Employee at troubled nuclear plant silent about his own radiation exposure Thursday 07th April, 12:45 PM JST http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/employee-at-troubled-nuclear-plant-silent-about-his-own-radiation-exposure Strange Blue Light Over Japan Durning Earth Quake on 04/07/11 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y196J86YrRU New Earthquake hits Japan 7.4 Sendai http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9rpxD6IHzA APRIL 9, 2011 Kan Cuts Out Bureaucrats http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704587004576244321680679708.html?mod=googlenews_wsj Thursday's quake damages Onagawa nuclear plant Tohoku Electric Power Company says Thursday night's strong earthquake caused water to overflow from spent fuel storage pools at one of its nuclear power plants. The power company reported on Friday that water had spilled onto the floor at all 3 reactors at the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture. The amount of water spilled was 3.8 liters at the most. The utility firm also found water leaks at 5 locations in the plant, including inside buildings housing the reactors. The company added that blowout panels--devices designed to control pressure inside the buildings--were damaged at the turbine building of the Number 3 reactor. The newly reported problems add to the downing of 3 of 4 external power lines at the Onagawa plant. The plant is maintaining its cooling capabilities with the remaining power line. Tohoku Electric Power Company is continuing its efforts to determine the extent of the damage caused by the latest quake. But it says no change has yet been seen in radiation levels around the plant. Friday, April 08, 2011 11:59 +0900 (JST) http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/08_20.html Japan 3/17/11 Multiple Strange lights spotted over Sakurajima Volcano.flv http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi1nMTNAkbw ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [quote][i]Originally posted by Tworide[/i] [i]reply to [url=http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread672665/pg616#pid11029908]post by Destinyone[/url][/i] [more] That link went an abridged story. Try this link http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704587004576244321680679708.html?mod=googlenews_wsj Hmmm, same strangeness happened with this link. This is a cut paste of the whole piece, will probably get cut but here it goes: By YUKA HAYASHI And NORIHIKO SHIROUZU TOKYO—Japan's prime minister sidestepped the country's well-worn bureaucratic channels and created an ad hoc response team to the nuclear crisis with his own advisers—a move that angered Japan's cadre of career officials and has exposed the leader to charges that he has mismanaged the crisis. Tossing aside the disaster-response system envisioned by Japanese law, Prime Minister Naoto Kan also created his own emergency-response body to direct orders to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the quake-hobbled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power complex. With his moves in the weeks after Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsumani, Mr. Kan is essentially test-driving a new way of governing Japan, where for decades career officials have taken the lead in making policy. Critics say the prime minister's determination to call the shots in Japan's response to Fukushima Daiichi has exacerbated the crisis—including, some argue, delaying early efforts to head off explosions at the complex's overheating reactors. "If they had stuck with the protocols we designed, the responsibilities were clearly defined in the manual," said Nobuyuki Fukushima, a lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, who as a bureaucrat helped to write nuclear-emergency plans that Mr. Kan largely jettisoned. "All that is in utter confusion. Nobody knows who should make what decision." Tepco and Japanese regulators have come under criticism over their response to the disaster and earlier incidents. Mr. Kan has cited those stumbles as justification for asserting his control of the situation. Those around the prime minister say he had no choice but to take a firm hand. "Under the usual bureaucratic system, with their way of taking time, there's no way we could respond to this disaster," Yukio Edano, the chief cabinet secretary and Mr. Kan's top aide, said in an interview. Among other things, Mr. Kan takes credit for helping get Tokyo firefighters to the site on the weekend of March 19-20, when they sprayed thousands of tons of water to cool pools that store spent nuclear fuel rods. His level of personal involvement in crisis management has surprised political insiders.From the day of the quake, Mr. Kan showed a keen interest in the stricken nuclear plant, asking during one conversation whether helicopters could airlift emergency power generators to the plant. He got on his cellphone to find out the generators' size and weight, said Kenichi Shimomura, one of his aides. "I remember thinking how unusual it was for a prime minister to inquire about the size of a battery," Mr. Shimomura said. Mr. Kan's DPJ came to power in 2009 after campaigning on the principle of putting elected politicians in charge. Mr. Kan's determination to push career officials out of the driver's seat amid Japan's crisis has a clear political dimension in the bureaucracy-heavy country. Outside the political fray, many observers praise Mr. Kan's principles. Yet they also say he stumbled in practice by trying to do too much himself. "The Democratic Party has a weak grasp of crisis management," said Nihon University political scientist Tomoaki Iwai. "They're amateurs, and that worked against them." Mr. Kan has served in parliament since 1980, usually in the opposition. As health minister in 1996, he exposed a coverup in the distribution of HIV-tainted blood products and forced officials and company executives to take responsibility. To Mr. Kan, the Fukushima nuclear accident looked like another unholy alliance between big business and bureaucrats. A 1999 law on nuclear-disaster response calls for a headquarters led by the prime minister. Mr. Kan followed the law in setting up the body. But Mr. Edano, his top aide, says the prime minister then had to wait for information to rise through layers of bureaucracy. "It's like there's a 'nuclear village' or a certain sort of guild-like atmosphere among the specialists," Mr. Kan told Communist Party leader Kazuo Shii last week, according to a transcript released by the Communist Party. Within a few days of the quake, Mr. Kan had devised his own plan. Barreling into Tepco headquarters at 5:30 a.m. on March 15, he told executives he was setting up a joint emergency headquarters at Tepco itself. The new body would be staffed by Mr. Kan's aides, allowing them to get information directly from Tepco and give orders on the spot. Such improvisation appears to run against guidelines from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which says countries should establish in advance a "command and control system" with a "clear allocation of responsibilities." While Mr. Kan's side cites the dispatch of Tokyo firefighters as an example of the new system in action, his critics point to an earlier episode in which a police riot-control truck failed to tame overheating spent-fuel pools. Katsuei Hirasawa, a former police official who is now an opposition lawmaker, said the prime minister's office and some ruling-party members told him that Mr. Kan's office gave the order to send police trucks in first. "They ought to take the blame for it," he said. "Even a child knows that the fire department is the one that specializes in spraying water." Said Noriyuki Shikata, a spokesman for the Cabinet Office: "Some people may have thought we should have called in the fire department first. But we have taken steps that we believe are the best at any given time." The two sides also disagree about who was responsible for the slow release of radiation data. The government's Nuclear Safety Commission waited until March 23 to disclose a threat of high radiation even outside the 12-mile evacuation zone around Fukushima Daiichi. The data prompted the government to offer evacuation help to people up to 18 miles from the plant. Mr. Kan's aides say the prime minister personally intervened to get the data out by summoning the commission head and another regulator to a March 22 meeting where he expressed frustration about bureaucratic turf wars. Mr. Fukushima, the lawmaker and former official, says that if everyone had been following the protocols, there would have been an "immediate release" of the information. A Nuclear Safety Commission spokesman, Yuta Tonegawa, attributed the delay to a lack of key data and the commissioners' busy schedules. Controversy surrounds Mr. Kan's visit to Fukushima Daiichi around 7 a.m. on March 12, the day after the quake. Passing by workers sleeping on the floor wrapped in blankets, Mr. Kan sat down with the two top officials at the plant in a small conference room for a 20-minute meeting. He asked technical questions and offered advice on how to tame the overheating reactors, according to one aide. The question is whether the visit delayed venting of the No. 1 reactor. By 10 p.m. the previous day, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency regulators had projected that the fuel core inside that reactor would start melting in the early hours of the next day and called for urgent venting to release pressure, according to a timeline released by the agency. The venting began a few hours after Mr. Kan left. Mr. Kan denied his visit caused delay. Government officials blamed the difficulty in manually opening valves after the loss of electricity and communications problems. Bureaucrats' complaints grew so loud that a longtime adviser to Mr. Kan, Hokkaido University political scientist Jiro Yamaguchi, says he decided last week to ask the prime minister's office for an urgent appointment, and secured 40 minutes in Mr. Kan's office. He and a colleague urged their old friend to tap the resources of bureaucrats, he said. "I told him it was time to stop the blame game," said Mr. Yamaguchi. He said the encounter ended with frustration, as Mr. Kan again complained that he couldn't trust bureaucrats to give him the whole story. Mr. Kan's aides have showed signs of taking the advice, restoring a meeting of top bureaucrats that the ruling DPJ abolished after taking office. The group is coordinating policy on earthquake relief and recovery. Kozo Watanabe, a longtime lawmaker from Fukushima prefecture who holds the title of supreme adviser in the DPJ, says the Kan administration may need to revisit some of the old ways. "Some of the things that we got rid of amid calls for strong political leadership, including the vice ministerial meetings, need to be brought back to life," he said. One of the new advisers Mr. Kan hired, retired Lt. Gen. Noboru Yamaguchi, says his job now is to maximize use of officials' expertise. "We're not replacing bureaucrats," says Gen. Yamaguchi, now a professor at the National Defense Academy. "Eighty percent of the people we advisers talk to are bureaucrats." Write to Yuka Hayashi at yuka.hayashi@wsj.com and Norihiko Shirouzu at norihiko.shirouzu@wsj.com [editby]edit on 8-4-2011 by Tworide because: Link would not display complete story-twice![/editby] [/quote] --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.rdtn.org/en Criticality accident at Tokai nuclear fuel plant (Japan) (last updated 14 Dec 2010) http://www.wise-uranium.org/eftokc.html Tokaimura Criticality Accident http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf37.html ----------------------------------------------------------- Fukushima Update: Nitrogen begins flowing to reactor one. - April 07, 2011 http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/2011/04/fukushima_update_nitrogen_begi_1.html [quote][i]Originally posted by Frenchi[/i] [quote][i]Originally posted by Frenchi[/i] For anybody analysing these reports, you can toggle the days up 1 day down 2 days. I’m not an expert but when I look at April 4-April 7 the number keep going up. /images/11040[u][b]5[/b][/u]e12.pdf -> April 4 /images/11040[u][b]6[/b][/u]e12.pdf -> April 5 [/quote] So I have been playing with the toggling found from fun things. Here is a list [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110406e22.pdf][u][size=4]Results of Plutonium measurements[/size][/u] in the soil in Fukushima Daiichi Plan March 25/28[/url] <--- This is interesting! [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110328e14.pdf]Results Plutonium Measurement in soil Mar 21-22[/url] [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110406e23.pdf]Results of gamma ray nuclide analysis of soil[/url] [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110406e24.pdf]Interesting article on RPV??? In a 3 units are damaged[/url] [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110406e25.pdf]Reactor Schematic -> Nitrogen purge?[/url] [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110405e22.pdf]Measurement of nuclide in the air ate Daiini -. April 4th[/url][url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110405e35.pdf]Nice land view and summary of Water contamination April 4 (I-131)[/url] [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110405e37.pdf]Tentative Preventative measure of spreading radioactive materials [/url] [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110407e6.pdf]Results of nuclide analysis on seawater sampled in front of quay and screens of Unit 2/4[/url] [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110407e7.pdf]Radioactivity density of seawater near the quay of Fukushima Daiichi [/url] [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110407e8.pdf]Results of nuclide analysis on seawater sampled 30 meter north of 5/6[/url] [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110407e9.pdf]Results of nuclide analysis on seawater sampled 330 meter South of 1-4[/url] [editby]edit on 8-4-2011 by Frenchi because: Making look nicer[/editby][editby]edit on 8-4-2011 by Frenchi because: Added PU for March 21/22[/editby] [/quote] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update Log Updates of 8 April 2011 http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html Total information blackout on Fukushima Unit 4 reactor raises serious questions about truth of situation Saturday, March 19, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer http://www.naturalnews.com/031758_Fukushima_nuclear_reactor.html#ixzz1IyTFNdiY How Bad Is Japan’s Radioactive Contamination of the Ocean? Natalie Wolchover, Life's Little Mysteries Staff Writer Date: 08 April 2011 Time: 03:54 PM ET http://www.livescience.com/13641-bad-japans-radioactive-contamination-ocean.html Fukushima: A 'nuclear sacrifice zone' Apr, 08, 2011 08:49 PM - Al Jazeera (Doha, Qatar) http://www.poten.com/NewsDetails.aspx?id=11158329 Plan submitted for Japanese reactors Published: April 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/04/08/Plan-submitted-for-Japanese-reactors/UPI-98891302261927/


High radiation levels found beyond 30-km radius

March 21st - New tsunami footage of dock.

NEW Tsunami Footage Japan

Japan 8.9 earthquake, tsunami hits nuclear power plant - spsyed analysis

Dramatic Video: Tsunami Hits Japanese Port Town (Kesennuma,Miyagi,Japan)

Dramatic Video: Tsunami Hits Japanese Town 1/3 (Miyagi,Japan)



Core of Stricken Reactor Probably Leaked, U.S. Says

Radiation skyrockets to 100 Sv/hr at Fukushima reactor No. 1, along with sudden rise in temperature immediately after 7.4 quake
April 9th, 2011 at 06:25 AM


TEPCO tries to enclose high radiation in sea in nuke crisis
TOKYO, April 10, Kyodo

Radiation Experts Determine 200,000 Cancers Likely from Fukushima

Radioactive water spilled at Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi
TOKYO, April 8, Kyodo

TEPCO to start removing highly radioactive water

Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to start removing highly radioactive water from the Number 2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

A large amount of contaminated water was found in the reactor's turbine buildings and tunnels. The water is emitting high levels of radiation, which is obstructing restoration work.

The utility had been working to empty the turbine condenser of the reactor and its processing facility for nuclear waste, and on Saturday successfully transferred all the water in the condenser to a separate tank.

Hoses are being installed to connect the turbine buildings with the waste disposal facility. The contaminated water in the tunnel of the reactor will be transferred to the condenser, and then to the processing facility through the hoses.

Also on Saturday, a steel plate was placed over the intake of the Number 2 reactor to stop highly radioactive water from reaching the sea.

Saturday, April 09, 2011 22:22 +0900 (JST)


Radioactive water disposal delayed

Work to dispose of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is not proceeding smoothly as more time is needed for preparations.

Heavily contaminated water in turbine buildings and a concrete tunnel is hampering work to restore cooling functions in the troubled reactors. The total amount of water in question is estimated at more than 50,000 tons.

The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, plans to transfer the highly radioactive water to a nuclear waste processing facility and turbine condensers.

The utility firm is now working to lay hoses between the turbine buildings and the facility.

Holes have already been bored in the walls of the buildings, but work to install the hoses has yet to begin.

In addition, the waste disposal facility needs to be closely checked before the procedure can begin.

Meanwhile, the level of highly radioactive water filling the concrete tunnel of the No.2 reactor had reached 93 centimeters below the ground's surface as of Saturday evening. That is a rise of 11 centimeters since the leakage of the water into the sea was stopped on Wednesday.

Tokyo Electric plans to start moving the water in the tunnel into the reactor's condenser as early as Sunday.

Sunday, April 10, 2011 07:30 +0900 (JST)


US nuclear unit drill

The US military has demonstrated to the public drills by a special unit dispatched to deal with the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

About 150 members of the unit, which specializes in dealing with the effects of nuclear-related disasters, carried out the drills at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo on Saturday.

In an exercise to rescue people trapped in a building, members wearing protective gear first carefully carried out procedures to measure radiation levels.

In a tent set up near the building, radioactive materials were washed off the rescued people, and doctors performed physical examinations.

The drill included rescuing people trapped in a car, and a surveillance robot was unveiled that can operate in hazardous environments.

In preparation for a joint operation, the special unit confirmed various procedures with its Self-Defense Force counterpart, including ways to wash off nuclear contamination.

The unit's commander says his team is working day and night along with the Self-Defense Forces to utilize their abilities to the fullest, and that their morale is high.

The United States has also dispatched experts to help the Japanese government bring the situation under control at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Saturday, April 09, 2011 16:42 +0900 (JST)


Radiation Experts Determine 200,000 Cancers Likely from Fukushima