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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:27 am    Post subject: Fukushima back to level 3 Reply with quote

and TEPCO continues to handle this badly...

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Level 3 is the highest stage than can still be termed an "incident." Level 4 and above are each classified as an "emergency."

The leak, which has not been plugged, is so contaminated that a person standing 1.6 feet away would, within an hour, receive a radiation dose five times the average annual global limit for nuclear workers.


http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/8/21/japan-to-upgradefukushimathreatlevel.html

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh man, that's a no good. Someone should do something.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yikes. Not good at all.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I was concerned about the implications of this on a Japan trip and messaged Lara about it, she said almost every aspect of the reactor is blown out of proportion by sensationalist media. There have been many independent studies on radiation levels and they have not exceeded international safety standards since 3 days after the incident excluding 10 miles around the reactor that are cordoned off. So if things don't change Michele and I are still planning to go, and if Japan falls through we will just change destination.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the articles are overblown, but it is an ongoing issue. With that said, I'll still go.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) successfully removed the first nuclear fuel rods today from a cooling pool at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, an early milestone in decommissioning the facility amid doubts about whether the rods had been damaged and posed a radiation risk.

The first of the fuel-rod assemblies at the plantís No. 4 reactor building was transferred from an underwater rack on the fifth floor to a portable cask just before 4 p.m., the utility known as Tepco said in an e-mailed statement.

Tepco planned to remove 22 assemblies from the pool, which contains 1,331 spent fuel assemblies and 202 unused assemblies, by the end of tomorrow, the company said. Crews are beginning with the unused assemblies because they are less fragile, spokesman Yusuke Kunikage said by phone.



http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-18/fukushima-plant-fuel-rod-removals-to-begin-today-tepco-says.html

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay! Hopefully no incidents along the way!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As we all guessed, no news is bad news.

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The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant has been coming up with countermeasures to deal with repeated leaks from tanks of contaminated water.

But despite the measures, 100 tons of radioactive water leaked on Wednesday and Thursday.

Last August, more than 300 tons of highly radioactive wastewater leaked from one of the plant's storage tanks.

The estimated volume of the leaked radioactive materials caused Japan's nuclear regulator to rank the leak a level-3 serious accident. The international scale of nuclear and radiological events ranges from zero to 7.

In October, another leak of highly contaminated water occurred, this time from a different tank on the site.

Tokyo Electric Power Company said the leak resulted from overfilling the tank.

In the wake of repeated leaks, the utility installed water-level gauges in the tanks and alarms to prevent overfilling. It also stepped up patrols of the compound so abnormalities could be detected as soon as possible.

This time the water again overflowed out of a tank and leaked outside the barrier around the tank, running along a rainwater pipe.

But workers first determined that the alarm and information from the gauges were malfunctions, as they found no abnormalities around the tank, at least when the alarm went off.

The utility says they will seek additional measures to address these new problems.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140221_14.html


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Each liter of the water contained, on average, 230 million becquerels of particles giving off beta radiation, the company said. About half of the particles were likely to be strontium 90, which is readily taken up by the human body in the same way that calcium is, and can cause bone cancer and leukemia.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/21/world/asia/worst-spill-in-6-months-at-fukushima.html

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We should have a talk about the Japan trip, maybe we should try somewhere else?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bulkoth wrote:
We should have a talk about the Japan trip, maybe we should try somewhere else?


Don't be a pussy, Joe. A little bit of zoomies never hurt anybody!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buck Futter wrote:
...zoomies...


Zoomies, they're like homies, except that they are zoo animals.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harrypeaches wrote:
Buck Futter wrote:
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Zoomies, they're like homies, except that they are zoo animals.


It's actually a very technical term that we in the industry use.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meh, we're all getting it anyway. It may be no worse there than it is here, depending on ocean currents.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And we're still at it, even if it's not deserving of a news cycle.

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Fukushima operator TEPCO has been forced to switch off the cooling system at mothballed Reactor Unit 5, after it was discovered that it had been leaking water. In nine days, if the system is not repaired, temperatures will exceed dangerous levels.

Engineers have discovered that 1,300 liters of water leaked from a cooling system intended to stabilize the temperature of the spent fuel at the Reactor Unit 5, which was offline but loaded with fuel rods when the plant was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

The source of the leak was a 3 mm-diameter hole near a flow valve, a statement published by the Japanese energy giant on Sunday asserts. However it is unclear from company data if the location of the opening has been discovered, or whether it was calculated with flow measurements.

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If no new cold water is pumped in at such rate it will reach the dangerous threshold of 65C by the midpoint of the month in roughly 9 days.

Such temperatures, which have not been routinely seen at the plant since the failing of the cooling system in the immediate aftermath, would increase the possibility of dangerous reactions and further radiation leaks in the plant.

TEPCO however says that currently, there have been no abnormal readings anywhere in the plant.

http://glblgeopolitics.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/fukushima-has-9-days-to-prevent-unsafe-overheating/

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone put a damn Geiger counter on some fish and start detecting these leaks before this corporation continues to bumble the containment.
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