Post by mightyspuds on Mar 27, 2011 21:15:03 GMT -8
Confusion at the plant has intensified fears that the nuclear crisis will last weeks, months or years amid alarms over radiation making its way into produce, raw milk and even tap water as far as Tokyo.
On Sunday, TEPCO officials said radiation in leaking water in the Unit 2 reactor was 10 million times above normal — an apparent spike that sent employees fleeing the unit. The day ended with officials saying the huge figure had been miscalculated and offering apologies.
"The number is not credible," TEPCO spokesman Takashi Kurita said late Sunday. "We are very sorry."
A few hours later, TEPCO Vice President Sakae Muto said a new test had found radiation levels 100,000 times above normal — far better than the first results, though still very high.
But he ruled out having an independent monitor oversee the various checks despite the errors.
Muto acknowledged it could take a long time to clean up the Fukushima complex.
"We cannot say at this time how many months or years it will take," he said.
Post by mightyspuds on Mar 30, 2011 5:08:01 GMT -8
REVELATION 8: 10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood (russian word: 'Chornobyl') and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. ----------------------------------- Name origin
The city is named after the Ukrainian word for mugwort or wormwood (Artemisia vulgaris), which is чорнобиль "chornobyl". An alternative etymology holds that it is a combination of the words chornyi (чорний, black) and byllia (билля, grass blades or stalks), hence it would literally mean black grass or black stalks.
Post by mightyspuds on Mar 31, 2011 14:05:59 GMT -8
News,what there is continues to get uglier. My take,it melted down and breached.Thats my opinion,I think they are lying A LOT.
Bud heard something about they are talking about covering the plant up,starting to sound more and more like it is indeed catastrophic failure.
Cesium found in a cow 40 miles away at elevated level.Guess if you arent testing much you dont find much it seems? ------------------------------------ By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press George Jahn, Associated Press – Thu Mar 31, 1:54 am ET
VIENNA – Recent radiation readings outside the exclusion zone around Japan's nuclear disaster show radiation substantially higher than levels at which the U.N. nuclear agency would recommend evacuations, agency officials said.
The comments Wednesday could add to the debate over how far people need to stay away from Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, which was crippled in the country's March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Elena Buglova, an official from the International Atomic Energy Agency, said of the reading: "As a ratio, it was about two times higher" than levels at which the agency recommends evacuations.
Iitate is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Fukushima complex where emergency crews are battling to keep radioactivity from spreading.
Japanese officials have told residents to evacuate within a 12-mile (20-kilometer) zone and to stay indoors within 18 miles (30 kilometers) of the damaged complex, but U.S. officials have recommended citizens stay at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) away.
The country's nuclear safety agency revealed levels of radiation in the ocean near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant had surged to 4,385 times the regulatory limit.
And officials said that groundwater underneath the plant's reactor had been measured at 10,000 times the government health standard.
Spokesman Naoyuki Matsumo says the elevated levels of iodine-131 were measured in groundwater 15 meters underneath one of six reactors at the plant.
It comes after Japan finally conceded defeat in the battle to contain radiation at four of Fukushima's crippled reactors. They will now be shut down.
Details of how this will be done are yet to be revealed, but officials said it would mean switching off all power and abandoning attempts to keep the nuclear fuel rods cool.
The final move would involve pouring tonnes of concrete on the reactors to seal them in tombs and ensure radiation does not leak out.
The dramatic announcement that the four reactors are out of control and will have to be decommissioned was made yesterday by the chairman of the electric company operating the Fukushima plant.
With a deep bow and a grimace, Mr Tsunehisa Katsumata finally offered a humble apology for the failure to stop the leakage of radiation.
His face pale as he spoke in Tokyo, Mr Katsumata said he felt particularly sorry for people who have had to flee from their homes or even refrain from stepping outside while they have been trying to cope with the impact of the March 11 earthquake and aftershocks.
In admitting that four of the troubled reactors would have to be shut down for good, he left no doubt in the minds of observers that he knew the battle to keep their fuel rods cool could not be won.
'I am very sorry for the trouble and anxiety caused by the radiation leaks,' said Mr Katsumata, speaking in public for the first time since problems at the plant surfaced in the days following the earthquake and tsunami.
'We've not been able to cool the reactors but we are employing maximum efforts to stabilise them,' he said.
Yesterday the levels of radiation in the ocean was measured at 3,355 times above the standard.
Officials have attempted to downplay the dangers posed by the high presence of radioactive isotopes in the water, saying that the iodine-131 isotope loses half of its radiation every eight days.
But amounts of the cesium-137 isotope - which has a 30-year 'half life' - have also soared to 527 times the normal level.
Michael Friedlander, a U.S. based nuclear engineer, told CNN: 'That's the one I am worried about.
'Plankton absorbs the cesium, the fish eat the plankton, the bigger fish eat smaller fish - so every step you go up the food chain, the concentration of cesium gets higher.'
Fishing is not allowed with 12 miles of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, but authorities still do not know where the radioactive water is coming from.
TOKYO, March 30, Kyodo Nishiyama said it is expected to take at least 20 years to finish the procedures to decommission the six-reactor Fukushima plant. Katsumata said TEPCO considers it as an option to cover the troubled reactors with ''stone coffins'' made of concrete and iron, a solution adopted in the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear crisis.
During the worst week of the Japanese nuclear crisis, the EPA's radiation monitor in Dutch Harbor recorded the highest levels of radioactive iodine fallout in the United States among reporting stations, the agency said.
Despite the relatively high levels in the Aleutian Island community on March 19 and 20, state and federal health officials continued to say Tuesday that the amounts of radioactive byproducts were way too small to pose a health risk.
As Japanese authorities work to contain radiation at Fukushima, concerns have been raised about public communication on radiation risk.
The US advocacy group, Physicians for Social Responsiblity, recently criticised press reports implying there is a safe threshold for ionizing radiation exposure.
"As the crisis in Japan goes on, there are an increasing number of sources reporting that 100 mSv (millisieverts) is the lowest dose at which a person is at risk for cancer," says a statement from the organisation.
"Established research disproves this claim," the statement continues. "According to the National Academy of Sciences, there are no safe doses of radiation. Decades of research show clearly that any dose of radiation increases an individual's risk for the development of cancer....
Burns says there is other evidence that supports the adverse effects of low doses of radiation, including studies showing an increased risk in foetuses getting cancer later in life from a mother's one-off 10 millisievert medical scan.
Ruff says it's important to remember radiation limits like this are not levels below which there is no effect.
"They're just a practical compromise between what's achievable and what's deemed an acceptable risk," he says.
Ruff says it's also important to remember the impact of radiation is greater on the unborn, infants and children, especially girls, compared to adults.
...we should not mislead them that the dose is 'safe' or 'no cause for concern' which is very different," he says."
------------------------------------ These air levels are higher than Mass and Penn were, but in those states the rain water was 30 times too radioactive to use as drinking water. I don't know about AK, but in the desert southwest (and Hawaii and other places), rainwater is commonly used as drinking water. Many places collected rain water is the only available water.
The EPA is just lying, its mildly unsafe, maybe moderately so if this goes on all summer. But if they tell the truth Americans will demand that GE Mark I's here (23 of them) be shutdown. People will be upset with Obama and his "clean and green" push- and the EPA can't have any of that!
Looks more and more like Chernobyl.At least we have a nice news blackout on it,not to worry,YEARS from now the news will be released and we sheep will be told 'It was Nothing to worry about'.Sorta like Chernobyl only killed 6 people and nobody else was harmed.Thats what we sheep will be told,mark my words.
Meanwhile cesium 137 continues to pour into the ocean,but again,its nothing to worry about,flood the reports on that as if its just 6 day danger radioactive iodine.Lets not even broach the subject of the centuries radioactive plutonium being released,dont report it,therefore it isnt happening.This is a full blown Chernobyl and we are being completely lied to thru omission. ----------------------------
The world's largest concrete pump, previously used at Savannah River Site, made a ponderous journey Monday along Interstate 20 to Atlanta, where it will be airlifted to Japan.
The largest cement pump in the world, owned by Ashmore Concrete in Augusta, was transported to Atlanta on Monday. The pump will be airlifted to Japan on the world's largest airplane. SRS pump will head to Japan
The 190,000-pound pump, made by German-based Putzmeister, has a 70-meter boom and can be controlled remotely, making it suitable for use in the battle to stabilize the tsunami-damaged reactors at Japan's Fukushima complex.
Erin Nevicosi, a Putzmeister spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail that the pump owned by Augusta-based Ashmore Concrete Contractors Inc., and a similar one owned by Associated Concrete Pumping in Sacramento, Calif., are both being airlifted to Tokyo later this week.
"They are being flown to Japan via two Russian Antonov AN-225 Mriya Super Heavy Transport planes, the world's largest aircraft, which was initially designed to transport the Russian Space Shuttle," she said.
The pumps are normally used to pour concrete on bridges and high-rise buildings and can also be used to pump water, she said. Several smaller Putzmeister concrete pumps are already at the Fukushima site or en route there.
Ashmore's pump required a special transportation permit because of its size and weight.
Putzmeister has experience working on nuclear power plants in crisis and other disaster situations.
"After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, Putzmeister sent 11 boom pumps to help place the concrete that entombed reactor block 4 to prevent additional radiation from being emitted," Nevicosi said.
Ashmore had been using the pump at the construction site of the National Nuclear Security Administration's $4.86 billion mixed oxide fuel facility under construction at SRS.
The MOX project is designed to dispose of surplus plutonium from dismantled nuclear warheads by blending it with uranium to make commercial nuclear fuel.
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Yup,just gets worse and worse as news SLOWLY gets released. --------------------------------------------------------
Meanwhile, Tepco continued releasing what it described as water contaminated with low levels of radiation (low like this?...radioactive iodine at 7.5 million times the legal limit in a seawater sample taken near the facility, The reading of iodine-131 was recorded Saturday Another sample taken Monday found the level to be 5 million times the legal limit. The Monday samples also were found to contain radioactive cesium at 1.1 million times the legal limit.) into the sea to make room in on-site storage tanks for more highly contaminated water. In all, the company said it planned to release 11,500 tons of the water, but by Tuesday morning it had released less than 25% of that amount.
Although the government authorized the release of the 11,500 tons and has said that any radiation would be quickly diluted and dispersed in the ocean, fish with high readings of iodine are being found.
On Monday, officials detected more than 4,000 bequerels of iodine-131 per kilogram in a type of fish called a sand lance caught less than three miles offshore of the town of Kita-Ibaraki. The young fish also contained 447 bequerels of cesium-137, which is considered more problematic than iodine-131 because it has a much longer half-life.
On Tuesday chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said the government was imposing a standard of 2,000 bequerels of iodine per kilogram of fish, the same level it allows in vegetables. Previously, the government did not have a specific level for fish. Another haul of sand lance with 526 bequerels of cesium was detected Tuesday, in excess of the standard of 500 bequerels per kilogram.
Fishing of sand lances has been suspended. Local fishermen called on Tepco to halt the release of radioactive water into the sea and demanded that the company compensate them for their losses.
fallout news,otherwise the news blackout remains extreme.Cesium in soil 25 miles away.300 years life,still in soil from Chernobyl. ----------------------------- TOKYO – Japan's government has announced it will ban farmers from planting rice in soil contaminated by radiation from the tsunami-flooded nuclear power plant, adding another food central to Japanese culture to the list of items raising concerns.
The ban will apply to any soil found to contain high levels of radioactive cesium, and farmers who cannot grow rice will be compensated.
So far, soil that exceeds the new limit has been found in only two places in Iitate, a village about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Fukushima Dai-ichi, the nuclear plant crippled by the March 11 tsunami.
"We had to come up with a policy quickly because we are in planting season," said Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano, who announced the ban Friday. "Following this, I want to hear the opinions of experts and local officials on how to remediate the soil."
Earlier in the week, high levels of seawater contamination around the plant prompted the nation that gave the world sushi to set limits for the first time on the amount of radiation permitted in fish. The contamination levels have since decreased after plant workers managed to plug a leak.
There has been concern about radiation in vegetables and milk, and several countries, most recently China, have banned imports of some items from Japan.
Rice grown in soil not found to be contaminated will also be checked, and the limit is the same as for fish and vegetables. The limit for soil used to grow rice will be 10 times higher because of concerns that the rice will absorb cesium during its long growing season.
Japan produced 8.5 million tons of rice in 2010, almost all for domestic consumption. It exported just 1,900 tons for sale last year, with Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan the top recipients.
Fukushima, home to the radiation-leaking plant, produced 450,000 tons of rice and was the nation's fourth-largest producing prefecture (state) last year.
Yeah sure,I believe they want the Worlds largest CONCRETE PUMPS to spray water....sure.I believe that.Japan cant spray water....who are they,Ethiopia??
IF they need to spray water to places they cant reach....sounds like to me something pretty serious is still going on also.Something needing cooling that isnt being cooled at all? Rah,lets hear it for the news blackout....nothing to see here,please drive forward.
Odd though...when we sent these very same concrete pumps to CHERNOBYL they were used to entomb the breached reactor,why do I find their story water sprayer awfully hard to swallow?
Sounds awfully suspect....spidey senses tingling,BS meter on high. ----------------------------------- Two 190,000-pound concrete pumps that have been retrofitted to spray water were on their way to the plant from Atlanta and Los Angeles. The pumps can be operated by remote control from two miles (three kilometers) away and will help reach parts of the plant that have been off-limits because of high radiation levels.
I read a report today and it does seem they will pour cement on them. Reading around the edges really. They are wanting it closed down.
4.9 quake within the past hour today.
Was small one in Colorado a week or two ago. Not near me. The map shows all along the coast of CA. They say if Yellowstone would go it would wipe us out even down here. I am not all sure why. Would fill the air. But I guess here as safe as anywhere more safe then some places. The Alaska tail sure has a batch. And that volcano up there .
Post by mightyspuds on Apr 11, 2011 22:22:49 GMT -8
Hmmmm....using the Chernobyl word from the Japanese gov now,want to bet the CONCRETE PUMPS are close to arrival and the concrete tomb will be built ASAP?
Heard on radio tonight the plant is abandoned and the gov is telling people GET OUT OF THE AREA!!!
Wonder when they will admit to the PLUTONIUM poisoning?
Ask me,am I surprised AT ALL??
NO! I AM NOT!!!!!!!!
TOKYO – Japan raised the severity level of the crisis at its crippled nuclear plant Tuesday to rank it on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, citing cumulative radiation leaks contaminating the air, tap water, vegetables and seawater.
Japanese nuclear regulators said the rating was being raised from 5 to 7 — the highest level on an international scale overseen by the International Atomic Energy Agency — after new assessments of radiation leaks from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant since it was disabled by the March 11 tsunami.
"We have refrained from making announcements until we have reliable data," Nishiyama said. "The announcement is being made now because it became possible to look at and check the accumulated data assessed in two different ways," he said, referring to measurements from NISA and Japan's Nuclear Security Council.
Nishiyama noted that unlike in Chernobyl there have been no explosions of reactor cores at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, although there were hydrogen explosions.
"In that sense, this situation is totally different from Chernobyl," he said.
He said the amount of radiation leaking from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant was around 10 percent of the Chernobyl accident.
However, Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, is still estimating the total amount of radioactive material that might be released by the accident, said company spokesman Junichi Matsumoto.
He acknowledged that, if leaks continue, the amount of radioactivity released might eventually exceed the amount emitted by Chernobyl.
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."