Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news November 2011

Editorial: Latest radiation-tainted rice case shows gov't must better safety measures


  • Editorial: Latest radiation-tainted rice case shows gov't must better safety measures

    .... To protect the public, the government must get to the bottom of what caused such highly concentrated radioactive contamination, and establish a more reliable testing system.

    webmasters comment:

    What caused the radioactive contamination in Fukushima rice? Now that's a hard one.  Does Japan really have nothing more to show than this pathethic excuse for a government?

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Hamamatsu professor invents speedy radiation detector


  • Hamamatsu professor invents speedy radiation detector

    A researcher in Hamamatsu has created a postcard-sized device that can continuously take readings of radiation (gamma ray) levels caused by elements such as cesium at a rate of 40 measurements per second, even while the device is moving.

    By combining the reading with locational data it can display a map with precise information on contamination.

    "I hope it will help in evacuating residents and contribute to the recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake," says Yoshihiro Takiguchi, 53, the device's inventor.

    Source: ajw.asahi.com


 

Nuclear & Medical Dangers Post-Fukushima: Helen Caldicott 1/4



   

Fukushima Update – Day 253


  • Fukushima Update – Day 253

    Fukushima saw fewer births after nuclear disaster / NHK / November 18, 2011 /

    A survey in Fukushima Prefecture shows the number of births fell by 25 percent in the 3 months following the accident at the nuclear power plant.

    The Japan Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists conducted a nationwide survey of around 1,100 medical institutions handling deliveries between April and June. 714 responded.

    Source: fukushimaupdate.com


 

Yomiuri: 451 deaths “due to physical deterioration triggered by the disaster” — Number expected to increase dramatically



 

Cesium-137 Deposition Simulation Shows Extensive Ocean Contamination Even in Japan Sea


  • Cesium-137 Deposition Simulation Shows Extensive Ocean Contamination Even in Japan Sea

    I wrote on Monday November 14 about the paper by the international team of scientists on cesium-137 deposition simulation after the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident, from March 20 to April 19.

    In the English paper that I linked, there was a map of cesium-137 deposition simulation in much wider area of Japan, which I showed in the post.

    But then, in the press release by Nagoya University (one of the scientists is from this university), I realized I should have linked the different map of cesium-137 deposition simulation on land and on the ocean. A whole lot of radioactive materials may have fallen on the ocean, the Pacific Ocean AND the Japan Sea. (Remember, this is a simulation map, not the actual measurement.)...

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


   

Architect of Reactor 3 warns of massive hydrovolcanic explosion


  • Architect of Reactor 3 warns of massive hydrovolcanic explosion

    Architect of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3, Uehara Haruo, the former president of Saga University had an interview on 11/17/2011.

    In this interview, he admitted Tepco’s explanation does not make sense, and that the China syndrome is inevitable.

    He stated that considering 8 months have passed since 311 without any improvement, it is inevitable that melted fuel went out of the container vessel and sank underground, which is called China syndrome.

    Source: fukushima-diary.com


 

Fukushima Pref. to begin research on forest decontamination


  • Fukushima Pref. to begin research on forest decontamination

    FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) -- Fukushima Prefecture will start studying ways to decontaminate forests tainted by radioactive materials from the crisis-hit nuclear power plant in the prefecture, local officials said.

    Aiming to find effective methods to clean up forests near residential areas, the prefecture's research center will soon conduct experimental felling in the evacuation preparation area outside the 20-km no-entry zone from the Fukushima Daiichi power station.

    webmasters comment:

  • Right. Cesium in pollen not viewed as health risk

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Fukushima radiation meters fail gov't accuracy requirements


  • Fukushima radiation meters fail gov't accuracy requirements

    Radiation meters installed at parks and primary schools across Fukushima Prefecture do not meet the central government's minimum accuracy requirements, it was learned on Nov. 18.

    The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology cancelled its contract with the meters' supplier the same day. The ministry will begin removing the 600 devices soon, and reopen bidding on the radiation meter contract. The meters were scheduled to start operating in October, but that has now been pushed back to February next year at the earliest.

    webmasters comment:

    Japanese gov. criminals, especially those in the above mentioned Ministry are trying to cover their deeds with "faulty equipment" excuse. All this was done intentionally.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Dangers of a Lax Nuclear Strategy


  • Dangers of a Lax Nuclear Strategy

    On August 26, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned, taking responsibility for the disastrous meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was caused by the March 2011 undersea earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

    In India, on the other hand, the deliberate contamination of a drinking water tank with radioactive waste in the Kaiga nuclear power plant in Western Ghats in the state of Karnataka has gone unpunished for two whole years.

    Neither government nor corporate actors have yet taken responsibility for the incident.

    The contamination of a drinking water cooler near the clothing crib of the power plant led to 86 employees showing higher than normal traces of tritium, a radioactive substance, in their routine urine discharge test on the night of Nov. 23, 2009.

    webmasters comment:

    Before i started following these nuclear events more closely i didn't realize that India is governed by such fools and criminals. Police shooting peaceful anti-nuclear protesters, workers dumping radioactive waste in drinking water tanks and no one ever gets even investigated? And now they sign a document that gives nukes 5 year warranty?

    Antinuclear protestors in India are indeed fighting for their country and their lives.

    Source: ipsnews.net


 

Demolition Begins on Hanford’s Historic Plutonium Vaults - PDF


  • Demolition Begins on Hanford’s Historic Plutonium Vaults - PDF

    RICHLAND, WASH. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) began demolishing a vault complex that once held stores of plutonium for the U.S. nuclear weapons program at the Hanford Site in southeast Washington State.

    The vault complex is part of Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant, which once consisted of more than 60 facilities. The plant produced nearly two-thirds of the nation’s supply of plutonium during the Cold War.

    Source: em.doe.gov


 

African Sun Prepares to Power Europe


  • African Sun Prepares to Power Europe

    ...Solar units use mirrors to concentrate sunlight and convert it into thermal energy. This process achieves temperatures of 400 to 1200 degrees Celsius, which can be used to generate power in the same way as a conventional steam-operated power station. ...

    ... Wind and solar farms are heavily dependent on weather conditions. Because electricity grids are not able at present to store enough electricity, fluctuations in renewal energy makes standby, conventional power plants indispensable to meet the base load demand.

    This handicap of renewable energy sources would disappear with new solar power panels and with new intelligent grids capable of storing electricity and delivering it on demand, the study claims.

    webmasters comment:

    very important development and a huge + for alternative energy sector. Nuclear power plants are often quoted as a necessity because of the base load demand and such projects eliminate that argument entirely.

    If i understand the system correctly it is just a huge version of the Stirling engine, that uses sun mirrors to heat the gas / water inside the system.

    Source: ipsnews.net


 

India moves to accommodate US nuclear technology vendors


  • India moves to accommodate US nuclear technology vendors

    New Delhi - India has gone 'some way' in addressing the concerns of US would-be suppliers to its nuclear power sector, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Friday.

    He was speaking after talks with US President Barack Obama in Bali, where the two leaders were attending a summit. 'I explained to President Obama that we have a law in place and the rules have been formulated,' IANS news agency quoted Singh as saying.

    Delhi announced changes to legislation Wednesday, which restrict the liability that Indian nuclear operators can claim from their overseas suppliers in case of an accident.

    webmasters comment:

    Translation. India has signed a document that any nuclear power plants parts from abroad have only a 5 year warranty and if a power plant blows up after that time, india can't claim any damages beacuse of faulty parts. Now how stupid are they? Kudankulam protests need to go nationwide.

    Source: monstersandcritics.com


 

Wednesday 23 November (date to be confirmed): Interim report on process of nuclear stress tests


  • Top News from the European Commission 19 November – 16 December 2011

    Wednesday 23 November (date to be confirmed): Interim report on process of nuclear stress tests

    The news:

    The Commission will adopt its interim report on the process of conducting nuclear stress. It looks at the way the tests are carried out and reported as it is the first time, a EU wide common methodology is used. It will not give results on the content of the stress tests. Final results on the outcome of the stress tests will be available in June 2012, once all three stages of stress tests – the assessment by nuclear operators, the national reports by regulators and the peer review by experts from other Member States - have been finalized.

    webmasters comment:

    Stress tests are a whitewash from the very beginning. There are few political decisions that were made in the last 10 years, that don't include the possibility of terrorism, or at least have a small mention of it just just to be in with the slang. Everything except nuclear power plants that have the capability to cause the most damage.

    Current nuclear reactor containment's are smth similar as if a bomb squad would carry card-boards around for protection.

    Source: radioactive.eu.com


 

Nuclear plant protesters say talks with expert committee an eyewash


  • Nuclear plant protesters say talks with expert committee an eyewash

    Talks between members of the expert committee appointed by the Centre and the leaders of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) to resolve the 30-day long agitation against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project broke down on Friday.

    The PMANE leaders hardened their stand against the commissioning of the 1,000 MW reactor even as the expert committee members drawn from various scientific and engineering branches tried to allay fears of the local community about a Fukushima-like disaster.

    Source: dnaindia.com


 

Russia’s top military commander has warned of nuclear war with NATO


  • Russia’s top military commander has warned of nuclear war with NATO

    Russian General warns of nuclear war with NATO

    Zimmetro — Russian General Nikolai Makarov said NATO’s eastward expansion meant the risk of Russia being dragged into conflicts had ‘risen sharply’. General Makarov is the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia , the highest military post of the Russian armed forces.

    Source: zimbabwemetro.com via WRH


 

Neutrinos still faster than light in latest version of experiment


  • Neutrinos still faster than light in latest version of experiment


    Finding that contradicts Einstein's theory of special relativity is repeated with fine-tuned procedures and equipment
    Scientists working at the Cern laboratory have again recorded neutrinos travelling faster than light
    Scientists from Cern have repeated their finding of neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light. Photograph: Cern/Science Photo Library
     
    The scientists who appeared to have found in September that certain subatomic particles can travel faster than light have ruled out one potential source of error in their measurements after completing a second, fine-tuned version of their experiment.

    Source: poorrichards-blog.blogspot.com


 

Russian Military Chief: NATO Expansion Raises Risk of Nuclear War


  • Russian Military Chief: NATO Expansion Raises Risk of Nuclear War

    Speaking today at a news conference, Russian military chief General Nikolai Makarov warned that the continued expansion eastward by NATO raised the risk that small border conflicts could escalate into a major war, including the possible use of nuclear weapons.

    Makarov cited the number of former Warsaw Pact powers already absorbed by NATO, as well as the effort to include both Ukraine and Georgia into the alliance, as dramatically raising the prospect of border conflicts in the area.

    “In certain conditions, I do not rule out local and regional armed conflicts developing into a large-scale war, including using nuclear weapons,” the general warned.

    Source: activistpost.com via wrh


 

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