Day 556 Back in the saddle

There were lots of good stories out there during my absence. Did you do your homework and check the links at the right?

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Let’s see… the first story today is guaranteed to turn your stomach.   Read the entire  article over at EX-SKF.  Here are some quotes:

IAEA’s Director General Yukiya Amano’s Statement on Fukushima: “We are now well into the post-accident phase”

Mr. Amano, a former career bureaucrat in Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says “lessons learned from Fukushima” a number of times in the statement, but gives one concrete example only: backup power.

“Nuclear power remains the best known peaceful application of nuclear energy. ”

“Eighteen months after the accident, it is clear that nuclear energy will remain an important option for many countries.”

“…we need a much more intense focus on nuclear safety. But nuclear energy offers many benefits. It can help to improve energy security, reduce the impact of volatile fossil fuel prices, mitigate the effects of climate change and make economies more competitive.”

“The Agency provided practical assistance to Japan and shared information, openly and transparently, with governments and the public.”

The ultimate goal is to make nuclear power as safe as humanly possible everywhere and to restore public confidence.”

Well, Mr. Amano, let’s see if the Japanese public agree with you this Friday night, and the next, and the next, and the week after that, and the week after that…

Read the full article at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/09/iaeas-director-general-yukiya-amanos.html

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Germany on the right track:

Germany ready to help Japan on nuclear exit

Germany stands ready to help Japan with the “demanding” goal of phasing out nuclear energy by drawing on its own nuclear exit progress, a government spokesman said Friday.

Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference that it was a “big political and social task” to phase out nuclear energy but was worthwhile and reaped new technological and industrial benefits.

Article continues at:

http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Germany_ready_to_help_Japan_on_nuclear_exit_999.html

 

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Japanese Govt. unveils new ‘disaster mitigation’ plan to slash death toll from ‘deadly earthquakes’

Tokyo, Sep 13 (ANI): Japan’s Tokyo Metropolitan Government has unveiled a draft plan, which has been designed to sharply reduce the death toll from a major earthquakes in near future.

The draft represents the first revision of the regional disaster mitigation plan since 2007 and takes into account new assumptions for damage in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011.

Through the plan, featuring enhanced quake resistance measures for homes and expanded firefighting steps, Tokyo aims to cut by 6,400, or 60 percent, the estimated toll of up to 9,600. The figures are based on a scenario of a magnitude 7.3 quake striking on a winter evening, with the epicenter in the northern part of Tokyo Bay, the Japan Times reports.

Under the plan, the metropolitan government will aim to increase the number of homes that meet quake-resistance standards to 95 percent of the total by fiscal 2020 from 81 percent at present.

Article continues at:

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2012/09/13/192-Japanese-Govt-unveils-new-disaster-mitigation-plan-to-slash-death-toll-from-deadly-earthquakes-in-future.html

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Number of children at public schools near Fukushima nuclear plant halved: Mainichi survey

FUKUSHIMA — The number of children at public elementary and junior high schools in 10 municipalities near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant has dropped by half from what it was before the outbreak of the nuclear crisis in March 2011, according to a survey conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120918p2a00m0na013000c.html

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School authorities near Fukushima nuclear plant struggle to get students back home

Children write about their yearnings for Tomioka, their hometown, at a reunion event in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 25. (Mainichi)
Children write about their yearnings for Tomioka, their hometown, at a reunion event in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 25. (Mainichi)

FUKUSHIMA — School authorities near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant are struggling to get children back to their schools so that they can lead future reconstruction efforts.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120918p2a00m0na012000c.html

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Japan details new energy plan at IAEA conference

  Japan detailed its new energy policy to the UN nuclear watchdog on Monday.
Senior vice foreign minister Ryuji Yamane told the annual conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency that Japan plans to reduce the country’s dependency on atomic power to zero.
The conference began Monday in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Yamane said Japan will increase its use of green energy to lessen its reliance on nuclear power.
The government says it aims to achieve zero reliance on nuclear energy by the 2030s. But the senior vice minister hinted at flexibility over the schedule, saying the road to zero reliance may not be a straight one.

Article continues at:

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120918_06.html

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Interesting blog-like section over at Earthquake Report:

Worldwide EARTHQUAKE related news – What to do when an earthquake strikes when you are in a crowded area ?

September 17, 2012

What to do when an earthquake strikes when you are in a crowded area ?
Suppose you are in a sports stadium or an indoor shopping complex. Suddenly the ground starts to shake. What to do ?
Do not rush for a doorway – other people will have the same idea.
Take cover, and move away from display shelves containing objects that can fall.

Article continues at:

http://earthquake-report.com/2011/07/13/template-earthquake-related-news-july-2011/

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And this, for friends and family on the west coast of the US:

“Fukushima radioactive plume contaminated entire Northern Hemisphere during a relatively short period of time” — Map: Fukushima air mass hit California after 3/11 and went north to Ore., Wash., Canada (PHOTO)

Tracking the complete revolution of surface westerlies over Northern Hemisphere using radionuclides emitted from Fukushima
M.A. Hernández-Ceballos, G.H. Hong, R.L. Lozano, Y.I. Kim, H.M. Lee, S.H. Kim, S.-W. Yeh, J.P. Bolívar, M. Baskaran
Sci Total Environ.
Sep 10 2012

Massive amounts of anthropogenic radionuclides were released from the nuclear reactors located in Fukushima (northeastern Japan) between 12 and 16 March 2011 following the earthquake and tsunami. Ground level air radioactivity was monitored around the globe immediately after the Fukushima accident. This global effort provided a unique opportunity to trace the surface air mass movement at different sites in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The analysis of the air mass forward movements during 12th -16th March showed that the air mass was displaced eastward from the Fukushima area and bifurcated into a northern and a southern branch outside of Japan (Fig. 3). This eastward bifurcation of air masses is in agreement with the simulation of the potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud after the nuclear accident of Fukushima (Weather OnlineWebsite of United Kingdom, UK, 2012).

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The unique global coverage of fallout radiocaesium released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, particularly a fresh injection of 134Cs and 137Cs to the ground air provided a rare opportunity to observe a complete, uninterrupted revolution of the mid-latitude Surface Westerlies of the northern Hemisphere in late March 2011. This revolution took less than 21 days.

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This work clearly demonstrates how little dissipation occurred during this time due to the nature of the rapid global air circulation system, and the Fukushima radioactive plume contaminated the entire Northern Hemisphere during a relatively short period of time.

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http://enenews.com/map-fukushima-air-mass-hit-california-after-311-and-went-north-to-oregon-wash-canada-study-clearly-demonstrates-how-little-dissipation-occurred-plume-contaminated-entire-northern-hemi

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And this, for the scientists among us…

Study: Radioactive tin-113 from Fukushima reactors detected over 200 kilometers away

Title: Analysis of Radionuclide Releases from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident Part I
Source: Pure and Applied Geophysics
Author: G. Le Petit, G. Douysset, G. Ducros, P. Gross, P. Achim, M. Monfort, P. Raymond, Y. Pontillon, C. Jutier and X. Blanchard, et al.
Date: Sept. 16, 2012

Abstract

Part I of this publication deals with the analysis of fission product releases consecutive to the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident. Reactor core damages are assessed relying on radionuclide detections performed by the CTBTO radionuclide network, especially at the particulate station located at Takasaki, 210 km away from the nuclear power plant. On the basis of a comparison between the reactor core inventory at the time of reactor shutdowns and the fission product activities measured in air at Takasaki, especially 95Nb and 103Ru, it was possible to show that the reactor cores were exposed to high temperature for a prolonged time. This diagnosis was confirmed by the presence of 113Sn in air at Takasaki. The 133Xe assessed release at the time of reactor shutdown (8 × 1018 Bq) turned out to be in the order of 80 % of the amount deduced from the reactor core inventories. This strongly suggests a broad meltdown of reactor cores.

http://enenews.com/study-radioactive-tin-from-fukushima-reactors-detected-over-200-kilometers-away

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And finally, a little humor. If you are a Facebook user, check out this event:

NUKE – LIAR AWARDS 2012

https://www.facebook.com/events/490763737615204/

“Please send us your nominations by email (nuclear.resource@gmail.com) or on the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE by September 25, 2012!

With each of your nominations, please also explain, briefly, your reasons for nominating a particular entry. Where required, please also send relevant reference about a particular nuke-liar statement or fact.”

I nominate Mr. Amano. Reason? See today’s lead story on EX-SKF.

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