"Nearby Areas Expected to be Habitable in 7 Years"
Estimates from Japan's Environment Ministry released this week indicate that cleanup efforts and natural forces will reduce potential radiation exposure in areas close to the plant from 100 millisieverts per year to below a 20 millisievert evacuation threshold by 2021. Without decontamination efforts, the government expects those levels would drop to 37 millisieverts per year in that time, and decontamination work could drop that to between 9 and 19 millisieverts, the Mainichi Daily News reported. In less-contaminated areas that undergo remediation, annual doses of about 50 millisieverts would fall to between 6 and 11 millisieverts in 2021, ten years after the accidents.
VIDEO: Fishermen Report ‘Waist-High’ Fukushima Debris in Pacific
Canadian fishermen off the coast of Langara Island in British Columbia say they are seeing “waist-high” debris from Fukushima, Japan, that goes on for up to 15 miles floating in the Pacific Ocean. They are concerned that some of this detritus may be radioactive or contaminated by toxic waste as a result of the now-infamous meltdown of the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant in 2011.
Workers described forming suicide squads to attempt to vent the reactors. Workers at unit 1 volunteered to form teams to attempt the work, requesting their supervisor stay in the control room to manage the response rather than risking himself. As the workers describe their experiences, it also gives important clues to the state of the reactors at certain times in the events. Hideyoshi Endo was tasked with entering unit 1 and going down into the torus room in the basement of the reactor to open valves that would allow the unit to release built up radioactive steam. Endo mentions what he saw when he entered the building, this was before the explosions.
Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing, With "Massive" Chick Deaths
These days, a few stubborn holdovers streak the sky and paddle the bay, but the legions are gone. The chicks have perished, and their bereft parents have returned to the sea.
Half of Iceland's seabirds nest on this low-lying volcanic outcropping and its neighboring islands in the deep west coast gash called Breidafjordur Bay. Flatey Island used to be covered with chicks snuggled inside rocky hillside burrows, under tall meadow grass, in nests strewn across headlands and shores.
"There were thousands! You could hear them," says Olina Jonsdottir, who has lived on this island with her husband, Hafsteinn Gudmundsson, nearly 50 years. She looks out her living room window, past the sheep grazing on knuckles of grass-covered lava, past the black basalt beach, to the few birds drifting over the water beyond. "You can't do that anymore. Now there are so few."
Fukushima radiation is affecting the health of the entire global ecosystem, scientist says
When the Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina took the microphone at the Foreign Correspondence Club in Japan, the global impact of Fukushima radiation became much clearer.
Scientist Timothy A. Mousseau presented "Fukushima Catastrophe and its Effects on Wildlife," before a room of press and correspondents, reporting the real-life damage that Fukushima fallout is having on the planet's ecosystem. He gave dire news to Japan and compared the damage done by Fukushima to that of Chernobyl.
Twenty-eight years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany - in the form of radioactive wild boars. Wild boars still roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy. But in recent tests by the state government of Saxony, more than one in three boars were found to give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for human consumption.
TV director to cover Fukushima thyroid cancer and nuclear industry “commit suicide”
From Fukushima Diary -
Iwaji reporter “commit suicide” by 9/1/2014. He was a TV director of a News program, Hodo station (TV Asahi). This 3/11, he covered thyroid cancer found among Fukushima children. He’s also known to have covered the dominant situation of regulators and manufacturers involved in the promotion of nuclear power called “Nuclear village” and also the actual situation of decontamination in Fukushima prefecture. None of the details are announced but the police only reports it was a suicide.... (more)
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