Apr 17

- WTF Moment Of The Week: No One Bought Japanese Bonds For 36 Hours This Week (Dollar Collapse, April 17, 2014):

Here’s something you don’t see very often: For a day and a half this week, the Japanese government’s benchmark 10-year bonds attracted not a single successful private sector bid. At today’s artificially-depressed yields, no one wants this paper — except of course the Bank of Japan, which is buying up the bonds with newly-created yen. As the Gulf Times noted: Continue reading »

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Apr 14

- TV: Hundreds of tons of water in contact with melted nuclear fuel have now flooded basements at Fukushima plant — Nearly 10 Trillion Bq of Cesium — Concentration of strontium-90 and other radioactive materials not reported (VIDEO) (ENENews, April 14, 2014):

Asahi Shimbun, Apr. 14, 2014: Tons of highly radioactive water have flooded basements at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant [...] the Nuclear Regulation Authority ordered the utility to continue to monitor the situation and collect the leakage as soon as possible. TEPCO officials said the water was highly contaminated because it was used to cool reactors [...] it has yet to be purified using a system that removes radioactive materials. [...] Workers noticed something amiss on April 10, as the water levels in buildings that should have been pumping out water were found to be rising. Workers discovered April 12 that four pumps that should not have been used were in operation [and] were halted around 5 p.m. on April 13.

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Apr 14

Fukushima-Mutation

- Fairewinds Video: ‘Anomalies’ in plants and animals documented by Fukushima residents, some severely deformed — Scientists: Genetic mutations observed in Fukushima include trees with peculiar distortions, insect abnormalities, tumors in birds, more (PHOTO) (ENENews, April 13, 2014):

Fairewinds Energy Education, Apr. 10, 2014 — Chiho Kaneko, member of the Board of Directors of Fairewinds originally from Iwate, Japan (at 11:15 in): It’s not just people who are sicker. I met a home gardener who lives in Kawamata, Fukushima, 30-miles from Fukushima Daiichi. She grows luffas, whose fruit is often dried to make bath sponges. Last year, with some trepidation, she used the seeds saved from the year before. She found flower buds directly growing out of the fruit. Some of her pole beans were abnormally gigantic. Near Fukushima city, another person saw a frog so severely deformed that, at first, it was difficult to tell that it was a frog, save for its hopping. These are true events described by people I met who took notes and photographs of these environmental anomalies.

Asian Perspective Vol. 37, No. 4, Anders Pape Møller and Timothy A. Mousseau, Oct.-Dec. 2013: A careful observer [who visits Chernobyl or Fukushima] will quickly become aware of the peculiar distortions of tree growth, numerous abnormalities in insects, and tumors and cataracts in birds, all caused by genetic mutations induced by exposure to the radiation [...] radiation causes damage to DNA molecules (leading to mutations if not repaired) [...] We have known for more than eighty years that low-dose radiation has cytotoxic effects and causes mutations. [...] we looked at 373 effect sizes from forty-six different studies [...] they showed a statistically significant negative effect of radiation [...] on mutation, physiology, immunology, and disease. As one would expect, effects were stronger on plants, which are stuck in one place, than on animals that can move around [...] As the first scientists in both Chernobyl and Fukushima, we have performed [fifteen] published tests, of organisms ranging from plants and insects to birds and mammals in Chernobyl, that support the hypothesis that low-dose radiation disrupts development, and all fifteen studies show a higher degree of asymmetry in the more contaminated plots. [...] we have assembled effect sizes from all published studies of mutation rates from Chernobyl, in total 151 estimates of mutations in forty-five studies of thirty-three species ranging from bacteria and plants to insects, birds, and mammals, including humans [The] findings are robust in showing a general, strong overall mean effect size of radiation on mutation rates. [...] Mutations accumulate with time and across generations, so we may only be seeing the first stages of the negative public health consequences [...] for humans.

Watch the Fairewinds video here

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Apr 14

- [Tepco's upward revision] “80 BILLION was actually 280 BILLION Bq/m3 in last summer’s leakage” (Fukushima Diary, April 12, 2014):

Following up this article.. Leaked all β of “300m3 leakage accident” was also underestimated / INES level might be increased [URL]

All β nuclide density was 280,000,000,000 Bq/m3 in the leaked tank water last summer. All β nuclide means the collective of the nuclides to include Strontium-90.

Tepco announced the all β nuclide density was 80,000,000,000 Bq/m3 in the beginning. They raised the reading by 3.5 times much after over half a year has passed.

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Apr 13

- New radioactive leak reported at Fukushima on Sunday — Previous leak admitted to be “far more toxic” than public told — Over 80 trillion becquerels flowed into Pacific, unspecified amount of “nuclear fuel material” — Already rated an INES ‘Level 3′ incident using the much lower incorrect figures (ENENews, April 13, 2014):

Jiji Press, Apr. 13, 2014: Up to one ton of radioactive water has leaked out of a plastic storage tank at [...] Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, TEPCO said Sunday [...] some 700 meters away from the shore [...] While the tank’s lower part is damaged to allow tainted water to flow into the ground [...] The water contained 440 becquerels [per liter] of cesium-134 and 1,200 becquerels [per liter] of cesium-137 as well as 1,400 becquerels [per liter] of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances such as strontium-90, according to TEPCO.

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Apr 13

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- Quake hits just off Fukushima plant, felt along 500 kilometer stretch of Japan coast — Seismic intensity of 4 on scale up to 7 — Camera shakes for about 1 minute (VIDEO) (ENENews, April 13, 2014):

Japan Meteorological Agency, Apr. 13, 2014:

  • Time: 18:16 JST
  • Date: Apr. 13, 2014
  • Depth: 60 km
  • Location: Fukushima-ken Oki
  • Coordinates: 37.3N 141.2E
  • Magnitude: 4.9
  • Seismic Intensity: 4 out of 7
  • [Centered 30 kilometers east of Fukushima Daiichi]

Watch video of the quake here (at 8:00 in, 2x speed)

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Apr 11

- Nuclear Engineer: Radiation levels “much higher” in areas of Fukushima plume headed to west coast than models show — Radio: Concern “other isotopes” besides cesium to cross Pacific (AUDIO) (ENENews, April 11, 2014):

NPR, KQED Forum, March 10, 2014 — Dan Madigan, Stony Brook University adjunct assistant professor (at 18:45 in): The models that predict the spread across the Pacific Ocean reaching the Eastern Pacific at some certain time is pretty much totally agreed upon, as in some amount of radioactive cesium and potentially other isotopes will cross the Pacific Ocean. The question is in the amounts. […] I want to point out I’m not saying that, or suggesting that, it won’t necessarily be problematic at all. But so far, all the information that’s been put forth has suggested that — I think a lot of people don’t know — in many ways this is a unique thing to happen to the Pacific Ocean, so people weren’t sure what they’d measure. >> Full broadcast here

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Apr 11

- Tepco NOT to analyze Plutonium or Uranium in bypass water before discharging to the Pacific (Fukushima Diary, April 9, 2014):

Following up this article.. Tepco plans to discharge pumped groundwater to the sea this coming June [URL]

Tepco is not going to analyze / put the safety limit on α nuclides including Plutonium-238/239/240 and Uranium-235/238 in bypassed groundwater to discharge.

They are planning to discharge the pumped groundwater to the Pacific from this coming June. They are supposed to analyze the contamination though they won’t filter the pumped water.

However from their answer to the local fishery cooperative, α nuclides will be excluded from the checking list. No matter how contaminated by Plutonium, Uranium, or / and Americium the water is, the pumped water will be discharged limitlessly.

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Apr 11

- Fairewinds Video: Many in Fukushima told me of family or friends dying suddenly — “I sense something grave is happening” — People are sicker in Tokyo as well — I also experienced unusual symptoms when in Japan recently (ENENEws, April 10, 2014):

Fairewinds Energy Education, Apr. 10, 2014 — Chiho Kaneko, member of the Board of Directors of Fairewinds Energy Education originally from Iwate, Japan (at 10:30 in): I think about what’s unfolding in Japan today — I sense something grave is happening. I have heard many Fukushima people’s personal accounts of their family members or friends dying suddenly. In one case, a baby suddenly died — and these illnesses and sudden deaths are not happening only in Fukushima Prefecture — people are sicker in Tokyo [...] During my month-long stay in Japan in December and January, I too experienced unusual symptoms. I developed a skin rash that doesn’t heal. When I was in Fukushima, I developed a scratchy throat and pain in my eyes. Something is happening, and yet we cannot prove anything. The IAEA and Fukushima Medical University are working together to collect and collate the health data of Fukushima residents. Many residents fear that this effort is just a show — or worse yet, just for the sake of collecting secret data. Many people fear that the experts already have a forgone conclusion — the conclusion that if people get ill it is not because of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. [...] The Fukushima Daiichi disaster opened the door for me to see how this is not a mere Japanese crisis, it’s a crisis that transcends geography and time. [...] What can we do now? Sometimes a big part of me feels the situation is too late to remedy. This is a situation mired with the world politics and economy, the struggle for power and money. [...] If we care about life, we must try to find ways to at least slow the pace of nuclear contamination and we must focus on what’s actually happening to humans, animals, and birds, and everything else on this planet — instead of consigning the interpretation of radiation’s effects to the so-called experts.

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Apr 11

- Japan Freefall Continues – Bank Stocks Hit Bear Market (ZeroHedge, April 10, 2014):

The Nikkei 225 is down over 700 points from the post-FOMC minutes exuberance with major volume hitting the open in Japan.

Japanese stocks are now down 15% from their high and trading at six-month lows (and the cheapest to the Dow in 15 months). USDJPY is tumbling further (though the standard opening knee-jerk stop-run is being attempted).

Within the broader Topix index, Japanese bank stocks have just hit a bear market (down over 20% from their highs) at 10-months.

When asked how he felt about this, we suspect Abe said “depends.”

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Apr 10

- Fukushima Operator Begins Pumping out Radioactive Groundwater (RIA Novosti, April 9, 2014):

MOSCOW, April 9 (RIA Novosti) – Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has begun pumping out groundwater from the Fukushima nuclear plant to prevent further radiocative leaks, media reported Wednesday.

The pumped out water is later expected to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean.

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Apr 10

- Navy Sailors: Frozen Fukushima steam blanketed ship; Crew suffered massive radiation doses, dozens have cancer — Calls for it to be sunk… still too radioactive; Navy: There’s some contamination, but it’s ok — Tepco: No way US officials would rely on information we were telling to public (ENENews, April 9, 2014):

AP, Apr 7, 2014: Nearly 80 U.S. sailors are [...] alleging [Tepco] lied about the high level of radiation in the area [and] repeatedly said there was no danger to the crew when they were actually being blanketed with radiation that has since led to dozens of cancer cases and a child being born with birth defects [Tepco] said that there was no way the commanders of the aircraft carrier would have relied on the utility [...] “It’s wholly implausible… military commanders in charge of thousands of personnel and armed with some of the world’s most sophisticated equipment, relied instead only on the press releases and public statements of a foreign electric utility co.”

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Apr 10

- China Warns Obama “US Is Moving In A Direction We Don’t Want To See” (Zerohedge, April 9, 2014):

Apparently doing away with diplomatic pleasantries, the Chinese have been directly clear with Chuck Hagel as he lays the groundwork for President Obama’s Asia trip later this month (scheduled to visit Japan, Malaysia, and the Philippines – all in direct territorial conflicts with China). As Reuters reports, “Obama needs to pay serious consideration to this issue when he comes to Asia… China has already put this message across during the meetings with Hagel,” said Ruan Zongze, a former diplomat with the China Institute of International Studies in Beijing, a think tank linked to the Foreign Ministry. “The United States is moving in a direction we don’t want to see, taking sides with Japan and the Philippines, and China is extremely unhappy about this.”

Things did not start off well…

In one of the many frank exchanges U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had in China this week, General Fan Changlong told him how one of his uncles died as a slave in a Japanese mine during World War Two.

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Apr 09

- AP: Fukushima children flee radiation; “Getting nosebleeds, growing pale and lethargic”; Mistrust of officials high — Father: “Cases of cancer are up… we are worried” — Mother: I don’t believe it’s as safe as gov’t claims, raising questions can get you branded a troublemaker (ENENews, April 9, 2014):

Associated Press, Apr. 7, 2014: Fukushima children start school, flee radiation — [Residents of Koriyama, 50 km west of Fukushima Daiichi,] Yukie Hashimoto and her husband sent their daughter 300 kilometers away [...] mistrust of the authorities remains high [...] eight students – seven in junior high school and one in elementary school – began their new lives this month [...] The project is the brainchild of Mayor Akira Sugenoya, a medical doctor who performed more than 100 thyroid-cancer surgeries [after Chernobyl.] For those outside the largely off-limits 20-kilometer zone, taking such a drastic step is relatively rare [and] divided both their family and entire communities. Hashimoto was nervous about speaking to a reporter, because raising questions can get one branded as a troublemaker. She requested that her daughter remain anonymous [...] Children are far more vulnerable to radiation than adults. The girl’s grandparents and her college-age brother find the fretting about radiation ridiculous. [...] the girl started getting nosebleeds and growing pale and lethargic. That may have had nothing to do with radiation, but it made Hashimoto decide to get her out, and her husband relented. [Kokoro Kamiyama] is happy she can run around outdoors in Matsumoto without wearing a mask.

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Apr 08

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- Gov’t model shows airborne radioactive plume covering entire west coast of US & Canada on Mar 22, 2011… 10 times more radioactive than plume coming from Fukushima plant on same day — Radiation levels in some plumes had no discernible decrease after crossing Pacific (VIDEO) (ENENews, April 8, 2014):

Fukushima Radioactive Aerosol Dispersion, NOAA: The [HYSPLIT] model was developed by NOAA to follow the transport and dispersion of pollutants in the atmosphere. In HYSPLIT, the computation is composed of four components: transport by the mean wind, turbulent dispersion, scavenging and decay. A large number of pollutant particles, which by convention are called “particles” but are just computational “points” (particles or gases), are released at the source location and passively follow the wind. [...] March 11th [...] by 16:36 a nuclear emergency was reported. By the early morning hours of March 12th, radioactive emissions were occurring [...] the simulation from NOAA’s HYSPLIT model shows a continuous release of tracer particles from 12-31 March at a rate of 100 per hour representing the Cesium-137 emitted from Fukushima Daiichi. Each change in particle color represents a decrease in radioactivity by a factor of 10.

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Apr 08

- PHOTOS: Study finds deformities “significantly higher” in Fukushima insects — “To my knowledge, such deformations haven’t been reported” in species before — Lower body split in half, 2 tail-like appendages — 1,000% higher death rate in young than other Japan area — Urgent investigations called for (ENENews, April 7, 2014):

Ecology and Evolution (Journal), Morphological abnormalities in gall-forming aphids in a radiation-contaminated area near Fukushima Daiichi: selective impact of fallout?, Shin-ichi Akimoto, Graduate School of Agriculture at Hokkaido University, 2014:

Excerpts from Abstract: “This study compared the morphology and viability of gall-forming aphids between the Fukushima population and control populations [...] proportions of abnormalities and mortality were significantly higher in Fukushima [and] suggests that radioactive contamination had deleterious effects” Continue reading »

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Apr 07

- Marine Chemist: Highly contaminated waste flowing in aquifer below Fukushima — Mag: Groundwater can ‘erupt’ from seafloor offshore — Gov’t expert warned about radioactive substances ‘springing up’ in Pacific (PHOTOS) (ENENews, April 6, 2014):

Ocean Sciences Meeting, Woods Hole marine chemist Matt Charette, Feb. 24, 2014: Submarine groundwater discharge as a source of radioactivity to the ocean from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant – [Cs-134, -137] have remained elevated over ~two years and exceed background values in the coastal ocean off Japan. [...] groundwater is infiltrating the NPP reactor buildings at several hundred tons/day and being transformed into highly contaminated radioactive wastewater [...] TEPCO has acknowledged ongoing direct radionuclide inputs to the local aquifer with the potential for transport to the coastal ocean via submarine groundwater discharge (SGD). We present results from a May 2013 survey [...] key radionuclides of concern (Cs isotopes, 90-Sr) will be presented [...]

Oceanus Magazine, published by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Nov. 2004: Continue reading »

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Apr 06

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- Professors: Seafood off N. American coast predicted to exceed gov’t radioactivity limit — “High priority looming threat” to global ocean from Fukushima releases — Radiation levels ‘well above’ 1,000 Bq/kg according to model (ENENews, April 6, 2014):

‘Environmental Radiation: What Do We Know and What Should We Know for Assessing Risks’
Event: SETAC North America 32nd Annual Meeting, October 4, 2011
Title: Modeling Bioaccumulation Potential of Cs137 in Marine Food Web of NW Pacific, Canada
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Apr 06

- From Euphoria To Despair (Zerohedge, April 6, 2014):

Perhaps no chart better captures the current fleeting, momentum-chasing “euphoria to despair” sentiment in the markets, in which nothing is real or fundamentally-driven, and where everything is a “smoke and mirrors” illusion encouraging the speculative stampede into (and then out of) the comfort of printed paper “wealth”, than the following visual summary of how foreign cash came to Japan, injecting a record amount of money on hopes that Abenomics would promptly send the Nikkei to 20,000, and upon realizing the failure of Abenomics to result in a virtuous market expansion (the Nikkei is down about 7% for 2014), has high-tailed it out of the land of the rising sun at the fastest pace in history!

Japan net buying

And keep in mind that the Nikkei is still roughly, and artificially, 50% higher than where it will be once the Abenomics euphoria is fully faded. Which is why the purple line may still have a very long way to go… in an inversely upward direction.

Source: Diapason Commodities Management

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Apr 06

For your WTF folder …

From the article:

“… even though the most exposed children may face an increased risk”

Now here is what those UN scientists call ‘increased risk’:

- Arnie Gundersen: Terrifying Cancer Data For Fukushima – ‘Statistics Are Astounding Especially For Young Girls’

- 75 Fukushima Children Confirmed Or Suspected With Thyroid Cancer – Expert: ‘Gene Pool Is Damaged’; Surge In Disease Expected

- Over 44% Of Fukushima Children Have Thyroid Abnormalities

- Fukushima: More Then 42% of Children Have Thyroid Nodules Or Cysts (German TV Video, Nov 18, 2012):

More than 42% of 57,000 tested children have nodules or cyst, reports Dr. Suzuki who leads the examinations. In Chernobyl they found only 0.1 – 1%.

From the article:

“The amounts of radioactive substances such as iodine-131 released after the 2011 accident were much lower than after Chernobyl,…”

Really?

- U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Alan Thompson Reported 1,500 MICROSIEVERTS Per Hour Thyroid Dose South Of Tokyo On March 20, 2011

From the article:

“… and Japanese authorities also took action to protect people living near the stricken plant, including evacuations.”

By hiding the true extend of the disaster & failing to hand out potassium iodide tablets to the Japanese people?

So Fukushima shouldn’t have any effects here in the US, right?

- Study: 28% Increase In Thyroid Problems In Babies Born After Fukushima in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington

Flashback:

- Fukushima Is An Extinction Level Event: 17.91 Billion Lethal Doses (By Ingestion) Chasing Each And Every One Of Us On The Planet … And That’s Just From The Amount Of Cesium-137 (Veterans Today)

- Fukushima Now Equal To 50 Plus Chernobyls & 3,000 Billion Lethal Doses Of Radiation (Veterans Today)

- Japanese TV Program In 1993: What Happened to Chernobyl Children 7 Years after the Accident? ‘Truly Terrible Things Emerged Several Years After The Accident’ – THE CRIMINAL IAEA EXPOSED (Video)

- Prof. Yury Bandazhevsky: Over 50 Bq/Kg In Humans Leads To Irreversible Lesions In Vital Organs – CRIMINAL WHO And IAEA EXPOSED (Video)


Blinky-Fukushima

- UN Reports Fukushima Is Not Chernobyl; Expects No “Significant Changes” In Cancer Rates (ZeroHedge, April 6, 2014):

Just as we should be re-assured by Shinzo Abe’s declaration that the Olympics will be ‘safe’ in Japan (despite his incessant calls for recovery in the Japanese economy when it is actually collapsing under its own devalued currency import costs); the UN is out with a report that states it did not expect “significant changes” in future cancer rates that could be attributed to radiation exposure from the reactor meltdowns. The levels, according to their report, were much lower than Chernobyl and therefore the Fukushima nuclear disaster is unlikely to lead to a rise in people developing cancer. But… some children ‘might’ have received doses that could affect their risk of developing cancer later in life…

Via Japan Times,

The Fukushima nuclear disaster is unlikely to lead to a rise in people developing cancer as happened after Chernobyl in 1986, even though the most exposed children may face an increased risk, U.N. scientists said Wednesday.

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Apr 06

FYI.



Added: Mar 20, 2014

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Apr 05

“The China Bubble”


- And The World’s “Most Powerful” Nation Is… (ZeroHedge, April 5, 2014):

In terms of economic might, BBVA has created an index of “world market power” enabling an at-a-glance view of a nation’s impact on the global economy via relevance of exports, exposure to external shocks, technological content, and retained value-added. And the winner is… Hint, not USA…

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Apr 05

Flashback:

- U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Alan Thompson Reported 1,500 MICROSIEVERTS Per Hour Thyroid Dose South Of Tokyo On March 20, 2011

More info down below.


- Former Energy Dept. Official: People near Tokyo “were getting a yearly radiation dose in about 10 minutes” from Fukushima releases — “Radioactive gases might have been leaving at a rate of 300% a day, instead of 1% assumed by designer” (AUDIO) (ENENews, April 4, 2014):

Fukushima at Three: Folklore vs. Facts, Institute for Policy Studies, Mar. 7, 2014:

  • At 9:15 in — Robert Alvarez, senior Energy Department official on nuclear issues from 1993-99: I think that the jury as to the exact amount that was released in the air and the water but over time the amount of the radioactive materials released to the air was I would say roughly in the ballpark of the Chernobyl accident.
  • At 14:00 in — Alvarez: The radioactive gases might have been leaving at a rate of 300% a day, instead of 1% assumed by the designers. [...] A radioactive isotope, a short live isotope called xenon-133, which is very radioactive, was found to 400,000 times normal in the city of Chiba. For 8 days. People were likely to be heavily exposed from just the short-lived isotopes. […] So they were getting a yearly dose in about 10 minutes. Continue reading »

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Apr 05

- MIT Professor & US Experts: Japan “must act now to seal Fukushima reactors, before it’s too late” — Concern US to be affected by “explosions – a chain reaction, engulfing reactors one to four” — “Situation is dynamically degrading and unstable” — Aircraft can likely entomb plant in 6 months (ENENews, April 4, 2014):

South China Morning Post (Subscription Required), Apr. 4, 2014:

Ernst G. Frankel is emeritus professor of ocean engineering at MIT — Jerome A. Cohen is co-director of the US-Asia Law Institute at NYU Law School — Julian Gresser is chairman of Alliances for Discovery — Dick Wullaert also contributed to the article

  • Headline: Abe must act now to seal Fukushima reactors, before it’s too late Continue reading »

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Apr 04

- Caldicott: All of Japan contaminated by Fukushima — “Realistic estimate is 60,000 km², occupied by 46 million people” — “Things are grim, it gets worse by the day” — Unheard of in history, 100s of tons of melted fuel may be in earth (VIDEO) (ENENews, April 4, 2014):

Bay FM 99.9 – Byron Bay Australia, Feb. 26, 2014:

  • Dr. Helen Caldicott: Things are grim — it gets actually worse by the day. […] There have been 3 meltdowns, which is just unheard of in the history of nuclear age, Units 1, 2, and 3, so that means that molten cores of about 100 tons of uranium in 3 reactors have melted their way through 6 inches of steel in the reactor vessel through to the containment floors, possibly through feet of concrete and steel into the earth. >> Full broadcast here

Dr. Helen Caldicott in Kyoto, Japan, Mar. 8, 2014:

  • Dr. Helen Caldicott: A more realistic estimate of contamination is 60,000 square kilometers, occupied by 46 million people including parts of Tokyo and surroundings. As you can see (map on right), the whole land mass is contaminated to a greater or lesser extent.

Watch Dr. Caldicott’s Kyoto presentation here

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Apr 04

- Gundersen: This video “confirms our worst fears” — Scientist: Reactor core materials found almost 500 km from Fukushima plant — 40,000,000,000,000,000,000 Bq/kg — Can travel very, very significant distances — Hot particles found in 25% of samples from Tokyo and Fukushima (VIDEO) (ENENews, April 4, 2014):

Fairewinds Energy Education, Apr. 3, 2014:

  • At 0:45 in – Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Energy Education: If Fairewinds Energy Education was a Japanese website, the State Secrets Law would likely prevent us from issuing this video.
  • At 1:15 in — Marco Kaltofen, Civil Engineer & Ph.D. Candidate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI):  In looking at indoor environments, they tend to be much more contaminated than the surroundings outside. Houses act like a trap and they tend to collect outdoor contaminants and they expose people as much as 24 hours a day.
  • At 9:15 in – Kaltofen: The sample that we got came from Nagoya in Japan, its 460 kilometers from the accident site. That’s about 300 miles away.
  • At 9:30 in — Kaltofen: It’s actually in the size range of dusts that can be inhaled and then retained in the lungs. This is important because if your health physicist and calculating and you’re calculating the dose that you would get from this particle you’d have to consider that this particle might actually be trapped and result in a lifetime exposure. Continue reading »

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Apr 03

- Only a third of nuclear reactors may be restarted (Japan Times, April 2, 2014):

Three years after the Fukushima disaster prompted the closure of all of Japan’s nuclear reactors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to revive atomic power as a core part of the nation’s energy mix, but many of those idled reactors will never come back online.

Fewer than one-third, and at most about two-thirds, of the reactors will pass today’s more stringent safety checks and clear the other seismological, economic, logistical and political hurdles needed to restart, a Reuters analysis shows..

Hokkaido Electric Power Co., facing a third year of financial losses, is seeking a capital infusion from a state-owned lender, which would make it the second utility after Tokyo Electric Power Co., whose Fukushima No. 1 plant suffered three core meltdowns, to get a government bailout since the March 2011 disaster started.

- Fishermen give Tepco green light (Japan Times, April 2, 2014):

A federation of fisheries cooperatives in Fukushima Prefecture on March 25 accepted the so-called underground bypass plan by Tokyo Electric Power Co. to release groundwater into the sea to prevent it from flowing into the basements of the reactor buildings of its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Two days later, a similar organization in Ibaraki Prefecture also accepted the plan, whose ultimate purpose is to reduce the amount of water radioactively contaminated by the plant.

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Apr 02

- Dumping of Fukushima groundwater into Pacific Ocean to begin in May (Voice of Russia, March 31, 2014):

Tokyo Electric Power Co’s dumping of groundwater from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant will begin in May, according to Japan’s minister statement, made on Sunday. Tepco is intended to create a bypass system that will direct the water flow towards the devastated plant and then funnel it to the sea way before it reaches the reactor buildings.

A local fishermen organization on Tuesday decided to allow Tepco to dump groundwater into the sea on condition that the water is clean enough for release.

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Apr 02

- Japanese families fear Fukushima radiation as first homecomings begin (Voice of Russia, April 1, 2014):

People in Japan on Tuesday began their first homecomings in three years to a small area evacuated after the Fukushima disaster, but families are divided as worries aboutradiation and poor job prospects have kept many away. The reopening of the Miyakoji area of Tamura, a city 220 km (140 miles) northeast of Tokyo and inland from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear station, marks a tiny step for Japan as it attempts to recover from the 2011 disasters.

But the event is a major milestone for the 357 registered residents of the district. The trickle of returnees highlights both people’s desire to return to the forested hamlet and the difficulty of returning to normal.

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Apr 02

- Radio: “Surprisingly, high concentrations [of Fukushima cesium] found in Vancouver area” since ocean currents slow down — Levels are increasing — “Might be hotspots where radiation concentrates” — “Chances are high for marine life to absorb it… concern about mussels… clams, oysters” (AUDIO) (ENENews, April 1, 2014):

RED 93.1FM (Vancouver, BC), “The Filipino Edition”, Mar. 30, 2014:

At 4:15 in

  • Joseph Lopez, reporter: In the Vancouver area, as of June last year […] there are increasing levels of cesium-134, the same isotope released from Fukushima. [...]
  • Irene Querubin, host: I hope we’re not slowly dying by that.

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