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Spent fuel rods in Unit 4 of Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been exposed, resulting in the emission of "extremely high" levels of radiation, the head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday.
"What we believe at this time is that there has been a hydrogen explosion in this unit due to an uncovering of the fuel in the fuel pool," Gregory Jaczko told a House energy and commerce subcommittee hearing. "We believe that secondary containment has been destroyed and there is no water in the spent fuel pool, and we believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures."
Originally posted by Snappahead
reply to post by premierepastimes
Maybe we could just ask God to fix it instead???edit on 16-3-2011 by Snappahead because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by zorgon
Just got in from work and checked Iris for update
Those red circles are all today!
Even one in the Toronto Area
16-MAR-2011 23:38:19 39.17 142.66 5.7 25.3 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
16-MAR-2011 22:36:16 -32.47 -71.42 5.3 24.7 NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE
16-MAR-2011 22:14:52 38.83 144.20 5.1 26.9 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
16-MAR-2011 22:07:53 38.80 144.19 5.0 25.7 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
16-MAR-2011 22:03:21 37.61 143.48 5.1 39.8 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
16-MAR-2011 20:44:42 37.36 143.61 5.3 20.2 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
16-MAR-2011 19:35:02 37.64 141.99 5.0 24.9 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
16-MAR-2011 18:23:08 29.41 141.81 5.0 23.6 SOUTH OF HONSHU, JAPAN
16-MAR-2011 18:12:59 37.16 142.13 5.0 35.0 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
16-MAR-2011 17:55:01 36.28 143.15 4.2 25.8 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
16-MAR-2011 17:36:55 45.57 -74.55 4.3 18.0 SOUTHERN ONTARIO, CANADA
edit on 16-3-2011 by zorgon because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by kdog1982
Was it sand,clay,boron?
The radioactive plume from Fukushima's reactors can't be detected by satellites in orbit, but it can be tracked by the U.S. Air Force's Constant Phoenix WC-135 jets, which are designed to monitor airborne fallout from nuclear weapons tests. Constant Phoenix came into play after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine to sample the air over the Atlantic.....an Air Force spokesman, Maj. Chad Steffey ... confirmed that a Constant Phoenix WC-135 would be sent to sample the air wafting from Japan, in response to a Japanese government request. The planes would be brought from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Steffey said he didn't yet have details about the timing of the operation.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior U.S. defense official told NBC News that Constant Phoenix's involvement was "absolutely" a significant event. "We are using it to help out a nation," the official said. "It's significant.