Cesium spikes to highest level in 7 months north of Tokyo — 10 times recent averages (CTBTO)

Published: February 29th, 2012 at 9:24 pm ET
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h/t Fukushima Diary
Source: http://www.cpdnp.jp/pdf/120227Takasaki_report_Feb22.pdf
高崎に設置されたCTBT放射性核種探知観測所における放射性核種探知状況
(2012年2月22日時点)

Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture

7/25 – 7/26/2011

  • Cs-134 @ 1,802 microBq/m³
  • Cs-137 @ 2,338 microBq/m³

2/17 – 2/18/2012

  • Cs-134 @ 821 microBq/m³
  • Cs-137 @ 1,274 microBq/m³

Published: February 29th, 2012 at 9:24 pm ET
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33 comments to Cesium spikes to highest level in 7 months north of Tokyo — 10 times recent averages (CTBTO)

  • Gigman

    Must be another broken meter… Soon the residents of Tokyo will go on holiday and decide not to return.

  • Nukites

    Cold shutdown, dude.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Happy Anniversary! 🙁

  • StillJill StillJill

    Did anyone catch the tepco/fuku story on KVIE at 6PM tonight?

    I did. It was better than I thought,….but not one word about any radiation reaching any other countries.

    • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

      Was that the PBS show, Jill?

      • StillJill StillJill

        Yes. It was pretty bloody accurate,…I was surprised as hell at a few of their admissions. They seem to take Kan's side,….and made TEPCO look pretty bloody bad!

        They even had tepco workers talking tepco down. One guy admitted that they broke all kinds of rules. It was a 'get it off your chest' piece-IMO.

        • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

          They also made it sound like the disaster was basically a few touch and go days in March/April, 2011…won't be able to live there for a couple decades, but the emergency is over. We ALL know better.
          And, yes, they pushed govt. good, tepco bad real hard.

          • dharmasyd dharmasyd

            PoorDaddy…I really agree with your assessment. It's like they realized too many people, at least those of us who commented at PBS, wern'e buying the Miles PObrien spin of the earlier story. So they had to try harder to make it look like they were digging into the dirt.

            Other than showing what I saw as incredible looks of fear in the eyes of the workers, they portrayed the story as, "Whew! We got through that okay after a few weeks."

            We here, all know that for so much radioactive bull shit.

        • Alice Alice

          It's happening. A cleansing.

          I'd like to believe that humans have an instinctual understanding of what's right and what's wrong. It's that nagging feeling that you can't really shake off.

          Sooner or later, all that is going to come out in the open.

          What better time than when faced with one's impending death?

  • Mack Mack

    Some trivia…

    —> On February 27th, Japan donated around $730,000 to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization.

    http://www.ctbto.org/press-centre/press-releases/2012/japan-makes-voluntary-contribution-to-ctbto-to-enhance-tracking-of-radioactivity/

    —> Interesting…..The U.S. has not ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

    http://www.ctbto.org/map/

  • Anthony Anthony

    uhohjapan2
    A daily aggregate of articles on the situation in Japan

    February 20, 2012

    Day 345 “I’m thinking every day what we should do if a similar disaster occurs.”

    A must-see:
    A Letter to Lady Gaga

    http://uhohjapan2.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/day-345-im-thinking-every-day-what-we-should-do-if-a-similar-disaster-occurs/

    • Anthony Anthony

      omg EVERYONE HAS TO SEE

      A LETTER TÔ GAGA

      From me personally I apologize to Gaga for being so critical and I obviously misjudged your impacts and how important it was for the Japanese Human Spirit to receive your support.

      This video captures how Gaga inspired and is inspiring a Japanese citizen activist group and the blame where blame is due.

      She is one of us.

    • Alice Alice

      Yeah, Lady Gaga was one of the first offering support.

      That's a great video.

      Message to the Japanese people: WE're cheering you on, whether you know it or not. We're in this together, whether you realize it or not.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Japan Nuclear Disaster Update # 43: why do we feel the need to be alarmist?

    Category: Japan Disaster
    Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:45 PM, by Analiese Miller and Greg Laden

    http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2012/02/japan_update_43.php

  • Anthony Anthony

    3 films on 3/11, nuclear disaster win acclaim in Berlin

    2012/02/19

    http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201202180200.html

    photo

    In “Nuclear Nation,” residents of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, look for their ancestors’ gravestones during a brief return to their hometown. (Berlin International Film Festival)

    BERLIN — Three Japanese documentaries depicting the changed reality for people impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and their resilience have wowed critics at the Berlin International Film Festival.

  • Anthony Anthony

    ***In the first major study of the impact of the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years, the researchers, from Japan, the US and Denmark, said their analysis of 14 species of bird common to Fukushima and Chernobyl, the Ukrainian city which suffered a similar nuclear meltdown, showed the effect on abundance is worse in the Japanese disaster zone.***

    http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2012/02/japan_update_43.php

  • Anthony Anthony

    One of the effects of increased ambient radiation is reduction in brain size in birds, and it can be safely guessed that this may happen in humans as well. More information about this is here.

    http://10000birds.com/why-do-birds-living-near-chernobyl-have-smaller-brains.htm

  • Anthony Anthony

    For how much longer will Japan's fate remain in the hands of amateurs? -Japan Times, Jan 1

    What is the risk of another Fukushima-type catastrophe, perhaps on an even more frightening scale, taking place and is that risk worth taking?
    I turned to an expert on risk, Woody Epstein, whose title is Manager of Risk Consulting at Scandpower Inc., a worldwide company headquartered in Oslo, and with offices in Yokohama.
    "There are statutory limits regulating core-damage frequency (CDF) at nuclear power plants all over the world," explains Epstein, who describes himself as neither pro- nor anti-nuclear. "The CDF limit for a single nuclear power plant is once every 10,000 years. If your CDF is greater than that, you are in violation. My main concern is the release of radioactive material into the environment.
    "The Swiss, with their four plants, have the best attitude on safety in the world. They don't need an accident or a government regulator. They said to me, 'We think about the safety of our friends and families … we do this because we live here.' "

    If there was an Ignoble Prize for Prevarication and Coverup, last year's would go to Tepco for its repeated, official use of the word soteigai (meaning, "beyond the realm of predictability") in mitigation of its response to the tsunami that led to the meltdown of three reactors at its Fukushima plant.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120101rp.html

    http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2012/02/japan_update_43.php

  • Alice Alice

    You burn stuff. It's radioactive. Smoke goes up in the air. That's also radioactive. What goes up comes down. Plop like so much pigeon poop!

    The rest gets carried away by air currents. Oooops! It landed near Tokyo. Passengers on bullet trains carry all that nasty stuff on their shoe soles, in their clothes, hair whatever, all over Japan.

    And don't tell me there are filters. As far as I know, no one has discovered how to filter sub micron radioactive particles yet.

    • Sam Sam

      No one is talking about or measuring the radiation from passengers on international
      flights leaving Tokyo let along if the airplanes are becoming radioactive. What about Japanese exports-cars, parts, cameras, industrial machinery etc…,It is totally insane the incineration
      of radioactive debris. All the released radioactivity is poisoning us ever more day in and day out.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Fukushima lays bare Japanese media's ties to top -Japan Times, Jan 8

    Is the ongoing crisis surrounding the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant being accurately reported in the Japanese media?
    No, says independent journalist Shigeo Abe, who claims the authorities, and many journalists, have done a poor job of informing people about nuclear power in Japan both before and during the crisis and that the clean-up costs are now being massively underestimated and underreported.
    "The government says that as long as the radioactive leak can be dammed from the sides it can be stopped, but that's wrong," Abe insists. "They're going to have to build a huge trench underneath the plant to contain the radiation a giant diaper. That is a huge-scale construction and will cost a fortune. The government knows that but won't reveal it."
    The mainstream media has long been part of the press-club system, which funnels information from official Japan to the public. Critics say the system locks the country's most influential journalists into a symbiotic relationship with their sources, and discourages them from investigation or independent lines of analysis.
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120108x3.html

    • StillJill StillJill

      @Anthony,…tell me I didn't read this right,…""They're going to have to build a huge trench underneath the plant to contain the radiation a giant diaper." LMAO!

      TEPCO'S shitty diaper! Gosh I'm good! 🙂

  • Anthony Anthony

    Gov't tells TEPCO to prepare repair plan for Fukushima Daini equipment -Mainichi News, Jan 12

    The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Wednesday to prepare a report by the end of January on how to repair equipment at its Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a senior agency official said.
    The report is needed to "further ensure" the plant will remain in a stable state of cold shutdown, Kenji Matsuoka, chief of the disaster prevention section at the agency, said at a press conference, denying it is aimed at requiring the utility, known as TEPCO, to prepare for restarting the plant.
    The Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant was not so fatally damaged as the nearby Fukushima Daiichi plant by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. In December, the government lifted its declaration of a state of emergency at the Fukushima Daini plant.
    But facilities at the plant, including the emergency power generator and the cooling system for spent nuclear fuel pools, have been damaged, according to the agency.
    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120112p2g00m0dm035000c.html

  • labmonkeywithagun labmonkeywithagun

    Can anybody figure out total release of cesium, and captured in water system as kilos? Then I do do some math…….
    Just crossing my fingers here

  • GUYS…did you happen to notice the EPA graphs havent been updated since approximately 2.18 for the US???????

    http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/04/12/realtime-epa-radnet-japan-nuclear-radiation-monitoring-every-us-city-single-page-16511/

    Friends on the west coast are all sick, their geigers are going off like crazy, even in San Diego, where there was no jet stream overlay.

    I emailed alex higgins to see what he knows.

    • Mack Mack

      They haven't been updated since 2/20.

      Do you think it has something to do with the 10X increase in cesium that the CTBTO's monitors found in Japan on 2/17?

  • StillJill StillJill

    I'm afraid it's true,…Cali. is getting KILLED RIGHT NOW!!!