Day 301 “This is going to continue for hundreds and hundreds of years…”

Concise, direct, informative:

Dr. Jeffrey Patterson, former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility

Jeffrey Patterson on Nuclear Power and Human Health

 

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In case you haven’t found it yet, a GREAT URL for news updates can be found at the Greenpeace site at:
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Some other updates:

Japan Likely to Take Control of TEPCO by Buying Common Stock

http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012010700170

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This has been reported on several sites carrying Fukushima Daiichi news:

Mysterious Spike in Cesium Fallout in Fukushima on Jan 2, 2012

with charts, graphs and explanation at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/01/mysterious-spike-in-cesium-fallout-in.html

 

However, there are other opinions on this… for example, this comment from the Safecast listserv:

Subject: [Safecast Jpn] Re: Cesium Rise in Fukushima?

The Fukushima Prefecture table http://www.pref.fukushima.jp/j/koukabutsu9.pdf
actually show an average daily increase of 560% if you compare the 6 days prior to January 2 with the 3 days starting from January 2. This is a quite significant percentage increase, although the total amount may be less threatening.

On January 5 and 6 the Japanese portion of Twitter is was buzzing with traffic on this subject. A Gunderson video video telling people to flee in case Dai-ichi Reactor 4 collapses was circulated via the internet, and some people were saying that they were so worried that they did not feel like going to work. The information that Iwaki

residents recently received new iodine tablets because the shelf dates of earlier distributed tablets had expired, was also taken out of context to mean that some new nuclear event was possibly unfolding.

Cesium fallout was also recorded in Chiba: http://www.jcac.or.jp/lib/senryo_lib/taiki_kouka.pdf

Even in Tokyo a minute amount of cesium was detected by a monitoring post in Koto Ward on January 5: http://www.sangyo-rodo.metro.tokyo.jp/whats-new/keisoku-0103.pdf

At Tepco’s press conference on January 6 spokesperson Matsumoto said he has not been informed of the monitoring data in question, and that there was nothing unusual happening at Fukushima Dai-ichi. He said it was probably strong wind blowing up radioactive materials.

Professor Nojiri also thinks it could be the wind stirring up the
cesium, however Professor Makino says the amounts are larger than than the wind would be able to stir up, although the wind velocity reached max. 17.7m/s on Jan. 2~3.

The following data was compiled by Professor Okumura of Mie University from the monitoring posts around the Fukushima Dai-ichi and Dai-ni.
The radiation levels were higher at several posts on January 2, they
but do not indicate any emergency.
http://oku.edu.mie-u.ac.jp/rad/

The map showing where each monitoring post:
http://www.atom-moc.pref.fukushima.jp/dynamic/C0008-PC.html

Professor Hayakawa of Gunma University commented that he thinks there is an element of panic in this particular instance.

 

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Yomiuri: “Relatively” High External Radiation Exposure for Children, Pregnant Women in Koriyama City, Fukushima

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/01/yomiuri-relatively-high-external.html

 

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3 comments
  1. @unspokenhermit: I really have no idea. I would say your best bet would be to contact the nice folks at Safecast [ http://blog.safecast.org/ ]. They have people who are knowledgable about emissions as they have been collecting data all over northeastern Japan for months now.

    If the data has been manipulated, it is vital to get the word out. Good luck!

  2. unspokenhermit said:

    Fukushima radiation has clearly transmitted a message to every country leaders not to go for any other nuclear plant. Now it is up to those leaders to define the future for their nation.

    I recently came across these atmpospheric simulations, produced an American independent organization, that indicate TEPCO vastly under-reported radionuclide emissions from the Fukushima Plant.

    http://www.datapoke.org/blog/8/study-modeling-fukushima-npp-radioactive-contamination-dispersion-utilizing-chino-m-et-al-source-terms/

    http://www.datapoke.org/partmom/a=40

    I’ve suspected for some time that the publicly released emissions data had been manipulated – If the models are correct I suppose this re enforces my hunch. Is there anyone here that can help us explain the implications of this model?

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