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Japan declares 'nuclear emergency' after quake

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posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 07:26 PM
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Thanks Visions...but that clip is the 19th, yesterday Japan time...this is going on since today 6:32 AM, 06/20/11, Japan time.

There is some venting of smoke .10, .25 and .38 into the clip right underneath the cat walk...but today has been more dramatic and darker smoke. Also, suddenly TBS cut the sound off on their web cam feed around 6:59 AM Japan time. The sound is still off as I post. Even when the TBS pic is all screwed up...you still hear noises.

Don't look at the Units...look at the bottom lower portion just right of center...they are venting black smoke...

- Purple Chive




posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 07:41 PM
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Question? What is located near the TEPCO webcam that would be Venting Steam/Smoke?



Here's the web cam location:


Any ideas?

They opened up Unit 2 today...

Also no more critters ("Mutant Rats") hanging out in the vicinity for awhile.

Right underneath our noses. Too busy looking at the Roman ruins.

- Purple Chive



posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 08:24 PM
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WTF? Unit 4, "Large hardware in the reactor...to block the release of radiation"



My brain goes numb...


TEPCO injects water to No.4 reactor storage pool

Tokyo Electric Power Company has been trying to reduce a high level of radiation discovered in the Number 4 reactor of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The utility started to inject water into a pool on the top floor which was used for storing large equipment contaminated by radiation on Sunday.

The Number 4 reactor was shut down for a routine inspection when it was hit by the earthquake and the tsunami on March 11th.

Large hardware in the reactor was removed and was submerged in the pool to block the release of radiation.

Tokyo Electric Company discovered that the water level of the pool had dropped to about 1/3 of its capacity as of June 11th.

The machinery is thought to have been exposed and releasing high amounts of radiation.

The operator fears it could hamper restoration work in the Number 4 reactor. TEPCO says the radiation level on the top floor is so high that workers cannot enter, but if the equipment is submerged again, the radiation level will decline enabling operations to restart.

Monday, June 20, 2011 05:53 +0900 (JST)


www3.nhk.or.jp...

WTF? What the hell are they talking about?

- Purple Chive
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posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 08:53 PM
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posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 09:37 PM
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Originally posted by mrbillshow

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Anyhow, back to what this thread is about....

NRC Professional Staff Brief – “Very Good News” Unit 4 Pool Never Dry


U.S. officials, most notably Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, had warned that all the water was gone from one of the spent fuel pools at Japan’s troubled nuclear plant, raising the possibility of widespread nuclear fallout. Loss of cooling water in the reactor core could have exposed highly radioactive spent fuel rods, increasing the threat of a complete fuel meltdown and a catastrophic release of radiation.

Japanese officials denied the pool was dry and reported that the plant’s condition was stable.
On Wednesday, U.S. officials said newly obtained video shows that the spent fuel pool at Unit 4 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex probably did not go dry, as Jaczko had insisted in March. Bill Borchardt, the NRC’s executive director for operations, said U.S. officials welcomed the video evidence as “good news” and one indication that the meltdown at the Fukushima's Unit 4 reactor “may not have been as serious as was believed.”




Excellent! I guess we didn't really need that 50 mile limit after all.

Going after Arnie...


Gundersen is a man who uses a pair of 39-year-old university degrees to claim the title of “nuclear engineer” so that he can get paid $300 per hour to seek to destroy valuable assets like Vermont Yankee. That plant produces about 4.8 billion kilowatt-hours of emission free electricity every year. Gundersen’s claim to expertise includes a number of questionable statements about the real world experience he gained after earning those entry level tickets. Gundersen has a legitimate claim to have earned a pair of respectable degrees, but the claim that he developed and maintained any reliable knowledge about topics like plant maintenance, operations, radiation health effects, and economics should be viewed with a bit more skepticism.

edit on 19-6-2011 by Wertwog because: Oh MrBS you do amuse!




posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 09:56 PM
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Question for Silver or anyone.

Is it even possible for spent fuel to achieve a "prompt criticality"? It was my understanding it can catch fire and melt into a blob (the poolium sliding down the wall of #4) p681, or go critical (but promptly?). Can someone explain how a hydrogen explosion could force spent fuel to go 'promptly' critical?

Originally posted by zorgon

Originally posted by Silverlok
I think that since ATS has done much work on the subject someone here should get to name that poolium falls thing(visible in the upper left hand corner at about 1:21...any suggestions?



edit on 19-6-2011 by Wertwog because: Unicorns are sad moonbats get all the attention.



posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 10:29 PM
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Another nuclear plant put on ALERT. This time in Nebraska.


Meanwhile, the Nebraska Public Power District issued a flooding alert Sunday for its Cooper Nuclear power plant near Brownville, Neb., as the Missouri River continues to rise. The declaration is the least serious of four emergency notifications established by the federal commission.

The plant was operating Sunday at full capacity, and there was no threat to plant employees or to the public, said Mark Becker, a spokesman for the Columbus, Neb.-based utility.



The Fort Calhoun Station, another nuclear plant along the river in eastern Nebraska, issued a similar alert June 6. That plant near Blair, Neb., has been shut down since April and will not be reactivated until the flooding subsides.

The corps said Sunday that the river level at Brownville, Neb., had surged about 2 feet from Saturday morning to Sunday morning. Water was flowing over a levee there and into farmland but the levee was being built up to alleviate that, said Jodi Fawl, spokeswoman for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

In Missouri, presiding Holt County commissioner Mark Sitherwood said U.S. 159 is closed south of Big Lake because water is pouring over the road, and most of the west side of the community is underwater.

"It's going through in one place that we know of and overtopped in numerous places and there is seepage everywhere," Sitherwood said.



"I know they wouldn't admit it, but this is a manmade event," said Sitherwood, echoing a sentiment common in the area that the Army Corps of Engineers is mismanaging the Missouri River.


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Anyone have a list of all the various nuclear plants popping off with some alert or transgression around the world? Not a good sign when we are trying to keep up with the "list." Safe nuclear is a lie. This latest plant is operating at full capacity. Grand. Just Grand.



posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 10:39 PM
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Cross posting from an outbound thread I started today...continuing attempts to let folks know Fukushima is one huge mess.FOX: Is Japan Nuclear Radiation Killing Babies in Philadelphia


Originally posted by DancedWithWolves
I and others have been following the Japan Nuclear Disaster Thread. New statistics are emerging that suggest radiation from Japan may be killing America's most vulnerable citizens - babies under one year old. This thread is an effort to keep you advised on new findings.



Why Philadelphia?

An April 10 story revealed: East Coast city’s tap water has highest radiation in US — Philadelphia only .8 pCi/L below EPA’s maximum contaminant level.
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Children are the most vulnerable.

Information on a rise in infant mortaility in the Northwest is here:

35% Spike in Infant Mortality in Northwest Cities Since Meltdown Might Be the Result of Fallout Fukushima ATS Thread

Efforts at Fukushima are, as of today, at a standstill. We are at a crossroads. Fukushima is way beyond the worst case scenario anyone has even fully comprehended. All current plans on how to handle the contaminated water have ceased because radiation levels they expected to accumulate in a MONTH, accumulated in JUST FIVE HOURS of operation of the latest plan. Operators at the plant are saying that within one week the tons of highly radiated water in the lower levels of this facility will overflow above ground into the plant grounds and Pacific Ocean. Minds around the world are scrambling, with inadequate analysis from the ground, on how to possibly stop these breathing Blobs of no-end-in-sight horrors.

TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima Nuclear Plant has admitted to three melt throughs in reactors 1-3. A scenario never before contemplated. Spent fuel pools are open air and damaged/leaking. Cooling has not been restored nor will it be restored in any tradition sense. Spray and pray is in effect. How do you cool reactors that no longer hold the nuclear fuel? The fuel is a mass of uncontrollable corium that has escaped the reactor and, possibly, the entire containment and is burning through bedrock (sandstone) beneath the plant.

Fukushima is the worst disaster in the history of mankind. Solutions are currently not known. TEPCO's roadmap to recovery is a bust. All help in devising solutions is necessary now.

ATS Japan Nuclear Emergency Thread today

Another Japan reactor in crisis thread



posted on Jun, 19 2011 @ 10:48 PM
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You just have to keep asking "If they have nothing to hide - why are they hiding??"

Fukushima Failures Kept Behind Closed Doors



The United Nations nuclear agency’s decision to hold talks about the Fukushima disaster behind closed doors this week ignores the “blindingly obvious” need for greater transparency, said a former official in the U.K. atomic industry.

The handpicked participants include scientists, diplomats and people from the industry who will have a chance to question Japanese authorities about what went wrong in the worst nuclear disaster in 25 years. Journalists are excluded.

Their lame excuse:

The Fukushima meetings will be closed “because of the highly detailed and technical nature of the drafting work,” IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor said in a June 17 response to e- mailed questions. Summaries of the sessions will be made public, she said.

bloomberg

Also,I don't know if this was already brought up, but the water purification system is a combo of components from Areva and Kurion - Here's a link to Kurion's website on Fukushima - Kurion

Apparently things were done pretty quickly:

“The Kurion system was designed and fabricated on a 24-hour/day 7 day per week basis with many redesigns as the customer’s specifications were modified repeatedly as new data was learned from the damaged plant.

Despite constantly evolving specifications the principal equipment and Ion Specific Media were delivered in an extraordinarily short five weeks after approval to proceed. This has been an unprecedented project and level of effort to compress into weeks what took 18-months to prepare for the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant accident water cleanup.

which may account for some of the glitches they've encountered.
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posted on Jun, 20 2011 @ 04:10 AM
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Originally posted by Purplechive

WTF? Unit 4, "Large hardware in the reactor...to block the release of radiation"



My brain goes numb...


TEPCO injects water to No.4 reactor storage pool

Tokyo Electric Power Company has been trying to reduce a high level of radiation discovered in the Number 4 reactor of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The utility started to inject water into a pool on the top floor which was used for storing large equipment contaminated by radiation on Sunday.

The Number 4 reactor was shut down for a routine inspection when it was hit by the earthquake and the tsunami on March 11th.

Large hardware in the reactor was removed and was submerged in the pool to block the release of radiation.

Tokyo Electric Company discovered that the water level of the pool had dropped to about 1/3 of its capacity as of June 11th.

The machinery is thought to have been exposed and releasing high amounts of radiation.

The operator fears it could hamper restoration work in the Number 4 reactor. TEPCO says the radiation level on the top floor is so high that workers cannot enter, but if the equipment is submerged again, the radiation level will decline enabling operations to restart.

Monday, June 20, 2011 05:53 +0900 (JST)


www3.nhk.or.jp...

WTF? What the hell are they talking about?

- Purple Chive
edit on 19-6-2011 by Purplechive because: (no reason given)


Water is used to protect workers from radiation from equipment that has become irradiated through being in contact or near radioactive material. As the water level dropped in the spent fuel pool and the empty reactor core so the irradiated equipment became exposed. The irradiated equipment, building, and loose fuel rods etc are all over the site making working conditions very difficult. The easiest way to reduce the amount of direct radiation from irradiated equipment is to put them back under water.

If you look at this vid of a reactor core test you can see the equipment and water protection. All that equipment is exposed to the air now.




edit on 20/6/11 by imlite because: (no reason given)



posted on Jun, 20 2011 @ 04:42 AM
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Hi all,
I've missed a good part of this thread and trying to catch-up...

Could please anyone remember if Russian water-decontaminating ship Landysh (lily of the valley) was finally used by TEPCO? There was a little report with pictures of this ship at Vladivostok saying that it would be used... And I don't remember any other mentioning of it later.



posted on Jun, 20 2011 @ 08:04 AM
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Found this video clip this morning. Note in one video there is a large crane while there is no crane in the Tepco video!!

www.youtube.com...



posted on Jun, 20 2011 @ 08:34 AM
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Originally posted by VisionsOfMann
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Found this video clip this morning. Note in one video there is a large crane while there is no crane in the Tepco video!!

www.youtube.com...


The angles are wrong for the TEPCO webcam to view the crane. This crane is on the dock. The TEPCO webcam can't see the dock from its angle of view.

Over the next week we should begin to see much more activity on both cameras. They are preparing to put the KIMONO over reactor 1 - should start work next week.



posted on Jun, 20 2011 @ 08:37 AM
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Wondered what the black object that recently appeared on the walkway was.

Dug around and found some archive of it appearing. Seems to have been a rag used by some workers during some work on the walkway.




posted on Jun, 20 2011 @ 09:35 AM
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Steam??





Is it just me or does that look to be coming from the middle of the building?


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posted on Jun, 20 2011 @ 09:36 AM
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Anyone have statistics of Pneumonia cases from Fukushima and Tokyo?

I talked to a girl from Fukushima with Pneumonia. She said the doctor told her that cases are very high right now.



posted on Jun, 20 2011 @ 10:19 AM
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New video of the QUINCE Robot designed to explore and work inside of the reactor units.

The important development is that it can climb stairs!




posted on Jun, 20 2011 @ 10:22 AM
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Don't know if this has been uploaded yet?

Video of the IAEA visit to Fukushima on the 27 May 2011





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