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Fukushima Worker: Too much liquid dripping inside reactor to be evaporated water — Something must be open from damage

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Title: Actual Fukushima worker concerns reactor can’t last so long Source: Fukushima Diary Date: January 20th, 2012

Actual Fukushima worker [...] thinks the water dripping from the above is too much for evaporated water, there must be some open part because of damaged valve or bonnet.

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The dripping water is too much . . . → Read More: Fukushima Worker: Too much liquid dripping inside reactor to be evaporated water — Something must be open from damage

Two shallow quakes hit Fukushima one hour apart — M3.8 followed by M3.7 (MAPS)

Title: Earthquake Information Source: Japan Meteorological Agency Date: 21 Jan 2012

07:23 JST 21 Jan 2012 Fukushima-ken Hamadori M3.7 (10km Depth) 06:20 JST 21 Jan 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M3.8 (20km Depth)

Read the report . . . → Read More: Two shallow quakes hit Fukushima one hour apart — M3.8 followed by M3.7 (MAPS)

Plutonium detected under 70 miles from Tokyo -Gov’t

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Title: Readings of Sea Area Monitoring at offshore of Ibaraki Prefecture Source: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Release Date: Jan 20, 2012

Sample taken: 2011/9/8; Location: 36º 25.0′ N  140º 43.0′ E; Depth: 49 meters

Pu-238: 0.015 Bq/kg Pu-239 + 240: 0.97 Bq/kg Am-241: 0.50 Bq/kg

h/t Fukushima . . . → Read More: Plutonium detected under 70 miles from Tokyo -Gov’t

Kyodo: Reporter measures radiation 5+ times higher than gov’t officials — Same time, same location — Device maxed out at 20 microSv/h

Title: TEPCO urged to compensate for tainted building material in FukushimaSource: KyodoDate: January 20, 2012 [...] in Namie town, about 10 officials from the Environment Ministry, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, and the Fukushima prefectural government conducted on-site research at the quarry, 26 kilometers northwest of the crippled power complex.

Wearing protective gear, officials . . . → Read More: Kyodo: Reporter measures radiation 5+ times higher than gov’t officials — Same time, same location — Device maxed out at 20 microSv/h

Tepco backpedals on No. 2 water level: “Possibly” 2.8 meters of water inside reactor, had been claiming much higher — Now just “quite unlikely” fuel is exposed

Title: Water falling like rain inside N-reactor Source: The Daily Yomiuri Date: Jan. 21, 2012

[...] Also, the water level inside the reactor was found to be lower than initially estimated. Although TEPCO believed water had collected to a height of 4.5 meters, the examination showed the water height was apparently less than four . . . → Read More: Tepco backpedals on No. 2 water level: “Possibly” 2.8 meters of water inside reactor, had been claiming much higher — Now just “quite unlikely” fuel is exposed

Yomiuri: Melted nuclear fuel heat causing water to rain down inside reactor No. 2?

Title: Water falling like rain inside N-reactorSource: The Daily YomiuriDate: Jan. 21, 2012 [...] Drops of water fall like rain in the video [...] apparently the result of vapor–created by the heat from melted nuclear fuel–that cooled inside the upper part of the reactor containment vessel. [...]

Melted nuclear fuel is believed to have . . . → Read More: Yomiuri: Melted nuclear fuel heat causing water to rain down inside reactor No. 2?

Iodine-131 detected in Tokyo snow on Jan. 20

SOURCE: Fukushima Diary

Title: Iodine-131 measured from snow in Hachioji Tokyo Source: Fukushima Diary Date: January 20th, 2012

SOURCE: Fukushima Diary

It snowed on 1/20/2012 around in Tokyo.

They measured Iodine-131 from the snow in Hachioji Tokyo.

Cesium-134 @ 14.9 Bq/kg Cesium-137 @ 15.3 Bq/kg Iodine-131 @ 20.0 Bq/kg

Measurement of Iodine 131 suggest the possibility . . . → Read More: Iodine-131 detected in Tokyo snow on Jan. 20

Mark Your Calendars: Next survey inside Reactor 2 containment vessel set for 2017

Title: First photos from inside Fukushima reactor released Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date: January 20, 2012

Location of piping unknown at Reactors 1 and 3

The No. 2 reactor was chosen for the first endoscope survey because radiation levels were comparatively low and the location of the piping used to insert the . . . → Read More: Mark Your Calendars: Next survey inside Reactor 2 containment vessel set for 2017

Tokyo hospital president doubts Tepco claim that Fukushima boss Yoshida has cancer of esophagus — Exposed to at least 70 milliSv radiation dose

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Title: Clinician talks, Tepco’s announcement about Yoshida chief is a lie Source: Fukushima Diary Date: January 20th, 2012

Dr. Inoue, the president of Setagaya Inoue clinic talks Tepco’s announcement about former Fukushima plant chief Yoshida is a lie. [...]

Tepco explained it can not have anything to do with radiation because esophagus cancer has . . . → Read More: Tokyo hospital president doubts Tepco claim that Fukushima boss Yoshida has cancer of esophagus — Exposed to at least 70 milliSv radiation dose

Mainichi: Japan now looking to Chernobyl info for help dealing with human health effects of nuclear meltdown — Will enable gov’t to implement “effective measures”

Title: Japan to seek data from Ukraine on effects of Chernobyl accident Source: The Mainichi Daily News Date: January 20, 2012

Japan will begin negotiations with Ukraine later this month for an agreement to obtain data on the effects of low-level radiation exposure and soil contamination [...] 

The Japanese government will use the data . . . → Read More: Mainichi: Japan now looking to Chernobyl info for help dealing with human health effects of nuclear meltdown — Will enable gov’t to implement “effective measures”

Japan nuclear professor warns melted fuel may NOT be covered by water at Reactor 2

Title: First photos from inside Fukushima reactor released Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date: January 20, 2012 Emphasis Added

[...] Endoscope was lowered to scaffolding used for inspection work within the reactor about 4 meters from the vessel bottom [...]

Is Fuel Being Covered?

TEPCO had stated that it believed some of the . . . → Read More: Japan nuclear professor warns melted fuel may NOT be covered by water at Reactor 2

8 trillion becquerels of cesium found in pit of water at Reactor 2

Title: Radioactive water found in work pits at Fukushima plant Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date: January 20, 2012

[...] About 500 tons of water was found in the pit of the No. 2 reactor, while about 600 tons was discovered at the No. 3 reactor pit.

Radioactive concentrations for cesium were 16,200 . . . → Read More: 8 trillion becquerels of cesium found in pit of water at Reactor 2

Tepco doubted own projections — Failed to detect ANY coolant water in Reactor 2 — Not surprised they were incorrect

Title: Camera peeks inside reactorSource: The Japan Times OnlineAuthor: KAZUAKI NAGATADate: Jan 20, 2012 [...] Tepco said Thursday it has inserted an industrial endoscope into the primary containment vessel of reactor unit 2 at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, but images showed the level of coolant water was lower than the utility had estimated.

. . . → Read More: Tepco doubted own projections — Failed to detect ANY coolant water in Reactor 2 — Not surprised they were incorrect

Japan Times: Much of melted fuel is believed to have burned down to bottom of containment vessels — At “last line of defense”

Title: Camera peeks inside reactor Source: The Japan Times Online Author: KAZUAKI NAGATA Date: Jan 20, 2012

[...] Obtaining a clearer picture inside the containment vessels of the three crippled reactors is critically important, as the vessels are the last line of defense containing their melted nuclear fuel. 

In particular, Tepco needs to find . . . → Read More: Japan Times: Much of melted fuel is believed to have burned down to bottom of containment vessels — At “last line of defense”

Japan Professor: Tepco is believed to have blown air into hole drilled at Reactor 2 in attempt to keep radiation from escaping

Title: Scientists say they can find melted reactor fuel Source: Japan Times Online Author: MINORU MATSUTANI Date: Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

[... Tepco] made a hole in the containment vessel of reactor 2 and inserted an Olympus Corp. endoscopic camera Thursday.

Tepco was believed to also have blown air into the hole so radioactive . . . → Read More: Japan Professor: Tepco is believed to have blown air into hole drilled at Reactor 2 in attempt to keep radiation from escaping