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Fukushima Radiation and Fallout Projections


18 - 24 March 2012


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North America








Japan

2012-03-18 Fukushima Farmers Face Decades of Tainted Crops as Fears Linger by Aya Takada and Yasumasa Song, Bloomberg (h/t enenews.com)
Farmers in Japan’s Fukushima face years of additional losses as consumers continue to doubt the safety of produce from the region devastated a year ago by the tsunami and nuclear fallout, which may taint crops for decades.
Almost 100,000 farmers lost about 58 billion yen ($694 million) by March 1, or 25 percent of production, according to JA, the country’s biggest agricultural group. Imports of farm products jumped 16 percent to 5.58 trillion yen in 2011, according to the agriculture ministry.
Inadequate testing by the government of rice, milk and fish from the region has prompted consumers to leave them on supermarket shelves and instead select produce from other regions or from overseas. Checks conducted nationwide so far are only 1 percent of what Belarus checked in the past year, a quarter century after the Chernobyl disaster, according to Nobutaka Ishida, a researcher at Norinchukin Research Institute...
2012-03-18 Unbelievable!, majiasblog.blogspot.com
People from Fukushima 'no-return zones' to be paid 6 million yen
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201203170032
[excerpted] "Former inhabitants of “no-return zones” around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant should be paid lump sums of 6 million yen ($72,000) each, the government’s panel on nuclear compensation has recommended..."
Majia Here: People from the "no residence zones" with annual radiation (from external exposure) doses of 20-50 millisieverts are each being offered 2.4 million yen, for a 2 year evacuation!
"People from the third most seriously affected category—the "zones being prepared for the lifting of the evacuation order," with annual doses of 20 millisieverts or less—will receive 100,000 yen per month per head."
Majia Here: Unbelievable. Life, health, and human well-being are obviously quite cheap in this calculi of value.
How are evacuated people expected to afford new places to live? How are they going to support themselves?
Americans, Canadians and others better pay close attention because they too will suffer corporate externalities when a disaster impacts them
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/limiting-liability-for-oil-and-nuclear.html
2012-03-18 Cesium found in plankton 600 km away, yomiuri.co.jp (h/t enenews.com) [Editor's Note: The Japanese government limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram stated below is absurdly high, to the extent that Chernobyl studies have demonstrated heart damage in children in under 20 becquerels per kilogram of body weight, and over a period of several months the human body begins to have the same average contamination level as the food and water one drinks].
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Radioactive cesium believed to have been released during the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has been found in plankton about 600 kilometers east of the facility, according to a Japan-U.S. joint research team.
The amount of cesium detected in the plankton was far below the government's provisional limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram for marine products, according to the team led by Jun Nishikawa, research associate at the University of Tokyo's Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute...
... Cesium-137 was detected in all of the collected plankton, which in a dry state was found to contain 0.3 to 56.4 becquerels per kilogram. The farther away the plankton was collected, the less radiation it contained, according to the team.
Results of a similar survey conducted by the team before the crisis showed that plankton contained between 0.1 and 0.4 becquerels of cesium-137 per kilogram.
In the latest survey, the team also found cesium-134--which has a two-year half-life--in plankton at the same levels as cesium-137, whose half-life is three decades.
2012-03-18 Anonymous Source: Community of 6,000 people were assumed to have evacuated from high radiation area… They had not — Eventually happened 3 months after meltdowns — Gov’t doctor came and said ok to eat local food — “Iitate, I think, is finished”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-18 Yomiuri: Cesium-134 detected in plankton 600km from Fukushima just 3 months after meltdowns — Scientists say necessary to look at bioaccumulation, by ENENews.com
2012-03-18 Fukushima is adversely affecting neighboring countries says Nobel Prize-winning author — “What is the most important ethic for humans to act is not to destroy conditions that are necessary for the next generation to live”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-18 Japan Times article refers to possibility of fuel melting through containment vessels — Also known as ‘China Syndrome’ — Architect wants to build shrines over Fukushima units to “pacify a malevolent god”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-19 “Highest Level Yet”: Soaring cesium level in Iitate soil, survey finds — So radioactive it would have to be buried in ferroconcrete partitions -Kyodo, by ENENews.com

2012-03-19 Alpha radiation detected on school street in Minamisoma (VIDEO)
alphablock
, by ENENews.com
2012-03-19 Reports: Tokyo Vice Governor suggests Fukushima draft? “We all Japanese must face it” — Sale of foreign Geiger counters banned?, by ENENews.com
2012-03-19 Radiation checks of food in Japan are only 1 percent of what Belarus checked in past year -Bloomberg, by ENENews.com
2012-03-19 Press Conference Part II: Faces scrambled, large portions of audio censored — Local official says there are a lot of highly radioactive substances throughout this city… “Safety measures must be conducted immediately” (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-19 Local official detects 130 microSv/hr from black substance on roadside — Japan TV starting to cover mystery? (VIDEOS), by ENENews.com
2012-03-19 Press Conference: We like to tell some serious news today — Seems that radioactive substances are “combining together” — “We are seriously wondering how much radiation has been spread” (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-19 Fighting Back in Japan, majiasblog.blogspot.com
Osaka aims to end Kansai Electric's nuclear power ops as shareholder
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120319p2g00m0dm011000c.html
OSAKA (Kyodo) -- "The city of Osaka decided Sunday to propose that Kansai Electric Power Co. decommission all of its nuclear reactors as soon as possible at the Osaka-based utility's shareholders meeting in June in a move to exercise its shareholder's right, said officials at the joint headquarters of the city and Osaka Prefecture...."
Majia here: Apparently they may not be successful because of limited shares, but it is good to see resistance against the nuclear energy mafia.
2012-03-19 Poisoning Posterity, majiasblog.blogspot.com
Enenews is reporting on a Yomiuri article about cesium detected in plankton many, many miles from Fukushima (600 km away!)
http://enenews.com/yomiuri-cesium-134-detected-plankton-600km-fukushima-3
-months-after-meltdowns-scientists-necessary-look-bioaccumulation

The original article can be found at Yomiuri Shimbun Mar. 18, 2012
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120317003393.htm
[excerpt from article] "The amount of cesium detected in the plankton was far below the government's provisional limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram for marine products, according to the team led by Jun Nishikawa, research associate at the University of Tokyo's Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute."
Majia here: Eating fish with 500 becquerels per kilogram for marine products is not safe as radionuclides can bio-accumulate in our tissues and bones.
(e.g., see http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/cesium-tricks-life-with-potassium.html)
Previously, Greenpeace criticized the Japanese standards by comparing them to those in the Ukraine: "While the samples are well below the 500 becquerel per kilogram limit set by the authorities, the contaminated seafood still represents a health risk, especially to pregnant women and children, and it is being distributed over a wide area," said Wakao Hanaoka, Greenpeace Japan oceans campaigner. The Japanese standard compares with a 150 becquerel per kilogram limit in Ukraine after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the group said."
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ibANHZtq9mjUNSnZ
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It is worth noting that the US FDA guidelines for acceptable levels of radionuclides in our food (Derived Intervention Levels) are even higher than Japan's.
The specific Derived Intervention Levels are here: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/UCM251056.pdf
The specific “FDA derived intervention level or criterion for each radionuclide group” are as follows “for all components of the diet” for Strontium 90, Iodine 131, Cesium 134 & 137, and Plutonium 238 & 239
Sr-90 160 Bq/kg
I-131 170 Bq/kg
Cs-134 + 137 1200 Bq/kg
Pu-238 + Pus 239 + Am 241 is 2 Bq/kg
What are the health implications of these standards?
In Nuclear Controversies by Vladimir Tchertkoff (2003), Professor Yury Bandazhevsky (former director of the Medical Institute in Gomel), states that "Over 50 Bq/kg of body weight lead to irreversible lesions in vital organs"
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8746168177815160826#
We are poisoning ourselves and compromising our genetic legacy for future generations
And we are ensuring our (global) population's ignorance about the effects of radiation so that no concerted resistance occurs against a nuclear-energy complex that produces invisible death
Mainichi: Over 40% of Fukushima children do not understand much about radiation: poll
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120319p2g00m0dm007000c.html
2012-03-19 Fukushima Videos by Nuckelchen, majiasblog.blogspot.com, posted by NoNukes at Enenews
March 7 Black Clouds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FedUe-3oag
More:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYUEAy6regM&feature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=304Ul_45RI4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGlBIwVIVCk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwudPBUFYqw
2012-03-19 Fukushima Diary: Radiation Levels Up; majiasblog.blogspot.com
Fukushima Diary Reports that Radiation Levels Now 5X More Than in Early March
http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/03/fall-out-in-fukushima-picked-up-5-times-much-as-before/#comments
(MBq/km2)
3/10 9:00~3/11 9:00 Cesium 134 ND Cesium 137 ND
3/11 9:00~3/12 9:00 Cesium 134 : 9.95 Cesium 137 : 17.8
3/14 9:00~3/15 9:00 Cesium 134 : 19.0 (?190%) Cesium 137 : 25.1 (?141%)
3/15 9:00~3/16 9:00 Cesium 134 : 88.6 (?466%) Cesium 137 : 128 (?509%)
This news should be read in conjunction with a report at Enenews:
Enenews: Press Conference: We like to tell some serious news today — Seems that radioactive substances are “combining together” — “We are seriously wondering how much radiation has been spread” (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/press-conference-we-like-to-tell-some-serious-news-today-it-seems-that-the-radioactive-substances-have-been-combining-together-at-our-foot-more-than-just-cesium-we-are-seriously-wo
[excerpted]
SOS from Minamisoma
Press Conference Part I, Feb 20, 2012
Uploaded by: amuosim
Date Uploaded: Feb 25, 2012
Over 1,000,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium (alpha,beta, gamma radiation) form the mysterious black dust in Minamisoma, Fukushima JAPAN
Perhaps all of the recent earthquake activity created more problems at Fukushima and other nuclear plants damaged in previous earthquakes.
2012-03-19 "Low-level radioactive water leaks at Tokai nuclear plant"; The Mainichi Daily News
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120320p2g00m0dm015000c.html
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- [excerpted] "Some 1.5 tons of low-level radioactive water leaked from a storage tank of a nuclear reactor in the process of decommissioning at Japan Atomic Power Co.'s plant in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Monday..."
Majia here: The article states that the water was used to "decontaminate" radiation protection suits, as well as other objects.
One has to wonder what is really going on here, especially given rising radiation levels in Japan.
Are the recent earthquakes creating problems?
How long can the truth of what is happening in Japan be hidden?
2012-03-20 Decontamination Work "Futile"?, majiasblog.blogspot.com
Ukraine officials: Chernobyl decontamination ineffective March 21
http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201203200315.html
[Paraphrasing and direct quote] A Ukrainian official used Chernobyl to illustrate the difficulty of de-contamination. The official recommended continuing monitoring of radiation around Fukushima "because decontamination work--no matter how expensive--may prove futile."
Majia here: This is an interesting article to find in Asahi. I wish I could read the full Japanese version of the story. The English version was very truncated.
2012-03-20 Kyodo: Woman dies in Fukushima evacuation zone — Suddenly fell ill and collapsed, by ENENews.com
2012-03-20 Gundersen: 20 percent of young girls living in some areas around Fukushima Daiichi will get cancer from radiation over their lifetimes (AUDIO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-20 Kyodo: Radioactive water leak at nuclear plant near Fukushima — May have flowed into ocean, by ENENews.com
2012-03-20 Strange: Pieces of highly radioactive mystery black substance cling to magnet (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-20 Nuclear expert back from Japan: People in Tokyo “basically walking on radioactive waste everyday” (AUDIO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-20 Woman in Her 50s Dies Inside the No-Entry Zone in #Fukushima Prefecture, ex-skf.blogspot.com. [Editor's Note: As an interesting parallel story, Leuren Moret has voiced her concern to this editor that America has been seeing an unusually high rate of heart attacks among athletes at sporting events like marathons. She believes that athletes who have been training in "hot rains" have absorbed enough Cesium 137 and other radionuclides into their hearts to be more susceptible to heart attacks].
There is no information whether she was the former resident of Namie-machi, but I think it is likely.
From Kyodo News (3/20/2012):

A woman who entered the no-entry zone died in Namie-machi, Fukushima
At 11AM on March 20, there was a 119 call [equivalent of the US 911 call, for ambulance for medical emergency] that a woman in her 50s collapsed in Namie-machi in Fukushima Prefecture. Namie-machi is designated as "no-entry zone". The woman entered with a permit to remove heavy equipment out of the zone. She was transported in an ambulance to a hospital in Minami Soma City, but confirmed dead at 1PM.
According to the local headquarters for the nuclear emergency response, it is the first time someone other than the plant workers died inside the no-entry zone...

...Namie-machi had extremely high levels of radiation in the first 2 weeks of the accident, and the residents weren't told about it until months later. Asahi's "Trap of Prometheus" says the Ministry of Education was measuring the radiation level in Akogi District of Namie-machi on March 15, 2011, and it was 330 microsieverts / hour air radiation. That would be over 55 millisieverts in one week, and there were people who remained in Namie-machi for more than a week, lulled by then Cabinet Secretary Edano's word that "there is no immediate effect on health".
Let's see, how would people like Dr. Yamashita and Dr. Kimura going to explain the death?

She had a feminine stress.
She had an autoimmune disease.
She didn't smile enough.
She drank and smoked too much.
Pure coincidence. There is no way that radiation affect anyone this fast.

2012-03-21 ‘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, enenews.com
2012-03-21
Executive Summary of the Interim Report on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, majiasblog.blogspot.com
http://icanps.go.jp/eng/120224SummaryEng.pdf
Hat tip: Paul Langley's Nuclear History http://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/
2012-03-21
No. 1 long way from being out of the woods, japantimes.co.jp.
Kyodo
A year after the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was ravaged by an earthquake and tsunami, the challenge of keeping the facility under control continues, and does so without a clear picture of what is actually happening inside the three crippled reactors...
...Following a painstaking process to contain the world's worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the government announced in December that the plant had achieved a stable state of cold shutdown.
But the fact that no one knows precisely what has happened inside the reactors and where the melted nuclear fuel is located means there is still great uncertainty over the complex's status.
Most recently, tensions grew in February over the status of reactor 2 after readings on one of its thermometers showed a notable rise, in a possible sign that there may be some trouble in cooling the fuel.
While Tokyo Electric Power Co. determined that the thermometer, a thermal-couple device, was broken, the incident highlighted the need for the utility to enhance the credibility of its system for monitoring the reactors.
"We should take this problem in the measuring equipment seriously," nuclear disaster minister Goshi Hosono told a news conference on Feb. 14. "Given that work toward scrapping the reactors is expected to take 30 to 40 years, it is extremely unfavorable to see a situation in which the utility cannot obtain data."
According to a step-by-step plan for decommissioning the reactors, Tepco will start removing the fuel stored in the spent fuel pools of reactors 1 through 4 within two years and the fuel from the cores of reactors 1, 2 and 3 within 10 years...
2012-03-21 Reactor No. 2 temperature near 80°C — Up almost 20°C in a week (CHART), enenews.com.
2012-03-21 CNN nuclear expert: I think MOX fuel is being used at U.S. reactors — Contradicts gov’t claims — Made in Russia with weapons-grade plutonium (VIDEO), by ENENews.com

2012-03-21 Reactor No. 2 temperature near 80°C — Up almost 20°C in a week (CHART), by ENENews.com
2012-03-21 Asahi: Japan schools required to “promote the use of nuclear power” — Not allowed to buy teaching materials discussing dangers — Policy to change?, by ENENews.com
2012-03-21 Fukushima hit by M5.0, M4.8, and M4.6 in last few hours — Two at nearly identical location (MAPS), by ENENews.com
2012-03-21 Fukushima gov’t deleted radiation forecast data starting day of quake — Can’t confirm who did it, by ENENews.com
2012-03-21 Gov’t testing “suspicious black dust” for plutonium — Taken from places already ‘decontaminated’ — Official: Prepare for ‘undetectable’ results, “I believe it will be more or less adjusted to what the authorities will be OK with”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-21 Kyodo: Fukushima Daiichi “long way from being out of the woods” — No one knows where melted nuclear fuel is located — Still great uncertainty over the complex’s status, by ENENews.com
2012-03-21 Official at Meeting: “We recognize that there are black materials everywhere in the city” of Minamisoma, by ENENews.com
2012-03-21 Tepco: Fire breaks out at Fukushima Daiichi — Happened while working on fire protection equipment, by ENENews.com
2012-03-21 Listen: Serious long term concern as Fukushima’s “bizarre” melted fuel interacts with environment — Release of radionuclides now poses much longer threat compared to initial meltdowns — “We know very little” says lead author (AUDIO & VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-21 Listen: Serious long term concern as Fukushima’s “bizarre” melted fuel interacts with environment — Release of radionuclides now poses much longer threat compared to initial meltdowns — “We know very little” says lead author (AUDIO & VIDEO), enenews.com.
Transcript extract:

Burns: [...] In terms of the damaged fuel, there’s been really very limited studies. Basically several groups have studied fuel that actually has been melted in a controlled environment and its reconfiguration from a kind of physical point of view and the release of gaseous fission products from it. But what has not really been studied is the longer-term fate of that material. So after the fuel has melted and it’s mixed with various containment devices and so on – everything has been melted into a big blob – we know very little about what that blob looks like from a chemistry and heterogeneity point of view and material science point of view, and we know very little about how water or even just the air will interact with that over time. And that, of course, other than the gaseous fission products, which are basically released upon meltdown, everything else is presumably still more or less in that big unknown blob. And it’s the interaction of the water and the air with that that is going to control the release of radioactivity to the environment. [...]
In Fukushima, the meltdowns were somewhere in the range of partial to complete depending on the reactor. Hydrogen explosions did cause breaches in containment. Volatile fission products, the gaseous things, probably were largely released early in the accident. But what’s different about Fukushima relative to the earlier events is the vast quantities of water that were pumped into the reactor cores and into the storage pools in order to try to cool them. And that created a whole new release pathway for radionuclides out of the reactors into the environment. We don’t know how much radioactivity was released through the water flow, and we don’t know very much about how the water interacted with the fuel and other structure materials. [...]
I think we need to take very seriously the development of knowledge about how damaged and destroyed and melted nuclear fuel moves in a reactor containment vessel and then how it interacts with the environment, especially water that we might use in an emergency to cool it. Studies that have been done to date really haven’t looked at the longer-term interactions of water and the atmosphere with these damaged materials. They’ve focused mostly on the very short-term release of the gaseous and different volatile fission products. Those ones pose a lot of short-term risk, but the risk is relatively short term because those fission products typically have very short half-lives in the minutes to days kind of range; some are years. But the fuel itself – as it interacts with water or whatever over time – has a potential to release radionuclides that have much longer half-lives and they pose a much longer environmental threat. [...]

2012-03-21 Japan's Nuclear Future: Insanity; majiasblog.blogspot.com
The Yomiuri Shimbun: "Govt eyes up to 30% future ratio of N-power"
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120320004195.htm
2012-03-22 The Dangerous Myths of Fukushima, majiasblog.blogspot.com
Counterpunch Weekend Edition March 9-11, 2012 (I must have missed this one!)
Exposing the "No Harm" Mantra: The Dangerous Myths of Fukushima
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/03/09/the-dangerous-myths-of-fukushima/
2012-03-22 (for this day)
Minamisoma Official: “The children are the sacrifices” — “The businesses forced the mayor to keep the children here” 25km from Fukushima Daiichi (VIDEO), enenews.com
2012-03-22 Now hydrogen levels triple at Reactor No. 2 in recent days, by ENENews.com

2012-03-22 Report: Plutonium ratio 200 times higher than gov’t says — Detection made 50km south of Fukushima Daiichi (RESULTS), by ENENews.com
2012-03-22 Kyodo: “Fear of radiation creeping south” — Tokyo area may be in danger says Japan professor, by ENENews.com
2012-03-22 Group with SAM 940 isotope identifier detected high levels of Plutonium-239 near Iwaki a month after quake — 50km south of Fukushima Daiichi — Found at multiple locations (MAP & VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-22 Gov’t Advisor: Results of children’s tests may point to an elevated incidence of abnormal thyroid function, by ENENews.com
2012-03-22 Iwaki City, #Fukushima Will Start Burning the Contaminated Disaster Debris in the City in April, ex-skf.blogspot.com.
Not a problem, says the city. The debris from the natural disaster (earthquake, tsunami) was doused with radioactive fallout from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.
As I wrote earlier today, plutonium isotopes were found in Iwaki City on a metal plate that had been outside since March 11, 2011, and they were of Fukushima I Nuke Plant origin.
But the city will start burning in earnest in April so that the city is debris-free by the end of 2013...
2012-03-22 ANOTHER: Plutonium-239 was detected at almost 8,000 CPS near Iwaki, 50km south of Fukushima Daiichi — Found at multiple locations (MAP & VIDEO), enenews.com. See also: Watch: Alpha radiation detected 50km south of Fukushima in Iwaki City — Up to 1,000 times more dangerous than beta or gamma equivalent (VIDEO), enenews.com, dated 14 March 2012 "Alpha Particle, Wikipedia "...When alpha particle emitting isotopes are ingested, they are far more dangerous than their half-life or decay rate would suggest, due to the high relative biological effectiveness of alpha radiation to cause biological damage, after alpha-emitting radioisotopes enter living cells. Ingested alpha emitter radioisotopes (such as transuranics or actinides) are an average of about 20 times more dangerous, and in some experiments up to 1000 times more dangerous, than an equivalent activity of beta emitting or gamma emitting radioisotopes."
2012-03-22 (for this day) Minamisoma Official: “The children are the sacrifices” — “The businesses forced the mayor to keep the children here” 25km from Fukushima Daiichi (VIDEO), March 27, 2012
2012-03-23 US Gov’t: Widespread contamination throughout northern Japan, including Tokyo — “Entire region would be required to be posted as radiological area”, enenews.com
2012-03-23 Fear of radiation creeping south; Some parents with young kids relocating from Tokyo area by Megumi IIzuka, japantimes.co.jp [Ed. Note: This should have been done a year ago]
KAMAKURA, Kanagawa Pref. — Lingering concerns about radiation a year into the Fukushima nuclear crisis have prompted people even as far away as the Tokyo area, some 100 to 250 km from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, to move away...
2012-03-23 Asahi Interview: Official radiation measurements are wrong — Contaminated soil removed near monitoring post — Radioactivity now many times lower, by ENENews.com
2012-03-23 Paul Langley on the 5 Days of Deleted Radiation Dispersion Data; majiasblog.blogspot.com
http://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/deja-vu-nuke-gangs-old-tricks-japann-deleted-5-days-of-radiation-dispersion-data-just-after-meltdowns/
Good commentary!
2012-03-23 Heat Signature for Unit 3; majiasblog.blogspot.com
The image is available at Fukushima Diary
http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/03/scattered-fuel-of-reactor-3/
This heat signature of unit 3 was produced by Goddard's Journal but I do not have the original link. Apologies.
2012-03-23 Lies, Lies and More Lies..., majiasblog.blogspot.com
Mainichi: No major obstacle for fuel removal at No. 4 spent fuel pool: TEPCO
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120323p2g00m0dm015000c.html
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- "The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Thursday the latest camera survey into the water-filled No. 4 unit's spent fuel pool found no significant hindrance to the planned removal of the nuclear fuel inside..."
Majia here: This is the spent fuel pool that the NRC thought was "missing," as documented in the NRC minutes...
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/nrc-operation-center-fukushima.html
Actual transcripts
http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A109.pdf
Lies, Lies, and More Lies....
2012-03-24 Is the Hydrogen Build Up at Reactor 2 a Direct Indicator of Fission?, majiasblog.blogspot.com
Fission reactions can be relatively steady state, explosive, or declining.
The official word has been that all fission at Fukushima has been declining (even when Tepco refuses to describe it as fission)
Now, the hydrogen level is rising fast in reactor 2.
Does that mean that the fission is no longer declining?
Is fission now increasing in activity?
This fall Potrblog suggested that the coriums were in a "dance with the devil" where the critical chains would start expanding, and then get slowed down in a process of sub-atomic poisoning.
"Fukushima Re-criticality Neutron Feast and Famine Cycle: Dancing With the Devi" October 23 2011"
http://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/2011/10/fukushima-re-criticality-neutron-feast.html
Majia here: I'm interested in people's opinion whether or not the hydrogen build-up is, as both both Mark and Steve suggest below, indicative of a building critical chain of fission reactions?
We know that unit 2 is the devil, but have Tepco workers' efforts to keep it cooled failed?
I wonder how many worker lives have already been lost due to that particular reactor, let alone the others...?
Here are the relevant headlines and excerpts from Steve's and Mark's comments found at Enenews:
Enenews: Hydrogen levels now quadruple at Reactor No. 2 http://enenews.com/hydrogen-levels-continue-rise-reactor-2-quadrupled-weeks
Original link http://enenews.com/hydrogen-levels-continue-rise-reactor-2-quadrupled-weeks
Comment by Mark on the Enenews thread:
"Just in case it needs to be mentioned, hydrogen is an indication of ongoing nuclear fission, I believe. Off the top of my head, correct me if necessary, the nuclear process splits the water into its elements, hydrogen and oxygen. So this means reactor 2 or rather the mess of melted out of containment and somewhere in the ground blob of molten highly radioactive remains of fuel rods are now fissioning again and TEPCO can't control it...."
Steve from Virginia's comment:
"Hydrogen is an indicator of chain reactions as a great deal of energy is required to break down the water molecules by way of radiolysis. Other indicators are increase in temperatures (which was indicated until Tepco removed instrument database), an increase in Xenon isotopes (which Tepco does not monitor/release), steam or vapor escaping from the plant or the ground near the building (which does not appear on blurry Tepco videos or is on the other side of the buildings from the cameras) and increases in radiation in and around the building (check)."
Majia here: It is worth pointing out that there was a recent radiation spike in California and Arizona and Potrblog had higher readings again:
Also, Potrblog reports rain 23X Background, which is much higher than detected by them in a while
http://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/2012/03/23x-background-radiation-in-4pm-32312.html
I don't know what the implications of another explosion are.
However, the lack of further explosions has made it possible for the Japanese government and Tepco to conspire with the other governments of the world to hide the severity of the disaster.
The consequences for the Japanese are unknown, but they are not going to be pleasant for the people who develop disease from being poisoned by radioactive air, water, and food.
Would another explosion make the situation worse or would it ultimately make it evident to the entire public in the northern hemisphere that Japan is being poisoned and that nuclear power is totally out of control?
Again, I don't know what the chances are for another explosion, and I don't know whether that would make the contamination worse; but, I do know that the cover-up is ongoing despite increasing evidence of extensive contamination and re-contamination (after "de-contamination) in Japan.
2012-03-23 Asia Times Reporter: Everybody is involved… It sounds, looks, and quacks like a major coverup over ‘deleted’ radiation emails (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-23 US Gov’t: Widespread contamination throughout northern Japan, including Tokyo — “Entire region would be required to be posted as radiological area”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-23 Japan Professor: ‘Fractionation’ probably caused much higher plutonium ratio in Iwaki — Busby 11 months ago: “Nuclear criticality explosions in Fukushima due to plutonium fractionation”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-23 Fukushima Plutonium Levels 200 Times Higher Than Japan Claims, blog.alexanderhiggins.com. " A Japanese professor has detected all 3 isotopes of Plutonium at levels 200 times higher than Japan admits over 50 kilometers south of the Fukushima nuclear plant."
2012-03-24 Radiation dose triples at Tokyo monitoring post early Sunday — Doubles at another, by ENENews.com

2012-03-24 Asahi: “Officials scuffle with audience members” (PHOTO) — Entire gov’t to be mobilized for Oi nuke plant restart — Strong likelihood Japan could have no nuclear reactors in operation if locals don’t approve — Mayor clearly opposes restart, by ENENews.com

2012-03-24 Hydrogen levels quadruple at Reactor No. 2 in last two weeks, by ENENews.com


North America

2012-03-18 US to burn 100s of tons of radioactive waste from Germany in Tennessee, by ENENews.com
2012-03-19
Potrblog's Sample Leads Them To Conclude Recent Uptick in Fukushima Releases; majiasblog.blogspot.com
Potrblog's March 17 Sample is 17X Background
http://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/2012/03/17x-background-radiation-in-31712-saint.html
Potrblog writes: "Given the unusual nature of the sample, we once again strongly suspect a recent increase in radioactive releases at Fukushima."
Majia here: This increase is consistent with the data reported by Fukushima Diary (my previous post) and is not surprising given recent earthquake activities.
However, I do find it alarming. Over one year of significant releases.
I wish we knew how much radiation has actually been released and whether the amount exceeds the fallout from atmospheric nuclear testing in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Steveo did some calculations for uranium that are interesting.
Steveo wrote: "Interesting, I did some real calcs on uranium (and thus guaranteed plutonium) from the explosions at Fukushima using real EPA DATA.
The smallest amount of plutonium aerosolized would be around 500 pounds, but if it was the enriched MOX fuel in reactor 3 that blew up, then it could be 10,000 lbs
hmmmm
maybe we should just stop playing with fire"
http://nukeproffesional.blogspot.com/p/uranium-aerosolized-into-atmosphere.html
2012-03-20 ‘The Daily Show’ is going nuclear: Nuclear industry will use program for ad campaign that claims to display value of atomic power — Trying to target younger audience -Bloomberg, by ENENews.com
2012-03-20 Fairewinds’ Maggie Gundersen: A guy was traveling 25-30 mph and drove right into my car — Stopped at a light and he didn’t stop — Was unable to travel to Japan (AUDIO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-21 Canadian Prime Minister to Visit Japan About Free Trade; majiasblog.blogspot.com
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120321p2g00m0dm002000c.html
I wonder if Canada's uranium supplies will be a subject of conversation?
How will the global nuclear mafia react if Japan makes the nation-saving decision to shut down forever all of its nuclear plants?
2012-03-21 CNN nuclear expert: I think MOX fuel is being used at U.S. reactors — Contradicts gov’t claims — Made in Russia with weapons-grade plutonium (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-22 Watch: ‘The Daily Show’ debuts cartoon ad by nuclear industry (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-23 Has too much plutonium made Hanford waste untreatable? Western world’s most expensive construction project having nuclear chain reaction worries, by ENENews.com
2012-03-24 Brocolli Radiation Test (YouTube video) "Testing Broccoli for radioactive contamination in Southern California" (h/t majiasblog.com)

2012-03-24 PHOTO: 150-foot boat lost in tsunami now just miles from North America — First confirmed large piece of debris to cross ocean — “Canada was still monitoring the boat Friday evening for marine pollution”, by ENENews.com

 

Europe and the Rest of the World



2012-03-21 Mass arrests at nuclear protest in India — ‘Immediate steps’ being taken to start reactors, by ENENews.com
2012-03-19 Bloomberg: Growing global threat of radiation-contaminated metal — Plutonium, weapons-grade uranium found — Chronic exposure to low doses of radiation can lead to cancer and birth defects, by ENENews.com

 


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