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Fukushima Radiation and Fallout Projections


27 May - 2 June 2012



Japan

 


Thermometers of reactor 2 indicate abnormal transition of temperature, Posted by Mochizuki on May 30th, 2012, fukushima-diary.com



From Iodine -131 on the Increase. " The concentration of iodine-131 in Gunma prefecture sewage sludge continues to increase. The graph represents the highest value of I-131 measured at all plants in the prefecture at the time. As you can see, the amount is much higher than it was in May 2011 when measurements commenced. This indicates recent dramatically increasing criticalities in the underground coriums and spent fuel pools at Fukushima." by Bobby1, optimalprediction.com, [h/t Iodine-131 in Japanese Sludge from Gunma Prefecture, majiasblog.blogspot.com].

 

 

North America

 

 



Red Forest Syndrome in Michigan 5.27.2012, published on May 27, 2012 by ichicax4, "Taking a drive around Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. This ginger-red color was widely observed around Chernobyl in pines, as they are notorious for cesium uptake. Fallout tends to occur in a leopard-spot pattern. The color change in pines has been observed all over Michigan since May of last year. We stopped at 3 of the worst trees, and there was no pine beetle damage on this particular day, as well as all the other trees we have checked in the past year."



Japan

 

2012-05-27 AP: Tepco rejects growing calls to let outside experts inspect Fukushima plant, ENENews.com
2012-05-27
Fukushima Daiichi Worker: I think all reactors will be in crisis after major aftershock — We don’t have enough people to settle down No. 4 fuel pool and other reactors, enenews.com, Published: May 27th, 2012
2012-05-27 Radiation spikes on floor below No. 4 fuel pool, Published: May 27th, 2012 at 11:24 am ET, by ENENews
Fukushima Daiichi’s wUnit 4 Spent-Fuel Pool Up Close, Wall Street Journal, Phred Dvorak, May 27, 2012

[...] the pool, an 11-meter deep well [...] stretches between floors three and four [...]
Radiation spiked on the second floor at 500 microsieverts per hour [...]
By the fourth floor, near the top of the building, where an explosion during the nuclear accident a year earlier had blown off the ceiling and bits of walls, readings were down to 300 microsieverts per hour.

2012-05-27 Headlines from Japan: Jiji's Believe it or NOT, majiasblog.blogspot.com, Sunday, May 27, 2012
Headlines from Japan: Jiji's Believe it or NOT
Jiji: EXCLUSIVE: TEPCO to Back Ex-Execs in Shareholder Lawsuit Saturday May 26, 2012
"In their written complaint, the shareholders insist that the TEPCO executives neglected to take safety measures, although they were aware of the risks of accidents after the science ministry warned in 2002 that an earthquake of a magnitude of around 8 could occur..."
Jiji: Japan to Promote Use of Ocean Energy
JIJI (Japan) - Friday, May 25, 2012
Jiji: Japan Industry Minister Vows to Break Pro-Nuclear Alliance
JIJI (Japan) - Friday, May 25, 2012 --Japanese industry minister Yukio Edano said Friday that he is "making every effort" to break the pro-nuclear alliance between the ministry and power firms.... Edano said, "I do not think everything has changed"
Jiji: Radiation Not Cause of Deaths of Fukushima Workers: U.N. Panel
JIJI (Japan) - Thursday, May 24, 2012
"... Based on information available so far, their deaths are attributable to cardiovascular disease or other reasons, according to the report compiled by the U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation.
One of them died of acute leukemia, but there is no correlation between the death and radiation exposure because the time between the start of the worker's participation in the operations and the death is short, the committee said...."
Jiji: WHO Puts Max Dose from TEPCO Accident at 50 Millisieverts JIJI (Japan) - May 23, 2012
"The maximum whole-body radiation dose typical Japanese received from the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 power plant is estimated at 50 millisieverts over the first four months, the World Health Organization said in a recent report."
2012-05-27 AP: Tepco rejects growing calls to let outside experts inspect Fukushima plant, published: May 27th, 2012 at 10:59 am ET, by ENENews
Hosono visits Fukushima plant to quell fears over No. 4's pool, AP, Sunday, May 27, 2012
[...]
The pool, which is situated precariously above the reactor, is one of the plant’s biggest risks as it is filled with spent fuel rods that could get dumped out and combust if the building fails during an earthquake.
[...]
Akio Komori, one of the Tepco executives who escorted [environment and nuclear minister Goshi] Hosono, said the utility will inspect the No. 4 building to ensure its integrity while continuing with fuel removal. Komori, however, rejected growing calls to let outside experts to inspect the plant.
“As the party with direct responsibility, it’s our job to carry out the necessary checks,” he said.
[...]
2012-05-27 Fukushima Daiichi Worker: I think all reactors will be in crisis after major aftershock — We don’t have enough people to settle down No. 4 fuel pool and other reactors, ENENews.com
2012-05-27 Asahi: Japan Atomic Power posts profits despite plunge in electricity sold, majiasblog.blogspot.com, Sunday, May 27, 2012
Asahi: Japan Atomic Power posts profits despite plunge in electricity sold
Majia here: This headline is perplexing. I don't have a subscription so I cannot get the entire story.
However, the brief excerpt indicates that profits were 8.9 billion yen despite a 94% cut in the amount of electricity sold to regional utilities.
http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201205260203.html
2012-05-27 More on Japan's Proposal to Re-Start Re-Processing of Nuclear Fuel, majiasblog.blogspot.com, Sunday, May 27, 2012
More on Japan's Proposal to Re-Start Re-Processing of Nuclear Fuel
I posted on this a few days ago.
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/reprocessing-nuclear-fuel-to-continue.html
The story I reported on then:
Asahi: Panel backs nuclear fuel reprocessing after talks with industry officials May 24 2012
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201205240100
I found this proposal extraordinarily disturbing (see my linked blog post).
Apparently, I am not alone.
An excellent editorial at Mainichi: Yoroku: Dismantling the 'black boxes' of Japanese nuclear power
[Excerpt] "It was recently reported that the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) held a secret meeting on April 24, before a JAEC subcommittee compiled and submitted a report on the country's policy of reprocessing spent nuclear fuel to the "council of new national energy policy" on May 23.
The discussion, dubbed a 1study meeting,' took place behind closed doors, with only pro-nuclear parties from government and power industry bodies invited to attend. The chief of the JAEC subcommittee was also in attendance."
As argued here, the proposal to re-start re-processing was made in secret by industry and government insiders. One has to wonder what is going on here? I previously suggested several possibilities. All are alarming.
2012-05-27 Radiation spikes on floor below No. 4 fuel pool, ENENews.com
2012-05-27 TEPCO to Attempt Removing 2 New Fuel Assemblies from Reactor 4 SFP at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant, ex-skf.blogspot.com, Sunday May 27, 2012
The original plan of the "roadmap" was to build a protective structure over the reactor building first, and then start removing the fuel assemblies in December 2013.
From Yomiuri Shinbun (5/27/2012):

TEPCO has decided to remove part of the new fuel assemblies stored in the Spent Fuel Pool of Reactor 4 at Fukushima I Nucleaer Power Plant in July.
It will be the first removal of nuclear fuel since the start of the accident.
There are 1535 fuel assemblies stored in the Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool, including 204 new fuel assemblies. The plan was to build a "cover" structure for the building equipped with a crane [to remove the fuel assemblies], and start removing the fuel assemblies in December 2013.
The new fuel has no problem of heat from the fission products and are easier to handle than the spent fuel. TEPCO has decided to remove a few new fuel assemblies and inspect the condition.

The worker who tweets from Fuku-I says TEPCO will take out 2 assemblies. Since they have never been used, they can be lifted in the air, he says.
Even so, it doesn't seem to me to be a critical, essential task to be done at the plant right now. It seems like an unnecessary, risky endeavor.
What is instructive is some of the tweets in response to the worker's tweet. "Oh is there anything left in the Reactor 4 SFP?" or "The fuel assemblies still keeping the shape?" TEPCO's videos of the Reactor 4 SFP (here and here, for example) means nothing to them and many others, though they seem to believe the worker.
For the possible locations of the new fuel bundles in the Reactor 4 SFP, see my 4/25/2012 post (look for the darkest colored assemblies).
2012-05-28 Tokyo Reporter: Unit 4 like a “battlefield after being bombed” — Questions Tepco’s promise that it will be OK during big quake, ENENews.com
2012-05-28 Iodine-131 in Japanese Sludge from Gunma Prefecture, majiasblog.blogspot.com, Monday, May 28, 2012
Iodine-131 in Japanese Sludge from Gunma Prefecture
Bobby1, whose highly reliable work I've cited before, has produced a graph representing rising Iodine-131 detections in the sewage sludge from Gunma Prefecture
http://optimalprediction.com/wp/
The data for his graph comes from this Gunma Prefecture site:
http://www.pref.gunma.jp/05/h6600049.html
Readers may also find Bobby's discussion of radiation in the Jet Stream in the spring/summer of 2011 to be very interesting
http://optimalprediction.com/wp/radioactivity-in-the-jet-stream/
2012-05-28 On spent fuel pool 4 and the Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, majiasblog.blogspot.com, Monday, May 28, 2012
On spent fuel pool 4 and the Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Tepco has gone all out to demonstrate to the global public that spent fuel pool #4 is intact. I think the best photos can be found here: http://cryptome.org/2012-info/daiichi-12-0526/daiichi-12-0526.htm
Many observers had believed spent fuel pool 4 was indeed intact (e.g., Sickputer & Joy) because the incineration of the pool would have been undeniably visible in the form of skyrocketing radiation readings in Tokyo and huge plumes of black smoke visible in the Tepco webcam.
I admit to have been uncertain about the status of the #4 pool for several reasons.
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/too-late-let-us-demand-full-disclosure.html
First, the early reports indicated that there was a fire in unit 4 spent fuel pool. This is documented in NRC minutes discussing zirconium fires in spent fuel pool 4 and early media reports (see my posts here for source citations (http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/status-for-spent-fuel-pool-4-imminent.html and http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/time-to-wake-up.html)
More importantly, there have been (intermittently) considerable amounts of steam/smoke arising from the area between units 3 and 4 visible on the Tepco webcam.
I have many screen shots of these eruptions of steam and smoke. Quite a few videos documenting these releases are available at You tube (see some sample links at bottom of post).
Now that Tepco has released enough photos to convince me that spent fuel pool 4 is still there, I really wonder about the source of the very large steam /smoke releases that have been visible on the Tepco webcam.
It is possible that the #3 fuel pool or reactor (or both) may be the source of these releases.
In its recent photo debut of spent fuel pool 4, Tepco neglected to show us any photos of the inside of unit 3, which has the largest explosion. We did not even get any close-ups of the outside of the unit 3 building in Tepco’s most recent photo releases.
The mainstream media have been exceedingly quiet about this reactor, which was using Mox fuel.
So, perhaps unit 3 is the source.
[For background data on 3 please see this post
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/post-3-unanswered-questions-and-some.html ]
An observer named Tacomagroove has argued that the real danger is unit 1, which suffered a melt-through of the reactor containment. She contends that the melted corium is in “china syndrome” mode.
Joy, has suggested that the corium could be moving toward the ocean and Tacomagroove supports this thesis by noting that Tepco is building a wall between areas of the plant and the ocean.
I’ve seen taped segments of the Fukushima webcam by Nuckechen and others that depict vast amounts of emissions coming from the top, right hand corner of the unit 1 building (as seen from the Tepco webcam).
Unit 1 is clearly the source of some emissions, but I don’t think it explains the steam/smoke that erupts between buildings 3 and 4.
I wish I knew.
I suppose that the bigger issue is that the plant is still emitting “trillions of becquerels” each day and the fall out continues unabated (see Gunderson excerpt end of this post).
I worry that Tepco will use its latest photos of unit 4 to further promote its absurd claims that the plant is in “cold shutdown.”
I guess the most important questions are how to stop the emissions and what are the implications of 15-plus months of continuous emissions?
Dr. Chris Busby reported on the Russian television network RT on August 17 2011 that air filters from Tokyo showed levels of Cesium-137 one thousand times higher than the levels of that radionuclide found in the air at the peak of atmospheric atomic weapons testing in 1963 (see references for link).
He said that almost a year ago.
Fallout has continued to bio-accumulate, shaped only by the vagaries of uncontained contained melted fuel rods, wind, precipitation and other atmospheric variables.
Iodine-131 levels, indicative of fission, have been rising in Japan’s Gunma prefecture (see sources in references)
How long can that continue before people become demonstrably sickened?
How long will the fantasy of ‘cold-shutdown’ be perpetuated, punctuated only by the occasional warning of the collapse of a spent fuel pool. These punctuated moments of crisis will simply be handled with more strategically designed press debuts and the world will go back to sleep.
ADDITIONAL REFERENCES
Dr. Christopher Busby interviewed by Russia Today (RT) and uploaded to YouTube “Christopher Busby: Chernobyl-like radiation found in Tokyo,” [RussiaToday] YouTube (uploaded 2011, August 17): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNzDg4O9dkw.
Helen Caldicott Interview with Arnie Gunderson: If You Love This Planet Radio May 8, 2012
EXCERPT: I would say there are billions, actually trillions, of becquerels per day being released airborne, mainly from Units 2 and 3.
Actually on cold nights you can still the steam coming off those reactors, its not just steam its radioactive steam.
Something on the order of trillions of becquerels per day… trillions of disintegrations per second per day are being released even now.
Dr. Helen Caldicott: So what you’re really saying Arnie Gundersen is that the ocean will continue to be contaminated, kind of for the rest of time. Because there’s no foreseeable way to prevent water leaking out of containment vessels continuously into the ocean… We’re talking about continual contamination of the Pacific Ocean.
Arnie Gundersen: You’re right.
http://www.radio4all.net/files/jazzwilliams@gmail.com/3400-1-184IYLTP_20120508.mp3
ON RISING IODINE 131
Bobby1, whose highly reliable work I've cited before, has produced a graph representing rising Iodine-131 detections in the sewage sludge from Gunma Prefecture
http://optimalprediction.com/wp/
The data for his graph comes from this Gunma Prefecture site:
http://www.pref.gunma.jp/05/h6600049.html
SAMPLE YOUTUBE VIDEOS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTJRZ8CNDB4&feature=relmfu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06sTU4k0Auk&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-EDceWFovc
http://news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com/2011/06/tepco-and-tbs-cam-show-vapor-geyesers.html
For 2012: http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/fukushima-videos-by-nuckelchen.html
For 2012: http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/fire-captured-on-fukushima-web-cam.html
2012-05-28 Asahi: High radiation levels at reactors preventing Tepco from even preparing for start of decommissioning work — ‘Many uncertainties could easily derail timetable’, enenews.com
Rubble hinders decommissioning work at Fukushima No. 4 reactor, AJW by The Asahi, Shimbun, May 28, 2012
"[...]
A crane and other equipment needed to move the fuel rods will be installed [at Unit 4] in autumn 2013 so that technicians can start the retrieval process.
But there are many uncertainties that could easily derail TEPCO’s timetable, experts say.
Rubble
The plan could be delayed because clearing the structure could take more time than expected because concrete blocks and pieces of steel frame are scattered all around in and out of the No. 4 reactor pool.
Common Pool Full
TEPCO also needs to secure a facility to store fuel rods from the pool, as a common nearby pool has space for only 465 fuel rods remaining.
Leakage
The No. 1 through No. 3 reactors are being cooled by makeshift cooling systems, resulting in the leakage of a large amount of highly contaminated water at the plant.
High levels of radiation in the drainage are preventing the utility from preparing for the start of decommissioning work.
Quake and Tsunami Risk
TEPCO will also have to proceed with decommissioning amid concerns for possible powerful aftershocks and tsunami.
It said that the reactors will be cooled with emergency cooling pumps even if the existing cooling systems are knocked out in such an event.
If a tsunami strikes the plant when the decommissioning work is under way, the makeshift cooling systems could be destroyed and contaminated water could leak into the sea.
2012-05-28 Tokyo Reporter: Unit 4 like a “battlefield after being bombed” — Questions Tepco’s promise that it will be OK during big quake, Published: May 28th, 2012 at 3:53 am ET, By ENENews
Subscription Only: Rubble hinders decommissioning work at Fukushima No. 4 reactor
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun, May 28, 2012

Mountains of rubble stand in the way of decommissioning the No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, part of an unprecedented challenge facing Japan to decommission four crippled reactors.
[...]
A reporter from the Tokyo Shimbun described the scene on the fourth floor as looking like that of a “battlefield after being bombed.”
[...]
“Pipes were severely bent,” the reporter said. “Steel frames were also twisted and rusted. It was hard for me to believe such a thick wall was blown off over a wide area.”
[...]
The reporter said he was not entirely reassured by the utility’s promise that the structure will be sturdy enough to remain unscathed in another big quake despite no major, visible damage to the wall near the pool.
“TEPCO said that the pool can withstand a temblor equivalent to the quake last year, but I was not convinced of that,” the reporter said.
[...]

2012-05-28 Japan’s ex-Prime Minister Testifies: I feared radioactive releases many hundreds of times Chernobyl, Published: May 28th, 2012 at 2:48 pm ET
Japan’s Naoto Kan Condemns Nuclear Power, New York Times, By MARTIN FACKLER, May 28, 2012

[...]
In testimony to a panel investigating the government’s handling of the nuclear disaster, the former prime minister, Naoto Kan, also warned that the politically powerful nuclear industry was trying to push Japan back toward nuclear power despite “showing no remorse” for the accident.
Mr. Kan’s was the most closely watched testimony in the six-month-old inquiry, which was started by lawmakers who felt an earlier internal investigation by the government had papered over problems.
[...]
he disclosed that in the early days of the crisis he feared it could spiral out of control, even as his own ministers were giving public reassurances that they had the plant under control.
He said he feared additional meltdowns could “release into the air and sea many times, no, many dozens of times, many hundreds of times the radiation released by Chernobyl.”
[...]

2012-05-28 Yomiuri Reporter: Fuel rods were not visible when looking under sheet covering Unit 4 pool, Published: May 28th, 2012 at 1:59 am ET, By ENENews
N-fuel pool, ruined structure seen up close, The Daily Yomiuri, May 28, 2012
Goshi Hosono, the nuclear disaster management minister, spent half an hour Saturday inside the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant’s No. 4 reactor building [...]
Hosono was accompanied by four representatives of the news media. [...]
On the fifth floor, the group inspected the surface of the pool, in which 1,535 rods are stored–equivalent to the number necessary for three reactors. The rods are kept seven meters below the surface. Due to poor transparency and no lighting in the water, the rods were not visible when a sheet covering the pool was removed.
In addition to the four members of the press accompanying Hosono, a Yomiuri Shimbun reporter and other journalists were allowed to look at the building from much closer than before.
[...]
Related Posts [At ENENews.com]

  1. TEPCO: Nuclear fuel rods in No. 4 spent fuel pool are “confirmed to be damaged” — First time damage revealed at any pool April 13, 2011
  2. Tepco prepares to film Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 — “You can vaguely discern the fuel rods” says worker February 10, 2012
  3. AP: Bulging wall at Unit 4 renews concerns — Gov’t regulators order investigation of fuel pool and reactor building May 26, 2012
  4. Damaged Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 just had 204 “new” fuel rods inserted before quake + Scientists say another 9.0 megaquake may hit at year’s end = “Fukushima is still on the edge” October 29, 2011
  5. TEPCO claims explosion at No. 4 spent fuel pool may have prevented rods from melting down April 28, 2011

2012-05-28 TEPCO to remove unused fuel from No. 4 reactor, 3.nhk.or.jp
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has decided to remove 2 unused fuel rods from a storage pool at the No. 4 reactor to look for damage.
This is in preparation for the removal of a large number of the 1,535 used and unused fuel rods stored in the pool, which could pose a threat in the event of another earthquake.
Tokyo Electric Power Company intends to remove the 2 fuel rods from the pool in July. Removal of unused fuel is not as dangerous as taking out used fuel.
If successful, TEPCO plans to start to remove the remainder of the fuel next year.
The No. 4 reactor did not experience a meltdown when the massive quake and tsunami hit last year because it was off line. But areas near the pool were heavily damaged when hydrogen from No. 3 reactor entered No. 4 reactor and exploded.
Additional reinforcement work is being carried out inside the reactor because of continuing concerns about the strength of the pool.
On Saturday, TEPCO allowed media representatives to visit the inside of the No.4 reactor building for the first time.
2012-05-28 Asahi: High radiation levels at reactors preventing Tepco from even preparing for start of decommissioning work — ‘Many uncertainties could easily derail timetable’, ENENews.com
2012-05-28 Japan’s ex-Prime Minister Testifies: I feared radioactive releases many hundreds of times Chernobyl, ENENews.com
2012-05-28 Yomiuri Reporter: Fuel rods were not visible when looking under sheet covering Unit 4 pool, ENENews.com
2012-05-28 Tepco to remove fresh fuel from No. 4 pool this summer — “Hoping to determine how damaged unused assemblies are”, ENENews.com
2012-05-28 Tokyo Shimbun Reporter: “The water looked too stagnant to see the fuel rods seven meters beneath”, ENENews.com
2012-05-28 Tokyo Professor: I couldn’t help feeling pity for the tree — X-ray-like image shows spread of radioactivity — “Equivalent of miscarriage, stillbirth, malformation” (PHOTO), ENENews.com
2012-05-28 NYTimes: Fukushima Daiichi pushed Japan to brink of evacuating metropolitan Tokyo’s 30 million residents and national collapse, says former Prime Minister, ENENews.com
2012-05-28 On spent fuel pool 4 and the Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, majiasblog.blogspot.com
Tepco has gone all out to demonstrate to the global public that spent fuel pool #4 is intact. I think the best photos can be found here: http://cryptome.org/2012-info/daiichi-12-0526/daiichi-12-0526.htm
Many observers had believed spent fuel pool 4 was indeed intact (e.g., Sickputer & Joy) because the incineration of the pool would have been undeniably visible in the form of skyrocketing radiation readings in Tokyo and huge plumes of black smoke visible in the Tepco webcam.
I admit to have been uncertain about the status of the #4 pool for several reasons. http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/too-late-let-us-demand-full-disclosure.html
First, the early reports indicated directly that there was a fire in unit 4 spent fuel pool. This is documented in NRC minutes discussing zirconium fires in spent fuel pool 4 and early media reports (see my posts here for source citations (http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/status-for-spent-fuel-pool-4-imminent.html and http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/time-to-wake-up.html)
More importantly, there have been (intermittently) considerable amounts of steam/smoke arising from the area between units 3 and 4 visible on the Tepco webcam.
I have many screen shots of these eruptions of steam and smoke. Quite a few videos documenting these releases are available at You tube (see some sample links at bottom of post).
Now that Tepco has released enough photos to convince me that spent fuel pool 4 is still there, I really wonder about the source of the very large steam /smoke releases that have been visible on the Tepco webcam.
It is possible that the #3 fuel pool or reactor (or both) may be the source of these releases.
In its recent photo debut of spent fuel pool 4, Tepco neglected to show us any photos of the insider of unit 3, which has the largest explosion. We did not even get any close-ups of the outside of the unit 3 building in Tepco’s most recent photo releases.
The mainstream media have been exceedingly quiet about this reactor, which was using Mox fuel.
So, perhaps unit 3 is the source.
[For background data on 3 please see this post
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/post-3-unanswered-questions-and-some.html]
An observer named Tacomagroove has argued that the real danger is unit 1, which suffered a melt-through of the reactor containment. She contends that the melted corium is in “china syndrome” mode.
Joy, has suggested that the corium could be moving toward the ocean and Tacomagroove supports this thesis by noting that Tepco is building a wall between areas of the plant and the ocean.
I’ve seen taped segments of the Fukushima webcam by Nuckechen and others that depict vast amounts of emissions coming from the top, right hand corner of the unit 1 building (as seen from the Tepco webcam).
Unit 1 is clearly the source of some emissions, but I don’t think it explains the steam/smoke that erupts between buildings 3 and 4.
I wish I knew.
I suppose that the bigger issue is that the plant is still emitting “trillions of becquerels” each day and the fall out continues unabated (see Gunderson excerpt end of this post).
I worry that Tepco will use its latest photos of unit 4 to further promote its absurd claims that the plant is in “cold shutdown.”
I guess the most important questions are how to stop the emissions and what are the implications of 15-plus months of continuous emissions?
Dr. Chris Busby reported on the Russian television network RT on August 17 2011 that air filters from Tokyo showed levels of Cesium-137 one thousand times higher than the levels of that radionuclide found in the air at the peak of atmospheric atomic weapons testing in 1963 (see references for link).
He said that almost a year ago.
Fallout has continued to bio-accumulate, shaped only by the vagaries of uncontained contained melted fuel rods, wind, precipitation and other atmospheric variables.
Iodine-131 levels, indicative of fission, have been rising in Japan’s Gunma prefecture (see sources in references)
How long can that continue before people become demonstrably sickened?
How long will the fantasy of ‘cold-shutdown’ be perpetuated, punctuated only by the occasional warning of the collapse of a spent fuel pool. These punctuated moments of crisis will simply be handled with more strategically designed press debuts and the world will go back to sleep.

 

 


2012-05-29 Mainichi: "Ex-PM Kan apologizes for not preventing Fukushima disaster", majiasblog.blogspot.com, Tuesday, May 29, 2012
http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120529p2a00m0na021000c.html
MAJIA HERE: It is hard to understand the subtexts of this important story as an outsider. I've excerpted a few passages I read as important:
[excerpted ] In reference to the government's crisis management system against a nuclear accident, Kan said, "The Act on Special Measures Concerning Nuclear Emergency Preparedness was not responsive to a severe accident. The (government's) assumption of (nuclear) accidents was insufficient." . . .
. . .With regards to criticism that Kan overstepped his bounds as prime minister by meddling in the response to the nuclear disaster in detail, to the extent some described it as "excessive intervention," the former premier sought understanding for having taken such supra-legal responses as setting up a joint task force of the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) -- the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant -- in responding to the disaster.
"The Act on Special Measures Concerning Nuclear Emergency Preparedness presupposes that an earthquake and a nuclear accident would take place separately. Because of such an extremely insufficient assumption, I had no choice but to meddle in and do various things. I don't think that's the way a prime minister should act," Kan told the NAIIC.
[end excerpt]
Again, I don't know what to make of this story but find it very strange that Kan is being criticized for getting involved in the management of the accident given its scale and and given that he was PM.
The internal politics implicit, but not clear to me, must be poisonous.
2012-05-29 Reuters: Cesium remains dispersed throughout water column “from the surface to the ocean floor”, ENENews.com
2012-05-29 Gov’t Report: Urgent that effects of radiation on human health be reduced — Experts need to investigate residents with ‘negative health effects’ — ‘Fallout is worrying people not only in Japan but also around the world’, ENENews.com
2012-05-29 Author on Japan TV: It’s almost as if Tepco officials are aliens from another planet (VIDEO), ENENews.com
2012-05-29 30-minute Broadcast on Fukushima: “If anything happens, this is not just about the end of Japan, probably start of the end of the world” (VIDEO), ENENews.com
2012-05-29 Japan TV: We have discovered a new hidden danger at Reactor 4 — There’s another way fuel rods can be damaged (VIDEO), ENENews.com
2012-05-29 Latest Update on Japan's Proposal to Re-Start Re-Processing of Nuclear Fuel, majiasblog.blogspot.com, Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Latest Update on Japan's Proposal to Re-Start Re-Processing of Nuclear Fuel
I posted recently about criticism of the secret meeting that was held to recommend re-starting processing of nuclear fuel in Japan.
The first story I covered was this one:
Asahi: Panel backs nuclear fuel reprocessing after talks with industry officials May 24 2012
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201205240100
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/reprocessing-nuclear-fuel-to-continue.html
I then examined an editorial in the Mainichi criticizing the closed and secret nature of the committee meeting that made the recommendation:
Mainichi: Yoroku: Dismantling the 'black boxes' of Japanese nuclear power (sorry cannot find link now, but covered at my blog)
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/more-on-japans-proposal-to-re-start-re.html
Now the plot thickens:
Mainichi: Atomic Energy panel members call for independent probe into secret meetings
http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120529p2a00m0na010000c.html
[excerpt] "Some members of a Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) panel working out new nuclear energy policy have called for a third-party probe into revelations that business operators in favor of the nuclear fuel cycle project were invited to secret meetings before an assessment was altered to help promote the project...
...It has come to light that a report on a review of the nuclear fuel cycle project drafted by a JAEC subcommittee on the issue was presented at secret "study" meetings attended by only members in favor of the project, and that its comprehensive evaluation was altered to favor the project in response to utilities' requests.
The altered draft was subsequently submitted to the subcommittee, which approved the draft and reported it to the panel on a new nuclear energy policy...
Ban, Keio University professor Masaru Kaneko and lawyer Mie Asaoka, who heads the Kiko (Climate) Network, then demanded that the scandal be investigated by a third-party organization.
Asaoka even demanded that JAEC be drastically restructured. "Instead of discussing new atomic energy policy at JAEC, the organization and its members should be renewed and something like a 'National Congress on Atomic Energy' should be set up."
MAJIA HERE: The committee that approved the re-processing of fuel to make Mox consisted of 3 university professors who had received industry donations ranging from 4 million yen to 8 million yen. These professors were from Univ of Tokyo, Osaka University, and Kyoto University.
Additionally, 9 of the employees who "staff the panel secretariat" were "on loan" from nuclear power suppliers and nuclear energy related companies.
Why did Japan hold a secret meeting stacked with paid professors and industry insiders to ensure the re-start of Mox production?
Why does Japan need to make more Mox?
Obviously, there is an agenda here that should be public.
2012-05-30 Thermometers of reactor 2 indicate abnormal transition of temperature, posted by Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com, on May 30th, 2012
Following up this article..Possible recriticality in reactor2
From the evening of 5/28/2012 (JST), 4 thermometers of reactor 2 have been showing abnormal temperature transition.
Tepco states recriticality is not going on, and the transition is random, probably those thermometers are out of order again.
However, 2 of them are about supply air D/W (O.P. (Onahama peil)= 12.150m), 2 are about return air drywell (O.P. = 10.750m) and the thermometers of each pair show the same trend.
2012-05-30 Possible recriticality in reactor2, posted by Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com, on May 30th, 2012
Weekly Asahi reported they obtained the email leaked from Tepco. It was sent from a staff of engineering devision to his coworker and a nuclear expert.
It warned the possibility of recriticality of reactor2.
“From looking at the water level (60cm), it is obvious that the PCV and suppression chamber are severely damaged.
It is very likely that a new heating mass is generated from recriticality. We can not tell exactly what is happening inside of PCV. We can never deny the possibility of recriticality.”
2012-05-30 Fukushima worker hunting from overseas, Posted by Mochizuki on May 30th, fukushima-diary.com 2012
Tepco related companies are starting to hunt Fukushima workers from overseas.
The conditions look like typical false information for nuclear working job.
The newspaper below is for Japanese Brazilian.
1) 30,000JPY/day 2 hours/day within 20km area.
2) 10,000 ~ 12,000 JPY / day house and 3 meals provided. within a “safe” place, off on Sundays.
2012-05-30 Shukan Asahi: Fukushima Daini also had major damage from 3/11 — Submerged under 4 meters of water, ENENews.com
2012-05-30 Ex-Toshiba Nuclear Engineer: How much did fire and high temperatures at Unit 4 affect building’s stability? — Tepco has never released confirmable data (VIDEO), ENENews.com
2012-05-30 WSJ: Cash-Rich Japanese Firms Go On Global Buying Spree, majiasblog.blogspot.com, Wednesday, May 30, 2012
WSJ: Cash-Rich Japanese Firms Go On Global Buying Spree
Wall Street Journal May 30, 2012, p. A1.
"....Japanese companies are in the midst of the biggest boom in overseas investment the country has ever seen."
The article notes that a Japanese trading house, Maurbeni Corp. is purchasing U.S. grain handler Gavillion Group LLC for around $5.6 billion.
Japanese tobacco is purchasing Belgian tobacco maker Gryson for $600 million
Japan's Takeda pharmaceutical is acquiring a Brazilian drug maker.
The Wall Street Journal attributes this buying spree to "fear, as a shrinking home market and stagnant economy threaten earnings."
I happen to think that it is not simply fear of domestic economic conditions that is driving this spree.
Much of northern Japan is extensively contaminated by Fukushima.
There are areas of Japan that are not contaminated, but northern Japan possesses rich agriculture. Fukushima may pose a problem for domestic food production.
Furthermore, Japan's practice of incinerating radioactive debris is spreading fallout.
Recall that Gorbachev attributed the collapse of the Soviet Union to Chernobyl?
The worry I would have if I was Japanese is that the wealth and power will pull out of the country leaving the rest of the population to address contamination areas that far exceed the exclusion zone conditions in the Ukraine after Chernobyl.
Chernobyl’s Evacuation Zone was 5 millisieverts a year. Japan has set their evacuation zone at an incredibly high 20 millisieverts per year http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110610a6.html
Japan Times reported in June that Greenpeace measured 9 microsieverts per hour in many public spaces in Fukushima with a high of 45 microsieverts an hour near a school yard
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110610a6.html
"Whole body doses received from external radiation from the Ukrainian part of the 30-km exclusion zone showed an average value of 15 millisieverts.” (source OECD, 1995) http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Booklets/Radiation/radsafe.html
2012-05-30 Japan TV: We’ve managed to obtain ‘revealing, eye-opening testimonies’ from Fukushima workers — Concern over Unit 4 is spreading — First thing I do after quake is check reactor building (VIDEO), ENENews.com
2012-05-30 Tepco Email: Possible re-criticality in Reactor No. 2, ENENews.com, ENENews.com
2012-05-30 Cyanobacteria and alpha radiation detected 350km from Fukushima Daiichi (VIDEOS), ENENews.com
2012-05-31 Japanese Panel Questions Kan and Edano But No New Info on Tepco's Plan to Evacuate Plant Altogether in March of 2011, majiasblog.blogspot.com, Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Mainichi: Editorial: Diet panel's questioning on gov't response to nuclear accident lacked focus http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20120529p2a00m0na009000c.html
[Excerpt] "A special investigative panel on the disaster at the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant set up in the Diet has questioned Naoto Kan and Yukio Edano, who were prime minister and chief Cabinet secretary, respectively, when the crisis broke out....
...None of the investigative panels has got to the bottom of allegations that TEPCO had planned to withdraw all workers from the Fukushima No. 1 plant immediately after the accident even though 14 months have passed since the outbreak of the crisis...."
2012-05-31 Cesium fallout spikes every 40 days posted by Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com, on May 31st, 2012
Cesium concentration and fallout in Fukushima go higher than average every 40 days regardless of the wind direction.
Prof. Watanabe from Fukushima university analyzed the data to publish at Meteorological society of Japan on 5/29/2012.
The data is about cesium fallout from March 2011 to April 2012, detected at environmental radioactivity monitoring center of Japan.
The trend has been very clear especially since January of 2012.
In the daily conference of 5/31/2012, Tepco stated they are not going to corporate with the researcher to figure out the mechanism.
[See also follow up article Radioactive particles circulate the world taking 40 days Posted by Mochizuki on June 2nd, 2012, which states:

Following up this article..Cesium fallout spikes every 40 days
NHK reported the full study of Prof. Watanabe, which Yomiuri newspaper missed.
The researching group of Prof. Watanabe assumes the radioactive particles circulate the world taking 40 days.
They measured 0.0048 Bq/m3 of cesium in May 2011, but it was 0.0007 Bq/m3 this March.
The radioactive particles travel around the world and fall off to the ground to decrease its concentration.
Prof. Watanabe comments, they can trace how radioactive particles spread over the world and how to affect each country on its path.]

2012-05-31 Osaka Mayor Changes Mind and Now Supports "Limited" Re-Start, majiasblog.blogspot.com
Osaka Mayor Changes Mind and Now Supports "Limited" Re-Start
Hashimoto reverses stance; OKs limited restart of Oi reactors
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/hashimoto-reverses-stance-oks-limited-restart-of-oi-reactors Jun. 01, 2012 - 11:30AM JST ( 49 )
[excerpted] "Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on Thursday reversed his stance on opposing the restart of two reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, saying he now thinks a “limited” restart may be necessary to avert a summer power shortage.
Hashimoto’s turnabout came as a surprise as he has long been outspoken in his opposition to the restart of the Oi reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power Co. . . ."
Majia here: I wonder what made him change his mind?

2012-05-31 Tokyo Professor: We are facing a nuclear winter in Japan, ENENews.com
2012-05-31 Minamisoma official discusses black smoke when Reactor No. 3 exploded, ENENews.com
2012-05-31 Former head of Japan’s #1 newspaper worked with CIA to promote nuclear power, ENENews.com
2012-05-31 Hmmm.... Radiation Refugee?, majiasblog.blogspot.com, Thursday, May 31, 2012
Princess Mako to study at British university. NHK
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120601_16.html
[excerpt] "Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince and Princess Akishino, will study fine arts at a British university starting in September.
The Princess is in her junior year at International Christian University, or ICU, in Tokyo. She is a member of the university's ski team."
MAJIA HERE: She is leaving her junior year. She is a student athlete, a skier, and she is going to Britain. Very strange.
Hmmm.
2012-05-31 A Good Editorial at Kyodo, majiasblog.blogspot.com, Thursday, May 31, 2012
OPINION: Japan must seize chance to reflect on energy, reform power system, By Tetsuji Ida TOKYO, May 16, Kyodo
[Final 2 sentences of editorial]:
"Unbundling or the separation of power generation and transmission as well as other organizational reforms are prerequisites for supplying energy safely while minimizing the impact on the environment.
What is important at this moment is to demonstrate a political will to eliminate resistance from vested interests and hammer out such reforms."
Well said.
2012-05-31 CNN: Japanese say gov’t “will simply flat out lie” about Fukushima — Adviser to Prime Minister Kan: People can not trust gov’t (VIDEO), ENENews.com
2012-05-31 Marine Chemist: ‘The reactors are still leaking’ — ‘Why aren’t the fish getting cleaner?’, ENENews.com
2012-05-31 Stanford Publication: Were TV experts paid to say Fukushima Daiichi had a small leak when it was the largest in the world?, ENENews.com
2012-05-31 Japanese Professor: Where did all that plutonium contaminated water disappear to? Into the Pacific Ocean or the ground, of course — Who can comprehend the magnitude of radioactive contamination that threatens never to end?, ENENews.com
2012-05-31 Japan Times: Lead investigator says Tepco internal documents may be seized, ENENews.com
2012-05-31 Back ground:Incineration of Radioactive and Mixed Waste, posted by Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com, on May 31st, 2012, [Editor's Note, this links to "Incineration of Radioactive and Mixed Waste" by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, which provides good background information to help us better understand the hazards the Japanese government is taking by sending radioactive waste to all parts of the country to be incinerated]
2012-05-31 Fukushima city rents dosimeter to pregnant women (for 1 week), posted by Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com, on May 31st, 2012
Having found numbers of hot spot, Fukushima city is going to rent dosimeter to pregnant women to reassure.
It’s starting on 6/1/2012, the lending-period is one week . They distributed glass badges last year, but it didn’t represent the dose in real time.
They reinvented the dosimeter. The new model with digital display lets them know the total external dose in real time.
Fukushima city has no plan to let pregnant women evacuate yet.
2012-05-31 Former president of Tepco, Shimizu got the golden parachute posted by Mochizuki on May 31st, 2012, fukushima-diary.com
Shimizu, former president of Tepco is going to be an outside director of Fuji Oil company, ltd to belong to Arabian Oil Company holdings on 6/25/2012.
The largest shareholder of Arabian Oil Company holding is Tepco (8.7%)...
2012-06-01 Water contamination reached west Kanagawa, posted by Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com, on June 1st, 2012
100 Bq/Kg of cesium was measured from largemouth bass on 5/26/2012.
The bass was taken from Ashinoko lake (300km from Fukushima plant) in west Kanagawa. Kanagawa prefectural government assumes it was because of biological concentration.
There is Sagamiko lake at 40 km north east to Ashinoko lake. This is the headwater area of Yokohama and Kawasaki. Because it is closer to Fukushima, tap water of Yokohama and Kawasaki is likely to be contaminated as well.
2012-06-01 It Ain't Fog! Tepco Emissions Massive Today, majiasblog.blogspot.com, Friday, June 1, 2012
At 9:00 a.m. this morning I opened a web-browser to the Tepco cam trained on the Fukushima plant.
I look at the plant every morning and take screen shots of emissions.
This morning I noticed barely visible emissions could be detected streaming out of the right hand corner of unit 1, the top of unit 2, and from the vicinity of unit 3.
My first screen shot had the Tepco webcam time stamp of 6:2 1:53 (Japan is 1 day ahead of the US)
Emissions can barely be seen in this screen shot, but they are visible.
By 2:28 the emissions were visibly accumulating on the screen. The emissions appeared to be moving from the left of the screen to the right.
By 2:54 the emissions were thick over units 1 and 2 (but immediately over units and did not extend up into the sky extensively) and in the vicinity of unit 3.
By 3:14 the plant was being obscured by the emissions.
At 3:32 dawn begin to break and the emissions resembled a blotchy dark cloud visible against the dark blue sky. Plant was largely obscured, but outline visible behind emission cloud.
At 3:47 daylight breaks and emission cloud that is still largely obscuring plant appears as a dirty, brownish mauve.
At 3:58 plant completely obscured by bluish-brownish cloud.
At 5:53 plant emerges, but is still encased in gray-brown emissions. Blue sky visible in the upper, right hand corner of screen.
At 6:36 plant finally visible again. Emissions from units 1 and 2 are no longer visible but it is still possible to see emissions coming up from area of unit 3 in terms of pulses of distortions.
I have screen shots for each of these observations
The webcam link is here:
http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/f1-np/camera/index-j.html
I cannot post my screen shots here but a video is available, courtesy of Nuckelchen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S9xFzkeF8A&feature=youtu.be
2012-06-01 Japanese Nuclear Expert: ‘When I try to figure out the true magnitude of damage, I am overwhelmed’ — Almost all of Fukushima Prefecture would be abandoned if gov’t regulations were applied (VIDEOS) , ENENews.com June 1st, 2012
2012-06-01 ‘Even if the Japanese gov’t goes into bankruptcy, it still won’t be enough to compensate all the damages that will be produced’ from Fukushima Daiichi, ENENews.com,
2012-06-01 New photos show what remains of No. 4 reactor building’s eastern wall, ENENews.com, June 1st, 2012
2012-06-01 Report: We’ve started to see the black substance in Soma City — Please be careful! — Very high radiation levels, ENENews.com, June 1st, 2012
2012-06-01 Japan’s Nuclear Industry: The CIA Link, by Eleanor Warnock, blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime.
In the 15 months since the crisis at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan’s relationship with nuclear power has changed dramatically.
Once the world’s third-largest producer of nuclear energy, the country faces the prospect of electricity shortages this summer as all 50 of its plants remain offline. Restarting reactors — a step the government says is necessary to support the economy — is proving to be politically tricky as a skeptical public questions the safety of atomic energy.
Rewind almost 60 years and the government had a similar problem: how to persuade the public to support its ambition to become a nuclear nation only nine years after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
According to one Japanese university professor, that ambition was achieved with help from an unlikely source: the CIA.
Tetsuo Arima, a researcher at Waseda University in Tokyo, told JRT he discovered in the U.S. National Archives a trove of declassified CIA files that showed how one man, Matsutaro Shoriki, was instrumental in jumpstarting Japan’s nascent nuclear industry.
Mr. Shoriki was many things: a Class A war criminal, the head of the Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan’s biggest-selling and most influential newspaper) and the founder of both the country’s first commercial broadcaster and the Tokyo Giants baseball team. Less well known, according to Mr. Arima, was that the media mogul worked with the CIA to promote nuclear power.
In 1954, Japan saw widespread anti-U.S. and anti-nuclear demonstrations after Japanese fishermen were exposed to radiation due to the U.S.’s testing of a hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll.
Mr. Shoriki, backed by the CIA, used his influence to publish articles in the Yomiuri that extolled the virtues of nuclear power, according to the documents found by Mr. Arima. Keen on remilitarizing Japan, Mr. Shoriki endorsed nuclear power in hopes its development would one day arm the country with the ability to make its own nuclear weapons, according to Mr. Arima. Mr. Shoriki’s behind-the-scenes push created a chain reaction in other media that eventually changed public opinion.
“Shoriki wasn’t alone in what he did. He just had the power and the influence to bring together the U.S., the Japanese business community and politicians, and he was a smooth talker,” Mr. Arima, who went on to write two books about his findings, said in an interview with JRT...
(h/t Former head of Japan’s #1 newspaper worked with CIA to promote nuclear power, by ENENews, published: May 31st, 2012 at 10:11 pm ET

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2012-06-01 South Korea Restricts Food Imports From Japan, majiasblog.blogspot.com
18:35 31 May S. Korea toughens restrictions on food imports from Japan
TOKYO, May 31, Kyodo
http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/05/161217.html
"South Korea has toughened restrictions on food imports from Japan, imposed in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, requiring certificates of inspection for radioactive substances to be attached to shipments of marine products from another seven prefectures...
"South Korea decided to apply the requirement to shipments from Aomori and Iwate as Japanese inspections found radioactive cesium in marine products from the prefectures in excess of allowable limits..."
2012-06-02 NHK: More than half of thermometers in Reactor 2 not working — Tepco will start ‘start measuring temperatures again by late July’ — High humidity inside reactor blamed, ENENews.com
2012-06-02 CNN:Massive protest against gov to stop burning radioactive debris in Kitakyushu, Posted by Mochizuki on June 2nd, fukushima-diary.com
Following up this article..Kitakyushu city starts incineration of disaster debris to arrest nonviolent protesters
CNN reported the protest against the government’s policy about incineration of disaster debric. CNN focuses on people’s distrust of politics, but now it’s only the traditional modesty to stop people from revolting against the government. [Editor's Note: video Here]
2012-06-02 Chicago Tribune Headline: ‘Fukushima quake/tsunami disturbed upper atmosphere’ -NASA, June 2nd, 2012

 

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2012-05-28 Radioactive Tuna Not Safe Even at Low Levels of Contamination: Why? Because of Bio-Accumulation, majiasblog.blogspot.com, Monday, May 28, 2012
Enenews is reporting on radiation-contaminated tuna caught off San Diego
CNN: All 15 bluefin tuna samples off California had Fukushima radiation… back in AUGUST 2011 — “This year’s fish are going to be really interesting” says Stanford scientist
http://enenews.com/cnn-all-15-bluefin-tuna-samples-off-california-had-fukushima-radiation-back-in-august-2011-this-years-fish-are-going-to-be-really-interesting-says-stanford-scientist/comment-page-1#comment-255225
Source article: http://www.kvia.com/news/31122533/detail.html
Majia here: The radiation levels in the tuna caught off of the coast of San Diego may be "low" and below the "derived intervention level" for seafood set by the FDA.
However, that does not mean these levels are safe.
Unfortunately, radiation concentrates up the food chain.
Takashi Hirose gives an example in his book Fukushima Meltdown (page 73) using data on bio-accumulation from the Columbia River in the US:

If the river water assumes a value of 1, the fish would be 15,000 that value. The egg yolk of a water bird would be 1,000,000 times that value.

Majia here: The U.S. FDA 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 and Plutonium 238 and 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
Majia here: Again, the problem with these levels is they do not adequately address bio-accumulation because they presuppose that the contaminated item is the only source of contamination a person is exposed to.
EPA: Cancer Risk Coefficients for Environmental Exposure to Radionuclides
http://www.epa.gov/radiation/docs/federal/402-r-99-001.pdf
page 3
"For both internal and external exposure, a risk coefficient for a given radionuclide is based on the assumption that this is the only radionuclide present in the environmental medium. That is, doses due to decay chain members produced in the environment prior to the intake of, or external exposure to, the radionuclides are not considered”
Majia Here: We are not just eating radioactive tuna, I'm afraid. Remember that pollen from Los Angeles was found to contain cesium-134 and cesium-137 from Fukushima.
http://enenews.com/gundersen-cesium-134-137-detected-southern-california-pollen-when-find-both-together-fukushima-signature-video
FURTHER READING
Background on "internal emitters" (ingested or inhaled radiation)
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/on-internal-emitters.html
Bio-accumulation of cesium
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/bio-accumulation-of-cesium-cesium-is.html
Fukushima ocean contamination
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/fukushima-ocean-contamination.html
Nuclear Controversies by Vladimir Tchertkoff; Released in 2003, 51 minutes
30:20 – According to Professor Yury Bandazhevsky (former director of the Medical Institute in Gomel), "Over 50 Bq/kg of body weight lead to irreversible lesions in vital organs" http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8746168177815160826#
2012-05-28 Scientists: “Absolutely every one” of bluefin tunas tested from S. California was contaminated with Fukushima radiation — “We were definitely surprised to see it at all – and even more surprised to see it in every one we measured”, ENENews.com
2012-05-28 CNN: All 15 bluefin tuna samples off California had Fukushima radiation… back in AUGUST 2011 — “This year’s fish are going to be really interesting” says Stanford scientist, ENENews.com
2012-05-28 Fukushima contamination carried to shores of U.S. — Radioactive tuna caught off San Diego coast — “We were frankly kind of startled” says scientist, ENENews.com
2012-05-28 Stanford Researchers Found Radioactive Cesium of #Fukushima Origin in Pacific Bluefin Tuna Off California Coast, ex-skf.blogspot.com
The researchers from Stanford University, California caught 15 tuna fish off the coast of southern California last August and measured radioactive cesium-134 and 137. 9 months later, it is in the news now that their research paper has finally been published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Neither the Wall Street Journal article below, or Reuters', mentions the exact numbers for radioactive cesium, but Japan's Kyodo News does:

Cesium-134: 4 Bq/kg
Cesium-137: 6.3 Bq/kg

The Stanford researchers think the fish were in the Japanese water about a month after the accident started. Daniel Madigan, who led the study, said they were surprised to find cesium at all, and that it was found in all samples they collected and tested.
Wall Street Journal says the added radioactivity is about 3% of the naturally occurring radioactivity in the fish, and Reuters converts becquerels into curie to put things in perspective saying "It takes 37 billion becquerels to equal 1 curie".
Well, at least the Japanese media, MSM or alternative, has gotten comfortable over the last year quoting the measured numbers instead of trying to put them in perspective without mentioning the numbers.
From Wall Street Journal (5/28/2012; emphasis is mine):

Tuna Carried Fukushima Radioactivity to U.S. Coast
by Robert Lee Hotz
Pacific bluefin tuna migrating last year from coastal Japan to the waters off Southern California contained radioactive cesium isotopes from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, scientists reported Monday.
The amount of radioactivity in the fish was one-tenth the level the U.S. and Japan consider dangerous, and likely posed no public health hazard or risk to people who ate the seafood, the scientists said. But the study showed for the first time that migrating sea life rapidly brought traces of radioactive elements from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors across vast distances.
"The tuna packaged it up and brought it across the world's largest ocean," said marine ecologist Daniel Madigan at Stanford University, who led the study team. "We were definitely surprised to see it at all and even more surprised to see it in every one we measured."
Their findings raise the possibility that other wide-ranging sea-life that foraged near Japan, such as turtles, sharks and seabirds, may also have carried low levels of radioactive cesium from the accident around the Pacific basin. The scientists expect to conduct more tests on migrating bluefin tuna as well as albacore tuna, sea turtles, and several shark species this summer.
Their research was published Monday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Prized as a sushi delicacy in Japan and around the world, Pacific bluefin tuna spawn in the Sea of Japan, among other locales. As they grow, the fish usually travel around the southern tip of Japan and follow the Kurishio Current up the country's east coast, past the scene of the nuclear accident, before migrating over 6,000 nautical miles to the eastern Pacific. The fish eventually return to their birth waters to spawn.
nIn their study, Mr. Madigan and his colleagues tested tissue from 15 young Pacific bluefin tuna caught by recreational fisherman off the coast of San Diego in August 2011, about five months after an earthquake and a tsunami severely damaged the Fukushima reactors, triggering the largest known accidental release of radioactivity into the ocean.
For weeks after the accident, levels of radioactivity were up to 10,000 times normal in the coastal waters off eastern Japan, where the bluefin tuna spend their early life before migrating across the ocean.
In the young bluefin tuna that reached California, the researchers found slightly elevated levels of cesium-137 and cesium-134, two primary products of nuclear fission that tend to concentrate in muscle tissue. The amount of cesium 137 was five times as much as the background level, leftover from nuclear weapons testing decades ago. Prior to the Fukushima accident, cesium-134, which has a half-life of about two years, was undetectable in seawater or marine life.
Overall, the levels were just enough to raise the naturally occurring radioactivity of the fish by about 3%, the scientists said.
"We found that absolutely every one of them had comparable concentrations of cesium-134 and cesium-137," said marine biologist Nicholas Fisher at Stony Brook University in New York state, who was part of the study group. "It is crystal-clear data."
For comparison, the researchers also tested tissue from yellowfin tuna caught at the same time last August and tissue preserved from bluefin tuna caught in 2008, three years before the nuclear accident. Yellowfin tuna typically spend their entire lives in the sea off the coast of California.
In both the yellowfin and the tissue of the 2008 bluefin, the scientists didn't find any cesium-134 and detected only the expected background levels of cesium-137.
Write to Robert Lee Hotz at sciencejournal@wsj.com

2012-05-29 Forbes: Source says radiation detected in fish oil samples, ENENews.com
2012-05-29
BBC: Public health hazard from fish arriving in California waters? May be considerably more contaminated than radioactive tunas (VIDEO), ENENews.com
2012-05-29
Top Cancer Doctor: Irresponsible to say cesium in California bluefin tuna is nothing to worry about — You have radioactive material in fish, which is being eaten by people (VIDEO), ENENews.com
2012-05-29 ABC News: Fukushima may show up in your next plate of sushi — “The finding should be reassuring to the public”, ENENews.com
2012-05-30
TV: Incredibly, it takes this long for the truth to come out about radiation in California bluefin — “So people who have been eating tuna for the last half a year have been eating cesium?” (VIDEO), ENENews.com
2012-05-30
Full California Tuna Study Now Online: Possibility of radioactive contamination raises public health concerns — Spent less than a month in waters near Japan — Turtles, sharks, birds also at risk?, ENENews.com
2012-05-31
Forbes: Radiation in California bluefin tuna may be a blessing — Lead Scientist: My first thought was this will do more for conservation of this animal than nearly anything else could, ENENews.com
2012-05-31 Head Scientist on NBC: ‘We almost didn’t believe it to tell you the truth — Every single fish was significantly contaminated with cesium’ (VIDEO), ENENews.com
2012-05-31
CNN: Clearly the radiation has not dissipated — Cesium in seafood off California ‘raises a lot of alarm bells’ (VIDEO), ENENews.com
2012-06-01 California Nuclear Professor: Radioactive tuna may raise cancer risks
(VIDEO) , ENENEws.com, June 1st, 2012
2012-06-01 US Gov’t Memo: Nuclear fall-out in ocean does NOT gradually spread out — ‘Streams of higher radioactive materials’,
ENENews.com
2012-06-01
Nuclear Expert: ‘It is not advisable to eat bluefin tuna’ — Fukushima radiation deposited over 600,000 sq. miles of Pacific — Cesium crosses placental barrier of animals, ENENews.com
2012-06-01
Fukushima, Washington Hides Black Swan Of Economic Collapse
Friday
, June 01, 2012, Posted by Dominique de Kevelioc de Bailleul on May 25, 2012
As the sovereign debt crisis in Europe dominates media coverage of both financial and main street news, Washington’s deliberate cover up of a far more serious threat to the global economy stemming from the continuing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant (beginning on Mar. 11, 2011) is now seeping out more rapidly from sources outside the captured and complicit mainstream news outlets.
“You can’t stop the truth from leaking out about Fukushima, and [President] Obama actually came out with a statement at the start of this disaster and said that their nuclear experts did not feel that harmful levels of radiation would reach our shores,” Nuked Radio host Christina Consolo told TruNews.
Due to increasing reports of nuclear contamination found in pollen across the U.S. West Coast, babies with elevated becquerel levels of nearly 10 times normal (presumably from mother’s milk), and a statistically unusual number of children with flu-like symptoms who won’t respond to conventional medical protocol, the truth about Fukushima could easily break out into a national panic significant enough to trigger an economic collapse of the U.S. economy and dollar, according to Consolo.
That’s “what we found from Freedom of Information Act requests . . . transmissions between the U.S. government, the Chinese, the Russians and the Japanese from the beginning of the disaster until now, and that includes NRC (National Regulatory Commission) transcripts of phone calls,” Consolo explained.
“They were well aware of high the levels were, and that they were coming over here,” she added. “In fact, infants in California were exposed to 40,000 becquerels (symbol Bq: the human body has 4,400 Bq, on average, from decaying potassium) of iodine 131—that causes thyroid cancer—from Mar. 17 to the beginning of April.”
And the threat to U.S. national security as well as the implications to the global economy a nuclear contamination multiple-times more devastating than Chernobyl poses to America may have been the impetus for President Obama’s rapid-fire signing of the Executive Orders of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in January and the National Defense Resources Preparedness Act (NDRPA) in March, possibly suggesting that President Obama’s motives for these pair of politically catastrophic actions (during an election year) were, in a sense, mischaracterized as a executive branch power grab by media instead of an unpredictable dialogue that could trigger an immediate crisis of panic if the rational for an obvious abrogation (suspension) of the Constitution were made public.
In essence, complaints that an Executive Order of the magnitude of the NDAA going much beyond an old-standing EO exception to the rights granted the American people by the U.S. Constitution (only in times of nuclear war can the U.S. Constitution be suspended) may be surprisingly unreasonable, if, in fact, Fukushima’s nuclear radiation contaminating U.S. soil was indeed the reason for such a politically inflammatory act by a sitting U.S. president. The debate, then, would be: do the American people still have the right to know if that right would include the likelihood a dangerous and unpredictable level of panic?
“And there was an actual letter that came from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) telling physicians in California not to put people on potassium iodide (KI),” Consolo continued. “And the only thing that I can draw from that is they didn’t want to panic people; they didn’t want them to know how bad the situation is. But the problem is that the situation is ongoing.
From the U.S. FDA Web site.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that all children internally contaminated with (or likely to be internally contaminated with) radioactive iodine take KI, unless they have known allergies to iodine. Children from newborn to 18 years of age are the most sensitive to the potentially harmful effects of radioactive iodine.
Consolo also noted that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suddenly stopped testing rainwater, soil and milk for contamination two weeks following the disaster. But private tests conducted after the EPA stopped its testing, including ones performed by the University of California at Berkeley, in particular, reported “in November, that the levels of cesium in cow’s milk are actually 150 percent higher than they were in April of last year,” she paraphrased.
Consolo intimated that the EPA stopped testing because its reports would eventually become available to the public through the inevitable Freedom of Information requests, giving rise to the speculation for the stoppage among many others in the nuclear community as a possible reason for the EPA’s withdrawal and the progressively worsening data it would need to conceal through time.
“Those reactors are steaming constantly. . . They’re dumping nine tons of water on each reactor and spent fuel pool all day long and that water is going into the ocean.” Consolo continued. “Our storms are generated out of this huge radiation slick off the coast of Japan and this all gets rained out over the West coast of Canada and the United States.”
She goes on to say that rumblings within the nuclear safety community include strong recommendations for enacting the protocol of evacuation of Tokyo and other major cities of Japan. With a total population of approximately 35 million people affected by an evacuation within the world’s third-largest economy, the already-highly-fragile global economy would immediately drop to free fall as currency and bond traders would predictably sell their holdings at any price to get out of the way of a total collapse of the financial system.
“There are a lot of people who have left Tokyo and they’ve moved with their children and one spouse has stayed behind to work,” Consolo said.
“We’re talking about an end to a nation,” TruNews host Rick Wiles interjected.
“Yeah, which I think is part of the reason, like I said from a global economic prospective is, why it’s not being talked about,” Consolo continued. “It’s a very serious situation that’s going to have very serious ramifications for Japan” and the world.
Full interview and suggestions for protection from nuclear radiation, from TruNews Radio., www.beaconequity.com.
2012-06-02 Top 20 US Newspaper: The world’s food chain could be compromised — Japan’s radiation seems inescapable, ENENews.com
2012-06-02 Congressman to FDA: Unknown how radioactive fallout in US affected marine environment — Wants ‘a listing of all instances of species found to have elevated levels’, ENENews.com
2012-06-02 BYOG: Bring Your Own Geiger counter and Hazmat gear by Christina Consolo, Contributing writer for End the Lie and host of Nuked Radio, Edited by Madison Ruppert
It has been 6 weeks since I wrote my first piece for End the Lie about the potential Fukushima reactor number four end of the world scenario. Numerous nuclear experts, ambassadors, former Fukushima Daiichi workers, and senator Ron Wyden of Oregon have warned about as well. And still, no progress to report.
If TEPCO looked at what we learned from the example of Chernobyl, they should have had hundreds if not thousands of workers fortifying the structure and removing the spent fuel 24/7 for the past 14 months. But no, there does not seem to be any sense of urgency whatsoever.
Editor’s note: as I previously reported, TEPCO will not even start moving the spent fuel rods from this endangered pool into a joint pool for all six reactors next to the crumbling reactor four building until late next year. I would love to know why exactly this is the case but unfortunately I have yet to receive any explanation whatsoever.
Even the UN received an urgent request to enact international help from numerous nuke experts, since the demise of reactor four would have global effects. But still, nothing.
It has been difficult, if not nearly impossible, to get people to realize the extent of Fukushima and its effect on our lives. Part of that reason is because radiation is invisible. Another reason is because the media isn’t talking about it.
Editor’s note: I would like to put forth another possibility as well: a combination of normalcy bias and cognitive dissonance. If you are unfamiliar with these concepts, please listen to the below embedded recent episode of End the Lie Radio wherein Curt Williams of Room 101 and I discuss these concepts and just how they are manifesting in today’s world.
But this ignorance of the danger of Fukushima is about to change in a very big way.
The change, or “Mass Awakening to Fukushima” as I like to call it, began a week ago when Stanford University released its bluefin tuna radiation test results and lo and behold, it was radioactive. In fact, every single fish they tested showed contamination from Fukushima. And they were all caught off the coast in California.
This came as no surprise to the Fukushima experts that I talked about in a previous article, everyday people who have been following this story since March 11th and know how extensive this radiation threat is. Most of us haven’t touched pacific seafood for a year.
This is because just 2 weeks after the Fukushima disaster, North American kelp was already showing contamination. And so were the salmon being tested by the Canadians. Radiation works fast, due to bio accumulation, and bio magnification. And it gets stronger as it moves up the food chain.
In fact, in the 60's Russia detonated the largest bomb ever, the 100 megaton Tsar Bombe, or “King of Bombs.” Without getting overly technical, the yield of this bomb was actually reduced by 97% due to the addition of lead for its second and third stages, to reduce fallout potential across the northern hemisphere. Still, within a week, researchers in the US found radioactive iodine in the thyroids of mammals in the US, before it was even detected in water or plants. Yes, it happens that quickly.
So when Stanford published its data from the tuna testing, which was actually tested from tuna caught in August 2011 they were surprised, even “shocked” were their words and they also speculated (correctly I might add) that the numbers are probably much higher now, 9 months later.
What is so ironic though about the results of these tests is not that the fish were radioactive, it’s that the Stanford researchers were so surprised and shocked.
I mean, seriously? Did not a single one of these research scientists ever study Chernobyl? Radiation? Nuclear energy? Or even pay attention to what has been going on in Fukushima for the past year? Sounds like a few people have had their heads buried deep in the sand.
In fact, while the research scientists have been hitting the snooze button repeatedly the Fukushima Experts I previously mentioned have been trying to warn people this was coming, because they took their own initiative to pay attention. And we are doing all this for free. On our own dime. On our own time. Meanwhile, researchers at NOAA, the EPA, FDA, and USDA sit back and pretend everything is okay and collect a handsome paycheck courtesy of the US taxpayer in the process.
Well, the tuna results started the ball rolling. And pretty soon we should start seeing real numbers as far as the sick seals and polar bears go. And if it’s in the tuna, it’s in everything. Tuna are a large, deep water fish that should have been contaminated last.
But it’s starting to show itself in another big way too, and that is the tsunami debris. No one will be able to ignore that. It will be a catalyst for a mass awakening of gigantic proportions...[more here].
[Editor's Note: Here is an interesting readers' comment to this article that provides some good leads for additional references].

Guest June 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM
It does seem unfair that RadChick and many others sacrifice so much of their time getting the truth out for free, while well-paid agencies aren’t giving us the truth.
Many great folks and websites working hard to get the truth out are kept going by scant donations and ad-clicking.
Here are just a few sites trying to get the truth out:

www.endthelie.com
www.enformable.com
www.llrc.org
www.nuclearcrimes.org
www.nuclearhotseat.com
www.enviroreporter.com
www.nuclear-news.net
http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/
www.fukushimafacts.com
www.oriontalkradio.com
www.sanonofresafety.org
www.fairewinds.com
www.enenews.com
www.karlgrossman.com
www.capitoilette.com
www.nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/about
www.acehoffman.com
www.fukushima-diary.com
www.ex-skf.blogspot.com
www.simplyinfo.org

Just to name a few. Feel free to add to the list.
They’re going up against well-funded nuclear lobbyists and the main stream media.
Not all of them take donations, but at least support their hard work by reading their blogs, listening to their interviews, Facebook “LIKE” them, spread them around to everyone you know, and if you have an extra dollar or two, think of donating.


Europe and Rest of World

 

2012-05-28 NHK: Fukushima radiation still circling globe — Levels consistently rise and fall in 40-day cycle (VIDEO), ENENews.com
2012-05-31
Germany produces 50% of energy from solar during mid-day hours — ‘Equivalent to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity without any radioactive waste left over’, ENENews.com
2012-06-02
NYTimes Front Page: Computer worm used by U.S. to attack nuclear facilities ‘had broken free, like a zoo animal that found the keys to the cage’ — In 2010 ‘it began replicating itself all around the world’, ENENews.com


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