Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news November 2011

Mountains limited spread of fallout from Fukushima


  • Mountains limited spread of fallout from Fukushima

    NEW YORK (AP) -- A map of radioactive contamination across Japan from the Fukushima power plant disaster confirms high levels in eastern and northeastern areas but finds much lower levels in the western part of the country, thanks to mountain ranges, researchers say

    The mountains sheltered northwestern and western parts of Japan as radioactive cesium-137 emerged from the power plant and blew downwind, the scientists said.

    webmasters comment:

    Hum, what goes up, must come down. The issue of water pollution is widely ignored in the japanese media.

    Although the initial dispersion may have been limited by the mountains, the contaminants will continue spreading. See for one of the many natures tricks to return a "blow" here: Cesium in pollen not viewed as health risk

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

New Japan contamination map shows Cesium-137 deposited over 900 km from Fukushima… Extends west of Hiroshima (PHOTO)



 

471 develop wheat allergy after using popular 'green-tea' face soap


  • 471 develop wheat allergy after using popular 'green-tea' face soap

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A total of 471 people have developed a wheat allergy after using a type of popular green face soap and some of them have become seriously ill, health ministry officials said Tuesday, citing a report by the producer.

    Yuuka Co. began recalling the soap called "Cha no Shizuku" (Drip of Tea) in May and has said the soap now on the market is safe as it does not contain the agent that caused the allergic symptoms.

    webmasters comment:

    22$ soap that renders you unconcience anyone?

    supposedly "It is made from chemical-free tea, so it is kind to delicate facial skin.".  I think that this indicates that along with food, other products should be kept under strict radioactive watch also.

    Besides, why did they put green tea in quotation marks if the soap indeed is made from tea?

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Response rate for Fukushima's thyroid check-ups on kids reaches 77 percent


  • Response rate for Fukushima's thyroid check-ups on kids reaches 77 percent

    The initial examinations for possible thyroid abnormalities, launched between Oct. 9 and Nov. 13 in several areas of those places most affected by the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant disaster, including the two towns of Namie and Iitate, attracted a 77 percent response rate. Among those, 25 percent were people who had evacuated out of Fukushima Prefecture and traveled back to the prefecture specifically for the check-ups.

    webmasters comment:

    Instead of bringing one machine to the evac center, 25% of people who had evacuated are forced to travel back to the radioactive death traps for a medical check-up.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Nuclear Madness: Iran, Kuwait or the IAEA?


  • Nuclear Madness: Iran, Kuwait or the IAEA?

    “The Public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” (Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775.)

    As the sabre rattling against Iran becomes more deafening, week on week, with threats of the nuclear insanity of potentially, deliberately, creating a few Chenobyls or a Fukushima, by bombing working nuclear power plants, another potential nuclear madness is planned, geographically “next door.”...

    Source: globalresearch.ca


 

ANN News from KHB Channel. Fukushima report was controlled by somebody on the bus.



 

The Prometheus Trap / Men in Protective Clothing-1


  • The Prometheus Trap / Men in Protective Clothing-1

    'Please, get away from here'

    Tsushima district in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, is located in the mountains approximately 30 kilometers northwest of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).

    On March 12, the day after the nuclear accident, 10,000 people fled to the Tsushima District from the coastal area that lies within a 10-km radius of the nuclear power plant. Residents took people into their homes, since there was not enough room at the elementary and junior high schools, community centers and temples.

    One after another, people began arriving at Mizue Kanno's home throughout the day. By evening, 25 people had gathered. Although many were relatives and acquaintances, there were also strangers among them.

    Her new house had recently been built after having torn down the family's 180-year-old, traditional Japanese home. It has an impressive gate, expansive grounds and a large room measuring 20 tatami mats (approx. 33 square meters). It was just right for accepting evacuees, and the yard was filled with evacuees' cars.

    "I don't know what happened at the nuclear power station, but if we evacuate this far, then we should be OK." Everyone looked relieved for the moment.

    Source: ajw.asahi.com


 

Japan’s Nuclear Safety Steps May Cost 19 Billion Yen Per Reactor


  • Japan’s Nuclear Safety Steps May Cost 19 Billion Yen Per Reactor

    The additional safety measures will increase the cost of building a nuclear reactor by about 5 percent, according to calculations based on data provided in the report. The committee estimates the cost of constructing a reactor at 420 billion yen, assuming a rate of 350,000 yen per kilowatt and a capacity of 1.2 million kilowatts.

    webmasters comment:

    Big Alert for the Japanese. As i have predicted after Hosono's remarks, they are back on track to restart the reactors.

    Not only that, they are back on track to build more!

    Lies about the low costs of the nuclear industry are of course continuing and never mentioning that the taxpayers get stuck with the bill.

    Source: businessweek.com


 

Fukushima golf course lawsuit against TEPCO dismissed


  • Fukushima golf course lawsuit against TEPCO dismissed

    TOKYO (majirox news) — The Tokyo District Court on Monday dismissed a claim of 87 million yen ($1.1 million) against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) filed by Sunfield Nihonmatsu Golf Club and the management company.

    The companies sought reimbursement for damages due to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident and the removal of radioactive material. The golf club is located 45 km (28 miles) from the Fukushima plant.

    Masayuki Fukushima, the presiding judge, admitted in his statement that the turf and golf soil was contaminated with radioactive material as a result of the Fukushima plant accident.

    “Since there is no established method to safely handle radioactive substances, conduct decontamination work or disposal of the radioactive material, the court cannot order TEPCO to remove radioactive material from the area,” read Fukushima’s statement.

    On the other hand, the judge noted that the golf course measured lower than 3.8 microsierverts per hour, which is considered safe for schools and outdoor activities for children based on the guidelines by the Ministry of Science and Technology. It therefore should not be an obstacle to do business.

    webmasters comment:

    Am i reading this right? This judge is saying that 33 mSv/year is considered safe for schools and outdoor activities for children quoting the guidelines by the Ministry of Science and Technology?

    Source: majiroxnews.com


 

Radioactive iodine: Now France detects traces in atmosphere


  • Radioactive iodine: Now France detects traces in atmosphere

    France: France's nuclear watchdog on Tuesday said it had detected traces of radioactive iodine in the air last week after similarly low contamination was reported by the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Austria.

    Concentrations of iodine 131 measuring a few microbecquerels per cubic metre were detected last week at four monitoring stations in northern and eastern France, the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) said.

    "Although the presence of iodine 131 over national territory is quite exceptional... the level of concentrations that have been observed are of no risk for public health," it said in a press release. "The source and date of the radioactive emissions which caused this pollution are currently unknown," the IRSN said.

    webmasters comment:

    while checking eurdep there was one nuclear power plant that stood out from the crowd along with NEK, that being Cattenom in France, 35km from Luxembourg.

    Source: timesofoman.com


 

The real issue behind "detected radioactivity" in Slovenia


The real issue behind "detected radioactivity" in Slovenia

I have just checked the EURDEP webpage and the bug has been fixed. Slovenia does not light up as a mini Chernobyl anymore. The dots have been set according to recorded values. The only remaining signs of radioactivity in Slovenia are the various printscreens in my (and/or other) bloggers collections.

Everything is fine. NOT!

The fact remains that Slovenia was showing as a major source of radioactive emissions for weeks and months  on EURDEP and no one noticed untill simplyinfo.org came out lashing. 

No one in the SNSA or NEK knew that Slovenia is poping up in red and purple on the EURDEP map for at least 2 months. (i have checked the data back to 20oct with 1 month timeframe)

I mean, with nuclear energy supposedly being Slovenia's "national interest" and similar bs don't you think that they would act sooner on the fact that they are lighting up as a christmas tree in the EUropean Radiological Data Exchange Platform?  Don't you think that the management of the Slovenian nuclear power plant would act, if in todays post-fukushima environment Slovenia sends out signals of overlimit radiation at its sole nuclear power plant?

Yes they would if they knew about it!

But they didn't! The  fact that the SNSA and NEK, that was just quoting SNSA report said that it was an administrative error, without explicitly knowing what was going on, shows us not only that they don't follow the results of the data they publish into EURDEP, they simply don't care to check. If they would check it, they couldn't have missed it.

So what does that say about the efficiency and most importantly credibility of SNSA and NEK?

Nothing good.

Nothing new.



p.s.
still no thank you note from NEK or SNSA for letting them know on why exactly Slovenia looks like Europe's top hotspot. :)


 

Are Fukushima Reactors 5 and 6 In Trouble Also?


  • Are Fukushima Reactors 5 and 6 In Trouble Also?

    Are All 6 Fukushima Reactors In Trouble?

    Everyone knows that Fukushima reactors 1-3 have melted down, and the fuel pool at reactor 4 is ruined.

    But reactors 5 and 6 have been almost entirely ignored since the earthquake because – we were assured – the reactors were in controlled shutdown prior to the earthquake, and so all was safe.

    However, there are rumors of problems. ...

    webmasters comment:

    Good summary. reminder to self to update cold meltdown page :)

    Source: washingtonsblog.com


 

Iran says has detected Duqu computer virus


  • Iran says has detected Duqu computer virus

    (Reuters) - Iran said on Sunday it had detected the Duqu computer virus that experts say is based on Stuxnet, the so-called "cyber-weapon" discovered last year and believed to be aimed at sabotaging the Islamic Republic's nuclear sites.

    The head of Iran's civil defense organization told the official IRNA news agency that computers at all main sites at risk were being checked and that Iran had developed software to combat the virus.

    Source: reuters.com


 

Radioactive Iodine Blankets Much of Europe … Everyone Points Fingers


  • Radioactive Iodine Blankets Much of Europe … Everyone Points Fingers

    Washington’s Blog
    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Reuters notes that elevated levels of radioactive iodine have been detected in Germany, Sweden, Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

    The Stockholm News reports that Denmark and Poland are also experiencing heightened radiation.

    NHK notes that Russia has been hit as well.

    AP notes that the radioactive releases are ongoing:

    An official [from the International Atomic Energy Agency] familiar with the matter, who asked for anonymity because he was not authorized to comment, said the release appeared to be continuing.

    Some scientists have made some unlikely claims about the source of the radiation. For example, as Reuters notes: ...

    Source: theintelhub.com


 

Radioactivity in Slovenia - mistery solved


Radioactivity in Slovenia - Mistery solved!


Check at the bottom of the article for update!

First i would like to apologize to the readers for the missing updates, but clearly i was overwhelmed by yesterdays article published on simplyinfo.org  claiming elevated levels of Cs, Co and Iodine were detected in Slovenia.

I have of course contacted NEK - nuclear power plant Krsko public relations office and The Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration with questions regarding the report. Both mr. Andrej Stritar (whom i must commend for one thing, namely that he always promptly responds in person) and NEK have given me the same information and that is the link to the latest SNSA press release, which starts with
The Slovenian nuclear regulator reports that according to the values additionally measured in Slovenia during the last three days, no increase of exceeded or unusual concentrations of iodine – 131 or any other radioisotopes were detected in the atmosphere over Slovenia.
it further elaborates
Concentrations of iodine – 131 in Slovenia are low as usual and can not be detected with automatic measuring stations of the SNSA. Presumably the data of the SNSA were misinterpreted since the information on the lower limit of detection was considered to be as the measured value.

I believe that here they are relating to the spreadsheet, that i  posted yesterday and can be found in its original form on the URDEP official website.

But the spreadsheet is not the only goodie URDEP has to offer.  From their Homepage please click on the EURDEP public map button and that will take you directly to the EUropean Radioactivity Data Exchange Platform software.

It is quite self explanatory... You can select various options like time frame, nucleide to check, last maximum, minimum, average.. value and also countries on which to focus... its a very neat application really.

The thing is, that if you select nuclides like Cs-137, Cs-134, I-131 and I-132 even among different timeframes, and when you have ALL countries enabled, it is only Slovenia that pops up in RED and PURPLE.  Random printscreens included.



I have asked NEK and mr. Stritar for further clarifications on the misinterpretation of the SNSA information and NEK responded with description of their instruments and measurements followed by this (posting google translate):
Moreover, in recent years by the EC requirements, individual laboratories to report their administrative authority of the lower detection limits for individual radionuclides - this is regardless of whether the radionuclide is present in the samples or can not. Regulatory bodies and then report these numbers to the European institutions, leading statistics. It can also cause incorrect interpretations of these numbers, as was the case, which it describes. These radionuclides were not detected.


So, as far as we hear from NEK and SNSA it is an administrative error if i m to understand this correctly? Well the thing is, if you check into the above mentioned software and if you set the values for october with all the countries enabled, it is still only Slovenia that pops up.

So is this an administrative error that is being repeated over and over for weeks/months or is this no administrative error at all.

I have emailed the above posted pictures back to NEK and asked them how is it that certain nucleides pop up at different time intervals only in Slovenia and i m still awaiting their response.

What the hell is going on?

UPDATE - MISTERY SOLVED!

Well everyone involved was right, along with SNSA, simplyinfo and myself. How is this possible?

According to a very kind gentleman at EURDEP,

Yes, SNSA is right, all their measurements from the Nuclides that you indicate are below the detection limit...

Regarding the indication of the LLD values as purple points on the EURDEP map: yes, that is indeed an error in EURDEP, instead of showing the specific LLD dots, it shows the ‘normal’ colored dots as if the measurement is above the related thresholds, which in case of LLD values is not correct. We will also correct this issue in a next version.

There we go... Radioactivity in Slovenia = a software bug!

 

European Radiation Leak Update Nov 13, 2011


  • European Radiation Leak Update Nov 13, 2011


    We have some new information and many new questions that have arose out of our crowd sourced research today. Concerns initially focused on the Maria medical reactor in Poland and the Rosatom medical reactor in Russia. They are not completely ruled out but radiation mapping along with weather are making them sound less likely. Another potential candidate is the research reactor at Moscow university. It does not specifically state a medical isotope program there but there is the potential for a leak or undocumented experiments, so this one is a distant contender.

    One potential source is the Krsko nuclear power plant in Slovenia. In looking at the available data for EURDEP and the reports from other countries this appears to be a location of higher levels of Iodine 131 and also Cesium 137 found at monitoring stations near the plant. The iodine 131 levels near the plant are also relatively high and create a path of traces of radiation going north from the plant area. Cobalt 60 was also detected near the plant.

    webmasters comment:

    EURDEP shows ...

    SI

    NuclideSample TypeUnitMeasurements / 30 daysSample Type (description)
    T-GAMMA A5 nSv/h 46966
    T-ALFA-ART A11 Bq/m3 3878
    T-BETA-ART A11 Bq/m3 3878
    I-131 A11 Bq/m3 3879
    CS-137 A11 Bq/m3 1121
    CS-134 A11 Bq/m3 1121
    I-132 A11 Bq/m3 1121
    CO-60 A11 Bq/m3 1121


    Source: simplyinfo.org


 

EURDEP shows I-131, I-132, CS - 137, CS 134, CO 60 detected in Slovenia


EURDEP shows I-131, I-132, CS-137, CS-134, CO-60 detected in Slovenia (Si)
and CS-137 and I-131 in neighbouring Croatia (Hr)


Please re-tweet, republish,


WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT?

Not only because the head of the The Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration Andrej Stritar was an inspiration for this website,  that was first created solely with the intention to compile evidence against his ongoing lies, but because the Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration is praised all over the MSM as a holy & shiny example of the nuclear industry. 

For example:

Europe’s nuclear reactor safety tests leave many unanswered questions


"The Czech Republic’s report was just seven pages long despite the country having six nuclear reactors. In sharp contrast, Slovenia provided a 177-page report on its one reactor."   by greenpeace

Read more: EURDEP shows I-131, I-132, CS - 137, CS 134, CO 60 detected in Slovenia

 

Fukushima: They Knew – OpEd by Greg Palast


  • Fukushima: They Knew – OpEd

    Written by:
    Greg Palast
    November 12, 2011

    I’ve seen a lot of sick stuff in my career, but this was sick on a new level.

    Here was the handwritten log kept by a senior engineer at the nuclear power plant:

    Wiesel was very upset. He seemed very nervous. Very agitated. . . . In fact, the plant was riddled with problems that, no way on earth, could stand an earth- quake. The team of engineers sent in to inspect found that most of these components could “completely and utterly fail” during an earthquake.

    “Utterly fail during an earthquake.” And here in Japan was the quake and here is the utter failure.

    webmasters comment:

    A MUST READ!


    Source: eurasiareview.com


 

Multiple obstacles hinder disposal of quake-tsunami debris


  • Multiple obstacles hinder disposal of quake-tsunami debris

    .... Ishinomaki alone has been left with roughly 6.16 million tons of debris. The amount is more than the 4.75 million tons scattered in the whole of Pacific-facing Iwate Prefecture, north of Miyagi.

    The city and its neighboring communities have a refuse processing center but its handling capacity is limited to 50,000 tons per year, meaning it would need more than 100 years to process the debris alone, not to mention their regular refuse.

    The city government has set up 23 "primary" dumping sites, many of them close to residential areas and schools. Nearby residents have complained of odors and pests. They have also been threatened by fires fuelled by gas generated within the debris piles...

    ...

    By fiscal 2013, the Tokyo government is planning to process a total of 500,000 tons of rubble from Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, which is estimated to be around 40,000 tons of ashes.

    webmasters comment:

    so basically they are aiming for 92% reduction is size and in the process spreading the radioactive substances all over Tokyo and other areas that are unlucky enough to have large volume processing facilities.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Nuclear disaster minister Hosono joins decontamination work


  • Nuclear disaster minister Hosono joins decontamination work

    Involved in removing the topsoil of residential gardens, Hosono said,

    "I have found that the decontamination work generates more soil than expected, and it is a big challenge to secure temporary storage space for it."

    webmasters comment:

    And i was wondering why nuclear disaster response was going so miserably.

    I suggest the residents of Date, or any other place that he might visit for a photo op, to keep him there for 8 months so he will slowly figure out that Fukushima generates more radioactivity than expected...

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

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