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27,000 Bq/kg cesium in kindergarten near west coast of Japan — 200+ km from meltdowns

Radioactive Sludge in Kindergartens in Tokamachi City, Niigata, EX-SKF, August 21, 2011:

Tokamachi City in Niigata Prefecture is located 205 kilometers west of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. It’s not even under the plume according to Professor Hayakawa’s map. [...]

From Yomiuri Shinbun (1:37PM JST 8/22/2011):

Tokamachi City in Niigata Prefecture announced on August . . . → Read More: 27,000 Bq/kg cesium in kindergarten near west coast of Japan — 200+ km from meltdowns

Nuclear engineer: NRC now says reactors and containments have breached and released plutonium off-site — “Much worse” than if from spent fuel pools (VIDEO)

NRC: Most likely that chunks of radioactive materials “were from the reactor cores rather than spent fuel pools”  — “Much worse” than if from SFPs, says nuclear engineer (VIDEO)

New Data Supports Previous Fairewinds Analysis, as Contamination Spreads in Japan and Worldwide, Fairewinds, August 21, 2011:

[...] In a new revelation, the NRC claims that the plutonium found more than 1 mile offsite actually came from inside the nuclear reactors. If such a statement were true, it indicates that the nuclear power plant . . . → Read More: Nuclear engineer: NRC now says reactors and containments have breached and released plutonium off-site — “Much worse” than if from spent fuel pools (VIDEO)

‘Scientists don’t know why’: Cesium-137 in soil near Chernobyl has half-life of 180 to 320 years, not 30 years as is typical

“Ecological Half Life” of Cesium-137 May Be 180 to 320 Years?, EX-SKF, August 22, 2011:

[...] From Wired Magazine (12/15/2009):

Reinhabiting the large exclusion zone around the [Chernobyl] accident site may have to wait longer than expected. Radioactive cesium isn’t disappearing from the environment as quickly as predicted, according to new research presented . . . → Read More: ‘Scientists don’t know why’: Cesium-137 in soil near Chernobyl has half-life of 180 to 320 years, not 30 years as is typical

Japanese Journalist: “It’s like killing our own children, I cannot allow it to happen” — Teachers forcing students to eat food that parents fear is contaminated with radiation (VIDEO)

Japan Journalist: “It’s like killing our own children, I cannot allow it to happen” — Teachers forcing students to eat food that parents fear is contaminated with radiation (VIDEO)

福島の子供を守れ, LeChatBleuDansLaNuit, August 21, 2011:

At 10:45 in – Takashi Hirose

h/t Evacuate Fukushima 福島の子供を守れ

Evacuate FUKUSHIMA – 福島の子供を守れ from LeChatBleuDansLaNuit on Vimeo.

Japan gov’t to finally admit indefinite forced depopulation of large zones around Fukushima plant

Large Zone Near Japanese Reactors to Be Off Limits, New York Times, August 21, 2011:

Broad areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could soon be declared uninhabitable, perhaps for decades, after a government survey found radioactive contamination that far exceeded safe levels, several major media outlets said Monday.

The formal announcement, expected . . . → Read More: Japan gov’t to finally admit indefinite forced depopulation of large zones around Fukushima plant

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