Fukushima timeline - July 2011
- Pacific waters off Japan's Fukushima clearly affected by nuclear crisis: China's oceanic administration
BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Waters in the Western Pacific region east and southeast of Japan's Fukushima are "clearly affected" by the radioactive materials leaked from the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima, according to a statement from China's State Oceanic Administration on Sunday.
Initial tests of samples collected from these areas show that radioactive cesium-137 and -134, as well as strontium-90 can be found in all water samples, the statement said.
The statement said that under normal conditions, cesium-134 cannot be detected in sea waters, and that the maximum amounts of cesium-137 and strontium-90 detected in the samples are 300 times and 10 times, respectively, of the amounts of natural background radiation in China's territorial waters, the statement said.
- Strong quake shakes Fukushima
Tokyo - A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Japan's Fukushima prefecture, home to a crippled nuclear power plant, early on Sunday, but there was no risk of tsunami, seismologists said.
- M6.5 quake hits Fukushima, no impact on nuclear plant
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 jolted Fukushima Prefecture and its vicinity early Sunday morning, but it did not cause further trouble at the already crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.
No tsunami warning was issued in the wake of the 3:54 a.m. quake, which measured upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Naraha and Kawauchi in Fukushima and lower 5 in several other parts of the prefecture as well as in parts of Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
- Over 680,000 hotel bookings canceled
FUKUSHIMA--Over 680,000 guests canceled reservations at inns and hotels in Fukushima Prefecture through the end of June due to the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
- Veteran actress Yoshinaga urges scrapping of nuclear plants
"I hope there will be no nuclear plants in Japan as we have many earthquakes," Yoshinaga, 66, told a peace event in Hiroshima. "People often use the phrase of peaceful use of atomic power and I accepted it only vaguely knowing what it means."
- Kan repeats pledge to reduce reliance on nuclear power
CHINO, Japan, July 31 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Sunday repeated his pledge to lower Japan's dependence on nuclear power as a national policy, standing firm on his push for the country's exit from nuclear power generation.
"We cannot take a risk that could destroy the Earth even if it is a one in a hundred million chance," Kan told an energy symposium in Chino, Nagano Prefecture.
- #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: One Step Forward, One Step Back, and One Enigma
Now, according to NHK News Japanese (7/31/2011), TEPCO is going to conduct a test run of the heat exchanger that it also finished installing for the SFP. The company hopes to lower the temperature of the SFP from the current 87 degrees Celsius to about 30, just like in Reactors 2 and 3.
- #Radioactive Beef: Cesium Is Not Evenly Distributed in a Cow
Ooops. Amateur hour at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare who thought testing one sample from the meat of one cow would be enough.
According to Mainichi Shinbun, the Japanese authorities are finding out that the different parts of the same cow have different concentration of radioactive cesium. Not only that, the same part of the meat from the same cow can yield two different test results. That means even the meat that was tested and deemed "safe" (tested below 500 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium) may not have been safe after all.
- Iwate to join cattle ban; hundreds more suspected tainted
SAGA — The government decided Sunday to issue an order to stop shipment of all beef cattle from Iwate Prefecture after cesium above the government limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram was found in the meat of a sixth animal, government sources said.
The government order, based on a special law on nuclear power plant-related accidents, is expected to be officially issued on Monday.
- Govt drafts path to less reliance on nuclear energy
A government panel has decided on a draft policy guideline aimed at giving direction to the process of reducing the nation's dependence on nuclear power.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan and other members of the energy and environment panel agreed to continue utilizing nuclear energy while enhancing safety, during a meeting held at the Prime Minister's Office on Friday.
In its interim draft for innovative energy and environment strategy, the panel outlined a policy of reducing dependence on nuclear power by increasing the use of renewable energy, promoting energy conservation and introducing cleaner, more efficient fossil-fuel technologies.
- Fukushima protesters urge end to nuclear power
TOKYO — An estimated 1,700 people rallied in the capital of Japan's Fukushima region, home to a crippled atomic power plant, on Sunday, calling for an end to nuclear energy, local media reported.
"Abolish all the nuclear power plants!" and "Give radiation-free Fukushima back to us," the demonstrators chanted as they marched in Fukushima City, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the nuclear plant.
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