaminated food products such as green tea ARE on the market and being consumed unwittingly by people all over Japan.
- Uranium spot prices drop
Uranium prices have fallen back to levels last seen after Japan's nuclear accident in March, causing further grief to struggling Australian producers.
The uranium spot price is back down to $US48.85 per pound, having plummeted from $US67.75/lb to $US49/lb immediately after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
The spot price had recovered to about $US56.50/lb after the Fukushima accident.
- Japan to seek IAEA advice before restarting reactors
TOKYO — Japan plans to seek advice from the U.N. atomic watchdog before restarting nuclear reactors stopped as a precaution after the March 11 earthquake- tsunami disaster.
They will be right with you sir... they just need to find those nuclear weapons in Iraq first...
- Global Simulation of the World Radiation by Primary Fukushima Kyushu Institute of Tokyo
- Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant 29 August 2011 - PICS
HI RES pics
- BN-350 Dry Run of Spent Nuclear Fuel Transport
1. (S) SUMMARY: On November 30, Kazakhstan's Minister of Transport and Communications, Abelgazi Kusainov, opened a meeting with Post's Department of Energy (DOE) representatives, at which Kazakhstani officials approved beginning the BN-350 dry run on December 1 and actual "hot runs" no later than early January. The train departed Kurchatov on December 1 for the round-trip dry run. It is expected to depart Aktau on December 8, carrying an empty cask after completion of loading procedures. Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Aset Magauov, affirmed that even if hot runs begin in January, the Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning has sufficient funds for this priority project. Post believes the start of the dry run is a positive step towards conclusion of the spent fuel transportation project and looks forward to using the momentum from solving this decade-long project to further other bilateral non-proliferation-related programs. END SUMMARY.
- Melt-Through Simulation Created by Japan's METI Well Before Fukushima
This animation was created by the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization, a government corporation under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (which regulates the nuclear industry), to train Senior Specialists for Nuclear Emergency Preparedness on the severe accident of loss of cooling, using a Mark-1 Boiling Water Reactor.
It was created before the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident, though there is no information as to when it was created. (The Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization itself was created in 2003.)
What this video shows is exactly what happened at Fukushima-1 nuke plant. They must have known all along that it was not even a meltdown but melt- through.
Translation by EX-SKF blog (http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/07/melt-through- simulation-created-by.html) and tokyobrowntabby and captioning by tokyobrowntabby.
- Nobel winner urges Japan to abandon nuclear power
TOKYO — Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe urged Japan’s new prime minister today to halt plans to restart nuclear power plants and instead abandon nuclear energy.
Oe cautioned Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda against prioritizing the economy over safety. Noda has said he will allow idled nuclear plants to resume operation when their safety is confirmed.
“The new prime minister seems to think that nuclear power plants are necessary for Japan’s economy, and how to resume their operation is one of his key political agendas,” Oe said. “We must make a big decision to abolish all nuclear plants.”
- 18 of 20 nuclear plants safe, Tarapur needs work
R Bhattacharya, secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board said, "Two of the 20 NPPs need to upgrade some of their systems to be fighting fit for any catastrophic events. These are the Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) in Kalpakkam, and Tarapur Nuclear Power Plant 1 and 2.
Here comes the nuclear power plant 1.0911 beta patch...
- UPDATE 1-Japan utilities first stress test results due by end-Sept
By Risa Maeda (Reuters) - Japanese utilities are due to submit the results of first-stage stress tests for at least one of their reactors to the nuclear watchdog by the end of this month, the new trade minister said on Monday.
- Search for missing after typhoon
Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows police officers looking for missing people at a submerged junior high school due to flooding caused by Typhoon Talas in the village of Tenkawa, Nara Prefecture, on Sept. 6, 2011. (Kyodo)
- Japan to focus on clean energy exports: minister
TOKYO — Japan will develop and promote new clean energy technologies after the nuclear crisis, new foreign minister Koichiro Gemba said on Monday.
"We have bullet trains and water. From now on, there will be environmental technology," said Gemba, signalling a shift away from nuclear power, a technology the country has previously exported.
- China to send mission to Japan's disaster-hit areas
Toyota Motor Corp. Chairman Fujio Cho (R), who led a Japanese business delegation to China, shakes hands with Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Fu Ziying in Beijing on Sept. 5, 2011. Fu told the delegation that China plans to send a mission to areas of northeastern Japan affected by the March earthquake and tsunami to support post-disaster reconstruction.
- Russia returns more than 70 goods to Japan over radiation fears
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept. 6, Kyodo
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- Timeline of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
Wikipedia Fukushima Timeline... altough the timeline lacks accuracy (starting from since when it was known that meltdown has occured...), there are some interesting materials listed under Notes.
- American GE man remembered by Fukushima citizens
Undated file photo shows Edward Cook, an American who died at age 56 in 1979. Cook, who worked as GE official when the project to build the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi complex was under way, had his ashes interred at the cemetery about 8 kilometers from the plant at his own request.
- Fuku1live: Strange flash in Fukushima nuclear plant (VIDEO)
Strange flash in Fukushima Nuclear plant, fuku1live, September 5, 2011 at 4:00 am in Japan:
- TEPCO: Unknown amount of ‘radioactive materials’ leaking from Reactor No. 3
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the temperature of the No. 3 reactor pressure vessel at its crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant fell to below 100 degrees Celsius (212 Fahrenheit), one of the conditions for achieving cold shutdown. [...]
- “Disturbing Short Film Set in Near-Future Tokyo” (VIDEO)
The film is set in post-nuclear Tokyo in a dimension not so distant from ours. Young salary-man’s morning commute takes a surreal turn.
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