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September 5, 2012 at 6:24 am Log in to Reply
Is there problem brewing at the R4? They've lost the electrical supply of R4 today at 04:25 JST and workers have been asked to wear full protective gear… I wonder why(..)
It affected the building inside and even radiation monitoring was stopped (probably hiding something) for a while apparently. The installation work of the radioactive waste tank and water decontamination equipment were both cancelled today. TEPCO says that the cooling water part is not affected (but they would say that, won't they…) Electricity isn't restored completely yet. This is from a video uploaded 5 hours ago.
Alarm overload trip occurs at power house 4:25, important in building seismic isolation, Ximen corporate welfare is powered building, main entrance I make sure that is off. Since Therefore, continuous monitoring of the Portal dust is no longer available, 5:05, full-face mask Temporarily suspended the operation of the omission wear. Since then, the power switch to the alternative, continuous monitoring dust is restored, 6:15 to resume operation, the omission wearing full-face mask. It is not affected by the plant of Unit 1-6, and the various parameters Does not affect the value of the monitoring post.
Before becoming Japanese defense minister in June, Satoshi Morimoto said he viewed the nation's nuclear power plants as a deterrent against foreign attack, apparently because they made neighboring countries believe Japan could produce nuclear weapons quickly if it wanted to, Kyodo News learned Wednesday.
During a public forum on Jan. 25, Morimoto reportedly said nuclear plants in Japan are "taken by neighboring countries as having very great defensive deterrent functions," according to minutes of the discussion made available to Kyodo News.
The remark was interpreted as indicating Japan's nuclear power plants caused neighboring countries to be conscious of Japan's potential capacity to develop nuclear weapons, contributing to the nation's defense.
Morimoto told Kyodo News: "Now that I have become a member of the government, I would like to observe the government's policy" of retaining the three non-nuclear principles -- not possessing, producing or allowing for the presence of nuclear weapons.
But he also said, "If possible, I would like to reflect (my view) in actual policies."
In June, Japan enacted a revised atomic energy basic law including a new provision linking nuclear energy to "contributions to Japan's national security." That came under fire from some people as paving the way for the nation to possess nuclear weapons.
As defense chief, Morimoto is destined to take part in the Cabinet's imminent decision on Japan's new national energy policy, including the role of nuclear power in future electric power generation.
The government is considering three nuclear share options for 2030 -- zero percent, 15 percent and 20-25 percent -- against 26 percent in 2010.
Minutes of the Jan. 25 discussion show Morimoto called for Japan's maintenance of nuclear plants for defensive purposes as well as energy security, and indicated 25 percent as nuclear energy's appropriate share of Japan's power generation capacity.
Morimoto was speaking at a meeting in Sapporo sponsored by a business body related to Hokkaido Electric Power Co., discussing the controversial topic of whether Japan should retain nuclear plants after the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident.
Copyright 2012 Kyodo News
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda asked his predecessor Naoto Kan on Wednesday to support his bid to be reelected as president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan in its leadership election on Sept. 21.
According to DPJ sources, Kan did not clarify his position during their hour-long talks while urging Noda to state clearly that the country will end its reliance on nuclear energy in the future.
Kan was prime minister when the nuclear crisis erupted at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant last year.
Also on Wednesday, younger DPJ members decided to ask Environment Minister Goshi Hosono to enter the race, but Hosono has said he is not thinking about running for the party presidency.
In a separate meeting, four DPJ members asked former Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka to declare her candidacy. While withholding her response, Tanaka told reporters that it was difficult to accept their request because she does not believe she is the right person for the job.
Meanwhile, the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's Shinzo Abe, also a former prime minister, indicated his readiness to become the party's president again while launching an intraparty study group on economic growth strategies.
The LDP is scheduled to hold its presidential election on Sept. 26.
Another group of LDP lawmakers has decided to ask Secretary General Nobuteru Ishihara on Friday to run for the top post.
Former Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura and former LDP policy chief Shigeru Ishiba are ready to announce their candidacies on Friday and next week, respectively.
Copyright 2012 Kyodo News
(Reuters) - The Pentagon on Wednesday posted a website mapping the amount of radiation to which the tens of thousands of Americans in Japan at the time of last year's earthquake and nuclear disaster were exposed and said none of the doses posed health risks.
The 9.0 magnitude March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant north of Tokyo, triggering meltdowns, spewing radiation and prompting the Pentagon to announce voluntary evacuation for families of service members stationed in Japan.
The temblor generated a tsunami wave of up to 10 meters (33 feet) that swamped the Fukushima plant and the surrounding Tohoku region of central Honshu.
The website, registry.csd.disa.mil/otr, showed radiation dosages between March 12 and May 11 at 13 locations in Japan where most of the nearly 70,000 U.S. military-affiliated population lived.
It showed the highest rate of adult exposure at Camp Sendai, just north of Fukushima, where the estimated adult dose of whole body radiation was 0.12 rem and 1.20 for the thyroid - the organ most affected by radiation.
By comparison, a full-body CAT scan yields a whole body exposure of 5.0 rem.
Those American personnel who were stationed at Camp Sendai who check the website will see a message saying: "Your whole-body and thyroid radiation dose estimates are well below levels associated with adverse medical conditions."
"Since the estimated radiation doses and health risks associated with this event are so low, no one is being placed in a medical surveillance program to monitor their long-term health outcomes," the website said.
There were no children at Sendai, but children between one- and two-years-old at the Hyakuri Airbase south of Fukushima had an estimated whole body exposure of 0.16 rem and 2.70 rem.
The Pentagon said that by the end of the year it will issue final radiation dose estimates, including estimates for some 8,000 people who had their external or internal radiation measured directly.
Scientists are still studying the effects from Fukushima, the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier. Some nuclear experts have said Japan was slow to open up to foreign experts who could have helped it better contain the accident and manage the public health risks.
Last May, the operator of the crippled plant disclosed that radiation released in the first days of the Fukushima disaster was almost 2-1/2 times the amount first estimated by Japanese safety regulators.
Tokyo Electric Power said its own analysis put the amount of radiation released in the first three weeks of the accident at about one-sixth the radiation released during the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
(Editing by Todd Eastham)
TEPCO vaguely cites the ability to resist “6+” on the Japanese seismic scale. We received a first hand report from someone who attended a public meeting with TEPCO that this is not the full extent of the story on seismic stability. When pressed TEPCO admitted the “seismic 6″ is only vertical shaking and not horizontal shaking. They also admitted they do not have a staged plan to deal with the potential for a fuel fire in the spent fuel pool if it were to devolve to the point where water could not be used. TEPCO’s statement was that they had a water crane standing by. There was no mention of having any other fire fighting substances. Gundersen also cites this issue of no alternative fire fighting for unit 4, in a recent video where he spoke with Green Action Japan.
The admission that the quake testing does not take horizontal shaking into the equation is critial [sic]. The west wall already has issues with stability and the building supports to the west of the spent fuel pool are destroyed. These two issues make horizontal movement an issue.
So, long after we are dead, there will still be life on Earth. Thats good to know.
There are bacteria that still thrive at 60 sieverts/h, even worms that can sustain 4000 sieverts before they die.
Originally posted by Iron7
The damage and the fallout is done
Haha - and you think that the rest of the world is not also good at blindly following?
And the people of Japan are very good at one thing and that is blindly following.
Originally posted by Purplechive
Originally posted by Purplechive
Unit 1: Something Up With Nitrogen Injection
But Zero readings of hydrogen buildup in Unit 1:
System A：0.00vol% System B：0.00vol% (as of 11:00 , 9/4 )
- Purple Chive
Yes...a problem....hydrogen jumped up to:
System A：0.54vol% System B：0.54vol% (as of 11:00 , 9/5 )
And Kr-85 found at 948 bq/cm 3.
- Purple Chive
System A：0.38vol% System B：0.38vol% (as of 11:00 , 9/6 )
- At 10:30 AM on September 4, in order to examine the case of the intermittent increase in hydrogen density and noble gas (Krypton-85) density measured by Unit 1 RCV gas control system, we injected the nitrogen to the upper part of the pressure suppression chamber in which hydrogen is supposed to be accumulated from the nitrogen injection line laid on the 1st floor of reactor building, and pushed out the accumulating hydrogen and the Krypton-85. We accordingly started confirming the presence of hydrogen and Krypton-85 at the upper part of the pressure suppression chamber utilizing the gas control system. At 4:37 PM on the same day, we stopped the nitrogen injection to the upper part of the pressure suppression chamber. The hydrogen density of Unit 1 RCV was 0.54% as a result of this work (as of 11:00 AM on September 5). Since it is below the flammability limit (4%), there is no problem.
Originally posted by qmantoo
Yes... what has happend to Z? Have the Men In Black got to him? Hope not. Maybe a short rest in the hills perhaps?