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Japan declares 'nuclear emergency' after quake

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posted on May, 19 2011 @ 10:04 AM
From Lew Rockwell blog this morning: Fukushima Update: A Very Bad Situation

The fact that it made it on Lew Rockwell's site is encouraging as a great many Libertarians visit that site daily, perhaps people will start paying attention to this again if Joe Six-Pack is reading it on a "mainstream alternative site".

At no time has TEPCO ever reported a temperature higher than ~750 degrees F (400C), and it has more typically reported primary containment temperatures barely one third that high.

With steel being an excellent conductor of heat, it is just simply not possible for melting to occur and for the reported temperatures to have been that low. Either something as basic as temperature monitoring is out of the realm of the possible for TEPCO's engineers (with troubling implications for where we really are in this unfolding disaster), or TEPCO has been falsifying the temperature data that it has been releasing.

This, too, has troubling implications, for it means that the rest of the data - including the radiation readings and isotopes discovered - are all suspect, too. Neither bodes well, so pick your poison.

All the above points have been brought up in this thread.

From the same article: Japanese officials detect radioactive incinerator ashes in Tokyo, other prefectures

TOKYO, May 13 (Xinhua) -- A radioactive substance of up to 170,000 becquerels per kilogram was detected in incinerator ashes at a sewage plant in Koto Ward, east Tokyo, in late March, the Kyodo News Agency quoted government sources as saying Friday.

The highly-contaminated ashes were discovered following the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant which escalated through March as a hydrogen explosion exacerbated the disaster and highly radioactive water was both discharged and found to be freely flowing into the Pacific Ocean.

The ashes have since been recycled into materials used for construction, such as cement, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

In addition, the sources revealed that also in late March a radioactive substance, which may or may not have been cesium, measuring 100,000-140,000 becquerels per kg, was found in two other separate sewage facilities in the Itabashi and Ota areas of Tokyo.

Separately on Friday, the local government of Maebashi, the capital city of Gunma Prefecture, said radioactive cesium of 41,000 becquerels per kg was detected in incinerator ashes collected Monday at a water sanitation facility.

He goes on to explain this:

This is outrageous and shocking news. First, because of the levels, and second, because these things were detected in "late March" and then hidden from the public to such an extent that the screaming hot ashes were allowed to be recycled into and used for construction materials. Now that's a cover-up.

A becquerel is one decay per second. So if you had a Geiger counter up against a radiation source that was emitting just two becquerels, you'd hear a reasonably steady tick-tick-tick-tick sound. By one hundred becquerels, you would be hard-pressed to hear the ticks as separate events - the sound would be a blurred staccato. By one thousand becquerels, it's just a squeal, and there's no point in listening anymore, as your ears are not helpful in trying to gauge the level of radiation.

Now look back at those radiation readings in the hundreds of thousands per kg. They are incredibly hot. An average brick is in the vicinity of a kilogram, so think of holding one in your hands while it emits 170,000 radioactive decays per second.

Okay, so this is a very, very hot reading.

And here's where those readings were detected:

This is a very well written article that you will want to send to your friends and relatives.
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posted on May, 19 2011 @ 10:29 AM

Originally posted by makeitso
Tepco posted a pic of the U.S. Navy barge that brought fresh water, now leaving Fukushima.

It has several canvas covered objects on deck that were not there when it arrived, and its sitting lower in the water than when it arrived carrying 225000 gallons of fresh water.

Got the pic of the barge leaving Fukushima uploaded. But can't get the video of the barge leaving Yokosuka in route to Fukushima to upload though, I guess the DOD website and ATS aren't compatible. You have to watch it onsite.
That vid only had 90 views since March when it posted. And there is no covered objects on deck. Good find!
The canvas covered objects created quite a discussion on the thread a while back about what they might be, and why they are under wraps. We know they were put on the deck at Fukushima early in the operation. Now with the barge departing and riding lower after unloading 1.8 million lbs of water makes you wonder what they put back in. No way that obscured cargo on the deck is that heavy! Also notice that the first barge is still there, with covered objects on deck.
Gets back to what are they trying to hide?

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posted on May, 19 2011 @ 11:30 AM
reply to post by Finalized

Thank you that is very interesting, I know it's been raised before but these are interesting new reports on it.

May I just raise something regarding the very highly radioactive sources found in Tokyo sewage and sewage reprocessing systems.

Firstly, if you just look at a map, the first thing that strikes me is that there are two other nuclear power stations in between Fukushima Daichii and that location, Fukushima Daini and Tokai, both of which were in the firing line of the EQ, and both of which have also hit the news for their own reasons. Then just to the South you also have Hamaoka nuclear power station.

Now I would love to hear from any of our industry experts/scientists as to why we ought to jump to the conclusion that the most viable source for these sources found in subterrainian water networks (amidst 9.0 EQ ravaged water tables and rocks) must be Fukushima Daichii. What I am saying is ought we keep an open mind about where that came from? Or would that be ABSOLUTELY impossible within the framework of disclosed or known info about those other plants (i.e. the sources found could ONLY have come from F Daichii)?

It just strikes me as VERY odd that such very hot sources could have fairly quickly travelled so far, past two other nuclear station sites, and into Tokyo, either via ground or air/percipitation, and especially as so far everything I have seen indicates that Tokyo was spared anything like those concentrations via fallout/rainout thus far ? Any ideas?

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posted on May, 19 2011 @ 11:54 AM

Originally posted by makeitso

Originally posted by Tworide

Human error
A review of the reactor logs shows that the steam driven isolation condensers were shut down by the operators after the quake, but before the tsunami.

Documents released by Tepco Monday showed the isolation condenser— an emergency cooling system installed on Reactor No. 1 before the quake as a final resort in case of a total loss of power—worked only sporadically, if at all.


Unit 1 did not have the steam-driven vessel makeup system that was installed and used on Units 2 and 3. Unit 1 had what is called an isolation condenser to perform vessel water inventory control and vessel pressure control (see Figure 2).

The isolation condenser is a large tank of water. If the normal makeup flow of water to the reactor vessel is lost, battery-powered valves open to allow steam produced by decay heat in the reactor core to flow through thousands of tubes in the isolation condenser. That steam is condensed back into water and flows by gravity to the reactor vessel. This process controls the amount of water in the pressure vessel, since it limits the steam (and thus water) lost through relief valves to the torus (which is part of the primary containment vessel).
This process also controls the reactor vessel pressure, since the water in the isolation condenser absorbs decay heat that would otherwise cause the pressure inside the reactor vessel to rise.

But the water inside the isolation condenser is of finite volume. In less than 90 minutes after a reactor shut down from 100 percent power, the decay heat from the reactor core will have warmed that water to the point of boiling and begun to boil it away. Boiling water reactors with isolation condensers are supposed to use electric powered pumps to refill the isolation condenser tanks well before its water boils away. Workers at Fukushima had no pumps available to top off the tank after the earthquake took away the normal power supply and the tsunami took away the backup power supply.

Figure 2: A schematic showing the isolation condenser at the upper left. The blue lines show the water flow from the reactor vessel—the cylinder on the right surrounded by the inverted lightbulb shape, which is the primary containment vessel.

It’s worth noting that modeling of the crisis indicates that meltdowns should have occurred at all three reactors (1. 2, and 3), given the length of time they were all without cooling. The modeling also suggests that without cooling the molten fuel would have melted through the bottom of the reactor vessel about 7 hours after the fuel relocated to the bottom of the vessel. TEPCO says that cooling water was injected in to prevent this. According to Figure 1, the injection of cooling water started about 10 hours after the water level dropped below the bottom of the fuel in the reactor.

TEPCO Says Core of Unit 1 Melted

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Yep, human error, can't have a steam driven isolation condenser! Must be a loose nut behind the mouse

posted on May, 19 2011 @ 12:15 PM
reply to post by Finalized

For the record, a little gentle digging suggests that the locations where those very hot sources (Maebashi, Koto, Tochigi, Itabashi) are all locations/sites that have suffered liquefaction/subsidence, and I believe some form of Peat Bed phenomenon exists in the area too.

It makes you wonder what was going in and out of those broken pipes, and what was sloshing it's way into streets and basements, and whether such geology may exacerbate the effects of the radioactive run-off in some way.

PS - I re-read the article, OK, so the northern prefecture findings are probaly F Daichii - sure, but Koto, I don't know? NB These sources found late March and again early May, Prime Minister shuts down Hamaoka May 6th...was he really being proactive, remember how desperate they are for ANY power stations to remain online right now?

posted on May, 19 2011 @ 12:44 PM
New Tepco pictures released.

11 of them are of the water coming in during the Tsunami, 7 of them are of 2 workers inside Unit 2.

And 6 of Tsunami from the slope at the eastern side of Radioactive Solid Waste Storage Facility (The east side of Unit5 taken from the southern side of the unit)

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posted on May, 19 2011 @ 01:01 PM
reply to post by curioustype

Right, [perhaps scrap that peat idea] this may become more relevant at some stage, but I found this nice map of soil types for Japan: - (many thanks

If you have a chance take a look at the soil types and their properties. It really got me thinking about how they may interact and react differently to fallout, and water table penetration, and create different issues. For instance some soils will probably be sponges or traps for liquids, whilst others, say the fluvial soil that Tokyo and Yokohama appear to have running under them from the north down to the coast in the south, appear to be likely to see abilities to rapidly transfer water from one location to another, see this clear explanation and diagram:

So, maybe it is possible for that pollution from up north to have fallen and moved through the fluvial deposits (running under the subsidence and liquefaction damaged Tokyo/Koto reclaimed land etc?) and even to Yokohama?

I don't know, perhaps we have some geologists out there?
edit on 19-5-2011 by curioustype because: [included reference/retraction to earlier post - to help clarify thinking]

posted on May, 19 2011 @ 01:13 PM
reply to post by curioustype

In summary then, hypothesisng in relation to the news about the sewage works finds of high level radiation sources, my concern is how Tokyo and Yokohama may appear to be in harms way (more than I originally understood based on presumptions about rain-out/winds) if I understand the properties of the fluvial soils in their area and how thay extend northwards, in that the soils may have an ability to catch then "rapidly" transfer waterbourne substances in the watertable/aquifer, and on arrival in the cities, broken sewers and fractured/new routes to surface caused by liquefaction and subsidence may provide further undesirable new opportunities for any such contaminents to interact with the population?

posted on May, 19 2011 @ 01:18 PM
reply to post by curioustype

I wonder whether Greenpeace may get a chance to look at the water table/sewage issue there at some stage?

posted on May, 19 2011 @ 03:01 PM

Radiation tests lacking / Nuclear plant workers unsure of internal exposure levels


The Yomiuri Shimbun

Nearly two months after the start of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, only 10 percent of workers there had been tested for internal radiation exposure caused by inhalation or ingestion of radioactive substances, due to a shortage of testing equipment available for them.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled nuclear compound, is finding it impossible to use testing apparatus set up inside the facility because of high radiation levels recorded near the equipment.

A number of personnel working to overcome the nuclear crisis at the facility are increasingly alarmed by their lack of internal exposure testing.

Some have said they may have to continue to work at the facility without knowing whether their radiation exposure levels have exceeded the upper limit set by the government.

On Tuesday, the government revealed a timetable for ending the nuclear crisis. The road map called for increased surveillance of the workers' radiation levels, including a measure requiring TEPCO to periodically report such data to the government.

Internal exposure is caused by taking radioactive substances into the body via eating, drinking or breathing. Its unit, counts per minute (cpm), indicates the amount of radiation emitted per minute.

Regulations on preventing health problems caused by ionizing radiation require operators of power plants to conduct internal exposure tests every three months on plant employees who enter areas designated by laws and regulations on radiation-related health problems.

"My measured value [of radioactive exposure] exceeded the standard value by a double-digit factor. That's never happened before," said a plant worker in his 20s, recalling the time he saw the results of a test he took outside Fukushima Prefecture in early May.

The man, an employee of a company that works with TEPCO, installed power cables near a reactor building at the plant for a month beginning at the end of March.

The test is conducted by a device called a "whole-body counter." While a normal internal radiation level would range from several hundred cpm to 1,000 cpm, he was told his level was 30,000 cpm.

High levels of radiation emitted by debris were measured in his work area.

Although the masks worn by workers are supposed to be changed every three hours, he was told by a management company that he did not have to change his if there was no radioactive contamination. He therefore used a single mask for five to six hours.

He ate in a building that houses an emergency headquarters and accommodates plant workers. At the end of April, he was notified that the building was also radiation-contaminated. "I've probably taken in radioactivity while eating," he said.

After the crisis at the plant began, the central government increased the maximum limit of radiation exposure from 100 millisieverts to 250 millisieverts exclusively for workers at the Fukushima plant. However, the amount is a total of internal and external exposure doses.

Workers can learn only their external doses via the measurement equipment they carry with them, and it is necessary to also measure their internal exposure level to verify whether their total exposure doses exceed the limit.

According to TEPCO, there are only three whole-body counters available near the plant. Some workers had to be tested as far away as the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture. As of May 8, 630 workers, or just 10 percent of all workers at the plant, had taken the test.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry's Industrial Health Division has advised TEPCO to provide more tests. TEPCO has said it will increase the amount of test equipment on hand to 14 whole-body counters and will also raise the frequency of the test to more than once in three months. (May. 19, 2011)

There is nothing that can make this right.


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posted on May, 19 2011 @ 03:03 PM
Let's try out some thoughts here....

The Japanese economy is collapsing.
TEPCO is in a slow death, they will try to prop it up for a while, but they will have to abandon it.
The "V" shaped recovery they expect won't be coming.
Eventually they will feel the need to act upon the knowledge they were nuked.
US debt capped, the US econ is headed for the cliff as well.
Japan will sell US bonds to China to try to stabilize the yen which will soon be in free-fall.
China and Japan could ally openly (this has been in the works for a while).
Very very bad news for US, brush up on your Chinese everyone!

Japan and West Coast contaminated.
NA Food supply contaminated.
Great news for pharma. 10 - 20 years cancer drugs market HIGH!

The only thing is, if they are going to release the real data about the contamination being more serious, and if they do, when.

"Spilling the beans" will mean worldwide food shortages as contaminated products are pulled.
Dairy and meat producer failure.
TEPCO finally dies.
London bankers buy buy buy US agribiz.

If this is the plan, I believe they will have to go public with "radiation higher than we thought" eventually to force the markets low, and they will have to choose their timing for public disclosures very carefully. It may be a drip drip drip (as we are seeing a bit now about Japan), or a big push. They will time major disclosures just before major market weakness - they want to buy low and keep buying low.

Bonkers? Probably.

posted on May, 19 2011 @ 03:24 PM
hmmm .... after speculation that Stuxnet which can control certain Siemens PLC's that might have been used at Fukushima, now this???? From Slashdot, this story :

"A planned presentation on security vulnerabilities in Siemens industrial control systems was pulled Wednesday over worries that the information in the talk was too dangerous to be released. Independent security researcher Brian Meixell and Dillon Beresford, with NSS Labs, had been planning to talk Wednesday at a Dallas security conference about problems in Siemens PLC systems, the industrial computers widely used to open and shut valves on factory floors and power plants, control centrifuges, and even operate systems on warships. But the researchers decided to pull the talk at the last minute after Siemens and the US Department of Homeland Security pointed out the possible scope of the problem."

hmmm .... things are slowly starting to come together.....
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posted on May, 19 2011 @ 04:50 PM

Originally posted by Aircooled Does anyone notice, the position of the cam now ?

grrrrr,,,, I want to see #4, the one which had that strange glow last night!!!!!

NM..... #4 is still in the view, just wish I could see it clearer, and not a zoomed out pic
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posted on May, 19 2011 @ 05:00 PM
sorry, forget this post ....

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posted on May, 19 2011 @ 06:06 PM
Workers have been in all three reactor buildings now!

On Wednesday, staff entered reactor buildings No. 2 and 3 to survey radiation levels for the first time since the explosions at the plant. This followed a survey at the No.1 reactor.

At the No.2 reactor they found peak radiation levels of 50 millisieverts per hour. They also experienced high humidity and intense heat, which limited the work there only to 15 minutes.

At the No.3 building the team detected 160 to 170 millisieverts of radiation per hour near a pipe connected to the reactor. The pipe was to be used to inject nitrogen to prevent a hydrogen explosion.

To improve the working conditions at the No.2 building, Tokyo Electric Power Company is planning to set up a cooling system to lower the temperature of a spent fuel pool which is causing the humidity. But the company says the system will become operational at the end of May at the earliest, and that work inside will not be possible for the time being. As for the No. 3 reactor building, the utility says they may have to find another way to inject nitrogen and also shield staff from the radiation in order to work inside. These difficulties may affect the company's road map to stabilize the reactors


posted on May, 19 2011 @ 06:15 PM
Tepco President Masataka Shimizu to step down taking responsibility for the post earthquake events at various Nuclear Power Plants within Japan.

Twitter - no newslink available yet.

posted on May, 19 2011 @ 06:35 PM
reply to post by imlite

He's going to step down and move to Australia, I bet. I guess he's the lucky one.

posted on May, 19 2011 @ 06:42 PM

Originally posted by Hellhound604
hmmm .... after speculation that Stuxnet which can control certain Siemens PLC's that might have been used at Fukushima, now this???? From Slashdot, this story :

"A planned presentation on security vulnerabilities in Siemens industrial control systems was pulled Wednesday over worries that the information in the talk was too dangerous to be released. Independent security researcher Brian Meixell and Dillon Beresford, with NSS Labs, had been planning to talk Wednesday at a Dallas security conference about problems in Siemens PLC systems, the industrial computers widely used to open and shut valves on factory floors and power plants, control centrifuges, and even operate systems on warships. But the researchers decided to pull the talk at the last minute after Siemens and the US Department of Homeland Security pointed out the possible scope of the problem."

hmmm .... things are slowly starting to come together.....
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I was not going to post this email I got from someone investigating/reporting on Siemens, and Areva, in a nuclear contract issue. I came upon his article during some research....but, this seems the appropriate place to bring it out. I've been spending quite a bit of time tracking certain info....As things come together, I'll post what I find. Here is the original article.

Siemens Sells Stake in Nuclear Joint Venture to France’s Areva
By Richard Weiss and Niklas Magnusson - Apr 10, 2011 12:46 PM ET

Siemens AG (SIE), Germany’s largest engineering company, sold its 34 percent stake in the Areva NP nuclear-power joint venture to France’s Areva SA. (CEI)

“We are not an owner anymore and Areva paid us the money in the month of March,” Constantin Birnstiel, a spokesman for Munich, Germany-based Siemens, said by telephone today. He couldn’t comment on the sale price, because of an arbitration procedure that may lower or increase the value of the stake. FULL story at link.

Reply to me, and my email...

I am afraid I don't. Siemens is in an arbitration process and hence doesn't comment on the issue, neither on nor off the record...
Good luck for your research.

----- Original Message -----
From: xxxxxxxxxxxxx

At: 4/15 16:26:53


I just read your informative article regarding the Siemans sale of stake
in the Areva NP joint venture.

I am doing some research on the connection between an Israeli company,
Magna B.S.P., and . Areva.

Magna B.S.P, is the company that won a contract on April of 2010, to
install their devices at Fukushima, Japan

Do you have any information that could help me in my search for
information? Any lead would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,

Some lengthy, yet interesting reading...

Fukushima security, Japan, Iran, Israeli security firms Magna BSP and ICTS
From December, 2009,

ISNA - Tehran
Service: Foreign Policy

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran has announced readiness for nuclear interaction with other countries and Japan could be one of them, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, on Tuesday.

Speaking in his weekly press conference, when asked whether Japan will replace Russia for nuclear cooperation with Iran, he said, “the visit to Japan’s nuclear power plants by Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili were upon invitation by the Japanese side.”

posted on May, 19 2011 @ 07:39 PM

TOKYO — Masataka Shimizu, president of troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co., is stepping down and taking responsibility for the handling of Japan's nuclear power plant crisis, Japanese media reported Friday.

posted on May, 19 2011 @ 08:12 PM
reply to post by Wertwog

I have said it previously in this thread at least twice. A company who is allowing or forcing their employees or contractors to receive unmonitored exposure to radiation or radioactivity, particularly internally deposited radioactivity is acting criminally. There is no excuse or reason for it......period.

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