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Commission Looks At Expanding Nuclear Evacuation Zones

The Nuclear Safety Commission looks at expanding the planned evacuation zones around nuclear power plants. The current zones are 10km. New zones would be a multi-stage zone. 5km = immediate evacuation in an accident. 30km =  new evacuation zone. 50km = preventative action zone (to prevent internal exposure) The residents in the 50km zone would be targeted for protective iodine tablet distribution. No word if they are also developing a better system for iodine tablet distribution and instructions to the public. During the early days of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster many at risk communities were not given any instruction or given the impossible instruction to only take the pills under doctor supervision, in a disaster zone amid the chaos. The US is also considering expanding evacuation zones around nuclear power plants after learning how the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Evacuees Will Be Required To Undergo Mental Health Checks

The Fukushima prefecture government health panel has announced evacuees and those who fall under the health screening scheme will now be required to undergo a mental health screening. It will start next month and include about 200,000 residents. Children will have their parents fill out a survey about their behavior, adults will be required to complete a survey themselves. Referrals to treatment resources will be available. This will also include 20,000 pregnant women including those that have left the region. This plan is extremely problematic in a number of ways. It appears to be mandatory, forcing people to submit to mental evaluation. The described program does not appear to have any mechanism for privacy. The mental evaluations are to be part of the study and may result in something that is normally … Read entire article »

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High Levels Of Radiation Showing Up In Sea And Fukushima Residents

Again flying in the face of TEPCO’s claims everything is fine, large levels of radiation are showing up in the region. Some Fukushima residents based on their location after the melt downs received large radiation doses in the range of three times the national limit. The more shocking part is that they are from the 30km zone, not the 20km evacuation zone. “The researchers estimated that radiation levels in the area during the two months before the evacuations came to 50 millisieverts.” Some residents received doses from 57 to 69 mSv. Some parts of Fukushima City read at 3.2 mSv yet the city is trying to go on as business as usual. Researchers at the JAEA have done their own estimates on sea releases during the early months and found levels at 15,000 terabecquerels. TEPCO … Read entire article »

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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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Deer In Tochigi Contaminated With Radiation

Wild deer found in Tochigi, south west of Fukushima prefecture tested positive for radiation contamination. The deer were found to have 590 to 2037 becquerels per kilogram in their meat. A quick map estimate shows this location to be over 150km away from the plant and closer to Tokyo than to the plant. If deer this far away are testing significantly over the limit what does this say about farm animal contamination? Or over all contamination outside of the evacuation zone? 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 … Read entire article »

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Fewer Think Returning Home Is An Option, Namie Officals Still Dream Of Return

A recent NHK survey found an increasing number of evacuees think returning home won’t happen or would be extremely difficult to do. Meanwhile officials for Namie, a town 9km from the plant, take periodic readings in the city. They admit that the extremely high levels and only small declines in radiation would make it difficult for people to return. They still hold out hope the government would provide decontamination for the town. How realistic that hope is remains to be seen. 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 … Read entire article »

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Enson Inoue Interview And Visit To Fukushima Daiichi

Enson Inoue has been traveling to the exclusion zone to feed the abandoned pets and to bring aid to evacuees in temporary housing. His even more notable trip was the one he took inside Fukushima Daiichi. Inoue suited up with some contractors and easily entered the plant complex. He took two dosimeters with him, one outside his Tyvek suit, another inside. “Well those suits aren’t working. They do nothing. If the meter on the outside of my suit was reading 19 micro seiverts or whatever, the one on the inside was reading around 17. The suits don’t do jack s***. They aren’t protecting those workers. I don’t understand how those people are allowed to go in. They have a false sense of security.” He had prepared for his trip into the plant and … Read entire article »

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High Levels Of Radioactive Waste Being Allowed In Landfills In Japan

The environment minister Hosono has raised the limit on radioactive waste allowed in landfills from 8000 bq to 100,000 bq. This raise the limits, ignore the problem style of dealing with the radiation problems does nothing to solve the situation. It merely chooses to ignore the problem. Meanwhile radioactive sludge is piling up at local sewage plants as no clear plan has been developed to deal with the sludge. Raised limit article in English Raised limit article in Japanese 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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The Japan Bar Federation Questions TEPCO’s Story On Worker Leukemia Death

The Japan Bar Federation has released a statement questioning the story TEPCO presented to the media surrounding the death of a worker they claimed was unrelated acute leukemia. They state that the potential cause of the workers leukemia should be carefully investigated. The workers history is also not known and TEPCO claimed no effort to find this information would happen. This information about where the worker lived, any previous work at Fukushima or another nuclear plant is critical to determining the exact cause of the worker’s death. The chaotic situation early on in the disaster was also brought up by the Bar Federation, that the worker could have been involved in those efforts. Documentation and dosimeters were not accurately (or at all) implemented during the early months at Fukushima. The Bar … 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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The Puzzling Hot Spot Evacuations In Date And Minamisoma

The Wall Street Journal explores the strange situation of evacuation by hot spot going on in areas outside the 20km exclusion zone. Government officials use a set of two tests in the yard and front door, purposely ignoring areas where radiation concentrates to declare who evacuates. This approach has caused one neighbor to be allowed to evacuate while others left to deal with the situation with no help. Many times the difference in readings are very small leading to more anxiety and confusion. Those told to stay are told to limit their time outdoors, don’t go to parks or the forest. This odd lottery of who gets help and who doesn’t has caused anxiety and strained relations between neighbors. In one bizarre situation, two homes on a family plot that … Read entire article »

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Radiation Everywhere

New reports were everywhere in the past 24 hours of radiation being found or information finally being released. These are some of the stories we found. Radiation found in 15 prefectures http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201108298154 Cesium found 100km from plant with map http://www.asahi.com/special/10005/TKY201108290502.html Contamination in parts of the exclusion zone far higher than Chernobyl levels http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/08/soil-contamination-in-34-locations-in.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter Workers received high beta radiation doses while changing water filters http://mainichi.jp/select/weathernews/news/20110830ddm002040102000c.html Contamination in areas higher that IAEA evacuation levels http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20110829/t10015231101000.html Residents in the region should have taken protective iodine http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201108298140 More on the iodine incidents http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0827/TKY201108270350.html 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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Workers Exposed To Penetrating Beta Radiation At Fukushima

Two workers and possibly a third were exposed to penetrating beta radiation while changing filters in the water clean up systems at Fukushima Daiichi. They were pulling submerged components and were exposed to 23.4 – 17.1 mSv of radiation. It is not clear what their actual internal dose is, all three are undergoing more tests. In the rush to build decontamination equipment shielding and safe maintenance seem to have been an afterthought and are now causing issues for the workers running the systems. 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 … Read entire article »

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Worker Death From “Acute Leukemia” At Fukushima Daiichi

A worker at Fukushima Daiichi has died. He is reported to have worked at the plant for a week for one of TEPCO’s first tier subcontractors. The worker began at Fukushima in early August, worked for seven days before becoming extremely ill. He died on August 16th. The worker was 40 years old and was involved in radiation exposure admin and doorway admin. No further details were given about the nature of his work at the plant. The diagnosis of acute leukemia is a PR-speak way of saying radiation poisoning.  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 … Read entire article »

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High Radiation Levels Found 100km from Fukushima Daiichi

The Atomic Energy Agency and Kyoto University used a car equipped with testing equipment and Google Earth to create this visual map of radiation levels. The testing shows even 100km away pockets of high radiation have built up. The terrain and other factors condense radiation in certain areas. The video shows how one area can be relatively safe and another very high, even far away from the plant. 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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NIRS Questionable Iodine Protocol, Some Comparison

This NIRS document instructing people about protective iodine contained some puzzling instructions. As a comparison we found a US FDA document on protective iodine in case of a radioactive accident. NIRS suggested only those who fled the exclusion zone after the 19th would need to take radioactive iodine. Reactors were melting down, releasing radiation and exploding before the 19th. People in that area were exposed to radiation. The radiation modeling and currently found levels also show that people outside the exclusion zone were exposed. The document stated that people should only take radioactive iodine once. It also claimed that people would not have any internal contamination. The reason given is that people would not have eaten food stuffs with radioactive iodine in them. The document goes on to claim that people in Japan … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Disaster Models From 2002

A Japan Atomic Energy Institute paper from 2002 recently surfaced online. This paper was the technical estimations of what would happen if a nuclear reactor on the Pacific coast of Japan were to have a catastrophic accident. The models included radiation dispersal under a variety of scenarios and also illness and death rates under multiple scenarios. The plant for the experiment is  ”1100MWe BWR5 with Mark-II type containment– One of the most common plant type in Japan“. Based on the location on the maps included in the paper the reactor used was either unit 6 at Fukushima Daiichi or one of units 1-4 at Fukushima Daini. The scenario is for one reactor failure, not 3 reactor failures plus spent fuel pools as was experienced at Fukushima Daiichi. Of the included reactor scenarios … Read entire article »

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Hanford to Fukushima: Part 4

This is part 4 of a 4 part series about the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State.  We hope the series will help those in Japan achieve a better understanding of nuclear releases and be able to benefit from the experiences of the victims of Hanford as they deal with their own current circumstances related to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Part 4: Hanford Downwiders and exposure People were exposed to radiation a variety of ways around Hanford. During WWII soldiers slept in tents a few miles from the plutonium plants. Beyond the well known air and water exposures, vegetation in the region was contaminated. Fruits and vegetables were contaminated, cows grazing converted the contamination into their milk. Sheep and cows absorbed certain radioactive isotopes into their meat and bones.  This article would not be possible … Read entire article »

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Hanford to Fukushima: Part 3

This is part 3 of a 4 part series about the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State.  We hope the series will help those in Japan achieve a better understanding of nuclear releases and be able to benefit from the experiences of the victims of Hanford as they deal with their own current circumstances related to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Part 3: Hanford cover ups and secrecy At the start of Hanford it was part of the top secret WWII Manhattan Project. The military at Hanford adopted a security system known as compartmentalization. Workers were told only what they needed to know to do their job and purposely did not know anything about other parts of the plant or the work going on. When the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima workers … Read entire article »

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Kan To Outline No Go Zones Saturday

Kan is scheduled to give a speech in Fukushima on Saturday to give details on the longer term exclusion zone and potential compensation plans for victims. Hints have been thrown around by government sources for over a week that some areas may be very high. They have also stopped just short of admitting some areas may be off limits for generations. This may be the reality that many have assumed since the early days of the disaster, that there will be a no-go zone similar to around Chernobyl. The Japanese government has denied the real risks and the radiation levels for over five months. In the process they have needlessly exposed a large group of people to radiation. Now hints at long term land loss are being put out. There has … Read entire article »

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Hanford to Fukushima: Part 2

This is part 2 of a 4 part series about the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State.  We hope the series will help those in Japan achieve a better understanding of nuclear releases and be able to benefit from the experiences of the victims of Hanford as they deal with their own current circumstances related to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Part 2: Hanford exposures People in the area including many of the workers at Hanford were never informed of the releases. They were not informed of the potential risks to their health by living in the region.  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 … Read entire article »

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Hanford To Fukushima: Part 1

This is part 1 of a 4 part series about the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State.  We hope the series will help those in Japan achieve a better understanding of nuclear releases and be able to benefit from the experiences of the victims of Hanford as they deal with their own current circumstances related to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Part 1: Hanford’s History The Hanford nuclear site was established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project tasked with quickly creating a viable nuclear bomb during WWII. Hanford is located in south central Washington state in the Pacific Northwest. The site was selected for the unique terrain and sparse population that suited it for the top secret project.  This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo … Read entire article »

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Low Level Radiation Exposure LNT Model, An Explanation

By Dean Wilkie The linear no-threshold model (LNT) is a method for predicting the long term, biological damage caused by ionizing radiation and is based on the assumption that the risk is directly proportional to the dose at all dose levels. In other words, the sum of several very small exposures have the same effect as one larger exposure. The LNT model therefore predicts higher risks than either the threshold model, which assumes that very small exposures are negligible, or the radiation hormesis model, which predicts the least risk by assuming that radiation at very small doses can be beneficial. 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 … Read entire article »

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Doctors Raise Concerns About Radiation Exposures, Radiation Found In Local Residents

Doctors throughout the devistated region are warning of a larger public health problem due to radiation exposure. Doctors in Chiba are seeing persistant nosebleeds and other symptoms they think are connected to radiation exposure. The experts from medical and academic facilities warned that raising radiation limits would only increase the exposures and risks to the public. There has also been an over reliance by the Japanese government on ICRP radiation standards. The ICRP’s standards have been extensively criticized for being out of line with other standards and current research. The ICRP is also heavily funded by agencies tasked with the promotion of nuclear power like the NRC. Contamination has also been found in local residents urine. The people tested live 20 – 30km from the plant. Two month exposure rates were as … Read entire article »

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Japan NSC Rejected Plan To Collect Fukushima Workers Stem Cells

In April, 2011 a group of experts and related professional groups urged all workers to have stem cells collected before they began work at Fukushima Daiichi. These banked stem cells could be life saving if a worker or workers were exposed to large doses of radiation. Back in April the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan rejected the calls for stem cell collection claiming there was “no need”. The Lancet published the original paper in April of 2011 calling for stem cell collection. The Lancet published another paper on August 6th, 2011 where Piero Dalerba urges authorities in Japan to take the advice of the original paper and collect worker stem cells. Dalerba goes on to suggest a preventative treatment of bisphosphonates to act as a preventative measure against stronium 90 absorption. This second paper … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Leaking 1 Billion Becquerels Per Hour

According to a news report by NHK today Fukushima Daiichi has lowered the emissions from the damaged plant. Even with the lowered rate, about 1 billion becquerels per hour of radiation are being released from the nuclear power plant. 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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186,000 bq Cesium Found In Sludge 100 km From Fukushima Daiichi

Found in a ditch 100km from the disaster site. This is an extremely high reading. No clear answers yet why such a high level concentrated into that one area of sludge. As rain brings down contamination from the sky and water washes it partially away, it can concentrate around rain gutters or other places rainwater collect.  More at Kyodo News 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 … Read entire article »

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English Translation of Fukushima Study

(From Fukushima prefecture’s website) Translation from Japanese into English Health Check-up for Fukusima residents (Documents as of July 24) by Fukushima prefecture and Fukushima Medical University (Note, Dr. Yamashita, the ‘Mr. 100mSv’ [no health harm up to 100mSv], is now the vice-president of the univ. He used to be a professor of Nagasaki University, and also the director of Nagasaki Univ International Hibakusha Center. This is a reason Fukushima residents and other JP citizens believed what he said during the early stage of the incident.) Purpose of the project: To reduce fear and worry among residents about effects of radiation. To follow health status of residents for the long time. Target population: All Fukushima residents who live in Fukushima at the March 11. This project includes: 1) Radiation exposure estimation: Based on self-reported activity report between March 11 … Read entire article »

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Radiation Research Data Collection

This page is for categorization of reports and data related to radiation exposure through all sources, studies on radiation exposure and outcomes and any other related data. Please leave your notes in the comments. Anyone with editing access can then grab out of comments and organize into groupings as needed. General info on radiation levels and exposures:   Estacion saves the day! Thanks for the conversions. 0.10 Gy = 0.10 Sv = 100 mSv = 1000 uSv, for X-ray, Gamma ray or beta radiaton 0.10 Gy = 2.00 Sv, for alpha particles ——– Radiation absorbed dose (rad) Under exposure a given material has an ability to absorb radiation. This differs with certain materials (think lead versus water) and some will absorb more or less as radiation passes through. Conventional units: A dose of 1 rad means the absorption of … Read entire article »

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New Contamination Found In Food and Environment

Contaminated pool water in Fukushima schools is creating yet another problem to solve. Some school pools were found to have contamination in the water. But what to do with the water? Trying to decontaminate the water is a challenge and they can’t drain out the water into fields, streams or storm drains that drain into the water ways or environment. That would just move the contamination around and cause a new problem.  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 … Read entire article »

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Events In Iwaki Lead To High Radiation Doses In Children

Right after the meltdowns began at Fukushima Daiichi local officials in Iwaki distributed protective iodine to the residents. It was handed out with the instruction that people wait to take it until they are instructed to, by announcement from the central government. There was also the caveat that it should be taken under doctor’s supervision. Meanwhile in the chaos of the tsunami, earthquake and evacuations doctors were in short supply. The order never came. 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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Tokyo University Professor Explains The Real Radiation Reality In Japan

Update: The video has been being deleted off of YouTube. Please download a copy of the video and transcript to share in case more are removed. This video is a must watch. Dr. Kodama is the head of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo. He explains the reality of the medical, social and ecological nightmare that TEPCO has unleashed on Japan. More after the video. Dr. Kodama Addresses Diet A number of points from the English transcript found here. “When we research the radiation injury/sickness, we look at the total amount of radioactive materials. But there is no definite report from TEPCO or the Japanese government as to exactly how much radioactive materials have been released from Fukushima. So, using our knowledge base at the Radioisotope Center, we calculated. Based on the thermal … Read entire article »

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Why “Cold Shutdown” Is A Myth And Going Home Unlikely

The Japanese government has been touting this “cold shutdown” myth extensively over the last week. As Ex-SKF put it, the “extend and pretend” strategy. The government seems to think it means under 95 degrees celsius and atmospheric pressure for the coolant system. The Wikipedia entry goes on to include having no fuel movement and or control systems maintenance in progress. From wiki: The shutdown margin is defined in terms of reactivity, Shutdown margin can refer either to the margin by which the reactor is subcritical when all control rods are inserted   The reactor vessels are breached, unit 3′s containment has been breached since March 21st. #2′s containment has a known hole in it and #1′s leaking like a sieve through the basement. The water circulation systems are not “closed loops”. Pumping standing water out of … Read entire article »

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Radiation Showing Up In Urine Of Children Outside Tokyo

We recently wrote about the high radioactivity being found in soil and at locations around Kashiwa, Chiba (suburb of Tokyo). Today another parent posted the urine test results of their child, the family also lives in Kashiwa. The tests showed notable levels of internal cesium contamination in the child’s body. Initially the GoJ told people in the Tokyo area they were totally safe. The evidence is piling up that this was simply not true. 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, … 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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Some Japanese children to ware radiation detectors

The news that the city of Fukushima, Japan, plans to give badge-like dosimeters to 34,000 children in September — to gauge how much radiation they’re exposed to from the nearby nuclear power plant that was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami — isn’t sitting well with some parents.    NPR 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, … Read entire article »

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Radiation and Pregnancy: A Fact Sheet for the Public

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has prepared this fact sheet to help you understand the possible health effects to your fetus from exposure to radiation. Read full 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 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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TEPCO Adds Safe Areas For Workers To Cool Down

TEPCO has made progress on safe areas for workers to rest and cool down. These areas are spaced around the plant. PDF from TEPCO of the rest areas. 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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Gov’t may expand scope of evacuation order in Fukushima

Gov’t may expand scope of evacuation order in Fukushima   Full article: Tuesday 07th June, 06:22 AM JST 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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Radiation’s Unknowns Weigh on Japan

“As officials in Japan agonize over what constitutes a safe radiation dose for people who live near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, the state of the science has been a daunting problem.” Read full article:  New York Times reports on June 6, 2011 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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