Saturday, 3 January 2015

Important leaked information about the Zaporozhia nuclear power plant accident

A Second Chernobyl?



This is explosive material (pardon the pun!) about the event at the Zaporozhia nuclear power plant.

This article, written by an American journalist based in the Ukraine provides information about a leaked conversation between thegeneral director of the power plant and the head of emergency readiness.

My thanks to the person who pointed my attention to this.


November 28th

Tyshenko 8:12 PM- Vasili what the hell is going on over there?
8:24- Tyshenko- Why aren’t you answering?

8:58- Torbayevsky- Vacheslav Alexaivich, forgive me I didn’t answer. We have an emergency. The Third Unit shut down. I am already there. Ignatchencho is with me. Krasnogorov is coming.
Tyshenko- Fuck! Why the hell didn’t you tell me immediately? Do you understand the danger this will mean for us? We will be thrown in prison, you as well. Leaving now, will be there in ½ our.
Torbayevsky- Need to contact Chech specialists from Skoda. Its their equipment.

November 29h

Tyshenko and Krasnogorov convo- Krasnogorov is head engineer at plant ZGD

20:34 Tyshenko- Fiador, how are things?

Krasnagorov- Things Vacheslav Alexaivich are not good. The casket on the upper unit is not able to take the pressure. Seems we screwed around with this improper material [Westinghouse fuel rods in Soviet reactors] long enough.

Tyshenko- Don’t whine. You need to understand that no one asked me about any of it.

Krasnagorov- Even back then I was saying that this is not going to end well. We needed to do testing first. Its not just the caskets that are the problem. Its with the fuel as well.

Tyshenko- I said don’t whine! The orders the ministry gave me I am doing. They warmed their hands on it already( they made their money) and let this fuck them now(let them deal with the fallout).

Krasnagorov- Understood.

December 2nd

7:48 Tyshenko and Stefansky (Assistant Plant manager)
Stefansky- Vacheslav Alexaivich as soon as you left, journalists flooded us. They are hanging out at the security checkpoint. What do I say to them?

Tyshenko 8:01 am- Listen, I fucking barely stand on my feet(tired). You yourself can’t come up with something? Say that it is an electrical short circuit or some other shit like that, but about the reactor not a word! Blab- I will turn you inside out(skin you)! Thats it, out, I’m getting a few hours sleep and will be back.
December 2nd

8:53 Tyshenko and Torbayevsky

Torbayevsky- Vacheslav Alexaivich- We have a leak.

Tyshenko- Fuck! Where are you?

Torbayevsky- I’m at the station with the personnel, trying to fix it, but its a dead number (no use).

9:31 am Tyshenko- Ok, I called to the top. We need to be quiet now or we’ll go to Donbass as volunteers; Do You understand?
Torbayevsky- Understood.

12:17 Tyshenko- Vasili, I was called to Kiev immediately. Figure this out without me.

Torbayevsky- What do we do with personnel? We need to evacuate people, radiation is off the charts! And locals need to be warned. We already started dumping into the water supply from the cooling system. Very soon we will have a second Chernobyl.

Tyshenko- Don’t start panic! We were told to be quiet. We’ll be quiet!

Torbayevsky- Vacheslav Alexaivich! Do you understand we can no longer keep silent? This is a catastrophe! Here in a 100 kilometer radius, nothing will be left alive! Fucking sky is already glowing! (inside joke about radiation)

Tyshenko- Listen! I am flying to Kiev. Wait for a call. For now don’t answer any questions and don’t talk to anyone.


Has the Largest Nuclear Plant In Europe – Located In Ukraine – Suffered a Major Accident?


Washington's Blog,
31 December, 2014

Preface by Washington’s Blog:  Investigative journalism requires asking questions in the face of potential cover-ups.  Guest writer George Eliason is asking question, and admitting both that (1) the reports are unconfirmed and (2) he doesn’t have the necessary expertise to render an authoritative opinion on this issue.

But since the stakes are so high, it is worth asking the question.

By George Eliason, an American journalist living in Ukraine.

Over the last week more publications including Zero Hedge have started reporting on the possibility of a still developing nuclear problem at the largest nuclear plant in Europe. This news has been widely circulated in Eastern Europe over the last few week.

The problem in Ukraine has been and remains verification. Ukrainian sources have not been forthcoming. When this first occurred I was contacted through a 2nd party and told directly after the officially reported transformer incident a radiation spike was observed in Crimea which is 140km away from Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. This spike was small against background radiation but noticeable on a geiger counter. I was also given hacked files of the emergency conversation that happened at the plant that day. They are included at the bottom of the article. The closeness to what is coming to light makes them too close to be ignored.


Understanding Geiger Counters

The first thing most people don’t realize is that geiger counters are location sensitive. They are calibrated against background radiation for a specific location. 

This means if you take a geiger counter and move as little as 1 km, the background radiation itself could be different and the measurement inaccurate. 

Known background radiation is the Zero point on a calibrated geiger counter.
Second and as important is that all sensitive measurement tools need to be calibrated and certified to be useful. Sensitive tools go out of calibration by themselves over time. After Fukashima, a new normal needs to be considered.

What this means to Europe is the possibility of a larger than Fukashima event opening up in its own backyard and without getting a handle on it now- quite literally. Depending on which way the wind blows without verifying anything they are leaving their own countries futures in the hands of Ukrainian nationalists that are in the middle of trying to perpetrate a genocide in Donbas.

Ukraine reported an incident (non-nuclear) which was a transformer short circuiting, not an accident which is used for radiological issues. This was carried across the nuclear industry forums that talked about it. The case was closed on that basis.

As reported at Zero Hedge-Two days ago we reported of the odd coincidence of a 2nd emergency shutdown at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Nuclear reactor – Europe’s largest nuclear power plant following our earlier fears of disinformation. Today, we get information of a leaked report sourced from three different place – unconfirmed for now (but RT is trying to verify) - that Ukrainian nuclear scientists misled the public and a radioactive leak has been detected - citing the country’s emergency services claiming that levels of radiation are 16.3 times the legally permitted norm.

What does 16.3 times allowable (legal) mean? In a pre-Fukashima world if any nuclear plant in the US were to report 1X allowable radiation/ steam (contamination) release every major publication in the country would be focused on that event.

Allowable release at nuclear power plants falls under a Zero tolerance policy. At Zaporozhye power plant background radiation before the event registered at 10-12 counts per minute on a geiger counter. At 50 counts it does not cause an alarm but is something to monitor.
At 100 counts the threshold for alarm is reached and radiological personal protective gear might be warranted. Zaporozhye is well beyond that threshold now.

Post Fukashima Norms

At 16.3 X allowable (legal) the measurement is not 16.3 cpm(counts per minute) X 10-12cpm(known background) at Zaporozhye. The key to understanding this is knowing what the highest allowable figure radiation exposure(milli-rems, milli- seiverts, beats per minute) is in Ukraine and starting there. Ukraine is working with the MAX allowable figure not the normal one. The terminology used and lack of measurement is the surest indicator of there being a problem present.
My background in RAD

First things first, I AM not a nuclear engineer, or nuclear chemist. These are the industry people that need to weigh in. However I used to have locked high rad clearance and what that means essentially is I know a bit more than the average person about what the slight of hand in the official figures could mean.

As an example from a Fukashima #3 sister plant I did some work at over 10 years ago, a few times I went to situations that because of the stage in the refueling; dose was very high.
Background to RAD work

Each assignment or job starts out with a detailed briefing which even includes where not to go in a room or what to touch, and how long I could be there before I had to leave, or where I should stand away from the work if there were any complications to lower my radioactive dose. For nuclear plant work this attention to safety is the norm, not the exception. You are monitored by an HP (Health Physics) and Nuclear Hygienists that make sure you do not get into trouble. They monitor your dosimetery (measures personal radioactive dose and exposure) as well as local radiation levels as part of their job.
The Hand can be Quicker that the Eye

Relating one of only a few situations that stand out in my mind, the following should make believing the Ukraine’s 16.3 X Allowable (legal) limit unacceptable without independent verification.

In certain rare situations the Allowable limit is on a sliding scale. This is the one thing the world learned post Fukashima.

Exposure= Dose + Time

During a refueling at a Fukashima #3 sister plant I was asked to go into a really high radiation location because I had the skill sets to get the job done quickly. I went into the containment and the HP was there waiting at the edge of the work area. I took 2 steps beyond the HP and my dosimetery started to alarm. He evacuated me and they raised the alarm level on my dosimetery a little. This was the new norm for me from that point.
I returned to the work area and went past the HP a 2nd time. I didn’t make it any further. The alarm sounded and I was again told to leave. Again they raised the alarm level. This was my new norm. Simply put my norm was anything that allowed me to do what I needed to get one.

This happened a third time. On my way out I told the HP to call ahead and make sure it was sufficient for the work at hand this time. I was getting dosed every time I went in and the more time I spent going in and out the more radiation I would be faced with.
The point is that after a few tries the new norm or Allowable limit was established that allowed me to do my work without interruptions.

While this sliding scale is necessary once in a while in a closely monitored and controlled situation it is perverse to impose it on an unknowing world such as was done because of the lies before and after the Fukashima event.

What We Know about Zaporozhye

We now know that radiation was released and reports of a steam blow off are starting to surface. Unfortunately this is in line with information I was told about a fire in the cooling system and a contaminated side steam pipe burst inside the containment (their word sarcophagus). We know people that have left the area have reported that iodine tablets are being handed out to people that live close to the plant.
We know that the plant shut down all social media for plant workers so they would not talk about the incident. This was a highly unusual move for a transformer problem.
A second reactor(#6) has been shutdown at the same plant and restarted at the same plant on December 28th or has it. This linked document shows that unit #6 is still down on December 29h.

A third at South Ukraine Nuclear Power plant which has been testing Westinghouse fuel assemblies is in an abnormally long shutdown. Normal is 30-40 days. This is predicted at 120 days.
This is not the first time this year Zaporozhye had unscheduled shutdowns.
In the spring Pravy Sektor tried unsuccessfully to storm nuclear power plants 3 times. Later the government of Ukraine ordered that they guard nuclear material, nuclear facilities, and even nuclear waste through their troops in the Ukrainian National Guard.

As surreal as it sounds Poroshenko’s government put the terrorists that tried to take nuclear plants by force in charge.
The Worst Possible Problem with the Information about Zaporozhye

This copy of a leaked letter from Westinghouse speaks of even larger problems at an undisclosed reactor in Ukraine on December 6th. This has not been reported until now.

Westinghouse Eliason Letter

Shortly after Unit #3 was reported as a non nuclear incident, an anonymous bomb threat was given about Chernobyl. At that same time frame I was given the following files of a conversation hacked by an Anonymous style group called cyber-militia (КиберОполчение). I really hate using the term false flag event.Given the nature of the leaked conversation below an anonymous bomb threat would give Kiev cover in the event that they lost control over the reactor. 

The text conversation unfortunately gives context to what we are now learning about the problem reactors and specifically a contaminated steam release. By including that text here hopefully the issues at the plant can be identified by reliable sources and qualified sources. Ukraine has one.


The original text given making me aware of the files are from twitter- @VexhilvyStrimer after November 28h.


Unconfirmed Ukraine TwitterZaporozhye Leaked Accident Conversation

The following conversation during the Zaporozhye incident are between Tyshenko (General Director of Nuclear Power Plant) and Torbayevsky ( Head of Emergency Readiness).
November 28h

Tyshenko 8:12 PM- Vasili what the hell is going on over there?

8:24- Tyshenko- Why aren’t you answering?

8:58- Torbayevsky- Vacheslav Alexaivich, forgive me I didn’t answer. We have an emergency. The Third Unit shut down. I am already there. Ignatchencho is with me. Krasnogorov is coming.

Tyshenko- Fuck! Why the hell didn’t you tell me immediately? Do you understand the danger this will mean for us? We will be thrown in prison, you as well. Leaving now, will be there in ½ hour.
Torbayevsky- Need to contact Chech specialists from Skoda. Its their equipment.
November 29h

Tyshenko and Krasnogorov convo- Krasnogorov is head engineer at plant ZGD
20:34 Tyshenko- Fiador, how are things?

Krasnagorov- Things Vacheslav Alexaivich are not good. The casket on the upper unit is not able to take the pressure. Seems we screwed around with this improper material long enough.
Tyshenko- Don’t whine. You need to understand that no one asked me about any of it.
Krasnagorov- Even back then I was saying that this is not going to end well. We needed to do testing first. Its not just the caskets that are the problem. Its with the fuel as well.
Tyshenko- I said don’t whine! The orders the ministry gave me I am doing. They warmed their hands on it already( they made their money) and let this fuck them now(let them deal with the fallout).
Krasnagorov- Understood.
December 2nd

7:48 Tyshenko and Stefansky (Assistant Plant manager)
Stefansky- Vacheslav Alexaivich as soon as you left, journalists flooded us. They are hanging out at the security checkpoint. What do I say to them?
Tyshenko 8:01 am- Listen, I fucking barely stand on my feet(tired). You yourself can’t come up with something? Say that it is an electrical short circuit or some other shit like that, but about the reactor not a word! Blab- I will turn you inside out(skin you)! Thats it, out, I’m getting a few hours sleep and will be back.

December 2nd

8:53 Tyshenko and Torbayevsky
Torbayevsky- Vacheslav Alexaivich- We have a leak.
Tyshenko- Fuck! Where are you?
Torbayevsky- I’m at the station with the personnel, trying to fix it, but its a dead number (no use).
9:31 am Tyshenko- Ok, I called to the top. We need to be quiet now or we’ll go to Donbass as volunteers; Do You understand?
Torbayevsky- Understood.
12:17 Tyshenko- Vasili, I was called to Kiev immediately. Figure this out without me.

Torbayevsky- What do we do with personnel? We need to evacuate people, radiation is off the charts! And locals need to be warned. We already started dumping into the water supply from the cooling system. Very soon we will have a second Chernobyl.
Tyshenko- Don’t start panic! We were told to be quiet. We’ll be quiet!
Torbayevsky- Vacheslav Alexaivich! Do you understand we can no longer keep silent? This is a catastrophe! Here in a 100 kilometer radius, nothing will be left alive! Fucking sky is already glowing! (inside joke about radiation)
Tyshenko- Listen! I am flying to Kiev. Wait for a call. For now don’t answer any questions and don’t talk to anyone.

And then, there is this....  It is the work of one person and raises the questions without necessarily giving definitive answers.

NOTE: There were no reports in the MSM about a radiation spike in Latvia.

What’s up with (Nov 28, 2014) Radiation Spike in Latvia?
EURDEP’ shows peak of 600nSv/hr (0.6µSv/hr). Highly unusual for Sea Level. Does Additional Data Suggest a Possible Cover-Up of a Radiological Incident?

3 December, 2014


This is about:  A mystery radiological incident (?) in Latvia (Europe) at the very end of November 2014.   Commentary below.  First the data.    
>>> DISCLAIMER <<<

DATA:  In my Nuclear tab, is a sub-tab, “Online Radiation Monitors“.  PickEurope, and once on the very slow EURDEP page (the “European Radiological Data Exchange Platform makes unvalidated radiological monitoring datafrom most European countries available in nearly real-time.”), –> pick the Public Map, then –> click through the pop-up-windows (with their important disclaimer) and be patient.  Then pick your preferred settings to look at various parameters over different time periods.   Units used at EURDEP are nanoSievert per hour (nSv/hr).  See myRadiation Units and Conversions page for help with that.
  • Here’s a Screenshot of the Public EURDEP map, Dec. 3, 2014.  You can immediately see the 2 dark dark maroon-red dots (gamma radiation spiking above 0.4 µSv/hr) on the Latvian coast.   Such maroon dots usually mean very little.  An instrument glitch, a gamma ray burst coming from outer space, a random very brief whiff of a nearby refueling, stuff like that.   But these spikes are a little different, at least so it seems to me in my amateur experience of checking radiation data over the past several years.   At higher elevation such elevated measurements arenot that unusual due to cosmic ray variations, but such values are extremely unusual at sea level, and (imo) suggest a manmade origin.
EURDEP_PUBLICMAP_SCREENSHOT_DEC3_2014
  • Here’s a Screenshot of the monitored data in Baldone, Latvia, showing a peak level of at least 0.570 µSv/hr last week (November 28, 2014), after which the monitor was turned off:
Baldone_Latvia_EURDEP_screenshot_Dec3_2014
  • Now if it was only one, that would curious, but there’s two, and they were not right next to each other.  Here’s a Screenshot of the monitored data in Jelgave, Latvia,  showing a peak level of at least 0.600 µSv/hr last week (November 28, 2014), after which the monitor was turned off:
JELGAVA_Latvia_Dec3_2014screenshotEURDEP

A mere “monitor malfunction” can thus be ruled out, because the spiking was observed on multiple monitors.
  • I will now look at some more monitors, see further below.
For orientation, I’ve marked some regional radiation monitoring stations on this screenshot map:
Latvia_Eurdep_annot
  • A monitor very close to Baldone, Latvia, namely the Riga-Daugava radiation monitor, had a data gap, around the same time, and thus likely corresponding with the same mystery event that, if the monitor had not been turned off, might have shown a spike as well.  It is not impossible (in my imagination) that the monitor was turned off to keep data ‘secret – not for public disclosure':
RIGA_DAUGAVA_Latvia_Dec3_EURDEP_screenshot

We all know from Chernobyl and Fukushima that radioactive clouds move and settle in very erratic patterns (See my fallout comparison maps of Chernobyl 1986 versus Fukushima 2011, for instance).

Checking various monitors in the Baltic region and across Europe suggests a pattern of possible cover-up:  many monitors show data gaps shortly after the mystery radiological incident in Latvia, show no change at all (which could be rigged as part of a deception strategy), or show strange erratic fluctuations after the very end of November 2014.

A couple examples:

OLANDSNORRAUDDE_SWEDEN_north_EURDEP_DEC3_2014screenshotOlandsnorraudde_Sweden_EURDEP_Dec3_2014screenshotSALASPILS_LATVIA_DEC3_2014screenshot_EURDEPJurmala_Latvia_EURDEP_Dec3_2014screenshotGR_Serrai_SERRAI_Greece_EURDEP_Dec3_2014screenshot

What’s up with (Nov 28, 2014) Radiation Spike in Latvia? ‘EURDEP’ shows peak of 600nSv/hr (0.6µSv/hr). Highly unusual for Sea Level. Does Additional Data Suggest a Possible Cover-Up of a Radiological Incident?

Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA – 11:33 am mountain time, Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014
This is about:  mystery radiological incident (?) in Latvia (Europe) at the very end of November 2014.   Commentary below.  First the data.    
>>> DISCLAIMER <<<
DATA:  In my Nuclear tab, is a sub-tab, “Online Radiation Monitors“.  PickEurope, and once on the very slow EURDEP page (the “European Radiological Data Exchange Platform makes unvalidated radiological monitoring datafrom most European countries available in nearly real-time.”), –> pick the Public Map, then –> click through the pop-up-windows (with their important disclaimer) and be patient.  Then pick your preferred settings to look at various parameters over different time periods.   Units used at EURDEP are nanoSievert per hour (nSv/hr).  See myRadiation Units and Conversions page for help with that.
  • Here’s a Screenshot of the Public EURDEP map, Dec. 3, 2014.  You can immediately see the 2 dark dark maroon-red dots (gamma radiation spiking above 0.4 µSv/hr) on the Latvian coast.   Such maroon dots usually mean very little.  An instrument glitch, a gamma ray burst coming from outer space, a random very brief whiff of a nearby refueling, stuff like that.   But these spikes are a little different, at least so it seems to me in my amateur experience of checking radiation data over the past several years.   At higher elevation such elevated measurements arenot that unusual due to cosmic ray variations, but such values are extremely unusual at sea level, and (imo) suggest a manmade origin.
EURDEP_PUBLICMAP_SCREENSHOT_DEC3_2014
  • Here’s a Screenshot of the monitored data in Baldone, Latvia, showing a peak level of at least 0.570 µSv/hr last week (November 28, 2014), after which the monitor was turned off:
Baldone_Latvia_EURDEP_screenshot_Dec3_2014
  • Now if it was only one, that would curious, but there’s two, and they were not right next to each other.  Here’s a Screenshot of the monitored data in Jelgave, Latvia,  showing a peak level of at least 0.600 µSv/hr last week (November 28, 2014), after which the monitor was turned off:
JELGAVA_Latvia_Dec3_2014screenshotEURDEP
A mere “monitor malfunction” can thus be ruled out, because the spiking was observed on multiple monitors.
  • I will now look at some more monitors, see further below.
For orientation, I’ve marked some regional radiation monitoring stations on this screenshot map:
Latvia_Eurdep_annot
  • A monitor very close to Baldone, Latvia, namely the Riga-Daugava radiation monitor, had a data gap, around the same time, and thus likely corresponding with the same mystery event that, if the monitor had not been turned off, might have shown a spike as well.  It is not impossible (in my imagination) that the monitor was turned off to keep data ‘secret – not for public disclosure':
RIGA_DAUGAVA_Latvia_Dec3_EURDEP_screenshot
We all know from Chernobyl and Fukushima that radioactive clouds move and settle in very erratic patterns (See my fallout comparison maps of Chernobyl 1986 versus Fukushima 2011, for instance).
Checking various monitors in the Baltic region and across Europe suggests a pattern of possible cover-up:  many monitors show data gaps shortly after the mystery radiological incident in Latvia, show no change at all (which could be rigged as part of a deception strategy), or show strange erratic fluctuations after the very end of November 2014.
A couple examples:
OLANDSNORRAUDDE_SWEDEN_north_EURDEP_DEC3_2014screenshotOlandsnorraudde_Sweden_EURDEP_Dec3_2014screenshotSALASPILS_LATVIA_DEC3_2014screenshot_EURDEPJurmala_Latvia_EURDEP_Dec3_2014screenshotGR_Serrai_SERRAI_Greece_EURDEP_Dec3_2014screenshot
Any information as to what is exactly happening in Europe would be greatly appreciated.   
Information and legal action leading to the arrest and conviction of the… err… nevermind.   I’ll keep my fantasy world of integrity and accountibility to myself.
Let’s see if I have any email… which shows me along my clicking path:

[Last updated:   I made some small edits on Sat.  Dec 13, 2014 during the week this blog was temporarily disappeared (in early-mid Dec 2014) for a more thorough fact-checking.]  

Was there a causal link between the Nov 28 2014 Accident at the Zaporizhye Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine and recent Radiation Spikes in Latvia and Romania?


3 December, 2014

Seriously:  WAS THERE a causal link between the Nov 28, 2014 Accident at the Zaporizhye Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine and (likely/apparent) Radiation Spikes in Latvia and Romania that week?
NOTE:  This blogposts draws from two blogposts (Dec. 6 & 10, 2014), which I deleted (due to being terribly disorganized), and adds more content not previously shared on this blog.   - MVB, Dec. 16, 2014.  (comprehensive overview)
!–> DISCLAIMER <–!    Allegedly Apparent Blog is an independent one-person blog, run by © Michaël Van Broekhoven (based out of the USA & Belgium).
REPEAT NOTICE:   I am not a credentialed radiation expert.  I’m not affiliated with any government agency, nor connected with any news organizations, nor pro- or anti-nuclear groups.  Websites I’ve drawn data or screenshots from have their own disclaimers.  If you’re a professional, please be advised to read and heed them, rather than believing anything I wonder about or share.  Check all sources yourself!Draw your own conclusions, if you can.  While I offer this blog’s content in a ‘for entertainment purposes only‘ “disclaimered framing”, for this and many other of my blogposts I have in fact tried to do some ‘independent investigative journalism’, albeit generally just of the amateur internet kind.  I present bits and pieces of a puzzle that have left me with a sense that something very different may have happened than what was reported in the mainstream US media.  Nothing else.   I actually do not know what happened.  I offer the below ‘for your consideration’.    So, let me repeat that again:   I’m NOT claiming to be an expert on anything, and I’m okay with you taking this as, “for entertainment purposes only”.   
The very last thing I want is unwarranted concern or panic. 
In short: I ask you to THINK FOR YOURSELF.   
!–> DISCLAIMER <–!   

In this blogpost:

I’m revisiting what got me wondering in the first place:  a couple abnormalities on radiation monitors in Europe, and some strangeness about that Ukraine nuclear accident,err “accident at nuclear facility’.  Excuse me for going over this one more time…
  • Radiological Incident, or not?    (Signs point to yes)
  • Radiation Cloud: in the News & Rumors  (Extremely weird stuff in there, at least if you think that no release of radiation had happened…)
  • Well?  (Hard to conclude otherwise: there was a release ánd thus a cover-up.)
  • Nuclear GeoPolitics At Play?  (Thís rabbit hole goes deep and dark…)

Radiological Incident, or not?

When it comes to that random set of spikes on European radiation monitors… at the very end of November 2014, early December, there are two areas that possibly fit the speculation that perhaps a radioactive cloud DID escape from the eastern Ukraine and drifted and dispersed over Europe:  most pronounced are Latvia & Romania  (see below).
Previous blogposts on this matter (for background and more data) were:
- Particularly striking were the radiation spikes seen on two EURDEPmonitors in Latvia on November 28, 2014, already discussed in earlier blogposts.   Example:
It doesn't seem like such a crazy question.  What's unfortunate is that the mainstream press is apparently not investigating these abnormalities...
The mainstream press is apparently not investigating these abnormalities…, taking EURDEP’s word for it that they’re probably just calibrations or instrument malfunctions. I’ve already gone over why that is unlikely the case here.
A second set of spikes were measured in Romania, as relayed by an non-governmental network, Australia-based ‘Sunshine Coast Computer Club’ (SCCC):  http://sccc.org.au/international-radiation-monitoring-stations [h/t Vital1 on ENEnews’ Forum, “Post Your Radiation Monitoring Data Here” and preceding pages].  Among the observations were extremely unusual gamma spike events such as:
  • An independent monitor in Timisoara, southwestern Romania, reportedly spiked on December 1, 2014, peaking @ a whopping 2.41 µSv/hr  Screenshot:
http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Timisoara-Romania-011214.jpg
  • Now, adding to the mystery of the above detection in Romania, a couple other spikes were reported there by SCCC, on November 26 & 27, clearly preceding the Nov. 28-date assigned to the ‘no releases’ accident at the Ukrainian site by 1 & 2 days, respectively.    That can mean a couple things: the calibration of one or both of those monitors was badly off and whatever data they spewed out can’t be trusted;  Or… they measured localized events, perhaps connected to a refueling of a nuclear reactor upwind;  Kinda high for that, though.   Or… IF it is connected to the suspected/hypothetical radiation release from the Eastern Ukraine’s troubled nuclear plant)s), then the problems at that site preceded Nov. 28.  I’m inclined to consider the latter not outside the realm of plausibilities.
Screenshots from SCCC show this earlier Timisoara, southwestern Romania spike (on Nov 26); and, below that, those two spikes on a radiation monitor in Carei, Northern Romania  (2x Nov 27,  5 hours apart):
http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Carei-Northern-Romania-271114.jpg
http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Timisoara-Romania-261114.jpg
To see if I could find anything more about these two locations, I checked EURDEP’s monitors and ran Gamma-T, max value, for 1 month data, for monitors near the borders of Romania.  I didn’t find such spikes, but that may have more to do withmany monitors being turned off… ;-/    Some screenshots of examples:
In the eastern half of Romania, nothing unusual to be seen, except… that several monitors were turned off, and many have yet to be turned back on:ChartImg-3.axdChartImg.axdChartImg-1.axdChartImg-2.axd
Basically: nothing new.  But no secondary confirmation of the spikes relayed by SCCC, either.   The fact that the spikes shown on SCCC graphs are so extreme (higher than what was observed in Tokyo after the Fukushima meltdowns), and that nearby monitors on either network didn’t pick anything up, makes me think those SCCC spikes might have been be instrument errors that can be discounted.  (AT the same time… who knows, right?)

Radiation Cloud: in the News & Rumors

I found some striking pieces of news…    Many clues are buried in piles of hyperbole and speculation.  I found some cases of folks taking my ponderings and running with it like I was making a claim.   I was wondering, not making claims.  Make your own claims!  (The fact that I could see my questions getting spun into something panic-inducing was also part of why I took my blog down.  I did not have the info I found later on.)
Many have commented in forum threads:  “You just can’t cover up a nuclear accident, not in this day and age.”   I beg to differ, although for full-on meltdowns that’s probably true.  For smaller radiation releases, not far-fetched at all.  IF the information flows are controlled (which appears to have been very much the case, see my Access Denied blogpost, just delving into how my blog was inaccessible in most of the world, starting right after I started writing about this…), and IF “journalists” at all or nearly all major news outlets just parrot Reuters, TASS & AP wires… (all of these were the case), THEN maybe it really does take a blogger in a tiny wintery mountain town with wifi and some extra time on his hands (and lots of coffee…) to expose it.
I did find some thing along my searches that I don’t think I would have found if there really hadn’t been some kind of release of radioactivity…  In no particular order:  Here’s a sampling:
  • Here’s someone, “Roudene from Poznan, Western Poland”, mentioning an interesting ‘rumor’ of a radioactive cloud (Dec 6):

Glad someone questions the reliability of my blog. ;-) If the reported rumors and crazy-behaving monitors and such are true… WTH, right? SOURCE: http://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/1650961-Zaporozhye-Nuclear-Power-Plant?p=31001389
(Added Dec 29, 2014:  For an idea of word-of-mouth panic spreading on online Forums, have a look at the first 4 pages of the Polish Forum, no to jak??? – Forum – Polska (www.polskatimes.pl/forum/watek/635808,5,4,n.html), which documents how real the panic in Poznan was.)
  • Here’s some post on a Health Forum, allegedly by someone who just arrived in Kiev, Ukraine and was given a Potassium Iodine concoction (If that is true, that’s freakishly odd if no radiation was released, as officially claimed.  Bizarre…):

No one replies to that?  Perhaps it was a stupid joke?  Anyhow.  Weird.    SOURCE:http://ehealthforum.com/health/radioactive-contamination-hotel-pushes-tincture-of-iodine-t445577.html

!!!–> Now, check this out: News from Moldova & Romania!  

What do you make of these?  
  • Method Used:  I found this article by using Google Translator (https://translate.google.com/) and searching for specific news in other languages.  Then I would translate it back to English and Dutch to see what it said.   There are probably many more in other languages, but these stood out early on in my research:
  •  This is in Romanian, from MOLDOVA:     According to the Ziural National -MOLDOVA  [top of page shown above. Excerpt further below]  http://ziarulnational.md/verificari-in-r-moldova-dupa-accidentul-nuclear-din-ucraina-vezi-ce-au-aratat-testele/ ]:  If I’m not mistaken due to bad translations (for which these online translators are infamous):   Apparently in Moldova, between Romania and the Ukraine, air samples were tested for evidence of a meltdown (I-131), and no such ‘radioactive iodine’ was found.  Good.  However… they mention something really strange for an accident in the Ukraine that supposedly (according to ALL wire reports) ‘posed no danger’ and ‘released no radioactivity’…  A ‘radioactive cloud’ coming from that Zaporojie nuke plant in the Ukraine…  When I throw the middle part of this article back in the Translator, the English version it spits out is this [my emphasis]:
    “[…] Tests at monitoring stations showed that radioactive values were within the limits of the territory of Moldova, did not exceed the warning limits and poses no danger to the environment pollution.   “SHS conducted sampling and analysis for spectrometric range atmospheric aerosol samples collected at the station in Chisinau on 03 December 2014, which were not detected traces of radioactive iodine, which is a messenger radionuclides for triggering an accident or nuclear incident,” it said in a statement issued by the Ministry of Environment.
This morning, the National Weather in Romania announced that the north has identified a radioactive cloud will remain in the area for at least 48 hours.   “There are strict monitoring of radioactivity levels and were taken several preventive measures,” announced representatives of the institution.  […]”
Here’s an (annotated) screenshot of that Dec 5, 2014 article:
  • Or how about this one, dated Dec. 4, 2014, from a Romanian ‘B1′ news station… The rough Google translation (Romanian -> English) of the first part reads as follows [my emphasis]:
Radioactive cloud in Romania, after the nuclear accident in Ukraine   —  An article from: B1 TV | December 4, 2014, 9:27
Alert Romania after the accident at the nuclear power plant in Ukraine, where the plant’s reactor 3 of Zaporozhye failed. Ministerial Committee for Emergency Situations met at a hearing to determine the seriousness of the situation caused by air and soil pollution.
This makes close monitoring of radioactivity levels and were taken several preventive measures. From the first data announced by the National Meteorological Administration, pollutant cloud will remain within 48 hours on the northern border of Romania.  […]”
Here’s a screenshot of that article, accompanied with a photo of guys in radiation protection gear taking soil samples:
That takes it to a whole other level of cover-up probability, doesn’t it?  Those, shown above, are news articles in a language not understood by many that literally quote experts who’re tracking a radioactive cloud.   A radioactive cloud.  The exact thing I speculated about, that mainstream news has been adamant about “not having occurred”.  
As far as I know, no changes or updates have been made about this incident.  Nicely covered-up for most of the world?  To refresh your memory, here’s the New York Times, Dec 3, 2014:

Well?

All of the above leaves me with the thought, merely ‘an opinion’ if you will, that it ismost likely indeed, that:  There was a release of manmade radioisotopes somewhere, most likely coming from the Zaporizhye Nuclear Power Plant in Eastern Ukraine.  But, the good news in that is: that it was -also most likely- NOT a major meltdown.  
There is NO WAY news of a radioactive cloud being tracked would be written if there wasn’t at least “a relatively benign” radioactive cloud (one not made of radioCesium nor radioIodine, for instance, but perhaps less carcinogenic gaseous isotopes?).
Then what could it have been?  Perhaps it had something to do with a refueling attempt of these old Russian reactors by US’s Westinghouse, which is eyeing the profit potential of taking over Ukraine’s nuclear fuel supply chain.  No, I’m not making that up, either. There seems to be a lot of corporate maneuvering going on in the shadows of the fog of war plaguing the Eastern Ukraine…   In the below section, “Nuclear GeoPolitics At Play?” I share some bit and pieces and wonder out-loud some more about this, holding the idea (I hope you won’t mind) of a radioactive cloud released.   You’ll see what I mean.
And thát, that there was some kind of (yet-to-be-determined-(or admitted)-what-exactly) manmade radioactive release gives rise to…:  Yes, unfortunately, that leaves me little moving room to think otherwise: Namely that there wás a massive cover-up, as well, possibly even including a sophisticated covert news information disruption online.
That latter would be something only the most sophisticated internet companies (Google & Co.) or NSA-powered interests could pull off at that global level. (So I find myself guessing…)  And yet, all efforts to suppress what may amount to ‘the truth’ aside, it must be said: a few reports of a radioactive cloud, rumors about it, measurements and samples taken, weird radiation spikes that coincide with the time frame, monitors being turned off all over the place… did make it past the suppression efforts.  Those are the few but rather telling bits and pieces that made it out, after all.  So yeah: “really hard to cover-up a nuclear accident…”  yeah: …when *I* am paying attention!  (hehe)  Not to put a spotlight on myself, but it a fact that I was one of the only few people connecting the dots that early December week… And – ZAP! - Who’s to say that wasn’t the reason behind my blog traffic having been severely interfered with, for at least several weeks after first writing about it? Rather odd ‘coincidences’, wouldn’t you say?
So, allow me to look a little deeper into what actually COULD have happened… IF there was a release or radioisotopes…

Nuclear GeoPolitics At Play?

In the other weeks’ (now expanded!) blogpost, “Access Denied” – Blog Blocking Confirmed !“, I mentioned some links that can tell you more about the existence and workings of the western ‘Controlled Opposition’.  (I recommend you do some homework on this topic, if you haven’t yet.  If you can stare into that dark abyss and hold space for the dismal realities of manipulation and self-censorship that may be encroaching upon us all…).
I bring this up at the start of writing about geopolitics, ’cause, from what I’ve seen over the last couple decades (I turned 40 in 2014), that happens to be one of the arenas strife with misinformation.   At the same time, the way “controlled opposition assets” get a following is by including plenty of right-on and more-accurate-(or less overtly deceiving)-than-the-mainstream perspectives.   But you have to have a fine nose to discern the nonsense from the possible gems, to navigate through these information mazes.  My impression is that most people end up either manipulated, or they stay away from such sites altogether, often in favor of mainstream TV/paper/magazine & blog sites that do not require much discernment, only acceptance of the more easily absorbed messages.
The reason this is relevant is because, from my (subjective and certainly not authoritative in any way) observations is that news sites I took clues from, such as ENEnews and their active comment threads (especially their near-full-time active commenters, imo), need to be approached with a healthy dose of suspicion and common-sense skepticism.  (It would be too time-consuming to go into the details of why I’ve come to that sentiment, at this juncture.)
Without further due, I will just list blips of news and info first, in no particular order (!):
” […] In order to alleviate energy dependence on Moscow, the coup-imposed government in Kiev has resurrected a contract with a US company to supply fuel to Ukraine’s nuclear power plants. Using US fuel rods was banned in 2012 due to dangerous incompatibility.
The rivalry for nuclear fuel supply to Ukraine between Russia’s nuclear fuel cycle company TVEL and America’s Westinghouse took a twist when in April 2014, shortly after the armed coup, Kiev signed a new deal with America’s leading nuclear fuel producer, Westinghouse Electric Company, instead of the Russian TVEL company that has been supplying fuel rods to Ukraine for years. [..]”  Of which this is a Dec. 29, 2014 screenshot [h/t ENEnews commenters]:
” […] Trouble In Kiev
When civil unrest in the Ukraine erupted earlier this year, many expressed concern over the power plant’s security. If agitators took control of the plant or tried to destroy it, many feared another Chernobyl or Fukushima-like event would occur.  
Storming The Palace
Sure enough, 40 armed men associated with the “Right Sector” movement tried to storm the plant in May. The attempt failed, but no one really knew what the group’s intentions were. The organization disavowed the attempt, but many speculated it could of either been a ploy to take control of or destroy Zaporizhia.    
Disavowals All Around, But Is It Still Safe?  
The rebels disavowed the attempt, but many speculated it could of either been a ploy to take control of or destroy Zaporizhia. Whatever the case, authorities praised the security force’s successful defense of the plant and moved on without concern.  
Zaporizhia Shuts Down
Then energy minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn announced on Wednesday that all production at the plant was shut down due to a “technical fault.” The reactors were fine, and the problem (whatever it was) was to be fixed soon. Supposedly an accident involving a damaged transformer caused an automatic shutdown, but third party investigators based in France detected no evidence for such an event. As it stands, no one really knows what happened.
  • This may be entirely unrelated, but for thoroughness, I’m including it.  About a week earlier, On Nov 19, 2014, several videos were shared on YouTube, reportedly showing enormous bright flashes lighting up the entire night sky near Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine.  Some commenters speculated about unusual weaponry being tested out in the region.   Screenshot of one of such videos:  
“[…]  The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe shares Moscow’s concern on world nuclear safety and the potential threat that possible US atomic fuel supplies to Ukraine might cause as the country remains in crisis.
The head of the OSCE and Swiss president Didier Burkhalter says he is concerned about nuclear safety in connection with the US intention to supply the country with nuclear fuel, according to a reply letter to Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Industry Vladimir Gutenev.
Switzerland “shares the view concerning nuclear safety,” Burkhalter wrote, as cited by Itar-Tass,  “Nuclear safety is a key concern of the Swiss nuclear policy,” he added. In this regard, the Swiss leader recalled the proposal to amend the Convention on Nuclear Safety in order to avoid long term contamination in the event of a nuclear accident. “We would be delighted to welcome the strong support of the Russian Federation in respect of the preparation process, as well as strengthening the Convention on Nuclear Safety,” said Burkhalter.   However,  […]
[…]    In early June, Gutenev sent a letter to Burkhalter warning of security threats that European nations will face in case of a potential industrial nuclear disaster at one of Ukraine’s power plants, as Kiev is planning to sign a contract with American Westinghouse Electric Company. He highlighted the fact that Soviet made nuclear plants are not compatible with fuel assembly type TBC-W offered by the Americans, as previous trials have shown.
“The nuclear reactors in Ukraine are of Russian (Soviet) design, which are only designed for fuel that has passed a special certification. Therefore, further attempts to use non-adapted fuel assemblies of American production without a corresponding adjustment increase the risk of failure of the Ukrainian reactors and dramatically increase the likelihood of man-made disasters,”Gutenev wrote in June, calling on the OSCE to consider the issue.
In 2005, six experimental Westinghouse fuel assemblies, adopted for use in USSR-developed reactors, were tried at the South Ukraine plant in one reactor together with Russian fuel rods. By 2008 Ukraine signed a contract with Westinghouse on fuel rod supply. However, the experiment showed that Westinghouse assemblies deformed during exploitation and got stuck in the core. The reason is simple – Russian nuclear fuel rods are hexagonal in section, while Americans produce fuel assemblies of square section.
By 2012, after the failed test, exploitation of US nuclear fuel was banned in Ukraine and the fuel rods were returned to the producer “to get fixed” while Russian scientists came to the rescue. The Energoatom Company of Ukraine lost an estimated $175 million in this trial.
Now the Kiev regime has renewed the 2008 nuclear fuel deal till 2020, to replace 25 percent of the Russian-made fuel rods with an option to “provide more if needed.” […]”   Screenshot of excerpt:
Delyagin:  […]  I want to talk about things and information of a unique character, unfortunately. It is of a pretty nasty character and threatens us all very much. Chelyshev:  What kind of information? Delyagin:  It is connected with geopolitics. Why did Ukrainian crisis happen, what is the fundamental reason? Why did Americans get into it so deep? The Europeans got there because of the assets, as the Germans in 1941 – to take more land, factories, power lines and other existing businesses – ports, mines. The Americans got in because in the world objectively, there are three global players: the US, China and the EU. But the European Union is independent and a player equal to America and China only in case of cooperation with Russia. Not integration, of course, but at least close and tight relationship. The destruction of EU cooperation with Russia eliminates it as an independent participant in global competition, which is what we see now. The Americans did not get into this to get Russia. With all my patriotism, 2.5 percent of global GDP at market prices, up to 3 %, almost 4 percent of global GDP in purchasing power parity, it is not something that plays a global role. The global role is affected when instead of three actors in the global competition, if you tear the European Union and Russia, only two will remain. The EU will be  no more. And this was the strategic objective of the Americans, which, unfortunately, neither we nor the Europeans realized. We possibly realized, but we were focused on a local task – how to appease Yanukovych. How could we explain to him that he should take money from us, than give it to the Europeans. As a result, Americans have achieved outstanding success. We are in a real cold war. Ukraine is in a hot civil war.  […]”    [end excerpt.  read in full at http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2014/12/is-ukraine-preparing-for-nuclear-false.html]
And I could go on, but I think this suffices to sketch the point I wanted to make: I thinkthere’s more to this.  The likely cover-up of a release of radiation probably ties into a huge global geopolitical chess game, which is why information flows were messed with, ’cause one front of this troubling scene is an intensifying cyber war, possibly even including interfering with the accessibility of perspectives that could interfere with really messed up misguided military objectives.    Didn’t mean to take this all the way into conspiracy land, but it’s kind of hard to not end up there when digging into this.   PEACE.

Conclusion

Wow…  :-( Well…  It’s pretty out.  I’m going hiking!   ;-) After I watch this…
Sudden uptick in European Blog Traffic. People searching for more information about ZNPP (With links!)

3 December, 2014


Dec. 31, 2014 11:33 am (Colorado, USA)

Sudden uptick in European Blog Traffic.  It is rare to have more traffic from another country than the United States.  More traffic than from the US is pouring in from Russia, France, Poland  and the Ukraine.     I don’t think I’ve seen that before on this blog.  On New Year’s Eve no less!    Clearly people in Europe are searching for information on the possible nuclear accident at the Zaporizhia Nuclear site in Eastern Ukraine:

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The posts and pages with the black arrows are for Online Radiation Monitors, and in particular these pages:
Those monitors, when not tampered with in case of a cover-up, can possibly give hints, however subtly, of a release of radioisotopes taking place, if the release was huge.  Evidence so far appears minimal, but it is very difficult for a non-expert layman (like myself) to interpret the raw data.  Key information is not shared with the public.
!–> For key blogposts that might be helpful to better understand reporting on nuclear issues, see my overview in Some Pointers to See Through Nuclear Deceptions.

Articles related to the situation at the Zaporizhia / Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (Disaster?) Site include these:
For a more complete lists, see my Nuclear Blogposts Archive.
!–> For current wind directions (open in a browser like Firefox for it to work!), see http://earth.nullschool.net/  (My METEO page has some more links too).  Search YouTube for more info on how to use it.

Winds have been shifting over the Ukraine quite a bit this past month of December 2014, so this screenshot of visualized wind patterns taken on Dec. 31, 2014 12:21 pm Mountain Time (Colorado, USA = GMT-7) is likely to be outdated quickly and does not reflect where fallout, if there has been any (still a mystery) might have been blowing since Nov. 28, nor since Dec. 28:


Another abnormality is that many public online radiation monitors, on both the EURDEP and the US EPA radiation networks, have – so it seems – been turned off during the month of December.  Eerily reminiscent of what occurred right after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in Japan in March 2011, not?   Here’s a screenshot from NETC, @ http://netc.com/inactive-epa.php, who track this, and run their own independent non-governmental radiation network (mostly in the USA):

By itself this is not enough for a solid conclusion, of course, in either direction.
My sense, however, all along, has simply been that they’re not telling the whole story, and that some recent release of radioisotopes is being covered up by Ukraine authorities (and lazy IAEA officials have just been taking their word for it, without independently investigating the situation on-site) is not outside the realm of possibilities.  That’s all.

I can only wish sharing these thoughts, insights and links is somehow helpful.

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