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Japan declares 'nuclear emergency' after quake

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posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 03:38 AM
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Fukushima-produced low-cost Geiger counters hit the market



"Geiger Fukushima," manufactured by Sanwa Corporation in Otama, Fukushima, will cost 18,800 yen -- a bargain price for the usually very expensive, and recently not easily available, radiation measuring instruments. The new device will run on two AAA batteries and will be able to measure radiation over a range between 0.04 to approximately 440 microsieverts per hour. Based on the measured data, it will also be able to estimate the approximate amount of radiation a person will be exposed to in one year.

mdn.mainichi.jp...

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Shares Wisdom with Victims of Fukushima



He spoke about how a calm mind, self-confidence and a realistic approach are keys to confronting Speaking to thousands of people at a packed auditorium of Nihon University in Koriyama, located about 100km off the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, His Holiness underlined that calm mind, self-confidence and realistic approach are keys to confronting tragedy.

Comparing the physical and mental being, he commented, "Your physical health can be protected if your immune system is good. But if your mental state is disturbed, then even a small problem would seem unbearable". He said that a peaceful mind brings positive perception, and thus, the ability to deal courageously with difficulties. His Holiness added that genuine compassion is unbiased and honest in it's motivation- one should not expect anything back.

A teacher in the audience spoke expressed his concern that the natural disaster had adversely affected the state of mind of the people in the region. His Holiness replied

"Mental unhappiness comes from fear and feeling of helplessness

. Always think that you are not alone, all of humanity is with you".

www.thetibetpost.com...

The Headline remind me on a Statement done her in Nippon




posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 05:07 AM
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Japan firm unveils robot suit for nuclear workers

2011-11-07 15:29


www.mysinchew.com/node/66112


TSUKUBA, November 7, 2011 (AFP) - The Japanese maker of an exoskeleton robot suit to assist walking on Monday unveiled a model that could help nuclear workers weighed down by heavy anti-radiation vests in contaminated zones.

Cyberdyne, based northeast of Tokyo, demonstrated an upgraded version of the robot device called the Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, that can be worn under anti-radiation tungsten vests as heavy as 60 kilogrammes (132 pounds).

Lightweight Tyvek protective outfits can provide a barrier between radioactive materials and the body, but are not effective in blocking radiation itself.

Vests made of tungsten can block radiation but are very heavy, making it difficult for workers to take on long shifts at highly contaminated sites, Cyberdyne noted.

(...)


 




University of Tsukuba professor Yoshiyuki Sankai unveils a robot suit entitled HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb), with a 60kg anti radiation jacket, in Tsukuba city, Ibaraki prefecture on November 7, 2011. Photo courtesy: AFP



University of Tsukuba professor Yoshiyuki Sankai unveils a robot suit entitled HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb), with a 60kg anti radiation jacket, in Tsukuba city, Ibaraki prefecture on November 7, 2011. Photo courtesy: AFP



University of Tsukuba professor Yoshiyuki Sankai wears a robot suit entitled HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb), with a 60kg anti radiation jacket, in Tsukuba city, Ibaraki prefecture on November 7, 2011. Photo courtesy: AFP



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 07:48 AM
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Survey to compile detailed radiation map in Fukushima begins

FUKUSHIMA, Japan, Nov. 7, Kyodo


english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/11/124685.html


A detailed survey to compile a map of airborne radiation levels began Monday in Iitate village in Fukushima Prefecture, with the aim of collecting data for use when drawing up decontamination measures in the prefecture affected by the ongoing nuclear crisis, Environment Ministry officials said.

The ministry is expected to conduct monitoring work at about 3,000 locations in the prefecture in November, including about 400 spots in Iitate, covering mainly residential areas within a 20-kilometer radius of the radiation-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, it said.

Measurements will be taken by unmanned helicopters around woodland and rivers, while monitoring vehicles will travel along roads in residential areas, it said.

The ministry will compile the distribution map using an area of 100 square meters as a base unit in the survey through February, as well as data already collected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The survey is "the first step of decontamination work by the government," said Soichiro Seki, a senior Environment Ministry official. "We will try hard to restore normal conditions in Fukushima, keeping in mind that Fukushima cannot be revitalized without decontamination."

The survey will be conducted as the government steps up efforts to reconstruct Fukushima, one of the three prefectures hardest hit in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, including cleaning up contaminated residential areas.

Copyright 2011 Kyodo News


 


Nuclear safety agency denies criticality at Fukushima reactor

TOKYO, Nov. 7, Kyodo


english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/11/124674.html


The government's nuclear safety agency said Monday that it supports Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s view that the recent detection of radioactive xenon at one of its crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was not a result of a sustained nuclear chain reaction known as criticality, as earlier feared.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said what is known as "spontaneous" fission created xenon-135 because it found that the density of the substance had not changed even after Tokyo Electric injected water containing boric acid, which should have lowered the density of xenon-135 if criticality had taken place.

"We judge Tokyo Electric's report (on the detection of xenon) to be basically appropriate," the agency said in a statement.

The plant operator known as TEPCO initially touched on the possibility that the melted fuel inside the stricken No. 2 reactor may have gone critical temporarily, but it concluded in a report submitted to the agency Friday that spontaneous fission had generated xenon-135.

The agency has been studying the content of the report.

With the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors suffering core meltdown and releasing massive radioactive substances in the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a criticality event could cause further damage to the fuel and worsen the situation at the plant.

Cabinet Office Parliamentary Secretary Yasuhiro Sonoda stressed Monday that the latest development is not expected to affect the target to achieve the stable state, known as cold shutdown, of the reactors at the plant by the end of the year.

Copyright 2011 Kyodo News



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 08:37 AM
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So I guess we see Fukushima now creating a whole new industry in order to deal with the "no problems here" situation.

Interesting the man is only wearing thin latex gloves while the rest of him looks like a transformer wanna be.

Did they manufacture suits for all the school children living with radiation too? Oh wait...that's not cost effective is it.

edit on 7-11-2011 by Destinyone because: (no reason given)



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 08:57 AM
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Originally posted by Aircooled
We have 5.65 uSv/h in Kashiwa city.

And Tokyo Bay seems to be reading a lot higher.
www.infiniteunknown.net... m_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InfiniteUnknown+%28Infinite+Unknown%29
To M. I thought about your challenge to send Arnie some bread. Money is tight, you know. I decided instead to splurge on a dosimeter and a Flip cam to post readings on u-tube from my neck of the woods. I had been thinking about it for quite a while, but your challenge tipped the scales, so thanks! A friend on FB from Seattle has also decided to do the same so hopefully the civilian network just grew by 2 outposts.


AC, how ever we do it, is fine with me!!



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 09:33 AM
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Originally posted by Destinyone
reply to post by jjjtir
 


So I guess we see Fukushima now creating a whole new industry in order to deal with the "no problems here" situation.


About the only good thing to say for it, capitalism is a quick learner when it comes to making money. Cheap dosimeters, robot suits. Soon we will see on board dosimeter displays in cars, seaweed or iodine added to food stuffs for radiation protection and a keystone cops style TV comedy called "Fukushima Follies".

Good to see you back Destinyone.



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 09:34 AM
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Originally posted by jjjtir
Survey to compile detailed radiation map in Fukushima begins

FUKUSHIMA, Japan, Nov. 7, Kyodo


english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/11/124685.html


A detailed survey to compile a map of airborne radiation levels began Monday in Iitate village in Fukushima Prefecture, with the aim of collecting data for use when drawing up decontamination measures in the prefecture affected by the ongoing nuclear crisis, Environment Ministry officials said.

The ministry is expected to conduct monitoring work at about 3,000 locations in the prefecture in November, including about 400 spots in Iitate, covering mainly residential areas within a 20-kilometer radius of the radiation-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, it said.

Measurements will be taken by unmanned helicopters around woodland and rivers, while monitoring vehicles will travel along roads in residential areas, it said.

The ministry will compile the distribution map using an area of 100 square meters as a base unit in the survey through February, as well as data already collected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The survey is "the first step of decontamination work by the government," said Soichiro Seki, a senior Environment Ministry official. "We will try hard to restore normal conditions in Fukushima, keeping in mind that Fukushima cannot be revitalized without decontamination."

The survey will be conducted as the government steps up efforts to reconstruct Fukushima, one of the three prefectures hardest hit in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, including cleaning up contaminated residential areas.

Copyright 2011 Kyodo News


 


Nuclear safety agency denies criticality at Fukushima reactor

TOKYO, Nov. 7, Kyodo


english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/11/124674.html


The government's nuclear safety agency said Monday that it supports Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s view that the recent detection of radioactive xenon at one of its crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was not a result of a sustained nuclear chain reaction known as criticality, as earlier feared.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said what is known as "spontaneous" fission created xenon-135 because it found that the density of the substance had not changed even after Tokyo Electric injected water containing boric acid, which should have lowered the density of xenon-135 if criticality had taken place.

"We judge Tokyo Electric's report (on the detection of xenon) to be basically appropriate," the agency said in a statement.

The plant operator known as TEPCO initially touched on the possibility that the melted fuel inside the stricken No. 2 reactor may have gone critical temporarily, but it concluded in a report submitted to the agency Friday that spontaneous fission had generated xenon-135.

The agency has been studying the content of the report.

With the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors suffering core meltdown and releasing massive radioactive substances in the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a criticality event could cause further damage to the fuel and worsen the situation at the plant.

Cabinet Office Parliamentary Secretary Yasuhiro Sonoda stressed Monday that the latest development is not expected to affect the target to achieve the stable state, known as cold shutdown, of the reactors at the plant by the end of the year.

Copyright 2011 Kyodo News


Especially this...

"because it found that the density of the substance had not changed even after Tokyo Electric injected water containing boric acid, which should have lowered the density of xenon-135 if criticality had taken place."

Come on folks, there is another possible answer, which is that the injected boric water isn't even touching where the fissioning (is that a word?) is actually taking place. We really need engineers over there thinking OUTSIDE the Tepco box...



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 10:07 AM
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Nuclear panel to inspect Onagawa plant as part of safety review

TOKYO, Nov. 7, Kyodo


english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/11/124701.html


The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan will inspect a nuclear power plant in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, on Tuesday to collect data on the effects of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami for its revision of guidelines on nuclear plant designs, an official said Monday.

More than 10 members of the panel's subcommittee and secretariat will inspect the Tohoku Electric Power Co. plant, which suffered limited damage in the March disaster unlike the crippled Fukushima Diaichi nuclear power plant, located about 117 kilometers south. Both are on the Pacific coast.

The team would like to learn the underlying reasons for the differing impacts on the plants from the March disaster, according to the official of the panel's secretariat.

When the quake hit the Onagawa plant, all of its three nuclear reactors stopped operating automatically. But the Tohoku Electric Power Co. plant, built on an elevated ground, maintained its cooling functions for the reactors, enabling them to stabilize.

The team is expected to determine how far up the ground the tsunami encroached as well as the impact of the quake on the buildings housing the reactors, according to the official.

In the case of the Fukushima plant, the March tsunami cut off electricity supplied from outside the plant, causing the reactor cooling functions to fail and triggering the ongoing nuclear crisis.

The guidelines, which came into effect in 1990, were last revised in 2006. Its safety provisions chiefly concern earthquakes and only have limited references to tidal waves.

Copyright 2011 Kyodo News



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 10:15 AM
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Originally posted by matadoor

Come on folks, there is another possible answer, which is that the injected boric water isn't even touching where the fissioning (is that a word?) is actually taking place.


Maybe the Fission is not happening inside of the PCV and his Surrounding

Can be a long lost and forgotten Bottle


What is going on, is there maybe a saturation level for the Boric Acid
like we can see in other Acids?

PS; the Alpha-, Beta and Gamma- Radiation is lower today, 0.08- 0.09 uSv/h,
the first day under 0.10uSv/h since i start my own Measurements!



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 12:06 PM
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Originally posted by Human0815

Originally posted by matadoor

Come on folks, there is another possible answer, which is that the injected boric water isn't even touching where the fissioning (is that a word?) is actually taking place.


Maybe the Fission is not happening inside of the PCV and his Surrounding

Can be a long lost and forgotten Bottle


What is going on, is there maybe a saturation level for the Boric Acid
like we can see in other Acids?

PS; the Alpha-, Beta and Gamma- Radiation is lower today, 0.08- 0.09 uSv/h,
the first day under 0.10uSv/h since i start my own Measurements!


Human, I'm amazed that you can still have such a sense of humor!

This may actually go back to what Z and I were discussing. The fissoning is possibly taking place inside the poolium mass, and the water has created an outer shell that the water is hitting. Inside that mass is where the temps are still high and criticality is still taking place.

The gas is bubbling up through the crust in cracks in the shell. This would also explain why the pressure is still in place, AND the fact that the gas pressure is keeping water from going down through those cracks.

Some of this may be starting to make some sense.

This also is bad, because that hard outer shell could be looked at like the casing on a bomb. The poolium would become a large bomb it it is encased in a hard outer shell and it reaches criticality.

If that happens in one of them, God help Japan, and the entire planet, because the disaster then turns into our worst nightmare.



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 02:11 PM
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Unit 3: Result of Air Sampling



These numbers always screw me up (rain drops too)....but the Cs-134 readings...

November 5:
www.tepco.co.jp...

October 11:
www.tepco.co.jp...

Oct. 6:
www.tepco.co.jp...

Sep. 12:
www.tepco.co.jp...

And Aug 24 (Note the I-131):
www.tepco.co.jp...

- Purple Chive



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 02:25 PM
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Unit 1: Result of Air Sampling



Nov. 4:
www.tepco.co.jp...

Oct 25:
www.tepco.co.jp...

Oct. 12:
www.tepco.co.jp...

Oct. 7:
www.tepco.co.jp...

Oct. 3:
www.tepco.co.jp...

Aug. 28:
www.tepco.co.jp...

- Purple Chive



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 02:31 PM
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Unit 2: Result of Air Sampling



Nov. 1:
www.tepco.co.jp...

Oct. 25: (Like the equipment defect...)
www.tepco.co.jp...

Oct. 13:
www.tepco.co.jp...

Sep. 17:
www.tepco.co.jp...

Aug. 29:
www.tepco.co.jp...

Jul. 8: (notice the I-131)...
www.tepco.co.jp...

- Purple Chive



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 02:42 PM
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Re: Above Posts on Air Sampling



July 8th - Unit 2 detect I-131

Aug 24 - Unit 3 detect I-131

Kinda curious about the Unit 2 equipment defect on Oct. 25....

Found rice with I-131 in late October.
enenews.com...

Also they skip the whole month of September testing Unit 1.... jumps from Aug. 28 to Oct. 3.

Anyhow...again a trend? What would be the cycle of the corium going re-critical? And Units 3 and 2 taking turns?

- Purple Chive
edit on 7-11-2011 by Purplechive because: (no reason given)



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 03:44 PM
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blogs.yahoo.co.jp...
www.kawauchimura.jp...


This came to me from an anonymous source.



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 04:06 PM
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Cesium Remover Spent Fuel Pool...Eventually Remove Spent Fuel



Worried about salt corrosion but gotta decrease radiation levels first.

TEPCO Pic:
www.tepco.co.jp...

mdn.mainichi.jp...

- Purple Chive



edit on 7-11-2011 by Purplechive because: (no reason given)



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 04:57 PM
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reply to post by Destinyone
 


Originally posted by Destinyone
reply to post by jjjtir
 


So I guess we see Fukushima now creating a whole new industry in order to deal with the "no problems here" situation.

Interesting the man is only wearing thin latex gloves while the rest of him looks like a transformer wanna be.

Did they manufacture suits for all the school children living with radiation too? Oh wait...that's not cost effective is it.

edit on 7-11-2011 by Destinyone because: (no reason given)

Oh so very true. Welcome back.

So much capital to be made from the Fukushima disaster. Should help the Japanese economy to get back on track any day now.

One thing really sticks out to me. The apparent lack of concern from the world's major international institutions, particularly the UN bodies.

Why are we not reading stories about the Japanese government fighting off technological and scientific assistance from all over the world? Why do we not read about summits of the GR8s kind being called over how to deal with the catastrophe? Why are countries not coming to aid of Japan's fallout refugees to offer them refugee status and a place to live?

Why is Japan being effectively treated like a pariah? Particularly when it is supposed to be the world's 3rd largest economy, still.



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 06:51 PM
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A theory to consider


The Japanese government is hellbent on calming the population's fears over radiation fallout. It would seem they have no choice.

It would seem they not only have no international institution (such as a UN body) expressing outrage at the Japanese government for sitting on their hands during the whole meltdown and now during the slow but efficient poisoning of the entire Japanese population, and possibly the entire Northern Hemisphere. In fact, it would seem the J-government are being forced to lie to their own people. News corporations carry the lies of their politicians (you may call it spin if you wish) to all parts of the globe, surely an excellent way to ensure the lie becomes so widely spread it is more likely to be accepted.

And when you have one lie… Since anyway you have shown there is no fire (no threat of ongoing uncontrollable fission) then it is only natural to claim there is no smoke as well. First they make out the fallout threat from Fukushima is coming from a bunch of hyperventilating Chicken Littles, then it is much easier to deny Strontium 90 and a bunch of other mean isotopes can be carried in the air to areas outside of Fukushima, such as Tokyo. This evidence below is going back a few months but it establishes the point.

Here is what the flagship newpaper of Downunder reported back in June.

MP Keirou Kitagami has capital idea for Japan's disaster zone


BY: RICK WALLACE, TOKYO CORRESPONDENT From: The Australian June 18, 2011 12:00AM

AN influential MP from Japan's ruling party has stunned colleagues with a suggestion that the national capital be relocated to Fukushima - the epicentre of the nuclear crisis.

Keirou Kitagami's suggestion will be dismissed as "bold" or "courageous" by Japan's army of Sir Humphrey-style bureaucrats.

But the up-and-coming Kyoto MP is determined to have the idea debated and says making Fukushima City the capital is the only way to guarantee the disaster-stricken region's future.

"I have always thought there needs to be more decentralisation, because Tokyo is one of the most compressed and centralised cities in the world and it is very prone to natural disasters," he told The Weekend Australian. "I think at the very extreme, you could shift the National Diet (parliament) and some central government functions to Fukushima.

SOURCE

Apart from the suggestion his colleagues were stunned at the beginning the Australian carries on with the rest of the story as if though it were an idea worthy of consideration. The substantial content giving not so much as a hint of the outrageous undermining of the gravity of what is taking place the story actually constitutes in itself. And before you write off Kitagami san as a complete loon, consider this. He has been an MP for several years now, and currently shares with one other MP in the upper house the role of Parliamentary Secretary of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. His position in the lower house enables him to publically express views those in the upper house would not be able to. His political views can be sampled by the fact he was one of the 13 assentors from the Democratic Party of Japan (the one currently governing the nation) behind an academic report supposedly demonstrating Japan never 'organized or forced recruitment' of comfort women during WW2.
SOURCE with link to actual report (translated)
He also gave voice to the ruling elite's distaste for the notion of Japan forming a closer relationship with China, which of course flies in the face of the reality of Japan's geographical location as well as its dependency on trade relations with China - but then that was back in 2005, the good ol days.
SOURCE

Kitagami san is one of Japan's young politicians and of course he is ambitious. When he speaks he is relaying what those around him closest to him are wanting him to say for them. He is expressing a position held by many in power, not that the government should set up in Fukushima, or even a chunk of the nation's government, no minister would turn up for debates, no, he is giving voice to the wish of the nation's ruling elite the population accept there is nothing they can do at all about the situation. And, they were saying as much way back in July. This is a government that appears to have no choice.

And here is my theory concerning the actions of humans after the flood (but of course the before and after are certain to be directly related).

My bet is since the tsunami hit Japan, the J-government is likely being held to ransom. It is others that have made and continue to make the choices for them. I think it possible there is a war going on, and one already employing nuclear weapons, only we are not being told about it. I think J-government made some particularly fatal decisions earlier and found themselves not only a target but made an example to others.

EDIT
Yes I know it is a bit like other theories - think of it as the stripped down version.




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posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 06:55 PM
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Originally posted by Purplechive

Re: Above Posts on Air Sampling



July 8th - Unit 2 detect I-131

Aug 24 - Unit 3 detect I-131

Kinda curious about the Unit 2 equipment defect on Oct. 25....

Found rice with I-131 in late October.
enenews.com...

Also they skip the whole month of September testing Unit 1.... jumps from Aug. 28 to Oct. 3.

Anyhow...again a trend? What would be the cycle of the corium going re-critical? And Units 3 and 2 taking turns?

- Purple Chive
edit on 7-11-2011 by Purplechive because: (no reason given)


PC, this is so new to everyone, I don't think anyone has any reliable data to go by. There has never been a nuke experience like this event. It makes Chernobyl look like a fart in the pool.

As an engineer, my job is to analyze trends, then make recommendations based on facts as we know it.I have 30 years of experience doing this, and I make a real good living doing so. Contrary to popular belief on ATS, I'm a rather sought after resource, and my company makes a rather good stipend on my recommendations...


No one has ever seen this happen in the real world. No one. We are in COMPLETELY uncharted waters. There are no experts in this area, because this has never happened before. Arnie is close, only because he's got the nuke degrees that none of us have. I support him, because I look for people who are experts in their areas, and I back them.

Each night the wife and I sit out on the back deck and enjoy the night sky, when we can.

I'm afraid that each night will be the last one we can enjoy.



posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 10:09 PM
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Fukushima health concerns



It is of great concern that little has been disclosed regarding the conditions of the workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Tepco and the central government should disseminate information on the actual working conditions of these people, even if such information seems repetitious and includes what they regard as minor incidents. People are forgetful.

They need to be informed. Such information will help raise people's awareness about the issue of radiation and its impact on health. It must not be forgotten that exposure to radiation has long-term effects on human health. In the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, the number of leukemia cases started to increase among bombing survivors two years after the bombs were dropped. In the case of the 1986 Chernobyl accident, thyroid cancer began to appear among children several years after the disaster happened.

Particular attention should be paid to the health of children. In view of these facts, it is logical that the Fukushima prefectural government has developed a program to monitor the health of all residents in the prefecture, who number about 2 million, throughout their lifetime. It has also started examining the thyroids of some 360,000 children who are age 18 or younger. Detailed and long-term area-by-area studies should be carried out to record cancer incidences.

www.japantimes.co.jp...

Mental Fallout Persists 50 Years After Nagasaki Bombing



Half a century after the atomic bomb explosion in Nagasaki, people who were in the vicinity, even if they were not exposed to the radiation, continue to suffer psychological stress and poor mental health, according to new research published in the November issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry. "Although there is speculation that individuals living in the vicinity of nuclear disasters have persistent mental health deterioration due to psychological stress, few attempts have been made to examine this issue," write Yoshiharu Kim, MD, PhD, from the National Centre of Neurology and Psychiatry, Tokyo, Japan, and colleagues.

The aim of the study was to determine whether having been in the vicinity of the Nagasaki atomic bomb explosion in the absence of substantial exposure to radiation affected the mental health of local inhabitants more than 50 years later. Dr. Kim and colleagues studied individuals who lived in the peripheral uncontaminated areas of Nagasaki since the time of the atomic bomb explosion in 1945.

www.medscape.com...

Greetings from post-disaster Tokyo



At first you might think it was just another weather forecast: a map fills the TV screen and a calm voice runs through a list of local readings. But listen carefully and you soon realise that the announcer is not talking about millimetres of precipitation or millibars of air pressure – but microsieverts of radiation.

Welcome to post-disaster Tokyo. Eight months after the earthquake and tsunami battered Japan’s north-east, life in the capital has largely returned to normal – edged with nervousness about the continuing problems of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

www.ft.com...

NISA: No criticality in reactor 2



"We judge Tokyo Electric's report (on the detection of xenon) to be basically appropriate," NISA said in a statement. Tepco initially touched on the possibility that the melted fuel inside the stricken reactor 2 may have gone critical temporarily, but it concluded in a report submitted to the agency Friday that spontaneous fission had generated the xenon-135.

With reactors 1 to 3 suffering core meltdowns and releasing massive radioactive substances after March 11, a criticality event could cause further damage to the fuel and worsen the situation.

www.japantimes.co.jp...


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