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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

☢ Fukushima Radiation Sickness TEPCO Workers Tweets of Dead Horrible ☢

This is a horrible read about the conditions the TEPCO workers are going through.

"TEPCO Workers wading through radioactive water complain that their boots have holes in them. Some are not instructed in when to change the filters on their safety masks."

"Some lower-ranking companies may have ties to the yakuza, Japan’s mafia, and among the lowest-paid recruits are members of the burakumin minority, who have long been discriminated against."

"the hardest work was done by the low-level labourers."

"Tepco is cutting corners because cash is tight. Even such basic tools as wrenches are in short supply"

Then there are the tweets going around, rumors about TEPCO workers that have died and been taken away with family paid hush money. The below text is translated by Google from Japanese so not that accurate however the message is clear.

Seriously scary TEPCO. I have today to hear from people of Fukushima this story, but also over Yu Nan and myself, because there is quite a large network, or over various talk over what I thought until I was able to grasp. Based on wishful thinking on my fantasy But today that very sweet, 思I知Tta.

Today, the talk with their internal relations. "A few hundred nuclear power plant workers, if the dead bodies to Fukushima Medical University," Samples for radiation damage studies "that are managed as a story. Name is missing several hundred workers in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power is a lie.

Professor Seto whistle blowers fullest. But another reality, more awful.

Human death toll of about 4300 workers
¥ 300 million in hush money to one survivor
After the forfeiture in full secrecy

Over 3 billion people that seems to promise to pay. Number of workers working in primary 福一 so far, a total of 100,000. 4 percent of them died at the moment. Rather than die at the scene, most of which died at home in most cases people are finished. Died of myocardial infarction, anyone? We are also getting a survivor's hush money, even 出Senai funeral.

The charges also come out of the net and the media think it's just scared of hush money will be forfeited. Three months, people working in the nuclear power plant fly Did the usual sense, can be many bruises or black body hair, I'm not so extraordinary physical condition. Person is fit internal and external exposure to 500 mSv. Plutonium in the lungs. Radiation dose limit of normal nuclear workers is 50 mm. Raised to 250 mm in this accident it is.

TEPCO's mess and criticized the government and even 250 milliseconds. But that person is not in the first explosion 福一, from the time of the explosion was in 福一 Units 3 and 4. Exposure of 500 mSv external and internal fit. He is my "I'm no longer the hair," says that. Even now people ahead 4300, the increase can be predicted more easily killed. State the facts do you know this? Tetara know if you are committing a crime at the national level made their own laws.

Another 64 people Self-Defense Force, killed nearly 300 people I talk a policeman. I went to see from the Village and I Kawachi in April, for example, is 20km away by police officers or standing. I was standing around our nuclear security officers more. Their daily special 30,000 yen. Once the mission, and from there it has been promised flying career grade. All police officers standing there, young people under the age of almost 25. The older cop, why not. And of course, also do not have masks.

In short high pay, instead of promising career, that I will be killed by a youth organization Future costume. It's 300 backs? How to change the dead so why? This, of course, I think I mentioned report to the State. Police agencies from national'm.

Hospital in Fukushima, such as premature birth and 7 months, and birth defects are born early do not have one hand. (Get out of the hospital directly from the medical office), but come on but nothing we saw blood in the net to google this subject.

Come out of the No. 2 news coming in yesterday's world, (also, we eye Kurama TPP) a few workers, news of late.

And in Tsuitta really boring stuff. The air patronized scholars' definition of critical meltdown Toka "not to think only in desktop and data," hearsay is hoax "in that definition, a self-styled scholars hammer head.

In 50 years only, "absolutely safe" to accident this much primary and, even now more than six months' down cold, "while saying Toka, have been re-criticality, and deaths of workers in more than 4300 (and increase still now) in compensation 1.3 trillion currently only workers that, in group 54, Monju of which only 11 units of zero-winning power generation poured 950 billion so far, the cost of 20 billion per year, times before decommissioning does not take decades ... Toka say how the economy is not the primary, www gold please ask to work in primary

And another. Region had more than the M5 earthquakes in the last 30 years

England 0 times
France and Germany 2 times
USA 322 times
Japan ... 3954 times!

I made a sloppy second primary wwwwww Why is it that the U.S. give in stop indeed. They guy is not human.

The twilight zone
Its owner fears not just radiation leaking out of the Fukushima plant, but also bad news
Nov 5th 2011 | IWAKI | from the print edition

Photo from Getty Images News Story from The Economist

IT IS another world beyond the roadblocks stopping unauthorised traffic from entering the 20km (12.5-mile) exclusion zone around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The few people inside are dressed in ghostly white protective suits. Town after town was abandoned after March 11th, and spiders have strung webs across the doorways. An old lady’s russet wig lies in the road, lost perhaps as she took flight after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Outside the “Night Friend” nightclub in Tomioka, 9km from the nuclear plant, this correspondent was confronted by an ostrich with a feral glint.

Journalists are supposedly barred from the exclusion zone, though sympathetic evacuees, many furious with the authorities about their state of limbo, help provide access. Some of the 89,000 displaced residents have been given one-day permits to go home and each collect a box of valuables. To an outsider, the size and recent prosperity of the abandoned communities is striking. As well as the rice paddies, now overrun with goldenrod, are large businesses and well-built schools for hundreds of children.

Patrol cars stop passing vehicles. The police are particularly vigilant in preventing unauthorised people getting near the stricken plant, owned by Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), Japan’s biggest utility. The air of secrecy is compounded when you try to approach workers involved in the nightmarish task of stabilising the nuclear plant. Many are not salaried Tepco staff but low-paid contract workers lodging in Iwaki, just south of the exclusion zone.

It is easy to spot them, in their nylon tracksuits. They seem to have been recruited from the poorest corners of society. One man calls home from a telephone box because he cannot afford a mobile phone. Another has a single front tooth. Both are reluctant to talk to journalists, because a condition of their employment is silence. But they do share their concerns about safety. One, who earns ¥15,000 ($190) a day clearing radioactive rubble at the plant, says he was given just half-an-hour of safety training. Almost everything he has learned about radiation risks, he says, came from the television.

A strict hierarchy exists among the workers at Fukushima. Tepco’s own salaried staff are in a minority. The firm employs a top tier of subcontractors, from the builders of reactors such as Toshiba and Hitachi. They, in turn, subcontract work to builders and engineers, who subcontract further, down to small gangs of labourers recruited by a single boss. Some lower-ranking companies may have ties to the yakuza, Japan’s mafia, and among the lowest-paid recruits are members of the burakumin minority, who have long been discriminated against.

Those on the lower rungs, say labour advocates, are particularly vulnerable. They often have no corporate health, pension or redundancy benefits. Hiroyuki Watanabe, an Iwaki councillor from the Japan Communist Party who is campaigning to protect Dai-ichi workers, has a document showing one worker’s accumulated radiation exposure. In two months it had reached almost 33 millisieverts, or a third the level normally permissible for those working on a nuclear accident in a year. Mr Watanabe reports many safety breaches. Workers wading through contaminated water complain that their boots have holes in them. Some are not instructed in when to change the filters on their safety masks.

Mr Watanabe believes Tepco is cutting corners because cash is tight. Even such basic tools as wrenches are in short supply, he claims. Tepco is shielded by a lack of media scrutiny. The councillor shows a Tepco gagging order that one local boss had to sign. Article four bans all discussion of the work with outsiders. All requests for media interviews must be rejected.

Those higher up the rungs appear to be treated better—though they, too, are sworn to secrecy. One engineer who has played a front-line role in helping cool the meltdown of Fukushima’s three reactors spoke unwittingly to The Economist. A swarthy man in his 50s, he had worked in nuclear-power stations for 25 years. Once he heard about the accident, he knew it was his duty to help, since so few people understood how to run reactor systems. He came to the Dai-ichi plant in May, despite family protests. Then, he said, the hardest work was done by the low-level labourers. They had so much rubble to clear, he says, that they often keeled over in the heat under the weight of their protective gear. Taken out in ambulances, they would usually be back the following day.

The engineer’s most stressful months, he said, were in June and July, once enough rubble was cleared to let him work on the systems. Seven-hour shifts usually involve an hour on and an hour off. Before he starts he must put on two sets of protective clothing, four pairs of gloves and a helmet with breathing apparatus, all of which is taped up so that not a particle of skin is exposed. At the end of every hour, he has to take off the protective layers and replace them with new ones before starting again. (Tepco says, with attention to finickety detail, that it has accumulated a mountain of 480,000 such suits in need of disposal.) During the busiest months, the hour-on, hour-off rule was foregone, the engineer said. “Though everyone is really trying their best, most of the Tepco guys in head office are clueless about what’s going on. No one has any idea of the conditions we’ve had to work under.” But then he added: “I’m not leaving this until I’m done. Never.”

The brink of bankruptcy

Government officials say some of the low-level safety breaches may be justified, given that Tepco is on a war footing and that its top priority is to stabilise the reactors. This week Yasuhiro Sonoda of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan drank a glass of water from the Dai-ichi plant in an attempt to play down safety concerns. On November 1st the government also said that it intended to invite journalists to Dai-ichi

The physical mess at Dai-ichi is mirrored in Tepco’s finances. A leaked plan drawn up with the government proposes to cut costs by ¥2.5 trillion over ten years. Government officials insist they will not let the utility cut corners on safety. But Tepco is already expected to lose ¥570 billion this financial year, rendering it barely solvent. The government was expected to confirm massive support of Tepco on November 4th, with a ¥1 trillion injection, mainly to help the 89,000 evacuees.

For those forced from their homes as a result of the disaster, compensation cannot come soon enough. But increasingly they are fed up with the shroud of secrecy thrown over the Fukushima plant and the abandoned towns and villages where families had lived for centuries. The less media coverage there is, the more they worry that their plight will be forgotten—and the less pressure there will be on Tepco to cough up proper compensation. That appears to be one reason some are starting to take the law into their own hands and smuggling journalists into the forbidden zone.

from the print edition | Asia

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Geiger Counters - Radiation Detection Meters - Handheld Radiation Detector

When it comes to radiation detection meters you really have a wide field of gadgets to choose from, however radiation detectors are the most common to use. First of all if you need to know what type of radiation you are looking for. There are Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation detectors. And also there is neutron emission of nuclear radiation. And all these different types of emissions have radiation detectors for a specific type of radiation that you can buy radiation detector for. Some also measure both Alpha and Beta. Others detect Alpha, Beta and Gamma. While others let you measure Beta and Gamma radiation.

What most people have use for though are Dosimeters you can buy a handheld radiation detector pretty cheap that are good addition to a survival kit. There are different kinds that you can use that will detect radiation. There are radiation badges that will tell you when radiation become high. Workers at nuclear power plants use these to inform them of how much radiation they have been exposed to. Now also children in the Fukushima prefecture have each been given a radiation badge so they know if they are exposed to radiation. Some come in the shape of a pen that you can carry in your pocket while other are made more compact so that you can attach them to your keychain. And then you have what is called a personal radiation monitor. These are also called Dosimeters and also normally called Geiger counters. Although not all use the Geiger-Muller Tube for the radiation detection some use a semiconductor instead. These and mostly the older geiger counters seen are pretty big to carry around, so they might not be best suited for a survival situation where you only need to carry the most important things. However if you have land and want to check radiation around the property and drinking water then these are the geiger counters to get because they are very well built units.

These are the once that you normally see people use. They have different units of radiation detection, because when it comes to radiation there are many standards used. some give the measurements in Rads, while other use Sieverts. Some have the maximum radiation value for the measured radioactivity quite low but they will still give you an idea of the amount of radiation in the area. With the units ranging from between background radiation 0.001 mSv/hr all the way up to 10 Sv/h. Normally a dosimeter will measure radiation in micro siverts per hour. If you were to walk into one of the reactor units at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant you probably would get an error reading from your dosimeter because the radiation levels are so high there.

Note that some places outside the exclusion zone in Fukushima that are too radioactive for people to live in have areas where the radiation levels are above 30 Sv/h. So if you are in a area that have high radiation the radiation detectors would also there go off the scale. However Geiger counters or radiation detectors are still favored as general purpose alpha/beta/gamma portable radiation detectors and radiation detection equipment, due to their low cost and robustness. Most come with an LCD Display that show you the radioactivity in the area. Nowdays you will even get alarm sound and the possibility to connect the device to a computer. Either with a Infrared, Bluetooth or USB connection.

So if you look at the radiation detectors for sale that have this, then these radiation detection meters will allow you to make maps of contaminated areas that show where the radiation is high and low. This also will help you to see which areas are becoming more contaminated over time. With several nuclear reactors in the US and around the world located near fault zones that makes it a danger if a big earthquake would hit the area there is always a good choice to have a radiation dosimeter avaliable. I'm sure many in Fukushima would have been grateful to have dosimeters avaliable at the time of the disaster and I am sure you to would be grateful to have a geiger counter handy when you need one.