Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

Nuclear Threat to Tokyo Worse Than Thought


  • Nuclear Threat to Tokyo Worse Than Thought

    Fukushima earthquake could have forced the evacuation of tens of millions of people

    Bad as it was, the Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis could have been much worse. According to a 15- page report delivered to then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan on March 25, two weeks after the massive earthquake and resulting tsunami in northeast Japan, the resulting meltdowns could have forced the evacuation of Tokyo.

    webmasters comment:

    a recap missing the point that the dispersal maps show that Tokio should have been evacuated.

    Source: asiasentinel.com


 

Protest against nuke power plant in Haryana: Firm's officials taken hostage


  • Protest against nuke power plant in Haryana: Firm's officials taken hostage

    The government’s plans to build a nuclear power plant in Haryana got a jolt on Tuesday when farmers protesting against the construction held company officials.

    The incident took place in Fatehabad District when three engineers of a private company carryings out a survey.

    Villagers are against the construction of the nuclear plant, fearing a possible recurrence of the recent disaster occurred in the Fukushima plant in Japan.

    "We will not allow them to set a nuclear reactor in our village on any grounds. We have held three officials as hostages for five hours," Hans Raj a villager informed to media.

    The villagers also said that they would not release the hostages until the company revokes its plans to set up a plant.

    Source: newstrackindia.com


 

Nobel Prize winner Oe stresses Japan's ethical responsibility for ending nuclear program


  • Nobel Prize winner Oe stresses Japan's ethical responsibility for ending nuclear program

    Kenzabu Oe, Nobel Prize laureate in literature, said Feb. 8 that Japan has an "ethical responsibility" for abandoning nuclear power in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, just as the country renounced war under the postwar Constitution.

    During a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ), Oe called for an immediate end to nuclear power generation and warned that Japan would suffer another nuclear catastrophe if it tries to resume nuclear power plant operations. "It's important to make a decision now" to abandon nuclear power, he said.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Panel Proposes Review of Designated Hospitals for N-Accident Victims


  • Panel Proposes Review of Designated Hospitals for N-Accident Victims

    Tokyo, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)--A subcommittee of the Japanese government's Nuclear Safety Commission on Tuesday proposed reviewing the current designation of hospitals and other medical institutions that treat radiation exposure resulting from nuclear accidents in order to improve their effectiveness.

    In the wake of the 1999 criticality accident at a JCO Co. nuclear facility in Ibaraki Prefecture, the commission designated medical institutions near nuclear plants as those providing initial treatment, as well as secondary and tertiary institutions that should accept severely injured and contaminated patients.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

TEPCO injects more water into reactor


  • TEPCO injects more water into reactor

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. has increased the amount of water being injected into the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant because the temperature at the base of the pressure vessel has been rising, the company said Tuesday.

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp


 

Austerity, moi? Nicolas Sarkozy spends £10k a day on food and keeps 121 cars under his palace


  • Austerity, moi? Nicolas Sarkozy spends £10k a day on food and keeps 121 cars under his palace

    Nicolas Sarkozy has been promising to cut back on his presidential spending, but he’s actually splashing out £10,000 a day on food and keeps 121 cars under the Elysee Palace, according to a new book.

    Socialist MP Rene Dosiere, in L'argent de l'État (Money from the State), sets out what he sees as extraordinary excesses by the French President.

    In the explosive book, he accuses Sarkozy of ‘ignoring the most elementary principles of the separation between private and public accounts’.

    Source: poorrichards-blog.blogspot.com


     

Russia ready to defend Iran and Syria


  • Russia ready to defend Iran and Syria

    Russia believes that Syria and Iran are in its national interest and is apparently ready to use military force to defend them:

    Following are excerpts from an interview with Colonel-General [ret.] Leonid Ivashov, former member of the Russian Joint Chiefs of Staff, which aired on Russia Today TV on February 1, 2012:

    Interviewer: Dr. Leonid, do you think that these preparations and very large maneuvers, which will soon be conducted by Russia, are meant as preparation for war, or rather, a military strike against Iran?

    Source: therightscoop.com via WRH


 

Jungle fungus eats plastic, beats cancer


  • Jungle fungus eats plastic, beats cancer

    Researchers have found the first endophytic fungus that eats plastic, and can use it as its sole food source even in an oxygen-free environment. [1]

    Pestalotiopsis microspora presents a massive bioremediation opportunity for landfills, where buried and surface plastics can be degraded naturally.

    Source: activistpost.com


 

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for February 3rd – February 6th, 2012


  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for February 3rd – February 6th, 2012

    Records show that three members of the task force that is revising Japan’s nuclear energy policy have received over 18 million yen in donations from the nuclear power industry over a five-year span. Although the payments were not illegal, critics, including some fellow task force members, say that the men have been influenced by the donations. Hideyuki Ben, who sits on the task force and represents the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center noted, “All three professors are experts on nuclear power, but they only made remarks in favor of nuclear power generation. It was as if no accident had occurred [at Fukushima.]” ...

    Source: greenpeace.org


 

Messages show conflict within NRC after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami


  • Messages show conflict within NRC after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami

    In the confusion following the earthquake and tsunami that damaged Japan’s Fukushima nuclear complex last March, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it was standing by to help.

    But a trove of e-mails posted on the NRC’s Web site shows an agency struggling to figure out how to respond and how to deal with the American public while cutting through what one official called “the fog of information” coming out of Japan.

    Source: washingtonpost.com


   

Fukushima Nuclear Reactors In Nuclear Meltdown Once Again


  • Fukushima Nuclear Reactors In Nuclear Meltdown Once Again

    Several Fukushima Nuclear reactors are overheating again as TEPCO says water is failing to cool them down and Boric acid is being injected – a tell tale sign of a nuclear meltdown

    The Fukushima nuclear power plant is once again making international news headlines as the reactors being to over heat uncontrollably.

    Source: blog.alexanderhiggins.com


   

Nuclear Energy Institute Report on Japan's Nuclear Reactors, February 6, 2012


  • Nuclear Energy Institute Report on Japan's Nuclear Reactors, February 6, 2012

    Industry/Regulatory/Political

    A new seismic model will help operating U.S. nuclear facilities in the central and eastern United States reassess their seismic risks as part of efforts to implement lessons learned from the events at Fukushima Daiichi. The four-year study, conducted by the Electric Power Research Institute, the Energy Department and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, replaces models in use since the late 1980s.

    International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors have affirmed the review process by Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency for the “stress tests” being conducted on the country’s shutdown nuclear reactors, saying NISA’s procedures are “generally consistent” with IAEA safety standards. The IAEA preliminary report also suggests areas for improvement, such as better communications with local authorities where nuclear reactors are located.

    Source: enewspf.com


 

India - Farmers protesting against nuke power plant in Haryana hold firm's officials hostage



 

TEPCO to Pay Used Vehicle Prices in Damage for Discarded Vehicles


  • TEPCO to Pay Used Vehicle Prices in Damage for Discarded Vehicles

    Tokyo, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it will pay used-vehicle market prices for vehicles discarded due to the nuclear accident at its Fukushima No. 1 power complex.

    webmasters comment:

    Its not Tepco that is paying for this, its the japanese taxpayers.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Hula Girls Revive Quake-Hit Fukushima Town as Hawaii Park Back in Business


  • Hula Girls Revive Quake-Hit Fukushima Town as Hawaii Park Back in Business

    A Hawaiian theme park that propped up the economy of a rural Japanese town in Fukushima prefecture for 45 years was forced to close after the March 11 earthquake. Almost a year later, the hula girls have returned.

    webmasters comment:

    Oh. The Hula Girls day... This only means something hideous is going on at reactor buildings. Each time there is escalation in Fukushima, these half naked ladies come to rescue.

    Source: bloomberg.com


 

Tepco Injects Boric Acid Into Fukushima No. 2 Reactor


  • Tepco Injects Boric Acid Into Fukushima No. 2 Reactor

    Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the temperature of the No. 2 reactor at its damaged Fukushima nuclear plant has risen and it injected boric acid into the unit early this morning to prevent criticality.

    webmasters comment:

    Translation: Criticality is in full swing, injecting boric acid and hoping for the best.

    Source: businessweek.com


 

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