On CNN today at 3.50 pm – there was an interview with a lady who survived the atomic bombs (at Hiroshima?) Her name –
She went to Japan and said the newspapers there said the Cesium was recorded from after blasts at nuclear plant. She said the newspapers in Japan said the amount of radioactivity would be a year’s exposure in one day. The anchor mentioned all the experts they have had throughout the day – (and the last several days) who have said there was no way to know what those releases contained or what exposures. The lady said that the newspapers in Japan called it Cesium in several papers with her note that it has a long half-life of 30 years and doesn’t disappear from the environment quickly. I want to find what she said and the video clip of it. She spoke the truth of it and I’ve seen some of those things written in the news and discussed by the official press briefings on their news from Japan right after the different separate explosions at the plant, particularly after one of the first two releases. And, the anchorette was rude to this lady and cut her off curtly after she was saying that the newspapers in Japan were clearly stating there were releases of radioactive cesium.
I thought about going into the archives of these news organizations, including CNN and get all the quotes from these “experts” – but I’ve been watching them. Some are trying to be fair about it – but honestly, physicists and anyone who can go online and see what is released from a nuclear plant or read the news releases from the nuclear authorities in Japan that the government briefings were based upon – can see the components of those explosions which spread outwards and upwards – it isn’t just a little hydrogen and some steam. That is obvious. So, what happens between there and here by the time our news gets ahold of it?
Or better yet, what happens when experts tell it the way it is rather than downplaying the things that are happening? Oh now wait, what if it is garbage in – garbage out. What if they didn’t watch the broadcasts from Japan with the press briefings and explanations? What if the sources of information about what is released during a nuclear meltdown or partial meltdown event are far different than mine? I’ve noticed that on the computer internet resources, the more I look for certain qualities of sites – the more it returns more of those types of sites. Maybe they don’t get tweets from Scientific American and Reuters and Science news sources. Maybe they don’t run all over the internet looking at AsiaOne and Asahi tv and NHK, news and science sources all over the world. Maybe these experts are sitting down to their computers on a running discussion between their colleagues and read through the most recent posts to see what is known about it so far or something. Maybe the nuclear physics of it is too rudimentary for them to have thought about lately.
Now, that is interesting. BBC America this morning had Professor Paddy Regan on during their broadcast and I had to watch the thing twice just to get his name. To find the name of the lady who survived the nuclear bomb when she was a girl that was on CNN – it will take going to their transcripts and hopefully locating it whenever those are available from the broadcast. Dr. Irwin Redlener from Columbia University was one of the experts on Piers Morgan last night that I want to look up what he said too. But, here are some of the things I’ve learned generally from the news in the last couple days –
There are 127 million people living in Japan.
Within the last little while there was a 6.0 earthquake where Mt. Fuji is.
There are 54 nuclear plants in Japan, 11 of them were in the areas affected by the earthquake and shut down. There are four plants within a few miles of each other on the east coast of Japan near the sea – including the one at Fukushima whose problems have been on the news. There are actually two others that have had cooling problems and are being dealt with (from Japan’s news and some of the international news coverage over the past four days.)
At one point, there was a note that Lufthansa was checking their planes for radiation which had come from Japan or flown near their airspace. Some reports online about China canceling flights to Japan were shortly thereafter said to be false, however there was a notice that China will be getting buses into the affected areas and areas in danger from the Fukushima plant to bring their citizens out of harms’ way. That seems pretty serious.
The 800 people that had been working at the Fukushima plant as part of the emergency workers were taken out of the area leaving only fifty people which are obviously counted among the dead – regardless of what else might happen after this at the plant because of the exposures they would already have had.
A person living in Tokyo that was interviewed (probably on CNN yesterday) mentioned that their news had said the radiation in Tokyo was 33% above normal. I think that report showed one time yesterday.
The number of people living in Tokyo is around 13 million.
Original reports about the city of Sendai said this area had a population of 2 million not including the many little towns up and down the coast from them. Now, the news reports say the population had been 1 million – regardless of which is true, there are only 450,000 people known to be in the evacuation centers. That is a difference of more than a few hundred people here or there.
There are 445 nuclear reactors or nuclear plant facilities worldwide with 104? nuclear plants in the United States. Of those in the US, 23 of those plants were made using the same design as the one in Japan that is in trouble right now. Each actual nuclear reactor has 80 – 90 tonnes of nuclear materials that make up the fuel rods. They also have nuclear spent materials at the sites and often the nuclear reactors are built near one another in the complexes where they exist or within a few miles of one another.
CNN at 7.55 am this morning had a nifty segment about NARAC in Washington, D.C. that houses sophisticated oversight equipment to take statistical readings from satellites and other monitoring systems, and create nearly real-time charts / graphics of the radioactivity and radiation based on where it is found anywhere on the earth – including in Japan right now along with the places where the winds can carry it and the readings from those areas. These information products are available to decision-makers and used to explain how much radioactive materials are being recorded across areas from events like this one.
I discovered the “shelterbox” which is so nifty for a family of ten to have the basic things they would need after an event – don’t know if it has blankets or not – but each one costs $1,000. And, people are joining together in making donations specifically to go towards buying one to send to Japan’s families. One at a time sort of – or jointly sort of.
At 9.05 am yesterday, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported by telephone that the US ship George Washington had registered radioactivity from the plant (probably pretty specific isotopes in particulate matter) 175 miles away from the plant. He mentioned some more real explanations of the amount of radiation – a chest x-ray equals about 2 milisieverts and the 400 milisieverts from the plant would have to be about 2 and a half times greater than that to make radiation sickness start happening. I should look up that transcript, too.
Also, computer memory chips are made in Japan, among a vast array of other things that can’t be produced with interruptions of power and transportation.
Before today, over the last two days prior, the NIKKEI lost 17% of its value.
Acute radiation sickness is what it is called when the human body is exposed to levels of radiation over the period of a few hours that have been recorded at the Fukushima plant, according to someone on CNN – the fuel rods crack? at a certain point of heat, he says. Matthew Wald of the New York Times. Hmmm.. (on Wolf Blitzer,, CNN 5.35 pm)
MIT expert Jim Walsh was on CNN at 8.02 am this morning and some throughout the evening – he mentioned that people in the US are running around trying to buy Potassium Iodide tablets (just in case) even going online to buy them. He suggested that it is a waste of money because people wouldn’t even know when to take them and if they sit past their expiration date, they wouldn’t be any good very likely. It only works for some things specifically anyway, such as when the radioactive isotopes have entered the milk supply and then collected in the thyroid glands or something. And, no telling what people are getting online either.
Representative Ed Markey said yesterday that the local health departments and government facilities around nuclear plants in the US should prepare with those resources of potassium iodide tablets and other things that might be necessary in the event of a nuclear emergency. He also mentioned that some of the new designs for nuclear reactors could shatter like glass in the kind of event that has hit Japan and that they need to be reviewed and corrected. He is making efforts to get that done.
Kenneth Bergeron, nuclear physicist was on CNN at 7.17 am this morning and Director of Columbia University radiological research, Dr. Brenner was on during the same bit of time – but, I must say that among the parade of experts, some have been fair about the dangers involved and some have really left out important information intentionally to make it seem like there is no way to know what kinds of radioactive particles could be released from that plant. These two men were making sense, but there was a lot they did not say – obviously both are very concerned about the impacts. I want to go find the words they used.
There was a volcanic eruption on the southern most island of Japan a couple days ago and planes are having to fly a wide arc around its ash plumes when traveling from South Korea. Within the last couple hours, a 6.0 earthquake had occurred in the prefecture where Mt. Fuji sits. The last huge earthquake in Japan was followed by an eruption of Mt. Fuji around a hundred years ago – I’ve got a note here somewhere about it.
The second explosion at the #3 reactor of Daiichi / Fukushima was felt 25 miles away. The other plants with cooling problems they are fighting were named as Daino – a little north and at Nagano which has had 3 nearby earthquakes – I’m going to have to look up that and see where they are now with it. The fire at the Daiichi plant was in a building on the complex property which may have contributed to the dissipation of water that had been covering the spent fuel rods in a pond nearby. According to someone on CNN a little bit ago – Mr. Wald I think it was – there are five times the amount of fuel in that pond as what is in a nuclear reactor.
There are 80 – 90 tonnes of fuel in each reactor. The Daiichi complex has four reactors in trouble on its plant complex out of a total of six reactors in the complex, and each have that many fuel rods in them. I also noticed that the Japanese news stations have photos of what the inside of the nuclear reactors looked like before all this.
Number four reactor on the fourth floor is on fire right now according to CNN breaking news 5.55 pm just now.
from tv asahi
I would like to say to CNN and other news broadcasters who are showing graphics to explain the way containment and fuel rods are positioned, and how the nuclear reactors work – they need to put a little human figure like the ones used on signs to show the scale of people next to that containment system – in real life photos, people next to the reactor containment on gantries around it look like ants.
57 chest x-ray scans within a few minutes. 6.01 pm – Cesium
The France Atomic Safety – claims the Daiichi plant event ranks six on a scale of seven – not four as Japan had assessed two days ago.
Tokyo is about 150 miles away from the Fukushima Daiichi plant as the crow flies.
I’m going to look up where the other plants are nearby. There was also an article on a UK source that listed the numbers of people gone from various communities which do not appear in any tally of the number dead from the earthquake and tsunami. Weather guy on CNN just said when Mt. Fuji erupted last after an 8.6 magnitude earthquake offshore. Durn it – now I’m going to have to look that up again because I missed the year and didn’t write it down fast enough.
Need pictures, need facts, need maps to understand it. Have questions –
How much water damage from the tsunami did these nuclear plants really get?
Where are the factories that were damaged and what things did they make?
The port where the containers lay strewn everywhere at Sendai – didn’t they have heavy equipment and docks or something? What did that look like before?
Why are there only 450,000 people out of millions that had lived in these areas, the only ones in the evacuation centers?
What is the status of the other nuclear plants nearby and that have had cooling problems?
Where are people who have been exposed to radiation – there were 1 in 5 that were exposed earlier taken to hospitals – are they okay?
How could the fifty workers left at the Daiichi plant be effective and sick from radiation exposure at the same time? Are the boats that have been pumping water into the plant reactors from the ocean, still there or have then been drawn back – earlier there were photos of them pumping water over the reactor containment buildings that had the roof and walls blown off – where did the boats go or are they still there?
Somewhere I have a note about the number of people within a 50 mile radius of the Fukushima facility – where did I put that?
And why was the water in the tsunami black, deep black before it got to anything? It brought up seafloor materials – but is that black off Japan’s eastern coast? Hmm……
How are they going to move the boats and ships that ended up on top of buildings and houses or are now laying over on their side somewhere? Some of those are absolutely huge. Did any of their crews survive?
Walked to the store for groceries – sorry about that.
Amazing that Mr. Spitzer has a GE man finally speaking in plain English about these things – at least finally some real talk about it. that is happening right now – what is his name?
Dale Bridenbower? – maybe . . .
I want to see that segment again – maybe CNN will have it on the videos online in a little while . . . hope so.
It is time to check the international news sources and look up a couple things. Just so I’ll remember – I’m cooking chicken in the oven while I do this that should be ready at 9.48 pm – maybe I better make a note somewhere . . .
That reminds me listening to the Nuclear Reg guy – that yesterday I saw a picture of the suppression chamber / torus construct – I should go find that too. Where was that?