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Today’s Pictures 24/March/2011

In Graphics on March 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM

In this photo released by Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers collect data in the control room for Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on Wednesday, March 23. <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY PHOTOBLOG>

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Pump it up: Water-spraying operations to cool down a spent nuclear-fuel pool at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant's No. 4 reactor continue Tuesday with trucks using a concrete squeeze pump and a 50-meter arm for pouring water from a higher point. KYODO PHOTO <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE>

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S. Korean rescue team back home A rescue worker undergoes a radiation check in Seoul on March 23, 2011, after returning from a search and rescue operation in northeastern Japan. The South Koreans arrived in Japan three days after the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster as the first team among foreign rescuers. (Kyodo) <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY KYODO NEWS>

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In this photo released by the Department of Health, samples of imported Japanese fava beans tainted with radiation is seen in undisclosed place in Taoyuan county, Taiwan, Sunday, March 20, 2011. An official of Taiwan’s Atomic Energy Council said Sunday they have detected a small amount of radiation on imported Japanese fava beans, although the levels are not harmful to human health. <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY CHINA REAL TIME REPORT>

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Relevant News 24/March/2011

In Breaking News on March 24, 2011 at 5:52 AM

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Food problems worsen

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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H.K. to ban Japanese food over nuclear fear

KYODO NEWS – 24/03/2011

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Japan finds radioactive contamination in more vegetables, water

KYODO NEWS – 24/03/2011

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IAEA concerned about Fukushima food radiation

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 23/03/2011

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Kan widens ban on contaminated food

MASAMI ITO – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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EDITORIAL: Citizens, government must cooperate on tainted food

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 23/03/2011

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Slightly Irradiated Fava Beans Spur Mystery in Taiwan

PAUL MOZUR – CHINA REAL TIME REPORT – 24/03/2011

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Radiation rises in Tokyo water

MINORU MATSUTANI – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Highly radioactive cesium detected in Ibaraki

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 23/03/2011

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Infant radiation dose over 30 km from plant may be over 100 millisieverts

JAPAN TODAY – 24/03/2011

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Over a year’s worth of radiation measured in a week in city of Fukushima

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 24/03/2011

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Govt to pay compensation for radiation damage

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Foreign Airlines Reducing Japan Flights, Avoiding Narita

NIKKEI.COM – 24/03/2011

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Many foreign embassies in Tokyo close or move elsewhere after quake

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 24/03/2011

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Evacuees Fear Throwback to Atomic-Bomb Discrimination

YOREE KOH – JAPAN REAL TIME – 23/03/2011

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Evacuee obeys call to help out at N-plant

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Neutron beam observed 13 times

KYODO NEWS – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Lights go on to sighs of relief

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Control room power restored / Revived panel warns of high temperatures; pumps turn to fresh water

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Tepco puts focus on reactivating cooling pumps at reactors 3, 4

ALEX MARTIN – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Plant workers say disaster shattered nuclear safety myth

MIYUKI INOUE, MASAMI HORIE & HIROAKI KOJIMA – THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 23/03/2011

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OPINION: Information controlled when atomic power out of control

PAUL GUNTER – KYODO NEWS – 22/03/2011

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Preparation for nuke crisis woeful

ERIC TALMADGE – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Nuclear meltdowns and Japanese culture

GREGORY CLARK – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Tsunami-driven ships carved path of destruction

TSUYOSHI NAGANO – THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 23/03/2011

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Relevant News 22/March/2011

In Breaking News on March 22, 2011 at 6:51 AM

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2 GSDF tanks sent to clear debris at Fukushima plant

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 22/03/2011

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Authorities jump gun on iodine pills / Premature distribution risked ill effects on health, depleted emergency supplies

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 22/03/2011

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Questions about radiation’s effect on food

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 22/03/2011

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GSDF special forces unite in water-spraying mission

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 22/03/2011

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Work to restore power delayed as smoke seen at Fukushima reactors

KYODO NEWS – 22/03/2011

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Gov’t orders 4 prefectures to suspend some food shipments

KYODO NEWS – 22/03/2011

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U.S. regulator says Fukushima nuclear plant stabilizing

KYODO NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Smoke From Reactors Halts Work At Nuclear Plant

NIKKEI.COM – 22/03/2011

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Nuclear crisis forces firms to shift production from quake-hit region

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 20/03/2011

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Smoke at reactor 3 triggers evacuation

KAZUAKI NAGATA – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 21/03/2011

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Japan nuclear plant workers praised as heroes say they’re just doing their jobs

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Work under way to lay cables for 2 reactors still out of power

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 21/03/2011

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No need to fear radioactive contamination of food, rain if proper steps taken: experts

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Gov’t needs nuke and risk management expert to keep public informed

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Tokyoites Stay In on a Rainy Day

YOREE KOH – JAPAN REAL TIME – 21/03/2011

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Traces of radioactive substances detected in water in 9 prefectures

KYODO NEWS – JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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Haneda, Narita airports create web pages with daily radiation level updates

JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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What would you say are the main differences between the way the Japanese and foreign media are covering the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and the ongoing nuclear crisis?

JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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Greater levels of radioactive materials found due to rain

KYODO NEWS – JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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Early lessons from the Fukushima nuclear crisis

DARYL KIMBALL – JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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RPT-Where is Japan’s nuclear power CEO?

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Food contamination by Japan n-plant a serious concern: WHO

THE JAPAN NEWS.NET – 21/03/2011

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French laboratory finds high levels of radioactive contamination in food in Japan

BEYOND NUCLEAR – 21/03/2011

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More From GE Hitachi

NC NUKE – 21/03/2011

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More radioactive problems on the food chain

In Radiation on March 22, 2011 at 5:29 AM

Radioactive problems are rising as more vegetables are being found tainted with radiation, although maybe “tainted” is not the appropriate word when we talk about 54,000 becquerels of iodine detected in 1 kilogram of spinach grown in open air in the city of Hitachi (Ibaraki prefecture) while the the food sanitation law set the limit at 2,000 becquerels.

Worse is iodine is not alone, they have detected 1,931 becquerels of cesium (limit 500 becquerels) in the same sample of spinach.

75 kilometers south of the nuclear plant (way far than the 30 km safety limit of the government) the level of iodine in the spinach grown in open air in Kitaibaraki city in Ibaraki was 24,000 becquerels and the cesium level rose to 690 becquerels (on Friday).

By Sunday, Yoshifumi Kaji (Ministry official) said that tests found excess amounts of radioactive elements on canola and chrysanthemum greens, in addition to spinach and that the areas were the vegetables were found included three prefectures that previously had not recorded such contamination.

Also, raw milk contaminated by iodine was found in four municipalities as far as the town of Iitate, 35 kilometers northwest of the plant.

Tap water is contaminated, too. In the village of litate were detected 965 becquerels of iodine in one kilogram of tap water (Fukushima Prefecture) when the limit set by the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan is 300 becquerels.

And top of that, the Education Ministry said iodine or cesium was found in precipitation and dust in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Yamagata, Tochigi, Gunma, Iwate and Niigata Prefectures.

Now, the Japanese officials are repeating the same mantra: reported radiation levels are “not expected to immediately affect human health” and people must “act calmly”. It’s true, these radiation levels aren’t normal but they don’t suppose a health risk a this moment.

What the government is not taking into account is that the serious problem with radioactivity is when the process is accumulative, and with the current data, Japanese people at Fukushima and surroundings are receiving radioactive particles from multiple sources like water, vegetables, milk, dust and soon with rain, too.

Again, the gorvenment response is as vague as Ibaraki Governor asking to each municipality to voluntarily halt shipments of spinach grown in the Prefecture, requesting to agricultural cooperatives in the Prefecture of Gunma to halt their shipments and recall those that have been shipped, and the calling on all farmers in Fukushima to refrain from shipping or consuming their milk.

I think that is necessary to take strong measures and forbid food found with radiation levels equal or superior to the safety limits by law. The nuclear power plant is going to spread radionuclides for a long time (at least weeks and probably months or even years) and the inhabitants will get high and sustained levels of radiation.

This is another blow to the economy of Fukushima and other close Prefectures, but it’s time for the government to be brave and put first the health versus the money. If not, they are going to pay in time a really high bill when the Ministry of Health have to give treatment to many cancer sufferers.

And I expect they don’t keep making foolish things as making now public radiation levels at Narita and Haneda airports to avoid foreign airlines not using them, when these data must be available from the start. What is the meaning of hiding relevant information to people? If you are afraid of doing something wrong, do it right, and let people can evaluate your work and criticize you when they are not satisfied.

Relevant News 21/March/2011

In Breaking News on March 21, 2011 at 6:56 AM

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Power cable connected to reactor / Link may allow control room use

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 21/03/2011

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Plant workers battle radiation, clock

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 21/03/2011

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Mission risky but a success / Firefighters conquer radiation fears to cool fuel rod pool

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 21/03/2011

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Spinach with radiation 27 times higher than limit found in Japan

KYODO NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Electricity returns to some Fukushima reactors, but tension remains

KYODO NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Release  Workers must cool 4,546 spent fuel rod bundles

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 20/03/2011

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Electricity restored at reactor No. 2

MASAMI ITO & JUN HONGO – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 21/03/2011

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Status of Fukushima nuclear power plants Sunday evening

KYODO – THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 20/03/2011

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Japan Finds More Types of Radiation-Tainted Food

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – JAPAN REAL TIME – 21/03/2011

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Light winds, rain forecast near Japan nuclear plant

REPORTING BY KAZUNORI TAKADA & EDITING BY NICK MACFIE – REUTERS  – 21/03/2011

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Japan says crippled nuclear plant to be scrapped

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 20/03/2011

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Learning from Fukushima

THE HINDU – 21/03/2011

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Radiation spreads to vegetables, milk and water at Fukushima

In Breaking News, Radiation on March 21, 2011 at 3:15 AM

This is the chain of events about radiation in food (local time):

Thursday, March 17.

The Health Ministry said that iodine levels slightly above the limit were detected Thursday in Fukushima prefecture. On Friday, levels were about half that benchmark, and by Saturday they had fallen further.

Earlier, the ministry said tiny amounts of the iodine were found Friday in tap water in Tokyo and five other prefectures. The ministry says the amounts did not exceed government safety limits. But tests on water, which for decades were only done once a year, usually show no iodine.

Outside Fukushima, the highest reading was less than a third of the allowable limit.

AJC

Slight amounts of radioactive iodine have been detected in tap water in Tokyo, its vicinity and most prefectures neighboring Fukushima, the government said the same day (saturday).

While the substance was found in Tochigi, Gunma, Niigata, Chiba and Saitama prefectures as well as Tokyo, traces of cesium have been also found in tap water in Tochigi and Gunma, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said, adding the levels would not affect human health even if ingested.

Tochigi, Gunma and Niigata prefectures border Fukushima Prefecture.

The education ministry said 77 becquerels of iodine was found per kilogram of water in Tochigi, 2.5 becquerels in Gunma, 0.62 becquerels in Saitama, 0.79 becquerels in Chiba, 1.5 becquerels in Tokyo and 0.27 becquerels in Niigata, against an intake limit of 300 becquerels.

The amount of cesium per kilogram of water was 1.6 becquerels in Tochigi and 0.22 in Gunma, against the limit of 200 becquerels set by the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan.

The Gunma prefectural government said it had detected the substances for the first time since it began testing tap water for radioactive materials in 1990.

KYODO NEWS

Friday, March 18.

WHO, the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system, publishs an eight pages document about information on radioactivity and health actions to take in case of being exposed.

WHO
Officials in Japan’s 47 prefectures have been asked to test agricultural products, seafood and drinking water for possible contamination to prevent tainted grains, milk, vegetables, meat and eggs from being consumed, Kumiko Tanaka, an official at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, said March 18.

BLOOMBERG

Saturday, March 19.

Tainted milk was found 30 kilometers (18 1/2 miles) from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and spinach was collected as far as 100 kilometers (65 miles) to the south, almost halfway to Tokyo.

But Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano stressed to reporters Saturday afternoon that the levels were not extremely high: A person who consumed these products continuously for a year, he said, would take in the same amount of radiation as that of a single CT scan.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that equates to 7 millisieverts, more than double the 3 millisieverts that a person in an industrialized country is typically exposed to in a year.

Health effects would become more evident, he said, if such products were taken in daily for a lifetime. Edano said high radiation levels were not systemic for all spinach and milk tested, and that more data would be collected and analyzed under the Japanese health ministry’s watch to help determine what steps to take next.

The Fukushima prefecture, or province, is just to the northeast of Tokyo. According to the prefecture’s website, Fukushima plays an important role in supplying food, not only to Tokyo, but also to the nation. The prefecture is Japan’s fourth-largest farmland area and ranks among the top producer of fruits, vegetables, rice, tobacco and raw silk. The favorable climate lends itself to an active agricultural industry that includes livestock farming.

The website also states that the prefecture’s 159 kilometer-long coastline is home to a thriving fishing and seafood processing industry, and the area’s haul of fish is among Japan’s largest.

Jim Walsh, CNN consultant and international security expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, warned that should a reactor suffer a meltdown and radiation reach ground water, the situation would be much worse, as it would be impossible to tell where the contamination starts and stops.

CNN

Edano said spinach and milk were only products found with abnormally high levels of radioactive material but the government was considering comprehensive tests at farms away from the plant. Food safety inspectors said the amount of iodine-131 found in the tested milk was five times the level deemed safe. In spinach it was more than seven times higher. The spinach also contained slightly higher amounts of cesium-137. Iodine-131 can accumulate in thyroid and cause cancer. Cesium-137 damages cells and leads to an increased risk of cancer.

HINDUSTAN TIMES

The government didn’t say how the milk and spinach became contaminated, making it difficult to assess the risks, Lam Ching-wan, a chemical pathologist at the University of Hong Kong School of Medicine, said by telephone.

They should seriously think about restricting any agricultural products in that area,” he said. “It seems that the whole ecosystem could be affected, so they shouldn’t take any chances.”

One millisievert, a measure of radioactivity levels, in a liter of milk consumed by a six-year-old child would increase the risk of cancer by 0.017 percent, Lam said. A full-body CT scan would produce exposure of 12 millisieverts, according to the World Health Organization.

Japan will check the source of contaminated milk and spinach and will recall the products that show higher than standard radiation levels, Kyodo News said, citing Kohei Ohtsuka, vice minister of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

People living within 30 kilometers (19 miles) of the Fukushima plant should wear masks and long sleeves and stay out of the rain, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said yesterday.

BLOOMBERG

 

We can see that the Japanese government was aware of the fact that poisonous radionuclides were leaking to water and spreading over vegetables when it issued a command to officials in the 47 prefectures of Japan on Friday. By Thursday they knew that tap water in Tokyo and other five prefectures contained radioactive iodine.

Sadly, they waited for two days to admit publicly these data, and more sad, they didn’t follow the World Health Organization requests on Thursday (they too knew something) to protect growing vegetables and animal fodder, bring livestock in from pasture or at least (because of destruction by earthquake and tsunami) to avoid consumption of locally produced milk or vegetables and fishing.

Again and again the Japanese government is hiding relevant information to the people, and acting after the events, not before them. The consequences are that Japanese people are receiving more radiation than supposed.

More bad news are people reporting there is insuficcient food in the area, so there are no choices to eat or not local food. Meanwhile, Ground Self Defense Forces own enough CH-47 Chinook helicopters to send food or evacuate the rest of people staying in the 30 kilometers exclusion zone.

Worse news are that experts and officials are saying even now things like:

that radiation decreases rapidly as one moves away. The reason is a simple rule of geometry called the inverse square law. That law means that someone standing one kilometer from a gamma radiation source will receive just one one-millionth the dose absorbed by anyone sitting on the reactor.

As for the steam and smoke seen rising from the site — the “plume” that has caused so much worry — it, too, can carry particles that emit alpha, beta and gamma radiation. THE WASHINGTON POST

The problem is this data is true in a laboratory, but in real world, the heat of the reactor or the spent fuel rod pools makes these particles rise and fall kilometers away of the original point.

Even worse, the heavy radionuclides like plutonium can move far than expected. I have found an old report saved long time ago in my hard disk about how colloids (tiny particles) can trap electrostatically the radioactive elements and transport them long distances giving time.

I presume that the zone could stay heavy contaminated in future, especially if the reactors are buried at last.

Relevant News 20/03/2011

In Breaking News on March 20, 2011 at 6:05 AM

FUKUSHIMA LOCAL TIME UTC+9 – THE WORLD CLOCK [LINK]

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Some Cooling Functions Restored in Troubled Reactors

KOSAKU NARIOKA – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – 19/03/2011

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Japan’s radioactive food found in major local producer

EMILY SMITH – CNN – 19/03/2011

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Radiation reaches food chain in Japan

HINDUSTAN TIMES – 19/03/2011

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Radiation at Safe Levels in Tokyo Water; Some Foods Testing Above Limits

FREDERIK BALFOUR, KATHLEEN CHU & TAK KUMAKURA – BLOOMBERG – 19/03/2011

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Foreign governments frustrated with Japan

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 20/03/2011

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Japan: Reactor “relatively stable” after hosing

CBS NEWS.COM STAFF – CBS NEWS.COM – 19/03/2011

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Cooling operations continue / SDF sprays water on No. 3 reactor; Hyper Rescue squad sent

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 20/03/2011

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N-plant hopes for power soon / Tokyo firefighters blast over 60 tons of water on No. 3 reactor

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 20/03/2011

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Radioactive iodine beyond limit detected in tap water in Fukushima

KYODO NEWS – 20/03/2011

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Experts: Too early to bury reactors

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 20/03/2011

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Disaster analysis you may not hear elsewhere

ERIKO ARITA – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 20/03/2011

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Japan reluctant to disclose footage of power plant taken by U.S. drone

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 19/03/2011

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Fukushima nuclear accident: Saturday 19 March summary

BARRY BROOK – BRAVENEWCLIMATE – 20/03/2011

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Japan crisis: ‘There’s no food, tell people there is no food’

PETER FOSTER – THE TELEGRAPH – 19/03/2011

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Fukushima water tested above safe limit 2 days ago

MARI YAMAGUCHI – THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VIA AJC – 19/03/2011

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Japan nuclear crisis: scientists consider burying Fukushima in a ‘Chernobyl sarcophagus’

RICHARD ALLEYNE – THE TELEGRAPH – 19/03/2011

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Weather and radiation levels are key factors in exposure

ALAN ZAREMBO – LOS ANGELES TIMES – 19/03/2011

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