Defense Minister says Radiation Too High, conducting cooling operations anyway

Japan Defense Minister, Toshimi Kitazawa, just said that radiation levels at Fukushima Daiichi are too high to safely conduct ground operations, as well as aerial operations. Despite the dangerous radiation levels, the situation is so bad that they have decide to re-start cooling operations.

At an altitude of 300 meters (984 feet), 87.7 millisieverts (87,7oo […] Continue Reading…

Idaho National Labratory watching events in Japan, Sea Water may not work

Officials at INL are watching events in Japan very carefully. The INL has their own reactor, and it is the location for the first nuclear plant in the United States.

The INL continues to be active in nuclear power, and clean up, applications.

INL officials say the use of sea water to cool nuclear reactors has […] Continue Reading…

Police spraying water on Reactor 4, Military dropping water on Reactor 3

Police from Tokyo have begun using their riot control water trucks to spray water on reactor 4, Fukushima Daiichi.

The JSDF has resumed dropping water on reactor 3, despite high radiation levels.  Officials say the overheating situation has become so bad that they had no choice but to have helicopter crews be exposed to high […] Continue Reading…

Nuclear Disaster “…people may be called in to sacrifice their lives”

Robert Alvarez, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, says the situation is so bad that “This is a situation where people may be called in to sacrifice their lives. … It’s very difficult for me to contemplate that but it’s, it may have reached that point.”

The U.S. military has banned service members […] Continue Reading…

Almost No Time to Escape Tsunami

After watching interviews of tsunami survivors it has become clear that there was very little time between the 9.0 quake and the first tsunami surge.

Most survivors say there was less than 15 minutes from the time of the quake to the tsunami impact.  An environmental activist from the United States, Brian Barnes, says where […] Continue Reading…

Japan using Hotels for People Fleeing Nuclear Disaster

The Japanese government is turning to hotels to house evacuees from the ongoing nuclear disaster.

People living within 20km of the Fukushima Daiichi plant were ordered to evacuate.  Many people discovered that the shelters they were supposed to report to were already full of quake/tsunami survivors.

Micro vs Milli Sievert

A Japanese doctor, who specializes in radiation sickness, says microsievert is OK (in general).  Millisievert is bad, because it is 1,000 times more than microsievert.

Japanese officials have given radiation levels in both sieverts, sometimes correcting each other during the press conferences. This is causing confusion, and adding to people’s mistrust of officials.

One official reading […] Continue Reading…

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