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“3.11 Japan Animal Rescue Groups: SORA is financially BROKE. SO IN TROUBLE. But they don’t ever want to quit what they are doing. SORA has been taking in troubled or rejected pets from Fukushima evacuees or evacuee centers. People are no way in the shape of claiming their pets back yet.”

SORA is located in Fukushima city, Fukushima.
The cost of running shelter is around $6000 US a month and the shelter is at full capacity. SORA staff go feed farm animals and set baits for pets requested by owners from the exclusion area. Please support their selfless rescue mission by donating via ChipIn.

Thank you very much.

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Offshore Pacific quake could cause over-20m tsunami in central Japan

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Several parts of Japan’s Pacific coast could be hit by tsunami higher than 20 meters if the largest possible earthquake occurs in the “Nankai Trough” located in the seabed off central to western Japan, an expert panel under the Cabinet Office said Saturday.

In its previous estimate in 2003 the panel had said no areas would be struck by tsunami higher than 20 meters. In light of the March 2011 disaster, however, it revised its projection assuming a magnitude 9 earthquake.

According to the new projection, there would be huge tsunami in areas from the Kanto region centering on Tokyo to the Kyushu region in southwest Japan in the event a massive quake occurred in the trough.

A tsunami of up to 34.4 meters might hit Kuroshio, Kochi Prefecture, while tsunami between 10 and 20 meters could strike parts of Shizuoka, Kochi and Miyazaki prefectures. Shizuoka is southwest of Tokyo and has a nuclear power plant.

Near the Hamaoka nuclear plant, now offline, a tsunami of 21 meters is anticipated, the panel said. The operator Chubu Electric Power Co. is working on building an anti-tsunami breakwater near the plant, but its planned height is only 18 meters.

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Germany’s Das Erste: Fukushima Children Having Health Problems

 Some strange translations here and there, but I think you get the idea. (I’ll wait for the comments from German readers.)
German TVs tend to do the voice-over instead of captions, and the voice-over is too loud for me to hear what exactly the Japanese are saying. Sometimes their voice-over does not match what people are actually saying in Japanese.

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Off-limits order lifted for parts of 2 Fukushima municipalities

TAMURA/KAWAUCHI, Japan (Kyodo) — The government lifted its off-limits order Sunday for parts of Tamura city and Kawauchi village in Fukushima Prefecture, located near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Residents from these areas, where radiation levels are relatively low, will now be allowed to freely enter the areas without taking protective measures against radiation exposure although they cannot stay overnight.

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20-meter tsunami projected from Honshu to Kyushu

Nankai quake scenario menaces Pacific coast


Wide swaths of the Pacific coastline stretching from Honshu to Shikoku may be hit by tsunami over 20 meters high if a newly feared megaquake occurs in the Nankai Trough, a Cabinet Office panel warned Saturday.

News photo

The new warning comes after the panel revised its 2003 estimate to reflect new findings from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region’s coastline last year.

The 2003 report said no areas would see tsunami higher than 20 meters. The updated report is based on the assumption that the earthquake will have a magnitude of 9.0.

The tidal waves generated by the Nankai Trough temblor would slam areas from Kanto to Kyushu, with waves of up to 34.4 meters likely in Kuroshio, Kochi Prefecture, and between 10 and 20 meters in parts of Shizuoka, Kochi and Miyazaki prefectures.

Urban areas of Tokyo would see tsunami up to 2.3 meters high, but the village of Niijima in the Izu Island chain, which is administered by Tokyo, could face deadly waves up to 29.7 meters high, the panel said.

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Wild birds decreased by 90%

Posted by Mochizuki on March 31st, 2012 ·
Wild birds are decreasing in Japan. They report the decrease of small wild bird is recognizable especially in western Japan.

In Kochi prefecture, migratory bird decreased to be 10% of usual.

Wild bird society of Japan is receiving the reports that winter birds areextremely decreasing in Fukuoka, and even in Osaka since December. Usually, when they have plenty of food in mountains, birds don’t come down to city areas, but this year, birds are hardly watched in both of the areas.
Especially white-eye and thrush can hardly be observed in western Japan. Wild bird society of Japan states, they haven’t had such an experience.

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西日本で野鳥激減 高知県渡り鳥1割以下か

 …also from this post:

One Response to “Wild birds decreased by 90%”

  1. american says:

    Birds reportedly play a part in plant growth, and if true it will be interesting to see what happens in these areas with 10% or less of wild birds.

    Reportedly, the frequencies of bird calls affect plant leaves, by stimulating stoma opening, affecting the rate of carbon dioxide intake and leaf and plant growth.

    The farmer who was working with this reported greater crop plant growth when plants were stimulated by electronically produced frequencies similar to bird calls.

    There does seem to be something going on between growth in spring and the beginning of birds beginning their calling, just from common sense, and not just all coincidence.

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Miyagi Pref. to build embankments along rivers that carried tsunami inland

The Shizugawa district in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. (Mainichi)

The Shizugawa district in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. (Mainichi)

Following the terrible damage inflicted in March last year by tsunami washing upstream along river courses, disaster-hit Miyagi Prefecture has decided to build protective embankments along its rivers opening onto the sea.

The prefecture had been considering two common anti-tsunami damage strategies for coastal rivers: embankments and sluice gates near river mouths. The prefecture opted for embankments due to the deaths of a number of emergency workers in last year’s tsunami when they went to close existing sluice gates, while areas around river mouths near gates that had been shut suffered greater damage.

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“Sakura” in Full Bloom in Kyoto at Disaster Debris Campaign Event Yesterday

“Sakura” in Japanese usually means cherry blossom trees, but these days it increasingly mean “a shill” for the government or for big corporations. Yesterday in Kyoto, it was the latter.

These turned out to be men from Junior Chamber International (JCI). The signs they are holding says “Support, by Wide-Area Disposal” (though you can’t see in this particular picture):

This guy, with short hair, pinstripe suits, a big wrist watch and a “juzu” bracelet sticks out among ordinary Kyoto residents who were there with their families. His signs both say “Wide-area disposal is a big step toward recovery”, neatly printed in black and red:

The person who posted the photo says this guy tried to pick a fight with a person who took a picture of him on his smartphone, in a way that a yakuza would do. Therefore, the conclusion was that he was a low-level official at the Ministry of the Environment.

I don’t know about that, though it is possible. I thought he was from the waste disposal industry.

Minister Goshi Hosono shamelessly said “Look, we have supporters for the wide-area disposal here today!”

And here are people who tried to stage manage the event only to fail spectacularly, gathering after the minister departed:

For the video of the entire event, go to my previous post.

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Disaster Debris Wide-Area Disposal PR in Kyoto: Ministry Official Wearily Says “Unprecedented Number of Protesters…”

Yomiuri Shinbun Kansai version did carry the report on the Ministry of the Environment event in the Kyoto Station yesterday.

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Fukushima Radiation Plume Hit Southern and Central California

The Journal Environmental Science and Technology reports in a new study that the Fukushima radiation plume contacted North America at California “with greatest exposure in central and southern California”, and that Southern California had 2,500 Bq/kg of iodine-131 in seaweed … over 500% higher than other tests in the U.S. and Canada:

Projected paths of the radioactive atmospheric plume emanating from the Fukushima reactors, best described as airborne particles or aerosols for 131I, 137Cs, and 35S, and subsequent atmospheric monitoring showed it coming in contact with the North American continent at California, with greatest exposure in central and southern California. Government monitoring sites in Anaheim (southern California) recorded peak airborne concentrations of 131I at 1.9 pCi m−3

Anaheim is where Disneyland is located.

EneNews summarizes the data:

Corona Del Mar (Highest in Southern California)

  • 2.5 Bq/gdwt (gram dry weight)= 2,500 Bq/kg of dry seaweed

Santa Cruz (Highest in Central California)

  • 2.0 Bq/gdwt = 2,000 Bq/kg of dry seaweed

Simon Fraser University in Canada also tested North American seaweed after Fukushima:

  • “In samples of dehydrated seaweed taken on March 15 near the North Vancouver SeaBus terminal, the count was zero; on March 22 it was 310 Bq per kilogram; and by March 28 it was 380 Bq/kg.” -Vancouver Sun
  • Seaweed in Seattle also tested positive for iodine-131; levels were not reported -KIRO
  • No results after March 28 were reported

In addition, radioactive debris is starting to wash up on the Pacific Coast. And because the Japanese are burning radioactive materials instead of disposing of them, .

Of course, the government is doing everything it can to help citizens cover up what’s occurring. We pointed out in January:

Instead of doing much to try to protect their citizens from Fukushima, Japan, the U.S.and the EU all just raised the radiation levels they deem “safe”.

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that high-level friends in the State Department told him that Hillary Clinton signed a pact with her counterpart in Japan agreeing that the U.S. will continue buying seafood from Japan, despite that food not being tested for radioactive materials [see this].

And the Department of Energy is trying to replace the scientifically accepted model of the dangers of low dose radiation based on voodoo science. Specifically, DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley Labs used a mutant line of human cells in a petri dish which was able to repair damage from low doses of radiation, and extrapolated to the unsupported conclusion thateveryone is immune to low doses of radiation….


American and Canadian authorities have virtually stopped monitoring airborne radiation, and are not testing fish for radiation. (Indeed, the EPA reacted to Fukushima by raising“acceptable” radiation levels.)

So – as in Japan – radiation is usually discovered by citizens and the handful of research scientists with funding to check, and not the government. See thisthisthisthisthisand this.

The Japanese government’s entire strategy from day one has been to cover up the severity of the Fukushima accident. This has likely led to unnecessary, additional deaths.

Indeed, the core problem is that all of the world’s nuclear agencies are wholly captured by the nuclear industry … as are virtually all of the supposedly independent health agencies.

So the failure of the American, Canadian and other governments to test for and share results is making it difficult to hold an open scientific debate about what is happening.

And it’s not just radiation from Japan.  An effort by the Southern California Edison power company to secretly ramp up production to avoid public disclosure may have led to a leak at the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

And see these articles on California radiation exposure courtesy of EneNews:

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Fukushima Fruit Growers: To Grow or Not to Grow This Year (With Tree Barks with 40K Bq/Kg of Cesium)

Is it even a question after what happened in last year? Well, clearly it is, for many farmers who grow fruits in Date City in the middle third of Fukushima with elevated radiation levels.

40,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was detected on the surface of peach trees in the city’s orchard in the mountain. One grower is determined to grow this year again, the other has given up.

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Local Official: “It is not really reported that strontium is so dangerous that it used to be used for chemical weapons of the Nazis”

Title: An interview with Mr. Koichi Oyama from Minamisoma (Oct.2011)
Uploaded by: amuosim
Upload Date: Mar 30, 2012

Interview with Mr. Koichi Oyama, member of the city council in Minamisōma city

At 0:14 in

This is the figure observed in a nearby planned evacuation zone. This is a magazine sold last Friday [October 2011].

(Strontium has been observed one after another. It’s too early to get people back home)

(Syukan-Gendai: 1,113 bq per kilo of strontium was observed here)

At 4:32 in

It is not really reported that strontium is so dangerous that it used to be used for chemical weapons of the Nazis.


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