NHK shows curium detection 100 km from Fukushima plant? — Professor: Wind blew this way and radiation levels were high as Fukushima City (VIDEO)

Published: November 26th, 2012 at 11:24 am ET
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Curium: The discovery of curium, as well as americium, in 1944 was closely related to the Manhattan Project [...] For research purposes, curium is obtained by irradiating not uranium but plutonium, which is available in large amounts from spent nuclear fuel.

Title: Coexisting With Nature
Source: NHK
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Date Published: August 27, 2012
Date Uploaded: November 26, 2012

David Suzuki, Journalist:  Some smaller communities have set up citizen run radiation testing stations were locals can bring in their garden vegetables. I drop in one one of them in the town of Nasu [95 km from Fukushima Daiichi].

How much does she need?

Woman Preparing Produce: About 1 kilogram. [...]

Professor Yasuki Fujimara of Nihon University, who spent years studying the radiation effects of the Chernobyl disaster: This position means curium.

Suzuki: Curium? Curium.

Fujimara: Yes.

Suzuki: Ah. [...]

Fujimara: Even though we are 95 km away, the wind blew this way and the radiation levels in this area were the same as in Fukushima City. It is up to us to protect the future of our children.

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Published: November 26th, 2012 at 11:24 am ET
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12 comments to NHK shows curium detection 100 km from Fukushima plant? — Professor: Wind blew this way and radiation levels were high as Fukushima City (VIDEO)

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Curium from Plutonium the news just keeps getting more dire. IMHO


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  • patb2009

    which means this was the output cloud from Rac 3, because we know that Rac 3 was the only one with MOX fuel.


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    • harengus_acidophilus

      Radiated fuel rods always contains plutonium.

      h.


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    • Anthony Anthony

      3 was the only one

      *said*

      with MOX fuel.


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    • razzz razzz

      Any non-MOX spent (used) fuel rods will have some plutonium in them besides MOX fuel rods that are already imbedded with plutonium.

      These type of reactors produce the byproduct plutonium (plus about 200 other man made radionuclides), that is why these plants were planned in the first place. For the plutonium they produce so you can make a really big bomb. Most of the other byproducts are an industry 'nuisance.'

      More than likely the byproducts came for Unit 3 but since they never tell us anything or release monitor readings, Units 1,2,3&4 could have contributed to the fallout esp. Unit 2 constantly venting out its missing side panel or from Unit 4's SFP if it caught on fire for any amount of time. Melting down is one thing, vaporizing is even worse.

      It was bad enough the Japanese government didn't tell its citizens where the fallout plumes were traveling to so the citizens could avoid those fallout areas, instead some citizens evacuated into the heart of the fallout, unknowingly.

      The Japanese government could at least redraw the no-zone to match the known heavy fallout patterns instead of drawing meaningless circles.

      This is just a cs-137 fallout map…

      http://allegedlyapparent.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/comparison-japan-mext-fallout-map-cs-137-in-unep-colors-higher-resolution/

      or…

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2011/10/29/ocean-absorbed-79-percent-of-fukushima-fallout/


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      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        Razz, well said so true they all have plutonium just varying degrees as the MOX has it tad more? I think that's the case and you are so right about how little we know concerning the amounts. If only the Japanese Govt. had distributed the PI pills to Tokyo but in all honesty I don't think the US would have been any more forthcoming. ThreeMile Island comes to mind. Sorry I was wandering off topic Thanks again Razz for all the info.


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        • razzz razzz

          I read, typical new fuel rods contain zero plutonium and spent fuel rods contain 1% plutonium after being removed from the reactor for cooling and long term storage. Plutonium being one of many byproducts from fissioning uranium.

          This is a long scary read and you can imagine the problems dealing with nuclear wastes, as most all of it sits waiting for its final resting place…
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioactive_waste
          …impart…

          "…In second half of 20th century, several methods of disposal of radioactive waste were investigated by nuclear nations.[33] Which are;

          "Long term above ground storage", not implemented.
          "Disposal in outer space", not implemented.
          "Deep borehole disposal", not implemented.
          "Rock-melting", not implemented.
          "Disposal at subduction zones", not implemented.
          "Ocean disposal", done by USSR, UK, Switzerland, USA, Belgium, France, Netherland, Japan, Sweden, Russia, Germany, Italy and South Korea. (1954–93) It's not permitted by international agreements.
          "Sub seabed disposal", not implemented, not permitted by international agreements.
          "Disposal in ice sheets", rejected in Antarctic Treaty
          "Direct injection", done by USSR and USA…"


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Just think of reactor #3. sitting there on 3/12 and 3/13 of 2011.
    Percolating away at what? 1000 psi, corium at 2000, 3000 degrees? More?
    Melting, mixing, transmutating, creating all hells concoctions of radioactive isotopes. Heating up incrementally, boiling away the water thats still there, as the hours tic away.

    Then BLAM!

    If I put a pork roast in a pressure cooker on my stove, turned it on high, corked the vent with the wrong weight and left for a day, wouldn't I expect to come home and find pork roast everywhere in my kitchen? That's if the kitchen was still there…


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    • razzz razzz

      You have to look at Unit 2 and its venting through that missing side panel. Because it vented, it did not suffer a hydrogen explosion in the secondary containment that being inside the building itself.

      Unit buildings 1,3 & 4 all trapped hydrogen and blew up.

      Unit 3's explosion presumes there was enough water present to cause a steam explosion but you need a heat source to flash water to steam so that leaves a rattling of pool fuel rods via the initial hydrogen explosion to cause Arnie's 'criticality' with heat and energy then releasing. Probably all three happened, hydrogen, steam and criticality. Byproducts of the explosion would prove or disprove events. Certainly launched solids and vapors.

      Remember TEPCO in their infinite wisdom decided to weld shut the Unit's vent side panels, deemed an eye sore if opened or would induce panic if shown open. Hadn't been done at Unit 2 yet. The panels were to crack open during pressure events, like tornadoes, to help relieve air pressure stresses inside the buildings. The panels if not welded shut, would have saved Units 1,3 & 4 from disintegrating. Probably, but not prevented much else from happening, like meltdowns. Still, instead of sending fallout globally, fallout would have stayed localized until it found avenues to the ocean.

      I might be guessing but so is TEPCO.


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