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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Gov’t Expert: Fukushima caused gov’t 70,000-fold increase in Plutonium-241 in Japan — US Nuke Lab: Events such as Fukushima have resulted in plutonium contamination of large areas of oceans — Officials: Molten fuel is now ‘particle-like’ and contains ‘special nuclear materials’


Taeko Shinonaga, head of Radioanalytical Laboratory at Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen (research institution founded jointly by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education & Research and Bavaria’s Finance Ministry), scientists from Technische Universitat Munchen (Germany), Verhandlungen der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft 2013 meeting (emphasis added): Detection of long-lived plutonium isotopes in environmental samples by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) —Plutonium isotopes 239Pu, 240Pu and 242Pu are anthropogenic radionuclides emitted into the environment by nuclear activities. Pu is accumulated in the human body and hence, poses a considerable hazard to human health. Due to the long half-lives, these isotopes arepresent in the biosphere on large time scales and a build-up can be expected. Therefore it is important to study the contamination pathway of Pu into the drinking water… a method to detect long-lived Pu isotopes by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) is being developed. AMS requires only few milligrams of sample material… Consequently, more samples from different locations can be taken which is essential when searching for locally increased Pu concentrations as in the Pacific Ocean after the Fukushima accident… Samples from different locations in the Pacific Ocean and from the snow-hydrosphere are planned…
Taeko Shinonaga, head of Radioanalytical Laboratory at Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Nov 2014:  Comparison of activity between [nuclear bomb testing] fallout Pu particle and Fukushima origin Pu particle
Global Fallout Pu in Japan [GF]
  • Pu240: 1,360 Bq
  • Pu241645 Bq
  • Total: 208,005 Bq
Fukushima Pu found in our study
  • Pu240: 197,000 Bq [145 times GF]
  • Pu24143,700,000 Bq [67,752 times]
  • Total: 44,061,000 Bq [212 times]

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Nearly all fuel in Fukushima No. 1 reactor has melted, says TEPCO : Japan Times



New tests show almost all of the fuel inside one of the Fukushima nuclear plant’s reactors has melted, its operator said Thursday, the latest step in the clean-up after Japan’s worst ever nuclear crisis.
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said the technology, which uses elementary particles called “muon” to create x-ray style images, gave the most concrete evidence yet the fuel had dropped to the bottom of No. 1 reactor.

The data, though largely expected...

Engineers have not been able to develop a machine to directly see the exact location of the molten fuel, hampered by extremely high levels of radiation in and around the reactors.

“While our previous analysis have already strongly suggested that fuel rods had melted down, the latest study provided further data that we like to regard as progress in our effort to determine the exact locations of the debris,” said a TEPCO spokesman.

TEPCO plans to eventually use robots to locate the fuel debris as part of the decommissioning process, which is expected to take three to four decades to complete.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Congenital Anomalies Statistically linked to Fukushima

The Researchers Joseph Mangano* and Janette D. Sherman, working for the Radiation and Public Health Project, New York, USA, published an article titled:

Changes in Congenital Anomaly Incidence in West Coast and Pacific States (USA) after Arrival of Fukushima Fallout

The Article begins:

"Radioactive fallout after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown entered the U.S. environment within days; levels of radioactivity were particularly elevated in the five western states bordering on the Pacific Ocean." []

This is an acknowledgement that fallout was falling at high levels, at least along the coast, and that public health officials knew of it. The article then asks the scientific question:

"The particular sensitivity of the fetus to radiation exposure, and the ability of radioisotopes to attach to cells, tissues, and DNA raise the question of whether fetuses/newborns with birth defects with the greater exposures suffered elevated harm during the period after the meltdown." []

Research like this ought to be using rhetorical questions. But there has been so much propaganda and disinformation on the subject that researchers have to act like they don't already have evidence on the subjects. And sure enough:

"increase of 13.00% in the five western states is significantly greater than the 3.77% decrease for all other U.S. states combined (CI 0.030 - 0.205, p < 0.008). Consistent patterns of elevated increases are observed in the west (20 of 21 comparisons, 6 of which are statistically significant/borderline significant), by state, type of birth defect, month of birth, and month of conception. While these five anomalies are relatively uncommon (about 7500 cases per year in the U.S.), sometimes making statistical significance difficult to achieve, the consistency of the results lend strength to the analysis, and suggest fetal harm from Fukushima may have occurred in western U.S. states." []

The PDF of the article contains the following []

The Authors looked at a list of particularly gruesome birth defects and anomolies:
Cleft palate or cleft lip,
Down syndrome,
Spina Bifida/meningocele

Their hypothesis:

"is that the 2010-2011 rate change of these five anomalies increased more sharply in the five Pacific/West Coast states than the rest of the U.S., based on the presence of elevated levels of fallout from the Fukushima meltdown in the period following March 2011, and the well-documented pattern of risk to humans irradiated in utero." []

There was no question for them that we were hit with considerable fallout:

"The only measure of radioactivity with large numbers of measurements in the period just after Fukushima, when environmental radiation was highest (March 15-April 30, 2011), along with the prior year, is not a specific isotope, but airborne beta emitters, or “gross beta”. During this 47 day period, well over 1000 samples with detectable concentrations were collected by the EPA at over 100 U.S. stations."

And note this is a proxy, but under-reports radiation exposure. And they present the statistics in a table:

They then note about the first table:

"For most of the period January 1 to October 4, the ratio of 2011 to 2010 beta averages was similar across the U.S. (0.983 for 18 sites in the western states, 1.018 for 31 non-western U.S. sites). But in the period March 15 to April 30, immediately after Fukushima fallout arrived, the 2011/2010 ratio for the 18 sites in the western states (7.345), was considerably higher than the 31 non-western U.S. sites (2.397). Although this is not a comprehensive assessment of dose by geographic area, it supports the belief that the greater exposures from the meltdown occurred in the five western states, using a broad measure of radiation such as gross beta. Appendix 1 shows the radiation measurement sites used. The group that will be most susceptible"

Again the wiggle words, imposed on scientists due to the confidential nature of their sources and the clamp of top security placed on all things nuclear, including those things that affect whether we know they are killing us, damaging our babies before they are born, or not.

Then they provide associated rates of Birth rates, before and after, in a second table as a baseline:

This allows them to use reported birth defect data and correlate it against the period April to November 2010 and 2011. They measured:

"A 2010-2011 increase in birth defect rates was observed for each of the five states, including Alaska (+69.52%), California (+11.88%), Hawaii (+3.90%), Oregon (+8.87%), and Washington (+15.53%). Compared to the −3.77% decline for all other U.S. states, only the California increase achieved statistical significance (CI0.001 - 0.167, p < 0.05), as 58% of the birth defects in the five states occur to California residents. The unusually large rise in Alaska is countered by the small number of cases (10 and 15 for each year), rendering the change not statistically significant."

But here's the thing. They make claims of statistical correlation and then discount them for Alaska as "not statistically significant" for lack of numbers. This may be valid scientific-speak. But if someone observes a 69% increase in incidents of birth defects even in a small population I'm not sure the validity of the math they are using. But you see that all over science from this subject. They'll deny significance of data at the drop of a hat. They weren't forced to do that in this case. The overall evidence is "statistically significant." I'm just surprised they were allowed to publish the report. And more importantly they were allowed to admit that.

They conclude:

"Our hypothesis that areas in the U.S. which received elevated levels of environmental radioactivity from the Fukushima meltdown are at risk for increased birth defects is based on the documented evidence of cellular damage from radiation exposure, the particular sensitivity of the fetus to radiation, and numerous reports of elevated congenital anomaly rates after exposure to fallout from atomic bomb detonations and nuclear reactor meltdowns.

And the report sustains that hypothesis:

"We find a consistent pattern of excess 2010-2011 increases in birth defect rates in the five West Coast/Pacific states, compared to the rest of the U.S., for the eight-month period April-November. The April-November 2011 birth cohort was exposed to Fukushima radioactivity while in utero."

So the truth comes out, with buzzwords, weasel words, and caveats. But the truth always comes out.


Friday, 13 March 2015

News coverage of Fukushima disaster minimized health risks to general population

March 11, 2015
American University
A new analysis finds that U.S. news media coverage of the Fukushima disaster largely minimized health risks to the general population. Researchers analyzed more than 2,000 news articles from four major U.S. outlets.


Four years after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the disaster no longer dominates U.S. news headlines, though the disabled plant continues to pour three tons of radioactive water into the ocean each day. Homes, schools and businesses in the Japanese prefecture are uninhabitable, and will likely be so forever. Yet the U.S. media has dropped the story while public risks remain.
A new analysis by American University sociology professor Celine Marie Pascale finds that U.S. news media coverage of the disaster largely minimized health risks to the general population. Pascale analyzed more than 2,000 news articles from four major U.S. outlets following the disaster's occurrence March 11, 2011 through the second anniversary on March 11, 2013. Only 6 percent of the coverage -- 129 articles -- focused on health risks to the public in Japan or elsewhere. Human risks were framed, instead, in terms of workers in the disabled nuclear plant.
Disproportionate access
"It's shocking to see how few articles discussed risk to the general population, and when they did, they typically characterized risk as low," said Pascale, who studies the social construction of risk and meanings of risk in the 21st century. "We see articles in prestigious news outlets claiming that radioactivity from cosmic rays and rocks is more dangerous than the radiation emanating from the collapsing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant."
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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Fukushima No. 1's never-ending battle with radioactive water : Japan Times

Fukushima Emergency what can we do?: Fukushima No. 1's never-ending battle with radioac...: [snip] BY KAZUAKI NAGATA STAFF WRITER MAR 11, 2015 The disaster that struck four years ago may have abated for most of the Tohoku re...

Fukushima No. 1's never-ending battle with radioactive water : Japan Times


MAR 11, 2015

The disaster that struck four years ago may have abated for most of the Tohoku region, but the nightmare continues at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which suffered three reactor core meltdowns and is plagued daily by increasing amounts of radioactive water.

Tepco hopes to improve the situation via two key measures: a 1.5-km-long sunken wall of frozen soil encircling stricken reactors 1, 2 and 3 and the damaged reactor 4 building to keep groundwater from entering and mixing with coolant water leaking in the reactor building basements, and “subdrain” wells around the buildings to pump up the tainted groundwater for treatment and ultimate discharge into the Pacific.

The utility hopes these steps will drastically reduce the amount of radioactive water, which is currently some 300 tons each day.

Many experts, however, say Tepco can’t expect smooth sailing as a wall of underground ice of such magnitude has never before been attempted.

And Tepco’s plans to pump up tainted groundwater via the subdrains and discharge it into the sea after removing most of its radioactive components also appears iffy. The company has already lost the trust of fishermen over its failure to disclose the extent of the radioactive water flowing into the Pacific.

The crippled complex has to contend with some 300 tons of new tainted groundwater every day, and part of the process has entailed a nonstop effort to build steel storage tanks. The groundwater, mainly rain that seeps into the soil both at the complex and at locations farther inland, flows toward the sea, including into the basements of the buildings housing the three wrecked reactors.

There, the groundwater mixes with radioactive water that is leaking from cracks in the reactors. Tepco must keep pumping new water into the reactors to cool the melted fuel rods within. The basements are too radioactive to enter.

The problematic groundwater flow used to amount to 400 tons daily, but the utility has taken some steps, including paving over part of the complex with asphalt to keep rainwater from seeping underground.

To stop the increase of tainted water, Tepco must keep all, or at least nearly all, groundwater from flowing into the basements.

The sunken ice wall is considered critical to this goal and Tepco has been setting up pipes to run coolant underground to freeze the soil — a process the utility hopes to start at the end of this month if it receives approval from the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

Although Tepco said it will take several months to completely freeze the soil into a solid ice wall, it expects the wall to reduce the amount of groundwater flowing into the reactor buildings to 50 tons a day from 300 at present.

One “problem will be how long it will take to freeze soil evenly (to make an ice wall without holes), and we have already seen this problem when Tepco attempted to make ice walls inside the underground trench (connected to the reactor turbine buildings),” said Shigeaki Tsunoyama, an education and research special adviser at the University of Aizu.

“I’m worried that the same thing might happen with the ice wall (encircling the reactor buildings),” said Tsunoyama, who sits on a panel formed by the NRA to oversee the decommissioning of the nuclear plant.

Fukushima No. 1 has a maze of underground trenches connected to the reactor turbine buildings to run cables and pipes, and they are now filled with highly radioactive water leaking from the turbine buildings.

To remove the water in the trenches, Tepco tried for months to block the tainted water running from the buildings by freezing it before abandoning the effort last year.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

After 4 Years, Public housing for Fukushima facing...

Fukushima Temporary Housing

Construction of public housing in Fukushima Prefecture is facing significant delays. The housing is meant for those forced to leave their homes after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the ensuing nuclear accident.

Fukushima Prefecture plans to build around 2,700 units for people affected by the earthquake and tsunami. 4,900 are planned for those affected by the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

But only 44 percent of the units for quake and tsunami victims were ready for occupancy at the end of February.

Only 5 percent has been completed for the nuclear evacuees.
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A look at leaks and lies at fukushima

Ray Masalas via FB

Well time for another look back at our Tepco genius's work at fuk over the last 4 years..... My my, where do we start?
How about these pesky leaks we keep hearing about where the numbers of bq/kg keep sky-rocketing to where our brains want to explode, trying to fathom the numbers?
Ready? .... Here we go. Aug 014. Tepco's guesstimate of where it's coming from?

In July 011 while screen-capping every second of film I caught this just before the cameraman swung the camera. Freshly poured concrete in the shape of a boat on the west side of reactor #1 at fuk. Hmmm? What do you suppose went in there? Dead workers? Blown out fuel rods? Both? lol By August this was covered and they were raising the road 6 ft with dirt and covering with steel plates. The aquifers and underground rivers that run down the west hill under fuk would be washing through any buried fuel here, on it's way to the sea, straight ahead.

Blown out fuel rods like this at the SE corner of R #4. {March 28th, 011}

So what happened to all the fuel rod chunks they found after this secret concrete pour was capped? Well I'll tell you ... or at least my screen caps will. While screen capping every second of film {before it was yanked off the web} I kept seeing activity in the very SW corner of the site. Across the street from R #4 and south of the common spent fuel pool. Two points of interest on this location. It was the first place where they began spraying that coloured radiation inhibitor or as I call it "swimming pool stucco". It was also the first area to have the steel plates laid down as road. If I had 4 blown reactors I'd sure be spraying them first, wouldn't you? That's when I noticed the truck with lead shielding on the roof and behind the cab, with the big concrete box on it's flatbed. The overhead crane kept lowering these drums, wrapped in some kind of bag, into the concrete box. Who knows where those drums went? Somewhere in Japan or maybe to a dock, to go on one of the barges and out to the 30,000 ft sea shelf?

July 011. This is no leak and yet the IAEA "experts" walked right past it. It's dumping into the sea at this picture by the shore {Bottom picture} I traced these lines through three films back to these square tanks between R #5 and 6. {Top picture}

How about this? April 011. Does this look like a leak? This is north of the break wall near R 5 and 6.

Can't end a note without a little comedy, can we? lol Aug 011 on the west side of R #1. This is again before they put the big circus tent over #1 to hide it {Oct 011}. You can see that the frame work for the tent is going up. You can also see the 45 degree slope of the original roof of R #1 on the right side. .... Look where the bucket of the back hoe is? lol

What happened in Reactor #4 at Fukushima?

Ray Masalas via FB
Should we talk a bit about R #4? How do we separate what happened in R #4, from the bullshit that the NRC, NISA, Tepco and the IAEA tell us? Well lets start with the official fairytale. "R #3 {10% Mox fuel} suffered a hydrogen explosion {Bullshit, it was nuclear} and hydrogen seeped into R #4 from #3 and caused #4 to explode. {More bullshit.} Before they cut off our access to overhead satellite shots of fuk {I saved them all} we can see CLEARLY on March 14th 011 that R #3 has blown and so have all the pipes that CONNECTED it to #4. There are 2 plumes rising from #3. One from the fuel pool, one from the blown reactor. To the right of R #3 we see that #4 is still intact. R #1 {far left} had it's roof blown off on March 12th 011. So .... #3 did not cause the multiple explosions at #4. They've been feeding the public shit.

It gets stranger the more we look. Again the official fairytale says that R #4 was empty when it exploded. That the reactor fuel had been off-loaded from the reactor to the fuel pool for refueling when the quake struck. No film of the 3 explosions/fires from March 15th 011 has ever been released except for some really crappy stuff on India news. I just know that the film that we do have says somebody isn't telling the truth somewhere? I just try to read the blast damage as best I can. Ok April 10th 011. You are looking at R #3 and # 4 from the east {sea side} R #3 {Exploded mox reactor} is on your right now. R #4 {Empty reactor} on the left. The roof of #4 blew off from a spent fuel pool explosion. So how come the east wall of #4 is blown out lower and closer to the ground than #3? How can this be?

April 15th 011. You are down along the east wall of R #4 looking north towards #3. A huge concrete panel has blown out of the wall of #4 and is leaning against the large pipe on the roof of the #4 turbine building {Lower right corner of pic} Those panels were 1 meter thick at least. Imagine the force?

Around the opposite side of R #4 things get even goofier! This the west side of R #4 Truck entrance bay. {on The land side} This pic is from late July or early Aug. 011. You can see that they have sprayed the radiation inhibitor {swimming pool stucco}. We can also see that the force of the explosions blew the walls out the truck bay {both sides} and that our whacky Tepco stooges have stood them up to try and hide the damage. This tells me that at least one of the explosions at #4 came either from ground level or even below ground level?

Another shot of the west side truck bay of R #4. April 5th, 011. Again we see how poopy nuclear boy is trying to hide blast damage. You can see how many concrete panels have been blown out of the west wall, but what really got me curious was the blast damage to the elevator shaft {Right} and the shaft on the left. They're are blown out lower down than the panels. Why? Again this points to at least one of the explosions coming from somewhere below or at least ground level? This is what sent me on my search to see what that elevator shaft looked like on the inside?

This is a still from the only film showing one of the explosions at #4 on march 15th 011. {I told you it was crappy} lol

Sept 011. This is the 5th floor of R #4 and you are facing NW. The spent fuel pool would be behind you and to the right. We can clearly see that the 5th floor exploded upwards from below. Rebar sticking out everywhere. The yellow that you see in the top right corner is the big reactor cap. This is the area where they place it when they are off-loading fuel.

Now looking north we get a better view of that giant reactor cap.Nov 011 My arrows point to where the north wall of 4 where concrete support pillars 8 ft thick were snapped like tooth picks.

April 15th 011. A view from over top R #4. Again we see the big yellow reactor cap against the west wall near the north end. Steamium rising from the blown fuel pool.

Well to make a long story short I finally got a look at that SW corner elevator shaft from the inside of the 5th floor. It just further convinced me that explosions in R #4 happened on the 5th floor {Fuel pool} and one really powerful explosion from somewhere at or below ground level.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Map of the various facilities around the plant complex at Fukushima Daiichi.

TEPCO has released a detailed map of the various facilities around the plant complex at Fukushima Daiichi. The map is helpful for locating facilities in relation to each other or identifying what something seen in a photo might be. The map below can be clicked on to open a larger version in a new browser tab. There is also an extensive list of the latitude & longitude coordinates for facilities and canals around the plant listed below the map on this page. This can be useful when using Google Earth to identify what is at a location.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station facilities location index
Sources used:
TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Site Layout (map)
Appendix 2 – January 29, 2015
The measurements and comments are based on comparing that map with a Google Earth image that had been captured on 3/23/2014.
Location listings
Unit #1 – 37.422963°, 141.033312°
Unit #2 – 37.422186°, 141.033218°
Unit #3 – 37.421034°, 141.033190°
Unit #4 – 37.419864°, 141.033178°
Unit #5 – 37.429528°, 141.032775°
Unit #6 – 37.428475°, 141.032822°
Units 1 & 2 Main transformers building – 37.422846°, 144.030452°
Units 3 & 4 Main transformers building – 37.420556°, 141.031489°
Units 5 & 6 Main transformers building – 37.429556°, 144.030921°
Chiller for reactor water injection facility
37.425692°, 141.031663°
Common pool
37.419616°, 141.031339°
Fresh water tanks
37.415000°, 141.031868° Note: It appears that there are two covered pool tanks.
Dry cask temporary storage facility
37.425503°, 141.026137° Note: On 3/23/2014, there appeared to be 50 cask blocks on the pad. Elevation: Approximately 40 m AMSL.
Second cesium absorption apparatus (HTI Building)
37.418800°, 141.031555°
Cesium absorption apparatus (Incineration Workshop Building)
37.418798°, 141.032376°
Decontamination instruments (Process Building)
37.418201°, 141.032734°
Cesium absorption vessel temporary storage
37.417786°, 141.031511°
37.417864°, 141.032248°
Temporary waste sludge storage
37.416316°, 141.031372° Note: This pad contain three buildings.
High-level accumulated water reception tank (emergency reception)
37.415622°, 141.031752° Note: Large tank has white sloped sides and brown roof.
Miscellaneous Solid Waste Volume Reduction Treatment Building (Installation underway)
37.431247°, 141.030783° Note: This is a large high building that constitutes a major construction project.
Multi-nuclide removal equipment
37.424467°, 141.024693° Note: A large white building is at this location along with four tanks and two lower units. The site indicator block is not sized properly.
High-performance multi-nuclide removal equipment
37.424580°, 141.027416° Note: On 3/23/2014, there were two building at this location with a lot of ground clearing going on around them. These structures appeared to have no connections to other facilities.
Additional multi-nuclide removal equipment
37.424467°, 141.026500° Note: On 3/23/2014, there was only land clearing going on in this area.
RO concentrated water treatment facility
37.425649°, 141.024752° Note: On 3/23/2014, this site only involved the construction of large structure there.
Sub-drain-purification system (planned)
37.425255°, 141.024577° Note: On 3/23/2014, this site only involved the construction of large structure there.
Secondary waste from water treatment
Spent absorption vessel temporary storage
37.414792°, 141.030554° Note: This area includes two long storage pads with rail mounted gantry cranes. On 3/23/2014, the middle pad was filled and the east one was about 80% filled. In total they were about 90% filled.
Spent absorption vessel temporary storage
37.243184°, 141.027057° Note: This is the location of the vessel storage pad with a red, rail mounted gantry crane. It doesn’t appear that something else is planned for this site. Some vessels appear to be stored on the north edge, close to the road.
37.420980°, 141.024579° Note: This contains an array of nine horizontal tanks and two large vertical tanks. The north end of the pad contains other items.
Spent absorption vessel temporary storage (multi-nuclide removal equipment, etc.)
37.415505°, 141.0029915° Note: This storage pad involves the northern-quarter of a long storage pad containing a rail mounted gantry crane. On 3/23/2014, the pad was about 80% full.
37.414604°, 141.029911° Note: On 3/23/2014, about 10% of the lower-three quarters of this rail mounted gantry crane pad was occupied. At the southern end was a collection of fans.
Mid-/ low-level contaminated water
B (Tank Group)
37.417387°, 141.029937° – 15 tanks
37.416924°, 141.029723° – 5 tanks
Water desalinations (RO)
37.417162°, 141.028264° Note: This pad contains over 100 reverse osmosis (RO) cartridges, which will become radioactively contaminated over time.
37.417821°, 141.027703°
Water desalinations (evaporative concentration)
37.417989°, 141.028369°
37.417292°, 141.027134° – 8-tanks
37.416907°, 141.027833° – 5-tanks
37.416534°, 141.028371° – 2-tanks
37.420939°, 141.025314° Note: This appears to be a former parking lot that is used to store a large array of brown containers that likely contain solid materials.
37.419729°, 141.024847° Note: Contains 49 tall gray tanks.
G3 – G4 – G5
37.413456°, 141.030765° Note: This tank farm contains the following groupings. Forty blue, 24 blue, 17 gray, 17 gray and 6 gray tanks.
37.415022°, 141.029303° Note: On 3/23/2014, this contained an array of 20 gray tanks in a north group and 19 gray tanks in a southern group.
37.414063°, 141.029364° Note: On 3/23/2014, this contained two square pads and a smaller rectangular pad on the south side. They appeared to be covered.
H1 (tank array)
37.421786°, 141.025875° Note: This is an array of 12 tanks.
37.421839°, 141.024386° Note: This is an array of 170 horizontal tanks, in three groups. They are 80, 60 and 30 respectively. This array was present on 3/23/2014, but is shown as planned on the facility location map, released later.
37.420068°, 141.027215° Note: Contains 29 tall gray tanks.
37.420943° 141.026080° Note: This plot contains two large buildings with blue roofs.
37.419530°, 141.028146° Note: This plot contains an array of 36 large tanks and 20 smaller tanks.
37.418489°, 141.026226° Note: This tank farm consist of 31 tanks.
37.418155°, 141.027237° Note: This tank farm consist of 24 tanks.
37.420007°, 141.023756° Note: This tank farm contains 16 tall blue tanks.
37.421122°, 141.023840° Note: These tanks are in two groups. Seven are on the west side and five on the east side.
37.415671°, 141.028244° Note: This contains three pads with tank farms. On 3/23/2014, the bottom pad had 21 tanks with two more under construction. The middle pad had 27 tanks with five more under construction. The upper pad had 3 tanks with two more under construction. It appears to be capable of holding about 34 tanks.
37.416507°, 141.026569° Note: On 3/23/2014, this entire area was being prepared for installing the pads for additional tanks. The area can accommodate approximately 60 tanks like the ones to the SE. Apparently, the northern half of this was to be developed first.
37.416937°, 141.024945° Note: On 3/23/2014, this entire area was being prepared for installing the pads for additional tanks. The area can accommodate approximately 50 tanks like the ones to the SE. Apparently, the northern half of this was to be developed first.
37.416991°, 141.024218° Note: On 3/23/2014, this entire area was being prepared for installing the pads for additional tanks. The area can accommodate approximately 50 tanks like the ones to the SE. Apparently, the eastern 60% of this was to be developed first.
37.417583°, 141.024447 Note: On 3/23/2014, this entire area was being prepared for installing the pads for additional tanks. The area can accommodate approximately 40 tanks like the ones to the SE.
37.418040°, 141.025119° On 3/23/2014, this entire area was a parking lot. The area can accommodate approximately 50 tanks like the ones to the SE. Apparently, the eastern 40% was to be developed first.
J7 (planned)
37.417752°, 141.023098 Note: On 3/23/2014, this entire area primarily contained trees. It had not undergone development. The area can accommodate approximately 40 tanks like the ones to the SE.
K1 (planned)
37.425377°, 141.023980° Note: On 3/23/2014, no tank was visible here.
K1 (planned)
37.424604°, 141.023946° Note: On 3/23/2014, no tank was visible here.
37.424611°, 141.023670° Note: A lengthy building appears at this location. The map marker block appears to be placed a bit too far north of the center of the building.
Underground reservoirs (Mid-/ low-level contaminated water)
37.422485°, 141.024723° Note: There are three reservoirs in this area covered by gray roofs.
37.422572°, 141.023907° – (i)
37.422470°, 141.024792° – (ii)
37.422439°, 141.025539° – (iii)
37.421587°, 141.027663° – (iv)
37.418673°, 114.027424° – (v)
37.418997°, 114.026709° – (vi)
37.418451°, 114.026896° – (vii)
Rubble storage area
37.436551°, 141.032092° Note: A drainage ditch runs N-S along the east side. Two storage cells appear to be completed on the west side. A northeast cell appears to be under construction. It appears to have a rebar covering and that may be followed with concrete and perhaps soil. It appears that a fourth cell has yet to be created.
37.436250°, 141.030294° Note: There are two white-roofed buildings here.
37.434922°, 141.030719° Note: This contains 11 uncovered storage cells. Some of the cells appear to contain white bags. Two of the cells on the west side appear to contain fan housings. What appears to be two large pump motors appears at 37.435060°, 141.030476°.
37.433548°, 141.030801° Note: Two tent building are present with other rubble on their south side that is covered under white tarps. Other materials are on the east side of the buildings.
37.433408°, 141.032866° Note: In this earlier satellite view this area was not cleared for rubble storage.
37.431957°, 141.031735° Note: Rubble is on both sides of the road under white tarps.
37.431172°, 141.032127° Note: The site looks partly developed with a pad but there is little evidence of ‘rubble.’
37.432073°, 141.030236° Note: Various sizes of waste boxes are stacked on this pad. Some materials, on the southern downslope, appears to be quite old.
37.427032°, 141.028218° Note: This involves six buildings.
37.426568°, 141.032654° Note: This contains two large buildings.
37.425907°, 141.032477° Note: This appears to be a storage yard for damaged and contaminated, small to medium sized, vehicles.
37.425305°, 141.032141° Note: On 3/23/2014, this pad was empty.
37.424725°, 141.032206° Note: This area contains a large stack of white waste boxes.
37.422074°, 141.029303° Note: A couple of fans are visible in the rubble pile on the right. A collection of waste containers are on the south side.
37.414065°, 141.031962° Note: On 3/23/2014, there was little visual evidence of rubble at this plot. Just to the east of it there are a lot of large stored mobile machinery that might be contaminated.
37.416523°, 141.029561° Note: On 3/23/2014, earth, or clay fill was being applied to this area. To the E-SE of it was another plot that contained rubble and white waste boxes.
37.417062°, 141.029959° Note: This pad is filled with rubble, on 3/23/2014, that isn’t marked on the later map.
37.418496°, 141.029561° Note: This pad is filled with rubble, on 3/23/2014, that isn’t marked on the later map.
Rubble storage area (planned)
37.436250°, 141.030294° Note: White waste containers appear to be stacked here. No building covers them.
37.426912°, 141.026461° Note: This area may be destined to be cleared out of existing trash. It contains a couple of buildings at its north end.
37.418876°, 141.029446° Note: On 3/23/2014, this area appeared to be well cleared of rubble. Some seemed to be present NE of the block shown on the map.
Trimmed Trees area
37.434871°, 141.024315° Trimmed trees. Note: Log storage.
37.432482°, 141.025596° Trimmed trees. Note: Log storage. It appears a chipper is at this site. At the north-east corner of it are two silver tanks. Those may hold a chemical needed to digest the wood chips when they are in the storage pools.
37.428301°, 141.025639°
37.423020°, 141.029271° Note: On 3/23/2014, there appeared to be large piles of forest debris. There is little evidence of logs, as at other sites.
Trimmed trees area (Temporary trimmed trees storage pool)
37.438667°, 141.033529° Note: This contains seven cells. All appear to be completed with a white cloth covering.
37.437143°, 141.033770° Note: This contains 16 cells. Five appear completed with white cloth covering. The rest appear to have rainwater at the bottoms. Some have one, or more, slanted sides.
37,421791°, 141.026564° Note: There is no visual evidence of ’Temporary’ trimmed tree storage pools here, or of any tree debris on 3/23/2014.
37.419322°, 141.029383° Note: There is no visual evidence that such pools have existed here.
37.412376°, 141.032232° Note: There are 23 storage pools in this array with ten of them being covered on 3/23/2014.
Vehicles maintenance site
37.427195°, 141.023948° Note: On 3/23/2014, it may not have been performing this function. A western portion appeared to contain bins holding various materials.
Vehicle screening and decontamination site
37.422653°, 141.021851°
Groundwater bypass temporary storage tank
37.420990°, 141.026952° Note: This contains 20 tall tanks.
Temporary Administration Office Building
37.420400°, 141.020400° Note: On 3/23/2014, the foundation for a large building was being constructed here.
Administration Office Building (planned)
37.418571°, 141.020617° Note: On 3/23/2014, there were three buildings at the lower portion of this block.
Large rest house (Under construction)
37.418959°, 141.021922° Note: On 3/23/2014 the former parking lot was being cleared to begin construction of the large building. The temporary rest house was indicated as being just attached to the west wall of it.
Access control facility
37.418565°, 141.021565 Note: This appears to consist of at least three large structures.
Main Anti-Earthquake
37.424896°, 141.029757° Note: Poor label (Function-?).
Upper portion of Drainage channel C
37.422374°, 141.020156°
Upper portion of Drainage channel B
37.425121°, 141.021249°
Confluence of Drainage channel B and C
Drainage channel B
37.418489°, 141.028846° – (Flow is south)
Drainage channel C
37.418624°, 141.028985° – (Flow is east-southeast)
37.418276°, 141.029350° – (Flow is east-southeast)
Side gutter drainage radiation monitor (For Drainage channel C)
37.425121°, 141.021249°
Outlet of Drainage channel C (Rerouted on 21 November 2014)
37.420184°, 141.035355°
Assumed source of radionuclides that entered Drainage channel K
37.422102°, 141.032325° (Roof)
Outlets of Drainage channel K
37.417556°, 141.033815° (South end [To sea])
37.425863°, 141.034607° (North end [To open port])
Drainage channel A
37.426150°, 141.030072° (Flow is east)
End of listing.

“Radioactive cover-up” at Fukushima — Experts believe “other sources of contamination” are flowing into ocean

March 1, 2015
Asahi Shimbun, Feb 28, 2015 (emphasis added): The nation’s nuclear watchdog body slammed [TEPCO] over its failure to disclose information on the leakage of radioactive rainwater into the sea… TEPCO President Naomi Hirose… apologized profusely… TEPCO became aware more than a year ago that the concentration of radioactive materials in the water flowing… was high [first disclosing it to regulators] January 2014… TEPCO continued to conceal details, including the fact that the concentration became high whenever it rained… However, TEPCO had decided long ago there was no need to monitor rainwater for radioactive materials.

NHK transcript, Feb 27, 2015 : Experts and local government officials visited the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to examine sources of contaminated water flowing into the seaExperts urged the operator to investigate whether rooftops of other reactor buildings are also sources of tainted water.

Yomiuri Shimbun, Feb 26, 2015: NRA chief slams TEPCO for data reporting delay… after rainwater contaminated with high-level radioactive materials leaked… into the sea… TEPCO reported in January last year that the radioactivity concentration in that trench was higher… TEPCO at last announced… high-level radioactivity [in water] on the rooftop of the No. 2 reactor building… might be one of the sources of contamination… The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry… pointed out the likelihood of there being other sources of contamination… The Fisheries Agency on Wednesday conducted an emergency hearing with TEPCO officials… and told the utility firm to take measures to minimize damage impacting marine products… “We urge TEPCO to make details clear.”

Japan Times, Feb 26, 2015: [Tepco] admitted Thursday that its latest problem with radioactive water has shattered the trust it was building in Fukushima… and that the decommissioning of the Fukushima No. 1 plant might be delayed [after] the surge in radiation detected in the water draining into the sea… The utility said the source of the contamination is the roof of the No. 2 reactor building, which… remains heavily contaminated.

Naohiro Masuda, head of Tepco’s unit in charge of scrapping Fukushima Daiichi: “The trust of the people in Fukushima is the most important thing… we have damaged that trust… Due to the damaged trust, all of the schedules for the decommissioning tasks could be delayed.”

Arirang, Feb 26, 2015: Tokyo under fire for alleged cover-up of radioactive water — [TEPCO] is under heavy fire for staying silent over a radioactive leak… flowing into the Pacific Ocean.

Source: Enenews