New TEPCO Photographs Substantiate Significant Damage to Fukushima Unit 3 , 19 October, 2011 Fairewinds Associates onVimeo.
Analysis of new Fukushima 3 photographs released last week by TEPCO substantiate Fairewinds’ claim that explosion of Unit 3 began over the spent fuel pool. Fairewinds believes that significant damage has also occurred to the containment system of Fukushima Unit 3, and that the two events (fuel pool explosion and containment breach) did not occur simultaneously. Video also includes brief discussion of tent system being constructed over Fukushima Unit 1.
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Most detailed radioactive contamination maps yet published online
The most detailed government maps yet of cesium concentrations and radiation levels stemming from the crisis-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are now available online.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology site (link below) went live on Oct. 18 with both web-based and PDF versions of the maps, providing not only information by municipality as had been the case previously, but measurements by district.
The maps, intended to help residents who had called for better information on contamination levels between areas of the same municipalities, use soil and air sample data already released. Users are presented with a grid laid over a map of most of eastern Japan. Selecting a square in the grid zooms in on that area, at which point users can choose more detailed maps displaying airborne contamination levels, cesium 134 or 137 levels, or total cesium levels.
MEXT radiation maps
(Mainichi Japan) October 20, 2011
Panel proposes widening nuclear disaster planning zone to 30 km
TOKYO (Kyodo) — The secretariat of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan proposed on Thursday expanding the zone where intensive disaster countermeasures are to be taken to a 30-kilometer radius of a nuclear power plant from the current 8-10 km in the event of a future nuclear accident.
The secretariat also proposed newly designating a 5-km radius around a nuclear plant in its guidelines as a zone from which people should immediately be evacuated following a plant accident.
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Since the end of June when the contaminated water treatment system started the operation, total 50,000 tonnes of groundwater have seeped into the reactor buildings and turbine buildings at Fukushima I Nuke Plant. Now, the total amount of contaminated water (highly contaminated water plus not-so-highly contaminated, treated water) at the plant has grown from 127,000 tonnes at the end of June to 175,000 tonnes as of October 18, according to Asahi Shinbun.
Does TEPCO have any plan to stop the flow of groundwater into the reactor buildings and turbine buildings, which just adds to the amount of highly contaminated water to be treated and stored? TEPCO is fast running out of storage space, even with cutting down more trees to make room for the storage tanks.
Other than spraying the low-contamination, treated water on the premise, the answer is no. No plan, as TEPCO is running out of money that it is willing to spend on Fukushima I Nuke Plant.
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I forgot to write about it in the English blog, but the readers of my Japanese blog knew. Now everyone will know that the contractor who will burn the burnable part of the disaster (radioactive) debris from Miyako City in Iwate Prefecture is a subsidiary of TEPCO, called “Tokyo Rinkai (Waterfront) Recycle Power Company” located on the very landfill on Tokyo Bay that the radioactive debris and ashes will be buried.
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Japan allows triple amount of cesium in food than Chernobyl did — Over 50% of store-bought seafood samples contaminated with radiation
The group also noted that the Japanese standard for cesium in food of 500 becquerel per kilogram compares with a 150 becquerel per kilogram limit in Ukraine after Chernobyl.
Neutron ray measured in Tokyo — Uranium-235 found in Chiba — Can’t be detected by most geiger counters (PHOTO & VIDEO)
TOKYO, Oct. 19 — A Neutron ray was measured in Toranomon, Tokyo on October 18,reports Mochizuki of Fukushima Diary.
Neutron rays are emitted by uranium-235.
Also, in Kashiwa, Chiba citizens detected uranium-235 beside a bench at Matsuba Daiichi Park on October 11.
The Uranium-235 measurement at 1.2 meters increased in comparison to the 0.015 meter measurement, unlike the the cesium which was reduced by half.
At 1.2 meters above the ground
- Background 0.372 μSv/h
- LEU （low enriched uranium) = 180 Count
- Cs-134 = 221 Count
- Cs-137 = 208 Count
At 0.015 meters above the ground
- Background 0.628 μSv/h
- LEU （low enriched uranium) = 156 Count
- Cs-134 = 467 Count
- Cs-137 = 412 Count
Mochizuki notes, “Neutron ray can not be measured by most of the Geiger counters. This is why I warned that dosimeters makes you blind.”
“There have been a lot of the cases such as nosebleed, fatigue (bura bura disease), immune trouble etc.. They have been labelled as “harmful rumor” because “air dose” is too law to cause those symptoms.”
“However, this measurement of neutron rays makes everything clear. Now Uranium 235 is all around in Tokyo, which came from MOX with Plutonium,” Mochizuki concludes.
See Mochizuki’s report for a comparison between gamma rays and the even more harmful neutron rays.
Read More: Breaking News: Neutron ray measured in Tokyo
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Cheesemaker robbed of customers by Fukushima nuclear disaster to end business
MARUMORI, Miyagi — A man is closing his cheese factory after 12 years of business, after radiation fears from the Fukushima nuclear disaster took away his customers.
Satoru Iwasaki, 43, studied cheesemaking at university and gained employment at a cheesemaker in Zao, Miyagi Prefecture, after graduation. However, wanting to pursue small-scale, hands-on cheesemaking rather than mass production, he left the company and at age 28 and studied abroad in the Netherlands, the birthplace of Gouda cheese.
There, he learned techniques like adjusting the timing and length of heating for the makeup of milk, which varies based on the season and feed the cows are given. He also experienced firsthand the particularity the Dutch people had about cheese, which could always be found on their kitchen tables. Iwasaki wanted to foster a similar cheese culture in Japan.
After returning to Japan, Iwasaki sought the finest farmland he could find, and ended up in Marumori, one of the best farming areas in the Tohoku region. In 1999, he remodeled a local farmer’s cow barn into a cheese factory, and soon gained a reputation for “cheese that even a Dutch person would call good.” Restaurants and pizza shops in the prefecture and cheese lovers around the country did business with Iwasaki, and three years after starting the factory, business became smooth.
Iwasaki was thinking of opening a restaurant that used his cheese in its cooking, when the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit. There was little damage to Iwasaki’s factory, and he sent cheese to evacuees at an elementary school along the coast where his older brother is a teacher.
“At the time, I didn’t think I was going to be adversely affected by the earthquake,” says Iwasaki. However, many of his regular customers along the coast were hit by the disasters, and pasture grass in part of the town was found to have levels of radioactive cesium levels exceeding the government’s provisional safety limit.
Because of the finding, Goshi Hosono, minister in charge of the response to the nuclear crisis, inspected the area in July. After this made the news, customers, especially those in the Tokyo metropolitan area, canceled their cheese orders one after the other. Sales during the normally busy summer fell dramatically, and income for the six months from April has been about 1/4 of what it was last year. Even though the radiation levels of the milk he uses are far below the nation’s provisional safety limit, that didn’t bring customers back.
“There’s no point in criticizing the national government now, but if a minister was going to come, I wish they could have brought some kind of support,” said Iwasaki solemnly.
Iwasaki is now working on his last batches of cheese. Ironically, since making the decision to close, orders have picked up.
“It’s the increase in demand you get when a store’s closing,” Iwasaki says with a laugh. Next month he will return to Yokohama, where his parents live, but he doesn’t have plans yet for starting another cheese factory.
“I don’t know when I’ll be able to make cheese again. I want to make cheese that people can be happy with, right up to the end,” he said with a grin.
(Mainichi Japan) October 20, 2011
Japan sinks 2.4 cm after March 11 quake
The building where Japan’s standard datum of leveling is located. (Provided by Geospatial Information Authority of Japan)
The Great East Japan Earthquake not only shifted Japan 2.4 meters closer to the United States, but scientists have now confirmed that the events of March 11 also caused the nation to sink 2.4 centimeters.
The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan announced Oct. 18 that Japan’s standard datum of leveling sank 2.4 centimeters to 24.39 meters after March 11, the first time a change has been observed since the Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo in 1923.
The standard datum of leveling, located at the Kensei Kinenkan memorial hall in the Nagatacho area of Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, serves as the benchmark for measuring heights above sea level in Japan. Altitudes are measured from the average sea level of Tokyo Bay, and the benchmark was 24.414 meters before the March 11 earthquake.
Given that the average sea level of Tokyo Bay remains unchanged after the temblor, it is estimated that the ground level has fallen 2.4 centimeters. When the 1923 earthquake struck Tokyo, the ground level sank 8.6 centimeters, according to the government institute.
The elevations of mountains and other hilly areas will not be affected by the change in the standard datum of leveling.
Japan’s geodetic datum, which provides the reference value of longitude and latitude in the nation, shows a shift in longitude by 27 centimeters (0.011 second) eastward, while the latitude remains the same. The geodetic datum point is located in the Azabudai area of Tokyo’s Minato Ward.