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November 21, 2011
Report on long term effects of Fukushima (interesting note: north Americans have a background dose of radiation around 3 millisieverts/year

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/20/fukushima-plant-disaster-long-term-effects_n_1103874.html?ref=green

November 21, 2011
1600 millisievert per hour at Unit No. 3 reported on Tokyo Broadcasting System, shocking news that the nuclear event is equivalent to 27 Hiroshimas per day. Uehara Harua, architect of Fukushima’s Reactor #3 warned that China Syndrome is inevitable.

November 22, 2011
New California anti-nuke initiative
http://www.sanclementetimes.com/view/full_story/16531729/article-Ballot-Initiative-to-Close-Nuclear-Plants-Gets-Go-Ahead-for-Signature-Collection?instance=eye_on_sc

November 22, 2011
Fukushima is 33 times worse than Chernobyl

http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/11/namie-machi-fukushima-is-33-times-worse-than-chernobyl/

November 23, 2012
The Tokyo Metropolitan government simply announced on November 24, 2011 that it will be accepting the disaster debris from Onagawa-machi in Miyagi Prefecture starting early December and lasting till March 2013, and the debris (which is radioactive, by the way) will be burned in the waste incineration plants operated by the 23 Special Wards and by municipalities in Tama District (western Tokyo). The agreement has already been signed.

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/search?q=incineration

November 25, 2011
Nuclear power ‘gets little public support worldwide

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15864806

November 30, 2011
Fukushima fallout: time to quit nuclear power altogether.
Experience in northern Japan illustrates that even incremental investment in nuclear power threatens human civilization. The Fukushima disaster should once and for all drive global society away from nuclear power, and toward renewable energy.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Global-Viewpoint/2011/1128/Fukushima-fallout-time-to-quit-nuclear-power-altogether/(page)/2

November 30, 2011
AP reveals doubts by nuclear experts: “The fuel is no longer there” — Measuring temps of empty cores “meaningless” — “Nobody knows where and how hot the melted fuel really is”

November 30, 2011
Unit I worse melting than thought:

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_New_analysis_of_Fukushima_status_3011111.html

November 30, 2011
Change the nuclear world – one village at a time :
Fukushima residents tour German renewable village; learn about non-nuclear energy sources

By Associated Press

FELDHEIM, Germany — A group of residents from the radiation-stricken area around Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear reactors and a Tokyo actor are visiting Germany to learn how renewable energy could work in their homeland

http://hosted2.ap.org/txdam/633c954da7d9434f9de7ed15f38075aa/Article_2011-11-30-EU-Germany-Japan-Nuclear/id-cfefb59479bb4fceadd6693f3c72a4fd

December 1, 2011
Fukushima creates Pacific Ocean radioactive graveyard

http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/news/intrnational/2011/11/30/2037.html

December 1, 2011
Mainichi: Gov’t session reveals 400,000 TIMES normal radioactive xenon-133 levels in Chiba — Actual figure may be MUCH higher.

December 2, 2011
Fukushima fuel rods eating through solid concrete

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-02/fukushima-fuel-rods-eating-through-concrete/3707916/?site=newcastle

December 2, 2011
Shipment of Rice Harvested in Fukushima Banned After Detection of High Cesium Level

by Kathy Jones Environmental Health

http://www.medindia.net/news/Shipment-of-Rice-Harvested-in-Fukushima-Banned-After-High-Cesium-Level-Detected-94232-1.htm

December 2, 2011
Post-Fukushima Radiation Mapped Cesium in soil a problem for agriculture

“It is not trivial to convert dose in the dirt to dose in the food and then in people,” says John Moulder, a professor of radiation oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/environment/postfukushima-radiation-mapped

December 2, 2011
TEPCO Again Underplays Severity of Situation at Fukushima

http://peakoil.com/enviroment/tepco-again-underplays-severity-of-situation-at- BROKEN LINK – TRY PEAKOIL.COM

New contaminated water leak at Fukushima nuke plant may have hit ocean.

December 4, 2011
220 tons of highly radioactive water leaked and a part of it leaked to the sea

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20111205p2a00m0na012000c.html

http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/12/220t-of-highly-radioactive-water-leaked-and-a-part-of-it-leaked-to-the-sea/

December 5, 2010
The Asahi Shimbun
“Scientists call for dumping radioactive soil into sea”
When Japan released more than one ton of low-density radioactive water from the plant into the ocean in April, criticism arose from governments overseas.
[snip]
The government plans to remove radioactive materials in areas with annual radiation levels of 1 millisievert or more.
The removed soil could be stuck in temporary yards in municipalities or a temporary storage facility to be set up in Fukushima Prefecture if a final disposal site is not found.
The contaminated soil is expected to amount to 15 million to 31 million cubic meters in Fukushima Prefecture alone.

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201112050004

December 5, 2011
Contaminated water found leaking at Japanese nuclear plant

http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/05/world/asia/japan-radioactive-water-leak/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

December 5, 2011

Fukushima plant springs new water leak

Strontium spike feared; sandbags used to halt flow
Some 45 tons of highly radioactive water leaked Sunday from desalination equipment used to decontaminate the radioactive water in Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and it is unclear if any made it to the sea, a Tepco official said. The water is believed to have high concentrations of strontium, which can cause bone cancer if ingested. The decontamination system Tepco is using to stablize the crippled reactors mainly removes cesium, but does little to mitigate strontium.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhiXHCqZgc4

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111205x1.html

December 5, 2011
Deadly radiation dusts all of Japan

http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2011/12/5/deadly-radiation-dusts-all-of-japan.html

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  1. roundabout says:

    @what the; The US is not assisting in this because GE is a USA company and therefore would have to admit to being a huge part of the problem. And we have several type of reactors made by GE on line in the USA. Admitting fault would be a financial disaster for both GE and the government. And even the best scientists who can assist are held hostage from the arms of the corporate government. Sad, but I believe, true.

  2. what the... says:

    Why is this still not a priority in the US (or anywhere?)??????? I know it will hurt business, and it’ll hurt the very thing i’d been putting so much effort into working and supporting – local organic farming. And people i mention it to often act like i didn’t say anything at all, because acknowledging it means completely CHANGING something essential in one’s life, and beliefs, and sense of “security”. Is there even hope for human consciousness to awaken to what’s right in our faces (and in our food and air!!)… let alone to make a significant impact on the way things are going??!! What else can we do about it to express the imminence of the global situation??? The US has the technology to assist in this dilemma, yet it’s not. What else do they know that we don’t???

  3. Susan says:

    I agree, Brian – people should be yelling their heads off – but why aren’t they?

    Why Aren’t people yelling their heads off?

    Last year, J.H. Bartlett wrote a novel called “Last Summer at the Compound”. It’s about a family in Plymouth who meet at their summer compound that is just a few miles from the Pilgrim nuclear power plant. The disaster at Fukushima has made them realize how close they are to this Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactor and the book is about how they grapple with the decision about selling this summer estate that has been in the family for 5 generations. To quote from the book, the “children, the thirty to fifty year olds were the ones most consumed with safety. Have a Healthy and Safe New Year was the message on their Christmas cards. Merry and Happy were out of fashion, pushed aside by healthy and safe. Accidents, disasters, diseases, even death, could be avoided with sufficient vigilance. Seat belts and helmets were called for, sturdy SUV’s that would not crush on impact were encouraged. Fire alarms and burglar alarms were installed. They enthusiastically lighted up dangerous, dark nights. Regular checkups were made of their bodies, X-rays, MRIs, mammograms, colonoscopies, camera probes were sent down the throat to meet those going up the rear end, blood pressure readings were taken, and electrocardiograms. Some wore gizmos to keep a daily check on heart beat, blood pressure and sugar levels. They had flu shots, took pills to lower cholesterol, relieve arthritis, rejuvenate the blood and thicken the bones. Women took hormones, and then men took Viagra to satisfy their wives’ new hormonal induced sex drive. Dogs were fixed and children were driven to play dates, potholes were filled, roads widened. Smoking was abandoned as was the eating of red meat. Defibrillators were installed at parks, schools and playing fields. There were hand sanitizers inside the doors of most public buildings and bowls of condoms in some.” …”Yet they had little time to do anything about the nuclear plant; they did not show up at meetings or demonstrations or go door to door collecting signatures”….

    So people aren’t yelling – but not because they don’t care about health and safety.

    A friend of mine says it could be because radiation is so new to human beings. The atom was split in 1917 – less than 100 years ago.

    He says “it is truly fascinating, but not too complicated, why most people don’t care or cannot comprehend what’s happening. I think it’s partly the genetic marker. Unfortunately the human race has no genetic marker for radiation. There is nothing for us to latch on to at the instinctive level. So the general public fails to recognize the threat. Can you imagine if Fkushima Daiichi was a biological weapons lab? Now that would get everyone’s attention.”

    He goes on to say:

    “I think it takes an interdisciplinary mind, background, and personality, an investigative, mentality, interest in earth and life sciences, curiosity, truth-seeking nature (void of politics, religion, belief systems, or any exterior motivations) and the ability to think not only linearly but abstractly and certainly from at least 50,000 feet up as well as down into the microscope to be able to gasp at the epic severity of the situation and to be able to visualize and understand what’s happening. It also helps to be educated in and understand public relations and how things work, so you can laugh at the corporate/govt BS in their mainstream media distraction entertainment money junk science parade. Not many in today’s distraction-based entertainment brainwashed world have those qualifications.”

    “For some people, they need to see ‘numbers’ and need to hear from ‘official sources’, they need to be told they should be worried by official sources.”

    “The health effects of nuclear power and associated accidents are devastating. Cancer is a side track. Other fallout-related health problems will affect many people first, including heart attack and stroke, before they get to cancer. It’s a cakewalk for the thinktanks and the highest of public relations geniuses to generate misinformation and perception that dismiss all health-related problems. The various forms of disease will not come with a Made in Fukushima tag and good luck proving it in a court of law. Sadly,it is highly likely that the general public will never realize what has happened to them.”

  4. Brian Ketterer says:

    People should be yelling their heads off. It won’t be long before the water off California will be too radioactive to swim in. Reactor 1 is back in fission mode because it is emitting radioactive Krypton and Xenon. Reactors 2 and 3 are putting out isotopes as well. And the Japanese are dumping 1000 tons a day of radioactive water into the Pacific. The plume is reportedly 3500 kilometers out to sea. And if the reactor 4 building collapses? The spent fuel pool will start to burn and the site will have to be abandoned. Do I need to say more?

  5. Chase says:

    An excellent timeline historical document!

    I clicked on “View All” and just scrolled.

  6. radha vallabha says:

    two nuclear bombs. four nuclear power plants. it’s called karma

  7. pedro mohr says:

    We would have been better off without the invention as it is so really dangerous unlike anyhing else.Thanks to uranium fluoridation was given boost because nothing was to be allowed to stand in the way of this warlike invention.Still many suffer with the infliction of fluoridation today and without any advantages except as a way to dispose of dangerous fluorides.

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