Day 465.3 Typhoon update and today’s news

NHK 5 pm news:

  • Horikawa (Nagoya Port) has closed the flood gates.
  • Many flights from Chubu Airport have been cancelled. Some JR trains have stopped running until further notice. Ferries stopped until tomorrow.
  • There was also a warning that tornados might occur. (TORNADOES??)

1,576 home have been evacuated in Wakayama (where the typhoon has made landfall, just after 5:00 p.m.

The typhoon has sped up with winds at 35m-45mps (80-100mph) in the Kii peninsula.

18:27 high tide in Nagoya.

17:41 Typhoon winds have entered Mie and Aichi Prefectures

3.5 inches of rain/ hour in Mie /Aichi

9,500 evacuated, 20,000 getting ready to evacuate

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And now, for a few news items for today:

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120619a1.html

Japan sat on U.S. radiation maps showing immediate fallout from nuke crisis

Kyodo

The government failed to make use of detailed U.S. maps showing how radiation spread shortly after the Fukushima nuclear crisis began, sources familiar with the matter revealed Monday.

The sources said the maps were neither publicized nor used to evacuate residents living near the poorly protected Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which was racked by meltdowns and explosions after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the area on March 11, 2011.

From March 17 to 19, U.S. military aircraft collected radiation data in an area with a 45-km radius from the plant for the U.S. Department of Energy. The data showed that more than 125 microsieverts of radiation per hour was leaking as far as about 25 km northwest of the plant, meaning residents in the area were being exposed to their annual permissible dose within just eight hours.

Before deciding to release the data on its own on March 23, the U.S. government provided the data via the Foreign Ministry to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency — the regulator overseen by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry — on March 18, and to the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry on March 20, the sources said.

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From ENENEWS at:

Tokyo Professor: Evidence of ‘shattered zones’ or active faults beneath soon-to-be-restarted Japan nuclear plant

Jitters as Japan decides to restart nuclear reactors
Christian Science Monitor
Justin McCurry, Correspondent
June 18, 2012

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Mitsuhiko Watanabe of Toyo University in Tokyo is among those who believe the restart may have come too soon. He does not oppose nuclear power, but believes scientific evidence points to the possibility of “shattered zones” or active faults, beneath the Oi power plant. If his theory can be disproved, Professor Watanabe says he would have “no opposition to the resumption of the operation of the Oi nuclear power plant. However, at this stage,” he says, “I believe those who want to give the green light to the restart of these reactors should not offer indirect arguments, but rather should state clearly, ‘safety is not secured, but we are allowing restart for various other reasons.’”

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From EX-SKF at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/06/goshi-hosono-on-nhk-trying-to-spin.html

Goshi Hosono on NHK, Trying to Spin Radiation Exposure in #Fukushima Last Year, Ooi Restart This Year

Goshi Hosono, Minister of the Environment and Minister in charge of nuclear accident, and former personal assistant to former PM Naoto Kan when the Fukushima nuclear accident started, appeared on NHK’s program “Close-Up Gendai” on June 18, 2012. Here’s the segment where he blurts out a story he must have carefully memorized (in an occasionally mangled speech) to impress the NHK viewers on the sincerity of the government when it says Ooi Nuclear Power Plant is safe.

In it, Hosono speaks of radiation exposure “kindly experienced by the residents” of Namie-machi, Fukushima Prefecture.

I transcribed what Hosono said in the video and translated below.

First he briefly talks about the restart of Ooi Nuclear Power Plant:

すべてが出来ているとは申しません。課題があるのは事実です。しかし、今の段階でやれることは国もやっているし、そして地元の福井県もやっていただいてるというように、思っています。

I am not saying we’ve done everything. It is true that there are problems. However, all that can be done at this stage is being done by the national government, and the local prefecture, Fukui Prefecture, is also kindly doing it, I believe.

The first two sentences seem true enough. But the third? From the governor of Fukui Prefecture, we know that all Fukui Prefecture did was to rubber stamp what the “experts” said, and to rely on the word of the KEPCO president that he would try his best. Hosono says everything that can be done is being done, and that is what he believes. What if he’s wrong? “Out of expectation” – 想定外 (soh-tei-gai) of course.

Then he refers to the residents of Namie-machi in Fukushima in particular, and says he cannot forget about them:

あのー、特に浪江町の方々のことがですね、私頭から離れないんですよ。あの時10キロ、そして20キロという避難のですね、判断をしたわけですけれども、政府は。その時にあの、きちっと方角を示すべきだったのが示されなかったと。あのそこでたくさん被曝をしていただいたという状況ではない、と言うことはですね、後ほど確認は出来ましたが、それを経験をした皆さんの思いというのはですね、我々はほんとに忘れてはならないと思ってます。

Uh, about people in Namie-machi, I cannot help thinking about them. Back then [first few days of the nuclear crisis], first 10-kilometer, then 20-kilometer evacuation areas were determined and set, by the national government. At that time, uh, the direction [in which Namie-residents should evacuate] should have been given but it wasn’t. Uh, it’s not that much radiation exposure was kindly experienced by the residents, that we were able to confirm later. But the thoughts and feelings of people who experienced it, I think we should never forget.

Again, the first two sentences seem true enough. It was the government under PM Kan whom he served as a personal advisor who confidently (at that time, I remember) declared 10 kilometer-radius evacuation zone was more than sufficient, and the further away people went from the crippled plant the far less risk they would have from radiation exposure. Hosono now says the government should have told the residents which direction to go. Well it did. It told the residents to move as far away from the plant as they reasonably could, i.e. all directions.

As to whether Namie-machi residents were exposed to much radiation, I don’t believe it has been “confirmed”. There is no meaningful data on early radiation exposure suffered by the residents in Fukushima Prefecture, because government officials, from the national government on down, didn’t allow researchers to conduct a meaningful survey of enough people in the early days and weeks of the accident. Namie-machi is where the radiation level of330 microsieverts/hour were measured on March 15, 2011 by an official from the Ministry of the Education and Science. Not only many Namie residents remained for weeks after the start of the accident, but they were eating the food and drinking water that were contaminated, without knowing.

Read the entire article at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/06/goshi-hosono-on-nhk-trying-to-spin.html

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