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Japan’s Seawater Radioactivity Soars 7.5 Million Times Legal Limit

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April 5, 2011: Gus Lubin / Business Insider – April 5, 2011

Contaminated fish has been discovered ouside of the radioactive quarantine zone!

A fish was caught on Friday midway between Fukushima and Tokyo that contained dangerously high levels of radioactive iodine and high levels of cesium. This catch has prompted Japan to announce its first legal limits for radiation in fish, according to the AP. Previously Japan had said it was enough to ban fishing in the near proximity of the nuclear plant.

Japan also just announced a huge surge in ocean contamination, as radioactive iodine-131 at 7.5 million times the legal limit was found near the plant, according to Japan Times. Yesterday, levels were only 5 million times the legal limit.

Ocean contamination will probably get worse. Yesterday TEPCO commenced a plan to dump 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the ocean, and it said a leak of even more toxic water could last for months. Japan, like the Gulf of Mexico during the oil spill, faces a serious economic blow if its fishing industry dries up.

Japan – Radioactive Fish Safe To Eat

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Listen to this twit telling the people to “just trust the government.– SJH

Related: London Guardian -Fukushima radioactivity hit 7.5m times legal limit

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Japanese Government Withholding Radiation Data From The Public

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April 5, 2011: The Yomiuri Shimbun Editors / The Yomiuri Shimbun – April 5, 2011

The Meteorological Agency has been withholding forecasts on dispersal of radioactive substances from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant despite making the forecasts every day, it was learned Monday.

Meteorological institutions in some European countries such as Germany and Norway have been publishing their own radiation dispersal forecasts on their Web sites based on their own meteorological observations.

Nuclear experts at home and abroad are criticizing the Japanese government for not releasing its own forecasts, raising new questions about the government’s handling of information on the nuclear crisis.

The agency is making daily forecasts at the request of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA].

When contamination by radioactive substances across national borders is feared, weather organizations of the member nations cooperate to make forecasts on possible migration of the substances.

The Meteorological Agency has been calculating its forecasts on the migration once or twice every day since March 11, when the great earthquake hit the Tohoku and Kanto regions.

The agency inputs observation data sent from the IAEA–such as the time when radioactive substances are first released, the duration of the release and how high the substances reach–into the agency’s supercomputer, adding the agency’s observation data, including wind directions and other data. The supercomputer then calculates the direction in which the radioactive substances will go and how much they will spread.

However, the agency has only been reporting the forecasts to the IAEA and not releasing them to the public at home. The IAEA analyzes the data from Japan by adding observation data from other countries it similarly asked for cooperation, such as China and Russia, and notifies nuclear authorities of countries, including Japan, of the results.

Whether to announce the IAEA analysis is left to each government’s judgment. The Japanese government’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters has so far not released the IAEA analysis.

“Japan has its own Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry- operated System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI) for dispersal forecasts. The government in its Basic Disaster Management Plan defines forecasts by SPEEDI as official forecasts,” a Meteorological Agency official explained.

“We don’t know whether the IAEA basic data the agency uses for the forecasts really fit the actual situation. If the government releases two different sets of data, it may cause disorder in the society.”

However, the SPEEDI forecast was announced only once, on March 23. The Nuclear Safety Commission has been refusing to announce subsequent forecasts. “We can’t do it because the accuracy is still low,” Seiji Shiroya, a commission member said.

High-Level Radiation Estimates Not Revealed By Japanese Government

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Radiation projections are now being demanded to be released– SJH

Agency Told To Reveal Projections

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Releasing 11,500 Tons Of Radioactive Water Is “Least Bad Option”

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April 5, 2011: Nikkei Editors / via Dow Jones – April 5, 2011

TOKYO (Dow Jones) — Japan’s chief government spokesman said Tuesday that the decision to release radioactive water from a stricken nuclear power plant into the sea was regrettable, but inevitable. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the decision by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) was the least bad option available to secure space to contain higher-level radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

“It was a relative and unavoidable decision based on the options available,” Edano said at a regular briefing following a Cabinet meeting.

Tepco on Monday evening started releasing 11,500 tons of water containing about 100 times the legal limit for radioactive material as an emergency measure to free up space for more contaminated water at the plant, which was badly damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Edano added that seawater near the plant would be monitored continuously to check the impact on surrounding areas and marine life.

12,000 Tons Of Radioactive Water From Fukushima Flushed Into Ocean

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: But why even monitor the ocean when the so-called “experts” claim there is no danger posed from the release of 12,000 tons of radioactive waste water into the sea? – SJH

Experts: Ocean Life Can Handle Radioactive Leaks

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Jesse Ventura Challenges Feds About 9/11, The CIA, & Much More

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April 5, 2011: Uploaded by / YouTube via Atomic News Review – April 4, 2011

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Jesse Ventura has come a long way in the past few years… Kudos! – SJH 

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