Radiation Levels Rapidly Rising In Ibaraki Prefecture Near Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Update: Mike Rivero of WhatReallyHappened.com has noted the large increase and also speculated that it may actually be from another power plant.
Coincidentally, Kyodo News reported on the 13th of March that a cooling system has broken at Tokai No. 2 Power Station in the Ibaraki Prefecture. At this point we do not know if the rising levels are directly connected but obviously it is a possibility and something to continue to follow.
This power plant has had previous critical problems. – Via WhatReallyHappened.com
The Intel Hub
By Shepard Ambellas & Alex Thomas
March 20th, 2011
In the midst of a horrific earthquake and tsunami, Japan is on the edge as the world awaits word on the status of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
In the immediate days after the disaster, the corporate media covered the situation 24/7, experts appeared on mainstream networks with warnings about radiation danger and possible exposure in highly populated areas such as Tokyo.
Then, almost on que, the United Nations imposed a no fly zone over Libya and coverage of the Japanese nuclear disaster went from information overload to almost nothing.
This was noted by several in the media including Mike Adams of Natural News. It was also noted that the censorship/inaccurate reporting started shortly after Obama announced that Americans need not prepare.
“Almost as if on cue, the mainstream media today halted nearly all accurate reporting of the worsening situation in Japan, writing off the whole thing as a “non issue.” This all happened in a seeming coordinate effort following President Obama’s speech on Wednesday that urged Americans to NOT prepare for anything. The American people, Obama insisted, should simply watch television to stay informed,” wrote Mike Adams.
While some networks have continued their “live” blog, the mainstream cable news stations have switched to full scale coverage of our third undeclared war.
It was noted early on that the radiation readings around the Fukushima nuclear power plant were under survey, a fact that remains today. Not being able to tell the exact readings in the area has caused, whether necessary or not, widespread panic.
The Ibaraki Prefecture seems to be the closest area that has actual readings and in the last few hours they have risen significantly according to TargetMap.com. On March 20th at 17:40 JST levels were 639nGy/h and by March 21st(Japan time) at 5:50 JST the levels had risen to 2040.
Again these readings are coming from Target Map, a website that seems to have access to data from multiple monitoring stations. Another radiation monitoring website run by the Disaster Prevention and Nuclear Safety Network for Nuclear Environment has the levels in the Ibaraki Prefecture at 1315 nGy/h. Why the levels differ remains to be seen.
“While in the grand scheme of things this is still not a material threshold reading, it does confirm that the NPP continues to leak a dangerous amount of radiation, and the only key variable is the wind direction. Should winds continue to blow from the sea, it is only a matter of time before more and more Tokyo residents ask themselves if it is worth finding out if the government is lying about this latest data figure,” wrote Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge.
What do these readings mean for the Fukushima area and Japan as a whole?