Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011
- Over 462 trillion becquerels Fukushima strontium in Pacific Ocean, Seafood risk
Health risk looms as Pacific seafood accumulates radioactive poisoning
After Japanese Prime Minister declared the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe under control Friday, Japan's The Asahi Shimbun newspaper released calculations Monday showing at least 462 trillion becquerels of radioactive strontium have leaked into the Pacific Ocean since Fukushima's No. 1 nuclear power plant catastrophe began, making it one of the world's most severe marine pollution cases in history. According to Greenpeace independent research, Government and retailors are not adequately protecting the public from dangerous radioactive contaminated Pacific seafood, still sold unlabeled in Japan and on the international market, including to the United States due to a secret pact between Secretary Clinton and the Japanese Prime Minister.
- Medical Journal Article: 14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout
Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.
Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushima meltdowns is comparable to the 16,500 excess deaths in the 17 weeks after the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. The rise in reported deaths after Fukushima was largest among U.S. infants under age one. The 2010-2011 increase for infant deaths in the spring was 1.8 percent, compared to a decrease of 8.37 percent in the preceding 14 weeks.
The IJHS article will be published Tuesday and will be available online as of 11 a.m. EST at http://www.radiation.org.
- 'Total chaos under nuke cloud - what's next for North Korea?'
A kid with nukes. Srsly? I hope that school in Switzerland was really really really good.
- Cold Shutdown Not Safety Declaration: Japan N-Safety Chief
Tokyo, Dec. 19 (Jiji Press)--Japan's nuclear safety chief denied the view Monday that restoring stability of nuclear reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 power plant assures the safety of the crippled plant in northeastern Japan.
It should be made clear that the government's declaration of achieving the stable state called cold shutdown of the reactors there is different from a declaration that the plant is safe, Haruki Madarame, chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission, told a press conference.
... and here comes the band Cold ShutDown with their newest hit Where is my Fuel...
- Radioactive Contamination Makes 45 Pct of Japan Wives Choosy
Tokyo, Dec. 19 (Jiji Press)--A recent survey has found that 45 pct of wives in the Tokyo area have products they hesitate to buy due to concerns about radioactive contamination after the crisis at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant.
At the same time, 38 pct of respondents answered that they often or sometimes buy foodstuffs in campaigns for products from regions affected by the nuclear crisis, according to the survey.
I m quite sure they buy those products to support people in the most affected regions, not to actually eat it. But nonetheless the whole term "regions affected by the nuclear crisis" is absurd, since according to CS deposition map, more than half of Japan is affected, with the majority of the radioactivity leaking into the sea, which is also the major source of food for Japan.
- The collapse of the USSR caused the same effects as Chernobyl accident regarding land use chang
A study conducted by a group of scientists from several universities and research facilities highlights the role of institutions and their changes in shaping land-use and land cover A study recently published in the scientific journal Environmental Research Letters concludes that the collapse of the USSR and the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe affected agricultural land abandonment in a comparably drastic way. Studying the 80 km radius cross-border region of Belarus and Ukraine with the aid of satellite data, the authors contrasted the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe in its post-meltdown period (1986-1992) with the effects of transition in post-Soviet Belarus and Ukraine after the collapse of the USSR (1992-1999-2006).
Posting for the map in the article.
*regarding the text it self, i m amazed how a person with so much right data can draw so many wrong conclusions. The collapse of the USSR meant mainly a colapse in the media blockade. Informed people don't live on radioactive lands if they have the possibility of relocating.
- Berlakovich urges nuclear power phase-out in Europe
VIENNA, Dec 19 (KUNA) -- Austrian Environment Minister Niki Berlakovich urges a nuclear power phase-out as a reaction to the "Energy Roadmap 2050".
Berlakovich said that while it was clear that Europe had to make provisions for secure energy supplies in the future that complied with climate protection goals, nuclear energy must be rejected. In an APA interview Berlakovich underlined that "nuclear power was not a form of sustainable energy.
- Forget the people, Japan would rather kill whales
Want to know why Japan's earthquake recovery efforts are moving in slow motion? Ask the whales.
Tokyoites have grown accustomed to shocking news items since the earth shook and the oceans rose: the nuclear meltdown has proven far worse than the Government admitted; radioactive cesium made its way into baby food; more leaks were found in the damaged Fukushima reactor; and warnings by seismologists still go unheeded.
Yet the tale of the whales and the $30 million is what proved most disturbing...
...Both story lines, supporting whalers and pointless political posturing, are microcosms of why Japan isn't rising to this year's challenges. What we have is a failure to adapt to a dynamic set of problems that threaten economic well-being.
Take Tokyo Electric Power Company, a poster child of bad management that makes the shenanigans at Olympus Corp look harmless. Tepco's safety failures are responsible for the radiation still leaking into the air and water 210km from Tokyo. Yet Tepco hasn't been nationalised or delisted from the stock exchange. Instead of reform, there's talk of bail-outs.
- Japan less likely to trust officials, main media, since disaster
Hajime Shiraishi's moment of truth came when her online video news show, at the time relatively unknown, decided to buck the government line and call a story as it saw it.
On March 11, after an earthquake-driven tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the world waited anxiously to see how its fragile reactors would fare.
Later that day, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco, announced on national TV that all was well: The utility was on top of the accident. No radiation had been released into the atmosphere. Return to regular programming.
- Japan tsunami debris expected on Alaska shores soon
Debris from the March 11 Japan tsunami has reached Washington state and British Columbia. According to predictions from a leading oceanographer, Alaskans can expect to see flotsam -- perhaps tons of it -- washing up on coastal beaches soon.
On Tuesday, a black float about the size of a 55-gallon drum was displayed in Port Angeles, Wash., on the Olympic Peninsula where it had been found a few miles east of Neah Bay.
On Wednesday, Canadian television showed photos of bottles and metal containers that washed up near Tofino, in the middle of the west coast of Vancouver Island. One resident interviewed said he had "never seen such a large quantity of debris at once."
An even larger quantity is out there. Much larger.
In September, the Russian ship Pallada reported encountering a vast stretch of debris 2,000 miles from Japan. The Pallada -- a tall-masted sailing ship used to train sailors that visited Kodiak and Sitka in July of this year -- took seven days to pass through the flotsam. By some estimates the area of the mass is twice the size of Texas.
- Japanese PM Noda Doesn't Care That Fuel Rods Melted Through Reactors 12/16/11
- (Updated) Protesters Swarm the Square in Central Tokyo Where Noda Is to Give Speech
(Update-2) Here's the scenes at the square, in three parts, recorded live by Yasumi Iwakami's crew (here, here, here). It looks both the political left and the right were up against the Noda administration and shouting at the administration officials together. And old and young, somewhat reminiscent of the scenes that I watched earlier this year in Egypt.
People in Japan are finally waking up, and judging by the sound, it is a crude awakening. There is a storm comming, it is inevitable.
Recently we could read that they are "pronouncing" deformed babies as still borns. Medidate on this statement for a minute please so its meaning sets in.
You can't cover that up. You can't cover that much grief and pain being suppressed calling out.
Those mothers loosing their children, loosing their reason d'etre will not setle for cold shutdown. Their dead babies, Life that is calling out yet to be lived will not be silenced.
That is what is going on behind the curtains of everydays illusions.
Faced with Lies, Deceit and Death which are all the same crap as some call devil; Truth, Justice and Life or that that some people call God, must and will react, beacuse such is the nature of the universe.
Universe without life, without anyone looking at it, observing it... does it even exist if it is a lifeless rock?
This why the good guys, regardless of the outcome, always win.
That is what the people in Egypt have learned, and it is catching up pace in Japan.
By stepping into action they can't loose anything, by doing nothing, they will loose everything.
- #Radiation in Japan: Saitama Forces School Children to Gargle with Sayama Tea to Prevent Flu
The "cold shutdown/accident is over" declaration by PM Noda on December 16 must have been a signal that unleashed the cold shutdown of intelligence in many parts of Japan. Here's one from Saitama Prefecture.
Sayama City, known for its "Sayama-cha" brand green tea, has been suffering as high levels of radioactive cesium continue to be detected from its teas. As if to help the city and dispel "baseless rumors" that are scaring the consumers from buying Sayama tea, Saitama Prefecture has just started forcing school children to gargle with powdered Sayama tea as an effort to instill good behavior in preventing cold and flu.
Problem: radioactive cesium has been detected from green tea grown in Sayama, some exceeding the national provisional limit of 500 becquerels/kg by a wide margin. In fact, it is rare to find Sayama tea without any radioactive cesium.
Japan government is killing the the youngest of the nation, so that genocidal nuclear mafia can continue with their Holy Uranium worships.
- Gov't to reclassify Fukushima no-entry zones possibly in April
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government told municipalities around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Sunday that it plans to reclassify no-entry zones, possibly on April 1, according to estimated annual radiation exposure, government officials said.
The government plans to reclassify the current two-tier no-entry zones, designated last April, into three categories, including one covering areas with estimated annual radiation exposure of 50 millisieverts or higher to which residents are unlikely to be able to return.
- YEARENDER: Will Fukushima change Japan's "nuclear empire"?
Tokyo - A growing number of Japanese are calling for a more rapid move away from nuclear power, and looking enviously to Germany and Italy for inspiration, after suffering the world's worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.
'Compared with the two countries, Japan is what I call a 'nuclear empire',' says Makoto Yanagida, a leader of an anti-nuclear group.
'Big utilities are regional monopolies (in Japan), wielding enormous power across the country. We see vested interests keeping it running.'
- Hollow excuses from Tepco
Tokyo Electric Power Co. in early December made public an interim report by a study panel that it had appointed itself on the disaster that occurred at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The report details the unfolding of the disaster from the loss of all electric power sources to the meltdowns of the cores of three reactors.
Unfortunately, the report is loaded with self-justifying excuses. It is clear that the investigation of the disaster cannot be left solely to Tepco. Other entities, including the government third-party examination panel, the Diet examination panel and nongovernmental organizations, should carry out thorough investigations of their own and break any attempt by the nuclear power establishment to hide or distort information.
- Fukushima crisis continues - In brief
Although the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant is no longer front page news, facts on the ground reveal an expanding crisis. On Dec. 6, the Meichi Holdings Company, Inc. recalled 400,000 cans of “Meiji Step” powdered milk for children over nine months. The powder, contaminated with radioactive cesium, was packaged in April and distributed in May. There are no estimates on how much milk has already been consumed.
- The future of nuclear power takes another hit - 16.12.2011
Blogpost by Justin McKeating - December 16, 2011 at 12:52
In 2009, multinational financial services corporation Citigroup called nuclear power – with its skyrocketing costs, disastrous economics and dependence on public bailouts – a “corporate killer”. Now, in 2011, are we witnessing the slow death of one of the world’s largest nuclear companies?
French nuclear giant AREVA, which designs, builds (or at least tries to), and exports nuclear reactors is in financial trouble. Big trouble.
On December 13th, it announced that this year it made a loss of 1.6bn euros (US$2.1bn), and that it is sacking up to 1,500 workers in Germany, reducing jobs through attrition in France, freezing wages, and selling some assets while reducing the value of others. AREVA will also cut its dividends to investors and its global investment for the next four years by a third. Not only that, the company is suspending its interests in uranium enrichment in the US, investment in uranium mining in Africa, and its projects to expand the output of nuclear reactors in France.
- Fukushima nuclear shutdown: ‘No progress is being made’
Suzuki spoke to reporters at a Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan conference yesterday, telling a very different story to the one officially given by the Government.
“Absolutely no progress is being made”, he said.
Claiming to have taken pictures of the site via a pinhole camera in his watch, Suzuki documented “many problems stemming from the shoddy, rushed work at the power plant”.
He alleges that companies including Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) are not adequately caring for workers on the site, claiming that they are cutting corners in both the repair of the plant and the welfare of the public.
“(Nuclear) technology experts I’ve spoken to say that there are people living in areas where no one should be,” he stated. He suggests that the evacuation zones have not been sufficient and that the 80-kilometer evacuation radius recommended by the U.S. government would have been “about right.”
- NREL Scientists Report First Solar Cell Producing More Electrons In Photocurrent Than Solar Photons Entering Cell
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have reported the first solar cell that produces a photocurrent that has an external quantum efficiency greater than 100 percent when photoexcited with photons from the high energy region of the solar spectrum. The external quantum efficiency for photocurrent, usually expressed as a percentage, is the number of electrons flowing per second in the external circuit of a solar cell divided by the number of photons per second of a specific energy (or wavelength) that enter the solar cell. None of the solar cells to date exhibit external photocurrent quantum efficiencies above 100 percent at any wavelength in the solar spectrum.
The external quantum efficiency reached a peak value of 114 percent.
i would guess such cells should be build into an "energy lense" - that would concentate and as we read, multiply the current and use it in combination with such nano materials as we have seen few days back. How great could this world be if all this creative power would be given as much attention and our moneys as the deadly nuclear industry.
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