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The Fukushima Disaster
07-17-2012, 11:21 PM #1,006
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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A new study states that there won't be too many cancer deaths from radiation ...

"“There was a lot of luck involved,” said Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, in a telephone interview. “The effects vary significantly with the meteorological conditions and the only reason this wasn’t a lot worse was because 81 percent of all the emissions were deposited over the ocean.”

Where do they get their data from? The Japanese Government?

07-18-2012, 12:56 PM #1,007
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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15.gif That is some poor propaganda US.

Quote:*UPDATE* NHK: Fuel rod removal process underway at Unit 4!

@ENENews Trial removal process began a few hours ago for 1 of 204 unused fuel rods at Fukushima Daiichi NPP unit 4

07-18-2012, 03:28 PM #1,008
yankees skier
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Saw this on Drudge this morning.


07-18-2012, 04:04 PM #1,009
Octo Mother Superior
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Quote:Researchers have released the findings of an intense study into the aftermath of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster and warn that the United States isn’t exactly spared just yet. In fact, scientists now fear that incredibly contaminated ocean waters could be reaching the West Coast of the US in a matter of only five years, and the toxicity of those waves could eventually be worse than what was seen in Japan.

Let's pray they're wrong. sad2.gif
07-18-2012, 05:23 PM #1,010
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Radioactivity in the ocean as at April, 2012:

"In some places, the researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) discovered cesium radiation hundreds to thousands of times higher than would be expected naturally, with ocean eddies and larger currents both guiding the "radioactive debris" and concentrating it."

They used drifters to monitor the radioactive currents.


07-18-2012, 07:58 PM #1,011
Octo Mother Superior
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This is a disaster of biblical proportions! sad2.gif The Pacific Ocean feeds a whole lot of people.
07-18-2012, 08:04 PM #1,012
Octo Mother Superior
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After more than a year away, swimmers in Fukushima prefecture were allowed to return to the sea this week for the first time since disaster struck at the Japanese nuclear plant.

All of Fukushima's 17 beaches were closed last year to protect the public from radiation contamination. A massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, triggering meltdowns that contaminated food and water and forced mass evacuations.

Now, authorities have opened one of the beaches after declaring the water there to be safe.


07-18-2012, 08:13 PM #1,013
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(07-18-2012, 07:58 PM)Octo Wrote:  This is a disaster of biblical proportions! sad2.gif The Pacific Ocean feeds a whole lot of people.

The scientists are now saying the acidity in the oceans is increasing at an alarming rate that we can expect species to start dying off within the next five years. damned.gif
07-18-2012, 08:16 PM #1,014
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Interesting interview with Gundersen. Japanese nuclear plant (American) designs cannot withstand earthquakes and they have started one (only one?) up so far.

The above video's interview was cut off prematurely, here is the full interview:

Gundersen expects to see a million cancers because of this manmade disaster.


07-18-2012, 08:24 PM #1,015
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I'm no Bible head, but I recall a passage in Revelation..and I'm paraphrasing...

2/3 of the fish in the sea would die because of wormwood. (Bitterness, acidity) If you've ever tasted wormwood of absinthe you'd get it. sad2.gif

07-18-2012, 09:14 PM #1,016
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Japan now has two nuclear plants back up and running...

Separately, a reactor at the Ohi nuclear plant in central Japan went online Wednesday, the second to restart after the disasters. Another Ohi reactor was restarted earlier this month.

Update on fuel rod removal:


"If we are asked whether things are completely safe, we cannot say that," he said. "If there is another major earthquake, we don't know what may happen, although we hope for the best."

07-19-2012, 03:58 AM #1,017
bohica Member
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100,000 March In Tokyo...

And you didn't hear about it at all.  My 100,000 is between two estimates.  There's a video at the link; much larger than their usual, with photos of the huge crowd in Tokyo- in 37° heat.  Someone (of you) should grab it, and repost to YouTube, before it vanishes.  From NHK:

Anti-nuclear rally held in Tokyo

"Tens of thousands of people have staged one of the biggest anti-nuclear rallies in Tokyo since the Fukushima accident in March, last year.

"Labor union activists joined members of the public in the main protest rally at Yoyogi Park on Monday. Many of them responded to calls on the social network Twitter and the Internet.

"Nobel prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe was among public figures who called on people to take to the streets.

"The rally came after a reactor at the Ohi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, was brought back online. It began operating at full capacity earlier this month.

"Oe said the government's move to push forward the re-starting of idled reactors despite wide public opposition is an insult to the people. He added that people must defeat this move.

"Organizers say 170, 000 people took part in the rally, while police estimate the number at 75,000.  The crowd then marched on to the streets to protest the restart of the reactor and show their opposition to nuclear power.

"A woman took part with her son, who is in elementary school. She said she wants the government to scrap nuclear plants immediately for the safety of her child.  A man in his 70s said he joined the rally because the government won't listen to the people. He added that he cannot accept its decision to restart the reactor.

"Jul. 16, 2012 - Updated 15:55 UTC (00:55 JST)"

And you thought the world could not change?  This is an astonishing change for Japan; before Fukushima, anti-nuclear protests typically garnered numbers of under 100 protesters, year after year.  Granted- it took massive disaster.  But look at the people in the video.  I have to say- I see some hope in their faces.  They're not going away, or giving up.  I hope.

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07-19-2012, 12:21 PM #1,018
Jed Member
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It's high time they stand up
fer what they believe in.
This ain't gonna' go away
fer a very long time.
07-21-2012, 03:58 PM #1,019
Octo Mother Superior
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TEPCO subcontractor tried to underreport workers' radiation exposure

TOKYO, July 21, Kyodo

An executive of a Tokyo Electric Power Co. subcontractor forced its nine workers at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to cover their radiation monitoring meters with lead-made plates, the company said Saturday.

The executive is believed to have tried to underreport radiation exposure, prompting the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry to launch an investigation on suspicion of violating the industrial safety and health law, according to its officials.



On BBC as well: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18936831
07-22-2012, 06:25 PM #1,020
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
Are fish from the Pacific Ocean and Japanese coastal and inland waters safe to eat 16 months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster?

Governments and many scientists say they are. But the largest collection of data on radiation in Japanese fish tells a very different story.

In June, 56 percent of Japanese fish catches tested by the Japanese government were contaminated with ce-sium-137 and -134. (Both are human-made radioactive isotopes—produced through nuclear fission—of the element cesium.)

And 9.3 percent of the catches exceeded Japan’s official ceiling for cesium, which is 100 becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg). (A becquerel is a unit of radioactivity equal to one nuclear disintegration per second.)


This has me wondering...13.gif Every year I can and smoke about 20 salmon, usually Chinooks, but I have no idea how to tell, for myself, if they have cesium contamination gaah.gif



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