JAPAN | Another reactor is taken offline in Japan

August 23, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 23 August 2011 Another nuclear reactor has gone offline for regular inspections in Japan. Three-quarters of the country’s reactors are now out of service, putting a strain on power supplies. Tokyo Electric Power Company halted operations of the No.7 reactor at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture early […]

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JAPAN | Japan lowers Fukushima contamination estimate

August 23, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 23 August 2011 Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission has revised downward the estimated amount of radioactive substances released from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The commission now judges that 570-thousand terabecquerels of radioactive iodine 131 and cesium 137, about 10 percent less than its earlier estimate, leaked from the plant between […]

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JAPAN | Aerial radiation survey planned in 22 prefectures

August 23, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 23 August 2011 Japan’s science ministry is conducting an extensive aerial survey to see how radiation has spread from the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The ministry plans to measure gamma ray radiation at altitudes of 150 to 300 meters and recalibrate the readings to estimate levels of radioactive substances closer […]

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JAPAN | Radiation concern prompts review of school routes

August 23, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 23 August 2011 Fukushima City says it will ask 80 percent of the city’s elementary and junior high schools to review students’ commuting routes due to higher than benchmark radiation levels. The city is located about 60 kilometers from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In July, all its 72 […]

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Indie | 3 SIEVERTS/HR at SARRY in #Fukushima I Nuke Plant

August 22, 2011

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Indie | EX-SKF | 22 August 2011  SARRY, a cesium absorption system in the contaminated water treatment complex at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant was stopped when the extremely high radiation of 3 sieverts/hour was detected during the operation to exchange the cesium towers. From Asahi Shinbun (9:37PM JST 8/22/2011): 東京電力は22日、福島第一原発の高濃度の放射能汚染水を浄化する施設で、新たに導入した東芝製の装置「サリー」から毎時約3シーベルトという高い放射線量が観測されたため、部品交換できずに処理が停止していると発表した。 TEPCO announced on August 22 that a high […]

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UK | Fukushima disaster: residents may never return to radiation-hit homes

August 22, 2011

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UK | GUARDIAN | 22 August 2011 Japanese government will admit for first time that radiation levels will be too high to allow many evacuees to return home Residents from a village near the Fukushima nuclear plant are checked for radiation exposure after returning briefly to their homes to collect belongings. Photograph: Koichi Kamoshida/EPA Residents […]

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JAPAN | TEPCO plant in Niigata to close for checks

August 22, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 22 August 2011 Tokyo Electric Power Company has begun taking steps to shut down a nuclear reactor in Niigata prefecture, on the Japan Sea coast, for regular inspections. With the shutdown of the No. 7 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-kariwa nuclear power plant early Tuesday, 74 percent of Japan’s nuclear reactors will […]

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