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#102 Mar 24 2011 at 6:44 PM Rating: Excellent
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Omena wrote:


********* has already released more radioactive material than Chernobyl did. Also, at least two reactors have a fission process going on within them right now. Don't believe the propaganda by TEPCO and the Japanese government. They've been misrepresenting the situation from the very beginning.

Also, the drinking water in Tokyo is no longer drinkable and the city is almost out of bottled water. It's a nightmare.



I'm sorry but LOL - that is seriously not the case.

When Chernobyl happened every other country world wide (Sweden were the first to notice, they actually notified the russian administration of the scale of the problem) were able to detect massive amounts of radiation. A huge radioactive cloud passed over many countries, most of europe (apart from those that denied the existance of the cloud lol)

Also, it was 6 months I believe before the sarcophagus was finished, sealing the core and finally stopping radiation leaking.

They never got that situation under control, they just put a box over it let's remember that eh!

Edited, Mar 24th 2011 8:46pm by MisterGaribaldi
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#103 Mar 25 2011 at 9:32 AM Rating: Excellent
March 25, 2011

2 Japanese nuclear workers hospitalized for radiation exposure - Los Angeles Times
By Julie Makinen
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-japan-quake-20110325,0,2343279.story
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The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said water in the turbine room where the workers were exposed registered about 10,000 times the level of radiation found in coolant inside a reactor. That could indicate there was damage to the core and a leak through the containment vessel, the agency said.

The two hospitalized workers received a dose of 170 to 180 millisieverts of radiation while laying electrical cables in the basement of the building housing reactor No. 3, officials said. The average American, by comparison, is exposed to 6.2 millisieverts of radiation a year from natural sources, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Water used in the cooling process seeped into the workers' boots and came into contact with their skin, authorities said. The third worker was protected by his clothing. All three were equipped with radiation-detection devices, which sounded an alarm, but they continued to work, officials with Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. That revelation prompted Japanese nuclear officials Friday to call for a review of safety procedures at the site.


Breach in reactor suspected at Japanese nuke plant - theNorthwestern.com
http://www.thenorthwestern.com/article/20110325/OSH0101/110325028/1148/OSH02/Reactor-breach-feared-nuke-plant?odyssey=nav%7Chead

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TOKYO (AP) — A suspected breach in the core of a reactor at the stricken ********* nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, Japanese officials revealed Friday, as the prime minister called the country's ongoing fight to stabilize the plant "very grave and serious."
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The possible breach in Unit 3 might be a crack or a hole in the stainless steel chamber of the reactor core or in the spent fuel pool that's lined with several feet of reinforced concrete. The temperature and pressure inside the core, which holds the fuel rods, remained stable and was far lower than would further melt the core.

Suspicions of a possible breach were raised when two workers waded into water 10,000 times more radioactive than levels normally found in water in or around a reactor and suffered skin burns, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.


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Notice they have now sealed off their boots.

http://www.thenorthwestern.com/article/20110325/OSH0101/110325028/1148/OSH02/Reactor-breach-feared-nuke-plant?odyssey=nav%7Chead
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#104 Mar 25 2011 at 10:10 AM Rating: Default
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To all the doubters, here's my source:

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Run-Rated ********* Radiation Release On Par With, And In Some Cases Greater Than, Chernobyl
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/23/2011 14:14 -0400

Even as the spin continues by both the media and nuclear energy advocates that the dangers from ********* are overblown, calculations done behind the scenes indicate that ********* and Chernobyl are actually very comparable in terms of radioactive particulate release, and in some cases, such as Cesium 137, ********* is already runrating as a worse catastrophe than Chernobyl. From Reuters: "The release of two types of radioactive particles in the first 3-4 days of Japan's nuclear crisis is estimated to have reached 20-50 percent of the amounts from Chernobyl in 10 days, an Austrian expert said on Wednesday. Based on measurements made at monitoring stations in Japan and the United States, Wotawa said the iodine released from ********* in the first three-four days was about 20 percent of that released from Chernobyl during a ten-day period. For Caesium-137, the figure could amount to some 50 percent." In other words, run rating the release of Cesium for a 10 day period, leaked radioactive Cesium is now about 120-150% of what it was during the full blow reactor explosion experiencing during Chernobyl. But yes, aside from the facts, watering the reactor that are certainly melting down (if haven't done so already) should surely have great benefits.
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More from Reuters:

The calculations published by Austria's Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics may add to growing concern in Japan and elsewhere over the contamination of food products such as milk and vegetables in areas near the Japanese reactor site.

The Austrian institute's Dr Gerhard Wotawa stressed the two isotopes from ********* he had sought to estimate -- iodine-131 and caesium-137 -- normally make up only one tenth of total radiation.

Based on measurements made at monitoring stations in Japan and the United States, Wotawa said the iodine released from ********* in the first three-four days was about 20 percent of that released from Chernobyl during a ten-day period.

For Caesium-137, the figure could amount to some 50 percent.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday Japanese authorities had told the Vienna-based agency that radiation dose rates at the plant were decreasing, although the overall situation remained serious.

One U.N. study has estimated Chernobyl, in Ukraine, may over time cause 4,000 to 9,000 extra deaths from cancer.

And there are big differences in the handling of the crises.

"At Chernobyl, the population was not generally aware that the accident had happened," said Malcolm Crick, Secretary of the U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation.

"People in the nearby town of Pripyat were watching the fire from just a kilometre or so away. They were evacuated a day or so later," he said, adding that children kept drinking milk despite risks of contamination.

"In Japan, there was a precautionary evacuation early on," he said, adding "it's too early to make a real assessment of the overall impact."

Japanese authorities also distributed units of stable iodine which can help protect against radioactive iodine.

Unfortunately following today's news that radiation was once again surging to record highs, any temporary lull factored into models should be propmtly discarded. It also begs the question: how soon until the first indications of radiation poisoning start appearing. Somehow we are confident we will not find out until years from now when all the truth surrounding this incident is finally declassified.


Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/article/run-rated-****************************************************************

Japan has been very lucky with weather so far as winds have mainly blown towards the ocean. Here is an animated fallout forecast by ZAMG: http://www.zamg.ac.at/pict/aktuell/20110325_fuku_I-131.gif

MisterGaribaldi wrote:

They never got that situation under control, they just put a box over it let's remember that eh!

That's exactly what they'll end up doing in Japan.


Edited, Mar 25th 2011 12:11pm by Omena

Edited, Mar 25th 2011 12:21pm by Omena

Edited, Mar 25th 2011 12:23pm by Omena
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#105 Mar 25 2011 at 10:34 AM Rating: Excellent
That article was written by the fictional character Tyler Durden from Fight Club.



EDIT: I spent a few hours last night searching up everything I could find on Chernobyl. Reports vary wildly. The internet was not quite as all-encompassing in 1986. The Chernobyl disaster caused international attention to be directed toward nuclear power safety that was unprecedented at the time. Finding reliable information from that time period is incredibly difficult.

http://environment.about.com/od/chernobyl/p/chernobyl.htm
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Estimates of the eventual death toll from Chernobyl vary widely. A 2005 report by the Chernobyl Forum—eight U.N. organizations—estimated the accident eventually would cause about 4,000 deaths. Greenpeace places the figure at 93,000 deaths, based on information from the Belarus National Academy of Sciences.


Deathlist from the Chernobyl wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaths_due_to_the_Chernobyl_disaster


If you have the time to read a fully sourced research paper discussing the long term effects of Cesium-137, please try this:
Chernobyl at Ten: Half-lives and Half Truths - by John M. LaForge
http://www.ratical.org/radiation/Chernobyl/Chernobyl@10p2.html#fn12
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Dr. Soyfer further discovered that the Soviets focused on and publicized the fallout's radioactive iodine content, but understated the amounts of other far more dangerous isotopes. While 10 to 15 percent of the fallout was iodine-131, the long-lived radionuclides strontium-90 and cesium-137 made up more than two thirds of the total contamination.
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The British Medical Journal reported in 1995 that the rate of thyroid cancer in the region north of Chernobyl -- Ukraine and Belarus -- is 200 times higher than normal, and the (British) Imperial Cancer Research Fund found a 500 percent increase in thyroid cancers among Ukrainian children between 1986 and 1993.[14]
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Cesium-137 contamination is probably Chernobyl's most devastating and ominous consequence. The body can't distinguish cesium from potassium, so it's taken up by our cells and becomes an internal source of radiation. Cesium-137 is a gamma emitter and its half-life of 30 years means that it stays in the soil, to concentrate in the food chain, for over 300 years. While iodine-131 remains radioactive for six weeks, cesium-137 stays in the body for decades, concentrating in muscle where it irradiates muscle cells and nearby organs.[16]

Strontium-90 is also long-lived and, because it resembles calcium, is permanently incorporated into bone tissue where it may lead to leukemia.
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What everyone does know about nuclear reactors is that they have a record of whole-earth poisoning, and that their potential for more of the same is considered acceptable -- authorized in advance. This potential, for unlimited and uncontrollable radiation "accidents," has been deliberately developed, promoted, protected, ignored and then denied, or forgotten.

Sadly, denial and forgetfulness only make another Chernobyl inevitable.


The conclusion echoes your sentiments, if I understand your concern correctly.

Edited, Mar 25th 2011 1:04pm by SmashingtonWho
#106 Mar 25 2011 at 10:34 AM Rating: Decent
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I'd rather not use Reuters or any media outlet, since they have been spreading some big FUD over all the crisis. Also I'd like to point out the Chernobyl cancer estimates are, in large part, a myth (save the tiroid cancer, but that happened for a different reason). I wonder why some people can still compare a full working reactor exploding (Chernobyl) with a crippled plant that suffered structural damage and some (unknown) damage to the actual reactors, with some of them even sub-critical.
Also, regarding the workers, according to NHK they ignored (idiotically) the readings from their dosimeters, so they probably got an excessive amount of beta radiation (due to some water getting in contact with the skin), resulting in burns.
Also there may be some damage to the actual structure, but the exact details won't be certain until the actual instrumentation is powered up.

For the real lessson learnt from this, a more grounded in reality article: http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/03/25/preliminary-lessons-from-******************************************



Edited, Mar 25th 2011 6:35pm by xizro
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#107 Mar 25 2011 at 12:00 PM Rating: Good
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Japanese officials have reported findings that an unprotected person standing outside 30km NW of ********* would receive an annual dose of radiation in one day.

http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://mainichi.jp/select/weathernews/20110311/news/20110326k0000m040150000c.html&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&usg=ALkJrhh2tnutme6jjzPE-XHtWUXgk3FEeg

Edited, Mar 25th 2011 2:01pm by ForceOfMeh
#108 Mar 25 2011 at 1:44 PM Rating: Excellent
Japan Encourages a Wider Evacuation From Reactor Area - The New York Times
By HIROKO TABUCHI, KEITH BRADSHER and DAVID JOLLY
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/world/asia/26japan.html

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Above: Authorities in protective clothing at a hospital in ********* Prefecture on Friday prepared to transfer to another hospital workers who were exposed to radiation at the ********* Daiichi nuclear plant.

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A senior nuclear executive who insisted on anonymity but has broad contacts in Japan said that there was a long vertical crack running down the side of the reactor [#3] vessel itself. The crack runs down below the water level in the reactor and has been leaking fluids and gases, he said.

The severity of the radiation burns to the injured workers are consistent with contamination by water that had been in contact with damaged fuel rods, the executive said.

“There is a definite, definite crack in the [#3 reactor] vessel — it’s up and down and it’s large,” he said. “The problem with cracks is they do not get smaller.”
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“What we’ve been finding is that in that area life has become quite difficult,” Noriyuki Shikata, deputy cabinet secretary for Mr. Kan said in a telephone interview. “People don’t want to go into the zone to make deliveries.”
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There was some good news. Levels of the radioactive isotope found in Tokyo’s water supply fell Friday for a second day, officials said, dropping to 51 becquerels per liter, well below the country’s stringent maximum for infants.

On Wednesday Tokyo area stores were cleaned out of bottled water after the authorities said the isotope, iodine 131, had been detected in the city’s water supply and cautioned those in the affected areas not to give infants tap water. On Thursday cities in two of Tokyo’s neighboring prefectures, Chiba and Saitama, also reported disturbing levels of radiation in their water.
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Officials continue to be dogged by suspicions that they are not telling the entire story about the radiation leaks. Shunichi Tanaka, former acting chairman of the country’s Atomic Energy Commission, told The Japan Times in an interview published Friday that the government was being irresponsible in forcing people from their homes around the damaged plant without explaining the risks they were facing.


Edited, Mar 25th 2011 4:37pm by SmashingtonWho
#109 Mar 25 2011 at 4:14 PM Rating: Good
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A more technical review, with emphasis on what is currently being done:

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_Fukushima_Daiichi_two_weeks_on_2503111.html
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#110 Mar 26 2011 at 12:26 PM Rating: Excellent
U.S. Naval Barges Bring Fresh Water To Assist With Cooling At Japan Nuclear Plant - The Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/26/us-assists-japan-nuclear-plant-fresh-water_n_840938.html

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********* Reactors as of March 26
http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/03/**************************************
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Efforts to cool the reactors and fuel pools continues at the Daiichi site. Fresh water is now being used to cool reactors 1, 2 and 3 in lieu of seawater. Workers began injecting fresh water at reactors 1 and 3 on March 25 and at reactor 2 on March 26. Meanwhile, two U.S. Navy barges carrying 500,000 gallons fresh water are en route to a port 37 miles south of the ********* plant.


I wonder if this water will also be distributed as drinking water in the surrounding areas.

Edited, Mar 26th 2011 2:45pm by SmashingtonWho
#111 Mar 28 2011 at 9:59 AM Rating: Default
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Here we go again:
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Plutonium Found In ********** TEPCO Executive Says "Radioactive Substance Shouldn’t Have Any Impact On Human Health"
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/28/2011 10:59 -0400

Sh*t just got real. The spin? It is not harmful to human health. Oh really? We can't wait for Kan to eat some plutonium on national TV to confirm this. In the meantime we await the retraction from TEPCO claiming they made a mistake and they really meant platinum not plutonium.

Reuters confirms that this was merely yet another cover up:
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Plutonium has been found in soil at various points within Japan's stricken ********* Daiichi nuclear complex but does not present a risk to human health, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co <9501.T> (TEPCO) said on Monday.

TEPCO vice-president Sakae Muto told journalists at the company's latest briefing that test results showing the plutonium came from samples taken a week ago.

It was the latest bad news from the plant, where evidence of radiation has been mounting and engineers face a protracted battle to control reactors damaged by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.


From Bloomberg:
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March 28 (Bloomberg) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. found plutonium contamination in soil near the ********* Dai-Ichi nuclear plant that was tested, Sakae Muto, vice president at plant operator, said at a press conference shown on a webcast today.

The plutonium probably came after the accident at the reactors following Japan’s strongest earthquake and tsunami, he said. The radioactive substance shouldn’t have any impact on human health, he said.


Fear not: TEPCO will bravely continue to sacrifice its workers even after this discovery. Per Reuters:
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The discovery of plutonium at five places within Japan's damaged ********* Daiichi nuclear complex will not cause work there to be suspended, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Tuesday.


Attached is a [link=http://www.ans.org/misc/ANS-Technical-Brief-MOX-******************** from the ANS[/link] on why this discovery means that Reactor 3 is compromised.


Edited, Mar 28th 2011 11:59am by Omena
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#112 Mar 29 2011 at 12:11 AM Rating: Excellent
********* Nuclear Accident Update Log - Updates of 28 March 2011 - IEAE
http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html

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NISA informed the IEC that a meeting is planned with TEPCO to determine the origin and path of water in the turbine buildings of Units 1 to 4. As seen with the contaminated workers, high dose rates in the turbine buildings and contaminated water in the basements can hamper recovery efforts.

The pumping of contaminated water from the basement floor of Unit 1's turbine building into its main condenser is in progress, whereas at Unit 2 that process has not begun because the steam condenser is full. At Unit 3, the pumping of contaminated water and in particular where it is going, are under consideration. The issue is also being examined for Unit 4.
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A positive development is that the pumping of fresh water into the reactor pressure vessel of Unit 1 is to switch from the use of fire trucks to temporary electrical pumps running on offsite power on 29 March. At Unit 2, this switch was carried out on 27 March, with a diesel generator as backup in case offsite power is interrupted. Fresh water is also being injected continuously into the reactor pressure vessel of Unit 3, albeit currently pumped by fire trucks. The switch to temporary electrical pumps for this unit is planned for today.

On 27 March at Unit 3, water was sprayed into the spent fuel pool using a concrete pump truck, and seawater was also pumped in through the spent fuel cooling system. It is planned to start pumping fresh water into the spent fuel pool tomorrow.

It is also planned to commence pumping freshwater into the spent fuel pool of Unit 4 from tomorrow.

Units 5 and 6 remain in cold shutdown.

At noon today in Japan, the three workers mentioned in previous briefings were released from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences where they had been kept under observation.


It looks as if the plan is to get all of the reactors and spent fuel rod pools gradually switched to fresh water and temporary pumps fed with off site power, with additional back-up generators.

It seems that the radioactive water in Reactor buildings #3 and #4 is hampering efforts to supply water to the reactors other than by pumping from a distance.

If they don't drain this water to the sea, where will it go?
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If they don't drain this water to the sea, where will it go?


I don't think draining it to the Sea is an Option...the best method of disposal is getting rid of it where the highest levels of radiation already exist, which is directly around ********* daiichi. The land is already going to be uninhabitable for years with the release of the plutonium.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12889541

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********* UPDATE (29 MAR)

* Reactor 1: Damage to the core from cooling problems. Building holed by gas explosion. Highly radioactive water detected in reactor
* Reactor 2: Damage to the core from cooling problems. Building holed by gas blast; containment damage suspected. Highly radioactive water detected in reactor and adjoining tunnel
* Reactor 3: Damage to the core from cooling problems. Building holed by gas blast; containment damage possible. Spent fuel pond partly refilled with water after running low. Highly radioactive water detected in reactor
* Reactor 4: Reactor shut down prior to quake. Fires and explosion in spent fuel pond; water level partly restored
* Reactors 5 & 6: Reactors shut down. Temperature of spent fuel pools now lowered after rising high
* Plutonium: Found at five locations in soil - levels said to represent no danger to human health



http://enenews.com/epa-radioactive-isotope-levels-are-increasing-these-types-of-findings-are-to-be-expected-in-the-coming-days

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EPA: Radioactive isotope levels are increasing in US — “These types of findings are to be expected in the coming days”


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http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20305-caesium-fallout-from-*******************************

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Caesium fallout from ********* rivals Chernobyl

Radioactive caesium and iodine has been deposited in northern Japan far from the ********* Daiichi nuclear plant, at levels that were considered highly contaminated after Chernobyl.

The readings were taken by the Japanese science ministry, MEXT, and reveal high levels of caesium-137 and iodine-131 outside the 30-kilometre evacuation zone, mostly to the north-north-west.
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burtonsnow wrote:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20305-caesium-fallout-from-*******************************

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Caesium fallout from ********* rivals Chernobyl

Radioactive caesium and iodine has been deposited in northern Japan far from the ********* Daiichi nuclear plant, at levels that were considered highly contaminated after Chernobyl.

The readings were taken by the Japanese science ministry, MEXT, and reveal high levels of caesium-137 and iodine-131 outside the 30-kilometre evacuation zone, mostly to the north-north-west.


To be fair, things would have to be a lot worse to rival Chernobyl.

An untreatable, fatal dose of radiation is considered to be 8 Sieverts. Standing outside of the Chernobyl reactor for just 10 minutes when it blew would have exposed you 50 Sieverts.
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Yesterday afternoon they did some tests on water samples taken from the sea area near the nuclear plant of ********* and the result was that the level of Iodine131 is 3355 times beyond limit.. and that's the highest concentration ever found..

Edited, Mar 30th 2011 4:19am by KaineGestalt
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That's because the Reactor 2 suffered damage, the fact that there had been some sort of leak was almost a given for a while, even if the core seems ok.
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burtonsnow wrote:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20305-caesium-fallout-from-*******************************

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Caesium fallout from ********* rivals Chernobyl

Radioactive caesium and iodine has been deposited in northern Japan far from the ********* Daiichi nuclear plant, at levels that were considered highly contaminated after Chernobyl.

The readings were taken by the Japanese science ministry, MEXT, and reveal high levels of caesium-137 and iodine-131 outside the 30-kilometre evacuation zone, mostly to the north-north-west.


To be fair, things would have to be a lot worse to rival Chernobyl.

An untreatable, fatal dose of radiation is considered to be 8 Sieverts. Standing outside of the Chernobyl reactor for just 10 minutes when it blew would have exposed you 50 Sieverts.


Way to go to spread nonsense...50 Sievert? Where did you get those numbers...thats nonsense. 50 Sievert KILLs you in a matter of minutes. In fact there were hundred of workers in Tschernobyl working while the radiation was leaking...so 50 Sievert is just nonsense, they would have died within minutes while working there. According to official sources(IAEA etc) 20+ Sievert will kill 100% of the people exposed to that radiation in 30min. 50 Sievert is supposed to make you pass out instantly and die within a minute.
#119burtonsnow, Posted: Mar 30 2011 at 8:27 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Edited, Mar 30th 2011 10:28am by burtonsnow
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As I already said, despite no "public acceptance" by TEPCO, injecting seawater meant the deaths of those reactors.
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As I already said, despite no "public acceptance" by TEPCO, injecting seawater meant the deaths of those reactors.


Few are deft enough to get such simplicities. They feel denial and lies are better for their well being.

As a populace we need to stop looking to the people too afraid to tell us answers and decipher them upon our own accord.


Because I have watched "What the Bleep Do We Know" I am going to post this prayer request again.

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Prayers of Love and Gratitude for Water at Nuclear Plants in ********** Japan

A letter from Dr Masaru Emoto…

Please send your prayers of love and gratitude to water at the nuclear plants in ********** Japan!

By the massive earthquakes of Magnitude 9 and surreal massive tsunamis, more than 10,000 people are still missing…even now… It has been 16 days already since the disaster happened. What makes it worse is that water at the reactors of ********* Nuclear Plants started to leak, and it’s contaminating the ocean, air and water molecule of surrounding areas.

Human wisdom has not been able to do much to solve the problem, but we are only trying to cool down the anger of radioactive materials in the reactors by discharging water to them.

Is there really nothing else to do?

I think there is. During over twenty year research of hado measuring and water crystal photographic technology, I have been witnessing that water can turn positive when it receives pure vibration of human prayer no matter how far away it is.

Energy formula of Albert Einstein, E=MC2 really means that Energy = number of people and the square of people’s consciousness.

Now is the time to understand the true meaning. Let us all join the prayer ceremony as fellow citizens of the planet earth. I would like to ask all people, not just in Japan, but all around the world to please help us to find a way out the crisis of this planet!!
The prayer procedure is as follows.

Name of ceremony:
“Let’s send our thoughts of love and gratitude to all water in the nuclear plants in ************

Day and Time:
March 31st, 2011 (Thursday)
12:00 noon in each time zone

Please say the following phrase:
“The water of ********* Nuclear Plant,
we are sorry to make you suffer.
Please forgive us. We thank you, and we love you.”

Please say it aloud or in your mind. Repeat it three times as you put your hands together in a prayer position. Please offer your sincere prayer.

Thank you very much from my heart.

With love and gratitude,
Masaru Emoto
Messenger of Water
Emoto Peace Project
#122 Mar 30 2011 at 3:06 PM Rating: Excellent
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@burtonsnow

You do know that Masaru Emoto isn't actually a scientist, right? He's just one of these modern day pseudoscience gurus trying to sell books with new and exciting "science" that the dumb masses buy with both arms even though it's all complete nonsense.
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@burtonsnow

You do know that Masaru Emoto isn't actually a scientist, right? He's just one of these modern day pseudoscience gurus trying to sell books with new and exciting "science" that the dumb masses buy with both arms even though it's all complete nonsense.


Unfortunately for both sides of the argument it is all opinion and so to argue one way or another would be folly in my opinion. That is my position, I respect yours on the matter. **At the least it sure doesn't hurt anyone by praying for Japan at this time, so I will choose to do so.

Edited, Mar 30th 2011 6:10pm by burtonsnow
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Unfortunately for both sides of the argument it is all opinion and so to argue one way or another would be folly in my opinion. That is my position, I respect yours on the matter. **At the least it sure doesn't hurt anyone by praying for Japan at this time, so I will choose to do so.

No, it has nothing to do with opinion and everything to do with the fact that the few times he's tried to replicate his results in a double- or triple-blind test he's failed miserably. Not to mention that his ideas are ludicrous in general and completely go against our current understanding of physics. It's the same kind of BS as the Law of Attraction and Psi, both popular ideas pseudoscientists like to sell to the uninformed masses as actual science. Belief in any of these ideas is a result of either ignorance or faith, the latter of which would make it a kind of religion.


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burtonsnow wrote:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20305-caesium-fallout-from-*******************************

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Caesium fallout from ********* rivals Chernobyl

Radioactive caesium and iodine has been deposited in northern Japan far from the ********* Daiichi nuclear plant, at levels that were considered highly contaminated after Chernobyl.

The readings were taken by the Japanese science ministry, MEXT, and reveal high levels of caesium-137 and iodine-131 outside the 30-kilometre evacuation zone, mostly to the north-north-west.


To be fair, things would have to be a lot worse to rival Chernobyl.

An untreatable, fatal dose of radiation is considered to be 8 Sieverts. Standing outside of the Chernobyl reactor for just 10 minutes when it blew would have exposed you 50 Sieverts.


Way to go to spread nonsense...50 Sievert? Where did you get those numbers...thats nonsense. 50 Sievert KILLs you in a matter of minutes. In fact there were hundred of workers in Tschernobyl working while the radiation was leaking...so 50 Sievert is just nonsense, they would have died within minutes while working there. According to official sources(IAEA etc) 20+ Sievert will kill 100% of the people exposed to that radiation in 30min. 50 Sievert is supposed to make you pass out instantly and die within a minute.


http://xkcd.com/radiation/

Workers were outside the Chernobyl reactor when it blew in 1986 because their instruments weren't capable of reading radiation levels that high and they still hadn't realized that primary containment had been breached. They worked all night pouring water over the reactor, not even wearing protective gear. When instruments that could read the high radiation levels were finally brought in, they initially thought they were defective because they couldn't believe it was as high as it was (5.6 roentgens per second) and kept working. Within 3 weeks, all those workers were dead.
#126 Mar 31 2011 at 1:19 PM Rating: Excellent
March 31, 2011

N-plant has long road ahead / Experts: Decommissioning ********* reactors to take decades - The Yomiuri Shimbun
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110331006033.htm

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Nuclear experts predict it will take decades to complete the decommissioning of the Nos. 1 to 4 reactors at the ************* No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata said Wednesday the company will decommission the four reactors, but [b]the most pressing task at the moment is how to dispose of the huge quantity of water that has become contaminated with radioactive materials
after being used to cool the reactors. Just disposing of this water will take a long time.

An estimated 13,000 tons of contaminated water has accumulated in trenches--tunnels used for maintenance of the reactors. A large quantity of contaminated water also has to be extracted from the basements of the reactors' turbine buildings, although the exact amount is unknown.

If the contaminated water can be removed, it will pave the way to reactivating the reactors' original cooling systems, which can lower the temperature of the reactor cores more efficiently than the methods now being employed.

Currently, however, workers at the plant are stymied by the contaminated water. They cannot even connect power cables outside the plant to the reactors' control systems.

It may be impossible to restore power to the reactor control systems if internal radiation levels are so high workers cannot repair the machinery, or if the contaminated water cannot be removed.

If water continues to leak, external tanks for temporarily storing it may become full. Workers and experts have said new facilities to store the contaminated water must be secured as soon as possible.

If all the contaminated water can be removed, the reactors then must be put in what is called cold shutdown to prevent the further discharge of large quantities of radioactive substances and bring the reactors into a stable state.

Cold shutdown means all control rods have been inserted into the reactors to stop nuclear fission chain reactions, and the coolant water inside the reactors is below 100 C.

Usually the temperature needs to be lowered further to remove fuel rods for regular checks or decommissioning.

"If the original cooling systems can be activated through a power supply from outside the plant and coolant water circulated, cold shutdown can be achieved in a day or two," Prof. Kenichiro Sugiyama of Hokkaido University said.

But it will likely take a few more years for the nuclear fuel rods to be cool enough to be removed from the reactors to decommission them.

On the other hand, if the current method--putting coolant water into the reactors with makeshift pumps--continues to be used, the situation may become more serious.

"Although the nuclear fuel would cool gradually, it would take at least several months to achieve cold shutdown," said Toru Ebisawa, a former associate professor of Kyoto University's Research Reactor Institute.

This would mean using more water, which would increase the amount of contaminated water.

Currently, they need a way to remove and dispose of bulk contaminated water. This exact question has plagued nuclear power in general for its entire history. Japan does not have vast deserts where they can bury nuclear waste. It raises the question of whether the cost of safely exporting and disposing of nuclear waste is properly considered when making decisions on the ecomnomic viability of nuclear power.

Certainly, disposing of this amount of waste, under these conditions, considering time restraints and the amount of public scrutiny, is an unprecedented challenge.


From the same article, the following reports an enlightening history of the nuclear power plant decommissioning process:

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Overall, it will take decades to complete the process of decommissioning the reactors.

The Japan Atomic Power Co.'s Tokai plant in Ibaraki Prefecture was the first commercial nuclear power plant in Japan to begin being decommissioned. The plant ended commercial operations in 1998, and the decommissioning process is scheduled to end in 2021.

In the decommissioning process, fuel rods are removed and workers wait for levels of radioactivity to fall. During that time, power generators and other equipment with low levels of radiation contamination are decommissioned first.

In the final stage, reactors' steel containers and other equipment are cut into pieces and buried deep underground. At the Tokai plant, heat exchangers and other parts are now being removed.

But in the case of the ********* No. 1 nuclear power plant, in which reactors and buildings were damaged, it is doubtful whether the normal process of decommissioning will be possible.

Shojiro Matsuura, former chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission, said, "This time, much more time and effort will be needed to lower radiation contamination levels. Twenty or 30 years probably won't be enough."

In the 1979 Three Mile Island accident in the United States, it took a month to achieve cold shutdown and six to seven years to remove melted fuel rods.

Fourteen years later, U.S. authorities declared the decommissioning process complete. Part of the nuclear fuel could not be recovered and remained in the reactors.


A long road indeed.

Edited, Mar 31st 2011 3:27pm by SmashingtonWho
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Even not taking into account the accident, decommissioning is always a long process, especially since the current trend when disposing of nuclear plants dictates the so-called "green lawn condition", that means restoring the surrounding area as it was before the plant was built. It's an extremely complex procedure, and very costly.
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Press Release (Mar 31,2011) - TEPCO
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/11033113-e.html

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A barge of the U.S. Forces with fresh water to be used to cool down reactors etc. was towed by a ship of Maritime Self-Defense Force and at 3:42 pm on March 31st 2011, came alongside the pier. As soon as the supply of water is ready, we will replenish the fresh water with filtrate tanks.

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http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/article999316.ece/Mega-float-to-store-irradiated-water
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Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force personnel wearing protective suits are seen aboard a tugboat towing a U.S. military barge carrying pure water towards the quay of the Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s ********* Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okumamachi, ********* Prefecture.



For *********** Farmers, Growing Uncertainty - NPR
http://www.npr.org/2011/04/01/135023027/for-******************************************************

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The nuclear disaster is now also a disaster for *********** farmers. The government has banned the sale of milk, spinach and other leafy vegetables, not just from here but also from neighboring prefectures.

The Japanese Health Ministry found that the radiation level in these foods exceeds legal limits for human consumption. This has left farmers such as Shinichi Asaka with goods they can't sell.

"We are going to have throw it out," he says through an interpreter, regarding rows and rows of green spinach. "Get a big tractor, load it up and throw it out. There's nothing else to do."

Asaka has a few fruit trees, but he makes his living primarily off spinach. He's now thinking about maybe planting carrots or cucumbers, but he worries that by the time they mature, the government may have banned their sale, too.

Asaka laughs at the idea of doing anything other than farming. "I was born in a field some 70 years ago, so I've been doing this my whole life," he says.

The Japanese government is telling farmers here to do nothing: Don't harvest crops. Don't plant anything new. Don't till the soil. Just wait and see what happens with the crisis at the nuclear plant.

The government has promised to compensate farmers for the products they are being forced to dump, but it's still unclear where the money will come from for such a program.

Takashi Kano, who is with the local farmers union, says growers can't afford to wait indefinitely.

Kano says farmers are concerned about when they will be able to restart planting. He says if work preparing rice paddies doesn't start by the end of next week, ********* probably won't produce a rice crop at all this year. The prefecture and two neighboring ones produce roughly 15 percent of Japan's rice.


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#129 Apr 01 2011 at 2:15 PM Rating: Excellent
Pontoon to hold Japan nuke plant water - Sky news.com
http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=596262&vId=2296329

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The operator of Japan's disaster-stricken nuclear power plant plans to use a huge steel floating structure to contain radioactive water it releases.

The pontoon-type structure which can hold a maximum of 18,000 tonnes of water will be handed over to Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) by its owner which has been using it as a floating park for anglers, officials said on Friday.

Called a 'Mega-Float', it measures 136 metres long, 46 metres wide and three metres high and can hold up to 10,000 tonnes of water without sinking. It is owned by the Pacific coast city of Shimizu southwest of Tokyo.

'We've decided to provide it to the TEPCO because we want to help evacuees come back as soon as possible,' Shimizu mayor Zenkichi Kojima told reporters.
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Hidehio Nishiyama, a spokesman for the government's nuclear safety agency, told reporters on Friday the Mega-Float is one of the options to contain radioactive water from the plant.

He said barges, tanks and storage buildings could be also used for the purpose.


Edited, Apr 1st 2011 4:17pm by SmashingtonWho
#130 Apr 01 2011 at 5:40 PM Rating: Excellent
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********* Nuclear Accident Update Log - IEAE
http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html

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The Unit 1 condenser is full. In preparation for transferring water in the basement of the turbine building to the condenser, water in the condenser storage tank is being transferred to the suppression pool surge tank since 31 March, 03:00 UTC. Water in the trench was transferred to a water tank at the central environmental facility process main building. In order to prepare for removal of the water from the turbine building basement in Unit 2, pumping of water from the condenser to the suppression pool water surge tank started at 07:45 UTC 29 March. For Unit 3 pumping of water from the condenser to suppression pool water surge tank was started at 08:40 UTC March 28 and was completed at 23:37 UTC on 30 March.

For Unit 1 fresh water has been continuously injected into the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) through the feed-water line at an indicated flow rate of 8 m3/h using a temporary electric pump with diesel backup. In Unit 2 fresh water is injected continuously through the fire extinguisher line at an indicated rate of 8 m3/h using a temporary electric pump with diesel backup. In Unit 3 fresh water is being injected continuously at about 7 m3/h into the reactor core through the fire extinguisher line using a temporary electric pump with diesel backup.
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The pumping of water into the Unit 1 Spent Fuel Pool by concrete pumping truck was started at 04:03 UTC on 31 March. Fresh water was sprayed to the spent fuel pool at the Unit 3 by the concrete pump on 31 March and to the spent fuel pool on Unit 4 on the 1st April.


They are now pumping contaminated water out of the trenches below the reactor buildings into the available storage containers. More storage capacity is on the way. (See post above.)

Will radiation levels decrease enough to provide manual access to buildings after these trenches are cleared? It seems even residual amounts of radioactive water would be problematic.

They are still pumping water via concrete truck onto spent fuel rod storage pools. If they could provide constant circulating water to these pools to maintain a lower temperature, I would expect radiation leves in the surrounding areas to decrease. Currently, sprayed water seems to be turning into steam on contact, which then appears to be dispersing into the atmosphere.

Edited, Apr 1st 2011 7:49pm by SmashingtonWho
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Best and most diverse source of information I've come across in a while....it goes through just about every aspect of this disaster:

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/7765#comments_top
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#133 Apr 07 2011 at 11:13 AM Rating: Excellent
Hopefully this one doesn't trigger another tsunami (doesn't look like it will create one because it's epicenter, but you never know)... prayers to all in Japan.

*EDIT* Found this story I missed the other day. It's quite uplifting and a good 1 minute read.
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/04/03/japan.tsunami.captain/index.html

Edited, Apr 7th 2011 5:17pm by PerrinofSylph
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#134 Apr 07 2011 at 5:25 PM Rating: Excellent
April 4th - Japan nuclear plant releases radioactive water into sea - Gaurdian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/04/japan-nuclear-plant-release-radioactive-water
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Japanese police outside Tokyo Electric, the operator of the ********* nuclear plant where radioactive water is to be released that is 100 times the legal limit.
[/b]Photograph: Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images

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The release of water that is 100 times the legal limit is an unprecedented breach of operating standards, but it is considered necessary so workers can concentrate on containing more severe leaks.

The government justified the action as the lesser of two evils. Recent samples of contaminated seawater from the leak show radiation levels at 4,000 times the legal standard.

"We didn't have any other alternatives," the chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, told reporters. "This is a measure we had to take to secure safety."

The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric, said it would discharge 10,000 tonnes of water from its waste treatment facility and a further 1,500 tonnes that have collected in pits outside reactors No 5 and No 6.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has been notified of the discharge. On a website update, it said the Japanese authorities explained the move was necessary "to have sufficient capacity to store highly contaminated water found in the basement of the Unit 2 turbine building".

Highly radioactive water is seeping from at least one point at reactor No 2, where a 20cm crack has been found in a concrete pit. It is thought to be leaking into an inflow conduit for seawater, but there may be other paths of contamination. Plant workers have started to dye the water a milky white colour so they can trace its route.





April 6th - Water Leak Stopped - ********* Nuclear Accident Update - TrueblueNZ
http://truebluenz.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/water-leak-stopped-*******************************************************
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The IAEA reports that according to Japanese authorities, the leak of highly contaminated water from the cable storage pit located next to the Unit 2 inlet point at ********* Daiichi nuclear power plant has stopped as of 20:38 UTC on 5 April. Workers had employed measures to stop the flow of water directly to the sea since 2 April, when the leak was first observed.

On April 2, concrete was poured into the pit in an attempt to stop the water leakage to the ocean, but no significant decrease in leakage was observed. From 4:47 UTC to 5:30 UTC on 3 April, the top of the trench was broken open and polymer was poured into the trench to stop the leakage of water, but this measure was not successful.

Approximately 13 kg of liquid tracer was injected into the pit at 22:08 UTC, 3 April. The tracer was also injected into two new bore holes that had been drilled near the pit. At 4:15 UTC, 5 April it was confirmed that the tracer was seen leaking from the crack into the sea.

At 6:07 UTC, 5 April coagulation agents (liquid glass) were injected into the holes drilled around the pits. The leakage was reported to have ceased at 20:38 UTC on April 5. Work continues to prevent further releases to the sea.





April 6th - NHK Update: ***************** Nuclear Power Plant Accident in Japan
http://filamimage.com/blog/2011/04/06/nhk-update-*******************************************************************************
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The latest move comes as the company continues to release low-level radioactive water from the plant into the sea. The discharge started on Monday to free storage space for higher-level radioactive water. As of 11 PM on Tuesday, 5,600 tons had been expelled into the ocean.

TEPCO has been trying to contain radioactive dust by spraying synthetic resin around the reactors. The company says it will continue this successful operation.




April 8th - No radiation changes at ********* after quake - IAEA - From Reuters
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/4/8/worldupdates/2011-04-08T010903Z_01_NOOTR_RTRMDNC_0_-561971-1&sec=Worldupdates
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No radiation changes were detected at Japan's ********* nuclear power plant after Thursday's earthquake and the injection of water into reactor pressure vessels was not interrupted, the IAEA said.
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"NISA confirms that no changes have been observed at the on-site radiation monitoring posts. The injection of water into the reactor pressure vessels of Units 1, 2 and 3 was not interrupted."




Summary:
1.) The direct leak of radioactive water from Unit #2 into the sea has been stopped, using liquid tracer and then coagulation agents.

2.) Intial reports indicate that Thursday's earthquake did not interrupt recovery efforts at **********

3.) The most troubling is the intentional discharge of radioactive water into the sea. It appears TEPCO called in local police as an added security measure at their headquarters.

Edited, Apr 7th 2011 7:42pm by SmashingtonWho
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Japan may raise nuke accident severity level to highest 7 from 5

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/04/84721.html


I am fed up with these people....enough with the bullsh*t, I and millions of others want to know what the @#%^ is going on at ********* already.


Also on a side note....I remember reading somewhere that ********* can be translated into:


***** to blow (wind etc)
***** to wipe, to dry
***** to emit, to spout


shima: island


Interesting correlation.

Edited, Apr 11th 2011 7:59pm by burtonsnow
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burtonsnow wrote:
Japan may raise nuke accident severity level to highest 7 from 5

Officially INES level 7 now.

burtonsnow wrote:
***** to blow (wind etc)
***** to wipe, to dry
***** to emit, to spout

The kanji for **** used in ********* means "Good Fortune", none of the above.
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#137 Apr 12 2011 at 9:58 AM Rating: Good
Inside the ********* nuclear plant exclusion zone - in pictures - guardian.co.uk
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2011/apr/12/japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-japan?picture=373566189


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(Above) 11 March: The access road at the ********* Daiichi nuclear power plant is flooded by the tsunami after the earthquake



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(Above) 20 March: Reactors No 3 (left, with smoke rising), and 4 at the stricken plant



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(Above) 2 April: A worker wearing points at a cracked concrete pit near the No 2 reactor



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(Above) 12 April: Tokyo Electric Power Co workers use a modified Putzmeister 70Z, the world's largest concrete pump mounted on a truck, to pump contaminated water from reactor No 4 at the ********* plant


This is the first picture I've found of this concrete truck in action. According the the update logs, this truck is now used exclusively and splits its time each day between two or more reactor builings.




Tuesday, April 12, 2011
New Quake Disrupts Repairs At ********* Plant - Nikkei.com
http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20110411D11JF641.htm

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TOKYO (Dow Jones)--An aftershock that shook Japan's northeast region temporarily shut down power supply and makeshift cooling systems at the ********* Daiichi plant Monday, highlighting the vulnerability of the crippled facility a month after a massive earthquake triggered the nation's worst nuclear-power crisis.

Cooling functions at three of the plant's six reactors were restored 50 minutes after the temblor that rattled ********* and surrounding areas. Regulators said the suspension didn't appear to have caused any significant safety issues.

Still, the latest quake served as a reminder of how lingering aftershocks and the risk of tsunami could easily upset the delicate efforts to stabilize the problems at the stricken plant. The 7.1 magnitude quake centered in a ********* town, 65 kilometers south of the plant, and came on the heels of another quake Friday that temporarily shut down power at two other nuclear power plants in the region.

The overheating reactors at ********* Daiichi have two layers of backup functions in case of a power cut - diesel-powered generators and emergency fire pumps - so they can continue receiving cooling water. But these functions require workers to turn them on manually. This became a problem Monday as a tsunami warning forced all workers to move to a shelter on the plant grounds.

"These disruptions must be solved rapidly as a prolonged lack of cooling would easily end the respite they have managed to maintain," said Tetsuo Iguchi, a professor of radiation engineering at Nagoya University.

Despite the lesson from the earlier quake and tsunami that rendered the plant's backup cooling systems fully dysfunctional, officials acknowledge the temporary cooling functions at the plant aren't prepared for large tsunamis.

"We have several power-generating trucks on stanby. There are also spare pumps for emergency," Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said after Monday's aftershock. "But the plant itself has no special protection against large tsunami right now," he added. "Right now it is impossible to do anything to improve the defense of the structure. "

A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plan't operator, said the company's efforts are focused on containing the accident: "We don't have capacity right now" to make these temporary functions tsunami-proof, he said. To minimize the potential problem from Monday's power cut, Tepco sent some workers back to their posts to oversee the return of cooling as soon as the projected time of the forecasted tsunami past. This happened before the tsunami warning was officially lifted, so the company posted watchmen for waves as well, the spokesman said.

With radiation leaks hampering efforts to install permanent cooling machinery at the plant, the operators are relying on unstable temporary functions to prevent further problems. Among them is the injection of small amounts of water to keep the reactors from heating to dangerous temperatures that would cause further melting of fuel cores, or in worst cases, hydrogen explosions.

In particular, Mr. Iguchi said, the No. 1 reactor faces a high risk of a dangerous flare-up with the termination of water supply like the one occurred on Monday. The temperature and pressure levels in the reactor remain particularly high at No. 1, where two-thirds of its fuel core is exposed. "There could easily be more melting of the core," he said.

Tepco has been injecting nitrogen into the No. 1 reactor to prevent a hydrogen explosion but the injection was suspended after Monday's quake, the company said. Power supplies to the plant's three other reactors were unaffected.


This article confirms my fears that another large tsunami right now would be absolutely devastating.

Edited, Apr 12th 2011 12:05pm by SmashingtonWho
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The Wall Street Journal reports that one of the ********* reactors had actually melted down only 16 hours after the initial 9.0 earthquake that occurred on March 11.

Due to the discovery that much less water remains than expected in reactor cores 2 and 3, it is also feared that these reactors are leaking highly contaminated water into the environment.

As a result of these revelations, the maximum rating of a Level 7 incident, the same as Chernobyl, is undoubtedly deserved. Initial plans had called for the reactors be brought to a safe shutdown level in as little as 6 to 9 months, but with the latest information, these plans will most certainly have to be revised.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703509104576325110776621604.html?mod=e2tw

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@#%^ TEPCO, @#%^ Japan's Minister Kan, @#%^ corporate fascists whose only concern is profit. WAKE UP PEOPLE, this is devastating, our planet may never be the same:


http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2011/05/16/was-***************************

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[quote=burtonsnow]@#%^ TEPCO, @#%^ Japan's Minister Kan, @#%^ corporate fascists whose only concern is profit. WAKE UP PEOPLE, this is devastating, our planet may never be the same:


http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2011/05/16/was-******************************************** thrown in a "sheeple" somewhere.
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@#%^ TEPCO, @#%^ Japan's Minister Kan, @#%^ corporate fascists whose only concern is profit. WAKE UP PEOPLE, this is devastating, our planet may never be the same:


http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2011/05/16/was-***************************

Edited, May 16th 2011 8:51pm by burtonsnow


To be fair the planet hasn't been the same since humans began treading it.
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@#%^ TEPCO, @#%^ Japan's Minister Kan, @#%^ corporate fascists whose only concern is profit. WAKE UP PEOPLE, this is devastating, our planet may never be the same:


http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2011/05/16/was-***************************

Edited, May 16th 2011 8:51pm by burtonsnow


To be fair the planet hasn't been the same since humans began treading it.


*since the western world has dominated its growth*

Plain and simple we may be advancing our way of life, but we aren't advancing our species continued existence. Quite the opposite actually. It is not about sheeple....we all know whats going on, but "everyone has their own $#|+ to handle".
#144 May 24 2011 at 10:03 AM Rating: Excellent
First, here is a link to another page that is also compiling headlines:

********* News Online
http://***********************************************



Recent news, meltdown in Reactors 2 and 3 is confirmed. That means Reactors 1, 2 and 3 are all in meltdown.

JAPAN | Tepco admits two more meltdowns - By KAZUAKI NAGATA and MASAMI ITO
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110524x1.html

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Tokyo Electric Power Co. admitted Tuesday what many experts had long suspected: The cores of reactors 2 and 3 at the ********* No. 1 nuclear plant likely melted down and dropped to the bottom of their pressure vessels, just as happened at unit 1.


I believe that TEPCO knew this was the case the entire time, and is only willing to admit now that there are 3 reactors in full meltdown because this topic has faded from the top international headlines. However, the global effects of this are now being investigated by the UN.



U.N. body to probe ********* radiation impact
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/un-body-to-probe-***************************

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VIENNA, May 23 (Reuters) - A U.N. scientific body said on Monday it would study the radiation impact of Japan&apos;s nuclear disaster on people and the environment, but it did not expect to detect any major health effects.

The United Nations Scientific Committee on the effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), which has published reports about the 1986 Chernobyl accident, said it would take at least two years to produce a full report on the issue.

"Everybody wants answers tomorrow or next week ... but this is not possible. We need time," UNSCEAR Chairman Wolfgang Weiss told a news conference, adding that preliminary findings were expected in May 2012.

"So far what we have seen in the population, what we have seen in children with thyroid screening, what we have seen in workers ... we wouldn't expect to see health effects," he said.

The U.N. committee groups scientists from 21 countries.

Weiss said experts would "provide scientific insight on the magnitude of the releases to atmosphere and to the ocean, and the range of radiation doses received by the public and workers."





Lastly, the animals and livestock left behind in the evacuation zone are starving. Some were set free and roam the streets. Others died in captivity.

Photo: Animals near ********* Daiichi
http://japannukecrisis.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/photo-animals-near-******************

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When I got closer to a cow house, it smelled really badly. Inside the house, about 100 Holstein cows were dead from starvation. It was a too cruel scene.

There was a cow still alive. It couldn’t even stand up, and its excretion was all over. But, with all its strength, it turned towards me. And, it called faintly “moo moo”. It sounded like it was calling for help, but it might have been a voice of resentment against humans.

It put its chin down and breathed in deeply. It was the last breath. I faced cows’ mass death and was ashamed of mankind.







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#145 May 25 2011 at 12:47 PM Rating: Good
The Severity of the ********* Daiichi Nuclear Disaster: Comparing Chernobyl and *************
by Prof. Matthew Penney and Prof. Mark Selden

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=24949

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As the nature of the ********* crisis relative to Chernobyl continues to be contested, the important issue of radiation exposure of ********* school children remains at the center of public debate. To date, the Japanese government has failed to respond effectively to critics of policies that pose long-term risks to the nation’s children.
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Based on the Chernobyl experience, he made the following recommendations:

1. [b]Enlarge the exclusion zone [from 20 kilometers] to at least about a 50-km radius of the plant
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2. Distribute detailed instructions on effective ways to protect the health of individuals while avoiding the additional contamination of food. Organize regular measurements of all people by individual dose counters (for overall radionuclides) at least once a week. Distribute radioprotectors and decontaminants (substances which provide the body protection against harmful effects of radiation) of radionuclides.

3. Develop recommendations for safe agriculture on the contaminated territories: reprocessing of milk, decontamination of meat, turning agriculture into production of technical cultures (e.g. biofuels etc.). Such ''radionuclide-resistant'' agriculture will be costly (it may be up to 30-40 percent compared with conventional agriculture) and needs to be subsidized;

4. It is necessary to urgently improve existing medical centers -- and possibly create new ones -- to deal with the immediate and long-term consequences of the irradiated peoples (including medical-genetic consultations on the basis of chromosome analysis etc.);

5. The most effective way to help organize post-********* life in the contaminated territories (from Chernobyl lessons) is to create a special powerful interagency state body (ministry or committee) to handle the problems of contaminated territories during the first most complicated years.


This article cross-references many of the articles, official reports and test studies from Chernobyl. For those who are interested in an in-depth comparison, this is a good starting point. The end result is that there are lessons to be learned from the past, and it's time to follow through with these reasonable and precedented safety measures.



Switzerland Decides on Nuclear Phase-Out - By JAMES KANTER
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/business/global/26nuclear.html

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BRUSSELS — The Swiss government decided Wednesday to abandon plans to build new nuclear reactors, while European Union regulators agreed on a framework for stress-testing theirs, as repercussions from the disaster in Japan continue to ripple across Europe.

The Swiss Energy Minister Doris Leuthard had suspended the approvals process for three new reactors, pending a safety review, after the accident that struck the reactors at the ********* Daiichi plant in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami of March 11.

On Wednesday — days after an anti-nuclear rally in Switzerland drew a large crowd of 20,000 people — the Cabinet said it had decided to make the ban permanent.

The country’s five existing reactors — which supply about 40 percent of the country’s power — would be allowed to continue operating, but would not be replaced at the end of their life span, it said. The last would go offline in 2034.

In a statement, the Cabinet said it was responding to the desires of the Swiss people to reduce risks “in the face of the severe damage that the earthquake and tsunami in ********* caused.”




Nuclear veterans offer help to plant - TheAge.com
http://www.theage.com.au/world/nuclear-veterans-offer-help-to-plant-20110525-1f4h1.html

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More than 160 engineers, including many former atomic plant workers, aged 60 or older, said they wanted to set up a ''Skilled Veterans Corps'' to help restore the cooling systems crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

''We shouldn't leave the work only to young engineers,'' said Yasuteru Yamada, who made the proposal after hearing that young subcontractors, some of them unskilled workers, were engaged in the high-risk salvage effort.
...

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has not publicly commented on the proposal, but some lawmakers have voiced their support.

Under the group's proposal, the government would authorise an independent body of skilled engineers aged over 60 to take over ground work on restoring cooling systems from TEPCO.
...

Masahiro Ueda, 69, a former nuclear power plant worker with more than four decades of expertise on water pumps of cooling systems, said he had applied to take part and would be willing to give his life.

''I'm old. I don't care when I die,'' he said.

''I want to devote the rest of my career to the restoration [of the ********* Daiichi plant]. Someone should take action. You can't work properly at nuclear plants without specialist knowledge.''


Edited, May 25th 2011 2:51pm by SmashingtonWho
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Greenpeace: Japan nuclear plant radiation accumulating in marine life - Brad Lendon
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/26/greenpeace-japan-nuclear-plant-radiation-accumulating-in-marine-life/

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Radiation from Japan's damaged ********* Daiichi nuclear plant is accumulating in marine life off Japan's coast above legal limits for food contamination, Greenpeace said Thursday.

The environmental group said its findings run counter to Japanese government reports that radiation from the ********* plant, damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, is being diluted as time passes.

Despite what the authorities are claiming, radioactive hazards are not decreasing through dilution or dispersion of materials, but the radioactivity is instead accumulating in marine life," Greenpeace radiation expert Jan Vande Putte said in a press release.

Greenpeace said its teams collected samples of marine life along the ********* coast and in international waters outside Japan's 12-mile territorial limit. The samples were tested by nuclear research laboratories in France and Belgium, and high levels of radioactive iodine and cesium were found, it said.

Fish, shellfish and seaweed all showed significant levels of radioactive contamination, according to Greenpeace. All are widely consumed in Japan.

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