Day 325 Alerts, alerts… Is anyone listening?


A baby is born with a hole in its heart, a condition similar to Chernobyl Heart. The father is interviewed by journalist Iwakami Yasumi.

Fukushima heart

Fukushima heart is realized.

The details will be posted after it’s broadcast on Ustream.

The child was diagnosed to be ventricular septal defect. His atrium has a hole too.

Father, “It’s really frustrating that I can’t prove that is because of Fukushima.”

The father says that at the time of the explosions at Fukushima, there were many reports of the danger through Twitter, etc., but he did not follow them. Instead, he believed what the government was saying about the low risk. He wonders now why he believed it.




Scientists warn of huge quake east of Japan Trench


Japanese researchers say the March 11th disaster has increased the risk of a major quake and tsunami east of the Japan Trench off northeastern Japan.

The research was carried out by a group at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology.

The Japan Trench is where the Pacific Plate begins to sink under the tectonic plate extending from land.
The March 11th earthquake originated closer to land from the plate boundary.

The research group installed 20 seismometers on the seabed east of the Japan Trench to analyze aftershocks that occurred between late April and early July last year.

The data showed that the March quake apparently changed the dynamic force deep inside the Pacific Plate.

Before the disaster, many of the deeper quakes involved faults that form when the plate is being compressed.

But the research data showed that many of the post-March aftershocks involved a fault that forms when the plate is pulled apart.

This type of force is known to have caused a magnitude-8 earthquake about 80 years ago off northeastern Japan.

The research group concluded that the risk of the latter type of quake has risen in the region and warns that a tremor could again unleash a massive tsunami.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:03 +0900 (JST)




Tsunami alerts to be revised

Japan’s Meteorological Agency has come up with new guidelines for issuing tsunami alerts after an earthquake.

Following the massive earthquake that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, the emergency alerts issued to the public underestimated the possible tsunami height.

A panel of tsunami and disaster prevention experts compiled the revised guidelines at its final meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The new guidelines call for the Meteorological Agency to simplify the predicted heights of tsunamis from the current 8 levels to 5. The new levels measured in meters are 1, 3, 5, 10 and over 10 meters.

If an earthquake’s strength is not immediately known, the guidelines call for weather officials to issue a maximum alert without a numerical tsunami height prediction.

Such alerts will describe the possible tsunami either as giant or high, and urge people to immediately take shelter or evacuate.

The Meteorological Agency intends to put the new guidelines in place by the end of the year.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 13:08 +0900 (JST)




Rather disconcerting, this headline. More disconcerting, you can’t read the article without a subscription…

24% of municipalities have no tsunami evacuation advisory guidelines

TOKYO, Jan. 31, Kyodo





Furnace malfunction hobbles Aomori spent nuke fuel reprocessing plant

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. President Yoshihiko Kawai speaks about the malfunction of a furnace at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, during a press conference in Aomori on Jan. 30. (Mainichi)

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. President Yoshihiko Kawai speaks about the malfunction of a furnace at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, during a press conference in Aomori on Jan. 30. (Mainichi)

AOMORI — A furnace malfunction at a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant here has stalled a planned trial run of the facility, throwing the future of Japan’s nuclear cycle policy into doubt.

Yoshihiko Kawai, president of plant operator Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. (JNFL), announced at a regular press briefing on Jan. 30 that a problem with a furnace at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant has forced a halt to the preparatory work for a test of the plant before it officially goes into operation. The furnace is designed to mix molten glass with highly radioactive liquid waste.

The cause of the malfunction has yet to be determined, with no prospect of restoring the equipment to operation in the near term, JNFL said. The technical impasse could prompt calls for a review of the country’s nuclear fuel cycle policy, under which spent fuel from conventional nuclear reactors would be reprocessed into MOX plutonium-uranium mixed-oxide fuel for so-called “pluthermal” and “full MOX” reactors.

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Japan-made robots ready for Fukushima mission

Japanese researchers have completed the development of 2 new robots for work at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The robots, built by researchers at Chiba Institute of Technology and other organizations, will succeed Japan’s first and sole domestic robot that has been used at the damaged reactor buildings since the nuclear crisis began in March 2011.

The first model began its mission at the power plant in June to measure radioactivity inside buildings and take video footage. But, in October, the device got stuck after becoming tangled in cables.

The new models are about the same size as the first one, but they have 6 rolling belts each that allow them to move freely over debris and up and down staircases.

The robots are designed to prevent themselves from getting tangled in cables. They are also connected through wireless communications, in case one, or both, fail to communicate with the main controller through their cables.

One of the 2 robots is equipped with a new device that allows more accurate measurements of radiation levels. The other carries a new scanner to measure 3-dimensional space.

The 2 robots will be deployed at the Fukushima power plant by mid-February.

Monday, January 30, 2012 21:07 +0900 (JST)




Fukushima I Nuke Plant: TEPCO to Pour Cement-Clay Mix on the Ocean Floor Just Off Water Intake Canals, Will Survey Radioactivity in Fish Nearby

 From Asahi Shinbun (1/30/2012):


Starting February, TEPCO will pour cement mixed with clay on the ocean floor near the water intake canals for Reactors 1 thorugh 6 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. It is to prevent radioactive cesium that exists in high concentration on the ocean floor when the company builds watertight bulkheads to prevent contaminated groundwater from the plant from leaking into the ocean.

4700 terabecquerels of radioactive cesium leaked near the water intake canal for Reactor 2, which was 20,000 times the national standard for allowed oceanic discharge per year. The survey of the ocean around the plant last November found maximum 1.6 million becquerels/kg [wet] of radioactive cesium from the ocean soil.

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Japanese Government Hasn’t Kept Any Minutes of Disaster Response Meetings Since 1995 Kobe Earthquake

It was only 4 days ago that Japan’s PM Noda said “it is regrettable” that there were no minutes kept for the government response team’s meetings ever since March 11, 2011 earthquake/tsunami/nuke accident.

Then it turned out that Miyagi Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture didn’t quite keep record of their disaster response meetings either.

Now it turns out that the Japanese government hasn’t kept any minutes of disaster response meetings since the 1995 Kobe earthquake.

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NHK Mistranslates IAEA Remarks and Says “NISA’s Stress Test Evaluation Conforms to International Standard”

NHK reports on the findings of the IAEA during the visit this time to evaluate whether the “stress test” carried out by electric power companies and overseen by Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency was appropriate, particularly in the case of Ooi Nuclear Power Plant.

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