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Japan declares 'nuclear emergency' after quake

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posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 09:15 PM
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Agence France-Presse - G8, G20 to prepare ground for UN nuclear talks
PARIS, April 28 (AFP)


www.spacewar.com/afp/110428134607.ouh3h5pd.html


The G8 and G20 will meet in Paris in June to prepare for a conference of the UN's nuclear agency sparked by the Fukushima disaster, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Thursday.

"The G8 and G20 have decided that they would like to hold a meeting on the 7th and 8th of June, hosted here at the OECD conference centre," OECD chief Angel Gurria told a press conference.

Gurria gave no further details of the talks, which will take place ahead of a June 20-24 ministerial-level meeting in Vienna of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The IAEA has come under fire for its handling of the Fukushima accident, which ranks alongside Chernobyl as the world's worst nuclear disaster.

The agency says in its defence that its mandate focuses on preventing military nuclear proliferation and that it has no legal power to enforce safety standards for civilian nuclear power.

(...)


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Also watch this meeting, Fukushima will be discussed there.

www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Meetings/Meetings.asp


Board of Governors
Vienna, Austria . Meeting ID: 40041
2-6 May 2011




posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 09:42 PM
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Didn't Redneck work in one of those plants???



Originally posted by Chakotay
While you're peeking there, don't forget to peek here...

Take a look at the pics on this page: BWR's In Alabama... Same Design as in Japan that are now in scram and emergency cooling mode due to the tornado swarm in the USA.


The plant shut down on 27 April at 4.36 pm and units 2 and 3 achieved cold shutdown at 2.43 am and 5.45 am on 28 April respectively. TVA said that unit 1 was was being cooled and the priority now was to get that reactor into cold shutdown as well.


When's the last time we heard those fateful words?

Prepare the world for bad news...

edit on 28-4-2011 by Chakotay because: CLASSIFIED



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 09:44 PM
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Fukushima Daiichi's shoreline to be sandbagged


As aftershocks of the March 11th earthquake continue, the operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will sandbag its shoreline as a temporary measure against another possible tsunami.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company moved emergency power generators to higher ground in order to prevent the reactors' cooling systems from failing in case a major tsunami hits the plant again.

The utility firm decided to sandbag the shoreline at the plant to a height of several meters. www3.nhk.or.jp...


I am left wondering if this is also due to the sinking land areas (As Zorgon posted ....www3.nhk.or.jp... )
edit on 28-4-2011 by burntheships because: Sorry for the edit, realized that article had already been posted



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 09:47 PM
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PR for that news -

April 27, 2011 No.1423

MHI to Deliver Special Heavy-duty Forklifts with Radiation Shielded Cabin
To Contribute to Safer Handling of Contaminated Rubble
Near Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station



www.mhi.co.jp/en/news/story/1104271423.html


Tokyo, April 27, 2011 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has developed a special heavy-duty forklift featuring a cabin that shields against radiation, for safer handling of contaminated rubble near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (TEPCO). Two units of the forklift are to be delivered to a joint venture formed by Taisei Corporation, Kajima Corporation and Shimizu Corporation that is handling the contaminated rubble at the site.

MHI, leveraging its diverse technologies in both special vehicles and nuclear power plants, has newly developed a forklift able to efficiently handle rubble while simultaneously securing a safer environment for the machine operator in areas exposed to radiation. The company looks for the forklift to contribute both to enhanced efficiency in rubble treatment operations, complementing the work currently being conducted using unmanned radio-controlled heavy equipment, and to early improvement of the environment surrounding the nuclear power plant buildings. The first and second units of the forklift are slated for delivery on May 2 and 20, respectively.

(...)


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April 27, 2011
Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.



Fuji Electric Provides Solar Power Systems to Disaster Areas Affected by the
Great East Japan Earthquake


www.fujielectric.com/company/news/2011/11042703.html


Fuji Electric extends its heartfelt condolences to those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and wishes for the quick recovery of affected areas.

Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. is involved in a series of initiatives at disaster areas in Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate prefectures, and will provide 500 Mobile Solar Units that employ Fuji Electric solar cells. A total of 300 units will be donated to the disaster countermeasures headquarters in Miyagi Prefecture, and 100 units to each of the disaster countermeasures headquarters in Fukushima and Iwate prefectures, respectively.

(...)

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posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 09:58 PM
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Popping in real quick to tell you guys that on the science channel,
they just did this hour long special called "Nuclear Nightmare:Japan in Crisis".
It's about the disaster at Fukushima,hosted by Paula Zahn.
I swear it mirrors almost everything posted here.
It ran from 10pm to 11pm est.

science.discovery.com...

edit on 28-4-2011 by kdog1982 because: (no reason given)



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 10:00 PM
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Originally posted by Tworide
Press release - April 28, 2011



Tokyo, Japan, 28 April 2011 – The Japanese Government has refused to grant Greenpeace permission to carry out independent radiation monitoring within the country’s 12 mile territorial waters, approving only a much more limited programme further out to sea.


That's over-the-horizon (wink wink)... no peeking.

Peeking isn't fair, right?



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 10:20 PM
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Originally posted by kdog1982
Popping in real quick to tell you guys that on the science channel,
they just did this hour long special called "Nuclear Nightmare:Japan in Crisis".
It's about the disaster at Fukushima,hosted by Paula Zahn.
I swear it mirrors almost everything posted here.
It ran from 10pm to 11pm est.

science.discovery.com...

edit on 28-4-2011 by kdog1982 because: (no reason given)


It was sort of a readers digest version of events that are happening. They should of had less of the tsunami footage and stories not related to Fukushima, and focused more on the nuclear issues as the show was titled. I will give Discovery credit in saying that at best right now it's a stalemate, but it may get worse before TEPCO can finally stop the radiation leaks. The crisis is nowhere near over...
edit on 28-4-2011 by Tworide because: grammar



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 10:32 PM
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Originally posted by kdog1982
Popping in real quick to tell you guys that on the science channel,
they just did this hour long special called "Nuclear Nightmare:Japan in Crisis".
It's about the disaster at Fukushima,hosted by Paula Zahn.
I swear it mirrors almost everything posted here.
It ran from 10pm to 11pm est.

science.discovery.com...

edit on 28-4-2011 by kdog1982 because: (no reason given)


FYI if you are on the west coast of the U.S., Cox Cable has it on from 10 - 11 PM Pacific Time ("Nuclear Nightmare:Japan in Crisis"). I am going to be watching it tonight.



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 10:49 PM
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Japan Nuclear Operator Postpones Plan To Flood Reactor Vessel



TOKYO (Dow Jones)--A plan to flood the containment vessel of one of the reactors at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex to better cool off its nuclear core was postponed Thursday, as concerns about possible leakage in the vessel made workers cautious about filling it with tens of thousands of tons of water.

A test run for an operation to flood Reactor No.1's containment vessel began Wednesday morning in a strategy designed to cool down the pressure vessel, the thick steel cylinder housing nuclear fuel.

The trial run saw a more-than-anticipated drop in the temperature and the pressure inside the reactor, raising the possibility that adding water could deflate the containment vessel too much, allow the atmosphere to enter, and spark a hydrogen-oxygen explosion similar to ones that hit the plant in the first week of the crisis in March.

LINK



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 10:50 PM
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new pics from cryptome...

cryptome.org...



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 10:50 PM
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You know, if they aren't going to let Greenpeace in then they better open the doors and waters to someone immediately. I am fed up with companies like BP and TEPCO controlling their own crime scenes. Seriously. This is ridiculous. We need independent confirmation of what exactly is going on inside the plant and of what they have and continue to spew out. There is no excuse for the international commiunity to just let them keep nuking all of us without some intervention.

The next time some leader of some foreign or domestic country gets all wadded up because some other country is developing nuclear capabilities...they need to eat their own shorts...because clearly it doesn't matter in the slightest when nuke stuff goes bad to anybody. TEPCO isn't even a foreign country and they are being given complete diplomatic immunity to any type of review. This is just bull.

Their transparency is as black as night. I am tired of corporations whose sole aim is to make money deciding who gets to live and who has to die without regulation. Individual citizens are put through the ringer to just fly to the beach now days...and then we have real problems and real dangers and our leaders who want to peak at all us without our skivvies don't care in the slightest. The perps control their own crime scene and it's just cool with the electeds everywhere. TSA has not ever caught one terrorist. Want to know why...because they are all flying first class with corporate credit cards while they nuke our planet with U.S. military back up and tarps to cover their dirty work while the lights are out.

Fascism has taken over our world. Everyone is afraid to piss off the corps.


I'm so over these lunatics and their greed and being nuked by them and we are suppose to just go shop at Walmart or something and forget about it...move along citizen. Un...be...liev....able

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posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 11:17 PM
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3 workers at a Japanese nuke plant were exposed to ~10 sieverts in 1999 during an accident (the infamous 'bucket accident'). Here are some horrific photos of one of those unfortunate workers:

in the beginning (10/07/1999, and then 10/25/1999)


later (date unknown)


later (date unknown)


link (in Japanese)

The worker in the photos died later, as did one of the other workers. His skin literally fell off, leaving only exposed muscle. This has to be one of the worst ways to die. The suffering and pain must have been unimaginable.


I wonder if any Fukushima plant workers are now experiencing something like this.
edit on 28-4-2011 by MedievalGhost because: (no reason given)



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 11:23 PM
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Japan Postpones Nuclear Cooling




TOKYO—Officials postponed a plan to ramp up efforts to cool nuclear fuel at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex amid concerns that the use of thousands of additional metric tons of water could result in dangerous leaks



Also Thursday, Trade Minister Banri Kaieda, who oversees Japan's top nuclear regulator, said executives at plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. should take additional pay cuts on top of the 50% reductions unveiled earlier this week. At a briefing Thursday, Mr. Kaieda said the decision on the remuneration should take into account "public feelings" toward the company, and implied Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and President Masataka Shimizu should give up their entire pay to take responsibility for the widespread radiation contamination caused by the troubled plant.


more robots, more radiation...


Meanwhile, the company, known as Tepco, said it would step up the use of unmanned equipment and robots to reduce radiation exposure to recovery workers. It projected a substantial reduction in the levels of radiation will take up to nine months.

Tepco officials said they would postpone their plan to cool reactors via the injection of massive amounts of water into the pressure vessel holding the fuel rods, ultimately spilling into and filling the outer containment vessel in each unit. The plan to fill the containment vessels is a departure from the current system of continuously injecting smaller amounts of water that haven't yet fully covered the rods. They didn't say when it might resume.



To assist in its broader cooling operations, Tepco said it will next month introduce several unmanned, long-armed pumper trucks normally used for pouring concrete into high-rise buildings. These will inject water into the spent-fuel pools of Reactors Nos. 2 and 3 using an arm extending up to 70 meters (77 yards).

Currently such trucks are manually operated, exposing workers to high levels of radiation from the damaged reactors. By making the trucks operable remotely, "the amount of radiation exposure will be reduced to one-tenth of the current levels," said Junichi Matsumoto, a Tepco official in charge of nuclear-power development.


why the hell has it taken them SO long to sort these out? NOW, they're acting like they care about workers' exposure levels?

these should have been available & in use from the get-go


link - online.wsj.com...



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 11:25 PM
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MG, often when we post the truth here it gets deleted.

Thank you for revealing the truth, and I hope it shuts the pieholes of the coverup crowd.



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 11:26 PM
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Originally posted by Chakotay
reply to post by MedievalGhost
 


MG, often when we post the truth here it gets deleted.

Thank you for revealing the truth, and I hope it shuts the pieholes of the coverup crowd.


Agreed. I know those pics are graphic, but people need to see the truth. I hope the mods don't delete it.



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 11:27 PM
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Japanese drop their traditional politeness over nuclear crisis



Reporting from Tokyo—
Kenji Kadota long followed the dual credo drilled into him during childhood: Hide your anger and trust the powers that be.


So for the first time in his life, Kadota is speaking up. He's joined a growing chorus of college students, ruddy-faced fishermen, small-town mayors and even a combative prefecture governor voicing dissatisfaction in a manner highly uncommon in a nation known for taking politeness to the extreme.

"Japanese are raised to keep their feelings to themselves, but now that's impossible," said Kadota, who complained that officials failed to deliver water and emergency supplies to his hometown of Iwaki, not far from the stricken plant. "We've been abandoned. And I am angry."

Waging public protests or posting tirades on Twitter and YouTube, Japanese citizens blame both government officials and Tokyo Electric Power Co. for the release of dangerous radioactive isotopes into the air, soil and sea.

LINK



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 11:32 PM
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The truth needs to be known. I sincerely hope your post remains as horrible as it is to see. We have to know what we are dealing with.This is what a nuclear disaster looks like. It is real. Thank you.



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 11:32 PM
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Katakana, Hiragana and Kanji speakers are rare on ATS, language barrier delays and/or hides information...

Thank you for digging those.



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 11:39 PM
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MG I have enjoyed many of your posts in my short time here at ATS.

Though I can not say I enjoyed the pictures you recently posted, I think they are very important and need to be seen by everyone. Thanks for showing the true hell that radiation can cause, it is a harsh reality that we all need to face!

thanks!
AD



posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 11:45 PM
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some good news...

Scientists to map radioactive contamination in Fukushima




About 300 experts from Osaka University, Hiroshima University, the University of Tokyo and other academic and research institutions will start collecting soil samples in May at up to 10,000 locations in 1,500 designated areas, mainly in Fukushima Prefecture, to create a soil-pollution map

The map will be designed primarily to help designate evacuation areas.



Around mid-May, the team will start its work by dividing the area around the stricken nuclear power plant spanning 100 kilometers north-south and 60 kilometers east-west into 1,500 2-kilometer square zones. The researchers will collect soil samples at five to seven points in each zone to measure levels of such radioactive isotopes as iodine-131, cesium-137 and strontium-90. The level of radiation in each zone will be shown on the pollution map.

The group also plans to conduct a radiation survey in the 20-kilometer off-limits zone around the plant, and is holding talks with the government for the survey.



The group plans to carry out the survey every few months to update the map. .

The group will also study the effects of soil contamination on human health by using data from health checkups of local residents.


link - www.asahi.com...



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