Day 151 Tell it like it is, Aileen!

Found this on “Fukushima Update” at:

http://fukushima.greenaction-japan.org/2011/08/09/aileen-mioko-smith-of-green-action-speaks-at-musicians-united-for-safe-energy-muse-benefit-concert/

 

Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action Speaks at Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) Benefit Concert

August 9, 2011

Aileen Mioko Smith speaks at the MUSE concert in Mountain View, California on August 7.

Mountain View, California | On August 7th, musicians held a concert to support Japan disaster relief efforts, and organizations worldwide working to promote safe, alternative, non­-nuclear energy. The bill included Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Morello, John Hall, Kitaro, Jonathan Wilson and Sweet Honey in the Rock.

“The disaster in Fukushima is not only a disaster for Japan. It is a global disaster. We come together now across cultural boundaries, political and generational boundaries, to call for changes in the way we use energy, and in the ways we conduct the search for solutions to the problems facing humanity,” says Jackson Browne. “We join with the people of Japan, and people everywhere who believe in a non-nuclear future.”

 

 

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Excessive radioactive cesium found in Fukushima fish: Greenpeace

In this photo taken on March 31, 2011 by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and released by Japan Defense Ministry on, April 1, JMSDF personnel all in protective suits are aboard a tugboat towing a U.S. military barge carrying pure water towards the quay of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture. (AP Photo/Japan Defense Ministry)

In this photo taken on March 31, 2011 by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and released by Japan Defense Ministry on, April 1, JMSDF personnel all in protective suits are aboard a tugboat towing a U.S. military barge carrying pure water towards the quay of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture. (AP Photo/Japan Defense Ministry)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Fish caught at a port about 55 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contained radioactive cesium at levels exceeding an allowable limit, the environmental group Greenpeace said Tuesday.

The samples taken at Onahama port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in late July, included a species of rockfish that measured 1,053 becquerels per kilogram. The reading, the highest among the samples, is well in excess of the government-set limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram, according to a study conducted by the environmental group.

The other samples, which were all rock trout, measured between 625 and 749 becquerels per kilogram, again exceeding the provisional limit.

Story continues at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110809p2g00m0dm108000c.html

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What this is doing to families:

Parents facing tough decision to move children out of Fukushima amid radiation fears

Mothers with young children gather in a district in Fukushima Prefecture to discuss their fears about radiation and the measures they plan to take. (Mainichi)

Mothers with young children gather in a district in Fukushima Prefecture to discuss their fears about radiation and the measures they plan to take. (Mainichi)

Parents of children in Fukushima Prefecture, where the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant continues, are using the school summer holidays as a chance to move their children to other schools amid radiation fears.

A survey by the Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education found that more than 1,000 students at public elementary and junior high schools in Fukushima Prefecture were due to transfer to schools outside the prefecture during the summer vacation. In some cases this has resulted in families being split up.

Story continues at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110809p2a00m0na008000c.html

 

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From EX-SKF on the article I posted yesterday… more details here:

Japanese Researcher Says Reactor 3’s Fuel Melted Twice, Dropped to Containment Vessel

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/08/japanese-researcher-says-reactor-3s.html

From Asahi Shinbun (3:02AM JST 8/8/2011; not the literal translation):

Fumiya Tanabe, former head of the research at Japan Atomic Energy Agency, will present the result of his research on Reactor 3 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant in the upcoming Atomic Energy Society of Japan‘s conference next month.

Tanabe thinks the fuel melted and dropped to the bottom of the Reactor Pressure Vessel of Reactor 3 by March 14’s explosion; then the melted fuel stayed there, cooled by more than 300-tonnes/day water. However, the amount of water injected dropped to only 24 tonnes per day from March 21 to 23, and 69 tonnes per day on March 24, probably due to increased pressure within the RPV.

It caused the melted fuel to heat up again, and the fuel melted through the RPV and dropped onto the Containment Vessel (pedestal; see the diagram from Asahi).

According to Tanabe, the amount of water from March 21 to 24 was only about 11 to 32% of what was needed to remove the decay heat, and within one day the melted fuel would attain the melting temperature again.

Tanabe thinks this massive “re-melting” caused the release of a large amount of radioactive materials into the environment which caused a spike in air radiation in wide areas of Tohoku and Kanto including Tokyo, and most of the re-melted fuel dropped from the RPV to the Containment Vessel.

The article doesn’t say what Tanabe thinks has happened to the melted fuel that dropped onto the Containment Vessel since.

But the article does say this:

東電は原子炉圧力容器底部の温度が低下した状態(冷温停止)を事故収束の目標としているが、炉心の大半が溶けて格納容器に落下しているなら、収束に向けた工程表に影響する可能性もある

TEPCO hopes to have a “cold shutdown” where the temperature at the bottom of the RPV is low [below 100 degrees Celsius] as the target for winding down the nuclear accident. But if the fuel core is mostly melted and has dropped down to the Containment Vessel, it may affect the “roadmap”.

 

No kidding. Yes it may. Where have you been, Asahi, for all these months? Is this news to you?

Tanabe’s chart (from Asahi article) plotting the air radiation level (in microsieverts/hour) shows a spike on March 21. It rained that day in Tokyo.

 

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