Japan Considers Extending Evacuation Radius After IAEA Finds Excessive Radiation 40 km Away From Fukushima

Tyler Durden's picture

The IAEA which is quickly outstaying its Japanese welcome by disclosing actual facts about the radioactive fallout around the power plant, has just announced that it has found excessive radioactivity in a village 40 km from Fukushima. While the news will not be a surprise to anyone watching the grand lie unfold over the past three weeks, it may hopefully force the Japanese government to finally relent and extend the evacuation perimeter from the existing 20 km, thereby actually preventing the needless loss of life in the long run. From Reuters: "Radiation measured at a village 40 km from Japan's crippled nuclear plant exceeded a criterion for evacuation, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday, the latest sign of widening consequences from the crisis. Criticized for weak leadership during Japan's worst crisis since World War Two, Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said he is considering enlarging the evacuation area to force 130,000 people to move, in addition to 70,000 already displaced."The first assessment indicates that one of the IAEA operational criteria for evacuation is exceeded in Iitate village," Denis Flory, a deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said.  "We have advised (Japan) to carefully assess the situation and they have indicated that it is already under assessment," he told a news conference." Hopefully our Japanese readers who have been following our coverage of this tragedy, which many have at times called "hysteric" even if always based on facts, have already evacuated long ago. Ultimately, it is one thing for the government to lie with just the Russell 2000's closing level being at stake. It is something totally different when people's mutagenic skills and/or life expectancy is at stake. When this is all said and done, Kan will likely be forced into exile for his tragic botching of an operationg whose only downside to disclosing the truth would have been a few hundred points in the Nikkei/S&P. Well, those losses will still come eventually, but at least thousands of lives would not have been put needlessly at risk in the meantime.

More from Reuters:

Greenpeace this week said it had confirmed radiation levels in this village northwest of the plant high enough to evacuate. But Japan's nuclear safety agency on Monday rebuffed a call by the environmental group to widen the evacuation zone.

The IAEA also said it had been told by Singapore that some cabbages imported from Japan contained radioactive iodine above the levels recommended for international trade.

"Some samples were over the Codex Alimentarius values recommended for international trade," said Flory.

David Byron, a U.N. food agency official seconded to the IAEA, said the recommended level was 100 becquerels per kg and that one of the samples in Singapore was up to nine times above that. "Other samples were also over that level," he said, although not as much.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said the situation at the Fukushima plant remained very serious despite increased efforts by authorities to get it under control.

And more on the recriticality news reported earlier:

In a potentially negative development, Flory said the agency had heard there might be "recriticality" at the plant, in which a nuclear chain reaction would resume, even though the reactors were automatically shut down at the time of the quake.

That could lead to more radiation releases, but it would not be "the end of the world," Flory said. "Recriticality does not mean that the reactor is going to blow up. It may be something really local. We might not even see it if it happens."

Eventually we are certain that the evacuation radius will be extended to at least 50 km, but not before many more horrendous political decisions are made, more lives at put at risk, all predicated exclusively by financial interest motives, and the preservation of the capital markets status quo.

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TaxEstate's picture

Nothing to see here. Move along...

the mad hatter's picture

ARR JAPANESE MATEYS, ABANDON ISLAND BEFURR YE START GLOWING

Sudden Debt's picture

easier said then done.

If they expand to 50 km, that means evacuating 2 MILLION people.

140 miles = 11  MILLION PEOPLE!!!

TO WHERE?

and to be save, they should evacuate to 500 KM!!

 

just saying. They better do some brainstorming to solve that little problem...

 

the mad hatter's picture

i would dump the entire nuclear plant into a volcano and call it a day.

Filthy Rotter's picture

Pretty hard to pick up, what is essentially, a "nuclear volcano" and put that into a boring old "vanilla volcano."

Ye mad bastard...er hatter!

IQ 145's picture

 It would be much better to dump the entire UN in an active volcano. These are the wack jobs that paid for and created the phoney "science" of global warming. No numbers, no measurement methods, no nothing; "in our opinion" Fuck their opinion.

divide_by_zero's picture

This is extremely bullish, think of all that new housing required and the increase in GDP!

Don't even think I need to look at the futures.

TruthInSunshine's picture

People that lose everything don't boost GDP.

Now, the Japanese Government will probably print a few quadrillion Yen a month, bringing Japanese living standards back to circa-1904, in an effort to rebuild.

I honestly feel for the Japanese People.

MsCreant's picture

It's so bright, ya gotta have shades...

thatthingcanfly's picture

Sudden Debt: It's "easier said THAN done."

MsCreant's picture

He is not a native speaker.

cpaspareil's picture

Why not send them to these Chinese ghost town?

Or start a new house bubble in the state- the house are their, just need new buyers...

 

I am more equal than others's picture

So much for trusting in your government. 

The cumulative lies, distortions, manipulation, and waste of resources and money has to be near a tipping point.  Can people be this dull and never respond?  My word, the amount of debt piled on the enormous pile of debt to sustain the unsustainable has to reach the point of combustion.  Every nation seems to have the same problem - inept leadership.  When this fire starts, it will be large, intense and not end well for most.  Thankfully, I loaded up on graham cracker, marshmallows and chocolate.  S'mores to the very end. 

IQ 145's picture

 Flory said the agency "had heard" there might be recriticality. Do you even read this crap? Gee, I had heard there might anti-gravity; in which case the sky may up with rocks. These people are the sworn enemies of every type of every power plant in the world; they are your enemies; and they are indulging in cheap, no-science, propaganda; as always. We need a UN like a goldfish needs a bicycle.

johnQpublic's picture

IAEA....IKEA...whats the difference

 

 

 

Racer's picture

While I accept that radiation is a far more direct and obvious threat to life, surely the Chairsatan's constant printing and fuelling high inflation in necessities of life for the poorest is also putting lives at risk too?

AN0NYM0US's picture

While I accept that radiation is a far more direct and obvious threat to life

 

so are cars, but this is like a slowmo plane crash with the potential that some of the debris could land in your backyard but in the end those four wheels driving down the streets of the world will kill more people today than this Fuku thing will ever kill 

the mad hatter's picture

jesus tyler, it must be a slow news day over at 1537 Paper St

AN0NYM0US's picture

not more greenpeace

Zina's picture

I'm imagine how it should be difficult to a conservative to be in the same side of the enviromentalists...

Or will you side with the Japanese government on this, instead of siding with the enviromentalists?

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

or... you could commit to continuing to collect data and resist the urge to reduce the situation to binary just yet.

tallen's picture

Radioactive cabbage, a great addition to your 5 fruit and veg a day.

FunkyMonkeyBoy's picture

We're ruled by the scum of the earth. Liars, murderers, thieves.. absolute human filth the lot of them... didn't you know?

Evil runs amuck.

philgramm's picture

I hear ya man. I've been despondent about the recent events lately. Had to change the internal paradigm. Had a good night last night. Smoked some good herb, watched the matrix, listened to some pink Floyd. Woke up scared this morning realizing that this world is more of a matrix than portrayed in movie. Smoked more herb. Feel better now. I don't know about the rest of you but don't know how I'd deal without the old thc.

sabra1's picture

did you ever smoke fish?

medicalstudent's picture

how evolution dovetails with the 2nd law of thermodynamics

 

entropy will increase...

 

individual order is individual survival.

 

collective humanity meltdown in progress.

 

tmosley's picture

We have a little energy input to drive it.  The sun produces all the entropy we need to produce localized "order".

Bob's picture

It's all horrifically depressing, to be perfectly honest.  Enjoy the herb while it works . . .  oil may be next. 

Saxxon's picture

The truth frightens you?  You have a big decision to make.

carbonmutant's picture

The "Ghosts of Fukushima Past"...

jkruffin's picture

It's funny how this is not being talked about in the media anymore, it's all about Libya night and day.  Who gives a rats a$$ about Libya? Other than Obama of course.  This President has shown he is nothing but a liar through and through. He flat out ran a campaign on nothing but lies, then carries out the exact opposite of what he said to get him elected. 

Man, I can't wait to run for office in 2012.

whstlblwr's picture

I like it. I'll vote for you. for President? Do you have lots money and look nice? Oh, speak great too.

Count Laszlo's picture

liq·uid scin·til·la·tion

The scintillation of a solvent molecule when a radioactive solute molecule undergoes beta decay and emits an electron

Rayden's picture

(Apologies for the repost. I'd really like people to be aware of this, just in case.  I won't repost again)

I share the feeling of many here that the risk of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown is underestimated and the likelyhood that it will spin completely out of control is significant.  I would like to try to help in any constructive way I can.

Therefore: I give you a method to prepare iodide (as a substitute to commercial potassium iodide pills) from povidone-iodine disinfectant ("Betadine" or any other iodophor) and commonly available other ingredients (vitamin C).  Potassium iodide pills are probably not available in the vast quantities that might be needed in a worst case scenario (a few billion doses?), and even if they were available would be hard to distribute, whereas this method uses commonly available ingredients that many people have at home and which are also available in hospitals and farms in very large quantities.  The method does work, the chemistry is very simple, and I've tested it.

I hope this is not necessary and Fukushima Daiichi can be contained, but I think that someone in the Japanese authorities should be aware of this just in case, and ready to use it quickly if needed.  I really don't know *who* to tell about this.  I've sent this to every Japanese government contact I could find, every major newspaper, etc.  I'm posting it here, to a group of people intensely concerned about the problem, in the hope that the more people know about it, the more likely it is to actually be applied if needed.  Pass it along.

P.S. Yes I'm aware that iodide pills only solve a small part of the problem, it doesn't help with cesium and strontium and a bunch of other nasty isotopes.  Still, much better to have iodide than not.

***

Preparing iodide from povidone-iodine disinfectant

Ingredients:
1. Povidone-iodine disinfectant (Betadine tm or generic equivalent)
2. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) pills, ideally generic 1000mg pills.
3. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

Steps:
1. 3000 mg ascorbic acid (Vitamin C, for example three 1000mg pills) are crushed and dissolved in 100 ml (~1/2 cup) of water, then let sit for an hour with occasional stirring.  There may be some undissolved residue from the pills.

2. 15 ml (1 tbsp) povidone-iodine disinfectant (Betadine or generic equivalent) is added to the solution of ascorbic acid and stirred.

3. The brown-purple color from the povidone-iodine should disappear almost instantly.  If it does not, more of the ascorbic acid solution is made and added slowly to the mixture until it is clear.  The mixture MUST be clear and not brown at the end of this step.

4. (optional) 1 tsp baking soda is added slowly, a few grains at a time, until adding more does not produce foam.

The resulting solution contains the iodide equivalent to 2000mg or twelve 165mg pills of potassium iodide (in this case as hydrogen iodide or, with the optional step, as sodium iodide).  It is made entirely from food-grade or pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, and is IN THEORY a substitute for potassium iodide pills.  One twelfth (9.6 ml, ~2 tsp) of the solution above (roughly equivalent to one 165mg pill of potassium iodide), measured out and taken with at a cup of milk or juice, would be IN THEORY the daly dose for an adult.

Explanation:
Ascorbic acid is a mild reducing agent, in step 2 it reduces the free iodine in Betadine to iodide, and is itself oxidized to dehydroascorbic acid.  This causes more of the iodine bound to povidone to be released and reduced to iodide until all the iodine is reduced.  In step 3, the disappearance of iodine color confirms the reaction is complete.  In step 4, the solution is neutralized from fairly acidic to neutral pH with baking soda.

Oxalic acid might be used instead of ascorbic acid, but is less preferable.  Electrochemical reduction might also be used.

Disclaimer:
This is not medical advice or a recommendation to do anything or to consume any chemicals/medicines, merely information on how to convert iodine to iodide by titration with a reducing agent, as may be found in many chemistry textbooks.

References:
http://www.outreach.canterbury.ac.nz/chemistry/vitamin_C_iodine.shtml
http://www.csiro.au/helix/sciencemail/activities/Titration.html
http://wwwchem.csustan.edu/chem1112/1112vitc.htm
http://paws.wcu.edu/bacon/vitamin%20c.pdf

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/ki.asp

Count Laszlo's picture

liq·uid scin·til·la·tion
The scintillation of a solvent molecule when a radioactive solute molecule undergoes beta decay and emits an electron.

davidgn's picture

While we're on the topic of nuclear prophylaxis, anybody know if anyone is working on this sort of thing besides the government of India? Have they trialed this stuff, can anyone make it, and will they share?

"US Patent Application 20080145448 - Calcium Potassium Ferrocyanide, a Prophylactic Mixture Comprising this Compound and the Use Thereof for Decorporation of Radiocesium in Subjects Affected by Nuclear Radiation"

http://www.patentstorm.us/applications/20080145448/description.html

 

Rayden's picture

Thank you, interesting.  I favor alginate, it may prevent the absorption of Cs and Sr from food and it may (not very well though) remove them from the body.  It is completely nontoxic, which is good because you'd have to eat pounds of the stuff for it to have an effect.  You can make it fruit flavored :)  Ferrocyanide as in the patent is a bit toxic, in the required doses it probably won't kill you but might make you pretty sick esp if you have a weak liver.

MsCreant's picture

All the studies here are testing the level of vitamin C in something. In these the Iodide turns into Iodine, not what we want. I am not getting how this extrapolates to Betadine being turned into iodide via Viatmin C and the optional baking soda. Also, how do I know that even if it does turn Betadine into iodide, are there other harmful things in the mix we should not drink?

Rayden's picture

"In these the Iodide turns into Iodine" - read them more carefully, it's the other way around, ie exactly what we want.  Iodine is colored, iodide is clear, so you can *see* it is working.  Some of the titrations then back-titrate the other way for better sensitivity (with thiosulphate, etc) but that is not relevant in this case.  The reaction works as intended.

"are there other harmful things in the mix we should not drink?" - I don't know of any, but I certainly can't guarantee it.  Betadine  contains povidone (which is non-toxic even if ingested, used as an excipient in many tablets for example), iodine, iodide, and a detergent.  Dehydroascorbic acid, a byproduct of this reaction, is non-toxic, and readily converted in the body back into vitamin C.  I can't speak for what else might be in the vitamin C tablets and how it might react with iodine, that depends.  If this recipe is carried out with pure vitamin C, I would personally drink the product.  YMMV.  The question though isn't are there any harmful things - heck, iodide itself can be quite harmful - the question is are they more harmful than radioactive iodine in your thyroid :(

This is an emergency measure only, if there are official iodide tablets they would of course be preferable.  I just want there to be *some* option for people if things go very badly, and there is a sudden need for a few hundred million doses of iodide.

perchprism's picture

 

I think you can just paint a small place on your belly with tincture of iodine from your medicine cabinet.

MsCreant's picture

Thanks for your answer. I saw you left this post on at least one other blog. I have ordered the tablets from two places (the Saturday after all this started) but alas, one order cancelled (they were sending their stuff rightfully to Japan) and the other order is still waiting to be filled. I cut and pasted this to a set of files I have for things like this. I have betadine, always, but I think I will get some fresh tomorrow.

Thanks for the post. I thought getting KI was over the top in my preps so I didn't do it (too worried about being too tin hat, I should trust my gut). Now I have none and feel stupid. I live 200 miles from plants, ON A FAULT LINE. I don't need to be worried about Japan, I should have always been self suficient on this issue. If your post is accurate, I will be fine. Thanks again.

Guinny_Ire's picture

In my future I see a future grandchild asking "Grandpa, what were the Japanese?".

Count Laszlo's picture

It's gone full retard.

jkruffin's picture

In case some don't know what "recriticality" is:  Massive Explosion plain and simple.

TomJoad's picture

Incorrect. Even more massive contamination almost certainly. Small pockets of criticality could have been occurring in the damaged reactors all along. The recently detected "neutron beam" would be evidence of this given the likely meltdown scenario in reactors 1,2, and 3. There will likely be a large steam explosion if an uncontained fissioning critical mass should encounter a large amount of water, such as the water table. That would be (in technical terms even Trav can understand) "Bad."

A very interesting link in a post from the earlier IAEA thread:

 

by AlaricBalth 
on Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:33
#1117489

 

A similar scenario was studied a number of years ago by the Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate. 3 computer models were used in their analysis, and in each hypothetical model recriticality was predicted.

Severe Accident Recriticality Analyses

ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp5-euratom/docs/09-sara.pdf

"Recriticality is possible during reflooding with unborated water of a partly degraded
core"

 

 

 

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

remember the bit about neutron beams being detected?

I believe that's what happens when the fuel reaches criticality. Besides fission reactions, in a context of insufficient containment, I don't know of any other plausible explanation.

In other words, Nuclear Boy now has colorectal prolapse.

 

 

tkoski6600's picture

Thank you.  That's why I love this site.  Now, I know what rectal prolapse is.

reload's picture

The wind has so far been pretty favourable at blowing most of the radiation out to sea and away to the north. If the weather maps are right, there will be an area of slow moving high  pressure sitting right over Northern Japan thisweekend. Winds will tend to circulate around this, so the airflow will be down the coast towardsTokyo. They do not have any time at all to get this thing under controll, and they have to be completely open about what Isotopes are spewing out because they are going to be spewed back inland. If not this weekend, then sometime soon.