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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-30-11 04:07 PM
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34 points near Fukushima plant exceed radiation standard used for Chernobyl, government map shows
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110830p2a00m0na01...

August 31, 2011

A government map of soil radiation levels mainly within a 100-kilometer radius of the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant shows 34 locations with levels of cesium-137 exceeding 1.48 million becquerels per square meter, the level that was used for determining bans on living near the Chernobyl plant.

The map was released on Aug. 29 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Cesium-137 has a half-life of around 30 years. The greatest concentration was found in the town of Okuma, which holds part of the plant, at 15.45 million becquerels per square meter. The six municipalities with levels over the Chernobyl level are Okuma, Minamisoma, Tomioka, Futaba, Namie, and Iitate.

The distribution of cesium in the soil across the 100-kilometer radius zone was very close to that calculated from air samples taken in the same areas.

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stockholmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-30-11 04:29 PM
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1. 40-year-old Fuku radiation worker dies-acute leukemia after working at Fuku for week-no prior issues
http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011083000421

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday that a man in his 40s who had worked to help contain the radiation crisis at the firms crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has died of acute leukemia. <...>

The man worked at the Fukushima plant for seven days from early August. His jobs included radiation exposure management, the officials said. <...>

A medical checkup prior to his work at the plant showed no problems in his health. <...>


TEPCO says the mans death had nothing to do with his work at Fukushima.!!!!



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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-30-11 04:33 PM
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3. Well of course, since we all know
blood and cancer issues are NOT related acute radiation exposure...

:sarcasm: for those who need it.

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robdogbucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-30-11 04:32 PM
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2. Not surprised

Newly Released TEPCO Data Proves Fairewinds Assertions of Significant Fuel Pool Failures at Fukushima Daiichi

"New TEPCO data measured on August 19 & 20 shows severe damage to the spent fuel in Fukushima Daiichi Units 1, 2, and 3. The adjacent TEPCO table posted on the front page shows incredibly high levels of Cesium 137 and Cesium 134 in all three spent fuel pools of Units 1, 2, & 3. This TEPCO data clearly contradicts and refutes the July assertion by the NRC the Fukushima Daiichi spent fuel pools were not damaged in this tragic accident. Crytome (cry to me) has a new high resolution photo, also uploaded, that shows the extensive damage of the Unit 3 spent fuel pool and the reactor building. Check it out."

A 5:43 video: http://www.fairewinds.com/updates (first one)



But more to the point of the soil radiation map:



New Data Supports Previous Fairewinds Analysis, as Contamination Spreads in Japan and Worldwide

"Newly released neutron data from three University of California San Diego scientists confirms Fairewinds' April analysis that the nuclear core at Fukushima Daiichi turned on and off after TEPCO claimed its reactors had been shutdown. This periodic nuclear chain reaction (inadvertent criticality) continued to contaminate the surrounding environment and upper atmosphere with large doses of radioactivity.

In a second area of concern, Fairewinds disagrees the NRC's latest report claiming that all Fukushima spent fuel pools had no problems following the earthquake. In a new revelation, the NRC claims that the plutonium found more than 1 mile offsite actually came from inside the nuclear reactors. If such a statement were true, it indicates that the nuclear power plant containments failed and were breached with debris landing far from the power plants themselves. Such a failure of the containment system certainly necessitates a complete review of all US reactor containment design and industry assurances that containments will hold in radioactivity in the event of a nuclear accident. The evidence Fairewinds reviewed to date continues to support its April analysis that the detonation in the Unit 3 Spent Fuel pool was the cause of plutonium found off site.

Third, the burning of radioactive materials (building materials, trees, lawn grass, rice straw) by the Japanese government will cause radioactive Cesium to spread even further into areas within Japan that have been previously clean, and across the Pacific Ocean to North America.

And finally, the Japanese government has yet to grasp the severity of the contamination within Japan, and therefore has not developed a coherent plan to mitigate the accident and remediate the environment. Without a cohesive plan to deal with this ongoing problem of large scale radioactive contamination, the radioactivity will continue to spread throughout Japan and around the globe further exacerbating the problem and raising costs astronomically."


This is a 11:00 minute video: http://www.fairewinds.com/updates (second video down)



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robdogbucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-30-11 04:37 PM
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4. Greenpeace: Fukushima schools unsafe after clean-up


By Natalia Konstantinovskaya

TOKYO | Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:08am EDT

Aug 29 (Reuters) - Greenpeace said on Monday that schools and surrounding areas located 60 km (38 miles) from Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear power plant were unsafe for children, showing radiation readings as much as 70 times internationally accepted levels.

The environmental group took samples at and near three schools in Fukushima city, well outside the 20 km exclusion zone from Tokyo Electric Power's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in Japan's northeast.

"No parent should have to choose between radiation exposure and education for their child," said Kazue Suzuki, Greenpeace Japan's anti-nuclear project head.

The government had already taken steps to decontaminate schools in Fukushima prefecture, where the crippled plant has been leaking radiation since it was hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Calling the measures "deplorably late and inadequate," Greenpeace said it had found average dose rates above the maximum allowed under international standards, of 1 millisievert per year, or 0.11 microsievert per hour...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/29/japan-schools...




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