Monday, August 13, 2018

Fukushima Daiichi After Recent Earthquake

A recent earthquake off of Honshu did not result in any significant changes visible on the Fukushima Daiichi webcam, perhaps because the quake's epicenter was quite a ways south:

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake 8 miles from Isumi, Chiba Prefecture, Japan · 8:35 PM
However, the view of units 1 and 2 is rather strange looking. There is clearly stuff on the lens:
The view of units 3 and 4 is more sedate. New machinery can be seen in front of the white vent stack.

News on the plant is scarce unless one goes to the TEPCO website directly.
I read that a Japanese artist is facing censure for producing a statute of a girl wearing what looks like radioactive-protective clothing in Fukushima:
Kyodo (2018, August 13).Japanese artist faces backlash for ‘unscientific’ statue of child in protective gear in Fukushima.South China Morning Post.
Yanobe apologised on his website Friday for “discomforting” some people with his artwork, which was created in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant meltdown and installed near JR Fukushima station in the city of Fukushima on August 3.
It is a strange world when reputational damage trumps frank discussions of hazards to children.