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Keep in mind that with any problems in the Koreas, Japan is our first point of reliance with regard to supplying our military, airlifting wounded to hospitals and ports for our ships. This is no small decision that our govt has made. Kim is certainly paying attention in NK, too.
Health Ministry: Spinach from Tochigi, Gunma prefs. also exceeds legal radiation limits.
Health Ministry's Kaji: All shipments of spinach stopped from Ibaraki prefecture.
Kaji: All raw milk shipments stopped from #Fukushima-ken.
Originally posted by Wertwog
What?! They dumped lead in? do you have a source for that? Surely you are talking about Chernobyl... I hope you are anyway.edit on 20-3-2011 by Wertwog because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by ethancoop
Originally posted by Kailassa
Workers stabilize spent fuel stored at Japanese reactor
Japanese workers, who are risking their lives attempting to cool a half-dozen crippled nuclear reactors, managed Saturday to stabilize a storage pool that holds some of the deadliest spent fuel, halting its release of radiation, the Japanese government said.
Which pool are they talking about? n.4?
"The worst case is, you dump more water on that spent fuel pool, and it drains," said Najmedin Meshkati, a nuclear safety expert who teaches at the University of Southern California. "And then the zirconium cladding of that fuel bundle will interact with this hot water, and it will release hydrogen. Then there may be fire or an explosion." Because part of the roof of that building has been blown off by an earlier hydrogen explosion, he said, "all of that radioactive cloud ... may get released into the environment. It's very potent."
I don't think they have to worry about another hydrogen explosion since the buildings are missing walls and roofs. Something tells me there wont be a large buildup of gasses any time soon.
Japan Earthquake Update (20 March 2011, 16:20 UTC)
Japanese authorities have notified the IAEA of progress at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Workers today have successfully placed reactor Unit 5 (at 05:30 UTC) and 6 (at 10:27 UTC) into cold shutdown.
This means that the reactors are in a safe mode, with cooling systems stable and under control, and with low temperature and pressure within the reactor.
Officials are continuing efforts to restore plant systems at Daiichi Units 1-3.
Unit 4 had been shut down for maintenance, with all its fuel removed from the reactor core, before the 11 March earthquake.
Renewed nuclear chain reaction feared at spent-fuel storage pool, fire at building housing containment of reactor Tuesday and Wednesday, only frame remains of reactor building roof, temperature in the pool reached 84 C on March 14, water sprayed at pool on Sunday.