Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27: Fukushima Updates

A Letter from a Fukushima Mother
http://www.zerohedge.com/article/letter-fukushima-mother#comment-1317080

Govt to reduce school radiation levels
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/27_19.html

"Japan's education minister says the government will strive to keep cumulative radiation levels at school in Fukushima Prefecture below one millisievert per year. The prefecture is home to the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

"Yoshiaki Takaki also told reporters on Friday that if the levels exceed a benchmark of one microsievert per hour, the topsoil of school grounds will be removed, and most of the cost will be paid for by the government.

"Removing the surface soil is said to be an effective method of limiting the radiation exposure of children who use the school grounds.

"The government had earlier set a yearly limit of 20 millisieverts of accumulated external radiation for children taking part in outdoor activities. But parents have protested the decision.

"Twenty millisieverts per year is in line with the levels set by the International Commission for Radiological Protection when dealing with emergency situations, although it recommends one millisievert per year as a benchmark.

MAJIA HERE: TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE-----

Tepco Failed to Disclose Scale of Fukushima Radiation Leaks, Academics Say By Stuart Biggs and Yuriy Humber - May 27, 2011 2:22 AM
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-27/tepco-faces-massive-problem-containing-radioactive-water-at-fukushima.html

"As a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency visits Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled nuclear plant today, academics warn the company has failed to disclose the scale of radiation leaks and faces a “massive problem” with contaminated water.

"The utility known as Tepco has been pumping cooling water into the three reactors that melted down after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. By May 18, almost 100,000 tons of radioactive water had leaked into basements and other areas of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant. The volume of radiated water may double by the end of December and will cost 42 billion yen ($518 million) to decontaminate, according to Tepco’s estimates.

“Contaminated water is increasing and this is a massive problem,” Tetsuo Iguchi, a specialist in isotope analysis and radiation detection at Nagoya University, said by phone. “They need to find a place to store the contaminated water and they need to guarantee it won’t go into the soil.”

MAJIA HERE: THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG
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Seabed radiation 100-1,000 times normal level off Fukushima plant
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110504p2g00m0dm009000c.html

"TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Radiation readings have risen to 100-1,000 times the normal level on the Pacific seabed near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the operator said Tuesday.
The high levels of radioactive materials were detected in samples collected Friday from the seabed at two points 20-30 meters deep in the first contamination probe of the seabed by Tokyo Electric Power Co., it said.

"The seabed samples collected 3 kilometers from Minamisoma and 3 km from Naraha, both in Fukushima Prefecture, contained 98-190 becquerels of radioactive iodine per kilogram and 1,200-1,400 becquerels of radioactive cesium…

MAJIA HERE: WE ARE ACTIVELY POISONING OUR PLANET--WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME LEFT TO TAKE ACTION BEFORE WE ENSURE OUR COLLECTIVE SUICIDE BY POISONING
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Soil contamination from Fukushima crisis comparable to Chernobyl: study
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110525p2g00m0dm108000c.html

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- "Radiation released by the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has caused soil contamination matching the levels seen in the Chernobyl disaster in some areas, a researcher told the government's nuclear policy-setting body Tuesday.

"A massive soil decontamination project will be indispensable before residents in those areas can return," said Tomio Kawata, a research fellow of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan, at the meeting of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, which sets policies and strategies for the government's nuclear power development.

"According to Kawata, soil in a 600 square kilometer area mostly to the northwest of the Fukushima plant is likely to have absorbed radioactive cesium of over 1.48 million becquerels per square meter, the yardstick for compulsory migration orders in the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe.

"Kawata also said soil in a 700 square km area is likely to have absorbed 555,000-1.48 million becquerels per square meter, which was a criteria for temporary migration during the Chernobyl disaster.
Kawata estimated the soil contamination using data on radiation levels in the air monitored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The size of the contaminated areas in the Fukushima crisis is one-tenth to one-fifth of those polluted in the Chernobyl disaster, Kawata said.

MAJIA HERE: I'VE NO DOUBT THE CONTAMINATION IS MUCH, MUCH BROADER. Tepco and the govt have lied so very much. THE JAPANESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE THOUGH THAT THE WINDS TOOK SO MUCH RADIATION OUT TO SEA. Unfortunately, the impending typhoon season may bring it all back...
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Evidence of Radioactive Contamination in Japan Flora
http://www.llrc.org/

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Japan car output falls 61% in April on disaster
http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/05/93781.html

TOKYO, May 27, Kyodo: "Total domestic output at eight major Japanese automakers in April plunged 60.1 percent from a year earlier as the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in the northeast forced them to suspend production, they said Friday.

"The country's top automaker, Toyota Motor Corp., saw its domestic output nose-dive 78.4 percent to 53,823 units, the lowest monthly figure since comparable data began to be compiled in 1976. The year-on-year drop was the sharpest since then.

"The combined domestic production, totaling 279,345 units, marked the second consecutive fall. The drop was 57.5 percent in March.

MAJIA HERE: THE JAPANESE ECONOMY APPEARS TO BE COLLAPSING...

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