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Originally posted by zorgon
Hope this list comes out in English soon... I don't have shorthand
Originally posted by OuttaHere
NEWS ADVISORY: TEPCO chairman Katsumata mulling resignation to take blame
NEWS ADVISORY: TEPCO President Shimizu also mulling resignation: Chairman Katsumata
NEWS ADVISORY: Kan calls TEPCO plan to end Fukushima crisis 'a small step forward'
Chronology of events surrounding crippled Fukushima nuclear plant
TOKYO, April 17, Kyodo
The following is a chronology of events regarding the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Fukushima Prefecture, triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
March 11 -- Magnitude 9.0 earthquake forces power plant's Nos. 1-3 reactors to suspend operations automatically (Nos. 4-6 reactors were shut down, undergoing regular checks). Prime Minister Kan declares nuclear emergency, directing local residents in 3-kilometer radius of plant to evacuate.
March 12 -- Kan inspects stricken plant. Radioactive steam is vented from No. 1 reactor's containment vessel. Hydrogen explosion rips No. 1 reactor building. Government expands evacuation zone to 20 km radius of plant.
March 14 -- Hydrogen explosion rocks No. 3 reactor building. No. 2 reactor's fuel rods are exposed as water recedes inside reactor vessel.
March 15 -- Kan scolds Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) officials at company head office. Explosion is heard near suppression chamber of No. 2 reactor's containment vessel. Explosion is also heard at No. 4 reactor. Government directs residents in 20-30-km ring of plant to stay indoors.
March 16 -- Damage is feared to have been done to No. 3 reactor's containment vessel, forcing workers to retreat.
March 17 -- Ground Self-Defense Force helicopters drop water on No. 3 reactor building. Fire engines spray water from ground.
March 18 -- Nuclear safety agency gives crisis involving Nos. 1-3 reactors preliminary value of Level 5 on nuclear accident scale of 7.
March 19 -- Tokyo firefighters spray water at No. 3 reactor. Government announces detection of radioactive materials in raw milk in Fukushima Prefecture and spinach in Ibaraki Prefecture above allowable levels.
March 20 -- Nos. 5 and 6 reactors enter stable condition called ''cold shutdown.''
March 21 -- Workers are evacuated from No. 3 reactor after smoke spews out.
March 22 -- Large concrete pump drops water on No. 4 reactor.
March 23 -- Elevated level of radioactive iodine is detected in water treatment plant in Tokyo, prompting metropolitan government to urge people not to give tap water to infants.
March 24 -- Three workers are exposed to elevated levels of radiation at No. 3 reactor's turbine building. Metro government rescinds drinking restriction for infants.
March 25 -- Government urges people living in 20-30-km ring of plant to evacuate on their own.
March 26 -- Radioactive iodine is found in seawater near drainage for No. 1 reactor at 1,850 times allowable level.
March 27 -- High levels of radioactive water are found in tunnels near turbine buildings for Nos. 1-3 reactors.
March 28 -- Highly contaminated water is found in basement of No. 2 reactor's turbine building. TEPCO announces detection of plutonium on plant premises on March 21 and 22.
March 30 -- TEPCO chairman Katsumata announces decommissioning of Nos. 1-4 reactors.
April 2 -- Cracked pit near seawater intake for No. 2 reactor is found leaking water.
April 3 -- TEPCO announces finding bodies of two workers at No. 4 reactor's turbine building on March 30 who were apparently killed in tsunami.
April 4 -- TEPCO begins dumping relatively low-level radioactive water into sea.
April 5 -- Radioactive material is found in young sand lance caught off Ibaraki Prefecture. TEPCO begins paying compensation money to municipalities facing evacuation directive.
April 6 -- TEPCO says leaks of highly contaminated water into sea stopped. Work begins to put nitrogen gas into No. 1 reactor to prevent hydrogen explosion.
April 7 -- Worst aftershock strikes Miyagi Prefecture, elsewhere.
April 10 -- Work begins to remove rubble, possibly emitting radiation, on plant premises with remote-controlled heavy machines.
April 17 -- TEPCO says it aims to bring damaged reactors to stable condition in 6-9 months, restore stable cooling to reactors, spent fuel pools in 3 months.
Originally posted by zorgon
What does 'mulling' mean? Is that kinda like "I think maybe I should.." ?
Can't believe the economics minister said they will tell people in 6-9 months if they can return home. He said it depends on cleanup and removing contaminated debris but that would have to be processed at the plant..
Ummm what about the contamination in the soil, the houses etc?
And when TEPCO chairman was asked he says it will be up to the government to decide and he is sorry for all the displaced people, but all TEPCO can do is provide accurate info to the government and monitor it so the government has all the facts to make the decision...
Why do I get the feeling I am in a very bad dream that just keeps looping?
Originally posted by Kailassa
Now if they could show us the yellow dome of reactor 3 ...
If the crisis was a simple matter of Fukushima, I'd be angry that they're not doing enough. But this isn't a simple situation. The displaced from Fukushima are a small part of the total displaced by March 11.
Originally posted by Leo Strauss
Geiger Counters Unlikely to Detect Radiation in Food, Water
Unit 4(outage due to regular inspection)
-At approximately 6:00 am on March 15th, we confirmed the explosive sound
and the sustained damage around the 5th floor rooftop area of the
Nuclear Reactor Building.
-At this moment, we do not consider any reactor coolant leakage inside the
From 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm on April 15th, we installed 3 sandbags containing
zeolite (as an absorbent material) between the screen pump rooms of the
Unit 3 and Unit 4.
Originally posted by Destinyone
Good morning awesome Think Tank. Good morning TEPCO. We know some of you read here...
Smoke at another Japan nuclear plant
Smoke briefly rose Saturday from a control panel at a Japanese nuclear power plant operated by the same company battling to stop radiation seeping from a quake-stricken facility, a report said.
There were no injuries but the cause of the smoke at the plant in coastal Niigata prefecture was not clear, Kyodo news said, citing Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).
The incident occurred in the evening during the checking of water purification equipment at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear complex, the company was quoted as saying.
Originally posted by Silverlok
I e-maiedl a camera expert about the actual time for the lens speed but being outside it is probably 1/1000 or 1/2000 of a second which is scary because in just this one section :
I count 45 gamma strikes ( the orange circles are probably gamma strikes but I am not 100% on those so they are merely circled for your consideration ) which at 1/1000 of a second and given the section of photo relative to the size of the ccd ( 1/12 th) then that equates to 13,500,000 hits per second on one square inch
Now those are back of the napkin calculations but even at 1/10 that that is one hell of a lot of exposure