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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Japan gov't worried reactor buildings are in danger of collapse — 'We must devise some ways' to reinforce structures despite high radiationApril 13th, 2011 at 09:57 AM." The report explains:
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TEPCO confirms damage to part of No. 4 unit's spent nuke fuel, Kyodo, April 13, 2011:

… The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told the utility to immediately examine the [reactor] buildings and consider reinforcement work if they are judged as not sufficiently quakeproof. …

"As strong aftershocks occur almost daily, we have to consider what will happen to buildings already damaged by blasts," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the nuclear agency.

He acknowledged the difficulties involved in the work to reinforce the quake resistance of the buildings, where radiation levels are high, but said, "We must devise some ways." The agency urged TEPCO to report back to it on the matter as soon as possible. …

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "TEPCO: Nuclear fuel rods in No. 4 spent fuel pool are 'confirmed to be damaged' — First time damage revealed at any poolApril 13th, 2011 at 09:28 AM." The report further explains:
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TEPCO confirms damage to part of No. 4 unit’s spent nuke fuel, Kyodo, April 13, 2011:

Some of the spent nuclear fuel rods stored in the No. 4 reactor building of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi power plant were confirmed to be damaged, but most of them are believed to be in sound condition, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday.

The firm known as TEPCO said its analysis of a 400-milliliter water sample taken Tuesday from the No. 4 unit’s spent nuclear fuel pool revealed the damage to some fuel rods in such a pool for the first time, as it detected higher-than-usual levels of radioactive iodine-131, cesium-134 and cesium-137.

The No. 4 reactor, halted for a regular inspection before last month’s earthquake and tsunami disaster, had all of its fuel rods stored in the pool for the maintenance work and the fuel was feared to have sustained damage from overheating.

The roof and the upper walls of the No. 4 reactor building have been blown away by a hydrogen explosion and damaged by fires since the disaster struck the plant. The water level in the spent fuel pool is believed to have temporarily dropped. …

Read the report here.


Bob-C

Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Extreme spike in I-131, Cs-137 levels 100 miles from Fukushima after radiation skyrocketed off the chart at No. 1 reactor following recent quake (CHARTS) April 13th, 2011 at 11:02 AM." The report states:
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Slideshow: Fukushima Radiological Monitoring and Consequences; Pages 4 & 5, International Atomic Energy Agency, April 12, 2011:





See the IAEA’s slideshow here.

Distance between Ibaraki and Fukushima Daiichi here.

See April 9 report: Radiation skyrockets to 100 Sv/hr at Fukushima reactor No. 1, along with sudden rise in temperature immediately after 7.4 quake

TEPCO had claimed the the 100 SV/hr reading was caused by a gauge that was “most likely” broken.

Japan Orders Nuclear Plant Operators to Obtain More Emergency Generators, New York Times, April 9, 2011:

Radiation readings spiked sharply in one reactor at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after a powerful aftershock late Thursday, according to data released by the government, a development that might indicate new damage to the already compromised reactor.

But the plant owner, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, said the gauge used to measure radiation was most likely broken. …

Read the report here.


Bob-C

Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Nuclear engineer: Enormous amount of plutonium at No. 4 spent fuel pool in danger of catching fire; Pool is cracked and leaking (VIDEO)April 13th, 2011 at 12:18 PM/" The report states:
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Worst-case scenario: Fukushima fuel pool with plutonium catches fire', Russia Today, April 13, 2011:Transcript summary of interview with Arnold Gundersen, nuclear engineer

  • Worst case is unit 4 fuel pool
  • Enormous amount of plutonium and depleted uranium
  • If that catches fire it could devastate a large area
  • Still a danger, they don't have power to the fuel pool cooling systems
  • Unit 4 is the worst because it has the freshest fuel, the most physically hot
  • In addition unit 4 has a crack in the side, so even if they had water it would run out the crack
  • That is the toughest problem on site right now


See associated video ---> http://enenews.com/nuclear-engineer-enormo...d-leaking-video

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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Japan TV: Temperature in spent fuel pool at No. 4 “much higher than the normal level” — “May be boiling” (VIDEO)April 13th, 2011 at 02:42 PM." The report explains:
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Temperatures rise at No.4 spent fuel storage pool, NHK, April 13, 2011:

[Emphasis Added]

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says the water temperature in the spent fuel storage pool at the No. 4 has risen to about 90 degrees Celsius. It fears the spent fuel rods may be damaged.

TEPCO took the temperature on Tuesday using an extending arm on a special vehicle. It found the temperature was much higher than the normal level of under 40 degrees. …

TEPCO says high levels of radiation at 84 millisieverts per hour were detected above the water surface, where radiation is rarely detected. …

University of Tokyo Professor Koji Okamoto says… some of the water in the pool may be boiling. Okamoto says high radiation indicates the possibility of radiation leaks from damaged fuel

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Japan’s nuclear commission reveals Fukushima may have emitted more radioactive material than official Chernobyl totalsApril 13th, 2011 at 06:17 PM." The report states:
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Japanese Officials on Defensive as Nuclear Alert Level Rises, New York Times, April 12, 2011:

… A senior executive said in a telephone interview on April 4 that he had been told that the Speedi [System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information] model suggested that radioactive materials escaping the Daiichi complex were much higher than Japanese officials had publicly acknowledged

[Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency] appears to have assumed that true emissions from Chernobyl were twice the official figure, and so calculated that the current nuclear accident had released 10 percent as much as Chernobyl. …

Although [Seiji Shiroya, a commissioner of Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission] did not provide a comparison to Chernobyl, [a release of 630,000 terabecquerels] works out to 34 percent of the official Soviet estimate of emissions and 17 percent of the unofficial higher estimate.

Mr. Shiroya also said there was a threefold margin for error involved. The outside estimates of total releases would range from as low as 6 percent to as high as 51 percent of the unofficial totals from Chernobyl. …

Read the report here.

The “34 percent of the official Soviet estimate of emissions from Chernobyl”, with “a threefold margin of error” makes the high end Fukushima estimate equal to 102% of Chernobyl’s official total.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Japan official says delay in raising Fukushima to a Level 7 was to prevent 'panicked reaction'April 13th, 2011 at 08:15 PM." The report further explains:
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Japanese Officials on Defensive as Nuclear Alert Level Rises, New York Times, April 12, 2011:

… Seiji Shiroya, a commissioner of Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission, an independent government panel that oversees the country’s nuclear industry… suggested a public policy reason for having kept quiet.

“Some foreigners fled the country even when there appeared to be little risk,” he said. “If we immediately decided to label the situation as Level 7, we could have triggered a panicked reaction.” …

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Latest UCB test results: First time radioactive cesium found in spinach, arugala, and kale around San Francisco Bay areaApril 13th, 2011 at 09:11 PM." The report states:
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UCB Food Chain Sampling Results, University of California, Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering:

  • Arugula, purchased 4/7/2011, Cs134 @ .49 Bq/kg
  • Kale, purchased 4/6/2011, Cs134 @ .5 Bq/kg
  • Spinach, purchased 4/7/2011, Cs134 @ 1 Bq/kg, Cs137 @ 1.3 Bq/kg
Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Nuclear expert: Fukushima about 1,000 times worse than ever anticipated by the nuclear planners (VIDEO) April 13th, 2011 at 10:30 PM."

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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according enenews.com, "Report: Japan considering moving capital away from TokyoApril 14th, 2011 at 09:09 AM." The report explains:
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Japan Mulls to Move Capital over Disaster Worries, Sofia News Agency, April 14, 2011:

As powerful earthquakes continue to jolt Japan and radiation levels near Tokyo are rising, the Asian country’s authorities are considering moving the capital to another city.

The most probable location for a new capital are Osaka and Nagoya, according to ITAR-TASS. …

Read the report here.

Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency), Wikipedia:

Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) is Bulgaria’s largest English-language news provider. “Novinite” (Bulgarian: “Новините“) means “The News” in Bulgarian.

Information Telegraph Agency of Russia, Wikipedia:

The Information Telegraph Agency of Russia (Russian: Информационное телеграфное агентство России, Informatsionnoye telegrafnoye agentstvo Rossii; abbr. ИТАР-ТАСС, ITAR-TASS), is the major news agency of Russia. It is headquartered in Moscow.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Canadian political leader “shocked” by country’s Fukushima response — “Could not get answers”… Another accused of “fearmongering”April 14th, 2011 at 09:31 AM." The report states:[quote]Elevated radiation levels detected in Canada, Globe and Mail, April 12, 2011:

… [Health Canada] initially detected on March 18 that some radioactive material had travelled thousands of kilometres from Japan to Canada’s west coast. It was forced to issue a news release on Tuesday after opposition members raised the matter in the Ontario legislature during Question Period.

France Gélinas, health critic for the New Democrats, asked if government officials were testing the province’s milk supply for radiation levels. Energy Minister Brad Duguid accused Ms. Gélinas of “fearmongering” and did not answer the question. …

New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath told reporters it is surprising that her party could not get answers from government officials during Question Period.

This is not a new issue,” she said. “I was quite shocked to learn that the government doesn’t seem to be on the ball when it comes to this issue.”

Read the report here.[quote]

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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Radiation level in groundwater up 1,000% in a week at Fukushima April 14th, 2011 at 10:08 AM." The report states:
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yodo, 9:00 am EDT:
NEWS ADVISORY: Groundwater radiation level rose 10-fold in 1 week at nuke plant: TEPCO

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Japanese expert: Gov’t may have delayed Level 7 rating 'to ease people into the harshness of the reality'April 14th, 2011 at 10:59 AM." The report states:
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Huge radiation release led to severity hike, The Yomiuri Shimbun, April 14, 2011:

The government upgraded the severity of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to Level 7… was the decision made too slowly?…

Hirotada Hirose, a disaster expert and former professor at Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, said, “I wonder if the government treated the [nuclear crisis] as a political matter just to try to prevent causing panic and further problems. It’s possible political considerations drove them to downplay the situation in the early stages.”

“The government might’ve wanted to ease people into the harshness of the reality. But if reassuring information is the main priority, people won’t be able to properly prepare for a disaster and distrust in the government will grow,” he said.

Read the report here.


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jack
Bob Thanks for staying current and passing info on.

I watched a japanese documentary on Chernobyl yesterday. Many expensive centuries ahead just to keep
rehiding the problems as they emerge.
Bob-C
QUOTE (jack @ Apr 14 2011, 09:29 PM) *
Bob Thanks for staying current and passing info on.

I watched a japanese documentary on Chernobyl yesterday. Many expensive centuries ahead just to keep
rehiding the problems as they emerge.


Hi Jack, good to hear from you. smile.gif Thanks for your support and encouragement. smile.gif Like you, I feel both for the victims of the Japan and Chernobyl nuclear disasters and for everyone around the world facing radiation of all kinds continuously leaking out into the air and the ocean currents from Fukushima. I agree with you that the current radiation problems and any potential future radiation problems that may arise anywhere in the world must not be suppressed by worldwide governments, private enterprise, and/or any other organizations or individuals.

Have a happy and successful trading day.

Best,

Bob
Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to an article from enenews.com, "Fukushima forecast shows large radiation cloud over U.S. West Coast on April 14, 15 (VIDEO) April 14th, 2011 at 12:16 PM." The article points out
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Fukushima Potential Releases, Xe-133 Total Column for April 14-April 18, 2011, Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), April 14, 2011:*"These products are highly uncertain based on limited information for the source terms. Please use with caution and understand that the values are likely to change once we obtain more information on the overall nature of the accident." -NILU


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to an article from enenews.com, "Iodine-131 in No. 4 spent fuel pool at 22,000 times above normalApril 14th, 2011 at 02:24 PM." The report further explains:
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Japan to Assess Its Dumping of Toxic Water, Wall Street Journal, April 14, 2011:

… A new concern arose late Wednesday with the discovery that the radioactivity of water in reactor No. 4′s spent fuel pool was vastly higher than normal. A sample of water taken Tuesday contained 220 becquerels of iodine-131 per cubic centimeter. That compares with a level of just 0.01 becquerels or less for normal spent fuel pools. Such pools hold previously used nuclear fuel, allowing it to slowly cool down over a matter of years. …

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to an article from enenews.com, "Authorities: Sudden increase in temperature near No. 3 pressure vessel April 14th, 2011 at 03:09 PM." The report states"
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Japan to Assess Its Dumping of Toxic Water, Wall Street Journal, April 14, 2011:

… Authorities also reported that there had been a sudden increase in the temperature near the pressure vessel of reactor No. 3, rising from 170 degrees Celsius on Tuesday to about 250 degrees on Thursday. The temperature remained little changed in other parts of the vessel, however. A Tepco spokesman said the observed increase might be due to a faulty gauge, and workers would investigate further. Reactor 3 has had the lowest temperatures of the three units and isn’t considered to be at an immediate risk of overheating.

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to an article from enenews.com, "'New burst of radioactive material' emitted from Fukushima after 'bungled' cooling effort April 14th, 2011 at 03:55 PM." The report states:
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Japan Plant Emits More Radiation After Cooling Lapse, National Journal’s Global Security Newswire, April 14, 2011:

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan emitted a new burst of radioactive material this week after a bungled cooling effort apparently affected spent atomic fuel in the site’s No. 4 reactor cooling pond, the Associated Press reported…

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to an article from enenews.com, "Cesium-137 forecast shows 'near surface' radiation cloud over Texas, Southwest US on April 15, 16 (VIDEO) April 14th, 2011 at 09:02 PM." the article explains:
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Potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud after a nuclear accident in Fukushima, EURAD project via Rhenish Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Cologne, April 14, 2011:

The Northern Hemisphere, near surface, through April 16

April 16 at 8 pm UTC

This animation displays a potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud (Caesium 137 Isotope) after a nuclear accident in reactor Fukushima I. The continuous release rate is very uncertain, thus the calculations have to be interpreted qualitatively.

Dispersion in the near surface level (Level 1)

EURAD project


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3 have melted and settled at the bottom of their containment vessels.” The report explains:
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Melting of Japan plant’s fuel rods confirmed, Irish Times, April 15, 2011:

SCIENTISTS SAY the fight to bring Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant under control could take three months or more, even if not hampered by further earthquakes. The announcement comes after another day of aftershocks, including one with an epicentre about 25km from the Fukushima plant.

The head of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Takashi Sawada, said yesterday that fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3 have melted and settled at the bottom of their containment vessels, confirming fears that the plant suffered a partial meltdown after last month’s huge earthquake and tsunami. …

Read the report here.

Stabilizing nuclear fuel could take long, NHK, April 14, 2011:

… The deputy head of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Takashi Sawada, released the projection by an informal group of 11 society members on Thursday.

He said data published by Tokyo Electric Power Company shows that parts of the fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3 have melted and settled at the bottom of the pressure vessels. …

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Nuclear Expert: Iodine-131 in No. 4 pool suggests that 'spent fuel has started its own chain reaction' April 15th, 2011 at 03:28 PM." The report explains:
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Three Mile Island expert: Fukushima could kill 200,000, GlobalPost, April 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm EDT:

Interview with Arnold Gundersen; 39-year veteran of the nuclear industry, has worked as a nuclear plant operator and served as an expert witness on the Three Mile Island accident

[Emphasis Added]

… [M]y biggest fear right now is the unit 4 spent fuel pool… There was a report this week that they found iodine-131 in that fuel pool. Iodine-131 can only come from nuclear fission, and because it has a short life, it disappears after about 80 days.

In other words, the presence of iodine-131 suggests that the spent fuel has started its own chain reaction without any human intervention. …

As workers pour water into unit 4 — which they need to do to keep it cool — they might essentially be creating a nuclear reactor

The fuel could get hot enough from the chain reaction that it will boil the water out again. So we could still get a fuel pool fire. That would volatilize some really heavy elements, sending some highly carcinogenic materials into the atmosphere. This should be a very big concern. …

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Experts: “Fukushima is going to kill 200,000 from increased cancers” — 'It’s worse than Chernoby' April 15th, 2011 at 04:15 PM." The report states:
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Three Mile Island expert: Fukushima could kill 200,000, Global Post, April 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm EDT:

Interview with Arnold Gundersen; 39-year veteran of the nuclear
industry, has worked as a nuclear plant operator and served as an
expert witness on the Three Mile Island accident


Is this accident as bad as Chernobyl?

It’s worse than Chernobyl. …

So if it’s worse than Chernobyl, is this the worst industrial accident ever?

I think this and the Bhopal accident in India [where hundreds of thousands of people were exposed to the toxic gas methyl isocyanate, killing thousands] are going to be neck and neck for that category. So it’s worse than Chernobyl…

I absolutely disagree with the scientists who say that Fukushima’s not going to hurt anyone. The numbers I’ve seen, from reputable scientists, are that Fukushima is going to kill 200,000 from increased cancers over the next 50 years. …

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi eveeryone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Japan report: 'Nuclear fuel has melted in three reactors' — Risk of "massive radioactive release April 15th, 2011 at 07:17 PM." The report explains:
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Japan Plant Fuel Melted Partway Through Reactors: Report, National Journal's Global Security Newswire, April 15, 2011:

[Emphasis Added]

Nuclear fuel has melted in three reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and fallen to the lower sections of their container vessels, raising the specter of overheated material compromising a container and causing a massive radiation release, the Atomic Energy Society of Japan said in a report released on Friday…

Read the report here.
The report also states:
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Fuel rod fragments at bottom of vessels, Japan Times, April 15, 2011:

Melted fuel rod fragments have sunk to the bottoms of three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant and could theoretically burn through the pressure vessels if emergency water-pumping operations are seriously disrupted, the Atomic Energy Society of Japan said Friday.

If too many of the melted fuel fragments puddle at the bottom, they can generate enough concentrated heat to bore a hole in the pressure vessel, which would result in a massive radioactive release to the environment. …

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according enenews.com, "Smoke at another Japan nuclear plant" — Run by TEPCO April 16th, 2011 at 11:54 AM." The report states:
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Smoke rises from control panel at TEPCO nuclear plant in Niigata, Kyodo, April 16, 2011 at 11:04 am EDT:

Smoke rose briefly from a control panel at a nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast Saturday, the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

No one was injured in the 7:45 p.m. incident that occurred during the checking of water purification equipment at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear complex, the company said, adding it has yet to determine the cause. …

Read the report here.
The report furtheer added:
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Smoke at another Japan nuclear plant, Radio Netherlands, April 16, 2011:

Smoke briefly rose Saturday from a control panel at a Japanese nuclear power plant operated by the same company battling to stop radiation seeping from a quake-stricken facility, a report said.

There were no injuries but the cause of the smoke at the plant in coastal Niigata prefecture was not clear, Kyodo news said, citing Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).

The incident occurred in the evening during the checking of water purification equipment at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear complex, the company was quoted as saying. …

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews, "AP: Sharp rise in radioactivity levels signal possibility of new leaks April 16th, 2011 at 01:19 PM." The report explains:
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Radioactivity rises in sea off Japan nuclear plant, Associated Press, April 16, 2011:

Levels of radioactivity have risen sharply in seawater near a tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in northern Japan, signaling the possibility of new leaks at the facility, the government said Saturday. …

The new rise in radioactivity could have been caused by the installation Friday of steel panels intended to contain radiation that may have temporarily stirred up stagnant waste in the area, Hidehiko Nishiyama of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told reporters. However, the increase in iodine-131, which has a relatively short eight-day half life, could signal the possibility of a new leak, he said. …

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Japan Official: Given current conditions, a 6-9 month plan to stabilize Fukushima is best TEPCO could do — 'I don’t believe a word… I don’t believe it is possible' says resident April 17th, 2011 at 01:00 PM." The report states:
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Operator airs plan to control Japan nuclear crisis, AP, April 17, 2011:

The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear plant laid out a blueprint Sunday for stopping radiation leaks and stabilizing damaged reactors within the next six to nine months…

“Given the conditions now, this is best that it could do,” said Hidehiko Nishiyama of the government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, adding that conditions at the facility remain unstable. …

“I don’t believe a word they say,” said Yukio Otsuka, 56, a private school owner whose home is about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the power plant. “I don’t trust them. I don’t believe it is possible. We have really drawn the short stick on this one.” …

“TEPCO has taken far too long to provide an indication of the direction it plans to take to bring the situation at Fukushima Dai-ichi under control,” said Philip White of the Tokyo-based Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center, a group of scientists and activists who have opposed nuclear power since 1975. …

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to an article from enenews.com, 'N. Korea TV: Fukushima “is getting more serious' — “We see no prospects of getting radioactive leakages under control” says expertApril 17th, 2011 at 09:56 PM." The report states:
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N. Korea TV reports seriousness of radioactive leaks at Japan plant, Kyodo, April 18, 2011:

North Korea’s state television has reported the seriousness of continued radioactive leakages at a Japanese nuclear power plant…

”What is most serious is that even a month after the accident, we see no prospects of getting radioactive leakages under control,” an expert said.

Another expert warned, ”There is a possibility that unexpected radioactive substances may leak (out of the plant).” …

The crisis at the Fukushima plant ”is getting more serious,” KCNA [Korean Central News Agency] said.

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Severe spike' in radiation around No. 2 spent fuel pool — Japan officials say damage to spent fuel rods 'could not be ruled out' April 18th, 2011 at 11:02 AM." The report explains:
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Radiation near Japan reactors too high for workers, Associated Press, April 18, 2011:

A pair of thin robots on treads sent to explore buildings inside Japan's crippled nuclear reactor came back Monday with disheartening news: Radiation levels are far too high for repair crews to go inside. …

Officials said Monday that radiation had spiked in a water tank in Unit 2 and contaminated water was discovered in other areas of the plant, underscoring the growing list of challenges facing TEPCO in cleaning up and containing the radiation. They also described in more detail the damage to fuel in three troubled reactors, saying pellets had melted. …

Separately, readings from a water tank attached to the spent fuel pool in Unit 2 showed a severe spike in radiation that NISA officials said might have been caused by the escape of radioactive vapor from a nearby containment vessel. They said, however, the possibility of damage to spent fuel rods could not be ruled out. …

A pool of stagnant radioactive water was also discovered in the basement of Unit 4. …

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews, “'Dangerous spike in reactor 3 radiation' -Japan Times April 18th, 2011 at 04:49 PM." The report states:
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Robots detect dangerous spike in reactor 3 radiation, Kanako Takahara for Japan Times, April 19, 2011:

… In the No. 3 reactor building, the robots detected a radiation level between 28 to 57 millisieverts per hour on the ground floor, while that of the reactor 1 building was between 10 to 49 millisieverts per hour. …

Read the report here.


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Bob-C
H i everyone, according to a report from enenews.com,"TEPCO official reveals there is 'little doubt' plutonium has leaked from Fukushima (VIDEO)April 18th, 2011 at 08:07 PM." The report explains:
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NHK, April 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm EDT:

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it will examine the seabed off the facility to ensure that no plutonium has leaked into the ocean.

Tokyo Electric Power Company said on Monday it will conduct the inspection as plutonium is heavier than other radioactive materials and could have accumulated on the floor. …

TEPCO senior official Junichi Matsumoto said there is little doubt that plutonium has leaked from the plant during the accident.


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Radiation at No. 2 spent fuel pool millions of times above normal & thousands of times higher than troubled No. 4 poolApril 19th, 2011 at 12:33 PM." The report states:
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Tepco starts to pump out turbine unit, Japan Times, April 19, 2011:

… Monday night, Tepco said it detected high radioactivity coming from the spent fuel pool of the No. 2 unit, indicating that either the fuel rods in the pool were damaged or steam containing radioactive materials that rose from the reactor dissolved in the pool water.

Some 160,000 becquerels per cubic cm of cesium-134, 150,000 becquerels of cesium-137 and 4,100 becquerels of radioactive iodine-131 were detected in a water sample extracted from the storing pool on Saturday.

Read the report here.
The report points out:
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No. 2 Reactor Spent Fuel Rods May Be Damaged, Jiji, April 19, 2011:

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday that spent nuclear fuel rods at the No. 2 reactor at its crippled nuclear power plant may be damaged although damage levels have yet to be known.

The company said its examination of water in a tank connected to the spent fuel pool of the reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, ravaged by the March 11 quake and tsunami, found 4,100 becquerels of radioactive iodine per cubic centimeter and 4,000 to 160,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium.

The radioactive cesium levels are extremely high, company official Junichi Matsumoto said. The company believes the levels, compared with data on leaks from the reactor vessel, indicate that spent fuel rods have been exposed and damaged. The spent fuel pool contains 615 fuel assemblies.

However, the industry ministry's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency believes the detected radioactive materials are likely to have leaked from the reactor vessel.

The agency explained that it is implausible to associate the high concentration of iodine-131, whose half-life is short, with spent nuclear fuel rods, which are stored for a long time.

Read the report here.
The report further explained:
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"A sample of water taken Tuesday [from No. 4′s spent fuel pool] contained 220 becquerels of iodine-131 per cubic centimeter. That compares with a level of just 0.01 becquerels or less for normal spent fuel pools." -Wall Street Journal, April 14

"The company said a newly analysis indicated the damage to some fuel rods in the No. 4 unit's spent nuclear fuel pool, as it detected higher levels of radioactive iodine-131, cesium-134 and cesium-137 than normal. Radioactive iodine-131 amounting to 220 becquerels per cubic centimeter, cesium-134 of 88 becquerels and cesium-137 of 93 becquerels were detected in the No. 4 unit's spent nuclear fuel pool water, according to the TEPCO. Those Radioactive materials are generated by nuclear fission." – International Business Times, April 14


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Bob-C
Hi everyone, according to an article from enenews.com, "Enormous amount of high-level radioactive waste coming from Unit No. 2 — Reactor and containment are breached (VIDEO)April 19th, 2011 at 03:56 PM." The report states:
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Arnie Gundersen interview, Democracy Now, April 19, 2011:

Transcript Excerpts [Emphasis Added]

AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about TEPCO saying that they were optimistic that they could bring down radiation at the damaged plant and go to a cold shutdown of the facility in six to nine months? … Will radiation be leaking for the six to nine months?

ARNIE GUNDERSEN: Radiation is leaking every day now, both liquid into the ocean and also airborne. When you see those clouds of smoke coming out of the unit, that’s not steam, that’s radioactive steam. So, they’re releasing radioactivity as a airborne, and also, probably more important right now is Unit 2, the reactor has a hole in it, and the containment has a hole in it. So they’re pouring water in the top, and it’s running out the bottom. And it’s what’s causing all of this enormous amount of high-level radioactive waste. …


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Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "TEPCO official describes possible meltdown at No. 1 reactor: The 'molten fuel accumulates like lava'April 21st, 2011 at 08:41 AM." The report explains:
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Kyodo reported that on Wednesday a TEPCO official admitted the fuel in reactor No. 1 “could be melting.”

TEPCO official Junichi Matsumoto described the “possible meltdown”, comparing it to “a state in which molten fuel accumulates like lava.”


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Hi everyone, according to an article from enenews.com, "Expert who worked at Sandia Labs: 'TEPCO data suggest that fission is ongoing… This is bad news' — 'Truly scary' that nobody in Japan seems to know basics of reactor accident progression April 21st, 2011 at 07:15 PM." The report explains:
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After 5 Halflives, I-131 Higher than Cs-134/137 Suggests Ongoing Criticalities, Gerson Lehrman Group, April 19, 2011:

… Japanese regulators NISA and MEXT seem oblivious of the mysterious fact that I-131 Bq “reactor density” is still often reported double the Cs-134/137 Bq. The TEPCO data suggest that fission is ongoing despite the reactor shutdowns. This is bad news. …

Everyone with just a very basic understanding of reactor safety should know that once a reactor is scrammed, U-235 is no longer fissioning, and I-131 has no parent which can be decaying to create it in an ongoing process… the water circulating in intact SNF pools should have absolutely no detectable I-131 in them. …

[I]t has been almost five full 8-day halflives for their I-131 to decay to stable xenon. At t=0, as we say, the Bq of I-131 and Cs-134 and Cs-137 would all be approximately equal, but, after five I-131 halflives, the “reactor density” radioactivity of I-131 should be only 1/2**5=~3% of what it was originally. Go look at all the data of relative radioactivity that TEPCO is reporting with dates of April 19, 2011 and you’ll see that instead of I-131 being below the levels of the two cesiums, I-131 is often twice as high as the two cesiums always reported.

The fact that nobody in Japan seems to know basics of reactor accident progression that I learned at Sandia Labs in early 1980s is truly scary, because it suggests they are playing with these broken/leaking reactors and SNF pools inside at least three buildings totally destroyed by steam explosions … as if the reactors and their SNF pools are broken toys that they’re using trial and error to try fixing.

Read the report here.


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Hi everyone, according to a repport from enenews.com, "ALERT: Japan admits daily radioactive release from Fukushima at least 15,000% higher than previously announcedApril 23rd, 2011 at 07:13 PM." The report states:
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Trillion becquerels of radioactivity released into the atmosphere last 154 day, Yomiuri Shimbun, April 23, 2011:

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NSC 23, the Cabinet Office, the amount of radioactive material were released into the atmosphere from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station TEPCO, even at five days this month settled emissions, Terra 154 becquerels per day (One terabyte is 1 trillion) announced that it had reached. [...]

Read the report here.
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Fukushima I Nuke Plant: 154 Terabecquerels Per Day, Every Day, EX-SKF, April 23, 2011:

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Fukushima I Nuke Plant: 154 Terabecquerels Per Day, Every Day of radioactive iodine and cesium still spewing out of the plant, Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission now admits.

[...] From Yomiuri Shinbun (9:15PM JST 4/23/2011):

The Nuclear Safety Commission under the Prime Minister’s Office disclosed on April 23 that the amount of radioactive materials being released from the TEPCO Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant was 154 terabecquerels per day (1 tera is 1 trillion) as late as April 5 when the amount being released was considered stabilized.

On April 5, the estimated amount of radioactive materials released from Fukushima I Nuke Plant was 0.69 terabecquerels/hour for iodine-131 and 0.14 terabecquerels/hour for cesium-137. When the numbers were recalculated according to the INES method (converting cesium amount into iodine equivalent), the amount released turned out to be 6.4 terabecquerels/hour (which was 154 terabecquerels per day. Previously, the Nuclear Safety Commission had simply added the numbers for iodine-131 and cesium-137, and announced it was less than 1 terrabecquerel per day.

Read the report here.


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Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "TEPCO unable to verify water levels at reactors No. 2 and 3 — Suspects water is leaking from damaged containment vessels April 26th, 2011 at 07:51 AM." The report explains:
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TEPCO filling containment vessels; experts raise doubts, Asahi Shimbun, April 26, 2011:

[...] TEPCO has been unable to verify the water levels at the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, and suspect that water is leaking from the damaged containment vessels. …

At the No. 2 reactor, highly radioactive water is believed to be seeping through a hole in the suppression pool, which leads into the lower part of the containment vessel. [...]

Read the report here.


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Hi everyone, according to a report by enenews.com, "'Mysterious circumstances' of explosion at reactor No. 3 — Cannot be explained by a simple hydrogen build-up April 26th, 2011 at 12:45 PM." The report states:
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Fairewinds Associates email update via hudebnik, April 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm EDT:

Tomorrow at 7pm EST Arnie Gundersen [...] explores "the mysterious circumstances surrounding the powerful explosion that rocked Fukushima Daiichi reactor building 3. The force [...] was unlike the others and cannot be explained by a simple hydrogen build-up." (From today's Fairewinds update email).





From yesterday: Russian TV Host: There are reports that one of the Fukushima explosions was not actually a gas blast but a "nuclear reaction" (VIDEO)


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Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Japan gov’t announces new leakage from reactor No. 1 containment vessel April 26th, 2011 at 07:45 PM." The report explains:
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New Leaks Detected at Japan’s Nuclear Power Plant, ABC News Radio, April 26, 2011:

In yet another setback to gaining control of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency announced Tuesday that radioactive water was detected leaking from the containment vessel of reactor number one. [...]

The leak wasn’t detected by robots when they initially went into reactor number one on April 17 to check for radiation levels there, but NISA said they detected the problem while examining data from the nitrogen injections [...]

The new leakage is expected to slow down efforts to flood the reactor’s containment vessel with water to cool it down. [...]


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Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "IAEA: ‘Vapor’ rising from reactors No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 April 27th, 2011 at 07:39 PM." The report clarifies:
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Reactor Flooding Effort Proceeds at Japan Reactor, Global Security Newswire, April 27, 2011:

Workers continued the insertion of nitrogen gas into the No. 1 reactor to prevent additional explosions. White vapor continued to exit reactors No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, according to an IAEA statement. [...] (International Atomic Energy Agency release).

Read the report here.

“Radiation is leaking every day now… When you see those clouds of smoke coming out of the unit, that’s not steam, that’s radioactive steam. So, they’re releasing radioactivity as a airborne” -Arnie Gundersen, nuclear expert.


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Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Flooding No. 1 reactor halted after causing drop in pressure that could 'spark a hydrogen-oxygen explosion' April 28th, 2011 at 08:21 AM." The report explains:
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Japan Nuclear Operator Postpones Plan To Flood Reactor Vessel, Dow Jones, April 28, 2011:

A plan to flood the containment vessel of one of the reactors at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex to better cool off its nuclear core was postponed Thursday, as concerns about possible leakage in the vessel made workers cautious about filling it with tens of thousands of tons of water. [...]

A test run for an operation to flood Reactor No.1′s containment vessel began Wednesday morning[...]

The trial run saw a more-than-anticipated drop in the temperature and the pressure inside the reactor, raising the possibility that adding water could deflate the containment vessel too much, allow the atmosphere to enter, and spark a hydrogen-oxygen explosion similar to ones that hit the plant in the first week of the crisis in March. [...]



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Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Report: New TEPCO data unequivocally shows ongoing criticalities at Unit 2 April 29th, 2011 at 05:23 AM." The report states:
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TEPCO Data Shows Ongoing Criticalities Inside Leaking Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2, Gerson Lehrman Group, April 28, 2011:

Data released on April 28, 2011 by TEPCO is now unequivocal in showing ongoing criticalities at Unit 2, with a peak on April 13. TEPCO graphs of radioactivity-versus-time in water under each of the six reactors show an ongoing nuclear chain reaction creating high levels of “fresh” I-131 in Unit 2 [...]

When a nuclear reactor goes “critical” it means that the fissioning of U-235 or Pu-239 becomes a self-sustaining process, called a chain reaction [...]

But instead of seeing that expected decrease in I-131 levels relative to Cs-134 and Cs-137 in the regular TEPCO press releases, I-131 was seen to be increasing, instead of decreasing as the physics said it should. [...]

“Outlier” Unit 2 has I-131 levels roughly 20 times its levels of Cs-134/137. The only possible source of I-131 would be “pockets” of molten core in the Unit 2 RPV settled in such a way that the boron in the injected water is insufficient to stop the localized criticalities.

Read the TEPCO data here.

Results of Nuclide Analysis of Sub-drain(PDF)

Radioactivity Density of Sub-drain(PDF)


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Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Child's risk of cancer from radiation is 10-100 times higher than an adult who had same exposure (VIDEO) April 29th, 2011 at 09:30 AM."

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Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Nuclear adviser to Japanese gov’t quits, holding back tears — They /have ignored the laws' April 29th, 2011 at 05:34 PM." the report states:[quote] Japanese Nuclear Adviser Quits, Dow Jones by William Sposato, April 29, 2011:

A special advisor to the Japanese government on radiation safety resigned Friday, saying that he was dissatisfied with the handling of the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Toshiso Kosako, a professor at the prestigious University of Tokyo, said at a news conference that the prime minister’s office and agencies within the government “have ignored the laws and have only dealt with the problem at the moment.” Holding back tears, he said this approach would only prolong the crisis. [...]

Mr. Kosako was appointed on March 16. In announcing the appointment, chief government spokesman Yukio Edano described him as someone who “possesses outstanding insight and expertise in the field of radiation safety.” [...][quote]

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Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "'All of a sudden, people start asking questions about U.S. plants' after NRC Chairman’s recommendation of a 50-mile evacuation zone at Fukushima April 29th, 2011 at 09:12 PM." The report explains:
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NRC Chairman’s ‘Emergency’ Status Irks Leading Senate Republican, New York Times by Hannah Northey, April 29, 2011:

[Robert Duffy, chairman of the political science department at Colorado State University] said [Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko's] recommendation to implement a 50-mile evacuation zone may be scrutinized because it raises doubts about the safety of the nuclear industry in the United States.

"My guess would be the industry wasn’t really thrilled with a statement that you need to evacuate within 50 miles of the Fukushima plant,” Duffy said. “All of a sudden, people start asking questions about U.S. plants and the NRC’s ability to regulate.”


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Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Breakdown: 'I cannot allow this'… government not protecting public from radiation — 'Highly unusual' for an academic to quit in protest (PHOTO) April 30th, 2011 at 07:58 PM." The report states:
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Japan's Prime Minister Defends Handling of Nuclear Crisis, New York Times, April 30, 2011:

[A Japanese government] adviser resigned during a tearful news conference in which he charged that the government was not adequately protecting the population from radiation. [...]

"I cannot allow this as a scholar," said Mr. Kosako, an expert on radiation safety at the University of Tokyo. [...]

He also blasted the government for what he said was a lack of transparency in releasing radiation levels around the Fukushima Daiichi plant [...]

Government advisory positions are considered prestigious, and it is highly unusual for an academic to quit one in protest. [...]



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Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Top Japanese nuclear expert/proponent: Government’s announcement is wrong — I believe all the fuel rods are completely melted down (VIDEO)May 1st, 2011 at 07:15 AM." the report explains:
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Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Japan Nuclear Technology Institute Senior Advisor Says “Reactors 1, 2, 3 All Had Complete Meltdown”, EX-SKF, April 30, 2011:

Michio Ishikawa, the former head of the Japan Nuclear Technology Institute and the current “most senior” advisor to the Institute, appeared on an Asahi TV program on April 29 and shared his candid assessment of Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident.

He is known as one of the most ardent proponents of nuclear power generation. The Japan Nuclear Technology Institute was set up in 2005 by Ishikawa in order to represent the interest of the nuclear industry in Japan and promote nuclear energy.

[...] he continues to insist nuclear power plants are safe and 100 milli-sieverts cumulative radiation is perfectly safe not just for the plant workers but for everyone.

Here are some of the comments he made during the program…

The government announcement is wrong. I think all the fuel rods have been melted down.



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Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Ishikawa of JNTI Talks about Reactor Core Conditions, EX-SKF, April 30, 2011:

More on 77-year-old Michio Ishikawa of the Japan Nuclear Technology Institute on the situation at Fukushima I Nuke Plant, as he appeared on Asahi TV on April 29. [...]

“I believe the fuel rods are completely melted. They may already have escaped the pressure vessel. Yes, they say 55% or 30%, but I believe they are all melted down. When the fuel rods melt, they melt from the middle part on down.

“I think the temperature inside the melted core is 2000 degrees to 2000 and several hundred degrees Celsius. A crust has formed on the surface where the water hits. Decay heat is 2000 to 3000 kilowatts, and through the cracks on the crust the radioactive materials (mostly noble gas and iodine) are escaping into the air. [...]

[Later on] The show’s host says “But wait a minute, Mr. Ishikawa, you are a proponent of nuclear power and we expected to hear from you that everything is going well at Fukushima…”

Mr. Ishikawa answers, “Well, if I’m allowed to tell a lie…”

About EX-SKF: I am Japanese, and I not only read Japanese news sources for information on earthquake and the Fukushima Nuke Plant but also watch press conferences via the Internet when I can and summarize my findings, adding my observations.

Follow EX-SKF’s tweets here.


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Hi everyone, according to a report from enenews.com, "Radiation forecasts in Japan kept secret to avoid 'panic in the whole of society' May 3rd, 2011 at 09:31 AM." The report explains:
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Data monitor failed at Japan’s nuclear plant, report says, DPA, May 3, 2011:

The accident response headquarters, formed jointly by the government and the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power Co, said Monday that roughly 5,000 estimates of how radioactive substances would disperse had been made since the beginning but they had not been made public, Kyodo said. The secrecy was to avoid “panic in the whole of society,” lawmaker Goshi Hosono, head of the secretariat of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, was quoted by Kyodo as saying.


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Hi Bob

Just wanted to thank you for keeping track of this news and posting regular links.
Very much appreciated. I check you and Gunderson daily.

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Hi Bob

Just wanted to thank you for keeping track of this news and posting regular links.
Very much appreciated. I check you and Gunderson daily.



You're very welcome Jack, good to hear from you. smile.gif Here is the latest update, things are getting worse. According to enenews.com. "Did Fukushima Daiichi Unit No. 4 catch on fire today? (VIDEO) May 4th, 2011 at 08:16 AM." See the videos here. We need more people like you to be concerned and aware of the important things that affect all people in the world.

Have a good day and a happy and successful trading week.

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