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Mainichi: Malfunction casts doubt on ‘cold shutdown’ and condition of reactor cores — Japan Nuclear Expert: Will be much more serious if last two sensors fail; Unable to install new ones

Somehow missed this report from yesterday, though still relevant 24 hours later Title: Possible sensor failure throws Fukushima reactor temp. data into doubt Source: The Mainichi Daily News Date: February 13, 2012

[...] the very fact that the sensor may have malfunctioned casts doubt on the cold shutdowns of reactors No. 1-3, declared by . . . → Read More: Mainichi: Malfunction casts doubt on ‘cold shutdown’ and condition of reactor cores — Japan Nuclear Expert: Will be much more serious if last two sensors fail; Unable to install new ones

Beagles to be injected with radioactive substances during gov’t toxicity experiments?

Title: Activists protest alleged use of dogs in radiation research Source: Focus Taiwan Date: Feb 14, 2012

SOURCE: Focus Taiwan

Taipei — An animal rights group staged a protest Tuesday against an alleged plan to use dogs in radiation toxicity experiments [...]

The animal rights group said the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research . . . → Read More: Beagles to be injected with radioactive substances during gov’t toxicity experiments?

Governor: People should be held criminally responsible for Fukushima — Why has nobody been arrested?

Title: Governor: Why no arrests over crisis?Source: Japan TimesDate: Feb. 15, 2012 Saitama Gov. Kiyoshi Ueda wants to see Tokyo Electric Power Co. held criminally responsible for the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

At a regular news conference, he sharply criticized the utility and questioned why nobody in Tepco has been arrested.

Gov. Ueda: “Tepco has . . . → Read More: Governor: People should be held criminally responsible for Fukushima — Why has nobody been arrested?

Study warns of another nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi — Likely to be directly disturbed by large quakes (Full Paper)

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Title: EGU Fukushima at increased earthquake risk Source: European Geosciences Union Author: Ping Tong (Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan [Tohoku] and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China [Tsinghua]), Dapeng Zhao (Tohoku), Dinghui Yang (Tsinghua) Date: Feb 14, 2012 Emphasis Added

Seismic risk at the Fukushima nuclear plant increased after the magnitude 9 earthquake that hit Japan last . . . → Read More: Study warns of another nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi — Likely to be directly disturbed by large quakes (Full Paper)

Reuters: Russian sub had atomic weapons onboard when engulfed by flames — On brink of major nuclear disaster last Dec. -Report

Title: Russia faced major nuclear disaster in 2011: report Source: Reuters Author: Guy Faulconbridge Date: 12:15 p.m. CST, February 14, 2012

Russia came close to nuclear disaster in late December when a blaze engulfed a nuclear-powered submarine carrying atomic weapons, a leading Russian magazine reported, contradicting official assurances that it was not armed. [...]

. . . → Read More: Reuters: Russian sub had atomic weapons onboard when engulfed by flames — On brink of major nuclear disaster last Dec. -Report

NHK: Tepco told to find ways of measuring temperature at Reactor No. 2 and report by tomorrow — Still claimed no xenon detected

Title: TEPCO: No.2 reactor thermometer likely broken Source: NHK Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 15:32 +0900 (JST)

[...] The operator denied the possibility of the reactor heading toward criticality again, as it has not detected any radioactive xenon, which would be generated from continuous nuclear fission.

It says it will continue to circulate water . . . → Read More: NHK: Tepco told to find ways of measuring temperature at Reactor No. 2 and report by tomorrow — Still claimed no xenon detected

Gundersen: 1/3 of Fukushima kids tested positive for lumps on thyroid — Forebodes some real issues in future — We’re only 10 months into the accident here (AUDIO)

Title: Nuclear expert Arnold Gundersen with the first 2012 Fukushima update Source: If You Love This Planet Radio with Dr. Helen Caldicott Date: Feb. 11, 2012

At 20:30 in

Gundersen: They tested 3,000 kids and more than a thousand came up with not tumors, they called them lumps [...]

Caldicott: [...] To find thyroid . . . → Read More: Gundersen: 1/3 of Fukushima kids tested positive for lumps on thyroid — Forebodes some real issues in future — We’re only 10 months into the accident here (AUDIO)

Tepco Handout: Xenon detected in Reactor No. 2 containment vessel — 9 hour half-life

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Title: Primary Containment Vessel of Unit 2 of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Sampling Result by the Gas Control System Date: February 14, 2012 By: Tokyo Electric Power Company

Sampling time: February 13, 2012, 16:24-16:54 (charcoal filter)

Xe-133 @ 0.016 Bq/cm3 (5 day half-life) or 16,000 Bq/m3 Xe-135 @ 0.023 Bq/cm3 (9 hour half-life) . . . → Read More: Tepco Handout: Xenon detected in Reactor No. 2 containment vessel — 9 hour half-life

Gundersen: M7.0 quake can cause Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 to collapse — New study warns fault nearby Daiichi plant ripped open on 3/11; 70% chance of big quake this year

Title: Fukushima faces increased quake risk – study Source: AFP Date: Feb 14, 2012

[...]The picture points to a low-activity fault that was jolted furiously into life by the big quake. [...]

The seismic tomography also says that after March 11, the Iwaki fault suffered a dramatic change in the direction of stress from . . . → Read More: Gundersen: M7.0 quake can cause Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 to collapse — New study warns fault nearby Daiichi plant ripped open on 3/11; 70% chance of big quake this year

Top Japan Official: Evacuating Tokyo was a ‘contingency’, not worst-case scenario — "Implementing COST-EFFECTIVE measures was the proper response"

Title: AP Interview: Japanese official who outlined worst nuclear scenario blames plant’s design Source: AP Date: Feb 14, 2012 Emphasis Added

[...] The document said evacuation zones possibly would have to be expanded, including the Tokyo area with a population of 35 million people, if massive radiation began to leak from the plant [...] 

. . . → Read More: Top Japan Official: Evacuating Tokyo was a ‘contingency’, not worst-case scenario — "Implementing COST-EFFECTIVE measures was the proper response"

Magnitude 6.2 quake in same location as recent M5.5 near Fukushima — "Very Shallow" (MAP)

Title: Earthquake Information Source: Japan Meteorological Agency Date: Feb 14, 2012

Japanese medical experts deeply concerned about children’s radiation exposure — 51% of kids contaminated with cesium-137 at Fukushima hospital — Some had clothing indicating high-level gamma rays

Title: Put children before politics Source: SENTAKU MAGAZINE via Japan Times Date: Feb. 14, 2012

[...] Although the government has been trying to pacify citizens by claiming there is no immediate threat to human health as a result of exposure to radiation, medical experts are deeply concerned about children and their exposure and the . . . → Read More: Japanese medical experts deeply concerned about children’s radiation exposure — 51% of kids contaminated with cesium-137 at Fukushima hospital — Some had clothing indicating high-level gamma rays

Magnitude 5.5 quake near Fukushima (MAP)

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>> UPDATE: M6.2 quake hits after M5.5 in nearly same location (SOURCE) << >> UPDATE II: Expert: M7.0 quake can cause Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 to collapse — New study warns fault nearby Daiichi plant ‘ripped open’ on 3/11; 70% chance of big quake this year (SOURCE) <<

Title: Earthquake Information Source: Japan . . . → Read More: Magnitude 5.5 quake near Fukushima (MAP)