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Nuclear accident follows Japanese earthqauke
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some reports now refer to radiation levels 1,000 times normal
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

7am there now, so new video images:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tbstv

Sky News are also showing live, morning shots. Some areas look just like the 2004 tsunami, built up areas simply scoured down the the foundations. I expect death toll going to be in the 10s of thousands at least.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Large said any complete power outage would quickly lead to the reactor overheating and the potential meltdown of the fuel under temperatures that could reach 1,200C. Different mechanical and chemical reactions could potentially lead to a hydrogen explosion, he added.

All of this could be "astronomically" expensive given the heavily populated and insured population of Japan, said Large who has also visited Fukushima. The engineer said he was concerned that the nuclear industry and local political system had a reputation for considerable secrecy that would not make it easy to discern what had gone wrong.



Shocked

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/11/japan-earthquake-evacuate-nuclear-plant
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear Sad 20,000 have been evacuated too.

Japan may have hours to prevent nuclear meltdown
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(Reuters) - Japanese officials may only have hours to cool reactors that have been disabled by Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami or face a nuclear meltdown.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-japan-quake-nuclear-us-analysis-idUSTRE72B04C20110312

I am an advocate of nuclear energy, but if this turns into a full scale nuclear accident, the future will look very bleak. This will do to the nuclear industry what Deepwater Horizon did for deep sea drilling.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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India Times - 12/03/11

US delivers coolant to quake-hit Japan's N-plant

The US has transported coolant to a Japanese nuclear power plant affected by the massive earthquake, as it quickly moved naval and air assets along with humanitarian relief material for the tsunami-hit areas of the country.

"We just had our Air Force assets in Japan transport some really important coolant to one of the nuclear plants," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced yesterday, as Tokyo declared a state of emergency for five of its nuclear reactors at two atomic power plants in northeastern coast of Japan, where an 8.9-magnitude quake struck yesterday.

Article continues ...

There are many overly dramatic headlines this morning suggesting that a 'nuclear meltdown' is imminent.

Is this a real possibility or just another opportunity for the MSM to turn a drama into a crisis?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

adam2 wrote:
Radiation levels near the damaged reactor said to be 8 times normal, source, BBC world service news.
10 KM evacuation zone confirmed.
INFO IN THIS POST ALREADY OUTDATED, SEE POSTS BELOW

Yes, the "fog of war". The screen was saying 1000 times whilst the newshead was repeatedly saying 8 times.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of tweets at #Fukushima reporting sound of explosion at about 6.30 GMT
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Telegraph - 08.00am - 12/03/11

Japan is battling to avoid a nuclear disaster as authorities admitted that they had lost control of five reactors in the aftermath of the country’s biggest earthquake and a devastating tsunami.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Police roadblock stopping journalists 50km from the site.

It does seem a meltdown is imminient/has happened.

The explosion might have been the primary reactor vessel rupturing.

Second (and possibly third) reactor heading in the same direction.

Hope the outer containment vessel holds.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Outer structure of building that houses reactor at Fukushima plant appears to have blown off - NHK
by Reuters_TonyTharakan at 8:12 AM


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Tokyo fire department sending special nuclear rescue team to Fukushima - TV
by Reuters_TonyTharakan at 8:17 AM

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are watching NHK now (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nhk-gtv).
Japanese language link I'm afraid.

They are reporting an explosion, and something has collapsed somewhere. About to have an interview with someone (wife busy trying to translate this for me).

However, the word 'bakahatsu' [explosion] is being used a lot


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not looking good
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12720219
TPTB in Japan are refering to possible melting of nuclear fuel.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Video of explosion: http://www.twitvid.com/LICNU
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

clv101 wrote:
Video of explosion: http://www.twitvid.com/LICNU


Holy crap - does this mean that radioactive material is being spread all over the place? Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

clv101 wrote:
Video of explosion: http://www.twitvid.com/LICNU


That's local Fukushima TV, rather than national NHK footage. Wonder if authorities are trying to suppress footage until this conference that's due to be shown on NHK.
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