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“Shocking”: Officials make it mandatory to use Fukushima rice in school lunches

Fukushima plans to use local rice in mandatory school lunches (!). Tomorrow I will attend debate on this emotive issue at City Hall.

— Ian Thomas Ash (@DocumentingIan) December 16, 2012

At Fukushima City hall w/ Mr Shibuya for hearing on whether locally grown rice will be used in school lunches from Jan. twitter.com/DocumentingIan…

. . . → Read More: “Shocking”: Officials make it mandatory to use Fukushima rice in school lunches

Kaku: Fukushima reactors “a ticking time bomb” — “Catastrophe beyond comprehension” if major pipe break or quake (VIDEO)

Full broadcast here

Title: Radioactively Hot Show (Re-broadcast with Dr. Michio Kaku) Source: SOAPBOX #106 Date: December 7, 2012

At 5:00 in

The reactor is still like a ticking time bomb. If you have a secondary earthquake, another pipe break, evacuation of workers, the accident starts up all over again.

At 13:30 in

Realize . . . → Read More: Kaku: Fukushima reactors “a ticking time bomb” — “Catastrophe beyond comprehension” if major pipe break or quake (VIDEO)

Engineer: “Much more problem” — Destroyed Fukushima Unit 3 to never be reinforced over next 40 years (VIDEO)

Watch the video here

Title: Update on Fukushima Part 1 Source: Yastel Yamada, Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima Author: SocialUplifter Date Published: Dec 7, 2012

Yastel Yamada, Engineer, Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima: [Unit 3] is much more contaminated than Unit 4 and no reinforcement work has been done yet.

And also much more . . . → Read More: Engineer: “Much more problem” — Destroyed Fukushima Unit 3 to never be reinforced over next 40 years (VIDEO)

NHK Fukushima Documentary: “It’s like being in jail” — “It’s like we did something wrong and got locked up” (VIDEO)

Watch the video here

Title: The People of District 6 Source: NHK Uploaded by: MissingSky101 Date Aired: Dec 15, 2012

At 2:20 in

Resident: We’re all from Iitate

Off-Camera: All from Iitate?

Resident: Yes we’re members of the Chernobyl club.

[…]

Resident 1: This place is dead. It’s like being in jail. But we . . . → Read More: NHK Fukushima Documentary: “It’s like being in jail” — “It’s like we did something wrong and got locked up” (VIDEO)

Gundersen on New Video Exposé: We now have the evidence that Fairewinds was right — “Containments can blow-up” (AUDIO)

Title: DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN! Source: Fairewinds Energy Education Date: December 16, 2012

Host Kevin Hurley: Can you tell us anything about this video? May be a little sneak peek?

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: […] We have some pretty conclusive evidence of a detonation shockwave [….] The video that’s . . . → Read More: Gundersen on New Video Exposé: We now have the evidence that Fairewinds was right — “Containments can blow-up” (AUDIO)

Jiji: Cover-up of true radiation levels Fukushima residents were exposed to? WHO accused of underestimating disaster’s impact on human health

Follow-up to: Gundersen on WHO: I don’t trust their data — Garbage in, garbage out — I suspect hot particles and internal emitters are omitted, and radioactive releases underestimated

Title: WHO downplayed health effects of nuclear crisis on Fukushima residents : German physician Source: Jiji Press Date: Dec. 16, 2012

A German doctor and . . . → Read More: Jiji: Cover-up of true radiation levels Fukushima residents were exposed to? WHO accused of underestimating disaster’s impact on human health

Kyodo: M10 quake possible, says study — An hour of shaking — Tsunami lasting for several days

Title: Magnitude 10 temblor could happen: study Source: Kyodo Date: Dec. 15, 2012 h/t Pu239

It is theoretically possible that the world could see a quake with a magnitude of around 10, a researcher at Tohoku University told the government’s Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction, Japan. [...]

“The estimate does not mean that a . . . → Read More: Kyodo: M10 quake possible, says study — An hour of shaking — Tsunami lasting for several days

Intense M5 quakes hit near Fukushima (MAPS & VIDEO)

Video of the Fukushima plant shaking here

Title: Earthquake Information Source: Japan Meteorological Agency h/t missingsky101

13:27 JST:

14:46 JST:

More video of the Fukushima plant shaking . . . → Read More: Intense M5 quakes hit near Fukushima (MAPS & VIDEO)

New Study: “Depopulation with Rapid Aging” after Fukushima Daiichi disaster

Title: Depopulation with Rapid Aging in Minamisoma City After the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Article first published online: 11 DEC 2012

Authors:

Kazunobu Ishikawa MD; Center for Medical Education and Career Development, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan & Department of Cardiology, Fukushima Medical University Hospital, . . . → Read More: New Study: “Depopulation with Rapid Aging” after Fukushima Daiichi disaster

Crackdown: Japanese professor’s arrest “extremely unjust” — Publicly opposed burning of radioactive debris

Title: Unjust Arrest of a Professor Opposing Debris Incineration in Osaka Source: Civic Activity (Organization supporting citizens opposing spread of radiation) Translation: Fukushima Voice Date: December 14, 2012

[...] On December 9, 2012, Masaki Shimoji, an associate professor of economics at Hannan University was arrested by the Osaka Prefectural Police. This arrest is extremely . . . → Read More: Crackdown: Japanese professor’s arrest “extremely unjust” — Publicly opposed burning of radioactive debris

Radiation levels rise for 5th month straight in Fukushima city (PHOTO)

【このグラフを見てください!】福島市の放射線量が5ヶ月連続で上昇中!事故後から11月までの総線量は15858μsv約16ミリです。→ twitter.com/tadagonpapa/st…

— たまちゃん (@tadagonpapa) December 14, 2012

Source: @tadagonpapa Translation: Fukushima Diary Date: December 14, 2012

The radiation level of Fukushima city has been increasing for continuous 5 months. The integral dose from 311 to this November is 16mSv.

See also: Report: What is going on at Daiichi? Fukushima fallout increased Nov. 2-4 — Highest back-to-back days in months (CHARTS)

BBC: “One of the most contaminated places on Earth” — Silence is deafening 10 miles from Fukushima plant — Nuclear power’s lie has been so tragically exposed

Title: Why Japan’s ‘Fukushima 50′ remain unknown Source: BBC News Author: Rupert Wingfield-Hayes Date: 13 December 2012

Entering the exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant is an unnerving experience.

It is, strictly speaking, also illegal. It is an old cliché to say that radiation is invisible. But without a Geiger counter, . . . → Read More: BBC: “One of the most contaminated places on Earth” — Silence is deafening 10 miles from Fukushima plant — Nuclear power’s lie has been so tragically exposed

Tepco: Bent rod found in spent fuel pool — Nuclear fuel rods touching — “Serious fuel failure accident” risked at Japan plant

Title: Bent rod found at TEPCO’s Niigata reactor Source: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN Date: December 13, 2012

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Dec. 12 a bent water rod caused two fuel rods to come into contact inside a fuel rod assembly stored in a spent fuel storage pool for the No. 5 reactor of the . . . → Read More: Tepco: Bent rod found in spent fuel pool — Nuclear fuel rods touching — “Serious fuel failure accident” risked at Japan plant

Asahi: Tepco can’t find where huge amount of highly radioactive water is leaking at Reactor No. 2 — ‘Fractures’ in containment vessel suspected

Title: TEPCO unable to locate source of leak in Fukushima reactor Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date: December 12, 2012

TEPCO unable to locate source of leak in Fukushima reactor

The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is grappling to locate the source of a leak of highly radioactive water . . . → Read More: Asahi: Tepco can’t find where huge amount of highly radioactive water is leaking at Reactor No. 2 — ‘Fractures’ in containment vessel suspected

Fukushima Worker: Concrete reinforcement of Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 is terribly deteriorating… now in a “dangerous state” — Cooling system stopped working, men helicoptered in

Source: Iwakami Yasumi, Japanese journalist Translation: Fukushima Diary Date: Dec. 11, 2012

On December 11, 2012, Japanese journalist Iwakami Yasumi received this email from Mitsuhei Murata, former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland

I received this message on 12/9/2012.

The pump of the SFP in reactor4 had been having the spotty trouble, but it went out . . . → Read More: Fukushima Worker: Concrete reinforcement of Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 is terribly deteriorating… now in a “dangerous state” — Cooling system stopped working, men helicoptered in

“It’s Complicated”: Japan aftershock upgraded to M7.4 — Gov’t now says it was 2 quakes at same time

Watch Fukushima webcams shaking during M7.4 quake

Source: Asahi Shimbun Digital Summary Translation: Fukushima Diary Date: Dec. 11, 2012

[...] Earthquake Research Committee of the government announced it was two continuous earthquakes which are separated. According to the analysis of meteorological agency and Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo, the first earthquake . . . → Read More: “It’s Complicated”: Japan aftershock upgraded to M7.4 — Gov’t now says it was 2 quakes at same time

Gundersen: M7 quake likely caused damage to spent fuel racks at Fukushima Daiichi (VIDEO)

Fairewinds Podcast, Dec. 9, 2012:

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: The fuel racks are going to be damaged. What that means is the box of spaghetti is going to be dented.

So when they go in to try to pull the fuel out, they’re not going to be able to, some . . . → Read More: Gundersen: M7 quake likely caused damage to spent fuel racks at Fukushima Daiichi (VIDEO)

Plant Chief: Fukushima 10 times worse than Chernobyl if containment vessel exploded

Title: Book reveals human drama in Fukushima No. 1 crisis Source: The Japan Times Author: KAZUAKI NAGATA Date:  Dec. 11, 2012 Emphasis Added

[...] Freelance journalist Ryusho Kadota, author of the book “Shi no Fuchi wo Mita Otoko: Yoshida Masao to Fukushima Daiichi Genpatsu no 500 Nichi” (“A Man Who was on the Brink . . . → Read More: Plant Chief: Fukushima 10 times worse than Chernobyl if containment vessel exploded

Fukushima Evacuee: Many kids in region with symptoms of health damage — Abnormal changes began to occur on my son; Stomatitis, eczema, fever, epistaxis

Title: Letters From Mothers Evacuating With Their Children #1 Source: OCHABERIKAI (“A group of mothers evacuating with their children from Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster”)

[...] I presumed that Koriyama [60 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi] was not seriously damaged, for it was not designated for evacuation-needed area.

I was presuming if it were in . . . → Read More: Fukushima Evacuee: Many kids in region with symptoms of health damage — Abnormal changes began to occur on my son; Stomatitis, eczema, fever, epistaxis

Japan nuclear plant will likely be scrapped — All gov’t experts say it’s on top of active fault

Title: Japan may scrap nuclear plant Source: AFP Date: December 11, 2012

Geologists said Monday a Japanese nuclear plant may be sited over an active seismic fault, indicating that it will probably be scrapped. All five experts tasked by the Nuclear Regulation Authority with investigating the tectonic situation underneath Tsuruga plant in Fukui prefecture . . . → Read More: Japan nuclear plant will likely be scrapped — All gov’t experts say it’s on top of active fault

Gundersen: I’m sure there’s a lot of damaged nuclear fuel in Fukushima spent fuel pools — The tubes are cracked — May be completely severed (VIDEO)

Fairewinds Podcast, Dec. 9, 2012:

At ~20:00 in

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: We know though that the fuel is damaged. And the reason we know that is that the radioactivity in the fuel pool water is extraordinarily high and it hasn’t really come down over the last 18 months.

Originally, people . . . → Read More: Gundersen: I’m sure there’s a lot of damaged nuclear fuel in Fukushima spent fuel pools — The tubes are cracked — May be completely severed (VIDEO)

Fukushima Daini Unit 1 had pressure increase after quake, before tsunami — Gundersen: “They should also talk about just how damaged Fukushima Daiichi 5 and 6 are but we’re not hearing that either” (VIDEO)

Fairewinds Podcast, Dec. 9, 2012:

At ~5:00 in

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: There’s another problem down the road, 5 miles down the road, at the Fukushima Daini site. And that one, their Unit 1 there, they experienced a pressure increase inside the containment. No one is quite sure why that happened . . . → Read More: Fukushima Daini Unit 1 had pressure increase after quake, before tsunami — Gundersen: “They should also talk about just how damaged Fukushima Daiichi 5 and 6 are but we’re not hearing that either” (VIDEO)