Day 356 “They were my favorite clothes. That made me sad.”

“Japan’s children of the tsunami ” BBC program in full. First aired 1st March 2012

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15-Year-Old Kokoro Fujinami’s Speech & Song at Anti-Nuke Rally in Tokyo (Feb/11/2012)
(via http://www.senrinomichi.com/)
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http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A105.pdf

AUDIO: US gov’t experts think melted fuel rods landed in water under Reactor No. 2, causing STEAM explosion — Pressure dropped dramatically at same time — Clear indications primary containment lost

I keep telling them, “No, you don’t know the scenario,” but you know, somebody might want to call DOE and tell them to tell their labs to cool it, because the last thing we want is the labs going off, talking to the press, talking about consequences and all sorts of other stuff, because you know, they’re chomping at the bit, to do something, and I’m not sure, Eliot, maybe you’ve got a point of contact up there at DOE?

Read the entire article at:

http://enenews.com/nrc-weve-stop-labs-testing-fukushima-radiation-directors-knock-doe-cool-worried-about-talking-press-about-consequences

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And from Enformable:

NRC worried about US National Labs “chomping at the bit” to help with Fukushima Radiation analysis – Call lab directors and say “Knock it off”

http://enformable.com/2012/02/nrc-worried-about-us-national-labs-chomping-at-the-bit-to-help-with-fukushima-radiation-analysis-call-lab-directors-and-say-knock-it-off/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Enformable+%28Enformable%29

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And… you can find the entire transcript of telephone conversations from Monday, March 14, 2011 at the Official Proceedings of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (sample pictured above) at:

http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML120

52A105.pdf

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Just Published: Worst radiation plume from Fukushima was blown over Tokyo on March 14-15 — “This was the main deposition event over Japan for the entire disaster” — Large fractions of cesium deposited on land

[…] We explore the main dispersion and deposition patterns of the radioactive cloud, both regionally for Japan as well as for the entire Northern Hemisphere. While at first sight it seemed fortunate that westerly winds prevailed most of the time during the accident, a different picture emerges from our detailed analysisExactly during and following the period of the strongest 137Cs emissions on 14 and 15 March as well as after another period with strong emissions on 19 March, the radioactive plume was advected over Eastern Honshu Island, where precipitation deposited a large fraction of 137Cs […]

14 March 2011.

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The winds transported the FD-NPP emissions towards the Pacific Ocean most of the time, while Japan was affected only occasionally. While this seemed like a relatively fortunate situation for Japan during the accident event, a different picture emerges from our detailed analysis. Exactly during and following the period of the highest 137Cs emission rates on 14 and 15 March, the FD-NPP plume was advected towards Japan and affected large areas in the east of Honshu Island. The advection towards Japan was triggered by a developing cyclone, which produced precipitation on 15 March, leading to the deposition of large fractions of the airborne 137Cs over Japanese land.
Read the entire article at:
And download the study

Xenon-133 and caesium-137 releases into the atmosphere from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: determination of the source term, atmospheric dispersion, and deposition 

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Fukushima: Far More ‘Chronic and Lasting’ Cesium Contamination Than Previously Believed

– Common Dreams staff

A “mind-boggling” amount of radioactive cesium, or twice the amount previously thought, may have spewed from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 11, 2011 meltdown, Japanese scientists said Wednesday.

Workers begin pouring cement onto the seabed at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 28. (Eiji Hori)

Also, French scientists announced Tuesday that the amount of cesium released caused a chronic and lasting contamination of the environment. It was essential for Japan to maintain vigilant monitoring of fruit, milk, mushrooms, game and fish, they said.

According to the United States Geological Survey, it took only 18 days for the radioactive particles from Fukushima to circle the globe.

In Vermont, state officials have just confirmed finding trace amounts of Fukushima’s cesium-134 and cesium-137. The state said they would continue the collection of samples from surface and drinking water, milk, vegetation and maple products.

Article continues at:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/03/01-1

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NGO: Glowing blue tap water reported in Minamisoma, just north of meltdowns

http://enenews.com/ngo-glowing-blue-tap-water-reported-in-minamisoma-just-north-of-meltdowns-cesium-derives-from-latin-word-for-sky-blue#comment-213763

Bansho @HCR_OPCOM on March 1, 2012, translated by Fukushima Diary

核-原子力事故救援NGO HCR [Heart Care Rescue], Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) · Minamisoma-shi, Fukushima, Japan

[Attention to tap water] Tap water glows blue. A Minamisoma citizen reported emergency. From hearing about, tap water turn to be blow, looks like it’s glowing at the bottom of bathtub. Citizens got worried, called waterworks department of the city government but they declined checking it.

“In 1860, Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchhoff discovered caesium in the mineral water from Dürkheim, Germany. Due to the bright blue lines in its emission spectrum, they chose a name derived from the Latin word caesius, meaning sky-blue.” (SOURCE)

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Tainted water still major problem at Fukushima nuke plant 1 year after meltdowns

In this May 27, 2011 photo released on June 2, 2011 by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), temporary storage tanks for low-level radioactive polluted waters used for temporary cooling system in Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, are shown. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
In this May 27, 2011 photo released on June 2, 2011 by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), temporary storage tanks for low-level radioactive polluted waters used for temporary cooling system in Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, are shown. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)

As Japan prepares to mark the first anniversary of the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the facility remains plagued with problems despite Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s declaration that the crisis has been brought under control.

In order to decommission reactors No. 1 through 4 at the crippled plant, it is imperative to improve the work environment by draining and decontaminating areas submerged in radioactive water as much as possible. The flow of ground water into these areas, however, means making such operations a reality is a long way off.

 Article continues at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120302p2a00m0na015000c.html

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Next Big One terrorizes 50% of Tokyo residents; other half’s concerns lesser

Kyodo

More than half of Tokyo’s residents are disturbed by the thought of the next Great Kanto Earthquake striking the capital, a police survey showed Thursday.

Some 94.3 percent of Tokyoites polled expressed some form of concern over a disastrous earthquake and tsunami devastating the capital, and 52.5 percent strongly feared such a scenario, according to the survey.

The Metropolitan Police Department survey covered 2,561 residents who visited police offices in Tokyo last October for license renewals.

On disaster preparation, 82.8 percent of respondents said they had bought flashlights in anticipation of a massive temblor striking Tokyo, while 66.1 percent said they had purchased radios and 65.1 percent drinkable water, according to the metropolitan police.

If the next Great Kanto Earthquake strikes when the respondents are not at home, 44.5 percent said they would return home at any cost and 45.4 percent said they would not.

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Reforms spark generational battle within TEPCO

A generational battle is now raging within Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) over corporate restructuring.

In December last year, a five-page document titled “Code Name: Hope” circulated within TEPCO headquarters, then the prime target of government plans to restructure the electric power industry.

Article continues at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120302p2a00m0na014000c.html

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Near an Elementary School in Yokohama Caused by Adjacent Business Washing Air Filters?

NHK News reports that 6.85 microsieverts/hour radiation detected at one centimeter off the ground at what used to be a sewer right next to the school yard in an elementary school in Yokohama City last month may have been caused by the waste water from a facilities management company on the other side of the drain.

The soil in the sewer was found to contain 62,900 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium (according toSankei Shinbun, 2/3/2012 in Japanese).

The company has been washing the air filters from air conditioning systems in buildings and factories in Kanagawa Prefecture, and apparently dumping the waste water into the drain.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/03/high-radiation-level-near-elementary.html

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Video of Reactor 2’s Operation Floor (5th Floor) by Quince No.2

Quince No.2 took the video on February 27, 2012.

Photos and video at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/03/video-of-reactor-2s-operation-floor-4th.html

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Mass media under scrutiny on 1st anniversary of 3/11 disasters

Domestic and foreign mass media are under close scrutiny as Japan prepares to mark the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami and subsequent crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Professors of journalism and media experts took the podium at the Japan National Press Club on March 1 to report their initial findings on how Japanese and foreign newspapers, TV networks and, to a lesser extent, social media like Twitter performed as the March 2011 disasters — including the worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown — unfolded.

Article continues at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120302p2a00m0na013000c.html

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Defiant Nuclear Safety Commission chief says he will quit post

Haruki Madarame, chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission, responds to a question from Hiroshi Kajiyama of the largest opposition Liberal Democratic Party, before the House of Representatives Budget Committee on March 1. (Mainichi)
Haruki Madarame, chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission, responds to a question from Hiroshi Kajiyama of the largest opposition Liberal Democratic Party, before the House of Representatives Budget Committee on March 1. (Mainichi)

Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC) Chairman Haruki Madarame has said he will definitely step down as NSC chief once a new nuclear regulatory agency is established in April.

Madarame made the comment during testimony before the House of Representatives Budget Committee on March 1 after lower house member Hiroshi Kajiyama of the largest opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) demanded his resignation. Kajiyama had assailed Madarame for suggesting that it is inappropriate for Japan to issue evacuation orders based on System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI) data. SPEEDI predicts how radioactive substances will spread.

Kajiyama called Madarame “irresponsible” and asked him, “Why don’t you resign?”

Article continues at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120302p2a00m0na002000c.html

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Event:

Physicians for Global Survival

More information at:

http://pgs.ca/?page_id=89

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