Chronology of Fukushima News and related radioactive stuff

Radioactive news 19 March 2011

  • U.S. Declines to Give Details on Radiation
    WASHINGTON—U.S. government officials, in private sessions on Capitol Hill Friday, repeatedly declined to give details of radiation measurements at the stricken Japanese nuclear complex, saying the situation is shrouded in a “fog of war.”

    Separately, the Obama administration said Friday “miniscule quantities” of radiation from the Japanese nuclear accident were detected Friday at a monitoring station in Sacramento, Calif., a day after similar traces of radiation were detected in Washington state.

    The administration said the levels of the radioactive isotope xenon 133 were approximately equivalent to one-millionth the dose received from the sun, rocks or other natural sources.
  • Officials Are “Underestimating the Seriousness of the Problem” with Japan’s Nuclear Reactors
    Japan raised the nuclear alert level from a four to a five, on par with Three Mile Island. This decision has shocked many nuclear experts who thought it should be higher.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: The Japanese nuclear crisis continues to worsen as authorities race to find a way to cool the overheating reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Earlier today, Japan raised the nuclear alert level at the crippled plant from a four to a five, which is on par with Three Mile Island.

    Japan’s prime minister, Naoto Kan, described the situation as, quote, “still very grave.”
  • Real Time Japan Nuclear Fallout Radiation Graphs For US West Coast Cities
    With the current news that nuclear fallout radiation from Japan has hit the US the US Government has put real time radiation monitoring data online.

    Per the usual, just like with the BP spill when the Government puts information online they bury it so deep it's very hard to find. Then once you do find what you are looking for it takes a month worth of Sundays to get through it all.

    So I made an application that generates thumbnails of all of the real time Japan nuclear radiation monitoring data for the major US west coast cities every three hours 15 minutes and posts them right here.

    Update: Looks like this is up just in time as independent radiation monitoring has just gone offline. Keep in mind though this is Government supplied/censored data.
  • Radiation detected in milk and spinach
    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says the government was informed around 5:30 PM on Friday that higher levels of radiation than the legal standard were detected in fresh milk from cows at a dairy farm in Fukushima Prefecture.

    He also said that at 11:00 AM on Saturday, the government received information that six samples of spinach tested at a research institute in Ibaraki Prefecture contained higher levels of radiation than the official standard.
    Source.: NHK World
  • Fukushima reactors will have to be entombed — “Radioactive and deadly for thousands of years”
    “These reactors are never going to be used again,” said James Acton, of the Carnegie Endowment’s Nuclear Policy Program. “They’re going to have to be entombed for a significant length of time before anything’s able to be done about them.”

    And in Japan, officials are dealing not with just one rogue reactor, but six of them. …

    That still unfinished containment dome at Chernobyl is only projected to last 100 years. And Chernobyl, like the Japanese plant at Fukushima, will remain radioactive — and deadly — for thousands of years.
    Source.: CBS News
  • Photographs of Chernobyl - Ghost Town
    I travel a lot and one of my favorite destinations leads North from Kiev, towards so called Chernobyl "dead zone", which is 130kms from my home. Why my favorite? Because one can take long rides there on empty roads.

    In places where roads have not been travelled by trucks or army vehicles, they are in the same condition they were 20 years ago - except for an occasional blade of grass that discovered a crack to spring through. Time does not ruin roads, so they may stay this way until they can be opened to normal traffic again........ a few centuries from now.
    US radiation monitoring in real time
    (several links)

    Resource links
    (iodine pills, geiger counters, etc)

    Primary news sources
  • Radioactive iodine in Tokyo water, radiation in food near n-plant
    Japan said radiation levels in spinach and milk from farms near its tsunami-crippled nuclear complex exceeded government safety limits, as emergency teams scrambled today to restore power to the plant so it could cool dangerously overheated fuel. Officials this morning also said radioactive iodine has been detected in drinking water for Tokyo and other areas.
  • FLASHBACK - Chernobyl nuclear accident: figures for deaths and cancers still in dispute
    At the children's cancer hospital in Minsk, Belarus, and at the Vilne hospital for radiological protection in the east of Ukraine, specialist doctors are in no doubt they are seeing highly unusual rates of cancers, mutations and blood diseases linked to the Chernobyl nuclear accident 24 years ago.

    But proving that infant mortality hundreds of miles from the stricken nuclear plant has increased 20-30% in 20 years, or that the many young people suffering from genetic disorders, internal organ deformities and thyroid cancers are the victims of the world's greatest release of radioactivity, is impossible.
    Source.: Guardian
  • Total information blackout on Fukushima Unit 4 reactor raises serious questions about truth of situation
    Clearly everything is not fine, especially for the Japanese people. If you have been paying attention to the many other reports here on NaturalNews about the situation, you will quickly recognize the many serious factors at play and their numerous inconsistencies. There is an extremely dangerous plutonium-based fuel in one of the damaged reactors that may have already been, or eventually could be, released into the environment (, an allegedly empty cooling pool exposing thousands of highly volatile fueling rods to the open air (, and a US president telling everyone to chill out and do nothing other than watch television for further information (
  • Full Core Meltdown in Japan?
    Possibly it's ongoing and concealed. All along, Japanese and Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) officials downplayed or lied about the severity of the crisis. Virtually nothing they say can be believed.

    Nor from the Obama administration, budgeting loan guarantees for new reactor construction instead of decommissioning all 104 nuclear plants because operating them risks full core meltdowns.

    In fact, global contamination is threatened. Obama said radioactivity wouldn't reach America. He lied. It will reach California by weekend and spread east across the entire country and North America. The industry-controlled World Nuclear News warned of a "dramatic escalation in Japan."
  • The Amount of Radioactive Fuel at Fukushima DWARFS Chernobyl
    Science Insider noted yesterday:

    The Daiichi complex in Fukushima, Japan ... had a total of 1760 metric tons of fresh and used nuclear fuel on site last year, according to a presentation by its owners, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco). The most damaged Daiichi reactor, number 3, contains about 90 tons of fuel, and the storage pool above reactor 4, which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) Gregory Jaczko reported yesterday had lost its cooling water, contains 135 tons of spent fuel. The amount of fuel lost in the core melt at Three Mile Island in 1979 was about 30 tons; the Chernobyl reactors had about 180 tons when the accident occurred in 1986.

    And see this.

    That means that Fukushima has nearly 10 times more nuclear fuel than Chernobyl.
    Source.: Washingtons blog
  • No Danger No Concern No Sanity
    On March 15 Michi Okugawa wrote, “The situation in Tokyo is getting worse. The number of people who are panicking is increasing with more and more people trying to get out of Tokyo or out of the country. The nuclear plant explosion is having a large effect in our daily lives. The biggest problem is transportation. Tokyo is darker now due to power saving. As I am writing this, more people have decided to evacuate from Tokyo. I am living my usual life but the surrounding is in a panic.” ...
  • At Chernobyl It Was All Under Control
    The experience of being a young physicist in Kiev 25 years ago during the Chernobyl disaster pushed Valery N. Bliznyuk into a career working with solar technology. His recollections of the slow spread of accurate information about what was really happening suggests parallels with the current nuclear crisis in Japan.
  • Cooling operations continue / SDF sprays water on No. 3 reactor; Hyper Rescue squad sent
    Radiation levels were confirmed to have declined Friday at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after water was dumped on one of its reactors from the sky and sprayed on it from the ground, the plant's operator said.

    Two Ground Self-Defense Force helicopters and five Self-Defense Forces special fire and rescue engines, as well as a high-pressure water cannon truck from the Metropolitan Police Department, were deployed Thursday to cool a temporary storage pool for spent nuclear fuel rods at the No. 3 reactor of the nuclear plant on the border of Okumamachi and Futabamachi in Fukushima Prefecture.
  • Governments Have Been Covering Up Nuclear Meltdowns for Fifty Years to Protect the Nuclear Power Industry
    Specifically, in 1959, there was a meltdown of one-third of the nuclear reactors at the Santa Susana field laboratory operated by Rocketdyne, releasing - according to some scientists' estimates - 240 times as much radiation as Three Mile Island.

    But the Atomic Energy Commission lied and said only there was only 1 partially damaged rod, and no real problems. In fact, the AEC kept the meltdown a state secret for 20 years.
    Source.: Washingtons blog
  • Foreign governments frustrated with Japan
    With concern growing over radiation leaks at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, some foreign countries are increasingly frustrated with what they say is the Japanese government's handling of the crisis and the insufficient information it has provided.

    Some countries have urged their citizens to leave areas farther from the plant than those recommended by Japan, an apparent overreaction that may be caused by distrust of the Japanese government's determination and ability to resolve the situation.

    Cooperation from the international community, particularly the United States, is essential to handle the crisis. Japan therefore must gain foreign countries' trust by providing accurate information.
  • Fukushima cloud now at the Atlantic, no risk - France
    PARIS - The plume from Fukushima has now reached the western Atlantic but its radioactivity is likely to be "extremely low" and have no impact on health or the environment, France's Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) said on Saturday.
    "As of yesterday, the cloud covered most of North America and northeastern Siberia. It is currently passing over the North Atlantic," it said, naming French terroritories in the Caribbean and off Canada's eastern coast.


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