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I'm not sure if we should blame al-Qaeda or the giant drug conglomerates that make up Big Pharma, but I know one thing is for certain: a conspiracy is afoot. I realized this after reading a news story regarding retailer Bed, Bath and Beyond over the weekend. The firm was recalling tissue holders they had sold which had been found to be radioactive. That's right. Radioactive! That cutesy ceramic container holding the box of Puff's in your bathroom, just might be nuclear!
The discharge amount by the measurement result at the upper side of the reactor building is calculated by totalizing as follows after rounding up, Unit 1 : approx. 10 million Bq/h Unit 2 : approx. 10 million Bq/h Unit 3 : approx. 40 million Bq/h Total : approx. 60 million Bq/h For the comparison, the amount on the ocean where it is assumed that there is no influence of resuspension of radioactive materials from the ground is measured and estimated, ※ On the ocean : approx. 20 Bq/h
Associated Press, Published: January 16 | Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2:10 AM
TOKYO — A newly formed investigative panel on Japan’s nuclear disaster will use its subpoena powers wisely and cut deeper into the accident than the government’s probe, the leader of the independent commission said Monday.
The panel appointed by parliament last month has gained attention here because its 10 members include outspoken critics of Japan’s nuclear policy who long ago questioned the seismic risks to the country’s 54 nuclear reactors.
Japanese officials said the government would probably wait five years or longer before allowing roughly 25,000 people to permanently return to homes near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi atomic facility, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Monday (see GSN, Dec. 21, 2011).
..... and contaminants forced the evacuation of about 86,000 residents from a 12-mile exclusion area and other restricted zones close to the site in Fukushima prefecture. In total, roughly 109,000 one-time residents of 11 local jurisdictions have vacated their properties.
Japan is expected around April 1 to divide the affected areas into sectors in which habitation would be either barred, permitted with limitations or allowed with further preliminary groundwork. The latter two designations are each expected to apply to the homes of roughly 30,000 people
What makes Nuclear Aftershocks different is the point when the documentary shifts gears, and begins to talk about what happens next.
What does Fukushima mean for the future of nuclear energy?
What happens if places like Germany and Japan shut down their nuclear power plants?
How does the fear of nuclear meltdown stack up against the consequences of a world with
no nuclear energy?
This is where Nuclear Aftershocks really gets good, and it starts with one fact.
Japanese officials evacuated areas around the crippled nuclear plant where humans would receive a radiation dose of 20 millisieverts per year. With the exception of plant workers, there are very few Japanese who have received a dose greater than that.
Twenty millisieverts per year is the equivalent of 2-3 abdominal cat scans in a year, Dr. Gen Suzuki, of Japan's International University of Health and Welfare, tells O'Brien.
Then you get this exchange:
MILES O’BRIEN: At 20 millisieverts over the course of a long period of time, what is the increased cancer risk?
SUZUKI: It’s 0.2% increase in lifetime.
The point, however, is not that the meltdown at Fukushima will have no impact on the people who lived nearby. Instead, [color=Cyan]what we need to be more concerned about is the social and cultural effects of Fukushima.
Those things are not trivial. In fact, they can have a big impact on public health, as people from the region are subjected to the stress of losing their homes, their livelihoods, and familial connections, while simultaneously fearing for their own lives and weathering hostile treatment from other Japanese people.
Studies from the region around Chernobyl, for instance, have found significant psychological effects, far more widespread than strictly physical effects. This isn't the same thing as saying, "It's all in your head."
Fear, stress, and depression can have real physical symptoms in adults, they can lead to suicide, and they can even have epigenetic effects on developing fetuses.
And fear can also lead people to make decisions that affect everyone on this planet.
By Michael Winter, USA TODAY
Updated: 2012-01-16 11:02 PM
Four families are being moved out of a new condominium complex about 20 miles from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant because high levels of radiation were detected in concrete used in its construction, according to reports out of Japan.
The official from the Science and Technology Policy Bureau says the government passed the information to the US military first in a bid to get its support in helping with the crisis.
But it is feared the delay in providing the public with the same data may have resulted in the unnecessary radiation exposure of thousands of Japanese citizens, who later evacuated from their homes around the plant.
This hurricane was first detected on July 26, 1943. There were no satellites, and weather radar was a decade away. Because of the fear of U-boats in the Gulf, all radio traffic from ships was silenced, including storm reports.
The storm struck the Bolivar Peninsula, crossed Galveston Bay, and made landfall a second time near the Houston Ship Channel. Because of the distraction of the war, and the lack of ship reports, warnings were few, and residents were caught off guard.
News of this storm was heavily censored. The U.S. Weather Bureau destroyed their barometric readings, as well as many other measurements. News that the storm even existed was censored outside of Texas and Louisiana. The storm destroyed the cooling towers at the Shell Oil Refinery in Deer Park and the Humble Oil Refinery in Baytown, shutting the two facilities down. As these were the primary refineries producing aviation fuel for World War II, it was decided that news about this loss of production should be censored.
Censorship in relation to hurricane advisories has been called the most tragic aspect of this hurricane. Advisories had to be cleared through the Weather Bureau office in New Orleans, causing them to be hours late; moreover the advisories contained no forecast information, which would have allowed for preparation before the storm hit. After the loss of life in this storm, U.S. hurricane advisories have never been censored again.
On March 13 at 1300, pressure in the Unit 3 drywell and torus began to decrease rapidly, indicating a release from the containment. On-site dose rates as high as 30,000 mrem/hr (300 mSv/hr) were measured outside the Unit 3 personnel air lock. Operators in the units 3-4 control room had to move to the Unit 4 side because dose rates on the Unit 3 side reached 1,200 mrem/hr (12 mSv/hr). The TEPCO medical chief directed site personnel under 40 years of age to take potassium iodide, while older workers were given the option.
On March 14, at 0700, Unit 3 containment was vented. Indication on a Unit 3 drywell radiation monitor had been recovered briefly just before the venting, and a dose rate of 16,700 rem/hr (167 Sv/hr) was recorded.
Originally posted by jadedANDcynical
People are being denied information which could allow them to make informed decisions
relating to the safety and well-being of their families
• 17,000 British nationals could be evacuated as last ditch efforts are made to stop nuclear catastrophe
• Cooling pool for spent fuel rods has 'boiled dry' in one reactor
• Japan has 48 hours to avoid 'another Chernobyl'
• Foreign Office provides free-of-charge rescue flights from Tokyo
• Rich scramble to book private jets out the country as fleeing passengers pack Tokyo airport
• French say Japanese have 'visibly lost essential control' as they urge their citizens to get out
[color=LimEGreen]The FDA has claimed that there is no need to test Pacific fish for Japan nuclear radiation reports the Anchorage Daily News but when drilled on details by the reporter, [color=Cyan]the FDA refused to answer questions and gave the reporter the run around.
The FDA says there will be no testing of fish until NOAA testing finds cause for alarm but NOAA refuses to answer questions on what kind of monitoring has been done.
Daily EPA RadNet Monitoring:
As of April 22, 2011, monitoring of radiation in and near Idaho does not indicate any public health risk related to the damaged nuclear reactors in Japan.
As previously posted, Lucas Hixton Whitefield tipped us off to the fact that the EPA has been detecting Plutonium and Strontium along the entire US West Coast since March 18th.
The discovery came after Lucas found that the advanced custom EPA Radnet data search contained several radioactive isotopes that the EPA was presenting to the public as the all inclusive list of Radiation being detected.
While reviews of initial stress test results for Japanese reactors are progressing, it could still be several months before the first restart approval comes. The shutdown of unit 2 of the Ikata nuclear power plant for a periodic inspection means that only five of the country's 54 power reactors are now in operation.
In addition to government approval to restart, utilities must also get permission from local authorities. However, public opposition to reactor restarts remains high in some areas. If no reactor restart approvals are given, all of Japan's units could be out of operation by the middle of this year.
Radioactive gravel thought responsible for high radiation readings in a new apartment complex in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, was likely shipped to over 200 companies, making its way into apartments, bridges, and possibly temporary homes for evacuees, according to government investigators.
The gravel was kept in a part of the town of Namie, in an area near the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. From the time the nuclear disaster began to the establishment of the area as an evacuation zone on April 22, the company owning the gravel had shipped 5,200 metric tons of it to 19 companies, according to national and local government sources.
On January 16th, a clinic was opened in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward to check the levels of internal radiation exposure. The clinic, loosely translated as Radioactivity Premium Dock, offers a complete body scan for radiation levels, among other services, which the general public can access for a fee.
The company hopes to reduce anxiety resulting from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster and to help the public manage their health. The clinic was established by Japan Third Party, a Tokyo-based IT firm listed on the JASDAQ. They’ve imported machinery and tools developed in Belarus after the Chernobyl disaster.
The cost of a full-body scan and a test for thyroid exposure is 12600 yen (about $160 US). Residents of Fukushima Prefecture and other evacuees are half-price
Originally posted by zworld
Once the fuel in R3 uncovered on the morning of the 13th, it was only a matter of hours before melt through began, long before the R3 blast. By the time of the blast the corium was already on its way in its journey to the center of the earth