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According to the TEPCO announcement of Aug. 29, the three men were replacing the filters on the decontamination system between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 28, pulling out submerged components to replace the filters. The maximum beta radiation exposure to workers during this task is capped at 15 millisieverts, but two of the men absorbed doses of 23.4 and 17.1 millisieverts, respectively.
Beta rays are a type of radiation that can penetrate through the skin and into the body, and total exposure is legally limited to 1,000 millisieverts. The three men involved noticed they had gone over the 15-millisievert limit for their task on Aug. 28, but did not report it to their supervisor until the following day as they thought the exposure level was within legal limits.
Originally posted by Human0815
What is wrong with the Tepco Cam today,
it looks disgusting!
@ 18.45pm Godzillas Nice has shown up!
I think we will see a steamy Nightedit on 30-8-2011 by Human0815 because: info
Originally posted by qmantoo
There are reports of underground tunnels extending many kilometres in other areas of the world, so why not here in Fukushima. Why couldn't it connect Daini to Daiichi?
Originally posted by jadedANDcynical
Top left building, above your "welfare building" lable is the dry cask storage facility.
The first comprehensive survey of soil contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant showed that 33 locations spread over a wide area have been contaminated with long-lasting radioactive cesium, the government said Tuesday. The survey of 2,200 locations within a 100-kilometer (62-mile) radius of the crippled plant found that those 33 locations had cesium-137 in excess of 1.48 million becquerels per square meter, the level set by the Soviet Union for forced resettlement after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
Another 132 locations had a combined amount of cesium 137/134 over 555,000 becquerels per square meter, the level at which the Soviet authorities called for voluntary evacuation and imposed a ban on farming. Authorities said that all of the highest levels are within the current evacuation zone, which is generally 20 kilometers (12 miles) around the plant plus some specific towns to the northwest that have already been found to have high levels of contamination.
Cesium-137 has a half life of 30 years, meaning that its radioactive emissions will decline only by half after 30 years and affect the environment over several generations. Cesium-134 is considered somewhat less of a long-term problem because it has a half-life of two years. More than 400 researchers from across the country took part in the survey, conducted between June and July, collecting samples from every two square kilometers (1.2 miles) of land within the 100-kilometer radius of the crippled plant. Until then, only estimates were available about the extent of soil contamination through aerial surveys and airborne dust samplings. "The results of the soil analysis have confirmed our estimates about contamination," an official of the education ministry said at a press briefing.
The Semipalatinsk region suffered under four decades of Soviet nuclear testing. Now, the country wants to become an international research hub for the effects of radiation on future generations. Matilda Lee reports from Kazakhstan Ground zero is an hour and a half drive away from the Kazakh National Nuclear Centre (NNC) along a dusty road in the seemingly endless steppe.
The Ecologist is in the Semipalatinsk (renamed Semey in 1991) region of eastern Kazakhstan to observe one of the world's nuclear hotspots: the epicenter of the Soviet Union's previous - and highly controversial - nuclear testing programme. The natural beauty of the reeds and rushes blowing in the breeze and the sun reflecting off the water belies the truth of this spot: the ‘lake' is actually a crater created from the explosions and the ground beneath is highly radioactive, and indeed, dangerous.
Our military escort carries a Geiger counter, first measuring 0.09 micro Sieverts per hour along the drive, then shooting up to 3.6 micro Sieverts per hour. My mind vacillates between extreme fear and confidence in what I have been told: being at the epicentre for 10 minutes will give you a dose of radiation the same as that of taking a transatlantic flight. Facemasks and feet covers offer protection from inhaling or gathering the radioactive dust. We hastily make our way back. The experience is not one to be repeated, but will always be remembered.
Residents of Fukushima Prefecture expressed their anger over outgoing Prime Minister Naoto Kan's comment that some areas close to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will remain uninhabitable for a long time. During a meeting with Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato on Saturday, Kan said, "There is a possibility that residents of some areas will not be able to [return and] live there for a long time." Kan's comment offended residents of Futabamachi and Okumamachi in Fukushima Prefecture, where the power plant is located.
"The government hasn't even tried to decontaminate the areas. We're appalled," a local resident said. "The areas with high radiation levels are scattered. I want to ask him what grounds he has for saying 'areas that will remain uninhabitable,'" Tomoe Unuma, 36, said. Unuma, who evacuated to a shelter in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture, made a temporary visit to her house in Futabamachi on Friday for the first time since the outbreak of nuclear crisis. Mitsuko Nishiuchi, 49, who is also taking refuge in Kazo and made a temporary visit to her house in Futabamachi, said: "I understood what Kan meant is it will be difficult to live there. Now I'm more reconciled to the idea that I'll have to live here [in Kazo]."
Tokyo Electric Power unveiled the first details on Tuesday of how it would compensate Fukushima residents for lodging and other costs stemming from their evacuation of areas close to its crippled nuclear plant. The payments, due to reach victims in October, nearly seven months after the start of the nuclear crisis, mark just the first round in a series of state-supported outlays that some analysts estimate could climb as high as $130 billion. About 80,000 people were evacuated from a 20 kilometre radius around Tokyo Electric's Fukushima Daiichi plant, which has been leaking radiation since a March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown of reactor cores. Tokyo Electric and the government have come under fire for their slow response to the crisis. Many of the evacuees are still living in shelters or temporary homes, and the effort to decontaminate the area has just begun. "We again apologise deeply for our Fukushima accident, which has caused trouble and concerns among people around nuclear plants, among the people of Fukushima and Japan as a whole," Tokyo Electric Managing Director Naomi Hirose told a briefing. Underscoring the unprecedented scale of the task ahead, Tokyo Electric said it would mobilise about 6,500 employees and contract workers to start accepting compensation claims at field offices and call centres from Sept. 12. The initial round of compensation claims will cover lost income, psychological suffering and costs for transportation and lodging, among other things, between March 11 and Aug. 31.
Answers from Tepco:
(1) He is not an outsider. He is a Tepoco’s worker,and he’s already identified.
(2) This Area is restricted zone. Outsider cannot enter there.
(3) His action is not “check” nor “inspect”. Not a routine work.
(4) Tepco did not understand what he means.
(5) Tepco warned him for his action which may cause misunderstanding or anxiety.
Gunma prefecture, north of Tokyo, reported Monday that a fish containing more than the legally allowed amount of cesium was caught in a river in the prefecture, the first such case outside Fukushima prefecture, where the plant is located.
Ten days after an earthquake and tsunami crippled a nuclear plant in Japan, officials are detecting abnormal levels of radiation in what may seem like a scattershot assortment of foods: milk from Fukushima Prefecture, where the reactors sit; spinach from Ibaraki Prefecture to the south; canola from Gunma Prefecture to the west; and chrysanthemum greens from Chiba to the south. Shipments of the milk and spinach have been banned.
Originally posted by Human0815
reply to post by zworld
But that Region has a lot of Hills and Mountains (really Hilly)
imo it is logical that the Rivers collect a lot of Radiation,
spec. on that Time in March,
Originally posted by Purplechive
And to quote Thomas Jefferson again...
"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."
- Purple Chive
Originally posted by Aircooled
Our man, who is trying to make a point [Yuk Yuk] is on the news in Japan. Could someone translate? I'd like to hear their take on this man. This URL has an = sign and yet didn't show up in the preview when I copied back to it, so I just pasted the link.