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Stricken Japan reactor marks 40th anniversary
(AFP) – 8 hours ago
OSAKA — The Japanese operator of a stricken Fukushima nuclear plant Saturday marked 40 years since the first reactor started commercial operations with a boast of safety "unthinkable elsewhere".
"It is extremely disappointing to mark the 40th anniversary this way," Sakae Muto, vice-president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), told a news conference. "And we feel very sorry."
The 9.0-magnitude quake and huge tsunami on March 11 paralysed the cooling systems of the Fukushima Daiichi (No.1) plant 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo, leaving it on the brink of a catastrophic meltdown.
Emergency workers have sprayed huge amounts of water on the reactors -- including the 460,000-watt number one reactor -- to prevent the fuel rods becoming exposed and spewing out dangerous amounts of radiation.
US giant General Electric started construction of what was TEPCO's first nuclear reactor in September 1967. It began commercial operations on March 26, 1971.
The 1977 Japanese-language video, which was entitled "The Nuclear Power of Fukushima" and updated in 1985, hailed the plant as a "model of technological innovation in nuclear power generation".
The film, available online at www.kagakueizo.org/2011/01/post-332.html, documents the construction of the plant on rocky foundations by the Pacific.
Originally posted by Teknetium
Could somebody start a radiation monitoring thread?
Originally posted by mikeybiznaz
reply to post by Teknetium
wow that would take some input, and education to know what we were seeing and what is normal. like for instance stick a detector next to the bananas in the supermarket..."we are gonna die" would be ones thought but not the case at all. see what I mean?
The spokesman said he was unsure about the cause.
“Radioactive substances may have been transmitted through the air, or contaminated water could have drained from the plant somehow,” he told reporters Saturday “I don’t have further ideas.”
In addition to heightened levels of iodine-131, the nuclear agency said the seawater contained 117 times Japan’s legal limit of cesium-134 and 80 times the threshold for cesium-137.
A person drinking half a liter of water with the latest level of contamination would be consuming 1 millisievert, the equivalent of a full year’s acceptable consumption, according to the Journal.
The seawater contamination is the latest in a long list of problems that, beyond regaining control of the reactors and spent-rod pools before they overheat and release massive amounts of potentially deadly radiation, includes reports of increased radiation levels in Japanese crops, milk products and drinking water. Several nations have banned imports of Japanese food.
Neutral Particle Beam In July 1989, the Beam Experiments Aboard a Rocket (BEAR) program launched a sounding rocket containing a neutral particle beam (NPB) accelerator. The experiment successfully demonstrated that a particle beam would operate and propagate as predicted outside the atmosphere and that there are no unexpected side-effects when firing the beam in space. After the rocket was recovered, the particle beam was still operational. According to the BMDO, the research on neutral particle beam accelerators, which was originally funded by the SDIO, could eventually be used to reduce the half-life of nuclear waste products using accelerator-driven transmutation technology.