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At around 3:22 on August 12, a 6-magnitude earthquake centered in off the coast of Fukushima prefecture occurred. There were no abnormalities observed in the status of water injection into the reactors of Units 1 to 3, nitrogen gas injection into the primary containment vessels of Units 1 to 3, operation of water treatment facilities, circulating cooling of pool water by the substitute pool cooling and filtering system, etc. There was no influence on the operation of water treatment system, however, the boiler of concentrating device of the desalination instrument stopped and we reset it at 3:42 pm. Later during a patrol, there was no influence found on the important facilities, however, at 5:06 am, we found one of the two temporary air compressors for instrumentation stopped. As we could not restart it, we started a back-up diesel-powered compressor at 6:44 am. At 5:27 am, we observed a slight amount of bleeding at the surface of a hose of a spent fuel pool circulating cooling facility in the waste treatment building of Unit 4. We are planning to replace it later. There is neither abnormality in the major parameters of each unit, nor injuries to the staff. The readings of the monitoring posts stay in the normal fluctuation range.
Cesium-tainted soil samples from the center were poured into fresh water and water containing fertilizers, and these were stirred for a while. But only 20 pct of the cesium contained in the soil samples dissolved into the water, while the rest remained stuck to soil particles. The result indicates that it is difficult to wash cesium away from crop fields and rice paddies.
In Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, up to 47,400 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium was found in ash at two garbage processing plants in July.
The figure is about six times the government's interim limit for ash to be disposed of in land reclamation.
As a result, 39.5 tons of the problematic ash was buried at a Kosakamachi landfill facility.
In Matsudo, about 30 tons of radioactive ash is being temporarily stored in a parking lot and other places. But the city government has said the storage space will become full by the end of this month.
Originally posted by daniero
reply to post by zworld
Greetings. I'm a Japanese-English translator who has been following this thread since the beginning of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster and I've really been amazed at the level of commentary and discussion on this forum when the topic has completely disappeared from mainstream news outlets. I just signed up for an account here so I can participate in this discussion and help out with translation in any way I can. I don't normally translate many technical documents, but I have done a number of translations regarding the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake, so I think I would be able to offer some help. If there's anything you want me to take a look at or clarify, let me know.
Originally posted by Purplechive
Ocean Soil Sampling...WOW!
The image on page two is very revealing...