Day 348 Henry, you can’t cover Fukushima Prefecture with concrete.

As someone pointed out, these are not just “chickens”. Chicken is a kind of meat. These were hens, living, breathing creatures who did not deserve to die of starvation.

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At least 4.37 million chickens died from lack of feed after quake shut ports

In this Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, photo, the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, is seen at dusk almost six months after it was destroyed by the March 11 tsunami. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

In this Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, photo, the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, is seen at dusk almost six months after it was destroyed by the March 11 tsunami. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

After the Great East Japan Earthquake damaged and closed ports, at least 4.37 million chickens being raised in Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures died, leading to a shortage of eggs in eastern Japan.

Japan depends on imports for three quarters of its chicken feed, but the damage to the ports cut supplies to northeast Japan and the northern Kanto region. Additionally, prices for corn, which accounts for half of the feed, have jumped across the world as corn is repurposed for use in bioethanol fuel. The earthquake revealed the fragility of import-dependent livestock farming, and the status of the egg as a low-priced commodity looks like it could change.

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Children’s radiation doses to guide decontamination in Fukushima Pref. city

SOMA, Fukushima — City authorities here will prioritize decontamination of areas where children’s external radiation exposure is estimated to be 2 millisieverts or more per year, it has been learned.

The Soma Municipal Government made the decision on Feb. 22. The city will also offer medical consultations to local residents.

“It’s important to detect how much radiation children were exposed to and respond appropriately,” said Soma Mayor Hidekiyo Tachiya. “Based on the measured values, we will set priorities in carrying out effective decontamination work.”


At schools in mountainous areas where the airborne radiation doses stood at 1 microsievert per hour, some 50 percent of elementary school children and approximately 70 percent of junior high school students registered 2 millisieverts or more. Even at schools in the plains, where the airborne radiation doses were relatively low at 0.2 to 0.4 microsieverts per hour, several children were found to have been exposed to 2 millisieverts or more of radiation. The results indicate that the exposure levels vary depending on areas as well as individuals.

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Cesium found 640 km off Fukushima in June


SALT LAKE CITY — Radioactivity from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster has been detected as far away as 643 km offshore in the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists say ocean water showed readings of up to 1,000 times prior levels of cesium-137 from the stricken Fukushima plant. But they say the new readings are far below the levels that are generally considered harmful, either to marine animals or people who eat seafood.

The results are from water samples taken in June, about three months after the disaster caused by a powerful earthquake and the tsunami that followed.

The findings were reported Tuesday at a scientific meeting in the United States.

Answer: Pave the seabed


Tokyo Electric Power Co. said on Tuesday it will cover the seabed near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant with cement and clay to prevent the spread of highly radioactive substances deposited there by a water leak at the plant last April.

Construction of a two-layer 70,000-sq.-meter cover will begin this month and is scheduled to take three to four months to complete, it said.

Tepco expects the cover to last 50 years.

The move is aimed at preventing waves and turbulence generated by ships using the port from disturbing radioactive material near the plant, which has been crippled since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.


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