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“EXPERT DOUBTS GOVERNMENT...
Nuclear expert John Large today questioned Fukushima's '4' status, telling The First Post: "We're not getting the information out of the government but I would say this is a significant nuclear event. You don't blow the top off a building and say it's not."
Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said today that there was the possibility of an explosion at the No 3 reactor but he was confident the steel containing vessel around the core of the reactor would withstand the blast – as it did when No 1 reactor blew up on Saturday.
Large said he found this hard to believe.
The "jellyfish" shape of Saturday's explosion and the decision to vent the reactor's secondary containment – releasing radioactive vapour and necessitating the evacuation of local people – all suggest fuel rods had melted and leaked from the primary containment.”
Radiation Forces U.S. 7th Fleet to Reposition Ships
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, March 14, 2011 – The U.S. 7th Fleet has temporarily repositioned its ships and aircraft away from Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant after detecting low-level contamination in the air and on its aircraft operating in the area.
The source of this airborne radioactivity is a radioactive plume released from the power plant, officials said.
In a statement announcing the decision, officials emphasized that the maximum potential radiation dose received by anyone aboard a ship that passed through the area was less than the radiation exposure received from about a month of exposure to natural background radiation from sources such as rocks, soil and the sun.
The USS Ronald Reagan was operating about 100 miles northeast of the power plant at the time. Using sensitive instruments, precautionary measurements of three helicopter aircrews returning to the ship after conducting disaster relief missions near Sendai identified low levels of radioactivity on 17 air crew members.
BREAKING NEWS: Partial defect found in No.2 reactor's container: Edano (06:58)
NEWS ADVISORY: No sharp rise seen in radiation from No. 2 reactor: Edano
Originally posted by jovanoti
On usgs site no aftershocks reported for last 3 hours in Honshu region. The same as before big hit of 9.0. I HOPE this is the end end of aftershocks. Interesting is that before 9.0 on friday there were small tremors in Kuril islands and Hawaii region.
Originally posted by zorgon
Meanwhile outside of Japan... no one has been looking at how far this Tsunami has reached. 3 t0 8 foot high tidal surges in California ripped boats to shreads... 5 'lookyloos' in Oregon got swept away, 4 were rescued