Fukushima timeline - October 2011
- Fukushima: Towards the Formation of a Radioactive Graveyard in the Pacific Ocean?
No one wants to think about the massive aqueous deposition of radioactive materials into the Pacific Ocean, that much is now clear.
By September estimates of released contamination had risen to over 3,500 terabecquerels of cesium-137 released into the sea directly from the plant between March 11 and the end of May. Another 10,000 terabecquerels of cesium fell into the ocean after escaping from the reactors in the form of steam.
Initially reports had quieted concerns by stating that the materials would be diluted so vastly that the radioactivity would not be able to accumulate, and would not affect the environment. The experts claimed they would track the deposition and floating radioactive debris field making its way on a trans-Pacific trip to the United States. Apparently, the experts in Japan didn't get the message. The Japanese regularly tested the seawater only for 'popular' Iodine and Cesium isotopes instead of all known fission-produced radioactive materials, for the first 3 months after the disaster. By March 31st, radioactive contamination concentration was 4,385 times the legal limit, up from 3,355 times on Tuesday, according to Kyodo.
- Nuclear Disaster in the US: How Bechtel Is Botching the World's Costliest Environmental Cleanup
Department of Energy scientists are alleging catastrophic mismanagement of massive cleanup efforts at Hanford, the former nuclear weapons outpost. October 21, 2011 |
Razor wire surrounds Hanford’s makeshift borders while tattered signs warn of potential contamination and fines for those daring enough to trespass. This vast stretch of eastern Washington, covering more than 580 square miles of high desert plains, is rural Washington at its most serene. But it’s inaccessible for good reason: It is, by all accounts, a nuclear wasteland.
- Fukushima and the Fall of the Nuclear Priesthood
Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds.com joins GRTV.ca for a conversation about the fallout for the nuclear industry from the Fukushima crisis.
Great vid. Visitors looking for yesterdays video please follow this link
- Live Fukushima Nuclear Plant Cam 22.10.2011
- Local gov'ts facing widened evacuation perimeter against nuclear reactor restarts
As the government moves to expand emergency evacuation zones around the nation's nuclear plants to 30 kilometers, all the municipalities affected are now against unconditional reactor restarts at their local plants, a Mainichi survey released Oct. 20 has found.
- Journalists keep close eye on Fukushima nuclear worker radiation exposure (Part 3)
The ministry concluded that workers who are exposed to 100 to 250 millisieverts during efforts to tame the Fukushima nuclear crisis must be withdrawn from further work for five years on the grounds that the conventional regulations apply to the Fukushima crisis.
However, TEPCO was of the view that the conventional regulations do not apply to the work at the Fukushima plant, arguing that workers should not be deprived of employment for long periods. Because of this, the subcontractor omitted the levels of radiation workers were exposed to from their radiation management records.
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- Radiation Affecting Plants in Romania?
Radiation Affecting Plants in Romania? October 21, 2011
Images of possible radiation affected plants in Romania / by Lother Avanti / FukushimaUpdate.com /
These pictures are taken in Mangalia, a small town on the coast of the Black Sea, very close to the Bulgarian Border. There is a nuclear power plant about 70 miles away, though I don’t think that has anything to do with why the plants are struggling to produce chlorophyll. Leaves in the shade in lower part of the picture clearly show their almost paper white-like quality.
Leaves in the shade in lower part of the picture clearly show their almost paper white-like quality.
I have been spending my summers in Mangalia for close to 20 years now and I don’t remember ever seeing the plants like this. Though these pictures were taken on the 17th of August 2011, I remember seeing them this way as early as August 10th. At first I thought I must be imagining things, so I took a walk all over town and studied the vegetation very closely. As you can see in the pictures, it becomes clear that something is indeed wrong with the plants.
Good article, altough i believe the discoloration of leaves is a result of Iron deficiency, not Potassium or Magnesium, but not that it matters. (very good pictorial of various deficiencies and plant diseases ). The author is right on the spot though, that the raised alkaline PH "blocks out" nutrients to the plants.
I m guessing, that the raised PH level is a direct result of barium isotopes deposits, that some radioactive elements decay into (barium is also suppose to be an ingredient in chemtrails).
(Barium (bair-ee-əm) is a chemical element with the symbol Ba and atomic number 56. It is the fifth element in Group 2, a soft silvery metallic alkaline earth metal) wikipedia
- Two boys found with high internal radiation exposure
The level of exposure is estimated to be equivalent to 3 millisieverts during their lifetime, which is not expected to harm their health, prefectural officials said Thursday.
- Fall of nuclear could give boost to fuel cells
Now that Japan, Germany and other European countries have started to move away from nuclear plans, large fuel cell makers like FuelCell Energy are seeing an uptick in interest in those countries. That’s what FuelCell Energy CEO and President Chip Bottone told me in a recent interview. FuelCell Energy currently sells about 65 percent of its fuel cells outside of the U.S., where about two thirds of its customers are utilities.
Fuel cells create a chemical reaction to produce electricity and heat. They look like large industrial refrigerators filled with stacks that are lined with catalysts (a metal, sometimes platinum), and a fuel (commonly natural gas) is inserted in one side and runs over the stack. Electricity and heat flow out the other side. Utilities and industrial and commercial businesses are sometimes interested in the technology because it is cleaner power than fossil fuels, and it’s distributed.
- #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Just Released Video of Reactor 3 Upper Floors
or what used to be the upper floors. TEPCO took the video on October 12 when they did the dust sampling. The camera was mounted on the crane boom.
You get to see the mangled steel beams and other incredible mess, against the clear blue sky of October. Surreal in a way.
Ex - Skf has 3 new vids published. Check them out.
- Chiba Pref. city finds major radioactive hot spot on public land
KASHIWA, Chiba -- Officials here announced Oct. 21 the city government has discovered a hot spot emitting extremely high radiation of 57.5 microsieverts per hour on a plot of public land in a residential district.
The new hot spot was found within a radius of just one meter. Radiation levels in Kashiwa and its vicinity are relatively high because of the effects of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis, but the latest discovery of such an intense hot spot in the city's Nedokoyadai district came as a surprise. City radiation task force chief Seiichi Someya speculates, "It's hard to imagine that it is due to effects" of the Fukushima crisis.
Well mr. radiation task force chief, what do you imagine it is then? Radioactive bottles? Wild roaming fukushima cows radioactive dung aka BullSh*t? What's the first thing that comes to mind?
- Fukushima rainfall projection for 22.10.2011
- Fukushima Disaster TEPCO Status Report journey around the plant 22 October 2011
- Siemens launches smart grid solution with power quality, energy automation and multimedia functions
For the expansion of smart grids Siemens Infrastructure & Cities has developed a smart grid solution based on its AMIS system, which covers both smart metering and the automation of distribution networks. In addition, Siemens has for the first time integrated in this application the energy automation, power quality and multimedia functions. For example, the power snapshot analysis is the first smart grid application worldwide, which provides synchronous grid information via AMIS smart meters. Power quality data supplements this information, with the aid of which grid stability and supply security can be enhanced. Open interfaces for tablet computers or smart phones, via which consumption and energy data can be graphically displayed, are also available
- Number of foreign visitors to Japan drops for 7th month on quake, nuclear crisis
TOKYO, Oct 21 (KUNA) -- The number of foreign visitors to Japan in September declined 24.9 percent from a year earlier, marking the seventh month of fall in the wake of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent nuclear crisis, the government said on Friday.
- Study: Solid bedrock off Miyagi Prefecture vulnerable to huge quakes
Areas in the ocean floor off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, site of the epicenter of the Great East Japan Earthquake, have characteristics that make them particularly prone to major earthquakes, a Tohoku University research team found.
- China's 2020 nuclear targets may be cut after Fukushima
Industry officials predict China's nuclear capacity targets for 2020 could be adjusted in the wake of the moratorium imposed on new project approvals following the Fukushima disaster in Japan.
- Greens worried after Karachi heavy water leak
Islamabad, Oct 22 (IANS) The recent leak of heavy water at the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (Kanupp) has environmentalists and civil society activists in Pakistan worried.
They are now raising questions over safety measures and operational protocols even as the government shut down the plant Thursday for an indefinite period, Dawn reported.
“The plant had already been closed on Oct 5 for three weeks for maintenance but after the leakage it will remain shut for an indefinite period,” said Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission spokesman Ejaz Ahmed, adding that the leakage occurred during maintenance work Tuesday midnight.
This actually looks very similar to the recent move by Iran, shutting down Busher. Timing is a bit to coincidental.
- Delhi wants safety review before procuring reactors
With its ambitious nuclear power programme facing stiff opposition from Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu to Jaitapur in Maharashtra, a cautious New Delhi on Thursday conveyed to Paris that it would wait for the safety review of the European Pressurized Reactors before moving further on the deal to procure two of them.
“We are awaiting completion of the review of safety aspects of the EPR design by the authorities in France. Both sides are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safety in the project,” External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said after a meeting with the visiting French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Alain Juppé.
- Free Airline Tickets to Japan! Fukushima Update 10/21/11
- NRC advisory panel approves AP1000 reactor design
Westinghouse Electric's AP1000 reactor design is safe, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards. "We conclude that there is reasonable assurance that the revised design can be built and operated without undue risk to the health and safety of the public,"
- Seven months on, Japan yet to finalize nuclear evacuation plan
(Reuters) - Japanese nuclear experts are considering widening the evacuation zone in the event of a nuclear disaster, more than seven months after the world's worst such disaster since Chernobyl.
Japan faced widespread criticism over its slow response in evacuating residents near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which suffered fuel rod meltdowns after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and is still leaking radiation.
Japan IS facing widespread criticism...
- Japan's Cabinet approves 158 billion USD budget for post-quake reconstruction
TOKYO, October 21 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Cabinet on Friday approved a 12.10 trillion yen (157.6 billion U.S. dollars) third supplementary budget for reconstruction work related to the March disasters and measures to deal with the nation's persistently strong currency.
- Strong quake hits northern Japan
Tokyo - A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck Japan's northern island of Hokkaido Friday, the Meteorological Agency said.
No immediate casualties or damage were reported and no tsunami warning was issued.
The quake occurred at 5:03 pm (0803 GMT) with its epicentre in the centre of the island at a depth of 190 kilometres, the agency said.
- Radioactive Materials in Rivers, Wells Detected in Fukushima Much Higher Than Pre-Nuke Accident Levels
The Ministry did the survey twice in June and August. It selected the survey locations from the areas that showed relatively high level of cesium deposition in soil in the Ministry's aerial survey after the accident. 50 river locations and 51 wells were selected. Radioactive cesium and iodine- 131 were measured in all 101 locations. Strontium and plutonium were measured in 10 river locations where the air radiation was high. Similarly, at 6 wells, only strontium was measured.
Radioactivity detected in: mushrooms, straw, rice, water, ground, air... why not simply say... it's everywhere... ?
- Japan’s radioactive seafood problem
Since the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Greenpeace has been working on the ground in Fukushima prefecture, providing independent information on contamination levels. More recently, we’ve been testing fish and shellfish (details in Japanese) from five supermarket chains in seven Japanese cities, and what we found gives cause for concern.
We found radioactive contamination in just over half the samples (details in Japanese), highlighting problems with the official government monitoring of Japan’s seafood, and again underscoring its inadequate efforts to protect the health and safety of its people. Up to 88 becquerel per kg of caesium was found in 34 of the 60 samples – that’s well below Japan’s official limits of 500 becquerel per kg, but not so far from the 150 becquerel limit set in Ukraine following Chernobyl.
- Nuclear Energy Conference to start in Amman Tuesday
The three-day conference will also serve as a platform for Jordan to learn from other countries' experience in producing nuclear power.
- Global Offshore Wind Market to Grow at a CAGR of 37% from from 4.8 GW in 2011 to Reach 80 GW in 2020
enlarge Amsterdam - During 2001-2010 the installed capacity of offshore wind globally grew from 54 MW to 2,862.9 MW at a CAGR of 55.5%. The growth in capacity during this period was driven by the commissioning of new offshore wind farms with installed capacities of 2,119 MW in the UK in 2010 and 749 MW in Denmark in 2007. During the forecast period 2011-2020 the total global offshore wind installed capacity is expected to grow at a CAGR of 36.8% from 4,782.9 MW to 80,044.5 MW. The sudden rise in capacity in 2020 is mainly due to a capacity addition of 13 GW expected in UK and 2000 MW in China.
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