Day 376 Straight from the horse’s mouth

A very basic explanation of “Radiation Risk”, giving definitions for the current buzzwords: becquerel, sievert, millirem, dose rates, gamma and beta rays, etc., at:

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/nuclear/radrisk.html

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New book:

Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan

Response and Recovery after Japan’s 3/11

Edited by Jeff Kingston

Published 2nd March 2012 by Routledge – 304 pages

Available at Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0415698561/sr=8-1/qid=1332296332/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1332296332&sr=8-1&seller=

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More on the German report (via a contributor to the Safecast listserv)

      Ex-Prime Minister Kan said in an interview with German ZDF TV that pro nuclear forces coerced him into resigning from his post because he challenged them (by proposing that nuclear energy is phased out). From 3:01 in the following video:

http://kingo999.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-546.html

      He explained that those who speak of the danger of nuclear power have increasingly been harassed in various ways over past 10 to 20 years, and that any university researcher who talks about the risk of nuclear power won’t have the opportunity to be promoted (to any higher position). If a lawmaker questions the safety of nuclear power, he or she would lose financial support, while those in favour of promoting nuclear power are far more likely to be secured financial support. The network of the pro nuclear forces not only comprise of the political community, but also extends to the fields of culture, professional sports, and mass media. They have created an environment in which no-one publicly is able to criticise nuclear power. He said that whole country is trapped by the network of the pro nuclear forces. (10:49~ in the video)
      The German program starts with two German journalists sneaking into the No-Go Zone together with an ex resident by hiding their appearance in protective clothing. The video is in German language with Japanese subtitles, although some of the interviews are conducted in English.
      One section of the video shows an interview with Kei Sugaoka, recorded in San Francisco, a former GE chief inspector who found several technical problems with the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi, including a large crack in reactor #1 as well as wrongly positioned equipment in the reactor building. TEPCO demanded that he remain silent regarding his findings, and that video footage showing the problems get edited to delete these parts of the video.
      10 years later, after he had left GE, he reported the problems that he had found to the Japanese authorities. However, it was covered up and the authorities  reported his name to TEPCO.
      The TV crews visited Eisaku Sato, ex Governor of Fukushima, who had been made aware of safety violations of the Fukushima reactors while he was the Governor several years earlier, and eventually turned against its operation. He was politically terminated by a fabricated illegal land sale case involving him and his brother (of which they were legally cleared later). People working for him were pressured to discredit him and they were harassed if they refused. Two or three of them attempted to commit suicide, and one of them is still in a coma.
      The German reporter also visited a seismologist who speaks about possible big future earthquakes estimated at up to 4000 gal, while the current nuclear power plants in Japan are designed for 300 to 600 gal. Then the reporter met with TEPCO personnel and asked them if their nuclear power plants can withstand the next big quake?  He asked: “Do you think the TEPCO is sufficiently prepared to operate nuclear power plants in Japan?” There was a long pause. One of them finally said “It’s hard to answer that question.” (27:40~)
      (This report is based on the Japanese subtitles of the German language video “Die Fukushima-Lüge” by ZDF television.)

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Radioactive cesium detected in submarine organisms in waters off Fukushima

Some submarine organisms in waters off Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, carried radioactive cesium exceeding the government-imposed provisional limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram, a discovery that shed some light on radioactive substances from the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex transferring along the food chain, researchers said.

They detected 854 becquerels of cesium per kilogram in echinocardium cordatum, or the sea potato, which is a kind of sea urchin, and 471 becquerels per kilogram of cesium in sand worms. The researcher conducted a similar research in the same area in October 2011 and detected 582 becquerels of cesium per kilogram in echinocardium cordatum and 328 becquerels of cesium per kilogram in sand worms. The research results were unveiled in Tokyo on March 21. Deep-sea fish such as flounder feed on sand worms.

Read the entire article at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120322p2a00m0na013000c.html

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Education Ministry okays teaching nuclear risks

Japan’s education ministry is revising what its subsidies on energy education can cover following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The ministry has decided to offer funds to municipalities whose schools teach the danger of nuclear accidents and other disadvantages of nuclear power generation.

Until now, the subsidies only covered programs that help students better understand the use of nuclear energy.

The ministry will also lift its requirement on local authorities to devote more than 30 percent of energy education funds to nuclear power. Lifting the requirement will allow schools to allocate more money to programs on alternative energy.

Local authorities can use the subsidies to pay for learning materials and administrative fees.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:56 +0900 (JST)

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“Just lost Peoria”

Fukushima Pref. deleted 5 days of radiation dispersion data just after meltdowns

The Fukushima Prefectural Government revealed on March 21 that it deleted five days of early radiation dispersion data almost entirely unread in the wake of the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The data from the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI) — intended to predict the spread of radioactive contamination, information vital for issuing evacuation advisories — was emailed to the prefectural government by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

According to the prefecture’s disaster countermeasure office, just after the March 2011 quake and tsunami, its dedicated SPEEDI terminal was unable to receive data due to effects of the disasters. Therefore, prefectural officials asked the Nuclear Safety Technology Center, which operates SPEEDI, to send data via email on March 12, 2011 — one day into the nuclear crisis. The Nuclear Safety Technology Center then sent the data hourly starting at 11:54 p.m. that day. The Fukushima Prefectural Government, however, deleted all the data it received from March 12 to about 9 a.m. March 16.

“We failed to share the information amid all the confusion, and the fact that we had asked for the information to be sent by email hadn’t been shared within the countermeasure office,” said Yoshihiro Koyama, head of the prefecture’s nuclear safety measures section. “We have not been able to confirm when the data was deleted and by who.”

Read the entire article at:
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Tokyo Shinbun: “Fukushima Prefecture Deleted SPEEDI Emails”

It is just unbelievable.

Tokyo Shinbun reports that an unnamed official in the Fukushima prefectural government deleted emails that were received between March 11 and March 15, 2011 which contained SPEEDI simulations.

Why? Because, as this official claims,

  1. He didn’t notice there were such emails;
  2. The emails were taking up too much space in the computer.

The excuses may have been somewhat believable in the early 1990s. I guess it is possible that the Fukushima prefectural government is still using Windows 3.1 on a stand-alone PC, dial-up internet connection, and a hard disk with a few megabyte storage.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/03/tokyo-shinbun-fukushima-prefecture.html

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Fuku 2 by StephanusEmbricanus at:

http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=fukushima&order=9&offset=240#/d3eztty

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Now They Tell Us: Fukushima’s Off-Site Center Didn’t Even Have a Map That Showed Areas Outside 10-Kilomter Radius From the Plant

Tokyo Shinbun has another incredible, unbelievable report on how the Japanese government worked (or rather, didn’t work) during the first 5 days of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident that started on March 11, 2011.

You’ve read about Fukushima Prefecture deleting the emails that had SPEEDI simulation graphics earlier. Now you’re about to learn about the Off-Site Centers.

The Off-Site Centers are located near the nuclear power plants, usually within 10 kilometers from a nuclear power plant. There are 16 of them in Japan, and in case of a nuclear emergency these Off-Site Centers act as the local headquarters for nuclear disaster response.

Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant had one, 5 kilometers west of the plant in Okuma-machi. The officials and the staff who manned the Off-Site Center in Okuma-machi fled the Center on March 15 as the radiation levels shot up to 1 millisievert/hour, leaving the mayors of towns and cities in the affected areas to fend for themselves without any actionable information from the Off-Site Center.

Not only that. The Tokyo Shinbun article says the Okuma-machi Off-Site Center didn’t even have a map that covered the areas outside the 10-kilometer radius from the plant. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency doesn’t have a plan to fit the Centers with maps that show outside the 10-kilometer radius, because no formal decision has been made to revise the nuclear emergency zoning.

Bureaucrats remain bureaucrats, no matter what. Particularly the Japanese variety. Not even the worst nuclear accident is likely to change them.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/03/now-they-tell-us-fukushimas-off-site.html

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Japan Atomic Power ignored data on fault threat at Fukui nuclear plant for years: researcher

kyodo

Japan Atomic Power Co. overlooked for seven years data from its sonic survey of 2005 finding that a fault running under its Tsuruga nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture could trigger an earthquake more serious than anticipated, a government-affiliated researcher alleged Wednesday.

The data’s importance was confirmed through recent re-examination by a team of researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

Earlier in March, Yuichi Sugiyama, leader of the team, said the Urazoko fault under the plant is at least 35 km long and could trigger a magnitude 7.4 quake. Earlier predictions had estimated the fault could produce a temblor releasing less than half that amount of energy.

 Article continues at:
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Disaster survivors find solace in singing

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120322_09.html

Survivors of last year’s March disaster prayed for reconstruction in an unusual way. They gathered in a train carriage that remains grounded one year after being hit by the tsunami and held a Karaoke party, singing songs.

A local non-profit group organized the event on Wednesday on the train disabled at a station in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture.

About 30 participants sang their favorite songs while eating lunch. They applauded when a song about a sole pine tree that survived the disaster was performed.

A woman in her 60s said thinking of the pine tree moved her to tears. She added singing with people who survived the disaster made her feel better.

Sanriku Railway says train stations and tracks were swept away by the tsunami. Operations for around two thirds of the rail lines remain suspended.

The Karaoke event on the train will be held once a month. The train will also be open for visitors to enjoy Karaoke for free on Sundays.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 10:01 +0900 (JST)

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Report: Plutonium ratio 200 times higher than gov’t claims, professor surprised — Detection made 50km south of Fukushima Daiichi (RESULTS)

Translation by: Google
Title: Detection of trace amounts of plutonium in nuclear power plant in Iwaki truth of the disaster area
Source: http://blade1024.blog.fc2.com
Date: March  21, 2012

at:

http://enenews.com/plutonium-ratio-200-times-higher-than-govt-claims-detected-50km-south-of-fukushima-daiichi-surprises-japan-professor-who-made-finding-results

 

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