Update 12:30 In China reported "panic buys salt", salt supplies to be stocked by consumers. It is possible an unintended consequence of reports in Chinese state media that people "will not have to worry about the salt stock" and the idea that ordinary table salt enough protection against the harmful effects of radiation. Denies.
Yesterday we had an Dutch talk show were an Journalist returned from Japan He said Japan is lying He came back with radio poisoning which was not detected by those things we all saw in the video's across the net. He was station 150km North of Fukash... Nuclear physicist said, If you want to measure radio activity correctly. Take salt samples of home''s around the plants. The protons will stick to the salt making them ideal for radiation testing
A large scale cover-up of the extent and severity of Japan’s multiple nuclear meltdowns is now underway, according to Yoichi Shimatsu, the former editor of the Japan Times Weekly. Mr. Shimatsu appeared on CCTV, China’s state-run television network
Based on Japanese press stories, we have compiled a table of the amount of fuel in the cores of the reactors and the spent-fuel pools in the 6 reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear facility.
'On March 12, one day after the tsunami, we were assured that only those living within 10km [six miles] of the plant were at risk. They gave the impression it was nothing special.
'On March 14 this was extended to 20km [12 miles] – but as our city hall is 25km away, we thought we were safe.
'Now they have made it wider again, to 30km [18 miles], so that our city is inside the exclusion zone – but some experts believe that even this is not nearly enough.' He began to suspect officials were deceiving him when members of the Jieitat, the government-run civil defence force began to evacuate. Ministry officials said it was a routine measure.
'But people saw this and many started panicking,' he said. 'Who could blame them? They had endured a terrible tsunami, in which more than 1,000 have probably died here, and now they feared a nuclear disaster.
As Obama orders the evacuation of American personnel from Japan, the UN predicted a nuclear plume generated in Japan could cross the pacific and hit the west coast of the United States as soon as March 18.
Thousands are descending on Japan’s airports fighting to get out of the county as more nations begin to advise their people to evacuate.
Attempts by scientists and the Japanese military continue to fail to keep the reactors under control, some even warning Japan may have only 48 hours to avoid a Chernobyl like disaster.rt.com...
Navy stops moving sailors to Japan
By Joshua Stewart - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Mar 17, 2011 11:48:20 EDT
As the situation at the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant worsens, the Navy has stopped sending personnel to Japan indefinitely, according to a naval administrative message released Thursday.
The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Mar 17, 2011 18:10:01 EDT
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The U.S. Northern Command has sent a planning team with expertise in hazardous material and medical and logistical support to Japan to determine what assistance the United States can provide in the nuclear reactor crisis.
Marine Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, announced the deployment of the nine-member team on Thursday.militarytimes.com...
The Pentagon is sending a Boeing Co. (BA) plane, equipped to detect radioactive “clouds” from nuclear tests, to sample air for radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
The WC-135W Constant Phoenix, a modified Boeing C-135, has equipment designed to collect particulates and whole-air samples, according to the U.S. Air Force. The craft, similar in size to a Boeing 707 airliner, usually is used for monitoring required by the 1963 Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits above-ground nuclear weapons testing.
“I can confirm the WC-135 has deployed to the Pacific region,” said Major Chad Steffey, a spokesman for the Air Force, in an e-mail yesterday.www.bloomberg.com...
U.S. officials have told NBC News that they're seeing a disparity between Japanese radiation readings and the readings they've been getting from military monitors.
NBC's sources said the Japan nuclear site and its surroundings are being monitored by a variety of U.S. aircraft, including:
•U-2 spy planes. The U-2s, flying out of Okinawa, have "radiation suites" that can take readings at various altitudes.
•Global Hawk drone.The Global Hawk remote-controlled plane, now on its second run, has multispectral imaging capabilities, including thermal infrared and synthetic aperture radar. Kyodo News Service quoted Japanese government sources as saying that the Global Hawk was taking images of the inside of the reactor buildings.
•WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft. One radiation-sniffing WC-135, basically a converted Boeing 707 jet, is on its way from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to the area around Japan, where it will take atmospheric readings.
The U.S. Navy is keeping all but critical missions from flying through a wide stretch of airspace above Japan's overheating nuclear plant - an even larger area than the U.S. government has recommended that Americans avoid on the ground.
The air cordon is intended to ensure safety and keep routine flights from passing through potentially hazardous airspace, Cmdr. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. 7th Fleet, said Friday.
It's not a complete ban, with specific missions still being carried out inside a "heightened awareness zone," Davis said. U.S. aircraft are conducting flights to measure radiation coming from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, where reactors and fuel storage pools began overheating after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems. The restricted zone covers a radius of 100 nautical miles - or about 115 miles or 185 kilometers - above the Fukushima plant. The area is more than twice the 50-mile (80-kilometer) radius the U.S. government has urged Americans to avoid on the ground, which in turn is larger than the area where the Japanese government says people should either leave or stay indoors to prevent radiation exposure. www.whbf.com...
Officials admit they may have to bury reactors under concrete - as happened at Chernobyl
Government says it was overwhelmed by the scale of twin disasters
Japanese upgrade accident from level four to five - the same as Three Mile Island
Earlier, high levels of radiation had been recorded 18 miles from Japan's quake-damaged nuclear power plant, officials said Friday.
Experts said exposure for just six hours would result in absorption of the maximum level considered safe for a year, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported
Japanese nuclear engineers are now considering using concrete to cover the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
The move, considered as a last resort to avert a catastrophic radiation release, was also used to seal huge leakages from Chernobyl. It comes after authorities raised the alert level to five, just two shy of the maximum.
After meeting the head of the UN’s atomic energy agency, Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan admitted he is not optimistic at all about the situation but urged the nation to unite in the face of its “worst crisis.”
Getting worse: The Inernational Atomic Energy Agency has upgraded the disaster to a level five.
But French officials have previously claimed it is a six
As the sun set over quake-stricken Japan on Thursday 17 March 2011, we learned that four of six Fukushima nuclear reactor sites are irradiating the earth, that the fire is burning out of control at Reactor No. 4's pool of spent nuclear fuel, that there are six spent fuel pools at risk all told, and that the sites are too hot to deal with. On March 16 Plumes of White Vapor began pouring from crippled Reactor No. 3 where the spent fuel pool may already be lost. Over the previous days we were told: nothing to worry about. Earthquakes and after shocks, tidal wave, explosions, chemical pollution, the pox of plutonium, contradicting information too obvious to ignore, racism, greed -- add these to the original Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Conquest, War, Famine and Death. The situation is apocalyptic and getting worse. This is one of the most serious challenges humanity has ever faced. www.globalresearch.ca...
Perhaps the worst horror of all is that people trapped in the contaminated zones are now being shunned by outsiders, including aid organizations. Radiation fears, mingled with a sick sense of abandonment, reported the Los Angeles Times, as people are afraid to help them. People in the evacuation zones - elders and those without fuel or transport -- are geting no help, and no information. We should be humbled.
The elderly are being abandoned to die in Japanese hospitals and care homes devastated by the tsunami amid a worsening humanitarian and nuclear disaster. Hundreds of thousands of victims have been made homeless, with more than 400,000 struggling to survive in emergency shelters with no power and little food or water.
As the official death toll hit 6,539, it emerged that soldiers found 128 pensioners deserted by medical staff at a hospital in Iwaki, six miles from the Fukushima nuclear power station and inside the exclusion zone around the plant which continues to spew radiation into the atmosphere. Most of the abandoned patients were in coma, and 14 died shortly after they were moved to an emergency centre in a nearby gym. newsonjapan.com...
The 1:33 clip shows a close-up view of the damaged nuclear power plant, which has recently made front-page news across the world. The camera zooms in on massacred reactor buildings and downed lines, showing incredible devastation within certain structures. In several frames, you can see smoke billowing in front of the camera and also seeping out of certain buildings.www.digitaljournal.com...
As Japan edged forward in its battle to contain the damage at its ravaged nuclear power plants on Saturday, the government said it had found higher than normal levels of radioactivity in spinach and milk at farms up to 90 miles away from the plants, the first confirmation that the unfolding nuclear crisis has affected the nation's food supply.
While officials played down the immediate risks to consumers, the findings further unsettled a nation worried about the long-term effects of the hobbled reactors.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company, with help from the Japan Self-Defense Force, police officers and firefighters, continued efforts to cool the damaged reactors on Saturday to try to stave off a full-scale fuel meltdown and contain the fallout. The latest plan involved running a mile-long electrical transmission line to Reactor No. 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station to try to restore power to its cooling system
According to the World Health Organization, high levels of radioactivity in certain Japanese foods, along with the nation’s suspension of sales of certain items, signals the food situation is a lot more serious than anticipated.
Spokesman Peter Cordingley said people in Japan have to be extremely careful about what they eat and drink. Cordingley is the Manila-based spokesman for WHO’s regional office for the western Pacific.
Along with the devastation throughout northeast Japan, the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck March 11 also damaged several reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, causing unspecified amounts of radioactive material to be released into the atmosphere