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OUR PRAYERS CONTINUE FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THIS UNFOLDING TRAGEDY.
Prepare folks. This is not a false alarm. This is the real deal. See March 16 Updates, below this post, to learn how you need, must prepare for this fallout. It is not going to be a one-day event, but rather several days if not weeks.
Japan’s science ministry says radiation levels of up to 0.17 millisieverts per hour have been detected about 30 kilometers northwest of the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Experts say exposure to those levels for 6 hours would result in absorption of the maximum level considered safe for 1 year.
The government has instructed residents living within a 20 to 30 kilometer radius of the plant to stay indoors.
The ministry gauged radiation from 9:20 AM to 3:00 PM on Thursday at 28 spots, in areas 20 to 60 kilometers from the plant.
The ministry also observed radiation levels of 0.0183 to 0.0011 millisieverts per hour at most of the observation points.
It says these levels are higher than normal but pose no immediate threat to health.
Thursday, March 17, 2011 21:20 +0900 (JST)
Japan Admits Nuclear Problem Is ‘Severe’
4:04pm UK, Thursday March 17, 2011
A spokesman for the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has admitted the situation is now considered to be “severe”.
This is a severe incident that is occurring right now,” the spokesman said at a news conference.”We have vented and used seawater as cooling, followed the accident management plan but this is a very severe operation.”
The admission comes as plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) continues attempts to stop the six-reactor Fukushima 1 complex from going into nuclear meltdown.
“We have to keep cooling the fuel so it doesn’t reach criticality,” the Tepco spokesman said, adding that radiation levels have barely fallen at the site.
Read the rest of the story at Sky News
A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.Health and nuclear experts emphasize that radiation in the plume will be diluted as it travels and, at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of it are ultimately detectable. In a similar way, radiation from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 spread around the globe and reached the West Coast of the United States in 10 days, its levels measurable but minuscule.
The projection, by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, an arm of the United Nations in Vienna, gives no information about actual radiation levels but only shows how a radioactive plume would probably move and disperse.
DO NOT TRUST THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA TO TELL YOU SAFE or NOT SAFE LEVELS OF RADIATION. TRUST THE GEIGER COUNTERS TRACKING THE LEVELS FOR YOURSELF. HERE IS ONE SUCH LINK THAT IS STREAMING LIVE.
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Radioactivity to High – Aide workers are leaving – Japanese leadership, likely taking direction from the USAID aka CIA propagandists, rather than telling their people the truth –
Nuclear Specialist calls into the Alex Jones show and details the four different types of radiation –
The people of Japan want the truth from their government – here is a video posted by a French man who shows the world what is happening in Japan w/their network news. They want the truth about the very real radiation meltdown occurring in real time in their country. The T-Room stands in solidarity with all citizens of Japan. Excuse the language. Watch this. And spread this far and wide as this gentlemen is asking of us.
Status of quake-stricken reactors at Fukushima nuclear power plants
TOKYO, March 17, Kyodo
The following is the known status as of Thursday night of each of the six reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and the four reactors at the Fukushima No. 2 plant, both in Fukushima Prefecture, which were crippled by Friday’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.
Fukushima No. 1 plant
— Reactor No. 1 – Operation suspended after quake, cooling failure, partial melting of core, vapor vented, building housing reactor damaged Saturday by hydrogen explosion, seawater being pumped in.
— Reactor No. 2 – Operation suspended after quake, cooling failure, seawater being pumped in, fuel rods fully exposed temporarily, vapor vented, building housing reactor damaged Monday by blast at reactor No. 3, damage to containment vessel feared, potential meltdown feared.
— Reactor No. 3 – Operation suspended after quake, cooling failure, partial melting of core feared, vapor vented, seawater being pumped in, building housing reactor damaged Monday by hydrogen explosion, high-level radiation measured nearby on Tuesday, plume of smoke observed Wednesday and presumed to have come from spent-fuel storage pool, severe damage to containment vessel unlikely, seawater dumped over pool by helicopter on Thursday, water sprayed at it from ground.
— Reactor No. 4 – Under maintenance when quake struck, fire Tuesday possibly caused by hydrogen explosion at pool holding spent fuel rods, abnormal temperature rise in spent-fuel storage pool, fire observed Wednesday at building housing reactor, pool water level feared receding, renewed nuclear chain reaction feared.
— Reactors No. 5, 6 – Under maintenance when quake struck, water temperatures in spent-fuel storage pools increased to about 64 C on Thursday.
— Spent-fuel storage pools at all reactors — Cooling functions lost, water temperatures or levels unobservable at reactors No. 1 to 4.
Fukushima No. 2 plant
— Reactors No. 1, 2, 4 – Operation suspended after quake, cooling failure, then cold shutdown.
— Reactor No. 3 – Operation suspended after quake, cold shutdown.
Attempts to refill fuel ponds
17 March 2011
FIRST PUBLISHED: 4.25am GMT
UPDATE 1: 9.29am GMT Additional temperature, radiation data and context
UPDATE 2: 10.00am GMT Further temperature data
UPDATE 3: 1.41pm GMT Fire trucks in action
A major struggle is underway to maintain cooling of used nuclear fuel at Fukushima Daiichi 3 and 4. Helicopters have made water drops and large fire trucks are showering the buildings.
While unit 3 was in operation when the earthquake struck on 11 March, and has been in trouble since the tsunami took out emergency diesel generators, unit 4 was fully shut down at that time and had appeared to remain safe until 16 March when an explosion led to fires.
The explosion at unit 4 is thought to have been from a build-up of hydrogen in the area near the used nuclear fuel pond. It severely damaged the building, as well as that of adjacent unit 3, with which it shares a central control room.
Read the rest HERE
Injuries or Contamination at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Based on a press release from the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary dated 16 March 2011, the IAEA can confirm the following information about human injuries or contamination at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Please note that this list provides a snapshot of the latest information made available to the IAEA by Japanese authorities. Given the fluid situation at the plant, this information is subject to change.
* 2 TEPCO employees have minor injuries
* 2 subcontractor employees are injured, one person suffered broken legs and one person whose condition is unknown was transported to the hospital
* 2 people are missing
* 2 people were ’suddenly taken ill’
* 2 TEPCO employees were transported to hospital during the time of donning respiratory protection in the control centre
* 4 people (2 TEPCO employees, 2 subcontractor employees) sustained minor injuries due to the explosion at unit 1 on 11 March and were transported to the hospital
* 11 people (4 TEPCO employees, 3 subcontractor employees and 4 Japanese civil defense workers) were injured due to the explosion at unit 3 on 14 March
* 17 people (9 TEPCO employees, 8 subcontractor employees) suffered from deposition of radioactive material to their faces, but were not taken to the hospital because of low levels of exposure
* One worker suffered from significant exposure during ‘vent work,’ and was transported to an offsite center
* 2 policemen who were exposed to radiation were decontaminated
* Firemen who were exposed to radiation are under investigation
The IAEA continues to seek information from Japanese authorities about all aspects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
NEWS ADVISORY: Japan plans to pour water onto No. 3 reactor on Fri.: Edano – Kyodo News
by Greg Palast
I need to speak to you, not as a reporter, but in my former capacity as lead investigator in several government nuclear plant fraud and racketeering investigations.
I don’t know the law in Japan, so I can’t tell you if Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) can plead insanity to the homicides about to happen.
But what will Obama plead? The Administration, just months ago, asked Congress to provide a $4 billion loan guarantee for two new nuclear reactors to be built and operated on the Gulf Coast of Texas — by Tokyo Electric Power and local partners. As if the Gulf hasn’t suffered enough.
Here are the facts about Tokyo Electric and the industry you haven’t heard on CNN:
The failure of emergency systems at Japan’s nuclear plants comes as no surprise to those of us who have worked in the field.
Nuclear plants the world over must be certified for what is called “SQ” or “Seismic Qualification.” That is, the owners swear that all components are designed for the maximum conceivable shaking event, be it from an earthquake or an exploding Christmas card from Al Qaeda.
The most inexpensive way to meet your SQ is to lie. The industry does it all the time. The government team I worked with caught them once, in 1988, at the Shoreham plant in New York. Correcting the SQ problem at Shoreham would have cost a cool billion, so engineers were told to change the tests from ‘failed’ to ‘passed.’
The company that put in the false safety report? Stone & Webster, now the nuclear unit of Shaw Construction which will work with Tokyo Electric to build the Texas plant, Lord help us.
Read the rest of this outstanding article HERE