Fukushima timeline - October 2011

Radioactive news 29 - 30 October 2011

  • Iodine 131 measured from rice

    According to the food measurement result of Citizen’s radioactivity measuring station, not to menation,Cs-134,137 were measured,but Iodine131 was also measured from various rice samples.

    Since this is a private institution,their measurement result is more honest then government’s.

    Most of the samples were taken from 10/1~10/20/2011.

    This may prove Fukushima went back to recriticality state in September.

    webmasters comment:

    well, as the video featured in the 1st article clearly shows, something is definitely melting at reactor unit 5.

    Source: fukushima-diary.com

  • Japanese government still refusing to evacuate Fukushima children

    On the 27th of October 2011, Fukushima women met government officials in Tokyo to demand that the government evacuate Fukushima children immediately. But, the government official only repeated the government’s policy of cleaning up the contaminated area in Fukushima.

    Source: australiancannonball.com

  • Excessive cesium detected in greenhouse-grown mushrooms in Fukushima

    FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) -- Radioactive cesium exceeding the designated limit has been detected in shiitake mushrooms grown in greenhouses at a farm in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, the prefectural government said Saturday.

    The prefectural government has asked the city of Soma and dealers to stop shipment of the mushrooms, and a local agricultural cooperative has begun recalling them after they were found to contain 850 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, exceeding the 500-becquerel limit set by the state.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Radioactive soil to be disposed of 30 yrs after interim storage

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government said Saturday it will seek the final disposal of soil and other waste contaminated with radioactive substances emitted from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant within 30 years after they are collected in a storage facility in Fukushima Prefecture.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • OurPlanet TV: What's Happening to Children Now? (7/14/2011)

    One of the programs, ContAct, did an interview with Mika Noro, which was webcasted on July 14, 2011. Ms. Noro has been active in helping children in areas affected by the Chernobyl nuke plant accident, and after the Fukushima accident her organization has been setting up free medical consultations for mothers and children in Fukushima.

    Noro and the host of the program discussed health issues that were starting to get reported more widely around that time, and compared them to what Noro observed in Chernobyl. Her conclusion: weakened immune system due to exposure to radiation. She is no medical doctor or radiation expert, but considering what the medical doctors and radiation experts have been saying and doing since March 11 (remember Dr. Yamashita?), that doesn't necessarily disqualify her from commenting on health and radiation.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Thousands rally for Fukushima compensation

    Thousands of people angered by Japan's nuclear power plant accident have rallied in Fukushima to demand full compensation for victims of the crisis, and swift decontamination of their neighbourhoods.

    Sunday's rally was attended by about 10,000 people, organisers estimated.

    Source: news.smh.com.au

  • Email;Begging for help for Fukushima

    This is a Japanese activist/blogger ,Mochizuki Iori. I am sending you this email to ask if you can kindly help our children in Minamisoma ,Fukushima. In Minamisoma,where is 20km area from Fukushima plants,still a lot of the students remain ,they play soccer at school play ground but it’s 2 micro Sv/h.

    They are aware of the risk of living in the area,but for financial reason,they can not evacuate.

    Source: fukushima-diary.com

  • Wind Power at Bargain Basement Prices by 2020

    Researchers at Iowa State University’s new Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory are on a mission to lower the price of wind power down to six cents per kilowatt hour by 2020, and they are taking a somewhat unusual path to get there. Instead of focusing on new wind turbine technology, the research team is working behind the scenes to bring down the cost of manufacturing turbine blades, with the goal of developing new manufacturing systems that could improve productivity by 35 percent.

    Source: cleantechnica.com

  • Old Battleship Reflector Used for New Energy in Japan

    Hyuga, Miyazaki Pref., Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--Some 66 years after World War II, a spare component of a legendary battleship of the former Imperial Japanese Navy is finding unexpected use in a project to research new energy.

    As part of research led by Tohoku University, a solar furnace that converts sunlight into heat has been built at a university facility in Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • High Levels of Radiation Detected in Tokyo's Setagaya

    Radiation levels as high as 110 microsieverts per hour have been detected in the Hachimanyama district of Setagaya Ward in Tokyo, the Setagaya government said Friday night. In response to a report of a high level of radiation from a citizen, the municipality asked the education and science ministry to conduct radiation checks at places around a supermarket store in the district, officials said.

    The readings at a shrubbery near the supermarket building were 4.7 microsieverts at the height of one meter and 110 microsieverts on the surface of the ground, the officials said.

    webmasters comment:

    Interesting... this means that radiation from 1m above ground increases 23 times to the source which is the same ratio as with data from few days ago.

    If this would be a rule we could calculate the actual ground contamination without any government filters. According to japantimes radiation map, radiation levels linger around 0.05 microSv/h 1m above ground in average (those readings are known to be underestimated). If we multiply that with 23 we get 1.15 microSv/h on the ground or approx 10mSv/year.

    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • Cesium-137 flow into sea 30 times greater than stated by TEPCO: report

    PARIS (Kyodo) -- The amount of radioactive cesium-137 that flowed into the Pacific after the start of Japan's nuclear crisis was probably nearly 30 times the amount stated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. in May, according to a recent report by a French research institute.

    The Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety said the amount of the isotope that flowed into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant between March 21 and mid-July reached an estimated 27.1 quadrillion becquerels. A quadrillion is equivalent to 1,000 trillion.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • 5 Innovative uses of wind energy

    Wind EnergyThe environment generated, environment friendly green source of energy

    Our nature is a source of energy in many forms. Wind is one such energy which is in abundance and is totally environment friendly. Wind energy is one of the most preferred source of clean energy. Wind energy has been used by man since time immemorial and is still being used in various forms.

    You must have seen wind mills with their propellers rotating in the wind that is used to convert wind energy into electricity. Many ways of tapping wind energy are known to most of us but there are few that we don't know. Here is a list of 5 such smart uses of wind energy.

    Source: utilityproducts.com

  • TEPCO unprepared for the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi: a continuing story

    The nuclear industry is constantly reassuring the public that its reactors are safe. But, as the nuclear disaster in Japan continues to unfold, the evidence mounts that these assurances frequently can’t be trusted at all and that in Japan in particular, the nuclear industry and the government have failed in their duty to protect the Japanese people.

    Media reports on this week's publication of Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) manuals said the documents show that ‘the utility's lack of preparedness for an emergency’ was ‘a major factor leading to the meltdowns after the March 11 quake-tsunami’, so it’s no wonder the company had previously refused to make the full documents public. It was Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency that demanded disclosure.

    This sounded terribly familiar to us…

    In July 2007, the Chūetsu offshore earthquake shut down TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in western Japan. The quake turned over containers of nuclear waste, causing a release of radioactivity into the atmosphere. Radioactive water leaked inside several of the reactor buildings, some of it reaching the Sea of Japan.

    Source: greenpeace.org

  • Japan likely to OK Tepco aid package: report

    TOKYO (MarketWatch) -- The Japanese government is expected to approve financial assistance to Tokyo Electric Power Co. this week, after the embattled utility sought about Y1 trillion in public funds Friday to deal with compensation claims from the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

    Source: marketwatch.com

  • The Coolest Solar Manufacturing Technology You’ve Never Heard Of: The Optical Cavity Furnace

    Too often, when talking about research and innovation on clean energy technologies, policymakers, pundits, and the media tend to assume that the biggest breakthrough will come from a completely novel technology. The discovery of some new and sexy clean energy technology will suddenly change the game and make clean energy abundant and affordable overnight.

    In practice that rarely happens (see “The breakthrough technology illusion “). A more likely scenario is that humble, behind-the-scenes “process innovations” will continue to increase the efficiency and drive down the costs of manufacturing the technologies we already know work.

    Source: thinkprogress.org

  • Lawyers launch Fukushima compensation team

    TOKYO: Japanese lawyers on Sunday launched a legal team to help victims of the Fukushima accident seek compensation from the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, and the national government.

    About 30 lawyers, mostly based in the northern Fukushima region, announced at a news conference in Fukushima city that they had set up a new legal advisory team.

    Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

  • Fukushima towns struggle to store radioactive waste

    Japanese officials in towns around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant reacted guardedly to plans announced on Saturday to build facilities to store radioactive waste from the clean-up around the plant within three years.

    webmasters comment:

    So two known dumping spots untill now. One is Fukushima pref. which makes sense and the other is Tokyo Bay?

    Source: reuters.com

  • The Fukushima Legislature votes to Close Ten Nukes

    Starting Oct 27 the women of Fukushima organized a demonstration in the capitol city of Tokyo at the controlling government ministry for the nuclear industry, The Ministry of Economy. Their demands are but two:

    Evacuate children in Fukushima to a safer place Do not restart nuclear power plants that are currently shut off

    The Legislature for Fukushima promptly passed a resolution calling for the immediate closure of all ten (10) reactors in Fukushima. The decision on their future is up to the Governor of Fukushima.

    Source: veteranstoday.com


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