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Following Core Meltdown, Reactor One At Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Explodes - Video

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Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:08 | 1043876 Escapeclaws
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This isn't going to be good for uranium stocks.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:10 | 1043878 Motorhead
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This isn't going to be good for a lot of things.  A lot of nightmares coming true right about now.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:02 | 1044026 mophead
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Look at the bright side. This will be good for the economy. Sing along...

(countryish song, bum, buh-bum, buh-bum)....


We're trying to inflate, it's another retake

The Bernake's in a corner, while (sentor) Paul's enraged

The QE they say, it's a gotta go

Can't wait for the next thing to blow


They say we're in a fix...

Just a runnin' out of tricks

Oh lord, what to do?

Please give us all a clue

(pause, deep country voice)

Try HAARP -- it's a better tool...

bum, buh-bum, buh-bum

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 14:59 | 1044774 nedwardkelly
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This isn't going to be good for uranium stocks.

On the other hand, it could be very good for uranium stocks if they actually get through all this without any significant problems. Hard to tell right now what is actually going on, Vs media hype. Something blew up here, but some reports say it was an exterior shell. Who knows what's true?

If things do get really ugly here, I'll probably BTFD on uranium stocks. Short of an energy revolution we're probably going to be desperate for power at some point sooner or later.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:14 | 1043879 malikai
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There is speculation that the explosion was not a steam explosion of the vessel, but rather a hydrogen gas explosion in the containment building, indicating the vessel may still be intact.

"The nuclear reactor is surrounded by a steel reactor container, which is then surrounded by a concrete building," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said.

"The concrete building collapsed. We found out that the reactor container inside didn't explode."


Edano said due to the falling level of cooling water, hydrogen was generated and that leaked to the space between the building and the container and the explosion happened when the hydrogen mixed with oxygen there.


Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:15 | 1043888 Arkadaba
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thanks for the info. 

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:17 | 1043901 cossack55
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That is the most "expressive" collapse I have ever seen, and I have seen many C4/semtex "collapses".

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:23 | 1043922 Arkadaba
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Watching Canadian news - huge disinfo and we are usually pretty good at news. In trouble - powers that be be are covering up (and to what degree).

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:53 | 1044003 Bob Sacamano
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Pretty sure reports will soon surface here that US government operatives (and likely GWB & Cheney in particular) were behind the cause of the explosion.


Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:56 | 1044176 Treason Season
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We would never do HAARP their Nip asses, would we Bobby?

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 13:10 | 1044531 TBT or not TBT
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I heard it was a Jap suicide cult jumping off their chairs all at the same time with rising sun bandanas around their foreheads, yelling banzaiiiiiii!  

Californians have tried it before, as did Lex Luthor, but back then they didn't have GPS available to synch up their jumps precisely enough.   The Mayans predicted the perfection of timekeeping technology ending the world in 2012, and this is how it goes down.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 11:07 | 1044209 Savyindallas
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GWB and Cheney are certainly suspect-being the world's biggest terrorists. If it were a nuclear reactor in the U.S. or one of our occupied countries, we would be safe to assume that halliburton may be behind it. 

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 13:15 | 1044541 TBT or not TBT
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Right.  The earthquake was a cover for their real motive of sabotaging a particular reactor in Japan built forty years ago.   They picked that one out like the crazy phonebook sniper in The Jerk you know, picking out one reactor at random that had to die, and setting off a giant earthquake to cover for their controlled destruction of the building.    That's how smart they are, and how evil they are.  Bwahahahahahahaaaa

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 20:58 | 1045316 nmewn
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LOL...careful T...Russian News has footage of "an object" protruding from the front of the tsunami wave as it came ashore...also a UFO sighting over it.

Should be right up GW's alley ;-)


Sat, 03/12/2011 - 16:15 | 1044926 e_goldstein
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nah, it was the aliens, or al quida...or maybe <gasp> it was alien al quida.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:58 | 1044015 Saxxon
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Yahoo! front page desperately spinning this.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:29 | 1043936 sushi
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A building filled with explosive gas will explode radially, the force of the explosion going in all directions.

If you examine the video footage you eill see an explosive jet shoot straight up where it appears to form a "lens." This if followed by a debris cloud as the cladding separates from the structural framework.

I interpret the jet and lens effect as being due to the top cover of the containment vessel having separated from the walls of the containment and having gone straight up. This suggests the core is open to the atmosphere and lacks cooling.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:42 | 1043971 malikai
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I see what you're saying. I thought the lens was odd as well, but if what they say is true, it is possible it was caused by the building structure itself (weak spots in the roof). I hope this is not another Chernobyl, but it sure does look like one.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 12:50 | 1044497 Rusty Shorts
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That looked like a powerful shock wave to me, straight up...doesn't look good at all.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 13:16 | 1044546 TBT or not TBT
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Chernobyl burned, people, because the core was mainly graphite, i.e. pure carbon.   They couldn't make this worse than Chernobyl if they were trying to make it worse.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:47 | 1043988 duo
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That looked like a shock wave to me. It takes significant over-pressure to do something like that.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:04 | 1044032 malikai
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TOKYO, March 12 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government confirmed Saturday that while an explosion did occur at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant earlier in the day, the blast did not happen at the location of its No. 1 reactor.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said at an emergency press conference convened in Tokyo that owner and operator of the nuclear facility, Tokyo Electric Power Co., has confirmed that the steel container housing the reactor is intact.

Edano said that the blast, which occurred at 3:36 p.m. local time (0636 GMT), destroyed the roof and the walls of the reactor's outer container.


Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:39 | 1044120 Winston Smith 2009
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"A building filled with explosive gas will explode radially, the force of the explosion going in all directions."

OR, like all buidlings designed to contain possible explosions in proximity to workers, the roof was designed to blow off more easily than the sides of the structure which is what I suspect is the case here.  It's just that the H2/O2 explosion in this case was much bigger than the small one it was designed to handle without having the walls blow off, too.

And the H2O dissociation into H2/O2 indicates that the core is melting or has melted since it takes temps of 2780 F and up to do that.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:58 | 1044181 LowProfile
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Dissociation seems likely.

That puff out the top he noted actually looks like a shockwave.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 13:17 | 1044547 TBT or not TBT
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Ionizing radiation can easily split a water molecule too.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 16:54 | 1044988 malikai
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I extracted all the images from the zoomed RT video of the explosion. It looks like there is a yellowish front preceeding the shockwave. This is bizzarre because if it was a hydrogen fire, it should be very light blue, if even visible. I don't know what to think of that.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:38 | 1043962 NidStyles
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This is why I have been saying that we are being pumped full of fear, and that most of what we are hearing is BS. These reactor's are not as fragile as what the media would have you believe. They are considered the most over engineered systems in the world for a reason. The level of safety and control they have rival's the economic control systems in the US.


Apparently, this particular reactor is a GE design. So expect a rally if the situation turn's out to be better than what was stated.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:43 | 1043972 JimS
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What, a rally in GE stock? Cool.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:43 | 1043973 malikai
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Watch for a GE rally on monday if there is no nuclear catastrophe. Or, expect a GE rally on monday if there is a nuclear catastrophe. I love this market.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:59 | 1044019 snowball777
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So GE's check cleared? Spend it wisely.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:11 | 1044048 Paul Bogdanich
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"Apparently, this particular reactor is a GE design. So expect a rally if the situation turn's out to be better than what was stated."


Anti-social personality disorder or what one used to call a psychopath.  We may have and I stress may have just lost a freaking reactor core and the thing that goes through your polluted little mind is GE stock?   Sick puppy. 

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:30 | 1044099 Won_Over
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Could not have said any better. Thanks. Some people think life is all about stocks/money-money money (fuck you all)...  People are actually dying and will die.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 13:13 | 1044534 Pegasus Muse
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They are behaving like a Gangster Banksters.  Pretend you're listening in on a conference call with Lloyd and Jaime who are congratulating Jeffrey Immelt for a job well done.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 13:20 | 1044549 TBT or not TBT
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Every living human will die. Get over it.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 11:53 | 1044343 Cognitive Dissonance
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This is why I have been saying....

Whatever you've been saying it hasn't been long considering you've been registered on ZH for 2 weeks and commenting for 4 days. Good luck with that.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 12:11 | 1044393 RockyRacoon
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People weren't listening at his last venue, so he comes here hoping for a more sympathetic audience.   Ooops.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 13:35 | 1044584 glenlloyd
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No shit, I'm starting to get the feeling we're being loaded up with sockpuppets here.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 20:36 | 1045286 Bicycle Repairman
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+1 pets.com sockdog

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 23:02 | 1045599 fuu
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I have been awfully grateful for the last 36 hours for all th ex-nuke plant workers, ex-miitary nuke experts, and nuclear engineers who hang out here.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:50 | 1043992 barkingbill
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why would the building explode and the container remain intact? it's the container that holds the explosive potential here or no?


i suspect the government is purposely understating things...

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:25 | 1044084 sharkbait
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A 'nuclear' explosion (aka mushroom clouds) is a difficult thing to achieve.  Impossible in fact in a functioning reactor.  If the reactor core 'melts down' you may get a chunk of material large enough to explode but it will not be in the configuration to explode.

There is a lot of other material that could possibly explode resulting in an 'explosion at a nuclear facility' ( like Chernobyl ).

An hydrogen explosion is very likely and reasonable.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:39 | 1044125 Urban Roman
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As I recall, one of the problems encountered at TMI was that hydrogen built up in the containment dome. The source was apparently a chemical reaction between overheated metal plumbing and remaining cooling water. At TMI they managed to vent the hydrogen, but obviously Fukushima did not.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 11:36 | 1044287 Drachma
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If the core temperature can not be contained, Fukushima is fukued.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 17:15 | 1045010 mt paul
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should have replaced

the oxyegen 

with nitrogen...

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:12 | 1043884 MsCreant
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We are all living beyond our means. We only have this one rock we share together. What will it take to clue us in?

I am so sorry. I am going to spend some time today thinking about how to downsize my life more. There is nothing else to do.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:15 | 1043892 cossack55
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I can recommend a wonderful Interior Designer.  New curtains always helps.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:31 | 1043948 sushi
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Lead cladding with faux satin is the latest trend in window coverings. A small Godzilla offering shrine is also tres chic.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 09:40 | 1043965 JimS
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+1000 It works for my wife. :))))

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:05 | 1044035 MachoMan
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What do you mean what will it take to clue us in?  There are two choices, you either bomb people into submission or you let things naturally take their course.  Until we are willing to bomb other countries into submission for waste/pollution practices, our earth will continue to be polluted (and doing the same to ourselves of course).  This is what the greenies don't understand about their views...  they necessarily require armed conflict to come to fruition, save a universal volunteering of inefficiency.

What's going to make us snap out of it?  Evolving past the human condition...

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:24 | 1044086 sushi
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Every time a country experiences an accidental radiation leak we should nuke them back into the stone age.

That will show them what "higher evolution" is all about.

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