Fukushima Radiation and Fallout Projections

26 Feb - 3 March 2012




From Photos from jet show devastated N-plant by Tatsuo Nakajima, Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer, 28 Feb 2012, with the following caption: "In this photo taken Sunday from an aircraft near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, severe damage from explosions following the Great East Japan Earthquake is seen."



From: Report: Massive smoke between Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Can NOT be observed on Tepco webcam, only TBS/JNN,, Feb 29, 2012





TEPCO-FOG & FUKU-STEAM 2012-03-01//part IV (2:27) (h/t Must See Video,, March 2, 2012.




2012-02-26 Lessons from Fukushima: The Power of Denial and the Optimismm of Youth,
2012-02-26 Report: All 20 calves born at farm were stillbirths — 60km from Fukushima plant,
2012-02-27 4 quakes M4.0 and higher hit Japan in last 4 hours — Chiba, Miyagi, Iwate,
2012-02-27 Weekends off at Fukushima: Not one plant worker could be seen says Asahi — Operational equipment lay idle — A cold eerie quietness, [Ed. Note: This is another topic for special comment during the March 19, 2012 Jeff Rense interviews of Michael Collins and Yoichi Shimatsu, who I also allude to in the 3 March entry above. If the spent fuel pool in building 4 topples over, it is goodbye most of Japan for sure. The building is sagging, yet no serious effort is apparently being made to adequately prop it up. Intense radiation eats through concrete and even steel support beams over time. How can anyone afford to take weekends off during a grave continuing national emergency like this?]
Title: Aerial photos of Fukushima nuke plant an eerie sight
Source: Asahi, Date: February 27, 2012

A cold eerie quietness envelops the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. There is no activity among the snow-dusted buildings, and reminders of the devastation caused by last year’s Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are everywhere.
That was the scene that greeted an Asahi Shimbun team that flew to the site on a company helicopter on Feb. 25 [...]
Because it was the weekend, there was no activity. Not one plant worker could be seen and operational equipment lay idle. [...]
It was an eerie sight, made bleaker by the undisturbed thin carpet of snow covering the ground.

2012-02-28 (for this day) Report: Massive smoke between Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Can NOT be observed on Tepco webcam, only TBS/JNN,, Feb 29, 2012
2012-02-28 Video of Fukushima Units 3 and 4,
Watch the video and pause it at 49 seconds.
Look to the left of unit 3 (which is featured). Unit 4 is in the background.
An Enenews commentator believes that the black flow visible in the background between unit 3 and the crane is melted corium from unit 4's spent fuel pool. [correction: unit 3]
[correction: the enenews commentator who posted this has corrected my representation of what he said: He wrote this comment: Majia, just a brief correction to your description above. I did not claim you are looking into corium from the SFP4, but that you are looking directly into the corium for SFP3 - which lost it's water in early December and I believe burned for two months]
I have no idea what it is, but I thought viewers more educated than I might be able to decipher what they are seeing.
Today the New York Times has an article, "Japan Weighed Evacuating Tokyo in Nuclear Crisis," about a new report documenting the chaotic early days of the crisis. The NYT states that authorities were very concerned about the spent fuel pools. The report indicates that the pools were subsequently found to be safe.
[excerpt from the NYT article] "The report also describes the panic within the Kan administration at the prospect of large radiation releases from the more than 10,000 spent fuel rods that were stored in relatively unprotected pools near the damaged reactors. The report says it was not until five days after the earthquake that a Japanese military helicopter was finally able to confirm that the pool deemed at highest risk, near the No. 4 reactor, was still safely filled with water...."
The article goes on to state that the US government "overreacted" because it thought that one of the spent fuel pools (unit 4) was burning:
[excerpted] "The report seems to confirm the suspicions of nuclear experts in the United States — inside and outside the government — that the Japanese government was not being forthcoming about the full dangers posed by the stricken Fukushima plant. But it also shows that the United States government occasionally overreacted and inflated the risks, such as when American officials mistakenly warned that the spent fuel rods in the pool near unit No. 4 were exposed to the air and vulnerable to melting down and releasing huge amounts of radiation..."
Majia here: Is the report described by the New York Times another whitewash?
Did spent fuel pool #4 burn?
If not, what was that strange, massive, glowing blob that was visible in the middle of building 4 from the JNN/TBS cam for weeks in Jan and early Feb?
There are too many unanswered questions here and too many accounts of inexplicably high radiation levels still on the US west coast, as documented by Michael Collins
2012-02-28 Photos from jet show devastated N-plant by Tatsuo Nakajima,Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer (h/t Yomiuri Jet Flyover: Walls of OTHER structures at Fukushima plant were also blown away,, 28 Feb 2012). Extract from the article:
The heavily damaged upper framework of the buildings housing the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were photographed from a Yomiuri Shimbun jet Sunday [...]
Once the aircraft turned to view the No. 2 reactor building from the coast, a big opening in the wall was visible despite the fact that the building had not exploded [...]
Walls of some other structures located on the sea coast were also blown away. [...]
The sight of the plant from the air has seared into our memory the cruel accident, which destroyed the livelihoods of more than 110,000 local residents.
2012-02-29 Great Article on Why Be Alarmist on Fukushima,
Japan Nuclear Disaster Update #43: Why do We Feel the Need to Be Alarmist
hat tip Anthony at Enenews
2012-02-29 Worrying Image of Fukushima Steam Release,
Pure Water posted the link at Enenews
2012-03-01 (for this day) Doctor: More and more often children complain of circulatory disturbances, tiredness, dizziness after Fukushima (VIDEO),
2012-03-02 Study: Fuel damage not ‘major’ at Fukushima Reactors No. 5 and 6 — Emissions from cores and spent fuel pools not ‘large’,
2012-03-03 Yomiuri: Radiation fears more serious than expected — Hosono meeting almost every day with advertising agencies to discuss strategy for appealing to public, [Ed. Note: This is particularly sinister not only because it reinforces the longstanding policy of denial and cover-up by the Japanese government regarding the extreme seriousness of the overall disaster, but also supports the Japanese government policy of burning radioactive debris all over Japan, thereby contaminating so much of Japan that almost the entire population will likely be genocided. As Jeff Rense observed in his 19 March talk shows with Michael Collins and Yoichi Shimatsu, this "share the misery" or "we are all in this together collective struggle" policy (or however this peculiarity of Japanese society might be interpreted) is tantamount to self-genocide and national suicide].
Title: ONE YEAR AFTER THE DISASTER / Quake-hit areas still struggling with debris
Source: Yomiuri, Date: Mar 3, 2012
[...] The Environment Ministry has not actively explained in detail about debris from quake-hit areas because it did not want to agitate residents who oppose accepting the debris. [...]
However, public fears of radiation were more serious and stronger than ministry officials expected.
Environment Minister Goshi Hosono has become increasingly frustrated with the slow progress ahead of the first anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Hosono has called employees of large advertising agencies to his office almost every day to discuss strategy to appeal to the public directly. [...]


North America

2012-02-27 With Fukushima Debris Heading to the US West Coast...,
...the US Federal Government is trying to cut funds for monitoring beaches...
2012-02-28 USGS: Fukushima fallout in US worse than after Chernobyl,
Title: Fukushima radioactivity discovered in samples taken in Bennington
Source: Bennington Banner, Date: Feb 27, 2012
Measurements taken at the USGS’ Bennington National Atmospheric Deposition Program sampling station showed minute traces of radiological materials that were produced as a result of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power complex in Japan.
According to the United States Geological Service in Denver, cesium-134 and cesium-137 were found in rainwater collected at the sampling station, but at levels far below those discovered at sampling stations on the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountains.
“Deposition actually decreased as the air mass traveled east to west,” said Greg Wetherbee, a chemist with USGS. [...]
“In the United States, cesium-134 and cesium-137 wet dispersion values were higher than for Chernobyl fallout in part due to the U.S. being further downwind,” said Wetherbee. “With Chernobyl, there was more opportunity for plume dispersion.”[...]

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