Day 392 When in doubt, hit the “delete” key

News from today first. News from yesterday follows.

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

“(mainichi Japan) March 22, 2012”

The SPEEDI system is demonstrated at the Nuclear Safety Technology Center in Tokyo. (Pool)

The SPEEDI system is demonstrated at the Nuclear Safety Technology Center in Tokyo. (Pool)

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.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120322p2a00m0na012000c.html

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For Rachel Maddow fans…

MSNBC on Reactor No. 2: It is beyond human capability, “problem gets worse and worse and worse” — The really bad news is this is the good news, as they can’t even determine what is going on at Reactors No. 1 and 3 (VIDEO)

 http://enenews.com/msnbc-on-reactor-no-2-it-is-beyond-human-capability-problem-gets-worse-and-worse-and-worse-the-really-bad-news-is-this-is-the-good-news-as-they-cant-even-determine-what-is-going-on-at-reaTitle: Video: How do you solve a nuclear disaster?
Source: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show
Date: April 6, 2012

Transcript Summary At 5:30 in

  • You want the fuel to be covered with water to keep it cool and shield radiation
  • Expected 33 feet, only 2 feet of water in reactor
  • That’s very, very bad
  • A symptom that something is very wrong
  • It is also a cause of yet more going wrong there… There’s nothing shielding the radiation that’s coming out of that fuel
  • The current plan is to invent something new that doesnt exist yet
  • The thing that does not exist that can allow us to even try to fix this problem
  • The thing that we could imagine might be useful to fix this problem, we’re going to have to invent
  • While the problem gets worse and worse and worse
  • It is beyond human capability
  • The really bad news is this is the good news… can’t even get near
  • They can’t even go near No. 1 and 3 to inspect
  • Nuclear problems are problems we don’t know how to fix

View article and video at:

and watch Rachel at:
and…
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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/former-un-advisor-ive-been-told-maybe-50-years-to-contain-radiation-if-no-4-pool-collapses-during-50-years-continual-you-cannot-contain-video

Former UN adviser: If No. 4 pool collapses I’ve been told “during 50 years continual, you cannot contain” (VIDEO)

Statement by Akio Matsumura:

The crisis at the Fukushima-Daiichi power plants has not ended. While the first three reactors contained fuel and presented a serious threat since March 11, 2011, they have largely been contained. Reactor 4 contained no fuel when the earthquake hit. Instead, the spent fuel rods had been moved to a cooling pool on the second floor of the containment unit. […] If another high level earthquake hits the area, the building will certainly collapse. Japanese and American meteorologists have predicted that such a strong earthquake is indeed likely to hit this year.

The meltdown and unprecedented release of radiation that would ensue is the worst case scenario that then-Prime Minister Kan and other former officials have discussed in the past months. He warned during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos that such an accident would force the evacuation of the 35 million people in Tokyo, close half of Japan and compromise the nation’s sovereignty. Such a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe is unimaginable. […]

Title: Fukushima Reactor 4
Uploaded by: christopherjamescote
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2012
Description: Akio Matsumura talks about nuclear power plants, spent fuel pools, and the trouble with Reactor 4 at Fukushima.

At 2:30 in

Matsumura: People said to me more than 50 years it might take to contain radiation. So during 50 years radiation continue on… During 50 years continual, you cannot contain.

 
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Debate growing over ‘local’ reactor consent

Governors of prefectures without units seek greater say in process

 OSAKA — Dissent between those inside Fukui Prefecture who want two reactors in the town of Oi restarted quickly and those in adjacent prefectures who want to wait for stronger safety measures or are opposed altogether, highlights the dilemma Tokyo faces in obtaining local consent.
[snip]
At the heart of the debate is a question with legal and political ramifications for not only Fukui and Kansai, but other regions of the country that host or are near nuclear plants: What does local consent mean?
[snip]
Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa wants a restart but says Tokyo must convince him that adequate safety measures have been taken. At the same time, however, the governor has a number of pet projects, especially the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension project which, he hopes, will eventually connect Fukui with both Osaka and Tokyo by bullet train. Current plans are for the link between Nagano and Kanazawa in neighboring Ishikawa Prefecture to open in 2015.
But in Shiga, Kyoto and Osaka, politicians and antinuclear activists warn that rushing to restart could have dire consequences. Several point to a 2003 report by Kyoto Sangyo University economics professor Park Seung Joon, who estimated an accident involving Oi’s reactors 3 and 4 could create a radiation leak that would lead to 3.5 million cancer cases in a 50-km radius, including the northern part of the city of Kyoto.

More than 1 million people would die and total economic damage would come to ¥460 trillion, according to Park.

The prefectures surrounding Fukui have also expressed grave concern over how people living within 30 km of Fukui’s four commercial nuclear power plants would be evacuated.

Read the entire article at:
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Ministry of the Environment: “Tsunami Debris May Have Already Reached North America, Back in February…”

 Oops. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution just recently released a paper saying the debris may reach North America in 1 to 2 years (see Huffington Post, 4/3/2012).

Article continues at:

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Disaster Debris INSIDE NO ENTRY ZONE IN FUKUSHMA May Spread Far and Wide

because the Ministry of the Environment cares about free competition.

The Ministry of the Environment put out a notice asking for public comments, for 6 days instead of the normal 30 days, on the proposed revisions of the Special Law to deal with the contamination from radioactive materials.

What are the revisions proposed? The Ministry wants to allow waste disposal companies to dispose debris that is inside the 20-kilometer radius no-entry zone and planned evacuation zone (in Namie-machi, Iitate-mura for example) around Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, instead of the national government doing it.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/disaster-debris-inside-no-entry-zone-in.html

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Few new students as school year starts

Kyodo

NARAHA, Fukushima Pref. — About 700 elementary and junior high schools in Fukushima Prefecture held ceremonies Friday to kick off the new school year, but some have significantly fewer new students compared with last April.

About 34,450 students had entered elementary or junior high schools in the prefecture as of Friday, down 1,450 from the previous year, the prefecture’s education board said. Many relocated with their families to other areas of Japan to avoid radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Article continues at:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120407a6.html

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Relocation threatens to scatter, destroy bonds of tsunami-hit community

“(mainichi Japan) April 07, 2012”

Residents of temporary housing units are seen in the community of Nagahora in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. (Mainichi)

Residents of temporary housing units are seen in the community of Nagahora in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. (Mainichi)

RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate — The terrible destruction wrought by the March 2011 tsunami along Japan’s northeast Pacific coast has seen tens of thousands of people uprooted and scattered across a host of temporary housing complexes or new homes beyond the prefecture. The local community of Nagahora, however, managed to hold together after the disaster, on this city’s Hirota Peninsula.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120407p2a00m0na012000c.html

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Kochi Pref. eyes underground tsunami shelter

“(mainichi Japan) April 07, 2012”

KOCHI — Kochi Prefecture in western Japan has decided to look into the feasibility of an “underground shelter” project using submarine technology to protect residents from a tsunami of up to 34.4 meters — the height of the tallest wave an expert panel under the Cabinet Office predicts may strike the prefecture’s coast.

The Kochi Prefectural Government made the decision after concluding that the present scheme to build a tsunami evacuation tower cannot help residents along the prefecture’s coastal region to safely flee from such an enormous wave.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120407p2a00m0na015000c.html

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Future Tokyo quake could shake high-rise buildings at twice speed of March 2011 temblor

“(mainichi Japan) April 06, 2012”

Long-period ground motion generated by the Tokai, Tonankai and Nankai earthquakes that are predicted to jolt extensive areas of eastern, central and western Japan, will shake high-rise buildings around Tokyo at twice the speed of that seen in the March 11, 2011 temblor, researchers predict.

Seismologists predict that these quakes, which are expected to be triggered by the Nankai Trough that lies south of Japan’s main island of Honshu, will likely register magnitude 9 — equal to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

A subcommittee of the Architectural Institute of Japan analyzed data of the Great East Japan Earthquake on seismometers across the country and predicted how the Tokai, Tonankai and Nankai quakes will affect high-rise buildings.

Long-period ground motion generated by last year’s temblor shook high-rise buildings in Shinjuku and other areas of the Tokyo metropolitan region. However, violent motion with a cycle of 2 to 6 seconds was limited. Rather, much movement had a cycle of more than 6 seconds.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120406p2a00m0na012000c.html

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CNN: “Sounds unbelieveable, but it’s true” — Japan paying for travelers to visit Fukushima — $63 to share photos on Facebook, $63 to answer 5 questions …More

Title: Japan pays Chinese travelers to tour Fukushima
Source: CNNGo.com
Author: Raemin Zhang
Date: 6 April, 2012

It sounds unbelieveable [sic], but it’s true. […]

“All [Chinese] visitors who stay in a local hotel, visit two scenic spots in Fukushima and answer a poll of five questions can get a refund of RMB 400 (US$63) after they’ve returned home,” the [East Morning Post (link in Chinese only)] quotes Kokubun Kenji, chief representative of the Fukushima Prefectural Government Shanghai Office.

Article continues at:

http://enenews.com/cnn-sounds-unbelieveable-but-its-true-japan-paying-for-travelers-to-visit-fukushima-63-to-share-photos-on-facebook-63-to-answer-questions-more

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3D Animation Explaining Japan’s New Food Safety Standards for Radioactive Materials

FYI, Japan’s new food safety standards:

  • 10 becquerels/kg for drinking water, not 100.
  • 50 becquerels/kg for baby food
  • 50 becquerels/kg for milk
  • 100 becquerels/kg for general food
  • assuming 50% of food is contaminated
  • numbers are only for radioactive cesium

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Radioactive Japan: Kyoto City to Test Burn Disaster Debris Anyway

Despite the angry residents shouting down the national minister and local politicians at the JR Kyoto Station the other day, Mayor of Kyoto City Daisaku Kadokawa has already made up his mind. He has sent his official letter to the Ministry of the Environment, saying the city is ready to accept the disaster debris after conducting the burn tests at the city’s 3 incineration plants.

The mayor seems quite willing to throw the 650 billion yen per year tourism industry in Kyoto City down the drain in exchange for a few billion yen subsidy from the national government. I do hear that Kyoto City is in a dire financial condition, despite all the money tourists from all over the world drop in the city.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/radioactive-japan-kyoto-city-to-test.html

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Osaka Mayor: Japan will collapse if reactors are restarted hastily — Asahi: New safety standards for restarts written in just two days

Read the entire article at:

http://enenews.com/osaka-mayor-japan-will-collapse-if-reactors-are-restarted-hastily-asahi-new-safety-standards-written-in-just-two-days

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Tepco gets gov’t warning about radioactive leak from Fukushima Daiichi — “At this time we have reserved the right to not provide an English version due to potential misunderstandings”

Read the entire article at:

http://enenews.com/just-in-tepco-refuses-to-translate-warning-about-radioactive-leak-from-fukushima-at-this-time-we-have-reserved-the-right-to-not-provide-an-english-version-due-to-potential-misunderstandings

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US Coast Guard sinks ghost ship

The US Coast Guard has sunk an abandoned Japanese fishing vessel that drifted across the Pacific Ocean after the March 11th tsunami last year.
A coast guard cutter started firing a 25-millimeter cannon at the ship on Thursday as it could have posed a danger to other vessels. The ship sank in waters more than 6,000 feet deep in the Gulf of Alaska several hours later.

Article continues at:

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120406_21.html

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New nuclear safety standards criticized as ad-hoc measures

“(mainichi Japan) April 06, 2012”

An outline of the government’s new safety standards for resuming idled nuclear reactors has simply listed measures the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) has drawn up in response to the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

The outline also suggests that operators of nuclear power plants express readiness to independently implement measures, reflecting the government’s veiled objective of restarting idled reactors at an early date.

[snip]

The outline calls for power-source facilities inside nuclear power plants, but it remains unclear what kind of facilities power plant operators should prepare and to what extent they should improve their facilities to boost safety. It simply says nuclear power plant operators should find appropriate measures to ensure safety of nuclear power plants.

Baku Nishio, co-director of the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center, criticizes the government’s new safety standards, saying they are just ad-hoc measures in reaction to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Read the entire article at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120406p2a00m0na010000c.html

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Radioactive Japan: Food Items Exceeding New Safety Limit (100Bq/Kg)

Farmers in contaminated areas in Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma, and Chiba continue to farm, and the government is busy setting up one PR campaign after another to appeal safety of things produced in Japan. The media do report, but unless your information comes from the net only, the news gets buried in the cacophony of mind-numbing small news of no significance on TV and print media.

Here’s the list of food items that I found which exceeded the new safety limit of 100 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium:

  1. Shiitake mushrooms: 350 becquerels/kg from Murata-cho, Miyagi Prefecture
  2. Bamboo shoots: 120 becquerels/kg from Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture; 110 becquerels/kg from Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture
  3. Bamboo shoots: 130 becquerels/kg from Sakae-cho, Chiba Prefecture; 170 becquerels/kg from Abiko City, Chiba PrefectureArticle continues at:

    http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/radioactive-japan-food-items-exceeding.html

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Japanese mayors to establish anti-nuclear energy conference

TOKYO, April 6, Kyodo

Fifteen current and former Japanese mayors have proposed establishing a conference in opposition to nuclear power plants late this month following the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, one of them said Friday.

Article continues at:

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/04/151149.html

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Young Mayor of Chiba City Dismisses Citizen’s Concern Over Plutonium on the Disaster Debris

Toshihito Kumagai is a 34-year-old mayor of Chiba City who wants to accept and burn disaster debris from Iwate and Miyagi to “help the recovery” of the disaster-affected region. On his twitter on April 5, he answers a question from a citizen as follows:

(Citizen) Is there plutonium on the debris that Chiba City may accept?

(Mayor Kumagai) I don’t understand why you like plutonium so much [or “Oh that plutonium again”]. I can understand the concern over cesium, but I don’t understand why anyone worries about plutonium in Iwate and Miyagi.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/young-mayor-of-chiba-city-dismisses.html

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Strontium from No. 1 plant taints Pacific

Kyodo

About 12 tons of water contaminated with radioactive strontium are feared to have leaked from the Fukushima No. 1 plant into the Pacific Ocean, Tepco said Thursday.

[snip]

The water contained 16.7 becquerels of cesium per cu. centimeter and tests are under way to determine how much strontium was in it, Tepco said.

Read the entire article at:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120406a5.html

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