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Japan declares 'nuclear emergency' after quake - PART 2

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posted on Jan, 29 2014 @ 09:19 AM
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reply to post by wishes
 


No, you are not always wrong! (sadly!)

No one here is really wrong but this you don't like to understand!


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posted on Jan, 30 2014 @ 05:34 AM
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Hundreds file lawsuit against makers of Fukushima nuclear plant, saying they should be liable


TOKYO – About 1,400 people have filed a joint lawsuit against three companies that manufactured Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, saying they should be financially liable for damage caused by its 2011 meltdowns.

The plaintiffs, which include Fukushima residents and nearly 400 others from around the world, say the manufacturers — Toshiba, GE and Hitachi — failed to make needed safety improvements to the four decade-old reactors at the Fukushima plant. They are seeking compensation of 100 yen ($1) each.


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Because of the Liability Act they can't get sued!
Read the whole Sentence which i cant post because of the Copyright!
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posted on Jan, 30 2014 @ 09:48 AM
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Fukushima No. 2 reactor suppression pool may have 3-cm hole


The suppression pool connected to the No. 2 reactor at the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have a 3-centimeter hole through which highly radioactive water is leaking out, the plant operator said Thursday.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said data gathered by a robot this month near the doughnut-shaped suppression pool at the bottom of the No. 2 reactor's primary containment vessel indicated that the structure is damaged somewhere.

Kyodonews

Activists release radiation study (Taiwan)


The volunteers used handheld digital radiation detectors to measure ionizing radiation at 733 sites and 1,959 detection spots across the nation. They made an effort to record data at elementary schools, parks, beaches and other frequented areas.

Lin said she was inspired by a report produced by Tokyo-based Taiwanese writer and anti-nuclear advocate Liu Li-erh (劉黎兒) about her discovery that the radiation levels in many parts of Taipei were higher than some recorded in Tokyo after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident in 2011.

Hsinchu Environmental Protection Association chairperson Chung Shu-chi (鍾淑姬) said: “Up to the end of last year, our survey results showed that the radiation levels detected at 54 of 44 sites were above 0.3 microsieverts per hour — about three times the allowable standard in Taiwan.”

Their data showed the highest radiation levels of 1.92 microsieverts, 1.42 microsieverts and 0.928 microsieverts, were all detected at National Tsing Hua University.

TAIPEITIMES
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posted on Jan, 31 2014 @ 09:31 AM
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Debris hinders decommissioning work at Fukushima nuclear plant


The No. 4 reactor of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, where workers are removing spent nuclear fuel, is still a gutted shell and conditions there remain extremely hazardous.

The damage is extensive, with mangled debris seemingly everywhere.

A team of reporters from The Asahi Shimbun visited the site on Jan. 29.
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In the absence of knowledge about the state of the melted fuel in the No. 1 to No. 3 reactors, no decision has yet been made on how to remove that fuel. In the best-case scenario, plans call for work to begin removing the melted fuel from the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors from fiscal 2020.

Another major problem is the volume of water contaminated by radiation being stored on the plant site. Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the facility, said that around 400 tons of contaminated water continues to be generated daily. The accumulated total comes to 507,000 tons.

Problems with the ALPS (advanced liquid processing system) have delayed work to remove radioactive materials from the contaminated water.

In August 2013, 300 tons of highly radioactive water was found to have leaked from the storage tanks.

Due to concern about additional leaks, TEPCO has increased its patrol of the storage sites.

The H2 North area in the compound contains 17 tanks, each with a diameter of 12 meters or so.
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The Asahi team spent about five hours at the Fukushima plant site. The level of radiation exposure was 0.09 millisievert, which is about one-tenth the annual exposure limit for the general population.



Asahi Source



A new method to stop highly toxic radioactive strontium in ground water from flowing into the sea using American technology will start in February at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Among the radioactive materials that were dispersed at the site, the potentially lethal alkaline earth metal poses the biggest immediate concern, because, unlike cesium, it doesn’t get trapped in soil and tends to accumulate in bones of fish and animals if ingested.

WSJ



posted on Feb, 2 2014 @ 09:17 AM
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Human0815
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It seams like that you don't understand the meaning of Censorship!

Fukushima-Daiichi is a Nuclear Powerstation, not a Kindergarten.

Nuclear Power Stations are under specific Laws,
the Access is strongly regulated and the publication of Data,
Pictures or Videos need to follow Rules.

You can't go to any nuclear Plant in the whole World and do your own thing,
not even in the most free Country.

Until now it was open only to a limited Circle of national
and international Institutes and Companies but soon they
will be more accessible to private Organizations.

"Everything need Time and starts with a E"!

Regarding the Wall:
Do you know the Construction Planning?
Because i think you are without a imagination
of the Size of this Walls,
please visit the friendly Tepco Site and open up your Mind!

And study Earthquakes too.





This is all beyond him. He thinks it's a genuine possibility that a clandestine government agency planted nukes under the sea in order to trigger earthquakes.



posted on Feb, 2 2014 @ 01:36 PM
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Just a reminder to go after the ball, not the player. I don't make these things up - they're already out there. And when you have done as much historical reading as I have (45 years worth) you see a much bigger picture in which the implausible becomes plausible. This is a conspiracy site in case that had eluded you... Was it natural or man-made? I have no idea - I just know it's 'possible', maybe even probable. It doesn't matter - we are now left with a bunch of melt-downs, the cause of them is at this point irrelevant as I also previously said.

truthnewsinternational.wordpress.com...

Fukushima and the Japan earthquake, LOUD AND CLEAR
Posted by truthnewsinternational1 January 10, 2014 – Jim Stone

3/11 was Japan’s 911. The Japan earthquake was man made and had a peak seismic intensity of 6.67 Richter and happened 100 km inland at seismic station MYGOO4. The tsunami was caused by nuclear weapons, a total of six of them, set off in sequence in the Japan trench to trigger an enormous tsunami.

The fact that there was no major earthquake in Japan is easily proven – just look at all the youtube videos of the approaching tsunami and look for earthquake damage. There is NONE, NADA, ZERO, ZIP, ZILCH, and even the Sendai damage report showed that there were absolutely NO collapsed structures and zero leaning structures. Sendai, a city of over a million people, was less than 30 miles from the reported epicenter and suffered no significant damage of any sort at all A 9.0 is such a huge quake that China, Korea, and Russia should have seen significant earthquake damage from one happening in Japan and everything in Sendai should have been leveled. Yet no nation outside of Japan could even feel it. To shake Tokyo, a second fake earthquake was triggered near seismic station IBR003. All of this is in the official Japanese seismic record.

Erol Kalkan, a former Turkish Persian now working for the USGS, fabricated phony USGS ground accelerations to support a 9.0 scenario, and the U.S. government is still unfortunately trusted with this type of work. So Europe and the rest of the world are looking at the phony USGS reports while the Japanese seismologists spin in their graves (I am assuming most of them have been killed by now to silence them). Erol Kalkan’s charts in no way match the Japanese seismic records, and to prove it, JUST WATCH THE TSUNAMI VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE. All of the Japanese seismic records, and Erol Kalkan’s scam, are in the Fukushima report.



posted on Feb, 2 2014 @ 01:48 PM
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In case anyone's still out there checking in on these threads... seems like it's convenient for Tepco to claim the size of the tsunami was responsible as an act of God therefor not liable. Yes, they're older articles, but relevant.

www.dianuke.org...

Earthquake real cause of Fukushima nuclear accident 1 Comment Print FriendlyPRINT / PDF
Real cause of nuclear crisis (Article courtesy: Japan Times)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), the operator of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Station, has been insisting that the culprit that caused the nuclear crisis was the huge tsunami that hit the plant after the March 11 earthquake. But evidence is mounting that the meltdown at the nuclear power plant was actually caused by the earthquake itself.

According to a science journalist well versed in the matter, Tepco is afraid that if the earthquake were to be determined as the direct cause of the accident, the government would have to review its quake-resistance standards completely, which in turn would delay by years the resumption of the operation of existing nuclear power stations that are suspended currently due to regular inspections.

The journalist is Mitsuhiko Tanaka, formerly with Babcock-Hitachi K.K. as an engineer responsible for designing the pressure vessel for the No. 4 reactor at the ill-fated Fukushima nuclear plant. He says if the earthquake caused the damage to the plumbing, leading to a “loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA)” in which vaporized coolant gushed into the containment building from the damaged piping, an entirely new problem — “vulnerability to earthquake resistance of the nuclear reactor’s core structure” — would surface and that this will require a total review of the government’s safety standards for nuclear power plants in Japan, which is quite frequently hit by earthquakes. - See more at: www.dianuke.org...


infoholix.net...

Fukushima whistleblower: not Tsunami but Earthquake caused disaster
Posted on May 16, 2011 by wiha_blog Bookmark and Share

A Tepco insider blew the whistle. Not the Tsunami but the earthquake caused the Fukushima disaster within hours, the Kyoto news agency reports. We now have a clear picture of events leading to the meltdown that is still officially unconfirmed today. Mach 11th 16:36 hours, about 2 hours after the earthquake, workers tried to activate the emergency cooling system No.2 as the emergency cooling system No.1 had failed already. They opened the security door of reactor 1 and were hit back by phenomenal amount of radiation reading 300 mSV per hour, this is Millisiervert and not Microsievert.

The interior was filled with steam. The pressure of the pressurized container housing the fuel rods works at 7 Megapascal = 70 bar, its pressure had sunk to 0.8 Megapascal. ( your car tyres need about 2 bar) In the security containment area that encapsulates the pressurized container the pressure had gone up to 0.8 from 0.1 Megapascal. The measurements were taken 12 hours later only.

This is evidence that pipes of the cooling system as well as the emergency cooling system No.1 had crashed and were leaking vast amounts of cooling water. Due to the design one had to assume at this point that pipes of emergency cooling system No.2 were also damaged. This could not be confirmed at the time as it was impossible to get to the controls needed to start it up. The fuel rods were without cooling – …… causing the explosion shortly thereafter.


meowee.com...

Fukushima Daiichi Disaster – Beyond-Design-Basis External Events?
I have been reading here and there that both strength of earthquake and height of tsunami at Fukushima Daiichi were exaggerated and that the disaster is man-made. Here’s my summary up to now on this subject. (Links on this post will open in new windows.) About Tsunami Height: This is an article dated May 21, 2011 at Asahi.com I came across recently.

Analysts dispute TEPCO’s estimate of height of tsunami: www.asahi.com... In the article, some experts agree TEPCO assessment 14-15 meter tsunami and others do not and estimate about 10 meter tsunami. Difference between 14-15m and 10m is important.

In a letter to the government-appointed panel overseeing the Fukushima compensation issue on April 25, TEPCO said: “Given that the tsunami was so large that it reached a height of 14-15 meters, there is good room for an interpretation that it amounted to an ‘extremely large-scale act of God.’ ”

The utility is arguing that the law on compensation for nuclear accidents gives it immunity from compensation liability in such a case. Now you know why it’s important. Here’s another quote from the same article: Yasuhiro Suzuki, professor of geomorphology at Nagoya University, analyzed satellite photos with his coworkers.

They only found traces of water reaching a height of about 10 meters on a gently sloping road several hundred meters from the reactor buildings. “The sustained depth of water in the buildings was probably a maximum of around 10 meters,” Suzuki said. He said images that appear to show that water had reached up to 15 meters in areas of the plant may be misleading. “These are probably waves that ran up locally after clashing against buildings,” he said.



ajw.asahi.com...

Documents show government tacitly accepts TEPCO’s refusal to pay for cleanup

Previous ArticlePanel willing to extend compensation period for Fukushima evacuees
Next ArticleTEPCO seeks to rotate more workers to Fukushima nuclear plant October 27, 2013
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the embattled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, declared early this year that it will not repay radioactive cleanup costs in Fukushima Prefecture, forcing taxpayers to shoulder the burden, The Asahi Shimbun has learned. The government, which did not release TEPCO’s statement, apparently accepts the refusal, in a tacit understanding to prevent the cash-strapped utility from being driven into bankruptcy.

Documents obtained by The Asahi Shimbun through a freedom of information request showed that TEPCO in February made clear its intention not to pay the full cleanup costs. Under a special measures law designed to deal with radioactive waste, TEPCO is required to pay back costs involved in the decontamination operation that the government shouldered. The government is decontaminating areas around the plant that are highly polluted with radioactive substances. The Environment Ministry, which is in charge of the cleanup, has asked TEPCO to repay a total of 40.4 billion yen ($415 million). The utility has repaid 6.7 billion yen to date.


americablog.com...

Fukushima: “Usual suspects in Japan are getting richer… at the expense of public safety”
This revelation about the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan is interesting.

After the earthquake, tsunami, and the resulting shutdown (meltdown) of the plant, the widely respected technology writer Robert X. Cringely offered TEPCO, the Tokyo power company that still controls the site, a water-treatment technology that was known to work. They rejected it for a technology costing 100 times more (that’s two orders of magnitude) that failed in less than one day. [Paragraph corrected; it really is two orders of magnitude. See quote below.]

Cringely lays the charge at corruption in the Japanese corporate-government system. Is he right? Feel free to decide for yourself. Here’s Cringely, writing at his site I, Cringely (my emphasis and some reparagraphing):



posted on Feb, 2 2014 @ 10:32 PM
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You need to inform yourself urgently and as soon as possible
about the Accident in Daiichi!

Already since the beginning Tepco said it was the Combination
of the Quake, the Tsunami and bad Preparations from their own Side.

Here, i cited from the Official Report:


The seismic tremors damaged electricity transmission facilities between the TEPCO Shinfukushima Transformer Substations and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in a total loss of off-site electricity. There was a back-up 66kV transmission line from the transmission network of Tohoku Electric Power Company, but the back-up line failed to feed Unit 1 via a metal-clad type circuit (M/C) of Unit 1 due to mismatched sockets.

The tsunami caused by the earthquake flooded and totally destroyed the emergency diesel generators, the seawater cooling pumps, the electric wiring system and the DC power supply for Units 1, 2 and 4, resulting in loss of all power-except for an external supply to Unit 6 from an air-cooled emergency diesel generator. In short, Units 1, 2 and 4 lost all power; Unit 3 lost all AC power, and later lost DC before dawn of March 13, 2012. Unit 5 lost all AC power.

The Fukushima Report

Also Tepco paid for the running Decontamination, for the lost of Property
and for the lost of Income.

To know all this important Stuff is needed!

I strongly recommend you to update your knowledge,
you could delete Jimbobstoned and download the Report

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posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 04:09 AM
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UK nuclear experts to help decommision Fukushima


British nuclear experts are being lined up to help decommission the damaged Fukushima power plant in a move that could reboot Japan’s atomic power capabilities.
Lady Judge, the British-American nuclear expert and adviser at Fukushima, is organising for engineers from Sellafield in Cumbria to travel to Japan to advise on decontaminating and shutting down the stricken site.
“At Sellafield and Dounreay we are decommissioning big power plants and we can provide a very good example to the Japanese of how to do it safely,” said Lady Judge in an interview with The Telegraph. “I’ve been talking to Sellafield about sending some engineers to help.”

Telegraph

Tokyo election goes nuclear


Whether the powers that be liked it or not, nuclear power took center stage in a debate involving four major candidates for the Tokyo gubernatorial election that was streamed live on the Internet Saturday.

Three of the candidates came out firmly against atomic power.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration has done its best to keep the issue out of voters’ minds ahead of Sunday’s race, framing it as a national, rather than local, concern.

Packed with Abe allies, public broadcaster NHK appears to be downplaying the matter. A noted economics professor resigned last week as a commentator after being told not to discuss the nuclear issue until after the election on Sunday “to ensure fairness.”

But the debate, hosted by seven online firms including Dwango Co., Ustream Asia Inc. and Yahoo Japan Corp., has shown that nuclear power is very much an issue inside the mainstream.

Japan-Times

edit on 3-2-2014 by Human0815 because: 2 in to 1!



posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 08:13 AM
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Human0815
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You need to inform yourself urgently and as soon as possible
about the Accident in Daiichi!

Already since the beginning Tepco said it was the Combination
of the Quake, the Tsunami and bad Preparations from their own Side.

Here, i cited from the Official Report:


The seismic tremors damaged electricity transmission facilities between the TEPCO Shinfukushima Transformer Substations and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in a total loss of off-site electricity. There was a back-up 66kV transmission line from the transmission network of Tohoku Electric Power Company, but the back-up line failed to feed Unit 1 via a metal-clad type circuit (M/C) of Unit 1 due to mismatched sockets.

The tsunami caused by the earthquake flooded and totally destroyed the emergency diesel generators, the seawater cooling pumps, the electric wiring system and the DC power supply for Units 1, 2 and 4, resulting in loss of all power-except for an external supply to Unit 6 from an air-cooled emergency diesel generator. In short, Units 1, 2 and 4 lost all power; Unit 3 lost all AC power, and later lost DC before dawn of March 13, 2012. Unit 5 lost all AC power.

The Fukushima Report

Also Tepco paid for the running Decontamination, for the lost of Property
and for the lost of Income.

To know all this important Stuff is needed!

I strongly recommend you to update your knowledge,
you could delete Jimbobstoned and download the Report

edit on 2-2-2014 by Human0815 because: spell


And you need to stop telling people what to do and what to post!!
As for all Tepco's "official" lies, you're welcome to them.



posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 08:55 AM
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It has become obvious constructive discussion in this thread (and the Japan forum generally) has become unproductive and a pain to try and get anywhere for obvious reasons. Instead of simply contributing information it has become such that everything posted that is non-supportive of anothers view is mocked, chided, told to get informed and overall - in my opinion - managed to kill them. The lack of contributors that once regularly participated and the pervasiveness of these 'anti' posts throughout this forum is a testament to this.

The search for truth and discovery is no longer allowed without being met with resistance and mockery every post of the way - is a much too immature and exhausting format to try and continue. Thank you to all you original contributors and those who hung in there for a couple years! I too am fading well into the background and will leave this forum for Tepco's unquestioning believers


It is naive to believe the governments and nuke industries are transparent and disclose 'truth'. They have managed to put most people to sleep and be dependent on them for literally our lives. It is easy to pick a side and only give credibility to those who lend their credentials to it, it is not so easy to make an effort to truly follow the information - wherever it leads. Except for a scant few independent researchers, we are dominated by what they want us to believe. Most people cannot even fathom the depth of their lies (normalcy bias) - is easier to believe what they say.

Fukushima is a catastrophe like no other - it takes the cake hands down and the Canadian and US governments are in on the cover-up. Of course they don't want people to know how bad it really is - that's why Tepco started crying about needing privacy for 'safety and security' reasons and of course there it is, all nicely bundled into their official, white-washed releases.

Thank goodness I'm not the only person who sees a real problem and sees through their cover-ups - I'm grateful for those of you here who also share the same conclusions even though we're in a teeny tiny minority.

Just for fun I leave with Harvey Wasserman's latest post which no doubt will be shredded because he too believes Fukushima, indeed, is a huge radioactive problem being denied and downplayed and totally lied about:


50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima

Fukushima’s missing melted cores and radioactive gushers continue to fester in secret.

Japan’s harsh dictatorial censorship has been matched by a global corporate media blackout aimed—successfully—at keeping Fukushima out of the public eye.

But that doesn’t keep the actual radiation out of our ecosystem, our markets … or our bodies.

Speculation on the ultimate impact ranges from the utterly harmless to the intensely apocalyptic .

But the basic reality is simple: for seven decades, government Bomb factories and privately-owned reactors have spewed massive quantities of unmonitored radiation into the biosphere.

The impacts of these emissions on human and ecological health are unknown primarily because the nuclear industry has resolutely refused to study them.

Indeed, the official presumption has always been that showing proof of damage from nuclear Bomb tests and commercial reactors falls to the victims, not the perpetrators.

And that in any case, the industry will be held virtually harmless.


Cheers!



posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 09:03 AM
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I just "Recommended" you to do this


In my opinion it is dangerous to repeat wrong Information on and on
because many People just look for the Headlinez and believe in it
without realizing that the Case/ Truth is different.

"Stop Ignorance" also mean to keep our own Thoughts updated
and to correct our own Statements,
we as Commentators need to protect the Reader,
we must act in a responsible Manner!

@ 2. Posting

Why do you dislike that more and more ATS People wake up
and scrutinize Opinions from other Member?

I think it is very healthy that more and more Gossip and Rumors
get Debunked because this will reduce the unneeded Fear!

We need to spend our Attention for the Realty in Fukushima
but not for Yellow Stories, Lies, Hoaxes and Distraction!
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posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 11:47 PM
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Gov't seeks approval for dumping Fukushima plant groundwater into sea


Gov't seeks approval for dumping Fukushima plant groundwater into sea

KYODO NEWS

"Groundwater" is not the "Wastewater", not the "Coolingwater" and
not the "Stored-Water" from the Storage!



Noting that groundwater flowing into the complex and its reactor buildings is adding to TEPCO's struggle to store the contaminated water in makeshift storage tanks, some of which have sprung leaks causing radioactive materials to be released into the sea, Juan Carlos Lentijo, head of the IAEA's mission floated the idea of releasing radioactive water into the ocean when on a recent mission to the stricken facility in December.

"Controlled discharge is a regular practice in all the nuclear facilities in the world. And what we are trying to say here is to consider this as one of the options to contribute to a good balance of risks and to stabilize the facility for the long term," Lentijo said.

Voice of Russia
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posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 06:51 AM
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R.I.P. Thread. Best wishes, Wishes, and all others. Let the trolls howl "all is well" into the dead air.



posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 07:22 AM
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Bye Bye


Edit: No One here said "All is well",
or only Idiots read it in that way!
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posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 08:53 AM
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Regarding the planned release of Groundwater:


Some 800 metric tons of fresh groundwater flows in every day from nearby mountains, of which about 400 tons enters the damaged reactors and becomes contaminated. Stopgap efforts to store the water in hundreds of tanks on the site ran into their own problems when some leaks made news headlines and raised fresh concerns over possible marine contamination.

The government and Tepco plan to pull the water from 12 wells near the plant’s mountain side, collecting it yet another set of tanks, with testing for radiation levels to take place before it is discharged into the ocean.

The facilities to undertake the work were completed last March. But implementation was delayed due to deep-seated distrust among local fishermen, who have been suspeicious of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government ever since the early days of the crisis, blaming a lack of information over what was really going on. Although the three reactors had melted down in the first few days, it took them more than two months to officially confirmed it. Later disclosed video conference record showed the government had banned Tepco from warning the public in the name of preventing panic.

With these concerns in mind, the government made the radiation limits for the water that can be discarded much stricter than those adopted by the World Health Organization for drinking water. For example, cesium 134 and cesium 137 should be one-tenth of WHO’s limits, while beta radiation including the one from strontium 90 should be one-half of the WHO level.

When implemented the news system is expected to cut the daily flow of contaminated water to as low as 290 tons compared with 400 tons now.


Source



posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 09:01 AM
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posted on Feb, 5 2014 @ 09:46 AM
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Fukushima village’s young stay away


Two years have passed since Yuko Endo, mayor of the village of Kawauchi, made a widely publicized plea calling on residents to return home after being forced to evacuate because of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

While some residents have returned, there have been few young people among them, posing a challenge for village officials in restoring the community to what it was.

Large swathes of the highland farming village were declared evacuation or “stay indoors” zones after three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to the northeast suffered core meltdowns and spewed radioactive fallout into the environment.

The evacuation of the entire village began five days after the March 11, 2011, quake and tsunami started the nuclear calamity. The village had around 3,000 registered inhabitants at that time.

In the months that followed, zone designations were eventually lifted from most of the areas and extensive decontamination work was undertaken.

“Let’s return, starting with those who are ready,” Endo said on Jan. 31, 2012.

Last March he reinstated the administrative functions of the local government, which had been transferred to the nearby city of Koriyama, to the village office and then in April re-opened elementary and junior high schools.

Areas in the village that fall within the 20-km radius of the nuclear plant are still designated as evacuation zones, with people only permitted to spend time there during the day. The rest of Kawauchi is free of such restrictions.

In a recent tally, the village had 2,700 registered inhabitants. Of that number, 535 had actually returned as of last October. This represents an increase of around 50 percent from the 342 as of April 2012, though they formed only 20 percent of the total. About 900 others were visiting the village four or more days a week.

People aged 65 or older now account for 65 percent of the villagers, a jump from 35 percent prior to the disaster.

Read it

Fukushima nuclear plant gets frozen treatment


This ground-freezing technology has been successfully applied before on projects such as the construction of building foundations on unstable ground, the construction of underground storage tanks and escalator tunnels on subways. With hundreds of ground-freezing projects having been implemented, it is hoped that the use of a proven technology will work in this application.

To make this technology work, the pipes must be set in a precise vertical position and spacing. If these dimensions are off, then pockets of unfrozen earth would develop, allowing the contaminated water to escape. Making sure the placement of the pipes is precise in a lethal radioactive environment is a huge engineering challenge.

Assuming that the pipes will be able to be placed correctly, the frozen ground around the pipe will spread and eventually connect, forming a wall of frozen subterranean earth around the complex that, it is hoped, will stop the contaminated water from going any farther. The ice wall will form a barrier surrounding 25 acres of the contaminated site.

If the project is successful, once the pipes are all put in place and coolant circulating through the pipes, it is estimated that it will take six months for the ground to freeze, completing the ice wall.

While the ice wall may stem the flow of radioactive water, it is at best, a temporary solution. It is also assuming several things to be true:

The pipes will be able to be placed in a dangerous environment within the precise tolerances needed to freeze the ground; people involved in the construction risk exposure to contaminated dust, as well as radioactive leaks.
The refrigerating units will be sufficient to provide the cooling to freeze the ground completely;
The waterproof rack layer underneath the complex is level enough that the water will not just flow under the wall.

Analysts suggest to provide a long-term solution, the radiation situation at the plant site needs to be stabilized. The heat being generated by the atomic fuel needs to be brought under control. (Plans call for work to begin removing the melted fuel from the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors in fiscal 2020.)

Also, the thousands of gallons of cooling water brought into the site every day needs to be stopped. The stored contaminated water needs to be filtered and evaporated with the radioactive material left behind and safely disposed of.

Read it




posted on Feb, 5 2014 @ 09:55 AM
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Radiation In Calif. Kelp? Scientists To Test West Coast Water 3 Years After Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown


Scientists will look for signs of isotopes cesium-134 and cesium-137, which could have been carried by ocean currents to the California coast sometime this year.

But researchers say that even if they do find trace amounts of radioactive material in California’s kelp, it’s nothing to worry about. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, our oceans already contain radioactive material. Nuclear power plants across the globe routinely discharge radioactive water into our oceans.

The Diablo Canyon plant in California, for instance, releases more radiation into the sea than the Fukushima station after the disaster. The radiation released by the Diablo Canyon plant, however, is a less dangerous isotope than what’s being let out in Japan.

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This bloody Americanos need to take care their old Power Plants,
poison our whole Ocean this is not good but very dangerous


I am not sure if the Statement (F'Shima- Diablo Canyon) is right
but i would be not surprised!
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Less than 100 miles up the coast from Dempski’s home, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon plant in San Luis Obispo discharged 323 million liters of water into the Pacific in 2012, or about 870 tons a day, according to data from the company on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website. That’s equivalent to 130 Olympic swimming pools and more than twice the daily amount leaking from Fukushima.

That water contained 3,670 curies of tritium, or 136 trillion becquerels, according to the company, almost three-and-a-half times the amount released from the Fukushima plant into the ocean in the period starting May 2011. The plant also discharged cesium-137, though at lower levels than Fukushima, while its output of strontium-90 is below detectable levels.

Diablo Canyon’s discharges are regulated by the NRC and the plant complies with its licensing requirements, PG&E spokesman Blair Jones said in an e-mail. Total liquid discharges from Diablo Canyon in 2012 were 0.0165 percent of what the NRC allows, Jones said.

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