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Cherry Blossom Festival Dates –
March 26 – 30, 2013
Historic Cherry Blossom Photos from Washington Post –
Lots of photographs from history – Cherry Blossoms from the archives
International Cherry Blossom Festival Events – (Macon, Georgia)
Central City Park Free Nightly Concerts – Cherry Blossom Festival 2013
Central City Park – Macon, Georgia – International Cherry Blossom Festival
March 15 – 24
Bengal Tiger Show
Miller Lite Central City Park, Macon Georgia – International Cherry Blossom Festival
Two Shows Daily – Times TBA Free admission
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival Events 2013
Walking Tour Map of Cherry Blossom Pathways – with adult admission – $10 / members – free
More about the History of the Cherry Blossom Festival and our gifts from Japan –
More nifty Cherry Blossom Stuff –
Sakurayu (桜湯) or cherry blossom tea is a Japanese infusion created by mixing pickled cherry blossoms with boiled water. This combination becomes a type of tisane, and has been enjoyed in East Asian culture for many generations.
The main ingredient, cherry blossoms petals, are harvested when the cherry trees bloom from mid to late spring. After the calyxes are removed, the petals are then pickled in plum vinegar & salt and the product subsequently dried. The dried cherry blossoms are then stored or sealed in tea packets and sold.
From the middle of the page on the wikipedia entry for Cherry Blossom – with a list of festivals and history by country –
Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire (England), holds the national collection of Japanese village cherries, sato-sakura group. Keele University in Staffordshire (England), has one of the UK’s largest collections of flowering cherries, with more than 150 varieties.
Japan gave 3,020 cherry blossom trees as a gift to the United States in 1912 to celebrate the nations’ then-growing friendship, replacing an earlier gift of 2000 trees which had to be destroyed due to disease in 1910. These trees were planted in Sakura Park in Manhattan and line the shore of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. (see West Potomac Park). The first two original trees were planted by first lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the bank of the Tidal Basin. The gift was renewed with another 3,800 trees in 1965. The cherry blossom trees continue to be a popular tourist attraction (and the subject of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival) when they reach full bloom in early spring. Also, Balboa Park of San Diego has 2,000 cherry blossom trees that blossom in mid to late March. In Los Angeles, over 2,000 trees are located at Lake Balboa in Van Nuys. These trees were donated by an anonymous Japanese benefactor and were planted in 1992. They originated from a single parent tree and were developed to grow in warm climates. Philadelphia is also home to over 2000 flowering Japanese cherry trees, half of which were a gift from the Japanese government in 1926 in honor of the 150th anniversary of American independence, with the other half planted by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia between 1998 and 2007. Philadelphia’s cherry blossoms are located within Fairmount Park, and the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia celebrates the blooming trees. The University of Washington in Seattle also has cherry blossoms in its Quad.
Other US cities have an annual Cherry Blossom Festival (or Sakura Matsuri), including the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia, which features over 300,000 cherry trees. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City also has a large, well-attended festival. Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the site of the peace conference that produced the Treaty of Portsmouth, for which the original Washington, DC cherry trees were given in thanks. Several cherry trees planted on the bank of the tidal pond next to Portsmouth City Hall were the gift of Portsmouth’s Japanese sister city of Nichinan—the hometown of Marquis Komura Jutarō, Japan’s representative at the conference.
Sakura Park, New York City, NY
The park was originally called Claremont Park after the avenue on its east side, but renamed in 1912 after the Committee of Japanese Residents of New York donated 2,500 cherry blossom trees to the city. The land, originally owned by John D. Rockefeller and purchased by the City of New York for use as an extension of Riverside Park, was landscaped with financial support from Rockefeller, over a two-year period starting in 1932. Directly to the east is Claremont Avenue, which is dramatically lower in elevation, and resulted in a buttressed retaining wall being built during the period that extends the length of the park.
In 1960, another gift was given to the park, this time by the City of Tokyo in the form of a tōrō, when New York became her sister city. Former Crown Prince and current Emperor of Japan, Akihito, was in attendance during the official dedication on October 10 of that year. Crown Prince Akihito would later rededicate the tōrō with his princess in 1987.
This site shows events listed across the US with their dates and websites – as well as those in Japan –
From last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival in New York City
– (after the fact) – with an indication of those involved as sponsors for the events –
National Park Service Events – National Mall – Cherry Blossom Festival 2013
March 23 – April 7
Cherry Blossom Tours and Ranger Guided Programs List for this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival –
National Cherry Blossom Festival Dates Announced for 2013
March 20 – April 14
Festival Hotline – by teleFestival Hotline: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)
Places to enjoy the Cherry Blossoms in New York City and nearby –
(does not include events – but does describe where and a bit of info on each one)
New York Botanical Gardens with over 200 flowering cherries – (pretty pictures)
10 Favorite Cherry Blossom Festivals – (nbc article from 2012)
This article with events from last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival – the 100th anniversary event in 2012 – includes a lot of great ideas including lantern walks through the Washington Tidal Basin Cherry Trees with National Park Service Ranger Guides – hotels, events, and great ways to view the blossoming trees –
How can I get my own cherry blossom tree?
The National Cherry Blossom Festival, in conjunction with Arbor Day Foundation, has cherry blossom trees available for purchase. Here are the details.
Along with some other answers to National Cherry Blossom Festival questions.
Available through the Arbor Day Foundation
(from about $5 to $16 each with most around $10 – $12)
Prunus ‘Kwanzan’ (Kanzan)
- Gorgeous Double Pink Flowers
- Yellow, Orange, and Copper Fall Color
- Fruitless Cultivar
- Early Spring Blooms
- Shortened Life Span of 15 to 25 years
- Zones 5 to 9
- Can’t Ship To: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA, CO
(about $10 each – very nifty)
Japanese Culture Club of New York City
Sakura Matsuri 2013 – Cherry Blossom Festival New York City
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Sakura – Cherry Trees in Kyoto
with beautiful photos – click on the links to see beautiful cherry blossom pictures from different areas –
Cherry trees in Nijyojyou
Address : Nijyojyou-douri,Nakagyo-ku,Kyoto-city,Kyoto,Japan
Also from last year’s festival with links to sponsoring associations in New York City – and a description of a few events that were held along with some beautiful pictures of it –
Japan Culture NYC
The Bloom of Cherry Blossoms Map from the Japan National Tourism Organization – Japan
Shows a map of the Cherry Blossoms as they are expected to bloom across Japan – from the Japan Weather Association
Japan Society, New York City
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
$12; students & seniors $10; Japan Society members and children under 16 free.
Admission is free to all on Friday nights, 6 PM–9 PM.
Japan Society Gallery is currently closed, and will reopen on Saturday, March 9.
Phone: (212) 832-1155
Box Office: (212) 715-1258
Membership: (212) 715-1270
Toyota Language Center: (212) 715-1256
Family Days presented with the National Building Museum
March 23 – 24
Saturday: 10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 4 PM
Location: National Building Museum – 401 F Street, NW (map)
hands-on activities, interactive art demonstrations, and exciting indoor and outdoor performances
P: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)
National Cherry Blossom Festival® Opening Ceremony
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony with be held on March 23 from 5 – 6:30 PM at the Warner Theatre, located at 513 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20004.
The Opening Ceremony is a free and open to the public event, however reservations are required. To reserve your tickets, click here.
Cherry Blossom Festival 2013: D.C.’s ‘Peak Blossom’ Expected Between March 26-30
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 13, 2013
Monday morning the National Park Service announced this year’s “peak blossom” prediction via Twitter — and, great news, the dates coincide with the festival.
Kites of Asia Family Day
March 23, 2013
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM
Location: National Air and Space Museum – 600 Independence Avenue, SW (Map)
Celebrate the kite tradition of Southeast Asia. Experience the artistry and beauty of Asian kites, see indoor kite flying, make your own kite and enjoy other hands-on activities!
Blossom Kite Festival
March 30, 2013
Time: 10 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Washington Monument grounds, Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW (map)
The Blossom Kite Festival includes 5 areas to enjoy: the Competition & Demonstration Field, Family Field, Kite Club Display Area, Activity Tents, and Public Field. To view a map of the areas, click here.
(The page link below includes the full list of scheduled events and competitions throughout the day) – amazing and looks like fun, too.
P: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)
Macy’s Flower Show® Presents The Painted Garden Sunday, March 24 – Sunday, April 7, 2013
Macy’s Flower Show® Presents The Painted Garden Sunday, March 24 – Sunday,
April 7, 2013
Macy’s Downtown Flagships Showcase a Floral Spectacular In New York,
Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco
Macy’s Cherry Blossom Flower Show returns to Macy’s Metro Center in
Macy’s Flower Show sprouts anew this spring on March 24 in Chicago,
Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
(Photo: Business Wire)
“This year’s Macy’s Flower Show, titled ‘The Painted Garden,’ takes its
inspiration from the Middle Asian region, most notably India. The vast display
reflects the elaborate architecture, lavish formal gardens, intense jewel
tones and lively, spice market colors so typical of that part of the world,”
says Robin Hall, the producer of the show.
For more than 60 years, Macy’s Flower Show has delighted generations of floral
aficionados with over-the-top presentations of sumptuous gardens that showcase
millions of live flowers, plants and trees from around the globe.
Free to the public, Macy’s Flower Show and Macy’s Cherry Blossom Flower Show
will be open during regular store hours.
Macy’s Flower Show is made possible in part through partnerships with NYC &
Co., and Bachman’s (Downtown Minneapolis). For additional information about
these events contact the Macy’s Flower Show Hotline at (212) 494-4495, or
Includes a number of events, flower designers, fashion shows, cherry blossom events, bouquet of the day by top floral designers, culinary wizardry and celebrity appearances.
Also this –
Set to welcome spectators into the radiant splendor this year is the show’s
stunning, multicolored, 10-foot tall painted Elephant. Beautifully festooned
in brilliant hues and planted with thousands of dazzling live flowers, the
Elephant centerpiece will sport ornamentation in the grand ceremonial style of
Did not note if that is at each store involved (the flagship stores listed) or at one to kick off the show. Would be fun to see it – probably will be amazing.
“Spring Festival: Cherry Blossom Celebration”
『 お花見(春祭り) 』
Thursday, April 11, 2013
6:30 – 9:00pm
Members: $70 / Non-members: $100 Location:
The Nippon Club (145 W. 57th St, New York, NY)
Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.
JCCI and the Nippon Club will hold a HANAMI event on Thursday, April 11, 2013.
In Japan, the blooming of cherry blossoms is an occasion for celebrating the beauty of the changing seasons. Experience a taste of Japanese spring in New York at this special event, which will feature a delicious Japanese buffet dinner, all-you-can-drink sake, traditional hanagasa dance, and koto (Japanese harp) music, performed by Masayo Ishigure of the Sawai Koto Academy of Music. There will also be a raffle and the chance to win several prizes, including a grand prize of Delta Airlines tickets.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the end of a long winter, and enjoy Japanese culture with the Japanese and American business communities in New York. Please feel free to invite family and friends to take part in the festivities.
* Early registration is recommended as seating will be limited.
Please contact JCCI NY with questions or to register: 212-246-8001 firstname.lastname@example.org
JAPAN’S TOP 100 CHERRY BLOSSOM SPOTS
Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots for viewing Cherry Blossom sorted by prefecture. Guide to Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots include descriptions, pictures and map.
More 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival Information from Washington, D.C. (from The Washington Times)
including that the highest temperature recorded during the event was 93 degrees in 1907 and that more than a million visitors are expected to attend throughout the Festival’s span –
The trees normally bloom between late March and early April, though extreme hot or cold temperatures have caused blooms as early as March 15 and as late as April 18.
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Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia 2013
April 1 – 26, 2013
List of Events –
Cherry Blossom Celebration
Cherry Blossom Festival Special Cuisine Prepared to Celebrate The Blossoming Flowers and its Special 100th Anniversary in 2012
Cherry Blossoms in Cuisine – amazing photo slide show of these various foods from the menu below listed on the site –
- Hors d’Oeuvre
- Abalone with Osetra Caviar
- Pork Meatballs with Cherry Blossom Miso
- Truffled Potato Fondue
- Toro with Nori Purée and Cherry Blossom Salt
- Mo Chéri > Cherry Blossom Tea–Infused Vodka with Satsuma Godai Umeshu Plum Sake and Yuzu Juice
- Hamachi with Preserved Cherry Blossoms and White Soy Ponzu
- Champagne Ayala Brut Rosé Majeur NV
- Foie Gras Torchon with Honey-Poached Sour Cherries and Almond Milk
- Heidi Schröck Rosé Biscaya 2010
- Chilled Buckwheat Noodles with Cherry Blossom Tea
- Vie Vité Extraordinaire Rosé 2010
- Turbot Pot-au-Feu with Truffle Broth
- Brooks Janus Pinot Noir 2009
- Yakiniku > Grilled Wagyu Beef with Toasted Cherry Leaves, Rice, and Grilled Mushrooms
- Stuhlmuller Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
- Cherry Blossom Crémeux with Almond Sorbet and Smoked Cherries
- Marenco Pineto Brachetto d’Acqui 2010
Wines generously provided by Brooks, Cognac One, LLC, and Turquoise Life, LLC.
More about viewing Cherry Blossoms in Japan and other events of March including the Tokyo International Anime Fair and the National Confectionery Expo (in Japan) –
includes some events around the US – (for January and February 2013)
2013 Dates and Events for Flower Festivals and Spring Flower Blossom Festivals
All Over the United States from Azaleas and Dogwoods in the South to Cherry Blossom Festivals in the Early Spring
(for 2013 from Associated Press)
The list includes links to each of the shows’ organizers for more information – very nifty.
Fuel Amounts at Fukushima
A New York Times article states that 32 assemblies in the spent fuel pool of Unit 3 are MOX. The MOX fuel rods were stored in the pool but TEPCO announced they were being loaded into the core last fall, so we think those are currently in the core. (MOX fuel rods have uranium 238, a small amount of uranium 236 and plutonium in them, my note).
The same article says that a total of 11,125 spent fuel assemblies are stored at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi facility. However, not all of those are stored in the pools in the reactor buildings. Several hundred are currently in dry cask storage, and more than half of the total are stored in a common storage pool.
While BWR fuel comes in various sizes, the last column assumes 170 kg per assembly.
Each fuel assembly consists of roughly 60 fuel rods.
NOTE: On March 21, an updated set of numbers was posted here.
Figure 1 shows a cross-sectional view of a boiling water reactor with a Mark I containment like that at Fukushima Dai-Ichi. The reactor core is housed within a metal reactor vessel. The reactor vessel is enclosed within the primary containment structure. The reactor building completely surrounds the containment structure. The reactor building walls are made of 18 to 30 inch-thick concrete up to the elevation of the refueling platform. The walls are made of metal from that elevation to the roof.
-The Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) is posting updated status charts on the Dai-Ichi and Daini nuclear plants.
Translating times between Japan and the US:
JST = Japan Standard Time = GMT + 9
EDT = Eastern Daylight Time = GMT – 4
so H:00 JST = (H:00 – 13:00) EDT
(also from the page link above at the Union of Concerned Scientists blog “All Things Nuclear” – from March 19, 2011 post)
NOTE: On March 21, an updated set of numbers was posted here.
Here is some of what I know from the coverage over the last few days –
* The evacuation zone around US nuclear plants that is to be evacuated in the event of a critical or dangerous nuclear situation is 10 miles.
* The only real solution that has been designed for those who are in the fallout zone beyond being evacuated is the “shelter in place” solution such as that used in Japan right now between the 20km and 30km radius of the nuclear plant at Fukushima Daiichi –
* “Shelter in place” in the case of a nuclear criticality event meant to close all the doors and windows, cut off all ventilation systems, cut off all airconditioning systems and outside ventilation intakes, hunker down and don’t go outside the house for any reason. There is also evidence that this would be the living environment conditions for a period of many days or even weeks in the event of a nuclear power plant disaster of some kind. (as well as there being no predictability for such an event and when that “shelter in place” may have to happen – but note that, the same is true for situations with chemical hazards from industrial plants as well as for nuclear fallout and radioactive materials in the air.)
* There are more than 80-90 tonnes of fuel rods in each of the four reactors sitting next to one another in Fukushima Daiichi and many times that in the spent fuel rod pools and shared fuel rod pool.
* The protective measures leave a lot to be desired.
* And, my friends assure me that no one in America is interested in knowing more about this – unless it involves the Simpsons, the ultimate fighting matches, who is going to the NASCAR events or what kind of shoes Michelle Obama is wearing . . .
* And, I believe they are probably right about the lack of interest. The idea that, to show the devastation happening from a real news event is too “negative” and that a warning must be made before showing a segment of the news which contains genuine grief over real people who have been lost in a real event – is about ridiculous, but happening that way nonetheless. But, I keep thinking that the audiences in the United States watch the Freddie Kruger stuff and have kept it in business, watch the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies and have paid to go see them and to own the video of it – and shared it with their friends, etc., etc., etc., with many, many more grotesquely graphic violent and psychotic crap. But, to see the news of what has happened in Japan – is too “negative” to suit them as news?
I don’t get it.
And, as I said last night – there is great event that would make a viral video, press and news opportunities for some organization, and an ongoing public interaction about the nuclear safety issues – but, even with this great idea that would work – it is beyond me to understand how to get paid $50 to give it to them to use it. And, I’m sure the increased participation in their organization because of it with more people knowledgeable about them and press opportunities, and the viral video too – they could have increased memberships for their organization. It is just bizarre that I don’t know how to get $50 to be able to tell them about it. But, if I don’t know how, then I don’t know how and so the organizations which might benefit from having it won’t, and the $50 that would help me buy food and pay my bills won’t be there for me either.
And, I don’t know how to fix it.
And, and – and I’m already tired of hearing that nobody wants to know about this radioactivity stuff and nuclear stuff and that if I want to make any money, that I need to go sell hotdogs on the sidewalk somewhere like the grocery store out front. I don’t know anything about hotdogs – cooking them for many or selling them on a sidewalk . . . and I don’t own a car to get there with them.
That is just about stupid.
What I do know is how to completely pay off the US debt in about six months by charging a federal sales tax on every dollar of stocks, bonds, credit default swaps, commodities trades, and exotic financial instruments being bought, sold, swapped or traded. That I know.
And, I do know how to locate information about certain things very effectively and find the real information sources about them.
I do know how to do that.
Occasionally, I think of some great idea which would promote something in particular like the two or three ideas that I’ve written down in the last few days to help bring public awareness and interest in nuclear plant safety or like the great concepts and solutions I generate in relation to something I’m researching as it awakens my thinking and creativity about it.
Those things apparently have no value unless someone else is doing it – in which case, it has value.
That’s partly because I don’t know how to talk about it properly and in the context where it could make a difference, I suppose.
There are fifty thousand ways to share information with others and only about a handful of those ways actually make a profit or are generally profitable based on the way they are set up to harvest that interest. I understand that. But, I don’t understand how to do that effectively – and then disgustingly enough, I hear these people on the other side of that wall somewhere crying to have new ideas and options for doing things and ways to let the public know about it with viral video concepts and things that could get publicity.
It is damn ridiculous.
And, the people they are paying to do it – come out with things that mostly don’t work or only half of which work despite the millions of dollars being poured into them. Unbelievable.
I’m going back to rocket science and nuclear physics that are easier.
Oh yeah – and I also know that the nuclear plant at Fukushima Daiichi could’ve been completely shut down, “killed” and contained within the first twenty-four hours and certainly within the very first seven days after the earthquake and tsunami. That is the truth.
France supposedly sent 95 tons of boron to them, GE offered to come shut it down for them. And, I’m absolutely sure the Russians and Chinese were willing to send whatever might be necessary to completely stop the chain reactions and get it shut down in very short order. The fact is – the wind blowing it over their nations and over South Korea would’ve certainly been more than enough incentive to fly over some concrete, sandbags, liquid nitrogen, boron, lead and whatever else might have been required – in a very short period of time but TEPCO didn’t want to do that. They decided to do what they are doing instead with the lives of all the workers there put at risk and permanently damaged, and all the people in the surrounding territories and cities and towns affected for the rest of their lives and the entire food chain of several nations put at risk instead.
What assholes. There is not a nice word to describe the gravity and import of all this.
I was going to say that it is my thought about the way Fukushima Daiichi has been handled is the result of a different goal than the overall safety of the public – my guess is that they wanted to save the fuel to resell it, reuse it or have it “not killed” with massive boron and other avenues of stopping the overheating at the plant.
Seawater is one thing – but the fuel could still be reclaimed, with any of the other options – those tonnes of fuel rods can’t be recovered, despite the fact that it would have saved the public and the surrounding nations from overall radiation and radioactive fallout.
These aren’t isotopes that are some kind of normal radiation like from pretty sunshine – they are bizarre combinations that cause cellular damage as a fact. They are only made isotopes specific to the core of nuclear reactors. There has been cesium 137 found and iodine 131 found in these radioactive readings from the areas surrounding the plant. That specifically means they got out of that reactor and went to those places. That doesn’t happen from an enclosed containment vessel by virtue of the very concept of “containment” and “enclosed”.
The only way that could have happened is when the “containment” no longer was complete and contained – as in, breached, compromised, cracked, or “consummately buggered.”
So I had one of those truly great ideas – at least I thought it was – and my daughter was laughing so hard over the phone when she heard it that she couldn’t hardly talk – and that is saying something. But, then I said – now what? Who could be advantaged? Who could benefit? and obviously, how could money be made with it?
Well, the idea has to do with nuclear energy and the nuclear power plants specifically, and after thinking about it awhile – I decided to send an email to the Union of Concerned Scientists to ask how to work with them on it. I would have to say that the likelihood of anyone there getting back to me on it is probably somewhere very close to nil – however, I did it anyway.
Here is what I wrote to them –
Sent to – onsite form – 03-23-11
I’m not a member. I have an idea. It would make a viral video to make an immediate influx of income to your organization and increase membership. It isn’t vile nor violent. It would get press coverage and YouTube viral hits – and give you the opportunities to tell the public about what you do as you deserve to have – especially right now. It is a good way to get the public involved in what you have been working hard to do about nuclear power plant safety and reasonable preparations for it, to have a knowledgeable citizenry with an edge for science, using intelligence, and good conscientious engineering – things like that.
I don’t know how to make arrangements quickly with you to sell the idea to you or do it for your organization. It could yield positive air time on the news and other talk shows as well as getting the viral video status (in all likelihood.) It wouldn’t cost much to do it and could be done on a weekend – like next weekend, in fact – while people are still thinking about what happened at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan. I would like to be able to tell you about it. Please tell me how to work with you on it and who would need to decide. Thankyou, cricketdiane
(I have a blog at wordpress – at cricketdiane and have been trying to share information about the nuclear power plant in trouble over the last few days.)
This idea isn’t stodgy and I think maybe it’s time to change the glassy-eyed stare people get when nuclear reactor talk starts up . . .
It went to this on-site form here –
Union of Concerned Scientists
Maybe it would be worth calling them and trying to find out who would need to work with something like this. They probably pay a small fortune already to the consulting firm that does their public relations and advertising or fundraising.
Too late –
CNNI 3.39am ET
TEPCO holding press conference – Reactor No. 3 being evacuated – grey black smoke pouring out – There were 500 or more workers at the facility (earlier today / yesterday Japan time – there were 660 workers reported at the facility.)
Earlier today, I didn’t get to post because for some reason my administration on this blog was blocked – maybe it was a denial of service attack or just a snafu on the server or something I’ve mucked up – but I only found it was fixed a little bit ago after sending the email to the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Note of great thanks to the support team at Happiness Central wordpress, thankyou.)
The wikipedia page about people interested in activism where it comes to nuclear plant safety are mostly ready to shut them all down rather than do something with the problems that still exist in them. It was also kind of unnerving to look at those people who might be served by my idea for a viral video that could be organizations that I know very little about. At least, the Union of Concerned Scientists is one whose information I’ve seen over many years and noted that it is of merit and trustworthy in its manner of peer-review, science and engineering approaches.
Unfortunately, that is probably about the same reason they won’t consider my idea, too – they have a lot of “prestigious” people involved with what they do with a great deal of seriousness about the subject matter, which well they should. These are serious matters. But – – –
But, we can’t afford for people’s eyes to glaze over as we talk to them about nuclear physics anymore. The cost has been too great to leave these matters in the hands of those we elect or the ones they appoint, many of which come from the same industries they are intended to regulate. The price for doing it that way with little understanding of the workings of it ourselves has left us at the mercy of those who may very well be serving some other agenda besides the public interest and public good. That price has become too high.
As I watched the 82 year old lady in Japan who looked younger than her years and who had toiled over the planting of her garden which now she cannot eat nor sell that I saw on a CNN segment, I thought how wrong that is for her and her neighbors – and how wrong it will be for us, as well. It is unnecessary for things to get to that stage – and in the case of Fukushima Daiichi reactors – it was definitely unnecessary for it to get to critical points that we’ve all seen.
There was a comment on a news article from an Asian news source that said, “but France sent 95 tons of boron to them at Fukushima on Thursday”. And, another comment said, “GE had offered to come in and shut the plant down on the first day. To stop it.” I couldn’t confirm whether their information was accurate because very little of those kinds of things have appeared in the Western journalism about it – however, I think it probably is correct in both statements. And, after awhile thinking about it – I have been thinking that the TEPCO decision-makers made a choice – or rather a serious of choices to not stop the plant in those ways because they were trying to save the massive amounts of fuel rods – around 80 – 90 tonnes per reactor plus as much as five times that amount per spent fuel rod cooling pool within each building.
And, maybe they entertained that fantasy about restarting the machines and the reactors with a little cosmetic work to the outside of the building and they thought the system would be as good as new to continue in the days ahead. Or – maybe it was the money, because I just read an article or three about the $35 billion dollar loan guarantees the Japanese government leaders are considering giving to TEPCO right now. Maybe it the plant were “killed” as done in other places during a critical event, they wouldn’t have been able to acquire money to fix it and stay in a healthy financial position or something.
Whatever it was that prompted their decisions, I can honestly say that the radioactive trash that is floating into drinking water, onto the land, on the gardens that have already been tilled and in some cases, are at the point of harvesting, and the cesium137 and iodine 131 that is showing up everywhere it isn’t supposed to ever be – all are the direct results of the decisions made or not made properly about this nuclear facility. The first day, before the explosion – problems of a significant nature were already known. And, there is a trail of press coverage, briefings and information concerning that with the facts which told them the event was significant and could be dire, as well.
So, instead of stopping these disasters from developing any further, they actually made them worse at a number of points along the way.
What is also bizarre in all this is the way that some press coverage has offered a happy, happy picture even while there was every evidence that something else was occurring.
ftenergysource FT Energy Source
Energy headlines: Tepco closer to restarting nuclear pumps http://on.ft.com/i5Gdx3
But, in real time – this has just happened –
Reuters Reuters Top News
FLASH: Japan nuclear agency: Smoke at Fukushima no.3 unit is from building that houses reactor
Well, at first I thought it was only not having seen the last bit of what happened or the latest bit of information – but then it became obvious over the last couple days especially, that nearly every economic or financial oriented news source had articles and headlines indicating the problems at the Fukushima plant were all but solved . . .
Of course, I just had to save those to compare with what everything else was saying and it is really quite phenomenal. On bloomberg news broadcast yesterday, there was a lead-in to the reporter’s story that sounded as if the power had been restored to the plant and everything was stable, then the reporter in Tokyo said the truth of it which is that the plant’s reactors No. 2 and 3 had smoke pouring out of them still and there had been high radiation readings at one point at least through the day with increased smoke. The reactors No. 1 and 2 were actually found to have more damage than was expected (by anyone looking from here, I can’t even imagine how they expected anything less,) and then he mentioned the continuing discoveries about the radioactive isotopes being found in drinking water, foodstuffs, milk and on vegetables.
People were to stop drinking the tap water in a number of areas as of yesterday, and I can’t imagine what the people have been doing to survive in the zone between 20km and 30 km who were told to stay in their homes for the last nine or ten days with the windows and doors closed, air off – probably without electricity and now, no tap water either. It is cold there and at night, very cold – over these last ten days.
And, contamination of the water supply has been found as far away as Tokyo. The drift that can happen with this radioactive “stuff” is obscene and should’ve never happened. At the very least, the plant operators and decision-makers should have treated the situation and its gravity with the seriousness due to its lethal nature.
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FLASH: Japan agency says radiation level at Fukushima plant had been 435 microsieverts 2 hours before smoke seen
1 minute ago
(4.32 am EDT)
High levels of radiation have been found in tap water in Tokyo according to the CNN reporter quoting the Japanese officials just now.
The situation is unmanageable now. It is too much release and too late to stop the damage it has already done. I hate that. I really, really, really hate that. It shouldn’t have happened.
NatureNews Nature News&Comment
Picture post: workers toil inside Fukushima’s control room http://goo.gl/fb/fmhEd
Tsunami wave that hit a coastal city in Iwate Prefecture was 23.6 meters (77 feet, 5 inches) in height. http://n.pr/fF3rD6
Spent Fuel Rods stored in pools at nuclear reactors Fukushima
from Union of Concerned Scientists – Fukushima Daiichi plant
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Researchers create self-strengthening nanocomposite http://tw.physorg.com/220107667
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Neutron beam, a kind of radioactive ray, has been observed 13 times at Fukushima plant since tsunami – Kyodo http://bit.ly/gI0r2I
China, cricketdiane, Extreme Engineering, Fukushima Daiichi, heavy equipment, Japan, Japan earthquake tsunami nuclear power plant crisis, nuclear power plants reactors, nuclear reactor meltdown, pumps
Including a huge pump that can help cool the nuclear reactors at Fukushima.
Mar. 22, 2011 5:02 AM ET
Official: Japan nuke plant pool at or near boiling
via Associated Press.
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese nuclear safety official says a pool for storing spent fuel at the crippled nuclear plant is heating up, with temperatures around the boiling point.
Mar. 22, 2011 5:02 AM ET
CNN just reported at 5.15 amEDT – That 660 workers are now at the Fukushima plant . . .
TEPCO aims to restore power systems to revive some key facilities such as data measuring equipment and functions at a control room by Wednesday for the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors and by Thursday for the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors, said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, at a press conference.
After a magnitude 9.0 quake and ensuing tsunami knocked out power at the plant on March 11, the cooling functions failed at the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 reactors and their cores are believed to have partially melted.
The pools storing spent nuclear fuel outside the reactors at the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 units have all lost their cooling functions, requiring coolant water to be pumped in, while hydrogen explosions have blown off the roofs and upper walls of the buildings housing the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 units.
This article has a lot of good information in it. The idea that it quotes from someone about what the smoke rising from the two reactors might be is probably a little off to say the least, but overall it is very informative with up-to-date information in it.
But right this minute in Japan there is a fire with white smoke pouring out everywhere from the nuclear reactor 4 Fukushima Daiichi being carried by the wind being shown on NHK –
Take a look –
– they are also showing the snow which is covering areas of the debris covered coast where the tsunami hit.
Around 5:45 a.m., new fire was discovered in northeastern corner of reactor 4 building, where an apparent hydrogen explosion caused a fire Tuesday morning following Friday’s 9.0-magnitude quake.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Hajimi Motujuku said the blaze erupted in the outer housing of the reactor’s containment vessel. It was later confirmed that the fire was because the first blaze was not completely extinguished. Fire fighters are trying to put out the flames.
Flash from Reuters – White smoke at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is coming from reactor No.3: Fuji TV (4 minutes ago)
Also from twitter within the last fifteen minutes –
from bloomberg – Tokyo electric says two nuclear reactor cores may be damaged – http://ow.ly/4fkAi
“It [TEPCO] says 43 percent of the fuel rods in the No. 1 reactor were possibly damaged at 1 pm on Tuesday, but the ratio had increased to 70 percent by 3.25 pm. At the No.2 reactor, the ratio [of damaged fuel rods] rose to 33% from 14.”
“In both reactors, the coolant levels are low, exposing the fuel rods. Sea water is being pumped into the reactors to cool them down, but the coolant level remains low, creating the risk of a meltdown. Damaged fuel rods would leak radioactive material.”
Here is a link to the damaged No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant – Yomiuri http://bit.ly/fLQott
NHK says there is an 8-meter square hole in the wall of this containment building at Reactor No.4 Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The number of dead from Friday’s earthquake and tsunami passes 11,000 – says the NHK World rolling news tape at the top of the page.
On the left side of this photo is Nuclear Reactor No. 3 that looks like a crumpled mess – according to a graphic explanation of the photograph on NHK news (on USTREAM live) just now – to the right of that in the picture toward the center is Reactor No.4.
Among the top stories there is one that says the title – (on NHK)
“Gov’t ups permissible radiation level”
Figures – just change the numbers and that will make it all okay – sounds like that may be for the workers expected to go back into the plant. They had taken all those workers out of the nuclear compound after spikes in the radiation a couple hours ago. So, in order to send them back in – the government changed the acceptable exposure levels? That doesn’t sound like it will do well for the people subjected to it.
Workers briefly abandon Japan plant after radiation surge
By Shinichi Saoshiro and Chisa Fujioka
TOKYO | Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:02am GMT
Japan’s chief government spokesman said it was “not realistic” to think the Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima, 240 kms (150 miles) north of Tokyo, would reach the start of a nuclear chain reaction, but said officials were talking to the U.S. military about possible help.
“This is a slow-moving nightmare,” said Dr Thomas Neff, a research affiliate at the Centre for International Studies, which is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
(see photo above in this post for how the building looked after the fire put itself out.) – a better photo of it than the one on the article.
So what are people in the US doing about all this (if they know about it at all) –
Potassium iodide and Geiger counter sales spike after Japan disaster
Retailers scramble to restock as some Americans fear radiation from Japanese nuclear plants could spread to U.S.
By Ryan Haggerty, Tribune reporter (Chicago Tribune)
8:49 p.m. CDT, March 15, 2011
The State Department says for concerns about a specific U.S. citizen in #Japan, please call 1-888-407-4747 or email JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov
France urges French nationals in Tokyo to leave country or head to southern Japan – Reuters (according to Breaking News twitter) –
(11 minutes ago – right now it is 12.43 am EDT – there was a mention of this earlier today on the news so it is probably six or seven hours ago when it was first suggested.)
The Associated Press
CIOL – 5 minutes ago
Earlier, Infosys too announced that its Japan-based Indian employees are returning to India, as panic swept Tokyo after a rise in radioactive levels around an earthquake-hit nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, TCS also said it was ready to relocate its …
IBNLive.com – 6 minutes ago
Japan faces the world’s most serious nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986 after a quake-crippled nuclear power plant exploded and sent low levels of radiation floating towards Tokyo.
The Augusta Chronicle – Rob Pavey – 8 minutes ago
Scientists warned this week of yet another complication in Japan’s nuclear crisis: One of the doomed reactors is loaded with mixed-oxide fuel that contains plutonium.
ABC Online – Jim Green – 9 minutes ago
A clear pattern is evident − those with the greatest ideological attachment to nuclear power have provided the most inaccurate commentary.
My Note –
As well as those with more than an ideological attachment to nuclear power – which could be financial or political. GE built the plant and has over $1 billion dollars worth of new plants slated to be built around the world, including in the US. Australia and other nations with uranium mining wants to have buyers – including the construction companies and engineering firms that build them.
But, my question is still – why in a land of volcanoes such as Japan – did they ever need to heat water to steam using nuclear fuel rods in the first place? They could have just as easily sent pipes filled with water pumping through the edge of volcanic cauldrons to heat it into steam to about the same temperatures and moved a turbine with it to produce electricity. It wouldn’t have cost any more than running the nuclear plants – in fact, it could have cost less, been less dangerous and been more controllable. At least if it gets melted – there isn’t nuclear waste across vast areas to contend with – just shut the water off going to it and secure the area if it is done the way I’m suggesting. And, it has been done that way successfully in Iceland – why not in Japan?
And, why don’t Americans (especially adults) know what a nuclear power plant looks like and what it does and where they are in the country around them? That is the most bizarre lack of knowledge that I’ve ever seen in my life (nearly.) There was once about ten years ago that all the old men in one of the West Georgia communities where I lived, that told all the young men that the only time a woman could get pregnant was during that “time of the month”. And, for whatever reason of not knowing any better – well, there were hundreds of young women and young families who suddenly had pregnancies at about the same time from that. The old men thought it was so funny that none of them knew any better and considered it quite the joke. I think that one was about the worst in these kinds of things in the number of lives permanently affected by it whether they were financially capable of sustaining that or not. And, this other one comes in second – I had a friend over a little while ago who had no clue whatsoever that there are nuclear plants in the United States or any idea what they do or what they look like or that there are many of them. He was amazed looking at the news from Japan and then said, “well, we don’t have any of those over here, do we?” He is educated – the people I know around me are not stupid people. They have college educations. So what is wrong with this picture?
Agency: Damaged container may be causing smoke, radiation spike
By the CNN Wire Staff
March 16, 2011 2:00 a.m. EDT
Two NZers exposed to radiation in Japan
By Claire Trevett and AAP
Updated 4:52 PM Wednesday Mar 16, 2011
Two New Zealand rescue workers in Japan have had to be decontaminated after they were found to have been exposed to radiation after landing at the Fukushima airport.
The airport is 20 kilometres outside the exclusion zone mandated in the wake of damage to a nuclear power plant . . . (etc.)
York Weekly – Jennifer Feals – 6 minutes ago
An explosion at a nuclear power plant 160 miles north of Tokyo has caused radiation leakage and fears of a meltdown. Time Warner Cable customers making calls to Japan through April 15 do not need to change to their accounts to use the program.
Reuters – 5 minutes ago
3 reactor at a nuclear plant in the northeast from a helicopter to try to cool the fuel rods, broadcaster NHK said. We welcome comments that advance the story directly or with relevant tangential information.
(It is 2.32 am EDT right now)
((**5.33 pm Japan time)**
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Joe McDonald – 4 minutes ago
AP BEIJING – A Chinese news agency says more than 2000 Chinese have been evacuated from Japan’s northeast following radiation leaks at a nuclear power plant. Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers, mobilized to wash away radioactive …
BusinessWeek – Shigeru Sato – 7 minutes ago
March 16 (Bloomberg) — A fire and aftershocks struck the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant today, as officials battling to prevent a nuclear meltdown said fuel rods at two reactors may have been damaged.
1980’s – Two hundred and eighteen nuclear power plants came online in the US – according to CNNI just now (2.39 am)
This is not good. . . .
and this –
Live status update on reactors at Fukushima nuclear power plants
Japan earthquake: Footage of moment tsunami hit
From CNN transcripts March 13, 2011 (today is early morning of March 16 )
YUKIO EDANO, JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY –
EDANO (through translator: — if that we can stabilize the situation of the reactor. And although the air being vented out does contain some minimal radioactive material, however, we believe that it is a minimal level that does not affect human health. So venting out air, as well as feeding in water through the pump, is being carried out on reactor number three. (END VIDEO CLIP)
CHIOU: CNN’s Stan Grant is at our Tokyo bureau and he joins us with the very latest. Stan, just a couple of hours ago the Japanese ambassador to the U.S. told our own Wolf Blitzer that he didn’t know of any sort of meltdown. So we seem to be getting different variations of information. What can you tell us to help clarify the situation?
STAN GRANT, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Look, the information really has been open to wide interpretation and, of course, with this unfolding nuclear emergency, which is now into its second day since the quake knocked out the cooling system at the Daiichi plant, this really is about how people see the events and how they interpret some of these factors.
We’ve heard the word meltdown being used. We’ve heard a partial meltdown. They’ve been talking about the casing of the reactor melting.
There’s also been talk about this cesium, which is a nuclear particle which has seeped into the atmosphere. Now that normally is found restricted within the core of the reactor. So the fact that that was detected in the atmosphere also gave rise to a belief that perhaps the casing of the reactor itself was melting down. So with these different interpretations, people are putting different weight on the events.
You mentioned the explosion that took place yesterday. Well that explosion also raised fear that it was an explosion in the reactor. They’ve since clarified that. In fact, it was an explosion in the outer wall surrounding where the reactor is. So it damaged the outer wall not the reactor itself.
But, as you say, there is a lot of precaution in place. They’ve widened the exclusion zone to 20 kilometers, about 12 or 13 miles. Up to 200,000 people are in the perimeter. So they’re being told to evacuate their homes.
And we understand that iodine has also been handed out. That’s useful to take to ward off the impact of radiation, if you come into contact with it.
CNNI just announced that residents within 10 km of Daini nuclear plant told to evacuate –
Japan’s Emperor had spoken just before that on HNK and then was announced on CNNI – but my computer crashed about the moment he appeared to speak. That was the last image and then it crashed. Figures.
but, he did order the evacuation of those around a second nuclear plant that has had its share of cooling problems – Daini
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?