Day 246 New details emerge

Report Gives New Details of Chaos at Stricken Plant

Published: November 11, 2011

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 was stuck in darkness, and everyone on site feared that the reactor core was damaged. It was the day after a huge earthquake and a towering tsunami devastated the plant, and the workers for Tokyo Electric Power Company knew they were the only hope for halting an unfolding nuclear disaster.

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From EX-SKF:

Radioactive “Ekiden” Road Race: High Radiation Detected in the Stadium, on the Course

Back in September, I wrote a post about the 27th East Japan Women’s “Ekiden” Road Race to be held in Fukushima City, featuring underage girls as young as 13.

The race is on, this Sunday, November 13. Since I wrote the post, there has been a slow but now rapidly growing attempt from concerned citizens to stop the event. Short of stopping, at least they want emergency decontamination.

Why? Because the radiation levels in the stadium and on the roads to be used in the race in Fukushima City is very, very high, as they are being measured measured right now by a citizens groupHCR+OPCOM.

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A great article over at

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Voices from Fukushima: Japanese citizens demand accountability on domestic, global levels as government continues reckless nuclear policies


Exactly eight months have passed since the disaster of March 11th, since which time I have been riding on the same emotional see-saw as many others after emerging from the cocoon of fear and shock that ruled the initial days and weeks following the outbreak of the nuclear crisis. When facing the perpetual choice of engaging my critical mind or succumbing to the far more comfortable state of mind that most others here seem to have clearly chosen—blissful denial—I seem to find myself on most days choosing the latter.

With the exception of occasionally attending and writing about Japan’s steadily growing anti-nuclear movement, I have by-and-large opted to focus upon my everyday life and my own personal concerns. For many people living in Fukushima, however, no such escape option exists. Every day is filled with fear, uncertainties, and questions with regard to matters of basic survival: What food is safe to eat? Can I drink this water? Is it is safe to send the kids outside to play?

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Eastern Japan Cesium map

from 47News

(brief translation)

The Ministry of Education and Science released this map of soil samples of 6 prefectures, showing soil contamination levels of cesium released from the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Fukushima: They Knew

Thursday, November 10, 2011

“Completely and Utterly Fail in an Earthquake”
The Fukushima story you didn’t hear on CNN

by Greg Palast

I’ve seen a lot of sick stuff in my career, but this was sick on a new level.

Here was the handwritten log kept by a senior engineer at the nuclear power plant:

Wiesel was very upset. He seemed very nervous. Very agitated. . . . In fact, the plant was riddled with problems that, no way on earth, could stand an earth- quake. The team of engineers sent in to inspect found that most of these components could “completely and utterly fail” during an earthquake.

“Utterly fail during an earthquake.” And here in Japan was the quake and here is the utter failure.

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