Dienstag, 13. Dezember 2011

News from Fukushima & Chernobyl

New scientific reports from Fukushima talk about at least 1 nuclear explosion in Unit III at the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
New evidence shows that the North American Hemisphere received important parts of the Fukushima fallout. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/02/opinion/magazine-global-agenda-enough-is-enough.html Expedition from South Carolina University to Chernobyl shows a high rate of mutations:

Sonntag, 13. November 2011

TEPCO's transparency action leaves more questions then answers

On Saturday 12th, TEPCO granted for the first time access to three dozen Japanese and international journalists, since the disaster in Fukushima-Daiichi NPP. TEPCO's publicity stunt to reassure the international press and public opinion backfires as it leaves more questions then answers. Journalists from Guardian, N.Y Times and the Telegraph report high levels of radiation as they approach the site op the Fukushima-Daiichi 1 Plant and report of skyrocketing radiation levels and chaos.
"Martin Fackler, the New York Times' Tokyo bureau chief, said the site was strewn with piles of rubble virtually untouched since the tsunami struck. He said: "There's debris all around where the reactors are – twisted metal, crumpled trucks, large water tanks that have been dented and bent. "You can see that this stuff has been strewn around and it has not been picked up and it's been there for eight months. "So I think that more than anything is a testament to how difficult a time they've had in trying to get those reactors under control." Radiation levels were still "very high", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme." The reporters, mostly from the Japanese media, were accompanied by the environment minister, Goshi Hosono, who is in charge of the clean-up operation. They were not allowed near the reactor buildings. "I think it's remarkable that we've come this far," Hosono said. "The situation at the beginning was extremely severe. At least we can say we have overcome the worst." Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), which runs the plant, has succeeded in bringing down the temperatures at the three damaged reactors from levels considered dangerous. "From the data at the plant that I have seen, there is no doubt that the reactors have been stabilised," Masao Yoshida, the chief of Fukushima Daiichi plant, told the reporters. But while it was now possible for workers to enter the reactor buildings, Yoshida said conditions for those working there remained dangerous. Tepco hopes to complete a "cold shutdown" – when temperatures are stable below boiling point – of the damaged reactors by the end of the year. But Hosono warned it could take more than 30 years to completely decommission the plant. Hiroaki Koide, a nuclear physicist at Kyoto University, said he doubted the decommissioning process will go as smoothly as the government hopes. He said pools for spent fuel remain highly volatile, and cleaning up the three reactor cores that melted down due to a failure of the cooling systems will be a huge challenge. "Nobody knows where exactly the fuel is, or in what condition," he said. "The reactors will have to be entombed in a sarcophagus, with metal plates inserted underneath to keep it watertight. But within 25 to 30 years, when the cement starts decaying, that will have to be entombed in another layer of cement. It's just like Russian Matryoshka dolls, one inside the other." (via guardian.co.uk)

The devastation and power of the explosions of reactor 3 are now revealed as Japanese and International journalists shoot images of it during the 1-hour trip inside the Fukushima complex: The next pictures show Reactor 3 as it is today: crippled and leaking massive amounts of radioactivity.
Fackler continues: "Finally, we got our first proper look at the damaged reactor buildings. No 1 was covered by a new superstructure, No 2 was intact. No 2 was in worst shape: it was a skeletal frame, largely collapsed into a pile of rubble. I spotted three cranes clearing up rubble at No 3, in preparation for also capping off that building with a superstructure. No. 4 was also severely damaged. The building was intact, but it had clearly buckled, with concrete slabs blown out. The entire south side of the building was blown out, exposing the green crane for spent fuel rod pool. At this point, around 1,640 feet from the reactors, I stopped to check my radiation reader: 50 microsieverts per hour" Fackler later states that his the instruments showed readings up to 300 mS/h. As a reference a German NPP worker should not be exposed to more than 400 m/S per year meaning that at this hotspot you would get your yearly dosis in little more than an hour. Japanese and International Press remain very skeptical towards the management of the crisis in Fukushima.

http://enenews.com/ny-times-reporter-detects-300-microsieverts-per-hour-while-on-bus http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-202_162-10010212-10.html?tag=img
Pictures: Guardian.co.uk: (c) Kyodo via AP-Images & Getty via CBS

Sonntag, 6. November 2011

Fukushima - Hotspots throughout Japan

Explosions carry radioactive radionuclide far away. Throughout Japan, places of intense radioactivity are discovered, the so called "hotspots". The following reports show how problematic the situation really is, a report by Al Jazzera and a private measurment near Koriyama, 60km away from Fukushima. (Allowed yearly dose in Japan 20mSv/h)

 +++News 7.11.2011+++ More signs of radiation sickness and symptomes in young children:

 Nov. 7 — “A survey shows that some children in Fukushima Prefecture have smaller average weight gains this year compared to the year before. A pediatrician says the results indicate the negative effects of the nuclear plant accident in March,” reports NHK. “Doctor Shintaro Kikuchi tracked the weights of 245 children aged from 4 to 6 in 2 kindergartens in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. The results show an average weight increase of 0.81 kilograms over the past year through June. The increase for children in the same age group the previous year was 3.1 kilograms.”

Donnerstag, 3. November 2011

Fukushima 8 Months Later

N.B for the English Article scroll down
Seit mehreren Tagen liest man in der Presse wieder vermehrt Berichte über den havarierten Atommeiler in Fukushima. In der Tat hat sich die Situation in Japan weiterhin verschlechtert. Die wohl am häufigsten gebrachte Nachricht der letzten Tage, Xenon-Gase seien in der Nähe des Kraftwerkes gemessen worden bestätigen somit die monatelange Befürchtung internationaler Experten: Es gibt eine unkontrollierbare Kernspaltung womöglich sogar in mehreren Reaktoren des beschädigten Kraftwerkes. Was bedeutet dies konkret: Xenon 133 und 135 sind radioaktive Gase die bei einer Kernspaltung freigesetzt werden. Die Halbwertzeit dieser Elemente sind zwar recht kurz von mehreren Stunden bis ein paar Tage, jedoch kann eine unkontrollierte Kettenreaktion zu weiteren Explosionen oder Freisetzung von noch mehr radioaktivem Material führen. Die Situation ist also somit sehr angespannt. Die Betreiberfirma Tepco pumpt weiterhin Borsäure in die havarierten Reaktoren um die unkontrollierte Kernspaltung zu stoppen. Neuesten Berichten zufolge bringt dies jedoch recht wenig, gegen Abend des 3. Novembers (Tokioter Zeit) entweicht weiterhin Xenon Gas aus dem havarierten Reaktor. Bei Tepco rechnet man nicht mehr vor Ende des Jahres damit die Kernspaltung unter Kontrolle zu bekommen. Doch immer mehr Studien werden in Japan publiziert mit teils dramatischen Ergebnissen: Dr. Masimichi Nishio, Kinderarzt und Leiter der nordjapanischen "Hokkaido Cancer Center" kennt das Problem: Zwischen 1995 und 2005 betreute er Kinder aus der Evakuierungszone von Tschernobyl und kommt zu der Schlussfolgerung, dass die Symptome bei japanischen Kindern ähnlich sind: Nasenbluten, Halsschmerzen, Müdigkeit, Durchfall geschwollene Lymphknoten, unerträgliche Kopf- und Bauchschmerzen. Auch die Fälle akuter Leukämie häufen sich an. Dr. Nishio verurteilt die japanische Regierung die weiterhin behauptet diese Symptome stammen von ganz normalen saisonalen Erkältungen. Weitere Symptome sind das Anschwellen der Augen, welches auch in Tschernobyl bei Mensch und Tieren beobachtet werden konn(t)en. Das folgende Bild zeigt das angeschwollene Auge einer Katze in Japan, nahe Fukushima.

Due to numerous requests, every article I publish on Fukushima will also feature an English translation

 8 months after the Fukushima-Daiichi the situation in Japan still worsens: New measurements confirm the presence of Xenon 135 & 133 gazes. Xenon is only generated during nuclear fission, proving thus that there is an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction going on in at least 2 reactors. On November 2nd, Tepco workers tried to stop the reaction by injection boric acid fluid into the reactor core, but haven't succeeded to cool down or stop the reaction. As the workers still struggle to gain control over the crippled reactors, Japanese pediatricians are very concerned about the rising number of acute leukemia cases and rising number of radiation sickness & poisonings. Dr. Nishio, Director of the Hokkaido Cancer Center is criticizing the Japanese government for not acting "appropriately". Japanese Health officials and the Ministry of Health state that symptoms such as diarrhea, paleness, headaches, swollen lymph notes, nose bleeds are merely signs of colds and not the radiation sickness. Dr. Nishio is renowned pediatrician and knows the subject of children exposed to radioactivity very well: Between 1995 and 2005 he travelled numerous times to the exclusion zone of Chernobyl and studied the effect of radiation on kids. More and more Japanese doctors are talking about swollen eyes, a typical symptom that can be observed when the thyroid has been exposed to huge amounts of radioactivity. (check picture of cat from Fukushima Prefecture) Kittens with swollen eyes in Fukushima Prefecture) 
Katze aus der Evakuierungszone zeigen haben angeschwollene Augen, ein akutes Zeichen, dass die Schilddrüse radioakivem Material ausgesetzt ist.

 Dr. Nishio from the Hokkaido Cancer Center shares his views:


Montag, 15. August 2011

Leserbrief: Fukushima 5 Monate danach

Fukushima 5 Monate danach

Fünf Monate nach dem Supergau im Fukushima-Daiichi Kraftwerk findet man in der Presse immer weniger Berichte über den havarierten Atommeiler. Dies bedeutet jedoch keinesfalls, dass man Entwarnung geben kann, ganz im Gegenteil die Lage in Japan ist dramatisch. Die Betreiberfirma TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) verschweigt und verschönert Presseberichte, veröffentlicht nur zaghaft Fotos und Videos vom havarierten Reaktor. Die Pressebulletins von TEPCO enthalten/plakatieren meistens gut organisierte Aufräumarbeiten. Die inoffiziellen Fotos, die durch Aufräumarbeiter den sogenannte “Liquidatoren” nach außen gelangen zeigen jedoch ein ganz anderes Bild: Hektisch installierte Pumpen, improvisierte Kontroll- und Schlafräume für Arbeiter keine 50 Meter vom Reaktorkern entfernt usw. Das Krisenmanagement in Fukushima ist desaströs, Im direkten Vergleich zwischen Fukushima und Tschernobyl wirkt das sowjetische Krisenmanagement makabererweise schon fast exemplarisch. Seit mehr als 3 Wochen “vermisst” TEPCO knapp 200 Arbeiter und Liquidatoren. Ja genau, TEPCO behauptet diese seien spurlos verschwunden. Es handelt sich hierbei um « Liquidatoren » die in den ersten Wochen nach der Katastrophe im März und April angeheuert wurden, viele von ihnen waren Obdachlose, Verurteilte oder Außenseiter, kurz: Menschen die wohl keiner wirklich vermissen würde. Die Meldung, dass TEPCO im April sozial benachteiligte Menschen für Aufräumarbeiten einstellte sorgte damals noch für einen weltweiten Sturm der Entrüstung. Die logische Schlussfolgerung dieser Schandtat wird jedoch von uns allen lieber verdrängt.

TEPCO und die japanische Regierung verschleiern und vertuschen das Ausmaß der Katastrophe: Messungen werden hemmungslos zensiert oder später dementiert. Die richtigen Zahlen, die von Wissenschaftlern veröffentlicht werden, werden totgeschwiegen und kommen nicht bei der Bevölkerung Japans an. Universitäten und Technische Institute in Japan ermitteln mittlerweile eigene Werte. Das Ziel der japanischen Akademiker besteht darin, eine detaillierte und für die Bevölkerung einfach verständliche Kartographie der Radioaktivität herzustellen: Einer von ihnen ist Dr. Shinzo Kimura, Strahlenforscher und spezialisiert in Strahlenhygiene von der Hokkaido University. Als er sich im März wenige Tage nach dem Supergau nach Fukushima begab, konnte er bereits im einer Entfernung von 50km vor dem Kraftwerk erschreckend hohe Jod-131 Werte feststellen. Obwohl Jod-131 nur eine “Halbwertzeit” (die Zeit die ein “Radionuklid” braucht um seine Aktivität und Menge durch Zerfall zu halbieren) von etwas mehr als 8 Tagen hat, handelt es sich um ein sehr krebserregendes(Schilddrüsenkrebs) Isotop was bei Kernschmelzen in riesigen Mengen gemeinsam mit Jod-133 freigesetzt wird. Später wies Dr. Kimura in bewohnten Landstrichen noch Plutonium, Neptunium und Caesium in so hoher Konzentration nach, dass man bei einem gleichen Wert in der damaligen Sowjetunion sofort evakuiert hätte. Andere Gegenden zeigten Kontaminierungen von über 300 Mikrosievert pro Stunde, ein Wert der nicht einmal in einem der am stärksten kontaminierten Orte Tschernobyls gemessen wurde. (der sogenannte « Red Forrest » zu Deutsch : Roter Wald, ein 10km² großes Areal in dem die Bäume sich durch die hohe Radioaktivität rot-bräunlich verfärbten, bis dato eines der am meisten kontaminierten Plätze der Erde)
Gestern veröffentlichte die Universität Hiroshima unter der Leitung von Dr. Satoshi Tashiro eine Studie, in der man die Schilddrüsen von 1149 Kinder der Präfektur Fukushima analysierte: Das Urteil ist erschreckend: Bei über 47 % der Kinder wurden Werte von bis zu 35 Millisievert nachgewiesen. Optimistische Studien besagen, dass 100 Milisievert für einen Erwachsenen Menschen schädlich sind und zu Komplikationen führen kann.
Diese Beispiele illustrieren, wie dramatisch die Situation in Japan wirklich ist: Die Lage in dem havarierten Meiler ist noch immer nicht unter Kontrolle, und TEPCO gedenkt den Reaktor bis Ende des Jahres unter Kontrolle zu haben und dann mit dem Bau eines Sarkophages zu beginnen. Bis dahin entkommt die Radioaktivität noch tagtäglich aus den 4 havarierten Reaktorblöcken.

Eine jedoch kaum zu überprüfende Mitteilung hat mich am meisten schockiert, die Twitternachricht einer japanischen Krankenschwester aus Sendai, in der Miyagi Präfektur: (frei übersetzt aus dem Englischen): „Wenn wir ihre Haare kämmen fallen ganze Haarbüschel heraus... ihre weißen Blutkörperchen sind verschwunden ... sie übergeben sich, und haben unerträgliche Kopfschmerzen... es kommen immer mehr Patienten mit diesen Symptomen zu uns…“ Obwohl man diese Mitteilung nicht überprüfen kann erinnert sie uns doch ganz stark an die Berichte aus den sowjetischen Krankenhäusern im April und Mai 1986. Auch wenn Fukushima momentan nicht so viel Resonanz in der Presse findet, ist und bleibt ein es ein Aktualitätsthema… und dies für die nächsten Dekaden.

Quellen und Linksammlung:

Sonntag, 14. August 2011

Disturbing Tweets from Japan

I have no idea and way of telling if this is the real deal but it sounds, at least to my ears plausible and comparable to what I have seen in the Exclusion Zone around Chernobyl and read about it: So I will repost this without having a 100% proof:

Tweets from Japan: “When we wash their hair, it comes off in a clump — It is really scary”
Saturday, August 13, 2011

August 13th, 2011

Decrease in White Blood Cells, Headache, Nausea in a Hospital in Sendai City, Miyagi, EX-SKF, August 12, 2011:

Tweets from a nurse (my very good guess from her tweets) in a large hospital in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture on August 10:
Increasing number of patients with unexplainable decrease in white blood cells, headache, nausea. They are diagnosed for existing illness and undergo treatment, but they don’t respond to the treatment at all. I’ve seen those cases in my hospital. I’m not saying they are all because of the radiation exposure, but I’m telling you what I’m seeing.
When we wash their hair, it comes off in a clump. It is really scary. The doctor says, “I really wonder why the white blood cell count is down…” Doctor, don’t be so relaxed about it. There is going to be more and more people who don’t respond to treatment.

Take this 1hr 30min. documentary by the Japanese TV Channel NHK and share it !

Tepco still denies knowing anything about the whereabouts of nearly 200 nuclear liquidators... Most likely their bodies where dumped somewhere around Fukushima Power Plant in waste dumps.

Tokyo Electric's lax worker management found

The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has failed to confirm the whereabouts of 198 workers who are believed to have worked at the plant since the nuclear disaster started.

Criticizing the operator's lax personnel management, the health ministry has instructed Tokyo Electric Power Company to identify the workers and have those workers
checked for radiation exposure tests by next Friday.

In a report submitted to the ministry on Wednesday, the company admits that it has failed so far to confirm the whereabouts of the 198 workers, who are on the name-list of workers at the plant between March and April.

The company also reports that it has conducted radiation exposure tests on 8,338 workers, but still has to test more than 1,500 workers, including the 198.

The utility had reported last Wednesday that the number of missing was 132.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency is also investigating the case because if it is proven that some of these workers were hired by the company without their identities being confirmed, it could constitute a violation of anti-terrorism legislation.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 07:31 +0900 (JST)
Copyright NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Mittwoch, 3. August 2011

Inside Fukushima: Pictures they don't show you on T.V

Nearly 5 months after the disaster in Fukushima, people stopped talking about the Tsunami& Earthquake only sporadic articles appear about the high radiation levels. That over 5000 people work on the site of the Nuclear Power Plant is rarely mentionned, this is their story and pictures of their work.

Worker measuring radiation in Block 1

Hastily installed pumping systems, definetly not radiation-proof in Block 2

Controll Room for reactor 3 in late March 2011

Japanese Special Firefighters from Tokyo to staring at the gaping holes in the reactor walls.

Engineers in an improvised control room for R/C robots

Another control room for the R/C robots (Block 2)

A rest area built for the workers, most workers have 15-18 hours shifts per day with little pauses.

Heavy contaminated rubble around Block 3

Now compare this pictures to those that Tepco shares with the press...

Dienstag, 26. Juli 2011

D' ADR wäescht hier Auslännerfeindlech Politik wäiss

Ech haalen mech ganz kuerz:
Absolut ekelerreegend wéi d' ADR sëch elo matt den Afferen aus Norwegen hier auslännerfeindlech a flüchtlingsveruechtend Politik wäisswäschen wëll: An engem Schreiwwes verweist d ADR haut op hieren Grondsaatzprogramm well sie am wirren an gëckegen Manifesto vum Anders Behring Breivik erwähnt gin als "anti-immigratiouns- an nationalisteg Partei". Als kléngen Rappel: Am totalen Géigensaatz zum ADR Grondsaatzprogramm steet dëssen Pressecommuniqué aus dem Maerz 2011 "Kee Lampedusa zu Lëtzebuerg" : ... D'ADR verlaangt dat et ouni ze waarden zu konkreten a schnellen Aktiounen kënnt fir keng nei Flüchtlinge mussen opzehuelen, fir déi bestehend Asyldemandë schnell ze traitéieren an am Fall vum Refus de betraffe Leit schnell an ouni finanziell Kompensatioun an hir Heemecht zréck ze schécken. En Ausfluch op Lëtzebuerg däerf kee Geschäft ginn ...

Kléngt sou nët den Uffank vun xenophober oder onsolidarëscher Flüchtlingspolitik? Ech fannen et schlëmm wéi elo beemol d' ADR sëch wëll wäisswäschen an daat am Numm vun den Opferen aus Norwegen... Absolut Schamlos!

ADR Schreiwwes:

ADR Schreiwwes "Kee Lampedusa zu Lëtzebuerg"

Obwuel déi jonk gréng schon en Solidaritéits- a Kondolenzschreiwwen un AUF - d' norwegësch Jusos geschriwwen hun, wëll ech nachmol op dësser Plaz main ganz häerzlecht Bäileed un Familen an Frënn vun den Affer riichten. Mir wäerten ierch alleguerten an Arënnerung haalen als jonk engagéiert Mënschen déi hier Dreem vun enger besserer Welt ant d Hand geholl hun an verwieklechen wollten. Äeren Idealismus an Engagement genau wi d' Arënnerung un ierch erhaalen mir alleguerten um Lierwen.

Bréif un AUK - Norwegësch Juso'en vun déi jonk gréng

En Kondolenz-Bréif vun déi jonk gréng un d Norweger Jusos:
On this sad day, déi jonk gréng, Luxembourg Green Youth want to express their deepest solidarity and most heartfelt sympathies to the victims, their beloved family and friends of the unprecedented attacks in Utoya. In this terrible time we want express our most sincere condolences. We condemn this barbaric and atrocious act of hate and tremble ourselves in shock. Prime Minister Stoltenberg said that the treasure of democracy is the politically involved youth. We weep the terrible loss and waste of innocent human life in Utoya and Oslo and want to express once more our most sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with the beloved departed, their family and friends. We stand behind you, you will never walk alone.Yours truthfully,DEI JONK GRENG, Luxembourg Green Youth Executive Committee

Donnerstag, 14. Juli 2011

New Protests in Belarus - dozens of people detained

The protests organized on social media continue in Belarus, as hundreds of people gather in the centre of Minsk. The protest on wednesday was organized on VKontakte a popular Social Media Network, similar to Facebook. International Press reports aswell as Russia Today, RIA-NOVOSTI, Nashi Niva and Belsat report that dozens of people were arrested and are still detained. After arresting people for clapping and singing, the Belorussian Regime now rounds up people for setting their alarm clock on the cellphone at 8. p.m, like the organizers told them on the internet. The will of the Belorussian people is at it's height, and the international community must follow suite, change in Belarus is possible!

Russia Today states that "All in all, about a hundred people, including 25 in the capital Minsk, were detained following Wednesday’s flash-mob protest.
Charter’97 writes that the detentions “were traditionally harsh, people were dragged on the ground and into paddy wagons which arrived speedily”.According to the website, police also detained journalists, “hindering their work, were rude, tripped protesters, and kicked them”. In addition, police tried to prevent photographers and cameramen from taking pictures or filming during the arrests.
The “Belarusian Partisan” news outlet notes that compared to previous times, fewer protesters showed up for the event on July 13.But, according to the opposition website, the explanation is pretty simple: many “revolutionists” are still under administrative arrest for taking part in earlier protests"*

* http://rt.com/politics/belarus-internet-opposition-blocked/
Pic: (c) EURORADIO via charter97.by

Dienstag, 5. Juli 2011

When you're happy and you know it clap your hands!

Hundreds of Protesters where arrested 2 days ago in Belarus, attending the 20th Independence Day Celebrations in Minsk, report AFP, Al-Jazzera and Tas-Interfax. According to different media agencies, the peaceful protesters where around 1000 people who clapped and applauded during Lukashenka's speech on the Military Parade in Central Minsk. More than 300 people where apprehended and sentenced to 3 to 16 days of imprisonment simply because they clapped. A new wave of protesting rocks the Belorussian Capital, as the economical situation in Belarus worsens. New protests are exclusively organized over social medias and are feared by Belorussian officials. Only 2 weeks ago, Lukashenka announced to personally annihilate anybody who attends protests that were organized via social medias on the internet.

Euronews 4.7.2011

RT - Russia Today 5.7.2011

Picture:(c) APP

Donnerstag, 23. Juni 2011

New Wave of Repression shocks Belarus

A new violent wave of repression shocks Belarus.
First the Facebook Rallyes that were forbidden with Lukashenko announcing he would smash every single demonstrant to attend such a meeting an now yesterday, these images and videos come from Minsk. Now the autoritarian and bankrupt regime is already using military special forcers "Spetsnaz" to repress people... But it looks like many Belarussians are fighting against that and we can only support and salute their courage ! Freedom to Belarus! Free all Political prisoners! Now!

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