Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

High radioactive cesium levels detected in worms 20 km from nuke plant


  • High radioactive cesium levels detected in worms 20 km from nuke plant

    Radioactive cesium registering some 20,000 becquerels per kilogram has been found in worms 20 kilometers from the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

    The cesium was detected by a team including Motohiro Hasegawa, chief researcher in soil zoology at Japan's Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute. Worms are a source of food for many wild animals, and it is feared that radiation could gradually accumulate in the bodies of animals throughout the food chain.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


   

Kyushu men sent to Fukushima nuke plant under falsified labor deals


  • Kyushu men sent to Fukushima nuke plant under falsified labor deals

    As efforts to tame the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant continue, laborers from as far as Kyushu have been dispatched there under illegal labor deals and forced to work inside at least one of the crippled plant's highly contaminated reactor buildings.

    A man in his 40s from Nagasaki Prefecture recently related how he carried lead sheets weighing some 20 kilograms each up as high as the sixth floor of one building. A Geiger counter dangling from his neck sounded noisily and his mask misted over as temperatures climbed above 30 degrees Celsius.

    "I was really angry because I was treated like a slave," Yosuke Nakayama, a pseudonym, said of his some 40 days at the Fukushima plant, starting in July last year.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Is a Fukushima-level Event Inside the United States a Foregone Conclusion?


  • Is a Fukushima-level Event Inside the United States a Foregone Conclusion?

    Fukushima has been an unfortunate wake-up call to the planetary fallout that nuclear power harnesses. As the ongoing meltdown continues in Japan, it is forcing many to investigate myriad similar reactors that directly threaten other parts of the globe.

    This past week the San Onofre reactor located in Southern California came under intense scrutiny, as it was revealed that a "small" leak had occurred, prompting a shutdown.

    Source: activistpost.com


 

Illinois nuclear reactor expels radioactive steam


  • Illinois nuclear reactor expels radioactive steam

    The steam released from the plant contained tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen. Although tritium is too weak to penetrate the skin, it can be dangerous if touched, inhaled, or ingested via food or water.

    While officials claim that the amount of radioactive material expelled was “minimal” and poses no immediate health risks, they have been unable to determine exactly how much tritium was released in the steam.

    Source: wsws.org


 

2/5/2012 — Russian Nuclear power plant BURNS — LAST THING THE WORLD NEEDS


  • 2/5/2012 — Russian Nuclear power plant BURNS — LAST THING THE WORLD NEEDS

    The news is not good.

    ANOTHER nuclear power plant has some serious issues. Marking three this week. Chicago Illinois – Byron Nuclear Power plant ….. San Diego California – San Onofre Nuclear Power plant ….. and now the Theoretical/Experimental Physics Nuclear Power institute in Moscow Russia.

    The headline: A fire in the basement at the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics in southwestern Moscow.

    Source: sincedutch.wordpress.com


 

Nuclear Power Plants and the Dangers of Radiation in North America


  • Nuclear Power Plants and the Dangers of Radiation in North America

    I was reading an excellent article entitled, Fukushima: A Nuclear War Without A War, by Professor Michel Chossudovsky, Editor of Global Research, Canada. His concern expressed over the inability of the mainstream political arenas and press to emphasize and prioritize this very urgent issue seems to mirror my own feelings on this issue. Certainly, it appears that both the political policy and mainstream media statements up to now appear to be protecting the nuclear industry in North America.

    This issue has been buried in the back pages, when it should be front page news for all to see. It also reminded me of an incident that took place last summer and what I consequently learned, as a result.

    Last summer, a dear friend and I were speculating on where we would retire, if we had the financial resources to do so. One of the best retirement centres I read about unfortunately had a problem. It was well known, as a former mining centre for uranium. Because of these uranium mines, we both had concerns about the entire area. So I decided to do some research on the issue of radiation in various forms affecting the health and safety of the North American population.

    What I found in various research documents and reports shocked me. I realized that with the assistance of our governments and mainstream media, we have been deliberately kept in an illusory world of their making.

    Source: globalresearch.ca


 

System uses photosynthesis to produce efficient solar energy


  • System uses photosynthesis to produce efficient solar energy

    Scientists have developed a system that taps into photosynthetic processes to produce efficient and inexpensive solar energy.

    Researchers from Tennessee University collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and École Polytechnique Fédérale in Switzerland to develop a process that improves the efficiency of generating electric power using molecular structures extracted from plants.

    Prof Barry Bruce, project leader from Tennessee University, said: ‘As opposed to conventional photovoltaic solar power systems, we are using renewable biological materials rather than toxic chemicals to generate energy. Likewise, our system will require less time, land, water and input of fossil fuels to produce energy than most biofuels.’

    Source: theengineer.co.uk


 

Japan Earthquake Visualization Map 1/1/2011 - 1/1/2012


  • Japan Earthquake Visualization Map 1/1/2011 - 1/1/2012

    A very clever video posted by Storymonoroch on Youtube.

    From March 1 to March 10, 2011, things sort of quieted down. Calm before the storm, literally. The video also has a graph overlay of the cumulative number of earthquakes.

    webmasters comment:

    must watch.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

Fukushima's Leaf Tobacco Farmers Secured Contract with Japan Tobacco for 2012 Crop


  • Fukushima's Leaf Tobacco Farmers Secured Contract with Japan Tobacco for 2012 Crop

    494 leaf tobacco farmers in Fukushima will grow leaf tobacco this year and sell it to Japan Tobacco (JT), a monopoly in Japan (50% of shares owned by the Ministry of Finance) and the 3rd largest tobacco and cigarettes manufacturer in the world, next to British American Tobacco.

    Did you know that there is no national safety standard for radioactive materials in leaf tobacco?

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

Debris from Japan earthquake moves closer to West Coast


  • Debris from Japan earthquake moves closer to West Coast

    Here is a press release from Oregon State University on the debris moving toward the West Coast from the Japan earthquake:

    As the one-year anniversary of the devastating March 11, 2011, Japanese earthquake approaches, and debris from the ensuing tsunami moves closer to the West Coast, a group of Oregon agencies, university scientists, political staff, non-governmental organizations and others is preparing for its arrival.

    This (past) week, the group held a conference call to review Oregon's response to the potential arrival of the debris and to chart a communication strategy to educate West Coast residents about what may happen. Questions directed at state and county leaders, Oregon State University Extension experts, the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center and others are increasing daily.

    When will the debris arrive? Where will it land? Is there any danger of radioactivity? What shall we do if we find something?

    Source: seattletimes.nwsource.com


 

Temperatures spike at damaged Japan reactor: NHK


  • Temperatures spike at damaged Japan reactor: NHK

    HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Temperatures are mysteriously rising in one of the damaged reactors at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station, according to a report on Monday by Japanese broadcaster NHK. The No. 2 reactor has been giving off a temperature reading of 71.7 degrees Celcius (161.1 degrees Fahrenheit), up from 45 degrees Celcius about 10 days earlier

    webmasters comment:

    note the source.

    Source: marketwatch.com


 

Toxic Water Still Leaking at TEPCO No. 4 Reactor


  • Toxic Water Still Leaking at TEPCO No. 4 Reactor

    Tokyo, Feb. 3 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday radioactive water is still leaking at the No. 4 reactor of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant.Water keeps leading from any of the No. 4 rector container, its spent fuel pool or a different pool for reactor-related apparatuses, said TEPCO, which keeps water levels in the facilities close to full. All three facilities are connected.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


   

Japan Nuclear Fuel to Postpone Trial by One Month


  • Japan Nuclear Fuel to Postpone Trial by One Month

    Aomori, Feb. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. said Friday it will postpone a trial run of its spent fuel reprocessing plant by one month to early March.

    The company put off the trial, part of the process of completing the plant in the village of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, due to a problem in the preparatory stage.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Bird numbers plummet around stricken Fukushima plant


  • Bird numbers plummet around stricken Fukushima plant

    Researchers working around Japan's disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant say bird populations there have begun to dwindle, in what may be a chilling harbinger of the impact of radioactive fallout on local life.

    In the first major study of the impact of the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years, the researchers, from Japan, the US and Denmark, said their analysis of 14 species of bird common to Fukushima and Chernobyl, the Ukrainian city which suffered a similar nuclear meltdown, showed the effect on abundance is worse in the Japanese disaster zone.

    The study, published next week in the journal Environmental Pollution, suggests that its findings demonstrate "an immediate negative consequence of radiation for birds during the main breeding season [of] March [to] July".

    Source: independent.co.uk


 

Will Japan Be a Nuclear-Free Zone?


  • Will Japan Be a Nuclear-Free Zone?

    For months now, Japan has been shutting down its 54 nuclear reactors for routine maintenance and safety checks. At the current rate, the country will have no nuclear-generated power as of May, not long after the first anniversary of the tsunami that caused a meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi station. The plan is to restart the reactors once their ability to withstand severe shocks, including earthquakes and tsunamis, is proven. The question is whether ordinary Japanese and local governments will block the central authorities from firing up the reactors ever again.

    Source: businessweek.com


 

HEPA Air Filters in California Recorded Radiation Levels 538% Above Normal


  • HEPA Air Filters in California Recorded Radiation Levels 538% Above Normal

    A test of a HEPA air filter stationed in California recorded radiation levels at 351% and 538% above normal background levels.

    The tests, conducted by the Enviroreporter, show levels much higher than normal background levels that are most likely coming from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

    Source: theintelhub.com


   

San Onofre Ready To Blow Anytime


  • San Onofre Ready To Blow Anytime

    SONGS (San Onofre) was shut down once for rusting of the 'egg crates' of this same steam generator. Oh, the 'crates' are just fine on the levels that are seimically most sensitive...blah blah blah IT'S A 30 YEAR OLD RUST BUCKET and that was almost ten years ago.

    Now, not only are the egg crates (aka like radiator copper accordions) rusting out more and more but the damn tubes are rusted through! Its curtains for this generator. A $100 million piece of hot junk.

    Source: rense.com


 

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