Charity event in Nagoya
For people living in the Aichi area, a charity event will be held on March 11, 2012, in Higashibetsuin, Nagoya. The event is sponsored by the Aichi Volunteer Center.
Main guest: Several members of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
Also, there will be a relay run from Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, to Higashibetsuin in Nagoya. Two teams of 10 members each will participate in the 758 km run.
Handmade candles 3-10 in the number of the people who perished as a result of the disaster on 3-11-11 will be displayed. As of December, the number stands at 15,842.
Proceeds beyond the cost of the event will go to supporting children orphaned by the quake and tsunami.
Presold tickets are:
Adults ¥1,000, jr hi/hi school students ¥500, elementary school free
People with disabilities: adults, ¥500, jr/sr hi school students and under, free
Tickets at the event:
Adults: ¥2,000, jr/sr high students ¥1,000, elementary school students, free
People with disabilities: adults: ¥1,000, jr/sr hi school students and under, free
For further information, see the event website at:
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Evacuees of Fukushima village report split families, growing frustration
IITATE, Fukushima — Frustration, deteriorating health, and a growing feeling of unfair treatment are being reported by residents who have evacuated from this village, a local government survey has found.
A survey by the Iitate village government obtained responses from some 1,743 people who have evacuated from the village, which lies within the emergency evacuation preparation zone around the damaged Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. It shows that many residents are experiencing growing frustration and instability due to the nuclear crisis at the plant and an inability to return to the lives they were living before the disaster.
Sixty percent of respondents stated that their health and the health of their families had deteriorated after evacuating, while 39.9 percent reported feeling more irritated compared to before the disaster.
“Stress is causing disputes among many evacuated residents,” Iitate Mayor Norio Kanno told the Mainichi in a recent interview. “Depression and the collapse of families are increasing. There are conflicts between family members, people from different generations, and people who want to return and those who can’t go back,” Kanno said.
According to the survey, over 50 percent of all evacuated residents currently live apart from their families — a factor that authorities believe could be one of the major causes for the building frustration.
A total of 55.7 percent reported living with their children as before the nuclear crisis, while the percentage of those who were forced to separate with their children and evacuate to different locations stood at 21.3 percent. A little over 15 percent reported living with some of their children, while having the others evacuate to a separate place.
Summarizing all responses to questions related to evacuees’ current family status, one-third of all surveyed families live apart from their children, while 50.1 percent live away from other family members (including elderly parents) with whom they lived before the disaster.
The survey also showed that 34.7 percent of the evacuees have suffered salary cuts of 50 percent or more since the outbreak of the nuclear disaster. A total of 36.8 percent reported a lack of sleep, while 17.9 percent reported smoking or drinking more than before they evacuated.
Someone sent me this link today:
Article below is via EX-SKF at:
Earthquake Map of Japan in the 1st Month of 2012
(You can’t even see Japan in the first map.)
Last 30 days:
A lot of Magnitude 4 quakes, and a good number of Magnitude 5 quakes. M5 is moving to the central Japan, right near Mt. Fuji. Numerous small, shallow quakes in western Japan.
From ENENEWS at:
Asahi: Sources reveal about 1,000 kinds of radioactive materials released from Fukushima reactors
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: TAKASHI SUGIMOTO
Date: January 30, 2012
To prevent a further contamination of the sea as occurred in December, Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to remove about 1,000 kinds of radioactive materials from water at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, sources said on Jan. 28. […]
including not only cesium, but also strontium, cobalt and manganese, the sources added […]
In December, contaminated water containing strontium whose concentration level was 1 million times higher than the government’s safety standard leaked into the sea […]
Initially, TEPCO considered discharging the water into the sea after purifying it. But it faced strong opposition from the central and local governments to the plan. […]
Water leaks at 14 points at Fukushima complex
TOKYO (Kyodo) — Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday water leaks from 14 points at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s facilities have been found, leading the operator to suspend the cooling of the spent fuel pool at its No. 4 reactor for two hours.
The leakage is believed to have been caused by freezing due to cold weather, and the leaked water included radioactively contaminated water that has been purified, the utility known as TEPCO said, adding the contamination level is low.
Water temperature in the pool remained almost flat at 21 C, it said.
The government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency instructed the utility to examine details of the leakages and take preventive measures.
TEPCO said around 40 liters of real water leaked from the pool-cooling system of the No. 4 reactor Sunday morning, while probably 600 liters of purified water were found to have leaked from another facility. Water also leaked at other facilities.
It is believed the water did not flow into the ocean, it said.
Temperatures in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, which is located near the Fukushima complex, fell to below minus 8 C early Sunday, TEPCO said.
(Mainichi Japan) January 30, 2012
Fukushima I Nuke Plant: 17 Minor Leaks In Pipes and Valves Found in 2 Days, Freezing Temperature Blamed
All are minor, says TEPCO, ranging from tens of liters to several tonnes, and the water leaked is either pure water, filtered water (river water), or the treated water. None found the way to the ocean, or so TEPCO says.
3 leaks were discovered on January 28, followed by 14 additional leaks on January 29, according to TEPCO. The lowest temperature at the plant on January 29 was -8 degrees Celsius (17.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
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Gov’t, TEPCO heading for showdown over electricity rate hike
The 17 percent average electricity rate hike for businesses announced by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) — the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant — may face stiff opposition from a government organization overseeing nuclear disaster compensation.
The government’s Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund has said it doubts the utility’s cost-cutting measures following the meltdowns at the nuclear plant have been sufficiently reflected in the rate, and that “parts of the proposed electricity rate calculation standard are inappropriate.”
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Edano wants households to lend their roofs to solar drive
BY TORU NAKAGAWA STAFF WRITER
Rooftop solar panels (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A program to allow companies to install solar panels on the roofs of private homes will be introduced by the government before the onset of summer, industry ministery Yukio Edano said.
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I still have a bit of trouble trying to fathom the extent of the aftershocks from the main group on 11 March 2011. Every once in a while I get out this URL and have a look – click on the “Since March 11” link in the top centre of the page:
And here’s another site i found today, does something similar. Notice the quote from the site…
Another animated map of Japan earthquake aftershocks