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  • VA, News Media Fail America's Fukushima First Responders

    07/23/2014 8:04:25 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | July 23, 2014 | Kelli Serio
    It’s been more than three years since the Fukushima disaster, in which an earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the Fukushima region of Japan and significantly damaged its nuclear power plant. *******snip***** Once the demand for news from Japan waned, however, little follow-up ever occurred in the media to those stories being told days after the tsunami struck, particularly those of American first responders. The USS Ronald Reagan responded almost immediately to the tsunami disaster. The carrier, reports in 2013 noted, may have coasted through a radiation plume. Photos of bizarrely foamy snow aboard the ship began to circulate in some...
  • 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Fukushima, Tsunami Warning Issued

    07/11/2014 12:57:46 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 14, 2014
    Moments ago, at 4:22am local time, a major 6.8 magnitude quake struck eastern Japan, off the Fukushima coast. FLASH:M6.8 QUAKE JOLTS OFF FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN, TSUNAMI ALERT EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING ISSUED FOR JAPAN, OFF FUKUSHIMA:JMA EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING ISSUED FOR JAPAN, OFF FUKUSHIMA:JMA TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED AFTER JAPAN QUAKE: AP From the USGS: So far there have been no reports of damage. Those curious can keep track of Fukushima in real time at the live webcast below:
  • State: FDA study finds Alaska fish safe from Fukushima radiation

    06/27/2014 4:28:23 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 6-27-2014 | Alex DeMarban
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that Alaska seafood is safe from Fukushima radiation, but a citizen’s group plans to conduct a separate study of the water in lower Cook Inlet using a crowdsource funding site. “The (FDA) results confirm information from federal, state and international agencies that seafood in the North Pacific and Alaska waters poses no radiation related health concerns to those who consume it,” said a statement released by state health and environmental officials. The FDA review was based on a sampling plan developed by the departments of Environmental Conservation and Health and Social Services,...
  • Angry Farmers From Fukushima Bring Sick Cow to Tokyo, Demand Probe

    06/24/2014 2:55:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Angry farmers from Fukushima brought a large cow to the centre of Tokyo on Friday to demand Japan's government investigate a disease they say cattle have developed since the nuclear disaster three years ago. Operators of non-profit "Kibo no Bokujo", or "Farm of Hope", delivered a full-size black cow to the front of the agriculture ministry to demand an investigation into why it and many other animals have developed white dots on their skin since reactors went into meltdown
  • Lack of information hampered government's evacuation efforts in Fukushima crisis

    06/20/2014 7:49:03 PM PDT · by ransomnote
    THE ASAHI SHIMBUN ^ | June 17, 2014 | No Byline
    As the crisis unfurled at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011, the prime minister’s office issued a series of evacuation orders in reaction to worsening developments without sufficient information and expert knowledge, according to testimony by a former top government official. In testimony to the government’s Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations, then Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama, who was in charge of evacuating residents, detailed how government officials were forced to issue evacuation orders in a flurry. The Asahi Shimbun recently obtained a copy of his testimony. “We only...
  • Energy Report Calls for Reliance on Nuclear Power (3 Meltdowns Trumped by Global Warming)

    06/16/2014 9:16:25 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | June 18, 2014 02:21GMT | Not Listed
    The government released an annual energy report Tuesday that called for a return to nuclear power generation, saying increasing fuel costs for thermal power and a surge in CO2 emissions are reasons why Japan should power up its idled reactors. The report reflects the pro-nuclear government’s latest national energy policy, which defined nuclear power as an “important base-load power source.” All reactors nationwide are currently offline, as most of them have remained since the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, triggered by the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.
  • Boxer to Vitter: 'When you have this gavel, you make the rules'

    06/05/2014 1:45:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6-4-14 | Timothy Cama
    Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and David Vitter (R-La.) heatedly clashed Wednesday during a hearing on nuclear power safety. Boxer, the chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, was criticized by Vitter, the ranking Republican, for her treatment of a witness. At one point, she gaveled down Vitter and told him he is powerless to stop her, saying, “When you have this gavel, you make the rules.” The quarrel started when Boxer repeatedly asked Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane whether her agency has implemented any of the recommendations from a task force set up after the 2011 Fukushima...
  • Study Finds No Evidence Of ‘Ocean-Borne’ Fukushima Radiation Along West Coast

    05/08/2014 7:16:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | May 7, 2014 4:02 PM | Tom Reopelle
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — The West Coast shoreline shows no signs of ocean-borne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, scientists said Wednesday. KNX 1070′s Tom Reopelle reports researchers from CSU Long Beach and other schools are sampling kelp along the California coastline to determine whether seawater arriving from Japan poses any public health threat. The Kelp Watch 2014 project – which is co-headed by Dr. Steven Manley, marine biology professor at Long Beach State – has gathered kelp samples from as far north as Kodiak Island, Alaska, to as far south as Baja California to determine the extent...
  • Study Finds Trace Levels of Fukushima Radiation in Albacore

    04/29/2014 1:39:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KVAL ^ | Apr 28, 2014 | Mark Floyd
    Albacore tuna caught off the Oregon shore after the Fukushima Daiichi power station in Japan was destroyed in a 2011 earthquake had slightly elevated levels of radioactivity but the increase has been minute, according to a newly published study. In fact, you would have to consume more than 700,000 pounds of the fish with the highest radioactive level – just to match the amount of radiation the average person is annually exposed to in everyday life through cosmic rays, the air, the ground, X-rays and other sources, the authors say. Results of the study are being published in the journal...
  • i know why us govt and media ignoring fukushima radiation hitting usa

    04/17/2014 5:45:35 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 36 replies
    figured it out. 1. agenda 21. this will all of a sudden become a huge deal and they willuse it to evacuate people out of most of the western usa, which if you look at the proposed map, most of that area is off-limits to people. 2. population control, ie reducing the number of living people. they are happy to sacrifice people from any country if it furthers their goals toget human population down to 300-500 million people.
  • Vanity: Is there a brand of canned tuna that isn't all mush?

    04/04/2014 12:01:58 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 88 replies
    Seriously, the cans say chunk light but it's all mush.
  • School Science Project Reveals High Levels Of Fukushima Nuclear Radiation in Grocery Store Seafood

    03/28/2014 5:48:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 48 replies
    The Truth Wins ^ | March 27th, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    A Canadian high school student named Bronwyn Delacruz never imagined that her school science project would make headlines all over the world. But that is precisely what has happened. Using a $600 Geiger counter purchased by her father, Delacruz measured seafood bought at local grocery stores for radioactive contamination. What she discovered was absolutely stunning. Much of the seafood, particularly the products that were made in China, tested very high for radiation. So is this being caused by nuclear radiation from Fukushima? Is the seafood that we are eating going to give us cancer and other diseases? The American people...
  • Fukushima disaster: Plan to send residents home three years after nuclear accident

    03/10/2014 2:01:19 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | March 10, 2014 | Matthew Carney
    Full title: Fukushima disaster: Plan to send residents home three years after nuclear accident labelled 'irresponsible' A nuclear industry insider has told the ABC that the situation at the stricken Fukushima reactor is still not under control, three years after the disaster there. Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced he wants 30,000 residents to return to their homes and the reactors to be switched back on within two years. SNIP At the risk of losing his job if his identity is revealed, a senior TEPCO staffer, who has worked at the Fukushima plant for more than 20 years, says...
  • *Vanity* Fukushima Radiation likely to arrive on West Coast next month.

    03/09/2014 6:32:40 PM PDT · by bushwon · 135 replies
    me | March 9, 2014 | Bushwon
    Drudge posted an article (from a banned source) which stated that very low levels of Fukushima radiation will likely reach the West Coast next month. Incredibly, the article states that there is no federal agency which currently samples Pacific Coast seawater for radiation. I find it disturbing that: 1. There is money being spent for many frivolous activities, yet three is no monitoring for radiation on the West Coast? 2. The EPA is monitoring puddles on people's private property, yet there is no monitoring of radiation on the West Coast!
  • Frozen wall test to begin at Fukushima plant

    02/25/2014 4:24:31 PM PST · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Engineers are to start testing a plan to build frozen walls at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The government and the operator of the plant will carry out the plan to deal with the massive buildup of radioactive wastewater. The amount of wastewater has been increasing as 400 tons of groundwater is flowing beneath the facilities from nearby mountains every day.
  • New Radioactive Water Leak at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant

    02/19/2014 10:35:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu February 20, 2014 | Yoko Wakatsuki
    A large amount of radioactive water has leaked from a holding tank at Japan's troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, its operator said Thursday. The leak of an estimated 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water was discovered late Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said in a statement. The tainted water flowed over a barrier around the tank and is being absorbed into the ground, TEPCO said. The plant has shut off the inflow of water into the tank and the leaking has stopped, it added.
  • Scientists to Test Malibu Kelp for Fukushima Radiation

    02/02/2014 11:11:21 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    In California, kelp is at once admired for its underwater beauty, grumbled over as a beach obstacle and served up on dinner plates. Now it is being used in the name of science. Local kelp, like the organism pictured above in the Malibu Colony, is going to be tested later this year for possible radiation contamination related to the March 2011 Japanese tsunami and resulting Fukushima radiation leaks. (Photo by Dave Lichten/The Malibu Times) Local kelp, like the organism pictured above in the Malibu Colony, is going to be tested later this year for possible radiation contamination related to the...
  • Congress wants answers on health impacts of Japan disaster relief (Fukushima/USS Reagan crew)

    01/28/2014 8:25:16 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 1/27/2014 | Matthew M. Burke
    SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Congress has instructed the Defense Department to launch an inquiry into potential health impacts on Navy first-responders from Japan’s March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The request, made in the explanatory statement from the House that accompanied the fiscal 2014 budget bill that passed Congress this month, comes as a growing number of sailors and Marines have joined a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co. While the instruction is not law, Defense Department officials said that they were taking the request seriously. “The Department treats reporting requirements included in committee reports seriously and tries...
  • University of Alaska Scientists: Fukushima Radiation May Be Making Alaska Seals Sick

    01/25/2014 11:50:54 PM PST · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 26, 2014
    Preface: Leading Scientist On Fukushima Radiation Hitting West Coast of North America: “No One Is Measuring So Therefore We Should Be Alarmed” American sailors on the USS Reagan got really sick after having snowball fights with radioactive snow blowing off of the coasts of Fukushima. University of Alaska professors Doug Dasher, John Kelley, Gay Sheffield, and Raphaela Stimmelmayr theorize that radioactive snow might have also caused Alaska’s seals to become sick (page 222): On March 11, 2011 off Japan’s west coast, an earthquake-generated tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant resulting in a major nuclear accident that included a...
  • The Fire at the Brown's Ferry Nuclear Power Station

    01/17/2014 10:38:17 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 7 replies
    How a Candle Caused a Nuclear Emergency At noon on March 22, 1975, both Units 1 and 2 at the Brown's Ferry plant in Alabama were operating at full power, delivering 2200 megawatts of electricity to the Tennessee Valley Authority. Just below the plant's control room, two electricians were trying to seal air leaks in the cable spreading room, where the electrical cables that control the two reactors are separated and routed through different tunnels to the reactor buildings. They were using strips of spongy foam rubber to seal the leaks. They were also using candles to determine whether or...
  • Stop Worrying About Fukushima Radiation! (Discovery News YouTube video)

    01/15/2014 9:07:38 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/13/2014 | Discovery News
    Video only. No idea if my embed worked until after I hit 'post', as I can't seem to get it to work. If not, go to the link.
  • Antinuclear ex-PM Hosokawa to vie for Tokyo gov., backed by Koizumi

    01/15/2014 6:34:38 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Global Post ^ | January 14, 2014
    January 14, 2014 11:31pm Antinuclear ex-PM Hosokawa to vie for Tokyo gov., backed by Koizumi Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa said Tuesday he will run in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial election with an antinuclear agenda after securing the backing of popular former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi at a meeting in Tokyo. The move, which could have game-changing impact on the race for the helm of the Japanese capital, drew a quick response from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who suggested during his trip in Ethiopia that candidates should not focus too much on the issue of nuclear energy. Abe's ruling Liberal...
  • Fukushima failure: Decontamination system stops functioning

    01/12/2014 5:08:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    RT ^ | 2014/01/10
    Fukushima failure: Decontamination system stops functioning The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) has stopped using its systems to decontaminate radioactive water at the facility, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. The Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, has been utilized to liquidate radioactive substances from contaminated water stored at the plant. The crane to get rid of the container from the ALPS ceased working on Tuesday. On Wednesday, TEPCO stopped operating all 3 ALPS systems at the facility. The company officials say the system may take a long time to restart. The container where the...
  • Fukushima radioactive material “has reached the west coast as of June 2013 by ocean transport”

    Jay T. Cullen, Associate Professor of marine chemistry at the University of Victoria, Daily Kos diary, Jan. 4, 2014: [...] Fukushima derived Cs has reached the west coast as of June 2013 by ocean transport but [the] concentrations of Cs continue to be well below levels thought to pose environmental or public health threats. There have been a number of popular press articles that [...] report the timing of the arrival of the radionuclides but offer no perspective on the actual levels and the associated risk to residents of the west coast (e.g. link). [...] About 93% of radioactivity in...
  • Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War

    The World is at a critical crossroads. The Fukushima disaster in Japan has brought to the forefront the dangers of Worldwide nuclear radiation. The crisis in Japan has been described as “a nuclear war without a war”. In the words of renowned novelist Haruki Murakami: “This time no one dropped a bomb on us … We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives.” Nuclear radiation –which threatens life on planet earth– is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues...
  • Fukushima danger 'under control' – Not!

    Much has been said about the Fukushima nuclear power-plant disaster, much of it true, some untrue. The problem with the news coming out of the troubled complex is that the operating company TEPCO, the Japanese government and international agencies are not being completely forthcoming. Some call it political spin, but others just say the world is being told lies. The epitome of the falsehoods being told about Fukushima comes from no less than the Japanese prime minister himself. At the final International Olympic Committee meeting in Buenos Aires, the one deciding who would host the 2020 Summer Olympics, Shinzo Abe...
  • 130 ‘radioactive’ Japanese cars banned from entering Russia

    01/06/2014 3:48:56 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    RT ^ | 2014/01/06
    130 ‘radioactive’ Japanese cars banned from entering Russia More than 130 used cars from Japan were denied access to Russia last year as consumer watchdog agency Rospotrebnadzor remains concerned about the contaminated water leaks at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. Strict control of all cargo, arriving from Japan, will continue in 2014 as well, Rospotrebnadzor said on its website. “In 2013, Russia has banned 165 batches of contaminated goods from entering the country. There were mainly used cars – 132, and spare parts for vehicles – 33,” the statement said. Deliveries of fish coming from Japan and those caught...
  • Fukushima Unit 3: Steam-Explosion Theory

    01/03/2014 9:31:38 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 20 replies
    Fukushima Unit 3: Steam-Explosion Theory Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2011-09-03 20:25 Berkeley Radiological Air and Water Monitoring Forum http://lewrockwell.com/orig4/goddard2.1.1.htmlThe signature event of the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns was the large mushroom-cloud explosion of Unit 3 on March 14th. In contrast, the explosion of Unit 1 lacked any notable vertical projection. Yet Tokyo Electric Power Company assumes each was a hydrogen explosion in the upper-deck above the reactor. However, because dramatically different effects suggest different causes, let us consider an evidence-based model wherein the Unit-3 explosion was a steam explosion that vaporized tons of injected seawater into a mushroom cloud and...
  • HHS Orders 14 Million Doses of Potassium Iodide

    01/01/2014 12:42:22 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 101 replies
    Full disclosure: I'm posting this fearmongering 'news' as a result of histrionics ('cause another Freeper said so). </sarc> See below: Potassum Iodide Solicitation Number: 14-284-SOL-0015A Agency: Department of Health and Human ServicesOffice: Program Support CenterLocation: Supply Service Center Opportunity History Original Synopsis Dec 06, 2013 3:35 pm Solicitation Number: 14-284-SOL-0015A Notice Type: Combined Synopsis/Solicitation Synopsis: Added: Dec 06, 2013 3:35 pm (i)  This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for a commercial item prepared in accordance with FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information in this notice.  This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation...
  • Fukushima radiation cleanup: Send in the homeless?

    12/31/2013 8:55:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Seiji Sasa hits the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to prowl for homeless men. He isn't a social worker. He's a recruiter. The men in Sendai Station are potential laborers that Sasa can dispatch to contractors in Japan's nuclear disaster zone for a bounty of $100 a head. "This is how labor recruiters like me come in every day," Sasa says, as he strides past men sleeping on cardboard and clutching at their coats against the early winter cold. It's also how Japan finds people willing to accept minimum wage for one of the...
  • Fukushima Panic (Activists Raise Alarm About Radiation From Japan)

    12/31/2013 11:43:45 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    East Bay Express ^ | Sam Levin
    Activists raise alarm about radiation from Japan, but nuclear researchers say their fears are unfounded.Cynthia Papermaster has stopped eating fish from the Pacific Ocean. The Berkeley resident also tries to stay out of the rain, and even leaves her rain boots outside of her house. The reason? She's worried about radioactive fallout from the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station following the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan. "It's all one planet," she said. "The radiation will spread around the world." Papermaster, an activist with the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee, is part of a...
  • Anyone else hear? TEPCO Quietly Admits Reactor 3 Could Be Melting Down NOW [see post 80']

    12/30/2013 9:07:12 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 156 replies
    Susan posel news ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Turner Radio Network
    Turner Radio Network (TRN) has issued a report regarding Fukushima Diachi Nuclear Plant that is expected to affect the entire Northern Hemisphere. According to the report: “Persons residing on the west coast of North America should IMMEDIATELY begin preparing for another possible onslaught of dangerous atmospheric radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site in Japan.” TEPCO has confirmed that via camera surveillance, that steam has begun to pour from Reactor 3, although they have “not been identified abnormal plant conditions.” TEPCO are reporting that “radioactive steam has suddenly begun emanating from previously exploded nuclear reactor building #3 at the Fukuishima...
  • Navy sailors have radiation sickness after Japan rescue(billows of metallic-tasting snow)

    12/24/2013 10:47:29 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 66 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 22, 2013 | Laura Italiano and Kerry Murtha
    Navy sailors have radiation sickness after Japan rescue By Laura Italiano and Kerry Murtha December 22, 2013 | 6:40am Navy sailor Lindsay Cooper knew something was wrong when billows of metallic-tasting snow began drifting over USS Ronald Reagan. “I was standing on the flight deck, and we felt this warm gust of air, and, suddenly, it was snowing,” Cooper recalled of the day in March 2011 when she and scores of crewmates watched a sudden storm blow toward them from the tsunami-torn coast of Fukushima, Japan. The tall 24-year-old with a winning smile didn’t know it then, but the snow...
  • Radiation from Fukushima Will Be 10 Times Bigger than All of the Radiation from Nuclear Tests

    12/22/2013 7:51:41 AM PST · by Errant · 61 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/22/2013 | George Washington
    This graphic from Woods Hole in Massachusetts – one of the world’s top ocean science institutions – shows how much more cesium was dumped into the sea off Japan from Fukushima as compared to nuclear testing and Chernobyl [above]: The Canadian government has confirmed in October that Fukushima radiation will exceed “levels higher than maximum fallout” from the nuclear tests. The party line from the Japanese, Canadian and American governments are that these are safe levels of radiation. Given that those countries have tried to ban investigative journalism and have tried to cover up the scope of the Fukushima...
  • Sickened by service: More US sailors claim cancer from helping at Fukushima

    12/21/2013 4:20:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 20, 2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Sickened by service: More US sailors claim cancer from helping at Fukushima By Perry Chiaramonte Published December 20, 2013 FoxNews.com When the USS Ronald Reagan responded to the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, Navy sailors including Quartermaster Maurice Enis gladly pitched in with rescue efforts. But months later, while still serving aboard the aircraft carrier, he began to notice strange lumps all over his body. Testing revealed he'd been poisoned with radiation, and his illness would get worse. And his fiance and fellow Reagan quartermaster, Jamie Plym, who also spent several months helping near the Fukushima nuclear power...
  • Sickened by service: More US sailors claim cancer from helping at Fukushima

    12/20/2013 11:27:33 AM PST · by FR_addict · 66 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Dec 20, 2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    When the USS Ronald Reagan responded to the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, Navy sailors including Quartermaster Maurice Enis gladly pitched in with rescue efforts. But months later, while still serving aboard the aircraft carrier, he began to notice strange lumps all over his body. Testing revealed he'd been poisoned with radiation, and his illness would get worse. And his fiance and fellow Reagan quartermaster, Jamie Plym, who also spent several months helping near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, also began to develop frightening symptoms, including chronic bronchitis and hemorrhaging. ...
  • Radiation alerts hit U.S. cities

    12/13/2013 11:28:14 AM PST · by Errant · 99 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/13/2013 | Bob Unruh
    A private organization that monitors radiation data from network points across the United States issued email alerts today for two Western U.S. cities, Reno, Nev., and St. George, Utah. The alerts came from the the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center, which explains its mission is to provide radiation monitoring information from hundreds of sites in Japan and the U.S., including those run by the Environmental Protection Agency. The warning pinpointed an area “of concern” in St. George, Utah, where background radiation levels more than doubled today from the typical reading. In Reno, “the current background radiation level has increased suddenly...
  • Record outdoor radiation level that ‘can kill in 20 min’ detected at Fukushima

    12/09/2013 2:01:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    rt.com ^ | December 09, 2013 08:56
    The plant’s operator and the utility responsible for the clean-up Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) detected record radiation levels on a duct which connects reactor buildings and the 120 meter tall ventilation pipe located outside on Friday. TEPCO measured radiation at eight locations around the pipe with the highest estimated at two locations - 25 Sieverts per hour and about 15 Sieverts per hour, the company said. This is the highest level ever detected outside the reactor buildings, according to local broadcaster NHK. Earlier TEPCO said radiation levels of at least 10 Sieverts per hour were found on the pipe.
  • Deep-sea study reveals cause of 2011 tsunami

    12/11/2013 8:42:27 AM PST · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Terranet ^ | Dec 11, 2013
    Deep-sea study reveals cause of 2011 tsunami by Staff Writers Montreal, Canada Dec 11, 2013 An international team of scientists has concluded that an unusually thin and slippery geological fault where the North American plate rides over the edge of the Pacific plate caused a massive displacement of the seafloor off the coast of Japan in March 2011, touching off the devastating tsunami that struck the Tohoku region. The devastating tsunami that struck Japan's Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. Now, a team...
  • TEPCO may consider discharging contaminated water into sea: IAEA

    12/04/2013 3:27:26 PM PST · by ransomnote · 8 replies
    globalpost.com ^ | 12/4/2013 | no byline
    Link only because "Copyright 2013 Xinhua News Agency. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed."
  • Japan proposes more steps to store Fukushima water

    12/03/2013 7:20:25 AM PST · by oxcart · 2 replies
    <p>TOKYO (AP) -- A government panel proposed additional measures to lessen the radioactive water crisis at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, saying Tuesday that current plans are not enough to prevent the risk of a disaster.</p> <p>Officials on the Industry Ministry's contaminated water panel also said that the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant could run out of storage space for contaminated water within two years if current plans are not fully workable.</p>
  • Fukushima operator starts hazardous year-long fuel removal

    11/19/2013 4:35:33 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 18, 2013
    Fukushima operator starts hazardous year-long fuel removal TOKYO Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:50am EST Nov 18 (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant took the first step on Monday in the long and hazardous process of decommissioning the facility, extracting a fuel rod from its container for later removal. Tokyo Electric Power Co said it transferred the rod to a steel cask within the same cooling pool in a badly damaged reactor building, beginning the delicate and unprecedented task of removing 400 tonnes of highly irradiated spent fuel from that reactor.
  • Interview with Dr. Shigeru Mita (Tokyo disease vs. Fukushima radiation)

    11/12/2013 11:58:47 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 6 replies
    World Network for Saving Children from Radiation ^ | 11/11/2013 | save-children-from-radiation.org
    I'm pasting the whole interview here: The Mita clinic in Kodaira city, Tokyo, has carried out blood examination and thyroid ultrasound examination on 1,500 patients, including children. Mamarevo Magazine here interviews Dr. Mita, the head of the clinic, about what he has seen through the blood exam.   Kanto usually consists of metropolitan Tokyo, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tochigi and Kanagawa prefectures.   The original article in Japanese is in Mama-revo magazine website What is a ‘differential white blood cell count’? What can we learn from checking it? Q: Please tell us about the examinations that are conducted by the Mita clinic.   ...
  • Top Scientist: “Fukushima is the most terrifying"

    11/08/2013 3:36:16 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 62 replies
    Energy News ^ | 11/02/2013 | N/A
    Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine. You ask, what can we do? First of all you have got a government that is in total collusion with Tepco, they’re lying through their teeth. […] The fourth one has been so badly damaged that the fear is if there’s another quake of a 7 or above that that building will go, and then all hell breaks loose. And the probability of a 7 or above quake in the next 3 years is over 95%. […] They don’t know what to do. We need to get a group of international...
  • We’re In The Most Dangerous Moment Since the Cuban Missile Crisis

    11/08/2013 1:57:13 PM PST · by Errant · 60 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8 Novemeber, 2013 | George Washington
    Scientists Warn of Extreme Risk We’ve long said that the greatest short-term threat to humanity is from the fuel pools at Fukushima. The Japanese nuclear agency recently green-lighted the removal of the spent fuel rods from Fukushima reactor 4′s spent fuel pool. The operation is scheduled to begin this month. The head of the U.S. Department of Energy correctly notes: "The success of the cleanup also has global significance. So we all have a direct interest in seeing that the next steps are taken well, efficiently and safely."
  • Floating island of rubbish three times size of BRITAIN floating towards California

    11/06/2013 8:45:11 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 136 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 11-5-13 | Christopher Bucktin
    Five millions tons of debris made up of devastated property is making its way to the US following the 2011 tsunami in Japan A floating island of debris three times the size of BRITAIN is heading for the California coastline sparking huge environmental concerns. Five millions tons of rubbish made up of devastated homes, boats, cars and businesses is making its way across the Pacific Ocean following the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Scientists have already discovered debris on the west coast but their latest findings suggest California is expected to be hit with a deluge all at once. America’s National...
  • Island of debris the size of TEXAS from 2011 Japanese tsunami is headed straight for the U.S.

    11/05/2013 5:47:57 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 67 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | November 5, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A floating island of debris the size of Texas has been crossing the vast Pacific Ocean to the western shores of the Americas since a devastating tsunami inundated Japan in 2011, says a new study. Five million tons of wreckage - the remains of homes, boats, and other remnants of shattered lives in eastern Japan - were swallowed by the ocean that day in March, and more than one million tons of flotsam continues to head towards the west coast of the US..... While the first documented debris from the tragedy has already been found in California, scientists fear these...
  • Physicist: There was no Fukushima nuclear disaster

    10/29/2013 9:11:15 AM PDT · by Twotone · 43 replies
    CFACT.org ^ | October 12, 2013 | Kelvin Kemm
    I have watched a TV programme called ‘Fear Factor.’ In the series there are contestants who have to confront their worst fears to see who bails out and who can fight the fear and get through.
  • Fukushima nuclear plant operators prepare for dangerous procedure(spent fuel rods removal)

    10/27/2013 7:22:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    SCMP ^ | 27 October, 2013 | Julian Ryall
    Fukushima nuclear plant operators prepare for dangerous procedure Hundreds of radioactive rods must be removed at Fukushima without exposing them to air PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 October, 2013, 6:07am UPDATED : Sunday, 27 October, 2013, 6:07am Julian Ryall in Tokyo The operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is making final preparations before starting the most delicate and dangerous procedure attempted at the plant since three reactors were wrecked in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Engineers from Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) need to remove 1,533 rods of highly irradiated spent fuel from the damaged storage pool alongside the...
  • Special Report: Help wanted in Fukushima: Low pay, high risks and gangsters

    10/26/2013 6:44:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2013/10/25 | Antoni Slodkowski and Mari Saito
    Special Report: Help wanted in Fukushima: Low pay, high risks and gangsters By Antoni Slodkowski and Mari Saito IWAKI | Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:45pm EDT Oct 25 (Reuters) - Tetsuya Hayashi went to Fukushima to take a job at ground zero of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. He lasted less than two weeks. Hayashi, 41, says he was recruited for a job monitoring the radiation exposure of workers leaving the plant in the summer of 2012. Instead, when he turned up for work, he was handed off through a web of contractors and assigned, to his surprise, to...