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Fukushima Radiation and Fallout Projections


11 - 17 March 2012

 

 

Japan

 

 


Radiation chart for Reactor Number One at Fukushima from Radiation dose of the state of the nuclear reactor nuclear power plant reactor / Fukushima Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Source: NISA via atmc.jpnn  




What it may take to finally contain Fukushima (at least the airborne emissions part). From Japanese Nuclear Reactor Future: Another High Tech Sarcophagus? by Sascha Vongehr, March 11, 2012



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Japan

2012-03-11 Gundersen: One Year Anniversary of Fukushima Daiichi (RT Video), uploaded 11 March 2011 "...There is contamination out 30 km and in some areas perhaps as high as 60 km where people should not ever return. In addition, I was just in Tokyo and took five samples, and those five samples were high enough to qualify as radioactive waste here in North America."
2011-03-11 (for this day) One year after catastrophe, Fukushima remains a threat by Charlotte Boitiaux, france24.com, first published 6 March, last updated 14 March
While the Japanese authorities promise to get residents of Fukushima prefecture home “as soon as possible”, the crippled nuclear plant remains a danger zone. Two specialists tell FRANCE 24 why it could still explode.
One year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was crippled by a massive earthquake and tsunami, the surrounding area remains highly radioactive. The looming anniversary of the catastrophe has pushed TEPCO, the plant’s disgraced operators, to admit that the situation is still hazardous. Plant director Takeshi Takahashi said last week that the company was doing “the best it could” in order to allow local residents to move back “as quickly as possible”. But he also admitted that while the station had reached “cold shutdown conditions", or a constant temperature of -100°C, it was still "rather fragile".
As Europe’s biggest nuclear producer, France has closely monitored the Japanese disaster. Two French specialists decode Takahashi’s statement.
"Reactors are still in meltdown"
Stéphane Lhomme, head of the French anti-nuclear organisation l’Observatoire nucléaire, says that TEPCO is seriously playing down potential dangers. “Their declarations are over-confident, and moreover, simply not true,” he told FRANCE 24. “The plant is neither stable nor fragile.” Lhomme describes the current situation as “catastrophic. Even if the thermal power in the four damaged reactors has been considerably reduced, they are still in meltdown and therefore still noxious.” Speaking with an alarmed tone, he says “of course the global situation is slightly better than it was a year ago. But the corium, a lava-like fuel-containing material that lies at the bottom of the containers, remains a real problem.”
Lhomme argues that at several thousand degrees, this molten lava could break through the cask at any point and destroy the concrete beneath the container, reaching soil and water located beneath the surface. “If it comes into contact with water, the corium would spark a series of massive vapour cloud explosions,” warns Lhomme...
...“It’s going to take around 30 years to completely decommission the site and ensure it’s non-hazardous,” explains Stéphane Lhomme. “After that, it will be even longer before the locals can return.” Lhomme says that the equivalent of 408 million-billion radioactive Becquerel particles lie within 30 kilometres of the plant, which itself remains a wasteland...
2012-03-11 (for this date) Writer: Science websites “actively contributed to biased misinformation” on Fukushima — Reporting leaves impression it’s over and under control — Public will only be “informed” in order to avoid panic, enenews.com. 13 March 2012
Title: Japanese Nuclear Reactor Future: Another High Tech Sarcophagus?
Source: Science 2.0
Author: Sascha Vongehr
Date: March 11th 2012
....The Fukushima plant will have to be treated similar to the reactor site in Chernobyl. The blocks may have to be similarly encapsulated to become concrete tombs. However, Chernobyl’s metal and concrete sarcophagus, officially known as “the shelter object”, has shown that concrete entombing is not a long term solution; it leaked after just 20 years. Thus, it may well be that the Japanese will straightaway do what is now undertaken in Chernobyl: A gigantic, 1.4 billion dollar high tech sarcophagus that promises to stay for about 100 years before the next replacement will be necessary...
It is made from metal arches higher than the Statue of Liberty and can slide over the length of three football fields, the largest moveable structure ever. Under such a roof, robotic cranes could dismantle the remains without further distributing highly radioactive dust. Scientific American had a piece about this project, the scale of which is impressive and makes you understand why pro-nuclear energy advocates refuse to count such to the costs of nuclear energy...
...The next incident will come along, and it will be much the same again, just perhaps much less lucky. Downplaying by politicians and the involved industries will happen. Leaks, whether they are oil ones or radioactive, will be kept secret again, monitors taken off line, the public will be as always only "informed" in order to avoid panic and any appearance of being not in full control. Evacuations and vital help like the distribution of Potassium Iodide for example will likely come too late. A growing minority among the public knows this, they know that they are cheated every time by withholding even lightly bad news that could help them to make informed decisions. Panic should not surprise anybody. It is simply being responsible for your family if you assume the worst. Since scientists are directly involved, the public trust in science drops along with that for politicians.
2012-03-11 Fukushima Anniversary: Theatre of the Absurd posted by Joy Thomson, enformable.com, majiasblog.blogspot.com.
It’s the 1-year anniversary of the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. For more than a week I’ve struggled to find something to say about it that hasn’t already been said a hundred times in a hundred ways. I kept drawing a blank, even as the noise level coming from industry apologists and their willing partners in the media rose over the past week to a deafening level. There’s some truly appalling stuff making the rounds that would be hilarious if it were being presented with a straight face by Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central. But these people are serious, hence my title: Theatre of the Absurd...
..Of particular merit for absurdity was this aside from Wald’s NYT bit of fluff:

Not that the additional radiation exposure won’t induce a few extra cases of cancer, the experts said, but these will be indistinguishable from the background rate of cancer, which will eventually strike about 41 out of every 100 people.

Really? Why, just last year about this time the average lifetime cancer rate in Japan was hovering around 33 out of 100. Now it’s to go to 41 out of 100 according to the HPS? I’ve got news for these sub-geniuses: that’s not a “minor” increase. 41%… 41%… where had I seen that figure before? Oh, yeah. It was under the heading of Health Effects of Nuclear Testing from way back during the height of the bad old Cold War…

In 1980, People magazine revealed some consequences of continental nuclear testing for American citizens. The magazine disclosed that of some 220 cast and crew who filmed a 1956 film, The Conqueror with an unheard of 41 percent morbidity rate. Of these, forty-six had died of cancer by 1980. Among the victims were John Wayne and Susan Hayward, the stars of the film.
Seems that a 41% cancer morbidity rate is no longer so “unheard of.”

This PR Campaign to Save The Nuclear Renaissance would be downright depressing if a survey last week hadn’t demonstrated that more than half of Americans are now firmly against nuclear power. The Japanese are even less impressed with nukes. The last two plants still operating will go down this summer, and the Japanese people may wake up the next day to find they didn’t really need nukes in the first place...
2012-03-12 Interesting Fukushima Video from March 10 2012, majiasblog.blogspot.com.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmAyKbx_Lds&feature=youtube
2012-03-12 Miles O’Brien Interview: Gov’t should apologize and evacuate citizens right away — Mayor: Decontamination is impossible, but should be done anyway (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-12 Report: Mayor says Tokyo citizens were irradiated -NHK, by ENENews.com
2012-03-12 Sickened Minamisoma woman’s blog shut down — Recently featured on major news network, by ENENews.com
2012-03-12 Gundersen on CTV: The country of Japan is contaminated — “Just routine checking an area here and there” in Tokyo found all samples to be radioactive waste (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-12 Gundersen on RT: All 5 samples I took in Tokyo qualified as radioactive waste — People should never return to some areas 60km from Fukushima (VIDEO), by ENENews.com

2012-03-12 Tepco checking debris fallen to bottom of Reactor No. 4 — May move control rods — ROV to be sent into Spent Fuel Pool, by ENENews.com
2012-03-12 Nuclear Expert: Fukushima 10 times worse than Chernobyl, by ENENews.com
2012-03-12 ‘Fukushima Fifty’ workers speak out: If you blamed Tepco for symptoms, told not to come back — 5,000 CPM internal radiation — “None of them trust anything TEPCO or gov’t says” -Asahi, by ENENews.com
2012-03-12 “The smoke — It’s black” murmered Prime Minister Kan after Reactor No. 3 exploded, by ENENews.com
2012-03-12 Nursery School Teacher: Tepco worker told us to flee large city 60km from meltdowns — “He suggested maybe we would be affected physically by radiation”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-13 Study claims Tokyo newborns had ‘safe’ 1,140 microsievert thyroid dose — Only counted food and water — Did not include inhaled radioactivity — Did not include first 10 days when iodine and other short-lived isotopes peaked, by ENENews.com
2012-03-13 Asahi: Multiple hospitals refuse to treat man who evacuated elderly from highly radioactive area — “Physical condition gradually deteriorated” — Maxed out radiation detector, by ENENews.com
2012-03-13 Chernobyl Expert: Fukushima’s final toll will be worse — Multiple facilities, longer duration, population far more dense (RADIO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-13 Science Writer: Science websites “actively contributed to biased misinformation” on Fukushima — Reporting leaves impression it’s over and under control — Public will only be “informed” in order to avoid panic, by ENENews.com
2012-03-13 Fukushima Worker: “There is radiation that is coming from the ground” — “There are no rights being observed at the moment” (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-13 Study claims Tokyo newborns had ‘safe’ 1,140 microsievert thyroid dose — Only counted food and water — Did not include inhaled radioactivity — Did not include first 10 days when iodine and other short-lived isotopes peaked, enenews.com
2012-03-14 Japan Gov’t: “More shakes may follow over the next week or so” — Powerful quake in Chiba/Ibaraki an aftershock of M9.0 on 3/11, by ENENews.com
2012-03-14 M5.0 hits Chiba/Tokyo region — 17 aftershocks above M3.0 in area over last 10 hours since intense quake, by ENENews.com
2012-03-14 Nuclear Insider: Surprise at how much cesium is moving through environment — Crops with no direct contact to Fukushima fallout still highly contaminated (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-14 Gov’t: Highest plutonium concentration found almost 20km away from Fukushima plant, by ENENews.com
2012-03-14 More: 10 quakes in Chiba during last 90 minutes — Most recent is M4.5 intensity 3, by ENENews.com
2012-03-14 Intense M6.1 in Chiba with multiple aftershocks — Fukushima hit with M4.6 — Began with M6.8 off northeast Japan four hours ago (MAPS), by ENENews.com
2012-03-14 Tsunami warning issued after M6.8 quake hits off northeast Japan (MAP), by ENENews.com

2012-03-14 Watch: Alpha radiation detected 50km south of Fukushima in Iwaki City — Up to 1,000 times more dangerous than beta or gamma equivalent (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-14 Report: There are no sparrows, says birdwatcher in Nagoya — “Downtown area was void of any form of birds”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-14 Nuclear Insider: Surprise at how much cesium is moving through environment — Crops with no direct contact to Fukushima fallout still highly contaminated (VIDEO), enenews.com.
2012-03-15 Kyodo: Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 visibility deteriorating — Major drop over past month — No where near what’s needed “to work at removing nuclear fuel”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-15 Radio: “Something new in the history of medicine is happening at Fukushima” says physician — 30% of children tested had thyroid lumps — “Now that’s really early, that’s within the first year, that’s unheard of” (AUDIO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-15 Author, farmer expose manipulation of radiation data — “Employees wash monitoring post by high-pressure water and changed the whole soil”, by ENENews.com

2012-03-15 Tepco Survey: 160 milliSv/h from water in Reactor No. 2 — Paint color “may have changed due to accident”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-15 Kyodo: Criminal complaint to be filed against top gov’t and Tepco officials — Says failures left many exposed to radiation — Assemblyman: “Nonsense that nobody has been held criminally responsible for causing a major nuclear accident”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-15 NHK: Radiation levels too high for humans to continue at Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Workers must repair damage to suppression chambers (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-15 Radio: “Something new in the history of medicine is happening at Fukushima” says physician — 30% of children tested had thyroid lumps — “Now that’s really early, that’s within the first year, that’s unheard of” (AUDIO), enenews.com.
2012-03-15 NHK: Radiation levels too high for humans to continue at Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Workers must repair damage to suppression chambers (VIDEO), enenews.com.
2012-03-15 2 Other Reasons Why Municipalities in Japan Want Disaster Debris, ex-skf.blogspot.com.
The first and foremost is a fat subsidy they will get from the national government (which is beyond broke, so it will tax the citizens today and for the foreseeable future) for saying yes to having the disaster debris contaminated with radioactive materials and toxic chemicals shipped to their cities and towns to burn and bury the resulting ashes.
But it is slowly emerging that there are equally short-term, other reasons these local politicians and bureaucrats want the contaminated debris.

1. The incinerators, if they are state-of-the-art, need more garbage even to operate, so the disaster debris is god-sent;
2. The incinerators, if not state-of-the-art, badly need upgrading or even building new ones (or so they say), and by saying yes to the debris the municipalities will get the subsidy from the national government for the upgrade or building new ones.

2012-03-15 Kyodo: Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 visibility deteriorating — Major drop over past month — No where near what’s needed “to work at removing nuclear fuel, ” enenews.com.
2012-03-15 Plutonium: Not Our Friend, majiasblog.blogspot.com
My son's biology told me yesterday that she has a favorite element, gene, etc. Her enthusiasm is good for the kids and makes the material more interesting.
Unfortunately, we may be getting to experience more of plutonium. I've pasted in the original post plus a brief update:
Today's news:
Enenews reports "Gov’t: Highest plutonium concentration found almost 20km away from Fukushima plant"
Enenews got this tidbit from an article published in Asahi: "Fukushima contamination is much less extensive than Chernobyl"
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201203140034
I hope that most readers read with some skepticism the title of the Asahi article.
I certainly regard with skepticism the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology report that Fukushima produced less radiation than Chernobyl, particularly since Fukushima is STILL producing radiation.
Furthermore, if the recently declassified NRC commentary on Fukushima is correct, then lots of plutonium were involved because spent fuel pools 3 and 4 were reported to have been destroyed in that report.
Below find my post on plutonium found in Japan from June
Plutonium Found in Japan: Plutonium Keeps on Giving Even When You're Dead
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110606x2.html
(hat tip zerohedge http://www.zerohedge.com/article/japan-finds-plutonium-one-mile-away-fukushima-doubles-radiation-leak-estimate#comment-1345527
and enews http://enenews.com/first-time-plutonium-has-been-reported-outside-of-fukushima-plant )
Monday, June 6, 2011
Plutonium found in soil at Okuma
Kyodo
"Plutonium that is believed to have come from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant has been detected in the town of Okuma about 1.7 km away from the plant's front gate, a Kanazawa University researcher said Sunday."
Majia Here: let us take a look at plutonium using the US Government Profile of its Toxicity...
"If plutonium were to enter your lungs today, much of the plutonium would still be in your body 30-50 years later”
“The isotope 239Pu was first used in fission weapons beginning in 1945 and is produced during the bombardment of uranium (235U) by neutrons in nuclear reactors. Approximately one-third of the total energy produced in a typical commercial nuclear power plant comes from the fission of 239Pu produced from 235U”… Approximately 1,855 metric tons of plutonium was estimated to exist worldwide at the end of 2003; most of which was found in spent fuel from nuclear power plants.
Atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons, which ended in 1980, is the source of most of the plutonium in the environment worldwide, which released approximately 10,000 kilograms of plutonium. Trace amounts of plutonium (including 238Pu, 239Pu, 240Pu, and 241Pu) are found worldwide, mostly due to fallout from atmospheric nuclear testing…
Plutonium released to the atmosphere reaches the earth's surface through wet and dry deposition to the soil and surface water. Once in these media, soluble plutonium can sorb to soil and sediment particles or bioaccumulate in terrestrial and aquatic food chains….
…Most of the body burden of plutonium resides in the skeleton and liver, and following inhalation exposures, in the lung and lung-associated lymph nodes. As a result, these tissues receive relatively high radiation doses following exposures to plutonium. Radiation-induced toxicity to these tissues has been documented in human epidemiological studies and in animal models…
Possible associations between exposure to plutonium and mortality have been examined in studies of workers at the U.S. plutonium production and/or processing facilities (Hanford, Los Alamos, Rocky Flats), as well as facilities in Russia (e.g., Mayak) and the United Kingdom (e.g., Sellafield). The Mayak studies provide relatively strong evidence for an association between cancer mortality (bone, liver, lung) and exposure to plutonium….
Read More About the Fun Effects of http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/ToxProfiles/tp143.pdf
Majia Here: Additionally, the health effects of plutonium were also studied through the deliberate contamination of people with plutonium by our oh-so-concerned-about-our-welfare-government
Read The Plutonium Files
http://www.amazon.com/Plutonium-Files-Americas-Medical-Experiments/dp/0385314027
2012-03-16 Kyodo: U.S. eyed blasting hole in Fukushima reactor with military explosives — Reflected sense of alarm within gov’t over cooling failure, by ENENews.com
2012-03-16 Hydrogen levels nearly double at Reactor No. 2 in recent days, by ENENews.com

2012-03-16 WATCH: Radioactive plume map shows Fukushima contamination heading toward Hawaii (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-16 Nuke crisis far from under control as TEPCO's 'inadequate predictions' continue, mdn.mainichi.jp. (h / t Mainichi reporter tours Fukushima: Shocking, Dangerous — Certain that crisis far from over — Media inspection limited due to “high radiation levels”, enenews.com, 16 March 2012)
The crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is far from over. I became certain of this when the power plant was opened to the media on Feb. 20, and witnessed the reality of what was going on inside. This, despite the government's declaration just two months prior, that the reactors had achieved a "cold shutdown" state, bringing the crisis "under control."
The invitation for journalists to inspect the plant in February was no doubt intended to drive home the impression that the disaster had indeed been resolved. However, the key element in the cooling system now in place appeared unstable and hastily thrown together, and high radiation levels were detected inside the plant. The plant was far from being "normal" or "under control"...
....When we arrived at the waterfront, where the plant's No. 1-4 reactors are located, a nearby building's blown-out windows -- the result of a hydrogen explosion at the neighboring No. 1 reactor -- jumped out at us. The alarms on the radiation dosimeters we were wearing started going off, and an official from plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) accompanying us yelled out, "100 microsieverts (0.1 millisieverts per hour)!"
Radiation levels inside the plant have dropped from those detected immediately after the crisis began. However, close to the No. 3 reactor, which still has the highest radiation levels inside the plant, the figure can reach 1.5 millisieverts. In other words, the amount of radiation one is exposed to by being near the No. 3 reactor for just one hour is equivalent to what a Japanese resident is exposed to in a whole year from background radiation.
The No. 4 reactor has relatively low radiation levels, and atop a hill some 300 meters southwest of it, we got out of our buses for 15 minutes. We could see several people working on the fourth and fifth floors of the No. 4 reactor building. The No. 3 reactor building was still just a tangle of steel from the reactor building's frame....
2012-03-16 Professor Yukio Hayakawa Takes a Walk in Fukushima City, ex-skf.blogspot.com.
...armed with 4 different radiation survey meters. One of the reasons he went to Fukushima was apparently to test the survey meters and compare the readings. The entire walk took 7 hours yesterday, says Hayakawa in his tweet, nothing compared to mountain climbing. (He's a volcanologist.)
4.164 microsieverts/hour on the "black dust" - roadside sediment of soil and organic materials. (It is not just in Minami Soma City, where the highest radioactive cesium density in the "black dust" so far is 3.43 million becquerels/kg.)
Over 10 microsieverts/hour (all his survey meters went overscale) at the rain gutter.
2.3 microsieverts/hour on the lawn in front of the City Hall, 1.5 microsievert/hour 1 meter off the lawn.
For detailed locations and measurements, see his blog post (in Japanese).
2012-03-16 One Municipality After Another Says YES to Disaster Debris Contaminated with Radioactive Materials, ex-skf.blogspot.com [Ed. Note: Debris incineration has already been in full force in the Tokyo area for many months. It is suicidal because it remobilizes radation, some of which gets into the jet stream and comes to America. Japanese claims that they can filter the smoke is probably overblown. The Japanese have a hard time shaking their debris incineration custom under new circumstances].
The likes of Mr. Blustein must be so happy to see the "kizuna" (it's actually the rope that ties down the cattle or domestic animals) restored at least among petty politicians and bureaucrats in cities, towns, and villages as far away as Okinawa and Hokkaido, even as the "selfish" and "irrational" residents who will have to pay taxes to have the debris burn in their midst are against it.
In anywhere else in the world, these debris would be considered "low-level radioactive waste" and would be strictly controlled.
The municipalities that suddenly "capitulated" this week, particularly on March 16 when Prime Minister Noda formally issued the request to accept the debris to municipalities who haven't said yes to the debris, are too numerous to list. Even the last true "opposition" since the March 11, 2011 disaster, Japanese Communist Party, sided with the majority demanding the municipal governments of Niigata City in Niigata Prefecture and Kiryu City in Gunma Prefecture to accept the disaster debris from Miyagi and Iwate.
Money really does speak. Hop on the bandwagon. Local politicians have the local waste management industry lobby to please...
...Now what? I wonder what the residents of Japan are going to do now, if anything at all. They have protested, packed the "explanation" meetings which were nothing but a sham to keep up the appearance of "democracy", collected signatures to oppose acceptance and tried educating the fellow citizens and a few politicians who would listen. The politicians and bureaucrats and industry will just do it anyway.

2012-03-16 NHK: Large volume of unidentified floating white matter seen in No. 4 reactor and spent fuel pool — Tepco to investigate where it came from (VIDEOS), by ENENews.com
2012-03-16 NYTimes in ’93: Worst type of reactor accident is nuclear fuel melting, burning through vessel and reactor basement, then into earth, by ENENews.com
2012-03-16 Mainichi reporter tours Fukushima: Shocking, Dangerous — Certain that crisis far from over — Media inspection limited due to “high radiation levels”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-16 Radioactive rabbit found 100km from Fukushima — Contamination limit exceeded — Yamagata gov’t warns against eating, by ENENews.com
2012-03-16 Fukushima Report reveals fire created “8 square meter hole in the wall” at Reactor No. 4, by ENENews.com

2012-03-17 Report: Radioactive “black dust” in Fukushima City, 60km from meltdowns — “It is not just in Minami Soma City” (PHOTO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-17 Analysis: Melted fuel completely penetrated concrete in under 15 hours at GE Mark I — Shows little decline in speed (CHART), by ENENews.com
2012-03-17 CBS: “The worst case scenario was happening” at Fukushima — Cores may have burned into earth, releasing untold amounts of radiation if not for sea water injection — You really won’t know what happened until you see inside, says NRC (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-17 Interim Report: Tepco prepared to airdrop ice into Reactor No. 1 Spent Fuel Pool — 3.5 tons brought to Fukushima, by ENENews.com

 

 

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2012-03-11 Commemorating 3/11 by Ignoring and Trivilizing Radiation, majiasblog.blogspot.com.
How we remember an event shapes how we act in the present and future. Memories of 3/11 are being carefully engineered in the mainstream media.
On March 10 The New York Times offered an editorial by Spencer Weart arguing that the primary danger from Fukushima radiation is stress:
Nuclear Risk and Fear, from Hiroshima to Fukushima by Andrew Revkin March 10
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/10/nuclear-risk-and-fear-from-hiroshima-to-fukushima/?scp=2&sq=fukushima&st=cse
2012-03-11 1 Year After Fukushima, 3x Background Radiation in Saint Louis Rainfall by Potrblog
Update: A check of the jet stream shows that this rainfall generated from over Mexico and that the Fukushima fallout laden NORTHERN jetstream is far to the north of Saint Louis (see image below).
3/11/12: The leading edge of today's rainfall returned the lowest fallout radiation reading we have had in Saint Louis in a very long time; the situation may change as typically the trailing edges of the storms have the highest radioactive content.
2012-03-11 Asahi: Serious concerns about whether depopulation now a reality — Entire mountainsides to be removed? Bleak hardly does justice to assessments of Fukushima Pref. future, by ENENews.com
2012-03-11 Gundersen: Entire north of Japan has a public health hazard, by ENENews.com
2012-03-11 NHK Video: Core Fukushima details unknown — Where was “radioactive material” released from? How much was released? Did quake affect plant?, by ENENews.com
2012-03-11 French nuclear specialists agree Fukushima “could still explode”, corium a threat — Reactors remain in meltdown says expert, molten lava could break through at any point, by ENENews.com
2012-03-11 Concern over Americium-241 contamination of soy beans around Fukushima — Legumes easily absorb highly toxic product of Plutonium-241, by ENENews.com
2012-03-11 Worker at Fukushima on 3/11: You’d expect there’d be some emergency lighting that comes on, but there wasn’t a one — Pitch black (1hr AUDIO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-11 Strange Japanese press conference calls for jailing of Tepco officials, guilty of criminal error — Says international media damaged ‘Japan Brand’ (1hr VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-11 American Worker on PBS: “Demonic” sounds came from Fukushima plant — I don’t know if it was the earth or building moving (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-11 Gundersens on TV: Went to Japan to tell people the truth about Fukushima — Cold shutdown impossible — Japanese poised to become energy innovators (50 MINUTES), by ENENews.com
2012-03-12 Airlines considered halting flights after Fukushima meltdowns — “You know, radiation — They are worried about radiation” — US officials concerned commercial air traffic would be grounded, by ENENews.com
2012-03-12 (for presentation on this day) Fairewinds President: Farm in Portland stopped producing food after radiation detected — “Very frightening what happened on West Coast” (VIDEO), enenews, March 25, 2012
Title: Maggie Gundersen speaks at UVM regarding similarities between VY and Fukushima Daiichi
Source: Fairewinds Associates, Inc, Filmed by: CCTV, Date: March 12, 2012
Maggie Gundersen, founder and president of the Burlington, VT-based Fairewinds Associates, a paralegal and expert witness firm specializing in issues of nuclear reliability issues, Jared Margolis, Attorney for the New England Coalition and Environmental Law professor at UVM and Chris Williams, organizer with the Vermont Citizens Awareness Network give a panel presentation for Vermont Student Towards Environmental Protection at the University of Vermont,, Billings North Lounge, March 2012.
Filmed by CCTV, Mrs. Gundersen spoke about the similarities between Vermont Yankee, a GE Mark I boiling water reactor, and the reactors that suffered catastrophic containment failures at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan a year ago.
Watch the full video here: http://fairewinds.com/maggie-gundersen-speaks-uvm
Maggie Gundersen at 59:00 – 1:01:49 in
* There was a lot of fallout that came to this country
* A lot of radiation came down in rain
* British Columbia, Seattle… that whole Washington, Oregon, part of California
* We know of an organic farm in Portland that is not selling or producing anything anymore because he tested a lot of radiation on his farm
* Hawaii had tainted fruit and milk, there’s a lot of radiation there
* Very frightening what happened on the West Coast
See also:

* Radiation precautions for areas near Seattle, Vancouver, Portland? "Perhaps you need to wash your shoes"... and other things (VIDEO), November 16, 2011
* Gundersen: If in Oregon, Wash., Calif. you need to demand officials test how Fukushima fallout has affected rivers and fish -- Significant radiation hit west coast and settled in on Cascades (VIDEO), enenews.com, Dec 8, 2011
* Expert on US, Canada: We'll see a statistically meaningful increase in cancer from Fukushima on west coast -- After Japan, the most radioactive area is Cascade Mountains -- Portland had cesium at 100 Bq/m² (VIDEO), enenews, Dec 22, 2011
* University Researcher: U.S. topsoil with up to 8,000 pCi/kg of cesium from Fukushima -- Over 10,000% higher than highest levels found by UC Berkeley, enenews.com, Nov 1, 2011

2012-03-13 Tuesday, Propaganda: "100 Millisieverts OK", majiasblog.blogspot.com...
Last night my relatives visited for dinner. When the conversation touched on Fukushima, they told me authoritatively that they heard on the "news" that exposure levels of 100 millisieverts or less are "safe" and "fine."
This assertion that radiation levels of 100 millisieverts or less is safe is simply not supported by the vast majority of studies on the subject of human exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation.
There is currently a CONCERTED PROPAGANDA offensive under way in Japan and the US to persuade publics that the human body can repair damage caused by ionizing radiation levels under the 100 millisieverts.
2012-03-13 KPBS: Concern over reports of high radiation levels near California nuke plant — Results shared with many residents via internet — Homeland Security professor believes readings not correct, by ENENews.com
2012-03-15 ‘Developing Story’ at Los Alamos: “No timetable for any release of details concerning what the substance actually was” — Even newspaper got automated 911 call — Businesses on DP Road still waiting for all-clear — Advised to shelter in place, by ENENews.com
2012-03-15 Los Alamos sends reverse-911 call warning residents — People told to stay indoors — Container released unknown gas — Caused “flash” on contact with air — Roads closed, Hazmat team dispatched to Material Disposal Area B, by ENENews.com
2012-03-15 *Shock* NPR: Getting your skin burned from high-level radiation exposure poses no health risk, by ENENews.com
2012-03-15 ALERT: 19X Background Radiation in 11:30pm STL Storms on 3/15/12 by Potrblog
We took two samples swipes today from the various pop up storms that have been blowing through the area. The first sample swipe from the truck was at approximately 5pm, that sample returned a reading of 9x greater than background. Typically the tail ends of storms produce higher readings, the 2nd reading at 11:30 pm followed that trend with a 19X greater than background radiation.
The 19x reading is unusually high considering that the Jet Stream is currently North of Missouri. This may be an indicator of worsening conditions at Fukushima within the last 2 weeks. Based on our readings and the Jet Stream image below, we suspect unusually high levels of Fukushima fallout maybe contained in the Jet Stream currently encroaching on the west coast.
2012-03-16 11am Rainfall Radioactive At 3 Times Greater Than Background Levels, by Potrblog
We took a sample swipe from a piece of sheet metal at approximately 11:00pm; that sample returned a reading of 3 times greater than background radiation. 3x is the maximum we would have expected prior to the Fukushima Meltdowns.
Today's readings are significantly lower than yesterday's 19x reading, and the jet stream remains far north of Saint Louis. However, one significant obvious difference remains betweens last night's thunderstorms and today's rain. Thunderstorms can pull 'weather' in from much higher in the atmosphere than the type of rain we are currently experiencing here today in Saint Louis.
2012-03-17 17X Background Radiation in 3/17/12 Saint Louis Storms, Potrblog
We took a paper towel swipe from our truck at approximately 5:30pm; that sample read 17 times greater than background level. Post Fukushima, and given that the Jetstream is far north of Saint Louis, the sample is unusually hot by a factor of two.
The sample was taken during a downpour and was preceded by approximately 4 hours of nearly continuous heavy rain and strong lightening. Given the unusual nature of the sample, we once again strongly suspect a recent increase in radioactive releases at Fukushima.
2012-03-17 L.A. Local News: “New problems at the San Onofre nuclear plant” — Special team called in — More tubes fail — NRC trying to figure out why it’s happening so quickly (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-17 AP: California’s San Onofre nuclear plant shuts down indefinitely over safety worries, by ENENews.com


Europe

 

2012-03-12 Palast: I just spoke to doctor in Ukraine, “There’s a tremendous epidemic of thyroid cancer there” — Doctor even has thyroid cancer (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-13 *The Economist* Nuclear power: A dream that failed — Promise of global transformation gone — Concern over safety, finances — Previously concluded industry “safe as a chocolate factory”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-13 PBS Newshour: Cesium killed pine trees as far as you can see — Are there animals that can live here? No, no (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-15 More from PBS on Chernobyl: “The radiation killed pine trees in a 30-square kilometer” area (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-16 PBS Interview: Both young daughters contracted leukemia after cleaning up meltdown — “No doubt” related to Chernobyl (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-16 Asahi: Incident at nuclear plant systematically covered up by South Korea — Official first learned of ‘mishap’ at local restaurant, by ENENews.com
2012-03-17 Professor: Clear that low-level contamination is probably more dangerous than single dose — Grasshoppers with deformed wings, gray eyes not red — Birds with abnormal sperm, strange large tumors (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-17 Miles O’Brien: Big spike in birth defects after Chernobyl — Doctors convinced of direct link between radiation and whole assortment of deformities (VIDEO), by ENENews.com


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