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Re: News Updates: fukushima nuclear disaster
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2011, 07:39:27 PM »

yep, this post has an article saying they admit 3 of the reactor cores are granulated:

http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474979228228

Japan's April 15 Nuclear Crisis Update: Compensation, Reactor Meltdowns, Remains

April 15, 2011 10:30 AM EDT


The nuclear crisis wrought by the Tohuku Great Quake and Tsunami continues to sow confusion and anger.  The government of Japan yesterday ordered TEPCO, the owner of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant to compensate the population who are forced to evacuate because of the radiation coming from the plant.

Today, TEPCO announced that it had decided to provide, “provisional compensation” to evacuees, at the ‘request’ of the government.  The company has offered 50 billion yen, about $600 million, to the approximately 48,000 households forced to evacuate.  The amount provides $12,000 for families and $9,000 for single adults.  The amounts are being angrily dismissed as inadequate to compensate for lost livelihoods, homes and possessions.  However, Trade Ministry spokesman Hiroaki Wada said more compensation was expected later.

Japanese law calls for the government to pay up to 240 billion yen ($2.9 billion) in compensation for nuclear accidents.  Billions are likely to be paid to fisherman, farmers and others who have suffered losses.  Despite provisions to exempt owners of nuclear stations overwhelmed by natural disasters, TEPCO’s apparent lack of readiness and inability to control the aftermath makes it unlikely they can use that shield.

Beyond the issue of compensation for nuclear crisis evacuees, there is the matter of the overall catastrophe in northeastern Japan.  The northeast coast is still a wreck, and the government is having difficulty coming up with a budget that will fund the rebuilding and restoration efforts.  At least one poll shows public support for increasing taxes to pay for disaster recovery.  According to a random telephone poll of 1,036 people by the Yomiuri Shimbun over April 1-3, some 60 percent of the respondents said they would support higher taxes for recovery efforts.

In the meantime, based on the materials detected in the radiation around the plant, it is being reported by the Japanese Atomic Energy Society that the fuel in at least three of the reactors has melted and become granular, sinking to the bottom of the pressure vessels.  The grains do not pose any threat of a chain reaction because the pressure vessels have been kept at “relatively low temperatures,” according to the Society.  They estimate a minimum of three months for the fuel to be stabilized. Photos have been taken by drones, and radiation has been analyzed for nearly five weeks.  This is far too late to be announcing what everyone has been sure of for weeks now. This nuclear crisis includes a partial meltdown of up to three sets of fuel rods.

Efforts at stabilization of the Dai-ichi nuclear crisis have so far produced enough improvement that 300 police in protective gear are searching the exclusion zone for what is believed to be as many as 1,000 bodies.  So far, 10 bodies have been recovered, but the search is barely a day old.
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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2011, 10:08:32 AM »

This is not good:

Japan Plant Emits More Radiation After Cooling Lapse

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan emitted a new burst of radioactive material this week after a bungled cooling effort apparently affected spent atomic fuel in the site's No. 4 reactor cooling pond, the Associated Press reported.

http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20110414_5466.php

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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2011, 02:52:52 PM »

This is not good:

Japan Plant Emits More Radiation After Cooling Lapse

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan emitted a new burst of radioactive material this week after a bungled cooling effort apparently affected spent atomic fuel in the site's No. 4 reactor cooling pond, the Associated Press reported.

http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20110414_5466.php

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this has gotten ridiculous!  Are they a bunch of inept stooges?!

I am not willing to wait 30 years for them to fix this!
10 years is too many!  even 10 months is too long!

I hope a Lot of people heard the statement Deepok Chopra made regarding the targets chosen on sept. 11th
Now they know if they wipe out a nuke plant like at Indian point they can kill everybody and ruin the land for hundreds of years!

maybe the people too stupid to worry about human error at a nuke plant
 will worry about their liability they as a target?

here's the article}

Japan Plant Emits More Radiation After Cooling Lapse
Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan emitted a new burst of radioactive material this week after a bungled cooling effort apparently affected spent atomic fuel in the site's No. 4 reactor cooling pond, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, April 13).

(Apr. 14) - A destroyed area in the exclusion zone surrounding Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Radiation surged at a cooling pond in the severely damaged facility after workers stopped spraying water into the pool (Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images).

Workers were firing water into the pond from a distance in an effort to prevent the fuel from overheating and releasing radioactive contaminants, but fluid collecting in an adjacent flood control container triggered an incorrect warning that the pond had been filled. Personnel halted water transfers to the pool for a number of days in response to the warning, allowing heat and radiation levels to increase even though the fuel was thought to have remained submerged, Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency Deputy Director General Hidehiko Nishiyama said. Water spraying began again on Wednesday.

An uptick in radiation at the cooling pond indicates the fuel in storage there had been compromised, authorities said. Concentrations of iodine 131, cesium 134 and cesium 137 have increased in the pond, said Junichi Matsumoto, an executive for plant operator Tokyo Electric Power.

Nishiyama, though, suggested "fuel rods in the pool are largely intact, or still keeping the normal shape of what they should look like."

"If they were totally messed up, we would have been looking at different sets of numbers from the water sampling," the official said (Yamaguchi/Yuasa, Associated Press/Time, April 14).

Separately, plant personnel on Tuesday and Wednesday transferred roughly 660 tons of radiation-tainted water out of a underground passage and into a steam condenser at the site's No. 2 reactor, Kyodo News reported (Kyodo News I, April 14). The condenser can hold as much as 3,000 tons of fluid, the Xinhua News Agency reported (Xinhua News Agency, April 14).

Still, the passage's water depth increased by roughly 1.8 inches since Wednesday evening, probably due to ongoing water transfers into the No. 2 reactor, Nishiyama said in the Kyodo report. "There is believed to be around 20,000 tons of water (in the No. 2 reactor turbine building and the trench connected to it), we're feeling the difficulty of lowering the level of the water in a stable manner," the official said.

Contaminated water has hindered efforts to restore cooling mechanisms needed to help prevent additional radioactive material from escaping the site. Workers intend to eventually transfer 60,000 tons of fluid flooding underground portions of the facility, including turbine areas at the plant's No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 reactors.

Fluid in the No. 2 reactor's turbine area was thought to contain more radioactive contaminants than water elsewhere at the plant, possibly due to damage sustained by that reactor's fuel rods. Concerns of the fluid spilling into the ocean prompted officials to prioritize its removal.

The heat level in the No. 3 reactor's pressure vessel at one point appeared to spike, but the plant operator said the reading was probably the result of a technical error (Kyodo News I).

Delays in efforts to drain the radioactive water and restore cooling mechanisms might necessitate a different strategy for stabilizing conditions at the plant, Reuters quoted Nishiyama as saying.

"It may be difficult to completely remove the contaminated water and so allow work to proceed. We may need to think of other options," he said (Mayumi Negishi, Reuters I, April 13).

Acting on a government order issued on Wednesday in response to the more recent smaller earthquakes, Tokyo Electric Power began studying the ability of reactor structures at the facility to withstand additional tremors, Kyodo News reported. The company must inspect plant components and weigh repairs to any vulnerable areas, the atomic safety agency said.

Still, the operator warned it might not "immediately conduct an investigation" due to potential risks around areas slated for inspection (Kyodo News I).

Personnel were looking for damage to walls, floors or pipelines at the plant's main waste treatment area and in other sections where radiation-tainted water has collected, the Asahi Shimbun reported.

The primary worry, though, was the potential for new tremors to cut off electricity to pumps being used to move coolant into the site.

"Any cutoff of the cooling mechanism is an extremely dangerous development," said Matsumoto, the Tokyo Electric Power executive (Asahi Shimbun I, April 14).

Personnel are expected to relocate auxiliary electricity sources at higher elevations as a precaution against potential new tsunamis, Kyodo News reported (Kyodo News I).

Tokyo Electric Power intends to lift spent fuel out of the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 reactors using massive cranes mounted on metal framing to be erected around each site, the Asahi Shimbun reported, referring to company records.

Company sources expressed uncertainty, though, that the cranes would be capable of moving 100-ton fuel storage casks without posing a hazard. Another technique under consideration involved transferring spent fuel to a newly built cooling pond before moving it into casks.

"It will be impossible to conduct the work now because of the high radiation levels," one company leader warned. In addition, the process could require years to complete, plant operator sources said (Asahi Shimbun II).

Toshiba and Hitachi have both drafted proposals for shuttering the facility, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Each company produced original equipment used at the plant.

Hitachi's plan -- prepared with support from General Electric, Exelon and Bechtel --could take roughly three decades to fully execute, spokesman Masanano Sato said. Toshiba's proposal -- developed with assistance from the Shaw Group and Babcock & Wilcox -- is based on a 10-year time line.


A Tokyo Electric Power representative declined to specify whether the operator would follow one of the plans or request that the firms collaborate.

"We are not at a stage yet where we can discuss the proposals," Masataka Shimizu, the company's president, said on Wednesday (Juro Osawa, Wall Street Journal, April 13).

Meanwhile, authorities on Thursday began searching the exclusion zone extending six miles from the plant for people missing since last month's earthquake and tsunami, AP reported. Ruins in the area could contain the remains of as many than 1,000 people (Yamaguchi/Yuasa, Associated Press).

Trace levels of iodine 131 and cesium 137 is turning up in water supplies in only a small number of prefectures, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday. The governments was advising residents of just one Fukushima village to avoid giving tap water to small children (International Atomic Energy Agency release, April 14).

Radioactive cesium concentrations 25 times in excess of lawful levels were found in fish pulled on Wednesday from ocean water near Fukushima, Kyodo News quoted the government as saying (Kyodo News II, April 13). Separately, Tokyo dropped a prohibition on transporting "kakina" vegetables from Tochigi prefecture when radioactive contaminants in the food returned to allowable levels, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said on Thursday (Kyodo News III, April 14).

The World Health Organization on Tuesday said there was "very little public health risk" beyond an area extending 18.6 miles from the facility, Reuters reported (Nebehay/Westall, Reuters II, April 12).

Japan might have overstated the Fukushima disaster's magnitude to reduce the expense to insurance firms, a top Russian atomic official said on Wednesday. Tokyo on Tuesday upgraded the plant's incident level from 5 to 7, a classification reserved for the most severe nuclear crises.

"It is hard for me to assess why the Japanese colleagues have taken this decision. I suspect, this is more of a financial issue, than a nuclear one," said Sergei Kiriyenko, who heads the Russian state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom.

"It could be linked to the definition of force-majeure with regard to insurance. I would pay attention to that. It is a bit strange," Kiriyenko said (Alexei Anishchuk, Reuters III, April 13).

Russian customs officials in recent weeks halted deliveries of 49 vehicles from Japan found to have unacceptable radioactive contamination, ITAR-Tass reported on Thursday. The vehicles were placed in containers pending a decision on their use (ITAR-Tass, April 14).

South Korea on Thursday indicated it would require Japan to officially vouch for the safety of food produced in 13 jurisdictions near the Fukushima facility, the Korea Herald reported (Bae Ji-sook, Korea Herald, April 14).

In the United States, drinking water in Chattanooga, Tenn., contained the second-greatest iodine 131 concentration of any water supply in the country, the Chattanooga Times-Free Press reported.

“The results being reported are well under the levels of health concerns,” said Tennessee American Water spokeswoman Kim Dalton said. “We will continue to follow the situation closely.”

Elevated levels of radioactive contaminants are unlikely to persist if the Fukushima plant is brought under control, said Mike Stafford, head of the nuclear and radiological protection office at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

“You’ll see patterns that will be linked to the jet stream and where there was a rain right before (the sample was taken),” he added (Pam Sohn, Chattanooga Times-Free Press, April 14).

State signatories to the Convention on Nuclear Safety agreed to address the Japanese atomic crisis in a special week long conference next year, Kyodo News reported. The governments wrapped up a 10-day meeting on Thursday (Kyodo News IV, April 14).
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« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2011, 07:08:44 PM »

Anti-nuclear scientist expects ‘about 400,000 people’ will get cancer from Fukushima crisis

    Posted on 04.15.11
    By Stephen C. Webster

Christopher Busby, a scientist and anti-nuclear activist, made a startling prediction this week: he claimed “about 400,000 people” within 200 kilometers of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactors will develop cancerous growths due to the radioactive fallout.

Challenged by the host as to the data he’s based these claims on, Busby said that he’d been in Berlin compiling research about the Chernobyl disaster and the human toll going out years later. He claims to have based his prediction upon historical data from that last major meltdown.

Japanese officials recently raised the severity level of the Fukushima crisis to 7, the same level of Russia’s Chernobyl disaster.

Busby added that should this awful prediction come true, it will be due to the misinformation spread by government and TEPCO officials in the days following the massive quake and tsunami that devastated Japan last month. He called their actions “criminally irresponsible.”

This video was broadcast by Russia Today on Thursday, April 14, 2011:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0H-mtsdsgg&feature=player_embedded

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Re: News Updates: fukushima nuclear disaster
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2011, 07:47:16 PM »

where did you find that article? a link to a source?
It's easier for me to convince others if I have a souurce

the guy in the video you linked to, I saw him }
YouTube - Full meltdown in full swing? Japan maximum nuclear alert
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MognnB0g56Y&NR=1&feature=fvwp

Yeah, I wish he was on our news, people are not realizing the extent to which this is heading.
how much time do they have?
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« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2011, 11:37:04 PM »

A letter arrived from http://www.llrc.org/
Quote:
"This post is about radio-Iodine but we have doubts about going with it. If the authorities can get us all thinking about Iodine and then reassure us that actually it's not a problem except for people in Japan (which is broadly true) then we might not realise that the really dangerous isotopes - Plutonium, Uranium, Strontium, Tritium in particular - are not even being reported. This is a massive failure of Governments' duty of care. "


there's a lot more to his email but because of all the embedded links
it'd be much better to read the piece on his site } http://www.llrc.org/

Climacus, this is the same guy from your link, Dr. Christopher Busby

This appears to be his site} http://www.radiationreport.com/ 

"This 10 min sequence on Youtube shows ICRP's Jack Valentin admitting that the ICRP model can not be used by governments to predict the health risks of nuclear accidents: "


The scientist who is doing all the wiggling
tells us:
"radiation makes fruit flies more prolific therefore it could be said it is a Good Thing for society"
Then he says,
 "i guess that proves it has an affect .."
OOPS! Shocked) he put his foot in it!

Actually there are two videos to complete the one interview}
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp9iJ3pPuL8&feature=player_embedded

Busby makes Gundersen sound like a granny!


in the movies when the girl gets so scared she glazes over and faints someone usually slaps her to break the spell.. anyone feeling the need for some laughter to slap them in the face? if so here's a risque granny who'll do it to music }     
   flowgo.com/funny/1750_im-too-sexy-my-granny.html

*warning
it's a cartoon but some might consider it offensive so I made the link impossible to click unless you copy/paste it


here's a P.G. rated alternative}
http://lorettalaroche.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/what-is-all-the-rage-about/
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Re: News Updates: fukushima nuclear disaster
« Reply #21 on: April 18, 2011, 09:17:35 PM »

http://rt.com/news/fukushima-shutdown-resign-robots/ 

this is what the robots saw inside unit 4 remember the fire in the cooling pool?
the other day tepco said the rods were intact! Lies!!!




TEPCO aims to stabilize Fukushima plant in six months

Published: 17 April, 2011, 11:45
Edited: 17 April, 2011, 14:24

The operator of Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant aims to restore the cooling systems of the reactors at the troubled facility within three months and achieve “cold shutdown” of the plant in six to nine months.

­''We will do our utmost to curb the release of radioactive materials by achieving a stable cooling state at the reactors and spent fuel pools,'' said TEPCO’s Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata at a news conference on Sunday, as cited by Kyodo news agency.

Katsumata also shared the company’s plans to put special covers on the heavily damaged buildings of reactors 1, 3 and 4 as well as install a new cooling system to filter contaminated water and flow it back to reactors 1, 2 and 3 of the disaster-hit plant.

The water, which has been pumped into the reactors to cool them down, started leaking into the basements of the facility’s buildings through the cracks that appeared as a result of the earthquake. The level of water reached 85cm below ground level on Sunday in reactor 2 and threatens to overflow into the ocean. It happened despite the efforts to decant some of the water to a condenser tank at the premises of the reactor.

In a week’s time, the company plans to transfer the contaminated water from reactor 2 to a nuclear waste facility that can store some 30,000 tons of such water.

Moreover, robots will be sent on Sunday to take radiation probes and pictures inside the building of reactor 3. The US-made machines will also examine the temperature and oxygen concentration. High radiation levels do not allow people to complete these tasks. Examining reactors 1 and 2 in the same manner will be considered on the results of the attempt at reactor 3.

TEPCO’s chairman, in his Sunday address, also said he and the company’s President Masataka Shimizu are considering resigning their posts over the crisis that hit the company’s nuclear power plant in the aftermath of March’s earthquake and tsunami.
­Over 14,000 missing after March 11 natural disasters

­The National Police Agency listed 14,175 people unaccounted for as of Saturday evening, as a result of the quake and tsunami. Officers say the number does not include people missing in Sendai, the capital of Miyagi prefecture, as authorities there are checking for any overlapping reports.

More than 13,700 people have been confirmed dead. Over 137,000 others are still living in emergency shelters, while more than 22,000 have been evacuated outside the three prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima.

Japanese weather officials expect more strong earthquakes to hit the country in the short term. Japan has experienced a series of quakes since March 11 with the latest one shaking Tochigi prefecture on Saturday. The magnitude of the quake was 5.9, Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano paid his first visit to Fukushima prefecture on Sunday and promised to take responsibility for the welfare of people displaced by the Fukushima-1 nuclear crisis. Edano added that the government would do its utmost to prevent Fukushima prefecture farmers from suffering financially due to consumers not buying their products out of radiation contamination fears.

On the other hand, Edano declined to elaborate when exactly the residents of the evacuation zone around the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant will be able to return to their homes to collect belongings.

Further expansion of the 30km evacuation zone is not being considered at the moment, Edano said.

this camera view of stuff coming out}


http://www.woweather.com/weather/news/fukushima?LANG=us&VAR=webcam

I am posting the levels as they are now, they are more than twice what they were
and they are blowing ON Shore



http://www.k4.dion.ne.jp/~ngtl-rad/

*edit: the numbers at that site went up more the wind is heading our wa now Sad

http://www.llrc.org/  {lots of info about radiation and a very important video with Dr Busby
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« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2011, 06:54:39 AM »

  Fukushima update: TEPCO admits radiation leaks will continue for at least three more months, maybe longer

Monday, April 18, 2011
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com
   

Thanks to an announcement by TEPCO, we now have a "target date" for addressing the radiation leaks from Fukushima. Believe it or not, TEPCO now says it plans to "reduce" the radiation leaking within three months. Notice that there is no admitted goal of "ending" the radiation within three months; just reducing it. So a drop in radiation of one percent would qualify as meeting this goal.


This is basically a blatant admission that the radiation leaks are going to continue way beyond 90 days.

TEPCO also says it now plans to cool the spent fuel rods within nine months. They're now basically shooting for the end of the year to try to make this happen. (http://www.usatoday.com/money/topst...)

So what happens if there's another tsunami between now and the end of the year? Fukushima is basically just FUBAR at that point, it seems. Because another tsunami wave would easily just rip out the spent fuel rods and wash the plutonium back into the ocean, unleashing vast amounts of radiation directly into the environment.

Wishing does not stop the radiation
If everything goes as planned -- and I'm sure Mr. Murphy will have something to say about that -- the Fukushima facility should be in "cold shutdown" within nine months, at which time a years-long effort to entomb the reactors will be launched. If wishful thinking dominates our near future, Fukushima should be completed entombed and locked away in long-term storage within a few years.

This new Fukushima timetable is, of course, little more than a Christmas wish list. I wish Santa will bring me a new toy train! I wish Santa will bring me a new bike! And Japan wishes Santa will bring it a Fukushima solution before the end of the year.

Sometimes, of course, the things you wish for don't necessarily come true. That's how we got to this whole Fukushima situation in the first place, you may recall: TEPCO wished its backup diesel generators would run the cooling pumps, but they didn't. TEPCO then wished the backup batteries would run the cooling pumps, but they ran out of juice in 8 hours. At that point, TEPCO wished it could prevent core meltdowns by spraying sea water on the spent fuel rods, but that didn't turn out too well, either.

TEPCO's wishing, it turns out, is no match for the laws of physics.

In fact, if you're keeping track, TEPCO's wish list isn't turning it to be much of a reliable indicator of what happens in the real world. If I were a gambler, I'd be willing to wager a lot of money that TEPCO's current wish list of having all this done by the end of the year is no more likely to happen than a household cat sprouting a new tail on its back end so that it has TWO tails to play with. Then again, with all the radiation in the air these days, that sort of mutation might become more common than we'd like...

Other developments at Fukushima
• There are fresh radiation leaks that are causing radiation levels in the ocean waters near Fukushima to reach 6,500 times the legal limit. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...)

• The estimated cost of the cleanup and recovery effort from Fukushima is now at $300 billion (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi...)

• TEPCO has announced it will pay US $12,000 to each household that was evacuated from the area due to the Fukushima fallout. (http://www.usatoday.com/money/topst...) That's almost enough to cover a few months of cancer treatment, I suppose, if you think chemotherapy and radiation is the cure for radiation-induced cancer, anyway.

• The tsunami deposited a huge catamaran directly on top of a two-story building. See the astonishing picture at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...

• An advisor to Japan's Cabinet, Kenichi Matsumoto, told reporters that areas around Fukushima would be uninhabitable. He later retracted that statement (http://www.prisonplanet.com/japan-f...). See how quickly this all gets political?

• Robots have now detected very high levels of radiation exposure inside Fukushima's power plants: 49 millisieverts per hour. (http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english...)

• A level of 270 millisieverts per hour was recently detected in the Number One reactor. The level is so high that nuclear workers are unable to even approach the buildings now (http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english...).

• A petition was launched last week to suspend all nuclear licensing (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...)

• Cesium-137 levels continue to rise in the ocean water near Fukushima (http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english...).

• Brian Moench, president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and a member of Union of Concerned Scientists wrote an op-ed piece that emphasizes there is no "safe" level of exposure to radiation from Fukushima. In this piece, he demolishes the excuses of the Fukushima denialists: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinio...

• The mainstream media is already starting to express skepticism over TEPCO's 9-month timeline projections for getting the Fukushima situation under control. Here's an article from TIME: http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/20...

Watch NaturalNews for more updates as the Fukushima situation unfolds…

http://www.naturalnews.com/032124_Fukushima_radiation_leaks.html
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« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2011, 04:13:32 PM »

Radiation at No. 2 spent fuel pool millions of times above normal & thousands of times higher than troubled No. 4 pool


Energy News
April 19th, 2011

    Monday night, Tepco said it detected high radioactivity coming from the spent fuel pool of the No. 2 unit, indicating that either the fuel rods in the pool were damaged or steam containing radioactive materials that rose from the reactor dissolved in the pool water.

    Some 160,000 becquerels per cubic cm of cesium-134, 150,000 becquerels of cesium-137 and 4,100 becquerels of radioactive iodine-131 were detected in a water sample extracted from the storing pool on Saturday.

Read the report here:

http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011041900007

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« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2011, 04:37:59 PM »

Thank you for these informative posts Climacus!

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   ... Some 160,000 becquerels per cubic cm of cesium-134, 150,000 becquerels of cesium-137 and 4,100 becquerels of radioactive iodine-131 were detected in a water sample extracted from the storing pool on Saturday.


Democracy Now had Mr Gundersen on today.
He said,  reactor core #2 has a hole. water is needed to cool it but
 having it all come rushing out the hole means CONTAMINATION
he thinks it's still leaking into the sea as well.

He spent most of his air time talking about a plant in Vermont that had it's license wrongly renewed.  His time ran out and ours is running out too.

FDA refuses to test our fish
gauges in the US to detect radiation are for the most part turned OFF

there is no safe level of radiation

what is happening in Japan can happen here.
we have the same problem with the spent fuel.
Mr.Gundersen did get out these words:
"it's a target for terrorists"


that's the line we need to keep repeating ..
it's the truth too.
If a plane hit Indian Point instead of those other targets
the greater N.Y. area would not be able to recover for hundreds of years.
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« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2011, 05:27:35 PM »

http://rt.com/news/fukushima-plant-radioactive-leakage/ 

Japan’s nuclear leak into ocean at catastrophic levels


Published: 21 April, 2011, 19:39
Edited: 21 April, 2011, 23:22

The Tokyo Electric Power Company says radioactive substances that leaked into the sea at the damaged Fukushima plant over six days in April exceed the annual allowable limit by 20,000 times.

­The plant operator said it calculated the total amount of leaked water assuming that the leak began on April 1st. Some 520 tonnes of the high-level radioactive water have likely reached the sea during the period, reports Japan's Broadcasting Corporation NHK.

The announcement comes as the government brought into effect the entry ban for the 20-kilometer evacuation area around the paralyzed nuclear complex. Police found more than 60 families still living within the contaminated area.

However, the authorities would arrange brief visits for residents, allowing them to return for up to two hours to collect essential belongings.

Meanwhile TEPCO has released multiple videos showing two PackBots navigating inside Fukushima reactors measuring radiation levels.

The plant, crippled by both the earthquake and massive tsunami, has been hit by a series of explosions and radiation leaks, for nearly six weeks.
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« Reply #26 on: April 23, 2011, 11:18:24 AM »

they expanded the evacuation area again and gave the citizens 30 days to remove everything....yesterday.
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Re: News Updates: fukushima nuclear disaster
« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2011, 12:54:32 PM »


“I don’t think the end of Fukushima accident is in sight”
- advocate

Published: 25 April, 2011, 17:47
Edited: 25 April, 2011, 22:41

Philip White, from the Citizen's Nuclear Information Center, says that the situation is Fukushima is worse than the plant's owners are willing to admit.

“It is some sheet material that they want to cover the plant with, to minimize releases of radioactive gasses into the outside. In fact I think they will find it very difficult to achieve that. I don’t think the end of the accident is in sight,” he said.

There is no talk of people returning to their homes within the exclusion zone any time soon, believes White, stressing that recently the Japanese government had placed a ban on returning to that area. What was a loose exclusion zone, where people were not allowed to stay but could travel in and out, has become a strict exclusion zone with fines being imposed for people returning there.

Asked if the Tokyo Electric Power Company was reliable, White replied, “I would not be surprised about anything with TEPCO. There are many people in government who are closely affiliated with TEPCO one way or another,” he stressed. “And the bureaucracy has never been strictly monitoring them. There are few areas that are still uncertain and we think they might be covering up some details, but I think all of this will come out as time goes by. At this stage it is more a matter of the analysis that they put on their data, they minimize the seriousness in their statements, they don’t fully wish to recognize just how serious [the situation] is.”

The director of Atomic-energy.ru website, Pavel Yakovlev, does not think that Fukushima-1 crisis can be called a case of negligence.

“Since Chernobyl, there have been serious improvements in the nuclear safety. It is by far the most regulated industry: we have to undergo very serious and detailed paperwork acknowledging and describing potential risks and hazards. In the last 25 years we have considerably improved safety, efficiency and power output,” says Yakovlev.

Nevertheless, Yakovlev does not believe that putting a sarcophagus over the Fukushima-1 will mean the end of the trouble.

"The Japanese authorities need to maintain and develop a unique in-depth decommissioning plan and they will have to take all the radioactive material out of there, and safely store it, minimizing its volume," says Yakovlev. This operation, he concludes, is likely to draw out to well over the six month period which was the lower limit to resolve the crisis, as estimated by TEPCO.

­Professor Christopher Busby, the Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risks, believes that the Japanese have been very lax in the way they evacuated people from the exclusion zone. He thinks that the zone should be expanded to a 60-70km radius.

Busby thinks that if a sarcophagus is put over Fukushima-1, the nuclear fuel might go underground and get washed away by the sea. The US has already started picking up contaminated material with high concentrations of uranium and plutonium washed up on its coastline, he says.


Christopher Busby also thinks that TEPCO has concealed the fact that one of the explosions at Fukushima was not a gas blast, but a nuclear reaction.

“The nuclear industry has a history of duplicity and cover-up. I believe it probably was a nuclear explosion, not in the reactor, but in the tanks that contains the spent fuel. It seems almost certain now that there was some kind of nuclear explosion in the tank that contained the plutonium fuel rods. Anyone who saw that enormous explosion on the video would not have believed that it was a hydrogen explosion,” says Busby.
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Re: News Updates: fukushima nuclear disaster
« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2011, 09:08:40 PM »

Chernobyl anniversary sparks renewed US energy debate

Published: 27 April, 2011, 00:23
Edited: 27 April, 2011, 02:09http://rt.com/usa/news/chernobyl-energy-debate-nuclear/

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the lessons of Chernobyl are more relevant than ever and both events have reignited a debate in America over US nuclear and general energy policies.

Journalist Greg Palast who actively covers energy and environmental issues explained the continues to push plans for additional nuclear plants, even though many of those involved were responsible for crisis and fraudulent practices in the past.

“There are no reliable builders and operators that we can absolutely trust,” he said.

He explained that the nuclear industry is rife with a history of fraud and wrong doing, and that this creates multiple risks moving forward. Everything from faking nuclear plants to mismanagement, the nuclear industry does not learn from its mistakes.

“It’s cheaper to use safer forms of electricity,” Palast said. “Nuclear power is way too expensive. What we are doing is subsidizing. There would be absolutely no nuclear power plant in the world without subsidies.”

Given other alternatives, like green energy or even gas, there are cheaper and safer methods. But, nuclear continues.

“Obviously Chernobyl did not stop us from building the Fukushima plant,” he remarked.

Cindy Folkers from the organization Beyond Nuclear said society would be much safer with alternative energy sources, like wind and solar.

She explained however that the nuclear industry boasts entrenched interests which prevent competition and innovation. Subsidies given to the nuclear field prevent alternatives from becoming predominant.

“If you remove subsidies from nuclear power we would not have it in this country, but it is the money and the politics that keeps it going,” Folkers noted.

The best lesson to be learned in America from Chernobyl and Fukushima is to stop subsidizing nuclear energy to end it and invest the same funds in safe and clean energy.
 
there  is a short video on the page

more videos here}

http://rt.com/news/fukushima-nuclear-chernobyl-tepco/

Democracy Now had some smart speakers on today, advocating we move away from nuclear power and weapons a.s.a.p.
One was an expert on Chernobyl.
They interviewed deformed youths in Russia who are messed up from it today.
there are so many lies and the truth is dark so people are "ostriching"
Japan is still leaking into the ground water and the air.

I heard Chernobyl is another word for wormwood

Rev.8:10 "And a third part of the waters became wormwood and many men died of the waters because they were made bitter"

".. of the 300+ planned nuclear reactors, 100 are on the pacific ring of fire"

I think we should be seeing the children protest what we are doing as they are the ones who inherit the mess.

http://rt.com/usa/news/chernobyl-energy-debate-nuclear
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Re: News Updates: fukushima nuclear disaster
« Reply #29 on: April 27, 2011, 07:28:01 AM »

more news on Pandora's Box


Fukushima operator starts test-drowning damaged reactor

Published: 27 April, 2011, 12:03
Edited: 27 April, 2011, 12:26

Tokyo Electric Power Company has increased the flow of water into the containment vessel of the damaged No.1 reactor to test whether the construction can withstand increased weight and to check for possible leaks.

­If the test is successful, TEPCO will go on with its plan to drown fuel rods at the No.1 and No.3 reactors to make them cool down in a controlled manner, reports NHT TV channel. The current schedule would see the operation completed by July.

As more water is being pumped in, experts monitor temperature, pressure and radiation levels in the containment vessels via remotely operated robots.

The reactor is already partially drowned with water about six meters deep. Once TEPCO’s plan is fulfilled, the water will be 18.8 meters high and will completely cover the fuel rods. The operation was conceived specifically for the Fukushima disaster and had never been tried before, reports Itar-Tass news agency.

Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant was badly damaged due to the powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami which hit Japan in March. Two of its reactors, which were loaded with fuel at the time of disaster, went into partial meltdown.

The event is considered one of the worst-ever nuclear incidents, sparking public fears over the risks of nuclear energy throughout the world.

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