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42.69 microSv/h, Namie, Ukedo river, bridge side fallen leaves, Nov 2012

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Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog

What was known and when.

The Disposition of the Coriums at Fukushima.

23 Nov 2012

https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/the-disposition-of-the-corium-at-fukushima/#comment-8433

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Radioactive Japan with No Money Part 2: Government/TEPCO to Cover Annual Cancer Screening Costs of Only 3.7% of #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Workers

That’s 904 workers out of 24,118 who have worked at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant since March 2011, up to September this year.

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/11/radioactive-japan-with-no-money-part-2.html

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NHK 3/11 Documentary: “The worst case scenario was unfolding” at Fukushima Unit 3 (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/nhk-311-documentary-the-worst-case-scenario-was-unfolding-at-fukushima-unit-3-video

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Petitioning The President of the United States

URGENT! Fukushima Radioactive Fallout Food Safety Petition (U.S.)

http://www.change.org/petitions/urgent-fukushima-radioactive-fallout-food-safety-petition?utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=16403100

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Gundersen on WHO: I don’t trust their data — Garbage in, garbage out — I suspect hot particles and internal emitters are omitted, and radioactive releases underestimated

http://enenews.com/gundersen-dont-trust-data-garbage-garbage-suspect-hot-particles-internal-emitters-left-radioactive-releases-underestimated

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Kepco applies for 12% household rate hike in April

 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121127a3.html

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350 km from Fukushima: I get very sick when there for 3-4 months — Had to leave after bleeding form nose — “There’s a health problem in Shizuoka” (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/350-km-from-fukushima-i-get-very-sick-when-there-for-3-4-months-had-to-leave-japan-for-nose-bleeds-to-stop-theres-a-health-problem-in-shizuoka-video

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Fukushima teachers’ union member advocates lessons about radiation, human rights

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121126p2a00m0na015000c.html

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Fukushima Journalist at UC Berkeley: Gov’t complained when school tried to remove radioactive material — “Why you did that? You don’t need to” — But mothers are standing up (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/fukushima-journalist-govt-complained-when-school-remove-contamination-dont-need-mothers-standing-video

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Asahi: Cancer risk for infants near Fukushima plant has risen, says WHO — More tumors and cysts likely for young people

http://enenews.com/who-cancer-risk-facing-infants-near-fukushima-plant-has-risen-more-tumors-and-cysts-likely-for-young-people

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Shiga governor’s party aims to phase out nuclear power by 2022

 http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/11/196304.html

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FOX News – Report: Japan failing at health checks for Fukushima workers — “TV says things are fine at Fukushima; They’re not”

http://enenews.com/fox-news-japan-failing-health-checks-fukushima-workers-report-tv-fine-fukushima-theyre-audio

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NHK: One person stops working at Fukushima plant each day — A serious problem, conditions deteriorating (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/nhk-one-person-stops-working-fukushima-plant-day-serious-problem-video

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Watch: Immediate attention from medical experts is needed for people in contaminated areas — Fukushima is ongoing crisis (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/watch-immediate-attention-medical-experts-needed-people-contaminated-areas-fukushima-ongoing-crisis-video

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March to Recovery — Voices from 3.11: 11,000 People, Gone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frASqR5XC_M&feature=player_detailpage#t=1457s

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I’m reposting this from Fukushima Diary. Although I don’t always agree with Mr. Mochizuki, I think he’s on to something here. The reactors at FD1 will take 30-40 to decommission. In the mean time, the SFPs and reactors will have to be cooled until the fuel can be removed safely. Of course, this assumes that there are no major aftershocks that bring down the SFP in wobbly Unit 4. So where is TEPCO going to put all that radioactively contaminated H2O for years upon years upon years? Are they really going to house it in containers on an ever-increasing number of football fields? Shhh, let’s just let a little out at a time. No one will notice, right?

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/11/column-x-day-when-fukushima-plant-discharges-millions-of-tones-of-the-contaminated-water-to-pacific-ocean/

[Column] X-day – when Fukushima plant discharges millions of tones of the contaminated water to Pacific ocean

The biggest threat of Fukushima plant is believed to be the SFP of reactor4.
They say, the pool is set in the really unstable situation, it might not be able to stand another aftershock.

However, some of the problems are already promised to happen almost. One is the lack of nuclear workers, and another one is the deterioration of the equipment and storage of contaminated water.

All the coolant system were built provisionally. Actual Fukushima worker Happy11311 comments like this,

“many of these are improvised preparation made of roughly collected parts from all over Japan.
They didn’t even consider maintenance to build the equipment. Tepco was in a hurry, they only made it last for one year. The parts are not particularly for nuclear plants, they are for general usage. The parts will need to be replaced from now otherwise troubles will keep happening though I think Tepco won’t change it until it gets disordered.” [Link]

They are trying to renew the system, but due to the lack of resource, it’s not improving fast as it should be.
The parts of coolant system are dropping off one by one.

Since the beginning of September, coolant water injected to reactor1~3 has been decreasing and it’s not settled even by now. [Link]
In the beginning, Tepco stated they fixed it by eliminating the suspended materials in the strainer but soon after that, water started decreasing again. [Link] The reason is not known and the problem is still on-going. Even on 11/24/2012, Tepco increased the water amount for reactor1, 2 and 3 to cover the decrease of injection water. Tepco has made no explanation about when to solve this problem. [Link]

On the other hand, the water level of RPV (Fuel area) in reactor1 has also been in the decreasing trend.
At 5:00 of 7/12/2012 5:00, it was -1.24m. On 8/12/2012, it was -1.30m, it decreased to be -1.44m on 9/12/2012 and it dropped to be -1.60m on 10/12/2012. It’s -1.74m on 11/12/2012 and it marked the lowest level on 11/25/2012, which was -1.86m. There are some ups and downs, but it’s in the decreasing trend for sure. This fact has never been reported by Tepco or any official “news” site. The reason is not clear, but probably the crippled pressure vessel is leaking the water. [Link]

Where does the leaked water go ?
Fukushima Diary has been reporting the increasing radioactive density in seawater around Fukushima plant since mid November.
On 11/16/2012, radiation level of the seawater at reactor2 reached the highest level since August 2012. [Link] On 11/26/2012, Fukushima Diary reported radiation level at water intake of reactor1~4 is slowly increasing as well. [Link] and Today, we found out radioactivity density of the seawater is increased at 57% of tested locations offshore Fukushima. [Link]
About this problem, Tepco has made no statement.

Officially, most of the leaked water is supposed to be stocked in storage tank, but it’s becoming harder and harder to find a place to put tanks. In addition to the leaked water, about 400 tones of underground water flows to the plant every single day.
From the research of Fukushima Diary, 89.2% of contaminated water tank is already full. Newly extended tank will be full by 2016 too. [Link] Decommissioning Fukushima plant is told to take up to 40 years. However, contaminated water storage tank will be full in the first 5 years.
For the rest of 35 years, they must find new places for water storage but because land is limited, ground is weak, it’s becoming harder and harder to find a space. Also, the further they put the tanks, the more likely the pipe gets damaged because it runs long.
Some people question the seismic stability of the tanks as well.[Link] All We could do it just to hope the spilt water from the fallen tanks extinguish the fire of reactor4 like Pythagora Switch in case of aftershock.

Even massmedia is not in the mood of joking unusually. On 11/26/2012, Nikkei newspaper reported the serious situation of contaminated water storage situation.
They reported,

“At this moment, the tank for 240,000 tones of contaminated water is already full. Tepco is going to add the storage facility of 700,000 tones of water in three years. It’s already more than a half of Tokyo dome. Tepco started the construction to bypass underground water to avoid flowing into the reactors but the bypassed water has to be stocked as well.
The pipe to circulate contaminated water runs for 10km. Scattered debris, trucks and heavy machinery damaged the vinyl chloride pipe to cause contaminated water leakage.
They were relieved to fix them by last Autumn in 2011, but water started leaking again in late January. It leaked at 10 locations in the same day at the most due to the frozen water in the pipe.
Tepco is supposed to have changed most of the pipe to polyethylene one and attached heat insulating material before the second winter.
They could shorten the pipe by making it circulate at each reactor, but they are postponing the construction due to the shortage of resource. Managing contaminated water is an endless process.” [Link]
Nobody has estimated how much contaminated water will be produced by the time of decommissioning.

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Epicentre: Chiba Prefecture

In Shizuoka:

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Fukushima Radiation News 11/20/12: Caldicott on Contamination “They will never clean it up”

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Asahi: Expert says Japan should be prepared for possibility of M10 quake — “Days of tsunamis” — Only 1 magnitude below asteroid strike (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/asahi-japan-should-be-prepared-for-possibility-of-m10-quake-days-of-tsunamis-only-1-magnitude-below-asteroid-strike-video

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Fukushima Rad News 11/22/12: Possible M10 Quake: Japan Sets New Evacuation Standards

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Kansai Electric eyeing 12% hike in household electricity rates

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121124p2g00m0bu004000c.html

 

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Radioactive Japan with No Money Part 1: Chiba’s Kashiwa City Mayor to Have Residents Decontaminate, Says “It’s a Great Learning Opportunity”

 

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Debris in Fukushima No. 3 pool is inhibiting water flow, says nuke industry website — ‘Concrete dust’ making it very murky

http://enenews.com/nuclear-insiders-debris-in-unit-3-pool-is-inhibiting-water-flow-concrete-dust-making-it-very-murky-cover-built-for-protection-from-weather

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Most Fukushima nuke plant workers ineligible for free cancer checks

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201211220056

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Nationalized child abuse?

The Children of Fukushima (PHOTOS)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/newsmotion/the-children-of-fukushima_b_2166067.html

(h/t Enformable)

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Q: Would YOU eat here? I mean, really?

Fukushima’s food champion fends off taint of nuclear disaster

A Tokyo restaurant has a mission to help fishermen and farmers win back trade lost after the tsunami and nuclear meltdown

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/16/fukushima-food-nuclear-disaster

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Are radioactive insects spreading Fukushima contamination from lake bottoms across the land? Scientist: They grow underwater then fly out & die everywhere

http://enenews.com/are-radioactive-insects-spreading-cesium-from-lake-bottoms-out-across-the-land-scientist-they-grow-underwater-then-fly-out-and-die-everywhere

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Japan Times: Time bomb in Tokyo metropolitan area — Experts warn of accumulating Fukushima contamination — Potential disaster at Japan’s 2nd largest lake

http://enenews.com/japan-times-time-bomb-tokyo-metropolitan-area-experts-warn-accumulating-fukushima-contamination

[It] is not only rich with fishery resources but whose water is used for irrigation, industrial purposes, and even for consumption as drinking water for 960,000 people in Ibaraki Prefecture. Furthermore, no one knows how and by how much the problem has worsened over the months, except for one obvious thing: it hasn’t gone away. […]

Original here:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20121118x3.html

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Japanese govt, TEPCO deny Fukushima radiation is tainting fish

http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2012/s3636314.htm

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More food-related items:

Japanese convenient store LAWSON to sell Fukushima peach bread

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/11/japanese-convenient-store-lawson-to-sell-fukushima-peach-bread/

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Officials “Aghast”: High levels of cesium detected far from Fukushima — Radioactivity up sharply in mushrooms 100s of kilometers away — Over 2,000% increase in Tochigi

http://enenews.com/officials-aghast-high-levels-of-cesium-detected-far-from-fukushima-radioactivity-up-sharply-in-mushrooms-100s-of-kilometers-away

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Fukushima releases full expert panel minutes on internal radiation exposure

FUKUSHIMA — The Fukushima Prefectural Government on Nov. 19 revealed the full minutes of an expert panel meeting on internal radiation exposure following revelations that significant portions of a previous release had been deleted.

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121120p2a00m0na009000c.html

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Professor: “Really disturbed” by recent solar flares — We could have lots Fukushima-type events if one causes power blackout (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/professor-really-disturbed-solar-flares-week-could-lots-fukushima-type-events-around-one-power-blackout-all-hell-could-break-lose-video

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Too little, too late?

Japan to set nuclear evacuation standards

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20121122_31.html

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Newspaper: Japanese evacuating country because of radiation — “Passport issuance growing sharply” — “Increase is attracting attention”

http://enenews.com/newspaper-japanese-leaving-country-because-radiation-passport-issuance-growing-sharply-deep-distrust-govt

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Hamaoka NPP in Shizuoka

Japan reactor likely wrecked by seawater during 2011 accident — Holes penetrated through metal — Problems from microorganisms?

http://enenews.com/asahi-japan-reactor-likely-wrecked-by-seawater-during-2011-accident-corroded-holes-through-metal-problems-from-microorganisms

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Overlay of the range of the Chernobyl accident on Japan, with the epicenter over the Hamaoka NPP, Shizuoka Prefecture. 

(Source, Stop all NPP’s Facebook page)

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This is important! In certain prefectures, when electric companies insert fuel rods, they are subject to a hefty tax. That tax money goes to pay for things like new roads and infrastructure for the areas around the NPP. Fukushima is saying “No, thank you” to NPPs. Take away the tax, the less local people get in “freebies”, the less the people will rely on NPP for these things. Now, it is up to the Fukushima prefecture to figure out how to get the people out – especially the children – and move them to a safe distance away from the areas which cannot be “decontaminated”, which is ALL of them. Fukushima and other prefectures have got to work together to provide assistance for the families in terms of relocation, schooling, and jobs.

Fukushima Prefecture to abolish nuclear fuel tax

The Fukushima Prefectural Government announced Nov. 19 that it will abolish a nuclear fuel tax imposed on Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), becoming the first prefecture to do so among the 13 in Japan that impose such taxes.

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Latest Numbers on Thyroid Testing in Fukushima (November 1, 2012)

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/11/latest-numbers-on-thyroid-testing-in.html 

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Radioactive Japan: A Small Victory in Osaka City? Disaster Debris Test Burn on November 24 Halted?

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/11/radioactive-japan-small-victory-in.html

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Serious health problems after entering Fukushima evacuation zone (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/watch-serious-health-problems-after-entering-fukushima-evacuation-zone-video

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Most contaminated animal since 3/11 found 50km south of Fukushima plant (VIDEO)

33,000 Bq/kg cesium

http://enenews.com/highest-yet-over-30000-bqkg-of-cesium-detected-in-wild-boar-50-km-south-from-fukushima-plant

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Nuclear policy splits parties into 2 camps for candidates in Tokyo governor race

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121122p2a00m0na009000c.html

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Stop this madness! Rates go up. Companies forced (?!) to move their operations to other countries. Unemployment increases.

GO SOLAR/WIND/GEOTHERMAL/HYDRO  NOW!

Utility may up rates beyond hike eyed for April

Kepco plans two reactor restarts

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121123a1.html

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Protests continue against the restart of the Oi Nuclear Power Plant

 

Add your voice to others tonight at the protest in Nagoya.

6:00-8:00 pm.

Takaoka Station, Exit #1.

Bring noisemakers, posters, and a warm jacket.

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If it weren’t so serious, it might be funny.

‘Nuclear firewalker’ robot for Fukushima unveiled amid great publicity — Freezes onstage, carried away (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/new-nuclear-proof-robot-for-fukushima-unveiled-amid-great-publicity-freezes-onstage-has-to-be-carried-away-photo

More here:

Toshiba’s Robot for #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Is a Dud, Japanese Media Is Mum on Shortcomings as Toshiba Tries to Sell to TEPCO

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/11/toshibas-robot-for-fukushima-i-nuke.html

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Radioactivity and Health

Posted by Barbara Gottlieb and John Rachow, MD PhD on October 31, 2012

http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/environmental-health-policy-institute/radioactivity-and-health.html

Costs and Consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster

By Steven Starr

October 31, 2012

http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/environmental-health-policy-institute/responses/costs-and-consequences-of-fukushima.html

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Safecast, The Film

Adrian Storey

They also have an app for iPad, iPod, and iPhone.

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Photos by Teppei of the Friday night protests outside the Prime Minister’s official residence in Tokyo.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.410915015643878.99285.100001761490534&type=3

And by the way, the protests continue every Friday night in Osaka, Nagoya, and (not sure what day) in Hokkaido, Kanagawa, Fukuoka, Kyoto, etc. Check out the Independent Web Journal live casts at:

http://iwj.co.jp/channels/main/

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German TV: 42% of Fukushima children now with thyroid disorders — Official blames too much seafood? (VIDEO)

 http://enenews.com/german-tv-42-of-fukushima-children-now-with-thyroid-disorders-official-blames-too-much-seafood-video

German TV channel ZDF’s segment on the Fukushima Health Survey translated by SImplyInfo:

[…] The number of thyroid disorders has jumped. Fukushima City this morning: the health commission of the prefecture presents the newest numbers of children tests, one and a half years after the disaster. More than 42% of 57,000 tested children have nodules or cyst, reports Dr. Suzuki who leads the examinations. In Chernobyl they found only 0.1 – 1%. nobody of the experts asks for the reasons. In the afternoon, in Minamisoma, Dr. Suzuki wants to inform concerned citizens. He explains the results mainly by improved diagnosis methods, but people don’t believe him. […] There are no refererence studies, Dr. Suzuki tells us, and maybe the children simply took too much iodine or seafood. He doesn’t know if this has something to do with radiation. “We are mainly here to inform the parents of the results of our study.” But what do such results mean to parents without proper explanations? The official handling of the disaster is more than questionable. Many people have completely lost trust in government and believe that the disaster is played down to protect the mighty nuclear industry of Japan.”

As SimplyInfo notes:

Dr. Suzuki’s claim on iodine levels and seafood consumption are actually the opposite of how this works. Seafood consumption increases dietary iodine. The traditional Japanese diet is high in iodine. Dietary iodine is radioprotective (protects the thyroid from taking in radioactive iodine). Dietary iodine also protects they thyroid from creating goiters and other thyroid problems.

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Is Thyroid Cancer in Children Rare in Japan?

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/11/is-thyroid-cancer-in-children-rare-in.html

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Fukushima health survey committee chair apologizes over secret meetings

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121119p2a00m0na017000c.html

 

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Award-winning community center unveiled in tsunami-hit city

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121119p2a00m0na013000c.html

 

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Old news, but important:

 

Radiation On West Coast of North America Could End Up Being 10 Times HIGHER than in Japan

Posted on July 16, 2012 by

 http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/07/radiation-in-west-coast-of-north-america-could-be-10-times-higher-than-japan.html

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Missed this one on 16 Nov. from J T:

Fault study at Oi nuke plant may impact all offline reactors

Noted geologist worries warning signs will continue to go unheeded

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121116f1.html#at_pco=cfd-1.0

(h/t S.O.)

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Police Raid Video Blogger’s Home in Japan

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/11/15/police-raid-video-bloggers-home-in-japan/

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Easier ways introduced to expedite relocation, rebuilding in tsunami-hit areas

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121118p2a00m0na002000c.html

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Radioactive Japan: Another Child Suspected of Thyroid Cancer in #Fukushima, Found During the First-Round Thyroid Screening Test

(UPDATE) Kyodo News just reported it was a girl, age 16 to 18.

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/11/radioactive-japan-another-child.html

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Women of Fukushima (Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Women-of-Fukushima/421693721210035

 

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Just found this. If there are any educators out there, you might be interested. It’s a pdf of a variety of syllabi used at universities around the globe concerning the 3.11 disaster.

Teaching 3.11 Syllabi Collection

The syllabi that you will find below consists of syllabi that were presented at our workshop (which can also be downloaded as a compiled pdf document as well as syllabi that other individuals have kindly sent in. Below the list of syllabi you will also find a list of other relevant sources and links. If you would like to have your syllabi, blog, or other resource listed on this webpage please email us [diricc(at)sophia.ac.jp].

http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/html/events/2012-2013/Teaching_3.11_syllabi.html

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Even Low-Level Radioactivity Is Damaging, Scientists Conclude

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121113134224.htm

ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2012) — Even the very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life, scientists have concluded in the Cambridge Philosophical Society’s journalBiological Reviews. Reporting the results of a wide-ranging analysis of 46 peer-reviewed studies published over the past 40 years, researchers from the University of South Carolina and the University of Paris-Sud found that variation in low-level, natural background radiation was found to have small, but highly statistically significant, negative effects on DNA as well as several measures of health.

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Very informative!

Stances of Japanese political parties on nuclear power

http://tenthousandthingsfromkyoto.blogspot.jp/2012/11/stances-of-japanese-political-parties.html

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The Guardian posts Fukushima film: Reactors not repaired at all — With one more quake Japan will cease to exist; Resulting destruction will take half of planet along with it (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/guardian-posts-fukushima-film-reactors-not-repaired-at-all-with-one-more-quake-japan-will-cease-to-exist-the-resulting-destruction-will-take-half-the-planet-along-with-it-video

Watch video here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2012/nov/16/cpm-703-after-fukushima-video

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cpm-703 A Film by Jake Price

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/703712189/cpm-703?ref=live

4 days left to fund this project.

Ends 21 Nov, 2012

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Researchers: Continuing radioactive leaks from Fukushima Daiichi — “There must be a source” — 300,000,000,000 becquerels a month thought entering Pacific

http://enenews.com/continuing-radioactive-leaks-from-fukushima-there-must-be-a-source-says-researcher-300000000000-becquerels-estimated-into-pacific-each-month

Ocean still suffering from Fukushima fallout

Continuing leaks and contaminated sediment keep radiation levels high.

http://www.nature.com/news/ocean-still-suffering-from-fukushima-fallout-1.11823

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Radioactive Japan: Fukushima’s Radiation Monitoring Posts Attract Residents’ Anger

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/11/radioactive-japan-fukushimas-radiation.html

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Worries over highly radioactive fish prompt study

http://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org/articles/worries-over-highly-radioactive-fish-prompt-study.html

Article from Asahi Shimbun:

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201211130032

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Nuclear Engineer: To me it means Tepco knows about a rip in spent fuel pool liner at Fukushima Unit 3 (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/nuclear-engineer-curing-material-unit-3-means-tepco-about-tear-rip-spent-fuel-pool-liner-video

Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator and engineer: One of the Tepco releases that really intrigued me was that there is something called ‘curing material’.

Now that means, to me it means they know about a tear or a rip in the spent fuel pool liner.

And they don’t come out and say — a lot of this stuff you have to read between the lines — there’s something called ‘curing material’ […] what it means to me is they tried to repair with some sort of epoxy and something that needs to cure or cure time on it before they can proceed. Which means that water’s actually being held in not by the stainless steel liner, but by the concrete structure around, that’s not really a great situation to be in.

They didn’t come flat out and say it but I’m going to stick my neck out and say if they’re trying to seal up cracks and everything else, that’s how I would do it too. And so that’s happening now, we’ll see where that comes and I’ll stay on top of it.

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Mother: I want the world to know Fukushima is in a state of dying — I reaffirmed severe radioactive contamination — I alone can’t do anything, I tried (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/mother-world-fukushima-state-dying-alone-anything-severe-radioactive-contamination-video

Fukushima is not a city where people can live.

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8,000 turn out in the rain in Tokyo to protest nuclear power in Japan

国会周辺で脱原発訴え大規模集会 雨の中、8千人が参加

http://www.47news.jp/CN/201211/CN2012111101001726.html

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Top Nuclear Official: Japan in “desperate, seemingly endless battle with radiation” — “Seemingly infinite damage to the daily life of residents”

http://enenews.com/top-nuclear-official-japan-desperate-seemingly-endless-battle-radiation-seemingly-infinite-damage-daily-life-residents

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Fault under Japan nuclear plant ‘may be active’

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10846687

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Local media are too vague on Fukushima radiation risk

 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fd20121111pb.html

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Apples from #Fukushima to Be Exported to Thailand

http://ex-skf.blogspot.ca/2012/11/apples-from-fukushima-to-be-exported-to.html

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33,000 tons of quake debris to reach N. America by June 2013

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121110p2g00m0dm025000c.html

33,000 tons of debris to land in June

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121111b8.html

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NHK: Paper towels are best way to decontaminate Japan — Outside of homes wiped down by hand (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/nhk-paper-towels-best-decontaminate-japan-wiping-down-house-hand-preferred-remove-fukushima-contamination-really-makes-video

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Editorial: TEPCO’s request for more funds a payback for gov’t dodging responsibility

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20121112p2a00m0na014000c.html

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12778.74Bq/kg of cesium from the HEPA filter of air cleaner in Yokohama

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/11/12778-74bqkg-of-cesium-from-the-hepa-filter-of-air-cleaner-in-yokohama/

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Over 9.999 μSv/h in Edogawaku Tokyo

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/11/over-9-999-μsvh-in-edogawaku-tokyo/

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350 Bq/Kg of cesium from mushroom in Shizuoka

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/11/350-bqkg-of-cesium-from-mushroom-in-shizuoka/

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Radioactive Japan: Fukushima Girls Road Race Is On, Right Now, Again

How time flies. It seems like only yesterday that Ireported on the “ekiden” road race held in high-radiation Fukushima City, with girls as young as 13 years old.

It’s on this year again. They did it last year, when the contamination was more severe. So why not this year?

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