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Roke Causing Millions To Evacuate, Headed Toward Fukushima Daiichi

New update from Thunder: @ 1200UTC as it transitions to an extra tropical low, Navy NRL have probably stopped sat updates due to this. Final JTWC warning notes the transition and frontal characteristics(looks like a comma shape) first part of the front moved over fukushima prefecture around 1830- 2030JST bringing the highest winds and 1 hour rainfall totals(around 50mm depending on location), @2300JST the rain and wind have significantly lowered over the area with light rain to the west, as this passes it may bring some more rain to the area but not like seen on the eastern side, @ 2000JST the Namie station totals were 164/205/267mm for 12/24/48hr respectively, since it has recorded around 15mm to 2300JST. Hopefully the worst of the system has passed, looking at the sat images … Read entire article »

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Roke Upgraded To Typhoon, Today’s Weather Forecast

Roke has increased strength to a typhoon and will cross the southern Japanese coastline in the next 24-30 hours bringing potentially devastating rains to the areas already hammered by Talas earlier this month. The system is expected to significantly weaken on crossing which should mean the strongest winds will only be along the southern coastline, TS strength(34-63kt) winds are still likely to be felt across much of Japan including at the Fukushima NPP, the system will begin extra tropical transtion after crossing pushing the higher wind boundary to the outer bands of the system albeit significantly weakended. The rain will be the problem again, recent microwave sat passes indicate significant potential for falls of 600mm+, precipitation this high should not be widespread and the eventual rainfall patern will depend greatly … Read entire article »

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Tropical Storm Roke May Cross Fukushima Daiichi

A weather update by group member Thunder below. We have a group of weather tracking tools on our weather resources page.  I am unsure on TS Roke, forecasts continue to be very shifty even in the short term, models do agree on a Japanese crossing for the system in the next 72-96 hours, JTWC warning track continues to shift accordingly with the model and conditional changes, Roke has been a weird system indeed stalling over Okinawa and dancing around in circles, I think he has given forecasters a nightmare! The problem I see though that while the crossing position continues to change of late all tracks lead across the pile of steaming nuclear rubble know as Fuku npp! Model guidance predicts 200mm+ for Fukushima prefecture(of course it’s only a model- but … 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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Talas Update – September 4th, 2011

15 killed, 43 missing as Talas passed over Japan. Evacuation orders and advisories for 460,000 in western and central Japan. Landslides and flooding seem to be the main problem from the storm. More photos and details at the Houston Chronicle. 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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Talas Typhoon Update

Talas’ track is again more westerly then previously forecast(good for fuku npp!), the centre is about to cross the coast. There have been some massive 24 hour rainfall totals recorded along the southern coastline with 20 stations recording above 300mm+ and rank 1 being 710mm recorded at YANASE station (24 hour rainfall record for all of Japan is about 850mm set during Ma-on this year) but the rain remains in sporadic grouping. check at ameras to see, if you are interested - agora.ex.nii.ac.jp . Hopefully fuku npp will continue to dodge the higher rainfall totals and the westerly track will certainly help this! Thanks to Thunder for providing the weather report and links! This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content … Read entire article »

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Talas Bad Weather Hits Tohoku Region, Fukushima Daiichi

Weather warnings are being issued for the region around Fukushima Daiichi including heavy rain, ground loosening, winds, gales and storm surges. This was included in a 4am JST weather update for the region. http://www.jma.go.jp/en/warn/313_table.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 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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Typhoon Talas Hitting Japan – Current Conditions

Various NHK reports state the following conditions now in Japan: At 1am on 9/3 (JST), the center of Typhoon Talas is approaching Shikoku, now experiencing 25m/s (90km/h) of wind and rain Many area in #Shikoku, #Chugoku, and Osaka will meet high tide and Typhoon Talas. DO NOT go close to ocean or river At 1:08am on 9/3 (JST), Evacuation order was issued to 11,469 households around Miki, Kagawa, Shikoku #Japan As at 1am on 9/3 (JST), about 50 building in Gunma and Saitama (near Tokyo) were flooded above floor level 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 … Read entire article »

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Tropical Storm Talas Update

Thanks again to Thunder for providing today’s Talas update: The track has jumped around a little in the last 24 hours, firstly west and now has migrated eastward again a little, models having problem pin pointing what an upper level trough will do in regards to the steering ridge, that is the steering ridge is like a wall of high pressure air, the trough is an elongated area of low pressure, the trough will make a hole in the wall through which the system can pass- weaker trough more western crossing, stronger trough more eastern crossing). JTWC current forecast map about the same as 24 hours ago(now over Kinki instead of Tokai-a little more westerly) the intensity forecast has changed a little too but nothing too major to warant discussion. As … Read entire article »

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Tropical Storm Talas Heads For Honshu

The fukuleaks.org/web team has been tracking tropical storms that may approach the main island of Honshu in the event that they might cause problems at Fukushima. Thunder and Majj have both been reporting the progress of Talas as it approaches Japan. Check back for updates as we know more. Thunder’s report from this morning: 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 … 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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Tropical Storm Talas May Turn Into Typhoon, Hit Japan Mainland

Tropical storm Talas has the potential now to increase to a category 1 typhoon with wind above 120mph. The current predictions have it rolling up the main island of Honshu. These are early predictions, more accurate predictions can be made as the storm approaches Japan. Check back here for updates at Talas progresses. 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 … 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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Weather Resources Japan

These weather sites have been collected by our members as we monitor both weather conditions and incoming tropical storms.  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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Typhoon Ma-On Bears Down On Japan, Some Information To Watch

UPDATE: Typhoon Ma-On downgraded to a tropical storm and looks like it will veer south of Tokyo and go out to sea. UPDATE: Newest radar animation New storm path image, has the storm over Fukuoka and Osaka then tracking just south of Tokyo.  As the storm tracks along the south of Tokyo it will go out to sea then turn north according to the latest prediction. Osaka web cams to watch Japan Times info on typhoon potential to hit Fukushima. *the storm doesn’t have to hit directly to do damage, the outer storm is usually quite strong.   “Cape Muroto, Kochi Prefecture. Amazingly, the prefecture has measured 1,000mm of rain over the last 24 hours, the most experienced since records began. ” From Daily Yomiuri Current web cams in Tokyo show calm and no rain, lots of people … 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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Food Testing Data Made Public; Find Radiation Levels By Food And Region

This excellent resource shows the radiation testing of various common food products and is broken down by the area the food came from. Who had the testing done and the details of what radioactive contamination was found is included. This may be helpful in determining what foods are “safe” (or safer) to purchase.   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 … Read entire article »

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IAEA to survey radioactive contamination in sea

The IAEA, the UN nuclear watchdog agency, is to survey the long-term effects of the spillage of radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power on the maritime environment in the Pacific Ocean.  NHK WORLD English 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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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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The incineration of rubble OK’d amid radiation risk

The Japan Times reports The incineration of rubble OK’d amid radiation risk June 7, 2011  “The Environment Ministry plans to allow rubble from the March 11 disasters in coastal and central parts of Fukushima Prefecture to be incinerated or buried, raising the risk of radioactive contamination, officials said Sunday. While the ministry already allows 10 municipalities where contamination levels from the prefecture’s stricken nuclear plant are low enough to handle debris under normal procedures, it has decided to expand the eased limits to other parts of the prefecture outside the nuclear no-go zone and evacuation areas. The move is aimed at speeding up rubble removal in Fukushima Prefecture, but authorities are required to handle it with care, including by decontaminating and managing it properly, the officials said. The ministry plans to … Read entire article »

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Plutonium Found in Soil at Okuma

From a The Japan Times report: “Plutonium that is believed to have come from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant has been detected in the town of Okuma about 1.7 km away from the plant’s front gate… By analyzing the ratio of three types of isotopes in the plutonium, Yamamoto was able to determine that it was emitted by Fukushima No. 1 and not past bomb tests.” 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 … Read entire article »

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Useful Nuclear Acronyms

Acronyms with definitions. Some useful terminology to understand technical reports. BWR – Boiling Water Reactor CV – Containment Vessel 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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Test post

Test Post to play with web features 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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