Saturday, August 31, 2013

Awareness and Preparation = Risk Mitigation

I'm very afraid that something very wicked this way comes. It is known as radiation and it can come with a blast wave, be swept through the wind, or be carried in the ebb and flow of the ocean.

We could all be at imminent risk for another very large exposure from Fukushima Daiichi, particularly people living closest to the plant and those directly downwind through local wind and through the jet stream.

The first sign of imminent danger is spiking radiation. Enenews reports, via NHK, that levels have spiked 2,000 times. This is yet the most recent report of spiking rad levels at the plant. Here is what NHK writes:

[Excerpt] The radiation readings were from 70 to 1,800 millisieverts per hour,  although none of the tanks showed any visible fall in their water levels, the plant operator said, adding it is investigating the cause [end]. (NHK

The article is implying that the spiking rads are not coming from the tanks.

Today, Kat, from the Enenews webcam forum, captured a flash on the TBS webcam

ChasAha, also from the forum, took stills. Both Chas Aha, Kat, and I agree that the flash stills resemble a blast wave:
Original Screen Shot #1:
Filtered Screen shot #2:

So, we have radiation levels spiking and they don’t appear to be coming from tank leaks and we have strange flashes on the cam. Meanwhile, the Japanese government is freaking out asking for assistance, yet nothing appears to be happening by way of a response.

I have not been this worried since the rad levels spiked in November of 2011. I honestly think the Daiichi site could possibly explode, and if it does it will be very large and very bad for life. The fallout would be intense and Daini and Tokai might have to be abandoned

Circumstantial evidence drawn from the webcam suggests changes have occurred over the last 3 months at the plant. Daiichi has looked unstable since mid-June, when the massive steam eruptions became longer, more regular, more voluminous, and more ‘smoky’ looking.

Take a look at these screenshots from August 20. That was a bad week:

Wotcha's link from August 20

Pure water's screen shots of the Aug 20th event:

The plant looked more stable last week, until today when the blast-flash phenomenon occurred.

I feel that acting as if the worst scenario could potentially unfold is a rational risk-mitigation strategy. After all, the worst case scenario is precisely what Japanese officials are warning of, although they’ve been reticent to pin down exactly what the worst case scenario actually is:

[excerpt] Chairman of the Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority Shunichi Tanaka was quoted Thursday by The Wall Street Journal as saying the situation was alarming "We cannot waste even a minute," he said. "This is what we have been fearing.".…Atsunao Marui, director of research at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, said the situation is likely to get worse. "It's important to think of the worst-case scenario," he said. [end](cited from  Worst-case scenario' at Fukushima Aug. 22, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Risk mitigation strategies are rational strategies that aim to reduce impacts of dangers. Preparation is not panic and it is not fear-mongering. 

The disaster of which I write about may never occur, but the tension in the media, among politicians, and by Japanese scientists is very THICK and the force, if you will, does not feel right at all (e.g.,

I recommend having a plan in place for your family in the event of sudden power disruption and having on hand the food and water necessary for at least several months. Having access to an underground water source that one could access without power would be ideal, but probable few people are so situated. 

Give Me Shelter because we're all becoming Radioactive.


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Saturday, August 17, 2013

ALERT: Evidence of Nuclear Criticalities at Fukushima Daiichi




Radioactivity levels in Fukushima groundwater increase 47-fold over 5 days THE ASAHI SHIMBUN August 06, 2013
[excerpt] Radioactivity levels soared 47-fold over just five days in groundwater from a monitoring well on the ocean side of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the plant operator said Aug. 5…. TEPCO has been struggling to deal with the enormous amounts of water used to cool the damaged reactors and block the flow of contaminated water into the ocean. [end]


Traces of nuclear activity-related gas detected in June: sources 2013/08/13 13:38
SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea detected traces of Xenon, a chemical element usually found near recent nuclear activities, in the country's atmosphere in June, but it does not seem to have originated from North Korea, government sources said Tuesday.

According to the sources, the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety detected traces of the colorless, odorless noble gas on three occasions in June. Xenon is detected in trace amounts after nuclear bomb tests or other nuclear activities.

Radioactive Isotope Detected in South Korea By Kwanwoo Jun. The Wall Street Journal August 13, 2013, 7:32 PM
News on Tuesday of the detection in South Korea of traces of a rare radioactive isotope often found soon after atomic bomb tests has prompted questions, but provided little in the way of answers.

Officials said it would be premature to conclude that the xenon isotope is connected to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, pouring cold water on initial speculation of this sort.

North Korea’s atomic program jumped to the top of headlines this year following its February bomb test and an announcement that it would restart its mothballed nuclear facility in Yongbyon, north of the capital, Pyongyang.

Lee Ho-ryung, a nuclear specialist at the Korea Institute of Defense Analyses in Seoul, told Korea Real Time that traces of xenon are detectable only for one to two weeks after “abnormal” nuclear activities–such as atomic bomb tests or radiation leaks from a nuclear reactor…. Ms. Lee said that the xenon traces didn’t necessarily originate from North Korea. They may have come from Japan, which is still struggling to recover from radiation leaks at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, she added.


Abe Joins Greenpeace in Signal Tepco Not Up to Cleanup By Jacob Adelman & Isabel Reynolds - Aug 7, 2013 5:41 PM MT
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an unlikely companion with environment protection campaigner Greenpeace as both indicated Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) isn’t up to the task of containing the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Greenpeace’s comments were blunt, Abe’s less so, though they both agreed on the seriousness of revelations that radioactive groundwater is gushing into the Pacific Ocean from the crippled coastal atomic station north of Tokyo. 


I am quite concerned about the pattern that emerges out of the data assembled above. Detections of short-lived Iodine and Xenon radioisotopes indicate with little uncertainty that nuclear fission has recently occurred. The recent global media flurry about Fukushima suggested something was up because the radioactive water contamination has been ongoing for over two years and the Japanese media have reported on it periodically. The recent media coverage suggested factors other than pure discovery may have been in play in shifting attention to the Daiichi site. 

I've recorded in my log posts below the visual evidence I've assembled documenting ongoing steam eruptions at the plant. These eruptions worsened in June 2013 and haven't ceased until the last week, when they seemed to have been reduced. I am concerned.


Apparent criticality in Fukushima unit 3 leads to Japan NRA outing Tepco for radioactive leaks.


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