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Old 11-01-2011, 10:12 PM   #2551
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It's baaaaaaaaccccccckkkkkk! Signs of fresh nuclear fission at #2 reactor-
(hat-tip ZeroHedge)

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/11/123753.html

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Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday there may be signs of fresh nuclear fission in the No. 2 reactor at its quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant and that it has begun injecting boric acid to control a possible nuclear reaction.

There has been no change in the temperature, pressure and radiation levels at the reactor, whose nuclear fuel is believed to have melted when the cooling system failed following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the utility known as TEPCO said.

Gas samples taken Tuesday from inside the reactor's containment vessel may contain radioactive xenon, a gas typically generated by nuclear fission, the company said.
Yeah, this nightmare is over-NOT!!!!

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Old 11-04-2011, 09:30 AM   #2552
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Thanks Franc -- some more info:

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Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced Wednesday that there is the possibility that criticality, a sustained nuclear chain reaction, had occurred "temporarily" and "locally" in the No. 2 reactor of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. It detected radioactive xenon-133 and xenon-135, products of uranium or plutonium fission, in gases collected Tuesday from the reactor.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20111104a1.html

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It's ok, nothing to worry about. Move along. All is well.

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Japan says no new reaction at Fukushima plant
By Matt Smith, CNN
November 4, 2011 -- Updated 0313 GMT (1113 HKT)

(CNN) -- A rare type of radioactive decay, not a renewed chain reaction, appears to have produced the radioactive xenon gas discovered this week at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, its owner said Thursday.


http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/03/wo...japan-nuclear/
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:47 PM   #2554
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Map confirms high radiation levels across Japan


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news...ectid=10766131

....and some elementary schools in Tokyo and nearby have taken decontamination steps like removing topsoil. In addition, there is growing concern about radioactive "hotspots" found in Tokyo and elsewhere outside Fukushima. The Japanese government has taken responsibility for decontamination

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Cesium-137 deposition and contamination of Japanese soils due to the Fukushima nuclear accident

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/11/11/1112058108

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Map confirms high radiation levels across Japan


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news...ectid=10766131

....and some elementary schools in Tokyo and nearby have taken decontamination steps like removing topsoil. In addition, there is growing concern about radioactive "hotspots" found in Tokyo and elsewhere outside Fukushima. The Japanese government has taken responsibility for decontamination

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Cesium-137 deposition and contamination of Japanese soils due to the Fukushima nuclear accident

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/11/11/1112058108

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(((((((( I used to think nuclear power was the way to go, but man, have I changed my mind.
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:30 AM   #2556
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If you want to get really freaked out about Fukushima, here are the sites to follow:

Start here, you need to get inoculated to the shock before proceeding on:

http://enenews.com/

Then move on to this one...much more Fukushima focused:

http://www.simplyinfo.org/

This one will loosen your bowels:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/
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This was an interesting aside in the Fukashima story above:

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In the meantime, 17 people are dead from an accident at a weapons facility in Iran, including the commander in charge of Iran's nuclear missile development.
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Old 11-15-2011, 05:23 PM   #2558
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http://arstechnica.com/science/news/...campai gn=rss

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Water leaks from crippled Japanese nuclear plant
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I have stopped paying any attention to what the US media releases because they tend to leave out the parts that are alarming.

For example, the whole story is available on http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/ and also on Enenews and here are the missing "naughty bits" that Americans apparently don't need to bother their purty little heads about.

In addition to the AP glossy summary, this information was given to the Japanese press, and was included in the Yomiuri Shinbun release.

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The leaked water is 5 centimeters deep inside the facility. On the surface of the water, the radiation level measuring gamma rays is 1.8 millisievert/hr, but it is 110 millisieverts/hr measuring beta rays. In order to mop up the water in the facility, the workers would have to do it without coming in contact with the water to avoid exposure to beta-ray radiation.

According to TEPCO, 100,000 becquerels/cubic centimeter of strontium, a beta nuclide, may be in the water. The level is 100,000 to 1 million times the safety limit for seawater.
Based on TEPCOs past performance you will find that that "may be" will turn to a "definitely was" in a couple of months. They have a pattern of waiting a few months before letting any glimmers of the awful truth out. Like it is old news that we won't notice.

edit to add: The Japan Times online also mentions the strontium missing from the AP version.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111205x1.html
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:50 PM   #2563
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Tepco's assessment today....changed just a little bit. Turn the heat up slowly.

Oops. Some of the water did make it to the ocean.

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says about 150 liters of radioactive contaminated water, containing radioactive strontium, has leaked into the sea.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company found on Sunday that massive amounts of radioactive water had leaked from a desalination device. It said that up to 300 liters of radioactive water leaked out from cracks in the foundation of the building which contains the device.

The company said, however, human health should not be affected even after eating sea food caught in the area for every day for one year.

[I'm pretty sure I am not going to take their word on this]

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Yes, that is sandbagging. Sheets of absorbent polymer are haphazardly thrown inside, because the radiation level on the surface of the water was measured to be 1.8 millisievert/hr from gamma rays, but 110 millisieverts/hr from beta rays! Don't want to hang around and place them neatly, I wouldn't think.

Oh, this is what the leak looks like inside the building. Wonder what the level of radiation exposure is in there? They better have a big sheet of absorbent polymer for that job.

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Old 12-10-2011, 12:41 PM   #2564
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So, when are those of us on the West Coast officially allowed to ? If I understand it correctly, radiation entering the sea is not good, but the dangerous radiation particles, sink? Is this correct?

What about this stuff getting into the atmosphere? Is any of it making into the air stream?
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...r-control.html

The reactor has now entered the change of cold shutdown so phase1 has ended , next they'll need to clean the site which will take some decades.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:43 AM   #2566
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From what I'm reading, they don't have any way of reliably measuring temps and pressures inside the damaged reactors, so this should be taken with a grain of salt IMHO.
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:06 PM   #2567
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Fukushima Earthquakes Jan 2012 Updates Emergency Evacuation at Nuclear Plant Workers Have Left Province
January 11, 2012
Yoichi Shimatsu
http://radioactivechat.blogspot.com/...ng-yoichi.html



There have been a lot of earthquakes lately around Japan and I would like to do an update on this. The earthquakes outside Tokyo have measured M5.0 and M5.1. However there have been both big and small earthquakes off Fukushima now also. The quakes did not damage buildings however the cooling have been cracked above reactor 4 at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. There is NO WATER in the pool and the fuel rods have been knocked over!!

Plutonium have been released, the nuclear fuel stored have started to meltdown at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant because of the damage done by the recent earthquakes. The plant is now on emergency and the situation is very serious. The plants have been evacuated, not only have the TEPCO workers been pulled out from the nuclear plant, they have left the Fukushima province!

Where is the news? Yoichi Shimatsu talks about this in his most recent interview............continued



Fukushima Deteriorating - Yoichi Shimatsu and Jeff Rense 01-09-12 - MP3 (5700K)
http://rense.gsradio.net:8080/rense/...tsu_010912.mp3

Transcribed first minutes:
http://radioactivechat.blogspot.com/...ng-yoichi.html


Video pictures of Units 1 to 4 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/f1-np/camera/index-e.html


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TEPCO injects more water as No. 2 reactor temperature rises again
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Worse news:

JUST IN: #Fukushima Reactor 2 RPV Bottom Temperature at 82 Degrees Celsius

TEPCO's press conference scheduled at 5PM February 12, 2012, Japan Time.

10:00 78.3
11:00 74.9
12:00 79.1

Decision was made at 2:20PM that the the condition of "the temperature at the bottom of the Reactor Pressure Vessel at 80 degrees Celsius and below" was not met; the condition is specified in the safety regulations.

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/02/j...pv-bottom.html
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Japan Govt. Knew Meltdown Risk Early

http://www.time.com/time/world/artic...108722,00.html
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It seems like they still do not have a clear picture of what is happening at Fukushima.

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[Radiation inside the reactor 2 containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has reached a lethal 73 sieverts per hour and any attempt to send robots in to accurately gauge the situation will require them to have greater resistance than currently available, experts said Wednesday.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120329a1.html
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