Crestone, Colorado (USA) – March 1, 2015 – DISCLAIMER & all that jazz.
FYI: I just updated my Nuclear Blog Posts Archive.
My marathons of data crunching and independent investigating gave rise to a major uptick in blog traffic, with over 15,000 visitors in the past 3 month (some 32,000 views), from all over the world. Wowza:
Especially in December (over 80% of the 3-month traffic from Poland, Ukraine and Russia happened in December, for instance), my reporting on the nuclear troubles in Zaporizhia, Ukraine drew in many thousands. A return to researching apparent fallout patterns, (disturbingly) tracing back to the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, and some reporting on other related topics, has been part of causing a couple ‘blips on the blogosphere radar’.
Some of the more worthwhile blog posts (imo) on the nuclear topic, from the past 3 months, include:
- Re. ZNPP: Evidence suggests there actually was a large release of radioactivity from the Zaporizhia / Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in the Eastern Ukraine, briefly at the end of November 2014, documented in numerous blog posts (see the archive’s Dec. 2014 – Jan 2015 section), and summerized @ Cover-up of Zaporizhye Nuclear Accident Near-Certain with many links to the more relevant blog posts, such as my mid-December 2014 post, !-> Was there a causal link between the Nov 28 2014 Accident at the Zaporizhye Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine and recent Radiation Spikes in Latvia and Romania?
- Some long-term records of pre- and post- Fukushima radiation monitoring data (with a data point in !-> The Netherlands, Sweden, Iceland and Germany graphed for many years), as well as the mid-January 2015 blog post, !-> Gaging Recent Radiation Spikes: How do the Recent Gamma Upticks Compare to those Observed after Chernobyl? and the Christmas 2014 post, !-> Radiation Spikes and Nuclear Reactor Refueling Operations… & Other Random Puzzle Pieces comprise some likely helpful study material for those doing independent monitoring.
- Other related useful pages might be Radiation Units & Conversions, Radiation Monitors – ALL, and my METEO page.
Investigations into various radiation upticks this winter rather often traced back to the still-leaking Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster site. !-> I updated my Japan Radiation Monitors page, which lists all tools to do this yourself.
Some recent investigation highlights:
- !–> Jan. 31, 2015: DATA of ‘Fallout Signatures’ on Radiation Monitors Suggest Fukushima Still Going Re-Critical Underground At Times. Airborne Fallout Continues To Come Down Across the Northern Hemisphere., which build upon:
- !-> Jan. 24, 2015: Did Germany just get a Massive Amount of Fukushima Fallout and “No One Noticed”? (A Eurdep-Nullschool investigation of the Nov. 16, 2014 radiation Upticks…); which arose from finding that most upticks had nothing to do with the ZNPP troubles, but arrived with the jet stream from much further away… ;
- Jan. 11, 2015: Latvian Nov. 28 Spikes Revisited: Nullschool Data Shows Perfect Correlation with ZNPP Wind Path!
- Jan. 10, 2015: Some EURDEP Public Map Observations (Jan. 9, 2015). And then some…
- !-> Re. the cracked Belgian reactors Electrabel would like to take some insane risks with: Nuclear experts have discovered that the issues with the cracked reactor vessel steel are far more serious than previously believed. There is the possibility of the very same issue affecting reactors worldwide. Of grave concern is the potential for reactor vessel rupturing unexpectedly during sudden temperature changes, such as during a (routine or emergency) shutdown.
- !-> Re the USS Reagan sailors who’re battling radioactive fallout exposure effects: Feb 15, 2015: Der Spiegel on US Navy Sailers Suffering in the Aftermath of Exposure to Fukushima Fallout, and their lawsuit against TEPCO. (Feb. 2015).
You could, of course, just click on Home, and scroll down. That way you can balance all that nuclear stuff with pretty pictures of Southern Colorado, etc.. ;-)
!!!–> More Nuclear Industry news and Fukushima updates might be available through some of the outlets listed on my Nuclear News Links page, such as:
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Quick radiation check – Had a quick look at stuff I used to spend way too much time with. Using Nullschool for wind data and NETC, US EPA Radnet, and Eurdep for radiation data, my quick checking gave me the impression that ‘the situation’ continues: F1 is leaking directly into the air and that’s showing up on radiation monitors here and there along the jet stream path. Since that is not always the case, it probably flares up off and on.
DIY: You have to zoom-in, check wind at different altitudes, and various radiation monitors. If you want to get more precision, then incorporating the location-specific (jet stream and lower) wind speeds and precipitation as well could help. Composite image of some of the checked:
My first impression is the jet stream patterns, of the air mass after it passed over Fukushima, still corresponds quite well with the observed radiation upticks over the North-American Pacific Northwest, as well as the US Southwest, as well as over parts of Europe, and parts of Japan. (Note that some upticks may be caused by radioactive contamination in the jet stream after more than one rotation around the Northern Hemisphere, likely adding some ‘noise’ to the already erratic dispersion patterns.) To document the details without special software made for that sort of thing is very time-consuming. I’m taking a break from that.
- For short distances, this one could be handy for those up to the task: Recently added to my Radiation Monitors – Japan page: the Swiss Meteo’s Fukushima fallout dispersion forecast tool (3 days ahead max):
Checking on this snowy Sunday afternoon from a lovely tea/coffee house the Colorado Rockies shows me that the upticks seen on the NETC network are likely to come down by 14:00 JST (Japan time) at the latest tomorrow, and would return (to Chiba and perhaps Tokyo) by 16:00 JST on Tuesday. I won’t be monitoring all this closely. I’m just passing along the tools for others to document it, if you were to feel so inspired. If you take the time to share it in blog posts, please comment with a link. Thanks.
Hope this is somehow helpful. – PEACE.
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