You are in Mothership 12 coverage of the Japan Nuclear Disaster. Please Rec this diary, and this diary, only.  Unrec previous diaries in the series.    In general, try to use the ROV's (Remote Operating Vehicles*) for discussion and commentary.  This diary will serve as a reference and anchor point.

We are currently in ROV-27:-Japan-Nuclear-Disaster;-Prime-Minister-Calls-SituationDire- by mahakali overdrive. All Previous ROVs are now stored on the Japan Nuclear Disaster group page.


TEPCO released the isotope profile from a sample taken from the site at Unit 3 where the radiation workers were injured by stepping in water on the floor:


h/t to Drama Queen, who shared this .pdf report containing an isotope report from Unit 1:


Japan's prime minister is now claiming that the situation is dire.

Speaking through an interpreter, prime minister Naoto Kan says the situation there remains grave and unpredictable, but he has paid tribute to the plant workers in an address to the nation.

"We are trying to prevent a deterioration of the situation and we are still not in a position where we can be optimistic," he said.

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Raised to Level 6: Government increasing evacuation zone parameters

Radiation from Fukushima exceeds Three Mile Island (AJW by the Asahhi Shimbun reported in English on the newspaper's Facebook page) h/t Drama Queen  Asahi.com link to the same story

Join us for discussion and further updates  in the current ROV linked above.


Coverage @ KOS:

  • A database of temperature, pressure, radiation levels, etc readings over time can be found in: The Daiichi Database  This is an evolving diary that will be updated regularly.
  • h/t Siri and middleagedhousewife
  • Due to extensive coverage, the Japan Nuclear Incident Liveblogs team is now saving all ALL Coverage @ KOS to the group page. You can save any relevant diaries to the group's queue.
  • Today's coverage:

jamess: Reactor Three -- Nobody could have foreseen ... the Dangers+
rb137: Breaking: Officials fear radiation leaking from core
DemFromCt:Japan's nuclear reactor crisis looking more extensive and slower to resolve
Rei: Why Japan Cannot Use The US's Fukushima Evacuation Zone
Meteor Blades: Open thread for night owls: The future of nuclear power

Regularly Updated Data Sources

Japanese Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) reports, which record such key factors as  conditions of core and fuel integrity, water level and containment. The Guardian DataBlog is updating analysis and publishing highly contextualized charting and graphs.
RSOS Emergency & Disaster information Services - Japan
Daily Telephone Media Briefings from Union of Concerned Scientists
Energy.gov: The Situation in Japan (Updated 03/22/11)
EPA RadNet Map View & EPA's Radiation Air Monitoring


NPR TIMELINE: A Nuclear Crisis Unfolds In Japan
timeline through 23 March
Nuclear Reactor Crisis in Japan FAQs


Latest Stats & general info as of evening Saturday AM AM 26 March. Japan. (combined sources)

- 10,102 deaths and 17,053 missing.
- 240,000 people were still sheltering in about 1,900 evacuation centers
- Direct damage from the disaster, including destroyed homes and roads, is estimated at between 16 trillion to 25 trillion yen
- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Friday held a teleconference with senior members of U.N. agencies to respond to the ongoing crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
- 17 workers have suffered radiation of more than 100 millisieverts, the maximum level to which nuclear plant workers may be exposed per year.



Donation Suggestions
• Plubius also has a diary on aid groups needing donations.
CS Monitor has a great list
JapanVolunteers-  - donations, materials, volunteer opportunities and needs,  fundraisers, resource sharing
Japan RedCrossasks individuals to direct funds to a bank account.
ShelterBox on the Ground in Japan (h/t texmex)

If you want to evaluate any charity, look at Charity Navigator. (h/t DemFromCt)



Japan Earthquake 2011 Global Voices Online provides outstanding ongoing translations of articles and information from Japan, including:
Map of Quake Centers
Shelter locations


Media Coverage

Japan Tsunami – Live Streaming/AutoUpdates
Asahi on Facebook
Tepco's webcam operating again
Kyodo Nuclear News Feed
The Guardian
NHK Japan Live:
NHK Japan Live
AJ LiveBlog
Fukushima Wikispaces

Twitter – Real Time Updates:
Global Voices Online Japan Twitter List
Japan Reuters
Japan's PM
GP Japan
Twitter #earthquake
Twitter #japan:



Crisis Mapping

Google Fukushima GeoEye
Google Crisis Response Maps(Layers available)
Ushahidi Local Reports Color Coded for Trusted Sources (Japanese/English)
Satellite Imagery
Media Monitoring Japan's Humanity Road


Rules of the Road

Please be kind to kossacks with bandwidth issues. Please do not post images or videos. Again, many thanks for this.

Both the Mothership and the ROVs are for reporting and discussing the developing news. Neither space is for opinions or editorializing on the subject of nuclear energy.

Remember when posting to the thread:  STICK TO THE FACTS. Source and link all new information.  (This includes insuring authenticity of twitter sources.)

Please post news items to the ROV.

*ROV (Remote Operating Vehicle) is a term coined from the Gulf Watchers ongoing coverage of the Deep Water Horizon crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. It is used in place of the term 'child diary' and refers to a diary(s) running concurrently with the Mothership where ongoing discussion and updates to developing news stories occur.

Originally posted to Japan Nuclear Incident Liveblogs on Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 09:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Nuclear Free DK.

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