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Guardian: Japan PM “feared the country would collapse” — “It was truly a spine-chilling thought”

Fukushima nuclear disaster: PM at the time feared Japan would collapse, Guardian by Justin McCurry, September 2011:

Japan’s prime minister at the height of the nuclear crisis has said he feared the country would collapse [...]

In candid interviews with Japanese newspapers, Naoto Kan, who resigned this month, said that at one point he . . . → Read More: Guardian: Japan PM “feared the country would collapse” — “It was truly a spine-chilling thought”

Report: Gov’t paper shows melt-out at Fukushima was predicted on day of quake

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Breaking News: Melt OUT was predicted on 3/11, Fukushima Diary by Mochizuki, September 5, 2011:

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SOURCE: kantei.go.jp

On March 11, at 22:35, the Cabinet received advice predicting that the fuel would be damaged and the pressure vessels would be breached

Forecast: exposure of top of active fuel (TAF): 21:40 (approx.) Forecast: . . . → Read More: Report: Gov’t paper shows melt-out at Fukushima was predicted on day of quake

“Reactors themselves seem to have undergone changes that caused automatic systems to shut them” -North Anna Official

When an Earthquake Shuts a Reactor, New York Times blog by Matthew L. Wald, September 8, 2011:

[...] So while an interruption of power from the transformer would have shut down the [North Anna nuclear] plant, this now appears not to have been the first event in the sequence.

Rather, the reactors themselves seem . . . → Read More: “Reactors themselves seem to have undergone changes that caused automatic systems to shut them” -North Anna Official

Mystery man on Fukushima webcam comes forward (PHOTOS)

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Fukushima Daiichi Mystery Man Steps Forward, Tokyo Times, September 8, 2011:

SOURCE: pointatfuku1cam.nobody.jp

The mystery man seen in video at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has stepped forward to explain his actions on a blog in English and Japanese.

To prove his identify he has provided several clues that only someone intimately involved in . . . → Read More: Mystery man on Fukushima webcam comes forward (PHOTOS)

NHK: New estimate triples amount of radioactivity released from Fukushima reactors into sea

Radioactive release into sea estimated triple, NHK, September 8, 2011:

A group of Japanese researchers [from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Kyoto University and other institutes] say that a total of 15,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances is estimated to have been released from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea. [...]

. . . → Read More: NHK: New estimate triples amount of radioactivity released from Fukushima reactors into sea

Report: Manure with 255 CPM bought in Southern California (VIDEO)

Fukushima Fallout 255 CPM Radioactive Manure Purchased In Southern California August 2011, geigercounter2011, August 15, 2011:

h/t Justme

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoW7YQNjI-k

Another recent report of radioactive manure in California:

UC Berkeley Food Chain Sampling – Dried manure sample, Collected at a farm in Sacramento, collection date 8/16:

Cs134 @ 5.18 Bq/kg (140.4 pCi/kg) Cs137 @ 7.93 . . . → Read More: Report: Manure with 255 CPM bought in Southern California (VIDEO)

NYT: North Anna nuke plant in situation that no US reactor has ever faced before — NRC has no protocol to see if design held up after quake

After Quake, Virginia Nuclear Plant Takes Stock, The New York Times by Matthew L. Wald, September 7, 2011:

[T]he North Anna nuclear plant finds itself in a situation that no American reactor has ever faced before.

The shock was bigger than anything its designers thought it would ever experience [...]

The situation is so . . . → Read More: NYT: North Anna nuke plant in situation that no US reactor has ever faced before — NRC has no protocol to see if design held up after quake