Archive for August, 2013
I remember watching this live on tv with my mum, when I saw the explosions at the nuclear plant, I turned to her and said ‘This is really bad, and it won’t be for at least another twenty years before we discover some of the truth, of how bad this really is’. I stand by that, call me a conspiracy theorist, but I bet there is an international agreement to try and downplay what’s really happening, because if we knew, we’d all* be freaking out. (*Except here in Australia, where we’re so piss weak apathetic, and champions of the mantra ‘Im alright Jack’ if its not affecting me personaly, or happening in my actual backyard, I don’t give a shit.)
August 21, 2013, 12:31 pm
By Kentaro Hamada and James Topham
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will dramatically raise its warning about the severity of a toxic water leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant, its nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday, its most serious action since the plant was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
The deepening crisis at the Fukushima plant will be upgraded from a level 1 “anomaly” to a level three “serious incident” on an international scale for radiological releases, a spokesman for Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said.
That will mark the first time Japan has issued a warning on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) since three reactor meltdowns after the massive quake in March 2011.
Water still leaking from the plant is so contaminated that a person standing close to it for an hour would receive five times the annual recommended limit for nuclear workers in a year.
A maximum level 7 was declared at the battered plant after explosions led to a loss of power and cooling two years ago, confirming Fukushima as the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier.
Contaminated water with dangerously high levels of radiation is leaking from a storage tank at Fukushima, the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Tuesday. The leak was classified as an “anomaly” earlier this week.
The NRA’s impending assessment upgrade came in a document posted on the agency’s website on Wednesday, with formal adoption to follow a meeting that is being held by the authority’s commissioners, the NRA spokesman said by telephone.
“Judging from the amount and the density of the radiation in the contaminated water that leaked … a level 3 assessment is appropriate,” the document said.
The leak, which has not been plugged, is so contaminated that a person standing 50 cm (1.6 feet) away would, within an hour, receive a radiation dose five times the average annual global limit for nuclear workers.
After 10 hours, a worker in that proximity to the leak would develop radiation sickness with symptoms including nausea and a drop in white blood cells.
Each one-step INES increase represents a tenfold increase in severity, according to a factsheet on the website of the International Atomic Energy Agency. (www.iaea.org/)
When my nephews were little, i thought the standard kids records of the day were pretty boring, so i used to sit them down, and scratch mix the records for them. Instead of your standard ‘Ugly Duckling’ i’d be varying the speed, then playing parts in reverse, they seemed particulally fond of the animals in reverse (can’t say i disagree). The following two clips are from the tapes i mixed up for them, if you listen closely you can hear my nephews giggling in the background, and me all fang and hiss at them, threatening to (caringly) throttle them if they didn’t stop giggling. Honestly, i’m too nice for my own good .. and seriously, who else had an uncle cool enough to scratch mix Puff N Toot for them.
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