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Setagaya Hot Spot – Bottle Found With Pic, Radium Claimed As Cause

This photo of the radium bottle found at a Setagaya grocery store was released today. Officials claim that the area went from 40 mSv to 25 mSv after the soil and bottle was removed. Officials so far have not found any specifically identifying markings on the bottle. The public is of course very skeptical about the convenient excuse of all hot spots being old bottles of radium as was seen in an earlier hot spot in Setagaya. A much more transparent process along with more media and citizen oversight is needed if public confidence is desired. A recent incident in Tokyo where officials claimed radioactive debris in a container from Iwate was emitting no radiation illustrates why the public is distrustful of what officials are telling the public. A citizen found more … Read entire article »

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Crowd Sourced Information Again Proves Key In Fukushima Disaster

Crowd sourced information has been key to our knowledge and understanding of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. It is again proving vital as people work together to find hot spots around Tokyo. The Radiation Defense Project has identified 22 spots of elevated radiation by soil test. The Setagaya hot spots have been found by local citizens working to protect children in the area and to do the work the government won’t. The grocery store hot spot was found by a Setagaya resident that goes by the twitter name nori_tiki. He has been carrying a radiation detector as he rides his bike around the area. The hot spot in front of a house was found by a member of the local protect children group. Experts are warning about the danger of plutonium, that it … Read entire article »

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Hokkido University Experts Say 9.0 Quake Highly Probably – With Translation of Text

This has been going around various websites concerning the probability of another 9.0 quake. Hokkiado University experts are saying a new quake could come in December or January based on their findings. The English translation below. Japanese translation in easier to translate charactersets at the end of the post. Graphic from the original article and the original itself can be found here. Have a higher probability of a magnitude 9 earthquake once again To announce the growing possibility of M9 earthquakes seismic waves echo back from the observed VHF.Echo began to be observed in seismic stations Erimo channels from 89.9MHz June 27, 2010 date back about 8 months before the earthquake off the coast of the northeastern Pacific Ocean on March 11, 2011.This frequency echoes from seismic monitoring stations Nakashibetsu several other … Read entire article »

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More Hot Spots Around Tokyo

A grouping of hot spots were found earlier this week in Ginza, Tokyo. “An elementary school located in Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo was found with a 0.80 microsievert/hour radiation spot, and a kindergarten, also in Chuo-ku, was found with 0.56 microsievert/hour spot.” EX-SKF translates the story and mentions these involved drains and asphalt, including an area near a school. Read the details at EX-SFK Today another hot spot was found in Setagaya, Tokyo. There was an earlier one found in Setagaya that turned out to be a stash of radium paint under a home. This one is at a grocery store and registered 110 micro sV/h. Fukushima Diary has details, photo and map. Yahoo news Japan confirms the story. The city of Kashiwa is still struggling to deal with the hot spot recently found there … Read entire article »

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Meanwhile In Japan, People Continue To Grapple With Fukushima Aftermath

People in Japan continue to try to effectively deal with the challenges left from the ongoing disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. At J Village and the plant, 480,000 contaminated tyvek suits piled up at each location. Just a small portion of the nuclear waste being generated due to the disaster. 86% of people polled by Asahi Shumbun say they will continue with their power conservation efforts started this summer to prevent blackouts.  A growing awareness of conservation was cited as the reason. Parents groups are coordinating with food distributors and producers to work together on protecting children and assisting producers that have been hard hit by the confusion and distrust created by the response to the nuclear disaster on the food supply. Local food testing stations are also being discussed to aid parents … Read entire article »

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More Stronium Found In Yokohama, More Hot Spots In Tokyo, Citizen Tester Threatened

More Stronium 90 has been found in Yokohama 250km from Fukushima Daiichi. A gutter in Yokohama was found to have Stronium -90 and extremely high level of Cesium. A dry fountain in another part of Yokohama was found to have similar levels of contamination. A citizen tester in Yokohama has been anonymously threatened for his documentation of radiation levels around the city. He did not elaborate on the threat but has taken down his blog and blocked his twitter account, depriving others of useful safety information. A citizen testing group working with a nuclear research center has found more than 20 hot spots around Tokyo including one at a youth baseball field. Many experts have said that the government’s unwillingness to act quickly to track and map radiation properly has put many … Read entire article »

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Growing Divide Between Government & People In Japan Over Nuclear Power

The Fukushima disaster caused an even more intense spotlight on the problems in the Japanese political system. The public has come out clearly against nuclear power in polls, huge protests and other forms of resistance. The current government had hinted at restarting reactors and much of the old status quo. There was a 70% agreement with Nato Kan’s stance to become nuclear free. The new administration has ignored this. A very telling sign of the public unhappiness is the number of people looking for a way to stop using TEPCO as their power utility. Since TEPCO has a monopoly on the region it has been hard for people to switch from using the private for profit company. People cut their power consumption by 18 percent over the summer and small power … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Stronium Found On Apartment Roof In Yokohama

195 bq/kg of Stronium 90 was found on an apartment rooftop in Yokohama. The same sample tested extremely high for Cesium. Cesium-134: 29,775 becquerels/kg Cesium-137: 33,659 becquerels/kg Total cesium: 63,434 becquerels/kg There has been a reluctance to test for Stronium 90 even though it is a particularly problematic substance as it can lock itself into bones and teeth. The reluctance may come from the cost to run a Stronium tests. The Isotope Research Institute charges $847 US plus tax to do one Stronium test. The mayor of Yokohama has made no official announcement of the found Stronium 90 claiming it was because the apartment was private property. She then closed press conferences to include only the press clubs. This kind of approach is doing nothing to ease fears or build trust.  This, like many other hot spots … Read entire article »

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Picture Of Bottles From Setagaya Hot Spot

These are the bottles that caused all the trouble in Tokyo. “According to Setagaya-ku and the Ministry of Education and Science, the bottles look to be made of glass, about 7 centimeters long and 5 to 6 centimeters in diameter. There are several tens of bottles in a wooden box. The content of the bottles are powdery.The radiation was so high that the survey meter that they brought couldn’t measure as it went overscale. No one is currently living in that house.” The bottles are likely an old “quack cure” radium powder similar to ones in the Oak Ridge Associated Universites museum What is concerning is how much radiation was being put out and EX-SKF also mentions that it doesn’t explain why the sidewalk is still showing rather high radiation after decontamination.   This article … Read entire article »

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Tokyo Hot Spot Likely Due To Bottles, Not Fukushima

Update: More information on the bottles (or jars) from NHK. It is still not totally clear what they are. If anyone finds a picture please let us know. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/13_41.html Later on Thursday, the experts found what seemed to be the source of the radiation — 3 or 4 old jars in a wooden box left in a storage space under the floor of a vacant house facing the sidewalk. The jars were reportedly dirty and black, and measured about 8 centimeters long and about 6 centimeters wide. The radiation level of the bottles reportedly exceeded 30 microsieverts per hour — higher than the maximum that could be measured with the experts’ devices. After obtaining permission from the house’s owner, the experts measured radiation levels on the premises. It was discovered that the hot spot in Setagaya is … Read entire article »

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Farmers Set Stringent Radiation Standards For Rice

Farmers groups in Fukushima have set a much higher standard for rice contamination than the national government. Rice with any level over 5 bq/kg will not be sold, 5 bq/kg being the lowest level detectable with testing equipment. Some in the government are asking for all food to be tested and labeled with the radiation level. The Health Ministry has rejected this as being impossible to do but is considering some changes to contamination limits. Some grocery stores and food retailers have set their own much lower limits and are buying selectively. The government early on tried a tactic of denial and hoping that people would just give in to the high levels of radiation in food as the “new normal” but that has not happened. Food anxiety persists and consumers … Read entire article »

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Tea Farm Promotes Contaminated Tea As Safe

A Shizuoka tea farm is promoting their tea as “safe”, it has 174 bq/kg of cesium 137. It is under the government limit of 500 bq/kg but carries a significant contamination. Ex-SKF also mentioned a grocer selling contaminated chestnuts using the 44 bq/kg contamination level as a selling tool. You really can’t make this stuff up. Read more over at Ex-SKF. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content … Read entire article »

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Tokyo Sidewalk Closed Due To High Radiation

A Setagaya Ward (Tokyo) sidewalk was closed due to high radiation. Local officials were informed by residents of the hot spot of about 2m x 1.5m in size. It had readings of 0.088 to 2.707 micro sievert. The city put traffic cones around the area to warn people not to walk there and is consulting with experts to determine how to decontaminate the area. There was no reason given for how the hot spot could have been created. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it … Read entire article »

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Public Food Radiation Testing Lab Opens In Kashiwa

For about $13.00 per test people concerned about their food can test it themselves. A software firm owner has opened a public food testing lab. The public can bring in food they would like to test and in about 20 minutes have a result. Staff members will guide customers through the process. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or … Read entire article »

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Check Out Our Library

We have been cataloging and gathering a collection of useful nuclear information. Papers on radiation exposure, information on other nuclear accidents and useful diagrams and tools.  If you know of a reference document we should add to our library let us know over at http://scribblelive.com/Event/Japan_Earthquake5 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Strahlentelex December 1987

We have another issue of Strahlentelex available (thanks to Peter Melzer for scanning the document). This one is the December issue 23. These old prints of Strahlentelex give a good view of how people did their own citizen radiation testing and communicated the news post Chernobyl. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to … Read entire article »

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Radiation Testing Update

Radiation testing results have been coming in from many sources. We have gathered those found here for comparison. UPDATE: TEPCO release a number of documents on plutonium testing this week http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/111006e5.pdf http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/111006e21.pdf http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/111006e6.pdf http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/111006e22.pdf http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/111006e10.pdf MEXT aerial radiation maps, Tokyo and south There has been criticism that these fly by tests do not show the real levels down on the ground. Citizen testing has found much higher levels in the soil and streets of Tokyo. Sea contamination remains high and may stay that way due to the currents. TEPCO’s stated water contamination level at sea. MEXT radiation testing by car at 1 m and 1 cm off the ground in Fukushima and Iitate. MEXT radiation readings from monitoring posts outside the 20km evacuation zone. Academic testing in Fukushima City showed 5x more radiation in certain locations since June. The … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Web Cam Guy Shows Up At Press Conference, Confronts TEPCO

On September 29th the now rather famous finger pointing guy showed up at a TEPCO press conference to confront TEPCO. He told that his employment contract and labor law information was impossible for workers to find. He also told the press conference that he has seen Yakuza working at the plant and asked why the media has been banned from the plant. Both questions leave the TEPCO representative stammering and unable to answer the questions. Fukushima Diary has the transcript in Japanese & English and the videos. They also mention he is showing up at press conferences on a regular basis so we may hear more out of him. Takeuchi (finger pointing guy) has also updated his blog. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join … Read entire article »

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Germany’s Citizen Radiation Testing Strahlentelex, A Print Issue From 1987

Post Chernobyl people in Germany found themselves getting insufficient information from their government on radiation and food contamination. Strahlentelex is the citizen testing system that evolved. Peter Melzer was able to obtain a 1987 copy of the Strahlentelex paper. The paper went out periodically, frequently being sent by fax machine to consumers. The reports were highly useful as they explained in great detail what products were found to be contaminated. Listing a food product, brand, sell by date and contamination level. This enabled consumers to know exactly what on the shelves at the store were or were not safe. The report also showed people’s whole body count results. This gives others an idea what is going on in various areas and provides more information for people to make their own decisions. Pages … Read entire article »

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Workers Tell Media Of Questionable Contracts, Dosimeters That Error In High Radiation

Frontal 21 has another expose on Fukushima Daiichi. They have spoken to workers who explained even more dangerous work conditions and questionable contracts. “A German news team went to Fukushima and interviewed a worker from the plant. He showed them the work contract that he had to sign. It says that he is not allowed to give interviews or talk to the press. He earns between 80 and 100 Euro each day. He said in order to get extra incentives for dangerous work, they made him sign that he won`t sue if he gets sick. He also said that they are not being told exactly where the no-go-zones are and there are no barricades or signs to warn them. He said he has a Geigermeter, but when he gets near the building 1 it … Read entire article »

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New Quake Near Fukushima Stirs Up Smoke By Common Pool

Another quake has happened in the vicinity of the damaged nuclear plant. This one is just south of J-Village and near Fukushima Daini. The location can be found on this map. The epicenter was about 20-30km from Fukushima Daiichi. Since the quake a large amount of steam or smoke has been coming from the ground area near the common pool building across the road from unit 4. The quake was a 5+ magnitude and only 5.6miles deep. USGS reports  M5.1 07:05:08 PM at epicenter 37.196, 140.620. There have been unconfirmed reports on twitter of explosions being felt underground at Daiichi and noticeable air traffic in the area. We are looking for confirmation on these reports. If you have reliable information you can share on our live blog at  https://client.scribblelive.com/Event/Japan_Earthquake5 As of this posting the live Safecast … Read entire article »

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Minamisoma Residents Do Their Own Radiation Testing, Establish Reconstruction Committee

Residents in Minamisoma have created their own radiation monitoring system that is considerably more accurate than the government testing. The group is informing the community of the localized radiation levels and will be starting efforts to decontaminate roads. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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10 mSv Inside Tokyo Train

A US Expat happened to check the seat in a Tokyo area train and found it to be quite high. The train was headed to Narita airport and the rider double checks his reading multiple times to make sure it is right. Ex-SKF has the video and more details. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us … Read entire article »

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Debunking The BBC And Jim Al-Kahlili

The BBC recently aired this segment on Horizon (science programme)  that was quite shocking in some of the outrageous claims it made and the cavalier handling of the subject matter. Many of the claims made by Al-Kahlili go against established scientific knowledge, made all the worse as it belittles the disaster in Japan. Jim Al-Kahlili made this statement on his Twitter account grouping anyone who disagrees with him as “conspiracy theorists”. “Interested to see how many watch #Horizon tonight and think I’m in pay of nuclear industry. Impossible to convince conspiracy theorists.”  Ian Goddard gives some of the claims in the BBC segment a good debunking: This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is … Read entire article »

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Citizen Finds 63,000 bq/kg On Roof In Yokohama

A citizen found these extremely high levels of radiation on the roof of his apartment building. After finding high air readings he sent in a soil sample at his own cost. An Asahi TV morning show did a spot on his findings then asked the concerning question “what about Tokyo”.  This is the same area where another citizen found extremely high soil readings in a gutter. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any … Read entire article »

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Greenpeace Fukushima Seafood Results

Greenpeace has issued a report on their independent seafood testing around Fukushima. The testing dates from late August 2011. They tested a variety of fish and also seaweed from multiple locations. The report can also be found on the Greenpeace website in PDF format. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Gutter Sediment From Tokyo Shows Concerning Amount of Americium 241

Many places online were reporting on the high levels of cesium found in gutter sediment from Tokyo. The author of the document compared city park soil levels to what they found in the gutter. Drain pipes, downspouts and gutters will have higher radiation because both soil and contamination in rain and on surfaces will collect there. This could explain the discrepancy between the park and the gutter but the soil analysis done raises a different concern. Significant amounts of americium 241 were found in the gutter. Americium 241 is a particularly worrisome isotope because it has a very long biological half life anywhere between 20 years in the liver, 50 in bones and remains permanently in testicles and ovaries. Americium 241 is an alpha emitter that can be blocked by … Read entire article »

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Large Amount Of Plutonium In Date City 60km From Fukushima Daiichi

SPA Magazine has now uncovered that “several thousand” becquerels of neptunium-239 was found in Date City. neptunium-239 evolves into plutonium-239 that has a half life of 24,200 years. These findings show that Date City has a significant plutonium contamination that neither TEPCO or the government are aware of or admitting. It was previously disclosed by the same magazine that Iitate-Mura had the same kinds of heavy plutonium contamination. This is a big problem, plutonium has some serious health risks  and it is being found in large amounts 60km from the plant. The government and TEPCO have been trying to focus public attention on first iodine-131 and now on cesium-137. They rarely test for or mention stronium-90 or plutonium-239, two isotopes that are considerably more dangerous. The nuclear research that discovered the findings … Read entire article »

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New Citizen Radiation Readings East of Tokyo

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Increases In Cesium In Urine From Fukushima

Children in the Fukushima region were tested initially in May and more recently in late July. This testing is independent of any government effort and is being conducted by French NPO AGRO. One of the children tested saw an increase rather than a decrease in cesium levels. This child did not evacuate. This raises concerns about the effectiveness of decontamination and other efforts to lower exposure in Fukushima. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you … Read entire article »

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Another Radiation Model Shows US & Canada Received Significant Fallout

University of Kyushu has published a paper and their model of radiation fallout from Fukushima Daiichi. This model shows the same as the French CEREA models, that considerable amounts of radiation reached not just the US west coast but large portions of the US and Canada. The various models from different groups all show the same thing, that the US and Canada received significant doses. The US EPA told the public that there was nothing to worry about, nothing going on. The EPA was supposed to have new radiation data out in August, currently no new reports or data have been released.  HT to EX-SKF who has been tirelessly following the disaster on his blog.  From the Kyushu model for March 21.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts … Read entire article »

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Extremely Radioactive Mushrooms Found In Fukushima

Wild mushrooms with 28,000 bq/kg of radiation were found by the Citizen Radiation Measuring Station in Fukushima. Considering the already high food limit is 500 bq/kg, these are extremely high. Mushrooms are radiation sponges, wild mushrooms in parts of Europe are still off limits due to high radiation from Chernobyl 25 years ago. Ex-SKF has all the details and both Japanese and English of the original news article. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you … Read entire article »

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Citizen Food Testing Laboratory To Open In Chiba In October

The “Becquerel Center” opens in October in Chiba, near Tokyo. Their detecting equipment from Germany can test for cesium and iodine in food products the public can bring in and pay a small fee to have tested. From the Nikkei Shimbun article about the new testing center. “Those who wish to bring a certain amount of food and soil samples. To measure yourself while you operate the unit under the guidance of Becquerel Center. One measurement time is 15 minutes. 1,000 yen fee is 20 becquerel types lowest detectable amount. Same type of 1 Becquerel is scheduled to around ¥ 3500.” The center has more information at SaveChild.net and a new website at http://bq-center.com/ The center is also hiring This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is … Read entire article »

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Citizen Created Radiation Map Of Tokyo

People in the Tokyo area have compiled their radiation readings into a crowd sourced Google Map. The map has detailed instructions in the comments about how the samples were tested and how citizen contributors should do so. The project began back in mid-May. Citizen crowd sourced projects like this enable people to have a better understanding of their true risk and serve as a fact check on government reports. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If … Read entire article »

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CRIIRAD Gives Workshop To Train Citizens In Radiation Testing

French NGO CRIIRAD presented a workshop in Yokohama to show interested citizens how to test food for radiation contamination. Children Nationwide shared images on their Facebook page and announced they are attempting to set up their own lab in Yokohama. The equipment needed is quite expensive, the local group will commence fundraising soon to buy their own equipment. As soon as we hear about that effort starting we will share the fundraising information. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please … Read entire article »

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Safecast drive into Fukushima

Safecast is the citizen group that has been taking readings all over the region near Fukushima Daiichi. They arm citizen members with radiation detectors and equip cars with detectors so they can drive and take readings. Safecast’s data has been largely the only information outside the government to document where the radiation is going. Safecast members recently took a drive into Fukushima and the results were downright scary. While some areas had moderate radiation other areas had dangerously high levels. The levels would even vary from one side of the road to another where one side was a  moderate level and the other sky high. Read about the entire trip here. Safecast is also looking for donations, if you can kick in a few dollars they are a worthy endeavor that runs … Read entire article »

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Yahoo Adds Radiation Monitor Network in Japan

Keio University and Yahoo Japan have teamed up to create a live radiation reading network. The network is primarily in the region closer to the plant but also includes areas such as Chiba, where citizens had been finding troubling evidence of radiation. Yahoo plans to expand upon the existing 11 stations in the future. The current site updates every 5 minutes and includes a mobile version. http://radiation.yahoo.co.jp/ This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce … Read entire article »

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Video: Creating A Contamination Map In Japan

The excellent NHK documentary follows a radiation scientist as he tracks the fallout around Japan from Fukushima Daiichi.  Kimora worked for METI and was told to refrain from any research unless they gave him permission. Kimora quit METI and is independently researching the radiation fallout with the help of other scientists.  This important video shows the very real danger and the struggle of scientists to properly document what is going on. The shocking radiation levels found in this video flies in the face of the official record by government agencies. Collaborating to create a radioactive fallout contamination map This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective … Read entire article »

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Building A Citizen Testing System In Japan

What is currently happening in Japan may sound familiar to many in Germany. After Chernobyl exploded, governments were intent on downplaying the situation. One German politician even erroneously suggested boiling milk would remove radioactive contamination. Obviously that is not true but illustrates the same kind of disconnect that is frustrating consumers in Japan today.   Comprehensive food testing in Germany was not coming together so the citizens took it upon themselves to do so without government help. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be … Read entire article »

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High Cesium Found In Soil In Kashiwa Near Tokyo

Member Asuperdry, took matters to hand and had local soil from Kashiwa tested. 23,663 bq/kg cesium 134 was found and 28,884 bq/kg cesium 137 were found in the sample. Asuperdry has also been taking radiation readings with a detector around Kashiwa. A recent finding at a local playground was 6.46µSv/h. Children were still being allowed to play there.  These readings are put up at YouTube videos to document the findings. As more citizens start taking readings themselves it is becoming apparent that the problem is not just in Fukushima prefecture but is far more widespread.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If … Read entire article »

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