(Before It's News) As frantic nuclear workers battle melting reactors and plutonium radiation in Tokyo Electric's Fukushima reactors a new fear has surfaced... Radioactive nuclear monsters may soon appear No, the mutated animals will not be giant radioactive ants or grasshoppers like 1950s monster movies. But they can be terribly mutated monstrosities with DNA horribly twisted by nuclear poisoning. Things of horror emerged from the southwestern desert after the early atomic tests by the U.S. military.
The Fukushima Nuclear complex, 1975, showing protecting walls against Tsunamis. They proved useless. DESPITE a disaster multiples worse than Chernobyl, major media reports all along have downplayed it. Now they largely ignore it, moving on to more important things like celebrity features and baseball’s opening day, besides pretending American-led Libya bombing is well-intended when, in fact, it’s another brazen power grab – an imperial war of conquest, explained in numerous previous articles. The horror of all wars aside, waged solely for wealth and power, never humanity, Japan deserves regular top billing, given its global implications and potential millions of lives affected.
Policemen tear down debris in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images Where concrete has failed to prevent highly radioactive water pouring into the sea, workers at Japan 's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have shifted hope of plugging the leaks to an absorbent polymer mixed with sawdust and shredded newspaper that expands 50-fold when in contact with water. Although officials conceded the polymer had made little impact so far, they will wait until Monday before deciding whether to abandon it.
Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press Residents of Futaba, Japan, a town near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, moved into a shelter near Tokyo last month. But Mr. Takahashi, 47, feels he has no choice: to earn enough to support his mother, he needs to go back to his job as a technician at the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant, just six miles from the Daiichi plant, which is spewing radioactive particles. “They called several days ago, asking for me,” Mr.
'Citizen Scientists' Crowdsource Radiation M
Radiation data from Tokyo (static image). (Credit: altTokyo.com ) The intensifying nuclear crisis in Japan is raising anxieties on both sides of the Pacific over the potential impacts of radiation exposure, and a relative dearth of official information on radiation levels is leading some to turn to crowdsourced options. Japanese officials warned residents living near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to stay indoors after a third explosion at the plant in four days, followed by elevated radiation levels around the plant, which the officials said were high enough to harm human health. Panic was reported in Tokyo, as radiation levels rose to as much as 23 times the normal level, according to some reports. With official estimations of the threat from radiation across Japan changing rapidly and sometimes inconsistent, a number of real-time amateur radiation monitors have popped up online.
«Tchernobyl était comme l'explosion d'une bombe sale. La nouvelle bombe sale, c'est Fukushima, et elle va coûter encore plus cher» en termes humains et économiques, a averti Natalia Mironova, ingénieur thermodynamique qui est devenue l'un des principaux adversaires du nucléaire dans son pays après la catastrophe de 1986. «Fukushima est bien pire que Tchernobyl», a-t-elle déclaré devant des journalistes, estimant que l'accident nucléaire japonais pourrait dépasser celui de la centrale soviétique sur l'échelle internationale de mesure de gravité. Au niveau «sept», l'accident de Tchernobyl, considéré comme le plus grave de l'histoire du nucléaire civil, occupe le sommet de cette «Échelle internationale des événements nucléaires et radiologiques».
Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers walked in a line after finding the body of a boy in the rubble in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi prefecture earlier today (March 31, 2011). Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP/Getty Images There's more troubling news from Japan, which continues to struggle with the after-effects of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that killed thousands on March 11 and triggered an ongoing emergency at a nuclear power plant.
Pressure is mounting on Japan to expand the evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, as the prime minister says he plans to review the country's nuclear energy policy. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Japanese authorities should consider expanding the zone beyond its current 20km (12-mile) radius after high levels of radiation were detected at a village about twice that distance from the plant. The government has so far resisted calls to evacuate more people from the area, but said its policy was under constant review, and that monitoring of radiation levels was being increased. More than 70,000 people living inside the 20km zone have been evacuated, but another 136,000 living between 20-30km away have been told to stay in their homes.
Consequences of the nuclear crisis in Japan continue to expand. The March 11 quake and tsunami left 28,000 people dead or missing , and triggered a series of increasingly grave problems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Separately, both the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Greenpeace have measured radioactivity levels outside the exclusion zone that exceed the limits established by the government of Japan. From the IAEA's update , which includes details on the data readings and locations:
Après les constructeurs automobiles notamment, c’est au tour des ports de demander des mesures de précaution concernant les bateaux en provenance du Japon. Le Financial Times Deutschland qui révèle l’information le 30 mars explique que les autorités portuaires à Hambourg sont en pleine négociation d’un plan d’urgence avec les douanes et les responsables locaux des Affaires intérieures. A Rotterdam, les autorités portuaires exigent des armateurs que les capitaines de tous les bateaux en provenance d’Asie transmettent la liste des dix derniers ports où ils ont mouillé. " Je m’attends à ce que des ports européens renvoient des bateaux arrivant du Japon" , assure Erik van der Noordaa, qui dirige la société d'audit maritime Germanischer Lloyd. Mais pour l’heure, selon la Fédération des armateurs allemands, il n’y a aucun plan d’action. Certaines entreprises prennent néanmoins déjà des précautions.
Highly radioactive water is now being detected outside the containment area at Fukushima, experts have warned. Photograph: Tepco/AFP/Getty Images The radioactive core in a reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant appears to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel and on to a concrete floor, experts say, raising fears of a major release of radiation at the site. The warning follows an analysis by a leading US expert of radiation levels at the plant. Readings from reactor two at the site have been made public by the Japanese authorities and Tepco, the utility that operates it. Richard Lahey, who was head of safety research for boiling-water reactors at General Electric when the company installed the units at Fukushima, told the Guardian workers at the site appeared to have "lost the race" to save the reactor, but said there was no danger of a Chernobyl-style catastrophe.
Link to video: Japan confirms radiation levels higher but plays down danger Japanese officials have conceded they are no closer to resolving the nuclear crisis at Fukushima Daiichi power plant, as new readings showed a dramatic increase in radioactive contamination in the sea. The pressure to make progress also took its toll on Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the plant's operator, whose chief executive, Masataka Shimizu, was taken to hospital on Tuesday night suffering from exhaustion. The country's nuclear and industrial safety agency, Nisa, said radioactive iodine-131 at 3,355 times the legal limit had been identified in the sea about 300 yards south of the plant, although officials have yet to determine how it got there. Hidehiko Nishiyama, a Nisa spokesman, said fishing had stopped in the area, adding that the contamination posed no immediate threat to humans. "We will find out how it happened and do our utmost to prevent it from rising," he said.
Pierre Le Hir, journaliste scientifique au "Monde" | pour Le Monde.fr | 29.03.11 | 11h59 • Mis à jour le 30.03.11 | 18h05 Dans un chat sur Lemonde.fr, Pierre Le Hir, journaliste au "Monde", l'accident de Fukushima est déjà une catastrophe nucléaire, dont l'impact environnemental et sanitaire pourrait encore s'accroître dans les prochaines semaines. A l'évidence, l'accident de Fukushima est déjà une catastrophe nucléaire, et la gravité de cette catastrophe, c'est-à-dire son impact environnemental et sanitaire, pourrait encore s'accroître dans les prochaines semaines. Au départ, les autorités japonaises avaient minimisé l'accident en le classant au niveau 4 sur une échelle internationale qui comprend 7 degrés de gravité.
Japan is facing an unprecedented nuclear emergency after a major uranium leak. Radiation levels at the Tokaimura nuclear fuel-processing plant in north-east Japan are 15,000 times higher than normal. The authorities have warned thousands of residents near the site of the accident to stay indoors and to wash off any rain that falls on them. "There is a strong possibility that abnormal reactions are continuing within the facility," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiromu Nonaka told an emergency news conference. "There are concerns about radiation in the surrounding areas."
Austere conditions for Fukushima workers NEW: Radiation in seawater now 4,385 times normal level, an official says An analysis says Tokyo Electric will compensate 1 trillion to 10 trillion yen The Tokyo Electric chairman says the company must decommission four reactors The IAEA finds high radiation levels in a town outside the evacuation zone Tokyo (CNN) -- The level of radiation in ocean waters off Japan's embattled Fukushima Daiichi plant has risen to new highs -- measuring 4,385 times the standard -- an official with Japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency said Thursday.