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Japan Times: It is now a “grave situation” at Fukushima — “Plutonium fission” mentioned for first time — “Criticality is very likely to have occurred”

Nov. 3, 8:30 pm ET (Emphasis Added) — A report published at 8:30 pm ET by the Japan Times calls on Tepco and the Japan gov’t to “find out true reactor conditions” at Fukushima.

Tepco announced Wednesday that, according to the Times, “There is the possibility that criticality, a sustained nuclear chain reaction, had . . . → Read More: Japan Times: It is now a “grave situation” at Fukushima — “Plutonium fission” mentioned for first time — “Criticality is very likely to have occurred”

Ch. 4 UK: Now there are concerns that Fukushima is worse than authorities believe — New fission “shows there are still considerable problems” says top nuke expert

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Nov. 3 — Regarding the detection of xenon, TEPCO has “played down the find, saying there was no evidence of a ‘criticality’ in the reactor,” reports the UK’s Channel 4 News, “Now there are concerns that the situation is worse than the authorities believed.”

According to the report, “Nuclear expert John Large* told Channel . . . → Read More: Ch. 4 UK: Now there are concerns that Fukushima is worse than authorities believe — New fission “shows there are still considerable problems” says top nuke expert

Cesium-137 hotspot detected in Seoul, South Korea — Emitting 1,000% normal background radiation — 1,200 km from Fukushima

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Nov. 3 — “South Korea’s Institute of Nuclear Safety says it has discovered a patch of pavement in Seoul is emitting radiation at levels 10 times higher than normal,” according to Voice of America News.

“The institute says the pavement is emitting radiation from cesium-137 at 10 times the normal background level,” said the . . . → Read More: Cesium-137 hotspot detected in Seoul, South Korea — Emitting 1,000% normal background radiation — 1,200 km from Fukushima

Japan unveils plan to develop massive gov’t “backup city” 300 miles west of Tokyo — Room for 200,000 staff — May be built at Itami Airport

Be prepared: Japanese government plans backup city in case earthquake cripples Tokyo, Mail Online, November 3, 2011:

PHOTO CAPTION: “The Fukushima power plant that was badly damaged in the tsunami. There are fears another big earthquake would devastate Tokyo and prevent the government from carrying out its business”

“Concerned about the impact a crippling . . . → Read More: Japan unveils plan to develop massive gov’t “backup city” 300 miles west of Tokyo — Room for 200,000 staff — May be built at Itami Airport

Tweet: Hospital worker leaks information about recent increase in acute leukemia — Tokyo area?

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Nov. 3 — Tweets from “a medical staff of a hospital leaks information” about “the case of acute leukemia is unusually increasing,” reports Mochizuki.

Apparently, most of the cases used to be lymphoma malignum, but the recent increase in acute leukemia “is too obvious to ignore” and “not a negligible scale of a change”.

. . . → Read More: Tweet: Hospital worker leaks information about recent increase in acute leukemia — Tokyo area?

Boric acid apparently not working to stop chain fission reactions because Xenon is still being detected — Tepco says this is reason why they claim ‘spontaneous’ fission, not sustained criticality

Fukushima xenon from spontaneous decay, World Nuclear News*, November 3, 2011 at 10:30 am ET:

Excerpt“Tepco said it considered the source of the xenon to be spontaneous fission on those grounds that it had injected boric acid to the reactor vessel to reduce the likelihood of chain fission reactions but was still able to . . . → Read More: Boric acid apparently not working to stop chain fission reactions because Xenon is still being detected — Tepco says this is reason why they claim ‘spontaneous’ fission, not sustained criticality

NHK: Curium-242 and -244 to blame for ‘spontaneous’ nuclear fission at Reactor No. 2, not uranium -Tepco

Nov. 3 — TEPCO said on Thursday that the xenon-135 detected at Reactor No. 2 “was the result of the spontaneous nuclear fission of radioactive curium-242 and -244,” reports NHK.

“The amount of xenon-135 detected almost matched the amount that would have been produced if the radioactive curium in the fuel had undergone spontaneous . . . → Read More: NHK: Curium-242 and -244 to blame for ‘spontaneous’ nuclear fission at Reactor No. 2, not uranium -Tepco

Report: Nuclear companies infiltrated universities

Translation via Google Paper: Frankfurter Rundschau

Date: November 2, 2011

Headline: The nuclear lobby infiltrated universities

Report (emphasis added):

German nuclear companies finance about 30 professors – and thus largely determine, what is being discussed at universities. [...]

D ie finance four largest German energy companies for information on this newspaper at universities nationwide . . . → Read More: Report: Nuclear companies infiltrated universities

Radiation of 2.27 uSv/hr detected by school in Katsushika, Tokyo (VIDEO)

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On 3 Nov 2011, I measured radiation in front of HIGASHIKANAMACHI junior school in Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan Monitoring point is located 220 km from Fukushima Nuclear power plant, 15 km for the center of Tokyo. . . . → Read More: Radiation of 2.27 uSv/hr detected by school in Katsushika, Tokyo (VIDEO)

NHK: Radioactive materials found in Tokyo Bay at 15 times legal limit — Plus: Tokyo to begin burning rubble from disaster area as first freight trains arrive

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Nov. 3 — Radioactive materials have been detected in Tokyo Bay, NHK reported yesterday:

“Waste water discharged into Tokyo Bay from a cement plant has been found to contain radioactive cesium at much higher levels than the government-set limit for disposal.” “It found radioactive cesium at levels of 1,103 becquerels per kilogram, and 1,054 . . . → Read More: NHK: Radioactive materials found in Tokyo Bay at 15 times legal limit — Plus: Tokyo to begin burning rubble from disaster area as first freight trains arrive

Mainichi: Location of melted fuel unclear — Why test for xenon when neutron detectors can directly indicate criticality?

Nov. 3 — Excerpts and highlights of today’s editorial in Mainichi: Closer monitoring and more explanation of Fukushima reactors needed

“Xenon was detected in the containment vessel of the plant’s No. 2 reactor, and the finding was confirmed by the semi-governmental Japan Atomic Energy Agency” “The finding suggests that nuclear fission is occurring . . . → Read More: Mainichi: Location of melted fuel unclear — Why test for xenon when neutron detectors can directly indicate criticality?

Mainichi: Bottle ‘believed’ to contain chunk of radium caused Tokyo hotspot — Yet radiation remains high in 15 places around supermarket, up to 12 uSv/h

Nov. 3 — The mystery of where the radioactive material discovered by a supermarket in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward came from “may have been cracked” with the Nov. 2 discovery of a buried 500-milliliter bottle containing a mass of dark red-brown material “believed to be radium-226″, reports Mainichi.

Though many other measurements are given provided, . . . → Read More: Mainichi: Bottle ‘believed’ to contain chunk of radium caused Tokyo hotspot — Yet radiation remains high in 15 places around supermarket, up to 12 uSv/h

Tepco blames ‘spontaneous’ and ‘natural’ nuclear fission for radioactive xenon… What about the 14,000% increase in Krypton-85?

Tepco: Xenon At Fukushima Not Result Of “Critical” Nuclear Reaction, Wall Street Journal, November 2, 2011 at 11:13 pm ET:

“Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501.TO) said Thursday the detection of radioactive xenon at its stricken Fukushima Daiichi power plant, indicating recent nuclear fission, was not the result of a sustained nuclear chain reaction known . . . → Read More: Tepco blames ‘spontaneous’ and ‘natural’ nuclear fission for radioactive xenon… What about the 14,000% increase in Krypton-85?