Entire area of major city 60km from Fukushima meltdown to be decontaminated — Officials expect process may take 20 years

Published: July 13th, 2011 at 4:19 pm ET
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Fukushima to decontaminate entire city, Yomiuri Shimbun, July 14, 2011:

The Fukushima municipal government likely will decontaminate the city’s entire area in response to the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to city government sources. [...]

Fear of radioactive contamination is widespread among the city’s residents as radiation levels in some areas of the city have been confirmed as higher than those within the 20-kilometer-radius no-entry zone surrounding the nuclear power plant. [...]

The city government expects it will take at least several years–and possibly close to 20–to decontaminate the whole city. [...]

Wikipedia: As of 2003, the city has an estimated population of 290,866 [...] Fukushima City is about 63 kilometres (39 miles) north-west of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

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116 comments to Entire area of major city 60km from Fukushima meltdown to be decontaminated — Officials expect process may take 20 years

  • Sickputer

    >Officials expect process may take 20 years

    Better add a few more zeros…


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    • Mark Mark

      Haven’t they heard of evacuation?


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      • milk and cheese milk and cheese

        We can learn these facts from the developments so far:

        The government does not care for its people.
        The government will do as it pleases.
        It is all about money. Safety last.
        No one will even try to hide what they are doing from the people. Data will be corrupted, poison will be fed to children, and no compensation will be paid. Ever.
        Saying everything is all right will make it so.
        It will all be done in plain sight.
        Scientists are part of the problem(don’t worry, be happy)
        If the Japanese people have not reacted with outrage to these things so far…they never will.


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      • alasanon

        Apparently, not! I feel really bad for these people, especially the precious children. But, after enough of this, you get a rowboat and you just GO! Anywhere!
        The far corners of Japanese territory, Russian islands, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, etc.


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    • Yes, we learned in physics to add a suitable margin of error.

      So, that would be:

      20 yrs ± 4.3 billion years


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    • TEPCO Workers Face Radiation For $50 A Day
      July 13, 2011 by legitgov
      Fukushima workers brave radiation and heat for £80 a day –Fears grow for inexperienced contractors working in Japanese heatwave to bring stricken nuclear reactors under control …
      http://legitgov.org/Fukushima-workers-brave-radiation-and-heat-80-pounds-day


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      • Steven Steven

        From the article at your link:

        “workers battling to bring its stricken reactors under control”

        That’s half the problem right there; reinforcing the idea of a ‘damaged reactor’ in the minds of the public.

        These reactors are not ‘damaged’. They are toast. And nobody is struggling to bring the melt-through cores under control… nobody even has an idea on the subject of control.


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      from what I can tell, and due to the lack of plume data, it is not easy… it looks like Japan is getting fall out that has traveled all around the northern hemisphere and come right back around to them… surely in lower doses…but..


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      • Biggest problem I see is the steam being 24/7 from curiums caught up in the air and flowing across lands at night and mornings as fog and dew in large concentrations sticking/settling on everything ! As the air heats with the morning sun burning off the dew/fog the isotope particles fall to the grounds also ! Condensation of moister is problematic over Japan, Just as heavy isotope ladened rain is there and worldwide !


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  • Darth

    They will all be dead by then.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Radiation in Japan: As It Is Being Spread Almost Willfully, The Country Is Getting Unhinged
    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/07/radiation-in-japan-as-it-is-being.html


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    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      This is not madness. This is calculated, cruel, uncaring sociopathy. The powers that be know exactly what they are doing, and they do not care.


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      • NoNukes NoNukes

        “mix and match,” it makes me want to scream.


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      • Such good words on this forum, hard to keep up.

        Well, I’ve always defined evil as the epitome of lack of empathy: an inability to realize one’s true connection to the Great Web of Life.

        Governments and corporations seem to fit the bill.

        Chomksy said somewhere that “States are not moral actors.”, or something like it, almost implying that it is impossible for government to have a conscience.

        I disagree. There are governments that are more moral than others, if we assume some benchmark.

        Extrapolating, one can imagine the existence of a “moral” government. Perhaps the government of Tibet, or that of the historical Six Nations might be candidates, but one must be fair and assess them on the basis of current realities.

        For instance, if we don’t hold Libya, someone else will. And, we may not like the “someone” who does, thus forcing us to choose the lesser of two evils, even though the lesser is probably the greater evil.

        I know, they’re still sociopaths, whichever way you look at it.

        Sociopath

        A sociopath is somebody who exhibits sociopathy, who behaves in a way that suggests a lack of conscience. Unlike the average human, a sociopath does not feel any sense of guilt or remorse when committing morally wrong actions or actions that their society deems unacceptable. Because of this utter lack of fear for the sanctions of society, sociopaths take advantage of the social system and use manipulation and amoral behaviors to obtain their goals. The types of behaviors they exhibit are those that would make someone with a conscience uncomfortable.

        Psychopath
        Psychopathy (/saɪˈkɒpəθi/[1][2]) is a term which, until the 1980s, formally referred to a personality disorder characterized by the inability to form human attachment[3] and an abnormal lack of empathy, masked by an ability to appear outwardly normal. The publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders third edition (DSM-III) changed the name of this mental disorder to antisocial personality disorder, and also broadened the diagnostic criteria considerably by shifting from clinical inferences to behavioral diagnostic criteria.[4] However, the DSM-V working party is recommending a revision of antisocial personality disorder to include “Antisocial/Psychopathic Type”, with the diagnostic criteria having a greater emphasis on character than on behavior.[5] The ICD-10 diagnostic criteria of the World Health Organization also lacks psychopathy as a personality disorder. The 1992 manual included dissocial (antisocial) personality disorder, which encompasses amoral, antisocial, asocial, psychopathic, and sociopathic personalities.[6]
        Despite being currently unused in diagnostic manuals, psychopathy and related terms such as psychopath are still widely used by mental health professionals and laymen alike. In particular, NATO has funded a series of Advanced Study Institutes on psychopathy, both before and after the publication of DSM-III. Researcher Robert Hare has been a particular champion of the term; his Hare Psychopathy Checklist is the standard tool for differentiating between those with antisocial personality disorder and the subset who are psychopaths. According to this scale the prevalence of antisocial personality disorder is two to three times that of psychopathy.[7]


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        • Should we make a list of People who have served in Public Office and were bought into the light by their actions, .. and also Business People who have surfaced with their unscrupulous behavior ??

          Presidents Governors to Mayors
          Corporate Giants to Executive’s


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        • dharmasyd dharmasyd

          There was a piece on compassion, government, and law last October on a blog I use:

          What is this idea that can unite our movement and drive people to act? It’s the same idea it has always been: compassion. The New Deal was nothing but compassion written into law. It was a covenant that said, “I am my brother’s keeper. We are all in this together.

          From ToqueDeville’s diary of 10/3/10 at docudharma.


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          • Excellent find dharmasyd.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_de_Tocqueville

            The first who attracts the eye, the first in enlightenment, in power and in happiness, is the white man, the European, man par excellence; below him appear the Negro and the Indian. These two unfortunate races have neither birth, nor face, nor language, nor mores in common; only their misfortunes look alike. Both occupy an equally inferior position in the country that they inhabit; both experience the effects of tyranny; and if their miseries are different, they can accuse the same author for them

            Remember he was one of the few who had the compassion and intelligence to recognize that both black and brown-pigmented individuals were actually human at a time when our “enlightened” white brethren naturally thought of themselves as “superior”, or ‘better’.

            If you study the Iroquois Confederacy and their consitution you’ll see that exactly the opposite was the case. This, despite the optical illusion of supposed technological superiority.

            One must keep in mind here that there are several kinds of “intelligence”: mental, emotional, spiritual. The indian way was more wholistic.

            The political system of the Iroquois Confederacy was extremely advanced, by any standards. There’s also evidence they gave whitey the idea to join his 13 colonies into a Confederation to form a more powerful union.

            Women will be interested in their ‘way’ of perfect equality between the sexes. None of that hierarchical male-centred nonsense as expressed by that twit St Paul in the New Testament.


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          • Misitu

            Pu239: absolutely.


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    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      That is some article, Whoopie. It is obvious that “WE”, TPTB, have created a situation so monstrous it is beyond our capacity to imagine or to cope.

      What to do with all these people who are going to sicken and die anyway? Can we move all the millions of Japan to somewhere is the Southern Hemisphere? A new exodus like the Jewish dispossessed to Israel … “A People without a Country for a Country without a People!” Palestine was not a country without a people, but that was used as a rationalization, even though invalid.

      No, that won’t work. Better to let them go home to die in familiar surroundings than in misery in refugee facilities.

      Fukushima shows we have created a monster beyond our ability to control or cope. Will the rest of the world realize that before it is too late?

      Or is it already too late?


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      • As I said, our technological “superiority” [intelligence, brilliance] has killed us.

        Real intelligence is more all-embracing: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.

        Without spiritual intelligence, you’re done for.

        Obama doesn’t “get it” yet.

        He actually appeared to me in a dream the other night, and whispered something in my ear. (I have no idea what he said, which was frustrating – even inside the dream). I actually thought he was going to say something like: “You’re in big trouble laddie.”, but it was something else.

        Merkel ‘gets’ it. Women’s intuition – never to be mistrusted. Also a Phd in Physics probably helps.


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  • SteveMT

    TEPCO razed a hill to build Fukushima on low ground
    16:05 12 July 2011
    Michael Marshall, environment reporter

    Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was devastated by a tsunami in March – but before the plant was built the owners had cleared away a 35-metre hill that would have shielded it.

    The decision, by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), was revealed today in the Japan Times:

    TEPCO, assuming tsunami 3.1 metres or higher would never hit the coast, cut down the bluff by some 25 metres and erected the plant on artificially prepared ground only 10 metres above sea level… TEPCO further dug below the surface 14 metres more to create underground floors, including those for the turbine buildings, where the emergency diesel generators were installed. The tsunami easily flooded the premises and knocked out the power systems, including those for running the critical reactor core coolant equipment. The meltdowns became inevitable.

    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2011/07/tepco-razed-a-hill-to-build-fu.html


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    • Misitu

      This originally appeared in Japan Times at
      http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110712x2.html

      It confirms my fears about the “holocene reclaimed land” [manmade landfill] but amplifies them considerably due to (a) blase indifference to seismic risks and (b) cost benefit analysis cost-cutting based on the costs of pumping cooling water up to the top of a relatively safe bluff above the sea – which bluff was demolished in order to save said running costs.

      Result being that the landfill liquefied and pipes between the large buildings became stressed and lost watertightness.

      As your extract correctly states, much of the construction is actually below sea level, and hence below the groundwater table.

      We can therefore make an educated guess as to where the corium is, and has been since it breached the base of the reactors.

      Thanks Japan Times, New Scientist, and SteveMT


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      • Misitu

        I’d put in a comment to Japan Times thanking them for the article publicising the faulty design and construction decisions. However I did not fully acknowledge that my original(guesswork) inferences were wrong and overtaken by the JT article.

        I feel that the correction I submitted there is equally valid for the opinions I had earlier expressed on enenews so am copying it here. I trust that this will be acceptable to the community.

        My previous comment needs a bit of a revision as I came to the earlier conclusion, without the knowledge contained in the current article, that the “holocene reclaimed land” comprised land reclaimed from the sea and my interpretation of liquefaction /on that basis/ is incorrect. I am grateful for the opportunity to acknowledge this.

        However, the decision of the builders to extend the foundation to below sea level is very strange. It is possible that just that decision increased the risk to pipework running between the significant installations in the plant.

        It also made containment of waterborne contamination impossible.


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  • AustralianCannonball

    This is my video analysis that shows the park asuperdry got the soil from as well as the report. I have been so busy I didn’t even know enenews had this yet!. We just want to get this out(I have been working with asuperdry on many things in Japan):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS57otEiNA8


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      WONDERFUL WORK AC!! I posted to HP! I hope you continue to stop by and let us know of NEW UPDATES. JESUS CHRIST! It’s BAD! ty


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      • Whoopie Whoopie

        I JUST POSTED IT TO THE NEW WALL STREET THREAD TOO! Keep up the great work! Those kids in the background break my heart!
        WE MUST SAVE THE CHILDREN…altho I don’t know how NOW!! Ooooooooooo..I’m so angry!!


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    • nohobear nohobear

      Thanks AC for getting the truth out. Be safe.


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    • arclight arclight

      a very disturbing report! at least the iodine was low! ceasium will take 300 years before it degrades….we really must stop all nuclear power…our governments must stop giving people our tax money to do this…north and eastearn europe, chernobyl…western america, nuclear testing…southern pacific…nuclear testing…parts of australia…uranium mining and testing… northern africa, war depleted uranium….russia, testing accident…far eastern asia, testing fukushima…..not much left to pollute!


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  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    At what point do idiot pronouncements Stop?
    The spew from the Fuku
    has not abated, correct?
    The wind still blows, rains fall, sewage flows,
    sludge is burnt back into the atmosphere,
    mixed into construction blocks,
    Tea, grass, vegetables, peaches, all providing
    a radiation-sink absorption medium.
    Probably they are busy skewing future
    education curricula-for-worker-bees to
    include some nonsense nukie propaganda.
    There will be no “decontamination” of
    the Nation.


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  • tony wilson

    blah blah blah blah…
    sometimes silence is better than pointless words.
    moving and shifting deck chairs on the titanic after the iceberg hit.
    all of this pointless crap is to look busy.
    all of the solar technology talk is to look like action.
    prime minister no khan do is on a motorway driving at 200mph at night blindfold.
    he is in those brief surreal calm moments before violent gut wrenching impact.

    as milk and cheese said.
    If the Japanese people have not reacted with outrage to these things so far…they never will.


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  • Monster typhoon expected to slam into south Japan next week
    Still in the midst of its long recovery from the earthquakes and tsunami of early March, Japan must now keep a watchful eye on typhoon Ma-on, rapidly intensifying in the western Pacific. The storm could impact the disaster-ravaged country early next week.
    The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reports this morning …
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/monster-typhoon-expected-to-slam-into-south-japan-next-week/


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  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    you know, Girlygrrl, it seems we have
    projected our American/western idea of
    intelligence, and Education, onto a culture
    which now appears to conform more like
    North Korean Ant-colony clone-wars type
    of very industrious, but dare not question,
    dare not be cast out, like the RUSH song…


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  • tony wilson

    THE OWELLIAN CORRUPTION CONTINUES

    Chris Huhne, uk Energy Secretary

    a liar and the man caught covering up bad fukishima news to protect areva.

    will soon be promoting one of the biggest infrastructure renewal projects the uk has seen – £110 billion of investment over the next 20 years to replace a quarter of the country’s generating capacity.

    It will include new nuclear reactors – which even many environmentalists now concede are the cleanest and safest way to generate energy : )

    full nuclear steam ahead..

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/8633110/Helping-Britain-meet-its-future-energy-needs.html


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Tony, it struck me when I heard an interview with CH from one year ago (before elections!), where he stated that “nuclear power is a technique which has been widely tested and proven to be a failure”.
      What????


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      • tony wilson

        typical.
        it is either obama type lie.
        vote for me cos i want peace and bush wants eternal war.
        or the huhne approach caving into to pressure from billion dollar nuke companies.
        with a possible directorship after he leaves office.
        most of these english thieves do not take money in a brown envelope.
        they get a nice big office job a few years after they leave government.
        look at liar blair a couple of million for 1 day a month at jp rotten morgan.
        huhne and the rothchild boss men can do what they want,they can say nuclear is good and safe.
        most brits think japan nuke problem is all sorted


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    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      MANY ENVIRONMENTALISTS? ONE writer, James Lovelock, says nuclear is the way to go and suddenly ‘MANY environmentalists’ do?

      This is the new Big Lie.
      You don’t just keep repeating it…
      you take one small thing and extrapolate it to the whole. This is what comes of not being a united opposition, and of not paying attention.

      Give them an inch, they take the entire planet.


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  • mikael

    Who is “mad as a hatter” is still a matter of whats madness or even wours, sanity.

    For the missfits and the rest, a litle inspiration; from Apple.
    Hehe
    “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square hole. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
    — Apple Computer Inc.

    And what I belive in, whi we are, when we are waken, and rise above this Vally of Shadows.

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
    — Marianne Williamson

    And in this hour we must react or if not take the consequenses.
    What ever we do, it has consequenses, even when we deside to do nothing, it has consequenses.
    And in the end it is infact up to us. To wait for a Entety or what ever, is the moust dangerous thing to do.

    We humans did it, and we have to clean it up, and for now, we have just this Planet.

    Peace.


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  • Remember what is required, because this is about power and money and they will not give it up willingly: to get from here to there, if we push enough they will shove. We would have to be willing to face the barrels of the M4s, the AK-74s, the SA-80s, the Galils, and the Type-95s. To face such things requires much resolve — I myself, often bedridden, will likely plead old age.


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    • One can still do damage with a single laptop.

      Remember, they’ve being firing missiles at Afghanny civilians from laptops several thousand miles away.

      Imagine if someone fired a nuke missile at your wife and kids? They do it, with complete justification inside their sick (or ‘pathological’ as Helen Caldicott calls it) brains.


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  • maaa

    They will be Nuke free and people free.


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  • radegan

    Right – clean up a whole city. I remember when they cleaned up the asbestos in NYC office buildings. Made the mafia richer with the contracts and killed a lot of office workers with half-assed work. I’m betting it’ll be about the same.


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  • VanneV anne

    We are getting heavy rain where I am in Colorado. The cpm are going up and down. At 6:53 it was 64 cpm.
    http://radiationnetwork.com/


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  • •Fukushima Prefecture has announced it will shut down the official shelters within Fukushima, which will force them to go back to their own homes.

    •Minami-Soma City has issued notice to all 32,000 city residents who have been living in the shelters, temporary housing outside Fukushima Prefecture that they must return to Minami-Soma, high radiation or not. (Mainichi Yamagata version, 7/12/2011)
    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/07/radiation-in-japan-as-it-is-being.html


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      My jaw just dropped


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    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      You must follow the directions precisely for the next twenty years.

      If you develop cancer and your children die, it is YOUR FAULT since you did not follow instructions.

      I’d be in the streets with some sort of weapon by now.


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      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Milk and cheese,
        me too. First they force them to leave, now they force them to come back and take care of themselves.
        I’d take my cardbord box from the shelter and but it up in the Mayor’s office.


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    We might not have the highest readings of radiation as the Japan people, but we are still in the same boats as they are.

    Radiation is here and we are still getting waves of it. We are getting higher readings than normal.

    Our officials are also with holding information

    We would be better off else where

    Sorry, but I see no difference between Japan people and us.


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  • More Russian roulette:

    MAP 5.0 2011/07/14 04:10:56 36.787 141.316 20.4 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    From the article:”The government anticipates decontamination of private homes will be carried out by citizens themselves based on manuals it will distribute.”

    They have lost their minds. So will I, probably.


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    • Mark Mark

      Watched 16 min in so far what I seem to remember from other posts on this site is you can’t measure hot particles with a Geiger counter but they seem to be. Old equipment and apart from hearing clicks never heard them quote a measurement. Will watch the rest tomorrow. My opinion not that valuable I can’t comment on their methodology


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  • VanneV anne

    14 Earthquakes with same coordinates as Fukushima Daiichi (#1) Nuclear Power Plant 37.233 141.015
    Mar. 12 – July 6
    1. 08:11 JST 12 Mar 2011, 37.2N, 141.0E, very shallow, 4.8, Fukushima-ken Hamadori …
    http://www.google.com/search?q=08%3A11+JST+12+Mar+2011%2C+37.2N%2C+141.0E%2C+very+shallow%2C+4.8%2C+Fukushima-ken+Hamadori+…&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#q=08:11+JST+12+Mar+2011,+37.2N,+141.0E,+very+shallow,+4.8,+Fukushima-ken+Hamadori+…&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=ImE&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivns&filter=0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=3e67cd2feba15e18&biw=805&bih=586

    2. 2011/03/16,18:56 37.2 N141.0 E 1 0 km Mj 4.4E_OFF_FUKUSHIMA_PREF
    http://www.fnet.bosai.go.jp/event/tdmt.php?LANG=en&ID=20110316185500&all

    3. Magnitude 4.3 earthquake Apr-19 00:07 JST at Fukushima-ken Hamadori (37.2N/141.0E) Depth 10 km
    http://tweetmeme.com/story/4742324150/japan-meteorological-agency-earthquake-information


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  • VanneV anne

    10. 14:17 JST 19 Jun 2011 37.2N 141.0E 10 km 3.0 Fukushima-ken Hamadori
    http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/20110619142201391-191417.html

    11. 22:06 JST 29 Jun 2011 37.2N 141.0E 10 km 3.3 Fukushima-ken Hamadori
    http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/20110629221027391-292206.html

    12. 09:17 JST 04 Jul 2011 37.2N 141.0E 10 km 3.1 Fukushima-ken Hamadori
    http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/20110704092154391-040917.html


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  • VanneV anne

    CORRECTION:
    continuation of
    14 Earthquakes with same coordinates as Fukushima Daiichi (#1) Nuclear Power Plant 37.233 141.015
    Mar. 12 – July 6
    #13-14


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  • maaa

    Is Japan going to decontaminate the radioactive Pacific Ocean?


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      That would be something to see. It would be a miracle.


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    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      No, that is our problem. We must follow directions for the next 2000 years.


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      • WindorSolarPlease

        Just ask my husband..

        I was never good at following directions when driving, somewhere I didn’t know how to get to.

        I was never good at following directions when I have had to build furniture that had a 100 pieces to it.

        I just don’t see myself being that good at following these necessary directions, for that long.


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  • catweazel

    Is Japan going to decontaminate the radioactive Pacific Ocean?
    will be done by the inhabitants


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    • I think the ocean is already under a snowballing type of effect that might be irreversible.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extinction_event#Sustained_and_significant_global_warming

      Since life began on Earth, several major mass extinctions have significantly exceeded the background extinction rate. The most recent, Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction event, which occurred approximately 65.5 million years ago (Ma), was a large-scale mass extinction of animal and plant species in a geologically short period of time. In the past 540 million years there have been five major events when over 50% of animal species died.

      Sustained and significant global warming
      This would have the opposite effects: expand the area available for tropical species; kill temperate species or force them to migrate towards the poles; possibly cause severe extinctions of polar species; often make the Earth’s climate wetter on average, mainly by melting ice and snow and thus increasing the volume of the water cycle. It might also cause anoxic events in the oceans.

      Global warming as a cause of mass extinction is supported by several recent studies.[48]
      The most dramatic example of sustained warming is the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, which was associated with one of the smaller mass extinctions. It has also been suggested to have caused the Triassic-Jurassic extinction event, during which 20% of all marine families went extinct. Furthermore, the Permian–Triassic extinction event has been suggested to have been caused by warming.

      Anoxic events
      Anoxic events are situations in which the middle and even the upper layers of the ocean become deficient or totally lacking in oxygen. Their causes are complex and controversial, but all known instances are associated with severe and sustained global warming, mostly caused by sustained massive volcanism.
      It has been suggested that anoxic events caused or contributed to the Ordovician–Silurian, late Devonian, Permian–Triassic and Triassic–Jurassic extinctions, as well as a number of lesser extinctions (such as the Ireviken, Mulde, Lau, Toarcian and Cenomanian–Turonian events). On the other hand, there are widespread black shale beds from the mid-Cretaceous which indicate anoxic events but are not associated with mass extinctions.


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    • maaa

      You mean the fishes?


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  • Toshiba develops nuclear decontamination system

    Japanese electronics maker Toshiba has developed a system to decontaminate radioactive wastewater at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant from early August.

    The system, nicknamed Sarry, was shown to media at a plant in Yokohama on Thursday. It consists of a series of 14 tanks, each 1.4 meters wide and 3.6 meters high.

    Minerals put inside the tanks are to absorb radioactive cesium and strontium and reduce levels of radioactivity in contaminated water by a factor of about one million.

    A decontamination system in place at the Fukushima plant since June has been accident-prone and running at 73 percent capacity, far below the target of 90 percent.

    The new equipment is expected to be used in parallel with or as a supplement to the existing one.

    A Toshiba official says the firm made the new system simpler than the existing one by studying problems it developed.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/14_30.html


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