Thursday 30 October 2014

Fukushima update - 10/29/2014

460,000,000 Bq/m3 of Cs-134/137 detected from mountain side of Reactor 2

460,000,000 Bq/m3 of Cs-134/137 detected from mountain side of Reactor 2
25 October, 2014

Extremely high level of Cs-134/137 was detected in groundwater taken beside Reactor 2, Tepco announced on 10/24/2014. The specific state of underground is not verified yet.

It is groundwater taken from “sub-drain” located beside Reactor 2. (cf, Strontium-90 detected in potentially discharged water from Reactor 1 and 3 [URL])

460,000,000 Bq/m3 of Cs-134/137 was detected from groundwater on 10/22/2014. 425,000,000 Bq/m3 of Cs-134/137 was also measured the next day.

From another sub-drain, 424,000,000 Bq/m3 was detected on 10/22/2014 as well. It was still 321,000,000 Bq/m3 the next day.

These sub-drains are located on the mountain side of Reactor 2, which is not affected by frequently reported groundwater contamination in the seaside of Reactor 2.

Tepco explains the high readings were caused by the recent typhoon, but the last analyses were implemented in the end of last November and the beginning of last December. The latest readings are approx. 900 times much as the last readings, and it can’t be denied that the contamination level has been gradually increasing even without typhoon.

Tepco states the contaminated coolant water that directly touched fuel is not related to the rapidly increased Cs-134/137 density in groundwater.

Tepco accidentally destroyed a part of Reactor 1 cover at dismantling preparation

28 October, 2014

Following up this article.. Tepco started dismantling Reactor 1 cover – Video [URL]

Tepco mis-operated the crane to spray scattering inhibitor and opened an excessively large hole on the cover of Reactor 1, Tepco announced on 10/28/2014.

The size of the hole was 2m × 1m, whereas it was supposed to be 0.3m × 0.3m. Tepco states it was due to a sudden gust of wind around 8:20 of 10/28/2014.

The cover is to prevent the radioactive material from spreading to the atmosphere. Tepco comments the surrounding radioactive density didn’t show increase however.

The spray device of scattering inhibitor has the spear-shaped top to open a hole on fibrous panel of the cover. It is not planned when to restart the dismantling procedure.

Tepco accidentally destroyed a part of Reactor 1 cover at dismantling preparation

 Gundersen: Mutations in 
plants being reported after 
chronic Fukushima exposure 
— Professor: Mutant flowers found in Fukushima — Biologist: “Gigantic leaves, seeds very big” after nuclear disaster (VIDEO)

29 October, 2014

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education on Radio Ecoshock, Oct 27, 2014 (11:30 in): We work with a woman… an organic gardener. Every year, she’s taken the seeds from her garden, planted, then harvested seeds from those plants to be the next year’s crop. So she’s got 4 years now of seeds that have been growing about 30 miles (~50 km) from Fukushima. She’s beginning to experience gargantuanism in her food now, which is an indication of radiation damage. It’s one of the many DNA changes that occur after a couple of generations. So we know that gardeners and plants that are outside the exclusion zone are seeing the effects of chronic levels of radiation that the Japanese would choose to ignore.

Dr. Timothy Mousseau, University of South Carolina biological sciences professor, July 10, 2014:Photo Caption: Mutant Dandelions in Fukushima… Fukushima released enormous quantities of radioactive elements [with] 15,000 km2 land area significantly contaminated… Key results published in 2013-14 include… impacts on biodiversity… effects on neurological development in small mammals… birds, butterflies, and cicadas showed significant declines… species may show the consequences of mutation accumulation over multiple generations… In Fukushima, the first signs of developmental abnormalities have been observed in birds in 2013… these findings clearly demonstrate landscape-scale individual, population and ecosystem consequences… developmental abnormalities and deformities that likely contribute to the depressed abundances and biodiversity.

Natalia Manzurova, radiation biologist: For the 10 years before Chernobyl happened, I worked as a scientific researcher [at the] Mayak nuclear facility. We studied the impact of radiation on the environment… plants, fish, birds… When Chernobyl happened, all the members of this institute were sent permanently to Chernobyl… The trees that had leaves — the leaves were gigantic. The seeds and the leaves were very big. I’m following the accident in Fukushima very attentively and when I heard, ‘Everything is okay, the environment will be safe, there is no immediate risk’… the same we were told when Chernobyl happened — just in the same words… Is there anyone who believes the mass media confirmations that everything is okay in Fukushima? You should understand perfectly well that the nuclear industry and nuclear bureaucracy — the first thing they think about is not you, but about their pocket, about the face they present. But the public will have to pay. The public can lose everything — health, the place where they live, their future. You should build up your own point of view of how to react to this nuclear industry… You should educate yourself… It is up to you to know. I’m quite sure… you will say, ‘We want to live in a clean environment and grow healthy children — and we want to decide our own destiny.’

IAEA: “Increased mutation level was apparent…abnormalities include…size of leaves & flowers”

02:00 AM EST on October 29th, 2014 | 116 comments

TV: Officials say “extremely high radiation levels” to be pouring out at Fukushima… “Problem can’t be fundamentally solved” — Gundersen: Plutonium leaking into groundwater, “essentially pieces of nuclear fuel”… “Parts of plant overflowing” after typhoons… “Not a problem that’s going away” (VIDEO)

12:43 PM EST on October 28th, 2014 | 151 comments

Truly Frightening”: Doctors being threatened for linking illnesses to Fukushima — Strange tumors, kids dying, pets dying — Much higher incidences of whole range of health problems reported — Experts: 1,000,000 cancers, plus many other ailments possible (AUDIO & VIDEO)

06:02 PM EST on October 27th, 2014 | 209 comments

Official: “Plant Emergency” at U.S. Nuclear Facility, Uranium Gas Released — Eyewitnesses: “There’s the plume… It was moving across highway… Chemical taste in mouth… I could smell it!” — Size of release unknown — Emergency crew trying to find source and whether it has stopped (VIDEO)

10:15 AM EST on October 27th, 2014 | 260 comments

Watch: Nuclear experts confront Japanese scientists — IAEA says Fukushima reactors “might still be active” long after meltdowns — “Changes completely” our idea of what happened — “Very surprised… extremely high” Iodine-131 levels — Means fission reactions lasted for weeks or months (VIDEO)

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