Monthly Archives March 2011

2011/03/31 13:00 – No Immediate Plan To Expand Evacuation Zone Despite IAEA Findings: Edano

(2011/3/31 11:36 is the time stamp for the (original?) Japanese article. Nikkei English articles do not have a time stamp.) TOKYO (Dow Jones)–Japan has no immediate plan to expand the evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant despite finding higher-than-permitted levels of radiation in a village 10 kilometers away from the current zone, […]

Where are the robots?

  Reader Chris commented, 25 years ago at Chernobyl, they sent a camera into the wreckage. It seemed useful. I believe it was strapped to a childs’ toy remote controlled car. Hmmm… Now, I assumed Japan was capable of very advanced technology, robots/cameras/miniturization/sensors/sophistication/lighting tech./computers/ETC.+ETC. +ETC! and all this with the benefit of 25 years of […]

Twitter / @Steve Herman: Plan to spray resin at Fukushima called off due to rain

Plan to spray resin at #Fukushima-1 to mitigate radiation spread canceled today due to rain. via Twitter / @Steve Herman: Plan to spray resin at #Fu …. I recommend the following guides: Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, Dan Gold’s $5 guides to Getting Everything Done with Evernote and Springpad, and DocumentSnap Solutions’ Paperless Document Organization Guides. […]

In Onagawa, Japan, residents are using the local nuclear plant as a shelter

Onagawa nuclear power station is owned by Tohoku Electric (Tohoku Denryoku). Slightly further north along the coast than Fukushima, it was also struck by the tsunami and earthquake.  An emergency was declared there March 13, due to triggering levels of radioactivity, but it was later deemed that the source of this was Fukushima’s reactor, not Onagawa. […]

Govt may spray resin on N-plant / Sticky material should keep down radiation : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)

Commenter on this blog, Aldritch Parsons, suggested on March 30 some kind of tent of dome over the reactors to contain or limit the diffusion of radioactive materials. And today, I read on the Yomiuri (via the very useful NewsOnJapan.com): The government will likely go ahead with a plan to spray resin inside the troubled […]

Japan orders immediate safety upgrade at nuclear plants

21:30 JST March 30: Japan ordered an immediate safety upgrade at its 55 nuclear power plants on Wednesday in its first acknowledgement that standards were inadequate when an earthquake and tsunami wrecked a facility nearly three weeks ago, sparking the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. via Japan orders immediate safety upgrade at nuclear […]

Still No Need to Panic About Radiation Leaks at Fukushima? | Japan Probe

Lost in translation! Well done, Japan Probe. The original article includes a list of useful, informative links. Check it out. The comments are fun, too. As time goes by, there hasn’t been much of a decline in the international panic and fear over the situation at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Reports about leaks localized within […]

Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor | World news | The Guardian

The headline is typical media hype, but this Guardian article contains a couple of nuggets (mouse-tip again to Marketing Japan): In the light of the Fukushima crisis, Lahey said all countries with nuclear power stations should have “Swat teams” of nuclear reactor safety experts on standby to give swift advice to the authorities in times […]

“18 days later” – Casey Research

Doug Casey’s economics and investment website has a very good summary of the Fukushima situation. Mouse-tip to Marketing Japan for the link. The final sentence sounds optimistic, but  I suspect there are still more things that could go wrong that are not on the radar yet. What about that plutonium, for instance? Twelve days ago, […]

While Japan frets over nuclear fears, garbage piles up in cities – Washington Times

A reminder that, gripping and terrifying tho it is, only one person at Fukushima so far has died (and that was because a crane fell on him, not because of radioactive poisoning).  The death-toll from the earthquake/tsunami, on the other hand, is around 20,000 and still rising. As a commenter on the BNC blog wrote, […]