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Japan declares 'nuclear emergency' after quake

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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 01:58 AM
BP news :

BP Confirms Shipping Unit Has Added Radiation Clause To Contracts

By Max Lin

Published April 25, 2011| Dow Jones Newswires

SINGAPORE -(Dow Jones)- BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) has confirmed that its shipping unit has added a "radiation clause" to its contracts since last month, to give its vessels more operational flexibility when approaching Japanese ports.

After the Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, vessel owners including BP Shipping Ltd. have required charterers to accept radiation risk and diversion clauses in contracts for Japan-related voyages, shipbrokers and traders said.

The clauses generally allow shipping lines to divert vessels from scheduled destinations at their own discretion if they consider radiation levels too high. Charterers could also be required to pay compensation for any radiation-related damage to the vessels.


posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 02:17 AM
Geiger Readings In Japan
I can't interpret what exactly those levels are but for those of you who are curious...
An "Infographic" about radiation.
I know.. another one.. but it is good for those people like me who like the visuals.
I actually got that from this page below ---->
Tokyo Radiation Levels
I have linked this a few hundred pages back but want to link it again so those newer to this particular thread can see. It is a pretty legit facebook page of a guy in Tokyo taking pictures sometimes with multiple geiger counters in sometimes recognizable backgrounds. Does not read plutonium of course
But I take a look at it every day just to see if anything new is going on.
"Atmospheric radiation leak underestimated"

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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 03:30 AM

2011/04/25 15:31 KST

(LEAD) S. Korean minister stresses nuclear safety

SEOUL, April 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea needs to strengthen its nuclear reactor safety protocol to ensure there are no problems with its atomic power production, the commerce minister said Monday.

The remarks come amid growing concern over the safety of atomic energy after the disastrous earthquake in Japan damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, prompting radiation leaks.

"There is a need to pay close attention to emergency training programs and make certain that backup safety systems are in place and can cope with unexpected developments," Knowledge Economy Minister Choi Joong-kyung said during a visit to the Yeonggwang nuclear power station on the country's west coast.



Anti-nuclear plant candidates secure some seats in local elections

TOKYO (kyodo) -- A number of opponents of nuclear power plants won seats in the assemblies of host municipalities in Sunday's nationwide local elections in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi complex, including one candidate who drew the largest number of votes in his town.


(Mainichi Japan) April 25, 2011

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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 03:39 AM

Agence France Presse - Japan launches new mass search for bodies

By Hiroshi Hiyama (AFP)

TOKYO — Japan launched a massive search with 25,000 troops scouring its tsunami-ravaged northeast coast for thousands of bodies still missing more than six weeks after the disaster struck.

Local officials meanwhile entered the 20-kilometre (12-mile) no-go zone around the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant to assess whether the thousands of cattle and other livestock abandoned in the no-man's-land must be culled.

Radiation has leaked into the air, soil and ocean from the plant, leading to bans on some regional farm produce -- the latest on shiitake mushrooms from a nearby town that were found to have radiation levels twice the legal limit.


posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 04:36 AM

Step up fight against harmful rumors about Japan goods

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, April 24, 2011)
(Apr. 25, 2011)

Alarmed by possible radiation contamination due to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant crisis, a growing number of countries have slapped restrictions on imports of Japan's farm produce and industrial goods.

This is extremely regrettable.

The government and the nuclear plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., must swiftly provide accurate information on this matter to prevent untrue and harmful rumors from spreading further around the world. If other nations impose excessive regulations on Japanese goods, the government should take steps to have them rectified or rescinded.

About 30 countries and territories, including China and South Korea, have halted or restricted imports of agricultural produce grown in the vicinity of the Fukushima nuclear plant. Some nations in the Middle East have even suspended imports of foodstuffs from every corner of Japan.


posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 04:55 AM

Times-Picayune - N.O. lawyer travels the world to save disaster-struck pets
She rescues dogs left behind in Japan

Monday, April 25, 2011
By Katy Reckdahl
Staff writer

Cheri Deatsch, 43, is always rescuing pets, whether she's at home in the Garden District or traveling to the site of the world's latest disaster.

With a nonprofit called Kinship Circle, which specializes in animal disaster rescue, Deatsch has in recent months saved critters after catastrophic mudslides and flash floods in Brazil, earthquakes in Chile and the tsunami-earthquake in Japan, where she worked inside the exclusion zone surrounding the radiation-spewing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.


posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 05:11 AM

Atmospheric radiation leak underestimated

Data released by the government indicates radioactive material was leaking into the atmosphere from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in early April in greater quantities than previously estimated.

"greater quantities than previously estimated"

Why do they have to lie so much?! What are they trying to hide? Maybe if they just opened up and told the truth, people would be able to deal with the situation better because... they may actually know what was going on!

Radioactive material was being released into the atmosphere from the plant at an estimated rate of 154 terabecquerels per day

...previously estimated radiation leakage on April 5 at "less than 1 terabecquerel per hour."

On April 17, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said in its plan for stabilization of the crippled reactors it would not start to get radiation leakage under control until the plan's fourth month of implementation. This would mean 10,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances would be released into the atmosphere from the plant during the coming three months, according to simple calculations based on the estimated emission rate as of April 5.

Emissions in that three-month period alone would therefore exceed the level necessary for a Level 6 severity rating on the INES, the globally accepted measure for evaluating nuclear accidents.

The commission, however, said the figures were estimates only, "with a considerable margin of error."

...and allowing considerable scope to cherry pick figures to suit your purpose - even if they don't reflect reality in any way.

The Daily Yomiuri

Which leads us on to this:

Gov't endorses TEPCO's estimates on radioactive leak into sea

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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 05:40 AM

Iranian Students' News Agency - Japan Premier thanks Iran for humanitarian aid

Service: Foreign Policy
News Code :9002-01747

ISNA - Tehran
Service: Foreign Policy

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan thanked Iran for sending humanitarian aid to the country following deadly Tsunami.


posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 06:23 AM
Anyone else think this is crazy?

Use of Fukushima park restricted over high radiation levels

A sign advises visitors not to stay for more than an hour a day in this park in Fukushima City on April 25, 2011, due to high radiation levels resulting from the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The sand pit is covered by a blue sheet to prevent children from playing there. (Kyodo)

Seriously, they should just shut the park.

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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 06:42 AM

temps in No4 pool rising again ....

posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 07:08 AM
reply to post by Hellhound604

So the rate of temperature rise in SFP4 is increasing. The level of water is dropping far more quickly than expected.

TEPCO says the pool's water temperature dropped to 66 degrees on Saturday after water was injected, but started to rise again, to 81 degrees.

The operator says the water level in the pool was 2.5 meters lower than normal after 165 tons of water were injected on Sunday. It is carefully monitoring the water level and temperature to avoid further troubles.

The Number 4 spent fuel pool stores 1,535 fuel rods, the most at the nuclear

Either they have a heat generation through criticality due to fuel melt or or they have a crack in the SFP wall which is increasing in size. The only thing that fits the evidence is critical Fuel melt degrading the SFP concrete wall and slowly releasing water into the floors below. The weight of the water would weaken still further the damaged concrete allowing further seepage.

They have the potential of a massive structural failure here with the entire contents of SFP4 ending up in the floors below with no way to cool the material released.


Maybe why they are looking to add under support to the pool

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posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 07:16 AM
Couple of interesting you tube vids of criticality test of fuel in a reactor core.

posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 07:17 AM
European news, on nuclear protests :

Agence France Presse - Anti-nuclear protests on Franco-German border
Apr 25 06:46 AM US/Eastern

Anti-nuclear protests were to be held along the Franco-German border Monday, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and after Japan's nuclear accident at Fukushima.

Several Easter Monday protests were to take place on bridges over the Rhine in or around Strasbourg, including the main demonstration on the Pont de l'Europe that runs between the eastern French city and Kehl in Germany.

Activists are marking the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl in the Ukraine on April 26, 1986 as well as Japan's nuclear accident at Fukushima and demanding the closure of France's oldest nuclear power station at Fessenheim.


posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 07:23 AM
"Crisis-hit Tokyo Electric to cut top exec pay by half"

* To cut compensation in half for president, other top execs
* General staff's annual pay to be cut by 20 pct
* Directors earned average of $452,000 in fiscal 2009

posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 07:30 AM
"Russian nuclear scientist says Fukushima disaster was predictable"

"A Russian nuclear scientist who took part in emergency responses to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster finds one thing in common between what Japanese and former Soviet Union authorities used to say -- their nuclear power plants were absolutely safe....

For me what happened in the first week (after the accident at the Fukushima plant) was like a book for students. In this case there was nothing new," said Asmolov. "All that happened in Fukushima was ... completely predictable."

Although Asmolov and other experts visited Japan following the Fukushima accident to give advice to Japanese authorities, they wouldn't listen until several days later. This reminded him of his experiences during the former Soviet Union days. Before the Chernobyl disaster, Asmolov had advised the then Soviet Union energy minister that they needed to conduct further research to prepare for major accidents at nuclear power plants, but his proposal was turned down. "In 1984, I came to the minister to propose a serious accident research program. The response from the minister was very simple; our nuclear plant is Soviet, absolutely safe. Japan's attitude was the same. Our Japanese plants are safe, because we are Japanese.


"The decision making must be done close to the facility. It is impossible to manage the crisis from the office of the prime minister," he said.

posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 07:42 AM
am i wrong in thinking that this is the first mention of this disaster by the UN?

" A Visit to Chernobyl" by ban ki moon

As we are painfully learning once again, nuclear accidents respect no borders. They pose a direct threat to human health and the environment. They cause economic disruptions affecting everything from agricultural production to trade and global services.

This is a moment for deep reflection, a time for a real global debate. To many, nuclear energy looks to be a clean and logical choice in an era of increasing resource scarcity. Yet the record requires us to ask: have we correctly calculated its risks and costs? Are we doing all we can to keep the world’s people safe?

Because the consequences are catastrophic, safety must be paramount. Because the impact is transnational, these issues must be debated globally.
That is why, visiting Ukraine for the 25th anniversary of the disaster, I put forward a five-point strategy to improve nuclear safety for our future:

•First, it is time for a top to bottom review of current safety standards, both at the national and international levels.

•Second, we need to strengthen the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency on nuclear safety.

•Third, we must put a sharper focus on the new nexus between natural disasters and nuclear safety. Climate change means more incidents of freak and increasingly severe weather. With the number of nuclear facilities set to increase substantially over the coming decades, our vulnerability will grow.

•Fourth, we must undertake a new cost-benefit analysis of nuclear energy, factoring in the costs of disaster preparedness and prevention as well as cleanup when things go wrong.

•Fifth and finally, we need to build a stronger connection between nuclear safety and nuclear security. At a time when terrorists seek nuclear materials, we can say with confidence that a nuclear plant that is safer for its community is also more secure for the world.

posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 07:51 AM

apologies to crazydaisy, Tworide, & jadedANDcynical...
you all replied to my post a few days ago (re the smoke/steam in webcam pics) & i didn't get back to any of you.... thank you, & sorry about that

we're still seeing smoke/steam in webcam pics

posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 08:04 AM

According to this French site (Use google translate), Fukushima is the equivalent of a 1000MT bomb in radiation!

posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 09:53 AM

Agence France Presse - Telling truth main lesson of Chernobyl, Fukushima: Medvedev
25/04/2011 and

The main lesson of the nuclear disasters at Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima last month is that authorities must tell the truth about the situation, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday.

"I think that our modern states must see the main lesson of what happened at Chernobyl and the most recent Japanese tragedy as the necessity to tell people the truth," Medvedev told a meeting in the Kremlin.



Agence France Presse - World remembers Chernobyl, haunted by nuclear fears

KIEV — The world on Tuesday marks a quarter century since the world's worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in Ukraine, haunted by fears over the safety of atomic energy after the Japan earthquake.

In the early hours of April 26, 1986, workers at the Chernobyl atomic power station were carrying out a test on reactor four when operating errors and design flaws sparked successive explosions.

The radioactive debris landed around the reactor, creating an apocalyptic scene in the surrounding area, while material also blew into the neighbouring Soviet republics of Belarus and Russia and further into western Europe.

Two workers were killed by the explosion and 28 other rescuers and staff died of radiation exposure in the next months. Tens of thousands needed to be evacuated and fears remain of the scale of damage to people's health.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev annonced he will make a landmark visit to Chernobyl on Tuesday to take part in the memorial ceremonies, where he is expected to be joined by his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych.


posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 10:28 AM
I haven't seen much news out of Japan about all their other nuclear facilities lately, including Sukoku which is TEPCO's #2 facility on the southern end of the island chain, other than saying they would continue maintenance for 2 additional months.

Also, it might be relevant to mention anyone that does not take a multi-vitamin with an average daily dosage of 150mcg of iodine probably ought to supplement their diet with that amount of iodine contained in natural kelp which helps exhaust normal poisons in everyones body every day.

That amount is something I've taken daily for many years so I can personally attest that it has never caused any harm in me, and probably removed a lot of toxic stuff we get from various sources every day from background radiation.

Also I did some research on taking potassium iodide supplements which is a compound rather than a halogen on the periodic table (53). If someone is using potassium iodide the dosage generally says that you should not exceed ten days taking it.

Additionally, normally table salt contains iodine so if you are using that in your diet rather than sea salt (without additives) that may be a sufficient daily intake of iodine.

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