In-Focus Japan: 1590 microsieverts per hour detected in Futaba just before Unit 1 explosion – More utilities seeking rate increases

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1590 microsieverts per hour detected in Futaba just before Unit 1 explosion on March 12th

The 1590 uSv/hr measurement was observed at 15:00 on March 12th after venting to reduce the pressure levels in the Unit 1 reactor.  At 15:36 JST on 12 March, there was an explosion in the reactor building at Unit 1.

In the early hours of 12 March, TEPCO reported that radiation levels were rising in the turbine building for Unit 1 and that it was considering venting some of the mounting pressure into the atmosphere, which could result in the release of some radioactivity.  In a press release on 12 March at 07:00 JST, TEPCO stated, “Measurement of radioactive material by monitoring car indicates increasing value compared to normal level. One of the monitoring posts is also indicating higher than normal level.”

Source: JiJi Press

Source: The Daily Yomiuri

Source: TEPCO

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Source: NHK

Source: RTT News

Multiple utilities expected to follow TEPCO lead and apply for electric rate increases

At a press conference, Yukio Edano stated that Kansai Electric and Kyushu Electric is expected to apply for a rate increase by the end of the year.

Source: JiJi Press

Hokkaido Electric expects 47 billion yen loss in April-September 2012

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Source: JiJi Press

Kansai Electric expecting 125 billion yen loss in April-September 2012

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Source: JiJi Press

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Source: The New York Times

Source: The Japan Times

Source: NHK

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Source: The Japan Times

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Source: The Daily Yomiuri

Source: BBC

Source: The Asahi Shimbun

 

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