Day 269 16,699 quakes Jan 1 – Oct 15 2001

Well, hello, Michael and Anonymous. Thank you for dropping me a note to let me know two humans (besides yours truly) think this site is worth reading.

By now, you must have heard about the cesium in Meiji baby formula. If not, it will be the lead story today.

Anonymous: about the 47 project, if the other million-minus-one readers aren’t familiar with it, they can read about it here: http://sokuteiki.exblog.jp/15412185/.

They are working with CRIIRAD (Commission for Research and Independent Information o Radiation, France) which has an interesting pdf on its website on the magnitude of the problem of radiation (in English) http://www.criirad.org/actualites/dossier2011/japon_bis/en_anglais/11-07-07_cpcriirad_eng.pdf  and a statement of their mission at: http://www.criirad.org/actualites/dossier2011/japon_bis/en_anglais/criirad11-47ejapan.pdf

If you like visuals, here’s a video about CRMS (Citizen’s Radioactivity Monitoring Station):

Will keep an eye open for more info on Project 47.

Radioactive cesium found in Meiji baby formula

A woman feeds her baby at a shelter for those evacuated away from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Koriyama, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
A woman feeds her baby at a shelter for those evacuated away from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Koriyama, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Radioactive cesium of up to 30.8 becquerels per kilogram has been found in baby formula manufactured and sold by Meiji Co., the major food company said Tuesday, citing an internal inspection.

The company suspects a link with the radioactive leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, saying that raw milk for its “Meiji Step” powders may have come into contact with airborne radioactive cesium when it was being dried.

Radioactive cesium has been found in baby formula for the first time since the disaster, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, which has begun looking into the matter.

The level of cesium-134 and cesium-137 contained in the product remains below the government-set allowable limit of 200 becquerels per kilogram. Meiji said in a statement that the level “is said to be one that does not influence health even if (the formula) is drunk every day.”

The company nonetheless plans to offer customers free replacements, a move that affects about 400,000 850-gram cans of the Meiji Step formula, a company official said.

Amid concern that babies are more susceptible to the harmful effects of radioactive materials than adults, the ministry has planned to set a new limit for food products for babies.

Replacements will be offered for batches whose recommended consumption deadlines are Oct. 3, 4, 5, 6, 21, 22, 23 and 24 next year, according to the manufacturer. The deadline is printed on the bottom of each can.

The formula in question was manufactured at a company plant in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture. It came from cow milk produced before the March 11 disaster, according to the company.

“Because the cesium gets diluted to 3 to 4 becquerels (per kg) when the powders are put into hot water, we don’t think it will have an impact on health. But we still want to address the anxieties of those who bought the product with replacements,” the official said.

Prior to the latest discovery, the company had said no radioactive cesium was found in its product samples. The cesium found in the latest case was detected in stocks not subject to sampling tests.

Meiji commands roughly a 40 percent share of the domestic baby formula market.

(Mainichi Japan) December 6, 2011

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More details and commentary from EX-SKF at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/12/radioactive-baby-formula-308.html

Fast forward of total quakes in Japan from Jan through Oct 2011. Hold on to your hat.

Video shows tsunami gushing from manhole

New video footage illustrating the force of Japan’s March tsunami shows seawater spewing from a manhole in a coastal area.

The scene was shot in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, one of the worst-hit areas. A local resident took the footage from the rooftop of a building when the first tsunami wave struck the city center on March 11th.

The video shows water spouting from a flooded intersection, reaching as high as the second floor of a house.

City officials say they believe tsunami waves gushed into a sewer system, blowing off a manhole cover. They say a similar phenomenon likely affected at least 10 manholes in coastal areas of the city.

Torrential downpours are also known to blow off manhole covers as water floods sewage pipes and pressure rises. Two people died in the past after falling into flooded manholes that had lost their covers.

A new type of manhole designed to withstand high pressure has already been introduced in some places.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 10:29 +0900 (JST)

More rice shipment bans in Fukushima city

The government has banned rice shipments from part of Fukushima City following the discovery of radioactive contamination in the area.

Last week, inspections found up to 590 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram in rice harvested at 3 farms in the city’s Watari district. That is over the government’s provisional limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram. The district is about 60 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

On Monday, the government ordered the prefecture to halt shipments of rice harvested this year in the part of Fukushima City that includes the Watari district.

The prefectural government says the new shipment ban affects 406 rice farms in the area.

Bans on rice shipments have already been imposed on another district of Fukushima City and 2 districts of Date City in the prefecture.

Monday, December 05, 2011 20:54 +0900 (JST)

Japan may announce Fukushima cold shutdown on Dec. 16: Yomiuri

TOKYO | Thu Dec 1, 2011 8:26pm EST

(Reuters) – Japan may announce on December 16 that tsunami-damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima are in a cold shutdown, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Friday, an important milestone in its plan to bring under control the worst nuclear accident in 25 years.

The Fukushima Daiichi plant, 240 km (150 miles) northeast of Tokyo, was wrecked by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which knocked out reactor cooling systems, causing meltdowns of nuclear fuel rods.

A cold shutdown is when water used to cool nuclear fuel rods remains below its boiling point, preventing the fuel from reheating.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda may declare a cold shutdown because a November 30 analysis by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co showed that temperatures for the nuclear fuel lying at the bottom of the containment vessel have stabilized, the paper said.

Radiation levels at the reactors have also fallen significantly, it said.

Declaring a cold shutdown will have repercussions well beyond the plant as it is one of the criteria the government has said must be met before it begins allowing 80,000 residents evacuated from within a 20 km (12 mile) radius of the plant to return home.

But even if a cold shutdown is declared, Tokyo Electric has acknowledged before that it may be unable to remove the fuel from the reactors for another 10 years, and experts say the cleanup at the plant could take several decades.

(Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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 (see my post yesterday ”

Does changing the wording change our impression of the danger?”

at https://uhohjapan2.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/day-268-liza-we-need-a-bucket-again-henry-havent-you-got-that-thing-fixed-yet/ )

Japanese scientists are suggesting abandoning contaminated soil into the sea

Posted by Mochizuki on December 5th, 2011

Government is in charge of decontamination where it’s over 1 mSv/y.

However, their “decontamination” is only to remove the surface of the ground.
Even only from Fukushima, it’s assumed that 15 million ~ 31 million cubic meters of contaminated soil will be produced.

Because they can not stock it on land, Mr. Tanihata Isao from Osaka University and Mr. Nakai Koji from Tokyo University of Science are offering to abandon it into the ocean.

They have already taken it into consideration that Japan is accused by the world but they find it the most realistic solution for some reason.

They are supposed to pack the soil into a shelter, which is protected against corrosion and high water pressure, and leave it in 2000 meters depth of the sea.

(Source)

東京電力福島第一原発の事故で放射能に汚染された土を海に捨てる案が、一部の研究者の間で浮上している。除染のために削り取った土の保管・処分場所を確保することが難しいからだ。世論や国際社会の反発は必至だが、現実的な対応策の一つとして政府への提言を目指す。

除染は、被曝(ひばく)線量が年1ミリシーベルト以上の地域は国の責任で行う。土壌を削り取り、各市町村の仮置き場に保管した後、福島県内につくる中間貯蔵施設に運ぶ方針だ。県内だけで1500万~3100万立方メートルの汚染土が出る見込み。最終処分の方法が決まらなければ恒久的に置かれることになりかねず、用地確保の見通しは立っていない。

こうした現状を踏まえ、文部科学省の土壌汚染マップ作成に携わった大阪大核物理研究センターの谷畑勇夫教授、中井浩二・元東京理科大教授らのグループが3日、大阪大で開かれた研究会で、深海への処分を提案した。海水で腐食せず高い水圧に耐えられる容器に汚染土を入れ、日本近海の水深2千メートル以下に沈める方法が最適とした。

The city mayor of a hotspot had a sudden death of thoracic aortic aneurysm rhexis

Posted by Mochizuki on December 5th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The city mayor of Nasushiobara Tochigi, Mr. Kurikawa Hitoshi (67) died of thoracic aortic aneurysm rhexis on the night of 12/4/2011.

On the last day of his life, he joined mochi tsuki festival of Shiobara Onsen from 1PM. Then he helped street donation charity.

At 6:20PM, he started having agonizing pain while he got a phone call from a city officer. He was having dinner at home.
He was sent to the hospital by ambulance but passed away at 7:59PM.

He was hospitalized for bacterial enteritis for 2 weeks in October too.

Nasushiobara Tochigi is severely contaminated. and Japanese Imperial Prince family had a “summer vacation” there this year.

(Source)

栃木県那須塩原市の栗川仁市長が4日夜、胸部大動脈瘤破裂のため市内の病院で急逝した。

67歳だった。告別式は未定。

栗川氏は同市出身。1983年、旧黒磯市議に初当選し、5期目途中の2003年に同市長に初当選した。05年、同市と旧西那須野町、旧塩原町の合併後の那須塩原市長選で初当選し、2期目だった。

4日は、午後1時から塩原温泉女将もちつき祭に出席し、寒風の中であいさつ。歳末助け合いの街頭募金活動も行っていた。同日午後6時20分頃、自宅で食事中にかかってきた職員からの電話に出ている最中に急に苦しみ出し、救急車で病院に運ばれたが、同7時59分、死亡が確認された。06年12月、直腸がんで入院手術した際、胸腹部に大動脈瘤が見つかったが手術はしていなかった。今年10月、細菌性腸炎で2週間入院した。

栗川氏は、合併による旧市町間の融和に力を注いだ。後援会は10月の拡大役員会で、13年2月の同市長選に3選を目指して出馬するよう要請したが、栗川氏は11月10日に開かれた後援会主催の市政報告会で、「市政運営に批判もいただくが、やることだけはきちんとやる。今後も市民目線で行政を進める」と答え、3選出馬について明言は避けていた。

TEPCO’s Solution to Leaking Strontium-Contaminated Water: Sandbags

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/12/tepcos-solution-to-leaking-strontium.html

Actually, I don’t know if there’s anything else I could expect from a company that used bath salts as tracer and newspaper and sawdust to stop the water leak back in April.

The next task would be to mop up the water that’s sitting inside the building for the evaporative condensation apparatus with diapers and make Packbots pick up the diapers after they soak up water with 100,000 becquerels/cubic centimeter of strontium.

As far as I know, this building for the apparatus was built recently. But the side of the concrete foundation has already cracked? Some workmanship.

Read the entire article and view photos at:

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/12/tepcos-solution-to-leaking-strontium.html

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University Researchers: Let’s Dump Contaminated Soil into the Ocean!

Scholars who participated in the Ministry of Education’s radiation mapping are proposing dumping the contaminated soil removed as the result of utterly useless “decontamination” efforts into the depth of the Pacific Ocean, 2000 meters deep.

(Along with some Russian nuclear subs, I guess.)

The researchers will propose their plan to the government as a practical solution to literally mountains of soil contaminated with cesium, plutonium, tellurium, radioactive silver, strontium…

And don’t worry, the researchers did propose putting the soil in containers first.

Read the rest at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/12/university-researchers-lets-dump.html

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