Olympic? Fukushima Daiichi weathered an earthquake & a typhoon this week
Japan typhoon kills three, forces water release from FUKUSHIMA
Typhoon Man-yi, which battered Japan yesterday, has left three people dead and forced the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to release rainwater with low levels of radiation into the ocean.
The powerful typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, shortly before 8am local time, packing gusts of up to 162 kilometres an hour, the Japan Meheorological Agency said.
Public broadcaster NHK said a 71-year-old woman was found dead as a landslide engulfed her house in Shiga prefecture, while a 77-year-old woman was also confirmed dead in a separate mudslide in Fukui prefecture, near Shiga.
Japanese news agency Jiji Press said a third person, a man aged 63, died after falling from a ladder he climbed to shut a window.
Kyodo news agency, citing local officials, said five people were still missing, while NHK said 128 others were injured with more than 4000 houses flooded and at least 270 houses damaged by strong wind or landslides…..
Workers were pumping out water from areas near tanks storing radioactive water, from which leaks are believed to have seeped into groundwater….. more – The Australian News Site (AFP/ September 17, 2013)
Kyoto after typhoon hit on September 17, 2013
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review by nuclearstreet.com
Fukushima Daiichi weathered an earthquake and a typhoon this week, and Japan’s prime minister has asked Tokyo Electric Power Co. to decommission the last two potentially operable reactors at the site.
Recent developments related to the nuclear plant severely damaged after Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami include:
No Damage from 5.9 Quake
Another aftershock from the 2011 quake shook Fukushima Prefecture Friday morning. The magnitude 5.9 temblor was not accompanied by a tsunami warning, Kyodo News reported, and TEPCO indicated plant radiation levels and the condition of the damaged reactors was unchanged.
Typhoon Water Released
A typhoon brought torrential rain to the site Monday, and TEPCO decided to release about 1,130 metric tons of water that had collected behind retention barriers surrounding tanks. The Asahi Shimbun reported water released from seven areas tested at 3 to 4 becquerels of strontium and other contaminants per liter, which is within the legal limit for release into the environment. Rainwater in parts of the tank farm near recent leaks tested as high as 170,000 becquerels per liter and was transferred to storage tanks. TEPCO representatives said the release was necessary to prevent standing rainwater from becoming contaminated in the event of another tank leak.
Abe: Close Units 5 and 6
During a visit to the plant Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked TEPCO to decommission units 5 and 6, which were offline during the 2011 tsunami and did not sustain catastrophic damage. In a release, TEPCO announced it would make a decision on the units by the end of the year.
I was not sure if it was a good idea to hold Olympic 2020 in Japan… Do not believe what JP Govt. says. – Juzo Itami 1997
- Kyodo Says Earthquake Hits Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture (voanews.com)
- Leaks, cracks, and more lies at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant (nuclear-news.net)