Readers in Crescent City, Calif got a shakeup today. The magnitude has been set by USGS at Mw 5.6 at a depth of 32.9 km.
Other quake activity today:
Baja California, Mexico: 5.1
Solomon Islands: 6.5
Offshore Ibaraki: 5.5 and a 6.2
Near coast of central Peru: 4.8
Tarapaca, Chile: 4.7
Depression, insomnia, emotional scars. The hidden coasts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Tragedy in Fukushima: when can we go back to home again?
After covering myself from head to toe in protective clothing in the hope of protecting me from radiation, I went to accompany evacuees who were temporarily allowed to visit their homes in the 20 km no-entry zone surrounding the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, a place now notorious for its radiation leaks.
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New crater appeared on Mt.Fuji
On the east side of Mt.Fuji, a new crater (Diameter 500m) appeared, where is 2200m height. Around the crater, more than 10 of the new craters (Diameter 20m~50m) were also found. The clear gas was coming up from the crater. Because the temperature is about -10℃ around the crater, the gas turns to be vapor immediately and it becomes difficult to distinguish from cloud or snow.This is where the splashing steam was found on 1/25/2012.
Dr. Kimura from Ryukyu university points out the risk of Mt.Fuji’s eruption is becoming serious.
Even after the series of the earthquake on 1/28/2012 (JST), earthquake has been happening almost every one hour until now.
Hot air is splashing at the 1500m area of Mt.Fuji since 2003. Also, earthquake has been happening right under the mountain begun with the M6.4 of 3/15/2011. These 2 points and the new crater, and the series of the earthquake have been happening exactly on a line, which suggests the strong connection among them.
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Former top Japan nuclear official appalled by his new findings: Iodine-133 likely a major contributor to thyroid dose after Fukushima — Much bigger health concern than I-131
Title: Arnold Gundersen with the first 2012 Fukushima update
Source: If You Love This Planet Radio with Dr. Helen Caldicott
Date: Feb. 11, 2011
This week Dr Caldicott receives another update on Fukushima from nuclear engineerArnold Gundersen. After this conversation, we hear another excerpt of Dr. Caldicott’s lecture at a conference on Chernobyl in Berlin in 2011. […]
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Dr. [Genn] Saji who used to work for the regulator [former Secretariat of Japan’s Nuclear Safety], now he’s a retired independent consultant, just finished some calculations on the airborne gases that left the reactor in the first day or two, and it’s not iodine-131 that he was tracking.
He was tracking iodine-133, which is a much bigger health concern, but it’s got like a two day half, so it disappears in a week or two so nobody had a chance to check.
But when the kids absorbed it into their thyroid, it likely was a major contributor to thyroid dose that went totally undetected by the system because by the time authorities got around to looking it was gone.
He said he was appalled by the calculations he did that indicate very high thyroid doses from 133 iodine. […]
It’s neglected in any calculations the Japanese gov’t is doing.
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Seiichi Nakate on March 11 Nuclear Accident: “We Weren’t Told About Anything, and Cover-Up and Safety Propaganda Engulfed Fukushima”
Mr. Nakate is the head of “Fukushima Network to Protect Children from Radiation (子どもを放射能から守る福島ネットワーク)”. He held a talk, one of the series, on January 17, 2012 in Sapporo, Hokkaido. He said he would be moving to Hokkaido himself. Fukushima was now almost forgotten by people in Japan, he said.
“What is happening in Fukushima Now: What has happened to the children in Fukushima, where the contamination level far exceeds that from the Chernobyl accident? What are the responsibilities of the adults?”
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TEPCO: No.2 reactor thermometer likely broken
The operator of the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima suspects a thermometer that has been showing rising temperatures in one of the reactors is malfunctioning.
The thermometer at the bottom of the Number 2 reactor showed a reading of 251.2 degrees Celsius as of 11 AM on Tuesday, while the 2 other thermometers showed temperatures of around 31 degrees.
On Monday afternoon, the thermometer in question showed a reading of more than 200 degrees.
Earlier on Monday, Tokyo Electric Power Company passed an electrical current through the thermometer and found that resistance was about 1.7 times the normal level.
TEPCO says this happens when a wire is broken.
The operator denied the possibility of the reactor heading toward criticality again, as it has not detected any radioactive xenon, which would be generated from continuous nuclear fission.
It says it will continue to circulate water through the reactor and carefully monitor the situation.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has instructed TEPCO to measure the temperature in different ways and submit a report by Wednesday.
Early last week, TEPCO said the thermometer read about 45 degrees on January 27th and that it rose to 71 degrees about 10 days later, although the 2 other thermometers continued to indicate about 45 degrees.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 15:32 +0900 (JST)
Tepco believes thermometer topped 285 in error
Reactor 2 heat spike reading said faulty
A thermocouple device in the pressure vessel of reactor 2 at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant read over 285 degrees Monday but Tepco dismissed the reading, claiming the device is faulty.
Two similar reactor 2 thermometers at the same height — about 3 meters from the bottom of the pressure vessel — as the apparent faulty one gave readings of about 31 to 33 degrees Monday. The problematic one read over 90 degrees in the morning but hit 285.4 at 3 p.m. after Tepco checked its status by gauging its electrical resistance.
The resistance was about 1.7 times more than the average, so some cables are probably partially disconnected and causing the malfunction, Tepco said, adding the temperature readings tend to show higher numbers when cables are disconnected.
“Considering the result (of the test), we are quite certain that the thermometer is not working properly,” Tepco spokesman Junichi Matsumoto said in the evening.
Matsumoto said Tepco isn’t sure why the reading shot up right after the test, but “it is nearly unthinkable that the temperature of the pressure vessel can go up this high at this point,” he said.
He also said the utility did not check the electric resistance of the other two thermometers, as their readings have been consistent with the level of coolant water being injected into the reactor.
On Feb. 1, all three thermometers read between 44 and 50 degrees, but the one believed faulty began going up and down over the past couple of weeks.
After more water was injected into reactor 2, the two thermometers in accord showed a drop in temperature while the problematic one kept rising. About 18 tons per hour of water currently is being injected, up from 10.5 tons up until Feb. 7.
Earlier Monday, Toshihiro Yamamoto, a specialist in reactor safety management at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, told The Japan Times that the one showing high readings is probably malfunctioning because the two others show almost the same temperature and trend.
“If the temperature is really rising, there may be a spot in the pressure vessel that is not getting sprinkled with water. If nothing is done, the temperature will keep going up and the pressure vessel may get damaged. Tepco will have to change the way it injects water or the amount of the water injected,” Yamamoto said.
No xenon, which has a short half-life, was detected in a test of a gas sample in the containment vessel of reactor 2 Sunday evening, suggesting there has been no recent criticality, or a sustained nuclear chain reaction. Nor was there an increase in cesium, said Matsumoto, adding that this is further evidence of a thermometer malfunction.
Reactors 1, 2 and 3, which all suffered meltdowns last March, were declared in December in a state of cold shutdown, meaning the temperature at the bottom of their pressure vessels is under 100 and the leak of radioactive materials is under control.
But because thermometers can be off by as much as 20 degrees, the government has ordered Tepco to keep the temperature under 80 degrees.
The government and Tepco have said the cold shutdown is being maintained based on the readings of other thermometers.
Hospital doctor says patients suffering high-level radiation exposure from Fukushima — Complains media are not reporting his findings
Title: Put children before politics
Source: SENTAKU MAGAZINE via Japan Times
Date: Feb. 14, 2012
[…] A medical doctor working in the contaminated area has said the government has been moving much too slowly to cope with the situation. […]
The municipal hospital at Minami-Soma, about 30 km from the nuclear plant, measured 100,000 counts per minute on clothing from some patients.
Tomoyoshi Oikawa, a doctor at the hospital, has complained that even though he has time and again talked about the exposure of patients to high-level radiation, most media has not reported his findings. […]
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58,000 Bq/Kg of Cesium in Recycled Farm Soil in Chiba: Unthinking, Mind-Numbing Urge to Recycle Even After Nuclear Disaster
A “third sector” company in Chiba was recycling the soil from the plastic greenhouses and selling it to plant nurseries, until 57,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was found recently.
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