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May 29, 2011

Japanese Nuclear Radiation Plumes are from more than Fukushima....

May 26, 2011 News of Inspection because of damage and radiation leaks at Tokai No. 2 Nuclear Power Plant in the Ibaraki Prefecture village of Tokai

(Mainichi Japan) May 26, 2011

IAEA team visits nuke plant in Ibaraki Pref.
Mike Weightman, head of the IAEA team of inspectors, delivers a speech before inspecting the Tokai No. 2 Nuclear Power Plant in the Ibaraki Prefecture village of Tokai on May 26. (Mainichi)
Mike Weightman, head of the IAEA team of inspectors, delivers a speech before inspecting the Tokai No. 2 Nuclear Power Plant in the Ibaraki Prefecture village of Tokai on May 26. (Mainichi)

MITO (Kyodo) -- A team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency visited the Tokai No. 2 Nuclear Power Plant Thursday in Ibaraki Prefecture as part of an inquiry into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident.

At the plant, which was also affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the team received a briefing from officials of operator Japan Atomic Power Co. on the disaster's impact and toured its reactor building and a water intake area where a pump was destroyed by the tsunami.

While the plant in the Pacific coastal village of Tokai automatically halted operation in the quake, one of its three emergency power sources became unavailable temporarily due to the tsunami. The plant is now undergoing a regular checkup that lasts about six months.

During its 10-day mission through June 2, the team led by British Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations Mike Weightman is to conduct fact-finding and assess safety issues relating to the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture north of Ibaraki. It will report its findings late June in Vienna.

A google search of Ibaraki Radiation Leaks, also shows proof that big trouble coming from Tokai #2 Nuclear Plant...

  1. Fishing Halted in Japan's Ibaraki as Radiation Leaks to Sea ...

    Apr 6, 2011 ... Fishermen in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan's fifth-largest seafood producer, halted operations after tainted fish were detected south of ...
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  2. CleanTech_Org : Message: Fwd: Radiation Leaking At Ibaraki After ...

    Mar 15, 2011 ... Urgent breaking: Radiation Is Leaking At Ibaraki --Radiation leaking due to core problem at Fukushima Unit 2 Nuclear Reactor 15 Mar 2011 ...
    finance.dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/CleanTech_Org/.../3328 - Cached
  3. Fishing Halted in Japan's Ibaraki as Radiation Leaks to Sea

    (Adds industry official comment in fourth paragraph.) April 6 (Bloomberg) -- Fishermen in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan's fifth-largest seafood producer, ...
    billionaires.forbes.com/article/0fX08FQ9ot3Zb - Cached
  4. Letting radiation leak, but never information | The Japan Times Online

    Apr 5, 2011 ... Tepco, remember, similarly botched things after radiation leaks at Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, in 1999 and the Kashiwazaki- Kariwa plant in ...
    search.japantimes.co.jp › Life in JapanFeatures 
  5. Radioactive Leak Stopped, Japan Plant Operator Says : NPR

    Apr 5, 2011 ... On Tuesday, Japan's government set its first radiation safety standards for fish ... or sand lance, caught off Ibaraki prefecture, south of the plant. ... Radiation had been leaking into the Pacific Ocean near the plant, ...
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May 28, 2011

Typhoon Songda Weakens, Set to Miss Fukushima, Agency Says

Typhoon Songda is weakening and expected to pass to the south of Japan, avoiding the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture.

The eye of the storm was located about 260 kilometers (160 miles) south-southwest of Ashizurimisaki, part of Japan’s Kochi prefecture, and moving northeast at 55 kilometers per hour as of 9:50 a.m., the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its website. Wind speeds may decrease to 83 kilometers per hour by 9 p.m. from 108 kilometers per hour at 9:50 a.m., it said.

Forecasts last week projected the possibility that the storm may pass over the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, which spewed radiation after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems and left three of six reactor buildings with no roofs after explosions.

To contact the reporter on this story: Masumi Suga in Tokyo at msuga@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Ian Rowley at irowley2@bloomberg.net; Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net



Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan 'unready for typhoon'

Fukushima nuclear plant The problems with the Fukushima nuclear plant have raised questions over Tepco's future

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Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is not fully prepared for heavy rain and winds of a typhoon heading towards the country, officials admit.

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), which runs the plant, said some reactor buildings were uncovered, prompting fears the storm may carry radioactive material into the air and sea.

Typhoon Songda is expected to hit Japan as early as Monday.

Fukushima was heavily damaged by the deadly 11 March quake and tsunami.

'Inappropriate measures'

"We have made utmost efforts, but we have not completed covering the damaged reactor buildings," a Tepco official said on Saturday.

"We apologise for the lack of significant measures against wind and rain," the official added.



May 26, 2011



Tepco: Surprise! Two more reactors melted down at Fukushima plant


May 24, 2011
Tsunami waves approach the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant near its No. 5 reactor in Fukushima prefecture, in this photo taken March 11 and released by Tepco May 19, 2011. (REUTERS) Not one but three nuclear reactors suffered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in the days following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in north-east Japan.

But Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) conveniently left that part of the story out, until now.

Tepco insists that the meltdown at reactors 2 and 3 were not as big of a deal as the one suffered at reactor 1, mostly because the reactors were covered in water and so didn’t threaten the compound, according to the Guardian. Tepco also said that temperatures at the fuel rods remained well below dangerous levels.

But the new announcement further raises doubts about the handling of the crisis by Tepco, which suffered the biggest annual loss by any Japanese firm outside the financial sector last week.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said of the public distrust of the announcements: “I am very sorry that the public doesn't trust the various disclosures the government has made about the accident.”

Koichi Nakano, a political science professor at Sophia University, told Reuters that the announcement was timed to minimize the impact on the public. “In the early stages of the crisis Tepco may have wanted to avoid panic,” Nakano said. “Now people are used to the situation.”

Somehow that doesn’t make me feel better.

A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will arrive in Tokyo shortly to inspect the plant. They will present their findings at a meeting of U.N. ministers on June 20.


By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:05 AM ET, 05/24/2011



May 24, 2011

They claim they could not get in to see what was happening in the beginning, etc. etc.

This article talks about what TEPCO is saying now:

What Fukushima's Triple Meltdown Means



Fukushima plant probably began spewing radiation within hours of earthquake: data

Data released for the first time this week show three of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors probably began spewing radiation within a few hours of Japan’s devastating earthquake and at least one may have gone into a full meltdown within about 15 hours of the tsunami striking the plant and shutting off its cooling systems.

Yet for the first days of the disaster, the plant’s operators and Japan’s nuclear safety regulators studiously avoided using the word “meltdown.” They repeatedly said they believed the reactors’ fuel rods were still intact and safely contained inside their zirconium sheaths. 

In reality, the rods in the core of the No. 1 reactor had fully melted by the morning of March 12 and had fallen to the bottom of the reactor’s pressure vessel.

The documents show the plant’s managers dithered over whether or not to vent the reactor to reduce a build-up of dangerous pressure inside.

When they did decide to act, seven hours after being ordered to do so by the government, they discovered the vent system was inoperable, probably having been damaged in the earthquake, and had to be activated by hand.

By that time, radiation levels in the reactor were so high, volunteers could only spend a few minutes taking turns to crank the vents open.

In the end, the build-up of pressure from steam and explosive hydrogen gas was so great, the reactor exploded, damaging its outer containment walls and spewing radiation into the atmosphere.

A similar pattern of disaster befell the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors. Japanese officials now believe all three reactors may be leaking highly radioactive water outside the containment buildings as a result of damage caused to their pressure vessels by suspected meltdowns.

Most of the 190 tonnes of water being injected every day into the reactors is leaking from the pressure vessels because they are more seriously damaged than previously thought.

“It is a very serious accident and it still continues,” Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Thursday.

“The situation continues to be very serious.”

National Post

May 19, 2011

Japan’s Fukushima Reactor May Have Leaked Radiation Before Tsunami Struck


May 16, 2011

Tepco Says Fuel in 2 Reactors May Have Melted



May 14, 2011

Radioactive ash found in Tokyo sewage plant: reports


TOKYO - A HIGHLY radioactive substance was detected in ash from an incinerator at a sewage works in Tokyo in late March following the nation's worst nuclear accident in Fukushima, newspapers reported on Saturday.

The ash, containing an unidentified substance with a radioactive density of 170,000 Becquerel per kg, was collected from a plant in Koto Ward, eastern Tokyo, the Nikkei and Sankei dailies said, quoting metropolitan government sources.

The ash in sewage plants is formed by the incineration of inorganic constituents in waste materials.

Much of the ash from the Koto batch had already been recycled into construction materials, including cement, the unnamed sources said. The volume of the ash was not reported.

A radioactive substance of 100,000-140,000 Becquerel per kg was also detected in ash at two other sewage plants in Ota and Itabashi wards, eastern Tokyo, in late March, the sources said.

The substance has yet to be identified and researchers are currently looking into whether it is radioactive caesium, they said. -- AFPhttp://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_668600...

Radiation found in seaweed near crippled Japan plant

Seaweed collected from the coast near Japan‘s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant and sewage in Tokyo have shown elevated levels of radiation, according to data released by an environmental group and government officials on Friday.The findings, released separately by Greenpeace and Tokyo government officials, underline the difficulty of containing the water-borne spread of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was seriously damaged by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, triggering a still-unfolding crisis.

Operator Tokyo Electric Power has poured massive amounts of water on four of the reactors at the plant to cool the fuel they contain, but struggled to keep the radioactive water from leaking out to the sea.

Environmental critics have also raised worries about contaminated water seeping into the water table.

Greenpeace said that 10 of the 22 seaweed samples it had collected at sea near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had shown radiation levels as much as five times the standard set by Japan for food.

“Radioactive contamination is accumulating in the marine ecosystem that provides Japan with a quarter of its seafood, yet the authorities are still doing very little to protect public health,” Ike Teuling, Greenpeace radiation expert, said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Tepco sealed a leak of contaminated water found near the No. 3 reactor that may have seeped into the Pacific Ocean from the coastal plant. A previous ocean leak sparked international concern about the impact of the disaster on the environment.

Radiation in food and other substances is measured in Becquerel. The limit set for food by Japan is 2,000 Becquerel (Bq) per kg for radioactive Iodine-131 and 500 Bq/kg for radioactive cesium.

Greenpeace said 10 of its seaweed samples had shown radiation levels over 10,000 Bq/kg. Some types of seaweed are a staple of the Japanese diet.

Goshi Hosono, a special adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the nuclear crisis, said the government would look into the finding by Greenpeace.

“I don’t want to ignore this and the government will do its own follow-up study as needed,” Hosono told reporters.

Separately, government officials in Tokyo said radiation levels in sewage had spiked in late March. The data was released this week in conjunction with a new government standard intended to contain the spread of radiation in sewage.

Combined radiation levels of cesium and others in waste burned at the sewage treatment plant in Tokyo spiked to 170,000 Bq/kg in the immediate wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, officials said on Friday.

The radiation level was measured on March 25, just over two weeks after the earthquake.

Akiko Matsumoto, spokeswoman for the Tokyo Bureau of Sewage said the radiation figure is a composite of cesium and iodine levels.

The Japanese government did not set a guideline for radioactive material in sewage until Thursday, when they announced that any solid waste with a cesium level of 100,000 Bq/kg or above should be incinerated and then sealed in a container.

Matsumoto said the bureau did not know the reason behind the sudden jump in radiation levels. “One theory is that the radiation from Fukushima was carried by rain,” she said.

The overall radiation level in Tokyo sewage had dropped to 16,000 Bq/kg by April 28.


TOKYO (Reuters) – By Mari Saito


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 Daily Reports of  Maximum Radiation Level in Eastern Japan



Email from Japanese gov’t officials says high density radiation will be released May 8 if situation continues


 Taro Kono, member of Japan’s House of Representatives, May 5, 2011:

Google Translation

The three went through the mail came from the bureaucracy of young attachment energy agency.

Sono Hazime

Integrating the entire TEPCO Group meeting minutes of May 1 the government.

Release is made with a high concentration of 8 days will be like this.

From assistant Hosono, this case is very important on the go to the next step, such as installation of heat exchangers, and (the future in terms that can be discharged out of the radioactive material) during discharge of contaminated water avoid repeating mistakes, officials close to the sharing of information we want working with high sensitivity, which was said.

An ENENEWS reader adds:

My partner who is Japanese brought this blog post to my attention. It is from Taro Kono, who is in the house of representatives (LDP, opposition to current government):

In particular this section:

“エネ庁の若手官僚から添付ファイルが3通ついたメールが来た。 その一 5月1日の政府・東電統合本部全体会合の議事録。 『このままいくと8日にも高濃度の放出が行われる。』 『細野補佐官から,本件は熱交換機の設置といった次のステップに進む上で非常に重要である,また,(今後,放射性物質が外に排出され得るという点で,)汚 染水排出の際の失敗を繰り返さないよう,関係者は情報共有を 密に行い,高い感度を持って取り組んで欲しい,とする発言があった。』”

Translation (non-literal and our understanding):

I received 3 emails with attachments from junior government officials in the energy department.

The first email:

Minutes of meeting between TEPCO and the government on the 1st May. “If the current situation continues, high density radiation will be released on the 8th May.” “Mr Hosono said: It is very important to go to the next step regarding the installation of the heat exchanger machine. For the concerned parties, be careful of the sharing of information with high sensitivity so that the same mistakes aren’t made again like the release of the radiated water previously.

The second and third emails aren’t related so we didn’t translate it. It isn’t clear from the text the way the radiation will be released. ie airborne or via water.

The aforementioned energy department English homepage is this: http://www.enecho.meti.go.jp/english/index.htm

Perhaps those who are following the work and/or parameters of the reactors could hypothesise what they are thinking about doing.





Children Don Masks, Hats in Fukushima as Radiation Looms


Students at the Shoyo Junior High School in Fukushima are wearing masks, caps and long-sleeved jerseys to attend classes as their exposure to radiation is on pace to equal annual limits for nuclear industry workers.

“Students are told not to go out to the school yard and we keep windows shut,” said Yukihide Sato, the vice principal at Shoyo Junior High in Date city, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) northwest from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station. “Things are getting worse, but I don’t know what to do.”

Two months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami created Japan’s worst nuclear crisis since World War II, schools in Fukushima are waiting for stronger measures from the government to protect its youngest citizens. A parents group is petitioning Governor Yuhei Sato to evacuate more than 1,600 kindergartens, elementary and junior high schools which would affect about 300,000 children and teachers.

“The governor should take leadership,” said Seiichi Nakate, the 50-year-old head of the Network to Protect Fukushima Children from Radiation, a group comprising 250 parents. “Fukushima Prefecture is the only power that can protect our children from radiation exposure.” MORE AT LINK


The 100-year battle to make Fukushima safe: Grim prediction as brave workers expect to 'die within weeks'

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 4:03 PM on 3rd May 2011


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1371793/Japan-nuclear-crisi...

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Comment by S.V. on November 30, 2011 at 5:26am

Updated 11-29-11

See beginning of blog.


Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on October 6, 2011 at 10:07am

That´s ugly news, S.V...  thanks for sharing, though.. Perspective matters !

Comment by S.V. on October 6, 2011 at 9:33am

@Malou   Last month a family came to live with me.  They had great difficulty getting their relatives to agree to their leaving Ashikaga ( 80 miles from Fukushima).  After one week in the USA,, a call came saying they had to return!  An uncle with a history of heart disease had another heart attack and they were told they had to return  ASAP.  Not able to go against family authority, they flew back.   How horrible.  They worry about their young children and feel trapped in Japan .  S.V.

Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on October 6, 2011 at 2:50am


hoping the Japanese exodus will succeed for those wanting and planning it NOW... it´ll be too late soon enough...

Comment by S.V. on October 6, 2011 at 2:14am

Hi Malou, Yes, stress is right.  I have a difficult time looking at the earth change/pole shift/planet X  news these days.  This site helps me put it into perspective.  Thanks for the link :)

Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on October 6, 2011 at 12:01am

Dear S.V....

Thanks for this tragic update....

Let me add even more stress : today´s the first day I´ve seen a quake this size on a southern Japanese island since going through the emsc stats every day for some months, now... :

FELT 2011-10-05   14:33:26.0  32.81 N   130.75 E   5 4.8 KYUSHU, JAPAN

from : www.emsc-csem.org/

from wiki : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyushu :

best regards !

Comment by S.V. on October 5, 2011 at 10:21pm



First physical traces of plutonium  found in Japan...




Comment by S.V. on September 29, 2011 at 11:19pm

Dear Malou,  I think most people feel helpless and hopeless about the radiation situation in Japan.  It is very stressful to read and talk about it.  Downplaying and denial are taking front stage because it is so confusing and intense to fully address what is truly happening and who knows even where...   S.V.

Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on September 29, 2011 at 11:07pm

@ S.V. -  I didn´t really have words for that particular piece of news... I know it was seen by many on facebook, but only one commented... "me not like"...

Comment by S.V. on September 29, 2011 at 8:43pm

Scientists: Radioactivity in sea NOT falling off — Hypothesis says Fukushima groundwater is leaking radiationhttp://enenews.com/scientists-radiation-levels-sea-falling-hypothes...

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