Fukushima timeline - September 2011

Radioactive News 3 - 4 September 2011

  • 70% of prefectures baffled on nuclear drill

    An NHK survey shows about 70 percent of Japanese prefectures with nuclear power plants cannot hold nuclear accident disaster drills this fiscal year...

    webmasters comment:

    The term "fiscal year" is there for a reason. If they are unable to pay for a drill, how do they intend to face yet another potential disaster with Fukushima in full swing?

    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • High costs a challenge to introduction of small-scale hydraulic power stations

    The high costs of installation pose a challenge to the spread of small-scale hydraulic power stations throughout Japan, where electric power is in short supply due to the ongoing crisis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

    webmasters comment:

    Actually they managed the "energy crisis" quite well, despite record high temperatures and 80% of nuclear power plants shut down.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Experiment to extract hydrocarbons from algae to start in quake-hit Sendai

    SENDAI -- An experiment to extract hydrocarbons, a main component of petroleum, from algae is set to get under way in the autumn in this quake- and tsunami-hit city.

    The Sendai Municipal Government, the University of Tsukuba and Tohoku University will jointly conduct the experiment in order to develop new energy for local consumption in the disaster-hit area.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Child given 40 times recommended dose

    KOFU--One of the children who was deliberately given more than the recommended dosage of a radioactive substance at a Kofu hospital received 40 times the suggested amount, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

    webmasters comment:

    and how this story will unfold is by conclusion that there were no health side effects noted on any of these children...

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Wild Mushroom in Fukushima Tested 28,000 Becquerels/kg of Radioactive Cesium

    "It's not food any more, it's simply radioactive materials", as the young man at the Citizen's Radioactivity Measuring Station in Fukushima City said of the radioactive mushroom in Germany's ZDF program aired on August 9.

    Wild mushroom harvested in a town in Fukushima tested highest ever radioactive cesium so far in food after the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident that I'm aware of: 28,000 becquerels per kilogram.

    According to the data from Fukushima Prefecture, 13,000 becquerels/kg of cesium-134, and 15,000 becquerels/kg of cesium-137 were detected from the mushroom.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • NISA left prime minister in the dark as Fukushima crisis developed

    Japan's nuclear regulator has acknowledged it did not provide the prime minister's office with vital information about the state of the No. 1 reactor at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the three days following the March 11 tsunami.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Tohoku tsunami washed arsenic ashore

    At 36 out of 129 sampling points in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, the three prefectures hardest hit by the March 11 disaster, Tohoku University researchers found arsenic concentrations exceeding environmental standards.

    In several places, arsenic contamination was 4 or 5 times the government's maximum, and at one sampling point in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, the concentration was 25 times the standard.
    Source: asahi.com

  • 17 dead, 54 missing as typhoon moves northward

    TOKYO — Heavy rains and mudslides from Typhoon Talas killed at least 17 people in Japan as the storm moved northward past the country Sunday. At least 54 others are missing, local media said.

    webmasters comment:

    Nature doesn't seem fond of mankind lately.

    Source: japantoday.com

  • A National Nuclear Nightmare in the USA? Now?

    Simulation Map of Cesium-137 Deposition Across the Pacific by CEREA Shows Contamination in US Greater Than That of Western Japan. Problems continue to flow from Fukushima Problems continue to flow from Fukushima

    (FUKUSHIMA, Japan) - France's CEREA has the simulation map of ground deposition of cesium-137 from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident on its "Fukushima" page.
    Source: salem-news.com

  • IDF to simulate attack on Dimona nuclear reactor

    The IDF Home Front Command and the Israel Atomic Energy Commission will hold a large exercise this week to simulate a missile attack against the Dimona nuclear reactor in the Negev.
    Source: jpost.com

  • Study of Japan disaster may affect Pilgrim plant

    The 40-year-old Pilgrim nuclear power plant has the same kind of plant design, called a General Electric Mark I Boiling Water Reactor, that failed in Fukushima. Nuclear industry critics have called for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the five-member presidentially appointed commission in charge of overseeing the industry, to suspend operations of the country’s 23 General Electric Mark 1 reactors while regulators study lessons learned from the nuclear accidents in Japan.

    Beyond Nuclear, a coalition of nuclear opponents and watchdog groups that petitioned the NRC to shut down plants like Pilgrim, called these reactors “almost identical to the Fukushima reactors that melted down in Japan’’ and said they are “dangerous and seriously flawed.’’
    Source: boston.com

  • Iran plugs first nuclear power plant into grid

    Iran's first nuclear power plant has finally begun to provide electricity to the national grid, official media reported on Sunday, a long-delayed milestone in the nuclear ambitions of a country the West fears is covertly try to develop atomic bombs. " The Atomic Energy Agency announced that atomic electricity from Bushehr power plant joined the national grid with a power of around 60 megawatts on Saturday at 2329 (1859 GMT)," the official news agency IRNA reported.
    Source: hindustantimes.com

  • Shikoku Electric shuts down reactor for regular checkup

    MATSUYAMA, Ehime Pref. — Shikoku Electric Power Co. halted the No. 1 reactor at the Ikata power plant in Ehime Prefecture on Sunday morning for a regular three-month checkup, leaving only 11 of the nation's 54 commercial reactors in operation.
    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • Nuclear Minister Eyes Standards For Reactors' Lifespan

    ''We can't extend (the reactors' lifespan) by looking sideways at electric power companies' business but must create a situation where we can make decisions scientifically,'' Hosono said.

    webmasters comment:

    To mr. Hosono... selling out to nuclear industry can be hardly called scientific.

    Source: english.kyodonews.jp

  • METI chief vows to restart reactors

    Yoshio Hachiro, the new economy, trade and industry minister, has vowed to back Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's policy of resuming halted nuclear reactors if thorough checks confirm their safety.

    webmasters comment:

    Seems like the same setup as the previous gov. PM acts as if against nukes, trade minister acts pro but at the end of the day, we see no change in government policies regarding handling of the crisis and continued government cover ups.

    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • Radioactive Materials Dispersion Model by Kyushu University Researchers

    Using the supercomputer program called SPRINTARS, researchers at Kyushu University and Tokyo University created the simulation of how radioactive materials from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant may have dispersed throughout the northern hemisphere.

    The researcher say their simulation fit the actual measurements.

    It was published in the Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere (SOLA) under the title “A numerical simulation of global transport of atmospheric particles emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant” in June.
    Source: theintelhub.com via WhatReallyHappened.com


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