Japan adds 4 new areas to radiation threats
Four new areas in northern Japan have been added to the list of places affected by radiation originating from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, authorities said Friday.Residents are getting almost 7 times the amount of yearly radiation
Three of the four are in the Ryozenmachi area, including about 180 households, 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the Fukushima plant,
Government data of the three hot spots showed an estimated radiation level between 20.1 to 20.8 millisieverts per year.
By comparison, the average resident of an industrialized country receives a dose of about 3 millisieverts per year.
The fourth spot is in the Haramachi neighborhood of Minamisoma, 33 kilometers away from the plant but outside of the area
Strontium detected 62 km's from Fukushima # 1 plant
Radioactive strontium have been detected in soil at 11 locations in Fukushima Prefecture, including the city of Fukushima 62 km from the crippled nuclear power plant
-54 becquerels of strontium-89 per kg were detected in soil collected in the city of Fukushima on April 27.
-1,500 becquerels of strontium per kg, was detected in soil collected May 6 in the town of Namie, 24 km northwest of the nuclear plant.
-1,000 becquerels of strontium per kg in the village of Iitate, 220 becquerels in the town of Kawamata and 30 becquerels in the town of Hirono.
Strontium tends to accumulate in bones and is believed to cause bone cancer and leukemia.
For the Canadians!
Shimatsu also indicates that past backroom uranium deals may have left Canadian politicians susceptible both to bribes and leverage Japan could exert by threatening to name who took graft. He writes:
More reading here
...Canadian politicians are bound to opportunistically oppose the return of depleted uranium since any shipments from Fukushima would be met by a massive turnout of "not-in-my-backyard" protesters. The only way for Tokyo to convince the local politicos to go along quietly is by threatening to publish an online list of the bribe-takers in parliament who had earlier backed uranium mining on behalf of the Japanese interests.
If not Canada, the Global Research article mentions Australia!
UPDATE! with thanks to Blammo.
Friday, June 3, 2011Interview and Transcript, worth a listen, especially for those on the west coast
UPDATE # 2- This just keeps getting worse and worse
Japan is admitting 3 nuclear melt-throughs!! That is three of them!
"An official report, which Japan will submit to the UN's nuclear watchdog, says nuclear fuel in three reactors at Fukushima has possibly melted through the pressure vessels and accumulated in outer containment vessels.
Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper says this "melt-through" is far worse than a core meltdown, and is the worst possibility in a nuclear accident."There is more-Guardian
Fuel rods have probably breached containment vessels – a more serious scenario than core meltdown x 3.
Molten nuclear fuel in three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant is likely to have burned through pressure vessels, not just the cores.
It is the first time Japanese authorities have admitted the possibility that the fuel suffered "melt-through" – a more serious scenario than a core meltdown.
The report, which is to be submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said fuel rods in reactors No 1, 2 and 3 had probably not only melted, but also breached their inner containment vessels and accumulated in the outer steel containment vessels.
The report includes an apology to the international community for the nuclear crisis – the world's worst since Chernobyl in 1986 – and expresses "remorse that this accident has raised concerns around the world about the safety of nuclear generation".An apology isn't going to cut it.
There is no such thing as safe nuclear generation. Nor clean , green or carbon free nuclear generation. So just cut the bullshit!
All of a sudden China Syndrome doesn't sound so "hypothetical"
"In 1971, nuclear physicist Ralph Lapp used the term China syndrome to describe a possible burn-through, following a loss of coolant accident of the reactor containment structures and the subsequent escape of radioactive material into the environment. His statements were based on the report of a task force of nuclear physicists headed by W. K. Ergen, published in 1967"