Japan officials reveal Fukushima radiation release quadruple what they claimed — TV: “Fukushima disaster has been evaluated as the worst” — Gov’t has no explanation for what happened — Expert: “Massive leak for such a long period… We have to take precautions to prevent a recurrence” (VIDEO)

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NHK, Dec 21, 2014 (emphasis added): More radioactive materials released after crisis — The Japan Atomic Energy Agency says 75 percent of the radioactive substances released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant came more than 4 days after the accident. The government’s investigation has not released what happened during this period. Experts say the reason needs to be determined as to why massive amounts of radioactive materials continued to be released… The nuclear accident in Fukushima has been evaluated as the worst… But the details on how the substances were released remain unknown… Japan Atomic Energy Agency collected new data on radiation detected near the plant over time to analyze how radioactive materials were released into the air. The research has found that an estimated 470,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances had been released by the end of March 2011… The research group says 25 percent [1/4] of the radioactive materials were released during the first 4 days… while 75 percent were released over the 2-week period that followed… radioactive substances released between March 20th and 21st spread to a wider area, including the Kanto region, and are believed to have contaminated drinking water suppliesThe government’s investigation has focused on the first 4 days, and has not determined the cause of the massive release of radioactive substances following that period.

Note the government’s previous investigation focused on releases between March 11 and March 15, which they now say accounted for just 1/4 of the radioactive substances emitted. This would mean that their new estimate of the total radioactive release is 4 times the estimate d based on the initial investigation.

NHK Transcript, Dec 21, 2014:

  • [Intro] New research has given a clearer picture of how much radioactive material was released from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant — and when.
  • [0:15] The most critical period was believed to have been the first 4 days but new analysis suggests it was the period after that which caused most serious damage.
  • [0:30] Researchers at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) collected new data on radiation detected near the plant… Starting on the evening March 15, a massive amount of radioactive material was released… From the night of the 20th, radioactive contamination spread as far as the Kanto region which includes Tokyo. The research found that 75% of the radioactive substances were released after March 15. Previous surveys had focused on the first four days when the situation was deteriorating out of control. A government investigation has not determined the cause of the massive release of radiative substances following that period. And researchers also have no clear explanation.
  • [1:15] Masamichi Chino, JAEA: We need to analyze thoroughly the mechanism of the massive leak for such a long periodWe have to take precautions to prevent a recurrence, then we should come up with counter measures against possible accidents.
  • [1:45] The Fukushima disaster has been evaluated as the worst, at level 7 — on par with the Chernobyl accident.

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Monju Fbr + Tsuruga Npp 25.60 km
    Mihama Npp 20.52 km
    Takahama Npp 18.90 km
    Ohi Npp 12.00 km

    4.2 earthquake
    9.93 km (6.17 miles) – of Obama, Fukui, Japan
    26 December, 2014 at 13:30:35 UTC

    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/index.php?pageid=seism_index&rid=451471

    12 km from Ohi..
    The place is safe ?
    NO..IT IS NOT.

    • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

      We need to search out mainstream news articles related to cancer, mutations and radiation so we can post factual based comments for others to read. I am already doing this. People see these comments and some of them start thinking critically. I just posted at:
      wsj.com on an article about genetic mutation testing on babies.
      "Genetic mutations are increasing as we proceed through the nuclear age. Autism has now been linked to various genetic mutations. Cancers of all types are genetic mutations. Cancer rates were 7% before we invented and built nuclear reactors and bombs. Cancer rates now are over 56%! Nuclear reactors are literally massive cancer factories that pollute our environment, food and bodies with mutagenic radioactive isotopes of innumerable types. Nuclear power is the most dangerous invention in the history of mankind. Nuclear weapons are created by nuclear reactors. Learn for yourself. Radiation from man made nuclear reactors is not whatsoever comparable to naturally occurring radiation. Nuke reactors put radioactive gases, particles and fluids into our bodies. That is INTERNAL RADIATION. Naturally occurring radiation is outside of our bodies; external. Comparing radiation in sunshine or bananas to radiation bombarding us from Strontium 90 or Cesium 137 is a complete joke. One gram of Cesium 137 has 18 TRILLION times the radioactivity of one gram of Potassium 40 which is the radioactive isotope found in bananas which the pro nukers always use in their attempts…

    • Must see! Yoichi Shimatsu's latest investigation on what was behind Fukushima Incident!!

      http://youtu.be/Se-6QCQmQmU

  • rogerthat

    http://nuclear-news.net/category/2-world/north-america/usa-north-america/

    USA nuclear lobby getting desperate: demanding “strong government intervention”

    77% Of New US Electricity Generating Capacity was in wind and solar, In November

    Renewable energy has now gained political clout, in USA States

    Only in renewable energy are jobs growing: in the power sector – job losses, especially in nuclear power

  • rogerthat

    http://www.georgeafb.info

    "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." George Washington, 1789

    PUBLISHED: NOVEMBER 13, 2012
    UPDATED: DECEMBER 22, 2014

    Intro

    Did the Department of Defense (DOD) misrepresent the nature and extent of the environmental contamination at the former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453″? Yes. In doing so, the DOD wasted in excess of $124,700,000.00(1) of the taxpayers' money, and unnecessarily endangered the public, military personnel, and their family members. By concealing the nature and extent of the contamination, and the complete … [Read More…]

    – this site has a bunch of stuff, have a look

  • rogerthat

    http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/12/26/nuclear-energy-tribal-working-group-strengthen-government-government-relations-158454

    … The working group is the final step resulting from the Nuclear Energy Tribal Leader Dialogue that was established in October 2013 by the Office of Nuclear Energy. Topics of the dialogue were: management of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste, to include transportation and related emergency response planning activities, nuclear research and development, small modular reactors, and potential economic business opportunities…

    – give them scrub land, give them casinos, give them …

    – has anyone here read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee?

    • Yes, one of my treasured books for a long time. I just watched the movie too which is excellent…with a 2011 copyright on the disk, not sure if same year for when filmed. Really good acting and documentary, scenes filmed in Alberta mostly. Sure are some radioactive sky colors though in a few scenes.

      Seems like I can't watch a movie anymore without comparing to what outdoor sky backdrops looked like decades ago.

  • rogerthat

    http://snakeriveralliance.org/e-p-wrestles-role-nuclear-plants-carbon-emission-rules/

    E.P.A. WRESTLES WITH ROLE OF NUCLEAR PLANTS IN CARBON EMISSION RULES

    New York Times, By MATTHEW L. WALD
    DEC. 25, 2014

    …Jon B. Wellinghoff, a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said in an interview that maintaining the old plants would hold down carbon emissions, and that “if we want to keep them, we’ll probably have to support them.”

    Federal subsidies for wind energy, he said, are “knocking reactors off the system” by driving down energy costs, he said…

  • rogerthat

    http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141218000654

    …Currently, spent fuel rods are stored temporarily on the reactor site pending the building of a centralized storage facility. About 13,250 tons were stored in different nuclear reactor sites as of end-2013 and it is estimated that the sites will become full incrementally between 2016 and 2038.

    The Public Engagement Commission of 15 nuclear experts, academics, city council members and a representative of an environmental watchdog group was formed last year to engage the public in discussions about the spent nuclear fuel issues so that their opinions could be incorporated into policy decisions. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy is expected to draw up a plan for disposing of spent fuel based on recommendations by the commission.

    So far, the commission has released an interim report suggesting that a permanent disposal facility must be completed by 2055. It has not said where it could be built or what type of storage could be employed. The commission, in the meantime, has extended its mandate to June 2015.

    The Gyeongju site for low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste took 28 years to complete. A facility for the more hazardous spent fuel rods will be much more controversial. Hence, the building of a permanent storage site for spent nuclear fuel rods is an urgent matter that requires immediate government attention…

  • rogerthat

    http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/07/14/after-40-billion-americas-biggest-nuclear-dump-is-still-leaking/
    NONPROFIT
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    DONATE TODAY
    Our Most Important Stories in 2014

    After $40 Billion, America’s Biggest Nuclear Dump Is Still Leaking
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    – this

  • rogerthat

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  • rogerthat

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=14249

    TEPCO Gets Off On Fukushima Responsibility Twice In One Week
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  • Marcie

    "We have to take precautions to prevent a recurrence"???? What does that mean? This is an ongoing disaster. Are they trying to say it's over? Getting the truth way after the fact and in miniscule increments is causing harm to the people who could plan better and get out of harms way sooner if they knew the facts about radiation and the Fukushima meltdowns. I was telling people to get out of Japan back in 2011 if they wanted to be alive in 5 years. The government and the energy guys are in denial.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/12/24/reader-mail/thumbs-up-for-decontamination/#.VJsoysBY8

    READER MAIL
    Thumbs up for decontamination
    DEC 24, 2014

    Three years and nine months after the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor explosions, finally our house, about 65 km away from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma-machi, was decontaminated. It took a whole week to clean our piece of land and house.

    First of all, the workers put up scaffolding and washed the walls of the house and the roof gutters. Next, they dug out garden soil to lower the sievert number [units of ionizing radiation] to Fukushima City’s requirements. Soil was dug about 30 cm deep. And they cleaned the whole garden like gardeners, and changed the pebbles around our gate.

    They worked hard in the cold weather and seemed well trained. They watched their language, and their attitude was very good! We don’t know how to say thank you.

    The problem I think of is how much money was used for decontamination. Our community has at least 120 houses. Tokyo Electric Power Co. should have been more careful about the accident. We can now hear water flowing into the drain sink.

    MASAYUKI AIHARA
    Fukushima

    • And what do you think of this article, Roger?

      • rogerthat

        well, i think he's right – they should have been more careful, and it is indeed going to cost Tepco (read taxpayers) a lot of money. Over a long period, the total cost to the japanese people may run to several trillion dollars.

        also, 30cm of soil is a lot of soil from one little garden, so my guess it's pretty contaminated. the last time figures about this were being bandied about – earlier this year – they were saying 5cm of topsoil would be removed, and that if that was done on all the contaminated land, it would run to more than 100 million tonnes. they have about 25 million tonnes in black (and blue) plastic bags so far. so if they are having to go deeper, they will soon have enough to build the highest mountain in japan. which will be good for tourism – maybe they will use it next time tokyo hosts a winter olympics…

        mostly, though, poor bloody people – forced to flee and abandon everything, then forced to go back to live under a permanent cloud of fear and foreboding.

  • rogerthat

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141224_24.html
    NRA to study nuclear waste disposal requirements
    Dec. 24, 2014
    Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority says it will begin drafting guidelines for the disposal of nuclear waste with relatively high-levels of radioactivity.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141226_37.html
    New method for contaminated water may be failing
    Dec. 26, 2014

  • rogerthat

    http://investmentwatchblog.com/fukushima-122614-plans-to-decentralize-tokyo-4-fukushima-children-with-thyroid-cancer/

    … The strategy also includes raising the number of people moving out of the Tokyo metropolitan area by 40,000 from the 2013 level in 2020, and lowering the number moving into the area by 60,000…

  • rogerthat

    http://www.atominfo.ru/en/news4/d0319.htm

    Regulators have approved a plan of 24 points for Fukushima Daiichi

    ATOMINFO.RU, PUBLISHED 27.12.2014

    – there may be a better version somewhere

  • rogerthat

    off topic:

    https://consortiumnews.com/2014/12/28/the-future-the-us-budget-foretells/

    Dec 28 2014

    By Lawrence Davidson
    (Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.)

  • If Arto is even close to right we are looking at a level of pathological lies worthy of a new name!…Arto Lauri thinks all three cores gasified….gut wrenching material….he opens with the drama taking place in Finland, that is the sacrifice of such a rare, egalitarian society, rich in beauty, academic accomplishments, and pristine natural resources to the Plutonium Mafia….
    so for making these videos he is facing some tuff retaliation, also he owns home close to the NPP…

    Arto Lauri 94. Fukushima No.4: http://youtu.be/0xg7ZaudB-s

    Thought i had heard it all…..we need to recalculate the mess we're in…..God Help Japan! Save the Dolphins!

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