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Latest Forecast: Isaac heading toward sinkhole — Now under Hurricane Warning — Storm to sit over area for days (MAP)

Title: Isaac continues on forecast track to Louisiana Source: WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge Date: Aug 27, 2012 at 11:50a ET

Source: WAFB

Forecasters have sped up the possible landfall by two hours. Isaac is still expected to be a category 1 hurricane with 90 mph maximum sustained winds at landfall. Isaac remains . . . → Read More: Latest Forecast: Isaac heading toward sinkhole — Now under Hurricane Warning — Storm to sit over area for days (MAP)

Japanese officials report concerns about gamma rays being emitted from Fukushima plant debris

Title: Japan: Post-Fukushima radioactivity low, gamma ray radiation more of a concernSource: APDate: Aug 27, 2012 Japanese officials reporting on the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster say that gamma rays from the rubble left by the accident are now a greater concern than radioactive cesium still being emitted from the crippled nuclear plant.

A . . . → Read More: Japanese officials report concerns about gamma rays being emitted from Fukushima plant debris

Pacific cod fish shipments in Aomori suspended, 200 miles from Fukushima — “High levels of radioactive caesium found”

ABC Australia’s Mark Willacy, August 27, 2012 at 10:26a ET:

Shipments of Pacific cod caught off Aomori, 320km north of Fukushima, suspended after high levels of radioactive caesium found in fish there

Shipments of Pacific cod caught off Aomori, 320km north of Fukushima, suspended after high levels of radioactive caesium found in fish . . . → Read More: Pacific cod fish shipments in Aomori suspended, 200 miles from Fukushima — “High levels of radioactive caesium found”

Physician: International medical community must immediately assist Japanese — Radioactive elements re-concentrate in various bodily organs

Title: The Nuclear Sacrifice of Our Children: 14 recommendations to help radiation contaminated Source: AKIO MATSUMURA Author: Dr. Helen Caldicott Date: Aug 24, 2012

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So what should happen in Japan? These are my recommendations.

All areas of Japan should be tested to assess how radioactive the soil and water are because the winds . . . → Read More: Physician: International medical community must immediately assist Japanese — Radioactive elements re-concentrate in various bodily organs

Sinkhole: Assumption Parish called on to evacuate ahead of storm — Official Website: “More information will follow!!!”

Title: State of emergency Source: The Advocate Author: Robert Stewart Date: Aug 27, 2012

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The parishes Jindal called on to evacuate are: Ascension, Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Plaquemines, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Washington.

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[Louisiana Governor Bobby] Jindal said he expects he will . . . → Read More: Sinkhole: Assumption Parish called on to evacuate ahead of storm — Official Website: “More information will follow!!!”

Bad Sign? AP: “Heavy rains reopen Baltimore sink hole” (VIDEO) — Louisiana declares state of emergency, tells 50,000+ to evacuate as hurricane warnings issued

Follow-up to: Isaac’s storm track shifts toward sinkhole, preparations underway — Could become “extremely dangerous” hurricane (MAP)

Title: Heavy rains reopen Baltimore sink hole Source: AP Date: Aug 26, 2012

A Baltimore public works official says two apartments were evacuated after heavy rains reopened a sink hole.

Department of Public Works spokesman Kurt Kocher . . . → Read More: Bad Sign? AP: “Heavy rains reopen Baltimore sink hole” (VIDEO) — Louisiana declares state of emergency, tells 50,000+ to evacuate as hurricane warnings issued

NHK: “Strong concerns” over 36% of Fukushima kids having thyroid lumps — Now testing outside Fukushima to begin

Title: Thyroid tests extended to kids outside FukushimaSource: NHKDate: Aug. 26, 2012Emphasis Added Japan will conduct thyroid tests on children outside Fukushima Prefecture, to determine whether last year’s nuclear accident in the prefecture has anything to do with the discovery of lumps in the thyroid glands of one in three children in Fukushima Prefecture.

The . . . → Read More: NHK: “Strong concerns” over 36% of Fukushima kids having thyroid lumps — Now testing outside Fukushima to begin

Helicopters to measure radiation levels throughout San Francisco Bay Area next week

Title: Copters to measure radiation in Bay AreaSource: San Francisco ChronicleDate: Updated 10:26 p.m., August 25, 2012 Federal safety agencies announced Friday that they will conduct low-flying helicopter surveys over the Bay Area next week to measure naturally occurring background radiation.

The daily flights starting Monday and ending Saturday are part of a joint . . . → Read More: Helicopters to measure radiation levels throughout San Francisco Bay Area next week

Isaac’s storm track shifts toward sinkhole, preparations underway — Could become “extremely dangerous” hurricane (MAP)

UPDATED HERE: Bad Sign? AP: “Heavy rains reopen Baltimore sink hole” (VIDEO) — Louisiana declares state of emergency, tells 50,000+ to evacuate as hurricane warnings issued

Title: 8:50 a.m. Morning Briefing Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury Date: Aug 26, 2012

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OEP continues to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac. Preliminary preparations are being made in . . . → Read More: Isaac’s storm track shifts toward sinkhole, preparations underway — Could become “extremely dangerous” hurricane (MAP)

Emergency officials now urging residents near giant sinkhole to check homes for sinking, holes, cracks; Immediately report changes

Title: 8:50 a.m. Morning Briefing Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury Date: Aug 26, 2012

Drilling operations with Texas Brine continue. Another stage of casing has been installed and the concrete has been poured. It must set for a 24 hr. period.

OEP [Assumption Office of Emergency Preparedness] continues to urge residents, those that have . . . → Read More: Emergency officials now urging residents near giant sinkhole to check homes for sinking, holes, cracks; Immediately report changes

Mainichi: “Nuclear devastation” for Japan, in peace time — Fukushima disaster “the same as war” -Buddhist Nun

Title: Complacency perished in the Fukushima nuclear disaster Source: The Japan Times Author: MICHAEL HOFFMAN Date: Aug. 26, 2012

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Japan, complacent beneath the American nuclear umbrella, has in fact contributed remarkably little to the cause of nuclear disarmament. Note, besides, [Prime Minister Yoshihiko] Noda’s reference to “nuclear devastation in war,” and what that . . . → Read More: Mainichi: “Nuclear devastation” for Japan, in peace time — Fukushima disaster “the same as war” -Buddhist Nun

“Unsettling News”: There’s no way to fix it if salt cavern under sinkhole has failed, says state engineer — “There’s little that you can do”

Title: Gas-detecting plane will fly near sinkholeSource: The AdvocateAuthor: DAVID J. MITCHELLDate: August 25, 2012 [...]

residents also received some unsettling news as well.

Michel Cernuska, 36, of Brule St. Martin, asked DNR officials what was being considered by the science advisory group to fix the cavern or its well casing if either has . . . → Read More: “Unsettling News”: There’s no way to fix it if salt cavern under sinkhole has failed, says state engineer — “There’s little that you can do”

Intense Magnitude 5 quake nearby Fukushima plant — Hits hours after even stronger quake in Northern Japan (MAP)

Title: Earthquake Information Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

No sinkhole measurements revealed publicly in 10 days — Problems with flyovers by Civil Air Patrol, State Police helicopter, and now EPA airplane (VIDEO)

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August 22: 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Update

Updated measurements of the sinkhole site have not been available because the direct site is remains prohibited. Civil Air Patrol has been contracted to flyover and provide aerial photographs that can be compared to the photographs they supplied on August 10, 2012. As soon as we . . . → Read More: No sinkhole measurements revealed publicly in 10 days — Problems with flyovers by Civil Air Patrol, State Police helicopter, and now EPA airplane (VIDEO)

NHK: Mayor says work to remove radioactive substances “making no progress” (VIDEO)

Title: Fukushima NHK Special: Daiichi Nuclear Fuel Rod Removal Source: NewsWatch 9 Published by: Missingsky101 Date Aired: July 18, 2012 Date Published: August 24, 2012

Last December, the government said the accident at Fukushima nuclear plant had been contained, but the local residents still face a long road to rebuild their lives. The government . . . → Read More: NHK: Mayor says work to remove radioactive substances “making no progress” (VIDEO)

Physician: Overwhelming number of cases being reported from around Japan — Medical data in Fukushima is sealed, no idea what’s truly going on there

Title: Analysis: Radiation Health Risk Management Adviser Shunichi Yamashita Source: Chris Spivey Date: Aug 24, 2012

Following the publication yesterday on this site [...] I was contacted in the early hours of this morning by the author. [...]

The Author [Dr.] Yuri Hiranuma, pointed out in his communication to me that the medical report . . . → Read More: Physician: Overwhelming number of cases being reported from around Japan — Medical data in Fukushima is sealed, no idea what’s truly going on there

Emergency officials at sinkhole meeting discuss possible hurricane heading for Gulf Coast — New aerial footage (VIDEOS)

Public Meeting Slides Governor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness & Homeland Security (GOHSEP) August 24, 2012

AP (Sinkhole near Baton Rouge, LA):

. . . → Read More: Emergency officials at sinkhole meeting discuss possible hurricane heading for Gulf Coast — New aerial footage (VIDEOS)

Yamada: We cannot cover Fukushima Daiichi reactors like after Chernobyl — It’s more complex (AUDIO)

Yastel Yamada, cofounder and director of Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima (Part II) TUC Radio (Maria Gilardin) Recorded July 30, 2012

At 19:00 in

Now a very important thing, Fukushima Daiichi is more complex than Chernobyl…

Their task was just to cover the furnace unit.

But in the case of Fukushima Daiichi, we have . . . → Read More: Yamada: We cannot cover Fukushima Daiichi reactors like after Chernobyl — It’s more complex (AUDIO)

Listen: Melted fuel may have broken through concrete under reactors — Tepco just assuming it didn’t -Fukushima Volunteer (AUDIO)

Yastel Yamada, cofounder and director of Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima TUC Radio (Maria Gilardin) Recorded July 30, 2012

At 14:40 in

Yastel Yamada, co-founder and director of Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima:

The fuel has melted down and eroded the concrete and now Tepco says that there is some room and they say . . . → Read More: Listen: Melted fuel may have broken through concrete under reactors — Tepco just assuming it didn’t -Fukushima Volunteer (AUDIO)

NHK: Many Fukushima nuclear workers leaving after exceeding exposure limit — Young people must be trained to work at plant -Tokyo Professor

Title: Fukushima nuclear workers reaching exposure limitSource: NHKDate: Aug 24, 2012 Controlling the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima is an ongoing challenge in Japan. But many workers crucial to the effort are reaching the limit for radiation exposure.

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The labor ministry says that as of March — one year since the nuclear accident — . . . → Read More: NHK: Many Fukushima nuclear workers leaving after exceeding exposure limit — Young people must be trained to work at plant -Tokyo Professor

6-year-old playing on radioactive waste dump 20km north of Fukushima Daiichi

Title: Visiting the end of the worldSource: Australian Broadcasting CorporationAuthor: Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens Senator for Western AustraliaDate: Aug 24, 2012 [...]

In Minamisoma, a coastal city 20 km to the north of the wrecked Fukushima complex, they’re getting their park back this morning. For seventeen months kids have been unable to play . . . → Read More: 6-year-old playing on radioactive waste dump 20km north of Fukushima Daiichi

Teacher: “I’m lying to a room full of students” — Fukushima City should be evacuated

Title: Visiting the end of the world Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Author: Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia Date: Aug 24, 2012

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Flash forward to August 2012, with 150,000 people evacuated from places like Iitate. The mood in the region is dark. A young high school teacher downloads the unvarnished . . . → Read More: Teacher: “I’m lying to a room full of students” — Fukushima City should be evacuated