Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Plant Workers Go Missing????

Mainichi: "Whereabouts of 30 nuclear power plant subcontractors unknown: Health Ministry"

"The whereabouts of about 30 subcontractors who helped deal with the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is unknown, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said on June 20.

"The workers are among some 3,700 who worked to control the disaster in March, the month the plant was struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

"The workers' names were listed in records showing that they had been loaned dosimeters, but when the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), contacted the companies they were associated with, the companies replied that there was no record of those workers...

...Ministry officials said that 3,639 emergency workers were enlisted to handle the nuclear crisis in March. As of June 20, TEPCO had reported provisional radiation exposure figures for 3,514 workers to the ministry. The other 125 had not undergone tests for internal radiation exposure as of June 20. TEPCO has asked cooperating companies to have 69 of these 125 workers tested. The remaining 56 were either about to undergo tests or could not undergo tests due to illness."

MAJIA HERE: Disposable workers who may have given their life to try and contain the disaster are stricken from all record. Their heroic acts rendered invisible to their families and friends....

NHK: "More people in Fukushima fearing contamination"

"Concerns over radioactive contamination are growing among people living next to the new evacuation advisory zones near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

"The people live just outside an area in Date and Minami Soma cities that the government last week designated for voluntary evacuation.

On Monday evening, Minami Soma city officials visited the homes of 5 families in Jisabara district, next to the zones.

"The officials checked the radiation levels around the houses at the request of the concerned residents.

"the highest level recorded was 2.45 microsieverts per hour at 1 meter above the ground in the houses' backyards.

"The mother of an 8-year-old girl said she has been worried since the nuclear accident in March. She said she thinks it is a bit late for city officials to address their concerns...."

MAJIA HERE: This is so tragic. Why didn't the government require and assist these people with evacuation....?

Finally, Washington's Blog has an article up at Global Research about the level of contamination at Japan

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