Residents fear radiation levels higher than reported; Questions about how gov’t is doing measurements — “Anger is barely suppressed”

Published: June 1st, 2011 at 5:43 pm ET
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After Crises, Japanese Lose Faith In Government, NPR, June 1, 2011:

CAPTION: After a testy school meeting at Hirano Middle School, where locals are asking why the government has taken so long to decontaminate the school playground, residents ask questions about how the government is measuring radiation. Some fear the levels are higher than being reported.

[...] After the meeting, a few angry locals brandishing their own radiation monitors surround the officials. They fear the radiation levels are higher than what is being reported. The anger is barely suppressed, which is unusual in Japan, where politeness is almost an art form [...]

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128 comments to Residents fear radiation levels higher than reported; Questions about how gov’t is doing measurements — “Anger is barely suppressed”

  • xdrfox

    I can just see them repeatedly digging up top soil on playgrounds until they reach the radioactive waters under them !
    It’s saturated and no fixing it accumulation will continue !


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  • Chris

    I couldn’t believe Kaku’s statements. “We came close.” We still are close! Have people suddenly forgot the year plus estimates Tepco has came out with? This thing isn’t stopping any time soon based on logical analysis.

    They really are doing the BP option. Just start saying it’s better and do nothing.


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    • xdrfox

      And there were exsplosions ! Gunther exsplained !


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      • Gunther is helping within his bounds…

        In all reality nobody in media, nuclear power or government, is touching this with a 50ft stick… Or within the 50km containment…

        I wonder if those underground bomb shelters are fully prepped yet?


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        • All these scientists are main stream… They have to keep a marketable professional demeanor… Its pathetic… But theres no business like show business…


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          • NowWhat

            Just exactly how is it ‘pathetic’? So, when you go to see your doctor tacomagrove do you look for someone who’ll scream the diagnosis at you like this “OH MY GOD YOU HAVE XX DISEASE and it’s going TO KILL YOU SOMEDAY!!!!!!” Or, would you rather that they do it more calmly and rationally? I believe most people would prefer the latter. Hence, it’s a calm demeanor is rightfully considered to be an admirable trait in most professions.

            The people who are going to die from this disaster are not going to die as the result of any world, or industry, leaders demeanor. They’re going to die because of their hubris and deceit.


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          • Major Domo

            @ NowWhat – that’s how my Doctor screams at me all the time.

            I don’t know what his Fukkin’ problem is.


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        • ocifferdave

          Underground bomb shelters? Yuka mountain, NV. Big BIG bomb shelter.


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    • jump-ball

      Some higher-ups got to Kaku and warned him not to wander off the nuclear reservation again.


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      • Frank Snapp

        You’re correct. His reportage, coverage style in the first day or three was on-point with the minimize everything plan of the status quo powers that be. Then for several weeks, he was using his fame to express the horrors of what was happening with the very much appropriate torque–meaning he was honest and upset and was encouraging the viewers/listeners to be. I guess he’s been brought back into the fold somehow–however, insincere this makes him appear, which would have zero impact on how he’s viewed by the average U.S. citizen who usually lacks any semblance of critical thinking skills. To have critical thinking skills at all is to be considered nearly treasonessly subversive.


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    • Novamind

      Mr. Kaku has been “Influenced”.


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      • Major Domo

        I don’t know about that. I can’t cite the reference off-hand, but I remember Dr. Kaku being one of the early ones to speak out about this, and speak loudly. I think less than two weeks into this fiasco, I saw him in a TV interview, suggesting vehemently to (paraphrase) “bury the sucker under a mountain of concrete”. He has been outspoken, but who’s listening?


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  • cossack55

    They need to cash in some of that politeness for a little more of the good old Bataan Death March action. They have the spirit within, time to release.


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  • Many years ago, there was, in fact, civil unrest in Japan during the Rice Riots of 1918:

    “The initial protest occurred in the small fishing town of Uozu, Toyama Prefecture, on 23 July 1918. Starting with peaceful petitioning, the disturbance quickly escalated to riots, strikes, looting, incendiary bombings of police stations and government offices and armed clashes. By mid-September 1918, over 623 disturbances had occurred in 38 cities, 153 towns and 177 villages, with over 2 million participants.”

    As the radiation increases and the evacuation zone increases in size, more and more farms will be forced to go out of business. And, already, Japan imports some 60% of its food supply. If things keep going the way they are now, the percentage of imported food could very well increase to 80% or 90%. This would drive up the cost for ALL food, water, milk, beer, whiskey, shochu and then…..


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  • Anyone know if suppression of anger can be seen as a Japanese “trait”? We know it’s not a European or N American trait.

    http://www.ajic.mb.ca/volumel/chapter2.html

    (use Control or Command F to find “anger” references in that article)

    Just curious, since our aboriginal peoples seem to exercise a lot of caution where anger is involved.
    If it’s the same in Japan, one might conclude there are cracks appearing in the social fabric, not to mention those in the reactors.


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  • Yes, it was the, “We came close” comment that cemented it for me. All very ‘past tense’,…Pheeeew,….all mopped up! (Big 1/2 Japanese smile)


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  • xdrfox

    Fukushima will be on evening news in 1 minute !!!


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  • Are you pulling my chemtrail again Doc?


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  • Most Japanese Worried About Radiation Poisoning, Poll Shows
    Jun 1, 2011 1:33 PM PT

    Fifty-nine percent of Japanese adults worry that they or a family member have been contaminated by radiation from a nuclear reactor meltdown triggered by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, a survey found.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-01/most-japanese-worried-about-radiation-poisoning-poll-shows-1-.html


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  • And,…what, the other 41% are related somehow to Anne Coulter?


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  • Whoopie

    EPA IS PLANNING TO INCREASE OFFICIAL “SAFE” RADIATION LEVEL GUIDELINES BY FACTORS OF THOUSANDS OR MILLIONS IN THE NEAR FUTURE
    http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=1325


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  • Don’t worry, you’ll have Sarah Palin as President soon, and she’ll just “refudiate” all these computer errors.


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  • After Crises, Japanese Lose Faith In Government
    by Louisa Lim
    ****Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan faces a no-confidence motion in parliament over his handling of the aftermath of Japan’s huge earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. Distrust of the government is mounting, especially in areas close to the stricken nuclear plant. Anger has focused on the hot-button issue of children’s safety.

    As she drives round Fukushima, Kayo Watanabe points out the radiation hot spots. She knows which street used by kids going to school has above-normal radiation levels, which school gutter has radiation levels 60 times higher than what is considered safe.****

    http://www.npr.org/2011/06/01/136845567/after-crises-japanese-lose-faith-in-their-government


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    • **** “Why has Fukushima been the slowest?” one parent asks. “Other towns have already acted -– why are we the last?”

      In fact, national policy on this was only announced Friday. But many other cities had acted preemptively.

      The education official replies that work will begin straightaway. The plan is to dig up 2 inches of irradiated topsoil, which will then be buried 20 inches below the surface.

      The parents want to know why just 2 inches, and the answer seems to be, “Because that’s what we’re doing.”

      After the meeting, a few angry locals brandishing their own radiation monitors surround the officials. They fear the radiation levels are higher than what is being reported. The anger is barely suppressed, which is unusual in Japan, where politeness is almost an art form.
      More From Japan
      COMPLETE COVERAGE: Japan In Crisis
      Head Of Japanese Utility Quits Over Nuclear Crisis May 20, 2011
      Japanese Prime Minister Gives Up His Salary May 10, 2011

      Afterward, education official Yoshimasa Kanno admits that he understands their frustration.

      “It seems to be the case that parents are angry that two months have passed since the disaster,” Kanno says. “It’s been pointed out that the response by the city government and the national government for protecting children has been slow.”****


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  • Radioactive strontium on the rise outside Fukushima

    Jun 1, 2011 11:35 Moscow Time

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/06/01/51113154.html


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  • Fukushima-1 to go on line to appease critics

    May 30, 2011 16:29 Moscow Time

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/05/30/51021543.html


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  • Dr. Strangleglove

    Suppress Hell! Get the pitchforks and torches!


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  • SteveMT

    US nuke authority tries to calm public concerns [Not a joke.]
    Thursday, June 02, 2011 06:39 +0900 (JST)

    The US nuclear regulatory authority is trying to calm public concerns about the safety of a nuclear power plant after a tornado shut it down.

    The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission briefed residents near the Browns Ferry nuclear plant in the southern state of Alabama, on Tuesday.

    A tornado in the area cut off external electric power and forced the plant to shut down. Alabama is prone to the storms, which killed more than 200 people in April.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/02_09.html


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    • Lill

      just to add to that SteveMT:
      (especially since that booger bear is not far from here)

      May 10, 2011
      “The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a rare red finding against the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant near Athens, Ala., after investigating how a valve on a residual heat removal system became stuck shut. The NRC has issued only five red findings — the most severe ranking the agency gives to problems uncovered in its inspections — since its current oversight program started in 2001.”
      http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hXNh72muUm_euidsqjuArVZrZJTw?docId=34f76c9a06a64585b9f953f61acd441e

      local news article on the same:
      http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20110511/NEWS/110519969?Title=NRC-cites-Browns-Ferry

      below is a link to the Times Daily article with a distinct local spin on things. the last part does mention NHK was there at that meeting.

      TVA confronts safety, tornado concerns
      http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20110601/NEWS/110539975/0/news

      “What happened was the internals of the valve had come apart,” Guthrie said. “No flow was allowed to go through the valve.”

      “We recognize we have not made sufficient progress,” said Paulson, adding that TVA has fixed the valve.

      “If you’re not concerned, you should be,” said Nancy Muse, of Florence. “We no longer want to accept your parameter of safety concern.”

      “We want these plants shut down, and we want them shut down as soon as possible,” said Jeannine Honicker, of LaGrange, Ga., to scattered applause.

      “It seems everyone here who is encouraging nuclear power has some sort of financial interest in TVA,” said Deana Hart, 24, who said she was visiting the area from Oregon.

      Several television reporters from Japan attended the meeting and interviewed members of the audience. Edward Shuji, with NHK Japan Broadcasting, said he is working on a documentary about what the United States has learned from the Japan nuclear disaster.

      ..i have to say that i am greatly encouraged…


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  • xdrfox

    Fukushima plant owners criticised by nuclear inspectorsInternational Atomic Energy Agency report says weak emergency protocols intensified crisis after Japan earthquake
    Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency said Tokyo Electric Power underestimated the risk of a giant tsunami Link to this video International nuclear inspectors have criticised the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for failing to prepare for a tsunami of the size that slammed into the facility on 11 March, sparking the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.
    In a preliminary report issued on…VIDEO
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/01/fukushima-plant-criticised-nuclear-inspectors


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  • xdrfox

    Nuclear power loses its appeal after Japan crisisSwitzerland latest country to shelve nuclear plant plans – but many states still lack an alternative low-carbon energy supply
    Greenpeace activists unfurl a banner against nuclear power from Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on 29 May. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images
    Moves to cut carbon emissions in line with international targets have come under renewed strain since the nuclear crisis in Japan led some countries to shelve plans to use the technology.
    Switzerland became the latest country to decide to phase out nuclear power last week, citing concerns over the accident at the Fukushima plant that was…
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/29/nuclear-power-loses-appeal-japan


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  • confused californian

    i started to come to this site for information, and i have received SOME good info, not really a lot. it seems like some people here WANT something to happen, not that something really IS going to happen. i may be mistaken, but it seems more people here do a lot of speculating and assuming, and i understand that is really all we can do here, but when you try and make your assumptions out as a fact is kind of the wrong thing to do. especially with a crisis such as this. just thought i would get this off my chest.


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    • Jeremie

      TOTALLY AGREE.
      I’m thinking the same, I already expressed it several times here. I’m bored of apocalyptic comments without rational foundations. One time I wrote more or less the same thing as you, some replied implicitly (or not) that me and other “rational-thinking” people, me and other scientists should better work for IAEA, or were the cause of all this. Haha.

      For me, I don’t mind to filter the comments as I read them to build my appreciation of the situation. But I hate the fact that I could hesitate to recommend this website to people not so aware of how serious the situation is, because I’m afraid they will run away after reading 3 posts about HAARP and conspiracy and so on… I hate this because I WANT to convince people of what is still happening, and an amount of people here do not help to do it, IMHO.


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      • The apocalyptic comments are valid. A 3-reactor meltdown is apocalyptic and may lead to a biotic event (ELE).

        Lacking real figures (rational foundation), we have no choice but to attempt to fact-find, and theorize.

        There is no other site I know of where you can get any info, or links thereto.

        Besides, there has been some useful technical information on this site, so not quite fair to demean it by saying it is apocalyptic without foundation.

        Or, give us a link to better discussion board.


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        • Those that dispute it also dispute science…
          Have a scientific argument that disputes it ;)


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        • In the beginning, people who mentioned the word “meltdown” were called fearmongers and disregarded as trolls.

          Now, we know well, that there never was any kind of “conspiracy theory”. It was a big consipiracy fact that Tepco covered up that the three meltdowns started during the quake. We also know that they screwed up the safety procedures after the quake. We also know that they did not follow the legal guidelines in order to preserve public safety before it all happened.

          And recently the Russians said that if Tepco had announced the truth in the begging, then they could have helped them with the right information on how to put out the fires.

          So, now Tepco has multiple criticalities that will never, ever stop!. So knowing that fact, we can safely say that all bets are off and no one knows the solution to all of this.

          So confused californian and Jeremie, do either of you two have any possible solutions that you can share with us?


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      • Jack

        Which is great for you Jeremie, oh my how Rational you are.
        How Certain you are. How discriminating you are as to the Truth, and what is completely ridiculous.
        Funny you choose to mention HAARP.
        Study up, Jeremie, study up….
        When it turns out your “certainty” was really Blind, uninformed
        Prejudice, you can express just how thankful, THANKFUL you
        are that other people were not limited to your Oh So Scientific
        Education.
        Vive La Christ.
        Here is your reading assignment, to get you up to Speed, Jeremie: http://www.cheniere.org/books/analysis/history.htm


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      • charlie

        Jeremie your sole “contributions” to this forum have consisted exclusively of
        1) Criticizing tacomagroove and those who are concerned that this may be an ELE.
        2) Telling how educated you are without teaching us anything enlightening.
        3) Expressing your disdain for posters who are interested in things you aren’t interested in, such as HAARP theorists, etc.
        This suggests that you are a disruptive and divisive presence here, more interested in seeding discord than in sharing info.


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        • Jeremie

          1) They are not “concerned that this may be an ELE”. They are declaring it is, with capital letters, and as confused californian said, they seems excited about it.

          2) I found you quite unfair. I never wrote a single line stated how educated or not I am. In my mind “rational” is not linked with any diploma.

          3) You are right, I should refrain my disdain for some subjects. I apologize for my inflexion. However, I still think it is not meaningfull for the fukushima situation.

          About my “sole” contributions (appart from the fact that several infos have been submitted by me), I take it as a compliment. The less you have to say the more you speak.


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      • NowWhat

        Recommend the site as a Fukushima nuke news collection point. But, just warn them that if they read the associated posts they’ll find a lot of extreme apocalyptic views. Frankly, to anyone experienced at participating in these type comment sites, that shouldn’t be a surprise.


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    • Poor Daddy

      @confused californian…..
      These are facts. There is a jet stream. It brings dust, pollution or radiation from Japan to the west coast in roughly 3-4 days. Rain releases same in a more concentrated form than if it is not raining. Milk, leafy greens, strawberries and rain water have elevated rates of radionuclides (tested by UC Berkely). Our EPA stopped testing, along with the Canadian government when the levels started rising. NO levels of radiation is SAFE. These are facts. From there, draw your own conclusions, but please, don’t verbally slap others for reaching different conclusions than your own.
      Thank you.


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      • Poor Daddy

        And it will spew this crap for a long, long, long time. It accumulates and the numbers get higher. It continues to accumulate. There will be more cancers down the road. There will be more birth defects and mutations for generations…..and it is still sitting there producing more and more radiation. Then there is the Japan currents that bring Japan’s radiation here to your lovely california coast in a year or so. It will not go away in your lifetime, your grandkids lifetime and will still be poisoning us when they have grandkids. Don’t hide your head, denial will not change the truth, help stop the insanity any way you can.
        I’m shut up now.


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  • bfly

    The other camera is coming back into focus! very interesting.


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    • I have a strong feeling one of these cameras… Cough… Is a phony…


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      • blackmoon

        I was watching the new live-cam about 2hrs ago, and saw an animal walking around, and then resting on the walkway for a little while, and then it left.

        I believe that someone mentioned seeing a fox or dog YESTERDAY. They also wondered if we are watching a loop. I’m wondering this myself.


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  • bfly

    dang it. they moved it. number four still stands.something was different though. Btw makes the impression it was hazy.which is not happening in the newer veiw. very strange indeed..


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    • ****Nuclear energy is clean…until it isn’t.

      The emerging reality of the ongoing nuclear reactor crisis in Fukushima, Japan—now in its third month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami caused nuclear explosions at the plant 150 miles north of Tokyo—is that it is not under control at all. Three of the six reactors are in meltdown. The crippled reactors are acting like a huge dirty bomb, emitting significant quantities of radioactive isotopes that are, in fact, contaminating our air, water, soil and food in a steady stream that may continue for a long time.

      And it’s not just affecting Japan, though they’re certainly getting the worst of it. Since the accident on March 12, radioactive fallout from Fukushima has been spreading to the U.S. and across the northern hemisphere. Elevated levels of radiation caused by the meltdowns in Japan have been detected in drinking water across the country, in rainwater, in soil, and in food grown on U.S. farms.

      The mainstream media is not really reporting on this. Since the initial weeks of the accident, there has been a disturbing silence. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the utility that owns and operates the reactors, and the government of Japan have handled public relations around this monumental disaster about as well as BP handled the Gulf oil spill last summer, and they are losing credibility fast. The radiation has leaked much faster than TEPCO’s disclosure of information related to the crisis; it’s only now that we know that three of the six reactors at the plant are in full meltdown. One of the meltdowns occurred within hours of the accident on March 12, but was not revealed until May 15, more than two months later.

      Source: Red Green & Blue (http://s.tt/12zuo)****


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      • ****Crisis, What Crisis?

        In announcing the news, TEPCO admitted that it did not want the public to know the extent of the accident early on to avoid panic. They continue to downplay the time it will take to get the reactors under control and the threat this unprecedented crisis presents to our food, health and environment. While TEPCO has given a time estimate of six to nine months to control the reactors, on May 29 a senior TEPCO official admitted that it may be impossible to stabilize the crippled plant by the beginning of 2012. One U.S. official, John Kelly, deputy assistant secretary for nuclear reactor technologies at the U.S. Energy Department, told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in late May that the Fukushima reactors are still in grave danger and may continue to vent radioactive steam for a year or more, according to the Washington Post.

        With the reactors in meltdown, TEPCO employees are racing to avoid a potential “China Syndrome” as superhot nuclear fuel melts down through holes burned into the steel and concrete containment vessels into the earth, thus liberating it into the environment.

        Source: Red Green & Blue (http://s.tt/12zuo)****


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        • ****Additionally, highly toxic radioactive iodine, cesium, strontium, plutonium and other toxic man-made radionuclides have leaked unabated since March 12 into the ocean and atmosphere. The radiation is contaminating large areas of Japan. Monitoring the ocean around the Fukushima plant, Greenpeace reported on May 26 that the contamination is spreading over a wide area and accumulating in sea life, rather than simply dispersing like the Japanese authorities claimed would happen.

          Also, radiation continues to blow in a steady stream across the Pacific Ocean toward North America, following the course of the jet stream in the atmosphere, and major currents in the ocean that flow from Japan to America. It took less than a month for radioactive iodine and cesium from the Fukushima nuclear accident to first show up in U.S. milk, and it continues to be detected in trace amounts in milk produced in California, one of the only states conducting any kind of testing for radiation in food.

          Source: Red Green & Blue (http://s.tt/12zuo)****


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          • ****Independent Tests Indicate Radiation Is Entering the U.S. Food Chain

            Authorities in the U.S. insist that there is no danger to public health or the environment from the Fukushima nuclear crisis, and that levels of radiation that have been detected in water, air, soil and food in North America since the accident are in such minuscule quantities as to present little to no danger. EPA discontinued its Fukushima radiation monitoring efforts, and FDA says there is no danger to our food or seafood and therefore testing is not necessary. There have been no calls since the accident for heightened nuclear safety inspections or to upgrade or decommission aging nuclear power plants in the U.S.

            Yet, in limited testing conducted by states and independent labs since the accident, radioactive iodine and cesium—both toxic to human health—have appeared at elevated levels in milk and vegetables produced in California. Radiation has also been detected in milk sold in Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Vermont and Washington since the accident.

            Elevated levels of radioactivity have also been detected in drinking water in numerous municipalities from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, and in soil samples tested in California. Fallout is blanketing America and will do so for a prolonged period of time until they can somehow stop the crippled reactors from leaking any more radiation into the environment—a formidable task.

            Source: Red Green & Blue (http://s.tt/12zuo)****


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          • ****Iodine 131 in California Milk Suggests New Fallout Continues

            The State of California reported on May 2 that it detected higher levels of radioactive iodine 131 in milk samples tested at CalPoly Dairy Farm in San Luis Obispo compared to milk tested at the end of March. Additionally, the new milk samples contained trace amounts of radioactive cesium 134 and cesium 137, which were not seen in the March samples. The presence of iodine 131, with a short half-life of eight days, in the new milk samples indicates that even now, nuclear reactions are occurring at the crippled Japanese plant, bringing fresh fallout on a daily basis to Asia, North America and around the northern hemisphere.

            The UCB nuclear engineering department emphasizes that levels of radiation measured in food samples grown in the U.S. are very low, and that there is little threat to public health from the fallout reaching the U.S. Yet they continue to find radioactivity at heightened levels due to the Fukushima meltdown in food grown in northern California—their chosen area of testing near the university. Little to no testing is being done in the rest of the country.

            Source: Red Green & Blue (http://s.tt/12zuo)****


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          • ****Eating Radiation Isn’t the Same as Flying in a Plane

            The danger, of course, is that ingesting or inhaling long-lived, man-made radioactive particles over a long period of time in our water, dust, soil and food is very different than being exposed to electromagnetic radiation from a television or cosmic radiation from a plane ride. Once it gets in the body, lodging in bones, glands and other organs, it can damage DNA and cells for a long time, significantly raising the cumulative risk of cancer. Radioactive cesium 137 alone has a half-life of 30 years, where it can remain in the body emanating radiation the whole time. The risks are particularly high for pregnant women, infants and children.

            Many scientists, including those at Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), claim that no level of man-made toxic radiation in the air, water or food is safe. “There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources. Period,” said Jeff Patterson, DO, immediate past president of PSR, in late March. “Exposure to radionuclides, such as iodine 131 and cesium 137, increases the incidence of cancer. For this reason, every effort must be taken to minimize the radionuclide content in food and water,” he said.

            “Consuming food containing radionuclides is particularly dangerous. If an individual ingests or inhales a radioactive particle, it continues to irradiate the body as long as it remains radioactive and stays in the body,” said Alan Lockwood, MD, board member of PSR. “Children are much more susceptible to the effects of radiation and stand a much greater chance of developing cancer than adults,” said Andrew Kanter, MD, president-elect of PSR’s board. “So it is particularly dangerous when they consume radioactive food or water.”

            Europe Issues Caution on Certain Foods: Risks “No Longer Negligible”

            In France, the respected radiological research institute CRIIRAD in mid-April cautioned pregnant and breastfeeding women and children…


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      • radegan

        What was it Dick Cheney said? Something like – nuclear power has a great safety record if you don’t count a few problems.


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  • High levels of strontium detected at Fukushima

    “The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has detected high levels of a radioactive substance that tends to accumulate in human bones.

    Tokyo Electric Power Company says it took soil samples on May 9th at 3 locations about 500 meters from the No.1 and No.2 reactors and analyzed them.

    The utility detected up to 480 becquerels of radioactive strontium 90 per kilogram of soil. That’s about 100 times higher than the maximum reading recorded in Fukushima Prefecture following atmospheric nuclear tests carried out by foreign countries during the Cold War era.

    TEPCO reported detecting 2,800 becquerels of strontium 89 per kilogram of soil at the same location.

    This is the second time since April that radioactive strontium has been found inside the plant compound.

    The substance was also detected in soil and plants more than 30 kilometers from the Fukushima nuclear power station in March.

    When people inhale radioactive strontium, it accumulates in bones. Scientists say that strontium could cause cancer.

    Tokyo Electric Power says it believes that radioactive strontium was released from the damaged plant and it will continue to monitor radiation levels.

    An expert on radioactive substances says he thinks radioactive strontium may continue to be detected around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. But he says the strontium levels that might be detected in soil will be far lower than those of the radioactive cesium released in the accident by a factor of several thousand.

    Yoshihiro Ikeuchi of the Japan Chemical Analysis Center says strontium tends to accumulate in bones, like calcium. But he also says its levels in the air are thought to be lower than those for soil and even if people inhale the substance, no health problems will be caused by such internal exposure to radiation.”


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  • 342 faults found at Japan power plant
    Posted: Jun 01, 2011 8:08 AM PDT Updated: Jun 01, 2011 9:23 AM PDT

    ****TOKYO, JAPAN (CNN) – Japan’s electric power companies have reported 342 faults and geographical changes near nuclear power plants that previously were not consider high-risk.

    The companies filed the reports with the industry ministry’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

    An aftershock of the March 11 earthquake on April 11 is known to have shifted a fault about 50 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The fault had been believed to be inactive.***

    http://www.wdam.com/story/14782494/342-faults-found-at-japan-power-plant


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  • Off a Japanese blog conmment board:
    ***5/31/2011 8:18 PM EDT

    One thing that I should have mentioned in my blog, but failed to do so, is a simple fact that most Japanese consumers don’t trust Tepco; they don’t trust Japanese bureacrats; they don’t trust Japan’s law makers.

    The basic trust is broken.

    And that’s fueling everyone’s fear here. ***


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  • Update on the Japanese Nuclear Crisis: Not a Pretty Picture
    Submitted by George Washington on 05/31/2011 14:35 -0400

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/update-japanese-nuclear-crisis-not-pretty-picture


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  • Maa

    Why isn’t steam coming out of the 4 reactors now? http://mfile.akamai.com/127380/live/reflector:51361.asx?bkup=52045&prop=a
    Did tepco stop adding water to the site? or the water isn’t reaching it.


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    • I believe it is, but it is being masked in both screens.

      If you look at the tepco screen, you are looking for white/grey smoke on a overcast day, which will make it hard. I have noticed some vapors coming out of reactor 4, I have been able to notice it by watching the stack directly behind 4 and you see the vapors cover it up from time to time.

      Obviously on the TBS/JNN feed you have the ocean as the background and the moving water masks a lot of the vapors as well.

      TEPCO is still adding water to the site according to their latest press releases


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      • Sandra

        In March the steam was plainly visible even with clouds in the background.

        http://mit.zenfs.com/102/2011/03/fukushima.jpg


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        • IMO
          That picture is taken from a different type of camera. If I were to go up there with a 12 px camera you would see the smoke.

          We don’t know what camera TEPCO is using, but it is pointing directly east, so with the additional backlight in the sky it might still be hard to see the vapors, anytime after the sun crests this afternoon we might see more? Also they have drastically reduced the amount of water they are adding since march, also the cores have dropped further in the structures.

          With the TBS cam its still a matter of distance, zoom, etc


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        • NowWhat

          The temperature and humidity levels of the air blowing across the plant is going to play a big part as to whether the radioactive steam condenses enough to be visible. Frankly, you could have radioactivity pouring out of that place and if the atmospheric conditions are right it’ll all be invisible.


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  • Bulgaria raises new radiation alarm

    Mushrooms in Bulgaria may be contaminated after the Fukusima nuclear accident. A new panic has jolted the Bulgarian food market. After radiation contaminated mushrooms were detected in the Great Britain food safety inspectors are on alert for radioactive mushrooms in Bulgaria. Raids will be staged to check out all mushrooms meant for export, said Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Naidenov. Throughout the summer the inspectors of the Food Agency will probe for Cesium and other dangerous substances in edible mushrooms on the market, especially chanterelles and parasols, which are among the most popular edible species. Labs will work free of charge even in forests. Everyone will be able to checkout his mushroom trophies on location to be on the safe side. If we manage to prove to the European consumers that our mushrooms are safe and the control is on a par we can win new markets for the Bulgarian mushrooms, the Minister assured.

    Source: standartnews.com

    Publication date: 5/31/2011
    http://www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=81187


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  • Opera stars, fearing radiation, skip tour of Japan
    Mr. Rooter

    AP News | 05/31/11 08:56 am

    Two of the biggest stars of New York’s Metropolitan Opera have bowed out of a Japan tour, citing fears of radioactive contamination and sending the company scrambling to find last-minute stand-ins.

    http://www.mymotherlode.com/entertainment/844029/Opera-stars-fearing-radiation-skip-tour-of-Japan.html


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  • These kinds of discussion groups are annoying – you can’t reply to comments:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/update-japanese-nuclear-crisis-not-pretty-picture

    Another reason to stick with enenews.com – you can [R]eply to comments.


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  • Comment on a yahoo story:

    I am living in China right now and the crisis has been majorly downplayed by the Japanese government. Other parts of Asia know the truth and it is time for the Japanese government to be truthful to there people…


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  • blackmoon

    Just a thought, but if the Japanese DO believe that they were targeted for this EVENT (via HAARP and or the Stuxnet Virus), might they have decided to bring the whole world down along with their country?


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    • anne

      I read somewhere that they were trying to save the reactors, i.e., their investment. I think monetary gain, investment, retention of power over the plans of many countries to keep building many more nuclear plants over the whole world are responsible for the deception and stop gap measures that are totally inadequate. It seems IAEA and most governments and the power elite are completely in agreement with what is happening in Japan. Too bad for the world that they are not scientists and do not consult truthful and independent scientists except maybe Germany and Switzerland if they follow through with their commitments of phase out nuclear very quickly.


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  • tony wilson

    “Anger is barely suppressed”

    why do the video feeds look like a lazy sunday,with nothing going on.

    i seem to remember the russians having quite a busy site.

    is this because tepcogov is using such high technology that humans are not needed?


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  • AustralianCannonball

    A message I made for the government:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9JHE4W6yC4


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    • Jack

      Thanks Cannonball, but your Govt. people got their Positions
      by studiously ignoring decency and morals. All political people
      in offices are corrupted.


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  • HARD RAIN – MAY TO JULY IN JAPAN

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/05/30/japan-hard-rain.html

    “late May to early July) is Japan’s rainy season. It could continue to pour almost nonstop for the next month. Not a pleasant thought.”


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  • atlier

    “when people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it.”
    -Gerald Celente


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  • lawnmowerman

    Last page

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/f1/images/f1-mp-2011060209-e.pdf

    Anyone for a quick workout on the speed bag of the fukishima gymnasium ???


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  • Heart of the Rose

    These are pics of the tsumani hitting Fukushima March 11…released May 20.
    Most likely already posted but I missed..
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/japan-tsunami/news/image.cfm?c_id=1503051&gal_objectid=10726866&gallery_id=118799#7635675


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  • TEPCO’s Flip-Flops Increase Confusion at Fukushima

    POSTED BY: John Boyd / Tue, May 31, 2011

    http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/energy/nuclear/flipflops


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  • Tepco to compensate nuclear evacuees for mental distress
    Kyodo Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    A government panel is requiring Tokyo Electric Power Co. to compensate people for mental distriss after they were forced to evacuate due to the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to a guideline adopted Tuesday.

    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110601a5.html


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  • Kyodo news summary -10- [June 02, 2011]

    ———- Disaster victims angry at power struggles in Tokyo SENDAI – Survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami expressed their anger Thursday at politicians they said were wasting their time in a power struggle over a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s Cabinet.

    “If politicians have time to get in each other’s way, they should come to Fukushima and help settle the accidents” at the radiation-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a 25-year-old corporate employee in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, said.

    http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2011/06/02/5548682.htm


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