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…
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…
Japanese officials saying all six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, are in trouble, but the immediate, and most serious situation are reactor 3 & 4. This is because spent fuel rods are overheating, or on fire.
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…
TEPCO, operator of the Fukushima Daiichi, says they are trying to lay new electric power lines to the plant. This is an attempt to restore power to the plant, to help fight the disaster. All earlier attempts to restore power failed.
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…
The Japanese government now says the official number of dead has hit 13,000.
This number will increase, as local prefectures are giving numbers that, taken together, are more than the official national government count. Also, there are still tens of thousand missing, according to local governments.
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…
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.
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…