Creating Waves of Awareness
The original meltdown at Fukushima was March 2011
June 2014: Tepco dumps groundwater near Fukushima into Pacific ocean
BUESSELER: Well certainly in the ocean, they were say for one of the more abundant isotopes, caesium 137 and 134, much, much higher than three years ago right after the accident.
On the other hand, there's still leaking, they're still at levels that are causing concern in terms of things like fisheries they're still closed in that local area, and that is largely due, most likely to continued leaks from the site.
So we have a situation that I say it's hardly under control, when they can't control the groundwater and they can't clean up the radioative waters they've already collected.
Truth Dig News | The corporate media silence on Fukushima has been deafening even though the melted-down nuclear power plant’s seaborne radiation is now washing up on American beaches.
The Ice Wall | Japan builds underground ice wall at Fukushima nuclear
Dateline April 28, 2014 - Three years later no solutions found.
CNN REPORT | Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said a leak of radioactive water was discovered late on Wednesday at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The leak was comprised of an estimated 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water.
The tainted water was absorbed into the ground after it flowed over a barrier surrounding a storage tank. The leak is the first reported spill at the plant in 2014, following several leaks in 2013. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was originally damaged during a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the northeastern coast of Japan.
The company said it does not believe the leak spilled into the nearby Pacific Ocean, but is being absorbed into the ground. TEPCO did not indicate whether the leak is affecting groundwater in the area.
REUTERS | TEPCO had knowledge of record-high measurements of a dangerous isotope in groundwater at the plant for five months before telling the country's nuclear watchdog. TEPCO detected 5 million becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium-90 in a sample from a groundwater well about 25 meters from the Pacific Ocean in September 2013. A TEPCO spokesman said there was uncertainty about the reliability and accuracy of the September strontium reading, so the utility decided to re-examine the data.
CLEAN ENERGY SEMINAR Go To Meeting Link
Last month marked the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 and triggered one of the largest nuclear disasters in history. Many continue to ask, “Could this happen here in the U.S.?” and are the “Lessons Learned” from Japan’s ongoing nuclear accident being properly analyzed and implemented?
Find out by joining us on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 12 pm ET for an informative SACE-hosted webinar with co-authors of the new book from the Union of Concerned Scientists, Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster. Speakers will include nuclear experts Dave Lochbaum and Dr. Ed Lyman with the Union of Concerned Scientists and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Susan Q. Stranahan.
The page-turning book draws on firsthand accounts, as well as detailed technical records and media coverage, to recreate the events preceding, during, and after the meltdowns of three of Fukushima’s nuclear reactors.
The webinar will include a discussion of the implications of the disaster on U.S. nuclear power production, such as the new AP1000 reactors under construction at SCE&G’s V.C. Summer in South Carolina, Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle in Georgia and the completion of TVA’s Watts Bar 2 ice condenser reactor in Tennessee.
New York Times Report April 28, 2014 - Japanese Forced To Flee and Unable To Leave. Read individual life stories.
MIYAKOJI, Japan — Ever since they were forced to evacuate during the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant three years ago, Kim Eunja and her husband have refused to return to their hilltop home amid the majestic mountains of this rural village for fear of radiation. But now they say they may have no choice. After a nearly $250 million radiation cleanup here, the central government this month declared Miyakoji the first community within a
12-mile evacuation zone around the plant to be reopened to residents.
The decision will bring an end to the monthly stipends from the plant’s operator that have allowed Ms. Kim to relocate to an apartment in a city an hour away.
“The government and the media say the radiation has been cleaned up, but it’s all lies,” said Ms. Kim, 55, who is from South Korea, and who with her Japanese husband runs a small Korean restaurant outside Miyakoji. “I want to run away, but I cannot. We have no more money.” She is not the only one. While the central government and national news media have trumpeted the reopening of Miyakoji as a happy milestone in Japan’s recovery from the devastating March 2011 accident, many residents tell a darker story. They insist their homes remain too dangerous or too damaged to inhabit and that they have not received enough financial compensation to allow them to start anew somewhere else.
May 1, 2014 | PHYS.ORG | The shells of tiny snails being dissolved from acidification of the ocean after Fukushima. As in the acidification of our atmosphere. The pH of the world is changing. How can living organisms adapt, survive, and live as the pH changes? The bones and calcium structures dissolve. We also have a skeleton. How will it affect us?
JUNE 2014: Observations at Fukushima and Chernobyl will serve as important baselines for the development of studies of ionizing radiation effects over time, as some biological outcomes may take years or generations to be expressed. The predominant hypothesis of the research reported here is that chronic exposure to ionizing radiation results in genetic damage and increased mutation rates in both somatic and germ cell lines within individuals.
Studies are revealing the impact that low-dose exposure to radiation is having on plants and animals after the Fukushima disaster in 2011. Biologists commenced research just a few months after the nuclear accident, now three years later the studies have been published in the Journal of Heredity. The research shows the genetic mutations and population declines that are occurring in a variety of non-human organisms.
“A growing body of empirical results from studies of birds, monkeys, butterflies, and other insects suggests that some species have been significantly impacted by the radioactive releases related to the Fukushima disaster," Timothy Mousseau from the University of South Carolina in the US, who led one of the studies, explained in a press release.
All of the studies indicate that low-dose exposure to ionising radiation (the kind caused by the Fukushima meltdown) leads to increased mutation and genetic damage to both reproductive and non-reproductive cells.
UPDATE MAY 2015: Thermometer of Reactor 2 indicates rapid increase in temperature again / 79℃ on 5/10/2015
Tepco’s plant parameter is showing that one of the thermometers is indicating a rapid increase in Reactor 2 temperature again.
The parameter is updated every 6 hours. This thermometer is installed in PCV (Primary Containment Vessel) of Reactor 2, and it is not considered to be out of order.
The temperature started rising in the end of April. It was below 55℃, however it got in the constant increasing trend. At the moment of 23:00 on 5/10/2015 (JST), the temperature is already 79℃.
Tepco has made no announcement on this abnormality in reactor temperature.
Faults under Shika nuclear plant may be active, experts warn
Geological experts on a panel under the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday that faults running beneath a nuclear plant in central Japan may be active, clouding the prospects for resuming its operations.
Four outside experts of the five-member panel told a meeting it is possible the fault running right under the No. 1 reactor at Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s two-unit plant in Shika, Ishikawa Prefecture, is active.
The panel also pointed out that two other faults beneath the Nos. 1 and 2 turbine buildings could have moved in the past.
74% chance of lymph node metastasis Not only is the number of thyroid cancers large, but also the symptoms are serious. Last year Fukushima Medical University published 55 cases of thyroid cancer in Fukushima: 2 of them were anaplastic carcinoma, and 74% of them lymph node metastasis. Normally, the prognosis of thyroid cancer among adults is good: little metastasis and slow progression. But this is not true of thyroid cancer found in Fukushima.
The Government Must Expand Medical Examinations for Victims of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster 117 children in Fukushima have been suspected of having thyroid cancer: the second round of medical examination found 8 children
The Pacific Ocean – in fact almost one-third of the Globe – is thought to have been contaminated from the leak out from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.