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2011 Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami

Kalatzi said:

Thx, it probably is.

They may also have had problesm setting up their links, or someone else pointed that out to them

I just clicked on the link provided and it seemed to be a valid link.

I just checked again, and that "video" has now moved to the top of the page, under most watched, and it links to Google Ads.

I would say that this really is a bogus site, made up to fear monger.
Fukushima Daiichi Plant, now a Level 7, INES (same level as Chernobyl, but some differences):

Meltdown in 3 of the reactors.  Speedy response to evacuate the area earlier on may have prevented loss of life among residents.  The Cesuim 131, 137-- half life of 30 years, so it's unlikely those lands will be considered habitable for a while, although I've heard reports of some elderly residents staying on.

I've read that the "Fukushima 50", consists of about 300 plant workers, firemen, emergency workers, who have had high radioactive exposure, some of which don't expect to live longer than a month-- not science, just reports from the perceptions of the workers themselves.  Quite a sacrifice.

More areas of evacuation are expected within the month.
Quake shifted Japan; towns now flood at high tide
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The Associated Press

Date: Monday May. 9, 2011 6:19 AM ET

ISHINOMAKI, Japan — When water begins to trickle down the streets of her coastal neighborhood, Yoshiko Takahashi knows it is time to hurry home.

Twice a day, the flow steadily increases until it is knee-deep, carrying fish and debris by her front door and trapping people in their homes. Those still on the streets slosh through the sea water in rubber boots or on bicycle.

"I look out the window, and it's like our houses are in the middle of the ocean," says Takahashi, who moved in three years ago.

The March 11 earthquake that hit eastern Japan was so powerful it pulled the entire country out and down into the sea. The mostly devastated coastal communities now face regular flooding, because of their lower elevation and damage to sea walls from the massive tsunamis triggered by the quake.

In port cities such as Onagawa and Kesennuma, the tide flows in and out among crumpled homes and warehouses along now uninhabited streets.

A cluster of neighborhoods in Ishinomaki city is rare in that it escaped tsunami damage through fortuitous geography. So, many residents still live in their homes, and they now face a daily trial: The area floods at high tide, and the normally sleepy streets turn frantic as residents rush home before the water rises too high.

"I just try to get all my shopping and chores done by 3 p.m.," says Takuya Kondo, 32, who lives with his family in his childhood home.

Most houses sit above the water's reach, but travel by car becomes impossible and the sewage system swamps, rendering toilets unusable.

Scientists say the new conditions are permanent.

Japan's northern half sits on the North American tectonic plate. The Pacific plate, which is mostly undersea, normally slides under this plate, slowly nudging the country west. But in the earthquake, the fault line between the two plates ruptured, and the North American plate slid up and out along the Pacific plate.

The rising edge of plate caused the sea floor off Japan's eastern coast to bulge up — one measuring station run by Tohoku University reported an underwater rise of 16 feet (5 meters) — creating the tsunami that devastated the coast. The portion of the plate under Japan was pulled lower as it slid toward the ocean, which caused a corresponding plunge in elevation under the country.

Some areas in Ishinomaki moved southeast 17 feet (5.3 meters) and sank 4 feet (1.2 meters) lower.

"We thought this slippage would happen gradually, bit by bit. We didn't expect it to happen all at once," says Testuro Imakiire, a researcher at Japan's Geospatial Information Authority, the government body in charge of mapping and surveys.

Imakiire says the quake was powerful enough to move the entire country, the first time this has been recorded since measurements began in the late 19th century. In Tokyo, 210 miles (340 kilometers) from Ishinomaki, parts of the city moved 9 inches (24 centimeters) seaward.
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Japan’s Fukushima Reactor May Have Leaked Radiation Before Tsunami Struck
By Yuji Okada, Tsuyoshi Inajima and Shunichi Ozasa - May 19, 2011

A radiation alarm went off at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima nuclear power plant before the tsunami hit on March 11, suggesting that contrary to earlier assumptions the reactors were damaged by the earthquake that spawned the wall of water.

A monitoring post on the perimeter of the plant about 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) from the No. 1 reactor went off at 3:29 p.m., minutes before the station was overwhelmed by the tsunami that knocked out backup power that kept reactor cooling systems running, according to documents supplied by the company. The monitor was set to go off at high levels of radiation, an official said.

“We are still investigating whether the monitoring post was working properly,” said Teruaki Kobayashi, the company’s head of nuclear facility management. “There is a possibility that radiation leaked before the tsunami arrived.” Kobayashi said he didn’t have the exact radiation reading that would trigger the sensor.

Officials at the company, known as Tepco, had earlier said the plant stood up to the magnitude-9 quake and was crippled by the tsunami that followed, causing the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. The early radiation alarm has implications for other reactors in Japan, one of the most earthquake prone countries in the world, because safety upgrades ordered by the government since March 11 have focused on the threat from tsunamis.
Earthquake Risk

Many scientists have considered the possibility of damage to Fukushima reactors from the quake, said Tetsuo Ito, head of the Atomic Energy Research Institute at Kinki University in western Japan. “Utilities should reinforce safety measures at nuclear power plants, particularly ones housing old reactors like the Fukushima station."

The company’s shares fell 8 percent today to 358 yen. They’ve fallen 83 percent since the disaster. The cost of protecting the Tepco’s debt from default rose to a record today, according to data provider CMA.

Tepco this week released thousands of pages of documents that highlight the chaos in the early hours of the disaster as workers frantically tried to prevent meltdowns in three of six reactors at Fukushima. They included pictures of whiteboards with scribbled notes of times and events.

Among the documents, the pressure and water level inside of No. 1 reactor inner vessel fluctuated after the earthquake hit at 2:46 p.m. Most of the readings for the No. 1 reactor go blank a little after 3:30 p.m. when the waves swamped the plant.

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Fukushima plant probably began spewing radiation within hours of earthquake: data
Peter Goodspeed 
21 May 2011

Data released for the first time this week show three of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors probably began spewing radiation within a few hours of Japan’s devastating earthquake and at least one may have gone into a full meltdown within about 15 hours of the tsunami striking the plant and shutting off its cooling systems.

Yet for the first days of the disaster, the plant’s operators and Japan’s nuclear safety regulators studiously avoided using the word “meltdown.” They repeatedly said they believed the reactors’ fuel rods were still intact and safely contained inside their zirconium sheaths.

In reality, the rods in the core of the No. 1 reactor had fully melted by the morning of March 12 and had fallen to the bottom of the reactor’s pressure vessel.

The documents show the plant’s managers dithered over whether or not to vent the reactor to reduce a build-up of dangerous pressure inside.

When they did decide to act, seven hours after being ordered to do so by the government, they discovered the vent system was inoperable, probably having been damaged in the earthquake, and had to be activated by hand.

By that time, radiation levels in the reactor were so high, volunteers could only spend a few minutes taking turns to crank the vents open.

In the end, the build-up of pressure from steam and explosive hydrogen gas was so great, the reactor exploded, damaging its outer containment walls and spewing radiation into the atmosphere..............
GAP said:
Quake shifted Japan; towns now flood at high tide

Japanese superquake moved ocean floor 79 feet sideways and 10 feet up - and new data shows region is under more strain

The ocean floor shifted sideways by 79 feet in the Japanese earthquake in March - much further than scientists originally predicted.
And researchers are warning that immense amounts of seismic stress remain stored in the area, putting it at risk of further devastating earthquakes.
The journal Science has published three new papers about the effects and causes of Japan's March 11 mega-quake, which paints a picture of an earthquake hot spot much more complex and potentially dangerous than scientists had ever anticipated.

In one paper, the Japanese Coast Guard has released data from five geodetic instruments that in 2000-04 they had placed underwater along the fault line responsible for the colossal quake.

One of the instruments had actually been placed almost on top of the epicentre of the Magnitude 9.0 quake, at a station called MYGI.
Measurements taken in the week following the earthquake showed that at the MYGI site, the sea floor had moved about 79 feet to the east-southeast since the previous measurement in February. It had also risen about 10 feet.

Dr Mariko Sato, a geodesist with the Japan Coast Guard in Tokyo, believes almost all this movement  happened during the quake.

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This site www.fairewinds.com continues tpo put out good coverage that I haven't seen anywhere else.

The presenter is a nuclear engineer, with a very dry sense of humour.

Main point seems to be that all the assumptions about how bad an accident could be lieterally went up in smoke, and that the regs were scewed to favour the industry at the expense of general public.

IMO, he makes a pretty good case.

Seems to be updated roughly weekly

Fukushima radiation alarms doctors
Japanese doctors warn of public health problems caused by Fukushima radiation.
According to Dr Kodama, the total amount of radiation released over a period of more than five months from the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster is the equivalent to more than 29 "Hiroshima-type atomic bombs" and the amount of uranium released "is equivalent to 20" Hiroshima bombs.

crazy. a good read.
Japan tsunami flotsam begins washing ashore in B.C.
CTV news
Bottles, cans and lumber from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March began washing up on British Columbia shores this week, more than a year earlier than oceanographers had initially predicted.

Winds and currents have carried the items -- emblazoned with Japanese characters -- nearly 21,000 kilometres across the Pacific Ocean. They began washing up in the Tofino area on Vancouver Island's west coast earlier this week.

Jean-Paul Froment, a longtime area resident, says he's used to seeing things wash up on the beach, but has never seen such a large quantity of debris? at once.

Tofino mayor Perry Schmunk said municipal workers will take special care in cleaning up the retrieved items.

"We will treat the whole thing with respect because everything that has come ashore has dealt with a significant human tragedy," said Schmunk.

The tsunami, which came after one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded, claimed more than 15,000 lives and damaged more than 100,000 buildings.

The flotsam now arriving in B.C. heralds a much larger cluster of debris on its way. Russian sailors have reported spotting a giant floating cluster of material, estimated to be twice the size of Texas, about 2,700 kilometres east of Hawaii. The items include a fishing boat marked "Fukushima."

Initially, scientists thought it would take until early 2013 for the debris to arrive in Hawaii, but it is moving much faster than expected.

In November, American oceanographer updated that predication, saying his computer models showed that drifting boats and houses could be arriving in B.C. at any time.

"When you look at what floats in the water . . . you will see find many objects travel three times faster than surface water," he told CTVNews.ca last month, saying large objects can travel across the north Pacific at a speed of about 35 kilometres a day. "Those objects stick up so high out of the water they actually catch the wind and sail very fast."

A smaller object -- propelled only by the ocean current -- travels at closer to 11 kilometres a day.

He warned cleanup crews and local officials should keep public safety in mind when handling and disposing of large objects, saying it's possible they could still contain radioactive water.

"We will treat the whole thing with respect because everything that has come ashore has dealt with a significant human tragedy,"

Yup, until the main load hits and starts to screw with their tourist season.

Hope those floating houses don't get there in one piece. The 'Occupy Tofino' bunch will be squatting before the Provincial Japanese Tsunami Cleanup Crew (c'mon, you know BC is going to enact one and try get the Feds to pays for it) gets to the beach.

Think you might have paid too much for those little green glass fishing net floats at Cathedral Grove? Wait till you see what they start charging for the dross that comes drifting in now.

A whole new boom\ bust industry is about to launch in BC ;) Bets being taken as to how long it takes for the BC gov't to get involved in issuing salvage licenses, restricting access, inspecting goods, etc. 8)

Yeah, I'm a cynic. ;D
Nope, not a cynic....your points are pretty much dead on..... :nod:
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Urgent Request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
May 1, 2012
To: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

An Urgent Request on UN Intervention to Stabilize the Fukushima Unit 4 Spent Nuclear Fuel

Recently, former diplomats and experts both in Japan and abroad stressed the extremely risky condition of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool and this is being widely reported by world media. Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), who is one of the best-known experts on spent nuclear fuel, stated that in Unit 4 there is spent nuclear fuel which contains Cesium-137 (Cs-137) that is equivalent to 10 times the amount that was released at the time of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Thus, if an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain, this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.

Nearly all of the 10,893 spent fuel assemblies at the Fukushima Daiichi plant sit in pools vulnerable to future earthquakes, with roughly 85 times more long-lived radioactivity than released at Chernobyl.

Nuclear experts from the US and Japan such as Arnie Gundersen, Robert Alvarez, Hiroaki Koide, Masashi Goto, and Mitsuhei Murata, a former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland, and, Akio Matsumura, a former UN diplomat, have continually warned against the high risk of the Fukushima Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool.

US Senator Roy Wyden, after his visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 6 April, 2012, issued a press release on 16 April, pointing out the catastrophic risk of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4, calling for urgent US government intervention. Senator Wyden also sent a letter to Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan’s Ambassador to the United States, requesting Japan to accept international assistance to tackle the crisis.

We Japanese civil organizations express our deepest concern that our government does not inform its citizens about the extent of risk of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool. Given the fact that collapse of this pool could potentially lead to catastrophic consequences with worldwide implications, what the Japanese government should be doing as a responsible member of the international community is to avoid any further disaster by mobilizing all the wisdom and the means available in order to stabilize this spent nuclear fuel. It is clearly evident that Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool is no longer a Japanese issue but an international issue with potentially serious consequences. Therefore, it is imperative for the Japanese government and the international community to work together on this crisis before it becomes too late. We are appealing to the United Nations to help Japan and the planet in order to prevent the irreversible consequences of a catastrophe that could affect generations to come. We herewith make our urgent request to you as follows:

1. The United Nations should organize a Nuclear Security Summit to take up the crucial problem of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool.

2. The United Nations should establish an independent assessment team on Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 and coordinate international assistance in order to stabilize the unit’s spent nuclear fuel and prevent radiological consequences with potentially catastrophic consequences.
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Both articles should be considered as a "Must Read"

A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation
by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

Radiation disease - here are the symptoms and causes
by Mark Sircus., AC, OMD
Of interest to those who may be watching.

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From Liberty Voice by Brent Matsalla 03 Jan 2014
Fukushima Radiation a Serious Threat to North American Coast
* (article excerpt-highlights mine) The warning that was issued suggested some preparatory measures for those living on the West Coast of North America. People on the western coast should make sure they are up to date with all the news. They also suggest sealing off doors, windows, and any light switches and wall outlets with plastic and tape. Any vents should also be covered and to protect one from the outdoors use TYVEK disposable suits and NIOSH N100-certified filter masks for all family members. Residents of the west coast should also wash obsessively to reduce any possibility of radiation contamination. Radiation will take two to three days to reach the West Coast from Japan.

see full article at link

From Washington's Blog
Mass Die-Off of West Coast Sealife: Fukushima Radiation … Or Something Else? 03 Dec 2013

Shocking article !

This sounds like alarmism of the worst type. I am old enough to remember the very frequent nuclear tests of the fifties with subsequent bands of radioactive fallout circling the globe. The major issue was the possibility of strontium 90 build up in milk. If there was a serious threat there would have been announcements by various governments and the UN. 
Old Sweat said:
This sounds like alarmism of the worst type. I am old enough to remember the very frequent nuclear tests of the fifties with subsequent bands of radioactive fallout circling the globe. The major issue was the possibility of strontium 90 build up in milk. If there was a serious threat there would have been announcements by various governments and the UN.

This....I have being seeing quite a bit of it going around on FB.  After I read a few talking about nuclear explosions I stopped reading. I learned the basics of how nuclear explosions happen and how nuclear reactors work (and how it's impossible for a reactor to go boom like a nuclear weapon), back in like grade 6 or 7.  There was an article in the National Post, how these things take a life of their own and people take them completely at face value, like the WD-40 is made out of fish oil one. 
According to Snopes, that map is a plot of the wave height of the tsunami that followed the Tohoku earthquake in March 2011.

Snopes references (Sources) are out of date, and where are the references for the last update (05JAN14)

I am not abetting anyone who incites fear amongst people,

Fukushima happened ! No Hoax there !

It goes without saying that it is a huge disaster of the nuclear type, no matter how you look at it.

I cannot see any problem with people using the internet, or any other means to make others
aware of the possibilities of dangers that may exist because of this catastrophe.
Besides, people should do their own research and keep an open mind, and also keep an eye out for one another.

Surely there is some percentage of propaganda out there, I know.
but the facts remain.

The truth of the matter can only become known by considering new evidence or proof.
And your two references are a video from YouTube (from the Conspiracy Video Media Coalition  ::)) and an NOAA map that is clearly misused.  I'll take Snopes' "out of date references" before your copy and paste of misinformation.

Here is the link on NOAA's page, with your "radiation" map.  Note the caption under the map:

This image was created by NOAA's Center for Tsunami Research and graphically shows maximum wave heights (in centimeters or cm) of the tsunami generated by the Japan earthquake on March 11, 2011. It does NOT represent levels of radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.

But hey, believe what you like.....  :Tin-Foil-Hat:

57Chevy said:
Besides, people should do their own research
You might take your own advice.