Archive for January, 2012
This is the view from my 3rd floor veranda just before.doug
The earthquake just now was a 5 on the Japanese shindo scale of 0 to 7. I felt it in my house, and my monitor shook and the door swung a bit, but it was very short and there was no damage. No tsunami warning.That makes the 1,750th earthquake of magnitude 4 or greater since 3/11 last year. doug
Fearful of scaring public, existence of document was denied for months
Hao doesn’t tolerate being petted, but Mon seems ok with it.doug
Camera peeks inside reactor
Tepco said Thursday it has inserted an industrial endoscope into the primary containment vessel of reactor unit 2 at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, but images showed the level of coolant water was lower than the utility had estimated.
Obtaining a clearer picture inside the containment vessels of the three crippled reactors is critically important, as the vessels are the last line of defense containing their melted nuclear fuel.
Japan has been accused of betraying its own people by giving the American military information about the spread of radiation from Fukushima more than a week before it told the Japanese public.
The mayor of a Japanese community abandoned because of its proximity to the Fukushima nuclear plant has told AM the government’s actions are akin to murder.
With no information coming from Tokyo, mayor Tamotsu Baba decided to lead the people of his community further north away from the plant. He did not know it at the time, but that was the very direction the plumes of radiation were also blowing. “Because we had no information, we were unwittingly evacuating to an area where the radiation level was high. So I’m very worried about the people’s health,” he told AM. “I feel pain in my heart but also rage over the poor actions of the government.” While the people of Namie and the Japanese public as a whole were not getting any clear idea from their government about the possible spread of radiation, the Americans were. Just three days after the tsunami crushed the Fukushima nuclear plant, Japan’s science ministry handed over computer predictions about the radiation dispersal to the US military. Itaru Watanabe from the science ministry says the government did this to secure US support in dealing with the nuclear crisis. But he admits that maybe that same data should have been shared with the public too. “According to the government panel investigating the disaster, the information about the potential spread of radiation could have been given to the public,” he said. “The science ministry should have told the nuclear disaster task force to pass on the data to the people. But we didn’t think of that. We acknowledge that now.” Mr Baba, who is now homeless, accuses the Japanese authorities of abandoning his village by withholding information and leaving his community at the mercy of unseen radiation. “It’s not nice language, but I still think it was an act of murder,” he said. “What were they thinking when it came to people’s dignity and lives? I doubt that they even thought about our existence.” It is true Japan’s science ministry struggled to glean accurate information about the amount of radiation spewing from the Fukushima plant, with some data about its spread proving wide of the mark. Mr Watanabe acknowledges whatever data was available should have been passed on to the public. “We acknowledge the criticism that if the data was publicly known that people could have avoided areas of high contamination. So we will study what’s happened to see how we can use the system more effectively,” he said. For the 20,000 people of Namie that probably does not mean much – they have lost their homes and many fear for the health of their children. A system that was designed to protect and warn them has clearly failed. ref: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-19/japan-delayed-radiation-details/3782110…