Some of the news from today’s MSM and more accurate sources.
Fukushima Prefecture (top red circle) is where TEPCO nuclear power plants
exploded and melted down after the March 11, 2011, 9.1 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. Fukushima, is 500 kilometers (311 miles) from Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures (lower red circle), where ground radiation in September 2011 is five times higher than what the Japanese government says, according to university professor.
Update October 2, 2011– First physical traces of plutonium found 28 miles (45 km) from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in soil that underscores Prof. Daulton’s deep concerns in this Earthfiles report – along with the general Japanese public’s fears – about the radioactive dangers that persist in the air, water, marine seafood, soil and crops since Japan’s 3/11.Japan’s Science Ministry reported Friday, September 30, that small traces of plutonium were detected in soil samples taken from six communities, ranging up to nearly 30 miles from the Fukushima plant. The tiniest plutonium grain if inhaled or eaten can remain in the body indefinitely and cause cancer.
Okutama cesium level seen spiking
An aerial radiation survey of the capital and Kanagawa Prefecture has revealed the northwest tip of Tokyo was tainted by an unusually high amount of fallout, while most other areas showed normal levels, a science ministry official said Friday.
The results, released late Thursday, show that fallout from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant contaminated part of the mountainous Okutama region on Tokyo’s western fringe. Radiation readings in the area were the highest of the two prefectures at 100,000 to 300,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per square meter.
The hourly radiation readings in the area hovered between 0.2 and 0.5 microsievert, but a few spots had higher levels between 0.5 and 1.0 microsieverts, science official Hirotaka Oku said.
Cesium ejected from the Fukushima plant was carried by winds in a southwestern direction through the northern parts of Tochigi and Gunma prefectures before heading south over eastern Gunma and western Saitama to reach Okutama, Oku said.
The geographic features of Okutama, notably its mountains and forests, made the area susceptible to catching radioactive materials, Oku added.
Contaminated areas were also spotted in eastern Tokyo, including Katsushika and Edogawa wards, which gave off hourly readings of between 0.2 and 0.5 microsievert per hour.
The highest levels of cesium-134 and -137 found in eastern Tokyo were between 60,000 and 100,000 becquerels per square meter in Katsushika, Oku said.
Cesium-134 has a half-life of two years and cesium-137 a half-life of 30 years.
The aerial monitoring didn’t find much contamination in Kanagawa, however. Tainted areas were found only in some spots in the northwestern part, including in the town of Yamakita, with some areas containing between 60,000 to 100,000 becquerels per square meter at the most.
The monitoring was conducted by a helicopter equipped with a special device to detect gamma rays emitted from radioactive isotopes on the ground. Based on the detected amounts, the ministry used a calculation method to determine radiation levels about 1 meter above the ground.
Gamma rays decay as they travel through the atmosphere, and the ministry used that principle to perform its calculations to determine radiation levels near the ground, Oku said.
According to the science ministry, radioactive materials spewed from the stricken plant were carried away by the wind and landed on the ground mostly via rain, contaminating areas far beyond the Tohoku region.
On receiving the results of the ministry’s survey, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government started preparations to conduct special food monitoring on produce from the town of Okutama, official Shinji Tomonaga told The Japan Times on Friday.
“Okutama is known for its production of wasabi. So we will conduct tests on wasabi from Okutama next week,” Tomonaga said.He said Okutama is the biggest producer of wasabi in Tokyo. In 2009, 23 out of the 26 tons of wasabi production in Tokyo was from Okutama, he said.
Tokyo also plans to conduct tests on “yamame,” a kind of trout that Okutama is also famous for, “yuzu” (citron) and mushrooms.
The metropolitan government will conduct sampling tests on other produce from Okutama as well, but the details haven’t been decided, Tomonaga said.
As for Katsushika and Edogawa, it has no plans to conduct additional sampling for now because no radioactive cesium was found in its latest sampling tests in late September on “komatsuna” (mustard plant), which is grown in the area, Tomonaga said. The aerial monitoring was conducted from Sept. 14 to 18 as part of an effort also involving prefectures that started in June.
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And it is higher, much higher than the Ministry of Education’s aerial survey indicates.
First, to recap, according to the just released Ministry of Education’s aerial survey of radioactive cesium deposition in Tokyo, most of Tokyo has less than 10,000 becquerels/square meter of radioactive cesium, with the exception of the western-most Okutama and the eastern special wards (“ku”) bordering Chiba Prefecture to the east.
Now, it turns out that the Tokyo Metropolitan government, who is not so eager to measure anything radioactive since March 11, was doing its annual survey of soil contamination in Shinjuku and quietly released the data on September 20.
The soil sample was taken at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health in Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, as it has always been done. (That’s where the official air radiation level is monitored every day for Tokyo.)
For the last 5 years, radioactive iodine and cesium-134 were not detected, and cesium-137 was 2 to 3 becquerels per kilogram.
Now, this year, the numbers for the soil from the surface to 5 centimeters deep were:
- Iodine-131: ND
- Cesium-134: 360 becquerels/kg
- Cesium-137: 430 becquerels/kg
- Total cesium: 790 becquerels/kg
To convert from “per kilogram” to “per square meter”, Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission uses the factor of 65. The total cesium per square meter in Shinjuku therefore is: 51,350 becquerels per square meter.
Even if you just take cesium-137 (for comparison purpose), 430 becquerels/kg translates to 27,950 becquerels/square meter.
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Also from EX-SKF today:
so that they get to know the meaning of “life”, the police says. (At least they are not sending them to Fukushima.)
The police clearly coerced them, but is calling it a “volunteer” job. (How much more Orwellian can it get?)
The police in Nagano Prefecture is sending 7 youths to the disaster-affected (radioactive on top of it) area in Miyagi Prefecture to “volunteer” cleanup jobs as part of their “rehabilitation” program.
The plan is to have juvenile delinquents visit the disaster-affected area where people are striving for recovery amid difficulties and give them a chance to reflect on their own future. 7 boys said they would like to participate, after the prefectural police announced the program.
Weeding and removing sludge. I see. The punishment, which is called “volunteer work”, is to be exposed to concentrated radiation to compensate for the short stay.
This is an institutionalized abuse of the mionors who are in a vulnerable position, and the Nagano police is proud that it is the first one in the nation to come up with this wonderful “rehabilitation” project.
I’m afraid this is just the beginning. Already, so-called “experts” and “celebrities” that inhabit the MSM in Japan are calling for “citizen volunteer decontamination corps” to be sent to Fukushima’s highly contaminated cities.
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5 big tsunamis may have hit nuclear plant village in past 1,000 years
TOKYO (Kyodo) — A geological study has indicated an Aomori Prefecture village which hosts a nuclear power plant may have been hit by huge tsunamis at least five times during the past 1,000 years, a researcher said Saturday.
The tsunamis that broke over Higashidori village are believed to have reached up to 1.3 kilometers inland, according to Kazuomi Hirakawa, a specially appointed professor at Hokkaido University.
The village hosts Tohoku Electric Power Co.’s Higashidori nuclear power plant, which faces the Pacific Ocean, while other nuclear-related facilities, including a temporary storage facility for spent nuclear fuel, are also located in the area surrounding the village on the Shimokita Peninsula.
Hirakawa examined geological layers around 6 kilometers away from the Higashidori plant and located 5 meters above the sea level in mid-July.
He found a sediment layer, which is believed to have been created by tsunami above an ash layer caused by the eruption of a volcano on the Korean Peninsula in 947, and another sediment layer below the ash layer.
The layer above the ash layer may have been created by tsunami in the wake of a big earthquake in 1611, which also caused tsunami damage to Hokkaido, according to Hirakawa.
The past findings of big earthquakes centered off Hokkaido being brought about every 500 years and causing tsunami suggest Higashidori village must have been hit by tsunami on several occasions.
While Tohoku Electric simulated a 6.5-meter-high tsunami in constructing the plant, the latest finding by Hirakawa will cast doubt on whether it is sufficient.
Referring to the existence of many nuclear facilities on the Shimokita Peninsula, Hirakawa said, “It is necessary to conduct various examinations again there” in order to check their safety.
His research was conducted after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was severely damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
(Mainichi Japan) October 8, 2011
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TEPCO, please, PLEASE do this right.
Removal of hydrogen starts at Fukushima plant
The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Saturday afternoon began to remove hydrogen that has built up in pipes connected to the No.1 reactor.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, last month found that the level of hydrogen inside pipes connected to the No.1 reactor containment vessel accounted for between 61 and 63 percent of the total gas present.
TEPCO says an explosion is unlikely as there is no oxygen in the pipes now.
It adds that Saturday’s work will not pose any risk of explosion as nitrogen is to be injected into the pipes to lower hydrogen levels.
TEPCO explains that it will use special hoses that do not generate static electricity to prevent an explosion while releasing hydrogen outside the reactor building.
Following a government instruction, TEPCO is planning to check the level of hydrogen in pipes linked to the No.2 and No.3 reactors.
Saturday, October 08, 2011 13:22 +0900 (JST)
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Again, from EX-SKF:
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There’s always “the first”..
From Jiji Tsushin (10/7/2011):
Shizuoka Prefecture announced on October 7 that 1,033 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium exceeding the provisional safety limit of 500 becquerels/kg was found in the dried shiitakemushrooms produced and processed in Izu City in Shizuoka. It was found by a voluntary testing by a retailer. The prefectural government plans to conduct its own testing of the remaining products kept at the producer on October 8.