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Former Japan leader says meltdown of Fukushima reactors ‘would’ have released several times as much radiation as Chernobyl — “Or even dozens of times”

Former Japan PM: I thought nuke mishap could destroy Tokyo, Dong-a Ilbo (Korea), September 6, 2011:

[Statements by former Japanese Prime Minister Kan Naoto]

“If the power company [TEPCO] had pulled out of the facility and left nuclear fuel unattended, the cooling water would have dried out within dozens of hours and the meltdown . . . → Read More: Former Japan leader says meltdown of Fukushima reactors ‘would’ have released several times as much radiation as Chernobyl — “Or even dozens of times”

Prime Minister Kan: I thought nuke mishap could destroy Tokyo

Former Japan PM: I thought nuke mishap could destroy Tokyo, Dong-a Ilbo (Korea), September 6, 2011:

Former Japanese Prime Minister Kan Naoto says he felt a sense of crisis that the nuclear plant mishap in Fukushima could obliterate Tokyo and its vicinity, said the Japanese daily Tokyo Shimbun Tuesday.

Statements made by Kan

“The . . . → Read More: Prime Minister Kan: I thought nuke mishap could destroy Tokyo

Tweet: Cesium detected in well water @ 31 becquerels — Almost 200 km from meltdowns; 40 km from Tokyo

Tweet by @HayakawaYukio (Yukio Hayakawa), 21,563 Followers, August 31, 2011:

Translation via Fukushima Diary

Joso wells of a house in Ibaraki RT dangerous wells. 20-30 m deep. 22 Cesium 134 Becquerel, Becquerel discovered the cesium-137 9. Total of 31 Bq.

Google Translation Wells of a house in Ibaraki Joso. 20-30 m deep. 22 Cesium . . . → Read More: Tweet: Cesium detected in well water @ 31 becquerels — Almost 200 km from meltdowns; 40 km from Tokyo

More on “Second Fukushima” in progress for Japan and Pacific Northwest (AUDIO)

Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update, Helen Caldicott MD podcast, September 2, 2011:

At 25:40 in (Transcript Summary)

What I see now is a second Fukushima occurring from burning radioactive waste… Basically the radioactive gases that settled on the ground are going to be thrown into the air and waft into other places in . . . → Read More: More on “Second Fukushima” in progress for Japan and Pacific Northwest (AUDIO)

Lung cancers in Northern Japan will increase by 20-30% in 3-5 years as a result of Fukushima, according to estimate — Other cancers to follow

Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update, Helen Caldicott MD podcast, September 2, 2011:

At 31:15 in (Transcript Summary)

My estimate is that the lung cancers in Northern Japan will increase by 20-30% in 3-5 years as a result of Fukushima… that will be the first cancer, then the others

Download the audio program . . . → Read More: Lung cancers in Northern Japan will increase by 20-30% in 3-5 years as a result of Fukushima, according to estimate — Other cancers to follow

Almost 500 millisieverts of radiation for some in corridor NW of Fukushima meltdowns — Around 50/50 chance of cancer, says nuclear engineer

Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update, Helen Caldicott MD podcast, September 2, 2011:

At 23:25 in (Transcript Summary)

There’s a denial of the severity of the accident by the business community and government in Tokyo… they are ignoring and denying severity of problem… Some towns in the NW corridor received 50 rem of radiation, . . . → Read More: Almost 500 millisieverts of radiation for some in corridor NW of Fukushima meltdowns — Around 50/50 chance of cancer, says nuclear engineer

Nuclear Engineer: I find it very strange there’s been no photos of Unit No. 3 fuel pool for months

Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update, Helen Caldicott MD podcast, September 2, 2011:

At 15:15 in (Transcript Summary)

There hasn’t been a picture of Unit 3 SFP in months and I find that very strange… Leave Japan if reactor buildings are no longer standing after aftershock…

Download the audio program . . . → Read More: Nuclear Engineer: I find it very strange there’s been no photos of Unit No. 3 fuel pool for months

Tents over Fukushima reactors will increase dispersion of radioactive gases — Trapped radiation to be pumped up high into air

Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update, Helen Caldicott MD podcast, September 2, 2011:

At 11:15 in (Transcript Summary)

Putting tent over reactors is to help workers onsite. Radioactivity trapped inside tent to be pumped out through stacks. Radiation will still be released, but at a higher elevation, which means it will disperse further.

. . . → Read More: Tents over Fukushima reactors will increase dispersion of radioactive gases — Trapped radiation to be pumped up high into air

Nuclear Engineer: Fukushima reactors continue to emit significant quantities of radioactive gases — Latest figure is a Gigabecquerel per day (AUDIO)

Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update, Helen Caldicott MD podcast, September 2, 2011:

At 9:15 in (Transcript Summary)Update on where things are at in Fukushima… Reactors continue to emit significant quantities of radioactive gases, last number I saw is a gigabecquerel/day… They don’t know for sure, it’s just an estimate based on radiation exposure . . . → Read More: Nuclear Engineer: Fukushima reactors continue to emit significant quantities of radioactive gases — Latest figure is a Gigabecquerel per day (AUDIO)

Gundersen: People around North Anna didn’t lose power, only nuke plant did — Best info says a problem in switching yard (AUDIO)

Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update, Helen Caldicott MD podcast, September 2, 2011:

At 5:00 in (Transcript Summary) People in the area didn’t lose electricity, only at North Anna plant… best info is that there was a problem in the switching yard.

Download the audio program here.

Japan to have zero nuclear plants in future, says newly-appointed top Japanese official

No of Japan’s nuclear plants to be zero in future: Hachiro, Kyodo, September 6, 2011:

Industry minister Yoshio Hachiro said today that the number of Japan’s nuclear power plants would be “zero” in the future, based on Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s policy of not building new nuclear power plants and decommissioning aged ones.

. . . → Read More: Japan to have zero nuclear plants in future, says newly-appointed top Japanese official

North Anna: Officials unsure whether control rods fell into reactor core due to shaking or loss of power

Dominion: North Anna Reactors Won’t Restart Until Safety Assured, AP, September 5, 2011: Emphasis Added

[...] “The plant is safe, we have seen no significant damage from any of our inspections thus far, there was no release of radioactivity,” said Dan Stoddard, senior vice president of nuclear operations for Dominion.

Officials are . . . → Read More: North Anna: Officials unsure whether control rods fell into reactor core due to shaking or loss of power