Day 380 “Mankind should learn from this history…”

Where to start today….

Tokyo Soil Samples Would Be Considered Nuclear Waste In The US

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English subtitles have now been added to the German documentary, “The Fukushima Lie”

h/t ENENEWS:

German TV: Armageddon if Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 collapses and melts down — Could change the world — Most likely consequence is that reactors 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 get out of control — Interview with nuclear engineer (VIDEO)

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Something I found on a Fukushima discussion list (and all of this sitting atop a country riddles with fault lines, many of which are quite active):

Chernobyl 1 reactor, no mox, no fuel pools, 50 tons, 19 days…..Fukushima 4 to 8 reactors, mox, 2 – 5 fuel pools, 3,700 tons just at Daiichi, 13 months. Chernobyl had 180 tons but only 50 went up. They entombed the other 130.

“That totals 4277 tons of nuclear fuel at Fukushima.” from http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-amount-of-radioactive-fuel-at-fukushima-dwarfs-chernobyl.html

and from Scientific American … total maybe 2500 tonnes …

pools at each reactor are thought to have contained the following amounts of spent fuel, according to The Mainichi Daily News:

• Reactor No. 1: 50 tons of nuclear fuel

• Reactor No. 2: 81 tons

• Reactor No. 3: 88 tons

• Reactor No. 4: 135 tons

• Reactor No. 5: 142 tons

• Reactor No. 6: 151 tons

• Also, a separate ground-level fuel pool contains 1,097 tons of fuel; and some 70 tons of nuclear materials are kept on the grounds in dry storage.

The reactor cores themselves contain less than 100 tons of fuel,

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nuclear-fuel-fukushima

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Radiation fears still high in Japan

http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/national/watch/28578668/radiation-fears-still-high-in-japan/

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From EX-SKF (Japanese sections omitted):

Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Leak from Reverse Osmosis Apparatus (Desalination), Probably High Tritium and Beta Contamination

Another leak at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, and no one cares. Not even TEPCO cares, as the leak was first found at 8:30AM on March 26, but there will be no press conference (now it’s once a day) until 6PM.From TEPCO’s email on March 26, 2012 sent out to reporters who have signed up for email notices (from Ryuichi Kino‘s tweets):

Today (March 26) at 8:30AM, an affiliate company worker discovered a leak from the pipe (pressure hose) that transports concentrated water from the reverse osmosis apparatus to the storage tank.

To stop the leak, we stopped the operation of the reverse osmosis apparatus. The leak from the pipe has stopped almost completely. Part of the leaked water has gone into the nearby drain. We are investigating whether the water leaked outside the plant.

Kino’s comments:

The reverse osmosis apparatus is to desalinate the water from the cesium absorption towers like SARRY and Kurion so that the water could be injected back into the reactors. According to TEPCO’s email, the concentrated salt water after the reverse osmosis is leaking. Probably high concentration of radioactive materials except for cesium, particularly all beta radioactivity.

The leak was discovered at 8:30 in the morning. When there was a TEPCO press conference at 11AM a new development like this was explained in the press conference. Now there is only one press conference in the evening, so the newspapers and TV will separately ask TEPCO’s PR department. I think it would be better for TEPCO to make an official announcement…

Well, let’s see from TEPCO’s own information what kind of radioactive materials exist in what concentration in the water after being treated in the reverse osmosis apparatus.

From TEPCO’s handout for the press on February 29, 2012, the water after being treated by the reverse osmosis (desalination) had:

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/japans-top-nuclear-official-freezes-when-asked-question-remains-motionless-minute-video

Watch: Japan’s top nuclear official freezes when questioned — Remains motionless for over a minute (VIDEO)

Title: Japan: “Hurry up! Restart the Oi nuclear power plants!”

Uploaded by: pejorativeglut via grigri6075
Date: Mar 24, 2012

From 2:24 – 3:33 in

Speaking to Haruki Madarame, Chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan: “If today’s meeting is about safety please answer my question.”

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New fault lines discovered, could cause M8~9 quake

That there are two large active faults that had not been known so far off the Boso Peninsula it was found in the study of a research group at Toyo University.

Professor Watanabe of Toyo University along with researchers from Hiroshima University and others analyzed the data of the seafloor topography of the coast line. According to the survey results, the seabed of the Pacific Ocean hundreds of kilometers or more away from the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula, more than 300 kilometers to the east, there is at least 160 km of parallel active faults.

If each of the faults move at the same time, there is a possibility of an earthquake of magnitude 8-9.

房総沖に大活断層、M8~9地震も

TBS系(JNN) 3月26日(月)12時14分配信

房総半島沖にこれまで知られていなかった2つの大規模な活断層があることが東洋大学などの研究グループの調査でわかりました。

これは東洋大学の渡辺満久教授や広島大学などの研究グループが海上保安庁の海底地形のデータなどを解析し明らかになったものです。調査結果によりますと、房総半島の南端から百数十キロ以上離れた太平洋の海底に、並行する形で東側に300キロ以上、西側に少なくとも160キロの活断層があることがわかりました。

一度にそれぞれの断層全体が動けば、いずれもマグニチュード8~9の地震を起こす可能性があるということです。

渡辺教授は「これまでノーマークの活断層で、詳しく調査すべきだ」としています。(26日10:40)

最終更新:3月26日(月)19時1分

TBS News i

With news video in Japanese at:

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/jnn?a=20120326-00000015-jnn-soci

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Maggie Gundersen speaks at UVM regarding similarities between VY and Fukushima Daiichi

h/t ENENEWS

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Japan down to one nuclear reactor after Niigata shutdown

Japan down to one nuclear reactor after Niigata shutdown

TOKYO —

Japan was Monday left with only one working nuclear reactor after Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) shuttered its final generator for scheduled safety checks.

The vast utility’s entire stock of 17 reactors are now idle, including three units that suffered a meltdown when the tsunami hit Fukushima, as Japan warily eyes a spike in electricity demand over the hot and humid summer.

The 1.35-million-kilowatt No. 6 reactor at TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant “stopped generating electricity at 23:59 Sunday, and its reactor was suspended at 1:46 Monday,” TEPCO spokesman Osamu Yokokura told AFP.

The No. 6 reactor is expected to undergo checks for several months, “but it depends on the result of checks and if we find some defects it may take more time to fix them,” Yokokura said.

Only one of Japan’s 54 units—in Tomari, Hokkaido—is still working. A spokesman for Hokkaido Electric Power Co, the operator of the Tomari facility, said its No. 3 reactor “will go through a regular check up from May 5, which is expected to end in August.”

Article continues at:

http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/tepcos-last-operating-nuclear-reactor-goes-offline-for-maintenance

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TEPCO at Atomic Energy Society of Japan: Reactor 2 May Have Leaked Radioactive Materials from Heat-Damaged Containment Vessel Seal

 4 TEPCO researchers attending the Spring Conference of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ) made their presentation on the first day of the Conference on March 19.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/03/tepco-at-atomic-energy-society-of-japan.html

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Nuclear industry group paid 7.9 million yen to 4 scholars on Fukui panel

FUKUI — An Osaka-based nuclear power industry group with strong ties to Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) paid four members of a 12-member Fukui prefectural nuclear safety advisory panel a total of 7.9 million yen in contributions between fiscal 2006 and 2010, the Mainichi has learned.

The Fukui prefectural panel is tasked with giving Fukui Prefecture, home to over a dozen nuclear reactors, technical advice, including guidance related to decisions on the restart of idled KEPCO nuclear power plants.

According to the Osaka-based Kansai nuclear power council (Kan Gen Kon), it gave the money to the four in the form of research grants. They are Fukui University professor Yoshinobu Izumi, who received 300,000 yen in fiscal 2010, Osaka University professor Kazutoshi Nishimoto, who received 3.6 million yen between fiscal 2006 and 2008, former Kyoto University professor Kaichiro Mishima who received 3 million yen between 2006 and 2007 and Nagoya University professor Akio Yamamoto, who received 1 million yen between fiscal 2009 and 2010.

Article continues at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120326p2a00m0na005000c.html

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Fear of radiation from Fukushima accident led to psychiatric disorder hospitalizations

Some 24.4 percent of people who were hospitalized in Fukushima with psychiatric disorders in the wake of the outbreak of the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant had done so possibly because of fears of radiation exposure, according to the results of research conducted by psychiatrists at Fukushima Medical University.

It has also been found that of all the outpatients at 27 hospitals in Fukushima Prefecture, 30 percent of them visited hospital apparently for reasons related to the nuclear crisis, according to the research conducted by psychiatrist Akira Wada and others at Fukushima Medical University. There is no data available in the world on the effects of nuclear accidents on psychiatric diseases that were taken immediately after a nuclear accident, and therefore Fukushima Medical University plans to conduct a follow-up study on the effects on patients of the major nuclear accident and prolonged lives as evacuees.

Article continues at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120326p2a00m0na011000c.html

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The Hot Particle Hypothesis: A Status Report

Presented at the American Nuclear Society’s Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, by Thomas B. Cochran, Natural Rescources Defense Council, June, 1975

http://docs.nrdc.org/nuclear/files/nuc_75110101A_12.pdf

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