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[Column] Life style research in Sighisoara

Since yesterday, I’ve been in Sighisoara in near mid Romania to look for a place that Japanese might like. I’ve seen a completely independent village, where people live by self‐sustaining.

Contaminated water crisis Sea contamination

5 parts of power cable trench of reactor3&4 found empty / Tepco “Contaminated water have already gone underground”

According to Tepco, power cable trench on the seaside of reactor3 and 4 were found empty from 5 locations at the moment of 8/13/2013. The trench is located on the

Contaminated water crisis Sea contamination

Tepco “We think underground reservoirs were uplifted by the increasing groundwater”

Following up this article..[Buoyancy of groundwater ?] 2 water reservoirs observed uplifted by 40cm [URL] In the press conference of 8/15/2013, Tepco announced they are assuming the reservoirs were uplifted

Contaminated water crisis Sea contamination

Contaminated groundwater possibly being exchanged with seawater in seawater trench of reactor1 too

According to Tepco, high level of chloride concentration was detected from the seawater trench of reactor1 too. The sampling date was 8/14/2013. The chloride concentration was 19,500 ppm. They also

Cover-ups Plant hazard

Exposed workers released after “wiping off the contamination” / 19 Bq/cm2 → 6.9 Bq/cm2

Following up this article..Fukushima Worker “Severely exposed workers didn’t wear protective clothing” [URL]   According to Tepco, the 10 severely exposed workers were released after having the contaminated parts simply

Contaminated water crisis Sea contamination

Well point got in operation to pump up groundwater / laid on vinyl sheet and sandbag, plywood boards

In order to reduce the increasing groundwater on the seaside of reactor2, Tepco installed a well point and got it into the operation. They plan to install 27 more well

Contaminated water crisis Sea contamination

Seawater Tritium level in front of impervious wall became the highest / “Contaminated water continuously overflowing”

On 8/10/2013, Fukushima Diary reported the groundwater level is already higher than the underground wall. The contaminated groundwater is overflowing to the sea. (cf, Groundwater 1.2 m to the surface

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The highest level of Tritium measured in seawater of Fukushima nuclear plant port

According to Tepco, they measured the highest level of Tritium from seawater on 8/11/2013. The location is the north of reactor1~4 water intake. The reading was 3,800,000 Bq/m3. This is