May 07, Saturday

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Gabi reports:

On 7 May, 2011, Prime Minister Naoto Kan ordered the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant be shut down in light of the fact that an earthquake of magnitude 8.0 or higher is estimated 87% likely to hit the area within the next 30 years.

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Hiraizumi, which was damaged during the earthquake, has become a UNESCO world heriage site now !
Hiraizumi features Buddhist temples and gardens built by the 12th-century Oshu Fujiwara clan.
The Ogasawara Islands are about 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo are also added to the list of UNESCO world heriage sites.

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Bulletins from NHK Online

source : www3.nhk.or.jp

Saturday, May 07, 2011 03:14
Government to assist auto parts makers
The Development Bank of Japan is planning to work with an auto parts organization to extend funding to its members. The bank wants to help manufacturers get back on their feet after the natural disaster in March.
Many parts makers were damaged in the quake, and have had difficulty rebuilding their businesses. Automakers have had to reduce output due to supply chain problems and production is not expected to recover before autumn.
The government-affiliated bank is planning to set up a joint fund with the Japan Auto Parts Industries Association, which has 440 member firms. The fund will help them rebuild their b

Saturday, May 07, 2011 14:52
TEPCO hopes workers enter building for cooling
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant expects that workers can enter the No. 1 reactor building on Sunday to step up efforts to restore the cooling system there.
A new filtering system that Tokyo Electric Power Company installed on Thursday continues to draw air from the No. 1 reactor building to remove highly radioactive substances and send it back into the building.
TEPCO says the level of radioactive cesium in the air began to drop on Friday morning, and that it fell to about one-tenth the target level within one day.
The utility firm says it will keep operating the ventilation system on Saturday to lower the radiation level as much as possible.
The company hopes that the workers can enter the building on Sunday to install a water level monitoring device.
The workers are also expected to check piping inside the building as preparation for creating a cooling water recycling system in the reactor.


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Japan Times :

Tepco starts flooding No. 1 reactor vessel
Tepco increases the water being pumped into the No. 1 reactor at the crippled Fukushima power plant to submerge its damaged fuel and provide a stabler way of cooling it.

Kan requests full closure of Hamaoka power plant
Prime Minister Naoto Kan instructs a utility to shut down a nuclear power plant in central Honshu because a major quake or tsunami is widely expected to hit the region.

DPJ crisis exec found playing golf

In search of a nuclear disposal site

Survivors comforted by retrieved family photos

Worries about Hamaoka plant
...Chubu president Akihisa Mizuno says that the plant is sufficiently safe. One cannot but see he is overconfident. One question is whether the bulwark can withstand a tsunami.

Also a tsunami could hit the plant from two rivers flowing on either side of it. The fact remains that the Hamaoka plant, which has five reactors, sits above a fault that could cause a major quake.




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  1. Fukushima reactors did not restart after initial shutdown, study suggests -
    May 03, 2011

    The latest work is from Tetsuo Matsui, a physicist at the University of Tokyo who seems to specialize in high-energy physics and nuclear theory. Matsui has looked at two much-discussed (and much recorded) isotopes from the accident: Iodine-131 and Caesium-137.

    Rather than just plotting the radiation levels, Matsui takes the ratio of I-131 to Cs-137. Because I-131's half-life is so much shorter than Cs-137, the ratio should look like a typical half-life graph: an asymptotic slope on a normal graph (top) or a straight line on a log plot (bottom). The advantage of doing a ratio is that any errors (and there have been many) in either measurement will be effectively cancelled out, assuming they were made with the same piece of equipment. Based on what we've seen, that is likely in most cases.


  2. Anonymous5/07/2011

    Tornado-hit Alabama nuclear plant opened to media

    A nuclear power plant in the southern US state of Alabama which was forced into an emergency shutdown of its reactors by tornadoes last month has been opened to the media.

    Storms and tornadoes forced the automatic shutdown of 3 reactors at the Browns Ferry nuclear complex on April 27th. Electricity lines to reactor cooling equipment were torn down by the storms.

    The reactors' models are similar to those at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan.

    Reporters asked the plant's officials how the reactors had been safely shut down even when external power was cut off.

    Plant manager Keith Polson said the plant is equipped with 8 emergency diesel generators and they functioned normally to achieve the safe shutdown.

    He added that the facility is prepared to cool the 3 reactors for almost 20 days with its stockpile of fuel.

    The head of the plant said workers are now reviewing safety measures at the plant, adding that the staff had learned from the Fukushima accident the need to prepare for a series of disasters of unexpected scale.

    Saturday, May 07, 2011 12:51 +0900 (JST)
    NHK World News


  3. Anonymous5/18/2011

    Matsushima residents to get approval to rebuild

    Sendai — Residents of the picturesque Matsushima area in Miyagi Prefecture whose homes were swept away by the March 11 tsunami will likely be allowed to rebuild their homes in the otherwise restricted area to preserve the landscape, authorities say.

    In Matsushima, known for having one of most beautiful coastlines in the nation, featuring around 230 pine-clad islets, construction of new buildings is forbidden in some areas and approval is required from the director of the Cultural Affairs Agency to make changes, according to the Cultural Assets Preservation Law.

    But many residents of the area straddling two cities and three towns, where numerous people died or went missing in the disaster, want to build their homes upland nearby, particularly older people, prefectural officials said.

    In light of their wishes, Seiichi Kondo, the head of the agency that falls under the wing of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, told Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai in late April that he will "consider individual situations in making decisions" on the matter.

    Among the residents, a 61-year-old seaweed grower from the city of Higashimatsushima said his life here is fixed.

    "I had my house and ship washed away, and will have to start from scratch. I don't want to leave this place," the man said.

    Japan Times