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Originally posted by rbrtj
Back in the day they would be looking for virgins to sacrifice......
How hot is lava? Hotter than corium? Anyone?
The temperature of corium can be as high as 2400°C in the first hours after the meltdown and can reach over 2800°C
The temperature of lava when it is first ejected from a volcanic vent can vary between 700 and 1200 degrees C (1300 to 2200 F).
SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- A team of South Korea's nuclear experts will travel to Japan later this week for discussions on the threat of radiation leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi plant crippled by last month's earthquake and tsunami, an official said Monday.
The six-member delegation, comprised of officials from the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety and the science ministry, will attend the two-day meeting from Tuesday in Tokyo, foreign ministry vice spokesman Shin Maeng-ho said.
Commission Meeting Scheduled for April 13, 2011
April 6, 2011
Sunshine Act Meeting
Time and Date:
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.
800 North Capitol Street, N.W.
First Floor Hearing Room
The meeting will be an Open Session.
Matters to be Considered:
1. Update on Situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan
2. Staff Review and Recommendation Concerning Activities that may be Conducted without further Agreement Filings under Commission Rule 46 C.F.R. § 535.408
3. Discussion of Current Trade Conditions and Next Steps on Commission’s Fact Finding 26 Recommendations
4. Discussion of Level of Financial Responsibility to Meet Liability Incurred for Death or Injury to Passengers or Other Persons on Voyages
Karen V. Gregory
Originally posted by windwaker
reply to post by MedievalGhost
.14 is still not the high at all. Ironically I bet you it's much higher here in the US.
If you go to Weather Online website and check the Cesium-137 cloud forecast, you will see that incredibly large amounts of Cesium-137 are reaching the west coast of the US.
Weather Online - Cesium-137 Dispersion Forecastedit on 12-4-2011 by windwaker because: Grammar
by SFA437 - They are not affecting photosynthetic organisms such as plankton and surface dwelling food chain base organisms. Apples and oranges in terms of bio-accumulation.
The catastrophe at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant has undeniably damaged the nuclear industry, setting back its slow-building recovery from the Chernobyl accident 25 years ago. Not only has Japan, the world's third-largest economy, shut down plants (some of them permanently) that provide one-fifth of the country's electricity, but Germany, China and Switzerland moved to halt expansions and life-extending refits to their nuclear plants.
But nuclear is far from the only villain. There seems to be no source of new energy we can live with. Last year, it was deep-water oil drilling that provoked a public outcry. The leak from BP's well in the Gulf of Mexico inspired moratoriums and costly regulations not just in the United States but around the world. The accident offered new reasons to oppose carbon-belching sources like coal and oilsands.
Adding to the list of undesirable power sources, Quebec this year reacted to concerns about water contamination, methane gas leaks and other issues by imposing a near moratorium on shale gas drilling. Likewise Ontario, already committed to phase out coal power by 2014, cancelled a project to build a gas-fired power plant in Oakville last year in the face of fierce local opposition. Even renewable sources like wind power are coming under fire from residents fearful of "wind sickness." Al Gore, the world's most prominent environmentalist, last year changed his mind about biofuels, the environmental benefits of which are looking increasingly doubtful
Extract from material originally posted by zorgon
Radiation levels in parts of Fukushima over limit
The Japanese government says the radiation accumulated over a 25-day period at some locations in Fukushima Prefecture has exceeded the permissible level set for a full year.
The government announced the findings on Monday. The calculation is based on data collected from 53 locations, up to 60 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, from the day following the March 11th disasters through April 5th.
34 millisieverts of radiation had accumulated over that period at one location in Namie Town, about 24 kilometers northwest of the plant. This equates to about 314 millisieverts per year, more than 3 times the permissible level of 100 millisieverts.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 08:52 +0900 (JST)
When the Fukushima No. 1 plant was being built, Japan was importing technology from the United States and learning from a more advanced nuclear power nation. The No. 1 plant was considered a "learning experience." A former TEPCO executive said, "The Fukushima No. 1 plant was a practice course for Toshiba and Hitachi Ltd. to learn about GE's design on a trial-and-error basis."
With the exception of the No. 6 reactor, the other five reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 plant are Mark I boiling-water reactors developed by GE. According to sources, the locations of emergency generators and the seawater pump structure were also based on a GE design.
In contrast, the No. 6 reactor is a Mark II reactor. Moreover, the Fukushima No. 2 plant and Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, which were constructed from the mid-1970s to the 1990s, used an improved and safer version of the Mark II reactor.
After Toshiba and Hitachi gained experience in constructing nuclear plants, they located emergency generators and seawater pumps within buildings.
Yet those safety improvements were never reflected in changes at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday ordered the repatriation of Filipinos living within 50 kilometers of the quake-stricken nuclear plant in Japan to avoid long-term radiation exposure.
Moreover, he urged those Filipinos living from 50 km to 100 km of the plant to voluntarily evacuate. More than 2,000 Filipinos live within 100 km of the plant.
Those who wish to stay in Japan are urged to go to at least two churches in Tokyo and to relocation centers south of Tokyo, he said.
He said the Philippines will charter a plane to bring the Filipinos home, adding he expects the plane to take off Sunday from Niigata airport north of Tokyo.
Prior to the order Filipinos living within 20 km of the stricken power plant had been urged to evacuate.
SEOUL, April 12 (Yonhap) -- Traces of radioactive materials have been found in the air above South Korea's 12 detection centers due to the continued inflow of contaminants from Japan's stricken nuclear power station, a state nuclear safety body said Tuesday.
The Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) said small amounts of iodine-131, cesium-137 and cesium-134 were found at the sites, although concentration levels posed no real health threats to humans.
The institute tested air samples taken from the detection sites across the nation from 10 a.m. Sunday through 10 a.m. Monday.
The highest concentrations of iodine-131 reached 0.755 millibecquerel (mBq) per cubic meter, with numbers for cesium-137 and cesium-134 reaching 0.220 mBq and 0.236 mBq each. The highest readings were all taken from samples collected from the port city of Gunsan, 274 kilometers southwest of Seoul.
KINS added that rain samples taken on Monday showed traces of iodine-131 detected in eight locations out of the 12 sites checked, with cesium-137 and cesium-134 being found in three locations.
Seoul has confirmed the existence of radioactive particles in the air from March 28 onwards.
Among people who survived the March 11 massive quake and tsunami but died later in the month in the disaster-stricken Tohoku region, at least 282 were believed to have succumbed to postdisaster-linked factors, such as cold temperatures and unsanitary conditions at evacuation sites that aggravated their chronic illnesses, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.
The findings were made through inquiries to key hospitals designated to handle major natural disasters in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.
As many of those hospitals located along the Iwate Prefecture coast that were seriously affected by the twin disasters have not responded to the Yomiuri's inquiry, meaning the number of such deaths indirectly linked to the quake and tsunami is certain to rise further.
Even though a month has passed since the disasters, the inferior sanitary conditions at evacuation centers have improved little. Experts warn such deaths indirectly linked to the disasters could occur at a much faster rate than those that occurred in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake or the 2004 Niigata Prefecture Chuetsu Earthquake.
The inquiry was made to 113 hospitals--those designated as key medical institutions at the time of major natural disasters and major secondary emergency hospitals--in the three prefectures. Queries concerned the number of patients who died as their chronic illnesses deteriorated or deaths due to the onset of new illnesses in the aftermath of last month's quake and tsunami.
Of the 113 hospitals, 56 responded, with 24 hospitals confirming there were such indirect disaster-linked deaths.
Of the 282 such deaths, Miyagi Prefecture accounted for 214, Fukushima Prefecture for 63 and Iwate Prefecture for five. Most of the deaths were believed to be among the elderly.
The Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture--the city in which more than 5,000 people either died or are listed as missing--registered 127 such deaths; followed by 23 at Saka General Hospital in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture; 17 at Kashima Hospital in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture; and 10 at Fukushima Medical University Hospital in Fukushima.