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*Shock* NPR: Getting your skin burned from high-level radiation exposure poses no health risk

Title: The Cost of Fear: The Framing of a Fukushima ReportSource: NPR OmbudsmanAuthor: Edward Schumacher-MatosDate: March 15, 2012 [...] Some listeners contacted us following the segment to question why Harris would, in their words, “downplay” the dangers radiation exposure had on the public. In particular, Chris McCarthy, a physics professor at San Francisco State . . . → Read More: *Shock* NPR: Getting your skin burned from high-level radiation exposure poses no health risk

Radio: “Something new in the history of medicine is happening at Fukushima” says physician — 30% of children tested had thyroid lumps — “Now that’s really early, that’s within the first year, that’s unheard of” (AUDIO)

Title: Lessons from Fukushima: Dr. Helen Caldicott and Local Filmmaker Speak Out Source: Green A.C.R.E. via Radio KBCS Date: March 15, 2012

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But something new in the history of medicine is happening at Fukushima, says Dr. Caldicott [...]

“Now that’s really early. That’s within the first year. That’s unheard of.”

[Referring to . . . → Read More: Radio: “Something new in the history of medicine is happening at Fukushima” says physician — 30% of children tested had thyroid lumps — “Now that’s really early, that’s within the first year, that’s unheard of” (AUDIO)

Author, farmer expose manipulation of radiation data — “Employees wash monitoring post by high-pressure water and changed the whole soil”

Title: A Fukushima citizen proved monitoring post was manipulated Source: Fukushima Diary Date: March 14, 2012

Mr. Ito Nobuyoshi, a Fukushima farmer compared the radiation level of a monitoring post to the one of a different place, and found a recognizable gap of the radiation level.

Because those 2 places are only 5 m . . . → Read More: Author, farmer expose manipulation of radiation data — “Employees wash monitoring post by high-pressure water and changed the whole soil”

Tepco Survey: 160 milliSv/h from water in Reactor No. 2 — Paint color “may have changed due to accident”

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Title: No cracks or strains seen in suppression chamber of No. 2 reactor at Fukushima plant Source: The Mainichi Daily News Date: March 15, 2012

[...] TEPCO employees entered the basement mezzanine of the reactor building at the No. 2 reactor on March 14 and confirmed that the doors to the “torus” could be . . . → Read More: Tepco Survey: 160 milliSv/h from water in Reactor No. 2 — Paint color “may have changed due to accident”

Kyodo: Criminal complaint to be filed against top gov’t and Tepco officials — Says failures left many exposed to radiation — Assemblyman: “Nonsense that nobody has been held criminally responsible for causing a major nuclear accident”

Title: Fukushima citizens to accuse TEPCO, gov’t of negligence over crisis Source: Kyodo Date: March 15, 2012

Two civic groups in Fukushima Prefecture are planning to file a criminal complaint against senior officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and government bodies for professional negligence over the Fukushima nuclear crisis, group members said Wednesday. [...]

. . . → Read More: Kyodo: Criminal complaint to be filed against top gov’t and Tepco officials — Says failures left many exposed to radiation — Assemblyman: “Nonsense that nobody has been held criminally responsible for causing a major nuclear accident”

NHK: Radiation levels too high for humans to continue at Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Workers must repair damage to suppression chambers (VIDEO)

Title: Radiation high near suppression chambers Source: NHK Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:42 +0900 (JST)

High levels of radiation have been detected near suppression chambers of 2 of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The radiation levels are too high for workers to continue inspections.

Decommissioning the plant’s crippled reactors involves . . . → Read More: NHK: Radiation levels too high for humans to continue at Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Workers must repair damage to suppression chambers (VIDEO)

‘Developing Story’ at Los Alamos: “No timetable for any release of details concerning what the substance actually was” — Even newspaper got automated 911 call — Businesses on DP Road still waiting for all-clear — Advised to shelter in place

Follow-up to: Los Alamos sends reverse-911 call warning residents — People told to stay indoors — Container released unknown gas — Caused “flash” on contact with air — Roads closed, Hazmat team dispatched to Material Disposal Area B

Title: DP Road open after HAZMAT situation on lab property Source: Los Alamos Monitor Date Updated: . . . → Read More: ‘Developing Story’ at Los Alamos: “No timetable for any release of details concerning what the substance actually was” — Even newspaper got automated 911 call — Businesses on DP Road still waiting for all-clear — Advised to shelter in place

Los Alamos sends reverse-911 call warning residents — People told to stay indoors — Container released unknown gas — Caused “flash” on contact with air — Roads closed, Hazmat team dispatched to Material Disposal Area B

UPDATED HERE: ‘Developing Story’ at Los Alamos: “No timetable for any release of details concerning what the substance actually was” — Even newspaper got automated 911 call — Businesses on DP Road still waiting for all-clear — Advised to shelter in place

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Title: Incident during LANL Cleanup Source: The Santa Fe New Mexican . . . → Read More: Los Alamos sends reverse-911 call warning residents — People told to stay indoors — Container released unknown gas — Caused “flash” on contact with air — Roads closed, Hazmat team dispatched to Material Disposal Area B

Japan Gov’t: “More shakes may follow over the next week or so” — Powerful quake in Chiba/Ibaraki an aftershock of M9.0 on 3/11

Title: (Update 2) Powerful Quake Rocks Eastern Japan Source: JIJI PRESS Author: Date: 2012/03/15-02:37

[... A quake] measuring upper 5 in the Japanese seismic scale of 7 in northeastern Chiba Prefecture and southern Ibaraki Prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. 

[...] estimated magnitude of 6.1 on the open Richter scale, the agency said.

. . . → Read More: Japan Gov’t: “More shakes may follow over the next week or so” — Powerful quake in Chiba/Ibaraki an aftershock of M9.0 on 3/11

M5.0 hits Chiba/Tokyo region — 17 aftershocks above M3.0 in area over last 10 hours since intense quake

Title: Earthquake Information Source: Japan Meteorological Agency Date: March 14, 2012

07:16 JST 15 Mar 2012 07:11 JST 15 Mar 2012 Chiba-ken Toho-oki M3.4 1 06:44 JST 15 Mar 2012 06:39 JST 15 Mar 2012 Kanto Toho-oki M5.0 2 04:55 JST 15 Mar 2012 04:50 JST 15 Mar 2012 Gifu-ken Hida-chiho M2.5 1 02:15 . . . → Read More: M5.0 hits Chiba/Tokyo region — 17 aftershocks above M3.0 in area over last 10 hours since intense quake

Nuclear Insider: Surprise at how much cesium is moving through environment — Crops with no direct contact to Fukushima fallout still highly contaminated (VIDEO)

Title: Fukushima’s Food Fallout: Testing Groceries for Radiation in Japan Source: PBS Date: March 13, 2012

MILES O’BRIEN: [...] So how long will people in Japan be dealing with this problem? Many farmers here were dismayed to learn crops that did not have any direct contact to the Fukushima fallout were still too tainted . . . → Read More: Nuclear Insider: Surprise at how much cesium is moving through environment — Crops with no direct contact to Fukushima fallout still highly contaminated (VIDEO)

Gov’t: Highest plutonium concentration found almost 20km away from Fukushima plant

Title: Fukushima contamination is much less extensive than Chernobyl – AJW by The Asahi ShimbunSource: AsahiDate: March 14, 2012

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology released its findings March 13 Soil analysis at 2,200 locations within a 100-kilometer radius of the Fukushima plant since June found  [...] the maximum strontium-90 concentration . . . → Read More: Gov’t: Highest plutonium concentration found almost 20km away from Fukushima plant

More: 10 quakes in Chiba during last 90 minutes — Most recent is M4.5 intensity 3

Title: Earthquake InformationSource: Japan Meteorological AgencyDate: March 14, 2012 22:34 JST 14 Mar 2012 22:29 JST 14 Mar 2012 Chiba-ken Toho-oki M4.5 322:32 JST 14 Mar 2012 22:28 JST 14 Mar 2012 Miyagi-ken Oki M4.0 222:29 JST 14 Mar 2012 22:25 JST 14 Mar 2012 Chiba-ken Toho-oki M3.4 122:04 JST 14 Mar 2012 21:59 . . . → Read More: More: 10 quakes in Chiba during last 90 minutes — Most recent is M4.5 intensity 3

Intense M6.1 in Chiba with multiple aftershocks — Fukushima hit with M4.6 — Began with M6.8 off northeast Japan four hours ago (MAPS)

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The M6.1 quake to hit Chiba was rated a 5+ intensity, two categories stronger than the M6.8 that hit an hour and 45 minutes prior. On the Japanese scale there are only three levels more intense than a 5+.

Title: Earthquake Information Source: Japan Meteorological Agency Date: March 14, 2012

List of quakes during . . . → Read More: Intense M6.1 in Chiba with multiple aftershocks — Fukushima hit with M4.6 — Began with M6.8 off northeast Japan four hours ago (MAPS)

Tsunami warning issued after M6.8 quake hits off northeast Japan (MAP)

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Title: Earthquake Information Source: Japan Meteorological Agency Date: 18:09 JST 14 Mar 2012

Time: 18:09 JST 14 Mar 2012 Location: 40.7N 145.2E Depth: 10 km Magnitude: 6.8 Name: Sanriku Oki

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Title: Tsunami warning issued after M6.8 quake hits off northeast Japan Source: AFP Author: Date: Mar. 14, 2012

Japan issued . . . → Read More: Tsunami warning issued after M6.8 quake hits off northeast Japan (MAP)

Watch: Alpha radiation detected 50km south of Fukushima in Iwaki City — Up to 1,000 times more dangerous than beta or gamma equivalent (VIDEO)

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Google Translation Title: line measurement α, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture (March 1, 2012) Source: Uploaded by Ag110m Upload Date: Mar 8, 2012

There is a request from residents measurements Hirono-machi, Iwaki City.

line survey meter α, use Aloka TCS-232 Hitachi. (Set time constant: 3,30) http://www.hitachi-aloka.co.jp/products/data/radiation-002-TCS-232 respond well to the surface of iron rust, it . . . → Read More: Watch: Alpha radiation detected 50km south of Fukushima in Iwaki City — Up to 1,000 times more dangerous than beta or gamma equivalent (VIDEO)

Report: There are no sparrows, says birdwatcher in Nagoya — “Downtown area was void of any form of birds”

Title: Day 367 Where are the sparrows? Source: Uh Oh Japan Date: March 13, 2012

[...] I wanted to mention something that happened on Sunday, 11 Mar, when I was at one of the events in Nagoya, specifically Angel Hiroba. I was listening to a speech being given on the stage and was talking . . . → Read More: Report: There are no sparrows, says birdwatcher in Nagoya — “Downtown area was void of any form of birds”

KPBS: Concern over reports of high radiation levels near California nuke plant — Results shared with many residents via internet — Homeland Security professor believes readings not correct

Title: High Radiation Readings At San Clemente May Be FalseSource: KPBSAuthor: Alison St JohnDate: March 13, 2012 High Radiation Readings At San Clemente May Be False

Residents of North County beach communities are concerned by reports of high radiation readings near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). But an expert questions the accuracy . . . → Read More: KPBS: Concern over reports of high radiation levels near California nuke plant — Results shared with many residents via internet — Homeland Security professor believes readings not correct

Study claims Tokyo newborns had ‘safe’ 1,140 microsievert thyroid dose — Only counted food and water — Did not include inhaled radioactivity — Did not include first 10 days when iodine and other short-lived isotopes peaked

Title: Scientists: Radiation doses at safe levels in Tokyo Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Author: YURI OIWA Date: March 13, 2012 Emphasis Added

Radiation doses from tap water and foods consumed by Tokyo residents following the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant remain at safe levels, scientists at the . . . → Read More: Study claims Tokyo newborns had ‘safe’ 1,140 microsievert thyroid dose — Only counted food and water — Did not include inhaled radioactivity — Did not include first 10 days when iodine and other short-lived isotopes peaked

Asahi: Multiple hospitals refuse to treat man who evacuated elderly from highly radioactive area — “Physical condition gradually deteriorated” — Maxed out radiation detector

Title: Hometowns are distant memories for Fukushima evacueesSource: AJW by The Asahi ShimbunAuthor: Compiled from reports by Naoko Kawamura and Takayuki KiharaDate: March 13, 2012 [... 58 year old Midori] Eda, who has been using a wheelchair for more than a decade, and her mother, Chizuko Kuwahara, who recently underwent surgery for breast cancer, . . . → Read More: Asahi: Multiple hospitals refuse to treat man who evacuated elderly from highly radioactive area — “Physical condition gradually deteriorated” — Maxed out radiation detector

Chernobyl Expert: Fukushima’s final toll will be worse — Multiple facilities, longer duration, population far more dense (RADIO)

Title: Karl Grossman, Fallout from FukushimaSource: The Majority Report with Sam SederDate: March 13, 2012 Professor and investigative journalist Karl Grossman on lessons learned (or not) from Fukushima disaster and state of Nuclear Power in world today [...]

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Dr. [Alexey] Yablokov himself believes because of the multiplicity of nuclear facilities, . . . → Read More: Chernobyl Expert: Fukushima’s final toll will be worse — Multiple facilities, longer duration, population far more dense (RADIO)

Science Writer: Science websites “actively contributed to biased misinformation” on Fukushima — Reporting leaves impression it’s over and under control — Public will only be “informed” in order to avoid panic

Title: Japanese Nuclear Reactor Future: Another High Tech Sarcophagus?Source: Science 2.0Author: Sascha Vongehr Date: March 11th 2012 [...] What is more relevant for our future is perhaps how the media deal with the one year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. “The media” have been claimed early on to hype the dangers while instead it . . . → Read More: Science Writer: Science websites “actively contributed to biased misinformation” on Fukushima — Reporting leaves impression it’s over and under control — Public will only be “informed” in order to avoid panic