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Typhoon Lionrock brought torrential rainfall to parts of Japan. It followed on the heels of two other storms. While it appears that the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station didn’t get much direct rain, the rain which fell still had serious repercussions. Furthermore, the impact upon the Fukushima Daiichi area of the high amounts of rain which fell on the higher ground to the west remains unknown. Other nuclear reactor sites were badly hit, including one under construction at Oma. Meanwhile, Typhoon Namtheum is headed toward the operating Sendai Nuclear Power Station in the southwest, and earthquakes of around M 5.0 strike nearby, and multiple smaller earthquakes (around M 4.0, 4.5 strike the east coast.)
7 Day Rainfall Japan. The Orange Skulls are Nuclear Power Stations. This is a “tell it like it is” blog.
Recall that this is Japan, where people even think of putting drains in the bathroom floor to catch water from shower curtains. This is Japan, where three people work hard to repair a broken escalator, whereas in North America and Europe they would put a sign that says it’s broken. Or, perhaps that is urban Japan vs small town and rural Japan.
According to Reuters (31 Aug. 2016): “It was also not clear why people there had not been taken to safety before the storm struck.” While the evacuation “advisory” appears to have been a Hurricane-Katrina-style save your own skin, life-boat ethics, “advisory”, which left the vulnerable and others without transport, or places to stay, to die, the Japan Times (1 Sept. 2016) offered a slightly more complex explanation: “Bad communication among government agencies has been partly blamed for delays in evacuations.” Even though the river levels had risen dramatically, this was not communicated due to “fear of causing confusion to the town office.”…“! What did this mean? That they didn’t want to upset people? It was impossible to evacuate, or they lacked the means, so they decided to say nothing? What does this mean? Because it was mostly elderly people they just decided to let them die? What happened to respect for elders? Some articles said that they had dementia, but this could have made them more frightened, not less. Is this related to the incident near Tokyo? “Japan knife attack: 19 killed at care centre in Sagamihara” 26 July 2016 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36890655 Nazi-style euthenasia?
Meanwhile, another Tropical Storm, Namtheum, is barreling toward Sendai Nuclear Power Station and earthquakes of around M5.0 just struck the area. Other smaller earthquakes struck offshore from Fukushima Daiichi (See orange and yellow dots. The larger two are the yellow dots above Sendai Nuclear Power Station, under the typhoon icon.)
As discussed in an earlier post, and reported by Greenpeace’s Shaun Bernie, the now former governor’s reopening of the Sendai Nuclear reactors ignored “the fact that city officials in Satsumasendai and Izumi City (30km from the Sendai reactors), and officials of Minamata city in Kumamoto Prefecture, have confirmed to citizens groups that many of their nuclear emergency shelters are vulnerable to the impacts of tsunamis, storm surges, and landslides. As a result, they are required under the law to find safe alternatives. They have so far failed to do so. The emergency plans for these communities and hundreds of thousands of inhabitants are currently in violation of the Disaster Countermeasures Basic Law./ Reassurances of safety from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) are increasingly exposed as nothing more than the empty words of the same complacent and discredited approach to nuclear power regulation that led to the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe.” http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/japanese-governor-ito-ignores-lessons-of-fuku/blog/51281/ See more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/japanese-governor-ito-approves-nuclear-restart-at-sendai-ignores-volcano-risk-lack-of-evacuation-plans-fukushima-lessons/ and here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/08/27/japan-governor-asks-for-halt-of-sendai-nuclear-reactors/
“Nine people killed in flooded Japanese old people’s home
Posted:Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:48:53 -0400
TOKYO (Reuters) – Nine people were killed when floods inundated an old people’s home in Japan, police said on Wednesday, taking the death toll from a typhoon battering northern parts of the country to at least 11.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/E6h0Jbc2x7o/us-asia-storm-japan-idUSKCN1160HN
Yesterday, Sept. 1st, the Japan Times reported that two days after Typhoon Lionrock struck, around 1,100 people were still stranded in eight municipalities in Iwate Prefecture. In Iwaizumi 17, mostly elderly people, were missing and 10 were killed by flooding. This included nine nursing home residents.”Bad communication among government agencies has been partly blamed for delays in evacuations./ For example, Iwaizumi issued an evacuation advisory in districts north of the town office at 2 p.m. Tuesday, but the advisory was not shared with the Iwate Prefectural Government,…” Although the Omoto River, which runs through town was being monitored, and even though it was learned that river “levels had drastically risen starting around Tuesday evening,…“, this was not communicated due to “fear of causing confusion to the town office.”…” As of Thursday, there were still evacuation advisories for almost 16,000 households in Iwaizumi and Kuji due to high risk of landslides. Many still lacked water and electricity. They did airlift out some 30 people needing dialysis. Read the article here: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/09/01/national/miscommunicated-iwate-evacuation-info-partly-blame-typhoon-triggered-flood-deaths/
US Presidential candiate, Stephen B. Comley, Sr. became outraged that the US NRC wanted the helpless in his nursing home to be left behind in the event of a nuclear accident. He’s been fighting the nuclear industry and its governmental lackeys ever since. Check out the poster on his web site. http://www.stephencomleysr.com/new-blog/ If you are an American voter looking for an alternate candidate – and you probably should be – he’s your guy. Read more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/usnrc-value-of-life-and-evacuation-policies-discriminate-against-older-people-and-the-disabled-crimes-against-humanity-in-the-making-comment-deadline-tonight-3-november-11-59-pm-et-ny-dc/
After Hurricane Katrina, “On September 11, 45 bodies were recovered from Memorial Medical Center, New Orleans, about five of whom had died before the disaster (originally thought to be eleven). Out of an estimated 215 bodies found in nursing homes and hospitals in New Orleans, Memorial had the largest number…” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Medical_Center_and_Hurricane_Katrina When Memorial was Southern Baptist Hospital, it was an excellent non-profit hospital. It was “acquired by Tenet Healthcare, and the old Baptist Hospital was renamed Memorial Medical Center in 1996. Tenet Healthcare Corporation is a multinational investor-owned healthcare services company based in Dallas, Texas.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenet_Healthcare https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina
“BILL QUIGLEY: You’re talking about tens of thousands of people who are left behind, and those are the sickest, the oldest, poorest, the youngest, the people with disabilities and the like. And the plan was that everybody should leave. Well, you can’t leave if you’re in a hospital. You can’t leave if you’re a nurse. You can’t leave if you’re a patient. You can’t leave if you’re in a nursing home. You can’t leave if you don’t have a car.” From an Aug. 27th 2015 interview: http://www.democracynow.org/2015/8/27/remembering_hurricane_katrina_10_years_later You also have to have someplace to evacuate too.
Typhoon Lionrock’s Fukushima Impacts: Full Impact on the Fukushima Daiichi Area Remains Unknown.
Even though much less rain fell than predicted, it reportedly still had a serious impact on the Fukushima area. Bags filled with radioactive soil sit in floodwater in Iitate, Fukushima, as seen in pictures here: https://nuclear-news.net/2016/09/01/after-typhoon-lionrock-landed-in-fukushima And, the water appears to have caused the ice wall to partially melt at Fukushima, allowing “highly radioactive water to leak from around the damaged reactor buildings“, the Asahi Shimbun cites TEPCO as saying: https://nuclear-news.net/2016/09/02/typhoons-cause-ice-wall-to-melt-at-fukushima-nuclear-plant/
Furthermore, the impacts of the heavy rain at apparently higher elevations to the west upon the Fukushima Daiichi area remain unknown. A good map of the rivers, water tables, etc. is needed to start estimating how much water will flow down gradient. The Times Atlas of the World is very good, but ours has gone missing.
Oma Nuclear Power Station location exported from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%8Cma_Nuclear_Power_Plant