Day 595 On the brink, again?

No, I haven’t left. Life has become a little too busy for comfort.

Went to the Nagoya demo on Friday. It’s obvious that there are fewer people, probably not from lack of interest, but because it’s getting chilly out there at night. More folks tend to show up from 7:00 pm, and Friday there were about 130 by the end at 8:00. They carry on.

Latest important quake news was today… 7.7 below the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. As I write, tsunami waves have reached Hawaii. Advisory canceled for British Columbia and Oregon. N.California remains under advisory (19:22).

Had a tiny tremor here in Aichi, if anyone besides me is interested:

Catching up on this week’s news:

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NHK Documentary: Our civilization is met with disaster because of Fukushima crisis — It’s a “civilization disaster” -Umehara (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/nhk-civilization-met-disaster-because-fukushima-crisis-civilization-disaster-video

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Lots of snapshots of simulations showing the patterns expected from disasters at other NPPs around Japan. These were taken from a Facebook page, “Escape All NPP” (https://www.facebook.com/escape.allnpp).

Pretty pictures of a situation that would not be a pretty picture.

 

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AP: “Outrageous” — Japan nuclear engineer worries public water supplies far beyond Fukushima plant could be at risk — Contamination from below reactors may already be in underground water system

http://enenews.com/ap-japan-nuclear-engineer-worries-water-from-fukushima-reactors-may-already-be-in-underground-water-system-could-reach-public-water-supplies

Title: AP Interview: Japan Nuke Plant Water Worries Rise (PHOTOS)
Source: Associated Press
Author: MARI YAMAGUCHI (Malcolm Foster contributed to this report)
Date: October 25, 2012

Japan Nuke Plant Water Worries Rise

[…] leaks in reactor facilities are allowing ground water pour in [at Fukushima Daiichi]

[…]

Nuclear engineer and college lecturer Masashi Goto said the contaminated water buildup poses a long-term health and environmental threat. He worries that the radioactive water in the basements may already be getting into the underground water system, where it could reach far beyond the plant, possibly the ocean or public water supplies.

“You never know where it’s leaking out and once it’s out you can never put it back in place,” he said. “It’s just outrageous and shows how big a disaster the accident is.”

[…]

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More than a dozen nuclear power plants in Sandy’s path

Michael Allan McCrae | October 27, 2012

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Remember Dr. Yamashita of “Smiling people aren’t affected by radiation” fame?

Yamashita Admits Exaggerating Safety Of Being In Fukushima

http://www.simplyinfo.org/?p=8013

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Greenpeace: ‘Unreliable’ Monitoring of Fukushima Radiation

Clean-up efforts ‘misguided,’ residents express ‘distinct distrust’

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/10/23-10

“Greenpeace found that in some parks and school facilities in Fukushima city, home to 285,000 people, radiation levels were above three microsieverts per hour,” Agence France-Pressreported. “Japan’s recommended radiation limit is 0.23 microsieverts per hour.”

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AP INTERVIEW: JAPAN NUKE PLANT WATER WORRIES RISE

MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press Published: October 25, 2012 2:45AM

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant is struggling to find space to store tens of thousands of tons of highly contaminated water used to cool the broken reactors….

 

http://www.state-journal.com/ap%20international/2012/10/25/ap-interview-japan-nuke-plant-water-worries-rise

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Report: 100,000 Tepco employees being sent to Fukushima in 2013

http://enenews.com/100000-tepco-employees-expected-to-go-to-fukushima-in-2013-all-of-companys-workers-to-be-sent

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So, fat cats and a blue caterpillar will save Japan from nuclear hell. OK

そうか、太った猫たちとと一匹の青虫が日本を核の地獄から救うってか。さもあらばあれ

Oct. 22, 2012

http://japanfocus.org/events/view/161

Snip:

However, Tokyo is by no means only endangered from the south. Around 100 km north of the capital stands the Tokai Nuclear Power Plant in Tokai Village, Ibaraki Prefecture. It was months after the Fukushima disaster before events that occurred at the plant’s No. 2 reactor on March 11, 2011 — the day of the Great East Japan Earthquake — came to light.

In fact it turns out that one of three pumps installed for cooling the reactor was inundated by a tsunami that reached 5.4 meters. If it had risen another 70 cm, it would have knocked out the other two pumps as well. It was simply good luck that work to raise the height of the sea wall to 6.1 meters was completed on March 9.

If a similar accident to that at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant had struck the Tokai reactor, airborne plumes of radioactive substances may very well have shrouded Tokyo….

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PACIFIC ALBACORE CARRY BARELY DETECTABLE FINGERPRINTS OF FUKUSHIMA DISASTER

10-24-12

Snip:

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Samples of albacore tuna caught off the West Coast of the United States show minute traces of radiation that can be traced to the Fukushima reactor disaster, according to an interdisciplinary team of scientists from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The radiation levels in fish analyzed to date are far below anything that would pose a risk to humans who consume the fish, the research team emphasized. The findings are preliminary; additional fish remain to be tested.

But the findings could reveal new information about where Pacific albacore travel during their migratory lives – and how what happens in one part of the ocean can affect the food web thousands of miles away.

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Iwata Wataru, Nadine Ribault and Thierry Ribault,Thyroid Cancer in Fukushima: Science Subverted in the Service of the State

http://japanfocus.org/-Iwata-Wataru/3841?utm_source=October+8%2C+2012&utm_campaign=China%27s+Connectivity+Revolution&utm_medium=archive

     On 11 September 2012, in a conference room in a hotel in Fukushima city, Professor Yamashita Shunichi presented the latest results of the Fukushima Prefectural People’s Health Management Survey, launched in June 2011. Twenty-seven people were in the audience, mainly journalists. The CRMS (Citizen’s Radiation Measuring Station network) was one of two citizen groups present on that day.
Last year Yamashita had recommended that the people of Fukushima smile in order to better face radiation, and he stated that 100 mSv per year is an acceptable radiation exposure limit. Today he sits before the “exploratory committee” of the survey, which he presides over.
The final objectives of the Fukushima health survey were set by Yamashita and Prof. Suzuki Shinichi even before obtaining the first results. They were: “to calm the anxiety of the population” and to convince doubters that “the health impact of the nuclear accident of Fukushima can be assumed to be very minor.”
What is needed to determine the risk of radiation and to protect the children of Fukushima?
Iwata Wataru, Nadine Ribault and Thierry Ribault, “Thyroid Cancer in Fukushima: Science Subverted in the Service of the State,”  The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 41, No 2, October 8, 2012.
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Homes in Fukushima become storage sites for radioactively contaminated soil

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121024p2a00m0na011000c.html

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Hmm…

“Sunflowers are in full bloom in Nagoya”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/express-sunflowers-are-in-full-bloom-in-nagoya/

<Translate>
In Nagoya, sunflowers are in full bloom.
<End>

Sunflower normally blooms in summer, when is from July to August in Japan.
It is unusual that they become in full bloom at the end of October.

 

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