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M 5.9, near the east coast of Honshu, Japan
Saturday, June 18, 2011 11:31:04 UTC
Saturday, June 18, 2011 08:31:04 PM at epicenter
Depth: 11.30 km (7.02 mi)
Posted on 18 June 2011 | 11:31 am
IAEA report says Japan's disaster response may have been slowed by miscommunication
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warns that complexity of organizations may have slowed Japan's response to the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in an unreleased report obtained by the Mainichi on June 17.
In the 160-page report, based on a visit to Japan by an IAEA research team from late May to early June, the United Nations nuclear watchdog appears to be sounding an alarm to Japan because of communication problems seen between the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), nuclear plant regulators and the national government that slowed the country's response to the disaster
The report notes the lack of coordination between TEPCO and the government when they each set up their own task forces after the disaster. This caused a delay in venting gas from the reactors to reduce the inside pressure, setting the stage for the hydrogen explosions that damaged the reactor buildings. Delays in cooling the reactors allowed the fuel rods to be damaged. mdn.mainichi.jp...
Originally posted by Maluhia
This isn't good news:
Japan's TEPCO suspends cleanup at Fukushima plant
The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, said on Saturday it had suspended an operation to clean up radioactive water only hours after it had begun as radiation levels rose faster than expected.
"The level of radiation at a machine to absorb caesium has risen faster than our initial projections," said a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Officials had said earlier this week that large and growing pools of radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant were in danger of spilling into the sea within a week unless action was taken quickly.
The radiation limit of 4 millisieverts/hour was reached in 5 hours, instead of one month as anticipated.
New information from Jiji News Japanese (12:47PM JST 6/18/2011):
The radiation level on the cesium absorption towers (cylinders) reached the limit [4 millisievert/hour] in 5 hours.
The limit was supposed to be reached in a month.
There is a possibility that the contaminated water contained the sludge with extremely high level of radioactive materials.
TEPCO hopes to investigate the cause and re-start the operation within a week.
“Let’s say they make this fix, which is very complicated,” Mr. Ban said. “The rest of the reactor remains highly dangerous. And an accident at Monju would have catastrophic consequences beyond what we are seeing at Fukushima.”
Originally posted by DancedWithWolves
The cause is much higher radiation levels than they have admitted to would be my guess.edit on 18-6-2011 by DancedWithWolves because: (no reason given)
Saturday, Jun 18 2011 6PM 91°F 9PM 93°F 5-Day Forecast
Fukushima entombed: Nuclear firm reveal how it plans to put a covering shield over reactor to stop leaks
By Daily Mail Reporter
The is the first picture of the giant polyester cover Japanese nuclear scientists hope will shield the doomed Fukushima reactor No.1.
The giant construction will be built by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) as part of a bid to stem dangerous radiation being released into the atmosphere.
TEPCO said that it would start to build a giant cover shield around the No.1 reactor building on June 27, as a temporary measure to prevent further release of radioactive substances into the atmosphere.
Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk...
Originally posted by jadedANDcynical
reply to post by zworld
Pretty certain those flashes are camera flash. I'm wondering what that white powdery substance was coating almost every single exposed surface in the video.
What is produced when liquid sodium ignites in open air conditions or encounters water?
does not require water for emergency cooling of its nuclear fuel core in the case of an accident
The PFBR will use plutonium-uranium oxide as fuel, and liquid sodium as coolant. If sodium comes into contact with water, it will catch fire.
Originally posted by Purplechive
"The reactor is to be the first of hundreds that the DAE envisions constructing throughout India by mid-century."
Originally posted by Purplechive
Unit 4 has been flashing and huffing and puffing since 6:AM EST...that ain't fog on the TEPCO cam.
Hope Lucas captured it.
Anyhow this is getting to be a nightly occurrence at Unit 4 for the past several days. Wonder what's up.
- Purple Chive