Day 255 “It’s just a matter of time…” a former scientific secretary to the [UK] government’s Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters

From Japan Meterological Agency (http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/quake_singen_index.html)

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19:19 JST 21 Nov 2011 19:16 JST 21 Nov 2011 Hiroshima-ken Hokubu M5.4

Cesium from Fukushima reached to 5000m deep in the sea in April

Posted by Mochizuki on November 20th, 2011

11/20/2011, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technologyannounced that in April, Cesium from Fukushima dropped from air to the pacific ocean and fell down deep in the sea attached to dead plankton.

4/18~4/30, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology measured cesium from particles which is made of dead plankton or sand, smaller than 1mm, called “Marine snow”.

It was off shore of Polustrov Kamchatka, where is 2,000 km away from Fukushima and 5,000 meters deep in the sea around Ogasawara islands, where is 1,000 km away from Fukushima.

From the ratio of cesium 134 and 137, they judged it was from Fukushima plants. They have not announced the amount of cesium.

(Source)

Now They Tell Us” Continues: Government Research Institute Says Radioactive Cesium in Marine Snow 5K Meters Deep

in the ocean, as far as 2,000 kilometers from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) did the survey back in April. They decided to tell us now, after 7 months, and they did on November 20 in a symposium titled:

「東日本大震災 緊急調査報告会 ~緊急調査の成果と今後の展望~」

“Emergency [or urgent] Survey on Big Higashi Nihon Earthquake and Disaster – Reporting the result of the emergency survey and the future prospect”

The symposium announcement was made on October 28,2011. Some “emergency” with urgency.

About what they had to say in the symposium, here’sAsahi Shinbun (11/20/2011):

東京電力福島第一原発から出た放射性セシウムが事故から約1カ月後に、2千キロ離れた深海5千メートル地点まで到達していたことが、海洋研究開発機構の観測でわかった。大気中のセシウムが海に落ち、プランクトンの死骸などに付着して沈んだようだ。20日、都内で開かれた報告会で発表された。

The survey by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) reveals that radioactive cesium released from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant reached the ocean 2000 kilometers from the plant and 5000 meters deep one month after the accident. It is considered that airborne cesium particles fell on the ocean surface, and sank as they were attached to the bodies of dead plankton. The survey result was announced in a symposium held on November 20 in Tokyo.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/11/now-they-tell-us-continues-government.html

From EX-SKF:

Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 3: Packbot Finds 1.6 Sievert/Hr Spot

(UPDATE: There seems to be transcription error in the soil contamination numbers at the Okuma-machi official website, so I corrected them: 4.5 million –> 450K, 295 million –> 29.5 million. I’ve alerted the Okuma-machi HP.)
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It was in the vicinity of the 1.3 sievert/hr spot it found on November 14. Mainichi Shinbun reports that the cleanup operation by the Packbot is not going well.

Mainichi Shinbun (11/20/2011):

東京電力は20日、福島第1原発3号機の原子炉建屋1階で毎時約1600ミリシーベルトの放射線量を計測したと発表した。3号機では最も高い。14日にも付近で毎時1300ミリシーベルトが検出されていた。原子炉格納容器内から漏れたとみられる少量の水のふき取り作業とともに再計測した。ロボットによるふき取り作業は難航しているという。

TEPCO announced on November 20 that 1600 millisieverts/hour radiation was measured on the 1st floor of Reactor 3 reactor building at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. It is the highest measurement [so far] in Reactor 3 building. On November 14, 1300 millisieverts/hour radiation was detected nearby. The measurement was conducted as [the robot] tried to wipe off the small amount of water which may have leaked from the Containment Vessel. According to TEPCO, the cleaning operation by the robot is not going well.

On a separate note, Quince, who got lost in October somewhere in the high radiation upper floors of Reactor 2, remains lost. As if as an obituary, NHK had a special program detailing the development of Quince.

On yet another note, Okuma-machi, where part of Fukushima I Nuke Plant is located, just re-elected the mayor who ran on the platform of “Let’s all return to our home town”, demanding thorough decontamination and rehabilitation of the infrastructure so that people can return as soon as possible.

Okuma-machi’s highest air radiation level at 1 meter off the ground exceeds 100 microsieverts/hour. Soil contamination? About 454K becquerels/kg, or 29.5 million becquerels/square meter (numbers corrected; wrong number given at the official HP of the town). Nothing compared to the Fuku-I compound, I’m sure.

From ENENEWS:
Published: November 21st, 2011 at 03:53 AM EDT
By ENENEWS STAFF

“Huge steam explosions” if nuclear fuel hits water… Just a matter of time before corium melts through Fukushima station: Former secretary of UK gov’t committee (VIDEO)

 Ian Fairlie Bio, The Guardian: Dr Ian Fairlie is an independent consultant on radiation risks and a former scientific secretary to the [UK] government’s Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters.

Title: Ian Fairlie on the significance of the Fukushima disaster

Program: If You Love This Planet

Date Aired: Oct. 21, 2011

Description: Dr. Ian Fairlie joins Dr. Caldicott on the program in this interview recorded in July, a few months after the Fukushima accident. Dr. Fairlie is a radiobiologist from Great Britain. He works as an independent consultant in the field of radioactivity in the environment and advises environmental organizations, the European Parliament as well as local and national authorities in several countries. […]

Listen to or download full program here.

Transcript Summary at ~7:00 in

Fairlie: Really it’s just a matter of time before it [the corium] goes through and into the bottom of the actual station itself. And if it ever hits ground, well… there’s a lot of water sloshing around there, if molten fuel gets into that water it will immediately flash to steam and you will have huge steam explosions going on.

Do you live in Japan? you can now purchase a “Pocket Geiger Kit” that costs 3,500 yen (+handling and delivery charges, total= 4,250 paid to postal carrier upon delivery). It’s a sensor that you put together in a Frisk (breath mints) box. It works on a 9v battery and an App that you can download for your iPod, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

For more information:

http://www.radiation-watch.org/

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