Wednesday, May 2, 2012

5/2/12 - Fukushima News Update

submitted by Gabrielle Price

Before I share the links and data, I want to share with you the inspiring courage of the Japanese people who have survived an earthquake and tsunami on par with one of the world's largest disasters, but are still out in force to heal the planet and warn humanity of the consequences of nuclear power.  A force that is treated with as much respect by corporations and governments as an arsonist treats fire.  It's time to take the matches away from the children.

[Many of the reports I receive are translated from Japanese and other languages, since the US Media has failed to do their duty to report these findings.  There will be some grammatical errors but I have made it my business to translate these reports as clearly as possible from broken English, with the help of global citizen heroes who care that you get this information.  Thank you.]


The Japanese people are fighting back in the face of it all. The only operating nuclear power plant in Japan now is Tomari the third nuclear power plant in Hokkaido Electric Power Co.
it is going in to lower the power around 17:00pm and the power generation stops around 23:00pm (JST) on May 5th. The people will do a candle night countdown in the Iwanai ferry bridge where the people can see Tomari nuclear power plant at 22:00pm (JST) on May 5th. It stops completely around 2:00am (JST) on May 6th.

Photo by Akihiro Tachibana,`Human letters` at Nakanoshima park on May 1st.

Cleaning up radiation hopeless, says writer: “There is no end” — “We adults have to bear a responsibility for the future” — “Impossible to decontaminate vast forested areas, and Japan is a country of forests and mountains”


In this dataset, the simulation from NOAA's HYSPLIT model shows a continuous release of tracer particles from 12-31 March at a rate of 100 per hour representing the Cesium-137 emitted from Fukushima Daiichi.  Each change in particle color represents a decrease in radioactivity by a factor of 10.  Radioactivity decreases due to removal by rainfall and gravitational settling.  Decay is not a factor for Cesium in this short duration simulation compared to its 30 year long-half life.  The air concentration would be computed from the particle density so it is only partially related to the color scale.  The released particles are followed through the end of April using meteorological data from the 1-degree resolution NOAA global analyses.


More updates as they are translated.

1 comment:

  1. What can one say about this? We are only permitted the sketchiest information regarding this disaster lest we get the crazy idea that there is anything that we can do about it.
    The nuclear power industry is like a runaway freight train and will not be deterred by anything as insignificant as global radioactive contamination. All of it can be fixed with some disinformation and a slick advertising campaign. After all what you don't know can't hurt you, right? Never fear ... a recent info bit from the nuclear industry said that radiation is not only natural but also is good for us!


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