Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; May 25, 2014

A reporter has lived in Iitate village in Fukushima for the last two years to film a documentary about life there after the Fukushima disaster.
12 municipalities are requesting additional decontamination work from the central government
Seawater contamination at the plant has risen again to all time highs in certain areas in and outside of the port. TEPCO cited no clear reason for the increases. As the solid underground wall systems are installed contamination levels were supposed to go down.
TEPCO has assigned new managers to subdivided sections of the plant in the hopes this might eliminate some of the ongoing problems at the plant. After another batch of minor accidents, water control failures and a worker death there was more pressure on TEPCO to do something.
Tritium is being found in deep underground wells at the Fukushima Daiichi disaster site.
A new record high tritium level in the port was found between the unit …

Source: Fukushima Sub

[Support by eating] Fukushima food promotion shop opened in the center of Tokyo

Fukushima prefectural government opened a Fukushima food promotion shop “Midette” in Nihonbashi on 4/13/2014.

In order to fight “harmful rumor” against Fukushima products, Fukushima prefectural government collaborates with some Japanese companies such as JAL to promote their products, which include food.

On 5/22 and 5/23/2014, they distributed Fukushima milk, café au lait, and rice to the visitors for free.

You read this now because we’ve been surviving until today.

Source: Fukushima

In age of runaway superbugs, handshakes now declared more dangerous than smoking

Entire healthcare facilities may soon be dubbed “no handshaking zones.” As “smoke free zones” become more accepted today, so too could “no human contact zones.”Touching is now being proven to be more dangerous than smoking, as deadly super bugs like the MERS virus spread.Hospitals may begin prohibiting human touch, in fear of spreading diseaseNew research from the UCLA reveals that the danger of spreading disease through hand to hand contact is growing rapidly, especially in an age of runaway super-bugs.One day, hospital lobbies may display signs with an X through a picture of a handshake, prohibiting visitors and health care professionals from making simple contact with one another. One day, visitors may be asked to leave the building for hugging one ano… »

Source: Solar News

7 States Running Out Of Water

In seven states drought conditions were so severe that each had more than half of its land area in severe drought. Severe drought is characterized by crop loss, frequent water shortages, and mandatory water use restrictions.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) meteorologist Brad Rippey, said that drought has been a long-running issue in parts of the country. “This drought has dragged on for three and a half years in some areas, particularly [in] North Texas,” Rippey said.

While large portions of the seven states suffer from severe drought, in some parts of these states drought conditions are even worse. In six of the seven states with the highest levels of drought, more than 30% of each state was in extreme drought as of last week, a more severe level of drought characterized by major crop and pasture losses, as well as widespread water shortages. Additionally, in California and Oklahoma, 25% and 30% of the states, respectively, suffered from exceptional drought, the highest severity classification. Under exceptional drought, crop and pasture loss is widespread, and shortages of well and reservoir water can lead to water emergencies.

Drought has had a major impact on important crops such as winter wheat. “So much of the winter wheat is grown across the southern half of the Great Plains,” Rippey said, an area that includes Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, three of the hardest-hit states. Texas alone had nearly a quarter of a million farms in 2012, the most out of any state, while neighboring Oklahoma had more than 80,000 farms, trailing only three other states.

In the Southwest, concerns are less-focused on agriculture and more on reservoir levels, explained Rippey. In Arizona, reservoir levels were just two-thirds of their usual average. Worse still, in New Mexico, reservoir stores were only slightly more than half of their normal levels. “And Nevada is the worst of all. We see storage there at about a third of what you would expect,” Rippey said.

The situation in California may well be the most problematic of any state. The entire state was suffering from severe drought as of last week, and 75% of all land area was under extreme drought. “Reservoirs which are generally fed by the Sierra Nevadas and the southern Cascades [are] where we see the real problems,” Rippey said. Restrictions on agricultural water use has forced many California farmers to leave fields fallow, he added. “At [the current] usage rate, California has less than two years of water remaining.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the seven states with the highest proportions of total area classified in at least a state of severe drought as of May 13, 2014. We also reviewed figures recently published by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service as part of its 2012 Census of Agriculture.

[Still high level of radiation from fish] 193,000 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137 from fish in Fukushima plant port

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Related to this article.. Tepco discharged 561t of bypass contaminated groundwater to the Pacific [URL]

Extremely high level of radioactive material is still measured from fish in Fukushima plant port.

On 5/16/2014, Tepco announced they measured 193,000 Bq/Kg of Cesium-134/137 from Spotbelly rockfish. The fish was caught in Fukushima plant port this April.

The radioactive density is 1,930 times much as Japanese food safety limit.

Fukushima plant is releasing countless other nuclides such as Strontium-90 or Tritium, but these nuclides were not tested on this sample, which doesn’t mean “not detected”.

The bones and organs of fish were not analyzed either, and Tepco hasn’t made any explanation about why they don’t.

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Source: Fukushima

[Video] Reactor3 coolant water leaking out of the pipe to flow in the direction of the sea / Building floor already rusted

Following up this article.. [Reactor3] 1st floor : 16℃, 2nd floor : 9℃ / The deeper you go, the warmer it gets at 4m from the primary vessel [URL]

On 5/15/2014, Tepco implemented the investigation with pan-tilt camera in reactor3 building.

As a result, they found one of the main steam pipes leaking water, which is assumed to be the reactor coolant water (video below).

Tepco describes the leakage amount as “about the thickness of 2 ~ 4 pencils”, but the floor is covered with the leaked water, and it’s completely rusted.

The leaked water was observed flowing to the east, which is the direction to the sea.

You read this now because we’ve been surviving until today.

Source: Fukushima