WATCH: 10-fold spike in Fukushima radioactivity discussed at Tepco press conference — I suppose it was blown up by wind says spokesman

Published: January 10th, 2012 at 8:18 am ET
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January 6, 2012 Tepco Press Conference:

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Reporter: According to the reading of environmental radioactivity levels as of Jan. 4, 2012, the amounts of cesium-134 and cesium-137 have increased by nearly 10 times from Dec. 27, 2011 to January 2, 2012. I suppose that something went wrong and that led to this increase. What do you think caused this increase?

Tepco Spokesman Junichi Matsumoto
: [...] No trouble has occurred during that period. So I suppose that the radioactive materials were blown up by something like wind and that led to that increase.

Published: January 10th, 2012 at 8:18 am ET
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17 comments to WATCH: 10-fold spike in Fukushima radioactivity discussed at Tepco press conference — I suppose it was blown up by wind says spokesman

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Checking the International Atomic Energy Association’s (IAEA) website regarding Fukushima I noticed they have updates every week from the end of October 2011 through December 2011. No updates are provided for the end of December 2011 going into January 2012.

    The IAEA updates appear to be issued weekly on Thursdays, with one week in November being the exception as two updates were issued on a Wednesday and Friday.

    Where are the updates for December 29th 2011 and January 5th 2012? Will we get one this Thursday January 12th 2012?
    This is a period of time when a lot of activity was occurring with earthquakes and activity occurring at the reactor #4 building.

    http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/focus/fukushima/
    right hand side bar lists updates


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    • arclight arclight

      latest update!

      “The Japanese New Year started with an M7.0 earthquake centered at an island 600km south of Tokyo, but the quake was still strong enough to shake a very widespread area of northern Japan including Fukushima to a Level 4 of the Japanese local intensity scale of 7 levels.

      Come January 2, Fukushima Prefecture’s official radiation monitoring system showed an unusual increase in cesium fallout from an ND (not detected) on January 1 to 432MBq/km2 on January

      This caught many radiation watchers’ attention so they started to tweet about it, and some of them contacted Professor Takeda, a nuclear scientist of Chubu University, who took the matter seriously and started to study about the general trend and possible causes. Although getting involved with researching the situation, Professor Takeda has said that he will give more details a few days later (this info as of January 7).

      Especially on January 5 and 6 the Japanese portion of Twitter was buzzing with traffic on this subject. An Arnie Gundersen video advicing people to flee in case Dai-ichi Reactor 4 collapses was retweeted, and some people were saying that they were so worried that they did not feel like going to work. The information that Iwaki residents recently received new iodine tablets because the shelf dates of earlier distributed tablets had expired, was also taken out of context to mean that some new nuclear event was possibly unfolding.

      Cesium fallout was also recorded in Chiba.

      Even in Tokyo a minute amount of cesium was detected by a monitoring post in Koto Ward on January 5.”


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  • arclight arclight

    yesterdays forecast from hong kong.. normal post fuku high! no change noticable.. maybe a slight rise in the last week in the southern part of the island

    http://www.hko.gov.hk/radiation/ermp/rmn/applet/map/rmn_yesterday_e.htm


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  • arclight arclight

    and if it collapses? what about the unemployed japanese? who will help them?

    “News

    Quake disaster survivors see bleak future as unemployment benefits run out

    Disaster survivors look for work at a Hello Work employment agency in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Jan. 6. (Mainichi)Survivors of the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami will start losing their unemployment benefits this month as Japan marks 10 months since the disaster, though many of them are struggling to find work.

    Unemployment benefits were earlier extended, but marine processing and other important industries in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures have still not recovered, and for many unemployed survivors, there are no immediate prospects of finding another job. In Fukushima Prefecture, meanwhile, people forced to evacuate due to the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant have had to look for jobs without knowing when — or even if — they will be able to return home.”

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120110p2a00m0na016000c.html


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      A Exodus of Japanese people will soon be happening. What other choice is there now? The whole country is poisoned. When that starts happening, will we see the MSM begin to cover this? Will we see Governments talking about it? Will we see the UN address it? These poor people.


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      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi Whoopie

        I am surprised that a disaster of this magnitude has not been address. Will we see the UN address it, good question.

        There should be up dates and the public should get fallout forecasts, just like we get the weather reports. Oh that’s right, I forgot that the energy corporations would not like that. They are not in the business of protecting the public, that’s already been proven.

        There is one site that I think is very good at getting fallout forecast out. She mentions sites to check out, wish there were links attach to where it says show more. Other than that, great job and I do check it. I found this site from someone here.

        Check it out..
        Click>>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZNEov_O-UY


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  • arclight arclight

    Internally Displaced Persons: Guide to Legal Information Resources on the Web
    and a discussion needs to be had about the lack of legal rights of the internally displaced refugee.. the international legal framework does not cover them… they are the forgotten…….

    By Elisa Mason
    August 2011*

    “According to the United Nations, internally displaced persons (IDPs) are “persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized State border” (Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, 1998, Introduction, para. 2).

    Because the flight described in the definition is internal, national authorities are responsible for providing protection to people displaced in their own countries. However, over time the humanitarian community has come to recognize that IDPs “are often in need of special protection, not least because the government responsible for protecting them is sometimes unwilling or unable to do so, or may itself be the cause of displacement (Brun 2005, 3).”

    http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/p/idps.html


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    • arclight arclight

      “Yes how many times nust cannonballs fly
      Before they are forever banned”

      thanks jebus .. very OT


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    • Jebus Jebus

      In June 1962, the song was published in Sing Out!, accompanied by Dylan’s comments:

      “There ain’t too much I can say about this song except that the answer is blowing in the wind. It ain’t in no book or movie or TV show or discussion group. Man, it’s in the wind—and it’s blowing in the wind. Too many of these hip people are telling me where the answer is but oh I won’t believe that. I still say it’s in the wind and just like a restless piece of paper it’s got to come down some …But the only trouble is that no one picks up the answer when it comes down so not too many people get to see and know . . . and then it flies away. I still say that some of the biggest criminals are those that turn their heads away when they see wrong and know it’s wrong. I’m only 21 years old and I know that there’s been too many.”


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  • harengus_acidophilus

    “…the answer my friend, is blowing in the wind…”
    Can anyone tell me a colour darker as black?
    Just to point out the future of mankind…
    Sorry, but it’s so sad.

    h.


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  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    From the end of the video above “…no major news media in Japan has covered this.” That is because the first thing they would have to do is SHOW UP AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE! This is going to be one of the major events of the century and based on the camera shot that pans across the room the press can’t make it to the press conference. Arghhhh!


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  • James2

    That Tepco PR guy should be strung up by his balls.

    Seriously, he doesn’t say “I don’t know” or ” this is new information, I’ll look into it”. He doesn’t say, “I’m familiar with the information and for these reasons we disagree”.

    He just says “we don’t know how they got that information” and then “I think it must be blown up by the wind”.

    YOU’RE NOT PAID TO THINK, YOU IDIOT! YOU’RE PAID TO READ A PRESS RELEASE TO A CAMERA. GO FIND SOMEBODY WHO GETS PAID TO THINK BEFORE YOU ANSWER A SERIOUS QUESTION.


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  • I am having a debate with a person in another thread about this press release…

    They seem to think that it is normal to have ten times the radioactivity suddenly appear in the wind. The explanation was that this is cesium ‘dust’ being kicked up from the ground, and that it has nothing to do with new radiation releases from FUKU, because FUKU is in cold shutdown, and nothing is coming out of it anymore.

    SO this ten times higher radiation level must be ‘natural’, ordinary, and ‘normal’.

    Uh, huh… just as ordinary and normal as the cold shutdown is.

    Just as ordinary and normal as multiple reactors blowing up.

    Just as ordinary and normal as multiple reactors melting down and then melting through.

    Just as normal and ordinary as the 65 tons of radioactive out of control melted corium going somewhere, but not one knows where

    Just as normal and ordinary as not having any downwind radiation monitors going, and none on top of the vent stacks for any reactor buildings

    Just as normal as not having any total radiation readings for ocean, underground aquifer, air, ground, now almost a year after the ‘accident’ and still no official radiation records.

    Just as normal and ordinary as the government not admitting to any nuclear explosions or loss of reactor cores or spent fuel pools, despite two of them being lost.

    Just as normal and ordinary as no one knowing what the status is of the spent fuel pools in Daichi or Daini much less the reactor cores, almost a year after the accident.

    Yup, just another ordinary and ‘normal’ day, full of radioactive dust appearing out of nowhere.. could not be FUKU, that is for sure.

    It must be Momma Nature.. It is all her fault. All those pesky trees, grass, leaves, and dirt…

    It could not be FUKU, cause they say it is in ‘cold shutdown’..

    Believe…. believe…. believe….. smile more, radiation cannot hurt you… believe…. believe… do not ask questions, especially of…


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