Tag Archives: plume

Scrutiny of evacuations continues

This week the Wall Street Journal published a cluster of frontpage stories (here and here, along with video content) about the evacuation mishaps and tragedies in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident.  In “How Japan Stumbled in Forecasting … Continue reading

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Evacuations lacked key plume model input

A recent frontpage story in the New York Times explores in more depth an evacuation tragedy that plagued the Fukushima nuclear incident.  The event they focus on is the evacuation of Namie, first reported by the Daily Yomiuri on June … Continue reading

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Special scientific session on “Fukushima Crisis: Air & Sea Transport Modeling”

An upcoming special session at the 15th Annual George Mason University Conference on Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion Modeling will focus on the Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis.  On the schedule are scientists from NRC, DTRA, NRL, NOAA, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, … Continue reading

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International entities take steps to encourage data release

Several recent developments related to data sharing have elevated the topic on the international stage.  Wednesday June 23 at an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting the members agreed to share more information in the event of a nuclear crisis, and … Continue reading

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Plume forecasts and crisis management

The Daily Yomiuri has an on-going series on the nuclear crisis where today they describe the impact of delays in releasing data.  In one instance, a community near the plant was evacuated in the early hours of March 12 to a … Continue reading

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Release of data by government continues

Japanese officials continue to come under attack for their failure to fully release data related to the radiation contamination – both radiation measurements and additional overlooked plume forecasts.  The high radiation measured on the ground 30-50 km from the reactor … Continue reading

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Redundant measures and safety scenarios

One of the reasons given by the Japanese government for the delay in generating plume forecasts is that their model system, SPEEDI, was hardwired to receive radiation data at the Fukushima nuclear plant site.  When the sensors failed in the … Continue reading

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