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Leukemia Near a German Nuclear Reactor: Chromosome Studies and Environmental Radioactivity Provide Evidence of Population Exposure

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Kruemmel Nuclear Power Station was built by German company Siemens, and operated by Swedish State owned Vattenfall. (Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) is a US government publication).
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0.09 mSv is 1/11th of the 1 mSv annual (non-medical) radiation exposure approved by the ICRP, and 1/3rd the amount approved by the US EPA.
Leukemia Chromosomes Schmitz-Feuerhake et. al.  EHP v. 105 Dec. 97, p. 3
As a point of comparison, the 103 Bq/kg Cs 137 found in grass is 1/12th the amount of Cs 137 allowed in US food; 1/6th the 600 Bq/kg allowed in German-European food, and 1/10th the amount allowed within the UK itself, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. It is barely above the total radiation (100 Bq/kg) allowed in food in Japan. This does not make it safe. The US National Academy of Sciences BEIR report continues to state that there is no safe dose of ionizing radiation. Increased dose is increased risk. Even one track (shot) of ionizing radiation…

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April 17 Energy News

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Science and Technology:

¶ Last summer, researchers found the first ever case of a loon that died of avian malaria in New England, on Umbagog Lake on the border of New Hampshire and Maine. Other birds in the area are infected. With climate change, the parasite appears to be moving north. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]

A Great Northern Loon on a nest in Maine. Photo by Dana Moos. CC BY-SA 2.o generic. Wikimedia Commons. A Great Northern Loon on a nest in Maine. Photo by Dana Moos. CC BY-SA 2.o generic. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Even relatively “low” levels of common air pollution damage the lung functioning of children, a recent study shows. It found that children living within 100 meters of a major highway had, on average, lung function around 6% lower than that of children living no closer than 400 meters. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ The French government is “completely committed” to constructing the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, the French economy minister has…

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U.S. Nuclear Engineer, China General Nuclear Power Company And Energy Technology International Indicted In Nuclear Power Conspiracy Against The United States

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In particular, the defendants allegedly sought technical assistance related to, among other things, CGNPC’s Small Modular Reactor Program; CGNPC’s Advanced Fuel Assembly Program; CGNPC’s Fixed In-Core Detector System; and verification and validation of nuclear reactor-related computer codes.” (USDOJ)

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U.S. Nuclear Engineer, China General Nuclear Power Company And Energy Technology International Indicted In Nuclear Power Conspiracy Against The United States
WASHINGTON – A two-count indictment was unsealed today in the Eastern District of Tennessee charging Szuhsiung Ho, aka Allen Ho, a citizen of the United States; China General Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC), formerly known as the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Company and Energy Technology International (ETI) for conspiracy to unlawfully engage and participate in the production and development of special nuclear material outside the…

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Conditions Promoting Arctic Sea Ice Collapse Are Exceptionally Strong This Spring

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It didn’t take long for Arctic sea ice to start to respond to a fossil-fuel based accumulation of hothouse gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere. For since the 1920s, that region of ocean ice along the northern polar zone has been in a steady, and increasingly rapid, retreat. Rachel Carson wrote about the start of the Northern Hemisphere ocean ice decline in her ground-breaking 1955 book — The Edge of the Sea.

But it wasn’t until the late 1970s that consistent satellite observations began to provide an unbroken record telling the tale of Arctic sea ice decline. The National Snow and Ice Data Center, The Polar Science Center (PIOMAS), Japan’s JAXA, The Danish Meteorological Institute, and others have since that time provided a loyal recording of the stark impact human-forced warming has had on this sensitive and critical region.

(Severe sea ice volume losses since 1979…

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April 16 Energy News

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Science and Technology:

¶ Greenland’s massive ice sheet has started its annual summer melt earlier than ever before, according to stunned scientists who said they had to recheck their calculations before releasing the results. The previous earliest dates were all later by weeks, in May. [CNN]

Franz Josef Fjord, glacier, Greenland. Jerzy Strzelecki. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons Franz Josef Fjord, glacier, Greenland. Jerzy Strzelecki.
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World:

¶ The latest figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency show that Poland is on course to increase the proportion of power it generates from renewable energy from 7% in 2010 to nearly 38% by 2030. Poland benefits from a very favorable natural wind resources. [Maritime Journal]

¶ Germany’s economic affairs ministry proposed a 2.5 GW annual gap on new subsidized onshore wind power capacity, which is likely to slow down wind power expansion. Germany has a target to increase onshore wind capacity 2.4 Gw…

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Japan: Amidst Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruption, Chimp At Large Points to Another Risk to Nuclear Power Stations

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Over the last few days, Japan has had major earthquakes followed by a nearby volcanic eruption, pointing again to the fact that it is a particularly bad location for nuclear power stations. It also resulted in loss of power, a major achilles heel of nuclear power. Elsewhere in Japan, a chimpanzee got loose, and this also resulted in loss of power. Besides zoo chimps, Japan has its own wild monkeys.
Mori Sosen, 1747-1821, Monkeys in Plum Tree
Mori Sosen, 1747-1821, Monkeys in Plum Tree

14 to 15 April 2016 Japan earthquake swarm
Yellow pins are volcanos; orange spots are recent earthquakes; circles show the magnitude radiating out from VII at the epicenter. Locations of the two closest nuclear power stations are included.

Ape Monkey Affe with Skull
Based on Wolfgang Hugo Rheinhold (1853 – 1900), Affe mit Schädel (Ape with Skull)

While it appears unrelated, unless the chimp sensed the earthquake far away, earthquakes could result in zoo animals getting lose, posing yet another risk to nuclear power stations, especially…

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Unbelievable Censorship of Japan’s Recent Earthquakes

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I find it extraordinary that The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post have NOT run a single story in their print and online versions respectively of the earthquakes in Japan.

NHK reports that the second earthquake has been measured as a 7.3, with 41 people reported dead, and over 170,000 people evacuated. How can this story not be newsworthy? The airport and port are closed and so are major roads and the bullet train:

Scale of quake damage growing. NHK April 17, 2016,http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160416_24/ The major earthquakes continuing to jolt areas in Japan’s southwestern region have so far left a total of 41 people dead.

Early on Saturday, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit areas in Kumamoto Prefecture in the Kyushu Region. It registered an intensity of 6-plus in the prefecture on Japan’s seismic scale of 0-to-7…Utility services have been disrupted. Hundreds of thousands of households are without electricity, gas and tap water.

Yesterday, on the front page of the print edition The Wall Street Journal ran a story “Japan’s Subzero Rates Cast Chill Over Markets” (4/15/2016, A1, A7) but there was no mention of the first earthquake anywhere in the print version of the paper.

Today’s WSJ print version has no mention at all of the earthquake in the front section and if there is any mention anywhere else its so buried I cannot find it.

The electronic version of the The New York Times from yesterday and today carry no mention that I can find of the earthquakes in Japan.

Today, The Washington Post has an article on “Why Mr. Obama Should Visit Hiroshima” (editorial) but like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, there is NO story on the earthquake that I can find in the electronic version delivered to my email.

I do NOT understand how two significant earthquakes in a geologically active zone with 41 people reported dead, over a hundred thousand evacuated, and an operational nuclear plant in the vicinity are not newsworthy, particularly given the risks are not over:

Seismic activity poses increasing risk. NHK,http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160416_16/

Gen Aoki, the head of the agency’s earthquake and tsunami monitoring section, said the buildup in seismic activity means there’s an increased risk that buildings will collapse and mudslides will occur. He called on residents to stay safe.

It is my conclusion that there is a deliberate and concerted effort to help protect Japan’s economy from bad news, even during the occurrence of large earthquakes that pose the potential for catastrophic results.

I really don’t know what else to say. Its really unbelievable.

My thoughts go out to the people of Kyushu region whose tribulations are being disregarded in order to perpetuate myths about the global economy.

http://majiasblog.blogspot.fr/2016/04/unbelievable-censorship-of-japans.html?m=1

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Japanese Government Learned Nothing From Fukushima

410 consecutive earthquakes since 14 April, including 162 of more than 3.5 magnitute, but the Japanese government keeps two reactors at the Sendai plant in operation ….
They have learned nothing from Fukushima.

 

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Landslides sever National Route No. 57 in Minami-Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, on April 16. Aso-ohashi bridge also collapsed.

410 quakes felt in Kyushu, 162 with magnitudes of at least 3.5

The number of earthquakes that could be felt by people reached 410 by 10 a.m. on April 17 following the start of seismic activity in Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Quakes with magnitudes of 3.5 or larger accounted for 162 of the total by 8:30 a.m. on April 17, the largest among inland and coastal earthquakes since 1995. The previous high was set after the Chuetsu Earthquake in Niigata Prefecture in 2004.

“After the magnitude-7.3 earthquake that struck at 1:25 a.m. on April 16, the number of earthquakes increased sharply,” said Gen Aoki, director of the agency’s earthquake and tsunami monitoring division.

He urged people in the affected areas to remain alert amid the ongoing aftershocks.

“Earthquake movements are actively continuing in areas from Kumamoto Prefecture to Oita Prefecture,” Aoki said. “The soil could have become loose due to the rain that started to fall on April 16, so I want people to exercise caution against strong tremors or rain.”

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201604170042.html

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The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture

Government lets Sendai reactors continue operations

The government on April 16 said there is no need to shut down two nuclear reactors in Kagoshima Prefecture, citing relatively low seismic movements around the nuclear plant.

Cabinet ministers met on April 16 to respond to the Kyushu earthquakes and discuss what to do with the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors of the Sendai nuclear power plant located in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture.

Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa, who serves concurrently as state minister for nuclear emergency preparedness, mentioned the stricter safety standards implemented by the Nuclear Regulation Authority on nuclear power plant operations. Under the NRA’s standards, adopted after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, 620 gal is the maximum seismic acceleration allowed for reactors to continue running.

Marukawa said the maximum shaking recorded on the Sendai plant grounds was 12.6 gal.

“The NRA has judged there is no need to stop the Sendai plant,” she said.

The two reactors are the only ones currently operating in Japan.

The series of earthquakes that began in Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14 have spread eastward to Oita Prefecture. Kagoshima Prefecture lies at the southern end of Kyushu.

“Under the current circumstances, there is no need to stop the plant because (the shaking) is sufficiently low,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said after the April 16 meeting.

The Japanese Communist Party on April 16 called on the government to shut down the Sendai plant as a preventive measure because the quake activity was spreading through Kyushu.

The party said major problems would arise in evacuations if a nuclear accident arose at the Sendai plant because quake damage has rendered the Shinkansen bullet train line and expressways unusable.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201604170031.html

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Complex geology behind Kumamoto jolt

The earthquake that struck Kumamoto Prefecture early Saturday had a magnitude of 7.3, the same as the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, in which more than 6,400 people died or remain missing.

The Saturday quake had more than 10 times the energy of the magnitude-6.5 earthquake that occurred Thursday evening, which caused strong shaking in limited areas. On Saturday, violent tremors measuring as high as upper 6 on the Japanese intensity scale of 7 were felt over a wide area.

Experts said the earthquake occurred as multiple faults moved in conjunction with each other, and warned that earthquakes will continue over a wide area.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, this is the first magnitude-7 class earthquake with a shallow focus since a magnitude-7 quake in the Hamadori area in Fukushima Prefecture, that is believed to have been an aftershock of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. In the Kyushu region it was the first of that size and type in 11 years, since the magnitude-7 earthquake with its focus in the Genkainada sea in western Fukuoka Prefecture in 2005.

According to the agency’s analysis, Saturday’s quake was a “strike-slip” type, in which the fault involved moved horizontally due to its being pulled to the northwest and southeast. Thursday’s quake and the 1995 Hanshin earthquake involved the same “strike-slip” mechanism.

Yuji Yagi, an associate professor of geodynamics at University of Tsukuba, analyzed the seismic waves from the Saturday quake and said the fault appeared to have moved over an area about 50 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide.

The underground destruction stretched northeast from the quake’s focus and continued for about 20 seconds.

The focus of Saturday’s quake was located on the northern side of the Futagawa fault zone, which cuts east to west across Kumamoto Prefecture and is at least about 64 kilometers long in its entirety.

The government’s Earthquake Research Committee had deemed there to be “an almost zero to 0.9 percent chance” of a magnitude-7 earthquake occurring in the northeast part of the Futagawa fault zone within 30 years.

The Hinagu fault zone lies to the south of the focus of Saturday’s quake, stretching at least about 81 kilometers. Part of the Hinagu fault zone is believed to have moved in the Thursday earthquake.

Yasuhiro Suzuki, a professor of tectonic geomorphology at Nagoya University, said part of the Futagawa fault zone moved in the Saturday morning earthquake. “It’s appropriate to think of the Hinagu and Futagawa fault zones as connected active faults. The earthquake on Saturday occurred in conjunction with the quakes that have happened from Thursday on, so it appears that part of a very large fault moved,” Suzuki said.

According to Takeshi Matsushima, an associate professor at Kyushu University of solid-state geophysics, the ground in the Kyushu region is subject to forces that pull it north-south. This creates the Beppu-Shimabara rift zone, in which the ground is subsided from Oita to Kumamoto. It contains the Hinagu and Futagawa fault zones, as well as the Beppu-Haneyama fault zone.

Seismic activity has intensified from the southwest to the northeast of the rift zone.

Regarding this fact, the Japan Meteorological Agency said at a Saturday press conference that “large earthquakes have occurred in three locations: Kumamoto, Aso and the central areas of Oita Prefecture.”

The government’s Earthquake Research Committee has decided to hold an emergency meeting on Sunday regarding the quakes. It will examine the causes of the seismic activity and prospects for the future.Speech

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002881595

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Seismic activity could move east, trigger quakes in active faults

Seismologists fear that the series of earthquakes rattling Kyushu could trigger temblors in other active faults in the southwestern island, which extend eastward into central Japan.

A number of active faults dot the so-called Beppu-Shimabara Rift, which traverses Kyushu island from east to west, extending to the Median Tectonic Line. This is the nation’s longest tectonic line, and it spans about 1,000 kilometers from the Kanto Plain through Gunma, Nagano, Wakayama, and Tokushima prefectures to Kyushu island in southern Japan.

Ichiro Kawasaki, professor emeritus of seismology at Kyoto University, said: “The epicenter (in the latest series of quakes that began April 14) is gradually moving eastward. When a fault moves, it tends to move other faults that run on an extended line.”

He explained that when an earthquake occurs, other faults around it are exerted to different pressure, which could trigger other quakes.

That view was echoed by Kazuro Hirahara, a Kyoto University professor of seismology and head of the Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction.

“The epicenter of the earthquake in Oita Prefecture, (which occurred early on April 16) is about 100 kilometers from that of the Kumamoto quakes, and therefore it is hard to think that the quake was an aftershock,” he said, adding that there was a possibility the Beppu-Haneyama fault zone in the prefecture may have been stimulated.

“Quite frankly, there is no telling what may happen in the days ahead,” he said. “If some part in the Median Tectonic Line moves, there is a chance it could have an impact on the predicted Nankai Trough Earthquake in the long run.”

Shinji Toda, a Tohoku University professor of earthquake geology, pointed out that the seismic activity could also move southward.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201604160048.html

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