Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 29 link collection

This March 18 article in BusinessWeek details the lies and cover-ups in Japan's nuclear industry.

The unfolding disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant follows decades of falsified safety reports, fatal accidents and underestimated earthquake risk in Japan’s atomic power industry.

"Just before loading the aircraft, we received the message that Japan declared "they don't
need INTRA robots in the current situation", Michel Chevallier, INTRA's Director General, told New Scientist. "Our robots are now back in our headquarters."

Word of the day: *tsunamigenic*

IAEA experts said the ocean will quickly dilute the worst contamination. Radioactive iodine breaks down within weeks but cesium could foul the marine environment for decades.

In Minamisoma, a city of 71,000 about 20 miles north of the nuclear plant, all but one or two shops shut their doors because of a lack of goods and customers, said city official Sadayasu Abe.

"Commercial trucks are simply not coming to the c
...ity at all due to radiation fears," he said Saturday.

Military troops and some private companies took up the task of delivering rice, instant noodles, bottled water and canned foods to eight central spots in the city, Abe said.

He said the city was urging the 10,000 or so still holding out to leave since the situation at the plant remains precarious.

"Life is very difficult here," he told The Associated Press by telephone. "We have electricity, gas and running water, but no food."

Jacob Namminga, one of our radiation safety advisors, spoke to me via Skype about today's sampling trip in a rural area of Japan, to the north west of the Fukushima nuclear plant. We'll be reporting the details of our findings once they are compiled...
As we found out today, the radiation levels are high in Fukushima city -- our measurements confirmed levels that have been reported in newspapers and by the government -- in some places so high that you would get your "maximum annual dose" (if you believe in such things) in about 8 days. It's a bit strange to see people biking and going about their business.
They must be hoping those levels come down fast or i don't see how they really have any choice but to evacuate Fukushima City. It's only 280,000 people, not so big in Japan. At 50 miles away from F#1 , it is consistent with or a little bey...ond the US recommendation that people stay 50 miles away. That's a little worse than the evacuated area at Chernobyl. They must be reluctant because Fukushima is the major link to points north, including the main expressway and shinkansen. Without that and the eastern coastal road, the north is two-thirds severed. I also wonder whether people would welcome irradiated evacuees. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Fukushima%2C+Fukushima+Prefecture%2C+Japan&daddr=%E7%A6%8F%E5%B3%B6%E7%9C%8C%E5%8F%8C%E8%91%89%E9%83%A1%E5%A4%A7%E7%86%8A%E7%94%BA%E5%A4%A7%E5%AD%97%E5%A4%AB%E6%B2%A2%E5%AD%97%E5%8C%97%E5%8E%9F%EF%BC%92%EF%BC%92&hl=en&geocode=FdMuQAIdDHRfCCnZTToq0Y6KXzFG40_BD00GDA%3BFb32OgIdzNNnCCnx5PMvUN0gYDEPLRSAZsB09g&mra=ltm&dirflg=d&doflg=ptm&sll=37.760625%2C140.737725&sspn=0.789286%2C1.667175&ie=UTF8&z=11
One more liquefaction n Chiba.
Looks like a bus stop outside Disneyland.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRUpJ3CAcYA This person had the (mis)fortune of witnessing four large explosions at the Cosmo refinery in Ichihara, Chiba.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFA6d8LV7SY Makuhari Driver's License Center. Been here many times.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVMNG3M5rQ4 Liquefaction in progress videos. I guess it continues for a while after the quake.
東京ディズニーリゾート 液状 化2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_qlgQ9CGr0 Short liquefaction-in-action film
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGQGq42ajAw Office in Ginza --not so bad-- measured using the innovative coffeometer scale of earthquake intensity.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEmAQ6Xizd4 Narita train platform!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_Is0J_tdFc 2011-03-11 at Disney Sea
地震直後のケイヨーデイ ツー 新浦安店納品所付近の液状化状況

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQunzgtqvzI Nearby! You can see Tokyo Sky Tree.
‎2011/03/11 東日本大震災 14:50頃に震度5の地震が! 東京都江東区菊川 三ッ目通りにて 東日本大震災 2011 03 15 東日本大震災の爪跡 東京ディズニーランドそばにて 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkpWFw7n9qg 2011 03 15 東日本大震災の爪跡 東京ディズニーランドそばにて 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCb3y3OEc6E

A possible breach at Japan's troubled nuclear plant escalated the crisis anew Friday, two full weeks after an earthquake and tsunami first compromised the facility. The development suggested radioactive contamination may be worse than first thought, with tainted groundwater the most likely consequen

The recent monster quake that hit northeastern Japan altered the earth's surface, geologists say, loading stress onto a different segment of the fault line much closer to Tokyo.

Interview with Professor Chris Busby from the European committee on radiation, London

Fukushima Prefecture said on its website that it measured radiation of 4.77 microsieverts an hour around 1100 GMT Thursday in Fukushima City, about 60 kilometers northwest of the plant. It said it detected 4.05 microsieverts an hour in Koriyama City, about 60 kilometers west of the plant, and 1.51 microsieverts an hour in Iwaki City, about 40 kilometers southwest of the plant, at about 1100 GMT Thursday.

This Greenpeace briefing serves to provide analysis and advice of the risks and potential health impacts following releases of radioactivity from Japan's Fukushima 1/Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was damaged by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

Links that were in the US Embassy/State Depts mailing:

Ralph Nader: ‘Nuclear Nightmare’ – OpEd « Eurasia Review
The unfolding multiple nuclear reactor catastrophe in Japan is prompting overdue attention to the 104 nuclear plants in the United States—many of them aging, many of them near earthquake faults, some on the west coast exposed to potential tsunamis.

In the days since the earthquake and the tsunami, and with Japan now in the middle of a radiation scare, many feel certain that something has been lost: A part of Tokyo that they loved.

Time-lapse visualisation of the March 11, 2011 earthquake off the coast of Sendai, Japan and its aftershocks.

Insights on Science and Security




Do you know where your tsunami inundation zone starts?

Explains the basics of tsunamis and how to protect yourself. For more information: http://www.tsunami.gov/ and http://www.tsunamiwave.info/ Produced by UNESCO/IOC-NOAA International Tsunami Information Center, NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, SeismicReady Consulting, Inc., US Geolog
Propagation of the March 11, 2011 Honshu tsunami and maximum amplitude plot were computed with the NOAA forecast method using MOST model with the tsunami source inferred from DART® data. From the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research, located at NOAA PMEL in Seattle, WA. See http://nctr.pmel.noaa.gov/

Canon S90 Two Narita Airport officials sitting side-by-side taking a moment's rest several hours after the M9.0 earthquake hit Japan. For some reason there is an almost comedic quality about them.

Flickr: Jun Kamil's Photostream

She seems to live in KaihinMakuhari.
Not "superheated" but...
A look at Urayasu, Chiba (next to Tokyo, Tokyo Disneyland) and liquefaction there. 5000 liter military water truck. Very slight damage compared to the earthquake zone proper. http://www.flickr.com/photos/anzu_c/sets/72157626270032852/with/5527818197/

Looks like Urayasu (near Tokyo Disneyland) may even be worse than Makuhari; no unning water over there. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gwright/

A nuclear meltdown or explosion at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled plant is unlikely to pose a health risk beyond 50 kilometers (36 miles) of the site, doctors and scientists said.

"Ukraine operates four nuclear power plants with 15 reactors. Their share in the country's electric power output makes over 50%."
A major crash at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant may entail the same disastrous aftermath as the awful blast at the Ukrainian Chernobyl nuclear power plant, chairman of the Ukrainian State Committee for Nuclear Regulation Yelena Mikolaichuk told reporters here.

The risks to human health from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi atomic plant are limited to an evacuated area adjacent to the facility, according to the U.K.’s Chief Scientific Officer John Beddington .
CNN's Drew Griffin reports on a pattern of cover ups in Japan's nuclear power industry.

‎(Reuters)- Japan is under global scrutiny over the handling of its nuclear crisis after a huge earthquake crippled several reactors at a nuclear power complex, raising fears of an uncontrolled radiation

Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Tuesday restated the Obama administration's commitment to keeping nuclear power in the mix of renewable sources under development in the U.S., but treaded carefully around questions of how the nuclear disaster in Japan might affect that effort.



Source: CounterPunch, August 9, 2008 Title: “Pools of Fire” Author: Jeffrey St. Clair Student Researchers: Krisden Kidd and Karene Schelert Faculty


"the unprecedented scale of Friday's earthquake and tsunami left questions about not only the adequacy of the measures but the basic policy of pursuing nuclear power in a country as earthquake-prone as Japan"
no kidding!
OSAKA — Severe damage to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant had the central government and local authorities in neighboring towns racing Saturday to evacuate residents and implement previously agreed upon emergency response measures.

View a map and satellite image from the 8.9 earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan on March 11. The initial earthquake triggered a subsequent tsunami warning for the entire Pacific coast from Alaska to Chile.

Previously, the worst "civilian" nuclear accident was the Tokai-mura Criticality incident, otherwise known as the nuclear-reaction-in-a-bucket thing.

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