Gundersen: Giant plants and food crops being reported in gardens outside Fukushima zone; Mutations appear after seeds exposed to chronic radiation levels for generations — Professor: Mutant flowers found in Fukushima — Biologist: “Gigantic leaves, seeds very big” after nuclear disaster
Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education on Radio Ecoshock, Oct 27, 2014 (11:30 in): We work with a woman… an organic gardener. Every year, she’s taken the seeds from her garden, planted, then harvested seeds from those plants to be the next year’s crop. So she’s got 4 years now of seeds that have been growing about 30 miles (~50 km) from Fukushima. She’s beginning to experience gargantuanism in her food now, which is an indication of radiation damage. It’s one of the many DNA changes that occur after a couple of generations. So we know that gardeners and plants that are outside the exclusion zone are seeing the effects of chronic levels of radiation that the Japanese would choose to ignore.
TV: Attempt to stop flow of highly radioactive liquid at Fukushima “in doubt” — AP: Much of it is pouring in trenches going out into Pacific — Experts: Amount entering ocean “increasing by 400 tons daily” — Problem “so severe” it’s consuming nearly all workers at site — Top Plant Official: “Little cause for optimism”
Another radioactive water leak in the sea has been detected at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the facility’s operator TEPCO announced. Contamination levels in the gutter reportedly spiked up 70 times over regular readings.
The sensors are connected to the gutter that pours rain and ground water from the plant to a bay adjacent to the facility.
The radioactive Man who returned to feed the animals that everyone else left behind
The untold human suffering and property damage left in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan has been well-documented, but there’s another population that suffered greatly that few have discussed – the animals left behind in the radioactive exclusion zone. One man, however, hasn’t forgotten – 55-year-old Naoto Matsumura, a former construction worker who lives in the zone to care for its four-legged survivors.
He is known as the ‘guardian of Fukushima’s animals’ because of the work he does to feed the animals left behind by people in their rush to evacuate the government’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone. He is aware of the radiation he is subject to on a daily basis, but says that he “refuses to worry about it.” He does take steps, however, by only eating food imported into the zone.
See more about his work and what he has seen in the exclusion zone below!
Naoto Matsumura is the only human brave enough to live in Fukushima’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone
He fled at first but returned to take care of the animals that were left behind
He returned for his own animals at first, but realized that so many more needed his help, too
Matsumura, who is 55 years old, knows that the radiation is harmful, but he “refuses to worry about it”
Thank you, mudra for sharing this man's love for the animals that were left. That's so very moving! I almost want to go and join him, support him in that work. I can see how the animals are in love with this man and the other way around. This man may well live through this in good health, for the strength of his heart. To see love expressed in this way is a teaching to me and a blessing.
How robots are used at Fukushima Daiichi. Robotic probe stops in containment vessel. Robot to survey damaged Fukushima reactor . Plans to remove melted nuclear fuel. Inspectors to monitor drills at nuclear plants.
TEPCO Abandons Robot in Reactor (Apr. 12, 2015) The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has given up recovering a robotic probe that has remained stationary inside one of the reactors at the complex. Tokyo Electric Power Company inserted the remote-controlled robot for the first time into the containment vessel of the No.1 reactor on Friday. The 60-centimeter-long, snake-like robot was supposed to survey internal damage to the vessel. But it stalled after moving about 10 meters. TEPCO and other engineers suggest the possibility that the robot or its remote-control cable has become caught on something. The workers used the robot's camera to confirm the state of the reactor. They also operated the robot's maneuvering belt and manually pulled the cable. But the robot has remained immobile and is not showing any sign of improvement. That's forced the company to give up recovering the device. Company officials also postponed plans to conduct a similar survey on the same vessel using another robot on Monday. They say this is because the first robot's cable in the vessel's pipe is blocking the entry of the second probe. TEPCO officials say they have yet to decide when to conduct the second survey as they have to first complete an investigation into the accident.
Three years after the disaster at Fukushima, science correspondent Miles O'Brien returned to the Daiichi nuclear plant for an exclusive look at the site. Follow Miles on a never-before-seen tour of Daiichi's sister site, Fukushima Daini, which narrowly avoided a meltdown during the Tohoku earthquake. As the country debates turning its reactors back on, Miles asks: will Japan have a nuclear future?
Fukushima: Record Levels of Radioactivity Detected in Seawater - Spiked “More than 200 Times” at Sampling Location By ENENews 31 May 2015
NHK, May 30, 2015 (emphasis added): Record levels of radioactivity in plant’s port — The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says it has found record-high levels of radioactive water in the facility’s port. It says the high levels are due to a leak… They later detected about 22,000 becquerels of beta ray-emitting substances per liter of water in a [ditch]… the channel was around 6,600 becquerels per liter. That’s more than 200 times higher than the figure recorded on Wednesday. TEPCO officials took samples of seawater from 4 locations in the port… 190 and 320 becquerels of radioactive substances per liter. The figure is the highest ever recorded in the port.
TEPCO Press Release (translation via Microsoft), May 29, 2015: Based on article 62 of the law on the regulation of nuclear source material, nuclear fuel material and reactors… contaminated water… spilled into the harbor… and specified nuclear fuel material regulations article 18 No. 11 “when contaminated with nuclear fuel or nuclear fuel material was leaked outside the administrative area”… we deem appropriate.
I recall a conversation with Mercurial where he mentioned it was just melting down to the core of the earth. That wasn't a comforting thought either.
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