Another quake hit at 5:18 pm on Friday off the Sanriku Coast, sending a 1 meter high tsunami wave into the coast of Miyagi prefecture. This was the same area nailed by a 9.0 magnitude quake, damaging Fukushima nuclear power plants and generally wrecking coastal areas of North Eastern Japan.
Yasutera Yamada is assembling a group of retired engineers and others to volunteer to continue the cleanup at Fukushima Diaichi.
He reasons that at 72, natural causes would take him before the risk of cancer from exposure to radiation would make any difference, and that this is good reason for skilled elderly individuals to take over the job.
Per Yamada-san : “We are not kamikaze. The kamikaze were something strange, no risk management there. They were going to die. But we are going to come back. We have to work but never die.”
Screaming Red headline at Drudge: 7.4 magnitude earthquake.
Inside the article:
“Hundreds of aftershocks have shaken the northeast region devastated by the March 11 earthquake, but few have been stronger than 7.0.”
“Radioactive iodine of up to 4,800 times the legal limit has been recorded in the sea near the plant. ” Remember that the half life of radioactive Iodine is 8 days. So….. you could get some great deals on flash frozen fish from around those areas, put it in a good freezer for awhile, then YUMMIE! Support the Japanese fishing industry.
The main deal is that the Japanese have managed to cork the leak allowing water into the sea from Fukushima Daiichi. Expect the levels of exposure to radioactivity to fall off very quickly.
Natural selection against people who are panic stricken by the Fukushima Daiichi mess continues. People are now expressing Anxiety over the possibly irradiated milk products in Western states. Naturally the media is interviewing anti-nuclear Greenies, posing as nuclear physicists and medical experts.
Monitoring of radiation in milk products is ongoing, since it can be concentrated there. A screening in Spokane, Washington on 3/24 yielded levels of 0.8 picoCuries per liter of Iodine-131. This is 5000 times lower than the FDA’s derived interventional level.
The half life of Iodine-131 is 8 days.
If the lefties panic and give up their milk, the price will go down and you can buy more of it. It’ll be such a deal, we can send more milk to Japan. The kids might benefit, if they’re below that age when the lactose intolerance sets in..
The UN, full of whacko alarmists who believe in Global Warming, are recommending for Japan to expand the evacuation around Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Japan, which has “been there, done that”, is doing its own monitoring and should be left to make its own decisions.
It’s time for the clamoring nutjobs at the UN to shut up and let the Japanese concentrate on cleaning up the mess.
Looks as though they’ll be burying Fukushima Daiichi in concrete, however.
For conversion purposes when reading the Nuke articles. Sieverts radiation dose units used everywhere else, and Rems are used in the U.S.
milli is a one thousandth.
1 rem is 10 millisieverts.
It appears that the approved yearly permitted radiation dose for workers at the Fukushima plant has been jacked up to the level that the shuttle astronauts are permitted to take per mission.
Japan wouldn’t need to ban all the food from the farms near Fukushima. A lot of the radioactive contamination has short half life. The produce would become edible after some time in the can or freezer, even if initial levels are too high for immediate consumption, after washing. (When the glow starts to go, chow down.) Moving food and processing it will be a much bigger job than usual in some of these areas.
The radioactivity in the water found in Tokyo is below safety limits thus far.
In the AM of today, some smoke is rising from the spent fuel storage of reactor 3 at Fukushima Daiichi, and the workers have scooted out of there for a bit.
Wouldn’t you know it, the Fukushima Daiichi data is being amassed at Wikipedia. It’s a starting point for learning about this, not the final word, and the article even indicates this at the top. The wiki piece is pretty comprehensive and appears to be infinitely more useful than the garbage coming out of the media.
This timeline at Wikipedia is being kept current.
Nuclear Panic has caused extra deaths. Nursing home staff ran off, leaving 128 elderly to die.
The Mail from the UK brings you the pictures. Check out their story, above, which underscores the problems of the elderly, who are holed up in shelters in cold conditions, without their prescription meds.
More chill pills to treat Nuclear Panic are below.
From the International Atomic Energy Agency, here’s the latest on actions at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants. Daichi reactor 4′ fuel had been unloaded.
“Site radiation doses have been decreasing since March 16. Radiation dose rates are fluctuating based on some of the relief operations, such as adding cooling water to the used fuel pools. Recent readings at the plant boundary are about 2 millirem per hour. Radiation dose rates at reactor 3 range between 2,500 and 5,000 millirem per hour.”
Learn about background radiation, and what have been considered acceptable occupational levels of radiation (varies with occupation). This info comes fom the MIT News, but it’s not news.
Federal occupational standards allowed 5000 millirems per year for those working with radioactive sources. That which is allowed for astronauts is much higher : 25000 milliremgs (cosmic radiation) per space shuttle mission.
Click here (radiation protection at the EPA ) for Radiation Doses in Perspective.
Bis Sis, who caused radiation exposure with her full body scanners, is now needlessly checking for radiation from Japan.
You could take profitable advantage of stupidity this week.
People are listening to the media misinformation about the Fukushima nuclear power plants, and are buying up potassium iodide, in their panic.
Potassium iodide addresses only extreme exposure, specficially to radioactive iodine. It is not useful for all age groups. People in the U.S. are intending to take the drug in response to tales of radiation plumes coming from Japan.
‘There’s a sucker born every minute.’
The media is responsible for marketing a useless product in the U.S. Who could fault a good capitalist for taking advanatage of a ready-made profit opportunity? Anbex and Fleming are two companies to check out.