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Originally posted by cripmeister
Originally posted by TheRedneck
The fact that TEPCO is desperately trying to cool the reactor in #2 is not an indication it is properly shut down. Ergo, the fuel is still producing heat.
Not properly shut down as in a failure of inserting the control rods? As far as I know nuclear fuel will always produce heat (decay heat) after being shut down.
edit on 18-3-2011 by cripmeister because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by cosmicpixie
Any news on whether the cable to reactor 2 HAS been successfully laid ? Earlier there were conflicting reports.
Originally posted by burntheships
Above Japan nuclear plant is a no-go for US Navy
The U.S. Navy is keeping all but critical missions from flying through a wide stretch of airspace above Japan's overheating nuclear plant - an even larger area than the U.S. government has recommended that Americans avoid on the ground.
The air cordon is intended to ensure safety and keep routine flights from passing through potentially hazardous airspace, Cmdr. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. 7th Fleet, said Friday.
It's not a complete ban, with specific missions still being carried out inside a "heightened awareness zone," Davis said. U.S. aircraft are conducting flights to measure radiation coming from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, where reactors and fuel storage pools began overheating after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems. The restricted zone covers a radius of 100 nautical miles - or about 115 miles or 185 kilometers - above the Fukushima plant. The area is more than twice the 50-mile (80-kilometer) radius the U.S. government has urged Americans to avoid on the ground, which in turn is larger than the area where the Japanese government says people should either leave or stay indoors to prevent radiation exposure. www.whbf.com...