Day 259 More ghost towns?

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Ghost Town (Song About Chernobyl) By Huns and Dr.Beeker

No info is provided on the source of this song. But, for those who wish to look away from Fukushima and pretend all will be well for Japan now and in in the future- let this serve as a reminder that 25 years later the Chernobyl disaster still continues. Where will Japan’s children be in 25 years? 

[via NuclearFreePlanet.org

Chance for big tsunami in eastern Japan within 30 yrs revised up to 30%

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The probability of a major earthquake occurring and triggering a massive tsunami in the Pacific Ocean off eastern and northeastern Japan within the next 30 years has been revised up to 30 percent from 20 percent, a government panel said Friday.

The Earthquake Research Committee has reexamined its long-term estimate of killer temblors after the March 11 quake and tsunami and found that a quake that triggers a tsunami as powerful as the one caused by the 1896 Meiji-Sanriku Earthquake, which killed more than 20,000 people, is more likely to happen in the sea zone stretching 800 kilometers north-south.

The panel stopped short of predicting the magnitude of the possible quake but said past records suggest it would be magnitude 8 or stronger.

A huge tsunami tears through a protective screen of trees and swallows homes in this photo taken from a Mainichi helicopter in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 11, 2011. (Mainichi)

A huge tsunami tears through a protective screen of trees and swallows homes in this photo taken from a Mainichi helicopter in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 11, 2011. (Mainichi)

The tsunami triggered by the 1896 quake reached as high as 38.2 meters, according to the records. The quake’s estimated magnitude ranges from 6.8 to 8.5 among experts.

Meanwhile, the committee said the likelihood a quake with a magnitude of up to 9 occurs within the next 50 years in a sea area off Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, which is closer to the shore than the 800-km zone, is almost zero percent.

(Mainichi Japan) November 26, 2011

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In eastern Japan there are (at least) the following nuclear reactors:

(info source: Wikipedia)

Reactor

Location

Type

Rating, MWe

Status

Operator

Genkai-1

Genkai, Saga

PWR

529

Operational October 1975

Kyūshū Electric

Genkai-2

PWR

529

Operational March 1981

Kyūshū Electric

Genkai-3

PWR

1127

Operational March 1994

Kyūshū Electric

Genkai-4

PWR

1127

Operational July 1997

Kyūshū Electric

Hamaoka-1

Omaezaki, Shizuoka

BWR

515

Operational March 1976

Chūbu Electric

Hamaoka-2

BWR

806

Operational November 1978

Chūbu Electric

Hamaoka-3

BWR

1056

Operational August 1987

Chūbu Electric

Hamaoka-4

BWR

1092

Operational September 1993

Chūbu Electric

Hamaoka-5

ABWR

1380

Operational January 2005

Chūbu Electric

Ikata-1

Ikata, Ehime

PWR

538

Operational September 1977

YONDEN

Ikata-2

PWR

838

Operational March 1982

YONDEN

Ikata-3

PWR

846

Operational December 1994

YONDEN

Mihama-1

Mihama, Fukui

PWR

320

Operational November 1970

KEPCO

Mihama-2

PWR

470

Operational July 1972

KEPCO

Mihama-3

PWR

780

Operational December 1976

KEPCO

Monju

Tsuruga, Fukui

FBR

320

Operational 1994-1995; 2010-

JAEA

Ōi-1

Ōi, Fukui

PWR

1120

Operational March 1979

KEPCO

Ōi-2

PWR

1120

Operational December 1979

KEPCO

Ōi-3

PWR

1127

Operational December 1991

KEPCO

Ōi-4

PWR

1127

Operational February 1993

KEPCO

Sendai-1

Satsumasendai, Kagoshima

PWR

846

Operational July 1984

Kyūshū Electric

Sendai-2

PWR

846

Operational November 1985

Kyūshū Electric

Shika-1

Shika, Ishikawa

BWR

505

Operational July 1993

RIKUDEN

Shika-2

ABWR

1358

Operational March 2006

RIKUDEN

Shimane-1

Matsue, Shimane

BWR

439

Operational March 1974

Chūgoku Electric

Shimane-2

BWR

789

Operational February 1989

Chūgoku Electric

Shimane-3

ABWR

1373

Under construction, online Dec 2011

Chūgoku Electric

Takahama-1

Takahama, Fukui

PWR

780

Operational November 1974

KEPCO

Takahama-2

PWR

780

Operational November 1975

KEPCO

Takahama-3

PWR

830

Operational January 1985

KEPCO

Takahama-4

PWR

830

Operational June 1985

KEPCO

Tsuruga-1

Tsuruga, Fukui

BWR

341

Operational March 1970

JAPC

Tsuruga-2

PWR

1115

Operational February 1987

JAPC

Residents who stayed in Fukushima to receive same compensation as evacuees

Residents dressed in clothing to protect them from radiation prepare to board a bus on Aug. 26 ahead of temporary visits to their homes within three kilometers of the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. (Mainichi)

Residents dressed in clothing to protect them from radiation prepare to board a bus on Aug. 26 ahead of temporary visits to their homes within three kilometers of the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. (Mainichi)

Fukushima residents who decided to stay behind in their hometowns despite the nuclear disaster will receive the same amount of compensation as voluntary evacuees from areas other than the no-go zone, officials with a government panel in charge of redress issues decided on Nov. 25.

The officials said the panel under the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry (MEXT) decided to expand the coverage of compensation to those who have stayed behind because it believes they are suffering mental distress due to the crisis at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant irrespective of the timing of evacuations or evacuations per se.

Article continues at:

More Fukushima rice tainted with cesium

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111125_37.html

Fukushima Prefecture says it has found rice tainted with radioactive cesium above the tentative government limit from five more farms.

The prefecture said on Friday that the five farms are in the Oonami district of Fukushima City, about 56 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The highest level of cesium detected was 1,270 becquerels per kilogram. The government’s maximum allowable level is 500 becquerels per kilogram.

Earlier this month, the prefectural government found rice samples from a field in the district also containing radioactive cesium above the limit.

Shipments of rice harvested from the area have been suspended by central government since last Thursday.

Fukushima Prefecture subsequently ordered tests on rice samples from all 154 farms in the Oonami district.

Friday, November 25, 2011 21:04 +0900 (JST)

Cesium from nuke plant spread along mountains

An aerial survey has shown that radioactive cesium from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has accumulated along the mountains of eastern Japan.

Japan’s science ministry released on Friday the results of the helicopter survey, covering 22 prefectures in eastern and central Japan.

The results are indicated in a colored map showing varying levels of cesium in soil. The radioactive substance has a long half-life, and is likely to affect the environment for decades.

Areas immediately northwest and south of the nuclear plant are indicated in red and yellow. This shows they have the highest concentrations of cesium, at above one-million becquerels per square meter.
Areas in blue, with concentrations of 30,000 becquerels or more, are seen spreading out toward Miyagi Prefecture — about 60 kilometers to the north, and to Gunma Prefecture — about 200 kilometers southwest.

The pattern appears to correspond to the location of mountain ranges in the region.

In one of the routes of contamination, clouds carrying the radioactive substance apparently hit a mountain range northeast of the plant, before being carried by the wind to peaks far north of Tokyo.

The science ministry says the mountains could have blocked the radioactive fallout from spreading further.

The ministry plans to expand its aerial survey early next year, focusing on western Japan and the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

Friday, November 25, 2011 18:58 +0900 (JST)

Greenpeace Japan ranks major supermarkets on seafood radiation

Friday, November 25, 2011, 15:30 (GMT + 9)

 http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=25&id=47941&l=e&special=&ndb=1%20target=

In the past few months Greenpeace Japan has been monitoring the radioactive contamination of land and sea that resulted from the destruction of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors in March this year.

Between 12 October and 8 November the team, led by Greenpeace Japan Oceans Campaigner Wakao Hanaoka, took seafood samples from five supermarket chains – AeonIto Yokado, Uny (Apita), Daieiand Seiyu -, taking 15 samples from each.

Of the 75 samples, radioactive cesium 134 and 137 were detected in 27 samples.

The samples that stood out were from Pacific cod. In total, seven cod caught in Hokkaido, Iwate and Miyagi, were sampled and five were found to be contaminated.

The Pacific cod wasn’t the only contaminated fish found. Cesium 134 and 137 were detected in all five samples of bigeye tuna the team took and in all five samples of skipjack tuna.

Wakao and the team also analysed one sample of canned mackerel. Although the level of contamination was not very high, there is no detailed information about the fish’s origin such as where it was caught and what type of mackerel it is.

The label on the can simply says “made in Japan”.

According Greenpeace Japan, government’s labelling regulation for canned fish and processed fish products is far less stringent than for fresh fish products and needs to be addressed immediately.

Following questionnaires sent to the five supermarket chains between September and November 2011, a ranking guide was released showing how well each company has been responding to radioactive contamination of seafood, how they bought seafood, how their seafood was screened, how strong their standards were compared to the Government standard of 500bq/kg, and how clearly the information to consumers was displayed.

The results of the survey (points out of 100) showed that AEON leads the ranking with 82 points thanks to its “radiation-free” food policy announced on 8 November, with Ito Yokado taking the second place with 68 points given its labelling system announced on 21 November , followed by Daiei 54 points, Uny (Apita) 46 points, and Seiyu 32 points.

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