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Large Earthquake Near Fukushima!

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A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit the northeast coast of Japan, just 200 miles east of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The earthquake occurred just before 12 p.m. EDT on Wednesday (the middle of the night in Japan) and was about six miles deep, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Its epicenter was near that of the huge 2011 earthquake that led to a tsunami and caused a nuclear meltdown in Japan. The USGS also estimated that most people in its vicinity felt “weak” shaking. The closest city was Kamaishi, 175 miles away.

As of yet, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has not issued a tsunami warning.

In March 2011, Japan was hit by a 9-magnitude earthquake that triggered a tsunami with waves up to 128 feet high that killed 16,000 people and flooded the Fukushima nuclear power plant, causing a catastrophic nuclear disaster—the worst since Chernobyl. The clean-up is not complete: It is expected to take 30 to 40 years and cost $189 billion. The Guardian reported in February that one damaged reactor was at its highest radiation level since the meltdown. Newsweek reported in July that the Fukushima power plant announced it would be dumping nuclear waste into the ocean.

The waves flooded back-up generators in the plant that were used to cool nuclear reactors, and 500,000 people in a 12-mile radius had to be evacuated. Many parts of the world tightened their nuclear safety codes and regulations after Fukushima, to attempt to ensure that even a worst-case scenario like that in Japan could not lead to another nuclear disaster. In the United States, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission implemented “post-Fukushima requirements” that include regular safety improvements in the 61 nuclear power plants in operation and 99 nuclear reactors across the country.

The 2011 earthquake hit closer to the power plant, was much stronger—one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded—and had a much deeper epicenter, 18 miles. Japan is situated at the juncture of four tectonic plates, so noticeable earthquakes are common for the region, and the country’s buildings and emergency planning procedures are generally prepared for them.

The Wednesday quake was the second powerful temblor this week, after a 7.1-magnitude event killed over 200 people in Mexico City on Tuesday. Just before the quake, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan announced the country was sending its Japan Disaster Relief Search and Rescue Team to Mexico to help with rescue operations. “In light of the friendly relations between Japan and Mexico,” the ministry wrote in a release, “Japan decided to provide emergency assistance to Mexico from a humanitarian viewpoint.”

Newsweek

Melina Delkic

Melted Fuel Has Been Found In One Of Fukushima’s Reactors For The First Time

Fukushima melted fuelBy Jonathan-o-Callaghan

In a major breakthrough, engineers have said they may have found some of the melted radioactive fuel from one of Fukushima’s reactors. This is a vital step towards cleaning up and decommissioning the plant.
The discovery was made by a robot called Little Sunfish, which entered the flooded reactor 3 on Friday and ended its mission on Saturday. This was one of three reactors (there are six in total) that went into meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after a deadly tsunami in March 2011.
At the bottom of the primary containment vessel, the robot returned images of what looked like fuel debris. These black, lava-like objects are likely nuclear fuel that dripped out through the damaged reactor. The announcement was made by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), who are handling the clean-up operation.
“It’s natural to assume that the debris melted and dropped,” a TEPCO official told reporters, said the Japan Times.

They also quoted Tadashi Narabayashi, a specially appointed professor of nuclear engineering working at Hokkaido University. “The images that appear to be melted fuel debris match those found in the (1986) Chernobyl crisis,” he said. “It’s definitely fuel debris.”
If confirmed, this will be the first time fuel has been found at reactor 3 (also called Unit 3). Some of the fuel is hanging like icicles around the reactor’s control rods, while other lumps may have melted and re-solidified near a wall that supports the pressure vessel, called the pedestal.
This location explored by Little Sunfish is beneath the core, where fuel is thought to have gathered into a puddle and melted through.
It’s a long, arduous road from here though. Engineers do not expect to find all of the melted fuel from the reactors until 2021. Not until then can the clean-up and decommissioning process begin, which is expected to take four decades at a cost of $188 billion.

Little Sunfish will be vital in speeding this along. The small robot, just 30 centimeters (12 inches) long and 13 centimeters (5 inches) wide, swam into reactor 3 through a specially drilled hole. It’s unclear when or if it will go back into this reactor, but for now vital progress has been made.

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https://www.iflscience.com/technology/melted-fuel-has-been-found-in-one-of-fukushimas-reactors-for-the-first-time/

Fukushima Plant Owner To Dump 777,000 Tons Of Nuclear Waste Into Pacific Ocean

Fukushima waste dump

By: theantimedia.org |
Japan — More than three-quarters of a million tons of radioactive water is about to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean if the chairmen of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) have their way, Japanese media reported over the weekend. All they require now is final government approval.
“The decision has already been made,” TEPCO chairman Takashi Kawamura told the media, according to the Japan Times.
As of July 6, about 777,000 tons of tritium-tainted water is being stored in about 580 tanks at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The water, which is constantly injected into leaking reactor No. 1 to cool it since it was damaged by a tsunami in 2011, is then filtered to remove radioactive materials. The complex filtering system can eliminate everything but tritium.

This has left the Japanese government with a problem. They can’t go on filling up tanks forever. Something has to be done with the radioactive water. A government panel is currently coming to a decision on the issue, and simply dumping the water into the sea is an option on the table.
TEPCO chairman Kawamura is just waiting on the green light. “We cannot keep going if we do not have the support of the state,” he told the media.
Kawamura certainly has the support of NRA chairman Shunichi Tanaka, who’s been urging the TEPCO boss to make the move. Tanaka has been critical of Kawamura in the past, saying he should be more proactive in his handling of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
“An operator lacking the will to take the initiative does not have the right to resume operation of nuclear reactors,” he said recently at a special meeting with TEPCO’s top management.
According to the Japan Times, Kawamura “feels emboldened to have the support of the NRA chairman.”
Tritium itself is said to be relatively harmless, and discharge of tritium-tainted water into the ocean is standard operating procedure at nuclear power plants. Oceanographer Simon Boxall spoke to The Guardian on the tritium issue last year, saying:
“In the broad scale of things, if they do end up putting the material in the Pacific, it will have minimal effect on an ocean basin scale.”
But local fishermen say the actual harmfulness of tritium isn’t the issue. What’s paramount is the perception people will have when they hear of hundreds of thousands of tons of radioactive water being released into the ocean. In short, such a move would make customers question the safety of their catches, which would thereby affect their livelihoods.
“Releasing (tritium) into the sea will create a new wave of unfounded rumors, making our efforts all for naught,” Kanji Tachiya, who heads a fishermen cooperative, told the Japan Times.
And Aileen Mioko-Smith of Green Action Japan says there is even more to consider here. “They say that it will be safe because the ocean is large so it will be diluted,” she told The Telegraph, “but that sets a precedent that can be copied, essentially permitting anyone to dump nuclear waste into our seas.”
Furthermore, says Mioko-Smith, those in charge of managing the Fukushima nuclear crisis have had plenty of time to come up with solutions and that the “out of sight, out of mind” approach is unacceptable:
“This accident happened more than six years ago and the authorities should have been able to devise a way to remove the tritium instead of simply announcing that they are going to dump it into the ocean.”

Contributed by The Anti-Media of theantimedia.org.

Fukushima: Japanese Government Guilty Of Destroying Pacific Ocean

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Source:Neon Nettle

The Japanese Government has been ordered to pay tens of millions in compensation after it was found guilty of negligence causing the Fukushima nuclear disaster.Reports also claim that the ruling could also include other pacific nations like the US who could also be eligible for compensation from the Japanse government who have effectively poisoned the entire Pacific Ocean and damaged the world’s food chain beyond repair.YNW reports: The nuclear plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings, was also found guilty of negligence that led to the disaster that nuclear experts say will likely continue affecting wildlife and humans for the next 250,000 years.

Friday’s stunning ruling by the Maebashi District Court was the first to recognize negligence by the state and Tepco. Previously the Japanese government and Tepco, a subsidiary of General Electric, had strongly denied any wrongdoing, arguing they were the victims of bad luck.The judge called the massive tsunami “predictable” and said the major nuclear disaster, which is responsible for 300 tons of radioactive water entering the Pacific Ocean every single day, could have been avoided.According to Japan Times: The district court ordered the two to pay damages totaling ¥38.55 million to 62 of 137 plaintiffs from 45 households located near the plant, which suffered a triple meltdown caused by the tsunami, awarding ¥70,000 to ¥3.5 million in compensation to each plaintiff.The plaintiffs had demanded the state and Tepco pay compensation of ¥11 million each — a total of about ¥1.5 billion — over the loss of local infrastructure and psychological stress they were subjected to after being forced to relocate to unfamiliar surroundings.Citing a government estimate released in July 2002, the court said in the ruling that “Tepco was capable of foreseeing several months after (the estimate) that a large tsunami posed a risk to the facility and could possibly flood its premises and damage safety equipment, such as the backup power generators.”It pointed out that the state should have ordered Tepco to take bolstered preventive measures, and criticized the utility for prioritizing costs over safety.Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific OceanThe nuclear disaster has contaminated the world’s largest ocean in only five years and it’s still leaking 300 tons of radioactive waste every day.According to a True Activist report: Radioactive Debris from Fukushima approaching North America’s western coast. If that weren’t bad enough, Fukushima continues to leak an astounding 300 tons of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean every day. It will continue do so indefinitely as the source of the leak cannot be sealed as it is inaccessible to both humans and robots due to extremely high temperatures. It should come as no surprise, then, that Fukushima has contaminated the entire Pacific Ocean in just five years. This could easily be the worst environmental disaster in human history and it is almost never talked about by politicians, establishment scientists, or the news. It is interesting to note that TEPCO is a subsidiary partner with General Electric (also known as GE), one of the largest companies in the world, which has considerable control over numerous news corporations and politicians alike. Could this possibly explain the lack of news coverage Fukushima has received in the last five years? There is also evidence that GE knew about the poor condition of the Fukushima reactors for decades and did nothing. This led 1,400 Japanese citizens to sue GE for their role in the Fukushima nuclear disaster – and now have been found guilty.

Even if we can’t see the radiation itself, some parts of North America’s western coast have been feeling the effects for years. Not long after Fukushima, fish in Canada began bleeding from their gills, mouths, and eyeballs. This “disease” has been ignored by the government and has decimated native fish populations, including the North Pacific herring.Elsewhere in Western Canada, independent scientists have measured a 300% increase in the level of radiation. According to them, the amount of radiation in the Pacific Ocean is increasing every year. Why is this being ignored by the mainstream media? It might have something to do with the fact that the US and Canadian governments have banned their citizens from talking about Fukushima so “people don’t panic.”

Further south in Oregon, USA, starfish began losing legs and then disintegrating entirely when Fukushima radiation arrived there in 2013. Now, they are dying in record amounts, putting the entire oceanic ecosystem in that area at risk. However, government officials say Fukushima is not to blame even though radiation in Oregon tuna tripled after Fukushima. In 2014, radiation on California beaches increased by 500 percent. In response, government officials said that the radiation was coming from a mysterious “unknown” source and was nothing to worry about.However, Fukushima is having a bigger impact than just the West coast of North America. Scientists are now saying that the Pacific Ocean is already radioactive and is currently at least 5-10 times more radioactive than when the US government dropped numerous nuclear bombs in the Pacific during and after World War II. If we don’t start talking about Fukushima soon, we could all be in for a very unpleasant surprise.

http://countercurrentnews.com/2017/05/fukushima-japanese-government…

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