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You have to admit that this is all such madness that anything could be going on. One 'reason' is just as likely as another and aliens at war with humans is about as likely as we are all going to get out of this disaster alive. How can we rationalize a situation like this? We cannot - if we believe that the folk who build and run nuclear plants are human at all. Personally, I think something totally screwy is up on Earth.
You just can't make this crap up
after reading this I should make clear : I am certain that deterioration of the pools moderators ( and the in the near future criticality ) are the reason Tepco is a) saying the sky , oops I mean pool , is falling and b) a cover story ( i.e we dropped a rod and it started a criticality as opposed to us being unable to stop moderator deterioration after so much radiation absorption and uncontrolled criticalities are a FACT for pool storage which means every pool is a ticking time bomb)
Here are the university phd's doing their bit in the previous BBC article
If this was a university the people involved would be getting phd's and nobel prize considerations for advancing man's knowledge of physics and chemistry.....
But there are problems with these tanks, says Prof Neil Hyatt, from the University of Sheffield, UK.
"To keep up with the rate at which radioactive cooling water is accumulated, Tepco has opted to use containment tanks incorporating plastic seals. Seepage from these joints was the cause of the latest leak of radioactive water."
According to Prof Paddy Regan, at the University of Surrey, UK, this leak must be kept in some perspective.
"The numbers reported for dose from these concentrated sources are high - standing there for any more than a few minutes would not be encouraged - but the risks are measurable and the potential doses received should be monitored by workers in the immediate area," he said.
Prof Andrew Sherry from the University of Manchester, UK, says the measures taken by Tepco are the right ones.
"Though serious, this leak is a long way from the Level 7 incident we were facing in 2011. The approach taken by Tepco to drain the tank, pump leaked water to temporary storage, and protect the drainage of contaminated water to ground water, is entirely sensible," he explained.
but they say in this article that it is a way to diffuse criticism of the government not releasing figures to the public (but did to the US military) as soon as they knew them.
A government commission evaluating guidelines on nuclear disaster management released a plan Wednesday asking authorities to refrain from using SPEEDI, a computer system that judges whether residents should evacuate based on its predictions of radioactive fallout after a nuclear accident.
The working group of the Cabinet Office’s Nuclear Safety Commission said, “Predictions made by SPEEDI have a large degree of uncertainty, making it unreliable during times of emergency.”
The group recommends judgments about evacuations should be made based on data collected, such as radiation levels, rather than using SPEEDI, which makes predictions of “low reliability.”
the number 5 reactor lost control rods… self-started with lid off it.. is why they called manufacture in to get lid on expanded top.. and it has MASSIVE FISSURE right UNDER IT !!
not much word on 6… semi-stable..?
...How long have you been keeping this to yourself?
I read PB said "that she thought the coriums where moving 60 to 70 miles under japan." maybe I am wrong
I have seen plenty of birds on the webcam, is there any particular bird you mean? Why would there NOT be birds flying about? I dont really understand the question.
Has anyone here seen or heard anything about a bird like being spotted around Fukushima at the time of its initial meltdown...or even more recently?
TEPCO to remove radiation-soaked soil
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station on Friday will start removing soil soaked with radioactive water from the plant.
TEPCO workers found on Monday that one of the storage tanks near the Number 4 reactor has leaked more than 300 tons of highly radioactive wastewater. Some of the water may have flowed into the sea through a drainage system.
Much of the water that has leaked is believed to have soaked into soil near the tank as there is little water left on the ground and little contamination in the drainage system.
TEPCO workers plan to collect the soil on Friday to prevent the contamination from spreading further underground.
The workers will dig up about 50 centimeters of soil with heavy equipment and then measure radiation levels. If the levels are high, the workers will dig deeper to remove the soil until the levels are equal to those in untainted spots.
However, it is not known where and how much escaped water has penetrated the ground. In addition, some places have a network of cables underground.
TEPCO says its workers will first collect earth in places where no equipment is buried. But it is not clear how much soil they can remove.
Aug. 22, 2013 - Updated 17:29 UTC