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Fukushima Reactor 1 melted down, 2 and 3 may have too

May 17, 2011 Comments off

arstechnica

Yesterday, TEPCO, the company responsible for running the Fukushima nuclear reactors, released a provisional analysis of the events that occurred in Unit 1, one of the reactors that was active when the tsunami struck. In five stark pages, the report lays out the impact of the tsunami on the facility: water levels that plunged below the bottom of the fuel, a complete meltdown of the nuclear fuel, and extensive damage to the reactor vessel.

The new analysis was enabled by the recent installation of air purifiers that let personnel reenter the reactor control room for the first time. Once inside, they were able to recalibrate some of the instruments that have been monitoring the reactor core; Read more…

DHS Claims al-Qaeda May Replicate Fukushima Disaster

May 12, 2011 Comments off

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
May 12, 2011

Instead of lessening terrorism, the supposed assassination of Osama bin Laden may result in a deliberate Fukushima-style nuclear disaster, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

On May 5, a Department of Homeland Security official at the Pacific Regional Information Clearinghouse in Hawaii presented a report entitled “Recreating Fukushima: A Possible Response to the Killing of Usama Bin Laden – The Nuclear Option.” It stated that “the death of [O]sama Bin Laden may serve as an impetus to apply lessons learned from Fukushima to attack the United States or another Western country.”

This would be accomplished, the report explains, by reproducing the failure of the electric supply that pumped cooling water to the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The official use only report says “the earthquake and tsunami in Japan were ‘acts of nature,’ but a catastrophic nuclear reactor meltdown could potentially be engineered by Al Qaeda” by Read more…

Japan Mulls to Move Capital over Disaster Worries

April 15, 2011 1 comment

novinite.com

Bulgaria: Japan Mulls to Move Capital over Disaster Worries
A handout picture taken and released by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) 13 April 2011 shows a fire in the facilities takling seawater samples at Fukushima nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture. Photo by EPA/BGNES

As powerful earthquakes continue to jolt Japan and radiation levels near Tokyo are rising, the Asian country’s authorities are considering moving the capital to another city.

The most probable location for a new capital are Osaka and Nagoya, according to ITAR-TASS. Both cities are located near international airports.

The main conditions the new capital has to provide are a population over 50 000 and a sufficient capacity to accommodate the parliament, the government, the Emperor’s residency and the foreign diplomatic missions.

According to experts, should a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shake Tokyo, the casualties will be around 11 000, some 210 000 will be injured and the material damage will be worth about USD 1 B

Confidential U.S. document reveals “new threats” at Fukushima: Risk of explosions inside containment structures… “Likely no water” in No. 1 reactor core — “Could persist indefinitely”

April 7, 2011 Comments off

enenews.com

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant, New York Times by James Glanz and William J. Broad, April 5, 2011:

[Emphasis Added]

United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential assessment [dated March 26] prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. …

The Times’ article spotlighted several items of extreme importance:

  • “Semimolten” fuel rods and salt are “impeding the flow of fresh water meant to cool the nuclear cores” in ALL THREE REACTORS
  • The water flow in reactor No. 1 “is severely restricted and likely blocked
  • Similar problems exist in No. 2 and No. 3, although the blockage is probably less severe
  • “There is likely no water level” inside the core of reactor No. 1
  • There is a possibility of “explosions inside the containment structures

Read the article here.

30 Million in Tokyo Told NOT to Drink or Shower in Tap Water (Video)

March 29, 2011 Comments off

 


Breach suspected at troubled Japanese power plant

March 26, 2011 Comments off

yahoo.com

TOKYO – Two weeks after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a crisis at a nuclear plant, the government said Friday there is a suspected breach at a reactor — another setback that would mean radioactive contamination at the facility is more serious than once thought.

Japanese leaders defended their decision not to evacuate people from a wider area around the plant, insisting they are safe if they stay indoors. But officials also said residents may want to voluntarily move to areas with better facilities, since supplies in the tsunami-devastated region are running short.

The escalation in the nuclear plant crisis came as the death toll from the quake and tsunami passed the grim milestone of 10,000 on Friday. Across the battered northeast coast, hundreds of thousands of people whose homes were destroyed still have no power, no hot meals and, in many cases, no showers for 14 days.

The uncertain nuclear situation again halted work at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex, where authorities have been scrambling to stop the overheated facility from leaking Read more…

Japan battles crippled nuclear plant, radiation fears grow

March 23, 2011 Comments off

www.jpost.com

Radiation found in sea water, milk, vegetables; IAEA: Overall situation at Fukushima plant remains serious; 21,000 dead or missing.

TOKYO – Rising temperatures around the core of one of the reactors at Japan’s quake-crippled nuclear plant sparked new concern on Tuesday and more water was needed to cool it down, the plant’s operator said.

Despite hopes of progress in the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a quarter of a century, triggered by an earthquake and tsunami that left at least 21,000 people dead or missing, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it needed more time before it could say the reactors were stabilized.

Technicians working inside an evacuation zone around the stricken plant on Japan’s northeast Pacific coast, 250 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, have attached power cables to all six reactors and started a pump at one to cool overheating nuclear Read more…