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Today’s Pictures 24/March/2011

In Graphics on March 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM

In this photo released by Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers collect data in the control room for Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on Wednesday, March 23. <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY PHOTOBLOG>

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Pump it up: Water-spraying operations to cool down a spent nuclear-fuel pool at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant's No. 4 reactor continue Tuesday with trucks using a concrete squeeze pump and a 50-meter arm for pouring water from a higher point. KYODO PHOTO <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE>

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S. Korean rescue team back home A rescue worker undergoes a radiation check in Seoul on March 23, 2011, after returning from a search and rescue operation in northeastern Japan. The South Koreans arrived in Japan three days after the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster as the first team among foreign rescuers. (Kyodo) <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY KYODO NEWS>

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In this photo released by the Department of Health, samples of imported Japanese fava beans tainted with radiation is seen in undisclosed place in Taoyuan county, Taiwan, Sunday, March 20, 2011. An official of Taiwan’s Atomic Energy Council said Sunday they have detected a small amount of radiation on imported Japanese fava beans, although the levels are not harmful to human health. <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY CHINA REAL TIME REPORT>

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When There Are Not Plans Ahead of Time

In Nuclear Industry on March 24, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Time after time the Japanese government and TEPCO are taking measures after the events and not before. This way they are risking unnecessary the lives of technicians, firefighters and Ground Self-Defense Forces.

A clear example was the cooling of the reactor number 3 early in the Saturday morning. The team planned initially to station a pumper close to the reactor and adjacent to the sea to draw seawater, and transfer the water to an elevating squirt truck through a hose.

But they found a problem: the seaside was (yet) covered with rubble making almost impossible that large-sized vehicles could to approach the site, so they have to relocate farther, and they have to put themselves at risk when they needed manually attach another hose to the original hose.

If TEPCO and the Japanese government had worrying about cleaning the zone from the first moment to allow quicker and safer operations, everybody had not got an extra radiation dose.

They have the ways. In fact, the GDSF sent two Type 74 tanks to help shift debris on Sunday. These tanks can be fitted with a blade like that of a bulldozer and the crew is protected of radiation by thick armor plating.

On Saturday, The firefighters were spraying water about 22 meters high from the ground with the squirt truck’s cannon. But there was a safer way, as there are German-made trucks with a 50 meter arm to pour water from a higher point. These trucks are not in Germany but in Mie Prefecture. Also, the construction company says this same type of machinery was used in Chernobyl.

They are sending now the trucks by request of the government, but I think it’s a bit late: in fact, they must be from the first day helping to cool the reactors.

By not thinking ahead the government and TEPCO are hampering the measures to fix the serious problems at Fukushima nuclear power plants, as radiation wasn’t enough problem.

The first voices are now claiming to bury the plant, and although it isn’t clear if the reactors are going to be dismantled or buried, I presume the government is not taking preemptive measures for this event. It is not easy to bury a nuclear reactor, because you need to reinforce the floors of the reactors and the operation takes time.

Will the Japanese government spend precious moments for not taking decisions ahead of time and again workers at the plant will get extra radiation for not being ready to the events?

Relevant News 22/March/2011

In Breaking News on March 22, 2011 at 6:51 AM

FUKUSHIMA LOCAL TIME UTC+9 – THE WORLD CLOCK [LINK]

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2 GSDF tanks sent to clear debris at Fukushima plant

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 22/03/2011

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Authorities jump gun on iodine pills / Premature distribution risked ill effects on health, depleted emergency supplies

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 22/03/2011

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Questions about radiation’s effect on food

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 22/03/2011

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GSDF special forces unite in water-spraying mission

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 22/03/2011

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Work to restore power delayed as smoke seen at Fukushima reactors

KYODO NEWS – 22/03/2011

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Gov’t orders 4 prefectures to suspend some food shipments

KYODO NEWS – 22/03/2011

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U.S. regulator says Fukushima nuclear plant stabilizing

KYODO NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Smoke From Reactors Halts Work At Nuclear Plant

NIKKEI.COM – 22/03/2011

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Nuclear crisis forces firms to shift production from quake-hit region

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 20/03/2011

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Smoke at reactor 3 triggers evacuation

KAZUAKI NAGATA – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 21/03/2011

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Japan nuclear plant workers praised as heroes say they’re just doing their jobs

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Work under way to lay cables for 2 reactors still out of power

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 21/03/2011

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No need to fear radioactive contamination of food, rain if proper steps taken: experts

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Gov’t needs nuke and risk management expert to keep public informed

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Tokyoites Stay In on a Rainy Day

YOREE KOH – JAPAN REAL TIME – 21/03/2011

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Traces of radioactive substances detected in water in 9 prefectures

KYODO NEWS – JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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Haneda, Narita airports create web pages with daily radiation level updates

JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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What would you say are the main differences between the way the Japanese and foreign media are covering the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and the ongoing nuclear crisis?

JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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Greater levels of radioactive materials found due to rain

KYODO NEWS – JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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Early lessons from the Fukushima nuclear crisis

DARYL KIMBALL – JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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RPT-Where is Japan’s nuclear power CEO?

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Food contamination by Japan n-plant a serious concern: WHO

THE JAPAN NEWS.NET – 21/03/2011

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French laboratory finds high levels of radioactive contamination in food in Japan

BEYOND NUCLEAR – 21/03/2011

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More From GE Hitachi

NC NUKE – 21/03/2011

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Today’s Pictures 21/March/2011

In Breaking News on March 21, 2011 at 9:14 AM

A military tank that will be used to clear rubble from the Fukushima nuclear complex leaves Camp Asaka on a trailer. (Takehiko Kobayashi / Yomiuri Shimbun / March 20, 2011) <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY LOS ANGELES TIMES>

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By Andrew Burton, USA TODAY A Japanese soldier fills a bottle of water for a woman outside an emergency refugee center in Rikuzentakata. Some villagers have been warned not to drink tap water due to radiation exposure. <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY USA TODAY>

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A photographer holds a radiation detector indicating 0.035 millisieverts in Sendai, Japan, March 20, 2011. Generally people are exposed to 1 to 10 millisieverts of radiation a year from background radiation. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY TIME>

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Nuclear industry: see no danger, speak no danger, hear no danger

In Nuclear Industry on March 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Now we are on the verge of catastrophe as TEPCO is muttering that there is the possibility of bury the whole plant of Fukushima Daiichi with tons of sand.

They know that the company was never able to deal with this kind of disaster: too many human errors after the tsunami, insufficient backup equipment to take appropiate measures, no clear emergency plans…

The Tokyo Electric Power Company has been always a greedy company: they choose the boiling water nuclear reactors because were cheaper than other safer designs, they didn’t protect the auxiliary diesel generators inside closed buildings cause they estimated it was enough with the breakwater to stop a tsunami, and they have been following the events from behind because they knew the high economic cost of every extra measure to control the plant.

The worst is the nuclear industry in general keeps on the same way that TEPCO; like the ancient monkeys of Nikko they see no danger, speak no danger, hear no danger.

The first day of the accident they said that with light water reactors was impossible a meltdown cause this type of reactor stops the nuclear reaction by design (now we have 1 severe and 3 partial meltdowns), that in case of the worst the radioactivity would be low (nobody can approach some deathly places of Fukushima plant), that spent fuel pools take a week to deplete its water (2 pools now boiling and burning) and this moment they say there is no worry about fallout outside Japan (when 2 U.S. aircarriers had redeployed because radioactive clouds).

I am a supporter of nuclear energy, cause at this moment it’s the only viable way to western nations of get rid of the tirany of a few autocracies (enemies of our countries) to put a high extra cost to our hard work and daily lives and besides I don’t want my money goes to places where there is not democracy, but right now I think the nuclear industry must ponder if they are going to do things properly or they want to vanish in forthcoming years.

 

Finally, I put an official report and an independent report about the same nuclear accident. Test the differences.

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Relevant News 19/03/2011

In General on March 19, 2011 at 2:58 AM
FUKUSHIMA LOCAL TIME UTC+9 – THE WORLD CLOCK [LINK]

Radiation hampers efforts to restore power to nuclear plant in Japan

THOMAS H. MAUGH II – LOS ANGELES TIMES – 18/03/2011 [LINK]

Radiation hampers efforts to restore power to nuclear plant in Japan

Japan raises nuclear alert level

RICHARD BLACK – BBC – 18/03/2011 – [LINK]

Japan raises nuclear alert level

Above Japan nuclear plant is a no-go for US Navy

ASSOCIATED PRESS – FOX.NEWS.COM – 18-03-2011 [LINK]

Above Japan nuclear plant is a no-go for US Navy

Operator of Japan’s endangered nuclear reactors now giving Twitter updates

AEMON MALONE – DIGITAL TRENDS -/03/2011 [LINK]

Operator of Japan’s endangered nuclear reactors now giving Twitter updates
The moment nuclear plant chief WEPT as Japanese finally admit that radiation leak is serious enough to kill people

DAILY MAIL REPORTER – DAILY MAIL – 18/03/2011 [LINK]

The moment nuclear plant chief WEPT as Japanese finally admit that radiation leak is serious enough to kill people

Experts knock notion of burying Japanese reactors

ASSOCIATED PRESS – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – 18/03/2011 [LINK]

 

 

Japan raises nuclear alert level

Japan nuclear crisis and tsunami aftermath – live updates

In Radiation on March 17, 2011 at 9:00 PM

PETER WALKER & TANIA BRANIGAN – GUARDIAN.CO.UK – 17/03/2011 [LINK]

Interesting updates about several issues related to Japan and the Fukushima incident are in this blog from guardian.co.uk: emptied stores, no electricity, no running water, no gas, radioactivity measurements in microsieverts of the surrounding zone to Fukushima (fortunately not in milisieverts yet), and the list of injured TEPCO employees.

If the worst would reach Tokyo, I supposed the scale of the mayhem would be several times more severe than now.

 

 

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“ […] the shelves inside the supermarket were still pretty much empty (but at least the lights were on this time — shopping in the dark is no fun), but they received a limited delivery of mostly vegetables and cup ramen. people were buying plenty of alcohol, which i wholly endorse.



Stressing that the levels were not dangerous for people, he predicted the particles would continue across the Atlantic and eventually also reach Europe. […]

He said he was convinced it would eventually be detected over the whole northern hemisphere. “It is only a question of very, very low activities so it is nothing for people to worry about,” De Geer said.

 


But health authorities say one-hour of exposure to radiation at any of the observed levels would range between 1/500th to 1/40th of the amount of radiation the body would receive in a single stomach X-ray.

 


My colleague, Ian Sample, has passed me the International Atomic Energy Association’s round-up of reported injuries at the Fukushima complex, released earlier this morning. It says that two people are missing while 23 suffered injuries. More than 20 people are believed to have been exposed to radiation […]


GE Hitachi Updates! 3 out of 10 Requested Truck Mounted Turbines Ready For Shipment From Florida!

In Breaking News, Nuclear Industry on March 17, 2011 at 5:36 AM

NCNUKE – NC NUKE.COM – 16/03/2011 [LINK]

An excellent work by ncnuke giving a lot of information about GE and TEPCO working together for putting an end to this crisis.

Ten truck-mounted gas turbines are on the way from GE.

 

 

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Responding to a request today from TEPCO to deliver 10 GE truck-mounted gas turbineswhich can provide temporary power […]. Three of those 10 are ready in Florida and are awaiting air transport.

 


Under any normal circumstances diesel generators are perfectly capable and the most cost efficient.  This leaves a very low inventory of these highly expensive specialty mobile gas turbines.  Even this limited supply of mobile gas turbines is seldom in use.  GE Hitachi appears to be willing to move mountains to get this vital technology to the disaster sight.


Elite Japan nuclear workers race to stop meltdown

In Breaking News, Radiation on March 17, 2011 at 5:03 AM

ERIC TALMADGE & MARI YAMAGUCHI – ASSOCIATED PRESS VIA SEATTLEPI – 16/03/2011 [LINK]

Interesting new data on Japanese workers at Fukushima. Curiously, they put the number of 180 workers versus 5o people figure that is showed at the rest of the media.

 


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The 180 emergency workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi complex are emerging as public heroes in the wake of a disaster spawned by an earthquake and a tsunami.

 


Small teams of the still-anonymous emergency workers rush in and out for 10 to 15 minutes at a time […]

 


[…] workers wear coveralls, full-face masks with filters, helmets and double-layer gloves when they enter areas with a possibility of radiation exposure. Some of them carry oxygen tanks so they don’t have to inhale any radioactive particles into their lungs.

 


The newspaper said one male worker who was opening a valve to let out built-up steam was hospitalized after complaining of nausea and exhaustion after being exposed for 10 minutes of radiation, despite wearing head-to-toe protective gear and a mask.

TEPCO’s shady history

In Nuclear Industry on March 17, 2011 at 4:35 AM

TIM SHORROCK – TIMSHORROCK.COM – 14/03/2011 [LINK]

A dark view on TEPCO and Japanese nuclear industry.

 

 

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If we’ve learned anything from the crisis so far, it’s that the Japan government and its nuclear industry don’t have the smoothest PR in the world. Ever since the tsunami knocked out the plant’s cooling system on Friday and the reactor cores began over-heating, the official word has been confusing, contradictory and downright mysterious.

 

 

TEPCO also has a history of obfuscation and falsification when it comes to safety.

 

 

[…] about the extent of breakdowns at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, the world’s largest nuclear electricity-generating complex.” The paper continued:

The magnitude 6.8 quake 10 km offshore from the Honshu west coast plant caused subsidence of the main structure, ruptured water pipes, started a fire that took five hours to extinguish, and triggered small radioactive discharges into the atmosphere and sea.

Japan has had reactors shut and superficially damaged by earthquakes before, nuclear power stations have had safety failures before, and TEPCO management has been caught before covering up its plant problems. But this was the first time all three circumstances had coincided. This was the nearest thing Japan had seen to genpatsu-shinsai (a nuclear power station earthquake disaster).

 

 

In 2003, all 17 of its nuclear plants were shut down temporarily after a scandal over falsified safety-inspection reports. It ran into trouble again in 2006, when it emerged that coolant-water data at two plants had been falsified in the 1980s.