- 25 February 2012
Yukio Hayakawa's Walk with his Survey Meter in Nagareyama-Kashiwa
in Chiba Prefecture, ex-skf.blogspot.com (h/t ,
from Tokyo: Radiation now 10 times higher at many locations
in Kashiwa compared to pre-Fukushima levels — Only includes
external dose (INTERACTIVE MAP), enenews.com)
levels remain elevated in Kashiwa City in Chiba Prefecture.
It was in Kashiwa that 450,000
becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was found from the soil
near the drain in the public space in the middle of the city.
There is a strange (to me anyway) collaboration between the
city and the citizen volunteers to decontaminate the city.
the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident, the background radiation
level in Kashiwa City must have been no higher than the average
in Chiba, which was 0.03 microsievert/hour (see this site).
Now, as Professor Hayakawa's walk shows, it is 10 times that
in many locations. Contrary to a belief by some in Japan that
there was no radioactive plume that went south from Fukushima
through Ibaraki to Chiba, Tokyo and Kanagawa, these elevated
radiation levels in Kashiwa City are the evidence that the plume
did in fact come.
emperor has heart surgery, irregular pulse detected in muscle
— Health worsened after March 11, enenews.com.
for re-think on nuclear plants by Staff Reporter,
Sunday, at a discussion held at the National Gallery of Modern
Art, John Clammer, professor of sociology at the UN University,
Tokyo, shared his experiences during and after the earthquake
and tsunami that claimed around 15,000 lives and exposed many
more living around the Fukushima prefecture to radiation. The
lecture, titled ‘Lives in the shadow of Fukushima', painted
a vivid picture of how people in the areas surrounding the plant,
and Tokyo, coped with the natural disaster.
Clammer spoke about how there was little information being given
out by the Government, and even the official figures released
were often not supported by adequate data or attempts to create
awareness, or properly inform people about the risks. “At
one point, the Government claimed a certain amount of radiation
was safe. But this was at least 20 times more than the radiation
that was declared as safe or acceptable by the World Health
Organisation,” he said.
Government was suppressing information, in fact, lying to us
constantly, he said.
in Tokyo was like being in a science fiction movie,” he
said. While he spoke about how for weeks Tokyo remained “deserted,
empty and dark”, and continues to have around 20 per cent
power shortage, he also said that there have been reports about
traces of increased levels of radioactive content in mothers'
milk. The events at the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant
have proved that nuclear power is not safe, particularly in
the face of natural disasters. Even in India, Tamil Nadu is
along the coast, and there is not enough discourse on the risks
associated, he said, adding that there needs to be a serious
re-think on nuclear plants. He also quoted newspaper reports
from the ‘Japan Times' that reported that Japan had not
disclosed information on the unaccounted plutonium or uranium
stored in its nuclear waste dump...
Look at the Inside of Fukushima Daiichi, wsj.com/japanrealtime
[Ed. Note: A critical question most Fukushima watcher's continually
ask is "what is the status of the spent fuel pool in building
4." The article below suggests most of the fuel rods are
still in tact and are being cooled. But what if this pool were
to rupture or fall over? Building 4 is already sagging, and
radiation eats into concrete and steel supports.]
reporters were taken on a tour of the reactors – starting
with damaged units 1 through 4. The tarpaulin that covers reactor
No. 1 made it impossible to see the state of the building behind
it. The building for reactor No. 2 appeared undamaged, though
it’s thought to be the source of much of the highly contaminated
water that’s leaking from the plant.
No. 3 was a mess of tangled metal and appeared to have lost
its top floor, after an explosion last March. Radiation readings
peaked in front of that reactor, hitting 1,500 microsieverts
No. 4 appeared badly damaged but Tepco officials blamed that
on the force of the explosion at No. 3. A dozen or so workers
could be seen on the roof of that building. That’s near
the location of the reactor’s spent-fuel pool –
the pool of water where nuclear fuel rods are stored when they’re
not active in the reactor. Since unit 4 had been undergoing
major maintenance at the time of the disaster, all the reactor’s
fuel rods were in the pool for storage, making it a particular
concern for experts worried about the weight of the fuel in
a building that may have been damaged by the magnitude 9 earthquake
the reactors were the pipes used for recycling contaminated
water back into the reactors...
dose spikes to 48 sieverts per hour at Reactor No. 1 —
Highest level in months — Remained stable until 10-fold
increase — Instrument failure?, enenews.com.
Radiation dose of the
state of the nuclear reactor nuclear power plant reactor / Fukushima
Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant
NISA via atmc.jp, Date: Feb 20, 2012
* 2/20 @ 11.1 Sv
* 2/19 @ 47.8 Sv
* 2/18 @ 48.3 Sv
* 2/17 @ 4.87 Sv
* 2/16 @ 4.73 Sv
2012-02-22 (for this day) Cesium
spikes to highest level in 7 months north of Tokyo — 10
times recent averages (CTBTO), enenews, Feb 29,
* Cs-134 @ 1,802 microBq/m³
* Cs-137 @ 2,338 microBq/m³
* Cs-134 @ 821 microBq/m³
* Cs-137 @ 1,274 microBq/m³
is contaminated as the worst place in Chernobyl
by Iori Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com.
up this article..23,300
Bq/Kg of cesium from 4km of filter plant
contamination level of Mizumoto Park turned out to be the same
level of “off-limits zone” in Chernobyl.
The contamination level of the park was 23,300 Bq/Kg.
According to Nuclear Safety Commission, it is converted to be
1.4 ~1.5 million Bq/m2.
Chernobyl, if the area is more contaminated than 1.48 million
Bq/m2, it was labelled as off-limits zone, which was the worst
level of the pollution.
Because cesium doesn’t choose Mizumoto park intentionally,
at least some parts are contaminated as the worst area of Chernobyl.
4,000 Bq/m3 of cesium detected in OCEAN water at least 30 km
from Fukushima coast, enenews.com.
First time radioactive silver detected in ocean — Radioactivity
levels in seawater are not diminishing as hoped — “Reactor
site still seems to be leaking; it hasn’t shut off”,
Temperature up 20°C at Reactor No. 2 RPV in last 3 days
— Other gauges at also rising (CHART), enenews.com.
Tokyo and All US Forces From Japan by Bob Nichols,
Francisco) Widely known Physicist Dr Paolo Scampa, the publisher
of the EU AIPRI Blog and an eminent chemical physicist, announced
today his latest calculations of deadly radioactivity in Tokyo
itself. Both the nuclear regulatory and media responses have
been missing in action.
the outrageous statement of a Japanese politician pretty well
sums up the level of understanding of the parasitic political
class “Smile, and the radiation won’t hurt you.”
Tokyo suburbs are about 100 miles or 160 km South of
the six destroyed, deteriorating and badly leaking nuclear reactors
at the Fukushima Daiichi Station for Nuclear Reactors.
Dr Scampa stated:
absorbed dose of 2,94 microSievert/hour at 1 meter of soil
means an average deposit of 9,065E5 Bq/m2 of Cs137 -0,661
MeV-. This amount for 1 meter is in fact situated between
a maximum deposit of 5,439E6 Bq/m2 for low energy gamma rays
from radioactive elements such as U238 (0,0495 MeV) and a
minimum deposit of 2,176E5 Bq/m2 of very energetic gamma rays
from radioactive elements such as Co60 (2,55 MeV). This dose
corresponds to 25 times the maximum permissible “artificial”
hour dose (0,114 microSievert/h-1) and 5 times the maximum
permissible total – natural and artificial – hour
dose (0,571 microSievert/h-1). ” Dr. Scampa. [End
is a tragedy of huge proportions. There are 30 Plus
Million People in Greater Tokyo. It is brought home personally
to each person who sees the work of Fukushima Diary by Mochizuki...
Background Radiation In Passing Drizzle: Saint Louis 2/23/12
8:45pm by Potrblog
was a light passing drizzle this evening around 8:30pm; we took
a sample swipe from our truck around 8:45pm and the reading
returned a value of 12 times greater than background radiation...
2012-02-25 (for the broadcast on this day)
They tried to crush us — Our house was foreclosed on,
there was bankruptcy — We were followed, harassing calls
— Got sued for $1.5 million (VIDEO),
In Historic Vote, Vermont
Poised to Shut Down Lone Nuclear Reactor
Democracy Now via Fairewinds
Date: Feb 25, 2012
AMY GOODMAN: [...] Arnie Gundersen, your
own background, how you came to be a whistleblower? You’re
a nuclear engineer. You worked in Connecticut?
ARNIE GUNDERSEN: Yeah, I had — I have
a bachelor’s and a master’s in nuclear. I
was a licensed reactor operator, was a senior vice president
of a nuclear firm. And I discovered some
license violations. This is twenty years ago. I
told the president about them, president of the company, and
he fired me. I then contacted John Glenn and my local
senator, Senator John Glenn, about the license violations.
And the Nuclear Regulatory Commission came in and found no
violations. John Glenn then had the inspector general come
in, and they found seven violations and found that the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission had been taking illegal gratuities from
stop there, though. I was sued for a million-and-a-half
dollars by my employer, because I was slandering
their reputation by writing to John Glenn. It went on for
six years. And at the end, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
refused to do anything, despite what’s called a SLAPP
suit, a strategic litigation against public participation.
The net result of that was that we, my wife and I, took an
out-of-court settlement, because the litigation would have
continued on for another five years, and we got on with our
lives. And I became a nuclear watchdog. And we moved from
Connecticut to Vermont.
AMY GOODMAN: And here you now have become
a, well, well-known nuclear consultant, executive member of
the oversight panel and consultant to the Vermont legislature.
When you were in Connecticut, you started to receive harassing
calls as you were speaking out against the power plant there?
ARNIE GUNDERSEN: That’s — yes,
that’s true. It was harassing calls, we were
followed, there was private investigators that delved
into our personal records. It was not a nice time. Worse,
though, was the million-and-a-half-dollar lawsuit
against us that ruined our credit. Our house
was foreclosed on, and there was bankruptcy.
It was literally designed to crush us. And it didn’t
AMY GOODMAN: And you were sued again by?
You were sued by?
ARNIE GUNDERSEN: Oh, I was sued by the company
I worked for, Nuclear Energy Services. They were the licensee,
and I was the senior vice president there. And their claim
was that I had defamed their reputation by talking about the
license violations. And, of course, you know, Senator Glenn
and his subcommittee clearly proved that I was right and that
the NRC was taking illegal gratuities, so the — but
it didn’t stop the process, because the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission refused to get involved. [...]
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