It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Fuel rods. I'm not sure what the wreckage is behind it but they zoomed on it.
(General Electric is a parent company of msnbc.com through GE's 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal and Microsoft are equal partners in msnbc.com.)
Tetsuya Saito, spokesman for Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, said 1.8 tons of radioactive water leaked from a pump in Genkai's No. 3 reactor, and the cause was still under investigation.
The water was funneled into a storage area and posed no safety risk, he said.
Kyushu Electric issued a statement Friday about a pump problem but did not mention the leak. Officials at the utility were not immediately available for comment Saturday.
"There have been various problems at Genkai," Saito said. "But there is no safety problem as a result of what happened this time."
He said it was up to Kyushu Electric to determine whether to announce the leak.
Genkai Mayor Hideo Kishimoto complained that the utility has not been fully open with information.
"The local government needs to know," Kyodo News agency quoted him as saying. "I have repeatedly demanded the utility change its ways."
Last month, Kyushu Electric restarted Genkai's No. 4 reactor after it automatically shut down following an abnormality in a steam condenser that did not cause any radiation leaks or injuries. The No. 3 reactor was halted for a routine inspection when the pump problem developed.
L1. The Amount of Plutonium in the Nagasaki Bomb. This glass ball is the exact size of the plutonium core in the bomb that destroyed Nagasaki. Plutonium is a man-made nuclear explosive; it is created inside all nuclear reactors when uranium is bombarded with neutrons. Some uranium atoms can absorb a neutron without fissioning; when that happens, they are transmuted into plutonium atoms. Plutonium has become the nuclear explosive of choice in the world’s nuclear arsenals. Nuclear power advocates also see plutonium as the fuel of the future, as a resurgence of nuclear power will make plutonium fuel a necessity when uranium supplies dwindle. Kansas City, Missouri. 22 September 1983.
These photographs by Robert Del Tredici are protected by copyright and are available for purchase as high-quality digital prints on archival paper or as silver gelatin prints from email@example.com.
This bronze Buddha was melted by heat from the Hiroshima bomb. Bronze melts at around 1600 degrees F. The temperature on the ground beneath the exploding Hiroshima bomb reached about 7000 degrees. Hiroshima Peace Museum, Hiroshima, Japan. November 13, 1984.
The BWR was developed by the Idaho National Laboratory and General Electric in the mid-1950s. The main present manufacturer is GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, which specializes in the design and construction of this type of reactor.
With current news of additional radioactive leaks from the Fukushima nuclear power plants, the impact on the ocean of releases of radioactivity from the plants remains unclear. But a new study by U.S. and Japanese researchers analyzes the levels of radioactivity discharged in the first four months after the accident. It draws some basic conclusions about the history of contaminant releases to the ocean.
The study was conducted by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution chemist Ken Buesseler and two colleagues based in Japan, Michio Aoyama of the Meteorological Research Institute and Masao Fukasawa of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology. They report that discharges from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plants peaked one month after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that precipitated the nuclear accident, and continued through at least July.
Concentrations of cesium-137, a radioactive isotope with a 30-year half-life, at the plants’ discharge points to the ocean peaked at more than 50 million times normal/previous levels.
Concentrations 18 miles offshore were higher than those measured in the ocean after the Chernobyl accident 25 years ago, but thanks to ocean mixing processes, the levels rapidly diluted off the northwest coast of Japan.
The researchers report that the plants remain a significant source of contamination to the coastal waters. "There is currently no data that allow us to distinguish between several possible sources of continued releases," said Buesseler.
"These most likely include some combination of direct releases from the reactors, or storage tanks or indirect releases from groundwater beneath the reactors or coastal sediments, both of which are likely contaminated from the period of maximum releases."
"We don't know how this might affect benthic marine life, and with a half-life of 30 years, any cesium-137 accumulating in sediments or groundwater could be a concern for decades to come," he added.
Representing some 300 members across Japan of the "Mamacawa (Cute Mom) Project," which promotes educational activities of young mothers, the models recently took part in study sessions on practical ways to protect their children from the adverse effects of radiation.
They also held talks with an award-winning U.S. film director, who shot documentaries on children affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. In a roundtable talk organized by Kyodo News in November, three of these celebrity moms asked Keisuke Amagasa, a 64-year-old freelance journalist specializing in nuclear power, to provide useful tips on how to select and cook food to ensure their children's safety.
Hitomi Dewa, a 27-year-old mother of two, who hails from the city of Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture, said she is worried about her sister and relatives who still live relatively close to the troubled plant.
December 8, 2011 Tokyo Electric Power Company The December 9 Issue of Weekly Post reported that the control system at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station was cyber-attacked.
However, such facts have not been confirmed.
The control system owned by TEPCO is not configured to have cyber attacks.
SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Russia have agreed to review a joint maritime environmental study in the East Sea as Japan's quake-hit nuclear plant caused the release of radioactive contaminants into the environment, Seoul's trade ministry said Friday.
Radiation released into the atmosphere from the crippled Fukushima plant in the aftermath of March's devastating quake and tsunami has been spread by wind and rain.
"The two countries have agreed to review a monitoring of maritime pollution and seek to cooperate for the establishment of an early warning system against quakes and tsunamis," the ministry said.
Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the nuclear plant, has been considering discharging some treated water into the sea because it is running out of storage space. The potential move, however, has been met with strong opposition from fishing groups.
A group of Aboriginal people from Kakadu are planning to screen a documentary about uranium mining at a conference in Japan early next year.
The delegation of the Mirarr people will travel to Yokohama, Japan, to participate in the Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World, which will be held in January.
At the conference the group will screen the film Dirt Cheap 30 Years On, about uranium mining in Kakadu National Park.
A statement from the Environment Centre NT said the delegation will also visit Fukushima and Tokyo and interview people affected by the recent nuclear disaster.
© AAP 2011
China's biggest online shopping website, Taobao, has blocked Meiji baby formula from its search results since Meiji Dairies Corp of Japan announced on Tuesday that radioactive cesium was found in the product.
Meiji infant formula produced in Japan is not officially sold in China, but has been widely available on various shopping websites
According to Taobao, it has contacted industrial and commercial authorities in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, where the company is based. Meiji formula will not appear in its search results until authorities give the OK.
TOKYO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Some 1.8 tons of radioactive water leaked from a nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan, but was contained, local officials in Genkai said.
The plant operated by the Kyushu Electric Power Co. reported to local authorities it was having a problem with a pump Friday, but didn't immediately disclose the leak, the Kyodo news agency reported.
Officials said the No. 3 reactor was shut down when temperatures rose and the water leaked. It was all contained and has since been recovered, they said
Regardless, Genkai Mayor Hideo Kishimoto told reporters he was angry with the utility for withholding the information. "It should have been reported properly," the mayor said.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said the leak hadn't posed a safety threat, but ordered an investigation into the incident, the report said.
Elsewhere Friday, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced temperatures in three melted reactor cores at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima power plant had fallen below boiling,
China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Read more: www.upi.com...
Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to seek insurance from foreign companies for its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant as Japanese insurers have refused to renew coverage expiring in January, industry sources said Friday. Japanese nuclear plant operators are required to have insurance contracts with the government for accidents caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunami waves, and with private-sector insurers for other accidents.
Without insurance, they would have to give the government massive deposits.
A consortium of 23 Japanese property and casualty insurers have decided not to renew their contract with TEPCO for the plant crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, prompting the utility to look for other insurers or make deposits.
Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe and antinuclear activists held a rally in Tokyo on Saturday calling for the abolition of nuclear reactors in the aftermath of radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Addressing the protesters in Hibiya Park, who numbered around 5,500, according to the organizers, Oe condemned the Diet's approval Friday of nuclear cooperation agreements with Jordan, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam to allow exports of Japanese-made reactors and technologies to the countries.
"The levels of politicians' caution regarding nuclear reactors have returned to those before March 11" when the massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant, Oe said.
Transparency essential This is the first time the government has set up an investigative body featuring people from the private sector based on a law. The Diet's secretariat must provide proper assistance to the panel, such as by appointing staff members with expert knowledge.
The committee will reportedly make it a principle to thoroughly disclose information to the public during its investigation. Although ensuring transparency will certainly be important, the panel will need to consider how information is disclosed so that statements made at panel meetings are not always left open to criticism from outsiders. As the ruling and opposition parties have agreed, every effort must be made so there will be absolutely no room for outsiders to doubt the panel's political neutrality.
Meanwhile, the government panel tasked with investigating and verifying the nuclear crisis is scheduled to compile its interim report by the end of this month. It is meaningful that two investigation panels, one set up by the Diet and the other by the government, are trying to uncover the truth from multiple viewpoints. We hope the Diet investigative committee will be aware of its heavy responsibility and submit proposals that contribute to improving nuclear plant safety.
Originally posted by Aircooled
M, you were wondering where this 4th floor pipe went, with the catwalk under it and the green pole to the right?
I think I can help. I have marked the bend in the pipe, the green pole, and the arrow on top of the machine would be where the worker is standing and where our hole in the ceiling is. Note: That machine that the worker is standing on has a curved edge in both pics also, and the catwalk is under it. Note: Blue edged freight shaft at the bottom.
A better shot of the shaft. We have some sandbags and plywood, and the pool would be behind the wall and machines. Please note, Camera man is standing on scafold built on the south side of the freight shaft. It will help you get your bearings when you get to the footage of the shaft on the 3rd floor at the end of the film..
Now lets pop upstairs to the 5th floor and our object one more time. I marked the blue shaft on the left and that red attachment to our collar. It sure looks like this shot up that shaft. But from where?