Endangered Earth
Nuclear Emergency - Japan 2011 
Page Two April 01, 2011
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[quote][i]Originally posted by Destinyone[/i]
    * MARCH 30, 2011, 3:11 P.M. ET
U.S. Military Deploys Drones Above Fukushima 
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704530204576232881053381842.html

Pentagon preparing for a nuclear worst-case scenario at Fukushima, Stars and Stripes
http://www.stripes.com/news/http-www-stripes-com-news-pentagon-
preparing-for-a-nuclear-worst-case-scenario-at-fukushima-1-1379-1.137969

ETA:  [ex]Japan trade min says govt yet to debate TEPCO nationalisation-Kyodo
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/japan-trade-min-says-govt-yet-to-debate-tepco-nationalisation-kyodo/

01 Apr 2011 02:06

Source: reuters // Reuters

TOKYO, April 1 (Reuters) - Japanese trade minister Banri Kaieda said on Friday the government has yet to debate the possibility of nationalising or taking control of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex, Kyodo news agency reported.

The government may set up a team to discuss TEPCO-related compensation issues, Kyodo quoted Kaieda, whose ministry oversees nuclear safety, as saying, as the firm faces a huge potential compensation bill.

TEPCO has come under fire for its handling of the emergency at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, triggered by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 28,000 people dead or missing. The Mainichi newspaper reported on Friday that Japan will take control of the firm. (Reporting by Yoko Kubota; /ex]
 

Des

Hourly monitoring of the Fukushima area by car, done by the Ministry of Education. 
http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/saigaijohou/syousai/1304001.htm

[quote][i]Originally posted by burntheships[/i]
I did not see this posted yet...

Has this been addressed? 

[ex]URGENT: Gov't eyes injecting nitrogen into reactor vessels to prevent blasts
TOKYO, April 1, Kyodo

The government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. [b]are considering injecting nitrogen into containment vessels of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's reactors to prevent hydrogen explosions[/b], government sources said Friday.http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/04/82625.html[/ex]

[editby]edit on 1-4-2011 by burntheships because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by Destinyone[/i]
uh huh....nothing to see...move along...  http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110331006033.htm

April 1/2011
[ex]N-plant has long road ahead / Experts: Decommissioning Fukushima reactors to take decades

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Nuclear experts predict it will take decades to complete the decommissioning of the Nos. 1 to 4 reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata said Wednesday the company will decommission the four reactors, but the most pressing task at the moment is how to dispose of the huge quantity of water that has become contaminated with radioactive materials after being used to cool the reactors. Just disposing of this water will take a long time.

An estimated 13,000 tons of contaminated water has accumulated in trenches--tunnels used for maintenance of the reactors. A large quantity of contaminated water also has to be extracted from the basements of the reactors' turbine buildings, although the exact amount is unknown.

If the contaminated water can be removed, it will pave the way to reactivating the reactors' original cooling systems, which can lower the temperature of the reactor cores more efficiently than the methods now being employed.

Currently, however, workers at the plant are stymied by the contaminated water. They cannot even connect power cables outside the plant to the reactors' control systems.

It may be impossible to restore power to the reactor control systems if internal radiation levels are so high workers cannot repair the machinery, or if the contaminated water cannot be removed.

If water continues to leak, external tanks for temporarily storing it may become full. Workers and experts have said new facilities to store the contaminated water must be secured as soon as possible.

If all the contaminated water can be removed, the reactors then must be put in what is called cold shutdown to prevent the further discharge of large quantities of radioactive substances and bring the reactors into a stable state.

Cold shutdown means all control rods have been inserted into the reactors to stop nuclear fission chain reactions, and the coolant water inside the reactors is below 100 C.

Usually the temperature needs to be lowered further to remove fuel rods for regular checks or decommissioning.

"If the original cooling systems can be activated through a power supply from outside the plant and coolant water circulated, cold shutdown can be achieved in a day or two," Prof. Kenichiro Sugiyama of Hokkaido University said.

But it will likely take a few more years for the nuclear fuel rods to be cool enough to be removed from the reactors to decommission them.

On the other hand, if the current method--putting coolant water into the reactors with makeshift pumps--continues to be used, the situation may become more serious.

"Although the nuclear fuel would cool gradually, it would take at least several months to achieve cold shutdown," said Toru Ebisawa, a former associate professor of Kyoto University's Research Reactor Institute.

This would mean using more water, which would increase the amount of contaminated water.

Overall, it will take decades to complete the process of decommissioning the reactors.

The Japan Atomic Power Co.'s Tokai plant in Ibaraki Prefecture was the first commercial nuclear power plant in Japan to begin being decommissioned. The plant ended commercial operations in 1998, and the decommissioning process is scheduled to end in 2021.[/ex]

Des 

Latest super close-up footage of Fukushima wrecked nuclear reactor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX0Vjar2J_E

This directory has all the TEPCO company PDFs in it 
http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/monitoring/

http://www.earthlyissues.com/japannuclear.htm

[quote][i]Originally posted by Procharmo[/i]
Source http://timshorrock.com/

[quote]Among the places Horie worked was Tokyo Electric Co.’s now-infamous Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. According to his book, as recounted by AMPO:

    Workers are recruited from all over the country attracted by a daily wage of 5,000 to 10,000 yen and sent into the plants with hardly any knowledge of radiation. (Until a few years ago the workers were recruited from slums such as Sanya in Tokyo, Kamagasaki in Osaka and buraku – where Japanese outcasts live – in the Kansai area.[/quote]

[img]http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/1872/geguy.jpg[/img]

[quote]According to Morie, many of the Americans subcontracted by General Electric at the Fukushima plant were African-American (this photograph depicts a black GE subcontractor at the Fukushima plant in 1980). AMPO wrote:

    Morie shows in detail how the conditions in nuclear power plants make irradiation control difficult. Tokyo Electric’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is said to be the most contaminated nuclear power plant in the world, and Japan Atomic’s Tsuruga plant (scene of a major accident in 1981) is also notorious for its loose radiation control…It is naturally subcontracted workers (and a “foreigners squad” of black workers sent from the U.S. by General Electric and Westinghouse) who are to work under such a high radioactive dose.[/quote]

Now what I'm asking you all is if Americans (GE/Westinghouse employees) saw TEPCO recruiting poor so called nuclear gypsies from Japanese poor districts. 

Do you think it was morally correct to fly all the way back to the US and set up recruitment from poor black areas to just to make as much profit as TEPCO were from the exploited workers.

Anyway it's good to know that the praise for the Fukishima 50 or Nuclear Samurai includes "Black Americans" as well as poor Japanese. [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by SeekerofTruth101[/i]
[quote][i]Originally posted by Moonbeams771[/i]
This is heartbreaking - I can't imagine what the people stuck in the evacuation zones are going through.

[ex]The mayor of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, a city subject to a government directive for its residents to stay indoors to avoid radioactive fallout from a nuclear plant crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, has begun appealing to the world over the ''injustice'' of such an instruction.[/ex]

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70ZHQ--cK40]Message from the Mayor of Minami-Soma City[/url]

[ex]...the people are literally drying up as if there are under starvation tactics.[/ex]
[ex]Local officials are now fighting the threat of radiation, they have been working to protect the citizen in such a strain and exhaustion.

Some of them lost their family in the earthquake disaster, and some lost their houses. 

They are the backbones of the lives of citizens. ...Please help us through.[/ex]

[ex]Helping each other is what makes us human being. 

 I would like to ask for your continuous support.  Thank you.[/ex]

[url=http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/04/82483.html]Kyodo News[/url]
 

[editby]edit on 1-4-2011 by Moonbeams771 because: Added source[/editby] [/quote]

This is an ATROCITY and a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY!!!!!

How could the authorities tell their citizens to 'remain indoors' when the radiation levels are gradually growing more harmful every exponential minute, verified by every concerned specialists around the world with no ties to energy cartels espacially to the corporation funded IAEA????!!!!

Now is the time for UN's head, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, who had redeemed himself over the Libya rescue, to step forward and demand the EVACUATION of our fellow human Japanese brothers and sisters.

They must be convinced to leave, espacially the old, the infirmed, women and children, but if they chosed to stay on their free will, then they must be prepared to live on their own. NO ONE MUST BE LEFT BEHIND! This is inhuman of what the jap authorities and the emperor is doing!!!!! No human needs to suffer, more so if not related to the containment of the reactors, please!

Japan is a rich nation, and can jolly well afford tents, food and water in southern Japan for the common folks to survive till the crisis is over. It's not and never should be about money, because money can always be earned back when calm returns if it takes decades later, even if Japan is not a resource rich nation. It's people are the best resource and MUST NOT be neglected or a tragedy of epic proportions will occur, if it had not already occured enough in Japan! 

May Mr K. M. Ban and world leaders step in now before its too late.....

[quote][i]Originally posted by burntheships[/i]
[i]reply to [url=http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread672665/pg472#pid10967445]post by TheRedneck[/url][/i]
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My thoughts as well...

However, you wont believe this...

I would not have given much credibility to the report below...until I spotted that news from Kyodo. 

(I dont agree with the idea...only posting to propose that this is actually where the idea may have come from) 

[ex]Catherine Lin-Hendel sent an e-mail to the Dallas Blog, in which she claimed she had a direct phone call with Mr. Edano last night, Tokyo-time. He requested her to speak with a technical expert at MITTI. But this apparent acronym can not be found on a “Google” search, but the MITI of Japan stands for the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Nevertheless, Ms. Lin-Hendel has not received a response from the so-called “technical expert,” which may be cause for concern, or a good story-line for the next TV episode of “24.” As the plot thickens, one wonders if Yukio Edano will come to the rescue with a mix of Boron powder and liquid nitrogen to prevent a further nuclear meltdown in Northeastern Japan. Stay tuned for the latest news developments on the Dallas Blog.

Here is Catherine Lin-Hendel's scientific explanation:

1. Use Liquid Nitrogen to instantly cool nuclear feul rods. 2. Use Boron powder mixed in Liquid Nitrogen to slow/stop nuclear reaction. 

Liquid Nitrogen is available in large quantities in Japan, should be used to flood and cool the fuel rods first. It very cold--Minus 198 C, innert, and highly pressurized. It is injected into the Reactor dome by pressure , thus needing no electricity. The cooling is extremely fast. The vapor produced is also very cold and innert. 

If stopping the nuclear reaction is desired: mix boron powder with liquid nitrogen. You put boron powder in the LN dewar (the thermally insulated container) before you fill the dewar with liquid nitrogen. Then you bring the dewar upside down to connect the outlet of liquid nitrogen to the fluid intake of the nuclear reactor chamber. The pressurized liquid nitrogen during its injection into the reaction chamber would mix the boron with liquid nitrogen evenly, and inject into the nuclear reation chamber[/ex]
http://www.dallasblog.com/201103161007858/dallas-blog/can-yukio-edano-save-japan-with-liquid-nitrogen.html

I am not sure what scares me the most...the idea of nitrogen injection...
or that [url=http://www.dallasblog.com/201103161007856/dallas-blog/yukio-edano-is-japan-s-real-life-jack-bauer.html]Yukio Edono[/url] might really have taken this idea to heart by way of Ms Lin Hendel. 

Where are the teams of nuclear experts??? :o

ETA: I do not think this is a good idea...see clarification above...[editby]edit on 1-4-2011 by burntheships because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by DancedWithWolves[/i]
Confirmation radiation is now in the ground water...and evacuations will be long term.

[ex]Japanese officials say the evacuation of residents near the earthquake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant will be long-term.  The announcement came as high levels of radiation were detected for the first time in groundwater near one of the facility's reactors. [/ex]

[url=http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/news/englishnews/20110402/news_20110402_56_745494.htm]link[/url][editby]edit on 1-4-2011 by DancedWithWolves because: fix link[/editby] [/quote]

High-def flyover video of Fukushima shows the extent of the damage 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M22Gt4sswEA

Methane Release

[quote][i]Originally posted by apacheman[/i]
[i]reply to [url=http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread672665/pg472#pid10967387]post by zorgon[/url][/i]
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I completely agree with you about the methane releases being responsible for the fish kills.

During the Gulf disaster I pointed out that a huge component of the spill was methane and other gasses that weren't being accounted for:

[b]Gulf spill: is the methane a bigger problem than the oil?[/b]

[url=http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread571540/pg1]
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread571540/pg1[/url]

As it turns out, I was right to worry, as oceanographer  Dr. Samantha Joye of U. of Georgia states in her official blog:

[url=http://gulfblog.uga.edu/]http://gulfblog.uga.edu/[/url]

[url=http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/02/live-aaas---samantha-joye-on-bp-.html]
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/02/live-aaas---samantha-joye-on-bp-.html[/url]

[ex]The blowout of BP’s Macondo well didn’t just spew some 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico last year. Lots of methane also whooshed out, some 500,000 tons in all, according to an estimate published last week. But what happened to the methane is a matter of debate.

     Some researchers have concluded in recent papers that almost all of the methane was eaten by an enormous bloom of bacteria. However, microbiologist Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia, Athens, argues that something else happened.

In a presentation here today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes ScienceNOW), Joye described how the breakdown of methane dropped sharply a few months after the blowout began. Methane oxidation by bacteria, which had been 60,000 times higher than normal to the southwest of the well, fell to 300 times above background, according to her unpublished data. Yet there was still plenty of methane in the water. 

Joye’s hypothesis is that the microbes ran out of another nutrient, which would have prevented them from metabolizing any more methane. Another factor may explain the decline of methane southwest of the well, Joye said. In late summer her team detected methane to the northeast. “It looks like there’s a significant amount of gas in the ecosystem, but it’s smeared through the ecosystem,” she told the audience.[/ex] 

[url=http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/02/methane-from-oil-spill-migrating.html?ref=hp]
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/02/methane-from-oil-spill-migrating.html?ref=hp[/url]

Gotta wonder how much more crap can be released in the oceans before even more drastically obvious things start happening.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't all those quakes offshore be releasing unknown but very large amounts of gasses like methane, benzene and sulphites, too? Anyone know if there are any methyl hydrate deposits near there?

I'm ignorant about this aspect..perhaps someone knows:

Do the radioactive particles in the ocean water drift down to the seafloor? How long does it take? Will the near-shore mud accumulate a lot?How would they interact with methyl hydrate if a steady rain of, say, 90 days accumulated?

I'm off to check for known methyl hydrate deposits in the area. [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by buffet of lies[/i]
I have read a few pages out of this thread (maybe 40 total) which is a very small chunk out of the nearly 500 pages so I am unsure if what I am going to ask has been covered or not. Sorry if it has. I can go back and read if someone can provide a range of pages it may have been discussed on. 

On March 26th there was an article that came out that was mostly about the fukushima 50 but had a few lines that struck me as odd: http://www.watoday.com.au/world/fukushima-fifty-in-their-own-words-20110327-1cbmd.html

[ex]
A ghastly boom was heard in the suppression chamber of reactor 4, said Kenji Tada, who was there at the time.  Cracks started ripping in the asphalt and the sides of the building.  They fled before the tsunami arrived and did its worst.
[/ex]

This implies that there was an explosion before the plant completely lost power. It says the main power was knocked out, but the tsunami hadn't arrived yet so the battery/backup generators should have kicked in. I think teh part about the cracks starting is telling as well. 

Does it change anything or is it significant? That's what I'm wondering...[edit tags[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by apacheman[/i]
[i]reply to [url=http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread672665/pg476#pid10969093]post by buffet of lies[/url][/i]
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Thanks for the link.

Here's what caught my eye in that report by the fire chief when he arrived, bolding added:

[ex]''There were concrete blocks everywhere, [b]all the manhole covers had popped out, for some reason,[/b] and the road was impassable. We couldn't drive down to pay out the hose from the sea. So we had to run, carrying the hose, half a mile to the sea, in total darkness.''[/ex]

It prompted a "duuuhhh, of course" moment in my mind. If he was arriving after the explosions (not clear from the report, but seems likely), then the manhole covers were blown off by explosive forces moving through the maintenance and sewage tunnels from the plants that blew up. This would explain a bit about why the ground and groundwater are showing contamination. It also means that crucial electrical connections in those tunnels may be compromised...I've worked in a few and you wouldn't believe how much stuff is run through them.

Something else to think through.

Does anyone have access to the subsurface engineering diagrams of that site that show those tunnels?

Perhaps studying the hi-res photos will show the manholes and allow us to deduce at least part of the layout, maybe enough to figure out what's going on in them.

It occurs to me that perhaps the tsunami popped them out, too...so a comparison of overhead views before/after explosions would be in order, if any can be found that show sufficient detail.[editby]edit on 1-4-2011 by apacheman because: add thought[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by TheRedneck[/i]
[i]reply to [url=http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread672665/pg477#pid10969461]post by zorgon[/url][/i]

I just went through it again... the initial flash was at 0:02. At 0:04, 0:06, and 0:08 there were thuds... not explosive booms, but thuds. Three in a row, at roughly 2 second intervals. I believe we were hearing ruptures in the containment, possibly from pressure and overheating.

The actual explosion occurred a little bit after that, a steam explosion as corium hit water. We didn't hear that sound because the video cut off 11 seconds after the initial flash.

So based on that, here's what might have happened. I am giving times, where I can, in seconds after the initial event:[list][*]0:00 - There is a pressure release in the reactor pressure vessel.
[*]0:02 - The new stresses cause a second break in the RPV.
[*]0:04 - Another break occurs in the RPV. Corium is now sliding out of its container.
[*]Corium begins creating a massive amount of steam, which builds pressure inside the building.
[*]0:28 - The video begins showing.
[*]0:30 - Steam pressure builds up within the building, causing something to ignite, causing the flash. This was probably a small pocket of hydrogen which was mixed with a lot of air. The color indicates that it was in an area which contained other combustible materials (hydrogen flames are almost invisibe). I am assuming at this point that the bulk of the hydrogen was too concentrated to be flammable.
[*]0:32 - The flash ruptures the building and starts releasing the steam explosively, along with anything else in its way. The bulk of the hydrogen begins mixing with outside air. We hear the sound of the first RPV breach.
[*]0:34 - We hear the sound of the second RPV breach.
[*]0:36 - We hear the sound of the third RPV breach.
[*]The bulk of the now-liberated hydrogen ignites from the initial flash, causing a horizontal wavefront that triggers the earthquake and tsunami sensors.[/list]
The above assumes a distance which would create a 30-second delay between light and sound reception. Would someone please let me know if this is about right? I forget the actual distance.

TheRedneck
 [/quote]

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread672665/pg479#pid10970112

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ionized_air_glow
 

Helicopters still radioactive after decontamination 
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/02_12.html
 

[quote][i]Originally posted by SFA437[/i]
Regarding the barge the YOG designation is for a gasoline carrier.  It is not typically used for water transport purposes.   It would NOT be possible to get this thing to store solid materials however.

IMO the fresh water from the barge statement is bovine scatology- this thing was there to keep the power on to generators.  That's just an educated guess however.

YOGN  115  Albina Engine & Machine  Portland OR  165  245  1-Sep-52  Active

NO NAME (YOGN 115)
(ex-U-30 1468)
GASOLINE BARGE (N-S-P)
   UIC: 13042
Class: YOGN 106  Fleet: 
Status: Active, in service  Homeport: 
Date status changed: 03/01/1965  Berth: 
Maintenance Category: 
Force:   MARAD Type: 
Builder: ALBINA ENG & MACH
 Delivery Date: 09/01/1952
Award Date:   Age (since delivery): 58.5 years
Keel Date:   Commission Date: 
Launch Date:   Inactivation Date: 
  Decommission Date: 
 Years from Commission to Decommission: 
 Stricken Date:

Overall Length: 165 ft  Waterline Length: 165 ft
Extreme Beam: 42 ft  Waterline Beam: 42 ft
Maximum Navigational Draft: 8 ft  Draft Limit: 8 ft
Light Displacement: 245 tons  Full Displacement: 1360 tons
Dead Weight: 1115 tons 
Hull Material: Steel hull, steel superstructure.
Number of Propellers:
Number of Waterjets:
Propulsion Type:
Accommodations:  Officers: 0  Enlisted: 3 

Custodian: FLEET ACTIVITIES, YOKOSUKA, JA (COMFLEACT)  Ships Program Manager: 325
Planning Yard: Puget Sound (DET) Boston, Boston, MA[editby]edit on 1-4-2011 by SFA437 because: My bad- was looking at powered barges (forgot classifications- been a while)[/editby] [/quote]
 

Workers running out of room oon their REM badges 
Radiation Exposure Could Curtail Workers’ Efforts
http://www.fairewinds.com/content/radiation-exposure-could-curtail-workers%E2%80%99-efforts

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/02/world/asia/02japan.html

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//110325/ids_photos_wl/r2028040901.jpg/

U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy barge YOGN-115, carrying 1.04 million litres (275,000 gallons) of fresh water, departs Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) to support cooling efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 25, 2011. CFAY port operations cleaned and filled two barges, totalling nearly 1.89 million litres (500,000 gallons) of fresh water. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mikey Mulcare/Handout (JAPAN - Tags: MILITARY DISASTER) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

[quote][i]Originally posted by burntheships[/i]
[i]reply to [url=http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread672665/pg488#pid10973605]post by zorgon[/url][/i]
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Well we knew this...I guess seeing is believing. 

[b]IAEA calls N-crisis 'serious', 12-inch crack at Fukushima[/b]

This report says there is a 12 inch crack in the wall of the No 2 reactor. 
It also says a 12 inch crack in a containment pit. :puz:

[url=http://english.samaylive.com/world-news/676484888/iaea-calls-n-crisis-serious-12-inch-crack-at-fukushima.html]After seeing 12-inch crack in a containment pit at the troubled Fukushima nuclear plant , 

IAEA termed the situation as "very serious". 

[/url]

[ex]The Prime Minister's visit to the northeast came as TEPCO said it has found that highly radioactive water was leaking into the sea from a[b] 12-inch crack in a wall of the No.2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant....
 

....It said the water was leaking from the crack in the wall of a 2-metre deep pit that contains power cables near the water intake of the reactor, national broadcaster NHK reported.[/b]
 

TEPCO is preparing to pour concrete into the cracked pit to stop the leak of radioactive water.     The radiation detected in water in the basement of the turbine building at the No.2 reactor was about 100,000 times the normal level.
http://english.samaylive.com/world-news/676484888/iaea-calls-n-crisis-serious-12-inch-crack-at-fukushima.html[/ex]

[atsimg]http://files.abovetopsecret.com/images/member/ad01810e1d14.jpg[/atsimg]
Picture courtesy of HO/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

[ex]Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it has found a 20-centimeter crack in a two-meter-deep chamber holding cables for the No. 2 reactor, which is believed to be leaking highly toxic water from its nuclear core.

It the conduit, which is 10 to 20 centimeters deep in radioactive water, workers found a highly dangerous airborne contamination of more than 1,000 millisieverts an hour. The contamination level of the water itself wasn't immediately available. That high a level of radioactivity has also been found in a trench used to carry cables and various piping for the No. 2 unithttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703712504576238143895170426.html?mod=googlenews_wsj[/ex]
 

All that radiation leaking into the sea for weeks now. Finally someone is concerned?

[b]Its about time!  The UCS is concerned about caesium and plutonium in the water...[/b]

[b]Years and Years[/b]

[ex]"There is the potential, when you're talking about certain types of seafood, that you can have reconcentration," said Ed Lyman of the[b] Union of Concerned Scientists, a respected U.S. non-government organisation that focuses on nuclear safety[/b].........

Radioactive elements are hazardous in food because when ingested their radiation can damage DNA in cells, with the potential to cause cancer.http://www.eturbonews.com/22103/how-highly-radioactive-water-may-spread-pacific..

[b]"What worries me more is if caesium and plutonium get into the system," he said, referring to two radioactive heavy metals whose half-lives are around 30 years and potentially thousands of years respectively.[/b][/ex]

So what is going to happen now with all of this caesium and plutonium in the ocean?

Dont worry, it will be temporary...

[b]Radiation in Japan Seas: Risk of Animal Death, Mutation? 
More radiation from nuclear plant could cause "bizarre mutations.".[/b]

[ex]Once in seawater, radiation can hurt ocean animals in several ways—by killing them outright, creating "bizarre mutations" in their offspring, or passing radioactive material up the food chain, according to Joseph Rachlin, director of Lehman College's Laboratory for Marine and Estuarine Research in New York City.

"There will be a potential for a certain amount of lethality of living organisms, but that's less of a concern than the possible effects on the genetics of the animals that become exposed," Rachlin said.

"That's the main problem as I see it with radiation—altering the genetics of the animal and interfering with reproduction."
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/110331-japan-radiation-health-mutations-nuclear-animals-ocean-science-world/[/ex]
[editby]edit on 2-4-2011 by burntheships because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by monica86[/i]
small note
Coincidence?
The same day that our dear Sarkozy and Areva's CEO visited japan, the IRSN in paris stopped reporting daily updates....
They used to publish a detailed analysis every day, it was quite insightful and offered details not released by other sources.

http://www.irsn.fr/FR/Documents/home.htm

Yesterday they published 2 days worth of short notes (instead of a detailed PDF file) in which they state they believe no major releases into the atmosphere will occur and that the situation has stabilized, they also state that  in virtue of this they will not report daily unless something major occurs....

really?

thanks Sarkozy..
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[quote][i]Originally posted by mendel101[/i]
[quote][i]Originally posted by JustMike[/i]

[i]reply to [url=http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread672665/pg470#pid10965706]post by mendel101[/url][/i]
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Hi mendel,

yes it's weird how nothing much seems evident on those webcam shots, especially as we know for sure the explosion occurred on that day [url=http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/14_26.html]according to NHK[/url], it happened at 11:01 a.m.

But then, there have been various oddities with those webcam images, like the building that seems to lose half its upper structure (except for its framework) then magically is back to normal an hour later (on March 26 at 1600 hours and again on March 28 at the same time), and then on March 29 at 1600 hours the same building's upper half is missing completely! But don't worry, folks... It's back again an hour later... :@@:

I'm not sure if I really trust those images... ;)

Mike [/quote]

Hi Mike, sorry for the late reply, work-party-family--- still within 24h!

As my specialty is becoming the webcam, I thought I'd first figure out exactly what we are seeing on the webcam. Fortunately there is a higher resolution image of the plant in better times from almost exactly the same position:

[atsimg]http://files.abovetopsecret.com/images/member/d3ff2ad0175e.jpg[/atsimg]

Comparing the webcam shots with the higher resolution image I come to the following conclusions:

[atsimg]http://files.abovetopsecret.com/images/member/abcf7349fe34.jpg[/atsimg]

1. The structure that is varying between images March 26, 16:00 and March 29 16:00 is the reactor 5 or 6.

2. The differences in the images are likely due to the lighting and smoke conditions. Only with clear blue skies the webcam captures the 5/6 buildings properly (compare webcam images of the 12th and 29th of March)

3. I don't see any reason to distrust the webcam images. It's just a low res, not so great capture device, especially under lower light conditions.

4. Of reactors 1-4 the webcam almost exclusively sees reactor 4. This is probably the explanation why the explosion of reactor 3 is not at all obvious from the March 14 11:00-12:00 images. 

5. As a bonus, knowing that the webcam captures mainly reactor 4, the images below show that the number 4 explosion must have been between March 15 6:00 and 7:00 local time:

[atsimg]http://files.abovetopsecret.com/images/member/9fab11237fa8.jpg[/atsimg]

Cheers,

Mendel
 
 

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Doctors express "deep concern" about Fukushima impacts on Canada 
http://www.vancouverobserver.com/world/canada/2011/04/01/doctors-express-deep-concern-about-fukushima-impacts-canada

See: allthingsnuclear.org Possible Cause of Reactor Building Explosions 
http://allthingsnuclear.org/post/3940804083/possible-cause-of-reactor-building-explosions#disqus_thread

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2011/03/world/interactive.nuclear.japan/index.html

[quote][i]Originally posted by SDoradus[/i]
[ex]
They fled before the tsunami arrived and did its worst. As the situation deteriorated, the first explosion, at reactor 3 on March 14, happened at the precise moment that six soldiers from the Japanese Central Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit arrived at the reactor in two vehicles. [color=White]The six of them are now dead, buried under flying concrete.[/color]
[/ex]

This is old news I guess, but new news to me.

Did every one else hear about this?

[url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8408863/Japan-tsunami-Fukushima-Fifty-the-first-interview.html]
Daily Mail -  The 50[/url]
 [/quote]
 

Schematic
 

"US simulation predicted similar problems at Fukushima nuclear plant" 
http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201103310162.html
[quote][i]Originally posted by burntheships[/i]
[i]reply to [url=http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread672665/pg494#pid10977112]post by rbrtj[/url][/i]
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:up: Thanks you! 

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[b]BREAKING NEWS[/b] 

[b]Power company reports 2 missing Fukushima nuclear plant workers found dead on site [/b]

This was reported just now on Breaking News -Kyodo News

[url=http://www.breakingnews.com/seed/ahBicmVha2luZ25ld3Mtd3d3cg0LEgRTZWVkGPrs8gIM/2011/04/03/
power-company-reports-2-missing-fukushima-nuclear-plant-workers-found-dead-on-site-kyodo-news]Kyodo - Breaking News Link[/url]

http://www.breakingnews.com/

ETA: Are these the two workers that were missing back from the 15th? Went looking...wish I had not. 

From March 16th, 2011. 
[ex]The few details Tokyo Electric has made available paint a dire picture. Five workers have died since the quake and 22 more have been injured for various reasons, while two are missing. One worker was hospitalized after suddenly grasping his chest and finding himself unable to stand, and another needed treatment after receiving a blast of radiation near a damaged reactor. Eleven workers were injured in a hydrogen explosion at reactor No. 3.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16workers.html [/ex]

I assume these deaths are from radiation? [editby]edit on 2-4-2011 by burntheships because: to add March 16th report of two missing[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by qmantoo[/i]
This is the page with all the webcam images on it - updated hourly. Obviously this is not much use if there is nothing going on there. Still... it shows interesting stuff going on.

Page of webcam photos (look at the black one from 19:00 2nd Apr 2011)
[url=http://pointscope01.jp/cgi-local/f1np/f1np1/imageview.cgi?
mode=main_b]pointscope01.jp/cgi-local/f1np/f1np1/imageview.cgi?mode=main_b[/url]

In the 2nd April 2011 at 19:00 one we can see a white heat spot.

The next link is to the directory where all the PDFs reporting the radiation levels at the plant. I assume these are automatically generated and placed there. 

PDFs
[url=http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/monitoring/]www.tepco.co.jp/nu/monitoring/[/url]
 

To translate them, place the PDF file url into the following Google translate box
[url]http://translate.google.com/#[/url] [/quote]

Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Movie Part2 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTshYXmN1AY

Update on Japan: Over 1,000 Feared Dead, Explosion at Nuclear Power Plant
by Jamie Frevele | 11:26 am, March 12th
http://www.themarysue.com/tag/fukushima-daini-power-plant/

Japan nuclear crisis: workers using newspaper and sawdust to block pipes
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8425719/Japan-nuclear-crisis-workers-using-newspaper-and-sawdust-to-block-pipes.html

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Latest Satellite Imagery From Fukushima Tells Sobering Tale
http://www.chrismartenson.com/blog/breaking-latest-satellite-imagery-fukushima/55711

www.epa.gov/japan2011/docs/rert/radnet-precipitation-final.pdf 

High level of iodine-131 detected in Fukushima

The operator of the disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has detected 5 million times higher than the legal limit of radioactive iodine in seawater around the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says it detected 300,000 bequerels of iodine-131 per 1 cubic centimeter, or 7.5 million times higher than the legal limit in samples taken around the water intake of the No. 2 reactor at 11:50 AM on Saturday.

It also found 200,000 bequerels or 5 million times higher than the limit in samples taken at 9AM on Monday.

Monday's sample also shows 1.1 million times higher than the national limit of cesium-137 whose half-life is 30 years.

The power company has been checking concentrations of radioactive materials in the seas around the plant as water containing high levels of radioactive materials has been pouring out of the cracked concrete pit near the No.2 reactor.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011 13:57 +0900 (JST)

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/05_25.html

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