Radiation risks from Fukushima 'no longer negligible' [fr]
Published: 11 April 2011


Japan to raise Fukushima crisis level to worst

The Japanese government's nuclear safety agency has decided to raise the crisis level of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant accident from 5 to 7, the worst on the international scale.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency made the decision on Monday. It says the damaged facilities have been releasing a massive amount of radioactive substances, which are posing a threat to human health and the environment over a wide area.

The agency used the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, or INES, to gauge the level. The scale was designed by an international group of experts to indicate the significance of nuclear events with ratings of 0 to 7.

On March 18th, one week after the massive quake, the agency declared the Fukushima trouble a level 5 incident, the same as the accident at Three Mile Island in the United States in 1979.

Level 7 has formerly only been applied to the Chernobyl accident in the former Soviet Union in 1986 when hundreds of thousands of terabecquerels of radioactive iodine-131 were released into the air. One terabecquerel is one trillion becquerels.

The agency believes the cumulative amount from the Fukushima plant is less than that from Chernobyl.

Officials from the agency and the Nuclear Safety Commission will hold a news conference on Tuesday morning to explain the change of evaluation.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 05:47 +0900 (JST)


Tokyo liquefaction survey

A geotechnical expert has determined that the March 11th earthquake caused liquefaction in at least 4,200 hectares of land along Tokyo Bay.

Professor Susumu Yasuda of Tokyo Denki University conducted a survey on the extent of liquefaction in areas around the bay. Tokyo lies at a distance of about 370 kilometers from the quake's epicenter.

He says the liquefaction was concentrated in land that was reclaimed relatively recently, or after 1966.

Liquefaction severely damaged residential areas built on reclaimed land in Urayasu and Narashino cities in Chiba Prefecture.

Work to restore sewage systems is progressing quickly, but little has been done to prevent liquefaction itself.
Professor Yasuda says strong quakes could cause further liquefaction in the future unless the underground water is removed and the ground solidified. He says that without such steps, it will take more than 100 years for the ground to stabilize.

Monday, April 11, 2011 15:51 +0900 (JST)

Milk Radiation levels Apr 11 2011

HD] University students film tsunami striking Nakatsugawa City


Radiation Unit Convertor/Slider

Fire breaks out at Fukushima nuclear plant, soon extinguished

TOKYO, April 12, Kyodo

A fire broke out at the crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan Tuesday morning, but was soon extinguished, the plant operator said.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the fire occurred at the sampling building near a water outlet at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's No.4 reactor and was spotted by a worker.

There was no change in the levels of radiation around the reactor, the utility known as TEPCO added.

The nuclear plant was crippled after a mega quake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan on March 11.



URGENT: Radiation leakage may eventually exceed that of Chernobyl: TEPCO

[size=4][color=Orange]Nuclear accident level raised to maximum[/color][/size]

Official now with more numbers to ponder... but they are still saying 1/10th of Chernobyl...  Just who are they trying to con? Surely anyone with internet access can look up the numbers...

I know right now NHK is still our best source but someone needs to walk into their office and slap these reporters upside the head :flame:

[ex]Japan's nuclear safety agency has raised the crisis level at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to 7, from the current 5.

The agency told reporters on Tuesday that large volumes of radioactive substances that could affect human health and the environment are being released in a wide area.

Level 7 is the highest rank on an international standard and equivalent to the severity recorded after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

But the agency said the volume of radiation from Fukushima is one-tenth that at Chernobyl.

The agency said its calculations show that [color=Red]370-thousand terabecquerels of radioactive iodine 131 and cesium 137 have been released from the plant.[/color]

The nuclear safety commission, in a joint press conference with the agency, put the estimated leak at [color=Red]630-thousand terabecquerels of both substances.[/color]

One terabecquerel is equivalent to one trillion becquerels. Both organizations say the leak constitutes a level-7 crisis.

Senior agency official Hidehiko Nishiyama said 29 people died of acute radiation exposure at Chernobyl but there are no fatal radiation casualties at Fukushima.

He added that at Chernobyl the nuclear reactor itself exploded in contrast to the Fukushima plant, which was damaged by hydrogen explosions. He said the reactors themselves retain their shape.

Nishiyama also said the upgrade does not affect the existing evacuation plan, which was made on the basis of the same radiation evaluation.

The agency is required to announce the severity of a crisis at a nuclear facility based on the international standard from zero up to 7 set by the International Nuclear Event Scale.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 13:09 +0900 (JST)[/ex]


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Radioactive strontium detected more than 30 km from Fukushima plant

TOKYO, April 12, Kyodo

Minute amounts of radioactive strontium have been detected in soil and plants in Fukushima Prefecture beyond the 30-kilometer zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the science ministry said Tuesday.

It is the first time that radioactive strontium has been detected since the Fukushima plant began leaking radioactive substances after it was severely damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

There is no safety limit set by the government for exposure to strontium, but the amount found so far is extremely low and does not pose a threat to human health, the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said.

Experts, however, expressed concern that the accumulation of strontium could have adverse health effects. When strontium enters the human body, it tends to accumulate in bones and is believed to cause bone cancer and leukemia.

Samples of soil and plants were taken March 16 to 19 from a number of locations in Fukushima Prefecture.

The government has designated the area within a 20-km radius of the plant as an evacuation zone, while people residing in areas in the 20- to 30-km ring have been asked to remain indoors. On Monday, the government expanded the evacuation zone to some municipalities beyond the 20-km radius where residents will evacuate in around a month.



Japanese queue to buy produce from nuclear crisis area
Tue, Apr 12, 2011

Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update Log
Updates of 12 April 2011

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by Yoichi Shimatsu



Indonesia: Mount Karangetang erupts, spews lava and gas
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 07:33 CST

Manado - One of Indonesia's most active volcanos has erupted, sending lava and searing gas clouds tumbling down its slopes.
Volcanology official Agus Budianto said Friday that authorities were still trying to evacuate residents living along the slopes of Mount Karangetang.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.
The 5,853-foot (1,784-meter) mountain is located on Siau, part of the Sulawesi island chain. It last erupted in August, killing four people.
Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is located on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
The eruption happened hours after a massive earthquake in Japan that triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami.
.Meanwhile, thousands of people are fleeing their homes in northeastern Indonesia after officials warned that a tsunami up to six feet (two meters) high could hit coastal areas following a massive earthquake near Japan.
Some jumped in cars and motorcycles and headed to high ground as sirens blared. Others huddled in mosques or were brought to police stations or army barracks.
In Indonesia, alerts were issued along a 1,100-mile (1,770-kilometer) stretch of coastline, from North Sulawesi province to Papua. Indonesia was hardest hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed more than 230,000 lives.

Kamchatka volcanoes

In the Far East is shaking the earth and erupt volcanoes

Almost simultaneously with the strong shock that hit Japan and triggered a giant tsunami in the Pacific, the Russian Kamchatka volcanoes erupted two. Erupcji towarzyszyły trzęsienia ziemi. Eruption was accompanied by earthquakes.


Town buried in ash as volcano erupts in Russia's Kamchatka
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Kamchatka volcanoes

Further up the same geological faultline scientists report seismic activity on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula.
Three active volcanoes have been throwing up columns of ash in recent weeks, and more than 420 seismic events were reported around Kizimen.
The trio have been assessed as an “orange” threat to aviation, although regular airline routes do not come close to this region.
Kizimen has been increasingly active since Oct. 2010, while Karymskaya has been erupting since 1996 and Shiveluch intensified its activities in 2006.


Russian Volcano Kizimen Erupts on Kamchatka Peninsula 08/02/2011

Japanese volcano erupts
Mar 13, 2011 3:01 PM | By Sapa-AFP

Three volcanoes erupt almost at the same time after Japan Earthquake

March 11, 2011 10:50 am PT


The thermal images are from Japan's Ministry of Defense.

The image posted is the last image from todays thermals.


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April 14th

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By Richard Shears
Last updated at 1:03 PM on 14th April 2011

Groundwater radiation level at nuke plant rises: TEPCO
TOKYO, April 15, Kyodo

[quote][i]Originally posted by makeitso[/i]
[url=http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://www.houshasen-pref-ibaraki.jp/present/result01.html&usg=ALkJrhjRGJMAPmbPcEnAUDyQiPenc0vjaQ]Ibaraki Environmental Radiation Monitoring - Wind air dose rate Measurement Result[/url]

[url=http://www.bousai.ne.jp/eng/speedi/pref.php?id=08]Realtime Monitoring Ibaraki Prefecture[/url]

[url=http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://www.miyagi-gc.gr.jp/html/MS.htm&usg=ALkJrhgmjQWJGvSDFaIZc5XrwXYDNiyPHA]Miyagi Prefecture Radiation Monitoring[/url]

[url=http://www.atom.pref.kanagawa.jp/cgi-bin2/telemeter_map.cgi?Area=all&Type=WL]View real-time environmental radiation - Kawasaki District - Yokosuka District[/url]

[url=http://japan.followings.eu/reactors/]Live Stream Tweets - #Reactors[/url][editby]edit on 4/14/11 by makeitso because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by imlite[/i]
Groundwater radiation level at nuke plant rise

[ex]The concentration levels of radioactive iodine and cesium in groundwater near the troubled Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have increased up to several dozen times in one week, suggesting that toxic water has seeped from nearby reactor turbine buildings or elsewhere, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday.[/ex]


And the creation ratios for iodine and caesium in the reactor buildings sub-drains seem to show periodic criticality occuring in the reactors -  probably in reactor 2.

[url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110414e18.pdf]TEPCO Monitoring[/url]
[editby]edit on 14/4/11 by imlite because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by predator0187[/i]
[ex]Dog-lovers brave Fukushima nuclear danger zone to save abandoned pets

Rescuers have been risking their lives in the nuclear swamp around tsunami-hit Japan's stricken power plant - to save abandoned dogs.
Thousands of animals have starved to death or been abandoned by their owners after the earthquake and tsunami shattered Japan on March 11.
A 20km exclusion zone was put in place around the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant as deadly radiation spilled into the atmosphere.[/ex]





Watched a program on this last night. They said people were told they would only be gone a few days so many left their pets at their homes. Now as it is not recommended to go back many pets are starving to death.

There have been a few brave people that are going back and helping the animals out. They need to be cared about as well.


Pred... [/quote]

U.S. sends water storage tanks, trailer to Fukushima nuclear plant

TOKYO, April 14, Kyodo

The U.S. Department of Energy is shipping five large stainless steel tanks for storing water contaminated with radioactive materials and a tractor trailer with a shielded tank to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as part of its assistance, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said Thursday.

The stainless steel tanks are expected to be used to store contaminated water from the basements of the Nos. 1 to 3 reactor turbine buildings and connecting trenches, while the tractor trailer equipped with the shielded tank will allow for contaminated water characterization.

The pools of highly radioactive water are the major obstacles to work to restore the reactors' cooling functions lost after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Details regarding the size of the tanks and expected arrival date were not immediately known.



[quote][i]Originally posted by Destinyone[/i]
R4 is front and foremost in the news again...

[ex]Thursday, April 14, 2011

Radiation surges above 4's fuel pool   http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110414a1.html


Radiation has risen to high levels above the spent-fuel pool at reactor No. 4 and its temperature is rising, the nuclear safety agency said Wednesday, indicating the fuel rods have been further damaged and are emitting radioactive substances.

The radiation level 6 meters above the spent-fuel storage pool at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant was measured at 84 millisieverts per hour Tuesday. Normally, it's 0.1 microsievert.[/ex]

[ex]The temperature of the pool was 90 degrees, compared with 84 before it caught fire on March 15 in a suspected hydrogen explosion, the agency said.

"It's quite an amount," figured Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. was unsure whether the surge in radiation was being caused by the spent fuel rods or radioactive material leaking from the reactor's pressure vessel.[/ex]

[ex]"The temperature was rising and we don't know the water level of the pool, so we thought it would be safer to pour water," said NISA's Nishiyama said.

Tepco said it is planning to move the spent fuel rods out of the storage pools at reactors 1 through 4 so they can be moved to a safer location, although details on when and how haven't been decided yet.

Some of the options Tepco is considering include pulling the rods out with a crane or building a special structure nearby to pull them out.

But these tasks will be tough because the site is so radioactive and cluttered with debris from last month's hydrogen explosions. Meanwhile, the water level of radiation-contaminated water in the tunnel-like trench at Unit 2 dropped by 4.3 cm Wednesday morning after Tepco started pumping lethally radioactive water from its flooded turbine room into a nearby storage facility the day before.[/ex]


[quote][i]Originally posted by makeitso[/i]
Raising the Signal Ratio...

Via allthingsnuclear.org/
[url=http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/nuclear_power/Fukushima-Tragedy.pps]Anatomy of a Tragedy: Fukushima Dai-Ichi[/url]
[ex]This Powerpoint slideshow Anatomy of a Tragedy: Fukushima Dai-Ichi shows in detail how the Fukushima reactors worked under normal conditions, and then describes how the events of March 11 led to the currently unfolding crisis.

If you have trouble viewing the slideshow with Internet Explorer, try another browser.[/ex]

[url=http://www.mext.go.jp/english/radioactivity_level/detail/1304099.htm]METI Dust Sampling outside 20km[/url]

[url=http://www.mext.go.jp/english/radioactivity_level/detail/1304275.htm]Readings of integrated Dose at Monitoring Post out of 20 Km Zone[/url]

[url=http://www.bousai.ne.jp/eng/]RealTime Radiation Monitoring - Japan[/url]

[url=http://www2.jnes.go.jp/atom-db/en/trouble/individ/power/f/f20090406/index.html]Schematic Diagram of Unit # 3 Control Rod Insertion[/url]

[url=http://www2.jnes.go.jp/atom-db/en/trouble/individ/power/f/f_power_index.html]Fukushima Daiichi Incidents and Failures thru Nov. 2010[/url]


[quote][i]Originally posted by Anmarie96[/i]
TEPCO UPDATE (Sorry if previously posted)

[ex]Press Release (Apr 14,2011)
The result of the analysis of the water in the spent fuel pool of Unit 4 of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

On April 12th 2011, in order to examine the condition of the spent fuel
pool of Unit 4 of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, we collected
200ml of the water in the pool with the concrete pumping vehicle.
On April 13th 2011, we conducted a nuclide analysis of radioactive
materials with the water and as a result have detected some radioactive
materials as shown in the exhibit.

We are planning to evaluate the result in further detail.

[url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110414e20.pdf]The Exhibit[/url]

[url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/11041412-e.html]Source[/url][editby]edit on 14-4-2011 by Anmarie96 because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]

A wary drive up to the gate of Fukushima

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Government considering plan to dismantle TEPCO


APRIL 16 2011

[quote][i]Originally posted by vox2442[/i]
[quote][i]Originally posted by svetlana84[/i]
rbrtj, care to name some plants which would disperse pollen this time of the year ??
I know the "sakura" cherry blossom season is here. those are not yellow to my knowledge though.

Cedar and cypress are the two main culprits.

Or, if you prefer,   [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamaecyparis_obtusa]Chamaecyparis obtusa[/url] and [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_cedar]Cryptomeria[/url]

Here's the current pollen count: http://weathernews.jp/pollen/

And a couple of news articles on pollen season from years gone by to outline how bad it is:


[quote][i]Originally posted by Vitchilo[/i]
[URL=http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201104150129.html]Government considering plan to dismantle TEPCO[/URL]
[quote] A secret plan to dismantle Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, is circulating within the government.

The proposal, which is associated with a faction of bureaucrats who have long supported liberalization of Japan's power industry, envisages the passing of a special measures law that would put the company under close government supervision before eventually bankrupting it and completely restructuring its remnants. [/quote]
This might soon like good news... but who's gonna end up paying everything TEPCO have to pay? The Japanese taxpayers.

[URL=http://twitter.com/W7VOA]NISA: Unknown why I-131 level rising again in seawater off #Fukushima-1.[/URL]
Sure you don't... hint : radioactive water leaking in the ocean... [/quote]

WINDY FRIDAY JAPAN april 15,2011 Tokyo

Accumulated radiation tops 17,000 microsieverts in Fukushima's Namie

TOKYO, April 16, Kyodo

The accumulated radiation level in Namie, 30 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in the three weeks through Friday stood at 17,010 microsieverts, according to a tally released by the science ministry Saturday.

The accumulated levels during the period starting March 23 stood at 9,850 microsieverts in Iitate and 495 microsieverts in Minamisoma, both near the plant, it said. The readings compare with the level of 1,000 microsieverts that ordinary people in Japan can expect to be exposed to over one year.

The amount of radioactive cesium stood between 12.7 and 71.0 becquerels per liter of surface seawater near the plant on Monday and Wednesday and 10.1 becquerels at deeper levels on Monday, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said.



The IAEA official limit for land contamination is 37,000 Bq/m3.

Within an 80km radius of the Fukushima array measurements are between 200,000 Bq/m3 and 900,000 Bq/m3.

Granted these are hotspots and there are some areas that are below the IAEA limit but without everyone having a permanently attached dosimeter and 24/7 monitoring of land contamination every 50 meters or so that land will be uninhabitable.

[quote][i]Originally posted by makeitso[/i]
[quote][i]Originally posted by SFA437[/i]
[i]reply to [url=http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread672665/pg720#pid11090711]post by Silverlok[/url][/i]

Just woke up and was looking at that pic too :o

There's gotta be 100 strikes showing or more! [/quote]

Yea, surprised that one slipped into the mix.  None of the others show it, that I've noticed.

In case someone is worried that this image is "doctored",
the original appears to come from [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/news/110311/]Tepco's  press photos page[/url].

Its the image link titled [url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/news/110311/images/110412_1f_tsunami_6.jpg]One of the legible result of inundation height (at point K)[/url]

You can view the image exif data with an online tool like [url=http://www.findexif.com/?l=XNWGaJBzcI4z#results]this one[/url] that I used to see it.

Looks like it was a digital camera, [url=http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10151&catalogId=10551&langId=-1&productId=11041238]Sony DSC-P32[/url].

[editby]edit on 4/16/11 by makeitso because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]

Radioactivity rises in sea off Japan nuclear plant
MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press
Updated 08:59 a.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011

Smoke rises from control panel at TEPCO nuclear plant in Niigata

NIIGATA, Japan, April 17, Kyodo

Smoke rose briefly from a control panel at a nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast Saturday, the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

No one was injured in the 7:45 p.m. incident that occurred during the checking of water purification equipment at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear complex, the company said, adding it has yet to determine the cause.

The utility is currently battling to bring the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant under control.



Smoke rises from Japan nuclear plant
Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:59PM

Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) says smoke has risen from the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in the coastal Niigata Prefecture.

TEPCO reported on Saturday that smoke rose briefly from a control panel at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant during the checking of water purification equipment.

It added that the cause of the incident was not clear, but no one was injured.

TEPCO is the operator of Japan's Fukushima power plant which was damaged when a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the country's northeastern coasts on March 11.

Last week Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency raised the severity level of the situation at Fukushima from 5 to 7 -- the worst on an international scale.

According to the agency, the amount of radiation emissions at the Fukushima plant was equivalent to 10 percent of that in the Chernobyl accident.

Severity level of 7 had only been applied to the 1986 Chernobyl accident in Ukraine.

An explosion and ensuing fire in Chernobyl nuclear power plant resulted in a severe release of radioactivity into the environment, claiming the lives of at least 4,000 people.


U.S. offers unmanned chopper to help remove Fukushima spent fuel

TOKYO, April 17, Kyodo

The U.S. government has told Japan that it can use a U.S. unmanned cargo transport helicopter to set up cranes to remove spent fuel rods from storage pools at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japanese and U.S. sources close to the matter said Saturday.

The K-MAX helicopter, developed jointly by Lockheed Martin Corp. and KAMAN Aerospace Group of the United States, is being considered to set up the huge cranes.

The proposal has been communicated to the unified command headquarters set up by the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. to deal with the nuclear crisis. Japan has not yet made a formal response to the proposal.

Since the ground positioning system-equipped chopper can be operated remotely, it would enable emergency workers to implement restoration work even in areas contaminated by high levels of radiation, they said.

TEPCO has been cooling down the spent fuel storage pools on the fifth floor of the reactor buildings by pumping water using a truck-mounted concrete pump.

Spent nuclear fuel is usually transported away from nuclear plants inside steel casks after being cooled in storage pools for a few years.

Since the original fuel transportation equipment at the Fukushima plant's reactor buildings was damaged by hydrogen explosions following the March 11 quake and tsunami, TEPCO is considering employing a huge crane to lift casks into the storage pools so that spent fuel rods can be placed in them.

The United States has proposed transporting partially assembled cranes to the plant using the unmanned helicopter. It has also proposed starting full-fledged installation of the cranes after radiation levels fall.

The proposal was originally conveyed by Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, at a meeting in late March with his Japanese counterpart Self-Defense Forces Chief of Staff Ryoichi Oriki, the sources said.

The U.S. side is ready to transport the unmanned helicopter by plane from the United States to the Matsushima base of the Air Self-Defense Force in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, they said.

The K-MAX helicopters belong to the U.S. Marine Corps. The remote-controlled choppers were introduced by the U.S. military after a number of manned helicopters were shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan.

The improved version of the K-MAX can lift around 1.4 tons.


TEPCO ignored tsunami warnings for years


[quote][i]Originally posted by DancedWithWolves[/i]
A journalist worth following:

Many members on ATS have learned to cry wolf when we see the teeth come out. TEPCO is showing its teeth.  TEPCO is using it's teeth, not to inform or save people, but to bite back and control the media, suppress information, and buy their way to the news headlines they want run. No. I don't trust them. Neither does this journalist and for people like him, many of us are thankful.

Yes, he is taking the hits and losing jobs on controlled media. Just yesterday there were calls to remove a member of the Japanese government who dared say it could be years before people could return to their homes near the plant. Tell the truth and you will be bitten. Fortunately the internet now allows people across the world to talk to one another and share information.

In a nuclear disaster: a company with a vested interested in downplaying the crisis should never be allowed to control the dispersal of information. What we can't see can hurt us.

Next time you see the words none detected - know that this also means they didn't test for a radioactive substance at all.

[headline]Takashi Uesugi: The Interview
Time Out meets the journalist who TEPCO love to hate[/headline]

[ex]One of the most influential members of this group of dissenters is Takashi Uesugi, a former New York Times journalist and, in an earlier incarnation, aide to Liberal Democratic Party bigwig Kunio Hatoyama. The author of books including The Collapse of Journalism, Uesugi is a vociferous critic of Japan's 'Kisha Club' system – a network of exclusive press clubs that, he says, nurtures excessively close relationships between reporters and the organisations they are supposed to cover.[/ex]

[ex]Obviously a lot has happened over the past couple of weeks, but what are the main things you've learned?

Basically, something that I knew from the beginning, but has become more blatant yesterday and today [March 27-28], is this terrible situation where the government and TEPCO are suppressing information. To be more specific, I thought it was strange that there was nothing written about plutonium when the data about reactor 3 was given out at the TEPCO press conference on the 27th, so I asked them if it was true that no plutonium had been detected in reactor 3, and for how long it had not been detected. TEPCO answered: 'Plutonium hasn’t been detected.' To confirm what they were saying I asked if perhaps it wasn't that none had been detected, but that they hadn't actually taken any measurements. They were alarmed, and it turned out that it wasn't even that they hadn't taken any measurements, but that they didn't have the instruments to do so in the first place.

That's one example.[/ex]

[ex]TEPCO are such an important advertiser that the television and newspapers are completely silent. Even now, they're running TEPCO commercials on the television, aren’t they? This week, there are also full-page advertisements in the newspaper. Despite the fact that they've caused such a scandal, TEPCO are still putting ads in the newspaper. If they have such enormous sums of money, they should send it to the areas hit by the disaster.[/ex]

We on ATS, will also continue to call it like we see it. TEPCO is suppressing information and lying.


From his website:

[headline]Freelance, online reporting discouraged on nuclear threat[/headline]


[ex]The Japanese government upped the danger rating for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station to its highest level, 7, on Tuesday, a month after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. It was not yet clear whether the administration or the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the plant, withheld the extent of the risk. But the local media’s habitual allegiance to officials who arrange press conferences and companies that buy advertising makes it hard to tell, and freelancers who are eager to probe deeper say their questions have been suppressed.[/ex]

[ex]Takashi Uesugi, an author and freelancer with an active website and Twitter page, has been asking just that. He told The New Yorker and Time Out Tokyo that the government excluded Internet and foreign media from official press conferences after March 11, effectively avoiding tough questions. His complaint has not been well received in Japan.

“I have been frustrating TEPCO, government and all the Kisha Club media,” Uesugi told CPJ by email. Appearing in his weekly guest slot on the local TBS radio station on March 15, he launched into a strong criticism of the power company. The station asked him not to come back. “I was removed from my slot on the TBS program permanently,” Uesugi wrote.

Why the caution? Japanese journalist Makiko Segawa writes that journalists are hoping to preserve their portion of the $120 million TEPCO lays out annually in media advertisements.[/ex]

[ex]On April 6, she told CPJ by email, the Ministry of General Affairs announced a task force to enforce guidelines for Internet sites deemed to be spreading false rumors. Gossip about the risk increased as public trust in official sources of information declined, international news reports say.

The Telecom Services Association, one of the Japan’s leading internet providers, revealed April 8 that they had complied with some of the task force’s requests, resulting in the removal of prohibited information, such as images of corpses, from the Internet, Segawa wrote. “The media has not covered this story,” she told CPJ.[/ex]

[ex][b]The people on the ground are the ones the government should be working to protect–not TEPCO’s interests, or its own grip on information.[/b]/ex] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by Moonbeams771[/i]
Desperate times call for desperate measures?

13th April
[ex]Tepco Wants to Hasten Restart of Kashiwazaki Kariwa Reactor

April 14 (Bloomberg) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. wants the government to hasten approvals for the restart of a reactor shut by an earthquake in 2007 as Japan grapples with power shortages after last month’s disaster.

Kashiwazaki Kariwa, the world’s biggest power plant, was shut in July 2007 after a quake bigger than anticipated in its design struck Niigata, northwest of Tokyo, triggering a fire and radiation leaks.[/ex]

Hasten approvals? I hope that doesn't including cutting corners and ignoring safety protocol Tepco.

16th April
[ex]Smoke at another Japan nuclear plant

TOKYO — Smoke briefly rose Saturday from a control panel at a Japanese nuclear power plant operated by the same company battling to stop radiation seeping from a quake-stricken facility, a report said.

There were no injuries but the cause of the smoke at the plant in coastal Niigata prefecture was not clear, Kyodo news said, citing Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).[/ex]


[quote][i]Originally posted by Moonbeams771[/i]
A little more on the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant here:

[ex]In an effort to pacify its critics, TEPCO held a simulated earthquake drill in January at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, the first time it had done so at any of its plants. But while TEPCO said the plant passed the test, which was based on a 7.0 tremor, it did little to mollify local residents.

“The information comes only from TEPCO. They never allowed a third party to conduct any tests, so we don’t know what to believe. … We feel that the reason they didn’t test for a 7.5 or 8.0 magnitude quake is because the plant couldn’t stand it,” said Chie Takakiwo, a 65-year-old retired high-school teacher. ”[/ex]

Considering Japans geology, was it wise to build nuclear plants that could not withstand  +7 mag earthquakes?

[ex]Japanese put their faith in a system that has consistently failed to predict the risk of major earthquakes, says scientist[/ex]

I would say that the Japanese used lies and propaganda to further a business plan. I don't believe for a minute that they failed to notice the records of these recent quakes:

[ex]1.16.1995 City: Kobe Deaths: 5,502 Mag: 6.9 Tsunami/Fires: Yes

6.28.1948 City: Fukui Deaths: 3,769 Mag: 7.3 Tsunami/Fires: Yes

12.20.1946 City: Nankaido Deaths: 1,362 Mag: 8.1 Tsunami/Fires: Yes

1.12.1945 City: Mikawa Deaths: 1,961 Mag: 7.1 Tsunami/Fires: No

12.7.1944 City: Tonankai Deaths: 998 Mag: 8.1 Tsunami/Fires: Yes

9.10.1943 City: Tottori Deaths: 1,190 Mag: 7.4 Tsunami/Fires: No

3.2.1933 City: Sanriku Deaths: 3,000 Mag: 8.4 Tsunami/Fires: Yes

3.7.1927 City: Tango Deaths: 3,020 Mag: 7.6 Tsunami/Fires: Yes

9.1.1923 City: Kanto Deaths: 142,800 Mag: 7.9 Tsunami/Fires: Yes[/ex]

[url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/mar/12/japan-earthquakes-new-scientist-map]Earthquake Map[/url]

[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_earthquakes_in_Japan]Wikipedia's List of Japanese Quakes[/url]

On a seperate note: for those of you that have been doing a great job of anylsying photos, Sky News has some interesting new ones [url=http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/A-Strong-Earthquake-Has-Hit-Japan-Shaking-Buildings-In-Tokyo-After-Release-Of-New-Fukushima-Photos/Article/201104315973503?lpos=World_News_First_World_News_Article_Teaser_Region_3&lid=ARTICLE_15973503_A_Strong_Earthquake_Has_Hit_Japan%2C_Shaking_Buildings_In_Tokyo%2C_After_Release_Of_New_Fukushima_Photos]HERE[/url][editby]edit on 16-4-2011 by Moonbeams771 because: added a little..[/editby] [/quote]

Japan: TEPCO executives' homes under surveillance after death threats

APRIL 17th

WTF are these FLASHES in Fukushima? !


Unit 2 Shroud repair




I have found a nice source of information. Credit goes to this website: [url=http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/17/967784/-Fukushima:-Restoration-Roadmap-Released-Rov-#50]Daily Kos[/url]

Here are a few links:

[url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110417e12.pdf]TEPCO Roadmap Towards Restoration[/url]
[url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110417e13.pdf]TEPCO Counter Measures and Risks[/url]
[url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110417e15.pdf]TEPCO Diagram of Countermeasures[/url]
[url=http://fleep.com/earthquake/]Graphing Earthquake, Radiation and Water Data in Japan[/url]
[url=http://community.pachube.com/node/611#3d]Crowd-sourced realtime radiation monitoring in Japan[/url]

Plus lots more.

I thought I would add this blog for those of you that like the more technical analysis's of the situation : [url=http://atomicpowerreview.blogspot.com/]Atomic Power Review[/url]

[quote][i]Originally posted by Maluhia[/i]
I found this blog/diary written by Dr. Genn Saji, who was once Secretariat of Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission.  It contains daily entries back to the beginning of the crisis.  The fact that the blog is so "on the down low" made me suspicious, but he was the Secretariat and he does have inside knowledge regarding the plant.

If its already been posted - apologies.

[ex]Although not shown at all in the PSAR, the sub-drain pits collect underground water springing out from the land to the buildings when the ground water level is higher than the lowest floor level of the buildings. In the ordinary situation, the underground water is collected to the sub-drain pit and then pumped out to the sea by the sub-drain pumps. It seems to be an practice to construct four sub-drain pits at the corner of the buildings. In the newer plants, the sub-drain pits are made to allow access from inside of the buildings. With extended loss of the electric power, it appears that the sub-drain pumps are not working to pump the sub-drain water out to the sea. Once the contamination level reached to this level, the sub-drain pit water should be treated as a low level active waste, being 3 orders of magnitude higher than the drinking water criteria.

 (3) The nitrogen gas charging to the 1F1 containment vessel continues, so far charged 5,200 m3, approaching close to their planning of 6,000 m3. Since the containment pressure is unchanged, it is likely there exists some leak in the containment vessel.[/ex]

[ex]Stop that leak!

 (1) Pit water situation  Even after transferring 660 tons of the highly contaminated water from 1F2 pit, the water level has now increased to 88.5 cm from the previous 91 cm. The water level is increasing by 2-3 cm a day. TEPCO is struggling to prepare Centralized Waste Processing Facility, by checking cracks in concrete, applying water leak stopping chemicals (water-glass) into the nearby soil. Their projection is that the facility should be available by Monday, next week. The ground water seepage problem is going to become more difficult when this part of the country goes into a rainy season, an average arrival time in this district is June 10 to July 23, although it may either advance or delay several days easily. It is very prudent to transfer all of the highly contaminated water before arrival of the rainy season to reduce radiation risks as low as reasonably achievable. In the future, a total radiation risk consideration may become necessary, in case of unavoidable situations.

 The underground water level should be kept below the lowest floor level of the plant, below OP-2.06 (more preferably OP-3.36 which corresponds to the lowest level of the suppression pool room) which corresponds to the lowest level (except for the suppression pool room) of the reactor building. This level correspond to GL-12.06m. It appears that the current level of the underground water has already exceeded this level.   [/ex]

http://www.ambersharick.com/fukushima.html [/quote]

Tohoku-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake

Sendai: Interactive aftershock map

APR 18

[quote][i]Originally posted by DancedWithWolves[/i]
The Japan Nuclear Safety Commission has now proven itself to be a useless entity and is as guilty as TEPCO. This lack of response is disgusting and further evidence that the nuclear industry has no, nada, oversight. Trust is forever gone.

[headline]Japan Nuclear Safety Commission members arrive in Fukushima 37 days after quake[/headline]

[ex]Members of the Japan Nuclear Safety Commission were dispatched to Fukushima Prefecture on April 17, more than a month after a massive quake and tsunami crippled a nuclear power plant in the prefecture.

Under the government's disaster prevention plans, members are supposed to go "immediately" in the event of a nuclear power plant accident. Commenting on the reason for their delayed arrival, a representative of the commission's secretariat explained that the commission had been busy following up inquiries from the government's disaster countermeasures headquarters and related government agencies.

Deputy Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori reported the members' arrival at a meeting of the prefecture's main office for disaster countermeasures on the evening of April 17.

"I talked with members for the first time on the 38th day from the day of the earthquake disaster. I told them to go to local areas, listen to victims and respond appropriately," he said.

Commission members, who were dispatched as specialists providing emergency technological advice to the government's local headquarters for nuclear disaster countermeasures, did not attend the meeting of the prefecture's main office for disaster countermeasures or meet with Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato -- a move that incurred his criticism.[/ex]


They only showed up on the scene after an article yesterday called them out for not responding immediately as they are required to do in an accident. Thirty-eight days later, they show up and do nothing. Criminal. [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by DancedWithWolves[/i]
Expert calls roadmap timeline and plan assumptions "ridiculous."

[ex]To bring about a cold shutdown within nine months, TEPCO's roadmap presumes that the pressure vessels of the No. 1, 2 and 3 reactors are sound and that the containment vessels other than that of the No. 2 reactor are all free of damage.

"These presumptions are in themselves ridiculous as they haven't been confirmed as facts. The plan is nothing but pie in the sky," lambasted Keiji Kobayashi, former instructor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute.

Furthermore, attempts to bring the crippled plant under control have been repeatedly suspended due to a spate of aftershocks affecting the region, prompting another expert to fear that a massive tsunami triggered by a possible ocean-trench earthquake could further delay restoration work.

"The plant could be hit by a massive tsunami topping several meters in height. Restoration work needs to proceed while taking heed of preventing a secondary disaster from happening," said Takashi Furumura, professor of seismology at the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute.[/ex]


As has been discovered and discussed in this thread (good job all), their timeline assumes the radiation levels are reduced before work can truly begin. I sincerely hope TEPCO and the government start sharing details about these plant's inner workings and possibly previously known and unreported problems so a better upfront plan can be developed (if it's even possible) to bring these radiation levels down and bring some hope to the situation. Based on what I have read, cracks in the shroud of all these units was a common and on-going problem.

TEPCO: Full and updated blueprints and true facts are needed by people around the world here and elsewhere trying to help you develop front-end plans. Your SHHTF. You need help. Open the gates (not the ones that were stuck open during the first day of the crisis.) Please.[editby]edit on 18-4-2011 by DancedWithWolves because: fixed quote code[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by Finalized[/i]
[ex]Japan will restrict senior industry regulators from taking jobs at power companies, in response to criticism that the practice compromised safety and contributed to the country’s worst ever nuclear accident.

Yukio Edano, chief cabinet secretary, said the government would ask senior bureaucrats at the ministry of economy, trade and industry, which regulates the electricity sector, to temporarily refrain from taking posts at power companies “in order not to raise the public’s suspicions”.[/ex]

However, it's only a "request"

[ex]Although it is only a request, the government expects the officials to avoid a practice that is known in other countries as the “revolving-door”, ....[/ex]

Just so they can save "face" during this disaster.

[ex]The government said that once the situation at Fukushima Daiichi was under control, it would launch a more exhaustive review of Japan’s nuclear power industry and how it is monitored. But to restore public confidence, Mr Edano said it was essential to immediately put a block on senior bureaucrats from taking jobs at electric power companies. [/ex]

Read the whole article at: [url=http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9af19b4c-6995-11e0-826b-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=rss]Japan bars officials from utility jobs[/url]

Novel concept, I wish they would do that here in the States with the CDC and Vaccine companies.[editby]edit on 4/18/2011 by Finalized because: Because I like pie[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by DancedWithWolves[/i]
Radioactive contamination around the world is an area we need help following.Anyone?  There is growing mumbling about lack of real data that considers the cumulative impact of being exposed to radiation for the at least 6 to 9 months it is projected to take to bring these reactors under control.

Where are the cumulative projections of what this will mean as long-term exposure appears a sure thing?

There is much "vested interest" that would cause regulators to downplay impact because of economic and social "concern." None of us should assume that our governments will sound the alarms before they have to and we should continue to do our own research on radiation exposure from this unprecedented event. Tracking radiation levels gives us a one day snapshot on any given day. What are the cumulative affects of long-term exposure that the world is now facing? Some are starting to ask the tougher questions and finding gaps in the answers. Just something to be aware of as we focus on Japan. We are all connected by wind and water and transport.

[headline]San Francisco Rainwater: Radiation 181 Times Above US Drinking Water Standard  Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/san-francisco-rainwater-radiation-181-times-above-us-drinking-water-standard-2011-4#ixzz1JsgcaGSH[/headline]

[ex]No Official Data Yet

Three weeks after the Fukushima nuclear power plant began spewing radiation into the world’s air, the US government has still not published any official data on nuclear fallout from the Fukushima meltdown.  The amount of iodine-131 or other radioactive elements that have fallen as precipitation or made their way into milk supplies or drinking water has not yet been fully revealed.  Scientists say an absence of federal data on the issue is hampering efforts to develop strategies for preventing radioactive isotopes from contaminating the nation's food and water. [The Bay Citizen, San Francisco]

Rising Risks

Fukushima radiation is blanketing most of the United States and Canada according to the data and visuals published regularly by the The Norwegian Institute of Air Research.  The risks of that radiation falling with rain, have been downplayed by US government officials and others, who say its impacts are so fleeting and minor so as to be negligible.  Nonetheless, radiation falling with rain can cover grass that is eaten by cows and other animals. It can also fall on food crops or contaminate reservoirs that are used for irrigation or drinking water.  [Norwegian Institute of Air Research or NILU]

Food and Water Watch

Food and Water Watch -- the nonprofit Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in Washington, DC -- sent a letter to President Barack Obama and members of his cabinet and Congress a few days ago urging the US federal government to improve its monitoring of radiation in agricultural land and food in the wake of the Japanese tragedy.  The letter from "Food and Water Watch" states:  “The three agencies that monitor almost all of the food Americans eat … have insisted that the US food supply is safe . . . the agencies, however, have done very little to detail specific ways in which they are responding to the threat of radiation in food.”


The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states in its April 3rd advisory, "As the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said, we do not expect to see radiation at harmful levels reaching the US from damaged Japanese nuclear power plants."  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates food safety, has referred questions about potential milk contamination to the EPA, which is taking the lead on testing dairy products for radiation.  Early last week, the EPA said it expected to release results of tests for radioactivity in rain and snow within a day or so. Just before the weekend, three days after making that pledge, EPA officials repeated the same statement and said the data would likely be released over the weekend or early this week.  So far that data set has not been released. [EPA][/ex]


Not trying to raise an alert here - just saying the silence on long-term exposure is getting a little loud.

Published April 4.:(

DWW out for now. Sorry for the news blitz all. [/quote]

New TEPCO footage shows smoke/steam rising from reactor buildings — (AERIAL VIDEOS)
April 16th, 2011 at 10:26 PM

[ex]Launched in 2001, Magna is based in the southern Israeli city of Dimona. The defense security company specializes in producing and installing stereoscopic sensory and thermal imaging cameras. Siboni said that his company's cameras were probably not damaged in the quake and tsunami as they were placed high up.

Theoretically, Magna is able to gain remote access to the cameras at Fukushima. But because the Japanese government has not yet given them the right to do so, Magna has not yet seen the images being recorded there.

Two of the people working to save the Fukushima nuclear plant were at Magna headquarters in Israel about three weeks ago for training.  http://www.israel21c.org/201103208917/briefs/israeli-surveillance-at-fukushima-plant

Israeli firm which secured Japan nuclear plant says workers there 'putting their lives on the line'
Magna CEO says Japanese workers at nuclear plant 'projecting business as usual' but says it is 'unclear if they are healthy due to the high level of radiation at the reactor, which is life-threatening.'

Robots in Japanese Reactors Find High Radiation

Helicopter Drones Give Conclusive Video of Fukushima Devastation. Robots Now Enter Reactors

[ex]Default Magna BSP wins €320m French radar contract

    The company's product detected all intrusion attempts in a series of trials, with no false alarms.
    Amnon Barzilai 7 Nov 06 14:27
    Magna BSP of Dimona, Israel has won a contract to supply radar systems for the French military's perimeter defense plan. Magna CEO Haim Siboni told "Globes" that following the win in the competition, the company expects orders from the French military of up to €320 million over five years.
    The trials took place at a French military base in Orleans in recent weeks under the supervision of the French Department of Defense and French consortium Thales, which is the French military's chief contractor on its perimeter defense project.  http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?97092-Magna-BSP-wins-%80320m-French-radar-contract[/ex]

Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant must be shut down

Israeli surveillance at Fukushima plant
By Viva Sarah Press
March 20, 2011









Fukushima - an ongoing nuclear disaster
Eye witness report