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US Nuclear Regulator Refuses To Fix Evacuation Zone Flaws

US Nuclear Regulator Refuses To Fix Evacuation Zone Flaws

While Japan is implementing larger evacuation zones and comprehensive evacuation zone plans after the Fukushima disaster, the US has decided to change nothing. A petition asking them to review the 10 mile evacuation zone plan by the US NRC was rejected. Japan is working on detailed evacuation plans including local evacuation drills where locals participate. The US scales back their protective actions. Read more here: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140410/NEWS/404100337 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo … Read entire article »

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Drone Photographs Fukushima Evacuation Zone

Drone Photographs Fukushima Evacuation Zone

A drone camera has been used to take panorama photos inside the evacuation zone. Taichi Furuhashi and the Center For Spacial Information Science photographed three towns,  Iitate village, Hisanohama, and Tomioka. The 2014 new photos can be found here. 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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One Fukushima Evacuation Town Reopens

One Fukushima Evacuation Town Reopens

Part of Tamura city has been reopened by the government but few plan to return. Mostly the older residents have decided to take the government offer to return to their former homes. Mainichi reports each evacuee that returns gets a 900,000 yen cash payout for doing so. Those who stay away for now can continue to receive evacuee compensation. The government threshold for allowing an area to reopen is to estimate an annual exposure of 20 … Read entire article »

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Mainichi Investigation Creates New Fukushima Scandal

Mainichi Investigation Creates New Fukushima Scandal

A news report earlier this week showing how the Japanese government had manipulated radiation data for the evacuation zone has now evolved into a full blown scandal. In a follow up article yesterday Mainichi documented how the actions behind the scenes were clearly done with the intention of forcing evacuees to move back to unsafe areas. A number of officials and experts they talked to agreed this is what has been taking place. This article would … Read entire article »

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US Thyroid Experts Consider Nuclear Public Protection Plans Insufficient

US Thyroid Experts Consider Nuclear Public Protection Plans Insufficient

The American Thyroid Association published an update in 2012 on their stance regarding nuclear radiation and thyroid health. The guidance of the association for distribution of protective iodide (KI) is: Distance Action 0 – 50 mi Pre-distribute KI to households, keep stockpile near 50 – 200 mi Stockpile KI in local public facilities (hospitals, schools, police and fire stations) > 200 mi Make KI available from HHS National stockpile.   US Health & Human Services has only recommended distribution to those living within 10 miles of … Read entire article »

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German Nuclear Industry Faces Slew Of New Problems

German Nuclear Industry Faces Slew Of New Problems

An unpublished report from experts in Germany has identified unaccounted for earthquake risk in two German nuclear reactors. Germany is in the process of phasing out their nuclear power plants, some remain online today. Two reactors in Bavaria planned to do power uprates but abruptly cancelled them. An unpublished report around the same time by GRS for the environment ministry found additional earthquake risks at the two nuclear plants. Now there are questions that the internal … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Evacuation Risks Still Unsolvable In Japan

Nuclear Evacuation Risks Still Unsolvable In Japan

The NRA has issued a number of improvements for evacuation planning in the event of a nuclear disaster. They have said that more radiation monitoring posts need to be installed, there should be one in each town. They will also require each monitoring station to have a back up generator in case of a power outage. A mandatory evacuation of anyone within 5km of the plant was added along with monitoring out 30km before considering … Read entire article »

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NRA Releases New Radiation Zone Maps

NRA Releases New Radiation Zone Maps

The NRA has released new radiation “fly over” maps. The newest scans were done in September of 2013. They showed a slight reduction in the highest level zones. This is likely due to the decrease in shorter lived radiation like cesium 134 and migration of contamination by natural processes. NRA cited the more recent changes in the shape of the highest zones was due to more detailed scanning flights. Read the report here: http://www.nsr.go.jp/english/library/data/special-report_0114.pdf   This article would … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Declared Evacuation Too Expensive, IAEA Promotes More Sea Dumping

Japan Govt. Declared Evacuation Too Expensive, IAEA Promotes More Sea Dumping

A government trip to research how the response to the Chernobyl disaster was conducted but the report was never made public. The officials looked at what was done after Chernobyl and declared it to be too expensive and complicated for the Japanese government so they suggested it be ignored. They declared there was little benefit to evacuating people but it was admitted the report ignored more critical evidence of the actual damage done to the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Clean Up Effort May Be Futile, People Being Forced To Return.

Fukushima Clean Up Effort May Be Futile, People Being Forced To Return.

More people are beginning to question the efforts to decontaminate areas in Fukushima. With a price tag that could reach $600 billion USD and results that have been less that a success this could all end up being money wasted. Many areas will see reduced radiation levels but not down to the target levels. Some become recontaminated due to weather and water runoff. Areas on the edges of the evacuation zone have been reopened … Read entire article »

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GAO Find NRC Is Ignoring Nuclear Evacuation Impact

The GAO has released a report showing the NRC has downplayed and ignored significant risks in the event of a nuclear evacuation. The NRC’s new standard that was quietly ushered in over the winter holidays in 2011 scaled back the evacuation zone scope to 10 miles around a nuclear plant. In a separate action the EPA and DHS are in the process of confirming a change to how their agencies handle a nuclear power disaster that would declare many areas “safe” and deny people an official evacuation, denying them assistance and potentially forcing them to continue to reside in unsafe areas. The inclusion of nuclear disasters in the DHS report that was initially only to look at a terrorist “dirty bomb” incident was added late in the process and within … Read entire article »

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Family Of Deceased Fukushima Hospital Patients Sue TEPCO

The families of 4 hospital patients in Okuma Fukushima who died in the chaos of the nuclear disaster have filed suit against TEPCO for their deaths.  Some died as the result of the evacuation and long bus trips out of the area near the plant. Others died while stranded at the hospital 4km from the melting down reactors. About 250 people were left stranded at nearby medical facilities and 50 of them died as a result. Nursing home patients airlifted out of Futaba by SDF helicopter 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 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Cites 6 Years For Total Property Loss

Six Years For Total Loss On Fukushima Properties TEPCO has admitted a time frame for total loss on property claims. In this NHK report they cite that after 6 years of non occupancy a house will be considered a total loss. “The utility is to offer compensation based on how long the affected areas were designated as no-go zones. It will also assume that the value of the real estate will fall to zero 6 years after the accident.” NHK has since pulled the story off the website, a cached copy still exists online. If this is correct it puts some context on efforts to reopen the evacuation zone. Parts of Tomioka were reopened last week for brief visits to do repair work but not residency. Parts of Namie were reopened this week … Read entire article »

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Recovered SPEEDI Data From Evacuation Zone – In English

Radiation data was recovered recently from the radiation stations within the evacuation zone. The data was put out but only in Japanese. We have compiled the hourly spreadsheets for each station into one document and provided a reference map for station locations. Headers and notes are now in English. The data shows what days and times radiation levels began to rise drastically in different areas. Some stations stop reporting due to power outage or damage from the disaster. The spreadsheet has a page for each station. Launch Google Spreadsheet The companion Google Map with approximate location of the SPEEDI monitor stations. Some additional station information (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 … Read entire article »

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French Nuclear Institute Shows Disaster Would Devastate Country

A study by the French nuclear safety agency IRSN showed a single INES 7 nuclear disaster would be a major blow to the country. It would cost about $580 billion or 20% of national economic output. They estimated about 100,000 people would be left homeless, crops and the environment in the region would be ruined. About $126 billion of the losses would be to French tourism and consumable products. The agency considered the potential losses in France to be even larger than Japan’s losses so far from Fukushima. This recent data map shows how dangerous a nuclear disaster could be in a geographically dense country like Germany. Just looking at a 30km zone puts millions of people in danger. What was seen from the Fukushima disaster is that people are exposed and … Read entire article »

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Asahi Shimbun; US Evacuation Of Yokosuka Naval Base Was Not Voluntary

Asahi Shimbun has uncovered more details about the early events of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  What they uncovered fills some of the information gaps about what transpired between the US and Japan during those early days. Before unit 4 exploded, the US was already deeply worried about the spent fuel pool there. A classified diplomatic cable on March 14th urged Japan to use the SDF (Japan’s military) to become involved in the effort to regain control of 4′s spent fuel pool that had a full offload of fuel from the reactor. Also noted in what Asahi Shimbun was able to find was that on March 15th, radiation warning alarms went off at Yokosuka Naval Base 300km from Fukushima Daiichi. All women and children on the base were ordered to evacuate. It was already … Read entire article »

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Issues At Fukushima Daiichi And More Nuclear Changes In Japan

Denki Shimbun raises concerns about the delays in the new ALPS water decontamination system to be used at Fukushima Daiichi. The NRA has asked for further safety standards for the system before they give operation approval. This has added to the growing list of delays for the new system. Not mentioned in the Denki Shimbun article is the extensive delay after TEPCO discovered the sludge storage containers would catastrophically fail if dropped. The water problem at Fukushima Daiichi continues to grow. The current delay puts full decontamination of the current water on site at 1.5 years. The additional delays could make it take another 5 years to clean the water on site. Japan’s NRA has put the issue of operating extensions for aging nuclear reactors on hold. The issue of new … Read entire article »

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Japan To Set Up Fallout Shelters For Residents Living Near Nuclear Power Plants

Japan’s nuclear regulator has announced the need for 50 fallout shelters for residents living near nuclear power plants. Some of Japan’s nuclear plants are built on peninsulas. Residents living on these peninsulas would be unable to flee during a nuclear disaster since they would have to drive near the plant to escape. The solution? Fallout shelters. Public buildings like schools would be retrofited with air handling systems and blowers to attempt to remove radioactive substances before people enter. There were no specifics given what the alternative plan is if these facilities are destroyed or damaged by an event like an earthquake or tsunami. 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 … Read entire article »

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NRA Issues New Evacuation Standards

The NRA in Japan issued a new set of evacuation criteria. The new levels are much more strict than IAEA standards. The new rules include: Residents outside a 5-km radius of the facility will be told to evacuate within several hours if the radiation level reaches 500 microsieverts per hour Restrictions on food produced near a nuclear plant if the radiation levels hit 0.5 microsievert per hour Temporary evacuation orders in areas where the radiation level reaches 20 microsieverts per hour A 5-km radius of a nuclear plant will prepare to evacuate if all power at the plant goes out for more than five minutes or if the reactor cooling system cannot be run from the control room. Immediate evacuation if a plant operator loses the ability to shut down reactors or when pressure in reactor … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Emergency Zone Study Shows Worldwide Deficiencies

Japan’s new nuclear agency released a series of radiation release and plume path models. These are based on a 30km (18.64 miles) emergency evacuation zone that Japan’s nuclear regulator is now saying they will make the standard. The old zone was 10 kilometers (6 miles). These models showed that even the new 30km evacuation zones were insufficient in many cases leaving those outside the evacuation zone exposed to high levels of radiation. Four plants had high levels beyond 30km (18.64 miles). Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata prefecture had high radiation in populated areas about 40.2 kilometers from the plant. The other three plants examined are Fukushima Daini in Fukushima prefecture, the Ohi plant in Fukui prefecture and the Hamaoka plant in Shizuoka prefecture. 12 plants had high levels out into the 30km zone (18.64 … Read entire article »

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No Way To Evacuate Near Oi Nuclear Plant! Tsunami Risks Higher Than Told.

The Japan Times ran a very disturbing story today. As they were covering the protests at Oi over the weekend they looked at the ability to evacuate the population around Oi in the event of an accident. We have pointed out in our analysis of the safety at Oi that there is one road to the plant that sits on a peninsula. Protesters took advantage of this flaw and were able to blockade all entry into or out of the plant with a few vehicles and some log chain. The terrain and natural conditions in that area of Fukui make most travel challenging. “ Based on a simulation it ran last week of what would happen if people panicked and fled by car, Fukui Prefecture estimates it could take over eight hours to … Read entire article »

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Featured Article: Radiological Emergency Plan: North Anna Nuclear Power Station

SimplyInfo member Peter Melzer has taken an extensive look at the evacuation plan of the North Anna nuclear plant. With recent NRC actions to erode evacuation zones and safety, these issues become all the more concerning. Peter’s article is reproduced with permission below. It can also be read along with his other excellent articles on Fukushima at his blog. Peter also has a book out, Fukushima Ten Essays that can be found on Amazon.   Monday, June 11, 2012 Radiological Emergency Plan: North Anna Nuclear Power Station On March 11, 2011, the Great Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami struck Japan’s northeastern coast with devastating consequences. Roughly 20,000 people perished that day. In addition, three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS) incurred fuel meltdowns with massive releases of radioactive material into the air and the ocean, contaminating … Read entire article »

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New Video: MIT Mouse Radiation Study Is Science Fiction

fukuleaks.org/web member Ian Goddard has done further research on the MIT mouse study that was previously debunked here on SimplyInfo. Ian’s new video goes into further detail and investigation of the data and issues surrounding the MIT mouse study. He looks at additional data in the Tanaka et al. pre-existing low dose radiation mouse study, the known human models of low dose radiation research and the wider motivations of MIT to promote propaganda over science. The insistence of these MIT researcher’s that their flawed mouse study warrants scaling back or eliminating evacuation zones for people is not only science fiction but incredibly dangerous to all those who could be potential victims of the next nuclear disaster. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Government Deleted SPEEDI Reports During Disaster

Daily Yomiuri, Mainichi and Yahoo Japan are reporting a revelation that the prefecture government in Fukushima deleted SPEEDI report emails from the first week of the disaster. UPDATE 2 at bottom of article.  UPDATE: EX-SKF has a translation of the Tokyo Shimbun article on the SPEEDI files deleted in Fukushima.   Tokyo Shimbun talked to the people involved and the person whom they did not name, who actually deleted the files. They claim the files were taking up too much room on their server so they deleted them. The unnamed person in charge of the Fukushima government told Tokyo Shimbun they “did not notice” the emails until March 15. However, they admitted to other media outlets that they requested the emails after the dedicated data system failed to work. They also admitted at … Read entire article »

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Population Exodus From Tohoku Region Of Japan

The areas around the Fukushima Daiichi disaster and areas that received higher radiation fallout have seen major population shifts. The government numbers are thought to be lower than the actual number of people leaving as they are based on people who officially file a change of residence form. Chiba saw their population drop as young families moved away and people did not move to the area to replace those that left. Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi all saw people leaving in considerable numbers, these don’t always include those in temporary housing or are living in a different town in the same region due to high radiation levels. An estimated 43,000 is a conservative number of official moves from the Tohoku region. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo … Read entire article »

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Japan The Bad News Ahead Of Cold Shutdown

Japan will declare “cold shutdown” for Fukushima Daiichi today. They have re-stated it as “cold shutdown conditions” after much criticism in the media that you can’t have a cold shutdown in a reactor that has exploded and melted out fuel into the reactor building.  Many have seen the cold shutdown declaration as a distraction and political theater. Ahead of this announcement the government in Japan has been coming clean on some incredibly bad news. We have seen this kind of tactic before since March where bad news then good news comes out in an orchestrated fashion. There is also speculation that these admissions are coming out as people in Japan and elsewhere are distracted with winter holidays. TEPCO’s story is still that the tsunami caused the meltdowns and that the reactors fuel … Read entire article »

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Government Admits Some Will Never Return Home, Considers Buying Land

The Japanese government is considering buying the land in areas where the contamination is the worst. The more important comment is the admission that many will never be able to return home. In addition it was made public that decontamination efforts in Fukushima are largely not working. What may be effective in areas of much lower or spotty contamination is not working to effectively decontaminate homes in Fukushima. Initially people evacuated were told they would only be gone a few days. Many left their pets at home and likely many other things important to their lives. They were told repeatedly by the government that they would return home “very soon”. Then there was the admission by Prime Minister Kan on his way out that some may be unable to return home for … Read entire article »

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The Animal Tragedy In Fukushima

When people were told to being evacuation as Fukushima Daiichi melted down they were told by officials to leave their pets at home, they would be allowed to return in a few days. It has been over 200 days. This has turned out to be one of the more heartbreaking lies of the disaster. Believing the government officials, many in Fukushima left their pets at home. Once people evacuated the evacuation zone was closed and never reopened. People didn’t leave pets behind out of neglect or carelessness, their mistake was believing what they were told. This was compounded by the fact that most shelters would not allow pets. Pet owners had the additional stress and guilt of beloved family members being left behind to an unknown fate. The government’s response was to do nothing. … Read entire article »

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Kan’s Visit To TEPCO And The Reason Behind His Action

Below is the translation of this article, thanks to Ob_Li for providing the translation. Link in Japanese Kan’s visit to TEOCO and the reason behind his action Yukio Edano, the former Chief Cabinet Secretary disclosed to Yomiuri Shimbun interview that TEPCO former CEO Masataka Shimizu requested him that TEPCO had wanted to fully evacuate nuclear plant workers from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant right after the explosion on March 15. TEPCO has been fully denying this request from former CEO Shimizu. Both former PM Kan and former Minister of METI Banri Kaieda have been explaining about the TEPCO’s evacuation request, Edano publicly and firstly disclosed about the actual time line of the evacuation request from Shimizu. Edano pointed out that Shimizu’s request was shared among government officials as “Full evacuation from the Fukushima … Read entire article »

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People Leaving Fukushima As Government Fails To Be Upfront About Contamination

For months the government has downplayed the disaster in Fukushima telling evacuated residents they could “go home very soon” and other platitudes causing people to hold out hope of going home. People put their lives on hold as the government slowly went from a stance of very temporary evacuation to a plan of decontaminating everything to one where admissions are finally coming that some may not be able to go home for decades, possibly generations. As local governments and individuals scramble to decontaminate there is no clear policy for the process and no one is talking about the potential for re-contamination. The voluntary evacuation zones have caused even more stress and confusion as voluntary evacuations receive no government help and hot spot evacuations leave neighbors living next to empty homes they … Read entire article »

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Photos Compare Fukushima And Chernobyl Evacuation Zones

A new photo essay shows the eerie similarities between the evacuation zones around Fukushima and Chernobyl. The entire series can be found here. 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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UK Advising No Travel Within 60km Of Fukushima Daiichi

The UK government is telling their citizens to not travel within 60km of Fukushima Daiichi. “we advise against all travel to within a 60km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility” The US government is still advising no travel within 50 miles of Fukushima Daiichi. This advisory expires September 18th, no word if it will be extended. 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 … 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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Fukushima Leaders And Residents Protest In Tokyo

A contingent of Fukushima local government officials, business leaders and residents staged a protest in Tokyo to demand full compensation. The group went to government offices and met with TEPCO to lodge their demands including full compensation for those who voluntarily evacuated. Fukushima Vice Gov. Yusaku Matsumoto made this statement to the media. “We want them to restore Fukushima Prefecture to its original state.” 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 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Outlines Compensation Package Details

TEPCO has released details of how it plans to compensate victims of the nuclear disaster. Individuals forced to evacuate will have to provide documents such as tax returns and will be paid based on a number of expenses and activities. Businesses will be able to collect for a set of circumstances including shipping bans, or “rumor” damage. No word how TEPCO will determine if a business will be covered. This plan does not appear to include those who voluntarily evacuated. 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 … Read entire article »

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34 Locations Higher Than Chernobyl Evacuation Level

34 locations had radiation higher than the evacuation level used at Chernobyl. Two were outside the 20km evacuation zone and one is outside the 30km zone. The locations outside the 20km zone were subject to an additional evacuation when they were first detected. These levels were taken to pinpoint concentrations. No word if similar testing has happened in other areas outside 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 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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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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Greenpeace Urges Delay In School Starts In Fukushima

記事の末尾に日本語訳。 Greenpeace is urging officials to delay school or take other action due to high levels still being found in schools far from the evacuation zone. After decontamination schools are still posting radiation readings well above the international standard. Authorities raised the maximum radiation level Friday in an attempt to approve schools that were still too contaminated. One school had a reading 70% higher than the international limit. “”No parent should have to choose between radiation exposure and education for their child,” said Kazue Suzuki, Greenpeace Japan’s anti-nuclear project head.” Japanese translation provided by Ob_Li 環境保護団体グリーンピースは、避難区域以外の地域からも高レベルの放射能汚染が見つかった事に際し、新学期の開始を遅らせる様に、関係者へ要請しました。除染作業が完了した学校でも、国際基準を遥かに上回る放射線が検出されております。当局は、最大放射線量の引き上げを金曜日に行い、汚染レベルの高い学校の新学期開始を承認する予定でした。ある学校では、国際基準より70%高い放射性物質が検出されております。 「親が学校教育か被曝か、と選択する必要はない」と環境保護団体グリーンピースの、反核プロジェクトチーフを務めるすずきかずえさんは語りました。     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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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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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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