Fukushima update 10, winter 2015/2016

As we come up to the fifth anniversary of the meltdown of the three nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan, the situation there just moves further out of control.

The former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland, Mitshei Murata, has called on the President of the International Olympic Committee to move the 2020 Olympics from Tokyo or to cancel the games over the situation at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. He wrote “Contrary to the assurances of the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP is not at all under control.” Murata notes that he and many others feel the Olympic Summer Games under these circumstances should be canceled and the preparations abandoned. “Not only do we have a continued contamination of the groundwater and the Pacific Ocean by the unstable plant, but the brittle structure of the damaged plant represents itself a serious threat, in particular in our earthquake prone region. Given the relative proximity of Tokyo, just some 200km south of Fukushima, this represents in my view an ongoing risk for our largest city, for its citizens and all visitors.” It is time, he says, for Japan to stage an “honourable retreat” from hosting the 2020 Olympics while there is still time to select and prepare an alternative site.

Fukushima Port was found to have strontium-90 levels of 1,000 Bq/l this last June, up from 700 Bq/l a few months before. Strontium-90, the ‘bone-seeker’. The port is open to the sea. They found radiation levels of

9 Sv/hour on the ground outside reactor 2. This would give you a lethal dose in 30 minutes. Tepco, who own the plant, plan to begin freezing an ice wall around the plant by the end of the year, hoping this will stop the 400 tons of water a day currently flowing into the plant, mixing with the fuel, and then moving out into the Pacific Ocean (Bloomberg, 10/10/15). This 400 tons a day has been leaking into the sea daily for nearly 5 years and it remains to be seen how it will be affected by the ice wall, or if the ice wall can be maintained in the face of the earthquakes that continue to rock the area. Some of these areas may have different freezing and sealing capabilities. Tepco already tried and failed to seal the seawater trenches by freezing. A 30 metre deep steel wall that they have just finished along the sea edge has begun leaning, up to 20cm, due to the pressure of ground water behind it.

In order to cut the long-term cost of the existing Fukushima Daiichi evacuation burden, evacuees re-housing subsidies are being cut and they are being told that they can return home, some to still radioactive areas which cannot be successfully decontaminated. Less than 15% of evacuees questioned said that they wanted to return to their former homes, most of which have become ghost towns, with no shops, schools or other resources.

Mushrooms measuring an astronomical 14,290 Bq/Kg were found in Iwaki City in Fukushima prefecture – the safety limit in Japan is 100 Bq/Kg (Fukushima Diary, 23/11/15). These mushrooms were twice as radioactive as mushrooms grown in the same spot last year.

Tepco found that out of 159 flexible plastic hoses installed on the site to carry radioactive waste water around, 90% were incorrectly installed, many had developed rips and tears, some had weeds growing through them. The filter elements used to clean up the water pumped out of the smashed reactor buildings are themselves becoming a problem, as they produce hydrogen gas when stored which could led to an explosion. The sludge they contain would kill you in about 90 minutes as it measures 3 to 8 Sv/hour. Tepco says that water from the site has escaped the drainage system 9 times so far this year, flowing into the sea.

No one yet knows the location of the fuel from the three melted reactors. Recent muon scans show that it has left the reactors’ pressure vessels. It has probably slumped down somewhere in the reactor buildings.

Thyroid cancers have rocketed to 230 times the normal rate in the Fukushima prefecture. Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds and others say that somewhere between 100,000 and one million extra cancers can be expected in the long run from this event.

Another major concern is about life in the Pacific. 1.2 million Sockeye salmon should have returned to the Adams River in Canada this year in their annual migration; only 2000 showed up. Auklets and other sea birds, fin, sperm and other whales, seals, sea lions, anchovies, sardines; either vanished or washing up emaciated on western Pacific shores. A collapse in the food chain, say scientists. Never seen anything like it, say scientists. Maybe El Nino, maybe Fukushima. Would you rather be eaten by a lion or a tiger?

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福島 最新情報 2015-16年冬





きのこに含まれる放射線物質が1キロ当たり1万4290ベクレルに上っていることも明るみに出ました(2015年11月23日付Fukushima Diary)。食品安全基準の1キロ当たり100ベクレルを驚くほど上回り、同じ場所で1年前に生産されたきのこの2倍に達しています。








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