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BS: Japan Nuclear plant disaster, 2011

GUEST,999 14 Mar 11 - 08:53 AM
Donuel 14 Mar 11 - 08:51 AM
GUEST,999 14 Mar 11 - 08:51 AM
Donuel 14 Mar 11 - 08:48 AM
Ringer 14 Mar 11 - 08:48 AM
GUEST,999 14 Mar 11 - 08:47 AM
Donuel 14 Mar 11 - 08:39 AM
Donuel 14 Mar 11 - 08:33 AM
Donuel 14 Mar 11 - 08:30 AM
Lizzie Cornish 1 14 Mar 11 - 08:25 AM
GUEST,999 14 Mar 11 - 08:22 AM
Donuel 14 Mar 11 - 08:16 AM
Donuel 14 Mar 11 - 08:12 AM
Charley Noble 14 Mar 11 - 08:02 AM
Donuel 14 Mar 11 - 08:02 AM
GUEST,999 14 Mar 11 - 07:43 AM
Donuel 14 Mar 11 - 07:35 AM
Jack Campin 14 Mar 11 - 07:34 AM
Donuel 14 Mar 11 - 07:33 AM
GUEST,999 14 Mar 11 - 07:12 AM
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Donuel 13 Mar 11 - 11:54 PM
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Charley Noble 13 Mar 11 - 08:42 PM
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Charley Noble 13 Mar 11 - 08:07 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:53 AM

Thanks for the link, Ringer.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:51 AM

Good articl;e Ringer.

The good doctor did not mention that these reactors were supposed to be retired after 30 years.

We have many reactors in the US that also were intended to be retired 30 years ago.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:51 AM

Don, I know people who do. They took care of the cars.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:48 AM

What car did you drive in the late 1950's??

Thats how old the design for these N plants in Japan are.



Construction began in 1960 and the plants wer finished in 1970.

They have been modified since then but mainly in the wrong direction, such as mixing plutonum and uranium in the fuel pellets.



Would you, could you drive that 1959 car you had today?


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Ringer
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:48 AM

The world is not going to end today. Why not?


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:47 AM

People do not generally care where their electricity comes from as long as it's there for the electric toothbrush, hair dryer, power tools, etc. Like hydro-electric dams, everythings fine until something fucks up. Well, in places where there have been 'nuclear accidents' something has fucked up.

As I stated earlier (on this thread or another), there are about 450 nuclear power plants generating electricity. About 60% of them are badly in need of upgrading or repair. I also posted that about five years back and had my head handed to me by people saying I was an alarmist, didn't know what I was saying, etc. People are afraid of facts about nuclear power. The rub is this:

Electricity is generated by wind power, solar power, hydro-electric dams, coal/oil-fired generators or nuclear power plants. Neither wind nor solar power meed the so-called needs for electricity we seem to have. Many countries just can't generate power because the dams are more expensive to build and generating electricity becomes more expensive than people will or can pay. That leaves coal and oil generators. Bur coal to generate electricity and Greenpeace is chewin' yer ass. Use oil and environmentalists are chewin' yer ass. Use nuclear and some other group is chewin' it.

The answer is to use LOTS less electricity, and to force our governments to begin exploring solar power more fully. Saving 10% on one's petrol bill is nice. But then we produce 10% more cars and wonder why we ain't gettin' anywhere. Thedy are the same dumb fucks who smack their thumbs with hammers and wonder why their thumbs hurt. Go figure.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:39 AM

The term breeder reactor refers to plutonum being created.

The plants were built with miltary budget money and sweetheat deals that made States pay huge sums made holding companies and owners rich.

But in case you haven;t heard, nuclear power is safe


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:33 AM

Lizzie during the cold war following WW2 the US needed nuclear plants to produce the plutonium needed to make nuclear weapons.

A big push to build these plants in the name of using the steam to power turbines which make electricity was very profitable.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:30 AM

Official Report from FOX

Three power plants in Japan are at risk of overheating.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:25 AM

Well, look on the bright side...we may all soon be able to use our credit cards up to the hilt and never have to pay them back!

Sorry, but my black sense of humour always creeps in during disastrous moments and this is sure one of those..

WHY did mankind EVER go on to use something so evil as nuclear power? Let alone build these terrible places in earthquake zones..I mean????


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:22 AM

No offense, but the spelling is Gunter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:16 AM

Paul Gunther says a total of 9 Nuke plants are out of control.

Water pipes have broken in Japan virtually everwhere.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:12 AM

Charley reactor #2 now has a fully exposed core.

Make that

One little reactor is now melting
two little reactor is now exposed
three little reactor may go critical

makes three little 500,000 ton bombs


That is not to say they will go up like a bomb.
I imagine that the explosion would be more like the site glowing brighter and brighter in a slowly expanding plasma of fission that it would look more like a slow motion ball of light than the instant detonation of a nuke.


BUT PUTTING THE IDEA OF A REAL HUGE ATOMIC EXPLOSION ON ICE FOR NOW...
the idea of 5000 degree molten uranium and plutonium burning into the earth and sexloding grand clouds of steam as sea water and the metal merge...is in a real sense even more horrendous.

It would last as a radioactive geyser for years.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:02 AM

With regard to Unit 3 at the Fukushima complex from the Wikipedia update link:

"Explosion of Reactor Building

At 11:15 JST on 14 March 2011, a building surrounding Reactor 3 of Fukushima 1 exploded as well, presumably due to the ignition of built up hydrogen gas.[97][98] There is no health risk reported, though 600 people have been ordered to stay indoors. Within minutes, it was reported that as with Reactor 1, the outer reactor building was blown apart, but the inner containment vessel was not breached. Eleven people were reported injured in the blast."

The fuel rods in Unit 3 are even more dangerous than the more conventional fuel rods in the other reactors in the complex, being plutonium-based MOX (mixed oxide) fuel.

This is not a good development (sorry for such understatement but it's early in the morning), and does not bode well for Unit 2 at the same complex which also has experienced loss of coolant.

Meanwhile there are reports of similar loss of coolant problems in a neighboring nuclear power complex, and at a third complex.

The US fleet off-shore has monitored increasing radiation and is being shifted out of the "plume."

So now I'm reminded of one of our chants as we marched on the Midland nuclear power plant in Michigan in the late 1970's:

One rotten nuke, two rotten nukes, see how they melt!

Another academic exercise to do while waiting for more grim news from Japan might be to identify how many of the reactors, similar to those in trouble in Japan, in the States (listed above) are located in major earthquake zones. None are listed for California, Oregon or Washington. Perhaps, only the Cooper nuclear plant in Nebraska City, NE, 760 MW, 1974.

Of course there are other types of nuclear power plants in other West Coast states and if any of them had a loss of coolant due to an earthquake, and their back-up systems failed, we would risk nuclear meltdown as well. No one really knows what the consequences of that would be (not good!) but we may soon learn in Japan.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 08:02 AM

I can do complete sentences:

Criticallity is what is now continuing in Japan.

A criticality accident, sometimes referred to as an excursion or a power excursion, is an accidental increasing nuclear chain reaction in a fissile material, such as enriched uranium or plutonium. This releases a surge of neutron radiation which is highly dangerous to humans and causes induced radioactivity in the surroundings.

A critical or supercritical nuclear fission (one that is sustained in power or increasing in power) normally is supposed to occur only inside reactor cores and (very occasionally) inside some test facilities. A criticality accident occurs when a critical reaction is achieved unintentionally. Although dangerous, the low densities of fissile material and the long insertion time involved in these events limit the fission yield and peak power, preventing them from becoming a large scale nuclear explosion. The heat released by the nuclear reaction will typically cause the fissile material to expand, so that the nuclear reaction becomes subcritical again within a few seconds.

In the history of atomic power development, fewer than a dozen criticality accidents have occurred in collections of fissile materials outside nuclear reactors, but most of these have resulted in death, by radiation exposure, of the nearest person(s) to the event. However, none have resulted in explosions.


The idea of a nuclear explosion has been deemed impossible at a crippled nuclear plant. I my humble opinion this is simply not true.
The factors that the nuclear fule also contains plutonium is what makes the unthinkable runaway chain reaction a possiblility, no matter how small.



They are working furiously to find a solution to cool the core," said Mark Hibbs, a senior associate at the Nuclear Policy Program for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Nuclear agency officials said Japan was injecting seawater into the core -- an indication, Hibbs said, of "how serious the problem is and how the Japanese had to resort to unusual and improvised solutions to cool the reactor core."

Officials declined to say what the temperature was inside the troubled reactor, Unit 1. At 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit (1,200 degrees Celsius), the zirconium casings of the fuel rods can react with the cooling water and create hydrogen. At 4,000 F (2,200 C), the uranium fuel pellets inside the rods start to melt, the beginning of a meltdown

Japan is using a plutonium and uranium mix inside their reactors which make claims that a nuclear style explosion is impossible an unsubstatiated claim, in my opinion.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 07:43 AM

Incidentally, Paul Carroll's area of expertise as it pertains to Project Ploughshares is nuclear WEAPONS, not reactors.

To FOX news, an expert is anyone who can speak a complete sentence.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 07:35 AM

The 3 US warshipas including an aircraft carrier sent to Japan have now pulled back 25 miles because of the radioactive plumes floating out to sea.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Jack Campin
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 07:34 AM

Reactor 2 at Fukushima Daiichi has now lost all its coolant, with the core fully exposed (which means meltdown is inevitable).

An aftershock tsunami is just about to hit the coast at Fukushima.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 07:33 AM

Nuclear plant #2 now has all of its fuel rods exposed to air.

Paul Gunther says 9 Japanese Nuclear Plants are now in deep trouble.

NYT wrote that radiation clouds will last for months.



I saw a brief video of what truely appeared like a rescue by helicopter of a person at the Fukashima plant.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 07:12 AM

Paul Carroll

Organization: Ploughshares
Position: Policy analyst,Professional
Areas of Expertise: North Korea, Nuclear weapons development, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Security, National Security, Peace movement, Prevention of War
Personal Website: Ploughshares

Paul Carroll (CA): Program Director, Ploughshares Fund; Former Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy; Former Research Analyst, U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment; recently visited North Korea; North Korea may be choosing to restart nuclear program to get direct talks with U.S., international community can still engage with North Korea on disarmament


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 06:56 AM

Reuters

"Shares in several Asian companies tumbled on Monday after the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan that likely killed more than 10,000 people.

While manufacturers and automakers in Japan fell, construction stocks rose on expectations of increased demand. Coal and steel shares elsewhere also gained on anticipated demand in Japan."


Makes one proud to be human! Bloodsucking bastards.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 12:28 AM

Two reactors now have lost their containment buildings but the reactors are hoped to be intact.

Paul Carroll, nuclear expert, was plain spoken.

"The explosions we have seen are hydrogen gas explosions abut the containment vessels are presumed to be intact. If the containment vessels themselves should breach then we are talking about an area 1,000's of square miles that will never be safe for human habitation. If even one reactor should not merely breach but allow for a critical mass explosion it will ignire not only its 100 tons of nuclear fuel of unranium and plutonium but all the other reactors within its blast radiuw which is unknown due to the unprecedented amount of fissile material."


There must be nearly 10 reactors that would be within ground zero of the blast and many more that would no longer able to be tended or manned remotely. NO one ever expected we essentailly built a million ton nuclear bomb.


So far seawater is said to be keeping it cool enough to not get worse.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 11:54 PM

The links off of this site supplied by Charley Noble is indeed noble.

http://www.nirs.org/reactorwatch/accidents/Fukushimafactsheet.pdf
New updates are being made and are forthcoming.


like wheels within wheels you can find the specs and cross sections of the plant was was repaired and what was not.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 11:29 PM

It was a hydrogen explosion, so they said on TV and Reuters.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 11:14 PM

Remember the Fukashima N plant #3 that exploded and the top half of the building was entirely blown away?

Well now the lower half of the building is entirely gone and the metal girders are twisted and warped through out.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 08:42 PM

Donuel-

You and I make mistakes but some of what the national news anchors are saying is truly outrageous.

I was just checking Wikipedia and they now have an excellent cutaway drawing of a typical BWR Mark I Containment, as used in units 1 to 5 at the Fukushima complex: click here for update!

One of the CNN "experts" was literally drooling at the prospect of selling the Japanese the next generation of nuclear power plant.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 08:34 PM

I don't know what the solar, wind and especially tidal industries are presently doing in Japan, and everywhere (although I do subscribe to an on-line site..mostly talks about Denmark it seems) but they sure as heck had better up their involvement..as should we all.

I don't know what they will do about all the debris..some of it contains bodies of course so I don't know what can or should be done in the case of autos say..compacting them..\check them all first of course if not too damaged...some probably has been washed out to sea already...mg


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 08:33 PM

How hot is the containment vessel?

Where is the water going?

Where does it end up?


PS Bill Nye the Science guy absolutely embarrased himself and our nation with hisignorant remarks regarding these nuclear reactor malfunctions.

I don;t want the industry spokesmen, I want the real physicists with real data.

The Gov of PA at the time of the 3 MIle Island breach said the one critical factor is acting only after precise and accurate information has been collected.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 08:28 PM

Charley, to get an idea of the age of this reactor this car was brand new when engineers were putting the final touches on the design.
1958-1959 top of the line model


You mentioned the poor quality of the reporting. It is truely awful. The young editors and the pretty talking heads confuse million for billion, feet for meters, hours for years. Gross mistakes that are never corrected.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: SINSULL
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 08:21 PM

But we can be thankful
And tranquil and proud
For man's been endowed with a mushroom shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day
Someone will set the spark off...





And we will all be blown away.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 08:18 PM

The PM of Japan says the nuclear disaster is now stablized.

I am thinking that the reports that the temperatures are unchanged despite pouring water on the reactors is very odd. Is the gauge broken? Did the water go on the floor or into the reactor?

These old and patchwork welded repaired containment vessels are brittle and if explosed to high heat and cold at the same time would break them like glass.

In NY the water came out of the tap below freezing and would break our glasses ar room temperature regularly. this old steel holding 3000 degrees and then exposed to 40 degree water would crack the metal.

At any rate while it is very worrisom I hope that all turns out no worse than what has already occured.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 08:07 PM

Bobad-

We are both correct.

The building with housed the reactor containment vessel for Unit 1 was blown apart by a hydrogen gas explosion, leaving its frame exposed to the sunshine, while the site operators claim that the containment vessel has not been breached. Sorry if I was not being clear.

The video is more expressive as you can clearly see the initial shock wave of the explosion followed by smoke.

Now I was only aware of Vermont Yankee as a similar reactor to the ones at Fukushima. But there are actually some 23 nuclear reactors in the States similar in design to the ones that are melting down at the Fukushima complex. Here's the summary and assessment from NIRS:

General Electric Mark I Reactors in the United States

The Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 reactor that exploded on Saturday, March 12, 2011, was a General Electric Mark I reactor. This design has been criticized by nuclear experts and even Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff for decades as being susceptible to explosion and containment failure.

As early as 1972, Dr. Stephen Hanuaer, an Atomic Energy Commission safety official, recommended that the pressure suppression system be discontinued and any further designs not be accepted for construction permits. Shortly thereafter, three General Electric nuclear engineers publicly resigned their prestigious positions citing dangerous shortcomings in the GE design.

An NRC analysis of the potential failure of the Mark I under accident conditions concluded in a 1985 report that Mark I failure within the first few hours following core melt would appear rather likely. In 1986, Harold Denton, then the NRC's top safety official, told an industry trade group that the "Mark I containment, especially being smaller with lower design pressure, in spite of the suppression pool, if you look at the WASH 1400 safety study, you'll find something like a 90% probability of that containment
failing."

For more information, see: http://www.nirs.org/factsheets/bwrfact.htm

Reactor   Location Size   Year operation began
Browns Ferry 1* Decatur, AL 1065 MW 1974
Browns Ferry 2* Decatur, AL 1118 MW 1974
Browns Ferry 3* Decatur, AL 1114 MW 1976
Brunswick 1* Southport, NC 938 MW 1976
Brunswick 2* Southport, NC 900 MW 1974
Cooper*   Nebraska City, NE 760 MW 1974
Dresden 2* Morris, IL 867 MW 1971
Dresden 3* Morris, IL 867 MW 1971
Duane Arnold* Cedar Rapids, IA 581 MW 1974
Hatch 1* Baxley, GA 876 MW 1974
Hatch 2* Baxley, GA 883 MW 1978
Fermi 2   Monroe, MI 1122 MW 1985
Hope Creek** Hancocks Bridge, NJ 1061 MW 1986
Fitzpatrick* Oswego, NY 852 MW 1974
Monticello* Monticello, MN 572 MW 1971
Nine Mile Point 1* Oswego, NY 621 MW 1974
Oyster Creek* Toms River, NJ 619 MW 1971
Peach Bottom 2* Lancaster, PA 1112 MW 1973
Peach Bottom 3* Lancaster, PA 1112 MW 1974
Pilgrim** Plymouth, MA 685 MW 1972
Quad Cities 1* Moline, IL 867 MW 1972
Quad Cities 2* Moline, IL 867 MW 1972
Vermont Yankee* Vernon, VT 620 MW 1973

*has received 20-year license extension from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
**20-year license renewal extension is under review by Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Of course it's doubtful whether the NRC ever took into consideration a tsunami compromising the emergency back-up system.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: bobad
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 06:58 PM

"Unit 1 whose reactor building blew its top off."

From what I gather that was sheet metal cladding of a building that was housing the overhead crane used to service the reactor blown apart due to a hydrogen gas explosion. The reactor containment housing remains intact.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 06:26 PM

Another news update via NIRS:

UPDATE 2:30 pm, Sunday, March 13, 2011. Tokyo Electric Power is reporting that some six
feet of the core of Unit-3 remains uncovered and has been for some time despite efforts to
pump water into the core. Tepco speculates there may be leaking pipes and water is not
remaining in the core. A translation of part of the statement from our Japanese colleagues:
"The fuel's integrity has been considerably compromised. We are assessing a considerably
serious situation."

Six feet of core uncovered is not reassuring for Unit 3, not to be confused with Unit 1 whose reactor building blew its top off.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 06:10 PM

Tepco releases not available at the moment, a new one probably being prepared. Importantly, the last one said water levels restored.
----------------------------

Looking at Hawai'i, the state seems not to have sustained any severe damage. Several homes near beach level lost, and some condo/rental units severely damaged. Seven homes lost on Kealakekua Bay. Current State estimates are several million dollars damage to beach installations, piers, etc. Perhaps $1 million damage at Kailua-Kona Pier. Big Island authorities breathed a sigh of relief that there was not more damage.
No lives lost, but a few minor injuries.
(Above gleaned from Honolulu Staradvertiser.com and Hawai'i Tribune-Herald (Hilo)).


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 04:15 PM

Peter-

Thanks for posting the link to the company press release.

One detail is particularly disquieting to me:

"We are currently coordinating with the relevant authorities and
departments as to how to secure the cooling water to cool down
the water in the spent nuclear fuel pool."

The "spent fuel pool" is as I've mentioned above where they keep the highly radioactive "spent" fuel rods in storage after they are no longer useful as fuel for the reactor. They still need to be kept cool which is why they are submerged in the pool. If there is a loss of coolant supply to the pool, there is a risk of a catastrophic release of radiative isotopes from there. There is typically no containment provided or required for a spent fuel pool. There was once an incident in the States where the level of water in the spent fuel pool dropped nine feet before someone noticed what was happening; the problem was then corrected but everyone had a good scare.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 04:02 PM

Tepco Press release regarding the state of Fukushima reactor complex


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: SINSULL
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 03:30 PM

15 patients at a hospital six miles from the reactor have been diagnosed with radiation poisoning. One ambulance is "contaminated". Not sure what that means.

Meantime a volcano in southern Japan has erupted breaking windows and spewing debris. Those poor people, Enough is enough.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: gnu
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 02:32 PM

Donuel... "Even one atom    of PU lodged in your lung will kill tissue and then promote cancerous growth."

My old man (RCAF, Ground Nuclear Defense) told me a long time ago that tobacco causes emphysema and other nasties but it does not cause cancer directly. Rather, it allows cancer to be caused by sunstances which become lodged in the lung and are either radioactive themselves or are metals which can be affected by magnetic fields induced by close proximity to electric current.

And, no, I don't care to discuss it any further with anyone for any reason whatsoever.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 02:27 PM

Not to worry, Charlie. You will get to breathe the radioactive particles. Eventually the winds will change and carry radiation across the north Pacific, through Alaska and Canada, and eventually reach you in New England. Slow, but inevitable.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 02:10 PM

Oh, and now the weather pattern has taken a bad turn for Japan. The winds for the last few days have been blowing out to sea. Starting tomorrow the winds will be blowing in from the sea, counterclockwise as a low passes off-shore.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 02:06 PM

Here's what NIRS said about how the nuclear plant worker died:


UPDATE, 1 pm, Saturday, March 12, 2011. World Nuclear News is reporting that a worker who
was apparently trapped in the exhaust stack of Unit 1 at Fukushima Daiichi has died.

It's unclear whether he died from radiation poisoning, but he's certainly a victim of this unfolding disaster.

"...why is the news so damned quiet about all this?"

I agree with Bill on this one. Even the "experts are all thumbs when the meltdown comes" as we used to sing in the halcyon days of my youth.

Consult NIRS or Wikipedia for more accurate info. The media is good for general updates on what has happened, not why it happened or what might happen next.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Bettynh
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 01:42 PM

Well, I can't find it again, but I did see that one worker from the power plants has died of radiation poisoning. They're testing evacuees for radiation now. They've admitted that they found a few. Apparently, the population around the nuclear plants wasn't given iodine to keep on hand for this situation (I know coastal NH residents all have been issued a supply, to be taken only if danger threatens).

Soo... we're sending trauma doctors to an area well served by modern hospitals (remember the trauma stations set up in NY on 9/11 that had no business?). It will be a test to see if any emergency system is nimble enough to start sending oncologists and radiologists.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 01:39 PM

"...why is the news so damned quiet about all this?"

The 'news'...meaning mainstream media... is seeing what we see- many conflicting reports and opinions about what actually IS happening, as well as the significance and likely outcomes.
They have been roundly criticized in the past for jumping on ONE opinion and getting it wrong. Plus, so many people rely only on CNN or BBC or Fox...etc, that they could cause widespread confusion & panic if they say too much.
   I am seeing 'almost' all the guesses and possibilities at least mentioned on the news.
One of the most seemingly credible persons... a nuclear engineer... said that, in his opinion, even a 'meltdown' in THIS plant, given the conditions, while serious, would NOT breach the containment vessel and would not create a widespread radiation hazard.

So... I tune in every now & then to see if that has changed. So far, it hasn't. I simply cannot take constant dwelling on it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 01:35 PM

Potassium Iodide

Cesium mimics Potassium in the human body. If your body needs Potassium it will grab Cesium and put it right where Potassium would go.

Potassium Iodide liquid drops promotes uptake of the real elements and will take less of the radioactive mimics.

I wrote about these drops early in the thread because my sister died from radioactive Iodine about 10 years ago. The process is too dreadful to describe but suffice it to say that at her death she had had her stomach, thyroid, intestines , spllen and pancrous removed.
She survived on IV ATP for over a year.




The fuel at Fukashima is a Uranium Plutonium mixture.


HOW MANY PLUTONIUM ATOMS CAN YOU BREATH SAFELY.

As long as not even one atom remains lodged in your lung or passageway you can breathe as much as you want for a few seconds.

Even one atom    of PU lodged in your lung will kill tissue and then promote cancerous growth.

The Rocky Flats Plutonium plant in Colorado has released dozens of lbs of PU through fire and spill. So we are exposed to PU concievably very often and we still have a viable albeit cancer striken society.


Another report of yet a third reactor (not one of the Fukashima reactors) is reported to have lost all cooling to the core. Since this reactor is even closer to Tokyo the reporting strikes me as being realtively hush hush.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: SINSULL
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 01:28 PM

One BBC story claimed that the people of Japan have developed a sort of folklore about the effects of radiation. They believe in monster babies and the like. There is a genuine concern that people evacuating from the area of the nuclear plants will be attacked.
More good news.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: gnu
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 12:37 PM

BBC News

With the loss of power at reactor 3, and with its valves and pumps damaged by the tsunami, emergency workers were pumping in seawater mixed with boron - which disrupts nuclear chain reactions - to cool the rods.

But one report suggested the tops of the rods had briefly been exposed.

Technicians opened valves, allowing small amounts of radioactive vapour to escape in a bid to reduce the pressure in the unit.

They performed a similar operation on the first reactor, hours before the explosion that wrecked the building it was housed in.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: GUEST,999
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 12:19 PM

Charley, why is the news so damned quiet about all this?


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 12:10 PM

Here's some more things to ponder:

Japan's chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano told reporters earlier on Sunday that a partial meltdown in Unit 3 at the Fukushima facility was "highly possible".
"At the risk of raising further public concern, we cannot rule out the possibility of an explosion (another hydrogen explosion?)," Edano said. "If there is an explosion, however, there would be no significant impact on human health.


I wouldn't feel reassured by the above statement, especially combined with the new statement from NIRS:

Update from Nuclear Information Resources Service (NIRS):

UPDATE, 5:30 pm, Saturday, March 12, 2011. Reuters is reporting that Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 has lost cooling capability: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-japan-quake-nuclear-cooling-idUSTRE72B3GI20110312

This is of particular concern since, unlike all of the other reactors in trouble, Unit 3 has been using plutonium-based MOX (mixed oxide) fuel since September 10, 2010. Consequences of an accident at a MOX-powered reactor would be even more severe than at a more typical uranium-powered reactor...

Ugh!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Nuclear plant disaster looming
From: GUEST,number 6
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 11:10 AM

It's a goat f**k out of control.

thanks for the advice concerning iodide tablets Charley.

biLL


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