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Feds question whether there was damage to fuel in reactors at quake-hit North Anna nuke plant — The answer may surprise you

SOURCE: dougward

SOURCE: dougward

Shaking caused plant shutdown, Free Lance Star (Virginia), September 29, 2011:

Dominion reveals more about quake impact at North Anna in letters to NRC

[...] The NRC also asked Dominion whether there was any damage to fuel in the reactors. The fuel is thumbnail-size uranium dioxide pellets loaded into metal alloy . . . → Read More: Feds question whether there was damage to fuel in reactors at quake-hit North Anna nuke plant — The answer may surprise you

Area around Prague playground sealed off after gov’t experts find radiation 5 times over limit

Prague playground sealed off over raised radiation, Prague Monitor, September 29, 2011:

Police and firefighters sealed off the area around a playground in Prague over increased radiation level Wednesday evening, firefighting unit spokeswoman Pavlina Adamcova told CTK. [...]

Subsequent measurements confirmed the increased radiation level. [...]

“At around 20:00, a man called saying his . . . → Read More: Area around Prague playground sealed off after gov’t experts find radiation 5 times over limit

Cesium nearly doubles over past month in Bay Area milk — Now well above EPA’s maximum contaminant level

SOURCE: UC Berkeley

UCB Milk Sampling Results, Nuclear Engineering Department At UC Berkeley, September 27, 2011:

Pasteurized, homogenized milk obtained from a San Francisco Bay Area organic dairy

Best By Date of 08/22/2011:

Cs134 @ 0.047 Becquerels/liter (Bq/L) Cs137 @ 0.052 Bq/L

Best By Date of 09/29/2011:

Cs134 @ 0.080 Bq/L Cs137 @ 0.101 Bq/L

Above EPA’s . . . → Read More: Cesium nearly doubles over past month in Bay Area milk — Now well above EPA’s maximum contaminant level

Chernobyl expert: Fukushima is “largest delivery of radiation into the ocean ever seen” — “We still don’t know how much was released”

Fukushima’s Contamination Produces Some Surprises at Sea, New York Times, September 27, 2011:[Emphasis Added]

Ken Buesseler, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who in 1986 studied the effects of the Chernobyl disaster on the Black Sea, said the Fukushima disaster appeared to be by far the largest accidental release of radioactive material . . . → Read More: Chernobyl expert: Fukushima is “largest delivery of radiation into the ocean ever seen” — “We still don’t know how much was released”

AP: Strong quake rocks northeast Japan, centered off Fukushima

Strong quake rocks northeast Japan, no immediate reports of damage, Associated Press, September 29, 2011:

A strong earthquake has rocked northeastern Japan [...] preliminary magnitude of 5.6. [...] The earthquake was centered off Fukushima [...]

Gov’t nuclear adviser “flabbergasted” that Japan failed to distribute iodine pills after meltdowns

Japan Failed to Hand Out Radiation Pills, Wall Street Journal, September 29, 2011:

Government officials failed to distribute to thousands of people pills that could have minimized radiation risks from the March nuclear accident, government documents show. [...]

Though Japan’s nuclear-safety experts recommended dispensing pills immediately, Tokyo didn’t order pills be given out until . . . → Read More: Gov’t nuclear adviser “flabbergasted” that Japan failed to distribute iodine pills after meltdowns

Scientists: Radioactivity in sea NOT falling off — Hypothesis says Fukushima groundwater is leaking radiation

Fukushima’s Contamination Produces Some Surprises at Sea, New York Times, September 27, 2011:

[Emphasis Added]

Off the coast, the early results indicate that very large amounts of radioactive materials were released, and may still be leaking. The scientists had expected to find ocean radiation levels falling off sharply after a few months. “Rather than . . . → Read More: Scientists: Radioactivity in sea NOT falling off — Hypothesis says Fukushima groundwater is leaking radiation

WSJ: Officials sharply raised radiation levels for residents to get iodine pills after meltdown — 75 times higher than WHO recommends for children

Japan Failed to Hand Out Radiation Pills, Wall Street Journal, September 29, 2011:

[...] In interviews with The Wall Street Journal, several national and local government officials and advisers [...] cited an abrupt move by the government shortly after the accident, when local officials raised sharply the level of radiation exposure that would qualify . . . → Read More: WSJ: Officials sharply raised radiation levels for residents to get iodine pills after meltdown — 75 times higher than WHO recommends for children

Switzerland votes to abandon nuclear power — Will close all reactors and develop more hydro-electricity

SOURCE: Herbi Ditl

SOURCE: Herbi Ditl

SWITZERLAND VOTES TO ABANDON NUCLEAR POWER -AGI Switzerland to shutter all nuke plants -MarketWatch Swiss plan to phase out use of nuclear power gains full backing in parliament -Washington Post Swiss plan to phase out nuclear power accelerates . . . → Read More: Switzerland votes to abandon nuclear power — Will close all reactors and develop more hydro-electricity

‘Sobering’ Results: Ocean currents keeping radiation from being diluted — Highest cesium values not necessarily closest to Fukushima

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SOURCE: NCOM Japan

Fukushima’s Contamination Produces Some Surprises at Sea, New York Times, September 27, 2011:

[Emphasis Added]

[... R]ather than being spread through the whole ocean, currents are keeping a lot of the [radioactive] material concentrated. [...]

While [Ken Buesseler, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who in 1986 studied . . . → Read More: ‘Sobering’ Results: Ocean currents keeping radiation from being diluted — Highest cesium values not necessarily closest to Fukushima