Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fukushima Roundup - 12 April

Here are some links to keep you up to speed on the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

Interview With A Site Cleanup Worker - He talks about a worker only being able to turn three bolts before exceeding the allowable radiation dose. - Note you may have to use a browser other than Firefox to watch the video. I couldn't get it to work for me. IE (ugh) worked fine.

TEPCO aerial drone - The whole site is very good and not prone to hysteria. When he gets numbers that don't seem right he fact checks.

Cryptome - A repository of all kinds of stuff including some really good Fukushima site pictures. Fairly well organized. Just go down the list (organized by date with good descriptions) and pick what you want.

IAEA Fukushima Accident Log updated daily.

Radiation Readings In Japan organized by prefecture. Thanks to Charlie Martin for this one.

EPA Radiation Monitoring - Radiation in the air, in the drinking water, in the rain, in the milk. For the USA. I believe 3 pCi per liter is the US limit. The moral for this week? Don't drink the rain water. And pregnant women and children might want to avoid the milk in some regions. And if you live in Hawaii? I'd get all my food and water from the mainland if I lived there. Maybe not right away. But definitely something to keep an eye on.

ex-SKF - A little on the paranoid side (maybe just cautious), but he reads Japanese and translates items of interest. Tends towards rational libertarianism in politics. i.e. if America stops being a superpower who will fill the power vacuum and how big a war will it take?

Radiation Dose Chart what a given dose means in terms of normal background radiation and allowable limits.

Fairewinds Associates - Arnie Gunderson - the link goes to the videos. You can get to the rest of the site from there.

Radiation Aerial Survey Maps of Japan - US Gov

Monsoon Wind Patterns.

In most years, the monsoonal flow shifts in a very predictable pattern, with winds being southwesterly in late June, bringing significant rainfall to the Korean peninsula and Japan. This leads to a reliable precipitation spike in July and August. However, this pattern occasionally fails, leading to drought and crop failure. In the winter, the winds are northeasterly and the monsoonal precipitation bands move back to the south, and intense precipitation occurs over southern China and Taiwan.
If we get the normal monsoons this year and the reactors at Fukushima are still spewing.....

If you know of any other sites that should be on the list send me an e-mail or leave the url in the comments. Bare urls (no HTML) are OK - I'll fix them for the post.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

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