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Environment – Tokyo Radiation Scan, Puyehue Volcano ash drifts to Australia, Submarines dive to check Pollution

In Analyst talk, Japan Apocalypse, Live Stream Videos-Latest Reports, Nature and Environment on June 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Extensive nationwide scan at Japan for radiation fallout

Tokyo tested for radiation levels

From: Euronews | Jun 15, 2011 | 29 views

Radiation testing has begun in Tokyo, with officials testing levels at 100 locations across the city. The capital is 240 kilometres south-west of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, where reactors were damaged following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Ash fills the air near Puyehue volcano

From: Euronews | Jun 15, 2011 | 50 views

The massive volcanic ash cloud which is grounding flights from Argentina to Australia is proving a nuisance to locals in Chile.

Those living near the Puyehue volcano are having to live with an ash covered landscape and air borne dust particles making it difficult to breath.

However experts say there is no serious risk to health….

Submarines to explore Lake Geneva

From: Euronews | Jun 15, 2011 | 48 views

Two Russian deep sea mini submarines are to delve into the depths of Lake Geneva to assess its pollution levels.

The Mir type vessels were previously used to film the wreckage of the sunken Titanic.

Now they will begin a three month long exploration to increase understanding of the murky waters and to trace all sorts of pollutants….

Toddler latest to die in German E.coli outbreak

From: Euronews | Jun 15, 2011 | 9 views

Testing of vegetables has continued to confirm the extent of the source of the E.coli outbreak in Germany. It comes as the bacteria claimed its first child fatality -a two-year-old in the city of Hanover.

The outbreak has caused a major crisis of confidence among consumers – slashing demand for fresh produce, resulting in major losses for producers.

Ferry links resume between India and Sri Lanka

From: Euronews | Jun 15, 2011 | 22 views

Sea ferry services have resumed between India and Sri Lanka for the first time in 30 years.

The aim is to boost tourism and economic cooperation in light of the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war.

An Indian ferry carrying more than 1,000 passengers arrived at the main port of Colombo on Tuesday….

Jap Nuke Apocalypse- New Blast rips Reactor-“Authorities not Transparent” “proves Reactors inherently unsafe “- Green Peace

In a word with you, Analyst talk on March 13, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Apocalypse Now at Japan

We had posted this late night.

By morning a fresh blast had occured and reports are being compiled withy thrembling hands as events pan out along lines of our wosrt fears, much against hope and our prayers.

A new explosion rocked Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, sending a plume of smoke into the air and touching off fresh concerns of radioactive leak in Japan.

Al Jazeera reports-

New York Times adds further-

Experts Say Radioactive Releases From Japanese Plants Could Last Weeks or Months

As the scale of Japan’s nuclear crisis begins to come to
light, experts in Japan and the United States say the country
is now facing a cascade of accumulating problems that suggest
that radioactive releases of steam from the crippled plants
could go on for weeks or even months.
After Monday’s blast, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said it could not confirm whether or not the hydrogen explosion at the plant’s No.3 reactor had led to an uncontrolled leak of radioactivity.

Three reactors had already been in danger of overheating in Japanese town of Fukushima which has caused huge amount of concern. But authorities said that a large-scale radiation leak was unlikely.

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary said a hydrogen explosion occurred on Monday at the facility’s Unit 3, Associated Press news agency reported. The blast was similar to an earlier one at a different unit at the facility

Aronite Thinking had anticipated once again correctly the entry into the arena of this most unsettling nuclear debacle at Japan, of Environmental groups.
Green Peace had now come out strongly voicing its reservations and asking questions that are bound to be asked about the entire debacle.
The main points in the query regarding the melt down in this aftermath of Quake and Tsunami are clearly put together –
Nuclear Power Generation is inherently unsafe says Berenake

“The safety of Nuclear power generation itself…
It is inherently unsafe.
Because there is a deadly combination of nuclear fuel technology, natural disaster and human failure”
So begins the Green peace statement made to Al jazeera.
“The nuclear energy Industry had been saying all the while that this kind of things cannot happen, and now we find the same people are struggling with a crisis that had taken them to edge of a nuclear catastrophe”- says Jan Beranak of the Green peace.
It is a generic problem; in this specific case we see it’s the example of the same problem of all the nuclear Reactors.
It is becoming a Pollutionary problem.
Even if you shut down the Reactors, then you need to provide cooling for the shut reactor.
Since there is no electricity coming from the Reactor (to run the pumps to cooling)
So the only thing that keep them pumping are Electricity stored in Cells and Petrol which can fail, this can fail because of earthquakes or tsunamis.
But there are other reasons.
We have seen similar failure of pumps in 2006 at Sweden there was a very near meltdown or meltdown because of a failure of the pumps for 20minutes.

No Transparency in Information disclosure by Authorities

Regarding the measures taken by the Japanese authorities Berenak was sceptical-
“When it comes to the authorities, there is a big problem.
We find that there was no transparency.
We have no information about what is the scale of this meltdown of nuclear fuel.
We haven’t heard yet what is the amount of radioactive gases that escaped to the atmosphere during the venting or by the way of leakage.
We don’t also know the situation about the Fuel poles that are sitting on top of the Container.
If any failure of cooling happens to these Fuel poles or then they will be directly exposed to the air.

So there are many questions for which there are no direct answers.
At the moment the contamination is said to be very limited.
And if that is the case, Risk to the Population is at the moment low and there is no need to panic.
There may be distribution of Uranium rods with rotational force…
But we are sitting at a ticking problem and the situation can change from hour to hour”.

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“A new day and a nightmare for quake victims in Japan.” (Video Source: CNN)

“…has some Japanese calling this Japan’s Chernobyl.” (Video Source: CBS)

JOHN LARGE: “…and we know about 170,000 people have now been evacuated, so clearly they are preparing for the worst case.” (Video Source: ITN)

From earthquakes, to tsunamis, to nuclear meltdowns, it’s hard to imagine things getting much worse for Japan–but where there’s a media, there’s a way.

One theme dominating the coverage is “can it get any worse?” Media outlets take a look at the worst case scenarios. (Video Source: RT)

“There are now three power plants in Japan where there are fears about radiation.” (Video Source: Sky News)

“…could overheat and meltdown, releasing radioactivity into the environment.” (Video Source: MSN)

“Japan has declared an emergency alert at another nuclear power plant in the Northeast of the country. Radiation levels of about 700 times higher than normal have reportedly been detected.” (Video Source: RT)

One YouTube user was compelled enough to warn Americans of impending radioactive doom.

“The wind was blowing to the east of Japan, and the picture you’re looking at suggests where it’s gonna go. With the current… situation, wind current and so on and so forth, so I don’t know what more to say to you, I don’t have the knowledge to advise you anymore… ”

Fox News interviewed nuclear power expert Joe Cirincione, who says the likelihood of America having a similar fate is very, very possible.

“[A] trifecta of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in the U.S. remains a possibility…Diablo Canyon in California is ‘a classic case of a very large nuclear reactor in an area that’s seismically active…'”

…and the disaster anxiety has indeed spread overseas. A writer for Canada Free Press imagines a monster volcano exploding in the U.S.

“If the Yellowstone Park caldera, the largest potential volcano in the U.S. should explode, it would have a comparable affect and there isn’t a damn thing that can be done about it.”

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Quake hits Japan, Tsunami alert sound out

In Nature and Environment, world that matters on March 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

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A strong earthquake hits off the shores of northern Japan, triggering immediate tsunami alerts. A two foot wave reached the coast several minutes later.

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 struck off the coast of northeast Japan on Wednesday, triggering a region-wide tsunami alert.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries, as the tremor shook parts of northern Japan and Tokyo.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency immediately issued a tsunami advisory of up to 20 inches.

[Official, Japanese Meteorological Agency]:
“As of this moment, along the Pacific shore of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, we have issued a tsunami alert. We would like everybody to be careful, and to not approach the seashore.”

Throughout many towns and ports in northern Japan, heavy anti-tsunami bunker doors were closed shut, and residents were told to head for higher grounds.

[City Emergency Volunteer]:
“A tsunami is coming, a tsunami is coming.”

[Unidentified Local Resident]:
“People are walking that way, it’s dangerous.”

Minutes later the Japanese Meteorological Agency said a two foot wave reached Ofunato port, about 280 miles from Tokyo.

The center of the tremor was six miles below the seabed, 120 miles off the coast of Aomori Prefecture.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas.

The country accounts for about 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude six or greater.

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