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Double: Radiation counts per minute (CPM) taken in the snow this week in St Louis, Missouri, show levels double the normal numbers

Double: Radiation counts per minute (CPM) taken in the snow this week in St Louis, Missouri, show levels double the normal numbers

  • A San Francisco beach has five times the safe level fueling concerns over Fukushima’s impact
  • The findings – reaching over 150 micro-REM per hour – prompted federal officials to launch an investigation
  • Officials said they were ‘befuddled’
  •  Snow in Missouri has been found to contain double the normal radiation amount
  • In September, a BBC report said radiation readings around the Fukushima power plant were 18 times higher than previously reported

By Marie-louise Olson

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A beach in San Francisco contains five times the safe levels of radiation fueling concerns that Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant’s crisis is impacting areas across the country.

It comes just days after radiation readings were found to be double the normal amount in Missouri’s recent snowfall.

According to YouTube user, DutchSinse, who posted a video of him taking the Geiger readings in St Louis, the findings mean that ‘small particles of radioactive material are indeed coming down in the precipitation. Past tests show around 30CPM in the same spot on a nice day with no precipitation’.

 

Source: Could Fukushima's ongoing crisis be the reason the US is experiencing abnormally high radiation levels?

Source: Could Fukushima’s ongoing crisis be the reason the US is experiencing abnormally high radiation levels?

Dangerous: A beach in San Francisco contains five times the safe levels of radiation. In this picture the radiation device is in the foreground with the beach in the background

Dangerous: A beach in San Francisco contains five times the safe levels of radiation. In this picture the radiation device is in the foreground with the beach in the background

Higher near the water: Once the man approaches the water itself, the radiation spikes to at least 500 per cent safe levels

Higher near the water: Once the man approaches the water itself, the radiation spikes to at least 500 per cent safe levels

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Officials reject concerns over 500 percent radiation increase on California beach

Published time: January 06, 2014 17:22
Edited time: January 07, 2014 15:10

AFP Photo / Spencer Platt

AFP Photo / Spencer Platt

Health officials in California are now telling residents not to worry after a video uploaded to the internet last month seemed to show high levels of radiation at a Pacific Coast beach.

The video, “Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco,” has been viewed nearly half-a-million times since being uploaded to YouTube on Christmas Eve, and its contents have caused concern among residents who fear that nuclear waste from the March 2011 disaster in Japan may be arriving on their side of the Pacific Ocean.

Throughout the course of the seven-minute-long clip, a man tests out his Geiger counter radiation detector while walking through Pacifica State Beach outside of San Francisco. At times, the monitor on the machine seems to show radiation of 150 counts-per-minute, or the equivalent of around five times what is typically found in that type of environment.

After the video began to go viral last month, local, state and federal officials began to investigate claims that waste from the Fukushima nuclear plant has washed ashore in California. Only now, though, are authorities saying that they have no reason to believe that conditions along the West Coast are unsafe.

The Half Moon Bay Review reported on Friday that government officials conducted tests along California’s Pacific Coast after word of the video began to spread online, but found no indication that radiation levels had reached a hazardous point.

“It’s not something that we feel is an immediate public health concern,” Dean Peterson, the county environmental health director, told the Review. “We’re not even close to the point of saying that any of this is from Fukushima.”

Screenshot from YouTube user Kill0Your0TV

Screenshot from YouTube user Kill0Your0TV

According to the Review’s Mark Noack, counts-per-minute does indeed measure radiation, but “does not directly equate to the strength or its hazard level to humans.” And while the paper has reported that testing conducted by Peterson’s department on their own Geiger counters has since revealedradiation level of about 100 micro-REM per hour, or about five times the normal amount, officials are confident that there is nothing to be concerned about.

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Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco (Dec 2013)

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Published on Dec 19, 2013

Originally Published by BeautifulGirlByDana. Dec 19, 2013
Thank you Dana 🙂
Dana’s Note:
Here is the numbers , and i dare anyone to use a calculator to keep tabs .
Download 2000 plus pictures taken by The Fearless Fukushima 50 http://photo.tepco.co.jp/en/date/2013
Special broadcast on the conditions at Fukushima and its present and long-term threats with host Gary Null, and experts Arne Gunderson, Helen Caldicott, & Harvey Wasserman..
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This is about how saltwater makes little nuclear engines that look like buckyballs and are not absorbed into water normally and able to travel long distances and last billions of years, its very bad news . Uranyl peroxide enhanced nuclear fuel corrosion in seawater
http://www.pnas.org/content/109/6/187
Canada Busted Covering Up Spikes In Fukushima Radiation
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/1

Model simulations on the long-term dispersal of 137Cs released into the Pacific Ocean off Fukushima http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/7
FOIAs Related to Japan’s Emergency
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The deathstreams have been recored by canadian Govt depositing the death plumes 9 days later around the entire coast of BC canada and it has continued for almost a 1000 days http://web.sca.uqam.ca/~wgne/CMOS/PRE
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Published on Dec 12, 2013

Another 20 Navy Sailors: USS Ronald Reagan crew with thyroid cancers, leukemia, brain tumors, bleeding, blindness after Fukushima disaster — Young kids developing problems — Gov’t and Tepco involved in major conspiracy (AUDIO)
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Boar-pig hybrids increasing in Fukushima towns
Animals believed to be hybrids of domestic pigs and wild boars are increasing in parts of Fukushima Prefecture affected by the 2011 nuclear accident.
NHK contacted 11 municipalities where residents are still unable to return to their homes due to the radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Officials in 5 of them said the animals appear to be on the rise. Pigs that were left behind have gone wild.
The town of Tomioka has reported 17 cases where hybrids broke into houses and barns in search of food.
The Environment Ministry says the animals give birth to more calves than wild boars, which have around 10 offspring annually.
Ministry officials and local hunters are culling the animals as they could hamper residents from returning home.

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Water woe solution: pave over No.1 land?
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013…

18 firms told to end overwork at Fukushima plant
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/englis…

HILARIOUS NRA MEETING: SAVING MONEY COMES BEFORE MONITORING LEAKS INSIDE THE HARBOR
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Cancer Rates Rise Globally After Fukushima Disaster
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Japan sets aside $1 billion for nuclear fallout storage
http://peakoil.com/enviroment/japan-s…

The News That Matters about the Nuclear Industry
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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

Philippines  -  7.1 mag EQ  October 14th  2013 photo Philippines-71magEQOctober14th2013_zps68e2a016.jpg

 

3 earthquakes in map area

  1. M 4.8 – Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

    2013-10-25 14:02:58 UTC-05:00 17.0 km

  2. M 5.1 – Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

    2013-10-25 12:57:39 UTC-05:00 36.9 km

  3. M 7.1 – Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

    2013-10-25 12:10:16 UTC-05:00 10.0 km

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M 7.1 – Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

2013-10-25 17:10:16 UTC

 

Earthquake location 37.170°N, 144.665°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-10-25 17:10:16 UTC
  2. 2013-10-26 03:10:16 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-10-25 12:10:16 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

37.170°N 144.665°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 326km (203mi) E of Namie, Japan
  2. 327km (203mi) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan
  3. 333km (207mi) SE of Ofunato, Japan
  4. 334km (208mi) ESE of Yamoto, Japan
  5. 475km (295mi) ENE of Tokyo, Japan

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Tectonic Summary

The October 25, 2013 M 7.1 earthquake offshore of Honshu, Japan occurred as the result of normal faulting in the shallow oceanic crust of the Pacific plate. The earthquake occurred outboard (east) of the Japan Trench, which marks the seafloor expression of the subduction zone plate boundary between the Pacific and North America plates, and is immediately up-dip of the source region of the March 2011 M 9.0 Tohoku earthquake. At the latitude of this earthquake, the Pacific plate moves westwards with respect to the North America plate at a rate of 83 mm/yr before subducting beneath the island of Honshu. Note that some authors divide this region into several microplates that together define the relative motions between the larger Pacific, North America and Eurasia plates; these include the Okhotsk and Amur microplates that are respectively part of North America and Eurasia.

The location, depth, and focal mechanism of the October 25 2013 event are consistent with normal faulting rupture near the outer-arc high of the Japan Trench. In this region, normal faulting is encouraged by both the bending of the Pacific plate as it enters the subduction zone, and by stresses transferred from the locked subduction thrust interface to the west. Since the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake, two large events of M 7.7 and M 7.3 have occurred in the vicinity of the October 25, 2013 earthquake. The M 7.7 event, on March 11, 2011, was also a normal faulting event near the outer-arc high and occurred 95 km north of the October 25 event. The M 7.3 event, on December 7, 2012, was a more complex earthquake resulting from thrust motion near the trench 100 km to the northwest of the October 25 earthquake. Since March 2011, 10 additional events, ranging in magnitude from M 6.1-6.4, have occurred in this region east of the Japan Trench.

Seismotectonics of Japan and Vicinity

Japan and the surrounding islands straddle four major tectonic plates: Pacific plate; North America plate; Eurasia plate; and Philippine Sea plate. The Pacific plate is subducted into the mantle, beneath Hokkaido and northern Honshu, along the eastern margin of the Okhotsk microplate, a proposed subdivision of the North America plate. Farther south, the Pacific plate is subducted beneath volcanic islands along the eastern margin of the Philippine Sea plate. This 2,200 km-long zone of subduction of the Pacific plate is responsible for the creation of the deep offshore Ogasawara and Japan trenches as well as parallel chains of islands and volcanoes, typical of Circumpacific island arcs. Similarly, the Philippine Sea plate is itself subducting under the Eurasia plate along a zone, extending from Taiwan to southern Honshu that comprises the Ryukyu Islands and the Nansei-Shoto trench.

Subduction zones at the Japanese island arcs are geologically complex and produce numerous earthquakes from multiple sources. Deformation of the overriding plates generates shallow crustal earthquakes, whereas slip at the interface of the plates generates interplate earthquakes that extend from near the base of the trench to depths of 40 to 60 km. At greater depths, Japanese arc earthquakes occur within the subducting Pacific and Philippine Sea plates and can reach depths of nearly 700 km. Since 1900, three great earthquakes occurred off Japan and three north of Hokkaido. They are the M8.4 1933 Sanriku-oki earthquake, the M8.3 2003 Tokachi-oki earthquake, the M9.0 2011 Tohoku earthquake, the M8.4 1958 Etorofu earthquake, the M8.5 1963 Kuril earthquake, and the M8.3 1994 Shikotan earthquake.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

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Instrumental Intensity

ShakeMap Intensity Image

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Philippines - 7.1 mag EQ October 14th 2013 photo Japan-71MagEQOctober25th2013_zps2e67a300.jpg
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***ALERT BREAKING NEWS*** 6.8 MAG QUAKE STRIKES OFF FUKUSHIMA TSUNAMI WARNINGS IN EFFECT

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Published on Oct 25, 2013

Tsunami warnings in effect.
Very breaking news.
Earthquake Information (Information on seismic intensity at each site)
Issued at 02:28 JST 26 Oct 2013

Occurred at (JST) Latitude
(degree) Longitude
(degree) Depth Magnitude Region Name
02:10 JST 26 Oct 2013 37.2N 144.6E 10 km 6.8 Fukushima-ken Oki

Follow NHK for updates
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/index….

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***Fukushima Earthquake Update*** Revised Magnitude 7.1 Tsunami Expected To Hit Fukushima

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Published on Oct 25, 2013

AP: 7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan — Fukushima tsunami warning triggered — Tepco orders workers near coast to move to higher ground
http://enenews.com/ap-7-3-magnitude-q…

Earthquake Information (Information on seismic intensity at each site)
Issued at 03:13 JST 26 Oct 2013

Occurred at (JST) Latitude
(degree) Longitude
(degree) Depth Magnitude Region Name
02:10 JST 26 Oct 2013 37.2N 144.6E 10 km 7.1 Fukushima-ken Oki

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/quake_l…

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/tsunami/

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/w/movie/

Tepco live Web Can
http://mfile.akamai.com/127380/live/r…

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Japan Tsunami Warnings Have Been Cancelled Issued at 04:05 JST 26 Oct 2013

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Japan Should Step Out Of The Race For The Olympics: Radioactive Tokyo

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Published on Sep 4, 2013

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/

Arnie Gundersen/Fairewinds Energy Education:
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http://www.youtube.com/user/fairewind…
in Japanese: http://www.fairewinds.com/ja
Maggie Gundersen http://tinyurl.com/ms8ufgp

TOKYO OLYMPIC BID FACES FUKUSHIMA CONCERN

Members of Tokyo’s Olympic bid committee have been questioned by journalists about contaminated water leaking from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The host city for the 2020 games will be chosen on Saturday in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.

The Japanese committee members held a news conference in the city on Wednesday that was attended by about 100 journalists from more than 20 media outlets.

Bid committee president Tsunekazu Takeda said at the beginning that he hopes to spread the value of sports among young people by hosting an Olympics in Asia, home to more than 1 billion people.

4 out of the 6 questions asked were about the safety of Tokyo, in light of the radioactive water leak at the Fukushima plant.

Takeda responded saying Tokyo is safe in terms of radiation levels.

A British journalist said Tokyo officials only emphasize the city’s safety but had still not answered the question. The reporter called it a grave problem that should be taken more seriously.

An American journalist expressed dissatisfaction with the answer and said the question will be asked repeatedly.

A reporter from an Argentine TV station said the Tokyo officials had answered the question sufficiently by saying the city is safe.

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Shocking Tokyo Japan Radiation Test by Dr. Chris Busby (Fukushima Fallout)
http://youtu.be/p9pk42kdL4k
Published on Jul 25, 2012
Dr Chris Busby: radioactivity in apartment in central Tokyo Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3YMa3
In this and Part 2
http://youtu.be/oeS5dRkyBi0
Dr Busby describes measurements made on an air conditing unit filter from inside an apartment in central Tokyo. This was sent by a lady in Tokyo who wanted to know if it was safe to live there. The filter only collected air from inside the apartment. It shows the presence of 130000Bq/kg radio Caesium in the dust plus enriched Uranium and for the first time Lead-210/Polonium-210. The apartment was evacuated from the Tuesday after the catastrophe and the machine switched off; and the family returned 5 months later. This and much other information about the health effects and cover ups, including leaked data are to be found in Dr Busby’s new book in Japanese: the Horror of Fukushima, published on 25th July by Kodansha in Tokyo
http://youtu.be/AOobTcwzElw

URGENT info Japan Fukushima Radiation & What is being done.
http://youtu.be/_fiWE9_SvT8

Fukushima Solves Overpopulation Problem for NWO 9/15/11
http://youtu.be/eo9z9kyxYOA

Fukushima a Warning to the World
http://youtu.be/gyx8uaQG6Xg

Fukushima JP update 1/22/12 (MORE☢ Fail, if you can believe THAT!)
http://youtu.be/CNWD6zZt_7M

Life is too expensive to save in Japan by Arnie Gundersen 9/20/11
http://youtu.be/fzt3jQUYTCo

Fukushima to Evaporate RADIOACTIVE Water! 8/8/11
http://youtu.be/iu9jXfy0Cb4

Fukushima Update for today 9/30/11
http://youtu.be/aNumFDIQCAM

Fukushima Auschwitz update for today 9/16/11
http://youtu.be/bhn0E3Cescc

☢ Low-Dose Radiation ☢ DOE Study
http://youtu.be/oe2fMMaVE7Q

Fukushima Japan TOTALLY OUT of CONTROL!!!
http://youtu.be/sET4fqowKIg

Fukushima solves radioactive beef problem by BURNING it 7/21/11
http://youtu.be/LXE4BJ3StEw

Fukushima Tepco Hires New President (note his history) Update 5/8/12
http://youtu.be/H4hSx9P42V0

Tepco: Nationalized & Compensation & ReStart Nuke Plant AND Raise Rates Fukushima update 5/9/12
http://youtu.be/zg7EcQOJB8s

Fukushima Nuclear disaster report update for 11/15/11
http://youtu.be/rHe0DSrgy3c

Fukushima Trouble: Japan Hosts “Nuclear Safety” Meeting update 11/24/12
http://youtu.be/ejFMI4P2xRg

Fukushima Nuclear Fallout with Arnie Gundersen & Marko Kaltofen (WTF)?
http://youtu.be/vCOScslesz0

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Wall Street Journal

Tokyo Chosen to Host 2020 Summer Olympics

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Reuters

People celebrate after hearing that Tokyo had been chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games during a public viewing event in Tokyo on Saturday.

BUENOS AIRES — Choosing safety and security in a time of uncertainty, the International Olympic Committee voted to bring the 2020 Summer Games to Tokyo.

Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics

AP

While traffic hurries along a wide road underneath, a new freeway is shown against a background of modern buildings in Tokyo, February 26, 1964. Japan is building fast; climbing industrially; living better than ever before and enjoying more leisure. But while the ruling class drives for more markets and money, ordinary Japanese talk of the need for disarmament and peace. (AP Photo)

The Finalist Cities

The International Olympic Committee chose Tokyo as the host city for the 2020 Summer Games. Madrid and Istanbul were the two other final contenders.

The International Olympic Committee announces who will host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Watch the announcement and reactions from Tokyo.

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Tokyo carried the day over rivals Istanbul and Madrid by persuading the committee it could best guarantee a successful Olympics. The vote will bring the Olympics back to Tokyo for the first time since 1964, when the Games helped Japan reintroduce itself to the world less than two decades after the end of World War II.

The decision means that the Far East will become the center of the Olympic movement toward the end of this decade. The 2018 Winter Games are scheduled for Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“In these uncertain times, we must make this a Games that can be delivered,” said a triumphant Masato Mizuno, chief executive of the Tokyo2020 bid.

Tokyo nearly won on the first ballot, garnering 42 of 94 votes, falling just six short of the majority needed for victory. In that ballot, Madrid and Istanbul tied at 26 votes, with Istanbul prevailing in a runoff, 49-45. On the second ballot, Tokyo thumped Istanbul 60-36.

After the vote, IOC members filed out of the hall at the Hilton Hotel complex to explain that the committee had made a smart and safe choice rather than taking a risk.

“The certainty was the critical factor,” said Craig Reddie, chairman of the IOC’s evaluation commission, who credited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with addressing directly in his presentation continuing problems at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, more than two years after a tsunami triggered multiple meltdowns there. “The prime minister dealt with the one big issue.” Mr. Reddie added that concerns over the Spanish economy hurt Madrid’s bid. “I suspect the economy was a big factor.”

As he walked out of the hall, Mr. Abe said, “I am very happy to share all of these emotions with the Japanese people.”

Members said the final vote came down to a choice between a largely secure region and one of the safest big cities in the world and the capital of a country that shares a border with Syria and was simply too close to the turmoil in the Middle East.

“There were conversations about it,” said James Tomkins, an IOC member from Australia and a former Olympic rower.

Hasan Arat, chairman of Istanbul’s bid, compared the outcome to sport. “This is competition, and you have to respect the results.” He declined to speculate on whether political turmoil in his region had harmed the bid.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking to the Turkish press accompanying him in Buenos Aires, said his country respected the decision of the committee. “My only regret is that the Games were given to a country which has already organized the Olympic Games. Istanbul would have been a different kind of a city, a city which brings together many cultures and civilizations and connects Asia with Europe.” Mr. Erdogan said Turkey may apply again in the future.

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South Korea bans fish imports from Japan’s Fukushima region

Seoul blames ‘scientifically unacceptable’ information from Tepco over radiation levels in waters around nuclear plant

A fish market in Seoul

A fish market in Seoul: South Korea has banned imports from Japan’s north-east coast amid fears over radioactive water levels. Photograph: Ahn Young-joon/AP

South Korea has banned all fish imports from a large area of Japan in response to growing concern over the possible environmental impact of recent leaks of highly toxic water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

In Japan, the row over the plant operator’s handling of the leaks deepened on Friday when the head of the country’s nuclear watchdog issued a stern rebuke to Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) for causing unnecessary alarm overseas by releasing “scientifically unacceptable” information about radiation levels.

Seoul’s decision came as Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, prepared to make a final pitch for Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics.

Tokyo is the bookmakers’ favourite but international concern over contamination at Fukushima Daiichi is fuelling speculation that the Japanese capital could lose out to Madrid or Istanbul. The International Olympic Committee will name the host city at a meeting in Buenos Aires on Saturday evening.

South Korea said it had imposed a total ban on fish from Fukushima and seven other prefectures in response to growing public fears over the safety of produce from the region. The fisheries vice-minister, Son Jae-hak, told reporters that the ban would stay in place indefinitely, adding that Japanese authorities had failed to provide timely and detailed information about the water leaks.

South Korea imported 5,000 tonnes of fish from the affected region last year, including stocks from Aomori in the far north, to Chiba, located east of Tokyo.

Despite assurances by Japan that it rigorously tests food for radiation, China has also maintained a ban on dairy, vegetable and seafood imports from several prefectures, including Fukushima, since March 2011.

“We have provided the South Korean government with relevant information since the contaminated water leaks,” the chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said . “We will continue to ask South Korea to take measures based on scientific facts.”

In a statement carried by the Yonhap news agency, South Korea’s fisheries ministry said the ban had been necessary “as the government concluded that it is unclear how the incident in Japan will progress in the future and that the information the Japanese government has provided so far is not enough to predict future developments”.

The impact from the recent water leaks was being felt as far away as Buenos Aires, where Japanese officials were besieged by questions about Fukushima ahead of the IOC’s decisive vote.

Hiroshi Hase, an MP and former Olympic wrestler, told reporters in the Argentinian capital that contamination from Fukushima was “not even an issue” for the health of people in Tokyo, located 150 miles south of Fukushima Daiichi.

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The Telegraph

British diplomats shrug off nuclear fears with Fukushima cricket match

For most cricketers, a green pitch might conjure worries of a sticky wicket. But for one British Embassy team, the phrase may have taken on a different meaning as they played a match near the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

Fukushima cricket match

The two teams, plus the ambassador and the mayor, before the match Photo: JULIAN RYALL

Shrugging off recent reports of soaring radiation levels at the earthquake-hit plant, a team from the British Embassy in Tokyo played a cricket match on Saturday on the edge of the exclusion zone.

British Ambassador Tim Hitchens gives some tips to Katsunobu Sakurai, the mayor of Minamisoma

The British Ambassador gives some tips to the mayor of Minamisoma

The match was played on a baseball pitch on the town of Minamisoma, part of which falls within the 17-mile no-go zone around the crippled plant, against an international team drawn from players across the Tohoku region.

“The reason we wanted to come is because the people in places like this are being forgotten,” said Tim Hitchens, the British ambassador. “Obviously there is a question of safety, but the British government has from the start been led by the science in its response to the situation at Fukushima.

“The place where we have played today is perfectly safe,” he added. “I come from Devon and there is a lot of granite that has greater background radiation levels then there are here.”

Tests carried out on the grass pitch before the game showed that the radiation level was 0.6 microsieverts per hour, similar to naturally occurring radiation in places such as Aberdeen and Cornwall.

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Wall Street Journal

 

Panel Appointed by Firm Criticize Slow Release of Information

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  • MARI IWATA

TOKYO—As problems mount at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant, more experts and overseers are accusing the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. 9501.TO -9.84% of incompetence in how it is dealing with one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents.

An advisory panel of outside experts—appointed by Tepco itself—blasted the utility on Friday for its slow release of information about a recent leak of radioactive water.

The panel, which is tasked with making recommendations to improve Tepco’s performance after the missteps surrounding the 2011 accident, said that the company needed to improve its risk management, communication and water-management planning.

“I’d like to say myself how disappointed and distressed I was when I arrived in Japan,” said Barbara Judge, a former chair of the British Atomic Energy Authority and deputy chair of the panel. “To find that communications with respect to the leak problem have been so difficult and so late was very devastating,” she said.

Underscoring the concerns, just a day after the panel’s meeting, the utility said that it had found new dangerous levels of radiation in a trench near one of the heavily damaged reactors.

Earlier in the week, Japan’s nuclear regulator had also expressed skepticism about Tepco’s ability to keep the situation at the damaged plant under control.

“It is simply too big for one company to handle,” said Shunichi Tanaka, Nuclear Regulation Authority chairman, at a news conference Wednesday. “Placing all the burden (of controlling the site) on them won’t solve the problem.”

Mr. Tanaka suggested that the government may have to eventually step in with money and other resources to help out.

“As the organization in charge, we can only say we will tackle the challenges in a responsible manner,” a Tepco spokesman said in reply to Mr. Tanaka’s comments.

Tepco’s decommissioning effort has already been aided by ¥99.7 billion ($1 billion) in government financing for research and development of new technologies, he said, and Tepco is planning to work with nuclear-equipment makers such as Hitachi Ltd. and Toshiba Corp.in dismantling the plant.

 

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Japan Daily Press

International nuclear experts tell TEPCO ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’

 

International nuclear experts tell TEPCO ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’

Two international nuclear experts who were invited to a nuclear reform monitoring panel took to task the organizer, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) for their handling of the toxic water leaks at their crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The operator has been facing problem after problem ever since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami resulted in a nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, the worst nuclear disaster in recent history.

Dale Klein, former head of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) bluntly told the panel, composed of two foreign experts and four Japanese members including TEPCO’s chief executive, that their actions indicate they “don’t know what you are doing,” and that they do not have a conservative decision-making process. “It also appears that you are not keeping the people of Japan informed…and that you are not doing all you can to protect the environment and the people,” Klein blasted at TEPCO. He added that everyone is frustrated with the recent developments, and that because of this all the progress they’ve made on the clean-up at the plant will go unnoticed.

 

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Radiation in the water at Fukushima as high as in 2011

 

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The radiation in the water leaked from the premises of the Fukushima nuclear power plant is as high as it was during the 2011 disaster caused by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said Saturday it has detected 2.35 billion becquerels of cesium per liter from water in an underground passage at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that is leaking into the sea. This is roughly the same level as the level of radiation measured in April 2011, shortly after the nuclear disaster the preceding month.

The water sample taken Friday from a trench contained 750 million becquerels of cesium-134 and 1.6 billion becquerels of cesium-137 per liter, while 750 million becquerels of other radioactive substances were detected, according to TEPCO, quoted by Kyodo.

 

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19.07.2013 Nuclear Event Japan Prefecture of Fukushima, [Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level
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Nuclear Event in Japan on Thursday, 18 July, 2013 at 07:58 (07:58 AM) UTC.

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Steam has been spotted in a reactor building at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, its operator said Thursday, but stressed there is no sign yet of increased radiation. The incident, which Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said was not “an emergency situation”, is the latest event serving to underline how precarious the plant remains more than two years after it was wrecked by a tsunami. “Steam has been seen around the fifth floor of the Reactor 3 building,” a spokesman at TEPCO said. The roof of the building was blown off in a hydrogen explosion in the days after the March 2011 meltdowns, sparked when cooling systems were flooded with seawater after a huge undersea quake. “(The steam) was drifting thinly in the air and it’s not like a big column of steam is spurting up,” the spokesman said. “Neither the temperature of the reactor nor readings at radiation monitoring posts have gone up. “We do not believe an emergency situation is breaking out although we are still investigating what caused this.” The pool is on the fifth floor and stores devices and equipment removed from the reactor before the disaster as part of regular operations.

TEPCO said it had confirmed the reactor remained subcritical at 9.20am (0020 GMT), one hour after the steam was first spotted. Criticality is the term used for reactors in which there is a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Workers were continuing to pump water into the reactor and fuel pool as part of on-going cooling efforts, the company said, adding it would measure dust near the building as well as the air above it to gauge radiation levels. A 9.0 earthquake and the resulting massive tsunami in March 2011 knocked out cooling systems at Fukushima Daiichi, causing the meltdowns of reactors. Tens of thousands of people were forced from their homes by the threat of radiation in the planet’s worst nuclear accident for a generation. TEPCO is struggling to manage the clean-up, which scientists say could take up to four decades to complete. The steam is the latest in a growing catalogue of mishaps that have cast doubt on the utility’s ability to fix the world’s worst atomic disaster in a generation. A series of leaks of water contaminated with radiation have shaken confidence, as did a blackout caused by a rat that left cooling pools without power for more than a day. The company has admitted in recent weeks that water and soil samples taken at the plant are showing high readings for potentially dangerous isotopes, including caesium-137, tritium and strontium-90. Japan’s nuclear watchdog said last week the Fukushima reactors are very likely leaking highly radioactive substances into the Pacific Ocean. Members of the Nuclear Regulation Authority voiced frustration at TEPCO, which has failed to identify the source and the cause of spiking readings in groundwater. NRA officials are urging TEPCO to offer more detailed and credible data and make efforts to better explain to the public what it knows. Most of Japan’s nuclear reactors remain off-line, largely due to public distrust of the industry. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, as well as utilities, are hoping to restart them.

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Steam seen in Fukushima reactor 3 building

Unit still subcritical, Tepco assures; vapor on fifth floor near MOX in fuel pool

AFP-JIJI, Kyodo

Steam has been spotted in the reactor 3 building at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, but there was no sign yet of increased radiation, Tepco said Thursday, speculating the vapor was just evaporated rainwater hitting a hot metal surface.

The incident, which Tokyo Electric Power Co. said was not “an emergency situation,” is the latest event underlining how precarious the plant remains more than two years after it was wrecked by tsunami and subsequently suffered three meltdowns. One of them, reactor 3, is the only one at the plant to use the highly lethal mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel, some of which is in its spent-fuel pool near the top of the reactor.

“Steam has been seen around the fifth floor of the reactor 3 building,” a Tepco spokesman said. The spent-fuel pool is on that floor.

The roof of the building was blown away in a hydrogen explosion at the beginning of the crisis in March 2011, sparked when cooling systems were flooded by tsunami after the huge March 11 undersea quake.

“(The steam) was drifting thinly in the air and it’s not like a big column of steam is spurting up,” the spokesman said. “Neither the temperature of the reactor nor readings at radiation monitoring posts have gone up.

“We do not believe an emergency situation is breaking out, although we are still investigating what caused this,” he said.

The temperature readings on reactor 3 pretty much stayed the same as before the steam was found, as have the radiation figures around it.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, the steam was still coming out, Tepco said.

What is creating the steam is unclear, but Tepco said the best explanation is that rainwater, which had fallen from Wednesday night, dropped onto the containment vessel’s lid and evaporated.

The steam appears to be emanating from a seal over the top of the reactor.

The lid of the containment vessel is just below that seal and the rainwater is dropping onto the lid from some inner space, Tepco speculated.

 

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Fukushima rainfall caused steam above reactor, says Tepco

Firm says radiation levels are stable after video images showed steam rising from damaged building housing reactor No 3

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Fukushima’s damaged reactor building at the Japanese nuclear plant. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AP

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said on Thursday that radiation levels were stable after vapour was detected coming from one of the three reactors that went into meltdown after the triple disaster in Japan in March 2011.

Video images showed the vapour, which is thought to be steam, rising from the damaged building housing reactor No 3.

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), reeling from recent criticism of its handling of contaminated water at the plant, said the reactor’s spent fuel pool was stable, adding that there had been no significant rises in radiation levels in the vicinity.

A worker monitoring live camera images noticed that what appeared to be steam was hovering just above the primary containment vessel at 8.20am on Thursday. The vapour was still visible two hours later, reports said.

Tepco said rainfall on Wednesday night could have been the cause.

 

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High levels of toxic strontium found in Fukushima groundwater

 

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19.06.2013 Environment Pollution Japan Prefecture of Fukushima, [Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level
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Environment Pollution in Japan on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 at 08:07 (08:07 AM) UTC.

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High levels of a toxic radioactive isotope have been found in groundwater at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said tests showed strontium-90 was present at 30 times the legal rate. The radioactive isotope tritium has also been detected at elevated levels. The plant, crippled by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has recently seen a series of water leaks and power failures. The tsunami knocked out cooling systems to the reactors, which melted down. Water is now being pumped in to the reactors to cool them but this has left Tepco with the problem of how to safely store the contaminated water. There have been several reports of leaks from storage tanks or pipes. Strontium-90 is formed as a by-product of nuclear fission. Tests showed that levels of strontium in groundwater at the Fukushima plant had increased 100-fold since the end of last year, Toshihiko Fukuda, a Tepco official, told media.

Mr Fukuda said Tepco believed the elevated levels originated from a leak of contaminated water in April 2011 from one of the reactors. “As it’s near where the leak from reactor number two happened and taking into account the situation at the time, we believe that water left over from that time is the highest possibility,” he said. Tritium, used in glow-in-the-dark watches, was found at eight times the allowable level. Mr Fukuda said that samples from the sea showed no rise in either substance and the company believed the groundwater was being contained by concrete foundations. “When we look at the impact that is having on the ocean, the levels seem to be within past trends and so we don’t believe it’s having an effect.” But the discovery is another set-back for Tepco’s plan to pump groundwater from the plant into the sea, correspondents say. Nuclear chemist Michiaki Furukawa told Reuters news agency that Tepco should not release contaminated water into the ocean. “They have to keep it somewhere so that it can’t escape outside the plant,” he said. “Tepco needs to carry out more regular testing in specific areas and disclose everything they find.” The Fukushima power plant has faced a series of problems this year. Early this month, radioactive water was found leaking from a storage tank. The plant also suffered three power failures in five weeks earlier this year. A leak of radioactive water from one of the plant’s underground storage pools was also detected in April.


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Cancer-causing isotope found in Fukushima groundwater – plant operator

Published time: June 19, 2013 12:45

A water pump draws groundwater from a well in front of Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant's unit 4 reactor building, in Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture (AFP Photo / Pool / Toshifumi Kitamura)

A water pump draws groundwater from a well in front of Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant’s unit 4 reactor building, in Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture (AFP Photo / Pool / Toshifumi Kitamura)

Elevated levels of cancer-causing radioactive isotopes have been discovered in the groundwater of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, the plant’s operator has revealed. Highly toxic strontium-90 was present at 30 times the allowable rate, tests showed.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the owner of the wrecked plant, said that tests showed levels of strontium in groundwater had increased by 100 times since the end of last year, TEPCO official Toshihiko Fukuda told reporters. Strontium-90 is a byproduct of nuclear fission, and if ingested can cause bone cancer.

Tests also detected tritium at around eight times the permitted level, TEPCO added. The substance is usually used in glow-in-the-dark watches. “From groundwater samples we collected, we detected 500,000 becquerels per liter of tritium, that is very high,” Fukuda told a press conference.

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant suffered a reactor meltdown and released radiation following the 9.0-magnitude Tokohu earthquake – the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Japan – which struck off the coast of the country on March 11, 2011.

The earthquake unleashed a tsunami with waves of up to 14 meters high (Fukushima was designed to withstand up to 5.7-meter waves) that knocked out the emergency generators required to cool the reactors.

 

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High levels of toxic strontium found in Fukushima groundwater

High levels of toxic strontium found in Fukushima groundwater

With another radioactive substance found in the groundwater of Fukushima nuclear power plant, releasing water into the ocean has become even more unlikely for the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO). Strontium, described by Britannica as “the principal health hazard in radioactive fallout,” was found to be abundant in the groundwater of the Fukushima nuclear facility, said its utility on Wednesday.

The increase of Strontium-90 level from December last year until last month was discovered after a test of groundwater outside power plant No. 2 was done. The test revealed the increase to be 100 times within the five-month period. Toshihiko Fukuda, a general manager at TEPCO, believed that Strontium-90 got mixed with the groundwater and through the turbine building, the substance has leaked out.

 

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The stricken Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima daiichi No.1 nuclear power plant reactor number three and four, with smoke rising from number three at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. (AFP Photo / Air Photo Service)
The stricken Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima daiichi No.1 nuclear power plant reactor number three and four, with smoke rising from number three at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. (AFP Photo / Air Photo Service)

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HAZMAT in Japan on Thursday, 06 June, 2013 at 02:11 (02:11 AM) UTC.

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The operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Wednesday that it had found a leak in one of the hundreds of steel tanks used to store radioactive water at the plant, raising renewed questions about the company’s ability to handle the plant’s cleanup. The discovery comes a day after the operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, admitted that it had found cesium particles in groundwater flowing into the Fukushima Daiichi plant, reversing its earlier assertion that the water was uncontaminated. The company stressed that the size of the tank leak was small – the equivalent of about a quart had dripped out so far, it said – and that the level of radioactivity in groundwater was within safe levels. However, the problems are the latest in a string of mistakes and mishaps that have added to mounting criticism of the government’s decision to leave the tricky cleanup in the hands of Tepco, the company that many say allowed the triple meltdown two years ago to happen in the first place.

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Another radioactive leak found at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant

Published time: June 05, 2013 13:33
Edited time: June 05, 2013 14:52

Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the town of Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on March 6, 2013. (AFP Photo / Issei Kato)

Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power
plant in the town of Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on March 6, 2013.
(AFP Photo / Issei Kato)

discharge of contaminated water has been discovered at the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It is the latest in a string of incident hindering the clean up of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the owner of the wrecked plant, said it discovered the leak on Wednesday, fueling yet more criticism of the company as it seeks permission to release water into the sea, Reuters reported.

Shunichi Tanaka, the head of Japan’s new nuclear regulator, created after its predecessor was discredited in the 2011 accident, told a news conference that Tepco should deal with the situation “without delay.”

Japan’s regulator, however, did not regard the matter as serious, he added.

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant suffered a reactor meltdown and the release of radiation following the 9.0 magnitude Tokohu earthquake – the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Japan – that struck off the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011.

The stricken Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima daiichi No.1 nuclear power plant reactor number three and four, with smoke rising from number three at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. (AFP Photo / Air Photo Service)
The stricken Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima daiichi No.1 nuclear power plant reactor number three and four, with smoke rising from number three at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. (AFP Photo / Air Photo Service)

The earthquake unleashed a tsunami with waves of up to 14 meters high (Fukushima was designed to handle up to 5.7-meter waves) that knocked out emergency generators required to cool the reactors.

 

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Another contaminated water leak at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant

A laboratory technician chops an anchovy, which was caught close to the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, while preparing it for cesium testing at Fukushima Agricultural Technology Centre in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO | Wed Jun 5, 2013 3:21am EDT

(Reuters) – The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said it had found another leak of contaminated water on Wednesday, piling pressure on the utility to curb the problem as it seeks permission to release water to the sea.

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami more than two years ago, triggering nuclear reactor meltdowns and explosions.

Tokyo Electric Power, or Tepco, said a worker patrolling the area spotted the leak just after noon, with droplets of contaminated water leaking out between the tank’s circular steel structure.

Shunichi Tanaka, chief of Japan’s new nuclear regulator, set up after its predecessor was discredited in the 2011 disaster, told a news conference that Tepco should deal with the problem immediately. But he said the regulator did not regard the matter as serious.

The latest leak was acknowledged after Tepco said earlier this week it had detected radioactive cesium in groundwater flowing into the plant — overturning an early finding that contamination was negligible.

A spate of similar incidents and power outages plagued the facility in March and April. The incidents represent another setback for the company as it tries to reassure the public and the government that it can manage the problem of tainted water.

 

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