Thoughts are with the people in East Azerbaijan, Iran, today.

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Starting out today with three stories from ENENEWS:

Fukushima Chief Yoshida: We must bring foreign experts in to help — Reactors NOT stabilized

(Subscription Only )Title: Fukushima boss Masao Yoshida breaks silence on disaster
Source: The Australian
Author: Rick Wallace
Date: Aug 11, 2012


Source: The Australian


[Fukushima boss Masao] Yoshida did use the opportunity, though, to call for foreign expertise to be brought in to help stabilize the reactors, something experts claim TEPCO and Japanese authorities have been reluctant to do on a meaningful level.

“People won’t come back to Fukushima until the plant isstabilised and we still need to find a way to do that,” he said. “We have to bring people in from around the world. It will require people, technology and wisdom from all corners.”


While the government of Japan has declared the cold shutdown and is anxious to talk up progress at the site, Mr Yoshida spoke in his interview as if he didn’t consider the reactors stabilised.

He said he had remained silent until now because he felt it was not right to speak while the four investigations into the tragedy – now concluded – were still under way.

Mr Yoshida said he and the other workers told everything to investigators and the findings reflected this, but their human stories didn’t come through in the investigatory reports.


The article makes no mention of Yoshida’s recent medical problems: 57-year-old former chief of Fukushima plant had brain hemorrhage after becoming ill while out last Thursday — “Symptoms are serious” says Tepco — Hemorrhagic syndromes increased 9-fold after Chernobyl

Yet it does make the claim that the containment vessels were not damaged in the explosions (“they didn’t rupture any of the containment vessels”). See reports from this week:

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Five quakes M4 and above hit Fukushima in last six days

Title: Earthquake Information
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency
Date: August 12, 2012

  • 00:03 JST 12 Aug 2012 23:58 JST 11 Aug 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.0 2
  • 19:33 JST 11 Aug 2012 19:30 JST 11 Aug 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.4 3
  • 10:04 JST 10 Aug 2012 09:59 JST 10 Aug 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.4 1
  • 09:00 JST 08 Aug 2012 08:54 JST 08 Aug 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.5 2
  • 13:23 JST 07 Aug 2012 13:18 JST 07 Aug 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.5 3

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Japan Newspaper: Tokyo area turned out to be as contaminated as Fukushima -Kyoto Professor

August 4, 2012 report in the Hokkaido Newspaper translated by Fukushima Diary:


Professor Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Reactor Research Institute, during July 29, 2012 lecture at Doshisha University: According to government’s research, Tokyo area turned out to be as contaminated as radiation controlled area like in Fukushima. Millions of people are living in radiation controlled area, where I work with a small nuclear reactor.

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It’s nice to see people taking action. That’s a democracy. 

Gov’t receives over 50,000 opinions on future nuclear energy policy

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The government has received over 50,000 opinions on the future of nuclear power in Japan, a significantly high number of public comments, government officials said Saturday, amid the public’s high interest in the nation’s nuclear policy following the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant last year.

Opinions totaled about 52,300 as of Friday as the government solicits public comments from July 2 through Sunday on three options it has proposed for nuclear power’s role in Japan’s future national energy plan.

The three options for nuclear energy as a proportion of total power generation in 2030 are zero percent, 15 percent or 20 to 25 percent, compared with 26 percent in fiscal 2010.

When the government solicits public comments for its policies, the number of opinions is usually much lower and a number totaling over 1,000 is considered as high.

National policy minister Motohisa Furukawa will announce the final number of opinions on Wednesday, and the government plans to publicize the opinions.

The government separately held hearings in 11 cities on the future of nuclear power from mid-July to early August.

About 70 percent of the people who expressed a desire to air their opinions at the hearings supported the so-called zero option, the government said earlier.

August 12, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

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Radioactive Pacific: Murorua Atoll, the Site of French Nuclear Testing Is in Danger of Collapsing, Says The Nuclear Association in French Polynesia

According toWikipedia, the French government conducted 41 atmospheric nuclear tests at Mururoa (Murorua, Moruroa, Mururua) between 1966 and 1974, and underground tests until 1996. Total number of tests, according to wiki, is 181.

(The photograph is from Encyclopedia Britannica, from the Licorne test, July 3, 1970.)

(What were the French thinking?)

From Australian ABC News (8/10/2012; emphasis is mine):

Nuclear fears over French Polynesia atoll collapse

The Nuclear Association in French Polynesia has raised concerns that Murorua Atoll, the site of French nuclear testing in the Pacific, is in danger of collapsing.

Murorua e Tatou says the issue was detailed in a leaked report from the Ministry of Defence to the French government dated March 2010.

The Nuclear Association’s president, Roland Oldham, told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat program that radioactive material could be released into the Pacific Ocean if the atoll were to collapse.

Just in that little area there is over maybe twelve underground tests in that area and we have to remember that France have done altogether 193 nuclear test explosions in Murorua,” he said.

“In the soil of Muroroa, if something happens there is about 150 holes containing very dangerous radioactivity.”

The association says if the atoll were to collapse it could also trigger a 15 metre tsunami.

‘Hidden information’

Mr Oldham is concerned the government didn’t make the report available to the public earlier.

“This information was very discrete, I mean we only got this information now,” he said.

“I mean the report is from 2010, why wait so long?

“So the public is not very aware of this situation.”

Mr Oldham says the report doesn’t properly emphasise the serious threat posed by the buried radioactive material.

“In this report that we got not too long ago, they’re not even talking about radioactivity,” he said.

“The way they present it it’s like it’s not very dangerous.”

Raising public awareness

Mr Oldham says the association has been trying to raise the issue with the government and public.

“We’ve been trying to raise the consciousness of the people – our own people and our government and all the rest about this really frightening thing that could happen if actually one part of Murorua would collapse,” he said.

The association want independent experts to be allowed to conduct a study to provide more information about the danger of the atoll collapsing.

Mr Oldham says if the atoll collapses there could be international ramifications.

“We have to warn everybody because the problem will not only concern some of the atolls that are only 100 kilometres from Murorua,” he said.

“But I think it will be a really big problem to the environment if this nuclear radioactivity is to be diluted in the ocean and from there we have no control over what would happen.”

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Drying out today (in this heat, no problem) from yesterday’s torrential rain. It was sunny most of the day and the leftover clouds are vanishing for tonight’s Perseid meteor shower. Should be nice viewing from here in Nagoya.

Leaving you with a bit of humor I found on Facebook:

Happy meteor-gazing!



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