Tepco has reported steam rising from Unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi, in the period Dec. 19-27. Radiation has spiked in Hirono town, which is near the Fukushima plant, on the ocean. Majia has reported activity on the webcam, though a small portion of it is related to Unit 3. Another small earthquake has also occurred in the area.
It is likely that a radiation plume is on the way.
But it is not the Armageddon which has been pushed by turnerradionetwork.com:
Persons residing on the west coast of North America should IMMEDIATELY begin preparing for another possible onslaught of dangerous atmospheric radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site in Japan. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) says radioactive steam has suddenly begun emanating from previously exploded nuclear reactor building #3 at the Fukuishima disaster site in Japan. TEPCO says they do not know why this is happening and cannot go into the building to see what’s happening due to damage and lethal radiation levels in that building. Experts say this could be the beginning of a “spent fuel pool criticality (meltdown)” involving up to 89 TONS of nuclear fuel burning up into the atmosphere and heading to North America.
This network was founded by Hal Turner, a white supremacist. The website denies that it now has any connection to Turner, but I think skepticism is called for.
On July 28, 2009 in the case of United States v. Turner in Chicago, Turner pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill three federal appellate judges there and then sought his release from custody, saying he had been an informant for the FBI… His lawyer said the defense would use “Turner’s background as an FBI informant” and argue that he was “trained by the FBI” as “an agent provocateur” to incite people.” (link)
I would think that the website has some spook thing involved with it. It is not a place to get valid information from.
It is not just Unit 3 that has problems. There is a large amount of strontium accumulating in a well near Unit 2. And there have been emissions at the common spent fuel pool (CSFP), and also at an area south of Unit 4. The CSFP is extremely concerning, due to the immense amount of radioactivity in the spent fuel rods stored there.
This is not the first time that Tepco has announced steam rising from Unit 3. According to Fukushima Diary, steam was reported by them on September 7 – September 20, and July 18 – August 7. Both of these steam events were associated with iodine-131 releases. This is the most major risk. Iodine prophylaxis may be needed. I use a couple drops of Lugol’s iodine… the potassium iodide pills typically contain huge amounts of iodide. I don’t want to take the pills, because my TSH level is elevated.
The prior events had much webcam activity going on… not so much this time. There may or may not be a criticality. This is probably not a humongous iodine release, but all these nickel-and-dime iodine events can build up into hypothyroidism or thyroid cancer.