In the year and a half since the earthquake and tsunami caused an industry-wide Japanese nuclear shutdown
, Japanese consumers and businesses have been urged to conserve energy
whenever possible. Although a few reactors
are being brought back online temporarily, the Japanese government has pledged to move away from nuclear power sources. Yesterday the Japanese government announced what may be
the world's highest solar photovolatic feed-in tariff
at 53 cents per kWh generated. [more inside]
The long running "eyeball" series from noted cryptography and information freedom site Cryptome
] hosts hi-res photos of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear site taken from a UAV
and inside the stricken plant
. Also eyeball shots of other Japanese nuclear reactors
Even Japan’s infamous mafia groups are helping out with the relief efforts and showing a strain of civic duty.
"The Kanagawa Block of the Inagawa-kai, has sent 70 trucks to the Ibaraki and Fukushima areas to drop off supplies in areas with high radiations levels. They didn't keep track of how many tons of supplies they moved. The Inagawa-kai as a whole has moved over 100 tons of supplies to the Tohoku region. They have been going into radiated areas without any protection or potassium iodide."
Fukushima Dai-ichi status and potential outcomes
The Oil Drum has begun posting daily threads
about the Japanese nuclear plant event. As during the last energy crisis
, the comments there tend to have a good signal-to-noise ratio.
Preliminary magnitude 7.9 off Honshu at 05:46 UTC
The Pacific Ring of Fire has been living up to its name lately. BBC flash reporting a Tsunami Alert has been issued.
Strong earthquake hits Japan,
hundreds of homes have been destroyed, bridges have been leveled, tsunamis are forming, and most frightening, the nuclear power plant appears to be leaking radioactive water.
The quake registered as a 6.8 on the Richter scale
. I hope that our Japanese Mefites are safe and sound and will let us know if there is anything we can do to help.