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Tepco Reports Second Deadly Radiation Reading at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

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By Tsuyoshi Inajima and Kari Lundgren – “Tokyo Electric Power Co. reported its second deadly radiation reading in as many days at its wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo.

The utility known as Tepco said yesterday it detected 5 sieverts of radiation per hour in the No. 1 reactor building. On Aug. 1 in another area it recorded radiation of 10 sieverts per hour, enough to kill a person ‘within a few weeks’ after a single exposure, according to the World Nuclear Association.

Radiation has impeded attempts to replace cooling systems to bring three melted reactors and four damaged spent fuel ponds under control after a tsunami on March 11 crippled the plant. The latest reading was taken on the second floor of the No. 1 reactor building and will stop workers entering the area.

‘It’s probably the first of many more to come,’ said Michael Friedlander, who spent 13 years operating nuclear power plants in the U.S., including the Crystal River Station in Florida. ‘Although I am not surprised, it concerns me greatly; the issue is the worker safety.’

The 10 sieverts of radiation detected on Aug. 1 outside reactor buildings was the highest the Geiger counters used were capable of reading, indicating the level could have been higher, Junichi Matsumoto, a general manager at the utility, said at a press conference.” Read more.

Canadian Gov’t Now Admits: Japan’s Fukushima Catastrophe Bringing Massive Radiation Spikes Over Canada – “On March 18, seven days after an earthquake and tsunami triggered eventual nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, the first radioactive material wafted over the Victoria suburb of Sidney on Vancouver Island. For 22 days, a Health Canada monitoring station in Sidney detected iodine-131 levels in the air that were 61 percent above the government’s allowable limit. In Resolute Bay, Nunavut, the levels were 3.5 times the limit. Meanwhile, government officials claimed there was nothing to worry about.” Read more.

Categories: Man-Made Disasters

18 Indonesian Volcanoes on Alert Status

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“Eighteen Indonesian volcanoes are on ‘alert’ status, two of which are at Alert Level 3, which is called ‘Siaga’, the Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center says.

Center head Surono said Sunday in Jakarta the erupting Mount Lokon in North Sulawesi and Mount Ibu in North Maluku were the two volcanoes at Siaga status.

The center has adopted four levels of alert status: ‘Normal’ (Level 1), ‘Waspada’ (Level 2), ‘Siaga’ (Level 3) and ‘Awas’ (Level 4).

Surono said the conditions at Mt Lokon and Mt Ibu were currently considered most worrisome because they had been consistently erupting searing clouds affecting a radius of 2.5 kilometers.

He added, however, that the eruptions had not yet endangered people living around the volcanoes.

‘The eruptions are heading west, while people are concentrated in east,’ he said as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.

Surono added that 16 other volcanoes were at Level 2 alert status, ‘Waspada’, including Mt. Papandayan and Mt. Guntur in West Java.

‘Locals have reported several quakes,’ he said.” Read more.

Indonesian volcano unleashes fresh burst – “A volcano that has been spewing lava and clouds of searing gas high into the air let out a new, powerful burst Monday, sending panicked villagers streaming down the sides of the mountain. One person was injured, said Ludianto, head of the search and rescue team, a man who fell as he was fleeing. The victim suffered only cuts and bruises, however, and no burns as earlier reported. Mount Karangetang on Siau — part of the Sulawesi island chain — started spitting clouds of gas and lava up to 600 meters on Friday, said volcanologist Surono.” Read more.

Categories: Natural Disasters

Israel’s Foreign Minister: PA Planning ‘Unprecedented Bloodshed’ in September After UN Endorsement of Palestinian Independence

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“JERUSALEM — Israel’s foreign minister on Sunday accused the Palestinian Authority of planning “unprecedented bloodshed” next month after an expected symbolic U.N. endorsement of Palestinian independence.

Accenting his warning, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called for Israel to sever ties with the West Bank-based government.

Lieberman’s allegation runs counter to other Israeli assessments and stands in stark contrast to public and private statements by the Palestinians.

‘They say they don’t want violence, but the Palestinian Authority is planning unprecedented bloodshed,’ his spokesman Tzachi Moshe quoted Lieberman as saying.

‘They are going to send waves of people to storm roadblocks,’ Lieberman said, according to his spokesman. ‘Israel should cut all ties with them.’

Palestinian spokesman Ghassan Khatib denied the Palestinians were preparing for violence. ‘These Israeli predictions of violence aren’t true. Israel is trying to fuel a fake picture of what will happen in September.’

‘In September, we will request the international community’s help — legally and according to law — from the U.N. to help us end the illegal occupation. What is illegal here is the occupation, not the attempts to end it,’ Khatib said.” Read more.

Palestinians Plan Mass Demonstrations Against Israel on Eve of UN Vote – “Palestinian officials said Monday they plan to begin mass marches against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank on September 20, the eve of a largely symbolic UN vote expected to recognize their independence. Palestinian official Yasser Abed Rabbo said leaders hope to attract millions, and the protest will be the first of a prolonged effort. He said the campaign would be called ‘Palestine 194,’ since the Palestinians hope to become the 194th member of the United Nations. ‘The appeal to the UN is a battle for all Palestinians, and in order to succeed, it needs millions to pour into streets,’ he said.” Read more.

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