Government considered evacuating 500,000 after nuclear accident
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
May 10, 2012
In the days after the Great East Japan Earthquake last year, the Cabinet Office was drawing up plans to evacuate 500,000 people in a “worst-case scenario” at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
That plan would have relocated all people living within a 50-kilometer radius of the plant.
Koichiro Genba, then minister in charge of national policy [had] a [...]
No one wants to think about the massive aqueous deposition of radioactive materials into the Pacific Ocean, that much is now clear.
By September estimates of released contamination had risen to over 3,500 terabecquerels of cesium-137 released into the sea directly from the plant between March 11 and the end of May. Another 10,000 terabecquerels of cesium fell into the ocean after escaping from the reactors in the form of [...]
Beyond the police roadblocks that mark the no-go zone around Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, six-foot tall weeds invade rice paddies and vines gone wild strangle road signs along empty streets.
Takako Harada, 80, returned to an evacuated area of Iitate village to retrieve her car. Beside her house is an empty cattle pen, the 100 cows slaughtered on government order after radiation from the March 11 atomic disaster saturated the [...]
It’s going to be a mad, mad Monday-morning commute.
Mass transit probably won’t be fully up and running until “well into” tomorrow, and straphangers should plan on walking, biking or carpooling to work, officials said yesterday.
Subways, buses, Metro-North and the LIRR won’t be restarted until transit workers deal with potentially flooded train tunnels and vulnerable power lines, Mayor Bloomberg said.
NJ Transit, too, is in limbo [...]
?Seth Wenig – Lower Manhattan is seen amidst dark clouds in New York, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. Hurricane Irene bore down on a dark and quiet New York early Sunday, bringing winds and rapidly rising seawater that …
NEW YORK (AP) — Waterlogged and silent, New York awaited the worst of Hurricane Irene as an unsettled dawn broke over the city Sunday. Seawater cascaded toward Wall Street [...]
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s largest subway system and arriving flights at the five main New York City-area airports were to be halted at noon Saturday as Hurricane Irene spun its way up the Eastern Seaboard, forcing more than 300,000 evacuations and dimming lights at Citi Field and on Broadway.
By deciding to shut down the transit system, millions of carless New [...]
The following is a table that lists expected impacts from Irene for major cities along the East Coast of the U.S.
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With Hurricane Irene barreling towards New York, the MTA said it may close the city’s entire mass transit system, officials said this afternoon.
The decision to stop buses, the subway and trains would be made if high winds and torrential rain became too dangerous to continue service, jittery transit officials said.
“Because of the severity of the wind and rain associated with a hurricane, there may be [...]
MINOT, N.D. – Geese and airboats on patrol shared the streets of Minot on Friday as the Souris River set a new record for flooding, rising so quickly that it could be seen climbing up the side of homes in the North Dakota city.
The Souris broke a more than 130-year-old record at noon when it measured 1,558.52 feet above sea level at the city’s Broadway [...]
The Japanese government has announced the official expansion of the evacuation zone around the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to selected areas beyond the existing 20-kilometer radius. Residents of the new areas are being asked to evacuate by the end of May.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said on Friday that the government made the designation since residents [...]
By Yoko Kubota and Kazunori Takada
TOKYO | Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:22am EDT
(Reuters) – Japan said on Thursday it would ban anyone entering a 20-km (12-mile) evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant north of Tokyo, weeks after the tsunami-wrecked facility began leaking radiation.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 hit eastern Japan on Thursday evening, [...]
AP/Hiro Komae, File
This photo helped volunteers rescue a pack of shelties left behind in the evacuation zone in Japan.
TOKYO – When Etsumi Ogino saw a news photo of a pack of shelties wandering through an abandoned town near Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear plant, she thought of her own 13-year-old canine Kein and jumped into action.
“My heart trembled,” said Ogino, a 56-year-old volunteer at an animal shelter in [...]
From Asahi: “The predicted changes in the level of radiation at the ground surface were calculated after analyzing the amounts of eight kinds of radioactive materials found in the soil and taking into consideration the half-lives of each material. The study results are considered more accurate than the study conducted by the science ministry, which only released information concerning two types of radioactive [...]
Japan on Monday widened the evacuation zone around a stricken nuclear plant exactly a month on from a huge natural disaster as another 7.1 magnitude quake and tsunami alert strained nerves anew.
A woman offers a silent prayer for the dead in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture after a month after the tsunami devastation. Japan fell silent at 2:46 pm to mark exactly one month since a massive earthquake hit, spawning a devastating [...]
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to extend the evacuation zone around its crippled nuclear plant because of high radiation levels, local media reported Monday, with engineers no closer to regaining control of six reactors hit by a giant tsunami one month ago.
Concern at Japan’s inability contain its nuclear crisis, caused by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, is mounting with Prime Minister Naoto Kan‘s [...]
Japan Hit By a New Earthquake of 7.4; Dow Industrials Plunge (Click for Latest Quote)
Magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits off Japan coast
A smallish tsunami warning. Buildings in Tokyo shook for a minute… I wonder how that might affect efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors… Or recovery efforts near the shoreline “In the days just after the March 11 disaster, searchers gingerly picked through mountains of [...]
Japan said Thursday it is considering expanding the area covered by a compulsory evacuation order, with no immediate end in sight to the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
As emergency workers began pumping nitrogen into the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant to prevent further explosions, the government said it was seeking advice from experts on whether more areas should be evacuated.
Residents within a 20-kilometre (12-mile) [...]
TOKYO (Reuters) – Highly radioactive water has leaked from a reactor at Japan’s crippled nuclear complex, the plant’s operator said on Monday, while environmental group Greenpeace said it had detected high levels of radiation outside an exclusion zone.
Reflecting growing unease about efforts to control the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi complex, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) had appealed to French companies for help, the Kyodo news agency [...]
Japanese officials are testing the soil contaminated by radiation from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to try to determine whether spring farming can begin as alarmingly high radiation levels were detected outside the evacuation zone today.
“As a ratio, it was about two times higher” than levels at which the agency recommends evacuations,” International Atomic Energy Agency Official Elena Buglova said at a news conference.
Separately, the amount of iodine found [...]
Cesium 137 Isotope Found 25 Miles From Japanese Plant
By MATTHEW L. WALD and DAVID JOLLY 17 minutes ago
Detection of a long-lasting radioactive element 25 miles from the crippled nuclear plant raised questions about whether the evacuation zone should be expanded…
The isotope, cesium 137, was measured in one village at a level more than double [...]
Absolutely absurd that the evac zone is still only 20km given that the situation is out of control.
IAEA worried about radiation in Japan village
(AFP) – 2 hours ago
VIENNA — Radiation levels recorded at a village outside the evacuation zone around the quake-striken Fukushima nuclear plant are above safe levels, the UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said safe limits had been exceeded at Iitate village, [...]
Fukushima, Japan (NEWSTABULOUS) – Extremely radioactive water has seeped from one of the reactors at Japan’s damaged nuclear reactor facility.
Greenpeace reported that it had detected high levels of radiation outside an exclusion zone.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., TEPCO, appealed to French companies for assistance, in controlling the six reactor Fukushima facility as they are concerned about the success of their efforts to date.
The plant is located 150 miles north [...]
The news comes after TEPCO announced highly radioactive water has leaked from a reactor at Japan’s crippled nuclear complex, as environmental group Greenpeace said it had detected high levels of radiation outside an exclusion zone.
Reflecting growing unease about efforts to control the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi complex, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) had appealed to French companies for help, the Kyodo news [...]
TEPCO’s mishandling of info on nuclear crisis ‘unacceptable’: Edano
Partial meltdown of fuel rods believed to be temporary: Edano
Radioactive water from No. 2 reactor due to partial meltdown: Edano
Contaminated water due to condensed steam, not reactor crack: Edano
And our personal favorite:
Locals within 20-km evacuation zone asked not to return for now
As this whole farce has gone beyond the surreal, we are now actively waiting for a cartoon Mr. [...]
TOKYO—Levels of radioactivity from Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex are above government limits for infants in some areas outside the plant’s 12-mile evacuation zone, according to the latest estimate to fuel an international debate over how close civilians should be allowed to the plant.
The new estimate, by a state-funded monitoring body, came as fears over Tokyo’s tap water eased. Tests Thursday showed radioactive [...]
Japan’s nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power station showed no signs of abating Wednesday, five days after a mega earthquake crippled it, with the focus shifting to how to address the possible overheating of pools that store spent fuel rods at the already troubled No. 3 and No. 4 reactors.
What appeared to be smoke coming from the No. 3 reactor in the morning [...]
A helicopter was unable to drop water to cool the No.3 reactor at the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in northeastern Japan probably because of the high radiation, Kyodo news agency said, quoting the defence minister.
Police will attempt to cool No.4 reactor’s spent nuclear fuel pool using a water cannon, TV says.
Japan’s top government spokesman says radiation levels around the complex are not at levels [...]
Following Friday’s major earthquake east of Japan, fears were raised of radiations leaks and nuclear meltdowns at power plants.
Radiation was reported to be leaking over the weekend from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant from one of the reactors that had lost its cooling system.
CNN reports that a cooling system of a second reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant failed on Sunday, forcing officials to [...]
According to CNN, “the explosion at an earthquake-damaged nuclear plant was not caused by damage to the nuclear reactor but by a pumping system that failed as crews tried to bring the reactor’s temperature down, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Saturday. The next step for workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant will be to flood the reactor containment structure with sea water to bring the reactor’s [...]
TOKYO — Authorities were bracing today for a possible meltdown at a nuclear reactor crippled by Friday’s massive earthquake.
Two damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had lost cooling ability. Because of the overheating, a meltdown was possible at one of the reactors, said Ryohei Shiomi, an official with Japan’s nuclear safety commission.
But even if there was a meltdown, it [...]