Saturday, March 12, 2011

Breaking News Sat. March 12, 2011

this just in from Mike Ruppert at CollapseNet
I remove the map that was here as it was proven to not be from the Australian gov.
Here is a message from Michael  Ruppert about it. (Thanks Mike for clearing this up)

Story Correction (March 13, 2011 0945 PST)

Late last night we learned that one of the maps we included with our alert was fraudulent and posted by a source other than the Australian government entity which was claimed. That map has been removed from our story. On initial review of the map all sourcing appeared to be correct. We thank those who brought the fraud to our attention. Mistakes happen and it has always been my policy, whenever I made one, to admit it, apologize and correct it immediately.

As of this writing there is still serious concern for three Fukushima reactors and a catastrophic core meltdown has not been ruled out although it does appear (thankfully) that the situation is less perilous than we at first believed. Today mainstream media is abundantly noting the many conflicting statements and stories from official sources and mainstream media on the actual condition of the reactors.

It is obvious that preventing a panic is of extreme importance in Japan. It would obviously make things worse there.  However, not only is the situation not over, as time passes there are certain to be similar events as a result of infrastructure aging or even the possibility of a nuclear exchange as international tensions continue to mount during collapse. Having potassium iodide on hand is an inexpensive prophylactic that should remain in your family's toolkit. We have been recommending at Collapsenet for many months now.

That human beings could forge and post a fradulent map like the one we have removed from the story with the intent to deceive at a time like this is reprehensible beyond words. Nonetheless, in the wake of the lies told about the safety of the Gulf after Deepwater Horizon, Collapsenet maintains a very healthy and well-justified skepticism about any official pronouncement from any official source in any disaster. The maps that remain included in the alert showing trade wind pattens from San Francisco State University are valid and remain. I personally apologize for the error and hope that those who made and posted the map are identified and someday held accountable. -- MCR

CNN: Japanese authorities rush to save lives, avert nuclear crisis 

Shirakawa, Japan (CNN) -- A meltdown may be occurring at one of the reactors at a damaged nuclear power plant in northeast Japan, a government official said Sunday morning, sparking fears of a widespread release of radioactive material at a time when rescuers are frantically scrambling to find survivors from the country's strongest-ever earthquake.
I've been seeing some comments in the forums that the above map is a hoax? It's in line I think with the jet stream maps but, we'll have to keep looking and try and find out for sure. Due Diligence people.
CNN: Japan quake live blog: 15 more people exposed to radiation

WashingtonPost: JAPAN: 6:55 a.m. (JST) / 4:55 p.m. (ET), Saturday Fukushima nuclear plant faces new reactor problem
The Fukushima Daiichi (No. 1) nuclear plant, where an explosion was reported Saturday, has lost its emergency cooling system at another reactor, Japan's nuclear power safety agency said Sunday, according to Reuters.
The emergency cooling system is no longer functioning at the No.3 reactor. The facility must urgently secure a means to supply water to the reactor, an official of the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told a news conference.
Reuters: Radiation levels rise above limit at quake-hit plant: Kyodo
(Reuters) - Radiation levels have risen above the safety limit around Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) nuclear plant hit by a massive earthquake and the company has informed the government of an "emergency situation," Kyodo agency reported on Sunday.
 e.nikkei: Meltdown May Be In Progress At Fukushima No. 1 Nuke Plant
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency made the announcement as cesium and iodine, two by-products of nuclear fission, were detected near the plant.
If a meltdown of the reactor core is confirmed, it would be the worst-ever nuclear accident in Japan and the first time a meltdown has occurred in the country. If a core meltdown leads to a large-scale release of these radioactive materials, many people may be exposed.
channelnewsasia: Japan agency rates nuclear plant accident at 4 on 0-7 scale
TOKYO - Japan's nuclear safety agency rated an accident at an earthquake-hit nuclear plant at four on the international scale from 0 to 7, an official said Sunday.
On the International Nuclear Event Scale, a level four incident means a nuclear reactor accident "with local consequences".
WashingtonPost: For battered Japan, a new threat: nuclear meltdown
LAT: Another Japan nuclear reactor fails

A third reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 plant loses its emergency cooling capacity, bringing to six the number of reactors that have failed at the two Fukushima nuclear power plants since the earthquake and tsunami.
So far as I can tell, the best video is still coming from this UStream feed. It is in Japanese but contains a lot of video I'm not seeing anywhere else.
Japan Disaster Relief: Where to Give
With Thousands Feared Missing, Relief Organizations Offer Assistance

The Catastrophe in Japan continues to unfold. This morning, there was an explosion at the Fukushima 1 atomic power plant. Listening to one of the news feeds now, they are reporting the radiation levels are very high around the plant although they are saying a meltdown has not occurred.
Also, there are still tsunami being reported as the sea continues to work off the massive energy released during the quake.

And this, from NewScientist: A massive explosion has ripped through the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in north-eastern Japan, raising fears of a radioactive meltdown. Four workers are believed to have been injured in the blast, which has caused major structural damage. Radio-caesium and radio-iodine particles, normally the products of nuclear fission, have been detected in the vicinity. (more at link)

Ordinarily on the weekends we have documentaries and a rest on Sunday, but with the current situation in Japan still unfolding, I'll be posting relevant items as I come across them today, and, I notice in my inbox this morning that our friend rj has sent me some new links!

1.4 million households are without water there.
think about that for a minute. Water is THE most important item to have secured for or after a disaster. If you don't own one now, I suggest you get a British Berkefeld water filter. Or some other filter of your choice but we have used a Big Berkey to filter rainwater for years and I can personally recommend them.
I think I'll post this and then add to it later today as I have to work outside some today.
Do continue to think of, or pray for, the people of Japan today.

CNN: Japan to flood reactor with Sea Water
The next step for workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant will be to flood the reactor containment structure with sea water to bring the reactor's temperature down to safe levels, he said. The effort is expected to take two days.
Tsunami propagation.

Reuters: IAEA "urgently" seeking info on Japan blast report
Spiegel: Unfathomable Tragedy
Japanese Death Count Could Surpass 11,000 

Slate: Me, Myself and IodineWhat's in the radioactive vapors leaking from the damaged Japanese nuclear power plant, and how dangerous is it? 
TheTelegraph: Japan earthquake: tens of thousands missing as full devastation emerges
Tens of thousands were unaccounted for and whole towns wiped off the map as the full horror of Japan's "super-earthquake" began to emerge on Saturday.

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