M6.0 quake jolts Fukushima, no tsunami warning issued
TOKYO (Kyodo) — A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 jolted Fukushima Prefecture early Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued.
The 3:22 a.m. quake measured lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Tomioka in the prefecture, where Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant is located, according to the agency. The utility company said the temblor caused no fresh abnormalities either at the Daini plant or the nearby crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The quake also registered 4 on the Japanese scale in several other parts of the prefecture as well as in parts of Miyagi, Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures, the agency said.
According to local firefighters in Fukushima Prefecture, a 45-year-old man fell off a bed at his home in Koriyama, sustaining minor injuries to his head.
Some sections of the Joban Expressway and Banetsu Expressway were closed to traffic after the quake, the Japan Road Traffic Information Center said.
The focus of the quake was off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture at a depth of about 50 kilometers, according to the agency.
(Mainichi Japan) August 12, 2011
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Voluntary evacuees demand TEPCO pay damages
Fukushima Prefecture residents who voluntarily evacuated after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have demanded the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company pay 15 million dollars in compensation.
People from 411 households, who live outside the mandatory evacuation zone but have chosen to evacuate, visited TEPCO on Friday to present a document detailing the damages.
A government panel last Friday released interim guidelines saying that those who voluntarily evacuated from areas outside the government-designated zones are not eligible for compensation.
A Tokyo Electric official said the company will deal with the matter in line with the government panel’s discussions.
A civic group says many residents are being exposed to one microsievert of radiation per hour even in their homes, but they cannot afford to evacuate. It says they are demanding TEPCO pay for their evacuation.
40-year-old Noritsugu Fujimoto of Fukushima sent his wife to western Japan out of concern that exposure to radiation could affect a future pregnancy. He said he wants TEPCO to understand their situation.
Saturday, August 13, 2011 02:29 +0900 (JST)
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Perhaps, as a way to calm public fears and show that there really is no problem moving back into the 20-km radius, top TEPCO officials might take the lead by moving official company headquarters there?
Radiation measurement experts trained
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant plans to train about 4,000 workers as experts on the safety of irradiated areas.
The government plans to consider lifting evacuation orders for zones which are deemed safe after it achieves the second phase of bringing the plant under control. In the second stage, the government aims to significantly reduce the amount of radiation emitted from the plant.
To determine the safety of the 20-kilometer no-entry zone and the evacuated areas, a large number of experts on radiation exposure will be required. Tokyo Electric Power Company is now training staff for that purpose.
TEPCO plans to have about 4,000 workers take the training by the end of the year. Around 1,900 workers have already completed it.
The Natural Resources and Energy Agency also plans to train 250 personnel by year-end.
TEPCO will have the experts control exposure for workers at the Fukushima plant and measure radiation levels to confirm the evacuated zones are safe enough for people to return home.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011
Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Krypton-85 and Xenon-131m in Reactor 2 Containment Vessel Air Samples
Half life of xenon-131m is about 12 days.
The measurement of density of radioactive materials in the air inside the Reactor 2 Containment Vessel was delayed because there was water in the temporary sampling instrument that TEPCO installed outside the CV. It looks like they decided to measure the water anyway, as well as the air.
According to the measurement, the air is more radioactive than the water inside the Containment Vessel, but less radioactive than the air inside the Reactor 1 CV.
So the melted fuel is probably not even inside the Containment Vessel in Reactor 2 either.
But what’s with krypton and xenon? I also read a tweet by one of the workers at the plant who said there is still radioactive iodine being released, even though TEPCO’s monitoring says iodine-131 is not detected at the plant any more.
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Japan Tohoku tsunami and earthquake : The death toll is climbing again!
Last update: August 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm by By Armand Vervaeck and James Daniell
READ ALSO our LATEST CATDAT REPORT Nr. 37, containing the most detailed numbers of damage, killed and injured people. This document is probably the most detailed document outside Japan.
This is part 17 of our ongoing reporting with many updates about the massive 9.0 earthquake / tsunami which struck Japan on March 11 2011. Contrary to many others publications, we will continue to follow up the March 11 related news and NOT only the Fukushima nuclear plant stories like many others do. If an interesting article is detected we will put a link to the article to enable our readers to read the full story.
IMPORTANT UPDATE 04/08/2011 – 16:00 UTC :
FDMA Situation Report No. 135 (Japan Fire Department)
Deaths: 16,447 – Missing: 4,787 – Total: 21,234 (up from 20,858)
Injured : 5,888
111,944 destroyed buildings, 139,870 partially destroyed buildings, 517,050 partially damaged buildings
NPA Situation Report (National Police Agency)
Deaths: 15667 – Missing: 4862 – Total: 20529 (up from 20,448)
111871 destroyed buildings, 139100 partially destroyed, 498177 partially damaged buildings
The main difference in between both organizations comes from from Iwate, who raised his numbers significantly. Although we are not 100% sure on the real reason, we refer to an article included in our July 28 Earthquake Related news, covering a story on Tsunami and Earthquake related deaths (stress, chronic illness, etc)