Nov 12

- Top Headline: ‘Fukushima radiation identified off northern California’ — 50% of samples around West Coast test positive — 7.7 Bq/m3 of cesium near California shore, expected to keep rising for years to come (MAP) (ENENews, Nov 11, 2014):

Statesman Journal, Nov. 10, 2014 at 8:22a ET: Fukushima radiation identified off northern California — Low-level radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident has been detected in multiple samples of ocean water off the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is reporting. The sample nearest to shore was taken about 100 miles off the coast of Eureka, in Northern California… Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant… Radioactive water has continued to leak and be released from the complex… No state or federal agency is testing Pacific waters for radiation… [Ken Buesseler, a WHOI marine chemist] is looking for cesium-134, the so-called “fingerprint” of Fukushima…  He’s also looking for higher-than-background levels of cesium-137, another Fukushima isotope that already is present in the world’s oceans… Buesseler partnered with a group of volunteers on the research vessel ‘Point Sur’ to take a series of about 50 samples offshore, from Dutch Harbor, Alaska to Eureka. So far, about 20 of those samples have been analyzed, and 10 have been positive for cesium-134… Continue reading »

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Nov 12

- Deadly volcanic gases (that aren’t stopping) force Icelanders to stay inside (Ice Age Now, Nov 10, 2014):

The kids at the Graenuvellir kindergarten in Husavik, north Iceland, were kept inside on Nov. 4 to protect them from sulfur-dioxide gases spewing from the Holuhraun lava field near the Bardarbunga volcano, says this article on bloomberg.com.

“The eruption has been going for almost three months and shows no sign of stopping. Red-hot lava now covers 70 sq. km. (27 sq. miles), an area larger than Manhattan. Continue reading »

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Nov 11

- Fracking firms should be allowed to cause bigger earth tremors, academics claim (Telegraph, Nov 11, 2014):

Investment in shale gas industry hindered by “ridiculous” rules outlawing tremors akin to those caused by slamming a door, study finds

Fracking firms must be allowed to cause far more significant earth tremors if the Government wants the shale gas industry to succeed, leading academics have warned.

Current regulations, imposed two years ago, are equivalent to banning buses from driving past houses or prohibiting the slamming of wooden doors, according to Dr Rob Westaway and Professor Paul Younger, of the University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering. Continue reading »

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Nov 10

- Warmest West Coast waters in decades – Maybe EVER (Ice Age Now, Nov 9, 2014):

What does it mean for winter?


Nothing short of historic

“Waters along the west coast of North America, from Baja California in Mexico to the Gulf of Alaska, are warmer than they’ve been in decades,”  says this article in the Washington Post. “The plume of warm water bleeding up the coast is nothing short of historic.”


Sea surface temperature difference from normal, November 3 (NOAA)


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Maybe the warmest EVER

Writes the Seattle Times:

“The North Pacific hasn’t been this warm ever, as far as anyone knows. It’s really strange,” said Bill Peterson, oceanographer with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Newport, Ore. “It looks like an El Niño, but it really isn’t. We don’t really know what it is.”

(I’m guessing that it’s caused by underwater volcanic activity. I wish we could follow that heat back to its source so that we would know.

“Marine biologists are stunned by an onslaught of outsider warm-water species up and down the West Coast,” the article continues.

“A likely contributor to the warmth is the high pressure (or ridging) pattern over the western U.S. this year. In this pattern, winds from the south push warm water eastward, allowing it to converge along the coast. More commonly, winds from the north hold warm waters in the tropics and produce upwelling which brings cold deep water towards the surface.

What does this mean for winter?

“They may portend more drought for the West Coast this winter, and cold, stormy conditions in the East,” the article concludes.

The warmer waters may also bring some drought relief in Southern California by enhancing the tropical moisture feed from the Pacific into the southern U.S.

See entire article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/11/04/in-the-red-west-coast-waters-are-warmest-in-decades-what-does-it-mean/

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Nov 09

- US Economy Shudders: East Coast Set To Freeze As Polar Vortex 2 Arrives (ZeroHedge, Nov 8, 2014):

Remember when last December, a bout of cold weather crushed the US economy for the next 3 months, and subtracted about $100 billion from trendline growth, and when one after another economist (who were then predicting the yield on the 10 Year would “greatly rotate” to 4% by right about now, and who expected the US economy to have reached escape velocity in the second half only to see a 2014 GDP trendline as follows Q2: 4.6%, Q3: 3.5% (soon to be reviser lower), and Q4 now estimated just about 2.0%) blamed the then -3.0% GDP print on snow in the winter? Well here comes round two, because as CBS reports, “prepare for an invasion from the north. A blast of polar air is about to send temperatures plunging in the heart of America.” The polar vortex is back, and this time it means even less business: A mass of whirling cold air will dip southward this weekend, sending the mercury plunging. As the cold air moves south and east, it has the potential to affect as many as 243 million people with wind chills in the single digits in some places and snow.

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Nov 09

- NOAA polar plunge – So cold its purple (Ice Age Now, Nov 7, 2014):

NOAA 6 – 10 Day Forecast  (issued Nov 6th)
Nov 12-16, 2014


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Root address: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/610day/


NOAA 8 – 14 Day Forecast  (issued Nov 6th)
Nov. 14 – 20, 2014 Continue reading »

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Nov 09

- 2nd largest snow cover in Siberia in 47 years (Ice Age Now, Nov 7, 2014):

Signals a greater chance of a harsh winter in North America, Europe and Asia.


About 14.1 million sq km (5.4 million sq miles) of snow blanketed Siberia at the end of October, the second most in records going back to 1967, according to Rutgers University’s Global Snow Lab. The record was set in 1976.

In addition, the speed at which snow has covered the region is the fastest since at least 1998. Continue reading »

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Nov 09

- Finland – Snowstorm causes massive power outage (Ice Age Now, Nov 7, 2014):

More than 40,000 customers lost power in Pietarsaari, Uusikaarlepyy, Vöyri, Oravais and Kruunupyy areas on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, a temperature reading of minus 25 degrees Celsius was recorded at Kevojärvi in Utsijoki following a cold wave on Tuesday night.

In Kainuu since Tuesday night, snow accumulated to more than 20 cm (8 inches) in some places. Continue reading »

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Nov 09

- Ski resorts in the Alps could get up to 5 meters (16.4 feet) of snow (Ice Age Now, Nov 7, 2014):

Heavy snowfall in the Alps has continued for the past 36 hours, with reported accumulations already a meter (39 inches) deep in one case.

It’s the second major snowfall in as many weeks, raising expectations that some ski areas may  open earlier than planned.

Around 20 glacier areas are already open in Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland, with most areas reporting 20 – 60cm so far. Continue reading »

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Nov 08

Florida_Milk

- Emergency radiation testing used at Democrat and Republican conventions after Fukushima; Also for Obama Inauguration — Seafood, meat, vegetables, milk, water checked for nuclear waste, while top officials agree to publicly downplay crisis — 80% of milk samples by Orlando, FL had ‘significant’ Cs-137 (ENENews, Nov 5, 2014):

New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, Aug. 2012 (emphasis added): The Wadsworth Center, which has already tested milk samples in preparation for the upcoming national political conventions, has now been asked to test additional samples of other foods from the sites during the conventions. In August and September, during the conventions… labs will test water, lettuce, orange juice and shrimp for radiological contamination. The labs will also be testing for… radiation in various meat products… These surveillance activities are part of the Food Emergency Response Network‘s (FERN) ongoing preparations for the Republican Convention… and the Democratic Convention… The labs will be testing foriodine-131 [Half life = 8 days], cesium-137 and other… sources of radiation. Should any contaminants be identified… laboratories across the nation could be called on to test large quantities of samples… Wadsworth’s initial role in the role in the political convention preparation exercises was to measure evidence of radioactive isotopes Iodine-131 and Cesium-137 in milk prior to the conventions. Continue reading »

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Nov 08

- ‘Mysterious Phenomena’ off U.S. West Coast: Fish disappeared, whales nearly absent, no krill, high rates of egg failure among birds — California Fishermen: “There’s almost nothing there, just a lot of warm clear water” (ENENews, Nov 4, 2014):

San Jose Mercury News, Nov. 2, 2014: Rare changes in wind patterns this fall have caused the Pacific Ocean off California and the West Coast to warm to historic levels, drawing in a bizarre menagerie of warm-water species. The mysterious phenomena are surprising fishermen… El Niño isn’t driving this year’s warm-water spike… Nor is climate change… All year [NOAA] scientists… have been forecasting an El Niño… But now the water is only slightly warmer than normal at the equator, leading scientists to declare a mild El Niño is on the way… The ocean changes also have affected birds. As ocean upwelling stalled in the summer, less krill and other food rose from the depths. As a result, several species of birds, including common murres, had high rates of egg failure on the Farallon Islands, 27 miles west of San Francisco. Continue reading »

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Nov 08

- Food products ‘heavily contaminated’ by Fukushima found in US; Over 30,000 pCi/kg of cesium, also had Cobalt-60 and Antimony-124 — FDA: We found no Fukushima contamination in US food supply during routine monitoring (ENENews, Nov 3, 2014):

Dr. Robert Metzger, Radiation Safety Engineering, Inc, American Chemical Society 2013 Meeting (emphasis added): Contamination of food imports to the United States in the early days after the Fukushima accident… Contaminated food imports into the US from Japan were first observed in our laboratory on March 30, 2011, with several products exceeding the FDA Derived Intervention Level (DIL) for Cesium and Iodine

Dr. Metzger’s presentation excerpts, Feb 8, 2014:

  • First observed food… contamination was found on March 30… a Sushi import was found to be contaminated with 131I
  • April 5, a shipment of Koji powder was… heavily contaminated with 60Co, 124Sb, 131I, 132Te, 134Cs and 137Cs… This, and subsequent samples, exceeded the FDA [DIL] Continue reading »

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Nov 07

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- Heaviest November snow storm in 50 YEARS in Moscow (ZeroHedge, Nov 6, 2014):

Large, early snowstorm disrupts flights and creates havoc on the roads.

Yelena Temakina, chief of the forecast department at Moscow’s Meteorological Office, said 20 cm (8 inches) of snow had fallen in 24 hours.

Moscow’s City Hall said it expects the snowstorm, due to continue at least until Friday morning, to be the biggest in November in 50 years. Continue reading »

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Nov 06

- TV: “This is really kind of scary… a grim reality” for West Coast — Alarm as baby whales keep dying; Since 2011 none have survived over a year — Biologist: We see them pregnant for weeks, then no longer pregnant — NOAA: “Not what we’re used to… Incredibly poor condition… Skeleton with skin” (VIDEO) (ENENews, Nov 5, 2014):

King 5 News (Seattle), Oct. 21, 2014: Baby orca death triggers alarm; The recent loss… is sounding off alarms since its been years since a baby orca has survived — “Researchers say there is no hope for a missing baby orca… The baby — which was born just last month — is nowhere in sight… The loss of yet another baby orca… A grim reality is taking shape… This is really kind of scary, because it’s been years since one of these little guys has survived… Babies are not surviving, and [biologist Ken Balcomb] says some whales appear pregnant for weeks, only to be seen later no longer pregnant… Some scientists believe the orcas… could be poisoning their own babies with toxic mother’s milk.” Continue reading »

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Nov 05

- Earliest and deepest snowfalls in more than 100 years in Southeastern U.S. (Ice Age Now, Nov 3, 2014):

The snow, combined with record low temps, “is drawing predictions of a new mini ice age,” says Breitbart.com.

Tennessee, North and South Carolina and Georgia all saw unexpected snow, in some places almost two feet deep.

According to the Climatology Office in South Carolina, Concord, South Carolina has broken a 125-year record for the earliest snow seen. And Columbia, South Carolina’s capital, broke a 129-year record.

In fact, the state has already doubled its expected annual snowfall – more than 1½ months before any snow was even expected. Continue reading »

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Nov 05

- Record snowfall in the Smoky Mountains (Ice Age Now, Nov 3, 2014):

LeConte Lodge recorded 22 inches (56 cm) of snow and waist-deep drifts.


Some roads now reopened after Saturday’s record-breaking snowfall. On Saturday, rangers closed all roads in the park.

Saturday’s snowfall set a new daily record total for the Smokies. LeConte Lodge recorded 22 inches (56 cm) of snow and Newfound Gap picked up 15 inches (38 cm).

Waist-high snowdrifts

The LeConte Lodge posted on its blog that there are lots of drifts larger than waist high around the grounds. Continue reading »

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Nov 05

- Record-setting snowfall across northern and eastern Maine (Ice Age Now, Nov 3, 2014):

Never Snowed This Much This Early at Bangor & Caribou


The massive, “nor’easter” left more than 140,000 homes and businesses without power on Monday and dropped snow as far south as South Carolina.

“Smashed” previous record, says Weather Service

“A total of 10.1 (25.6 cm) inches of snow was observed at Caribou, Maine, yesterday,” says the National Weather Service. “This smashed the daily snowfall record for November 2nd of 1.3 inches in 2002.”

“This was also the largest calendar day snowfall ever observed so early in the season, breaking the record of 9.4 inches on October 29, 1963. Continue reading »

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Nov 03

- Record snow in South Carolina capital (Ice Age Now, Nov 2, 2014):

Earliest snow in at least 134 years.

“This has been a historic event,” said WXLT News19 Meteorologist Daniel Bonds. “It’s unprecedented. I’ve run out of adjectives to describe it.”

Snowfall at Columbia Metropolitan Airport on Nov. 1 is the earliest on record, beating the previous record by 8 days. according to the National Weather Service.

The previous record was set just one year ago, on Nov 9, 20113. (Do we see a trend here?) Continue reading »

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Nov 03

- Official: Fukushima “destroyed our life… it can destroy history itself” — Professor: “Very hard to imagine a future beyond Fukushima, it’s so uncontainable” — Filmmaker: Meltdowns “opened up a fissure in time and space… Horror of radiation menaces the future in the present” (VIDEOS) (ENENews, Nov 2, 2014):

Guggenheim Global Art Initiative — Q&A with the Otolith Group discussing their film ‘The Radiant’ which explores the aftermath of 3/11, published Oct. 29, 2014 (emphasis added):

  • Anjalika Sagar (at 2:00 in): Things have got much worse — and at the same time that things have got much worse, you have an accelerated form of secrecy relating to the level of the contamination in food products, in the sea… We were interested in… the politics of how disposable this population has become… Where the threat of the earthquakes could possibly contaminate the whole of Japan, which has happened… Continue reading »

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Nov 03

From the letter:

“It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford’s book organizes the facts very well.) I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.”


Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, former Chairman; Former member Defense Science Board, chmn of Technology panel; Chairman DSB study on Nuclear Winter; Former member Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Former member, President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee; Chairman APS study on Nuclear Reactor Safety Chairman Risk Assessment Review Group; Co-founder and former Chairman of JASON; Former member USAF Scientific Advisory Board; Served in US Navy in WW II; books: Technological Risk (about, surprise, technological risk) and Why Flip a Coin (about decision making)

- Professor Emeritus Hal Lewis Resigns from American Physical Society (Telegraph, Oct 9, 2014):

The following is a letter to the American Physical Society released to the public by Professor Emiritus of physics Hal Lewis of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Sent: Friday, 08 October 2010 17:19 Hal Lewis

From: Hal Lewis, University of California, Santa Barbara
To: Curtis G. Callan, Jr., Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society

6 October 2010

Dear Curt:

When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago). Continue reading »

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Nov 03

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- Incredible early-season snow slams the Southeast, impacts felt across eastern U.S. (Washington Post, Nov 1, 2014):

3:00 p.m. update:NWS Morristown reports up to 22″ of snow fell at Mt LeConte in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, with drifts waist deep there.

Here are several new share-worthy items from this stunning mid-fall snowstorm:

Original story from 11:35 a.m…

Snow to start November in South Carolina? Basically unheard of. Until today. Continue reading »

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Nov 02

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- Sinkhole develops under dam in US — 7 nuclear reactors downstream — Water now seeping out — Gov’t notified of ‘stability issues’, plants begin evaluating potential flood impacts — Official: An ‘uncommon’ occurrence, we’re monitoring it continuously and working around clock — Structure same height as Niagra Falls (PHOTOS) (ENENews, Oct 31,2014):

Johnson City Press, Oct. 30, 2014 (emphasis added): Oct. 20 inspection of [Tennessee’s Boone] dam revealed a sink hole… Six days later, an uncommon occurrence happened when seepage was found near the location of the sink hole at the base of the dam

NRC, Oct. 30, 2014: … BOONE DAM STABILITY ISSUES… “TVA conducted a briefing for government officials… after discovery of a sink hole near the base… water and sediment [has been] found seeping from the river below the dam. TVA is continuously monitoring the dam… The dam is located upstream of all three TVA nuclear sites… The NRC Senior Resident Inspector was notified. The licensee is evaluating this event for potential impact on the design basis flooding level.” Continue reading »

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Nov 02

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- Record snowfall in Chicago – Happy Halloween! (Ice Age Now, Nov 1, 2014):

Halloween started with a record snowfall for many Chicago-area residents.
As of 8 a.m. Friday, O’Hare and Chicago Rockford International Airport had one-tenth of an inch of snow, the most on record for Oct. 31 for the city of Chicago, according to the weather service.

The snow and wind caused hundreds of flight cancellations and delays Friday at O’Hare International Airport, officials said.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-snow-possible-weather-story-20141031-story.html

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Nov 01

- ‘US fracking extremely dangerous, poses cancer threat’ (RT, Oct 31, 2014)

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Oct 30

- Japan Reacts to Worsening Fukushima Disaster By … Reopening Nuclear Plant Next to Active Volcano Which Is About to Blow (Washington’s Blog, Oct 29, 2014)

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Oct 30

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- Oil Residue The Size Of Rhode Island Covers Gulf Of Mexico Seafloor In Macondo Well Disaster Aftermath (ZeroHedge, Oct 29, 2014):

Ever since the April 2010 disaster on the BP-operated Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, there was one big outstanding question: where did the bulk of the oil gol? Now, thanks to a research team led by David Valentine, a microbial geochemist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, sampled more than 534 locations near the spill site, gathering more than 3,000 individual samples, we know the answer: the oil spill – some 10 million gallons of coagulated oil – left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico, about 25 miles from the well, that’s about the size of Rhode Island.

The researchers found an area of 1,250 square miles (3,237 square km), mostly southwest of the Macondo well, where a thin sheen of oil rests in patches on the top half-inch of the seafloor, according to the NSF. Continue reading »

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Oct 30

Dandelion Mutation in Fukushima

- Gundersen: Mutations in plants being reported after chronic Fukushima exposure — Professor: Mutant flowers found in Fukushima — Biologist: “Gigantic leaves, seeds very big” after nuclear disaster (VIDEO)  (ENENews, Oct 29, 2014):

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education on Radio Ecoshock, Oct 27, 2014 (11:30 in): We work with a woman… an organic gardener. Every year, she’s taken the seeds from her garden, planted, then harvested seeds from those plants to be the next year’s crop. So she’s got 4 years now of seeds that have been growing about 30 miles (~50 km) from Fukushima. She’s beginning to experience gargantuanism in her food now, which is an indication of radiation damage. It’s one of the many DNA changes that occur after a couple of generations. So we know that gardeners and plants that are outside the exclusion zone are seeing the effects of chronic levels of radiation that the Japanese would choose to ignore. Continue reading »

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Oct 30

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- Weather Channel Co-Founder: Efforts to Prove Global Warming Have ‘Failed’ (Truth Revolt, Oct 22, 2014):

“Efforts to prove the theory that carbon dioxide is a significant greenhouse gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed.”

The co-founder of the Weather Channel and climate expert John Coleman recently wrote an open letter directly attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, arguing that attempts to prove man-made climate change “have failed” and that political agendas rather than science are now driving the “scientific” conversation.

Here’s an excerpt of from the open letter (via Express News): Continue reading »

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Oct 28

Radiation Levels Have Surged At Fukushima Plant

- Radiation levels have surged at Fukushima plant — 100,000% of previous record high — TV: “Officials say they don’t know the cause… Typhoon may be to blame” (VIDEO) (ENENews, Oct 26, 2014):

NHK Transcript, Oct. 24, 2014 (h/t Deep13th Nuclear Waste Info): [TEPCO] says it has found high levels of radioactive cesium in groundwater in the compound. Officials at TEPCO say a recent typhoon may be the cause… TEPCO officials say water taken on Wednesday from a well had 460,000 becquerels of cesium per liter (Bq/l)… another well contained 424,000 becquerels. Officials say those levels are 800 to 900 times the previous peak. The wells are several meters west of the No. 2 reactor… The utility plans to treat the tainted groundwater and discharge it into the ocean, but local people strongly oppose the plan…

NHK, Oct. 24, 2014: High levels of radiation found at Fukushima plant… TEPCO officials say they don’t know what caused the rise. They speculate a recent typhoon may be to blame. Continue reading »

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