Fukushima Roundup - 12 April

Here are some links to keep you up to speed on the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

Interview With A Site Cleanup Worker - He talks about a worker only being able to turn three bolts before exceeding the allowable radiation dose. - Note you may have to use a browser other than Firefox to watch the video. I couldn't get it to work for me. IE (ugh) worked fine.

TEPCO aerial drone - The whole site is very good and not prone to hysteria. When he gets numbers that don't seem right he fact checks.

Cryptome - A repository of all kinds of stuff including some really good Fukushima site pictures. Fairly well organized. Just go down the list (organized by date with good descriptions) and pick what you want.

IAEA Fukushima Accident Log updated daily.

Radiation Readings In Japan organized by prefecture. Thanks to Charlie Martin for this one.

EPA Radiation Monitoring - Radiation in the air, in the drinking water, in the rain, in the milk. For the USA. I believe 3 pCi per liter is the US limit. The moral for this week? Don't drink the rain water. And pregnant women and children might want to avoid the milk in some regions. And if you live in Hawaii? I'd get all my food and water from the mainland if I lived there. Maybe not right away. But definitely something to keep an eye on.

ex-SKF - A little on the paranoid side (maybe just cautious), but he reads Japanese and translates items of interest. Tends towards rational libertarianism in politics. i.e. if America stops being a superpower who will fill the power vacuum and how big a war will it take?

Radiation Dose Chart what a given dose means in terms of normal background radiation and allowable limits.

Fairewinds Associates - Arnie Gunderson - the link goes to the videos. You can get to the rest of the site from there.

Radiation Aerial Survey Maps of Japan - US Gov

Monsoon Wind Patterns.

In most years, the monsoonal flow shifts in a very predictable pattern, with winds being southwesterly in late June, bringing significant rainfall to the Korean peninsula and Japan. This leads to a reliable precipitation spike in July and August. However, this pattern occasionally fails, leading to drought and crop failure. In the winter, the winds are northeasterly and the monsoonal precipitation bands move back to the south, and intense precipitation occurs over southern China and Taiwan
If we get the normal monsoons this year and the reactors at Fukushima are still spewing.....

If you know of any other sites that should be on the list send me an e-mail or leave the url in the comments. Bare urls (no HTML) are OK - I'll fix them for the post.

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 04.12.11 at 09:20 PM


Got to take a brake from Fukushima.

There is still time....Brother.

Read the book in high school and then saw the movie. This is NOT going well.


Frank   ·  April 13, 2011 12:08 AM


What amazes me is that so many say "not too bad so far" and others favor "it is the end of the world". I'm more inclined to: "possibly the end of Japan".

What I find so awful in all this is that I did a fair amount of work trying to get the Japanese interested in Polywell and got no response.

The US Navy can see the advantages in terms of accidents (our plants were designed to operate (or at least cool down) with two of the three coolant loops shot away.

M. Simon   ·  April 13, 2011 3:29 AM

As I delved into this last month, I was horrified by how nuclear plants like Fukushima were built. We've been living in a dream world where we take technology for granted, and have put faith in elites who don't deserve it.

The engineers who are responsible for the Mark 1 design should have known better. What were they thinking by putting tons of fuel in 7 open pools next to and above 6 reactors? In one of the world's most earthquake prone areas, on the ocean in a country that invented the word tsunami?

The Japanese government and TEPCO are stepping around this like it can be brought back on line, or the fuel salvaged, while ignoring the radiation leaking into the environment. Robots? Please. They don't want a messy finish with an eyesore north of Tokyo for centuries, thinking their desires will bend realty. It's all about saving face, not getting this under control as soon as possible. They are ignoring the worst outcome because it's politically inconvenient.

It may not be the end of the world, but it is the end of the world we've known.

Frank   ·  April 13, 2011 10:20 AM

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