Strong aftershock jolts quake-hit Virginia reactors — Epicenter in same county as North Anna nuke plant

Published: September 1st, 2011 at 10:54 am ET


Another aftershock jolts Mineral, Central Virginia, Daily Progress, September 1, 2011:

A strong aftershock [4.5 magnitude] emanating from the Mineral area shook up Central Virginians at about 5 a.m. today.

There now have been about 15 aftershocks of varying severity since the magnitude 5.8 quake based in Louisa County on Tuesday damaged homes, led to the shutdown of two county schools and sparked close scrutiny of the North Anna nuclear station. […]

[This morning’s quake] prompted authorities to go back and re-examine some buildings that had already been inspected after the 5.8.


Published: September 1st, 2011 at 10:54 am ET


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  • OP
    Officials Admit Tests Since June Showed Ash Cloud Of Nuclear Radiation Blanketing All Of Eastern Japan

    Experts warn the ash cloud of nuclear radiation blanketing Eastern Japan and concealed by officials since June will soon rain down on the US And Canada.

    As I previously reported a highly radioactive ash cloud of Fukushima nuclear radiation was raining down on Tokyo due to the insane approval of Japanese government officials to burn off nuclear radiation at local incinerators.

    Nuclear Ash Cloud Of Radiation Raining On Tokyo From Burning Of Radioactive Fukushima Sewage Sludge

    Independent scientists and local Japanese Government officials reveal that the burning of radioactive sewage sludge is contaminating the city of Tokyo with an ash cloud of nuclear radiation.

    As I previously reported nuclear radiation is concentrating in the Japanese sewage systems and radioactive sewage sludge is building up all over Japan.

    Radioactive Sewage Piling Up All Over Eastern Japan With No Plan For Disposal

    Extremely radioactive sewage sludge is piling up at facilities in prefectures all over Japan as Government officials have remained silent for weeks about a plan to deal with the crisis.
    As I previously reported, extremely radioactive sewage was detected in 19 out of 20 places tested at distances up to 65 kilometers from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

    As the sewage sludge continues to build up all over Japan, the Japanese government has authorized sewage sludge to be incinerated claiming the burning of the sludge would not cause radioactive contamination in surrounding areas.

    However, test results, from both independent scientists and local Japanese government officials, show that burning of the highly radioactive sewage sludge at a Tokyo sewage plant is causing a cloud of nuclear radiation to rain down on Tokyo.

    Despite the conclusive scientific data showing burning of the sludge is causing radioactive contamination the Japanese federal government is still allowing the incineration of the waste to continue.

    Independent scientists performed testing which showed nuclear radiation raining down on Tokyo from incinerators that were burning radioactive sludge and other materials contaminated with Fukushima radiation. Since the test results were performed by independent scientists and only acknowledge by local officials, the media nearly outright ignored the test results.

    Apparently, if you are a scientist not beholden to the nuclear industry you are automatically written off as some fringe lunatic who is trying to spark unnecessary fear and alarm in the public by spreading false rumors. It is exactly these type of “false rumors” which Japan is working so hard to scrub from the Internet.

    Even worse, is while those scientists were regarded as alarmists while attempting to do nothing more than protect the public and save human lives, Japanese officials not only ignored their research but withheld the results of official government tests that began conducting in June which show the levels off radiation were much higher than the results of the independent scientists.

    Not only were the officials tests much higher, but they also showed widespread contamination all over Easter Japan of levels all of which exceeded the recently increased safety limit of 8,000 becquerels per kilogram.

    In fact, that even in the prefectures were lower levels of radiation were detected, which includes dust Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Tokyo, the radioactive dust covering the ground exceeds 8,000 becquerels per kilogram.

    According to the Japan Times, the official government test also found the highest cesium levels in the nuclear fallout dust ranged from 95,300 becquerels in Fukushima Prefecture and 70,800 becquerels in Chiba Prefecture to 30,000 becquerels in Iwate Prefecture.

    Salem News also quotes nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen Fukushima radiation has been found at 100,000 becquerels per kilogram in ashes and after burning household garbage levels up to 95,300 becquerels per kilogram have been found.

    Arnie Gundersen also warns that the burning of substances contaminated with nuclear radiation not only presents a hazard to Japan, but will also directly affect the Canada and the United States.

    “Burning that waste and with radioactive, rain will come down again upon their own people, as well as Canada and the U.S. They’re refusing to see the seriousness of this disaster and it’s making it worse.”, says nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen.

    Arnie Gundersen has also said that once in the atmosphere nuclear radiation will continue to rain for at least a year afterwards.

    Salem News Reports:
    Japan is Venting Radiation High Into Atmosphere

    There are reports that teachers are forcing school children to eat food that their parents told them not to eat.

    (HUMBOLDT, Calif.) – Radioactive cesium exceeding 8,000 becquerels/kg has been detected in the ashes from burning the regular household garbage in Kanto and Tohoku regions. The Ministry of the Environment has decided to apply the same rule as the disaster debris and allow the ashes to be buried. The municipalities will be able to bury the ashes that they have stored temporarily, but it may be difficult to obtain consent from the residents living near the disposal facilities.


    Some garbage incinerators and sludge incinerators at waste processing plants and sewage treatment plants in cities in Kanto have become so radioactive that they have to be shut down.

    The entire country is potentially a nuclear waste disposal site, because of this one disaster.

    Those following all this know Fukushima City should have been evacuated right from the beginning. – Fukushima Cesium-137 Leaks ‘Equal 168 Hiroshimas’

    With regard to Fukushima, Kobe University Radiation Expert Prof. Tomoya Yamauchi, said of this city of 290,000 People: “Evacuation Must Be Conducted As Soon As Possible”.

    Prof. Chris Busby says Fukushima is like the TITANIC – suggesting that the Japanese government is completely out of order and if it continuous its course of action then it is a criminal organization – “I Am Too Frightened To Go Closer To Meltdowns Than 100 Km’ Because Of High Levels Of Radiation”.

    In relation to the evacuation of Fukushima, Japanese Journalist Takashi Hirose said: “It’s like killing our own children, I cannot allow it to happen”. There are reports that teachers are forcing school children to eat food that their parents told them not to eat.

    Prof. Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University said Japan’s government needs a wakeup call, adding that many are ‘Shaking With Anger’. His quote: “What Are You Doing?”

    A recent alert indicated that Greenpeace Radiation Measurements in Fukushima City hot spots is showing at 500-700 Times Normal!

    Again, over 290,000 people are In Danger.

    Human Errors With Devastating Consequences
    The Japan Times Reports:

    Cesium in incinerator dust across east Japan

    High levels of cesium isotopes are cropping up in dust at 42 incineration plants in seven prefectures, including Chiba and Iwate, an Environment Ministry survey of the Kanto and Tohoku regions shows.

    According to the report, released late Saturday, the highest cesium levels in the dust ranged from 95,300 becquerels in Fukushima Prefecture and 70,800 becquerels in Chiba Prefecture to 30,000 becquerels in Iwate Prefecture.

    But even the lower levels in the dust exceeded 8,000 becquerels per kilogram in Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Tokyo.

    The 16-prefecture survey covered 469 incinerator operators in Tohoku and Kanto from late June, and was reported to a panel of experts at the ministry that is discussing how to safely bury incinerator ash and dust with cesium levels above 8,000 becquerels per kilogram.

    Local governments have been instructed to temporarily store their ash and dust at disposal sites until the panel reaches a conclusion.

    The Environment Ministry asked prefectures to monitor cesium levels after dust with 9,740 becquerels per kilogram was found at an incineration plant in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward in June. Before that, the only prefectures that had collected and released such data were Gunma and Ibaraki.

    Nuclear Expert: Radioactive Rain-Outs Will Continue For a Year – Even In Western U.S. and Canada – Because Japanese Are Burning Radioactive Materials
    Washington’s Blog
    August 17, 2011

    August 17, 2011

    Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says in a new interview that the Japanese are burning radioactive materials. The radioactivity originated from Fukushima, but various prefectures are burning radioactive materials in their terroritories.

    Gundersen says that this radioactivity ends up not only in neighboring prefectures, but in Hawaii, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington and California.

    He notes that radioactive rain-outs were documented recently in British Columbia and Oklahoma with geiger counters.

    Gundersen is working with scientists who will publish a paper in the near future definitively debunking Canadian and American health officials’ claims that only harmless levels of radiation are being released.
    Cover Up By American and Canadian Governments

    Gundersen has a high-level contact in the State Department who says that the U.S. government has decided – within various agencies, including the State Department, FDA, and other agencies – to downplay the dangers from Fukushima. Because of this policy decision, the government is not really testing for radiation.

    Gundersen says that well see another year of radioactive rain-outs, as the Japanese continue to burn radioactive materials.

    Click here to listen to the interview.

    See this or background.


  • vaporlock vaporlock

    August 27 Dawson Creek BC Canada
    Average 629.30 CPM 1.25 mSv/h Wind: Variable 5 km/h. 3 to 4 days of high readings.
    Nice eh?
    August recordings are here –

  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    Yes Tacoma,
    Great reportin’.
    I just watched Prof. Seth Putterman talking on UCTV
    about sonoluminescence and lots of fun micro-physics.
    “Fiat Lux” was the title of his lecture, a distinguished UCLA faculty
    special honor they do annually.
    I wish I woulda copied the lecture. wish I coulda gone to
    a good school at an appropriate time of life.
    But, I might easily have gotten swole-up with Science Pride,
    and become an Arms designer flunky paycheck collector.
    That Dr. Putterman is one smart cookie.

  • Skerticus

    On topic… USGS reports the aftershock as only a 3.4. Where does the 4.5 magnitude number come from?

    Poor reporting. Easily verifiable data.