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Visual Real-Time Summary Of Japanese Radiation Levels, Wind Patterns And Tokyo Blackouts

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We present a handy real-time visual summary of radiation levels by Japanese prefecture. The levels in Fukushima and Sendai continue to be NA or "under survey" as the politically correct term is. We also show critical wind patterns as well as real time Tokyo power blackouts.

And for our Tokyo readers, a map of real-time map of Tokyo power blackouts.

Lastly, as presented yesterday, two real time maps of wind formations in Japan.



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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:20 | 1060157 prophet
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Fireboats can pump tens of thousands of gallons of water per minute over distances up to ~100 feet, and up to 400 feet into the air.  Fire Boat #2 of the Los Angeles Fire Department can pump up to 38,000 gallons per minute (2.4 cubic meters per second).


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:22 | 1060173 the not so migh...
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They would have done that already if they could.  Probably the boat would start melting at 1000 feet away.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:48 | 1060290 DrStrangelove
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the boat melts 1000ft away but there are people working inside

makes sense

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:40 | 1060472 the not so migh...
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people are still inside?  are you sure?  I dont see any in the pictures, but i get thats only outside, it is safer inside.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:54 | 1060530 Dr. No
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Probably cuz the camera melts right out of the photographers hands.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:07 | 1060601 tmosley
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Uhh, no there aren't.  They evacuated all of the "heroes" yesterday.  Shit's burning with little or no remedy.

Damn, I always wanted to go to Japan.  It looks like I may have missed my chance.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 12:00 | 1060985 dark pools of soros
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go to Japan??   you can now buy it!!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 12:19 | 1061161 ShatteredArm
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No they didn't.  They temporarily relocated them.  The "evacuation" idea came from a mistranslation (which was subsequently blown out of proportion by the international media).  Al Jazeera was pretty clear on that.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:39 | 1060182 AN0NYM0US
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here is the primary data source for the above

also a realtime map and chart

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:20 | 1060159 FOC 1183
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"under survey" is copyright protected by the BLS

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:23 | 1060192 Josh Randall
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+1 - LOL; lets send ADP there to get some analysis from true boots on the ground.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:19 | 1060163 Dr. No
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Gives new meaning to the word "heat map"

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:20 | 1060169 johnQpublic
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transparency is when you can see thru the veil of the official lie...

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:28 | 1060214 carbonmutant
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Interesting map.

Radiation levels in Chiba should be higher than Tokyo... Is it under survey too?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:29 | 1060220 prophet
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No h/t to the poster who yesterday put up a link to this site is curious.  If you pride yourself on being right and being ahead of others then the people that follow you might also feel the same way.  You might consider acknowledging them as a source of secondary pride as well.  After all, without them your voice fades. 


Note to techies: post up process includes a check on links to see if url has been posted already and returns h/t section at bottom of new post. 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:53 | 1060924 JW n FL
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any link I post may be freely reposted with no nod to me given.. my ego is in no way that big.. its the fucking internet.. its a chatroom.. albeit a far advanced chat room but still a chat room..


I do try to give credit when reposting info, but now.. becuase of this silly shit.. fuck it.. post it becuase you want to share it, not a pat on the back.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:33 | 1060228 Gully Foyle
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Ok, so when and how much radiation hits the West coast?

And what the fuck happened to the BOA dump by Anonymous? I have not seen anything on that recently. I haven't seen anything on the Middle East either.

If it were not a so called act of God I would swear Japan is a created distraction.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:38 | 1060246 Zon
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well i guess the BOA files weren't exactly earth shattering...however it is kind of curious it has not even gotten that much attention on zerohedge..

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:50 | 1060293 umop episdn
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Tyler can't do everything, even tho he makes a good try at it. For radiation plumes from over the ocean, I like Dr. Jeff Masters (sorry Blythe, no relation). Today's post has some good info on this, even tho the main topic is radiation in the rain over Japan.

And, as for the hackerz...screw them. Put up or shut up time has come and gone. I suspect real whistleblowers dump the data and run. If you want data, try this article from my fav website:

There is at least a hundred pages that name names. DL the scribd stuff and go nuts...I know I did.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:36 | 1060239 Wakanda
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George Ure links HARP activity to Japan earthquake:

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:40 | 1060249 krugergate
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Ben Fulford also says HAARP had some part in Japan and NZ...

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:41 | 1060255 Wakanda
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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:04 | 1060346 Bad Asset
Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:21 | 1060406 Wakanda
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Fulford links University of Tokyo’s HAARP, George links the Alaska HAARP.

George's data set correlation seems tighter.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 12:12 | 1061063 Treason Season
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Anyone wanting to descend further into the wormhole can start here.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:40 | 1060250 SilverBaron
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The pink areas are where they are still trying to figure out the seasonal adjustment.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:45 | 1060277 Eric Cartman
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Anyone know what the worst case scenario is when this toxic disaster reaches the west coast?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:00 | 1060332 Math Man
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It's not reaching the West Coast, because it is not as bad as the doomers here on ZH speculate...

Here's a recent update:

and below a summar of what happened.


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:26 | 1060729 patience...
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I keep telling you MM, it's not over yet.  Your links are nothing new. 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 12:01 | 1060983 JW n FL
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he is here to quell the flow of information..

he has no other purpose than to try to put fires out..

make big things small.. control the idiots around him..

in the real world it works (on the stupid people) becuase people would rather here good news than bad.. here he gets no luv for his bullshit..

but "The Power of Positive Speaking / Acting / Projecting"

Fuck him and his lies he should be hung on the white house lawn for treasonous lies against "We the People".

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:57 | 1060957 jomama
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the sad thing about your trolling, is that you're actually serious.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:46 | 1060282 dick cheneys ghost
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when you get time, view this animated 14 sec clip of the tsunami.....pretty cool


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 12:01 | 1060999 JW n FL
Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:48 | 1060287 TheTradingPig
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Yesterday's post of radiation levels in Ibaraki Prefecture probably first to break news.  Japanese media at least 3-4 hours behind and source of pretty nice Nikkei futures short idea.  Hats off Zerohedge!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:00 | 1060327 6 String
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The Russell 2000 can stomp out the radiation....I am 100% sure of this. Nothing can stop the 2000 rocket machine. It can do anything, including putting out all fires and reactors....


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:02 | 1060334 TWORIVER
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Algerian police use tear gas to disperse crowd of about 60 protestors throwing stones and petrol bombs in capital, according to Reuters  
Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:02 | 1060337 Oh regional Indian
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Wow, prevailing winds put all that muck right into the pacific.

So, any idea what the currents are doing and hwo, whiel everyone is busy watching the wind, it's the water where the real danger lies?

Ocean currents are far more predictable. Anyone doing radiation checks? i read an article where it said the crazy sardine death wash-up in California (San Diego?) a couple of days all had highly elevated levels of radiation.

Vectors, vectors, everywhere.



Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:06 | 1060354 johnQpublic
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i read that the fish were contaminated from a neurotoxin caused by eating on a toxic algae bloom, and/or from low oxygen levels driving them into the harbor

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:26 | 1060422 Dr. No
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It will get swept into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Radioactive chunks of plastic water bottles for eternity.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:03 | 1060341 sudzee
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They're only little people. What do we care.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:04 | 1060342 papaswamp
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Now that things in Japan look out of control and the ME is busy crushing those pesky peasants...the Prez can head to Rio!!!!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:06 | 1060350 trav7777
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pretty low levels everywhere except Ibaraki...would like to see Miyagi and Fukushima

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:39 | 1060468 Jackfish
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I would like to know as well. 

Some of the measuring equipment was damaged by the EQ and the tsunami.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:24 | 1060724 Confucious 222
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And the wind direction is now taking those pesky rads and roentgens out to sea. See?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:08 | 1060357 6 String
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The Russell 2000 can stomp out the radiation....I am 100% sure of this. Nothing can stop the 2000 rocket machine. It can do anything, including putting out all fires and reactors....


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:27 | 1060429 BurningFuld
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The company line on this dissaster is that a whole series of things had to happen for things to get so out of control. That is an absolute total fucking lie. Only one single thing needed to happen. One single thing that this entire gigantic plant depends on for its survival...electrical power. No fucking plant. There is no backup to the loss of electrical power. I am assuming they still do not have electrical power to run the pumps that circulate water through those cooling towers. Which is why things continue to heat up!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:40 | 1060840 kaiserhoff
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Good point BF, and miserable design all around.  A few back-up steam powered pumps would give plenty of options, but it all has to work or nothing works.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 12:01 | 1060982 glenlloyd
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Actually, they had backup power, but they did a poor job of sequestering and protecting their fuel supplies, which apparently were out in the open somewhere and got washed away. The diesel backup generators worked but they didn't have enough fuel.

Granted this is hindsite but why wouldn't you have a contingency for backup fuel?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 12:26 | 1061207 ShatteredArm
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Do you people read anymore?  They did have backup power.  Things were shutting down as expected when the earthquake hit, and the backup power was operating the cooling system... Until the tsunami came and wiped out said backup power.

Inadequately protected backup power?  Sure.  But it's not like they didn't even consider having backup power, as you seem to be suggesting.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 13:14 | 1061567 SilverBaron
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I guarantee you they could have power there within hours.  There are generators that run on deisel and roll on trailers.  If the roads are blocked they could be helicopter lifted in.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 13:27 | 1061623 Haywood Jablowme
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My desktop PC at home probably has more layers of backup power then that fucking nuclear power plant.

zakennayo biznichu!


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:30 | 1060438 mendigo
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i hope the executives of tepco are given a front row seat from which to manage this situation - we missed our chance for a learning experience in our melt-down hope they will not

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:39 | 1060473 The Butchers Dog
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I remember hearing years back that when China was testing Nukes the radaition reached the US and ended up in the Milk (from the grasslands the cows ate).  So, I guess if the levels are low enough it won't  be an issue but I don't blame anyone in Hawaii from knocking down a few Potassium Iodide tabs (ironic how the first people getting prepared are viewed as over-reacting lunatics).  I think that is where the phrase better safe than sorry came from ....(some paranoid lunatic made that up).  : )

Also, here is a link on the Jet Stream -  essentially, the air (radiated or not) will reach the US coast in about 6 days.


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 13:27 | 1061622 SilverBaron
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That means starting around this Friday. Get your geiger counters ready.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:40 | 1060476 bingaling
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The Fukushima reactor building that exploded March 12 is one of a series of identical General Electric reactors constructed in Japan and the US. In this reactor design, the used nuclear fuel rods are stored in pools of water at the top of the reactor building. These "spent" rods are still highly radioactive: the radioactivity is so great the rods must be stored in water so they do not combust. The explosion at Fukushima Daiichi reactor unit 1 apparently destroyed at least one wall and the roof of the building: some reports stated the roof had collapsed into the building.

Two days later, the nearby building containing the plutonium-uranium (MOX) fueled Fuksuhima Daichii reactor unit 3 exploded. So why bother about the rubble of reactor No 1? The WaPo quotes a nuclear engineer who knows the answer:

Although Tokyo Electric said it also continued to deal with cooling system failures and high pressures at half a dozen of its 10 reactors in the two Fukushima complexes, fears mounted about the threat posed by the pools of water where years of spent fuel rods are stored.

At the 40-year-old Fukushima Daiichi unit 1, where an explosion Saturday destroyed a building housing the reactor, the spent fuel pool, in accordance with General Electric's design, is placed above the reactor. Tokyo Electric said it was trying to figure out how to maintain water levels in the pools, indicating that the normal safety systems there had failed, too. Failure to keep adequate water levels in a pool would lead to a catastrophic fire, said nuclear experts, some of whom think that unit 1's pool may now be outside.

"That would be like Chernobyl on steroids," said Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer at Fairewinds Associates and a member of the public oversight panel for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, which is identical to the Fukushima Daiichi unit 1.

People familiar with the plant said there are seven spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daiichi, many of them densely packed.

Gundersen said the unit 1 pool could have as much as 20 years of spent fuel rods, which are still radioactive.

We'd be lucky if we only had to worry about the spent fuel rods from a single holding pool. We're not that lucky. The Fukushima Daiichi plant has seven pools for spent fuel rods. Six of these are (or were) located at the top of six reactor buildings. One "common pool" is at ground level in a separate building. Each "reactor top" pool holds 3450 fuel rod assemblies. The common pool holds 6291 fuel rod assemblies. [The common pool has windows on one wall which were almost certainly destroyed by the tsunami.] Each assembly holds sixty-three fuel rods. This means the Fukushima Daiichi plant may contain over 600,000 spent fuel rods.

The fuel rods must be kept submerged in water. Why? Outside of the water bath, the radioactivity in the used rods can cause them to become so hot they begin to catch fire. These fires can burn so hot the radioactive rod contents are carried into the atmosphere as vaporized material or as very small particles. Reactor no 3 burns MOX fuel that contains a mix of plutonium and uranium. Plutonium generates more heat than uranium, which means these rods have the greatest risk of burning. That's bad news, because plutonium scattered into the atmosphere is even more dangerous that the combustion products of rods without plutonium.


True or false ?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:46 | 1060493 bugs_
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I say "thanks zh!" every day but THANKS ZH!!!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:02 | 1060497 uhb
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How to translate the CPM reading of a geiger counter into Sievert/Gray:
cpm 10-30: safe, 1-3milliSv/Yr, 1 milliSv/Yr is german limit for radiation from non-natural sources
cpm 100: 9milliSv/yr, believed to be cancerous in children if long-time exposed (1yr or more)
cpm1000: You receive 88milliSv/year, believed to be cancerous if long-time exposed
cpm10.000: You receive 880milliSv/year, cancerous if long-time exposed
cpm100.000: cancerous if exposed to for approx 100hrs cpm1.000.000: cancerous if exposed to for approx 10hrs Higher: Deadly

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 10:56 | 1060536 Bruce Krasting
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Wind blowing ESE huh? Can you say Hawaii?

If it goes south you have a big ocean, but in that ocean is Indonesia and the Philippines.

If blows SSW The whole country becomes at risk. Tokyo is too close for comfort.

If it blows west it also kills Japan. And then there is China.

What a fucking mess.


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 12:31 | 1061253 ShatteredArm
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Hawaii is perfectly safe.  The radioactive materials they have been venting decay fast enough so that they wouldn't be dangerous by the time they reach Hawaii.  That's why the levels of radioactivity drop drastically as you get farther from the plant.

Now if the core containment vessel starts spewing... All bets are off.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:05 | 1060574 SilverRhino
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Outstanding work everyone.   I am summarizing some of this information and presenting to co-workers.   You should see some of the reactions people are going through.   Mostly it's a WTF moment as they realize just how far this has been pushed off the page.


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:07 | 1060602 uhb
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I can't believe they store the spent fuel rods on top of the reactors....

How could any engineer with a sane mind design that???

Fail-safe design? Hello???


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:25 | 1060722 Sweet Chicken
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While that is an obvious flaw I'd say the fact that they are not safely contained is even more troublesome.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:25 | 1060725 Sweet Chicken
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double post. Sorry that keeps happening.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:56 | 1060940 Wizened Variations
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Unlike cable and broadcast US television, NHK certainly does not assume the watchers are stupid.   The US level of coverage is at about a 4th to 6th grade level- of course, that is typical of US TV (and radio).  Our talking heads (and their writers) lecture down to us, whereas, at least NHK on it's TV coverage, shares information like one might experience at a coffee shop from experts 'off the record' in the US.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 11:57 | 1060964 voice of doom
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Short the human race?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 13:29 | 1061634 SilverBaron
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Long cockroaches.

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