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Wheelman
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Bring (all) Furthur/Ratdog/P&F operations East!

#2650 3 years, 7 months ago
I for one, dont believe what the Authorities are saying about potential fallout on the west coast...

BREAKING NEWS
Latest update 19:32 16.03.11
IAEA chief: Japan nuclear situation 'very serious', but too soon to say out of control
Director General of UN nuclear watchdog heads to Japan amid fears of meltdown at Fukushima plant.
By News Agencies


The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, called the situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant "very serious" Wednesday as he prepared to fly to Japan.

There have been fears of a meltdown at the plant ever since last week's magnitude-9 earthquake and ensuing tsunami disabled the cooling systems at all of the plant's reactors.

The damaged No. 4 unit of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Japan, on Tuesday March 15, 2011.

Photo by: AP
"The situation is very serious," Amano, who is Japanese said of the damages at the core of reactors 1, 2 and 3.

Nevertheless, with workers engaged in an-all out effort to stabilize the situation, Amano stressed that "it is not the time to say that things are out of control."

The IAEA director general said he would leave as soon as Thursday for a high-level meeting to explore further areas of cooperation between his agency and Japan, and to improve the flow of communication.

"There has certainly been room for improvement," he said.

A small group of IAEA experts were set to fly to Tokyo with Amano. Japan has requested experts to monitor the environmental situation around Fukushima.

The IAEA chief also said that there is not enough water in the reactor vessels to fully cover the hot nuclear material, and that temperatures have been rising at three ponds that store spent fuel.

Workers at Fukushima have battled to keep the reactors cool by injecting sea water to keep fuel rods submerged, but there have nevertheless been a series of explosions and fires at the complex.

White smoke was seen rising Wednesday morning from reactor 3, after a fire broke out for a second day at reactor 4.

Elevated radiation levels at the plant on Wednesday led to the temporary evacuation of the 50 workers who have been left behind. Plans to drop water on reactor 3 with helicopters were dropped.

The radiation rate dropped to 2.6 millisieverts shortly before 3 A.M. GMT, down from around health-damaging 1,000 millisieverts observed overnight.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Wednesday that the containment vessel of reactor 3 is unlikely to be severely damaged, stepping back from an earlier comment to the contrary, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.
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Re: Bring (all) Furthur/Ratdog/P&F operations East!

#2657 3 years, 7 months ago
they really need to get a handle on this thing

this could damage the environment way worse than the bp / gulf spill problem

no more nukes
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Wheelman
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Re: Bring (all) Furthur/Ratdog/P&F operations East!

#2669 3 years, 7 months ago
the highway terror wrote:
they really need to get a handle on this thing

this could damage the environment way worse than the bp / gulf spill problem

no more nukes


HomePrint EditionNewsPublished 02:11 13.03.11
Latest update 02:11 13.03.11
Japan nuclear blast could be more deadly than Chernobyl, experts fear
Experts in Israel and abroad divided on scope of disaster at Japan's nuclear plants, as Japanese government hasn't provided accurate information regarding threat posed by explosions at Fukushima nuclear power plant.
By Yossi Melman

Since the Japanese government has not provided accurate information regarding the possible threat posed by the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, experts in Israel and abroad are divided on the scope of the disaster and the ramifications for the environment.

It appears that immediately after earthquake warnings were first heard, the Japanese authorities shut down all six reactors located in the affected region, which lies 250 kilometers north of the capital Tokyo, by cutting off the flow of electricity to the reactors. But the emergency generator, whose function is to provide power to the pump responsible for cooling the reactor, did not activate. As a result, the reactor's core began to heat up.

At the same time, radioactive materials and gases were emitted into the air, but measurements taken indicate that the amount was relatively minimal. The most dangerous elements discharged were iodine and cesium, two by-products of the nuclear fission process that takes place in nuclear plants. These are two relatively volatile compounds that can easily spread into the atmosphere.

Professor Uzi Even of Tel Aviv University, who in the past worked for the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, told Haaretz that these two compounds are extremely dangerous, which is why the Japanese government yesterday began distributing iodine tablets, which neutralize the threat of radioactive poisoning that primarily affects the thyroid gland.

Even recalled that several years ago, Israel had distributed such tablets to residents living in the vicinity of the nuclear reactor in Dimona in the event that dangerous materials leaked into the air. He also noted that another potential source of danger is the possibility that the measuring equipment used to gauge the heat levels in the reactor core could spin out of control as a result of a cut in power. In such a scenario, Japanese experts working to prevent a nuclear disaster would have trouble ascertaining the core's situation.

Hebrew University Professor Menachem Luria, an expert on air quality and poisoning, told Channel 2 on Saturday: "This is very worrying. There is no doubt that we have not seen anything like this in years, perhaps ever since nuclear experiments were conducted in the atmosphere in the 1950s. From what we can gather, this disaster is even more dangerous than Chernobyl, both from the standpoint of the population's exposure to radioactive material and the spread of radioactive contamination in the area."

Luria continued: "Once there is an uncontrollable heating up, the nuclear fuel undergoes a metamorphosis into the gaseous phase. Since we are talking about metals and solid items, they turn into particles that are capable of traveling great distances. They can wander thousands of kilometers."

If these gases are indeed emitted into the atmosphere in large quantities, the wind regime could carry them all the way to China, South Korea, and eastern Russia, or in the other direction, toward Hawaii and the west coast of the United States. The likelihood of this happening, though, is not high.

Experts are now positing two possible scenarios. This first scenario is a disaster on the scale of Chernobyl, where the reactor core melted and enormous quantities of radioactive fallout were discharged into the air before being propelled by the wind and harming civilians living at a relatively great distance from the reactor. Because the core melted, the steel and concrete seal, which was meant to protect the core and prevent dangerous material from being emitted into the air, could not withstand the pressure and collapsed. As a result, thousands of people were killed, though the exact number of deaths remains unknown to this day.
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Re: Bring (all) Furthur/Ratdog/P&F operations East

#2694 3 years, 7 months ago
I think NJ deserves a month residency...
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