QUESTION. Is this like Chernobyl? ANSWER. Yes! It has gone beyond Chernobyl in emission of radioactive materials.
NOTES OF CAUTION:
- STAY AWAY from sensational Mainstream hype and sensationalism!
News. Especially US FOX, MSNBC, CNN etc., who try to cash in by
- BE AWARE that news articles about this disaster may be more or less colored or sensationalised, depending on the writer’s PRO- or ANTI -nuclear power stance!
LATEST FUKUSHIMA HEADLINES ARE NOT GOOD:
May 24 2011
70,000 more should evacuate after Fukushima: Watchdog
Outrage as Japan lifts radiation limit for kids
Japan’s TEPCO admits further nuclear reactor meltdowns
May 22 2011
1,000 Milli-Sieverts An HOUR In Debris OUTSIDE Of Reactor 3
BBC Film Foretold Fukushima Meltdown Disaster
Spent US Nuclear Fuel Inspectors, Inspections ‘Inconsistent’
Japan PM Made China/SK Counterparts Eat Fukushima Produce
Cores May Be Melting Into Earth – Top Japan Scientist
Horrible Tragedy For Fukushima Area Victims Continues
Japan Governor Refuses To Test Tea – Says ‘Trust Us Its Fine’
Seawater Entered Hamaoka When Pipe End Cap ‘Fell Off’
Japan Quake Moved Seabed 79′ Sideways, Up 10′, More Strain
MAY 21 2011
TX Officials Hid Radioactivity In Drinking Water
Tokyo Radiation 500% Higher Than Govt Announced
Reactor 3 May Blow – Wrecked Buildings Full Of Humidity, Heat – Vid
Korean Journalists Had Major Radiation Exposure In Japan
TEPCO Releases New Fukushima Tsunami Images – Photos
Confirmed – EPA Rigged RADNET Japan To Show Lower Levels
Odd Glow Over Fukushima Reactors – Webcam Photos
Radioactive Material Found In Osaka
Workers Find Pools Of Radioactive Water In Number 2
One Fukushima Worker Finally Tested…30,000 Internal CPM!
Cesium Radiation At Reactor 3 Intake Triples In A Day – Vid
Radiation In Reactor 3 Too High To Start Nitro Injections – Vid
Cesium 5 Times Over Limit Found In Miyagi Pasture Grass – Vid
6 Ft Of Radioactive Ground Water Is Now In Reactor 6 Turbine Bldg
US ‘Strongly Suggested’ Japan Dump Radiation Into Ocean…
Workers Enter Building 2 – Could Only Stay 14 Min – Vid
Physicist – Most Fukushima Plutonium Likely Coming To US
TEPCO Lying To Public, World About Fukushima Crisis
Forensic Global Analysis Of Fukushima Daiichi Crisis
TEPCO Must Deal With Three Meltdowns – ‘Huge’ Problems
Japan Nuke Safety Commission – All 3 Reactors Have Melted Down
Busby – Nuclear Explosions – Fukushima ‘Out Of Control’ – Vid
Molten Core Of Reactor 1 Now OUTSIDE Containment Vessel
Reactor Cores 2 And 3 Probably Complete Meltdowns, Too
BBC – Reactor 1 Meltdown Just 6 Hrs After Quake, Tsunami
Don’t Tell Them And They Won’t Know
Reactor 1 Water Levels Rise Out Of Control – Evacuations Widen
Over-Limit Cesium In Tea Leaves Near Tokyo
Scientists To Study Ocean Current Radiation Across Pacific
TEPCO Admits Complete Meltdown In Reactor 1 – Vid
TIME Finally Takes A Serious Look At The Fukushima Crisis
TEPCO Admits 3 Reactors May Have Melted Down
MONDAY 28 MARCH last TEXT update.
The high level of radiation in water flooding the basement of a reactor at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is likely due to a partial melting of fuel rods after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. This will be our last update on this continuing disaster, as it will last months if not years before it is solved, if ever. Radiation will continue, and only God knows how much of it, and where most of it will land. Here in Taiwan we seem pretty safe, as winds normally go toward Japan and across the ocean towards the US, yet we must continue to pray for a solution and against the radiation. May God help us all.
According to the Bible prophets we are now living in the time of the End, the so-called latter days, andsaid that “These are only the beginning of sorrows”, and that this time just before His imminent return, would be just like the days of . Then they were also “eating, drinking, building, and making love, and didn’t know until the flood came and took them all away.”
This time it won’t be a physical water flood, but a much more dangerous spiritual flood, of deceptions and lies that is now already inundating the minds of the Earthlings, designed to make them doubt’ warning ‘Signs of the Times’ which would take place just before His return. I’d suggest to get on board of His spiritual Ark of Truth by receiving as your Savior today, like St. Paul said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!” We hope you will get on board today, before the spiritual Tsunami overtakes the stragglers! Come higher up! Get out of the wicked valley!
SUNDAY 27 MARCH
The potential for contamination from the No. 3 reactor was a primary concern. Its building was severely damaged by a hydrogen explosion and might have leaked radiation from its reactor core! It is the only one of the facility’s six reactors to use a combination of uranium and plutonium fuel, called MOX. Experts say this mix is more dangerous than the pure uranium fuel used in other reactors.
Water pooling in the turbine building of the No. 2 reactor was 10 million times more radioactive than normal, contained a sharply elevated level of iodine-134, a short-lived isotope produced in a nuclear reaction. But Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency called those figures into question, and Tokyo Electric announced Sunday night that it would retest the water. NISA spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama said the surface water from the No. 2 turbine building showed 1,000 millisieverts of radiation per hour — more than 330 times the dose an average person in a developed country receives per year, and four times the limit Japan’s health ministry has set for emergency workers struggling to prevent a meltdown at the damaged plant.
High radiation levels persisted in the Pacific Ocean waters near the seaside power plant, however, with one monitoring post reporting levels 1,850 times normal Sunday. No. 5 and 6 units are considered stable.
SATURDAY MARCH 26
Unit 1: Workers have restored lighting in the control room, and recovered the ability to use some instrumentation. As of March 25, fresh water is being pumped into the pressure vessel instead of seawater, in an effort to minimize corrosion.
Unit 2: Seawater injection continues and pressure in the reactor vessel is stable.
Unit 3: Workers are pumping fresh water into the reactor vessel, and seawater into the spent fuel pool. Fire fighters sprayed water into the building from outside yesterday.
Unit 4: Workers used a concrete truck to pour water into the spent fuel pool, while simultaneously pumping seawater through the spent fuel pool’s own coolant system.
Units 5 and 6: Both reactors are in cold shutdown, with fuel pool temperatures stabilized at acceptable levels.
THURSDAY 24 MARCH
The International Atomic Energy Agency said that 17 personnel have now received radiation doses of over 100 millisieverts. This level remains below an international standard of 500 millisieverts for emergencies, as well as a temporary limit of 250 millisieverts allowed by authorities in the current situation.
Investigations are now underway into the unexpectedly high level of contamination in the water, particularly as the basement of the turbine building is not a recognised radiation area. One theory is that there is a leak from the reactor circuit, but pressures in the reactor vessel indicate this must be elsewhere in the loop.
Despite this disappointment, steady progress continues to be made on site. Instrumentation is being recovered at units 1, 2 and 4 and lights are on in the control rooms of units 1 and 3. Power connections have reached all the units and checks are underway before normal systems can be re-energised. The shared pond for used fuel pond has now been reconnected.
WEDNESDAY 23 MARCH
levels of iodine unsafe for infants were reported in Tokyo tap water as workers struggled to reconnect power to a damaged nuclear reactor. There are still a lot of uncertainties surrounding the nuclear fallout, as well as aftershocks. Engineers at Japan’s stricken nuclear plant are unable to connect power to one of four damaged reactors, hindering progress to cool the fuel rods. Restoring power is key to ending the crisis at reactors. Radiation leaked into the ocean and air, and forced the government to evacuate thousands of local residents.
MONDAY 21 MARCH
Tokyo – Japanese military and a fire department showered more water onto an overheating reactor early Monday at a troubled nuclear plant in north-east Japan, trying for a fifth day with hoses to avert a potential meltdown.
Two armoured vehicles are to be mobilized on Monday to remove rubble at the plant, which has hampered the operation to cool down the reactors. Engineers were able to rig power cables to all six reactors at the Fukushima reactor, 240 km north of Tokyo. They started a water pump at one of them to reverse overheating.
Tokyo’s tap water, where iodine turned up Friday, now has cesium. Rain and dust are also tainted.
SUNDAY 20 MARCH
Overnight, a Tokyo Fire Department doused reactor 3 for hours. That effored lasted until 4 am (1900 GMT Sunday).
The operation was working, as the temperatures of the pools at all six reactor units fell below 100 degrees Celsius, Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said Sunday.
Pressure unexpectedly rose in a third unit’s reactor, meaning plant operators may need to deliberately release radioactive steam.
Radiation levels at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan are still high but may be tapering off, a senior U.S. nuclear official said Sunday.
SATURDAY 19 MARCH
Exhausted engineers attached a power cable to the outside of Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear plant on Saturday to four reactors in a desperate attempt to get water pumps going that would cool down overheated fuel rods and prevent the deadly spread of radiation. Some power has been restored now to parts of the plant, & cooling systems at reactors 5 and 6 resumed their work on Saturday morning. Reactors 1 and 2 have been reconnected to electricity; their cooling systems might be restored on Sunday.
Spinach and milk taken from farms near Japan’s crippled nuclear plant exceeded government-set safety limits for radiation, the government said Saturday, in the first report of food contamination from the accident. Trace amounts of radioactive iodine have also been detected in tap water in Tokyo and five other areas. These are not yet above safety levels.
US Federal sources stopped reporting radiation levels in America. A cover-up seems to be underway to prevent people from panicking.
FRIDAY 18 MARCH
Japan’s science ministry says relatively high radiation levels have been detected on 2 consecutive days about 30 kilometers northwest of the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The radiation measured 170 microsieverts per hour on Thursday and 150 microsieverts on Friday.
Japanese engineers conceded on Friday that burying a crippled nuclear plant in sand and concrete may be the only way to prevent a catastrophic radiation release, the method used to seal huge leakages from Chernobyl in 1986.
Japan has 48 hours to bring its rapidly escalating nuclear crisis under control before it faces a catastrophe “worse than Chernobyl”, it was claimed last night.
THURSDAY 17 MARCH
Japanese military helicopters dump lots of seawater, and riot police vehicles with water cannons began spraying water on the nuclear reactor today, trying to avert total meltdowns. (Good idea!)
Plant operators are close to finishing a new power line that could restore cooling systems and ease the crisis.
WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH
THE JAPAN TIMES
White smoke rose from the No. 3 reactor at Fukushima’s No. 1 nuclear power plant Wednesday and authorities said its containment vessel may have ruptured, spewing a radioactive cloud.
The No. 4 reactor meanwhile suffered another fire.
If the No. 3 reactor’s containment vessel — the final barrier to prevent the release of radioactive substances — is breached, it will be the second among the plant’s six reactors, meaning steps to avoid a worsening situation are not working.
Efforts are continuing to pump seawater on the rods to keep them from melting down. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference in the morning that smoke had been seen at about 8:30 a.m. around the No. 3 reactor.
“As we saw in the No. 2 unit, steam has been released from the (No. 3) reactor’s containment vessel,” Edano said.
At the No. 4 reactor, a fire that broke out earlier in the morning later died out. The reactor had caught fire a day earlier after a hydrogen blast created two big holes in the building wall.
… possibility that spent fuel rods at the number-four reactor at the same plant could again enter a state of a nuclear chain reaction.
… fire was again spotted coming from the reactor’s spent-fuel cooling pond for about 30 minutes early Wednesday. … cooling-pond water may be boiling off, exposing the rods again to the atmosphere. … mean the rods would emit radioactive substances into the environment.
…. fire was originally spotted Tuesday, apparently triggered by a hydrogen explosion.
Radiation levels spike in Tokyo; capital still safe, [March 16]
Radiation reached around 20 times normal levels in the capital Tuesday morning, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said, while offering the assurance this reading posed no immediate risk to human health and that the public should remain calm.
At a metropolitan facility in Setagaya Ward, “a very small amount” of iodine and cesium, substances generated by a nuclear reaction, were detected in floating dust particles between midnight and 7:12 a.m.
At a facility in Shinjuku Ward, a maximum hourly level of 0.809 microsievert was detected at around 10 a.m., but the hourly level went down to 0.151 microsievert after 11 a.m. These figures compare with 0.035 to 0.038 microsievert detected Monday, and 50 microsieverts absorbed when one takes a chest X-ray.
The metro government said an exposure level of more than 100,000 microsieverts per year would endanger health.
While the highest level, 0.809 microsievert, was observed around 10 a.m., the average between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. was 0.496 microsievert per hour.
Even if one is exposed to that level for a year, the total would amount to 4,344 microsieverts. That compares with the 2,000 to 5,000 microsieverts per year that exist in nature, the metro government said.
Ishihara instructed officials Monday to monitor radiation levels amid the crisis occurring at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. In Ibaraki Prefecture, radiation at one stage reached 5 microsieverts per hour, 100 times higher than usual, the prefectural government said.
In Kanagawa Prefecture, the radiation level was 10 times higher than usual.
In the city of Saitama, the amount shot up about 40 times higher than usual.
In Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, the amount of radiation showed a two- to fourfold increase, the prefectural government said.
The amount of radiation rose to 1.318 microsieverts per hour — a figure 33 times greater than usual — in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, the prefecture said.
From ERIC TALMADGE and SHINO YUASA, March 16, 2011
Surging radiation levels forced Japan to order emergency workers to temporarily withdraw from its crippled nuclear plant Wednesday, losing time in a desperate operation to cool the overheating reactors — the most urgent crisis from last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
… technicians were dousing the nuclear reactors with seawater in a frantic effort to cool them when they had to retreat in the late morning. The plant’s operator ordered the technicians back to the site in the evening after radiation levels subsided.
… conditions at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant appeared to be worsening. White steam-like clouds drifted up from one reactor which, the government said, likely emitted the burst of radiation that led to the workers’ withdrawal. The plant’s operator reported a fire at another reactor for the second time in two days.
NHK showed military helicopters lifting off to survey radiation levels above the complex, preparing to dump water onto the most troubled reactors in a desperate effort to cool them down. The defense ministry later said those flights were a drill, and it had no plans to make an airborne water drop.
Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency estimated that 70 percent of the rods have been damaged at the No. 1 reactor.
News agency, Kyodo, said that 33 percent of the fuel rods at the No. 2 reactor were damaged and that the cores of both reactors were believed to have partially melted.
TUESDAY 15 MARCH
Fire followed a hydrogen explosion Tuesday at the plant’s No. 2 reactor. Hydrogen explosions previously occurred in the plant’s No. 1 and No. 3 reactors.
“There is still a very high risk of further radioactive material coming out,” Prime Minister Naoto Kan said, asking people to remain calm.
Another fire broke out Tuesday in the No. 4 reactor. While it burned, radiation levels at the plant increased to about 167 times the average dose, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.
IAEA reported: “Between Units 3 and 4, Japanese authorities said they had measured radiation dose rates of up to 400 millisieverts-per-hour. That’s equivalent to about 2,000 chest x-rays per hour. This is a high dose-level value, but it is a local value at a single location and at a certain point in time”
MONDAY 14 MARCH
- Fuel rods appear to be melting inside three over-heating reactors
- Experts class development as ‘partial meltdown’
- Japan calls for U.S. help cooling the reactor
- 180,000 people have been evacuated amid meltdown fears
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano SAID, “an explosion in the building housing the plant’s No. 3 reactor apparently damaged both a water-filled chamber at the base of the reactor and the reactor containment unit itself.
Edano said, “cooling systems at two other reactors, No. 5 and No. 6, were “not functioning well.”
“Statements about allegedly low health risks are based on rates of gamma radiation measured at the site perimeter. These take no account of radiation from alpha-emitting radionuclides such as Uranium and Plutonium. It is of particular concern that the number 3 reactor at Fukushima which is now in a problematic condition is fuelled with Mixed-Oxide fuel containing Plutonium.” — Dr. Chris Busby =llrc.org
“If possible obtain a Geiger Counter or a similar radiation detector or readings from someone who owns one. If the readings increase to more that twice the normal background in your area or to a level of more than 300nSv/h (300nGy/h) then: Get away as soon as possible to a clean area. If it is not possible to evacuate, stay indoors and keep all the doors and windows closed for as long as the radiation levels are higher than normal. Try to keep the house sealed as far as possible. Drink bottled water, use only tinned milk. Avoid fresh garden produce.”
– Dr. Chris Busby =llrc.org