Hurricane "Amanda" becomes strongest May hurricane on record in the Eastern Pacific

A week after the official start of 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season its first tropical depression was born southwest of Mexico. By May 23rd the system organized and strengthened into the first tropical storm of the season and was named “Amanda”. Over the next two days Amanda gained more strength and by May 25th it became category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 249 km/h (155 mph). On Saffir-Simpson Wind Hurricane Scale Amanda’s maximum sustained winds were on the top end of the category 4 hurricane. This made Amanda surpass Hurricane Adolph, which formed in 2001, and become the strongest Eastern Pacific May hurricane on record.Luckily, the system is still far away from the coastal areas and is expected to rapidly w… »

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"Storm of the Chinese century" causes severe flooding

Continuous downpours that started more than a month ago are causing severe flooding in several provinces of south and central China. Provincial flood control and civil affairs authorities are saying this type of rainstorms occur once every 100 year. Dubbed the “storm of the century”, the latest in a series of storms that has battered Guangdong province since the beginning of May has caused fatalities and widespread damage from flooding, landslides, and sinkholes. (Nanfang)As of Monday, May 26, at least 26 people have been confirmed dead and 10 others are missing.In Guangdong province, 800 000 people were affected and 21 000 evacuated, including the major cities of Guangzhou, Zhaoqing, Shanwei and Qingyuan. In Qingyuan city,… »

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Tepco decided to sprinkle retained contaminated rainwater to the ground / 12,000,000 Bq/m3 of all β nuclide

Following up this article.. Still 3,600 tonnes of contaminated rainwater retained in the faulty designed reserver / “No place to go” [URL]

Having no storage capacity remaining, Tepco decided to sprinkle the contaminated rainwater to Fukushima plant area ground. It’s rainwater retained in the dams for contaminated water tanks. Due to the primal fallout and the continuous leakage, the dams are contaminated to turn rainwater to be contaminated water too.

Tepco states they purify the water by reverse osmosis membrane.

From Tepco’s data, the all β nuclide (including Strontium-90) density was 12,000,000 Bq/m3 in the “rainwater” retained in the dam, but they managed to decreased it to lower than 1,000 Bq/m3.

However, even if they sprinkle it to the ground, it becomes groundwater to flow into the plant buildings. Tepco has’t made any explanation about the countermeasure.

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Source: Fukushima

TV personality enjoyed manual rice planting with 9 ~ 10 y.o students in Fukushima / 60km from Fukushima nuclear plant

On 5/23/2014, a TV personality Ohmomo Miyoko performed rice planting with 80 children to fight harmful rumor.

It was in Yabuki machi, where is only 60km from Fukushima nuclear plant.

In addition to the 80 children, who are 9 ~ 10 years old, 20 students of Tokyo Univ. of Agriculture enjoyed rice planting altogether.

They planted by soaking in the rice field and used hands. The harvested rice is supposed to be consumed by themselves or used for PR to fight against harmful rumor.

Related article.. [Support by eating] Fukushima food promotion shop opened in the center of Tokyo [URL]

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