Great post as always, muzz. S+F.
This is what I've been wondering about. It seems the Japanese government is trying to cover it all up, while leaving fukushima as the scapegoat. Of
course they are even covering that up to some degree.
The loss of cooling water at reactors 1, 2 and 4 was classified a level 3 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (serious incident) by Japanese authorities as of March 18.
A fire from the turbine section of the plant following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake was reported by Kyodo News. On March 13, 2011, levels of radiation on site reached 21μSv/hour, a level at which Tohoku Electric Power Company were mandated to declare state of emergency, and they did so at 12:50, declaring the lowest-level such state.
Following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami the number 2 reactor wasone of eleven nuclear reactors nation wide to be shut down automatically. It was reported on 14 March that a cooling system pump for the number 2 reactor had stopped working. Japan Atomic Power Company stated that there was a second operational pump and cooling was working, but that two of three diesel generators used to power the cooling system were out of order.
After the Tōhoku earthquake in March 2011, the plant ran on emergency power provided by backup diesel generators. These emergency engines are not capable for long-term use. Reportedly there are about 3,000 tons of highly radioactive used nuclear fuel stored in Rokkasho at current, that could overheat and catch fire if the cooling systems fail. Japanese radio reported on March 13 that 600 liters of water leaked at the Rokkasho spent fuel pool. According to The New York Times, grid power was restored on March 14, 2011