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NHK: Gov’t now inspecting Fukushima “to see if it can safely remain in a state of cold shutdown” (VIDEO)

Title: Safety checks to begin at Fukushima Daiichi plantSource: NHK Date: Feb 3, 2012 Japan’s nuclear safety agency will begin inspecting the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from Monday to see if it can safely remain in a state of cold shutdown.

Officials from the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency plan to check equipment and contingency . . . → Read More: NHK: Gov’t now inspecting Fukushima “to see if it can safely remain in a state of cold shutdown” (VIDEO)

Nikkei: Two sieverts/hr of beta radiation emitted from a single liter of leaked water

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Title: Fukushima nuclear power plant of 2,000 millisievert a beta ray was a water leak in the vicinity Source: Nikkei Date: Feb 3, 2012 at 11:07p JST Translation by EX-SKF

TEPCO announced on February 3 that the water leaked from one of the contaminated water storage tanks at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. 2,000 . . . → Read More: Nikkei: Two sieverts/hr of beta radiation emitted from a single liter of leaked water

Breeder: Two-headed salmon born out of 50 eggs — Usually around 1 in 10,000 says Kyoto professor (PHOTO)

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Title: Conjoint fish Source: Fukushima Diary Date: February 2nd, 2012

Conjoint larval fish of salmon is found in Fukuchi shi Kyoto 

Mr. Miyamoto Tadao (67) received 50 eggs from environmental symposium of Yura river on 1/7/2012. [...]

On 1/29/2012, they found one with 2 heads.

The deformed larval fish is 1.5cm long where other . . . → Read More: Breeder: Two-headed salmon born out of 50 eggs — Usually around 1 in 10,000 says Kyoto professor (PHOTO)

Professor Wins Award: “He calmed the public’s fears about exposure to ionizing radiation” after Fukushima

Title: Dedicated profs win president’s media awards Source: Simon Fraser University Date: February 02, 2012

Krzysztof Starosta [has] been recognized with this year’s President’s Award for Service Through Public Affairs and Media Relations [...] 

Starosta had never appeared in the media before the Fukushima meltdown. But the associate professor of chemistry was quick to . . . → Read More: Professor Wins Award: “He calmed the public’s fears about exposure to ionizing radiation” after Fukushima

AP: Integrity of Reactor No. 4 building a major concern among experts — Collapse of spent fuel pool could be even worse than 3 reactor meltdowns

Title: More leaks found at crippled Japan nuclear plant Source: AP Author: MARI YAMAGUCHI Date: February 3rd, 2012 at 10:20a ET

[...] TEPCO spokesman Junichi Matsumoto [...] said officials are investigating the cause of that leak, but that it was unlikely the pipe had been loosened by the many aftershocks that have hit the . . . → Read More: AP: Integrity of Reactor No. 4 building a major concern among experts — Collapse of spent fuel pool could be even worse than 3 reactor meltdowns

Tepco: New leak releasing enough beta rays to cause radiation sickness — Leakage in at least 30 locations found recently

Title: More leaks found at crippled Japan nuclear plantSource: AP Author: MARI YAMAGUCHIDate: February 3rd, 2012 at 10:20a ET Leaks of radioactive water have become more frequent at Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant less than two months after it was declared basically stable.

The problem underlines the continuing challenges facing Tokyo Electric Power Co. . . . → Read More: Tepco: New leak releasing enough beta rays to cause radiation sickness — Leakage in at least 30 locations found recently

UPDATE: Worker fell into pool that held reactor core — May have swallowed fuel particles in radioactive water — Wearing life preserver says spokesman

Title: SAN ONOFRE: Worker at nuclear plant fell into reactor pool last week Source: North County Times Date: Feb 3, 2012

A worker at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station fell inside the plant’s Unit 2 reactor pool last week, but officials determined he did not suffer significant radiation exposure. [...]

The pool is more . . . → Read More: UPDATE: Worker fell into pool that held reactor core — May have swallowed fuel particles in radioactive water — Wearing life preserver says spokesman

Shocking radiation propaganda on local TV news near troubled Calif. nuclear plant — Bananas, sleeping next to someone, granite, under 100 milliSv/yr safe… More (VIDEO)

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Title: San Onofre Radiation Risk Called Minimal Source: NBC Los Angeles Date: Feb 2, 2012

Charlie Zender, UC Irvine professor

Experts say radiation is all around us — from the rays of the sun to the granite beneath our feet. [...]

Charlie Zender, a UC Irvine professor. [...] said even those who work . . . → Read More: Shocking radiation propaganda on local TV news near troubled Calif. nuclear plant — Bananas, sleeping next to someone, granite, under 100 milliSv/yr safe… More (VIDEO)

Japan Lawmaker: 180,000 students may have eaten radioactive beef — 1,300 Bq/kg served for lunch in Miyagi

Title: School food ingredients の radiation Jian check system ni つ い て I count Commission で askedSource: Website of Miyamoto Takeshi, member of Japan’s House of Representatives Date: Feb 2, 2012 [...] There is no such guarantee but anywhere. Out of the meals that may be beef suspected of August last year, has . . . → Read More: Japan Lawmaker: 180,000 students may have eaten radioactive beef — 1,300 Bq/kg served for lunch in Miyagi

Report: Rapidly dropping water level at Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 — Leak continues from Reactor Well/SFP/DS — Almost 3 times higher on Monday

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Title: #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 4: Leak Continues from Reactor Well/SFP/DS Source: EX-SKF Date: February 2, 2012

TEPCO hasn’t identified the leak, but the leak is evidenced by the rapidly dropping water level of the Skimmer Surge Tank.

From Jiji Tsushin (2/3/2012):

TEPCO announced on February 3 that the water in the Reactor . . . → Read More: Report: Rapidly dropping water level at Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 — Leak continues from Reactor Well/SFP/DS — Almost 3 times higher on Monday

Journal: 70,000 reports of suspected health damage every year among German nuclear workers exposed to less than 20 milliSv

Title: The low-level nuclear threatSource: Nature (International Weekly Journal of Science)Author: EditorialDate: Feb 2, 2012 [...] Epidemiological studies, backed by animal experiments, have established beyond doubt that exposure to radiation levels above 100 millisieverts increases the risk of cancer in a predictable, dose-dependent way. But the risk to health at lower exposure levels is . . . → Read More: Journal: 70,000 reports of suspected health damage every year among German nuclear workers exposed to less than 20 milliSv