Moderately strong M2.5 solar flare erupted from Region 2130

A moderately strong solar flare reaching M2.5 at its peak time erupted from Region 2130 on July 31, 2014, at 11:14 UTC. The event started at 11:01 and ended at 11:21 UTC.Region 2130 has ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic configuration and is located near the Sun’s eastern limb. If CME was produced by this event it should not be Earth directed.The region is stable but capable of producing strong to major solar flares as it rotates into more geoeffective position in the coming days.NOAA SWPC forecasters estimate 30% chance for M-class, and 5% chance for X-class solar flares in next two days.Filament eruptionA 31 degree filament eruption centered near N08E32 (north-eastern quadrant) was observed in SDO/AIA imagery beginning around 30/04:00 UTC. A CME su… »

Source: Solar News

TEPCO Claims ALPS Decontamination System To Be Operational By End Of Year

TEPCO hopes to have two new installations of ALPS completed in September and October of this year. The company is also now claiming that the current system has been able to remove considerable amounts of additional types of radiation down to below regulatory limits, though amounts of these isotopes still exist in the water. The water would also still contain tritium, something ALPS can not remove.
By adding additional tanks and changing a filter media being used they claim to have been able to remove more of various isotopes. They did not elaborate on corrosion issues that have plagued the system so it is hard to determine if those problems have been fully resolved. TEPCO has considerable help with this project. Toshiba and the Japanese government have played a leading role in developing the system. The system still lacks full regulatory approval from the NRA.
TEPCO press release:

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Source: Fukushima Sub