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Originally posted by Vitchilo
Body Containing High Levels of Radiation Found near Fukushima Plant
A body was found yesterday containing high levels of radiation in the town of Ookuma-cho, about 5 kilometers from the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant. The Fukushima Police Department received a report of an unidentified body laying outdoors in the area. About 15 policemen dressed in protective gear went to the area.
Since the police detected dangerous levels of radiation, they decided not to take the body back with them, according to NHK. The police did not disclose the level of radiation.edit on 28-3-2011 by Vitchilo because: (no reason given)
A partial meltdown was exactly what we were speaking about, specifically the event at Three Mile Island.
Originally posted by Regenstorm
Originally posted by cripmeister
reply to post by butcherguy
Thanks. From following this thread it seems to me that several posters are under the impression that once nuclear fuel rods have started to melt the process is unstoppable. There's no such thing as a partial meltdown yet that's what happened at TMI. Confusing to say the least.
No it's not, if I'm informed correctly.
A meltdown is a meltdown, nothing that can change that proces.
They speak of a partial meltdown when not all the rods in the reactor become part of that meltdown.
Originally posted by MissTiger
reply to post by DancedWithWolves
We also have to remember that Japan is not a third world country, it is meant to be on the same level as the USA,UK, France etc. We can offer help but we must be invited in there to help. If something happened in the UK I am sure that the USA wouldn't just turn up, they would trust they knew what they were doing and they would have to accept what the UK was saying. Anything other than that would cause political unrest, that is what all our Governments are more worried about!
The police did not disclose the level of radiation.
On Monday the government urged residents of the evacuation area within 20 kilometers of the Fukushima plant not to return for the time being, as it stepped up efforts to address the nuclear crisis and remove debris from the quake areas.
“It is very likely that within 20 kilometers from the plant is contaminated and there is a big risk (to human health) at the moment,” Yukio Edano, top government spokesman, told a news conference. He said residents should not enter the evacuation zone until after the government gives them the go ahead
Originally posted by MissTiger
Fumiaki Nakayama speaking on NHK about the workers that were sent to hospital said
no radiation contamination was found in their bodies, symptoms that may develop now may be red spots that will not require treatment
The Account of Setsuko Thurlow, Survivor of Hiroshima
The unique and mysterious effect of the atomic bomb was radiation which affected many people. For example, my favourite uncle and aunt were in the suburbs and had no external injuries. But a couple of weeks later they began feeling sick with the appearance of purple spots on their bodies, nausea and loss of hair and so forth. We did not know then that the sickness was due to radiation. According to my mother who cared for them until their deaths, their internal organs seemed to be rotting and dissolving and coming out in a black liquid. Later we were told that if purple spots appeared on our bodies, this was a sure sign that we would soon die. Every morning, our routine was anxiously to examine our bodies for the dreaded purple spots.
The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Petechiae and other hemorrhagic manifestations were striking findings. Bleeding began usually from the gums and in the more seriously affected was soon evident from every possible source. Petechiae appeared on the limbs and on pressure points. Large ecchymoses (hemorrhages under the skin) developed about needle punctures, and wounds partially healed broke down and bled freely. Retinal hemorrhages occurred in many of the patients. The bleeding time and the coagulation time were prolonged. The platelets (coagulation of the blood) were characteristically reduced in numbers.
I wouldn't put it past TEPCO to dispose of their dead contract workers that way.
If they die at work, just drive them 5k away and dump them.
Who's going to know?
From Asahi Shinbun news about one hour ago (3:00PM JST 3/28/2011).In the Reactors 1, 2, and 3, the water level within the Pressure Vessels are not rising as much as desired. TEPCO admitted in the March 28 press conference that the reason why the Pressure Vessels haven't been filled with water was "probably a hole near the bottom, that's the image we have". Asked why there was a hole, TEPCO answered they did not know.
At 6:56 a.m., a plant supervisor declared a site emergency, and less than half an hour later station manager Gary Miller announced a general emergency, defined as having the "potential for serious radiological consequences" to the general public. Metropolitan Edison notified the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), which in turn contacted state and local agencies, governor Richard L. Thornburgh and lieutenant governor William Scranton III, to whom Thornburgh assigned responsibility for collecting and reporting on information about the accident. The uncertainty of operators at the plant was reflected in fragmentary, ambiguous, or contradictory statements made by Met Ed to government agencies and to the press, particularly about the possibility and severity of off-site radiation releases. Scranton held a press conference in which he was reassuring, yet confusing, about this possibility, stating that though there had been a "small release of radiation...no increase in normal radiation levels" had been detected. These were contradicted by another official, and by statements from Met Ed, who both claimed that no radiation had been released. In fact, readings from instruments at the plant and off-site detectors had detected radiation releases, albeit at levels that were unlikely to threaten public health as long as they were temporary, and providing that containment of the then highly contaminated reactor was maintained. Angry that Met Ed had not informed them before conducting a steam venting from the plant and convinced that the company was downplaying the severity of the accident, state officials turned to the NRC. After receiving word of the accident from Met Ed, the NRC had activated its emergency response headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland and sent staff members to Three Mile Island. NRC chairman Joseph Hendrie and commissioner Victor Gilinsky initially viewed the accident, in the words of NRC historian Samuel Walker, as a "cause for concern but not alarm"....However, the NRC faced the same problems in obtaining accurate information as the state, and was further hampered by being organizationally ill-prepared to deal with emergencies, as it lacked a clear command structure and the authority to tell the utility what to do, or to order an evacuation of the local area.
Originally posted by Regenstorm
reply to post by Kailassa
Is there something that could speed up this proces?
A catalyzer of some sort?
I'm sorry. I don't agree. If there was going to be an instant large explosion affecting the whole world they would invade in a flash. Look at Libya. They haven't forced their help because the UK and France supplied the Pu-239 and pre processed MOX fuel. The US supplied the plants. They are all implicated via sub contracts. Remember BP and the American sub contractors!