Day 520 Yappari. (I thought so.)

From ENENEWS at:

Radio: Fukushima ranked Level 8 on newly developed nuclear scale, above Chernobyl (CHART)

Follow-up to: Nuclear engineers urging IAEA to create “Level 8” on INES scale for Fukushima

Title: Scott Portzline Interview (Security consultant to Three Mile Island Alert)
Source: Coast to Coast AM
Date: August 12, 2012

Level 8: Multi-source major nuclear accident requiring international assistance and monitoring

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TEPCO’s Fukushima nuke plant exec recalls hydrogen blast as greatest shock

A Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) executive, who headed the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant when it was hit by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, has recalled that the greatest shock in the accident was one of the hydrogen explosions.

“What had the greatest impact during the accident was a hydrogen explosion at its No. 3 reactor building,” he said in a video. “It would have been no surprise if workers including myself had died in the blast. I actually thought at the time that about 10 workers might have died.”

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Highly contaminated barley and wheat are coming to the market

Posted by Mochizuki on August 12th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Two of the most basic ingredients, barley and wheat are highly contaminated and distributed to everyday supermarkets.

Though Japanese barley and wheat don’t have price competitive power, we need to check the exporting volume of Japanese contaminated products and to where. On this article, I will only report the contamination situation of them.

In July of 2011, Ibaraki prefecture measured high level of cesium from their barley.[Link 1 2] However because the safety limit of food was 500 Bq/Kg at that time, they were let to the market.

(Ibaraki prefecture is the third largest producing area of barley in Japan.(7.9%, 2005) )

Highest readings.

Sample 1

Sample taken : 6/20 ~ 7/4/2011

Measurement data : 7/8/2011

Location : Hitachinaka city

Cesium : 460 Bq/Kg

Sample 2

Sample taken : 6/20 ~ 7/4/2011

Measurement data : 7/8/2011

Location : Hitachinaka city

Cesium : 340 Bq/Kg

Barley can be used for barley tea of this year. On 8/12/2012, a media writer, Chidai measured 19.89 Bq/Kg from tea bags of barley tea. [Link]

(More articles about Chibai’s radiation measurement..3128 Bq/kg of cesium from Ibaraki mushroom

2567 Bq/kg from soil in Kashiwa )

On 7/11/2012, he also measured 16.65 Bq/Kg of cesium from Japanese wheat. [Link] Contaminated ingredients are already processed for variety of food.

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From ENENEWS at:

Fukushima Mom: “Strange”… Gov’t found something on son’s thyroid, but they’re not going to do anything about it — NHK: Family “has no choice” but to accept gov’t policy (VIDEO)

Title: Fukushima: March to Recovery; Voices From 3/11
Source: NHK
Upload Date: Aug 12, 2012
Uploaded by: MissingSky101

At 34:00 in

Some of the people evacuated from Okuma have settled in Aizuwakamatsu, located more than 100 km from the Fukushima Daiichi plant…

Recently their son had his thyroid gland tested in a program run by the prefecture…

It says that he has a small lump or cyst, but a second exam isn’t necessary…

[Mother:] They found something, but they’re not going to do anything about it — Strange…

They said 95% of the time thyroid conditions in children develop slowly so there’s nothing to worry about…

They’ll examine him in two years and if they find something they’ll take the next step then… no need to worry, just wait and see…

[The family has] no choice but to accept the prefecture’s policy of one exam every two years and seeing how things develop…



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