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Originally posted by Kailassa
Originally posted by lasertaglover
NHK was just talking about the concerns on reactor #2 and that since the building is intact, they can't spray water into it, and it is a real problem since the building does not have electricity. The commentator then said that they will discuss that reactor more in a little while (why?).
I'm confused about this because they also said that they had opened the building, to allow for venting of hydrogen, to help prevent an explosion.
The reactor buildings were built as containment structures, to prevent the release of radioactive gasses into the environment. Now we are being duped into believing these gasses are harmless, and there is/was no need to contain them.
Isn't reactor number #2 the one that has the spent fuel rods? And it's smoking?!!!!!!?
Each of these reactors has "spent" fuel stored in the same building, above the reactor. All spent fuel contains plutonium, but the fuel used and stored in reactor 3 is the worst, as that reactor used a fuel made of a mixture of uranium and recycled weapons grade plutonium.
Press Release (Mar 21,2011)
Smoke from the Southeast Side of the Rooftop of the Unit 3 Building in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
At around 3:55 PM on March 21st, an employee of TEPCO confirmed light
gray smoke arising from the southeast side of the rooftop of the Unit
3 building, and reported the situation to a fire station at 4:21 PM.
The parameters of reactor pressure vessel and reactor containment
vessel of Unit 3, and monitored environmental data around the Nuclear
Power Station remains at the same level. However, employees working
around Unit 3 evacuated to a safe location.
It is observed the smoke has been decreasing.
TEPCO continues to take all measures to restore the safety and security
of the site and are monitoring the site's immediate surroundings.
Fact is, they do not control reactors 2-3-4, nor their spent fuel pools. They do not control squat. The only question now is... how long before they admit that they are not in control and start burrying the whole thing and put a nice lid of concrete on top of it all? Will it be before it goes full meltdown? Will it be before the spent nuclear pool rods go supercritical and the worst worst worst case scenario plays out? Fact is, ONE OF THOSE POOLS IS LEAKING. And you can't fix that without dying within seconds of exposure if you were to go work in the pool itself to fix it.
They either need to bury the whole thing or transport the whole thing with remote controlled helicopters/drones/bulldozers to a place where it can be dealt with safely.
Originally posted by butcherguy
reply to post by cripmeister
Yes, here we go again.
Nothing has changed with radiation levels, so we evacuated our workers to a safe location. Even though the smoke has subsided some! Everything is better than it was, so we will pull our guys back. ???????
Whatever, I could write that kind of PR for them without any knowledge of the situation there.
Police in the devastated Miyagi region said 250 thefts had been reported in the 10 days since the disaster and around £75,000 worth of goods had been reported stolen. The authorities said they are determined to cut down on the growing number of petty offences and would put an extra 100 officers on patrol. Reported incidents have included men trying to break into cash machines, siphoning petrol from cars and taking items from damaged stores and homes.
Status of Fukushima Daiichi power station as of 21:00, March 21, 2011
Here is information regarding the status of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station according to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.
Work to recover external AC power is in progress at unit-1 through 6. External AC power cable has already been connected to the distribution switchboards at unit-1 and 2. Power Center at unit-2 received electricity (15:46 March 20) and the integrity of each load is being confirmed. AC power will be provided to these units after current inspection to check problem. Works for laying electricity cable to the Power Center at unit-4 was completed around 15:00 on March 21.
The pressure of the Reactor Containment Vessel at unit 3 of Fukushima Daiichi rose once (320 kPa as of 11:00 March 20th) and dropped later. Monitoring the pressure continues (120 kPa as of 12:15 March 21).
And at 18:00 on March 21, Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano announced that...
After detecting radioactive material being beyond the government’s regulatory standard from spinach and kakina, the Prime Minister Kan ordered the governors of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures that shipment of these vegetables would be restricted “for the time being”. The shipment of milk from Fukushima prefecture was also restricted. Edano repeatedly emphasized that it was an emergency measure just in case and they would have no harm to the health of people who ingest them.
The only reason that they don't know for certain what caused the smoke is that the can't go look at it.
Removing the workers from the location is a safety precaution, they don't know what caused the smoke.
NRC: Containment at 3 reactors in Japan currently intact, situation appears to be stabilizing By Associated Press, Monday, March 21 ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff says containment at three reactors at Japan’s crippled nuclear complex is currently intact and the situation at the plant appears to be stabilizing. 0The NRC met to get an update from staff on the ongoing crisis in Japan and devise a plan to meet President Barack Obama’s call for a comprehensive safety review at the 104 U.S. nuclear reactors. Bill Borchardt, the commission’s executive director for operations, says that units 1, 2 and 3 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have some core damage but that containment for those three reactors is not currently breached. He says the situation at the plant appear to be on the verge of stabilizing. NRC staff is in Tokyo conferring with Japanese government and industry officials on the disaster. www.washingtonpost.com... l
Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant were evacuated on Monday after reactor No. 3 emitted a cloud of gray smoke, Kyodo reported, citing plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. The power company said the cloud appeared at around 3.55 pm local time (06.55 GMT). The NHK TV channel reported that a fire crew had arrived at the site. The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan 10 days ago has risen to 8,450, with 12,931 people missing. The disaster triggered a number of explosions at Fukushima, spreading fears of massive radioactive contamination. Before the evacuation, engineers at the plant were working to restore electricity supplies to the plant's reactors. Tokyo Electric said earlier on Monday that all six of the plant's reactors had been reconnected to electricity cables. The electricity supply, which could take up to three days to be restored, will run an automated cooling system in the damaged reactors and pools containing spent nuclear fuel.
Japanese engineers have connected four of the reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant to electricity cables, but will restore the electricity supply only after a detailed inspection of equipment, the Kyodo news agency reported on Monday. The United Nations nuclear agency said earlier on Monday that smoke and vapor rising from the earthquake-damaged plant had become less intense. The electricity supply, which could take up to three days to be restored, will run an automated cooling system in reactors and pools containing spent nuclear fuel. Tokyo Electric Power Co. also expects to lay power cables to the other two reactors on Tuesday. The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan 10 days ago has risen to 8,450, with 12,931 people missing. The disaster triggered a number of explosions at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, spreading fears of a large-scale radioactive contamination. Heavy rain has heightened fears of radiation and forced Prime Minister Naoto Kan to cancel a visit to the plant. People living near the plant have been told not to drink tap water due to high levels of radioactive iodine. Traces were also detected in tap water in Tokyo. On Saturday and Sunday spinach and milk produced near the plant was found to have higher than legal radiation levels. The sale of some products was halted over possible health risks. The World Health Organization described on Monday the threat from food contamination as "serious," Reuters reported. Around 3,400 Russians have been evacuated from Japan by the Russian Emergencies Ministry since the disaster struck on March 11. Emergencies Ministry planes are still running between Tokyo and Vladivostok, although the numbers of Russian nationals trying to leave have decreased significantly in the past few days.