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Killer earthquakes on the rise

Japan considered one of the world’s most quake prone countries has strict building codes in place, good engineering and has also ensured that every child is taught to participate in monthly quake drills to teach them how to behave during a quake.

The result is that despite the tsunami and a devastating quake in Fukushima, the Japanese public including school going children were taught to remain calm, wear their helmets and form lines while evacuating even as the buildings around them shook violently.
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Monitoring of cesium in food

Otake writes that "since the disaster struck, the government has been monitoring radiation levels of food from Fukushima and neighboring prefectures." This is not entirely correct: The national government is not monitoring food; it has instructed local authorities to do so. The monitoring is not mandatory.

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Universal Detection Technology to Exhibit Its Radiation Detection Devices at the RISCON Security and Trade Expo in Tokyo, Japan

Universal Detection Technology (www.udetection.com) (OTCBB: UNDT), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies that protect against biological, chemical, and radiological threats, announced today that it will participate in the RISCON Security and Trade Expo in Tokyo, Japan due to be held on October 19-21, 2011. UNDT will display the full array of its Radiation Detection Devices as well as its bio-weapon and chemical weapon detection equipment.

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Tokyo Asks GCC to Ease or Remove Restrictions on Japanese Food Imports

In discussing the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant in disaster-hit northeastern Japan, Genba reportedly asked the GCC to ease or remove the import restrictions its member countries currently impose on Japanese food.

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- might not be such a good idea.
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Who wants to die like dogs and live with cancer?"

Who wants to die like dogs and live with cancer? The radiation from the plant will spread across a 30km-radius and will affect around one million people. Nobody can assure the safety of the nuclear plant. All these assurances have only meaning till a disaster hits us. We know what happened at Fukushima after the tsunami in March early this year. Why could Japan not ensure the safety of its nuclear plant?” she asked. “There is no safety. In 1986, Chernobyl disaster killed thousands and the people are still living in its aftermath. So how can we believe Russian technology when they could not ensure its safety in their nuclear plants?” she added.
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Govt. withholds photos taken by expensive satellites, citing security reasons

The Cabinet secretariat justifies its refusal to release images from the IGSs by saying, "If experts analyzed the images, they could identify the course of the satellites and when they pass which areas, allowing (other countries subject to reconnaissance by the satellites) to cover up secret facilities at those times."

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Nuke plant security urged


Ban told a high-level meeting at the General Assembly that the meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant after the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan in March was a wake-up call for the world.

Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said in a statement that public confidence in nuclear power could be restored only if governments, regulators, plant operators and the IAEA worked together and were highly transparent.


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- and we'll get that transpancy when??
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Ex-officials see signs US and allies have stepped up sabotage against Iran’s nuclear efforts

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India tests nuclear-capable missile

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NRC plans inspection of Richland nuclear power plant

Until the inspection team arrives Monday, Energy Northwest will not know specifically what its concerns are. But it anticipates it will want to talk about five events that occurred while the plant was shut down from early April until this month for scheduled refueling and replacement of its condenser.

Three of the incidents were linked to loss of some of the water covering the fuel in the reactor, which Energy Northwest believes may be the special inspection's main focus. As a third of the fuel assemblies are replaced during refueling outages every other year, additional water is added to keep the used fuel under water, which provides radioactive shielding, as it is being removed.

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U.S. nuke regulators weaken safety rules


Examples abound. When valves leaked, more leakage was allowed -- up to 20 times the original limit. When cracking caused radioactive leaks in steam generator tubing, an easier test was devised so plants could meet standards.

Failed cables. Busted seals. Broken nozzles, clogged screens, cracked concrete, dented containers, corroded metals and rusty underground pipes and thousands of other problems linked to aging were uncovered in AP's yearlong investigation. And many of them could escalate dangers during an accident.

Last year, the NRC weakened the safety margin for acceptable radiation damage to reactor vessels -- for a second time. The standard is based on a reactor vessel's "reference temperature," which predicts when it will become dangerously brittle and vulnerable to failure. Through the years, many plants have violated or come close to violating the standard.

As a result, the minimum standard was relaxed first by raising the reference temperature 50 percent, and then 78 percent above the original -- even though a broken vessel could spill radioactive contents.

"We've seen the pattern," said nuclear safety scientist Dana Powers, who works for Sandia National Laboratories and also sits on an NRC advisory committee. "They're ... trying to get more and more out of these plants."

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Andrew Cuomo, New York governor, says Indian Point nuclear plant power can be replaced

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Challenging Einstein Is Usually A Losing Venture
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EU seeking diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear issue: Ashton

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Iran in talks with Russia on new N-plant

Russia nurtured its ties with Iran through military and other sales in the past decade before becoming far more critical of its nuclear drive in recent months.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said on several recent occasions that it was up to Iran to prove that its program had no military dimension -- comments that marked a sharp detour from Russia's previous stance.
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Nuclear role in oilsands 'still possible'
Industries need to 'get together,' says AECL CEO


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Govt to financially support geothermal generation

Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry says it will support companies that invest in geothermal power generation projects.

Geothermal generation uses high-temperature steam produced by underground water heated by volcanic activity.

The ministry predicts that geothermal generation will be a key source of renewable energy in Japan, which has many volcanoes.
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Hmm, drilling near volcanoes sounds interesting...dead3

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Intl flights resume at Sendai Airport

Sendai Airport in northeastern Japan has resumed international services that had been suspended since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. Passengers boarded the first flight to Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday.

Sendai Airport restarted domestic services in July, but many international airlines delayed making a decision because they wanted to see the outcome of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
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Safety limit radioactive cesium in Fukushima rice

Radioactive cesium measuring just at the government-set safety limit has been detected in rice samples collected in an area in northeastern Fukushima Prefecture.

Officials say 500 becquerels per kilogram of cesium was found in a test on pre-harvest rice from Nihonmatsu City on Friday. The figure is the highest in such tests carried out for rice across the country.
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rice makes me barf now
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Burying of radioactive household waste challenging

Japan's environment ministry says that the disposal of radioactive ashes from household garbage is not going well in Tokyo and surrounding areas, partly due to residents' objections.

Following the nuclear accident in Fukushima, waste facilities in the Tohoku, Kanto and Koshin-etsu regions showed that ashes in garbage from private homes contained radioactive cesium.

The ministry has set guidelines for disposing of the ashes. They say that if the level is 8,000 becquerels per kilogram or lower, the ashes can be buried. For ashes with cesium levels between 8,000 and 100,000 becquerels, the ministry says they must be deposited in cement and put in concrete vessels.
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Hydrogen check ordered at No.2, 3 reactors

Japan's nuclear safety agency has instructed the operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to check if hydrogen is building up in its No.2 and 3 reactors.

This is after the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, recently detected hydrogen in a pipe leading to the containment vessel of No.1 reactor. A hydrogen explosion occurred at the No.1 reactor on March 12th, after the March 11th quake and tsunami.
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So now their admitting that their is Hydrogen. So the zirconium alloy must still be producing some.

So the low temperatures they are reporting can't be the real temperatures, either their not telling the truth, they are broken or the core has moved further away from the gauge. For Hydrogen to be produced the temp has to be around 500°C–2000°C.

They are reporting that the hydrogen detected is around 1% of the atmosphere. If it reaches 4% there is a big chance of an explosion if Oxygen is around 5%.
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Hydrogen check ordered at No.2, 3 reactors

Japan's nuclear safety agency has instructed the operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to check if hydrogen is building up in its No.2 and 3 reactors.

This is after the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, recently detected hydrogen in a pipe leading to the containment vessel of No.1 reactor. A hydrogen explosion occurred at the No.1 reactor on March 12th, after the March 11th quake and tsunami.
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1478654


So now their admitting that their is Hydrogen. So the zirconium alloy must still be producing some.

So the low temperatures they are reporting can't be the real temperatures, either their not telling the truth, they are broken or the core has moved further away from the gauge. For Hydrogen to be produced the temp has to be around 500°C–2000°C.

They are reporting that the hydrogen detected is around 1% of the atmosphere. If it reaches 4% there is a big chance of an explosion if Oxygen is around 5%.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1367032


This is a very volatile situation. If they can't control or ameliorate the hydrogen there will be more explosions.

They have pumped liquid nitrogen into the vessels to displace the hydrogen. If this is no longer working it is because the hydrogen is being produced in the ground under the reactors where they can't do anything about it. Very bad.
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The United Nations Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights should accept the invitation to investigate the violation of children's rights in Fukushima, but that investigation alone will not solve the problem. The international community must assist Japan in widening the evacuation zone, giving priority to families with children and increasing support for all evacuees.

We also must provide financial and technical support to decontaminate the region effectively, beginning with those places most frequently occupied by children and pregnant women. Finally, and most important, we must pool our global expertise and resources to contain the radiation emanating from the nuclear plant once and for all.

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If its true that the corium is producing hydrogen directly from the ground water, then it must also be producing oxygen. Im still wondering if an explosion might actually help? by maybe dispersing the corium?

Allready workers at the plant are saying that there are areas that they simply cannot access, so there isnt much they can actually do. They just keep putting more and more "access denied" orange cones around. I read that on fukushima diary or Radioactive chat, one or the other.

Eventually they just wont be able to work there anymore.
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Maybe this has been mentioned before, as I am sure I am not the only one observing this...but is that wavy haze in the Fukushima videos around the plant since the accident the intense radiation in the air? Or is Japan just suddenly hot as Iraq and generating heat waves on camera?

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Maybe this has been mentioned before, as I am sure I am not the only one observing this...but is that wavy haze in the Fukushima videos around the plant since the accident the intense radiation in the air? Or is Japan just suddenly hot as Iraq and generating heat waves on camera?
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It is probably heat distortion. The radiation is there but doesn't distort light waves as far as I know. Been very hot in Japan this summer.

I must admit that it could be from radiation since I can find no evidence to disprove this theory.

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Fukushima Desolation Worst Since Nagasaki as Residents Flee


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Large sectors of the Japanese population are accumulating significant levels of internal contamination

Fukushima’s nuclear disaster is a nightmare. Ghostly releases of radioactivity haunt the Japanese countryside. Lives, once safe, are now beset by an ineffable scourge promising vile illness and death.

Large sectors of the population are accumulating significant levels of internal contamination, setting the stage for a public health tragedy.

A subtle increase in the number of miscarriages and fetal deaths will be the first manifestation that something is amiss. An elevated incidence of birth defects will begin in the Fall and continue into the indefinite future. Thyroid diseases, cardiac diseases and elevated rates of infant and childhood leukemia will follow. Over the next decade and beyond, cancer rates will soar.
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