Very strong and deep earthquake M6.9 struck off the coast of Fiji

A very strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.9 on the Richter scale (USGS) struck off the coast of Fiji on July 21, 2014, at 14:54 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 616.1 km (382.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.8 earthquake at depth of 610 km.Epicenter was located 100 km (62 miles) NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji, and 369 km (229 miles) WNW of Nuku`alofa, Tonga.There are about 2 540 people living within 100 km radius.USGS issued green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.A destructive tsunami was not generated because this earthquake is located too deep inside the Earth.Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia PlateThe eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active… »

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Two doctors judged cerebral hemorrhage of a woman in Minamisoma is “almost entirely” due to nuclear accident

Two doctors judged a health problem of a woman in Minamisoma to be “almost entirely” caused by Fukushima nuclear accident.

The woman (66) was livng in Minamisoma city when 311 took place. She started evacuating on 3/12/2011.

10 days after, she had cerebral hemorrhage in a toilet of a shelter. She had a past illness of high blood pressure but healthy enough to work in her farm.

She still doesn’t have the sense of her left hand and leg.

Regarding her cerebral hemorrhage, both of her family doctor and rehabilitation doctor judged it was due to Fukushima nuclear accident.

This was a diagnosis to be submitted to ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) of Fukushima accident.

However the ADR center picked up the diagnosis of the doctor who was recommended by Tepco, has never seen this woman.

Tepco’s doctor asserted her cerebral hemorrhage is only 50% affected by Fukushima accident, which the basis has never been shown.

The center suggested the compromise settlement of 7 million yen compensation for her.

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Pale blue light emitting mushroom found in Sendai

3 Pale blue light emitting mushroom found in Sendai

Photo : In Sendai (Photographic sensitivity 6400, Exposure time 30 seconds)

Approx. 60 mushrooms were found emitting pale blue light in Taihaku ward of Sendai.

These were growing on a dead tree. The diameter of a cap was about 1cm.

Professor Hirai from Koriyama Women’s University & College comments it looks like Mycena chlorophos, which is seen in the islands of offshore Pacific.

He states if it was really Mycena chlorophos, that’s really rare to see in Northern area of Japan.

The specific sort of these mushrooms is not identified.

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Beyond honey bees, neonicotinoid pesticides now found to be killing baby birds

A class of pesticides widely blamed for a worldwide collapse in pollinator populations is also devastating populations of birds, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands and the Centre for Field Ornithology and Birdlife Netherlands, and published in the journal Nature on July 16.The chemicals, known as neonicotinoids, have increasingly come under fire for widespread destruction of organisms other than agricultural pests.”I think we are the first to show that this insecticide may have wide-scale, significant effects on our environment,” researcher Hans de Kroon said.Systemic poisonIn the past 20 years, neonicotinoids have become one of the fastest-growing pesticide classes. In contrast to most other pesticides… »

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Fukushima: Unit 1 Cover Removal & Demolition Work To Begin Soon

TEPCO has announced their plan to remove the cover of unit 1 so that debris on the refueling floor can be cleaned off. This work will enable viewing of the spent fuel pool and the condition of the reactor well. The work has come under increased scrutiny after it was discovered that similar demolition work at unit 3 had caused contamination up to 50km from the plant due to the wind blowing radioactive building dust.
TEPCO’s plan for dismantling the mess on the refueling floor hopes to cut down on releases to the environment. They challenge may be that the releases from unit 3, even though they were considerable didn’t cause readings at the site boundary or nearby that caused anyone to take notice. Only an in plant reading near a bus stop caused an alarm, along with two contaminated workers.
The plan will involve first removing portions of the roof cover …

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