Fukushima News 2/22/15: Multiple Alarms Set Off at Fukushima Plant; Tokyo’s Future Olympic Legacy?
Multiple Alarms Set Off at Fukushima Plant: New leak of highly radioactive material detected — “Strontium-90 levels spike alarmingly” — “Emergency inspections” underway (VIDEO)http://enenews.com/alarm-rings-fukush…
7,230,000 Bq/m3 of all ? nuclide leaked from drain to the sea / “Contamination level suddenly jumped up”
Japan Experts: Fukushima’s melted reactor cores “still active and releasing neutrons” many months after 3/11 — Radioactive sulfur was “the highest ever measured in any atmospheric sample” — “Very high” concentrations detected in Tokyo
ABC Tours Fukushima Plant: This could go on for centuries, and some say problems can never be fixed; “Tepco admits it doesn’t know extent of meltdowns” — Official: We don’t know ‘real situation’ of the molten fuel, “nobody has seen it”; We need help from the world (VIDEO)
Epidemic causing mass die-off along California coast — “Nasty, cheese-like lesions” prevent birds from eating, breathing — Newly discovered parasite being blamed — Experts: “Surprising… Very concerning… Sudden increase is disturbing” (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)
Fukushima radioactive contamination sets off alarm
Nuclear & Energy Feb. 22, 2015 – Updated 02:16 UTC-5
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has detected high levels of radioactive substances in a drainage channel on the plant’s premises on Sunday. The Tokyo Electric Power Company is investigating the cause.
TEPCO says the plant’s alarm system went off around 10 AM. It showed a rise in radioactivity in the channel that leads to a nearby port.
Measurements showed that levels of beta-ray emitting substances, which are not detected under normal circumstances, had risen to up to 7,230 Becquerels per liter.
The figure is 10 times higher than when rain causes the level to rise temporarily.
The utility suspects that contaminated water in the channel may have leaked into the port.
It has suspended all operations to transfer contaminated water and closed a gate of the channel by the port.
The drainage channel used to be connected to a section of coast beyond the port. TEPCO rerouted it after a series of leaks in 2013.
The company says the water level in a tank that contains contaminated water remains unchanged, showing no signs of leakage, and drain valves that keep water from leaking near the tanks remain closed.
The utility is investigating the cause of the rise of radioactivity in the channel.
Tokyo to secure quake emergency routes
Japan Feb. 20, 2015 – Updated 07:06 UTC-5
Tokyo has compiled a plan to secure within 48 hours major connecting routes if a huge earthquake strikes the Japanese capital.
According to the central government’s projections, if a magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurs right beneath central Tokyo, it would cause severe damage in wide areas.
The worst case scenario predicts about 23,000 people could be killed. About 123,000 might be injured and 610,000 buildings could be destroyed.
Drones to be mass-produced in Fukushima
Japan Feb. 20, 2015 – Updated 12:25 UTC-5
A Japanese company has unveiled the first drones to be mass-produced in Japan. The company will produce them in the evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Manufacturer Kikuchi Seisakusho, which is headquartered in Tokyo, made a demonstration flight of the small unmanned aircraft for the media at a newly-built factory in the Odaka district in Minami-soma City on Friday.
Drones are being used in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to measure radiation. The demand for such aircraft is expected to grow in the delivery services sector and other businesses.
Govt. to raise pilots’ retirement age
Japan Feb. 21, 2015 – Updated 15:41 UTC-5
Japan’s transportation ministry plans to raise the mandatory retirement age for commercial pilots from the current 64 to 67 years.
The ministry made the decision on Friday to cope with expected pilot shortages in the near future.
The entry of more low-cost carriers into the airline market and the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo are expected to lead to an increase in demand for passenger pilots.