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OK Fukushima and the TYPHOON… TEPCO releases large amounts of water.


Fukushima Update: (Japanese Email translation)

The most violent decade typhoon left a trail of devastation in Japan. In the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima even had verstrahltes water to be drained.

CNN reported in the afternoon (13 GMT clock) that there are 17 deaths from the typhoon Wipha in Tokyo.

A state government official of Oshima, a small island 120 km south of Tokyo announced that most of the inhabitants were killed because of heavy rain caused landslides and the rescue workers were not able to get help locally.

More than 500 international and domestic flights – both Narita and Haneda -. Had to be canceled and the railway ceased to express transport The Izu Peninsula near Tokyo was on 26 Typhoon of the season partly devastated. But here seven people died. To 50 other residents of the forces initially had no contact.

Machida in place in the west of Tokyo, a woman was swept away by the waters of a swollen river and drowned.

In the neighboring province of Tokyo Kanagawa engulfed a two little boys, they are so far missing. areas in the tsunami of 2011, the 26 taught Typhoon of the season in places new damage. Individual shelters where refugees still the disaster of 11 March 2011 dwell, were crushed.

A temple in ruins located near the Fukushima nuclear Minamisoma city burned down.

It was the worst typhoon since October 2004. At that time, nearly 100 people were killed in floods and landslides.

Due to the heavy rain again today, TEPCO had to empty water containers in the Pacific.

A hip press conference this had to be canceled at short notice to take precautions against the typhoon Wipha can.

Tepco therefore opened at nine catch basin that enclose hundreds of tanks for contaminated cooling water, the outflow valves.

In the pool more and more rainwater had accumulated as a result of the typhoon. Tepco stored in the tanks heavily verstrahltes water arising during cooling of the 2011 damaged by an earthquake and tsunami reactors. ‘s Fukushima nuclear ruins in the northeast also threatened because of the rain tanks with verstrahltem cooling water to overflow.

The repair teams inflated according to media reports from around the catch basin of rainwater tanks. The radiation exposure lie but below the limits stated by the operator Tepco.

Tepco also announced that it came in 56,000 households as a result of the rain to power outages. already Tepco the slow work as the water tanks on the fact returned yesterday that not enough workers were to be found. “Wipha” weakened on Wednesday afternoon (local time) in the north across the sea to a tropical low pressure system off.

He was previously raged with up to 80 kilometers per hour and wind speed near its center of up to 180 kilometers per hour on the east coast of Japan along the sea.

Nevertheless, already brewing the next together: San Francisco, which is just about Guam – which could this end, early next week take on Japan. mains wife Lisa Natterer

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“If I ever go to Japan, I’m sure the pilot willbe ale to find it, so why do I have to know where it is?”


by Selvam Canagaratna


“We are ignorant of the Beyond because this ignorance is the condition sine qua non of our own life. Just as ice cannot know fire except by melting, by vanishing.”


– Jules Bernard, Journal (1890).


On September 3, 2013, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to overcome the Fukushima nuclear disaster. “The world is watching,” he said, “if we can properly handle the contaminated water but also the entire decommissioning of the plant.”


He didn’t spell out that the ‘contamination’ he was referring to was deadly radiation that had been spewing globally – both into the atmosphere as well as the sea – from the stricken nuclear facility for 30 months!


Premier Abe is clearly a modern-day Rip van Winkle, taking only an 8-month cat-nap before waking up to face reality. The Fukushima disaster occurred on March 11, 2011. Abe assumed the Premiership only on December 26, 2012, by when he was a seasoned politician, having been in politics since 1993. [Merely following the rule-of-thumb for survival in the political jungle: never try to be too clever and pull out others’ political chestnuts out of the fire.]


Investigative journalist Jake Adelstein, writing in the Japan Times on August 31, quoted King Solomon’s words spoken around 3,000 years ago – “What has been will be again,/ what has been done will be done again;/ there is nothing new under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9 – and ventured to suggest that, perhaps, they “were an augury of Japan’s nuclear industry”, adding, “I’m sure somewhere there’s an original text that reads, ‘In the Land of the Melting Sun’.”


Adelstein’s point was the occurrence in Japan of a repetitive pattern of action, or rather inaction: “An accident occurs in Japan’s nuclear industry; those in charge fail to deal with it well; people suffer; those in charge lie to the public; finally they admit it and apologize profusely. Then the cycle is repeated.”


In the northeastern Tohoku region of Honshu, where the Fukushima plant is located, more than 100,000 people have been forced to evacuate due to high radiation levels, and the cleanup will likely take at least 40 years, before they can return to their homes. [For most of the evacuees that’s as good as never!]


The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), in charge of the Fukushima nuclear plant, at first blamed the accident on “an unforeseen massive tsunami” triggered by an earthquake, then admitted it had in fact foreseen just such a scenario but hadn’t done anything about it.


The explosions and meltdowns of three reactors at TEPCO’s Fukushima facility in March 2011, led to massive leaks of radiation, and represented the world’s worst nuclear disaster since a reactor exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR (present-day Ukraine) in April 1986.


A Special Japanese Diet Commission reporting in July 2012, and other studies, concluded that the earthquake alone probably damaged the cooling system of the Fukushima plant’s 40-year-old Reactor 1 so badly that, even before the tsunami, meltdown was inevitable because it would overheat so much.


In other words, wrote Adelstein, some [or most] of Japan’s nuclear power plants may be unable to withstand earthquakes. “Not a comforting thought in a country that has constant seismic activity,” he noted.


But, of course, ‘nuclear meltdown’ itself had been forcefully denied for months. Even up to May 2011 – two months after the disaster – while the foreign media had long labeled the Fukushima disaster “a triple meltdown,” TEPCO, and the Japanese government, stonewalled, insisting that meltdown had not been confirmed.


Then finally, just a week before members of an International Atomic Energy Agency investigation team were to arrive in Japan, the government and TEPCO admitted the facts – with the usual ritual apologies.
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Radiation levels near Japan’s damaged Fukushima reactor hit two-year high


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TOKYO (Reuters) – Radiation levels in seawater just outside one of the damaged Fukushima reactors spiked this week to the highest level in two years, the operator of the crippled Japanese nuclear plant said on Thursday.


Radiation levels on Wednesday, the day six workers were exposed to highly radioactive water, jumped 13 times the previous day’s reading, the highest levels since late 2011.

A massive quake and tsunami hit the power station, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co, also known as Tepco, in March 2011, causing three reactor meltdowns and hydrogen explosions.

Tepco, which is pouring hundreds of tonnes of water to keep reactors cool, has struggled to contain the build up of radioactive water at the plant.

In the latest incident, a worker on Wednesday mistakenly detached a pipe connected to a treatment system, releasing seven tonnes of highly radioactive water.

The accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, 220 km (130 miles) north of Tokyo, are adding to the crisis and stirring doubt over Tepco’s abilities to carry out a complex cleanup widely expected to take decades.

Tepco said combined Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 readings just outside the damaged No. 2 reactor spiked to 1,200 becquerels per liter on Wednesday, more than 13 times the level on Tuesday.
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http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-77739909/

Yoshinoya to grow rice and vegetables in Fukushima


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TOKYO —

Major Japanese “gyudon” (beef bowl) chain Yoshinoya said Tuesday it would grow rice and vegetables in Fukushima Prefecture.
Operator Yoshinoya Holdings said it had set up a joint venture with local farmers—called Yoshinoya Farm Fukushima—to grow rice, onions and cabbages in a 4.3-hectare field in Shirakawa, 80 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
It will also build a facility to process vegetables for use in Yoshinoya restaurants across the nation, the firm said, adding strict radiation screening measures will be put in place.
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Scientists dismiss claims that radiation in Japan is contained


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TEPCO’S radiation claims called ‘silly’


By Jonathan Tirone, Bloomberg News
Published: October 7, 2013, 12:48 PM
This aerial photo shows the storage tank, fifth from left at left plot, which workers detected the water dripping from the top, at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Japan’s crippled nuclear plant has a new leak of highly radioactive water entering the Pacific Ocean after a storage tank overflowed. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
VIENNA — Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s claim that radioactive water leaking into the sea from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant is confined to the coast doesn’t make scientific sense, according to a U.S. researcher who surveyed waters off the site last month.
Japan’s government has supported the utility’s statement that the irradiated groundwater flowing into the Pacific Ocean at a rate of some 400 tons a day remains in an area of 0.3 square kilometers (0.12 square miles) within the bay fronting the atomic station.
“These statements like a 0.3 square-kilometer zone are silly,” Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution senior scientist Ken Buesseler said in an interview. “It’s not true to the science,” said Buesseler, who was on a Japanese research vessel 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off Fukushima from Sept. 8 to Sept. 14.
The growing stockpile of radioactive water stored in tanks at the plant and leaks from the tanks into the sea is an increasing threat to ocean ecosystems, said Buesseler, who holds a joint Ph.D in marine chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole. Founded in 1930, Woods Hole is the world’s largest private non-profit oceanographic research institution, according to its website.
The Fukushima atomic station has more than 1,000 tanks holding more than 380,000 tons of water irradiated from contact with melted reactor fuel. Three hundred tanks are of a bolted variety, at least one of which leaked about 300 tons of water. Additional contaminated groundwater has been seeping into the Pacific Ocean and one of the tanks overflowed last week.
Each tank contains about 10 terabequerels, or 270 curies, of strontium-90, a radioactive element linked to leukemia that can enter the food chain by depositing into the bones of fish, Buesseler said. That is 100 times the amount of radioactivity dumped by Russia into the Sea of Japan in a 1993 incident that prompted international rules against ocean disposal.

(10 Staff were splashed with this the other day alone)
“If only 10 of those tanks leaked it would equal all the strontium released in 2011” after the earthquake and tsunami, Buesseler said. “Once strontium gets into fish, it stays in them for months and years and it’s going to be an additional reason why they won’t be able to open up their fisheries.”
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DR. HELEN CALDICOTT archived on the Green Power & Wellness Show about radiation & health:


 Green Power And Wellness – 10/07/13

The truly great DR. HELEN CALDICOTT explains the killing power of radiation and the horrific  dangers we face from the fallout at Fukushima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and your local nuclear plant.  Speaking to us from Australia, Dr. Caldicott points out that radiation levels soared in Seattle after the Fukushima disaster, and that the health of 80% of the children downwind from Chernobyl has been compromised.  Do not miss this critical discussion of what we all now face from the fallout of atomic energy, “peaceful” and otherwise.

http://prn.fm/2013/10/green-power-wellness-100713/

Tepco’s Claim Radiation Leaks Confined to Coast Called ‘Silly’


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Mainstream on Fukushima

 Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (9501) claim that radioactive water leaking into the sea from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant is confined to the coast doesn’t make scientific sense, according to a U.S. researcher who surveyed waters off the site last month.


6 October, 2013
Japan’s government has supported the utility’s statement that the irradiated groundwater flowing into the Pacific Ocean at a rate of some 400 tons a day remains in an area of 0.3 square kilometers (0.12 square miles) within the bay fronting the atomic station.
These statements like a 0.3 square-kilometer zone are silly,” Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution senior scientist Ken Buesseler said in an interview. “It’s not true to the science,” said Buesseler, who was on a Japanese research vessel 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off Fukushima from Sept. 8 to Sept. 14.
The growing stockpile of radioactive water stored in tanks at the plant and leaks from the tanks into the sea is an increasing threat to ocean ecosystems, said Buesseler, who holds a joint Ph.D in marine chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole. Founded in 1930, Woods Hole is the world’s largest private non-profit oceanographic research institution, according to its website.

The Fukushima atomic station has more than 1,000 tanks holding more than 380,000 tons of water irradiated from contact with melted reactor fuel. Three hundred tanks are of a bolted variety, at least one of which leaked about 300 tons of water. Additional contaminated groundwater has been seeping into the Pacific Ocean and one of the tanks overflowed last week.


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Each tank contains about 10 terabequerels, or 270 curies, of strontium-90, a radioactive element linked to leukemia that can enter the food chain by depositing into the bones of fish, Buesseler said. That is 100 times the amount of radioactivity dumped by Russia into the Sea of Japan in a 1993 incident that prompted international rules against ocean disposal.

If only 10 of those tanks leaked it would equal all the strontium released in 2011” after the earthquake and tsunami, Buesseler said. “Once strontium gets into fish, it stays in them for months and years and it’s going to be an additional reason why they won’t be able to open up their fisheries.”

One hundred kilometers away I can measure isotopes of cesium that are coming from the reactor” in Fukushima, Buesseler said. “They’re not at dangerous levels. The scientific question is are they at levels high enough to accumulate in the food chain and a cause for some of the fish to be above the legal limit.”

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Check out those leak trenches to the ocean……………..

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