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Fukushima hit by Magnitude 4.8 quake

Title: Magnitude 4.8 – NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Source: USGS Date: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 at 04:35:24 AM at epicenter

Member of Japan Parliament: I now believe Tepco was trying to hide radiation levels measured after quake — People in Japan deceived (VIDEO)

Title: Kono Taro on Japan’s reaction to the Fukushima nuclear disaster Source: If You Love This Planet Radio w/ Dr. Helen Caldicott Date: Jan 27, 2012

This week, Dr. Caldicott speaks with Kono Taro for an in-depth look at Japan’s reaction to the Fukushima meltdown. Kono is Director General of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party’s . . . → Read More: Member of Japan Parliament: I now believe Tepco was trying to hide radiation levels measured after quake — People in Japan deceived (VIDEO)

Watch: Scuffle at Japan nuclear hearing — Gov’t official appears to assault member of public (VIDEO)

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January 18, 2012 hearing held by Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry had its Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency regarding the Oi nuclear power plant:

SOURCE: OPTVstaff

h/t pejorativeglut

At ~3:20 . . . → Read More: Watch: Scuffle at Japan nuclear hearing — Gov’t official appears to assault member of public (VIDEO)

Rare quake hits near troubled Illinois nuke plant releasing radioactive steam — “That’s right, she said earthquake” (VIDEO)

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Title: Magnitude 2.4 – ILLINOIS Source: USGS Date: January 30, 2012 at 09:54:43 PM Location: 42.340°N, 88.243°W

Title: Earthquake rattles northern suburbs, parts of Wis. Source: ABC 7 Date: Jan 31, 2012 at 07:50 AM CT

If you live in the north or northwest suburbs and felt the ground move Monday night, you were . . . → Read More: Rare quake hits near troubled Illinois nuke plant releasing radioactive steam — “That’s right, she said earthquake” (VIDEO)

Mainichi: Malfunction at Japan MOX plant — Mystery black particles found — Throws future of Japan’s nuclear cycle policy into doubt

Title: Furnace malfunction hobbles Aomori spent nuke fuel reprocessing plantSource: Mainichi Daily NewsDate: Jan 31, 2012 A furnace malfunction at a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant [in Aomori, Japan] has stalled a planned trial run of the facility, throwing the future of Japan’s nuclear cycle policy into doubt. [...]

The technical impasse could prompt calls . . . → Read More: Mainichi: Malfunction at Japan MOX plant — Mystery black particles found — Throws future of Japan’s nuclear cycle policy into doubt

Tepco Employee: What are they doing? Predicted that pipes would freeze causing water leakage — Now 23 points leaking — Tepco: “It’s hard to keep man power”

Title: Tepco has been ignoring the risk of frozen pipes Source: Fukushima Diary Date: Jan 31, 2012

Via Tokyo Shimbun (1, 2)

Tepco admitted that their employees suggested to cover the pipes or set heaters not to let the pipes get frozen but they kept ignoring it since last summer.

An employee sighs “The . . . → Read More: Tepco Employee: What are they doing? Predicted that pipes would freeze causing water leakage — Now 23 points leaking — Tepco: “It’s hard to keep man power”

Asahi on “unusual” Fukushima information: Reactor No. 5 had inadequate quake protection — Official to conduct thorough investigation after Tepco found no “clear” damage

Title: Piping at Fukushima reactor found insufficient to withstand quake Source: Asahi AJW Author: EISUKE SASAKI Date: January 31, 2012

Piping and support structures at the No. 5 reactor of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant did not have sufficient anti-quake strength under new government standards revised in 2006.

Some of the . . . → Read More: Asahi on “unusual” Fukushima information: Reactor No. 5 had inadequate quake protection — Official to conduct thorough investigation after Tepco found no “clear” damage

Japan journalist interviews father of newborn with heart defect: “Really frustrating I can’t prove it’s because of Fukushima” (VIDEO)

Japan journalist interviews father of newborn with heart defect: “Really frustrating I can’t prove it’s because of Fukushima” (VIDEO)

*Google Translation* Title: Notice CM IWJ verification report Source: YouTube Author: Iwakami Yasumi Date: Jan 29, 2012

“Heart ni ta hole open I ga child” under the influence of radioactive substances has Jeff, father of bitter Nao su ru ~ January 31, 2012 (Tue) 19:00 ~ with a letter to be IWJ Ch1

Fukushima . . . → Read More: Japan journalist interviews father of newborn with heart defect: “Really frustrating I can’t prove it’s because of Fukushima” (VIDEO)

AP: Grim gov’t estimate says Japan population to shrink by 40 million in next 50 years (VIDEO)

Title: Japan population to shrink by one-third by 2060 Source: The Associated Press Author: MARI YAMAGUCHI Date: 10:01 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2012

Japan’s population of 128 million will shrink by one-third and seniors will account for 40 percent of people by 2060, placing a greater burden on a smaller working-age population to support . . . → Read More: AP: Grim gov’t estimate says Japan population to shrink by 40 million in next 50 years (VIDEO)

Asahi: Now 7,800 liters leaked from ruptured pipes — Previous figure mentioned was 600 liters

Title: Leaks sprout at 14 spots in Fukushima nuclear power plant Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date: January 30, 2012 Emphasis Added

Some 7,800 liters of water leaked from a fuel rod storage pool and reactor cooling systems in the disabled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Jan. 29 [...] after . . . → Read More: Asahi: Now 7,800 liters leaked from ruptured pipes — Previous figure mentioned was 600 liters

Japan Times: More leaks found at Fukushima — Water spews from 16 points — Amount leaking at some facilities not revealed

Title: Fukushima No. 1 pipes freeze, leakSubheading: Insulated plumbing scrutinized as water spews from 16 points; cooling at reactor 4 briefly haltedSource: KyodoDate: Jan. 30, 2012Emphasis Added Two more water leaks were found at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant Monday in addition to 14 found Sunday that prompted Tokyo Electric Power Co. to . . . → Read More: Japan Times: More leaks found at Fukushima — Water spews from 16 points — Amount leaking at some facilities not revealed

Mainichi: Abnormalities in offspring of mammals to get particular attention in Fukushima study by gov’t — Shrinking brain capacity, drop in population seen in Chernobyl wildlife

Title: Gov’t starts study of radiation effects on wildlife near Fukushima plant Source: The Mainichi Daily News Date: Jan 30, 2012

The Ministry of the Environment has started a study to examine the effects of radiation from the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant on nearby plant and wildlife, particularly their reproductive functions. . . . → Read More: Mainichi: Abnormalities in offspring of mammals to get particular attention in Fukushima study by gov’t — Shrinking brain capacity, drop in population seen in Chernobyl wildlife

Japan Paper: Professor now reveals “a high level of radioactive materials” detected over 1,000km from Fukushima last April

Source: Chugoku Shinbun Date: Jan 26, 2012 Emphasis Added Translated by EX-SKF

It has been revealed that the suction survey at an atmospheric observatory in Nagasaki City, about 1000 kilometers from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, showed a high level of radioactive materials one month after the nuclear accident. Toshihiro Takatsuji, associate professor at . . . → Read More: Japan Paper: Professor now reveals “a high level of radioactive materials” detected over 1,000km from Fukushima last April

Local gov’t survey: Deteriorating health reported by residents — 60% affected after fleeing radiation — Were 40km away from Fukushima plant

Title: Evacuees of Fukushima village report split families, growing frustrationSource: Mainichi Date: January 30, 2012 Frustration, deteriorating health, and a growing feeling of unfair treatment are being reported by residents who have evacuated from this village, a local government survey has found.

A survey by the Iitate village government obtained responses from some 1,743 . . . → Read More: Local gov’t survey: Deteriorating health reported by residents — 60% affected after fleeing radiation — Were 40km away from Fukushima plant

Impossible? Worst-case scenario prompted gov’t to send reinforcement to Fukushima plant — “We could not even announce the fact that we compiled such a simulation” -Top Official

Title: Hosono urges towns to aid disposal effort Source: Kyodo Date: Jan 30, 2012

Nuclear disaster minister Goshi Hosono was one of the few lawmakers who was shown the secret worst-case scenario for the Fukushima crisis, which was buried to avoid “confusing” the public. [...]

The scenario said that the Fukushima No. 1 power . . . → Read More: Impossible? Worst-case scenario prompted gov’t to send reinforcement to Fukushima plant — “We could not even announce the fact that we compiled such a simulation” -Top Official

Tepco: “Radioactively contaminated water” came from ruptured frozen pipes — Only cesium was removed — NHK had claimed no radioactivity

Title: Japan finds water leaks at stricken nuclear plant Source: Reuters Date: Jan 29, 2012

Japan’s stricken nuclear power plant has leaked more than 600 litres of water, forcing it to briefly suspend cooling operations at a spent-fuel pond at the weekend [...]

“The leakage is believed to have been caused by freezing due . . . → Read More: Tepco: “Radioactively contaminated water” came from ruptured frozen pipes — Only cesium was removed — NHK had claimed no radioactivity

Asahi: Sources say about 1,000 kinds of radioactive materials released from Fukushima reactors

Title: TEPCO to ratchet up efforts to decontaminate water Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Author: TAKASHI SUGIMOTO Date: January 30, 2012

To prevent a further contamination of the sea as occurred in December, Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to remove about 1,000 kinds of radioactive materials from water at the crippled Fukushima No. . . . → Read More: Asahi: Sources say about 1,000 kinds of radioactive materials released from Fukushima reactors

Tepco: Frozen water ruptures pipes at Fukushima plant — Cooling system stops at Spent Fuel Pool No. 4

Title: Frozen water blamed for leaks at Fukushima plant Source: NHK Date: Sunday, January 29, 2012 23:42 +0900 (JST) Emphasis Added

Summary

Tokyo Electric Power Company has found water leaks in 14 locations at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Leaks apparently occurred after frozen water ruptured the pipes [Tepco said] leaked water did not . . . → Read More: Tepco: Frozen water ruptures pipes at Fukushima plant — Cooling system stops at Spent Fuel Pool No. 4

NHK: Gov’t to check chromosomes of Fukushima wildlife — “Plant and animal appearance”, “reproductive function” as well

Title: Radiation study of wildlife planned in Fukushima Source: NHK Date: Sunday, January 29, 2012 11:53 +0900 (JST)

Japan will launch a comprehensive study to monitor the impact of radiation exposure on wild animals and plants around the damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima.

About the Study

Fukushima Prefecture requested the study Will be conducted . . . → Read More: NHK: Gov’t to check chromosomes of Fukushima wildlife — “Plant and animal appearance”, “reproductive function” as well

Leftovers: Local gov’ts testing school lunches AFTER children have already eaten -Yomiuri

Title: Radiation testing on school lunches differs Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun Date: Jan 28, 2012

[...] According to data compiled by the Fukushima prefectural board of education, 33 of the 59 municipalities in the prefecture test school lunches for radiation.

Using two radiation measuring instruments, the Koriyama municipal government checks school lunches only once . . . → Read More: Leftovers: Local gov’ts testing school lunches AFTER children have already eaten -Yomiuri

Mainichi on the Plutonium Paradox in Japan — What do you do with spent MOX fuel?

Title: Japan’s plutonium stockpile builds as nuke fuel cycle policy hits dead end Source: Mainichi Daily News Date: Jan 28, 2012 Emphasis Added

Japan’s stockpile of plutonium had reached 45 metric tons by the end of 2010, inviting suspicion from the international community about what Japan intended to do with the fissile material. [...]

. . . → Read More: Mainichi on the Plutonium Paradox in Japan — What do you do with spent MOX fuel?

Top Tokyo doctor dealing with nuclear workers demands gov’t step in at Fukushima plant for safety reasons — Some unable to read

Source: Tokyo Shimbun Translated By: EX-SKF Date: January 27, 2012 Emphasis Added

(From EX-SKF: The first half of the article is about Mr. Osumi, the first worker to die in May last year after the plant “recovery” work started. About him and his Thai wife, please read my post from July 11, 2011.)

The . . . → Read More: Top Tokyo doctor dealing with nuclear workers demands gov’t step in at Fukushima plant for safety reasons — Some unable to read