Quote:Japan Discovers Plutonium Far From Crippled Reactor
Trace amounts of plutonium were found as far as 28 miles from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant, the first time that the dangerous element released from the accident was found outside of the immediate area of the plant.
The science ministry report issued Friday comes just as the government lifted one of its evacuation advisories, underscoring the difficulty of restoring normalcy and assuring the safety of residents around the crippled plant.
The government also reported a rare detection of strontium, another highly dangerous element, far from the crippled reactor, in one spot as far away as 50 miles. Most of the radioactive material discovered to date in the communities surrounding Fukushima Daiichi has been cesium or iodine.
Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424...41594.html
Quote:How to Enjoy Radioactive Autumn in Japan in Kindergartens and Elementary Schools - by EX SKFSO FUBAR! What are they doing ? thinking ?
In Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, they all do these fun-filled activities to enjoy and celebrate autumn, just like they did last year and year before, radioactive fallout or not. A minor nuclear accident must not disturb the preset schedule, ever.
At this point, though an increasing number of parents are simply horrified, the majority are quite happily following whatever the school teachers say and accuse the concerned parents as "monster parent" (a Japlish word that they use in katakana) - a troublemaker. The majority are more worried about their children's prospect of getting into prestigious schools....
1. Radioactive school lunch with tastes of autumn, including chestnuts and mushrooms.
The most hilarious and sad is the school nutritionist in Koto-ku, Tokyo where the high radiation spots have been detected which were likely the result of radioactive fallout from the garbage incineration plant.
According to the blog "Protect children in Koto-ku" (link is in Japanese), a grocer that supplies school lunch food items came to Edagawa Elementary School with the test result of the chestnut that the grocer wanted to sell to school. The test result was: 44 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium detected.
And from the "togetter" collection of related tweets on the subject:
Apparently the grocer brought with him the printout of the test result as an "advertisement", of how "safe" his chestnuts were. Looking at the result, the school nutritionist was relieved that it was such a low number and therefore it was safe. So the school bought the radioactive chestnuts from the grocer and served them in lunch to feed 700 children.
They knew the chestnuts were radioactive, and they served them anyway. The producer, the wholesaler, the retail grocer, and the school all seemed to think that anything below the provisional safety limit was literally, genuinely safe. The school nutritionist was a recent college grad with no influence over lunch decision.
The chestnuts were grown and harvested in Ibaraki Prefecture, just south of Fukushima.
As to mushrooms which tend to concentrate radioactive materials very effectively, many schools are having some sort of "mushroom festival" lunch - using multiple varieties in a spaghetti sauce for example.
2. Radioactive school cleanup
This still goes to the now-infamous Yokohama City. Schools are still having the students do the autumn cleanup of dead leaves and branches in the school yards and rooftops. In Naka-ku, the air radiation on the school rooftop was 0.56 microsievert/hour, but the city official who came to measure left without doing anything, because it was 0.03 microsievert less than the level where the city would have to take some action (0.59 microsievert/hour).
(There are a whole lot more stories like this at the message board of Yokohama Assemblyman Ota, here.)
3. Collecting radioactive leaves and acorns dropped in the leaves
This is very, very popular among kindergartens and nursery schools in Kanto. Children like small stuff like acorns buried in the colorful, fallen leaves. The teachers let small children have fun collecting the leaves and acorns, with bare hands, no masks. One mother was horrified when her kid came back with an extra bag of acorn that the teacher gave him as souvenir. She said she tried her best to smile, and would throw away the bag when the boy was not watching.
Collecting dead leaves for composting in the school yards is also quite popular. One kindergarten in Kashiwa City was asking parents to bring dead leaves to the kindergarten so that the kindergarten could start a new pile of leaf compost in the school yard.
4. Visiting the high radiation spots in Chiba and dig up sweet potatoes
That's another popular activity. Chiba is famous for sweet potatoes in Kanto. Kindergartners and school children from Tokyo and Chiba go there to harvest sweet potatoes, collect fallen leaves to build a fire and bake the potatoes in the fire. In spring, they most likely did the planting of rice on bare feet in the radioactive rice paddies. In autumn, they get to dig the radioactive soil to get sweet potatoes.
In one kindergarten in Kashiwa City (hot spot), they make children dig sweet potatos with bare hands this year, because many children lost the digging tools that the kindergarten gave them last year. So this year after nuclear fallout, the teachers force the kindergartners to use their own tiny hands. No gloves allowed.
5. Radioactive "undokai" (school athletic meet)
Small children and pupils get to run and play in the dirt school yard for the autumnal athletic meet. Many will get to do certain activities like gymnastics on bare feet (the teachers won't allow them to wear shoes). A parent who begged his daughter's school to at least hose down the dust was totally ignored.
It is as if they were intent on killing their young. It is as if the current radiation level was not high enough to cause immediate damage so they wanted to hasten the onset of the damage by piling radiation upon radiation on the young, at every occasion.
So, if you escape Kanto, you don't need to worry anymore? Yes you do. A resigned mother who fled Yokohama with her children to Okinawa tweets that they use cabbages grown and harvested in Gunma Prefecture in school lunch. People living in Kansai report that the local supermarkets are full of vegetables and fruits from Kanto and Tohoku, a phenomenon that they do not recall ever happening in their area.
Soon, radioactive debris will follow, thanks to the tireless campaign by the Ministry of the Environment which is set to grow so fat (in terms of budget appropriation for the Ministry) from the "decontamination" bubble it is creating.
Some of my twitter followers in Japan are jokingly asking if there's any country that would accept Japanese people as "radiation refugee". To me, they should qualify as "political refugee" because if they stay in Japan, their lives are threatened daily by their own government.
FUKUSHIMA, Japan, Oct. 12, Kyodo
Newly harvested rice from nuclear crisis-hit Fukushima Prefecture is safe for shipment after tests showed all samples cleared the government-set allowable limit for radioactive cesium, with 80 percent of the crop found to be completely free of contamination, prefectural government officials said Wednesday.
The prefecture tested a total of 1,174 samples of rice harvested in the 48 municipalities of the northeastern Japanese prefecture where the crop was grown this year and found none exceeded the 500 becquerels per kilogram limit.
However, the prefecture will buy up all the rice harvested from certain districts in Nihonmatsu where readings of radioactive cesium logged 470 becquerels, the officials said.
This is what they wore to collect samples. Mmmm mmm....makes me wanna eat the ƒück out of it.
Kaoru Noguchi, head of Tokyoâ€™s health and safety section, however, argues that the testing already done is sufficient. Because Tokyo is so developed, she says, radioactive material was much more likely to have fallen on concrete, then washed away. She also said exposure was likely to be limited.
â€œNobody stands in one spot all day,â€ she said. â€œAnd nobody eats dirt.â€
The amount of plutonium released is said to be 120 billion Becquerels.
It also states there was a release of 7.6 trillion Becquerels of Neptunium-239. As neptunium-239 decays, it becomes plutonium-239. (SOURCE)
Mochizuki says this report was made by Tepco for a press conference on June 6 and the media knew and â€œkept concealing the risk for 7 months and kept people exposedâ€.
"By Hiroshi Hiyama
Fukushima City began Tuesday its first decontamination of private properties, seven months after the worst atomic accident since Chernobyl spread radioactive materials over eastern Japan."
I hope TEPCO pays for it.
2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Earlier this year, as the world anxiously watched the Japanese nuclear disaster unfold, Ontario was forging full speed ahead with its plans to develop two new reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. The film follows Shawn-Patrick Stensil, a nuclear campaigner at Greenpeace Canada, as he journeys to Chernobyl and Fukushima. In Chernobyl, he witnesses firsthand the ongoing impacts of the nuclear reactor explosion there 25 years ago. At Fukushima, he conducts radiation monitoring near the site of the nuclear disaster. Produced by Greenpeace Canada, the film follows these 2 journeys along with Shawn-Patrick's passionate struggle to convince the Ontario government to abandon their plans to build two new reactors in Darlington.
Can't embed the video - link to documentary
Neutron ray measured in Tokyo
[i]Neutron ray can not be measured by most of the Geiger counters.
and itâ€™s way more harmful to human body.
According to the worst pro-nuc safety standard ICRP60:
* Tumor risk: 3~200 times higher than gamma ray
* Possibility to shorten your life by cancer: 15~45 times higher than gamma ray
* Genetic transformation: 35~70 times higher than gamma ray
* Chromosomal abnormality: 40~50 times higher than gamma ray
* Genetic impact for mammal: 10~45 times higher than gamma ray
This is why I warned that dosimeters makes you blind.
Trying to post this for the 10th time.
LOW mileage, good body, one previous owner. Oh, and dangerously radioactive.
Used-car dealers in Japan are sitting on hundreds of vehicles contaminated by high levels of radiation from the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima earlier this year.
And some unscrupulous salesmen are disguising this fact by re-registering and selling them to unsuspecting customers.
One vehicle in particular is "so radioactive that sitting inside it for two hours a day will expose the occupant to more than the Governmentâ€™s recommended maximum dose over the course of a year", The Times reports (behind a paywall).
However, the auction house that sold it won't disclose the buyer's name.
One car dealer told Asahi newspaper: â€œIt is just the tip of the iceberg. If high radiation is detected, decontamination is too difficult. This is why such vehicles are auctioned within Japan.â€
Another who bought a contaminated vehicle told the paper: "I decontaminated repeatedly after the test, and retested the filter of the air conditioner, the wipers and tyres, replacing them thoroughly, but the radiation level dropped only to 30 microsieverts per hour. I decided to sell the vehicle in Japan because I couldnâ€™t afford to lose the money."
Vehicles that emit radiation higher than 0.3 microsieverts an hour are banned from export.
Harbour authorities barred 660 cars last month because they exceeded the limit.
Quote:Former UN Advisor: Many scientists are emphasizing precarious situation of Fukushima Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 â€” If rods spill onto ground, it will force Tokyo and Yokohama to closeRead more: http://enenews.com/former-advisor-many-e...hama-close
â€œI, along with many eminent scientists, are emphasizing the precarious situation of the fourth reactor that contains 1,535 nuclear fuel rods in the pool and is balanced on the second floor, outside of the reactor containment vessel. If the fuel rods spill onto the ground, disaster will ensue and force Tokyo and Yokohama to close, creating a gigantic evacuation zone. All scientists I have talked with say that if the structure collapses we will be in a situation well beyond where science has ever gone."
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