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Freelance Journalist in Japan: Fukushima gov’t dumping tons of radioactive mud from decontamination into river at night

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@chummiboy description (Google translation): [...] studied international relations in NZ, have returned to Japan six months, an intern in the local newspaper, a freelance journalist, currently a student in the Erasmus Mundus Master-Journalism course in Denmark. Always, always preoccupied with that of Japan. Want to leave a better future than now.

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Kyodo: Highest radioactivity levels detected in Aichi since March 14 — Greater Tokyo area also increased (CHARTS)

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Title: Translation of Kyodo News Article Source: Kyodo Date: Feb 7, 2012 at 18:45

Japanese to English Translation by Rooks

各地で6日午前9時から7日午前9時までに観測された最大放射線量は、3~6日と比べ、関東や関西を中心に多くの地域で上昇した。

According to MEXT, radiation levels rose from the period of 9am on the 6th to 9am on the 7th across the Kanto and Kansai regions when compared with the previous 3 days.

文部科学省の集計によると、福島で0・900マイクロシーベルト、茨城で毎時0・087マイクロシーベルトにそれぞれ上昇、愛知は0・062マイクロシーベルトと昨年3月14日以降の最大値を更新した。北海道は0・027マイクロシーベルトに減少した。

. . . → Read More: Kyodo: Highest radioactivity levels detected in Aichi since March 14 — Greater Tokyo area also increased (CHARTS)

“No Comment”: Residents near troubled Calif. nuke plant request officials begin cancer study and install radiation detectors — Also: Radioactive leak in Minn., Protests over Georgia nuke project, Brazil to delay reactors… More

Title: Nuclear plant’s neighbors want radiation monitors Source: Orange County Register Author: FRED SWEGLES Date: Feb 8, 2012

A week after a reported ‘tiny’ leak at the San Onofre nuclear plant, several people ask the San Clemente City Council to set up independent monitoring of radiation levels around town. They also request a study . . . → Read More: “No Comment”: Residents near troubled Calif. nuke plant request officials begin cancer study and install radiation detectors — Also: Radioactive leak in Minn., Protests over Georgia nuke project, Brazil to delay reactors… More

Yomiuri: Melted fuel might have “cracked due to some shock” or “dropped down and changed shape” at Reactor No. 2, leading to recent temperature spike -Tepco

Title: Temperature inside reactor stops rising Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun Date: Feb 9, 2012

The abnormal rise in temperature in a reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has stopped, apparently because more water has been injected into the crippled reactor, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co. 

[...] the cause of the . . . → Read More: Yomiuri: Melted fuel might have “cracked due to some shock” or “dropped down and changed shape” at Reactor No. 2, leading to recent temperature spike -Tepco

U.S. University: Low-level radiation appears to have had immediate effects on bird populations in Fukushima Pref. — Areas surveyed are mostly still open to human occupation — Worse than expected — More pronounced than Chernobyl

Title: Bird populations near Fukushima are more diminished than expected Source: University of South Carolina Press Release Date: Feb 8, 2012 Emphasis Added

Low-level radiation in Fukushima Prefecture appears to have had immediate effects on bird populations, and to a greater degree than was expected from a related analysis of Chernobyl, an international . . . → Read More: U.S. University: Low-level radiation appears to have had immediate effects on bird populations in Fukushima Pref. — Areas surveyed are mostly still open to human occupation — Worse than expected — More pronounced than Chernobyl

Japan Professor: 25 times more Fukushima fallout detected in Tokyo Bay mud than maximum level found in nearby lake after nuclear bomb explosions — Cesium flow in rivers won’t peak for another 1-2 years

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Title: Scientist: Cesium sank 20 cm in Tokyo Bay mud Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Author: By NOBUTARO KAJI / Staff Writer Date: February 08, 2012

[...] Last August, [Hideo Yamazaki, a professor of environmental analysis at Kinki University] sampled seabed mud at four locations near the mouth of Arakawa river in Tokyo . . . → Read More: Japan Professor: 25 times more Fukushima fallout detected in Tokyo Bay mud than maximum level found in nearby lake after nuclear bomb explosions — Cesium flow in rivers won’t peak for another 1-2 years

Asahi: Reactor No. 2 temperature stays high despite Tepco’s stabilization effort — Was back up to 72°C

Title: Temperature in Fukushima plant’s No. 2 reactor remains high Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date: February 08, 2012

Temperature levels in the No. 2 reactor of the disabled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant remain high despite efforts by Tokyo Electric Power Co. to stabilize the situation. [...] 

On Feb. 7, the . . . → Read More: Asahi: Reactor No. 2 temperature stays high despite Tepco’s stabilization effort — Was back up to 72°C

Tokyo Professor: Every organism in Fukushima Prefecture is contaminated with radiation — 1,373,000 Bq/kg detected in worm feces 60 km from meltdowns

Title: 1.37 Million Bq/kg Radioactive Cesium in Earthworm Castings in Fukushima Source: EX-SKF Date: Feb 7, 2012

[...] Professor Mori found over 1.37 million becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium in excrement of earthworms he picked up in Watari District of Fukushima City, where radioactive cesium exceeding the national provisional safety standard (500 becquerels/kg) has been . . . → Read More: Tokyo Professor: Every organism in Fukushima Prefecture is contaminated with radiation — 1,373,000 Bq/kg detected in worm feces 60 km from meltdowns

Kyoto Professor: Areas in Reactor No. 2 may be over 100°C — Fuel probably as melted as mud, increasing water injection may move it around — Can’t see inside for decades (VIDEO)

Title: Interview of Hiroaki Koide Source: Tanemaki Journal Date: Feb 8, 2012

Translation by Fukushima Diary

[...] Probably the fuel is as melted as mud. It’s attached to everywhere in the vessel, and the place that the mud is attached gets heated. If they increase the water amount, the mud may move and the . . . → Read More: Kyoto Professor: Areas in Reactor No. 2 may be over 100°C — Fuel probably as melted as mud, increasing water injection may move it around — Can’t see inside for decades (VIDEO)

Japan Times: “Massive amounts of slurry, a mixture of sand and water, have been prepared to contain radioactive materials as a last resort”

Title: Crisis never came close to scenario meriting Tokyo evacuation: panel chiefSource: Japan Times OnlineAuthor: REIJI YOSHIDADate: Feb 8, 2012 The Fukushima No. 1 plant worst-case fallout scenario drawn up by Japan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Shunsuke Kondo last March 25 assumed winds would carry the radioactive materials to Tokyo, forcing the government to . . . → Read More: Japan Times: “Massive amounts of slurry, a mixture of sand and water, have been prepared to contain radioactive materials as a last resort”

Guardian on Cold Shutdown: Top official conceded they have ‘no idea’ about location of molten fuel, but ‘assume’ it is resting at bottom of containment vessels — Tepco: No. 2 temp “seems to be close to peaking out”

Title: Rising temperatures at Fukushima raise questions over stability of nuclear plant Source: Guardian Author: Justin McCurry Date: Feb 8, 2012

[...] The operator said the sudden rise in temperature did not call in to question the government’s declaration in December that all three damaged reactors had achieved cold shutdown.

“The temperature of the . . . → Read More: Guardian on Cold Shutdown: Top official conceded they have ‘no idea’ about location of molten fuel, but ‘assume’ it is resting at bottom of containment vessels — Tepco: No. 2 temp “seems to be close to peaking out”

Former Prime Minister’s special adviser: Fukushima “opened Pandora’s box” — Crisis far from resolved

Title: Nuke dangers nowhere near resolved: Kan’s crisis adviserSource: The Japan Times OnlineAuthor: REIJI YOSHIDADate: Feb 8, 2012 [...] But a former special adviser to Naoto Kan, who was prime minister when the crisis started, warned that the situation is far from resolved and said Fukushima has exposed a raft of serious nuclear problems . . . → Read More: Former Prime Minister’s special adviser: Fukushima “opened Pandora’s box” — Crisis far from resolved