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Japan declares 'nuclear emergency' after quake

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posted on May, 26 2011 @ 05:15 PM
Just for our edification on this thread...if it hasn't been discerned prior to this post.

I lurk "Egghead" forums...most of the time I'm lost....but persist in trying to comprehend their in-depth discussion of how nuclear partials behave.

Anyhow in laymen terms...

To cool the reactors they are using Boron mixed with the water to avoid re-criticallity. When this is done in earnest the soot partials make black smoke clouds instead of white.

Maybe this helps explain what we are observing every now and then...when we perceive all hell is breaking lose on the live cam. Well "all hell breaking lose" is kinda redundant at this point...laughter please... is rather unpleasant to see black smoke under any circumstances...but if we have to be subjected to it in order to prevent re-criticallity...well once again..."Happy Thoughts"...

- Purple Chive

posted on May, 26 2011 @ 07:22 PM
The sun sets on Japan's nuclear age

IN A CITY where mass demonstrations are rare and generally tame, Tokyo has seen at least four in the past month, all against nuclear power. Thousands of people have marched past the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) shouting slogans at the executives they hold responsible for the world’s worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl.

Furious parents from Fukushima Prefecture this month dumped irradiated soil from school playgrounds on the desks of government bureaucrats. More protests are planned in the sweltering summer months, when looming power cuts and leaking radiation from the ruined Fukushima Daiichi power plant will make life very uncomfortable for citizens in this densely populated, sprawling metropolis.


edit on 26-5-2011 by AlaskanDad because: code

posted on May, 26 2011 @ 08:48 PM
water water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

more ripples - calls for more disclosure.

Tepco Faces ‘Massive Problem’ Containing Radioactive Water at Fukushima

As a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency visits Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled nuclear plant today, academics warn the company has failed to disclose the scale of radiation leaks and faces a “massive problem” with contaminated water.

By May 18, almost 100,000 tons of radioactive water had leaked into basements and other areas of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, according to Tepco’s estimates. The radiated water may double by the end of December.

“Contaminated water is increasing and this is a massive problem,” Tetsuo Iguchi, a specialist in isotope analysis and radiation detection at Nagoya University, said by phone. “They need to find a place to store the contaminated water and they need to guarantee it won’t go into the soil.”

Tepco and Japan’s nuclear regulators haven’t updated the total radiation leakage from the plant in northern Japan since April 12. Japan’s nuclear safety agency estimated in April the radiation released from Dai-Ichi to be around 10 percent of that from the accident at Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union in 1986, while a Tepco official said at the time the amount may eventually exceed it.

“Tepco knows more than they’ve said about the amount of radiation leaking from the plant,” Jan van de Putte, a specialist in radiation safety trained at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, said yesterday in Tokyo. “What we need is a full disclosure, a full inventory of radiation released including the exact isotopes.”

The government plans to release details on the radiation released at the “appropriate time,” said Goshi Hosono, an adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan who is overseeing the crisis response and appears at daily briefings at Tepco’s headquarters.

“What I told the public was fundamentally incorrect,” Kan said in parliament on May 20, referring to assessments from the government and Tokyo that reactors were stable and the situation was contained not long after March 11. “The government failed to respond to Tepco’s mistaken assumptions and I am deeply sorry.”


Based on tepco's track record - who wants to guess that when the "appropriate time" comes the news is not going to be good - as many on this thread surmised long ago.

posted on May, 26 2011 @ 08:58 PM
Ok time to give these guys a wake up call:

UK Has GBP10 Billion Chance To Reuse Spent Nuclear Fuel-Report

By Dow Jones Newswires | Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"The GBP10 billion opportunity includes GBP2 billion to GBP3 billion investment in a new Mixed Oxide Fuel plant to recycle the plutonium and the GBP1 billion to GBP4 billion refurbishment of the U.K.'s existing Thorp plant at Sellafield in Cumbria to reprocess spent fuel. It also includes revenues from sales of the fuel and the impact on supply chain, the report said. "

Thorp Industries.
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posted on May, 26 2011 @ 09:00 PM
We're having our own "China Syndrome" here in Japan.
In summary, the seaweed around Fukushima is very contaminated yet the Japanese government is allowing its collection and sale.
They will also allow the sale of Fukushima vegetables.
And children are returning to Fukushima schools though the radiation contamination levels are too high.

People are going to get sick after many years and die of cancer.

Meanwhile, the reactors at the Fukushima plant are still not contained and TEPCO and the government is not showing the expected sense of urgency or allowing full assistance of other countries.

posted on May, 26 2011 @ 09:22 PM
reply to post by AlaskanDad

Japans and all other coutries claming that there is no other way to produce the energy besides nuclear is a pack of lies. Stan Meyer discovered how to get all the energy the world needs from water back in about 1985. If not for TPTB, all of us would be using water instead of gas and/or diesel in our autos. Completely green. What did he get for it? He was offered 1 Billion Dollars, didn't accept it and was murdered. Kind of like what happened to Tesla.

posted on May, 26 2011 @ 09:24 PM
Any pictures to sharpen/fix today? I'm getting off my actual comp in a bit, so I thought I would ask now. If yes, please post or send them to me.



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 09:31 PM
reply to post by BobAthome

There is a big problem with Sellsfied though.

"The UK discharges more radioactivity into the sea than any other nation. As the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed to us, Sellafield is the largest recorded source of radioactive discharge in the world. The anxiety and controversy which this arouses in the UK is well known. It also creates anxiety in other nations. We found, for example, that the Swedes could identify radioactive traces in fish off their coast being largely attributable to Sellafield, greater even than the contamination from adjacent Swedish nuclear power stations. Similar experiences were reported to us by the Isle of Man government. That the UK, with a comparatively small nuclear industry, should be so dramatically out of step is a cause for concern."

House of Commons Environment Select Committee, February 1986

"During my visit to England in October 2003, a nationwide recall of radioactive salmon and venison in stores throughout England, Wales, and Scotland occurred. Despite living in the San Francisco Bay area, one of the most radioactively contaminated areas in the U.S., I was unprepared for the implications in the British Isles of radioactive food recalls but soon learned it was far worse than just "a few fish and fowl."

"Sellafield, the British Nuclear Fuels-owned reprocessing facility in Cumbria, is responsible for Tc-99 [Technetium-99] found in lobsters, seaweed and cod off the coast. Tc-99 from the facility has been washed as far as Norway, which has one of the largest salmon industries in the world." (4)

Sea animals in the Irish Sea are contaminated with radiation from Sellafield, with levels of Technetium 99 reported in some lobsters to be 40 times higher than the EU Food Intervention Level.(7) The genetic effects, have been reported by fishermen, who find sea life with mutations in their traps [Fig. 3-4]".

posted on May, 27 2011 @ 01:15 AM
When investigating things, Google can be your friend since it indexes all the pages on a site. So if we find a site with useful info on it, then we can find other stuff indexed/posted within the last couple of days. for example use the Google site command in the search box and find all kinds of reports which are indexed. You can select the time frame in Google too by selecting search tools from the left hand sidebar menu.

Link here http colon slash slash atmc dot jp slash realtime

posted on May, 27 2011 @ 06:40 AM
Here are the kinds of reports the nuclear lap dogs consider proper safety preparedness:

AP Exclusive: Fukushima tsunami plan a single page

TOKYO – Japanese nuclear regulators trusted that the reactors at Fukushima Dai-ichi were safe from the worst waves an earthquake could muster based on a single-page memo from the plant operator nearly a decade ago.

In the Dec. 19, 2001 document — one double-sized page obtained by The Associated Press under Japan's public records law — Tokyo Electric Power Co. rules out the possibility of a tsunami large enough to knock the plant offline and gives scant details to justify this conclusion, which proved to be wildly optimistic.

Regulators at the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, or NISA, had asked plant operators for assessments of their earthquake and tsunami preparedness. They didn't mind the brevity of TEPCO's response, and apparently made no moves to verify its calculations or ask for supporting documents.

"This is all we saw," said Masaru Kobayashi, who now heads NISA's quake-safety section. "We did not look into the validity of the content."


grossly negligent. The regulators should also be held financially responsible for this disaster and have the honor of contributing to the morphine drip fund for future cancer victims.

posted on May, 27 2011 @ 06:51 AM
Enter stage right the next cast of characters. Let's all watch and see what they do and don't turn up in their inspection. Naming names for those who may be future contributors to the morphine-drip fund, if they too decide to downplay this disaster.

A good doctor in Kumamoto, Japan who writes a blog in Japanese on Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident and the ensuing nuclear and radiation disaster that's slowly unfolding telephoned the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of METI and asked for the names of the IAEA team that has been sent to investigate the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident.


18 people total:

6 people from IAEA, 2 of them from PR department;
1 from UK (leader)
1 from France (deputy leader)
1 from Argentina
1 from Turkey
1 from Russia
1 from China
1 from USA
1 from South Korea
1 from India
1 from Hungary
1 from Indonesia
1 from Spain

The list reads like the attendance list of G20. More power to emerging economies!

Does anyone know anything about these people, whether they are actually capable of assessing anything? Or is this just an international political theater?

Many Japanese, including the doctor, are really counting on the IAEA investigation to reveal what's been hidden by the Japanese government and TEPCO. But I have a sinking feeling that won't happen, looking at the list.

posted on May, 27 2011 @ 07:01 AM
Mother nature is not happy. If Momma ain't happy. Ain't nobody happy.

1. Super typhoon 04w (Songda) warning nr 029
01 active tropical cyclone in northwestpac
Max sustained winds based on one-minute average
wind radii valid over open water only
warning position:
270600z --- near 19.3n 123.4e
movement past six hours - 340 degrees at 13 kts
position accurate to within 025 nm
position based on eye fixed by satellite
present wind distribution:
Max sustained winds - 130 kt, gusts 160 kt


Thanks to everyone for the informative posts the past few days. Well done.
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posted on May, 27 2011 @ 07:27 AM
Nuclear Museum Hamaoka station in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture

Full scale mock-up of the GE Mark I BWR

- Purple Chive

posted on May, 27 2011 @ 09:34 AM

Oh boy, the finger pointing is starting...

Cabinet's nuclear safety chief totally confused after TEPCO reversal on water injection

Nuclear Safety Commission Chairman Haruki Madarame. (Mainichi)
The head of the Cabinet Office's Nuclear Safety Commission is at a loss following Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s sudden denial that a seawater injection operation to cool an overheating reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant was ever stopped.

"My head is full of question marks. I'm totally confused now," Haruki Madarame told reporters on May 26.

TEPCO had claimed that the injection operation to cool the Fukushima plant's No. 1 reactor was halted by a government order before reversing itself on May 26. Madarame's name had been attached to the supposed halt order due to comments he allegedly made on March 12 warning the operation could reignite nuclear reactions in the core. The comments were included in news conference materials used by the joint government-TEPCO nuclear crisis response office.

Madarame consistently denied any connection to a halt order, and the crisis response office later amended his comments to read, "A return to criticality cannot be ruled out."

"Right now, all I want is someone to tell me what is really going on," Madarame said. "So the operation was never halted. So how did I get dragged into this mess?"

posted on May, 27 2011 @ 10:28 AM
reply to post by matadoor

Weirdest thing about it is they said they'd stop using salt water, to avoid blocking the reactors further. However when the fuel is outside of the pressure vessel, I guess this matters very little.

Fukushima: it looks, walks and talks like 9/11 but instead of asbestos+EPA it's [international nuclear chihuahua watchdogs]+EPA+radioactivity. Both bad combinations

posted on May, 27 2011 @ 10:32 AM
gosh, it was real nice of the French to show up long enough to pull out what ever problematic project they had going on here.

Nice of them to then just leave, and let Japan clean up th rest of the mess.


Hey, Tepco/Japan's Black you wish you'd taken up the USA's offer of help now at the beginning when you realize that the French's "help" meant they were going to help THEMSELVES.


posted on May, 27 2011 @ 10:45 AM
Good Morning Fellow Collective Brain Cells

Someone Else started a thread on this, but I did feel it was worthy of being included in this monster thread, for posterity.

Japan nuclear radiation leak gives birth to earless bunny? (VIDEO)

An earless bunny was born near Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, giving rise to fears that nuclear radiation leak is worse than expected and deformed human babies may be next in the list.

An earless bunny is seen near Fukushima nuclear power plant
A Youtube video clip was posted by a member with the ID "yuunosato" titled, 'Earless Bunny Born After Tokyo Electric Power Company Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident.'

The translated description of the clip reads:

"After the nuclear accident, government and the media said there was no immediate effect on the health. But in the town of Namie Tsushima, which is outside the 30 kilometer area or outside the mandatory evacuation zone, it happened. So far as there has been no news about this kind, it certainly makes one suspect that the government is deliberately making an effort to keep news of the radiation leak a secret

The rabbits, which are housed in an outdoor bunny pen, are eating wild grass, which resulted in earless bunny's birth. This is the first anomaly/deformation ever born. Life cycle of a bunny is quicker than humans. As I am wondering if humans will be the next victim, I imagine the future picture of human babies."

I do pray it is a very sick hoax...but, included it here until it is proven a hoax.


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posted on May, 27 2011 @ 11:18 AM
About time...Angry Parents make big ripples....

Japan Moves to Ease Parental Fury Over Radiation Limits
Published: May 27, 2011

TOKYO — Responding to fury among parents in Fukushima, Japan’s education minister said Friday that the country would set a lower radiation exposure limit for schoolchildren in areas around a stricken nuclear plant and pay for schools to remove contaminated topsoil from school fields and playgrounds.

There has been particular anger over new government guidelines that allowed schoolchildren to be exposed to radiation doses that are more than 20 times the previously permissible levels. That dose is equal to the international standard for adult nuclear power plant workers.

In April, an adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned over the new radiation guidelines, saying he would not let his own children be exposed to those levels.

Seiichi Nakate, a social worker who rallied local parents to found the Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation, said he was relieved that the government was finally taking action.

“But children in Fukushima are exposed to radiation outside of the schools, too. So there needs to be a wider cleanup effort, as well as assistance to families who decide to leave the area,” Mr. Nakate said.

“The government must go beyond stopgap measures designed to placate the parents,” he said. “This is just the start of many steps the government must take to ensure the health and safety of our children.

posted on May, 27 2011 @ 11:19 AM
A few bits and pieces on the guy WEIGHTMAN, Michael William BSc MSc DPhil CEng CPhys MIoP MIMMM
Seems to have a fair amount of experience too.
Dr Mike Weightman
53, is a Deputy Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations and Head of Division 2 of
HSE's Nuclear Safety Directorate.
For the last two years, he has been responsible for regulating all BNFL's nuclear
licensed sites, including Sellafield, and Britain's fleet of Magnox power stations.
In this role he has been ensuring that BNFL responds effectively to
the recommendations contained in HSE's report on an investigation of control and supervision at Sellafield,
published in February 2000. This includes matters such as safety management systems and practices,
control and supervision, and safety culture. He has previously been responsible for leading projects
regulating structural and organisational change in the nuclear industry, and the inspection and safety
assessment of a wide range of nuclear facilities. Dr Weightman is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist. He is married with two children.

mentioned in these articles
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posted on May, 27 2011 @ 11:24 AM
More big ripples...

FACTBOX-Fukushima disaster upends German energy policy

FRANKFURT May 27 (Reuters) - Germany, Europe's largest economy and power market, plans to revise its energy policy completely by July after the meltdown in several nuclear power plants in Fukushima in Japan.

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