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US Fish Tested For Strontium 90

US Fish Tested For Strontium 90

A US based fish company has had some of their salmon and tuna tested for strontium 90. Fukushima Voice reports that the samples were considered not detected. The readings were below the level of certainty, with two in the negative range. So these are too low to confirm the presence of strontium 90. These samples were not tested for cesium 134 or 137 and probably should have also been tested for these isotopes to really understand … Read entire article »

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The “Fukushima” Meltdown Test By JAEA Explained

The “Fukushima” Meltdown Test By JAEA Explained

We were a bit taken aback by the way the press in Japan presented this meltdown test JAEA plans to do. On the surface it sounded almost crazy and highly unusual. After doing more research we found that JAEA has done similar tests many times before. Through a test process JAEA calls “Reactivity Initiated Accident” they have done destructive testing on small sample fuel rod models. By creating a very brief reactivity pulse, a rapid jump … Read entire article »

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The Nuclear Victims You Don’t Know About

The Nuclear Victims You Don’t Know About

Dr. Robert Jacobs has a new paper in the Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (November 2013). His paper looks at the populations who live in the areas selected by the countries who did the bulk of the atomic bomb testing. These populations live with the result of multiple atomic bombs being detonated nearby. HIs paper looks at the ways these countries selected the populations that would be on the receiving end of their atomic testing. From the … Read entire article »

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FDA’s Dual Messages Show Lying To Public On Fukushima Contamination In Food

FDA’s Dual Messages Show Lying To Public On Fukushima Contamination In Food

The FDA’s mantra since 2011 to the concerned public about Fukushima contamination in the food supply has been “don’t worry”. They have declared no need to test US Pacific fish or most imports. What the FDA is telling the general public through the media and what is going on behind the scenes is quite different. The FDA has made this public statement:  ”To date, no evidence that radionuclides from the Fukushima incident are present in the U.S. … Read entire article »

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Guam Requests Funds To Test For Fukushima Contamination

Guam Requests Funds To Test For Fukushima Contamination

Guam’s EPA has requested funds from the US EPA so they can begin testing sea water and fish for Fukushima contamination. The island sits near Japan and directly on the Kuroshio current known to be transporting at least some of the contamination from Fukushima Daiichi. The new admissions that the plant has been leaking all along and is expected to increase how much it releases to the sea, of course Guam has increased concerns. US … Read entire article »

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Reality Of Pacific Contamination From Fukushima Hits US

Reality Of Pacific Contamination From Fukushima Hits US

The French nuclear agency has called Fukushima “the largest single nuclear contamination of the ocean in history.“ This includes the years of Pacific atomic bomb testing by the US and other countries. Those historic events created contamination in Pacific seafood far from where the bombs were detonated that required the destruction of tons of landed seafood. TEPCO of course insisted the contamination from Fukushima would “disperse”. The Independent has TEPCO’s PR program all figured out. … Read entire article »

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American Medical Assn. Urges Testing Seafood For Radiation

The American Medical Association has passed a resolution calling for the US to continue to monitor and publicly report radiation contamination in seafood. The original resolution included the language that cited Fukushima as a main reason for the concern and focused on the Pacific ocean. The final resolution broadened it to include all seafood. The resolution was approved before the recent announcement that Fukushima Daiichi has been continually leaking contamination into the Pacific for the last 2+ years. The resolution is a good step for public health. The current policy of the FDA does no ongoing seafood testing for radiation. That done soon after the Fukushima disaster was vague, using frozen fish of unknown catch date and fish with an unknown catch location within Japan. The FDA and USDA so far have … Read entire article »

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Govt Food Testing In Japan Shows Food Roulette Still Exists

Asahi Shimbun recently promoted a sort of “all clear” on food consumption in Fukushima. The claim was that meals were one fifth as contaminated as they were one year ago. There are a number of things wrong with this statement. Looking at meals rather than ingredients is quite vague. It does not indicate where the food was sourced from or the type of ingredients in the meal. The changes could be due to lower radiation, better selection by the residents, a shift to safer ingredients or all of the above. What we have found to be critical to what is or is not contaminated are three factors. Location, where did the food come from. The proximity to the plant and radiation plumes and also the ongoing migration of contamination through rivers … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Caught Unable To Do Radioactive Analysis Properly

This ads another big hit to TEPCO’s credibility or any notion they can handle the Fukushima disaster on their own. TEPCO has been telling the public there is no cesium in the bypass well water as part of their effort to convince fishing groups and others that they should be allowed to dump about 200 tons per day of groundwater from the plant. Officials from the NRA noticed an error in the way TEPCO has been processing samples at Fukushima Daiichi. In the process they need to take into account the high background radiation at the plant but have failed to do this properly. This appears to not be an isolated incident but an ongoing problem. Radiation testing being done since 2011 could all be underestimating the levels of contamination. TEPCO apparently … Read entire article »

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Namie To Conduct Independent Radiation Exposure Exams

Namie town has teamed up with Hirosaki University to do independent examinations for any children from the town who want to have them done. Doubts about the impartiality and practices used by the Fukushima Health Survey has caused many to distrust the project sponsored by the prefecture government.  Hirosaki University had begun an exposure dose reconstruction study back in 2011 but was pressured by the prefecture government to terminate the study. They cited that the study “might fuel concern among residents”. The results of that study showed levels considerably higher than the official government numbers and found certain people had quite high thyroid doses. This new study being done long after the initial exposure will look at changes in the shapes of chromosomes in lymphocytes using blood samples. This article would not be possible without … Read entire article »

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Fewer Choose To Participate In Radiation Monitoring

The radiation exposure monitoring program at Minamisoma Hospital has seen numbers of participants drop substantially. The program is not part of the Fukushima Health Survey, instead is a public service being offered in the municipality. The initial scans in 2011 saw 67% of adults scanned with no detectable internal radiation contamination. In 2012 about 92% of adults had no detectable levels but Dr. Tsubokura,  the doctor handling the program said participation is lower for this year. Only about 50% of the towns residents were tested during the first round. Of those tested most scans have been low with levels seen on scans continuing on a downward trend in 2012. There was the case of some extremely high readings that were found in some older residents that were still eating banned mushrooms.  Dr. Tsubokura did … Read entire article »

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TEPCO’s New Decontamination System Delayed By Tank Failures

TEPCO has announced a delay in the start up of the new decontamination system at Fukushima Daiichi. The system was supposed to go online this fall but remains delayed as TEPCO tries to find acceptable storage containers for the sludge created by the new system. TEPCO did drop tests recently to see how these new containers would hold up to various ways they might be dropped as they are moved about the plant. The drop tests were quite the series of failures. The tanks were procured from Energy Solutions of Barnwell, SC (US), a company located near the Savannah River nuclear site.  The High Integrity Container tested by TEPCO doesn’t mention the exact material composition. A press release from Energy Solutions announcing their partnership with Toshiba to provide these casks … Read entire article »

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Live Reporting From The Algerian Nuclear Test Site

Dr. Robert Jacobs of the Hiroshima Peace Institute (and fukuleaks.org/web member) will be tweeting his trip to Algeria next week. As part of his ongoing research for the Global Hibakusha Project he will be investigating the French nuclear testing sites in Algeria and the impact that had and still has on the local population there. The French detonated 17 nuclear tests in Algeria between 1960 and 1996. Cancer among the local population is high as are other radiation related health problems. French epidemiological teams also have found a link between low levels of radiation and thyroid cancer and related illnesses in children. There is also a lasting environmental problem where many areas are still unsafe to be in. It is not just the local population showing with medical problems due to exposures in Algeria, … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Residents With Exposures As High As Chernobyl Areas

Two couples from outside the evacuation zones have shown with some of the highest internal radiation exposure to date in Japan. One couple lives in Nihonmatsu, the other in Kawamata-machi. Kawamata-machi man 19,507 becquerels his wife 7,724 becquerels Nihonmatsu City man 11,191 becquerels his wife 6,771 becquerels Dr. Tsubokura, one of the doctors conducting the exposure scans on residents said these levels are similar to internal exposure seen in Belarus. The couples have been eating home grown mushrooms, bamboo shoots and local persimmons. The mushrooms were grown on logs from Namie, a highly contaminated area in the evacuation zone. It was not clear if they logs were gathered before the nuclear disaster or not. EX-SKF mentions they may not have understood the risks in doing this. Most of the elderly rely on TV and print newspapers for information, both … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Soil Contamination Worse Than Previously Thought

A series of admissions have come out pointing to soil contamination problems worse than previously assumed. JAEA has stated that cesium contamination is now being found 30cm down into the soil. Early in the accident contamination was sitting at about 5cm deep. Weather conditions in Japan including extensive precipitation may have caused the drastic change.  This is a considerable problem as it confounds decontamination efforts. Decontamination efforts have already proven mostly futile as areas either don’t clean up or the levels come back up as things move around the environment. This new revelation that contamination is sinking down further makes decontamination in the largely agricultural region likely impossible. MEXT has found extremely high cesium contamination in the mud at Horai Dam. The lake behind the dam was found to have 3,000,000 Bq/m2 of cesium 20cm down … Read entire article »

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Slow Health Screening, Anxiety And Moving On

A year into the disaster in Japan, people in the Tohoku region struggle to gain access to diagnostic scans that can tell them their exposure level. Very few of the over 2 million people in Fukushima prefecture have received any sort of scan or estimation of their exposure. This has created the considerable anxiety of not knowing. Children largely did not receive thyroid scans in time to determine if they were exposed to high levels of iodine 131. So now instead of knowing if they were exposed annual thyroid exams will be done to try to catch developing tumors or other thyroid damage. Whole body scans have only been done on a few people with facilities like Minamisoma Hospital giving priority to scan children first. With limited machines in the region … Read entire article »

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More Disaster Changes And New Radiation Studies

The government has announced they will lift the 20km evacuation zone around Fukushima Daiichi next April. Any area with 20 mSv will be considered safe enough for people to return. Areas over 50 mSv will be considered long term no-go zones. The governor of Fukushima also expressed doubts about the national government’s “cold shutdown” claim and urged them to consider the opinions of local residents when establishing the rezoning. Also changing next April will be food standards. “General food” will be lowered to 100 bq/kg, milk and baby foods will be 50 bq/kg and drinking water will be 10 bq/kg. Marumori in Miyagi prefecture will begin their own local radiation screening of anyone under the age of 18. The testing will include thyroid, urine and blood tests. The Ministry of Health is considering … Read entire article »

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More Food Contamination Found In Japan

It isn’t just the new “revelation” that large amounts of Fukushima rice are contaminated, many other foods are showing up contaminated. There appears to be no decline in incidents or the spread. Pollack from Hokkadio that was exported to South Korea has shown up as contaminated. Shizuoka dried shiitake mushrooms were found to be over the 500 bq/kg limit of cesium. Many others were found contaminated but under the govt limit so they were shipped. Soybeans in a number of locations were found to be contaminated. Cesium total of approximately: 40 Bq (Aomori, Nagano and Yamagata). 400 becquerel Nihonmatsu Fukushima Iwaki City, Fukushima 240 becquerel Becquerel 216 Saigo Village, Fukushima , Fukushima 190 becquerels Tenei village Tenei village in Fukushima Prefecture 190 becquerels Becquerel Sukagawa, Fukushima 184 Tome, Miyagi 240 becquerel becquerel 99 Yamamoto-cho, Miyagi , Iwate Becquerel 96 Ichinoseki , Iwate Prefecture 25 becquerel陸前高田City Morioka, Iwate Prefecture 64 becquerel becquerel 99 Hitachi City, Ibaraki , … Read entire article »

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Stronium Found In Tokyo, High Cesium In Front Of METI Building

One of the citizen radiation groups testing for stronium and cesium around Tokyo with some concerning results. EX-SKF provides translations of Yasumi Iwakami’s report. Locations and amounts of radioactive materials: Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station, Koto-ku: Radioactive cesium (134 and 137 combined): 19,126 Bq/kg Radioactive strontium (89 and 90 combined): 44 Bq/kg Yurakucho Station, Chiyoda-ku: Radioactive cesium (134 and 137 combined): 20,955 Bq/kg Radioactive strontium (89 and 90 combined): 51 Bq/kg Front of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Chiyoda-ku: Radioactive cesium (134 and 137 combined): 48,176 Bq/kg Radioactive strontium (89 and 90 combined): 48 Bq/kg   The highest location is in front of METI’s offices. BTW, the stronium found in Yokohama has not been addressed by local officials. It was discovered in October. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is … Read entire article »

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Aeon Stores Release Independent Food Testing Results

Grocery chain Aeon has expanded their in house food testing. Aeon posted some of their results on their website with up to 5000 tests to be completed in the next 3 months. The results were in Japanese, requiring some translation. The results were somewhat expected, showing food harvested near the reactors or where the radioactive of sea dumping are thought to have concentrated as the places where contaminated food were found. Rice: Fukushima rice “Shine” Orimase 30 bq/kg cesium 137 Fukushima rice “Koshihika” Orimase 15 bq/kg cesium 134 Non-store brand rice from other places showed none detected Store brand rice from Shiga was below their detectible limits Produce: Store brand produce from Gunma and Mie was all none detected with minimum levels detected listed that were below 20 bq/kg Non – store brand produce from Chiba, Ibaraki, Saitama, … Read entire article »

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US Lacks Radiation Resources

A new study by Association of Public Health Laboratories found low numbers of states capable of doing radiation testing. “Twenty-seven percent of the respondents reported the ability to measure radionuclides in clinical specimens; 6 percent reported that another state agency or department accepted and analyzed these samples via a radioanalytical method,” the study said. “Of the Radiation Capabilities Survey respondents, 60 percent reported the ability to test environmental samples, such as air, soil, or surface water, for radiation; 48 percent reported the ability to test non-milk food samples; 47 percent reported the ability to test milk and 56 percent reported sending data for drinking water to the Environmental Protection Agency.”  This issue does not just involve nuclear power accidents but also potential terrorism incidents. US officials have warned for years of potential “dirty … Read entire article »

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Radiation Testing Update

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

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Government Admits Plutonium Found 45km From Fukushima Daiichi In June

The Ministry of Education and Science has admitted they found plutonium up to 45km away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in June. No reason was given for why they waited until the end of September to make the admission. The ministry claimed the numbers were small, but plutonium is highly toxic and has a long half life. Citizen testing has already found neptunium, the predecessor product to plutonium up to 60 km away from the plant, so this news isn’t new. So far plutonium and neptunium have been found in the following cities: Futaba-machi Namie-machi Iitate-mura Date City Professor Shinya Nagasaki University Graduate School of Tokyo said it is not impossible for plutonium to travel that far if it is taken up into the weather. Find out more, join us at the live blog https://client.scribblelive.com/Event/Japan_Earthquake5 This article would not … Read entire article »

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At Least The Alcohol Is Safe, Japan Agency To Test Beer, Saki And Wine

The National Tax Agency said it will be testing the finished product and also water going into brewing beer, sake and wine in Japan. The testing will happen for any facility within 150km of the nuclear plant. They will also randomly test products from facilities outside the 150km zone. The tax agency said the ingredients such as grains for beer will have already been tested. All of this testing is not to report any radiation at all in products but to look for those over the government safety limits. This should help a highly radioactive product from coming to market, but would not prevent low contamination products. The tax agency said it would put results of testing on their website but did not mention if they will show actual test … Read entire article »

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Minamisoma Residents Do Their Own Radiation Testing, Establish Reconstruction Committee

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

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10 mSv Inside Tokyo Train

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

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Greenpeace Fukushima Seafood Results

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

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Radiation Survey Maps Of Fukushima In Multiple Formats

This useful website by the Research Center For Nuclear Physics at Osaka University has compiled maps of the Fukushima soil survey into a variety of formats. Maps are available for computer, smartphone and tablet friendly formats. There is a Google Earth map, a Google Maps map and also PDF and JPG formats. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or … Read entire article »

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Extremely Radioactive Mushrooms Found In Fukushima

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

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Citizen Food Testing Laboratory To Open In Chiba In October

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

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MEXT Radiation Testing Results For September 1st

MEXT has new radiation testing results out. They tested drinking water and various monitoring posts for radiation. All of their drinking water tests came up clean but they excluded Fukushima and Ibaraki. An independent citizen testing to confirm these results would be valuable. Futuba shows consistent higher levels of radiation. The radiation testing by prefecture showed widespread contamination. MEXT monitoring results in English http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/en/ MEXT monitoring results in Japanese http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/ja/ 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 … Read entire article »

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Japan Ministry of Health Food & Water Testing Results

New government food and water testing results are out. Some contamination found included wheat in Hokkaido, raw milk in Miyagi and fish off the Fukushima coast. Some river fish in Miyagi were also found to be contaminated. Milk in Gunma, fish and tea in Kanagawa and fish off Iwaki-shi coast. Almost all the fish tested in Minamisoma were contaminated, some considerably. In cattle testing one unexpected result was from Akita with 3 testing over 300 bq/kg. The main page for radioactive contamination testing is here: http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/   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 … Read entire article »

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Chiba Clears Rice For Shipment

Rice testing in Chiba showed two locations (out of 319 sampled) that showed 46-47 becquerels/kg in the rice tested. All rice from the area has been released because it fell under the 500 bq/kg limit set by the government. 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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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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CRIIRAD Gives Workshop To Train Citizens In Radiation Testing

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

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Yamashita No Longer In Charge Of Radiation Protection Program in Fukushima

Dr. Yamashita has been causing all sorts of confusion, anger and distrust since he was appointed to run the Radiation Protection program in Fukushima prefecture. The doctor made a number of disastrous public statements including his claim that 100 mSv was safe. Yamashita later reversed on this opinion. Yamashita is a research scientist who has studied the victims of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Chernobyl, but he has no public health experience and is not a medical doctor. Dr. Yamashita has been removed as the person in charge and reassigned to being a research advisor to the new 5 member panel appointed to run the program.  No details were given about how this new panel will be appointed or by whom. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the … Read entire article »

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Safecast drive into Fukushima

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

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Yahoo Adds Radiation Monitor Network in Japan

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

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Video: Creating A Contamination Map In Japan

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

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