People near Tokyo “were getting a yearly radiation dose in about 10 minutes” from Fukushima releases —
Contamination in Tokyo suburb 3 times higher than area 1 mile from Fukushima Daiichi ...
Scientist: Reactor core materials found almost 500 km from Fukushima plant — 40,000,000,000,000,000,000 Bq/kg — Can travel very, very significant distances — Hot particles found in 25% of samples from Tokyo and Fukushima.
“Radioactive gases might have been leaving at a rate of 300% a day, instead of 1% assumed by designer”...
All of Japan contaminated by Fukushima — “Realistic estimate is 60,000 km², occupied by 46 million people” — “Things are grim, it gets worse by the day” — Unheard of in history, 100s of tons of melted fuel may be in earthA radioactive isotope, a short live isotope called xenon-133, which is very radioactive, was found at 400,000 times normal in the city of Chiba. For 8 days.
People were likely to be heavily exposed from just the short-lived isotopes, ~Robert Alvarez, senior Energy Department official on nuclear issues from 1993-99.
Southern wind directions and rainfall explain the relatively high activity levels in the remote hot spot in Kashiwa and Yokohama, which are located close to Tokyo.
- Soil sample from Kashiwa, a Tokyo suburb: 827,000 Bq/kg of cesium (827 Bq/g)
- Soil sample taken 1.9 kilometers (1.19 miles) from Fukushima Daiichi: 249,000 Bq/kg of cesium
[Fairewinds Energy Education was a Japanese website]
Tokyo is contaminated.
We were working with an embassy […] in Tokyo during the accident […] They sent us the filters for a period of months and I’ve got the numbers. Tokyo was heavily contaminated in April, May and June of 2011.
Marco Kaltofen, Civil Engineer & Ph.D. Candidate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI):
The particle we examined was a mixture of fission products from a nuclear reactor and nuclear fuels. We looked at materials like tellurium, radium-226, we saw cesium-134, and -137, cobalt-60, and a whole zoo of isotopes that probably you’ll never hear about on CNN […] 80% by weight of this particle was made up of pure reactor core materials. That tells me that something that came directly from the accident, directly from the core can escape containment and travel a very, very significant distance. So it’s a long distance to travel and what happens is the particle is so very small that it will essentially travel with whatever gas it’s entrained in. The winds will blow it long distances. For our Japanese samples from Fukushima Prefecture and from Tokyo, about 25% of those samples contained at least a few measurable hot particles.
“While americium is found at much lower concentrations in our samples than is iodine or cesium, individual hot particles were detected that did contain americium as the primary radioactive component.”
Kaltofen states that hot particles ARE contaminating portions of northern Japan. He also states that auto air filters from Fukushima, that he tested in his Massachusetts laboratory, are so radioactive that they have to be disposed of in a buried radioactive waste disposal site in the US. Additionally, he expresses concerns for the mechanics who work on cars in Fukushima Prefecture.
<<SOIL LEVEL CONTAMINATION REMAINS HIGH, FOOD CHAIN RADIATION WILL INCREASE.
SOME AREAS ARE MUCH HIGHER THANAVERAGE, FORMING HOT SPOTS WITH UP TO
2.92 nCi PER SQUARE FOOT RADIOACTIVE CESIUM IN SURFACE DUST.
CLEANED AREAS BECOME RECONTAMINATED. IN SEPTEMBER, 201, NODA CITY INDOOR AIR FILTERS SHOWED .23 nCi RADIOCESIUM. >>
REPORTED IN Nikkei, April 12, 2011: “Haruki Madarame, chairman of the [Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan], which is a government panel, said it has estimated that the release of 10,000 terabecquerels of radioactive materials per hour continued for several hours.”
10,000 terabecquerels = 10 quadrillion becquerels per hour or 10,000,000,000,000,000 becquerels per hour.
Government projections assumed ONE becquerel per hour was leaking from Fukushima — Actual rate reached at least 10 QUADRILLION times higher.
10,000,000,000,000,000 becquerels per hour vs. 1 becquerel per hour.
HOW DID THEY MAKE SUCH A DISASTROUS MISTAKE IN CALCULATIONS?
WAS IT A MISTAKE?
FROM THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Wide communication gaps hampered response in Fukushima.
Soon after the March 11 earthquake struck, then Prime Minister Naoto Kan and other senior officials gathered in his fifth floor office and effectively became the central decision-making body for the nuclear accident unfolding in Fukushima Prefecture.
But largely unaware of this formation was a task force in the basement of the same building that was set up under a special measures law to deal with nuclear accidents.
Communication was lacking between the two groups--both of whom initially thought they were in charge of dealing with the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
And that was just one of the many major problems in handling information that caused the slow response to the nuclear disaster, according to an interim report issued Dec. 26 by a government panel.
Data that never bridged that communications gap included the results of a forecast made by the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI), which is designed for use in deciding if evacuation orders should be issued in the event of a nuclear accident.
On March 11, officials of the science ministry, which has jurisdiction over SPEEDI, calculated the expected spread of radioactive materials on the assumption that such substances had spewed from the Fukushima No. 1 plant at a rate of 1 becquerel per hour.
The results were passed on to NISA, which handles information dispersal during nuclear accidents. NISA officials, in turn, sent the forecast to the Prime Minister's Official Residence.
Attached to the forecast was a supplementary document noting that the results were of low reliability since they were based on a hypothetical source of radioactive materials.
A Cabinet Secretariat official in the basement who received the information decided it was only reference material and did not report it to the fifth floor.
The panel's interim report said a different course in discussions could have taken place if the SPEEDI forecast had been passed on to those on the fifth floor.
The interim report shows that the central government tried to control the flow of information to the public.
On the morning of March 12, Koichiro Nakamura, NISA deputy director-general for nuclear safety, said at a news conference, "Some of the nuclear fuel has been exposed and it is possible that part of the cladding has begun to melt."
At a 2 p.m. news conference, Nakamura went further, saying, "It is likely that melting of the core has begun." He made the comment after receiving prior approval from Terasaka.
No effort was made to directly oversee the pumping of water into the reactors nor was any attempt made to play a leading role in taking part in discussions on responding to the nuclear accident.
"There was a lack of awareness of being in a position on the front lines for the central government in dealing with the accident," the report stated.
(The above quoted article was written by Jin Nishikawa and Naoya Kon.)
"Where Abe Said Contaminated Water Was Contained, Radiation Detector Goes Off "Beep, Beep, Beep."
MARCH 7, 2014
<<The paper sent out one of their journalists -- the man you see here standing with the special mask and radiation detector -- to check on the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, three years after the disaster.
Sitting 100 meters away from the nuclear power plant on a boat,.. the radiation detector showed a reading that was 110 times higher than the normal rate.
Surprising,.. given that this area is within the zone that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had claimed was SAFE from the effects of radiation.
Three years since the nuclear disaster,.. and still periodic reports of contaminated water leakage.
It's about time the Japanese government and the rest of world deserve an honest assessment of the disaster.>>
MANY TOP-NAME, HIGHLY RESPECTED SCIENTISTS AND NUCLEAR ENERGY EXPERTS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO WARN JAPANESE RESIDENTS ABOUT THIS SINCE DAY 1.
JAPANESE PHYSICIANS HAVE MADE PLEAS FOR HELP.
JAPANESE MOTHERS HAVE EVEN BEGGED IN PUBLIC FORUMS, BY EMAIL, IN THE NEWS, FOR SOMEONE TO TAKE THEIR CHILDREN TO SAFETY.
30% OF ALL CHILDREN TESTED IN THE FIRST YEAR ALONE THERE HAD THYROID LUMPS, PRECURSORS TO POSSIBLE THYROID CANCERS...IN JUST THE FIRST YEAR!
THAT PERCENTAGE IS HISTORICAL AND HORRIBLE TO CONTEMPLATE!
THEY TESTED FEW CHILDREN IN COMPARISON TO HOW MANY RECEIVED RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION FROM FUKUSHIMA'S NUCLEAR PLANT.
PHYSICIANS THERE HAVE BEEN THREATENED IF THEY TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MISCARRIAGES, BIRTH DEFECTS, RADIATION SICKNESSES THEY HAVE SEEN, AND HAVE SAID SO MANY TIMES. NURSES, MIDWIVES, HOSPITAL STAFF HAVE ALL TRIED TO WARN THE PEOPLE. SOME HAVE SUCCEEDED.
PLEASE STOP RELYING ON HUSH-NEWS, ON MAINSTREAM MEDIA THAT IS DESIGNED TO "KEEP DOWN THE PANIC", TO KEEP THE POPULACE CALM, TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM FLEEING FROM THIS DISASTER TO SAFETY!
IF YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW OR LOVE IS STILL LIVING THERE, ANYWHERE IN NORTHERN JAPAN, WITHIN 400 MILES OF THE DAICHII PLANTS, IN TOKYO, PLEASE LET THEM SEE THE STATISTICS, THE DATA, THE FACTS.
THEY ALL DESERVE TO KNOW.
THEY DESERVE A CHANCE TO ESCAPE.