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776 days since 3.11.  

Only 40 years to go, give or take 40,000 years.

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Fukushima kids sue for evacuation

 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/04/18/national/fukushima-kids-sue-for-evacuation/#.UXbo4b9rhzX

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The Asia-Pacific Journal, Volume 11, Issue 16 No. 1, April 22, 2013.

An appeal for improving labour conditions of Fukushima Daiichi workers 賛同人募集「福島第一の原発作業員の待遇改善を要求しよ

http://japanfocus.org/-Sumi-Hasegawa/3930

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Radioactive mud in Fukushima school pools tops 100,000 becquerels

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201304220072

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Fukushima water leaks still affect local fishermen

The Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan has had numerous radioactive water leaks since the devastating earthquake two years ago. 04-22-2013

http://www.news10.net/video/default.aspx?bctid=2317754622001

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CNN shows diagram of nuclear material leaking from Fukushima reactor — “Tepco always says it’s alright… it always turns out they’re not telling the truth”

http://enenews.com/cnn-shows-diagram-nuclear-material-leaking-fukushima-reactor-tepco-always-alright-always-turns-theyre-telling-truth-video

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Asahi: Gov’t had plan to inject cement into Fukushima reactors using pipes a mile away

http://enenews.com/asahi-govt-had-plan-to-inject-cement-into-fukushima-reactors-using-pipes-a-mile-away

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Dead rats halt Fukushima cooling system

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20130422_32.html

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Unfortunately, Nagoya citizens were not as bright. Responsibility is on their shoulders should anything happen to Hamaoka.

Anti-reactor restart mayors victorious in Shizuoka elections

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130422p2a00m0na015000c.html

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Wonder how much money/pressure will flow into these “local” areas to gain their consent…

Japan may restart nuclear reactors from fall: Motegi

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/04/24/national/japan-may-restart-nuclear-reactors-from-fall-motegi/#.UXer5b9rhzU
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Radioactive Japan: Minister of Economy Declares on TV That Nuke Plants Will Restart As Soon As This Fall

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/04/radioactive-japan-minister-of-economy.html

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IAEA Team’s Initial Review of Japan’s Plans to Decommission #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: “Define an end-state of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station site”

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CTBT measured unusually high level of Xe-133 and Xe-131m 4/8~4/9, Vienna “It’s due to N. Korea”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/ctbt-measured-unusually-high-level-of-xe-133-and-xe-131m-4849-vienna-its-due-to-n-korea/

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According to CTBT, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty’s radiation monitoring post in Takasaki Gunma, unusual level of Xe-133 and Xe-131m were measured from 4/8 ~ 4/9/2013.

CTBT in Japan comments Xe-133 has been lower than 0.64 mBq/m3 and Xe-131m has been lower than 0.21 mBq/m3 in the past 15 months. The detected level was unusually high. However, it has been over the normal range occasionally.

On 4/23/2013, CTBTO in Vienna announced the readings of Xe-133 and Xe-131m are due to the nuclear test of N. Korea back in February.

They reported this,

The CTBTO’s radionuclide network has made a significant detection of radioactive noble gases that could be attributed to the nuclear test announced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 12 February 2013.
The detection was made at the radionuclide station in Takasaki, Japan, located at around 1,000 kilometres, or 620 miles, from the DPRK test site. Lower levels were picked up at another station in Ussuriysk, Russia. Two radioactive isotopes of the noble gas xenon were identified, xenon-131m and xenon-133, which provide reliable information on the nuclear nature of the source.
The ratio of the detected xenon isotopes is consistent with a nuclear fission event occurring more than 50 days before the detection (nuclear fission can occur in both nuclear explosions and nuclear energy production). This coincides very well with announced nuclear test by the DPRK that occurred on 12 February 2013, 55 days before the measurement.
Using Atmospheric Transport Modelling (ATM), which calculates the three-dimensional travel path of airborne radioactivity on the basis of weather data, the DPRK test site was identified as a possible source for the emission. Watch the video here.
CTBTO radionuclide expert Mika Nikkinen said: “We are in the process of eliminating other possible sources that could explain the observations; the radionuclides could have come from a nuclear reactor or other nuclear activity under certain specific conditions, but so far we do not have information on such a release.”
On 12 February, the DPRK event was detected immediately, reliably and precisely by 94 seismic stations and two infrasound stations of the CTBTO’s International Monitoring System. The first data were made available to CTBTO Member States in little more than one hour, and before the DPRK announced that it had conducted a nuclear test.
The event recorded at 02.57.51 (UTC) was found to have a magnitude of 4.9 using the CTBTO International Data Centre’s magnitude scale. The location was in the vicinity of the two previous nuclear tests (Lat.: 41.313 degrees north; long.: 129.101 degrees east).

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In Mie…

[Not radiation effect] Mutated cabbage with 4 small ones outside and 10 inside, produced in western JP

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/not-radiation-effect-mutated-cabbage-with-4-small-ones-outside-and-10-inside-produced-in-western-jp/
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IAEA Visit to #Fukushima I Nuke Plant on April 17, 2013

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/04/iaea-visit-to-fukushima-i-nuke-plant-on.html

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Japanese court’s verdict on request to shut down nuclear plant puzzling

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Radiation researcher in Ibaraki got two thyroid cysts

Fukushima Diary is following this radiation researcher of citizen.

(cf, [It happens] 0.60~0.80 μSv/h measured from a man in Ibaraki directly on his body [URL])

(cf, Radiation researcher “Social welfare service corporation for children stopped us from measuring radiation” [URL])

They had the thyroid test in Iwaki city Fukushima. The laboratory is “Iwaki citizens’ radiation measurement station -Tarachine”. It’s supported by the chief editor of Days Japan, Hirokawa and the citizens in Iwaki city.

The laboratory offers whole body counter test, food test and ultrasound scan of thyroid.

The result of the thyroid test shows the researcher has 4mm of a thyroid cyst on the right side and 2mm of a cyst on the left side.

The researcher has been in the highly contaminated areas. Unfortunately, he might have been affected.

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#97: CHERNOBYL’S LEGACY – Yablokov, Dr. Janette Sherman, Chernobyl Survivor Bonnie Kouneva

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DOWNLOAD HERE:

http://lhalevy.audioacrobat.com/download/c7e87006-8c8e-bf2a-47a3-5242052671d5.mp3

INTERVIEWS:

Three special interviews on the legacy of Chernobyl and the implications to Fukushima and the future of the people of Japan:

  • Chernobyl survivor Bonnie Kouneva, who as a 16-year-old lived in Bulgaria, 800 miles away from the nuclear disaster… but not far enough.
  • Dr. Alexei Yablokov, who compiled over 5,000 research papers in multiple languages for the book, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, as well as co-founding Greenpeace, Russia.
  • Dr. Janette Sherman, known for her work with Joseph Mangano as well as editing the English translation of Alexei Yablokov’s  book.

PLUS:

  • Los Angeles City Council votes unanimously to tell NRC to hold So Cal Edison to an Adjudicated Evidentiary Hearing on San Onofre – a BIG WIN!
  • Florida House committee passes bill to prevent Progress Energy from charging customers for the development of nuclear plants before they even obtain a license to build the sucker!
  • Shut It Down Affinity Group gets arrested yet again for blocking the driveway of Entergy’s Vermont Yankee NPP:

Ellen Graves is holding picture of Jaczko and Frances Crowe is holding the word-only poster. Photo by Hattie Nestle.

Ellen Graves (L) and Frances Crowe (R) — two Vermont Yankees blocking Vermont Yankee.  Photo by Hattie Nestle.

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Plutonium-238 from Fukushima plant detected for first time offshore — Tepco reveals data 9 months later

http://enenews.com/plutonium-fukushima-plant-detected-tepco-announces-findings-9-months-later

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Bloomberg: Increasing risk that Fukushima radioactive waste being dumped into Pacific Ocean

http://enenews.com/bloomberg-increasing-risk-of-fukushima-radioactive-waste-being-intentionally-dumped-into-pacific

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Transfer of radioactive water to be delayed at Fukushima plant

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130414p2g00m0dm004000c.html

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[Official monitoring post] “Comparing with personal dosimeter is banned”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/official-monitoring-post-comparing-with-personal-dosimeter-is-banned/

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Triathlon to be held in Haruna lake in Gunma, “80 million pond smelt eggs extinct, 340 Bq/Kg from surviving fish”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/triathlon-to-be-held-in-haruna-lake-in-gunma-80-million-pond-smelt-eggs-extinct-340-bqkg-from-surviving-fish/

Posted by Mochizuki on April 16th, 2013 ·

According to Takasaki city government in Gunma, they are going to hold triathlon in Haruna lake this summer.

The entrants are from 6 years old.

They are to swim in the lake.

Haruna lake is known to be a resort place, the altitude is 1,000m, the surface area is 1.15km2.

The pond smelt fishing is one of their sightseeing activities but they couldn’t even conduct the radiation test due to the lack of samples.

In 2012, they released 80 million eggs of pond smelt but they were all extinct.

(cf, 80 million eggs of pond smelt became extinct in Gunma [URL])

In 2013, they managed to collect only 4 smelt samples, but 340 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137 was measured. They gave up lifting the fishing restriction of pond smelt this year too.

(cf, Japanese pond smelt gone nearly extinct in Haruna lake Gunma, can’t even find a sample for radiation test [URL 2])

(cf, Only 4 smelt samples collected in Haruna lake, 340Bq/Kg measured but fishing restriction is lifted [URL 3])

This is the first time for them to hold triathlon in Haruna lake. It’s from 7/20 to 7/21/2013. It’s usually banned swimming in this lake.

6 ~ 9 years old children are to swim for 50m, Junior high school and high school students are to swim for 200m.

The fee is 3,000 ~ 21,000 JPY.

The radiation level of the lake water is not announced.

http://www.city.takasaki.gunma.jp/kou-t/25-4-15/documents/25415-24.pdf

 

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Fukushima I Nuke Plant Pond Leak of April 2013: TEPCO Started Transfering 900 Tonnes of Post-RO Waste Water from Pond No.2 to a Steel Tank, Will Take 6 Days

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/04/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-pond-leak-of_17.html 

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Tepco plans to transfer contaminated water to suppression pool of reactor5 and 6 in emergency

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/tepco-plans-to-transfer-contaminated-water-to-suppression-pool-of-reactor5-and-6-in-emergency/

 

Posted by Mochizuki on April 16th, 2013

As to the major leakage of highly contaminated water, Tepco is planning to transfer 23,600 tones of water to the tanks.

However, those tanks don’t exist yet. Because they have to build the tanks, the water leakage won’t be fixed until June.

(cf, Major leakage can’t be fixed until early June [URL])

On 4/15/2013, Tepco announced they would transfer water to the suppression pools of reactor5 and 6 in case of emergency.

Suppression chamber is one of the major coolant systems of the reactor.

The reservoirs stock concentrated radioactive salt water. It would seriously damage the suppression chambers as well.

The suppression chambers must have had coolant water inside. It is not announced where the water was moved.

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Day 766 of this ongoing disaster.

Former Chairman of Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Reactors Should Be Phased Out

http://enformable.com/2013/04/former-chairman-of-nuclear-regulatory-commission-reactors-should-be-phased-out/

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Activists protest government suit to have anti-nuke tents removed

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201304090068?fb_action_ids=369299503185233%2C369298706518646%2C369288069853043&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%22369299503185233%22%3A284208438379958%2C%22369298706518646%22%3A566786360008974%2C%22369288069853043%22%3A637826892901094%7D&action_type_map=%7B%22369299503185233%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%2C%22369298706518646%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%2C%22369288069853043%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%7D&action_ref_map

(Asahi… do you think you could make your URLs a little shorter?)

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Bloomberg: Radioactive water from Fukushima reactors to be dumped in Pacific? “It’s obvious they can’t keep storing it forever”

http://enenews.com/bloomberg-tepco-to-dump-radioactive-water-from-fukushima-reactors-into-pacific-its-obvious-they-cant-keep-storing-it-forever

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TEPCO yet to nail down cause of radioactive leaks at Fukushima plant

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130413p2g00m0dm053000c.html

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TEPCO To Remove Water From Ponds By June

http://www.simplyinfo.org/?p=10187

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[Spreading leakage] Radiation detected from Southwest side of reservoir No.1 too

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/spreading-leakage-radiation-detected-from-southwest-side-of-reservoir-no-1-too/

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Fukushima I Nuke Plant Pond Leak of April 2013: All 7 In-the-Ground Water Storage Ponds Are Leaking Radioactive (Beta) Water

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/04/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-pond-leak-of.html

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[Sea contamination] 430,000 Bq/Kg measured from greenling and spotbelly rockfish, “4,300 times much as safety limit”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/marine-contamination-430000-bqkg-measured-from-greenling-and-spotbelly-rockfish-4300-times-much-as-safety-limit/

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IAEA sends experts to damaged Fukushima plant

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POINT OF VIEW/ Daniel P. Aldrich: Bottom-up initiatives needed to move forward after 3/11

More than two years after the 3/11 disaster, a tremendous amount of tsunami debris remains uncollected throughout Japan’s Tohoku region. In municipalties like Rikuzentakata, Kamaishi and Ofunato that were slammed by the massive tsunami, only 37 percent of the concrete, debris and household materials that litter the ground has been picked up so far.

As locals ponder whether to exit their often isolated, low-quality
temporary housing to move inland toward cities like Morioka and
Sendai, they look closely at the conditions in the area. Aesthetics
matter to residents who remain undecided about whether to rebuild their wrecked homes or move on to greener pastures.

The inaction is partly due to cities, towns and villages being plagued by bureaucratic gridlock; many local communities have not yet reached agreement on issues such as collective housing relocation, with younger residents seeking to move to higher ground and older ones hoping to remain by the ocean.

See the full OpEd at
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/opinion/AJ201304070014

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The Asia-Pacific Journal, Volume 11, Issue No. 13, No. 2, April 1, 2013

Ikeda Manabu, the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, and Disaster/Nuclear Art in Japan  
池田学、2011年東日本大震災、そして災害と放射能に関する美術

Asato Ikeda

http://japanfocus.org/-Asato-Ikeda/3922

 

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And in the English channel…

High Potential for Danger: Barrels of nuclear waste found by journalists — 60 trillion becquerels of radioactivity dumped (PHOTO)

http://enenews.com/high-potential-for-danger-barrels-of-nuclear-waste-found-by-journalists-over-60-trillion-becquerels-of-radioactivity-dumped

 

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FUKUSHIMA: MEMORIES OF A LOST LANDSCAPE

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013       7:00 PM
Auditorium, Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
Yale University

Director, Camera, Editor: MATSUBAYASHI Yojyu
Sound: NAKAGAWA Kyuya
Production: 3JoMa Film Distribution: TOFOO.LLC
JAPAN / 2011 / Japanese / Color / HD / 109 min

The Enei district of Minami Soma town lies within the 20 km exclusion site of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. In early April 2011, immediately after the devastating tsunami and nuclear meltdown forced people to evacuate the area, filmmaker Matsubayashi rushed here with relief goods. From a chance meeting with city councilor Tanaka Kyoko, he begins making this film. Living together with the evacuees in school classrooms designated as temporary evacuation sites, he captures an extraordinary time period in the lives of the local people, in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Interspersed with humorous episodes and loving emotions, the film delves into memories of a local culture that has been taken away by the tragedy. The cherry blossoms of April 2011 were as beautiful as ever.

http://www.somakanka.com/eng.html

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More on the all the leaks…

NYT: New leak at Fukushima Daiichi — Tepco accused of cover-up

http://enenews.com/nyt-new-leak-at-fukushima-daiichi-tepco-accused-of-cover-up

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Fukushima worker “All the other water reservoirs may leak too”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/fukushima-worker-all-the-other-water-reservoirs-may-leak-too/

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Latest on Ever-Changing #Fukushima I Nuke Plant In-The-Ground Water Storage Leak: Now the Pond No.1 Is Also Leaking

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/04/latest-on-ever-changing-fukushima-i.html

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[Out of control] Tepco admitted the possibility reservoir No.1 also leaking

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/out-of-control-tepco-admitted-the-possibility-reservoir-no-1-also-leaking/

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Asahi: ALL radioactive water storage tanks at Fukushima Daiichi leaking? “We are giving priority to the No. 2 tank, whose conditions are worse”

http://enenews.com/asahi-all-radioactive-water-storage-tanks-at-fukushima-daiichi-leaking-we-are-giving-priority-to-the-no-2-tank-whose-conditions-are-worse

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Beta nuclide detected from 4 more contaminated water reservoirs

 http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/beta-nuclide-detected-from-4-more-contaminated-water-reservoirs/

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Tepco “It was 0.3 ~ 3L that leaked from reservoir No.3″

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/tepco-it-was-0-3-3l-that-leaked-from-reservoir-no-3/

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Questions arise over whether poor workmanship or design led to leak of radioactive water

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130409p2a00m0na015000c.html

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And other news…

Silt fence within Fukushima nuclear plant port disconnected, highly contaminated fish discharged

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/silt-fence-within-fukushima-nuclear-plant-port-disconnected-highly-contaminated-fish-discharged/

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Gov’t starts pre-survey on candidate site for contaminated soil storage in Fukushima

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130409p2a00m0na011000c.html

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Mayor of Namie asks for cooperation in disaster recovery

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/silt-fence-within-fukushima-nuclear-plant-port-disconnected-highly-contaminated-fish-discharged/

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67 Tera Bq/km2 of Te-129 measured from rainwater in Gunma on 3/16/2011

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/67-tera-bqkm2-of-te-129-measured-from-rainwater-in-gunma-on-3162011/

 

According to MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), 67 Tera Bq/Km2 (67,000,000,000,000 Bq/Km2) of Te-129 was measured from rainwater in Gunma prefecture on 3/16/2011.

The report was published in Feb. 2013.

The half-life is 33.6 days. It’s from Sb-129 by beta decay. It turns to be I-129 (Half-life : 15,700,000 years).

From the data base of MEXT, Te-129 had not been detected from rainwater from 1957. 4 to 2010. 3.

 

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Fish from 2011 tsunami washes up alive in Washington – video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/apr/07/fish-2011-tsunami-washington-video

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2 videos from the 1950s. For the last two years, many people, children included, have been complaining of these symptoms, yet doctors and government officials are still not taking them seriously. 

Civil Defense Authority PSA on Fallout

2 of 2 :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv8fzGx6s_c
1 of 2 :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgA0WdtpFlg&feature=player_embedded

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Biggest news the past few days: the water leaks at FD1

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“The whole amount of radioactivity in the leaked water is estimated at about 710 gigabecquerel, TEPCO said.”
There is no longer a storage location of the polluted water.TEPCO has to cool the nuclear fuel until decommissioning. By when??

Press Releases 2013 via TEPCO./http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/index-e.html
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2013/1226140_5130.html

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About the first tank leak….

Tepco has emergency press conference about new highly radioactive leak at Fukushima Daiichi

 http://enenews.com/tepco-to-hold-emergency-press-conference-about-new-leak-of-highly-radioactive-substance

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Kyodo: Radioactive leak is up to 120 tons from Fukushima Daiichi tank (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/kyodo-radioactive-leak-is-up-to-120-tons-from-fukushima-daiichi-tank-video

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[13,000m3] Tepco takes 2 weeks to stop water leaking, Worker “could be due to the extremely high level of radiation”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/13000m3-tepco-takes-2-weeks-to-stop-water-leaking-worker-could-be-due-to-the-extremely-high-level-of-radiation/

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[The worst senario] Extremely highly contaminated water leaking to underground, emergency press conference soon

 http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/the-worst-senario-extremely-highly-contaminated-water-leaking-to-underground-emergency-press-conference-soon/

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Tepco: Immediate environmental concern due to radioactive leak at Fukushima plant — ‘Rupture’ allowed contamination to escape — May already be in groundwater

http://enenews.com/tepco-immediate-environmental-concern-due-to-radioactive-leak-at-fukushima-plant-rupture-allowed-contamination-to-escape-may-already-be-in-groundwater

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Fukushima reservoir tank may have leaked contaminated water

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/04/218024.html

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Fukushima tank springs major leak

Around 120 tons of contaminated water with 710 billion becquerels of radioactivity probably leaked into the ground under the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, Tepco says.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/04/07/national/fukushima-tank-springs-major-leak/

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TEPCO removing radioactive water

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20130406_13.html

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About the SECOND tank leak…

Contaminated water likely leaked from second Fukushima tank

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130407p2g00m0dm004000c.html

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[Out of control] Tepco admitted another contaminated water reservoir leaking as well

 http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/out-of-control-tepco-admitted-another-contaminated-water-reservoir-leaking-as-well/

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52.15 microSv/h, 1cm from road side dust, Namie, Fukushima pref.

 

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New Fukushima facility shrinks nuclear sludge

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20130406_22.html

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Deductions strip daily wage of nuclear cleanup workers down to 1,000 yen

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130405p2a00m0na014000c.html

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56,100 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137 from the filter of air cleaner in Yokohama, 253km from Fukushima plant

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/56100-bqkg-of-cs-134137-from-the-filter-of-air-cleaner-in-yokohama-253km-from-fukushima-plant/

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Tecpo shows groundwater flowing from Fukushima reactors into ocean

http://enenews.com/tecpo-shows-groundwater-flowing-from-fukushima-reactors-into-ocean-photo

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61,000 Bq/Kg from wild boar meat in Fukushima, the highest reading ever

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/61000-bqkg-from-wild-boar-meat-in-fukushima-the-highest-reading-ever/

 

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1,230,000 Bq/Kg of I-131 was measured from vegetation on 3/15/2011

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/1230000-bqkg-of-i-131-was-measured-from-vegetation-on-3152011/

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News Navigator: How was estimated damage from Nankai Trough quake calculated?

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20130402p2a00m0na001000c.html

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Nuclear authority to require new inspections

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20130403_28.html

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Plant dust monitoring post alarmed, Fukushima workers ordered to wear full-face mask

 

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/04/plant-dust-monitoring-post-alarmed-fukushima-workers-ordered-to-wear-full-face-mask/

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US Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board: Hanford Nuclear Waste Tanks Could Explode Because of Hydrogen Buildup

 

 

 

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UPI: ‘Shellfish gone near damaged nuke plant’ — Researcher: Likely extinct because of Fukushima nuclear crisis

http://enenews.com/upi-shellfish-gone-near-damaged-nuke-plant-japan-researcher-extinction-likely-caused-by-fukushima-nuclear-crisis

 

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GLOBAL RESEARCH ONLINE INTERACTIVE READER SERIES

Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War

The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation

Michel Chossudovsky (Editor)

I-Book No. 3, January 25  2012

Global Research’s Online Interactive I-Book Reader brings together, in the form of chapters, a collection of Global Research feature articles and videos, including debate and analysis, on a broad theme or subject matter. 

 

In this Interactive Online I-Book we bring to the attention of our readers an important collection of articles, reports and video material on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and its impacts (scroll down for the Table of Contents).

To consult our Online Interactive I-Book Reader Series, click here.

INTRODUCTION

The World is at a critical crossroads. The Fukushima disaster in Japan has brought to the forefront the dangers of Worldwide nuclear radiation.

The crisis in Japan has been described as “a nuclear war without a war”. In the words of renowned novelist Haruki Murakami:

“This time no one dropped a bomb on us … We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives.”

Nuclear radiation –which threatens life on planet earth– is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues of public concern, including the local level crime scene or the tabloid gossip reports on Hollywood celebrities.

While the long-term repercussions of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are yet to be fully assessed, they are far more serious than those pertaining to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine, which resulted in almost one million deaths (New Book Concludes – Chernobyl death toll: 985,000, mostly from cancer Global Research, September 10, 2010, See also Matthew Penney and Mark Selden  The Severity of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster: Comparing Chernobyl and Fukushima, Global Research, May 25, 2011)

 

Continues at:

 

http://www.globalresearch.ca/fukushima-a-nuclear-war-without-a-war-the-unspoken-crisis-of-worldwide-nuclear-radiation/28870

 

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EPA’s Gina McCarthy under scrutiny

EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy under scrutiny 4 key program under her oversight ( #Radiation monitoring) has drawn sharp criticism from its internal watchdog.
Soon after a huge earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011, the EPA announced that its U.S. air-monitoring system had detected very low levels of radioactive material associated with the Japanese disaster.
But, as a critical report from the EPA’s inspector general later detailed, the monitoring network, known as RadNet, was in disarray when radiation began spewing from Fukushima. Fully 20 percent of RadNet monitors across the United States were inoperative, and had been for an average of 130 days.
Monitors in Fontana (San Bernardino County) and San Diego were among the 25 that were inoperative at the time of Fukushima.
In its report, the inspector general faulted maintenance of the monitors and added that implementation of the program was incomplete and years behind schedule. It blamed insufficient oversight from the office McCarthy heads as assistant administrator for air and radiation.
This week, nearly two years after Fukushima, the EPA said only that it is “actively working to address questions and concerns within the inspector general’s report.” The April 2012 inspector general’s report was unequivocal.
“Broken RadNet monitors and late filter changes impaired this critical infrastructure asset,” it said, adding that the agency “did not manage RadNet as a high-priority program.”
The report said that the problems “may reduce the availability and quality of critical data needed to assess radioactive threats to public health.”
The EPA official said this week that even with the broken monitors, the RadNet system was able to provide sufficient data to determine airborne levels of radioactivity from Fukushima, which were “well below any level of public health concern.”
Whoever is nominated by Obama to head the EPA will likely weather a contentious confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
David McCumber is chief of the Hearst Newspapers Washington bureau.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/EPA-s-Gina-McCarthy-under-scrutiny-4299291.php#ixzz2PM4KyFIt

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