Day 168 Yes, Liza, it IS leaking…. again. Hand me that pack of DoubleBubble.

Have been traveling for the past week or so and currently have very bad internet access here in the U.S. Not sure when I will be able to update this next, but please check back in a day or so. Will let you know I’m still alive and well.

[Actually, giving the leading Japanese papers a quick perusal, there is nothing TODAY to report. Will have to check back over the past week, but I find the LACK of reporting on what is one of the most wide-spread, man-made disasters threatening life on the planet (oh, sorry, is that wording just a tad too strong?) quite telling.]

In the meantime, please stay up-to-date by checking EX-SKF’s blog (the best) at So many excellent reports on that site.

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…And Condenser Pipe for Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool Leaks

Part of normal daily life as we’ve seen at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

The stainless pipe that circulates water for the condenser unit for the Spent Fuel Pool of Reactor 4 has been found leaking. The amount of radioactive materials in the water (coming out of the SFP) is very low, says TEPCO, only 10 becquerels/liter. It is a very minor drip, of one drop in 30 seconds or so, according to Mainichi Shinbun (in Japanese; 8/23/2011).

TEPCO’s countermeasure is to put a bucket under the dripping pipe. The cooling operation continues uninterrupted.

TEPCO’s handout for the press on August 23 is still only in Japanese. I put the green circle around the leak location:

See diagram at:

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13% of Radioactive Iodine, 22% of Radioactive Cesium from Fukushima I Nuke Plant Landed in Central/Northern Japan
The rest was either blown off to the ocean or landed somewhere else in Japan.

Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES) had their paper published in the electronic version of “Geophysical Research Letters” published by the American Geophysical Union on August 11, and they announced the result of their research in Japan on August 25.

The paper was submitted on June 27, and they kept quiet until the research was published. The researchers at this government institute therefore knew all along how bad the contamination was all over southern Tohoku and all of Kanto and part of Chubu.

Abstract of the paper titled “Atmospheric behavior, deposition, and budget of radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011” by Yu Morino, Toshimasa Ohara,* and Masato Nishizawa, Regional Environment Research Center, National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2, Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8506, Japan:

To understand the atmospheric behavior of radioactive materials emitted from theFukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after the nuclear accident that accompanied the great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011, we simulated the transport and deposition of iodine-131 and cesium-137 using a chemical transport model. The model roughly reproduced the observed temporal and spatial variations of deposition rates over 15 Japanese prefectures (60–400 km from the plant), including Tokyo, although there were some discrepancies between the simulated and observed rates. These discrepancies were likely due to uncertainties in the simulation of emission, transport, and deposition processes in the model. A budget analysis indicated that approximately 13% of iodine-131 and 22% of cesium-137 were deposited over land in Japan, and the rest was deposited over the ocean or transported out of the model domain (700 × 700 km2). Radioactivity budgets are sensitive to temporal emission patterns. Accurate estimation of emissions to the air is important for estimation of the atmospheric behavior of radionuclides and their subsequent behavior in land water, soil, vegetation, and the ocean.

No other nuclides are discussed in the paper. But just for these two, if you look at the deposition and concentration simulation maps below, you see that at least half Fukushima Prefecture is “red”, not just along the coast, which means the highest deposition of both iodine-131 and cesium-137 in high concentration. Southern Miyagi is just as bad as Fukushima , so is part of Ibaraki and Tochigi.

more at:


Well, duh. Of course you would turn it in. Why the need for this article?

People Are Awesome: Japanese Citizens Return $78 Million in Cash Lost During Quake
Senior Editor
August 19, 2011

Japan is known as a society built on respect for others’ things. In the days immediately following the country’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in March, a Slate article about why the Japanese don’t loot noted the strict rules of order that stabilize the island nation: “[I]f you find an umbrella and turn it in to the cops, you get a finder’s fee of 5 to 20 percent of its value if the owner picks it up,” it said. “If they don’t pick it up within six months, the finder gets to keep the umbrella.”

These types of traditional official incentives bound the country together during the worst of circumstances. And today we can quantify just how orderly Japan was in time of crisis: According to official police estimates, Japanese citizens have turned in approximately $78 million in cash and valuables found amid the rubble since the earthquake hit five months ago. Found wallets alone contained almost $48 million in cash, while the other $30 million was retrieved from safes washed away by the waves.

It’s been difficult to find the silver lining in a tragedy that took more than 18,000 lives, but the humanity and decency shown by Japanese citizens in the wake of the horror may be it.

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These are some video links to something I wanted to upload back on Day 163. Didn’t get to do that (obviously) and do not have references for them now… Must have thought them important, though.


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