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  • Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - March 11, 2012 +

    Major Earthquake Magnitude 9.0 on Mar 11, Many thousands dead & missing - March 27+
    1st anniversary of March 11 http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...&postcount=385



    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/f1-np/camera/index-e.html


    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp...2031103-e.html

    Press Release (Mar 11,2012)
    Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 10:00 am, March 11)

    other

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp...2031102-e.html

    Press Release (Mar 11,2012)
    Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 3:00 pm, March 11)

    Unit 1 (Shut down)


    Unit 2 (Shut down)

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp...2031105-e.html

    report from the site of Fukushima daiichi nuclear power station
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    NHK world

    IAEA chief Amano may visit North Korea

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 05:21 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_05.html

    IAEA to actively support decontamination in Japan

    The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says his organization will continue to actively support decontamination efforts in Japan.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 05:21 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_03.html

    Japan marks 1st anniversary of March 11 disaster

    Sunday marks the first anniversary of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan.
    However, local communities are still working hard to recover from the disaster. Many displaced people are having a hard time finding work and getting back on their feet.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 05:49 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_02.html

    Core details of nuclear accident not known yet

    One year after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, core details relating to the accident are still not known, including from where a large amount of radioactive material was released.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 10:17 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_08.html

    N.Korea looks willing to implement N-agreement

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 11:58 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_11.html

    Memorial ceremonies held near nuclear plant

    Memorial ceremonies for tsunami victims have been held in Okuma Town, which hosts the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and remains a no-entry zone.
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    Sunday, March 11, 2012 14:21 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_14.html

    TEPCO president apologizes for nuclear accident

    The president of Tokyo Electric Power Company has apologized for the problems caused by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 16:49 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_17.html

    TEPCO chief vows to tackle nuclear accident

    The president of Tokyo Electric Power Company has pledged to address the difficult situation created by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 18:25 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_21.html

    Prayers offered at memorial ceremony

    ....Three family members of victims from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures spoke at the ceremony.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 18:25 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_19.html

    Foreign media cover disaster anniversary

    ...A Reuters article said the huge earthquake, a deadly tsunami and the world's worst nuclear accident in a quarter of a century failed to snap Japan out of its economic and political torpor.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 18:25 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_18.html

    Chinese TV reports on disaster anniversary

    ....It also reported that the rubble in the disaster-stricken areas has not been disposed of, and people in Fukushima are worried about the effects of the nuclear accident.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 19:10 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_22.html

    Civic groups hold memorial service in Tokyo

    .....Film director Shunji Iwai has produced a documentary on the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. He said Japan did not have a manual to deal with a worst-case scenario for the disaster.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 23:09 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_25.html

    Human chain surrounds Diet in anti-nuclear rally

    Thousands of people have formed a human chain around Japan's Diet to call for scrapping nuclear power plants in the country.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 23:09 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_23.html

    Govt. to make official request for debris disposal

    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says the government will ask local authorities to accept debris from regions hit by last year's earthquake and tsunami.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 23:09 +0900 (JST)
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120311_27.html
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    Yomiuri online

    Editorial: Parties should work together on an effective nuclear agency

    The government had planned to launch a nuclear regulatory agency on April 1, but it is now unclear when the new body will be established.

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/editorial/T120310004222.htm

    MARCH 11--ONE YEAR ON / 80% of Fukushima preschools limit kids' outdoor time

    About 80 percent of kindergartens and day care centers in Fukushima Prefecture limit children's outdoor activity time due to parents' concern over possible exposure to radiation from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, it has been learned.

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120310003788.htm

    MARCH 11--ONE YEAR ON / Frustrated with slow recovery / Leaders in quake-hit prefectures see little or moderate progress

    Most leaders of Fukushima Prefecture municipalities affected by the March 11 disaster and ensuing nuclear crisis believe reconstruction has been too slow, but local government leaders in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures are more positive about progress in the recovery from the disaster, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey.

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120310003226.htm

    MARCH 11--ONE YEAR ON / 20,000 households in disaster-hit areas may face relocation

    Of 37 municipalities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures surveyed by The Yomiuri Shimbun, 29 city, town and village governments are planning to relocate inland or to higher ground, or are considering it.

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120310003217.htm

    Govt offers to build sites for N-soil

    Environment Minister Goshi Hosono proposed Saturday to build three intermediate storage facilities for contaminated soil in Futaba County, Fukushima Prefecture, at a meeting between the central government, the prefecture and seven towns and a village in the county near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120310004465.htm

    MARCH 11--ONE YEAR ON / Many mementos awaiting their owners

    The owners of at least 2.2 million mementos recovered from debris in areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake have still not been identified, according to municipal governments in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120310003447.htm

    ONE YEAR AFTER THE DISASTER / New energy in Fukushima / Projects under way to replace mainstay of N-power generation

    In Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, efforts are under way to build a solar power plant in rice paddies. The project is led by Eiju Hangai, a native of the city and a former employee of Tokyo Electric Power Co.

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120310003793.htm
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    AJW

    EDITORIAL: Community ties crucial for Fukushima reconstruction

    In the Ukedo district of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, fields are strewn with crushed vehicles and fishing boats. In this coastal community, located within the 20-kilometer no-entry zone around the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, time stopped on this day a year ago.

    Police search for bodies of tsunami victims on Feb. 19 in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, about 7 kilometers from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the background. (The Asahi Shimbun)
    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/e...AJ201203110024

    COMMENTARY: Lessons to remember to avoid repeating Fukushima accident

    Over the past year, there has been much discussion related to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...AJ201203110035

    COMMENTARY/ Andrew Gordon: Archiving an unprecedented disaster

    The disaster that befell Japan a year ago was extraordinary in numerous ways: the earthquake’s magnitude and duration; the tsunami’s scarcely imaginable height and destructive force; the horrific cascade from earthquake to tsunami to reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/AJ201203110017

    PLAYING ON: Fukushima residents fight for space for local children

    This is Part 1 of a seven-part series on how athletes, residents and teams have been struggling in the quake-hit areas for a year after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    The women's soccer team of Tomioka High School, which is located about eight kilometers from the crippled nuclear power plant, practice in snow in Fukushima city. (Satoshi Sekiguchi)
    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/sports/AJ201203110039

    Hard-hit Minami-Soma mourns, looks to the future

    MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--This coastal town has been destroyed twice in the past year: first swallowed by a great wave that killed 638 of its people, and then hit with a nuclear accident that rendered it semi-uninhabitable and unfit for farming.

    Minami-Soma mayor Katsunobu Sakurai making his speech in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 11. In Japan people face the memorial for the dead, not the audience. (Sophie Knight)

    Heading toward the sea from central Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture; suddenly, nothing. ... (Sophie Knight)

    Wrecked cars are still lined up by Minami-Soma's coastline in Fukushima Prefecture. (Sophie Knight)

    Flowers and rice cakes were left for the dead near a pile of rubble by the ocean in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Sophie Knight)
    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203110068

    REMEMBERING 3/11: Please notice the flowers I left for my wife

    IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Koichi Komatsu knows in his heart that his wife Emiko did not survive the tsunami.

    Koichi Komatsu stands at the site of his former home in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 26. He returns there every Sunday to place flowers in memory of his wife. (Atsushi Matsukawa)
    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203110009

    Japan observes a moment of silence for quake, tsunami victims

    Through silence and prayers, people across Japan on March 11 remembered the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation one year ago, killing just over 19,000 people and unleashing the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203110041

    Japan observes moment of silence for disaster victims

    Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda attended a memorial ceremony in Tokyo on March 11, as people across Japan remembered the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck one year ago, killing more than 19,000 people.

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203110051

    Survey: Evacuees struggling with torn families, employment

    Nearly one-third of people who evacuated after the Tohoku disaster struck a year ago have seen their families torn apart, while about 40 percent lost their jobs, businesses or income, according to an Asahi Shimbun survey.

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203110044

    REMEMBERING 3/11: Without massive government outlays, future for Fukushima is bleak

    Bleak hardly does justice to assessments of Fukushima Prefecture's future over the long term.
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    Government tabs 3 towns as dump sites for nuclear debris

    KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Goshi Hosono, the minister in charge of the nuclear crisis, proposed three towns in Fukushima Prefecture as sites for temporary dumps for radioactive debris from the nuclear crisis, drawing bitter criticism from local politicians.

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203110033
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    Mainichi jp(Kyodo, AP)

    Editorial: Japan must lead in NPO revolution

    We have reached the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami -- let us pray once again for the souls of those who lost their lives to the disaster, and for the recovery of the devastated Tohoku region and Japan as a nation.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/perspectives/...na004000c.html

    Japan struggles to regain world consumer confidence in its food

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- For many people around the world, food from Japan used to have an image of being healthy and safe to consume.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/features/arch...fe009000c.html

    N. Korea nuclear program is threat to E. Asia: IAEA chief

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/inter...in015000c.html

    Antinuclear rally held in Seoul on eve of Japan quake anniversary

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Environmental conservation groups staged a rally in central Seoul on Saturday to voice opposition to nuclear power on the eve of the first anniversary of the nuclear disaster triggered by last year's earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/inter...in018000c.html

    About 2,000 Taiwanese stage anti-nuclear protest

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- About 2,000 people have staged an anti-nuclear protest in Taiwan's capital as they observed a moment of silence to mourn the victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan one year ago.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/inter...in035000c.html

    Human errors responsible for deepening Fukushima crisis: IAEA chief

    VIENNA (Kyodo) -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Saturday that human errors were among the factors that exacerbated the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm017000c.html

    TEPCO making slow progress in paying nuclear disaster compensation

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The sum of compensation paid so far by Tokyo Electric Power Co. to people affected by the nuclear crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi power plant is equivalent to only a quarter of the around 1.7 trillion yen of financial aid made available for the purpose by the government, according to sources familiar with the matter.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm020000c.html

    Gov't asks 3 Fukushima Pref. towns to temporarily store radioactive waste

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The central government on Saturday asked three towns in Fukushima Prefecture to host temporary storage sites for contaminated soil and waste resulting from the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in the northeastern prefecture.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm021000c.html

    Japan marks 1 year from quake-tsunami disaster, nuclear crisis

    SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Japan marked the one-year anniversary Sunday of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country's northeastern region, left around 19,000 people dead or missing, and triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm022000c.html

    Once 'ideal' Fukushima village begins to drift apart after nuclear disaster

    IITATE, Fukushima -- Before the outbreak of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in March last year, the residents of this village rich in natural resources used to live in harmony.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...na003000c.html

    Noda vows to achieve speedy reconstruction of disaster-hit areas

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda vowed Sunday, at a government-hosted ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of the catastrophe, to continue making every effort to achieve speedy reconstruction of areas ravaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/natio...dm036000c.html
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    Jiji press

    With Prayers, Japan Marks Anniversary of Quake, Tsunami

    Tokyo, March 11 (Jiji Press)--With silent prayers and renewed determination for reconstruction, Japan marked the first anniversary Sunday of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left about 19,000 people dead or missing and set off the nation's worst-ever nuclear crisis.

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012031100087

    Rallies against N-Plants Held on Disaster Anniversary

    Koriyama/Tokyo, March 11, (Jiji Press)--Rallies seeking the abolition of nuclear power stations and adequate compensation to victims of the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant were held in Tokyo and Fukushima Prefecture on Sunday, which marks the first anniversary of the March 11 quake and tsunami, and the TEPCO nuclear accident.

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012031100196

    TEPCO Renews Apology, Pledge over N-Crisis

    Tokyo, March 11, (Jiji Press)--With Sunday marking the first anniversary of the start of Japan's worst nuclear crisis caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> reiterated its apology for the nuclear crisis and pledged afresh to resolve related problems including decontamination and compensation.

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012031100242

    Noda to Ask All Prefectures in Writing for Debris Disposal

    Tokyo, March 11 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Sunday that he will ask all prefectures other than Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima in writing to cooperate in accepting and disposing of debris from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012031100253

    Ukrainians Mourn Japan Disaster Victims on 1st Anniversary

    Kiev, March 11 (Jiji Press)--Ukrainians on Sunday mourned the victims of a huge earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan exactly a year ago.

    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012031100281
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    Sankei news

    about 70 ships leave the Matsukawa Ura fishing port, Fukushima
    28 Feb 2012

    10 km zone
    Okuma town, Fukushima
    12 Feb 2012

    Debris in Matsubara park
    Miyamisanriku town, Miyagi pref
    17 Feb 2012

    memorial ceremony in no go zone



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    JMA

    00:40 JST 11 Mar 2012 37.2N 141.5E 40 km M4.4 Fukushima-ken Oki

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  • #2
    Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - January 13, 2012 +

    Very high radiation, little water in Japan reactor

    By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press – 50 minutes ago
    TOKYO (AP) — One of Japan's crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool it, according to an internal examination that renews doubts about the plant's stability.

    snip

    Tuesday's examination with an industrial endoscope detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose inside the chamber. Plant officials previously said more than half of the melted fuel has breached the core and dropped to the floor of the primary containment vessel, some of it splashing against the wall or the floor.

    more...

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...596f672dab8414
    "May the long time sun
    Shine upon you,
    All love surround you,
    And the pure light within you
    Guide your way on."

    "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
    Aristotle

    “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
    Mohandas Gandhi

    Be the light that is within.

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    • #3
      Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - March 11, 2012 +

      Please see previous thread here:

      http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=179993
      "May the long time sun
      Shine upon you,
      All love surround you,
      And the pure light within you
      Guide your way on."

      "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
      Aristotle

      “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
      Mohandas Gandhi

      Be the light that is within.

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - March 11, 2012 +

        http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120329_04.html
        updated at 5:36 UTC, Mar. 29

        Fish within 20 km of Fukushima plant to be studied

        The operator of the disabled Fukushima nuclear power plant plans to begin monitoring radiation off the coast of the no-entry zone by collecting samples of marine life.

        The announcement by Tokyo Electric Power Company on Wednesday is in response to requests by fishing cooperatives and researchers who have been calling for full-fledged studies into the impact of radioactive contamination on marine life in the area.

        Fishing is banned within a 20 kilometer radius of the plant...
        “‘i love myself.’ the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever.” ---- nayyirah waheed

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        • #5
          Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - March 11, 2012 +

          hat tip Michael Coston

          Fukushima Nuke Plant Remains In `Precarious State’




          Photo credit IAEA
          # 6251

          Unless we are directly affected by them, once a disaster moves off the front pages, we tend move on as the never ending parade of newer, more immediate concerns emerge.
          A year ago, the world watched in horror as Japan reeled from a monstrous earthquake/tsunami followed by a major nuclear accident.
          Over time, as the recovery efforts proceeded and the nuke plants were finally deemed `stable’, the triple disaster of Fukushima has faded for most of us.

          But as we learn from a report in the New York Times today, the reactor at Fukushima may be in worse shape than previously admitted, and its current stability is precarious at best.
          Japan Admits Nuclear Plant Still Poses Dangers

          By HIROKO TABUCHI

          TOKYO — The damage to the core of at least one of the meltdown-stricken reactors at Fukushima could be far worse than previously thought, raising fresh concerns over the plant’s stability and gravely complicating the post-disaster cleanup, a recent internal investigation has shown.
          (Continue . . .)

          Follow the link to read the entire article to learn about the specifics, including much lower water levels over the fuel rods than previously reported, and much higher levels of radiation inside the containment buildings.

          But the `money quote’ comes from Kazuhiko Kudo, a professor of nuclear engineering at Kyushu University, at the end of the article who warns:
          “The plant is still in a precarious state.

          Unfortunately, all we can do is to keep pumping water inside the reactors, and hope we don’t have another big earthquake.”


          Cleanup of these plants may take decades, and until that can be accomplished, they remain vulnerable to additional seismic shocks.

          Posted by Michael Coston at <a class="timestamp-link" href="http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2012/03/fukushima-nuke-plant-remains-in.html" rel="bookmark" title="permanent link"><abbr class="published" title="2012-03-29T13:28:00-04:00">1:28 PM</abbr>
          "May the long time sun
          Shine upon you,
          All love surround you,
          And the pure light within you
          Guide your way on."

          "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
          Aristotle

          “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
          Mohandas Gandhi

          Be the light that is within.

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - March 11, 2012 +

            http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...AJ201204030035
            Fukushima radiation levels rebound as snow melts
            April 03, 2012
            By HIROSHI ISHIZUKA/ Staff Writer
            “‘i love myself.’ the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever.” ---- nayyirah waheed

            Avatar: Franz Marc, Liegender Hund im Schnee 1911 (My posts are not intended as advice or professional assessments of any kind.)

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            • #7
              Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - March 11, 2012 +

              http://english.cri.cn/6966/2012/04/05/2724s691456.htm
              TEPCO Says More Radioactive Water Leaked into Sea
              2012-04-05 14:41:59 Xinhua Web Editor: Yihang

              Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the crisis which hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, admitted that more waste water contained strontium leaked into the sea early Thursday.

              According to the TEPCO, about 12 tons of waste water with high levels of radioactive strontium leaked from a pipe connected to the waste water tank. The workers found the leaking and stopped it by shutting the valve...
              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17549985
              29 March 2012 Last updated at 08:23 ET

              29 March 2012 Last updated at 08:23 ET
              Tepco needs $22bn more for nuclear compensation claims

              The power company behind Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant disaster has asked for another 1.85tn yen ($22.4bn; £14.1bn) in aid.

              The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said it needs another 846bn yen for higher compensation claims.

              It wants the remaining 1tn yen to keep the company afloat, including covering the cost of shutting down the plant...
              http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120404005215.htm
              Hirano eyes Fukushima 'buffer zone'

              The Yomiuri Shimbun

              Tatsuo Hirano, state minister for reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake, has suggested an uninhabited buffer zone under state control be created around the crippled fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, government sources said...
              “‘i love myself.’ the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever.” ---- nayyirah waheed

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              • #8
                Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - March 11, 2012 +

                TEPCO fails to locate leak in Fukushima plant's No. 2 reactor

                April 19, 2012

                A robot failed on April 18 to locate a leak of radioactive water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant’s No. 2 reactor.

                snip

                TEPCO, which is under pressure to make progress on decommissioning the reactors, is injecting 200 tons of water into the reactor every day to cool its nuclear fuel, but water contaminated with radioactive materials is flowing into the pressure suppression chamber and then leaking out of that chamber.


                snip

                TEPCO also plans to survey the No. 3 reactor, where contaminated water is also leaking.

                http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201204190074
                "May the long time sun
                Shine upon you,
                All love surround you,
                And the pure light within you
                Guide your way on."

                "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
                Aristotle

                “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
                Mohandas Gandhi

                Be the light that is within.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - March 11, 2012 +

                  Why Fukushima is a Greater Disaster Than Chernobyl
                  April 24, 2012
                  Warning Signs for the US
                  by ROBERT ALVAREZ

                  In the aftermath of the world’s worst nuclear power disaster, the news media is just beginning to grasp that the dangers to Japan and the rest of the world posed by the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site are far from over. After repeated warnings by former senior Japanese officials, nuclear experts, and now a U.S. Senator, it is sinking in that the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools amidst the reactor ruins may have far greater potential offsite consequences than the molten cores.
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                  The stark reality, if TEPCO’s plan is realized, is that nearly all of the spent fuel at the Da-Ichi containing some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet will remain indefinitely in vulnerable pools. TEPCO wants to store the spent fuel from the damaged reactors in the common pool, and only to resort to dry, cask storage when the common pool’s capacity is exceeded. At this time, the common pool is at 80 percent storage capacity and will require removal of SNF to make room. TEPCO’s plan is to minimize dry cask storage as much as possible and to rely indefinitely on vulnerable pool storage. Senator Wyden finds that TEPCO’s plan for remediation carries extraordinary and continuing risk. He sensibly recommends that retrieval of spent fuel in existing on-site spent fuel pools to safer storage in dry casks should be a priority.

                  Given these circumstances, a key goal for the stabilization of the Fukushima-Daichi site is to place all of its spent reactor fuel into dry, hardened storage casks. This will require about 244 additional casks at a cost of about $1 mllion per cask. To accomplish this goal, an international effort is required – something that Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has called for. As we have learned, despite the enormous destruction from the earthquake and tsunami at the Dai-Ich Site, the nine dry casks and their contents were unscathed. This is an important lesson we should not ignore.

                  ROBERT ALVAREZ, an Institute for Policy Studies senior scholar, served as senior policy adviser to the Energy Department’s secretary from 1993 to 1999. www.ips-dc.org

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                  • #10
                    Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - March 11, 2012 +

                    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...?newsfeed=true
                    The Fukushima nuclear plant's slow recovery offers lessons to the US
                    Despite the Japanese PM's optimistic assessment of Fukushima, experts have new worries about the plant's recovery

                    Richard Schiffman
                    guardian.co.uk, Monday 7 May 2012 17.16 EDT
                    [snip]
                    Tepco revealed at the end of March that protective water levels in the containment vessel of Reactor No 2, were far shallower than they had expected, which might mean that the uranium fuel rods there are no longer completely submerged, and are heating up. The Japan Times reported on 29 March that radiation inside the vessel has reached 73 sieverts per hour – high enough to administer a lethal dose to a human in a matter of minutes, even to disable the robotic devices which are sent regularly into the reactor to monitor what is happening there.

                    Conditions elsewhere in the plant are more difficult to assess. Reactors 1 and 3, both of which melted down after the earthquake and tsunami last year, are currently sealed and impossible to enter, even by robots. So we don't know what is going on inside those crippled structures.

                    But nuclear experts say that their biggest concern involves Reactor 4, which sustained severe structural damage during the earthquake and subsequent hydrogen explosions which collapsed its roof. This is where hundreds of tons of spent fuel sits perched 100 feet above the ground in a cooling pool exposed to the open sky....
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                    • #11
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                      http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/05...ionalized.html
                      Fukushima owner is nationalized

                      09 May 2012 | 16:40 BST | Posted by Geoffrey Brumfiel

                      It was as inevitable as cherry blossoms blooming in springtime: sooner or later, Japan had to nationalize the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the owner of the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Today the government announced a ¥1 trillion (US$12.5 billion) plan to bail out the country’s largest utility, and at least temporarily take control.
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                      The latest aid comes with strings attached. Under the terms of the deal, the government will hold more than half of TEPCO’s voting shares. It will also control a significant amount of stock in the company. According to the Mainichi, the utility will be tasked with clean-up, reparations to evacuees forced to leave their homes, and providing a stable supply of electricity to the Tokyo region. The government is also expected to call for further openness at the firm, which had a spotty safety record even before the Fukushima accident....
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                      • #12
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                        Tepco stopped releasing plant parameters in English
                        Posted by Mochizuki on May 13th, 2012 · No Comments

                        Tepco releases plant parameters data twice a day.

                        It is one of the most important source to know the latest state of the nuclear plants.

                        However, Tepco quit releasing the English version on 5/12/2012...
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                        • #13
                          Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - March 11, 2012 +

                          Fukushima Reactor 4 poses massive global risk

                          Andy Johnson, CTVNews.ca

                          Date: Saturday May. 19, 2012 7:06 AM ET

                          More than a year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a massive nuclear disaster, experts are warning that Japan isn't out of the woods yet and the worst nuclear storm the world has ever seen could be just one earthquake away from reality.

                          The troubled Reactor 4 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is at the centre of this potential catastrophe.

                          Reactor 4 -- and to a lesser extent Reactor 3 -- still hold large quantities of cooling waters surrounding spent nuclear fuel, all bound by a fragile concrete pool located 30 metres above the ground, and exposed to the elements.

                          A magnitude 7 or 7.5 earthquake would likely fracture that pool, and disaster would ensue, says Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with Fairewinds Energy Education who has visited the site.

                          The 1,535 spent fuel rods would become exposed to the air and would likely catch fire, with the most-recently added fuel rods igniting first.
                          The incredible heat generated from that blaze, Gundersen said, could then ignite the older fuel in the cooling pool, causing a massive oxygen-eating radiological fire that could not be extinguished with water.

                          "So the fear is the newest fuel could begin to burn and then we'd have a conflagration of the whole pool because it would become hotter and hotter. The health consequences of that are beyond where science has ever gone before," Gundersen told CTVNews.ca in an interview from his home in Vermont.

                          Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories...#ixzz1vKucXYFu
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                          • #14
                            Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - March 11, 2012 +

                            http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/27/wo...ot-a-risk.html
                            Japan Reactor Building Is Tilting but Not a Risk, Operator Says
                            By HIROKO TABUCHI
                            Published: June 26, 2012

                            TOKYO — A heavily damaged reactor building at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has a slight tilt, but the tilt does not pose a risk to the integrity of the building, according to the plant’s operator.

                            The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, said in a report on Monday to Japanese nuclear regulators that at least two of the walls of the No. 4 reactor building are bulging outward at various points and that the building is tilting. The biggest bulge measured about 1.8 inches about a third of the way up the building, the report said. ...
                            A blogger posted this yesterday:
                            [LIVE] Tepco is removing the upper part of reactor4
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                            • #15
                              Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - March 11, 2012 +

                              TEPCO releases more photos of tsunami damage at Fukushima nuclear plant
                              July 10, 2012

                              THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

                              Tokyo Electric Power Co. on July 9 released more photos of the damage at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant caused by the tsunami that was triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

                              All 33 photos released were taken at the plant on March 11, 2011, the day the magnitude-9.0 quake struck off the coast of the Tohoku region...
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