Fukushima timeline - September 2011
- Japan Leader to Keep Nuclear Phase-Out
TOKYO — Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, promised on Friday to keep Japan on its path of phasing out nuclear power, saying it was “unrealistic” to build any new reactors in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis or to extend those at the end of their life spans.
- Noda Seeks To Bring Idled Nuclear Plants Back Online
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda wants to restart nuclear power stations taken offline for regular maintenance once their safety is confirmed.
"After checking safety and making sure localities are given sufficient explanations, we want to put them back in service," he told a news conference Friday.
He said the resumption is necessary in order to avoid a power supply shortage next year, which could hamstring the economy.
As for aging nuclear reactors with safety concerns, he expressed an intention to scrap them in stages. He added that building new nuclear power plants "would be difficult from a realistic point of view."
The japanese media is spreading disinformation as a daily practice.
- Mega Disasters – Japan Great Earthquake 2011 Documentary
One hour Mega Disasters documentary on the Japan Great Earthquake 2011 covering the loss of life, destruction and the ongoing level 7 nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima.
Uploaded by worldethq on Aug 25, 2011
- Bloomberg: Crack in reactor containment structure at quake-hit Virginia nuke plant — Press tour not taken to see in containment or spent fuel pool building
Dominion Resources Inc. found a small crack on a wall with “no safety significance” in a room of a containment building at the North Anna nuclear plant [...]
Dominion discovered a “cosmetic” crack in a horizontal construction joint on a wall that is in the containment building, [Dan Stoddard, the Dominion's senior vice president for nuclear operations] said. [...]
- Officials Admit North Anna Fuel Bunker Damaged By Quake As Feds Launch Reactor Core Damage Inspection
The Feds have deployed an augmented inspection team to check the North Anna nuclear plant reactor core for damage as officials admit concealing the spent fuel bunker was damaged and shifted by the Virginia earthquake.
Jay Nesmith of Spotsylvania County experienced the earthquake from a rather unique perspective –on his boat on Lake Anna. [...]
“I started to hear this rumble, and I thought they were doing some construction at the plant. It was a rumble that sounded very deep beneath the boat. All of a sudden, (the boat) started to rattle. Then it got really intense” [...]
- New Minister Seeks Experts' Verification of Monju Project
Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--New science minister Masaharu Nakagawa has called for a safety assessment of Japan's Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor project by a panel of experts before the government decides whether to continue it. Nakagawa said at his inaugural news conference Friday night that he wants a renewed verification of risks of the reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, central Japan.
- Fukushima leaders, residents hold Tokyo rally for full-scale nuclear compensation
Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato, farm and business leaders joined residents of the prefecture in Tokyo on Sept. 2 to demand full-scale compensation for evacuees and other victims of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis.
- AP: "Quake risk to reactors greater than thought"
"Gov't says 27 US reactors could be more vulnerable to earthquakes than previously thought", according to the article on 9/2/2011.
- 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.
- TEPCO tries 'shower' method to cool No. 3 reactor
TEPCO began using a "spray-shower" technique to disseminate water into the No. 3 reactor at its troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Sept. 1.
The method consists of spraying coolant water like a shower above the fuel rods so that water will fall evenly on all fuel rods and cool them efficiently.
- Kofu hospital radiologist falsified dosage records
KOFU -- A radiologist at Kofu Municipal Hospital who administered excessive amounts of radioactive materials to children for medical examinations entered false dosage figures into records.
- 82% distrust gov't after disaster: AP-GfK Poll
TOKYO — Nearly six months after the tsunami and nuclear accident, 82% of Japanese people surveyed lack confidence in the government’s ability to handle another major disaster and generally distrust elected leaders, an Associated Press- GfK poll has found.
The results depict widespread gloom about Japan’s present state and its future, and provide sobering insights into the complex set of problems confronting Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, elected this week.
- 2 dead, 5 missing as typhoon slams into western Japan
TOKYO — Typhoon Talas cut across western Japan Saturday leaving at least two people dead and five missing after heavy rains and fierce winds, officials and press reports said.
The typhoon, packing gusts of up to 108 kilometers per hour, made landfall on the Pacific coast of Shikoku island at about 10 a.m., the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
- Nuclear Energy Institute Report on Japan's Nuclear Reactors, September 2, 2011
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has begun to put into operation a more efficient method of cooling the core of Fukushima Daiichi reactor 3. TEPCO announced yesterday that it had begun using the core spray system to cool the slumped fuel core from above.
- Alec Baldwin calls nuclear energy filthy
I get a lot of people asking me why I’m so negative about nuclear power. Today I’ll let Alec Baldwin, star of 30 Rock, explain why nuclear reactors are a filthy form of energy.
- Map: Fukushima no-entry zone
Residents who left the evacuation preparation zone after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are being told by the Japanese authorities that it could be safe to return.
- Above-limit cesium found in 4 tea products from Saitama, Chiba
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- Slow-moving, major typhoon to hit Japan this weekend — Heavy rainfall expected for Fukushima, disaster zone
A major typhoon is headed toward Japan and is expected to cross over the western and central areas of the archipelago Friday and Saturday.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said Typhoon Talas was traveling slowly at 6 miles per hour (10 kilometers per hour) on Friday. It packed winds of up to 110 mph (180 kph) and setting off downpours and strong winds
- Mysterious person in radiation suit appears on Fukushima webcam (VIDEOS)
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All around in the Japanese forum, a lot of people have been trying to figure out what the camera guy was trying to say
- Fukushima Is Continually Blasting All Of Us With High Levels Of Cesium, Strontium And Plutonium And Will Slowly Kill Millions For Years To Come
Fukushima is now far and away the worst nuclear disaster in all of human history. Chernobyl was a Sunday picnic compared to Fukushima and the amount of cesium-137 released at Fukushima this year so far is equivalent to 168 Hiroshima bombs.
The crisis at Fukushima is far, far worse than you have been told. We are talking about multiple self-sustaining nuclear meltdowns that will not be fully contained for years.
Source: blog.alexanderhiggins.com via WhatReallyHappened.com
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