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Japan declares 'nuclear emergency' after quake

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posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 09:44 AM
reply to post by Communicater

The CNN video Evidence #3 looks like an explosion, not a wave.

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 10:00 AM
New Pics from Tepco

Packbot working inside the reactor building of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 3.
(pictured on April 17, 2011)

Packbot Manufacturer website

Packbot Google Images

Related News Article

FRI, MARCH 18, 2011
Four robots, including iRobot's Packbot 510 and Warrior 710, left Bedford, Mass., this morning on their way to Japan, along with a team of iRobot employees to provide support, an iRobot spokesperson told me.

These robots may be able assist at Fukushima Dai-1 in several different ways. The Packbot 510s are equipped with HazMat payloads [photo below], which can detect temperature, gamma radiation, explosive gases and vapors, and toxic chemicals, and feed all of that data back to their controllers in real-time.

Per Packbot's brochure, its Gamma Radiation Detector is by Canberra , which appears to be a division of AREVA .
edit on 4/17/11 by makeitso because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 10:04 AM
Good morning everyone. It would seem as though the reality is slowly beginning to dawn upon some of the people in the evacuation zone.

Japan's government five weeks ago mandated that everyone must leave the town, amid concerns about dangerously high levels of radiation emanating from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant about eight kilometers (five miles) away.


But Kazuhiro Shirato felt he had to go home.


He said he's angry with the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the plant and has led the often problematic recovery operation, for convincing him at a young age that the nuclear facility was completely safe.


"Two weeks ago, I thought I would be back home within six months," Shirato said Saturday. "But the situation (at the nuclear plant) got worse and worse.

"Now I doubt I will ever be able to go back."


I think that the Japanese government may have a nasty shock coming when the actual magnitude of this event begins to register with the people who are directly affected by this FUBARed situation. There is face and then there is outright deception.

We tend to forget the fact that there are still people displaced by the tsunami and earthquake who have nothing left if they even got out. those who got out likely did not have much time to gather anything. Add to this that they are staying in makeshift accommodations and you realize that they only know what they're been told or what can make the rounds through the grapevine and you begin to understand what theyre dealin with.

A few years ago we evacuated and ran from hurricane Rita, which came in on the heels of Katrina during the same hurricane season. We had plenty of advanced notice and were able to pack food, some cherished treasures, and a laptop.

We knew that tens of thousands of people would be evacuating as well, many of which we figured would wait until the last minute. Boy, were we right. We left out early and took to the farm to mRket roads avoiding the freeways and got to our destination in about 6 hours. The normal drive time would have been about 4 but the increased traffic added to that considerably. I can scarcely imagine what it would have been like had we only been given a few minutes warning to leave.


If anyone remembers the news reports of people running out of gas and being stuck in their cars for over 16 hours then you'll be able to appreciate what the Japanese had to contented with. My heart goes out to the people of Japan that have been displaced, whether due to the nuclear crisis or due to the (comparatively) mundane earthquake and tsunami damage.

edit on 17-4-2011 by jadedANDcynical because: Sourced

edit on 17-4-2011 by jadedANDcynical because: Typos and formatting. I need an editor.

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 10:05 AM
More videos and pictures on TEPCO site. I'm not sure if we have seen all this? Sharing link.


Movies taken from T-Hawk, Reactor Building, Unit 1, 3,4 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

* Unit 1 ,3,4(1/3)
(Video on April 15, 2011)
* Unit 1 ,3,4(2/3)
(Video on April 15, 2011)
* Unit 1 ,3,4(3/3)
(Video on April 15, 2011)

Pictures taken from T-Hawk, Reactor Building, Unit 1, 3,4 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

* Unit 1,Roof of Reactor Building
(pictured on April 15, 2011)
* Unit 3,Reactor Building 1
(pictured on April 15, 2011)
* Unit 3,Reactor Building 2
(pictured on April 15, 2011)
* Unit 3,Roof of Reactor Building
(pictured on April 15, 2011)
* Unit 4,South Side of Reactor Building
(pictured on April 15, 2011)
* Unit 4,Upper Side of Spent Fuel Pool,Reactor Building
(pictured on April 15, 2011)
* Unit 4,Seashore Side of Reactor Building
(pictured on April 15, 2011)
* Unit 4,Operation Floor of Reactor Building 1
(pictured on April 15, 2011)
* Unit 4,Operation Floor of Reactor Building 2
(pictured on April 15, 2011)
* Unit 4,Roof of Reactor Building
(pictured on April 15, 2011)

Packbot working inside the reactor building of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 3.
(pictured on April 17, 2011)

Will work on media uploads.

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 10:13 AM
At least they care about their people.

55 Filipinos in Fukushima to be repatriated April 17

About 55 Filipinos in Fukushima are scheduled for repatriation and will arrive in the Philippines on Sunday April 17, according to news on The Manila Times.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo has already set up a center or “rendezvous area” in Omiya in Saitama Prefecture where travel documents can be processed before repatriation.

Accommodations will also be available in Saitama for Filipinos waiting to come home.

Last April 12, the DFA released a statement after the exclusion zone around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor was widened with the adjustment of the crisis level from 5 to 7, the highest level.

“We are initiating action to repatriate on a mandatory basis Filipinos who are within the 50-kilometer radius of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant,” it said.

The DFA added that “as a precautionary measure, the Philippines would additionally be declaring a voluntary repatriation for those from a 50-kilometer to 100-kilometer radius.”

A total of 2,000 Filipinos, not counting children, would be affected.

Government has committed to absorb the full cost of both the mandatory and voluntary repatriation to the Philippines.

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 10:19 AM
Truth starting to trickle out...much slower than the apparent leaks at Fukyshima.
[Katsumata also said he is considering offering his resignation as a form of atonement for the nuclear]

...atonement my happy a$$...he's skeered...very very he should be.

TOKYO, April 17 (UPI) -- The total shutdown of Japan's damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima could take as long as nine months, the electric utility's chairman said in Tokyo Sunday.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata told reporters restoring stable cooling to the four earthquake- and tsunami-damaged reactors was likely to take three more months, the Kyodo news agency reported.

He said the next major hurdle would be a substantial reduction in the release of radiation by placing caps over the damaged reactors northeast of Tokyo, which could take as long as nine months, the report said.

Katsumata also said he is considering offering his resignation as a form of atonement for the nuclear

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posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:29 AM
Edit: This was not the nuclear plant
Thanks for straightening that out for me gang!


Good morning everyone :-)

edit on 17-4-2011 by AlaskanDad because: added retraction and removed misinformation

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:34 AM
reply to post by AlaskanDad

Hi.... newbee here but a long time lurker.....

That photo looks like the petrochemical explosion caused by the initial earthquake not the Nuclear plant... can anyone else verify......

(.... please don't think I am disrespecting you but it really looked like the petrochemical explosions we saw at the start.....)

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:46 AM
The TEPCO Plan
Kyodo News

The following is the gist of steps Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced Sunday

TEPCO aims to achieve:

STEP 1 (In roughly three months)

-- Filling containment vessels of Nos. 1, 3 reactors with water.

-- Sealing with sticky cement part in No. 2 reactor's containment vessel believed breached.

-- Injecting nitrogen into Nos. 2, 3 reactors to avoid possible hydrogen explosion.

-- Restoring circulatory cooling system for spent fuel pools.

-- Installing facility to decontaminate highly tainted water and purify seawater.

STEP 2 (In roughly six to nine months)

-- Bringing reactors into stable condition known as 'cold shutdown.'

-- Blanketing buildings housing Nos. 1, 3, 4 reactors with covering.


-- Extracting fuel assemblies from pools holding spent fuel.

-- Covering reactor buildings with containers, such as those using concrete.

TEPCO Details and link to PDFs

1. Basic Policy
By bringing the reactors and spent fuel pools to a stable cooling
condition and mitigating the release of radioactive materials, we will
make every effort to enable evacuees to return to their homes and for all
citizens to be able to secure a sound life.

2. Targets
Based on the basic policy, the following two steps are set as targets:
"Radiation dose is in steady decline" as "Step 1" and "Release of
radioactive materials is under control and radiation dose is being
significantly held down" as "Step 2." Target achievement dates are
tentatively set as follows: "Step 1" is set at around 3 months and
"Step 2" is set at around 3 to 6 months after achieving Step 1.

3. Immediate Actions
Immediate actions were divided into three groups, namely, "I. Cooling",
"II. Mitigation", "III. Monitoring and Decontamination." For the
following five issues—"Cooling the Reactors," "Cooling the Spent Fuel
Pools," "Containment, Storage, Processing, and Reuse of Water Contaminated
by Radioactive Materials (Accumulated Water)," "Mitigation of Release of
Radioactive Materials to Atmosphere and from Soil," and "Measurement,
Reduction and Announcement of Radiation Dose in Evacuation Order/Planned
Evacuation/ Emergency Evacuation Preparation Areas"—targets are set for
each of the five issues and various countermeasures will be implemented
Please see the attachment for detailed actions.

TEPCO roadmap link to pdfs

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posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:46 AM

Originally posted by vox2442
Not really sure what you're expecting here. A timeline has been established for the next six to nine months. Were you expecting specific dates for people to be allowed to move in?

No I was expecting them to say that they won't be able to move in for years if at all. There is no way they will be able to decontaminate all that land in 6-9 months...

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:50 AM

Originally posted by Communicater
With about 40 windows open on this one browser I decided it was time to just go the last page (i think) and post this which I haven't seen anyone else post.

I'll get another one for you from another site as soon as I can find it...

Yeah I spotted those
I was hoping someone would catch that on youtube. Thanks. At first I thought it was reflection, but that was ruled out with the helicopter movement. It might be welding inside, but certainly odd

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:52 AM
reply to post by cabinda

No problem as to your thoughts as you could be right as it was just something I saw on Google Images and found quite interesting so I posted it. It could very well have been mislabeled. the caption reads: Second explosion occurred at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant March 14 not that it means much.

I will say it looks very similar to FU-shima.

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:53 AM
reply to post by AlaskanDad

That's a great picture, but there's no reason to believe it's a photograph of the March 14th explosion at Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor 3.
Notice there's no attribution under it?

Here's a video of that explosion.

It mightn't seem all that big, but it dwarfs some pretty huge buildings and was taken from 30 kilometres away from a news helicopter.

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:55 AM

Originally posted by AlaskanDad
Second explosion occurred at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant March 14 incase you missed this picture.


Good morning everyone :-)

I believe that was an oil facility NOT the nuclear power plants. Oil facilities are impressive when they blow aren't they?

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:55 AM
Interesting choice of words...given where the corium is likely sitting from at least one reactor.

Clinton, who called Japan's well-being a "bedrock priority," also met with the Japanese emperor and empress. She was due to return to the U.S. later Sunday.

Clinton visits Japan in show of support

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:59 AM
reply to post by AlaskanDad

Digital Globe Sat Images - Fukushima

March 14th

March 16th

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posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 12:05 PM
While doing my morning date review I came across this tidbit on Gingikyo (must have missed it before);

4/4 19:03
Released low-level radioactive pooled water within collected waste processing facilities
Began releasing low-level radioactive underground water within Units-5, 6 sub-drain pits
Unit-5 4/4 21:00-4/8 12:14 approx. 950 tons
Unit-6 4/4 21:00-4/9 18:52 approx. 373 tons

There have been cryptic references to groundwater but has there been any admission directly to underground water "within" 5&6, sub drain pits or the release of 1323 tons of radwat from them?

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 12:06 PM
Thanks all for straightening me out on the explosion picture,
I edited the original post as to lessen any future confusion.

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 12:07 PM
It's all high-falutin' feast and fun until there's fallout. What happens when the real work begins?

Japan nuclear commission fails to send experts to Fukushima

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan has failed to send designated experts to Fukushima Prefecture to look into the crisis at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant even though a national disaster-preparedness plan requires it to do so, many of the experts said Saturday.

A commission spokesperson said problems following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami such as blackouts had discouraged it from sending any experts to Fukushima Prefecture, but many of the specialists and government officials questioned the claim.

The commission designates 40 nuclear accident experts including university professors and senior officials of relevant institutions as well as five others as members of its panel on emergency technical advice.

The disaster plan requires the commission to dispatch members of the panel to a location near an accident site.


Since when is the word regulate a conditional provision?

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 12:08 PM
Hi guys, just catching up. Want to talk briefly about TEPCO's media relations strategy.

For those who are amazed and appalled by JapGov/TEPCO's handling of the info, it's pretty much out of the "How to Handle a Nuclear Disaster Playbook" developed by the IAEA during Cheryobl. Deny, distract and disinfo. However, I'm pretty happy to see this plan is very outdated and isn't working.

Because of the internet they can't control the info as much as they would like and you see gaps and inconsistencies. It's not a "iron curtain" country so lock-down is not as tight, and they definitely have made some mistakes by putting too many folks in front of the media. They're trying to stick to the playbook and it's interesting if sad to see how their media relations is completely at a loss to switch gears. Over the last few days their attempts at transparency has confused people as they are flipping and flopping around in their whole strategy.

From the very beginning they should have employed standard crisis communications methods and in this day and age that means appointing one or two "spokespeople", give regular briefings, and be as forthcoming with information as possible, ie: full as possible disclosure, even when that disclosure is "we don't know, but are finding out, and these are the methods we are using to find out". Anything less just bites you in the butt later. The attempt to control info these days makes people suspicious and they end up not trusting you - very bad public relations (the worst in fact). Ideally you want to build "equity" by building trust. "We have an incident, we are capable of dealing with it and we will" is what you want folks to believe. You want them to see you as protecting their safety. We are seeing the result of what happens when people loose trust equity, nothing you say or do will be believed.

They urgently need a kick-butt firm to go in there and handle their media relations pronto. Unfortunately the super xenophobic Japanese culture has closed ranks on western advice. Many folks in Toyko firmly believe that the western media has overblown the incident and the radiation danger and there is a very us vs them attitude developing. I've even seen some very angry posts on ATS from Japanese. Any firm they hire will have to be Japanese at this point. I am amazed that this wasn't arranged earlier and still don't know if they realize they need to do this, but it's totally clear they do - or else get a better firm than who they've been using!

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