Visible atmospheric emissions at Fukushima continue at an elevated level as compared to November 2015.
I don't know if the recent uptick in emissions is linked to the spike in cesium recently reported in NHK and the Asahi Shimbun because the articles do not indicate WHEN the spikes occurred (beyond 2015):
Radiation Spike in Fukushima Underground Ducts, NHK, December 10, http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151210_16.html
"Tokyo Electric Power Company has detected 482,000 becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium in water samples taken from the tunnels on December 3rd. That’s 4000 times higher than data taken in December last year."It is hard to know whether the increased level of cesium exclusively reflects continued degradation of melted fuel in contact with water coursing under the site or whether it also is indicative of ongoing nuclear (sub)criticalities.
The pulsing effect I noticed on the TBS cam this week is circumstantial evidence for the latter interpretation.
I received three Netc radiation alerts this week for California and Nevada. Was the source of the increased radiation Diablo Caynon NPP or was it Fukushima? Or, perhaps some other toxic DNA destroying source was at fault?
After learning that the NRC misrepresented the state of the spent fuel pools at Daiichi, at least as evidenced by the latest NRC disaster transcripts released, I conclude that we could experience radiation levels capable of producing death within 3 years and the NRC would still say "little-to-no risk."
If you think I'm over-reacting, please read the transcripts yourself and ask yourself how they could have concluded that children in North America would receive a trivial dose, below level of concern, from the atmospheric vaporization of the entire contents of spent fuel pool in unit 4, 25% of the "total fuel in unit 2", and 50% of the "spent fuel" from unit 3 with no word on the fuel in unit 1's reactor and pool, and no information about the fuel in reactor 3, nor the conditions at the common spent fuel pool. (see: http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1212/ML12122A949.pdf).
I want to know how even their select representation of fuel sources (above in red) could not result in a dose beyond the level of concern when spent fuel pool fires have been known for years to constitute the very worst radiological disaster? Spent fuel pool fires are described in the literature on nuclear risks as more radioactively contaminating than (conventional) nuclear weapons (although, who knows what the latest nuclear arsenal looks like).
I can feel my blood pressure rising and my writing turning to ranting because we have created risks that are catastrophic in implications, yet our so-called "leaders" in government and industry systematically under-represent risks and then, in the wake of ever-escalating crises, fail to change the very policies and extractive technologies that are producing mass extinctions that may eventually envelope us.
I have an evolving theory about collective, human insanity driven by the "will to power." I don't have time to unpack it all now, but I do think that our pulsations of collective madness are reaching a final crescendo.
In the west, massive and multi-modal assaults against the social body (that is, the global population) include the following:
Colonialism-Empire and rise of corporate power aligned with mercantile states
World War I
World War II
Atmospheric testing Cold War
Chemical Assault with rise of chemical industries in food and industry
Neoliberal financial warfare and subjugation
World War III (alignments well known)
Global Ecocide (resulting from above)
I'm not sure which comes first, the social body's awareness of global ecocide or World War III since both are already underway.
Most of us did not choose this, would not choose this path. How can we change it?