Day 352 Stand together, stand strong!

700 form human chain calling for decommissioning of Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant

A human chain surrounds the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant on Feb. 26. (Mainichi)

A human chain surrounds the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant on Feb. 26. (Mainichi)

TOKAI, Ibaraki — About 700 protesters surrounded the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant on Feb. 26, making calls against reactivating the plant and demanding the plant be decommissioned.

The human chain took place around Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Feb. 26. The plant has been suspended for regular inspections.

Stretching nearly 1 kilometer long, participants formed the human chain hand in hand, calling against the reactivation of the Tokai No. 2 nuclear plant and for the decommissioning of the plant.

Article continues at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120227p2a00m0na005000c.html

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Video of Daiichi from a flyover taker on 26 Feb 2012:

http://www.47news.jp/movie/general_national/post_6354/

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Pollen will be contaminated at least for 4 years

Posted by Mochizuki on February 26th, 2012

Following up this article ..Cesium pollen started attacking Tokyo

Full-time lecturer, Noguchi from Nihon university says, Japanese cedar takes 4 years to change the leaves.

Until they change them, the pollen will be contaminated.

Tepco measured about 90,000 Bq/kg of cesium from the soil of the sea ground in front of reactor 5 and 6.

Foresty agency announced they measured 253,000 Bq/Kg from the pollen in Namie machi, which is about 3 times higher than the sea ground soil.

Source

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All the cattle stillborn in a farm of Fukushima

Posted by Mochizuki on February 26th, 2012

拡散→須賀川の酪農家の所で、事故後生まれた子牛は20数頭のうちすべてが死産だったそうです。これは実際に取材に行っている方からきいたお話しです。何も起こらなければそれにこしたことはないけれど・・・。何も起こらない保証はどこにもありません。

— 渡辺(母子避難がんばっぺ) (@k1976k1976) February 26, 2012

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After 311, 20 cattle were born at a farm of Sukagawa but all of them were stillbirths. It is confirmed by a reporter.

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Sukagawa shi is about 50km away from Fukushima plants.

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Fertilizer mixed with potassium helps cut down amount of cesium in brown rice

TSUKUBA, Ibaraki — Fertilizer mixed with potassium can greatly reduce the amount of radioactive cesium absorbed by brown rice from contaminated rice paddies, researchers at the National Agricultural Research Center have found.

Officials at the research center based in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, said they succeeded in cutting down the amount of cesium absorbed by brown rice by up to 50 percent after they used potassium-laced fertilizer in contaminated paddies in four prefectures, though the results differed depending on soil characteristics. Potassium is known to be easily absorbed by plants.

Article continues at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120227p2a00m0na002000c.html

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Fukushima I Nuke Plant: High-Radiation Leak from the Welded Pipe in SARRY

A small leak was found in one of the two lines of Toshiba/IHI/Shaw’s cesium absorption system “SARRY” on February 25, 2012. SARRY is housed inside the Miscellaneous Solid Waste Volume Reduction Treatment Building (so you don’t need to scream “another frozen pipe!). TEPCO says the leak was about 10 liters.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/02/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-high-radiation.html

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Patients fell victim as Fukushima hospitals were isolated in wake of nuclear disaster

On March 15, 2011, four days after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami hit, the government ordered residents within 20 to 30 kilometers of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant to stay indoors following hydrogen explosions at the plant a day earlier.

Futaba Hospital in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, which was already under orders to evacuate, had trouble finding another medical institution to transport patients. As a result, patients started dying one after the other, making the situation at the Prime Minister’s Office tense.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano and others said that patients within 30 kilometers of the crippled nuclear power plant were safe so long as they stayed indoors. They ordered officials concerned to secure hospitals to accommodate fleeing patients in case of another explosion.

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Jogan quake report worried utilities

Tsunami alert softened days before 3/11

Kyodo

Just days before the Great East Japan Earthquake, a government panel softened the wording of a report warning that a massive tsunami could strike northeastern Japan after three utilities with nuclear power plants begged it to do so, it has been learned.

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Closer view: Reactors 1 through 4 are viewed from a helicopter Sunday about 3 km away from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. The no-fly zone over the plant was reduced to a radius of 3 km at midnight Friday. KYODO

According to interviews and documents made available Saturday, staff from Tokyo Electric Power Co., Tohoku Electric Power Co. and Japan Atomic Power Co. asked the secretariat of the Earthquake Research Committee to alter the draft of the report at a meeting on March 3, 2011.

The report suggested a massive tsunami similar to the one triggered by the Jogan Earthquake in 869 could be spawned off Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, they said. The Jogan quake had an estimated magnitude of 8.3 and killed about 1,000 people.

A final version of the report has yet to be released in light of the earthquake and tsunami that actually hit the region eight days later, but some members of the committee called the revelation “unbelievable.”

The three utilities asked the secretariat in the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry to change the wording to avoid giving people the “misunderstanding” that massive quakes similar to the Jogan quake actually occurred in the past.

In reply, the secretariat told the three utilities, “We’re not changing the context but we’re going to do something so it may not induce such misunderstanding.”

A few days later the ministry revised the draft. The reworded version said “further study” is required to decide if massive quakes similar to the Jogan quake took place because “appropriate data are insufficient.”

Mayors snub ministers

Kyodo

A meeting between the government and municipalities near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant was canceled Sunday after three mayors boycotted it because the government allegedly told the media of the specifics of the meeting before telling them.

Futaba Mayor Katsutaka Idogawa said: “I strongly mistrust the government . . . So I have made a momentous decision not to attend the meeting” with Environment Minister Goshi Hosono and Tatsuo Hirano, minister in charge of reconstruction from the March 2011 disasters.

The mayors of the towns of Hirono and Namie followed suit.

The leaders of eight towns and villages, including Futaba, Hirono and Namie, were expected to discuss how to eliminate radioactive materials leaked by the plant and explore ways to build temporary storage facilities for contaminated soil.

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5th Hearing of the NAIIC Investigation of Fukushima I Nuke Plant Accident

The 2-hour hearing just ended. The former NRC Chairman Richard A. Meserve appeared in front of the panel.

NAIIC stands for Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission set up by the National Diet of Japan.

Article continues with video at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/02/5th-hearing-of-naiic-investigation-of.html

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NRC officials suspected a ‘detonation’ at Reactor No. 1 weeks before Gundersen postulated that scenario at No. 3

http://enenews.com/nrc-suspected-detonation-at-reactor-no-1-weeks-before-gundersen-postulated-such-a-scenario-at-no-3

Title: Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi ET Audio File

Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Date: March 12, 2011
Emphasis Added

Detonation on Page 32

Dan Dorman, deputy director for engineering at the NRC’s office of nuclear reactor regulation: Good morning, Chairman.

CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Good morning.

MR. DORMAN: Sir, we’re watching videos on the TV, that show what looks like adetonation of the Unit 1 reactor building at Daiichi. It’s an initial short duration pulse, like an explosion, followed by a large cloud, and then there is some subsequent footage, showing what appears to be the frames of the building that — the upper walls around the — what would be the metal frame work above the refueling level, its been opened up to the eye beams.

So, this is our significant breaking worse, that you asked us to call you.

CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Okay.

MR. DORMAN: We have not gotten any direct reporting. We’re just — we’re still working off of what we got on the media, but it is a very disturbing image.

CHAIRMAN JACZKO: What would you — how would you characterize that? What does it mean?

MR. DORMAN: Well, what we’re inferring from that image is that it’s a catastrophic failure of the primary containment.

Detonation on Page 144

MR. McDERMOTT: […] If you’ve seen the media coverage from over the evening, the most significant development is shown pretty vividly on some of the video. There was, at the Unit 1 reactor, an explosion of some time, that took off the core (inaudible) metal siding on the refueling floor level. They’re reporting that we’re seeing, as confirmed by emails from a variety of different sources, seem to indicate that the explosion took place in the secondary containment and that the primary containment, as well as the reactor coolant system remain in tact. There is speculation that perhaps, it was some type of hydrogendetonation, although we do not have any confirmation for this, at this point.

Deflagration on Page 58

MR. DORMAN: — and I am not envisioning how a turbine building event, that’s being postulated by others, would cause the damage that I’m currently looking at on the Unit 1 reactor building.

CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Okay.

MR. DORMAN: The other issue that we’ve raised is that the apparent mode of force for such an event in the turbine building would be hydrogen that cooled the turbine, and we don’t see any deflagration issue, in terms of —

CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Okay.

MR. DORMAN: — we don’t see any flame —

CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Right, which you’d see from a hydrogen explosion.

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The elephants are coming : say hello to the Makenai-Zô

Feb 23rd, 2012 by Senrinomichi

Senrinomichi is proud that the documentary film 311: In the moment will be screened for the first time outside the festival circuit during our commemoration event 明日の為に Pour demain (For tomorrow) on March 11. We are honored that the film will be screened in the presence of its director, Kyoko Gasha, who has kindly agreed to participate in a question and answer session after the screening.

311: In the moment tells the story of women living in the areas worst affected by the triple disaster which struck Japan on March 11 last year. During the film, you can discover the story of the Makenai-Zô.

Makenai-Zô is a hand towel in the form of an elephant. In Japanese, “Makenai-Zô” means “We’ll never give-up”, while  “Zo” by itself means “elephant”; this play on words gives this elephant-shaped towel – that you can hang in your kitchen or bathroom – its unique name. By adopting an elephant, you give hope to one or more of the hundreds of thousands of people made homeless following the triple disaster which struck north eastern Japan last March.

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