Fukushima Now Ten Chernobyls into the Sea? New readings show levels of radioisotopes found up to 30 kilometers offshore from the on-going crisis at Fukushima are ten times higher than those measured in the Baltic and Black Seas during Chernobyl.
…The health impacts on workers at Fukushima are certain to be devastating.After Chernobyl, the Soviet government sent more than 800,000 draftees through the seething wreckage. Many stayed a matter of 90 seconds or less, running in to perform a menial task and then running out as quickly as possible.Despite their brief exposure, these “liquidators” have suffered an epidemic of health effects, with an escalating death toll. Angry and embittered, they played a significant role in bringing down the Soviet Union that doomed them.At Fukushima, a core of several hundred workers essentially sacrificed themselves in the early stages of the disaster. Here’s to the “Fukushima fifty,” the nuclear workers who accepted their fate ‘like a death sentence’ and worked to avert an even worse disaster. Leak from Japan reactor 100 times more than permitted.
TOKYO Sat May 21, 2011 3:58am EDT TOKYO (Reuters) - A water leak from Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power station earlier this month resulted in about 100 times the permitted level of radioactive material flowing into the sea, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said Saturday.
TEPCO said the leak discovered on May 11 at a storage pit outside the No.3 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi had started in the early hours of the previous day and lasted for 41 hours, releasing 250 cubic meters of contaminated water into the sea. An estimated 20 terabecquerels of radioactive material escaped as a result, a company spokesman told a news conference. Since a devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan disabled the plant's cooling systems, TEPCO has been pouring water and seawater on the reactors to prevent disastrous meltdowns. In April, the plant's No.2 reactor developed similar leaks, which the operator managed to seal with liquid glass and other substances. Atmosphere Above Japan Heated Rapidly Before M9 Earthquake
Geologists have long puzzled over anecdotal reports of strange atmospheric phenomena in the days before big earthquakes.
But good data to back up these stories has been hard to come by. In recent years, however, various teams have set up atmospheric monitoring stations in earthquake zones and a number of satellites are capable of sending back data about the state of the upper atmosphere and the ionosphere during an earthquake. Last year, we looked at some fascinating data from the DEMETER spacecraft showing a significant increase in ultra-low frequency radio signals before the magnitude 7 Haiti earthquake in January 2010 Today, Dimitar Ouzounov at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland and a few buddies present the data from the Great Tohoku earthquake which devastated Japan on 11 March.
Their results, although preliminary, are eye-opening. These kinds of observations are consistent with an idea called the Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling mechanism. Radiation Dosage Chart. Tsunami attacking in Minami-Sanriku. Ancient stone markers warned of tsunamis. In this March 31, 2011 photo, a tsunami survivor walks past a centuries-old tablet that warns of danger of tsunamis in the hamlet of Aneyoshi, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan.
AP MIYAKO, Japan - Modern sea walls failed to protect coastal towns from Japan's destructive tsunami last month. But in the hamlet of Aneyoshi, a single centuries-old tablet saved the day. "High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants," the stone slab reads. "Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. It was advice the dozen or so households of Aneyoshi heeded, and their homes emerged unscathed from a disaster that flattened low-lying communities elsewhere and killed thousands along Japan's northeastern shore. Hundreds of such markers dot the coastline, some more than 600 years old.
The markers don't all indicate where it's safe to build. More than 12,000 have been confirmed dead and officials fear the death toll could rise to 25,000 from the March 11 disaster. Footage of the tsunami that hit Kesennuma City in Japan. The Day the Earth Sped Up. Environmental Visualization Laboratory - Animated View of Tsunami Wave Height Model.