FUKUSHIMA & OTHER NUKE DISASTERS

Aug 31 11:37

Fukushima okays nuke waste storages in return for almost $3bn in subsidies

Fukushima’s governor has officially agreed to allow the country’s authorities to store radioactive waste for 30 years in two municipalities in exchange for 300 billion yen ($2.89 billion) in subsidies.

Aug 30 07:34

How Badly Is Fukushima Radiation Damaging the Pacific Ocean?

Richard Wilcox, PhD
Activist Post

I watched some wonderful movies over the summer with “ocean” themes and one was with Robert Redford called All is Lost. The entertainment value was good but it also made a statement about Man's interference with Nature and how nature can strike back. I love films like All is Lost, Master and Commander, in which the imperial navy visits the Galapagos Islands and “Kon Tiki,” a story about a 4,000 mile trek across the ocean, because they show the unspeakable beauty and power of the world's great oceans. Can humans actually destroy them?

Over the past year we've read many news stories about mass die-offs of marine species in the Pacific Ocean and other regions. One hypothesis in the alternative media is that the massive radiation released from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is the cause. Others blame over-fishing, pollution or climatic events...

Aug 29 15:28

Failed Attempt To Curb Contaminated Water At Fukushima

Attempts to curb the accumulation of radioactive groundwater at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are not proving effective, as groundwater continues to enter radioactive buildings.

Aug 29 14:34

Failed Attempt To Curb Contaminated Water At Fukushima

Attempts to curb the accumulation of radioactive groundwater at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are not proving effective, as groundwater continues to enter radioactive buildings.

Officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which is in charge of the clean-up operation, said that there has been little change in the levels of contaminated water in the effected buildings since the launch of the so-called underground bypass operation in May, according to the Japanese state broadcaster NHK.

Aug 26 04:44

California nuclear plant gets thumbs down from expert over quake fears

A confidential report by a senior nuclear expert calls on regulators to close California's last nuclear plant until it can be established the facility can survive a powerful earthquake, according to an exclusive AP report.

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant, which was built near three geographical fault lines, provides electricity needs for more than 2.2 million people in America’s largest state. However, a confidential report by the plant’s former inspector, Michael Peck, is calling on federal regulators to pull the plug on the facility.

Following the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in 2013, 30-year-old Diablo Canyon is the sole remaining nuclear energy supplier in California.

Peck warned in his 2013 report, which was obtained and verified by the Associated Press, that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is failing to maintain safety standards previously put in place for the facility's operation.

Aug 25 22:51

Elevated rates of thyroid cancer found in Fukushima youth

OVER 100 FUKUSHIMA YOUTH DIAGNOSED WITH DEFINITIVE OR SUSPECTED THYROID GLAND

Aug 25 08:42

Large number of Fukushima youth diagnosed with cancer

The number of Fukushima youth diagnosed with definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer now reaches 104, according to a Japanese newspaper's analysis of government data.

There were 300,000 total youth in the Fukushima prefecture who were aged 18 or younger at the time of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Of the 104 children whose government-administered thyroid gland tests showed positive results, 57 have been diagnosed with a definitive case of the disease, which is frequently linked to radiation exposure, Asahi Shimbun reported Sunday.

Aug 22 08:25

FLASHBACK - Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Radioactive Longer Than Expected

Chernobyl, the worst nuclear accident in history, created an inadvertent laboratory to study the impacts of radiation — and more than twenty years later, the site still holds surprises.

Reinhabiting the large exclusion zone around the accident site may have to wait longer than expected. Radioactive cesium isn’t disappearing from the environment as quickly as predicted, according to new research presented here Monday at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Cesium 137?s half-life — the time it takes for half of a given amount of material to decay — is 30 years. In addition to that, cesium-137’s total ecological half-life — the time for half the cesium to disappear from the local environment through processes such as migration, weathering, and removal by organisms is also typically 30 years or less, but the amount of cesium in soil near Chernobyl isn’t decreasing nearly that fast. And scientists don’t know why.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The same will hold true for Fukushima.

Aug 21 22:34

Is Miami on the Brink of A Nuclear Disaster?

Waking Times

Concerns over the possibility of a Fukushima-like nuclear meltdown event in the US have been growing, with the most likely next disaster predicted in 2011 to be surprisingly close to Miami Florida, at the Turkey Point facility 41 miles south near Homestead.

Aug 21 06:50

Is Miami on the Brink of A Nuclear Disaster?

New reports indicate a Fukushima-style nuclear disaster is inevitable in the Miami area, and needs to be investigated immediately.

Sayer Ji
Activist Post

Concerns over the possibility of a Fukushima-like nuclear meltdown event in the U.S. have been growing, with the most likely next disaster predicted in 2011 to be surprisingly close to Miami Florida, at the Turkey Point facility 41 miles south near Homestead.

Aug 19 18:21

Fukushima Animals Show Mutations, Genetic Damage, Population Declines

Beginning just a few months after the meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant in March 2011, scientists began studying the biological effects of the radiation on local wildlife, and the first reports are not encouraging.

Aug 19 10:15

Northwest Alaska villagers concerned about dead salmon washing up along Kobuk River

For the last week, from Shugnak all the way down to Kotzebue, people are reporting dead fish washed up on the banks of Northwest Alaska's Kobuk River in astonishing numbers. The fish appear to have been healthy and unspawned. Some have mysterious white welts dotting their backs.

Aug 16 08:08

TV: Devastating mystery illness hits California horses — “Nobody will even tell us what it is” — Skin falling off, covered in painful lesions, eyes swollen shut, liver damage, fainting — Expert: Never seen anything like it in 40 year career

Daily Press, Aug 5, 2014 (emphasis added): MYSTERY ILLNESS — Alyssa Langel['s] three-year-old horse [...] has large patches of skin exposed. [Owners] remain unsure what caused many horses to manifest swollen eyes and lips, as well as blisters [...] They heard of a similar outbreak affecting other horse communities in California.

CBS, Aug 6, 2014 (h/t Anonymous tip): There’s a mystery about what’s making dozens of horses sick here in Southern California. >> Watch it here

Kendall Melline, owner of sick horses: “It’s devastating… I’ve got my national champion, who her entire body, her entire first layer of skin is going to fall off.” [...] She’s not seen any improvement in Bunny and is very concerned.

Melline: “Her eyes are swollen almost completely shut… I’ve heard about 70 other horses have come down with something like this.”

Aug 16 08:07

The Crushing Effects Of Radiation From The Fukushima Disaster On The Ecosystem Are Being Slowly Revealed

A range of scientific studies at Fukushima have begun to reveal the impact on the natural world from the radiation leaks at the power station in Japan caused by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Biological samples were obtained only after extensive delays following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown, limiting the information which could be gained about the impact of that disaster.

Scientists, determined not to repeat the shortcomings of the Chernobyl studies, began gathering biological information only a few months after the meltdown of the Daiichi power plant in 2011.

Aug 15 14:31

Scientists detect genetic abnormalities in Fukushima birds, insects

In a set of papers published Thursday in the Journal of Heredity, a U.S. publication, Japanese and U.S. scientists warned that radioactive materials released from by the core meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant could have caused abnormalities in the genes of nearby birds and insects.

Aug 14 07:13

Gaza, Ebola, Iraq … are we approaching disaster overload?

Reflecting on the responses to the number of man-made emergencies detonating or still smouldering around the world earlier this year, from Syria to Ukraine and from Nigeria and South Sudan to Central African Republic (CAR), Kofi Annan appeared uncharacteristically weary.

“You sometimes have a feeling that the global community – and even the big powers – can only focus on one crisis at a time,” the former UN secretary general said.

Aug 07 07:23

Official: “Unfortunately, the fuel itself is exposed” at Fukushima — Scientist: Our tests show contamination isn’t going away… reactors are leaking out into ocean… there’s still a problem

NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien [...] has traveled to Fukushima three times and six times entered the exclusion zone, which he described as a “post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned towns, frozen in time.” We’ve stitched his latest reports together into this documentary-length video. They include his tour of the hazardous Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and a look at the health of marine life off the coast of Japan [...] Plus, a never-before-seen exclusive tour of Fukushima Daini, Daiichi’s sister plant, which narrowly escaped the same fate.

Aug 06 08:30

Three Years later, Japan Finally Tells The Truth: More Fuel Melted At Fukushima

After years of obfuscation and, simply put, lies; TEPCO has admitted in a new report that more nuclear fuel had melted at the Fukushima nuclear reactor than previously stated. While this is dreadful news, it gets worse, as the report further confirms that despite Abe's promises and TEPCO's state-funded efforts to build ice-walls, it may miss an important deadline binding it to clean radioactive water stored inside the Fukushima nuclear plant. Bloomberg reports officials commenting "we are doing everything we can do," but it appears, that is not enough as tens of thousands of tons of toxic water are expected to remain at the site by the imposed deadline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is the problem. We have seen how governments lie about disasters, whether it was the US at Three Mike Island, the US again in the Gulf Oil Disaster, Russia during Chernobyl, and Japan/US at Fukushima.

So why would anyone trust anything government says about Ebola today?

Jul 07 09:22

No prospect to resume cooling No.5 fuel pool

The temperature in the pool rose to 25.7 degrees Celsius on Monday, up 2 degrees from Sunday.

TEPCO says the temperature will reach the company's safety limit of 65 degrees in a little over a week.

The operator plans to channel seawater into the pool to curb the rise in temperature.

Jul 07 08:40

Nuclear Radiation Releases Continue in New Mexico

Environmental radiation releases spiked again in mid-June around the surface site of the only U.S. underground nuclear weapons waste storage facility near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The facility, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), has been shut down since February 14, when its isolation technology failed, releasing unsafe levels of Plutonium, Americium, and other radio-nuclides into the environment around the site.

Radiation levels in the underground storage area, 2,150 feet below the surface vary from near-normal to potentially lethal. At the time of the February accident, more than 20 WIPP workers suffered low level radioactive contamination, even though none of them were underground. WIPP assumes, but cannot confirm, that underground conditions have not changed since May 31, when the last entry team went into the mine, as reported by WIPP field manager Jose Franco on June 5:

Jul 05 07:32

Radioactive load from hijacked truck found in Mexico

Mexican authorities have recovered dangerous iridium-192 material stolen from a truck on Thursday in Tlalnepantla, north of the capital. The container had no leakage and radioactive material did not cause harm to the population, the authorities announced.

“We located the radioactive source” the National Coordinator of Civil Protection of the Ministry of Interior Luis Felipe Puente said via his twitter. All of the material appears to be accounted for, he later added in an interview with Milenio television.

Jul 02 09:43

Nuclear Radiation Releases Continue in New Mexico

nvironmental radiation releases spiked again in mid-June around the surface site of the only underground storage facility for nuclear weapons waste in the U.S., near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The facility, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), has been shut down since February 14, when its isolation technology failed, releasing unsafe levels of Plutonium, Americium, and other radio-nuclides into the environment around the site.

Radiation levels in the underground storage area, 2,150 feet below the surface, vary from near-normal to potentially lethal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now THERE is a wonderful employment opportunity for those illegals!

Jun 28 07:37

State: FDA study finds Alaska fish safe from Fukushima radiation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that Alaska seafood is safe from Fukushima radiation, but a citizen's group plans to conduct a separate study of the water in lower Cook Inlet using a crowdsource funding site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No way would I trust the FDA on this.

Jun 17 05:42

Two moderate earthquakes hit near Japan's Fukushima

Two moderate earthquakes struck off Japan's eastern coast near Fukushima in the early hours on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, predicting a low chance of any major damage being caused.

Jun 12 06:36

On Fukushima Beach - Must See Documentary

Jun 05 06:09

The Radioactive Waste Disaster

It was always a terrible name – The Nuclear Waste Confidence Decision. Ever since the first cupful of deadly nuclear waste was generated at Chicago’s Fermi reactor, on December 2, 1942, no one has ever had the slightest ounce of confidence about what to do with it. It was the ultimate kick-the-can-down-the-road decision. Make radioactive waste now. Worry about the disposal problem later.

Now it’s later and no permanent, safe location or technology has ever been found – and may never be found – to isolate even that first cupful of radioactive waste from the biosphere. Instead, we have a mountain of radioactive waste 70 years high.

Apr 05 13:11

Tons Of Radioactive Fukushima Water Spills Into Pacific Ocean

TEPCO believes they have accidentally spilled 12 tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant has spilled into the Pacific Ocean.

Apr 05 10:54

US to sink ghost ship dislodged by Japan tsunami

The ship holds more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel and authorities are concerned it could interfere with the course of other vessels as it drifts through shipping lanes. A Coast Guard cutter was headed out to the ship on Thursday with plans to fire cannons loaded with high explosive rounds to sink the vessel.

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The Japan earthquake triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since the Chernobyl accident in 1986, but Alaska state health and environmental officials have said there's little need to be worried that debris landing on Alaska shores will be contaminated by radiation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If there were no threat from radiation the boat could be salvaged and sold, or sent back to the Japanese fishermen who no doubt miss it. They are NOT sinking it because of diesel fuel.

Apr 05 08:51

Penly 2 Nuclear Reactor Shutdown Following Fire In Oil Pumps

The Penly 2 nuclear reactor in France has been shut down after an oil fire broke out in pumps in the reactor.

Apr 04 10:17

Radiation Levels in California Rain Recorded at 506% Above Normal

A radiation test carried out after a storm swept through Southern California has recorded radiation at 506% above normal background level

Apr 04 09:04

Reconstruction minister suggests no-return zone

Japan's reconstruction minister has hinted unofficially that some areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may have to be declared off-limits indefinitely.

Apr 04 09:04

Food over new limit for radioactive cesium

Following the introduction of new safety regulations in Japan, several types of food have been found to contain radioactive cesium above the legal limit.

Stricter health standards for staple foods such as vegetables and rice were introduced on Sunday. Permissible levels of radioactivity were reduced from 500 to 100 becquerels per kilogram.

Health ministry officials said bamboo shoots harvested in the Kisarazu and Ichihara regions east of Tokyo were contaminated with 120 and 110 becquerels of radioactive Cesium per kilogram respectively.

Mar 16 12:27

Ocean Radiation Plume Hits Hawaii From Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

The latest marine impact simulation shows the radioactive plume of ocean radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown has now hit Hawaii

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