Day 224 Henry, I think your robot’s stuck

Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Robot Quince Found High Radiation on 5th Floor of Reactor 2, and Was Lost

Reactors 1 through 3 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant continue to have high radiation levels, too high for humans to work for any length of time effectively. The Japanese robot Quince entered the Reactor 2 building to survey the radiation and temperature on October 20.

The main purpose of the survey by Quince this time was to check the 3rd floor, where they may have to enter in case of a trouble of the gas management system that they will install. In the diagram, the green patch on the upper left corner is where the flammable gas measurement system is located. If the gas management system doesn’t work, they would need to open the valve of the system.


But for all the work, Quince got lost on the 5th floor. The communication from the robot was cut off all of a sudden, and they don’t know where the robot is or what happened to the robot. Matsumoto said they would consult with the experts to figure out how to retrieve the robot in the high radiation environment. Human co-workers of Quince may have to go to the 5th floor.

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Fukushima and the Fall of the Nuclear Priesthood – Arnie Gundersen on GRTV


Breaking news “The third dead worker [septic shock] “

Posted by Mochizuki on October 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments

7 minutes before this article is posted,

Tepco finally announced the reason why the Fukushima worker died (The official third dead person) at the press conference.He was in 50s.

The person died of septic shock caused by peritoneal tumor.

The point is he died of septic shock,which is the typical symptom of the immune system trouble.

It can be caused by HIV or reduction of WBC because of  chemotherapeutic measures or radiation exposure.

It has been concealed in the name of “privacy” but getting the approval of the family, they finally announced it.

Radioactive Materials in Rivers, Wells Detected in Fukushima Much Higher Than Pre-Nuke Accident Levels

The Ministry of Education and Science (and the media reporting the news) is spinning it as “good news” that radioactive materials detected in river water and well water in Fukushima Prefecture are “far less than the provisional safety limit”.

If you compare the measured level to the provisional safety limit for water which is high as 200 becquerels/liter for radioactive cesium for adults, well yes, it is far less.

If you compare the level to the one before the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident, it is a different story altogether. The highest strontium-90 level in the Ministry’s survey is 5.14 times the highest level measured in 2009, and the highest cesium-137 level is 6,500 times the highest level measured in 2009.

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Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Found In United States of America Food

Thanks to the jet stream air currents that flow across the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. is receiving a steady flow of radiation from Fukushima Daichi. And while many scientists say that the levels of contamination in food pose no significant threat to health, scientists are unable to establish any actual safe limit for radiation in food. Detection of radioactive iodine 131, which degrades rapidly, in California milk samples shows that the fallout from Japan is reaching the U.S. quickly.”

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Japan to test cedar pollen for radiation in Fukushima

TOKYO, Oct. 21, Kyodo

The Forestry Agency will test cedar pollen in Fukushima Prefecture for radiation from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, agency officials said Friday.

If high radiation levels are detected, the agency may incorporate the test data into cedar pollen dispersal forecasts that the Environment Ministry will announce later this year before the pollen starts dispersing in the early spring.

The agency has requested the costs for the radiation test in a pending third supplementary budget for fiscal 2011 so as to conduct it as early as next month.



Kyoto U. Professor: If Japan had set limit below 20 mSv/yr, evacuation would have caused national-level crisis — “They believed that they had no choice but to expose residents to radiation”

TOKYO, Oct. 20 — The government has deliberately raised radiation thresholds in order to minimize the economic impact on Fukushima prefecture, said Hiroaki Koide, an assistant professor at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, according to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur’s Takehiko Kambayashi.

The government could not make the radiation limit any lower than 20 millisieverts per year because if they did most of the prefecture would then have to be evacuated, leading to a “national-level crisis”.

“So they believed that they had no choice but to expose residents to radiation,” said Koide.


Fukushima salmon fishermen look ahead to uncertain future

Tomiaki Nihei, a salmon fisherman for over 43 years, catches salmon in Fukushima's Abukuma River. (Mainichi)
Tomiaki Nihei, a salmon fisherman for over 43 years, catches salmon in Fukushima’s Abukuma River. (Mainichi)

FUKUSHIMA — If this was a regular year, the nets of salmon fishermen in this prefecture would be heavy with thrashing fish caught on their way up-stream to spawn. A great many of the fish would also be set aside to let nature take its course under the fishermen’s supervision, millions of their progeny released into the local rivers in the spring with hopes of their return as adults in four years.

With two of the prefecture’s main rivers winding through the 20-kilometer no-go zone around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, however, this year is anything but regular.

“What will happen four years from now?” is the question many fishermen are asking as the annual salmon season, which flourishes in the towns of Namie and Naraha along the prefecture’s Ukedo and Kido rivers between the end of September and mid-November, began.

Fishermen from the Izumitagawa and Kidogawa fisheries cooperatives in the towns each normally release some 15 million young salmon into the rivers every spring, part of their efforts to boost fishing stocks.

The salmon business near the prefecture’s Pacific coast was not only profitable, with annual revenues reaching as high as 200 million yen, but it also attracted hundreds of tourists to see the fish return to the rivers fully-grown.

This year, however, as a consequence of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant, both Namie and Naraha were designated no-go or emergency evacuation preparation zones. Moreover, much of the towns’ salmon hatchery was destroyed by the March 11 quake and tsunami.

Unable to open the fishing season, fishermen from these towns are now looking at hatching and releasing only about one-fifth the numbers they would in a normal year. Their anxieties, however, also reach four years into the future, when they will welcome an autumn with very little to catch.

Fishermen from the Abukuma Fisheries Cooperatives on the Abukuma River — in the west of the prefecture and relatively far from the damaged nuclear plant — discussed suspending fishing this season due to radiation fears. Considering the consequences four years from now, however, they decided to open fishing on Oct. 14, though only until the end of the month. They have estimated they will release no more than 100,000 young salmon next spring — half that of a regular season.

“If we are afraid all the time we can’t do anything. This is part of my life — this is where I’ve lived all my life,” says 60-year-old salmon fisherman Tomiaki Nihei, adding that he cannot welcome the winter unless he catches salmon. As of Oct. 20 he had caught only about 100.

According to Fukushima Prefecture-led monitoring, while radiation has been found in some kinds of fish — including sweetfish, char and landlocked masu salmon — at present salmon is not among them. It is believed that they have not become contaminated because they eat almost nothing from just before they return to the river all the way to their spawning grounds.

As the percentage of salmon to return to Fukushima Prefecture is not high in general, fishermen are worried that the fishing season four years from now will be an especially lean one.

(Mainichi Japan) October 21, 2011


Has TEPCO Cut Ties With Yakuza? Police Sources Still Skeptical.

OCTOBER 20, 2011 | 

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the monolithic corporation that controls all electric power in Greater Tokyo, and was responsible for a triple meltdown at their nuclear power plant in Fukushima (March 11th-March 15th) pledged on July 19th (2011), that they would try to keep organized crime members (yakuza) from participating in the reconstruction of the power plant and related projects. They have been working with the Japanese National Police Agency to accomplish this but sources inside that agency are dubious as to whether there have been any real results.  TEPCO officials met with the National Police and agency and 23 subcontractors on the 22nd  of July and created a conference group on the issue. This was the first official conference group they have ever held with the police on organized crimes issues according to government sources.

Tokyo Electric Power Company explained, at the time, that the reasons behind the sudden announcement and pledges is, “that we want to people to widely know our exclusionary stance towards organized crime.”

According to TEPCO and police sources, since the reconstruction project has picked up speed, the number of workers has dramatically increased to several thousand. The Japanese NPA (National Police Agency) has directed TEPCO from as early as June, to keep the yakuza out of the workers—although many of the subcontractors of the subcontractors are known yakuza front companies. Over forty workers or more later were found to have used fake names when getting jobs doing reconstruction work and are presently unaccounted for.  A former yakuza fan magazine editor, has also been able to get into the reactor as a worker under false pretenses. He has written extensively about yakuza working on the reconstruction site at present. Another recently published book detailed how a reporter was able to fake his credentials, and get access to the core control sections of the nuclear reactors.

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