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IAEA Injury And Contamination Update

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The IAEA, which still is conspicuously missing from Fukushima yet is rumored to be en route to provide on the site analysis, has provided the following update on fallout associated injuries and contamination.

Injuries or Contamination at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Based on a press release from the
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary dated 16 March 2011, the IAEA can
confirm the following information about human injuries or contamination
at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Please note that this list
provides a snapshot of the latest information made available to the IAEA
by Japanese authorities. Given the fluid situation at the plant, this
information is subject to change.

Injuries

  • 2 TEPCO employees have minor injuries
  • 2 subcontractor employees are
    injured, one person suffered broken legs and one person whose condition
    is unknown was transported to the hospital
  • 2 people are missing
  • 2 people were ’suddenly taken ill’
  • 2 TEPCO employees were transported to hospital during the time of donning respiratory protection in the control centre
  • 4 people (2 TEPCO employees, 2
    subcontractor employees) sustained minor injuries due to the explosion
    at unit 1 on 11 March and were transported to the hospital
  • 11 people (4 TEPCO employees, 3
    subcontractor employees and 4 Japanese civil defense workers) were
    injured due to the explosion at unit 3 on 14 March

Radiological Contamination

  • 17 people (9 TEPCO employees, 8
    subcontractor employees) suffered from deposition of radioactive
    material to their faces, but were not taken to the hospital because of
    low levels of exposure
  • One worker suffered from significant exposure during ‘vent work,’ and was transported to an offsite center
  • 2 policemen who were exposed to radiation were decontaminated
  • Firemen who were exposed to radiation are under investigation

The IAEA continues to seek information from Japanese authorities about all aspects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

 

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Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:39 | 1066263 Ben Probanke
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somebody here is looking to become the king of the junk

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:43 | 1066283 in-Credible Banker
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But I'll be playing golf today..........on a beautiful day.  It is a GREAT DAY! 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:46 | 1066288 Ben Probanke
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you working part time for CNBC?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:07 | 1066369 jomama
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you might as well type in bold and italics how out of touch with the gravity of reality you are...

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:13 | 1066389 in-Credible Banker
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Really?  Don't think so.  I'm just sick of reading all this crap about farm land in the US being permanently despoiled.  That radiation zombies will be emerging from the Pacific. 

 

If true, I want to hear it.  But if you are going to say it, cite it.  Simple as that. 

 

And - eff all of you for junking me.  The sun is shining.  It is a GREAT DAY!!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:24 | 1066446 TomJoad
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I went out last night to get away from ZH for a bit an have some sushi (while the non-radioactive stuff is still available) and see what the "man on the street" take was on the Japan nuclear situation. At my favorite sushi bar were a group of 6 upper management types. (probably from one of the many local defense contractors, Lockheed-Martin in this case i believe)  Through my entire dinner all these jackasses did was tell golf stories. Loud, drunken golf stories. Not even good stories, but the JVP's were seriously toadying up to the loud "elder statesman" of the group and laughing at everything he said.  I wasn't expecting trouble so I was only carrying a .380 Seecamp with 6 rounds. Sadly I must report that I let them all depart unharmed, though I did call a cop friend of mine who was on shift with the tag number, description, and direction of travel of the loudest and drunkest of the assholes in his CL550.

 

Jump! You Fuckers!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:39 | 1066500 chunga
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+10,000 Quatloos

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:58 | 1066563 Triggernometry
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I like the .380, very easy to carry though I prefer Sigs myself. My little P238 has the cleanest trigger I've ever shot, the mags are so small its never an issue to have an extra in a pocket.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 11:42 | 1066790 davepowers
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well played

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:31 | 1066467 tmosley
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Today is a great day.  Tomorrow, less so.

But hey, you get in that last round of golf before the collapse comes.  More supplies for those who are conscious enough to get them.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 11:29 | 1066724 in-Credible Banker
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I got the supplies TMOS.  All good.

 

All I am saying is.....when these jerks talk about a calamity as if it is certain to happen or already has, and its effects are already manifest, cite the souce.  To say the entire midwest will be unable to produce food is stupid.  There are claims such as this on these boards. 

 

Go ahead and keep preparing.  I'm already done.  Meantime - I am going to have a blast watching the NCAA's.

 

It is a GREAT DAY!!

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 11:33 | 1066752 DarkAgeAhead
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Actually, at current rates of soil erosion and aquifer depletion, it's only a matter of time before the midwest is unable to produce food.

www.landinstitute.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/Publications%3E%3EScience

www.earth-policy.org/index.php?/books/epr/Epr1_ss8

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:55 | 1066335 curbyourrisk
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Mission accomplished

 

This guy is as bad as HarryWanker

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:09 | 1066383 BurningFuld
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An interesting paper written in 2000. For anyone who thinks the concern here is misplaced.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/35771329/Reducing-the-Hazards-from-Stored-Spen...

Because of the unavailability of off-site storage for spent power-reactor fuel, the NRC has allowed high-density storage of spent fuel in pools originally designed to hold much smaller inventories. As a result, virtually all U.S. spent-fuel pools have been re-racked to hold spent-fuel assemblies at densities that approach those in reactor cores. In order to prevent the spent fuel from going critical, the fuel assemblies are partitioned off from each other in metal boxes whose walls contain neutron-absorbing boron. It has been known for more than two decades that, in case of a loss of water in the pool, convective air cooling would be relatively ineffective in such a “dense-packed” pool. Spent fuel recently discharged from a reactor could heat up relatively rapidly to temperatures at which the zircaloy fuel cladding could catch ?re and the fuel’s volatile ?ssion products, including 30-year half-life 137Cs, would be released. The ?re could well spread to older spent fuel. The long-term land-contamination consequences of such an event could be signi?cantly worse than those from Chernobyl.

No such event has occurred thus far. However, the consequences would affect such a large area that alternatives to dense-pack storage must be examined.

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:40 | 1066269 Misean
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+1. The FUD is running thick.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:43 | 1066281 romanko
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who do you think you are trying to rain on our doomsday-orgy-circle-jerk!?!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:49 | 1066302 DarkAgeAhead
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The world shall renew itself, in 200,000 to 400,000 human generations.  It's us as a species, with most others, that are fading into evolutionary oblivion.

Source: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, www.maweb.org - I highly recommend the "Overall Synthesis" under the Synthesis Reports list, specifically its four main conclusions.

Also, lighter reading - www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,956626,00.html

The Bills may actuallly win a SuperBowl before the world ends.  Man, I hate the City of Buffalo.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:59 | 1066342 in-Credible Banker
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Really?  Whatever. 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:22 | 1066428 DarkAgeAhead
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You asked.  And the "Death of Birth" pretty much covers it.

Only people from Buffalo love Buffalo.  Something in the water, or genetic drift from Canada across the "Peace Bridge" I'd guess.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:49 | 1066305 oh_bama
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The BOJ is just stupid! BOJ, PLEASE, do another QE! Only 1 quadrillion yen would be more than ENOUGH!!

In this situation, it requires heroic measures. BOJ must come up with decisive, civilization scale QE to stop the panic and fight the disaster!

JUST DO IT!!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:48 | 1066306 morph
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What do you expect from the hollywood blockbuster generation?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:56 | 1066337 The Profit Prophet
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The world wide Elite controlled ponzi financial system is about to collapse due to a black swan nuclear catastrophe in Japan!!!

      - The Profit Prophet: ZeroHedge.com comment post: March 17, 2011

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:01 | 1066350 Calculated_Risk
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"The world is coming to an end.

Sincerely,

God"

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:12 | 1066385 The Profit Prophet
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Great minds think alike....hey....where did the Banker's crazy roses and sunshine post go????

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:40 | 1066510 DarkAgeAhead
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If he's a banker actually in Buffalo, I'd guess that the firewall at the local HSBC branch he clerks at just blocked ZeroHedge.

But wondering the same thing...do posts automatically disappear after sufficient junking or something?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:02 | 1066351 AN0NYM0US
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not to worry, TD has been tied up in meetings for the past few days and left GW in charge of postings, next up the Supermoon

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:41 | 1066258 VyseLegendaire
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- a kitten received minor wounds, was patched up and patted on the head

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:38 | 1066259 trav7777
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I want IEAE to stand up some gd'd dosimeters.  The absence of information regarding radiation levels has made it very hard to figure out the hour-to-hour and day-to-day situation.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:46 | 1066270 etrader
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Take a guess from latest sat image...(16th March updates)

Number 2 is now smoking.

http://www.digitalglobe.com/downloads/featured_images/japan_earthquakets...

 The  power cord , duck tape & paper clips might just fix it! :eek:

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:39 | 1066262 HelluvaEngineer
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Sorry, I call BS.  They have to have engineers losing their hair and coughing blood by now.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:41 | 1066273 Misean
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That would be useful information. You have a source?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:51 | 1066314 Misean
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Yes? That's a tribute to the bravery (unquestioned by me) of those working the area. And?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:42 | 1066278 Kina
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10:10pm

Andrew Thomas, our correspondent in Tokyo, just tweeted: 

Two big aftershocks in the space of the last half hour - and both close to the original 'Big One's' epicentre

 

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/asia/disaster-japan-march-17-live-blog

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:57 | 1066334 Stormdancer
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USGS is showing a 5.6 and a 5.9 right about that time.  Might have rattled 'em a bit but those aren't big enough to do anything serious to Japanese built infrastructure.  And there have been literally dozens of aftershocks in that range since the big one.  More to come I'm sure....

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:43 | 1066280 alpds
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What's the latest on BOFA's emails?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:45 | 1066290 Frank Redner
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Im relative new here and like some of the more informed articles but all the doomers comments about parabolic apeshit.... etc... will bring this site down in the long run.

I guess this has been a great place once and i really hope it will be again.

Does anyone know of some similar site with a closed user system?

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:52 | 1066317 romanko
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there used to be great insight in the discussions here, until Japan - now it's all a bunch of unemployed 20 somethings jacking off in their mom's basement just drolling at the prospect of a nuclear holocaust to double the spot price of their 5 silver eagles

come on, look at the number of "casualties" above - compare that to the 13000+ deaths from the earthquake/tsnamni - oops, sorry for the momentary laps of objectivity

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:02 | 1066353 Jim in MN
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This site would suck without a bunch of crazy people on it.  The nuclear industry has come to this sorry pass due to echo chambers and self-important bullshit.  So has the financial industry, which is why this site exists. 

Signals.  It is all signals.  You are a signal.  They are signals.

Find the pattern.  You can't find the pattern by throwing out half the data.

Tail risk events are of great interest here.  Too many people discount the tail risk scenarios.  Life would be easier if the systems we rely on didn't constantly fuck up basic risk management.  It is because of that constant state of fuckedupness that posters at Zero Hedge drill down on what 'the system' is missing and whether OR NOT it might be important.

Hope this helps.  It is a nice day, by the way.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:53 | 1066324 redpill
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Try Whitehouse.gov They are monitoring the situation and are very calm. Closed user system too (at least until Anon decides to make an example of them) By the way, didn't you mother ever tell you that nobody likes a whiner?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:55 | 1066332 papaswamp
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Bet you were one of those people that read the Nat Geo article in 2004 predicting the disaster in New Orleans and said...'that can't happen'. One year later Katrina hits. Sure many claims of doom and gloom are far fetched on here, but to ignore them and go to some place 'closed' so you will only hear what you want to is exactly how disasters like this one are able to occur and get out of control. Go Ostrich if it makes you feel better. 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:17 | 1066405 Frank Redner
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It really would help if doomers commit to what they are saying. I have no problem if someone post his parabolic apeship comments and is 100K short and it has meaning. But i guess thats not the case here. A lot people are ranting without any commitment to anything.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:56 | 1066333 underpants
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I'm not sure, but that's a good idea.  You should start one.  Just don't forget to seal it off from the rest of us.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:58 | 1066344 Johnny Lawrence
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Website suggestions: ml.com, ubs.com, mssb.com, jpmorgan.com

You won't see any doomers on those websites.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:10 | 1066384 kridkrid
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Paid troll, right?  Does the post actually make sense?  Why would someone who is "relatively new here" actually care about "bringing down the site in the long run"?  Why go through the trouble of A. Registering to post, and then B. Posting?  Perhaps Frank is a product of the Air Force's new toy.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:22 | 1066440 Frank Redner
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Wow, im here to bring the site down and im secretly on an Air Force agenda. Yes, Yes and Yes you are right. They print me lots of cash and i enjoy my lifestyle. Again, ZeroHedge looking right through my soul.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:59 | 1066566 kridkrid
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So why do you care.  Why the self righteous indignation over what people want to talk about?  And no... my position isn't that you are here to bring down the site... YOUR position was that have a comment to make that would hopefully SAVE the site.  That was you who feigned concern that talk here was going to bring it down.  Your voice of reason in an otherwise unreasonable place. 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:55 | 1066558 TWORIVER
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only if they have been cultivating him

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/user/732497/comment/1391954

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 11:05 | 1066595 kridkrid
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Ha!  He commented on an article about China's growing demand of Uranium.  Perhaps he's long uranium.... that could explain his "short time listener, first time caller" concern over the discussion on Japan.  Something didn't seem right about his original post.  Bad timing for Frank.

http://seekingalpha.com/user/732497/comment/1382722

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:10 | 1066386 AN0NYM0US
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"Im relative new here and..."

It's hard to argue with the amazing success that ZH is and TD clearly has demonstrated good editorial instincts but I have to agree this radiation maddness that appears to have overtaken the blog is getting tiresome but for now I go with TD's instincts - no question that Japan has had dramatic impact on the markets and TD was out in front of that ditto for Egypt - the good news is that the racist hate speech crap that was getting out of control in the past few months seems to have subsided - hang in there

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:47 | 1066291 UTICA CLUB XX PURE
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I like how they say "exposed to radiation" and "were decontaminated" in the same sentence: Like it's even possible at all...

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:58 | 1066343 papaswamp
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They can be deconned of alpha particles and somewhat of beta (surface)...gamma though is absorbed so no decon for that.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:19 | 1066393 andy55
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I used to be a submarine LT in the navy and had extensive nuclear power training and am 'engineer qualified' for the D2W core on 688 submarines.  'Decontamintation' refers to using things like tape/ahesive and skin scrubs to remove debris particulates that can contain fission/decay products. Alphas and betas react quickly with what they first collide with and go away -- it's getting an itty-bitty spec of fallout (too small to see with your eye) on your cheek or something is what will do you in since it can contain enough decay products to generate harmful radiation well beyond the lifetime of any person.  Obviously, particulates ultimately get engrained in the skin or inhaled and will give someone harmful (or lethal) exposure, so as the original poster mentioned only so much decon can occur the worse someone gets littered with debris. Depends on how much pain they're willing to take (scrub ALL your skin until it bleeds), but inhaled particulates are the danger zone and are a 'committed' dose of radiation once it goes down the hatch or caught in the lungs.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:47 | 1066293 Jim in MN
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Maybe true.  I read that the police with the water truck basically ran for cover after squirting it...ditto for the army after dropping the water...and the workers left there spend much of their time in some kind of bunker.

Again, if there is no big spent fuel fire it could go on for a while yet without being a catastrophe.  On the other hand it could emit a billowing cloud of particulate straight at Tokyo any second.

Still no talk about entombment, or realistic discussion of what to do to get ahead of the curve.  So not encouraging there.  The 'leaders' seem to be engaging in communications strategy as a full time occupation.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:48 | 1066296 romanko
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they'll be a lot of disappointed tin-hatters when this media circus is over

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:50 | 1066311 HelluvaEngineer
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May I suggest that you BTFD?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:16 | 1066410 romanko
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just did, thanks.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:31 | 1066470 Johnny Lawrence
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Permabulls boggle my mind.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:29 | 1066310 Cursive
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Does the Kyoto Protocal address nuclear release? Or is it just against fossil fuels?

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:52 | 1066312 sangell
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OTOH those helicopters were prohibited from flying below 90 meters, limited to 1 pass ( pilots made two per their dosimeters) and could not hover to deliver their water loads owing to high radiation. Also had full radiological protection gear including lead shielding in the cockpit.

Obviously, if helicopter crew in full protective gear, could only briefly pass over the power plant no more than twice at a height of 300 ft, it ain't safe down there.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:03 | 1066361 Terminus C
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Don't be silly, the government shills are telling us everything is ok.  Look at the anove posters saying that this is a non issue because the MSM says it is a non issue.  They can still golf even... what could possibly wrong if you can still golf?

All we know is that when nuclear reactors blow up it is bad... we are, however, not being given any real information about the situation.  I for one prefer to assume the worst and be pleasantly suprised if it was not as bad as my expectations.  I know enough history to not trust the government story.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:20 | 1066423 midlevex@gmail.com
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TEPCO is the first level dissimulator in this narrative chain. Governments have some greater degree of accountability due to recall possibility, faint as it may be,  private sector has little constraint on its proclivity to spit polish a radioactive turd.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:51 | 1066316 Fix It Again Timmy
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Not to worry, our 3-headed and six-limbed progeny will be adequately prepared to deal with any future nuclear power plant issues.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 09:59 | 1066341 Mentalic
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Repost from the earlier thread:

A pretty good closeup video of the reactors after the explosions:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iwj7

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:01 | 1066355 Sweet Chicken
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10:54pm

France has said it is sending 100 tonnes of boric acid, an element that dampens radiation, to Japan to help tackle the crisis unfolding at Fukushima Daiichi.

"French nuclear group Areva and [electricity supplier] EDF flew this morning a plane with almost 100 tonnes of boric acid and protective equipment including 10,000 suits, 20,000 pairs of gloves and 3,000 masks," the country's foreign ministry said.

It added that  EDF was preparing to send teams and material to help Tokyo Electric Power Co. 

France, which relies more heavily on nuclear energy than any other country, has also offered to help treat any Japanese people affected by radiation poisoning if facilities there are unable to cope.

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/asia/disaster-japan-march-17-live-blog#

 

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 11:03 | 1066592 Invisible Hand
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Good for France.

The boric acid is actually a neutron absorber.  It is used to "poison" a fission reaction by absorbing neutrons (so they are not available to cause fissioning).  Not really sure why this would be of help because the control rods (made of hafnium which also absorbs neutrons readily and therefore stops the fissioning reaction in the reactor core) were inserted at the time of the earthquake.

The reactor meltdowns have nothing to do with fissioning in the reactor.  When each uranium atom fissions, it produces two smaller atoms (whose mass almost equals the uranium atom mass--some of the uranium atoms mass is coverted directly to energy--E=mc2--and several neutrons --about 6--are released.)  It is these neutrons that, after being slowed down by bumping into water atoms in the core, cause the next generation of fission events. 

The two smaller atoms (called fission byproducts) produced by each fission are almost always unstable (AKA radioactive) atoms.  To reach a more stable state, they decay releasing sub-atomic particles or gamma rays (called ionizing radiation, or more commonly, just, "radiation".)  They also release energy, most of which is eventually converted to heat.  Radioactive decay heat is what keeps the earth's core molten and this decay heat has to be removed for several days after a reactor is shut down (the fissioning is stopped).

This is why getting cooling water to the reactor is so important after a shutdown.  Failure to do this in Japan means that the fuel rods can heat up enough to melt the metal cladding that keeps the radioactive byproducts of fission in the core.  Once this happens, large amounts of radioactivity is released into the containment vessel.  If it gets out of the containment vessel (due to a broken pipe), the radioactivity is released to the containment structure.

Even if the containment structure is intact (as if appears is the case in Japan--the explosions destroyed a building around the containment structure, not the containment structure itself), there are paths that will some of the radioactivity to get out into the world.  Generally, the majority of the released radioactive atoms are gaseous (because filters on the exhaust systems trap particulates and because particulates just don't float very well).  This is like a diesel's exhaust, the CO2 and CO spreads into the atmosphere better than the soot particles.  However, some particulates will escape also.

The gasous products are not a great concern.  They are diluted greatly as they mix with the entire atmosphere and if you breathe them in, you will breathe them right back out.  The particulates obviously will eventually settle out of the atmosphere (like dust floating on the wind) and will therefore concentrate near people.  They can then be inhaled, swallowed if you eat or drink water or food they "fallout" on and concentrated in the body (again, not good). These particulate radioactie materials can also get on your skin or clothing but they come off with your clothes or wash off (like any other dirt).  The process was washing contaminated persons is well understood and is called "decontamination."  Generally, as long as people don't eat or drink the contamination, it will be not be very dangerous, as long as the skin contamination is identified and washed off.  Internal decontamination (once it is in your lungs or intestines is a much more difficult matter.

That's what the suits, gloves and masks are for.  So you can work around contamination within getting it on your, or more important, in you.

 

 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 12:36 | 1067017 RichardP
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Not really sure why this [boric acid] would be of help because the control rods ...

Nice overview.  But that question of yours suggest that you have not been reading along at ZH for the last several days.  Conventional wisdom says the reactors are of little or no concern.  If they melt down, the meltdown will be contained - as you imply in your remarks.  Of concern are the 600,000 unprotected spent fuel rods that are heating up and throwing off radioactive material.  The boric acid is for these unprotected spent fuel rods.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:04 | 1066367 in-Credible Banker
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Let's talk about something important.  You guys got your brackets filled out?  Who you got in the final 4?  Is Kyrie Irving playing?

 

Man - it is a GREAT day!!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:17 | 1066407 in-Credible Banker
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LOL!

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:07 | 1066373 lsbumblebee
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Last I heard the IAEA was in Iran, inspecting suspicious crates of suntan lotion.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 11:03 | 1066593 jerry_theking_lawler
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Wow!! They are out in force today spreading disinformation....

And its St. Patrick's Day so everything is Green!!! Stocks, Oil, PMs...green for everyone!!

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