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Japan gov’t to finally admit indefinite forced depopulation of large zones around Fukushima plant

Large Zone Near Japanese Reactors to Be Off Limits, New York Times, August 21, 2011:

Broad areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could soon be declared uninhabitable, perhaps for decades, after a government survey found radioactive contamination that far exceeded safe levels, several major media outlets said Monday.

The formal announcement, expected . . . → Read More: Japan gov’t to finally admit indefinite forced depopulation of large zones around Fukushima plant

186,000 bq/kg of radioactive cesium found 100 km from Fukushima plant

Excessive levels of radioactive cesium found 100 km from plant, Kyodo, August 16, 2011:

Excessive levels of radioactive cesium were found in sludge in a ditch at a district court branch in Fukushima Prefecture, about 100 kilometers west of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the court said Tuesday.

The isotope in the . . . → Read More: 186,000 bq/kg of radioactive cesium found 100 km from Fukushima plant

Radioactive iodine found in 50 percent of children’s thyroids — Up to 35 millisieverts (35,000 microsieverts)

Radiation effect on children’s thyroid glands, NHK, August 14, 2011:

[...] A group of researchers led by Hiroshima University professor Satoshi Tashiro tested 1,149 children in the prefecture for radiation in their thyroid glands in March following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Radioactive iodine was detected in about half of the . . . → Read More: Radioactive iodine found in 50 percent of children’s thyroids — Up to 35 millisieverts (35,000 microsieverts)

Public anger “exploding” as Japanese discover more about gov’t downplaying spread of Fukushima radiation, health dangers

Daily Outrage: Japan imperiled nuclear evacuees by hiding radiation data, San Francisco Examiner, August 9, 2011:

[...] Two months after the residents of Namie, Japan, evacuated [...] they learned a government computer system had shown they were moving directly into the most-radioactive location. [...]

The Namie scandal is only the newest exposé of the . . . → Read More: Public anger “exploding” as Japanese discover more about gov’t downplaying spread of Fukushima radiation, health dangers

Radioactive Fish: All 21 samples caught 50+ km from Fukushima plant exceeded maximum cesium level

Excessive radioactive cesium found in Fukushima fish: Greenpeace, Kyodo via Mainichi Daily News, August 9, 2011:

Fish caught at a port about 55 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contained radioactive cesium at levels exceeding an allowable limit, the environmental group Greenpeace said Tuesday.

The samples taken at Onahama port in . . . → Read More: Radioactive Fish: All 21 samples caught 50+ km from Fukushima plant exceeded maximum cesium level

“Most” of the fuel at Reactor No. 3 may have breached vessel after melting down twice

Report: Japan’s Fukushima reactor possibly melted twice, BNO News (Channel 6), August 8 2011:

According to a study, the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant might have suffered a second nuclear meltdown, Kyodo news agency reported Monday.

According to the study, which was conducted by nuclear safety expert Fumiya Tanabe, fuel inside one of . . . → Read More: “Most” of the fuel at Reactor No. 3 may have breached vessel after melting down twice

ABC affiliate: “New and amazing things” being uncovered every day at Fukushima nuke plant — “Deadly Easter eggs” generating radiation higher than 10 Sv/hr

Deadly areas of radiation found at Fukushima nuclear plant, WJLA ABC 7 by John Metcalfe, August 2, 2011:

Remember the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant? That place is still so contaminated that scientists are uncovering new and amazing things every day in unexplored locations. [...]

The deadly Easter eggs, located near a ventilation stack, are . . . → Read More: ABC affiliate: “New and amazing things” being uncovered every day at Fukushima nuke plant — “Deadly Easter eggs” generating radiation higher than 10 Sv/hr

Tepco: Ultra-high radiation levels may be from melted fuel that leaked out of containment vessel (PHOTO)

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Japan utility seals area with high radiation level, AP, August 2, 2011:

[...] Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday radiation exceeded 10 sieverts at two locations near a duct connected to a ventilation stack between two reactor units at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. [...]

TEPCO said melted fuel in the No. 1 reactor might . . . → Read More: Tepco: Ultra-high radiation levels may be from melted fuel that leaked out of containment vessel (PHOTO)

New indoor radiation dose record at Fukushima — 5 sieverts per hour detected at Reactor No. 1 — May be higher as it exceeded capacity of measuring device

High-level radiation detected again at Fukushima Daiichi plant+, AP/Kyodo, August 2, 2011:

[... TEPCO] said radiation dosages of 5 sieverts per hour were detected indoors on the second floor of the No. 1 reactor at the plant. The amount is the highest figure for indoors.

The figure was detected in front of a pipe . . . → Read More: New indoor radiation dose record at Fukushima — 5 sieverts per hour detected at Reactor No. 1 — May be higher as it exceeded capacity of measuring device

NYT: Fatal Radiation Level Found at Fukushima — “Exceeded” 10 sieverts per hour, measuring device was maxed out

Fatal Radiation Level Found at Fukushima Daiichi Plant, New York Times by Martin Fackler, August 1, 2011:

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant said Monday that it measured the highest radiation levels within the plant since it was crippled by a devastating earthquake. However, it said the discovery would not slow continuing . . . → Read More: NYT: Fatal Radiation Level Found at Fukushima — “Exceeded” 10 sieverts per hour, measuring device was maxed out

NHK: TEPCO doesn’t know where melted fuel is at in reactors or actual level of radioactive particles still being released — About to start checking

TEPCO to extract air from troubled reactors, NHK, July 29, 2011

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it will extract air from troubled reactors at the plant to measure the amount of radioactive substances. [...]

The operation is intended to obtain accurate data on what kind of radioactive substances are . . . → Read More: NHK: TEPCO doesn’t know where melted fuel is at in reactors or actual level of radioactive particles still being released — About to start checking

U.S. commander in Japan says “the reactors exploded” after tsunami — “I could probably teach a course in nuclear reactors”

U.S. wasn’t fully prepared for radiation risks following Japan earthquake, top general says, Stars and Stripes by Seth Robson, July 27, 2011:

[...] “As the (Fukushima Dai-ichi) reactors exploded and they sent some of that radiation out, we had the issue with it being detected off shore by the Navy,” [U.S. Forces Japan commander . . . → Read More: U.S. commander in Japan says “the reactors exploded” after tsunami — “I could probably teach a course in nuclear reactors”

Document: 1600 Fukushima Workers Thought to Be Exposed to High Radiation

Document: 1600 Fukushima Workers Thought to Be Exposed to High Radiation, Time.com by Krista Mahr, July 27, 2011:

A newly released document says the Japanese government estimated in April that some 1600 workers will be exposed to high levels of radiation in the course of handling the reactor meltdowns at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi . . . → Read More: Document: 1600 Fukushima Workers Thought to Be Exposed to High Radiation

Typhoon increases level of radioactive water in Reactor No. 1 basement by 17 inches in a day — Likely to continue rising

Rain increases contaminated water at plant, NHK, July 21, 2011

Heavy rain brought by a tropical storm has increased the level of radioactive contaminated water at the basements of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. [...]

Tokyo Electric Power Company or TEPCO, the plant’s operator, says that at 7 AM local time on . . . → Read More: Typhoon increases level of radioactive water in Reactor No. 1 basement by 17 inches in a day — Likely to continue rising

NHK: “High levels of radioactivity found extensively” — Japan says air 150 km from Fukushima plant is as radioactive as areas close to meltdown

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. . . → Read More: NHK: “High levels of radioactivity found extensively” — Japan says air 150 km from Fukushima plant is as radioactive as areas close to meltdown

Japan nuclear expert warns of further radiation releases from Fukushima — Risks should be explained to nearby residents (VIDEO)

Expert: Risks remain at Fukushima Daiichi plant, NHK, July 20, 2011:

A nuclear expert has warned that radiation could still be released from Fukushima An expert says that radiation could be released from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in about 2 and half days if the injection of cooling water into reactors is halted . . . → Read More: Japan nuclear expert warns of further radiation releases from Fukushima — Risks should be explained to nearby residents (VIDEO)

U.S. continues advising 50-mile no-go zone for Fukushima plant — “Citizens who are still within this zone should evacuate or shelter in place”

U.S. says safe to use Sendai Airport, Kyodo, July 20, 2011:

[...] Washington maintained its evacuation advisory for Americans living within an 80-kilometer radius of the stricken nuclear plant in northeastern Japan.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we continue to recommend that U.S. citizens avoid travel to destinations within the 50-mile evacuation zone . . . → Read More: U.S. continues advising 50-mile no-go zone for Fukushima plant — “Citizens who are still within this zone should evacuate or shelter in place”

Indoor mushrooms contain 1,770 bq/kg of radioactive cesium — Gov’t “determining the cause”

Radioactive cesium detected in Fukushima shiitake, NHK, July 16, 2011:

Radioactive cesium exceeding the government standard has been detected in shiitake mushrooms grown indoors in 2 cities in Fukushima Prefecture, about 60 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. [...]

The Fukushima prefectural government says 1,770 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium was . . . → Read More: Indoor mushrooms contain 1,770 bq/kg of radioactive cesium — Gov’t “determining the cause”

Worse than a ‘melt through’ – a ‘melt out’? — See Graphic

Melt-out “nuclear fuel” struck fear in the groundwater! — the worst excess of the melt through — TEPCO do not hide this possibility!, Gendai, July 8, 2011:

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[...] Unimaginable “terrible reality”, but might be going on deep inside the reactor building basement —.

International Atomic Energy Agency released on July 6 . . . → Read More: Worse than a ‘melt through’ – a ‘melt out’? — See Graphic

1,800+ bq/kg radioactive cesium detected in tea 160 km from Fukushima plant

Radioactive cesium detected from Tochigi tea, NHK, July 08, 2011:

Radioactive cesium exceeding the government limit was detected in processed tea made in Tochigi City, about 160 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The Tochigi Prefectural Government says 1,810 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium was detected in tea processed from leaves . . . → Read More: 1,800+ bq/kg radioactive cesium detected in tea 160 km from Fukushima plant

Trouble at Reactor No. 3: Unable to inject nitrogen in containment vessel to prevent hydrogen explosion

Nitrogen injection could be delayed at Fukushima, NHK, July 7, 2011:

The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi power plant is having trouble injecting nitrogen gas into one of the reactors to prevent a hydrogen explosion.

Tokyo Electric Power Company on Wednesday examined the No.3 reactor to see if it can connect injection pipes . . . → Read More: Trouble at Reactor No. 3: Unable to inject nitrogen in containment vessel to prevent hydrogen explosion

98.6% of time, air contamination around Fukushima plant is not measured — TEPCO says it lacks qualified personnel to “change the filters”

Preliminary comments, CRIIRAD mission in Japan from May 24th to June 3rd, 2011:

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[...] During TEPCO’s press conference of May 30th, the CRIIRAD laboratory manager, Mr Chareyron, asked a TEPCO representative about the air contamination monitoring procedure in the vicinity of Fukushima Daiichi. TEPCO explained that there was only one monitoring station, . . . → Read More: 98.6% of time, air contamination around Fukushima plant is not measured — TEPCO says it lacks qualified personnel to “change the filters”