Day 428 How dangerous is Unit #4?

What happened to the days when I woke up, made tea, checked my e-mail, and went about my day? Now, every morning, the first thing I do before getting out of bed is to check the earthquakes that occurred during the night. Every morning I think, “Is Unit #4 still standing?”

Sigh.

The latest from Arnie Gundersen. Nothing new, really, unless you’ve been an ostrich for the past year.

Clips:

If Unit #4 catches fire, you’ll have to evacuate Tokyo.
Unit #4 has more fuel in it than any other units, and all of that fuel is outside the containment. It has also had a series of explosions and is weakened structurally. The damage to #4 is so great, if there is a M7 quake, it would not be able to withstand it.
At Daiichi, at least 3 times more radiation in the form of noble gasses were released from Units 1, 2,3 than from Chernobyl.
Iodine and Cesium releases were about the same as at Chernobyl, but at Chernobyl, the releases ended up on land, whereas at Fukushima, they were blown out to sea.
The releases from Daiichi are as serious, if not more so, than at Chernobyl.

Fukushima Daiichi: The Truth and the Future

 
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Diplomat: Japan public “beginning to slow burn” and “becoming very indignant” — Gov’t “very fearful of opening any reactors” (VIDEO)

Richard Broinowski* on Uranium and Nuclear 
Uploaded by lysisfilms
Published on Apr 27, 2012

At 9:15 in

  • Above all what we are having in Japan now, finally, is the mobilization of a good deal of indignation among the Japanese people
  • They’re beginning to coalesce into angry groups, which they have not done before
  • They’re beginning to slow burn and becoming indignant
  • Gov’t is very fearful of opening any reactors because of backlash of local communities
  • Nuclear power has 10 more years in Japan and it will be over
  • They [the nuclear industry, gov’t, regulators] have been vastly discredited
  • The people are becoming very indignant

Richard Broinowski, LlB (Adel) Master Public Admin (Harvard) is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Media and Communications […] he was appointed [Australia’s] Ambassador to the Republic of (South) Korea from 1987 to 1989, a posting which covered the 1988 Seoul Olympics. […] He was appointed as Ambassador to Mexico […]

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Osaka to bury debris from disaster area on man-made island

OSAKA — The Osaka prefectural and city governments have agreed on plans to accept debris generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and bury it on a man-made island in Osaka Bay after incinerating it.

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is expected to give instructions at the end of the month on measures to prevent radioactive cesium from the debris ash from spreading into the bay. Afterward, the prefectural government will hold a meeting of safety experts and make an official decision on the plans.

The location that will be used to bury the debris ash, situated near Hokuto Port on man-made Yumeshima Island, is also the final disposal spot for the city’s waste. Currently, 730,000 square meters of the 3.85 million square meters of Yumeshima is used for waste disposal.

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 From the SAFECAST listserv:
        Using latest 2012 readings from Ministry of Health (

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/level_apr12.html

      ) published on April 1st and collected in a fusion table

https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?docid=1nwpvycEMumUtCwnaC0ThwQS47n2Nd83BpniviGoI

      have created some summary tables.
      *Percentage of cesium contaminated food over 100 Bq/Kg per Prefectures*
      Fukushima – 9.474 % (6745) [max 18700 Bq/Kg]
      Chiba – 2.979 % (1712) [max 993 Bq/Kg]
      Ibaraki – 2.696 % (5824) [max 2200 Bq/Kg]
      Tochigi – 2.365 % (6257) [max 2490 Bq/Kg]
      Iwate – 1.802 % (5217) [max 2880 Bq/Kg]
      Miyagi – 1.614 % (4958) [max 20290 Bq/Kg]
      Gunma – 1.119 % (6344) [max 768 Bq/Kg]
      Tokyo – 0.602 % (166) [max 176 Bq/Kg]
      Saitama – 0.304 % (657) [max 330 Bq/Kg]
      Kanagawa – 0.215 % (465) [max 140 Bq/Kg]
      Shizuoka – 0.151 % (662) [max 109 Bq/Kg]
      Akita – 0.086 % (1160) [max 210 Bq/Kg]
      Yamagata – 0.062 % (4851) [max 560 Bq/Kg]
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