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Japan declares 'nuclear emergency' after quake

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posted on Dec, 7 2011 @ 07:53 PM

Originally posted by qmantoo

Quote by intrptr

...There is no containing these hi temp cutting torches or their emissions until the slow burn of remaining fuel in the corium masses is gone.

In other words at the end of the 100,000s of years it takes for the radionuclides in the 'blob' to reduce to inert and non-radioactive elements, and when there is no more fission reactions in the corium which generate this high temperature, then it will be gone. Do I have it correct?

"Gone?" Unfortunecookielately... it seems. Oh, and times however many melted globs there are. They will cool thermally a lot sooner than a 100,000 years, but yah radwize you know they will remain a pain in the arse for a long time to come. Maybe future archeologists will dig up the lead elephants feet and think that we were nuts to spend so much money just to smelt some lead.

Partially melted core at Three Mile Island was removed eventually. What was done with it I am not sure. Yucca Flats maybe?

posted on Dec, 7 2011 @ 08:31 PM

Originally posted by zworld
The recent spike of rads in the US is one indicator. Notice how the spikes were following a pattern, and getting a little worse each time one rolled around.

You mean this one?

Caught my eye also. If background on here is @15-50 or so, then the latest peak is what, 800+? Duration of spikes is lengthening as well. Don't like the trendy appearence of this. Other chart shows similar like you said so the data is probably valid.

Camera stuff is interesting too. Do tell. Chive and others were posting all those camera "anomalies" around about the same time Tepco changed the very same camera housings, right? Nawwww, couldn't be.

posted on Dec, 7 2011 @ 08:35 PM

They will cool thermally a lot sooner than a 100,000 years, but yah radwize you know they will remain a pain in the arse for a long time to come.
Cooled blob is only half the problem though. These corium blobs are really large aren't they, and while they are still radioactive no-one can get near them to move them somewhere else. Plus they will be deep, deep in the ground by that time too.

We will need quite a few of those 100,000 years do develop the technology to safely move it out. Maybe the eventual explosion when they individually each hit water will eject it all into the atmosphere.... and then there is that problem instead. Yes, I think we are Fukushima'd.

posted on Dec, 7 2011 @ 09:14 PM
Colorado snow test.

posted on Dec, 7 2011 @ 11:35 PM
AC, everyone, its going to take a little longer for my post explaining many things Fukushima. It needs to be written right, but tomorrow afternoon for sure it will be done. But its a very serious comment, and it keeps getting deeper and deeper.

Originally posted by intrptr
Hey everyone. I have been busy elsewhere and just caught up reading some posts here. Wonderful work.
One small addition. Some pages back people were scrutinizing overhead pics of the electrical output building up on the hill behind reactor building #1. It was damaged to some degree but hard to make out from above. I was cruising Cryptome today and found this image which I cropped and brought here:

The shock wave from #1 raced out and was compressed as it climbed the hill to focus on the electrical building. This smacked the back wall pretty hard and the rebound collapsed the sheet metal on the walls facing #1. Note the debris scattered on the hill and around the building from the blast. This pic was taken Mar. 20, by RC plane. The plume from #2 (hole in the wall) is visible as is a small plume from top of #1 inside the girder cage.

intrptr, the section that is in question concerning the Transmission Building for R1 and R2 (R1/R2TrB) is the south smaller building (R2TrB). All photos show the damage done to the R1 side (bigger north building). However, there are no photos that show the damage to the blown out door on the R2TrB side until after the R2/R4 blast. And this is why I am curious as to its timing. Below is a schematic posted some time ago. This shows the tunnels used. If you watch the R3 blast, 12 seconds in or so this area throws up its own distinct expulsion of white clouds. I believe much of the energy from the R3 and the R2/R4 blasts was transmitted via the tunnel system.

If you will note, there are two main tunnel systems that come out of the R2TrB. One is the feed to R2 and the other is the feed to the Tohoku Power line receiving station. If we could find for certain when this side was damaged, R1, R3 or R2/R4 blasts, it would answer some tunnels questions I have.

posted on Dec, 7 2011 @ 11:56 PM

A Hybrid Power Plant Takes Shape in Turkey

A hybrid electric plant designed by General Electric. Mirrors focus sunlight on power towers, top right, that make steam that is injected through pipes into a turbine,center, to make electricity. Wind turbines, rear, make electricity to either help run the plant or to feed the grid.

Wait... what?? Did I hear that right? America is going to build more nuclear reactors at home and these in Turkey?

General Electric and a small California company called eSolar announced a new strategy on Tuesday: use the solar power to make steam that will supplement the steam from the natural gas. And tack on some wind machines nearby, in an arrangement that lets the natural gas compensate for variations in the wind and sun. Standing nearby is a 250-foot tower surrounded by about 25,000 mirrors, each about the size of a big flat-screen television. Computers keep the mirrors focused on the tower, and inside the tower, water is boiled into steam. The steam flows into the turbine along with steam from the natural gas plant.

The two companies said they would break ground this year on a hybrid electric plant in Karaman, Turkey, to be owned by a Turkish project developer called MetCap Energy Investments. Part of it will look like a conventional combined-cycle gas plant, in which the natural gas is burned in a jet engine that drives a generator, and the exhaust gases are used to make steam to turn a steam turbine that also drives a generator. The design is based on a new model of G.E. natural gas plant called FlexEfficiency that is able to vary its output rapidly to make it a good dance partner for variable sources like wind and sun.

Mr. Browning said a customer that was considering supplementing natural gas with solar power would have to weigh the cost of gas, the cost of capital and the available incentives. “Gas in the U.S. is very cheap right now, and the renewable incentives in the U.S. are — let’s call them inconsistent and difficult to project into future,” he said. The price of natural gas in Turkey is more than double the price in the United Sates, he said.

Am I missing something here? I don't know much about these Plants or the tech behind them. What strikes me as odd is that we are building them for Turkey but not US.

New York Times

posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 12:07 AM
reply to post by zworld

Hey zworld. Here is the whole shebang from cryptome. I think I know what you are driving at but will have to let full response wait till morning. Thanks for the reply. Mar. 20 by RC airplane.

edit on 8-12-2011 by intrptr because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 01:55 AM

UPDATE 1-Tepco may dump decontaminated water from Fukushima plant into sea

"We would like to increase the number of tanks to accommodate the water but it will be difficult to do so indefinitely," Tepco spokesman Junichi Matsumoto told reporters.

He said the plant was likely to reach its storage capacity of about 155,000 tonnes around March. Tepco plans to come up with possible ways to handle radioactive waste and present its proposals to the government's nuclear regulatory body for approval.

"The government should not, and must not, approve a plan allowing Tepco to dispose treated water in the ocean," said Kenji Sumita, an emeritus professor at Osaka University who specialises in nuclear engineering.

"The reality is that semipermanent storage is the only solution available under current technological constraints. Tepco may have to find the storage space and look for a technological breakthrough in the coming years that allows it to condense and greatly reduce the volume of tainted water."

Gov't to decide Dec. 16 on 'cold shutdown' of Fukushima plant

Japan is set to decide Dec. 16 that the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been brought under control by achieving a stable state called "cold shutdown," government sources said Wednesday.

The government has determined that it is possible to put the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors at the complex in the stable state by year-end, a timeline envisaged for the completion of step 2 in a road map drawn up to bring the crisis under control, according to the sources.

The government has for months been trying to keep temperatures in the cores of the damaged reactors below the boiling point for water in a stable manner and prevent a fresh release of radioactive materials into the surrounding environment.

The decision is expected to be made at a meeting of the nuclear disaster countermeasure headquarters headed by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Dec. 16, they said.

GSDF troops begin cleanup at Fukushima municipal gov't offices

About 900 Ground Self-Defense Force troops began decontaminating local government buildings on Wednesday in areas around the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture. The cleanup operation at municipal office buildings in the towns of Naraha, Tomioka and Namie, and the village of Iitate is set to last two weeks.

The work is to prepare operational bases for full-fledged cleanup that will start next year as a nuclear decontamination law goes into effect in January. The 900 troops consist of members stationed at camps in the prefecture and those trained to deal with radiation.

Of the total, 300 were each assigned to Tomioka and Iitate, while 150 were each sent to Naraha and Namie. They will clean up the buildings with high-pressure water sprayers and metal brushes, while monitoring radiation levels. They will also scrape off the top soil with heavy machinery and shovels, according to the GSDF.

posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 12:25 PM

Konban Wa

A few Month ago, when there was a huge Discussion about the Censorship,
the Japanese Government announced that they give a huge amount of Money
to a Japanese Media Company which will scan the Internet for wrong
and/ or dangerous Information to correct this on a own Web-page!

Do someone found this Page already?

o yasumi

edit on 8-12-2011 by Human0815 because: spelling

posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 05:30 PM
Propaganda just flying.

And the situation is spinning out of control t-know-how-to-deal-with-the-massive-contamination

And the Government is lying.

posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 05:33 PM

Originally posted by Human0815

Konban Wa

A few Month ago, when there was a huge Discussion about the Censorship,
the Japanese Government announced that they give a huge amount of Money
to a Japanese Media Company which will scan the Internet for wrong
and/ or dangerous Information to correct this on a own Web-page!

Do someone found this Page already?

o yasumi

edit on 8-12-2011 by Human0815 because: spelling


Here's the original press release regarding the program:

I'm sure if you poke around on their website you'll find some more information. I seem to remember reading something in September that the program had been successful in shutting down a handful of keitai spammers and got a couple of blog posts accusing koreans of stealing earthquake supplies removed (but that may have been another initiative).

posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 05:55 PM

Originally posted by Aircooled
Propaganda just flying.


The students in the video look to me to be in elementary school, year 5 or 6. Given that their current level of science education is still an introduction to very basic scientific concepts (the existence of cells, how plants work, the difference between a gas and a solid) it seems appropriate to me to introduce them to the concept of radiation the way they are. The reporter seems shocked that they would be taught that radiation is natural, or that it is something we're all exposed to every day. But those things are facts, and unless you understand them, you'll never have the base you need to build the kind of understanding of the concept that the distraught mother in the video is lamenting the lack of.

The video shows three pamphlets. To me, that suggests they've developed one each for elementary, junior and high school. And yet they've focused on the elementary version. I wonder why that is?

Propaganda abounds.

posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 08:41 PM
Nov 26th near Chicago. My rain wipe, spike and video was Nov 27th. 26 hours later in eastern Ont.

posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 11:46 PM
Folks, here is my summation of current conditions and earlier explosions. I havent time ti catch up on anything and am heading to bed. This has been hard to write, and even harder to finally post. So before I get to R4 and the poolium, I need to explain. As always I am only speaking my own thoughts here, and I don't mean to make anyone fearful. However, I believe the following clearly indicates there is a need for heightened awareness and serious concern. This is my take on the past, present and future of the Fuku disaster, and the future could become the worst component of all if corrective action is not taken immediately and in drastic measures.

I also want it understood that if no crisis loomed, I wouldn't be pressing this forum or anyone else to understand that which I believe to be going on. I would write my report, distribute as best I can and let it go at that.

But present conditions do not allow me to do this. All my life I have been chasing pollution nightmares, and playing the bearer of bad tidings. It is not something I enjoy doing, but it must be done. And I fear that this time the news is especially troubling.

The first thing that must be understood is that I no longer doubt the existence of an underground complex (UC) housing a weapons production factory. If anyone needs the urls for past posts on different aspects of the clues that lead me to believe this I would be happy to go back and piece them together. In these posts I have shown that the emotional desires for nuclear weaponry in Japan were in place long before Fukushima Dai-ichi (F1) was built. I have shown how two factions of the defeated Japanese military wrestled for control in the building of F1. I have shown how the plant wasn't built on bedrock, against EQ safety concerns, but in soils capable of easy tunneling. I have shown how the rush to restore power was a lie, as power already existed on site and I have shown how the infrastructure (especially the 4stack, exhaust house and southend complex) exceeds that which is needed, and far more than any other nuke plant on this planet.

And this isn't my pet theory. I rejected it in March when first encountering it and continued to reject it until it kicked me in the face and said 'wake up!'

At this point, at least in my mind, a reverse Occams Razor has taken effect. Once I began to first accept the possibility, and then the probability, of a weapons factory, the significance of an underground structure in relation to Fukushima became obvious. And instead of going through a host of implausible explanations for the happenings at Dai-ichi, like hydrogen going through a backdoor into R4 in quantities that produced the level of destruction seen there, when that same path offered an instant opening to the outside atmosphere through the exhaust stack, which had no damper system, I chose to look at things differently.

Occam's Razor states that simpler explanations are, other things being equal, generally better than more complex ones. In this sense the UC answers all of the mysteries in a much more simpler fashion than Tepco's explanations (or lack of explanations) including; the mysterious hydrogen build-up in R4, the different elements of both the R3 blast and the R2/R4 blast, the massive amount of radiation that escaped after the R2/R4 blast that has never been explained, (and can't be explained by either the involvement of R2 or R4), the blown manholes, the mysterious ships that disappeared in the night, the unexplained damage to the CSFP and especially the R1/R2 gas treatment building (GTB) which has a separate tunnel system from R3/R4s GTB, and couldn't have been blown by the R3 explosion, the pre blast pulse that occurred prior to R3's explosion, the need for nitrogen in the CSFP and other structures before the reactors R2 and R3 were given it, the power supply that disappeared in broad daylight at a time when the whole world thought there was a frantic rush going on to re-supply power to the plant as the only cure to stop meltdowns, the building that was stripped of everything before emergency workers were allowed in, the intense air of secrecy that to this day permeates everything Fukushima and Tepco, and the massive molten mass belching out the side of R4 like a lava flow from Kilauea etc etc etc etc.

The following answers all of those questions, while asking a million more. Fukushima is a military operation, plain and simple. Once that became embedded in my mind, I started to ask myself, what could be down there, and what effect could it have on the overall picture. What I came up with has scared the # out of me. Fasten your seat belts folks, its a wild ride.

posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 11:47 PM
R1 explosion) This is your basic hydrogen blast in a metal sided building (5th floor only). After the core lost cooling, it melted, and the produced hydrogen was vented to the fifth floor. Boom! The only mystery here is why the only cooling system available, the steam isolation condenser, was shut off, and that may or may not have relevance beyond human error.

R3/Switching Yard explosion) as detailed previously this blast contained many components. I believe the initial blast was in the UC, followed by a hydrogen blast in R3, followed by a small nuclear explosion from within the UC that then exited out R3 and the switching yard (GTB and manholes along the way for sure, possibly the R2TrB as well).

This nuclear explosion was the reason the hydrogen fireball was sucked back into R3, and why the entire R3 building appears to contract, then the main blast exits vertically through the tunnel system and straight up through the roof of R3.

This blast was muted due to the fact that it was from deep underground. And it wasn't the massive expulsion of radiation one would expect for two reasons) due to being underground, and because it didn't involve the core of R3's reactor, which at the time had already made its way deep into the cement on its way to sand and rock and water and clay. (It was in the same state as R1s fuel at that point except R1 had a head start. However, R3's core is burning a tad hotter due to the mox fuel and it's a close race at this point). The tails of the corium are being cooled by water injection, but that's all.

The first blast in the UC could have been a steam explosion, as the EQ quite possibly cracked the hell out of it, and groundwater would have intruded, but it could have been alot of things.

The second blast was most likely caused by the compression from the first blast reverberating in an underground structure and causing a supercritical reaction in refined fuel (enriched U-235 or Pu-239) near the initial explosion. This reaction reached temperatures in the tens of millions degrees F range. It also melted the structure and fused together the cement, steel, iron and other metals, which formed plugs in the tunnel and elevator systems. I call this melted structure "wallium and floorium"

Poolium, poolium everywhere, and not a drop to drink.

R2/R4 explosion) Once plugged up, the heat and radiation continued in places that had not been covered with water yet, while other fuel loads were submerged. There was a build in pressure, and radiation, that finally pushed one of the plugs of molten steel and cement, up the tunnel system and into R4, where it burped up to the ceiling of the 4th floor, and then ejected like lava out the north wall. You can see it splattered in AC's pictures of the 5th service floor damage to the right and behind the yellow cap, where it must have blown out some of the floor.

As this plug wallium and floorium ejected, two things happened. a) it reverberated and shock the building as reported by workers and is the reason wall sections are missing from where they contacted the pillars, but still attached to the rebar in the open areas, which is the exact opposite of what a hydrogen blast in the upper floors would have done.

(see photos of R4 posted a couple days before)

and b) the second the plug broke out the basement, the stored heat and radiation exploded out, leaving behind charred walls from the exit point, the first floor and basement. The radiation released was massive, from untold amounts of reactions that were occurring underground since the R3/UC explosion.

I believe both R2 and R3, which are connected underground through a tunnel system to the UC and R4, produced the sound of an explosion, only no one was near R3 to verify.

Current Conditions

And this is where it gets really interesting. I have had trouble breathing at times when I was researching this stuff. And for sometime I have been hinting at something bad that could happen, but I didn't want to freak people out. So let me make clear that all of the above is just my theory. I may sound authoritative, but it's just BS. I could be totally wrong on all of it.....OK.

But if I'm not, this exploration needs to be taken. I felt the need to analyze what state a weapons factory could be in, and what future role might it play.

First, though numerous components could be produced in other places (ie Pu-239 from the Monju fast breeder reactor etc) it can be assumed that the secret place is where things are assembled, if not refined. But since many of the components are by-products of a nuclear reactor, it's probably also safe to assume that Fukushima was both producing and refining, as well as asembling.

posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 11:49 PM
The main components of most nuclear weapons built in the last fifty years are lithium-6 deuteride, deuterium, tritium, U-238, U-235 and P-239. These would all be in abundance in a weapons factory, in different stages of refinement and processing. There would also be abundant deuterium in the water naturally, especially with a salt component if seawater is part of the infiltrate. We already know that tritium is abundant in the water around the plant as it can't be filtered out, and is probably into the groundwater as well.

At this point it appears that the groundwater table is just below the surface, so by now all of the fuel in the UC, much of which is probably corium surrounded by wallium and floorium, is being cooled by tritium/deuterium fresh/salt water.

The most common nuclear device involves two stages, titled Primary and Secondary. Between these two explosions is liquid, usually plasma from melted gel. The purpose of the primary (U-235) is to compress and heat the fuels into a supercritical state, producing a thermonuclear explosion with the lithium-6, deuterium and tritium producing the fusion component, and the Pu-239 pit producing the fission component. It doesn't take alot of fuel. The blast over Nagasaki was produced from a plutonium pit the size of a softball.

Suffice it to say that there is ample fuel in the UC to produce the world's greatest nuclear explosion. By a wide margin. And it is configured in a way that could allow for supercritical reactions to occur. Refined fuel, some of it melted into corium type masses if near the initial explosions, with melted cement, rock and metals encasing them, in sandy soils with high water content. The rest still intact in rooms deep underground and filled with groundwater. All it would take to set things off is a primary explosion.

And Here Come Da Judge

If I seem to be neglecting the dangers of the corium from Reactors 1, 2 and 3, I'm not. One of those is going to produce the primary explosion. Right now there are most likely numerous fingers of corium that have eaten through the cement and steel and are heading down. Any water being applied into the PCV is only continuing to cool the tails of the corium, which have hardened and cooled. The bulk of the corium has by now detached from these corium plugs, which is why the idea of cold shutdown is so insulting to the world.

As the designer of the R3 reactor said, it is only a matter of time before the corium hits groundwater. It's only a question of which one. When that happens, the shock wave will travel through the water and compress and heat fuel somewhere, starting a reaction. What happens next we don't want to consider. If a nuclear explosion were to occur, it would most likely bring into the picture all of the above ground fuel, the spent fuel in the CSFP and other SFPs, as well as the corium that hadn't hit groundwater yet.

There is one clear fact with nuclear explosions. Its all unknown territory until something proves to be true. in other words, its always been a hit or miss crap shoot as to what will happen when different components are subjected different parameters. Trial and error.

No one knows what the potential is at Fukushima for thermonuclear reactions to occur, or even just supercritical fission reactions. We do know it could be big.

That is why I urge everyone, especially those in Japan, eastern Russia, and the Aleutians, stay on top of wind directions. Have a way of instantly attaining this data. Try and look a day ahead, knowing what patterns the winds might take. If there is another explosion at Fukushima, it won't just be a steam explosion.

If you live with 100 miles of the plant, always be ready to jump in a car with supplies and a full tank and head in a direction away from any plumes and dont stop until you know for a fact your going to be safe.

posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 05:21 AM

Elaborate Measures to Obscure...

TEPCO has deliberately screwed up the cam itself and has weird night time lighting going on for several days now. Suspicious folks, very suspicious...

And Whew Z...that's a lot of stuff going on...

- Purple Chive

posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 06:48 AM
reply to post by Purplechive

The Spot on the left Side is a Lens-Flare,

but Tepco is giving a lot to think with all this bad Cameras and Breaks!

Yesterday i asked my Wife to look for any Tepco-provided Information regarding
the green Lights and the new Light-tower , etc but we found nothing!

My idea for the green Light: could it be a Laser Measurement Station for Gases?
Or are they much smaller?

@ Zworld,

i need more Time to read this again and again, very complicated for meeeeee

But i remember one Nuclear Accident in Germany where they found something "Special".
I will look for English Sources!

posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 08:55 AM
A mind boggling post Z. I'm still letting the scope and the possibilities sink in.
Some stills from the March 28th film.
Fuel rods. I'm not sure what the wreckage is behind it but they zoomed on it.

Looks like something burning in front of the communal pool.

And maybe some glowing re-bar at #3. Who knows?

The original vid.

posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 02:34 PM
No time to catch up, hopefully soon. I believe we are on the front line of investigative journalists tracking a worldwide conspiracy, and this thread, EX-SKF, Higgins, ENENEWS, Henry, the Fukushima Diary and other sites are being targeted. Save all data in multiple. Also, it might be wise to establish lines of communication outside the web.

This is an example of the level of coercion that is taking place concerning Fukushima Dai-ichi.

All early plume maps and all monitoring data show that just after midnight March 15th, there was an exponential increase in radiation release, that then spiked even further starting the morning of the 15th and lasting to March 20th (the worst of it anyway). This is why numerous agency's from other countries started de-mobbing at that time.

They initially blamed it on R2's explosion which they now say didn't happen and R2 wasn't as big an emitter as the others. So they blamed it on the R4 SFP. But that was proven false. So they said it came from R3 via the SGTS, a filtered line that is past an exhaust system designed to carry stuff from R3s SGTS out into the atmosphere. And this stack doesnt have a damper, and is set to fail/open. It was emitting dark smoke just prior to R3s blast, so we know it was working till then. And after R3s blast the SGTS line was blown apart as well.

So they know sooner or later people will see through that one as well. So now they have made the massive plume from 3/15 to 3/20 disappear, just like the Tohoku power line. These are the two main plume maps you now find on the web.

IRSN version

IAEA version.

And this is one of the few places on the web where the original ZAMG dispersion map can be found. Note the difference. The official two from IRSN and IAEA show the plume dieing down on the 15th while the original showed it just beginning to take off.

At the top of the page there's a url for the original which was from ZAMG. However if you now go to the ZAMG site to view this you get this; MT08%3A26;

Dear users of the ZAMG Fukushima Web Page!

Due to decreasing levels of radioactivity in the air measured in Japan (see image below: station RN038 = Takasaki, ca. 200 km away from NPP Fukushima Daiichi), we discontinued the following services:
Daily weather forecast for the region
Daily forecast of the spread of radioactivity in the atmosphere
Should the situation warrant a change, these services could be reinstalled at any time.
We would like to thank all users for their kind attention and the trust they put in our work.
ZAMG Task Force Fukushima

They use a monitoring station over 100 miles away and southwest of the plant, where the least amount of wind dispersion has occurred, as their excuse for why they let outside agencies muscle them out of biz.

Other places where you could find NILU or ZAMG plume maps have been scrubbed. Now what you get are either broken image links or 404s. Do not click on the broken links as they now go to an untrusted site according to my protection that actively downloads stuff from your computer while your waiting for the links to load.


Concerning the troop movements. As shown, the cities set for first decontamination are Naraha and Tomioka (south of plant) and Namie, (north of plant) and somewhere in the village of Iitate.

The explanation of going to start the decontamination process is ludicrous. Naraha, Tomioka and Namie are no more contaminated than areas outside evac areas, like Fukushima city, where thousands still live. Why would they tell people outside the evac zones to volunteer their time to help decontaminate areas, areas where women and children reside in large numbers, while sending military troops armed with the latest decontaminants into the heart of the evac zone where there is a good chance no one will ever live again.

Naraha, Tomioka and Namie are strategic locations, residing close to the ocean on both sides of Fukushima. My guess is these are advance troops to prepare barracks and storage areas for further use as military outposts.

Depending on where they locate in Iitate, contamination is now considered heavy to light. In April the Ministry of Education came out with a map that showed much of Iitate as under the levels needed for cumulative exposure evacuation by half. Then in May it was placed under evacuation, while areas with worse levels weren't. Now its pretty much deserted, with the army moving in. The purpose is unclear.

In Nov it was the center of the new survey that the govt is doing, which has since disappearred from the discussion.

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