Radiation In Ibaraki Rises To 300 Times Normal As Fukushima Evacuated, DOCOMO To Limit Up To 80% Of Voice Calls In Chiba, Ibaraki, 50% In Tokyo

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A choppy futures session has seen some modest profit-taking in line with Nikkei trading, following news that all TEPKO personnel around Fukushima are to be evacuated due to abnormally high radiation levels. Keep an eye on the Japanese market for an indication of where we open tomorrow.A somewhat bigger problem is that according to Bloomberg, which has now caught up to our radiation reporting by prefecture, the radiation in Ibaraki has reached 15,800 nanosieverts/hour at 11:40 am, which is 300 times normal. The spin: this is one third the amount of radiation in a chest X-ray. What is not mentioned is that an X-ray is exposure measured in one instant, whereas in this case the irradiation goes on for hour, after hour, after hour. And some other unpleasant news: NTT DOCOMO has announced it will limit up to 80% of voice calls in neighboring Chiba and Ibaraki prefectures, and up to 50% in Tokyo. Whether this is to conserves some mystical telephonic energy or to prevent the spread of panic is unclear. As this latest news is digested watch for the drift.

This is how futures looked like at last check:

And here is a handy summary of the Japanese crisis so far from Reuters:



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fuu's picture

NTT DOCOMO has announced it will limit up to 80% of voice calls in neighboring Chiba and Ibaraki prefectures, and up to 50% in Tokyo.


Getting stranger by the hour.

Dr. Porkchop's picture

I guess they haven't heard of Twitter.

Broken_Trades's picture

Watching a live feed on another forum from someone in Tokyo...  They have interweb and skype if phone fails.


Also - TD:  Watched the accompanying video and the reporter says that the withdraw of personnel was only termporary due to a surge in radiation levels, and that they are now back continuing work.


Michael's picture

Fun x-ray facts;

 S Time
The third control of the x-ray tube which is used for medical imaging is the exposure timer. This is usually denoted as an "S" (exposure time in seconds) and is combined with the mA control. The combined function is usually referred to as mAs or milliampere seconds so, if you wanted to give an exposure using 10 milliampere seconds you could use a 10 mA current with a 1.0 second exposure or a 20 mA current for a 0.5 second exposure or any combination of the two which would result in the number 10. Both of these factors and their combination affect the film in a linear way. That is, if you want to double film blackness you could just double the mAs.


If you had 1 chest X-ray for every second of the day;



86,400 / 3 = 28,800 chest x-rays per day.

Not good.


Michael's picture
Japan Just Wasted $78 Billion On 'Fruitless' Projects To Solve Global Warming

"Japan spent an impressive $78 billion on global warming research in the past six years. However, none of 214 projects produced effective results, according to an official report featured in Japan Times.

This "fruitless" spending is under scrutiny as the government suffers under a heavy debt burden.

Here's an example of a failed project:

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry spent about ¥1.6 billion on a project to produce livestock feedstuff from unsold boxed lunches from convenience stores. The project was abandoned after its management firm collapsed, the report says."


uhb's picture

+1 Michael.

At the reactor, we have up to 1 Sievert per hour...

velobabe's picture

milliampere seconds so, how in the heck do they come up with these types of measurements? i have had more then enough X -rays through out my life. damn, just to validate broken bones. technology kinda sucks. in the old days you would just die. now they want you to suffer heating up, before you die.

Freewheelin Franklin's picture

 MilliAmpere sec (mAs) is a measurement of "charge" associated with the electrical charge of an electron and is measured in coulombs (C). 1 coulomb is equal to the electrical charge of 6.24 x 10 to the 18th power electrons. It has nothing to do with E-M radiation. It is just the power supply that powers the lamp which produces X-rays. A method known as "crystal diffraction" separates the X-rays from the other E-M frequencies produced by the lamp. IIRC.

Gmpx's picture

Radiation may kill mobile and ratio equipment. This may just happen itself.

Ahmeexnal's picture

No-Fly zone over the reactor???

Colonel Muammar has been cornered in the Fukushima complex?

Hedge Jobs's picture


This is going from bad to worse. containment vessel may have been breached by the sounds of things:

"The containment vessel of the quake-hit No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant may have been damaged, Japan's top government spokesman said Wednesday, indicating that radioactive steam may be spreading outside."


reader2010's picture

Forget it. 

U.S. military blocks websites to help Japan recovery efforts


Selah's picture


Youtube works fine:


Konichiwa Bitches!


(too soon?)

infiniti's picture



and ES is flat.


they can block your interwebz, they can print your 401k statement.



CD's picture

The block is for the .mil domain, e.g. for US servicemembers, not (yet) the wider population.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Well, I hope the SEC gets their HD porn surfing privileges revoked, because that shit eats a ton of bandwidth.

reader2010's picture

do you really drink their Kool-aid? do you really think US military has to rely on some fucking Japanese routers?

Michael's picture

If I had a dime for every irrational excuse our government comes up with to justify their actions...

WTFisThat's picture

wow dudes thats some serious shit going around... keep the modems around if you have a analog line, nothing changed from the good old USSR days

pamriallc's picture



Apparently 300X normal isn't fatal, but also thankfully, radiation does dissipate rather quickly.  An 8000 NIKKEI is bargain basement shopping for someone who keeps their money in JPY

Shawn A. Mesaros, Pamria, LLC

TruthInSunshine's picture


I always value your input, and know you're legitimate, but given the scale here (potential reward vs potential risk) of the nuclear effect, I think that's gambling junky advice.

Just my .02

traderjoe's picture

Wow. Really? Pitching your investment firm/advice on ZH?

chumbawamba's picture

It's even cheaper for those who keep their morals in the toilet.

I am Chumbawamba.

CPL's picture

Here is +1000 internets for you

IQ 145's picture

 "mystical telephonic energy"--love it. That must be it. If you conserve the mystical telephonic energy, then your atomic swimming pool won't let the magic smoke out. It's a Shinto, thing, I suppose.

Jaw Knee Cash's picture

stranger indeed. I cannot get the image of Godzilla out of my mind. He emerges from the sea and causes horrific destruction. This image is keeping me from sleep. Time for a vodka.

Zina's picture

In my case, because I'm Brazilian, I can't get the images of Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion (known in Brazil as "Jaspion") out of my mind.

In fact, I can't stop remembering the Mega Beasts from the Jaspion show.

Man, I was a kid here in Brazil, when watching Jaspion, and I was always very impressed by the Mega Beasts destroying Tokyo everyday!

Korg's picture

No.1 melted down 3 1/2 days ago
No.3 melted down about a day later
No.2 melted down (and even Tepco admitted this one) the next day
No.4 may have melted down yesterday but if not yesterday its melting down today.

Cursory glances at videos will confirm this timeline 

Anyway stop worrying about a few pissant little subcritical meltdowns that are still largely contained by remnant reactor structure WHEN THERE ARE NOW raging spent fuel fires burning dozens of times the amount of radioactive fuel that is present in the reactors - in the open air!

brxn's picture

It's not sounding good. 

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

GE built these nuclear reactors about the same time they built this...

Any questions??


Misean's picture

" Whether this is to conserves some mystical telephonic energy or to prevent the spread of panic is unclear."

More likely bandwidth.

Hacksaw's picture

How in the hell is getting on the internet going to help them solve this? What are they going to do search Bing for the answer? Bwahahah

SparkyvonBellagio's picture

They probably stated the radiation is no more than a cell phones.

Then they realize what they just let out of the bag. LOL

TruthInSunshine's picture

It just keeps getting worse.

The wheels are coming off.

It's not pessimistic to point to this fact at this point. It's realism.

This has been managed so poorly that it's a literal crime (please don't retort with cries of Monday Morning QBing, because the proof will support the criminal recklessness), and a big part of that crime is the Japanese Government's apparent perceived shame in asking for help sooner, and Tokyo Electric & Power's gross, flaming incompetence.

CitizenPete's picture

It's not pessimistic to point to this fact at this point. It's realism.


it is damn near surrealism  

Oh regional Indian's picture

I think super-hyper-realism might be morer fittinger, ne?


chumbawamba's picture

I remember everyone saying the same thing about the Gulf of Mexico oil volcano.

I remember the same palpable fear.

I remember the same loathing that things would spiral out of control.

I'd say these are equivalent catastrophes, though this one still ensuing, it may still yet surpass the GoM incident in gravity.

Yes, this is a horrific tragedy, still unfolding.  But this, too, shall pass.

Keep you wits about you.  Panicking does no one any good, least of all yourself.

All we can do is wait and see.

I am Chumbawamba.

Michael's picture

Don't forget Egypt and market yet to open back up 





USA's financial problems

I could go on.



Michael's picture

The plates under the US have been stress relieved from already shifted plates in the Pacific. I can see the New Madrid and California faults giving in the near future. Solar, lunar, and geomagnetic processes are more to blame.

I noticed the Sun pulsating in very strange patterns in the past 6 months. Solar wind jumps high then low. Sunspots jump higher then lower over short periods of time. Blasts of coronal mass ejection here and there. That sort of thing.


TheGoat's picture

Its called the start of Solar Cycle 24.


-.. -..-  -.. . ...- -.- 

velobabe's picture

you guys are hyper sensitive. or doomers and gloomers. so what if the earth underneath the US of stupidness, is shaking. we shake. just yesterday afternoon, while basking in the late afternoon warmth, i tried to be still. you can't be still when you are alive. cause you are alive and circulating life. michael, i don't notice these sun palpitations you speak of. it is just always changing. nothing stays the same. you two are alarmists.

trav7777's picture

since you like to snipe from the peanut gallery, what would YOU have done differently?  Be specific...

Mark McGoldrick's picture

Everyone is over-thinking this. 

You simply need to remove the energy source, which means they just need to hit the "off" button, or pull the electrical cord, or something. To use an everyday example, vacuum sweepers don't power up on their own - Duh!      

Worst case scenario - and I mean worst - you simply build an asbestos moat and/or fire wall around the reactor. This will prevent the fire from spreading. 

The best solutions are always the simple ones.  

Disclaimer:  I'm not a nuclear physicist (unlike nearly everyone on this forum), but I do have a Ph.D in one particular subject....common sense. 


New World Chaos's picture

Can't pull the plug on this thing because the energy source isn't fission, it's radioactive decay of fission products produced before the tsunami (plus a bit of good old-fashioned fire).  As for the asbestos moat, I doubt even the Japanese would volunteer to build it while this thing is still hot.

ThreeTrees's picture

Christ.  The fuel rods still generate heat from radioactive decay.  Enough to set them on fire if they are exposed to air and enough to melt them completely if they can't keep them cool.  "Hit the fucking off switch."  Yeah, bet they wish that's how it worked.