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IAEA Says "There Might Be Re-Criticality At Fukushima"

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Remember Fukushima?


If indeed the reactor has gone critical again, the whole concrete dome idea may have to be promptly scrapped.

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Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:35 | 1117107 Racer
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More great news for the Sh!t & P[ss

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:37 | 1117133 Ident 7777 economy
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Report form yesterday -

Of course, without an engineering degree those numbers and the units they're in are just going to look like more Japanese script to the average layman ...

Extract of the above document showing just the 'pressures':

Summarizing : The only reactor showing any positive 'pressure' (and not presumably leaking) are #1 Reactor vessel and #1 Containment vessel ...

#2 and #3 both show close to atmospheric pressure for their Reactor and Containment vessels ...

Reactor pressure excerpt, bigger image:



Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:49 | 1117163 PhattyBuoy
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Like the Negative (-) water levels. Bone dry core pools.

Is that a negative pressure on #2?

Negative pressure on part of #3 also ...

Ya, like those eggs aren't busted ...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:48 | 1117207 Ident 7777 economy
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They report, we decide - could be bad reading, could be within the tolerance of whatever back-up instrument they are using ... also note they are showing both 'Guage' (relative to atmoshphere at .101 MPaAbs) and 'Absolute' readings ...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:02 | 1117299 PhattyBuoy
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The water levels should be positive numbers, at least 1000+.

Look at the pressure for #1.

#2 & #3 pressure should be comparable.

Some people still think the #2 &#3 pressures are normal ...  absolute BS !


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:09 | 1117358 Ident 7777 economy
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#2 and 3 have been screwed for weeks now, judging by the numbers in the reports that these guys have been posting:

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:19 | 1117402 PhattyBuoy
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Yes you are correct.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:07 | 1117661 divide_by_zero
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This flyover video got yanked from most websites right after posting(Yomiori Daily copyright), check out especially at 3:00 and on of #3, these things are toast. Very high quality stabilized video.



Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:20 | 1117744 Don Birnam
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Excellent footage. There still exists a considerably steady flow of steam emanating from these reactors.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:49 | 1117943 divide_by_zero
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At 3:05 what appears to be the RPV cockedup against the wall(bottom half maybe) at least from the building schematics that are online.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:12 | 1118341 Commander Cody
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Unit 4 reactor head.  Unit 4 was defueled for maintenance at the time of the earthquake/tsunami.  The reactor head sits on a stand on the refueling floor when removed.  Not a significant aspect.

What is significant is that it appears that the containment dome blew out of the Unit 3 reactor and little appears to be left of the refueling floor, its equipment and the spent fuel pool.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 17:54 | 1119076 whoopsing
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Look closer,that blown out dome and head are in the same building-#3,also notice a lapse of 1 minute in the footage that was cut out.Other that that you are right CC

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:45 | 1118203 Antarctico
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Good find -- this is one of the clearest videos I have seen.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:32 | 1118437 CD
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Minor & not unexpected detail, in the grand scheme of things -- but unusual for IAEA to admit to problems:


IAEA worried about radiation in Japan village

VIENNA — Radiation levels recorded at a village outside the evacuation zone around the quake-striken Fukushima nuclear plant are above safe levels, the UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said safe limits had been exceeded at Iitate village, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Fukushima, well outside the government-imposed 20 kilometre exclusion zone and the 30-kilometre "stay indoors" zone.



According to Elena Buglova, head of the IAEA's Incident and Emergency Centre, the reading in Iitate village was 2 megabecquerels per square metre. 

That was a "ratio about two times higher than levels" at which the agency recommends evacuations, she explained.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:51 | 1118526 Lapri
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Thanks for the link! Yomiuri apparently asserted copyright, but that video was taken directly from the Self Defense Force's Youtube channel.

My guess: Yomiuri did it for TEPCO. Why? TEPCO is their big advert customer.

Check out my post on Japan's Advertising Council and how many utility companies sit on the board.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:04 | 1117310 Hard1
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Dunno for sure what re-criticality is, but sounds bullish for Netflix to me

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:38 | 1117519 stormsailor
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absolutely bullish,  all those new people signing up with netflix to rent the china syndrome and silkwood.


i believe we knew of re-criticality last thursday when neutron beams were reported on site.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:41 | 1117521 stormsailor
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.  friggin captcha,  ask what 64 plus 65 is, and then says it cannot be 3 digits? wtf

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:54 | 1117968 mick_richfield
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81 hexadecimal ?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 16:13 | 1118457 1fortheroad
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Stocks Gain as Radiation rises Less Than Feared- AB

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:18 | 1117361 CD
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For anyone able to make sense of complicated calculations, there is an interesting perspective from researcher whom I gather to be a physicist - supporting the criticality thesis. Based on comments in article about obsessing with the Fukushima crisis, possibly a fellow ZH-er.

Linked from TIME blog:

Original article:




Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:35 | 1117428 Ident 7777 economy
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From the blog posting:

On March 23 ... report by Kyodo news agency .... observed a neutron beam about 1.5 km away from the plant. Bursts of neutrons in large quantities can only come from fission

To nuclear workers, there are few events more fearful than a criticality accident.

In such a scenario, the fissile material in a reactor core--be it enriched uranium or plutonium--undergoes a spontaneous chain reaction, releasing a flash of aurora-blue light and a surge of neutron radiation; the gamma rays, neutrons and radioactive fission products emitted during criticality are highly dangerous to humans.

Criticality occurs so rapidly--within a few fractions of a second--and so unpredictably that it can suddenly kill workers without warning. There have been 60 criticality incidents worldwide since 1945. The most recent occurred in Japan in 1999, at an experimental reactor in Tokai, when a beam of neutrons killed two workers, hospitalized dozens of emergency workers and nearby residents, and forced hundreds of thousands to remain indoors for 24 hours.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:48 | 1117927 trav7777
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was unaware of any Cl38 in the seawater...but the point remains.

Neutrons only come from fission and there isn't enough Pu240 to do this.  Pellets + water = critical.

they are going to need a lot more borax.

random fission inside the reactor would be like normal operation of it; that portion of the article is erroneous.  If the reactor vessel is breached and pellets are outside of containment (SFPs hint), then you will see neutrons.

I have to wonder if they were borating the water being sprayed onto the fuel ponds.  These would seem to be the most likely source of stray neutrons.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:55 | 1117972 Reptil
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Good find!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:06 | 1117193 TomJoad
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Numbers coming out of Fukushima are more massaged than a prize (slightly radioactive) Kobe steer. More bullish too, since this means the power shortages are solved as well, either via re-criticality or depopulation.


Jump! You Bankster Fuckers!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:37 | 1117123 Cdad
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Oh man...and I've been doing my due diligence on companies that make blown up nuclear reactor hats.  Tyler, you really messed me up on this one...right when I found one company that used tin foil instead of wool.

Shit!  I simply cannot get a break!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:38 | 1117126 Just Observing
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"If indeed the reactor has gone critical again, the whole concrete dome idea may have to be promptly scrapped."


And do WHAT ?? Just haul ass out of there ?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:57 | 1117263 knukles
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Damn.  I missed when it got uncritical. 

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:15 | 1117383 Mad Max
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And do WHAT ?? Just haul ass out of there ?

Pull out and nuke it from orbit.  It's the only way to be sure.

No, I never heard of collateral damage.  Is that when your lien isn't filed properly?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:37 | 1117128 malikai
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Tyler, what's the source for that?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:39 | 1117131 Tyler Durden
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Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:47 | 1117185 malikai
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IAEA hasn't updated their own news since yesterday.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:48 | 1117201 bob_dabolina
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money talks

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:49 | 1117194 SignsAndWonders
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Protip, bullet point list in all caps = Bloomberg.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:57 | 1117608 malikai
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I know. I was trying to find the 'source', not the repeater. But it doesn't matter. When it's substantiated, I'll know.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:36 | 1117129 SheepDog-One
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This goes from 'reactor melted out of the containment' to 'all is well, we got this' hour to hour.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:01 | 1117287 Stormdancer
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They told us of radiation levels "10 million times normal.." and indicated massive amounts of Iodine 134 were the cause just a couple days ago.

That was very quickly "corrected" to a mere "100,000" times normal and "must have been some other isotope..." (without bothering to name it).

Something has been fissioning at least intermittently for days.  Since so much of the extreme radiation seems to emanate from reactor 2, and reactor 2 is now rumoured to have dumped it's load into the drywell...I reckon we're forced to consider the possibility that there is a molten pile of core contents sitting there spitting out fission by products.


TEPCO NEWS RELEASE - For Widest Dissemination


"We regret to inform you that an unanticipated transient event in our Public Relations Unit control room has resulted in an uncontrolled release of the truth.  Please ignore this one time event and remain confident that nothing that has happened since March 11th represents any kind of threat to human health.  Thank You.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:10 | 1117693 SheepDog-One
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They run out to 'correct' the data, all the while saying 'So sorry, mistake, theres no problem here, please keep buying our food exports'. NAH theyre not lying or anything!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:11 | 1117694 MayIMommaDogFac...
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This goes from 'reactor melted out of the containment' to 'all is well, we got this' hour to hour.

rock-a-bye-baby, on the treetop...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:37 | 1117132 Oh regional Indian
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Good grief. So much song and dance when reality is staring us in the face.

I think lies and radioactivity are spewing at the same rate from in and around Fukushima. And both have loooong half lifes and tiney amounts can and will kill you.


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:09 | 1117689 SheepDog-One
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Screw the haters ORI, I totaly agree! I laugh at those who run to the lying spinners in govt and media for solace. 

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:38 | 1117139 assumptionblindness
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Fuk-u-shima seems most appropriate.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:40 | 1117141 williambanzai7
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Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:42 | 1117148 malikai
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I shouldn't have, but I did lol.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:47 | 1117198 rosiescenario
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....I now have 3 balls and have opened a pawn shop....all is well with me...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:58 | 1117266 yabyum
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Do you have a guy in a chicken oufit w/sign "we  buy gold and silver" or did he already die of some rare cancer?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:55 | 1117214 Jay Gould Esq.
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William, never count your roentgens before they hatch -- it ain't over 'til it's over. This logo could end up enshrined in the pantheon of jumped shark logos, such as "Dow 10,000" baseball caps, the sock puppet, and "Enron" tee-shirts.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:51 | 1117220 DoChenRollingBearing
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THAT would be a great t-shirt, wb7!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:55 | 1117243 williambanzai7
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This is the logo being displayed by users on, which menas Fucked

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:55 | 1117254 Jay Gould Esq.
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Gaijin and proud of it, bitchez-san !

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:15 | 1117395 williambanzai7
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You can junk it, but the guys on that site are in Tokyo walking the walk.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:38 | 1117526 CD
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"Ukranian Nataliya Gudziy speaks above in Japanese about growing up in the shadow of Chernobyl. Her hometown was Prypyat, one of the villages near Chernobyl which was evacuated after the disaster. Her father worked in the power plant, and stayed behind with orders to work on the clean-up while six year old Nataliya and the rest of her family went to Kiev. They were told it would only be for three days so they should leave everything behind. They weren't allowed back even twenty years later. She sings the song from "Spirited Away" at the 5:30 mark."

I guess I am being (even more) sentimental today, but items like this (trivial though they may seem) remind me that there is more to life than a) eternal pessimism and b) pseudo-sentient robot algos and their demonic elitist overlords destroying our world one pixel a femtosecond...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:48 | 1117934 Kassandra
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+6...for WB7.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:40 | 1117143 Ethics Gradient
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Someone check me on this. I'm happy to be corrected.

If the control rods are inserted, what is left is latent heat. The only way criticality could resume is if the fuel is now no-where near the control rods.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:45 | 1117178 Rogerwilco
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If the contents of the fuel rods are melted, there is no "control". Think about it for ten seconds -- several tons of molten goo are sitting at the bottom of the reactor, where do the heaviest metals like Pu239 and U235 go? That's right, they will fall to the bottom. What happens when you get enough PU or U together in one place at the same time?

It's not a Happy Meal.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:50 | 1117203 FranSix
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Don't worry if the control rods weren't inserted at all. White collar workers never go to jail for criminal negligence.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:49 | 1117212 Stuck on Zero
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Geometry and water is as important as the presence of the control rods.  Without water and with rods melting into a new geometry the reactor is re-arranging itself.  The only thing that can stop it is to be diluted with melt from the bottom of the containment i.e. concrete and steel. 

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:02 | 1117296 IQ 145
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 You need a new hobby that doesn't involve typing. It's not very helpful to babble when you don't know anything.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:13 | 1117406 CD
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Wonderful piece of advice, perhaps you should consider heeding...

by IQ 145 
on Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:02

 You need a new hobby that doesn't involve typing. It's not very helpful to babble when you don't know anything.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:49 | 1117217 SilverRhino
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The control rods plus the fuel has a very specific geometry to prevent the criticality fission reactions (basically everything is very long skinny tubes/cylinders).   The best analogy is a box of straws.   Some of the straws have fuel.  More are moderators.

During a reactor meltdown the fuel goes from a skinny rod surrounded by other moderating control rods to one lavalike / playdohlike lump of radioactive molten metal at the bottom of the reactor.   Criticality starts up pretty quickly and then it proceeds to melt through the bottom of the reactor vessel.


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:00 | 1117283 IQ 145
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 The IAEA are universally regarded as asshats in the nuclear industry; they have no reason to be making remote controll guesses from Vienna; other than their political agenda; get some face time; etc. the usual crap. Nothing is going critical; we have temperature readings which are very moderate; alll the control rods are inserted as has been stated one-thousand nine hundred and thirty four times so far; starting on day one. Residual heat sources are decaying, temperatures are dropping, the excitement is over. With reference to trying to get people excited about the Iodine in the ocean; let's all try real hard to remember that radioactive iodine has a half life of 5 days; in a month it'll be all decayed; eg. no more radioactivity. The ocean is a great place for it to spend its last month; it's out of the way and it won't bother anybody.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:02 | 1117301 Ethics Gradient
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edit: Forgot to say thanks for your info

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:10 | 1117364 Rogerwilco
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OK minimal genius, how do you explain, two weeks after the "shutdown" and flooding, temperature readings in one reactor are still over 300C?

Nobody knows the real situation in those reactors. From what I've read it is far removed from normal or stable.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:42 | 1117540 IQ 145
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 300 C is a very moderate temperature; the residual heat is from fission products that are decaying; this is a well understood subject; you can find out about it from Google. Notice this is not a temperature that weakens or melts any of the structural metals involved; including Zirconium. The Zirconium did react with high-temperature steam at one time; this is where the hydrogen came from. At the same time the Zirconium was "burned"; ie. badly damaged and weakened; some part of the core, inside the reactor vessel, "melted"; (drooped, slumped, whatever). This high temperature event was stopped by venting steam.  "soon" after shutdown, there was enough residual heat, not from a fission chain reaction, to "light" this zirconium in dry steam reaction; since then the available heat has steadily decreased, as it must due to the on-going decay of the fission products. The very moderate temperatures now available are not in any way due to a fission chain reaction. It's important to remember that Three Mile Island was a partial core melt-down, it was also a public health non-event. It was a media event. These reactors here have realeased "some" radioactivity along with vented steam; Chernoble is usually creditted with releasing about 50millioin Curies in a high temperature plume that rose very high and fast into the atmosphere, due to the very hot fire, and "felll out" on surrounding countries; and to some extent, world wide. This is a very very small event compared to that. There will be no further melting; no criticality. It is not as hard to understand the condition of the reactor as you imagine.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:16 | 1117388 Paul Bogdanich
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It's the Cresium that is the problem not the iodone or the heavy particles.  The damn Cesium disolves and has bonds similar to potassium (behaves like a salt) and a half life of 30 years. 

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:07 | 1117436 TomJoad
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I'm pretty sure the half-life of Iodine-131 is just over 8 days. Hopefully all of your vast, infallible "knowledge" does not have a built in 60% error rate.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:59 | 1118281 That Peak Oil Guy
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With a high enough IQ there is no need to check your facts.  ;-)


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:29 | 1117472 Millivanilli
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Anytime I read a post that  refers to their IQ or wealth, I immediatly assume it is an inverse relationship.  eg 1/145  giggles... 0.0  



Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:39 | 1117523 PhattyBuoy
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I think it is just a typo - as in 045 ...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:39 | 1117144 Dr. Porkchop
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I used to get re-criticality after my fuel rods were spent, but the old reactor is getting on in years.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:52 | 1117231 Bicycle Repairman
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I'll guess that after numrous explosions and searing heat the configuration of the fuel rods is such that they can never be re-inserted.  And TEPCO knew this some time ago.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:52 | 1117232 DoChenRollingBearing
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Dr. P, it happens to the best of us once we´re in our 50s...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:17 | 1117714 CH1
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Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:21 | 1117739 krispkritter
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Dealing with half-lives now? Maybe TEPCO needs to dump some Viagra on this puppy to get their rods straight, get proper insertion going, and their pumps flowing....

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:42 | 1117149 TruthInSunshine
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This will be great news for NFLX shareholders.

Recriticality, bitchez! It paints equities flourescent green!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:42 | 1117157 Gimp
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No worries, fake market going us a P, give us an O, give us a N, give us a Z and give us an I, what does it spell :



Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:53 | 1117588 Gimp
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Cramer or Lies-man  must be trolling the site today junking anyone who speaks the truth about the big PONZI...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:43 | 1117168 trav7777
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Recritical where?  SFPs?  Reactor vessel?  Which one?

Piles of fuel pellets + non borated water = critical

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:06 | 1117238 malikai
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Exactly my concern. But there is nothing but the bloomberg bullets on it nor is there anything on the IAEA site. "Recriticality" implies a core, but it seems #4's SFP may be empty of water. It's status is "unmeasurable".

It may be empty, or they may not have gotten any borated water in it.

We could have an SFP turn into a fast reactor. There's plenty of fuel to do it.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:41 | 1118166 slewie the pi-rat
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must put on "junk me" T-shirt and say i appreciate the thinking, here, Z's.  few days past, i came across a piece online saying no one ever expected the core and the store of "spent rods" to ever go ape-shit at the same time.  who on earth coulda planned for such an event? 

this is for nuclear reactors which seem much like a vehicle designed with the gas tank almost directly above the engine.

when GE was designing these little bull-shit fuking toys, 2 of the design team RESIGNED due to the dangers that stemmed from the fact that the "treatment of the spent fuel problem" was inherently unsafe under certain scenarios.  i believe this was just about the time  that GE stole all those freaking pensions from their people, too!  strange that i would remember that while writing this...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:56 | 1117251 The Profit Prophet
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Trav?.....what's your view on the fact that there's another plant with 4 more reactors located within 10 Kms of this shit-storm.  Is the unexpected loss of 10 nuclear reactors a bullish sign for the Japanese economy?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:13 | 1117366 trav7777
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I haven't heard any problems with fukushima dai 2

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:26 | 1117437 redpill
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Smoke was rising from one of the turbines at Daiini briefly earlier.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:28 | 1117469 Ident 7777 economy
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... from an  AC 'switchboard' at Daini (Fuku - II) ... coulda been a large rat exiting the board ... fried and toasted now ...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:53 | 1117949 trav7777
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smoke was rising from a penn plant the other day.

and smoke was also seen rising from a cigarette I lit a few minutes ago.  Not EVERY sighting of smoke is a full on nuclear meltdown.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 15:50 | 1118521 malikai
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I read about it. They said it was a peice of switchgear in the turbine building.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:17 | 1117393 tmosley
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You should know better.  Of course it's bullish.  EVERYTHING is bullish.  This includes falling markets, because "people" will just BTFD.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:20 | 1117408 Eally Ucked
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One question, if all of the pluming is gone or damaged how is it possible that reactors contain any water? Delivered by hoses?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:45 | 1117169 InfinityZero
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Will the reactor blend ?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:44 | 1117175 jtmo3
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Who the fuck cares. BTFD and Rally On!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:59 | 1117273 werealldoomed
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You're disgusting.


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:17 | 1117404 TruthInSunshine
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Yeah, asshole, this is a humanitarian crisis!










Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:46 | 1117556 jtmo3
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I'm wallstreet doing gods work. Ridding the world of more useless eaters.



Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:47 | 1117176 alien-IQ
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More Critical = More to rebuild = More Bullish.

rally on....

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:54 | 1117234 Count Laszlo
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Agreed! Game on.

Time to start making some serious money.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:46 | 1117177 Count Laszlo
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I just can't take the pressure anymore! It seems the world is crashing around us. I have to relax, maybe it's time to see the doc and get something to calm my nerves, maybe something to help the fear and depression. Today, I'll just take some Bayer to get by...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:46 | 1117188 Rogerwilco
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Crack cocaine is always an option.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:56 | 1117248 Count Laszlo
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Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:09 | 1117354 Cdad
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For us white trash folk, we just eat fluoride on crackers.  

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:49 | 1117215 SheepDog-One
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Dont worry, theyre already putting Lithium in the drinking water. 

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:52 | 1117224 SilverRhino
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Take two xanax pills and a few jaeger bombs and call me in the morning.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:54 | 1117249 DoChenRollingBearing
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That´ll do it.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:15 | 1117392 dexter_morgan
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IF you wake up.....

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:19 | 1117417 TruthInSunshine
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Do NOT take xanax with Jaeger.

Take it with Absolut.



Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:58 | 1117264 Dr. Porkchop
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Absinthe. It was all the rage in the cafes a few years back. Of course it takes a man secure in his person to readily admit to favoring the green fairy.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:01 | 1117289 SilverRhino
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Substitute absinthe for jaeger in a JaegerBomb .... that shit will BLOW your mind.

Green fairy juice is GOOD.

Of course, eventually you'll go nuts but then that might be a coping mechanism in today's world.


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:35 | 1117424 TruthInSunshine
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The Nuclear Reactor Cocktail Ingredients Instructions
  • Mix absinthe and italian soda in a cup, stirr. Add sugar cube, lemon juice, then Ice, stirr until sugar is completely dissolved. Last add tonic water, enjoy!

    VERY IMPORTANT: I gave it the name "nuclear reactor" because the tonic water reacts to the drink. Add it last, and make sure the glass is no more than 1/3 full. The tonic water reacts like a shaken soda, bubbling up until it is completely flat, but mixing the drink automatically, and giving you a cool visual effect.

  •  Hardcore drinkers and physicists can substitute plutonium and Mox for any of the above ingredients, especially if you're at Fukushima Daiichi.
Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:33 | 1117836 MsCreant
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I'd be more than happy to buy them a drink. Red wine would be more helpful though.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 22:23 | 1120011 StychoKiller
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Before Absinthe was banned around 1912, you could drink your favorite brand from a green Uranium  glass!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:45 | 1117181 ugmug
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I guess putting the reactors on ebay won't happen for awhile.


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:47 | 1117182 sabra1
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would be a bad day if another tsunami hit, pushing all that radioactive seawater far inland!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:57 | 1117260 Bicycle Repairman
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Since this melodrama may be going on for months, who knows what mother nature might do.  But the longer this remains out of control the more likely that mother nature will play a trick on us.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:47 | 1117186 Ancona
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It's all over but the crying.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:48 | 1117189 Wu Qi Ming
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Owing to previous statements from these Nuclear experts, shouldn't "there might be" be read as "there already is"?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:47 | 1117195 Adavenditure
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*Someone check me on this. I'm happy to be corrected.*

Also, the "spent" fuel rods can "re-criticalize" if nestled up next to each other, and not protected from the open environment?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:59 | 1117290 Ident 7777 economy
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Oy vey; if the mounting brackets/boxes that hold and separate the fuel rods are mounted in collapsed ... if the spacing distances have been violated ...

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:47 | 1117196 economessed
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Scoreboard Update:  Team Nature/Physics:  3  Puny Humans: 0

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:59 | 1117277 Bicycle Repairman
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It's becoming clearer that the puny humans starter has lost his stuff.  They have no relievers.  Gonna be a long day at the ballpark.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:31 | 1117423 Ridgerunner
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On the contrary, the bull-pen seems to be in there pitching real hard.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:03 | 1117646 francis_sawyer
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CNBS will come out with someone who will tell you the 10 run rule is in effect so you should BTFD

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:23 | 1117758 MayIMommaDogFac...
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History shows again and again

How nature points out the folly of men


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:37 | 1117858 MsCreant
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Oh no, there goes Tokyo, GO, GO, Godzilla.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:49 | 1117197 umop episdn
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Since the lies don't seem to be working to calm the soon-to-be-glowing sheeple, we'll use jargon we make up on the spot. WTF does Re-Criticality mean anyway? A sustained nuclear reaction is achieved with a critical mass of radioactives depending on conditions--the fission reaction is self-sustaining. In other words, stuff heats up. Hasn't that been the problem all along (besides the radioactivity)?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:51 | 1117226 TomJoad
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Close, just think several orders of magnitude more heat.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:35 | 1117496 john2011neb
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Re-criticality is the same as "double dip" just means it never happened that everything is in recovery.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:39 | 1117876 MsCreant
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A guess. It is critical when it is normally operating and turning turbines. Then the rods are inserted that shut down the reaction. One criticality on and off. Now the situation is not under control and things are exposed and touching things that should not be exposed and touching. The reaction starts again. Re-criticality.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:47 | 1117200 TruthInSunshine
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Larry Kudlow just said while people will be critically maimed by Fukushima, we can only hope and pray to Baby Jesus that Japan's NAND sector will not be.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:37 | 1117509 john2011neb
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Larry is worried about how this will affect the poor rich people.  Boy he fights the good fight doesn't he?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:48 | 1117204 Robslob
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Based on this we should be revising Japan's GDP upward shortly...excellent news.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:12 | 1117373 dexter_morgan
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Darn Keynsians......

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:49 | 1117216 macroeconomix
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If the control rods are inserted, what is left is latent heat. The only way criticality could resume is if the fuel is now no-where near the control rods.


I think the problem here is that at least part of the rods (and control rods) have melted into a pile of goo, but maybe the control rods could have burnt also? The more melting going on, the closer the mass of uranium clumps together. Criticality is when there is critical mass in a confined space causing an explosive chain reaction. *That* would be very bad.

I'm not sure how likely it would be though! Given that the blobs have not been deliberately engineered to form a critical mass.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:53 | 1117240 TomJoad
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I think you are confusing "criticality" and "supercriticality" The rods were designed for the first,  ICBM warheads are designed for the second.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:05 | 1117332 macroeconomix
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Yes you're right.. sorry. V unlikely to get the latter.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:06 | 1117338 TaxEstate
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Is there such a thing as "double-dog supercriticality"?

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:19 | 1117416 Paul Bogdanich
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No and there is no such thing as supercriticality either.  The differenc between a weapon and a reactor is primarilly the fuel composition and the initiaton / retardation devices.  In short the rectors can't 'explode" like a weapon as the fuel mix is all wrong but they can sure as hell sit there and smolder (if slowly reacting at 3000 C is smoldering) for a long time.  

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 13:02 | 1117552 TomJoad
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Paul, I'm sorry but I don't think you actually completely understand what you are talking about. Please define "Supercritical mass" for the class. I am absolutely positive these reactors have already done a number of things that a bunch of really bright engineers said they "can't" possibly do. BTW, wasn't me who junked you.

Thu, 03/31/2011 - 12:40 | 1121762 MSimon
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He probably means critical vs prompt critical.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:23 | 1117426 Adavenditure
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Dogspeed criticality!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:59 | 1117288 ummuhhh...
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"not sure how likely it would be "

we haven't been getting many lucky bounces lately.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:52 | 1117229 FranSix
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Looks like the only way out now is continued waterboarding and get some answers out of those damned reactors.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:56 | 1117239 Byte Me
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Remember Fukushima?

Now how come no enterprising fellow has got the T-shirt franchise on that yet?


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:53 | 1117241 truont
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Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:57 | 1117257 Dan Duncan
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Does "Re-Criticality" mean the same thing as "Post-Pre-Criticality X2"?  If so, is this the same as "Post-Pre-Post-Pre-Criticality"?

Or, is this just a simple case of "Un-De-Criticalization" as I suspect it might?


Wed, 03/30/2011 - 14:59 | 1118285 slewie the pi-rat
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by george! i think you've got it!

i was against re-criticality before i was for it, just as i was against "moving the scale of amount of radiation harmful to humans" before i was for it.

call me a flip-flopper if you will, but one must always adjust to the "new normal" if one is to be an effective leader of sheep!!!

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:00 | 1117280 davepowers
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couldn't find the re-criticality article on Bloomy (may be on deep, remote, back page), but they did have this

The plant “continues to further stabilize,” Bill Borchardt, the executive director for operations at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said during a briefing for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in Washington.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:01 | 1117281 Rogerwilco
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The more melting going on, the closer the mass of uranium clumps together. Criticality is when there is critical mass in a confined space causing an explosive chain reaction.

An interesting physics/chemistry problem and possible experiment. I suspect no one has the 'nads to try it though. One correction, the presence of a "critical mass" doesn't necessarily mean there will be a nuclear explosion. Explosions require careful design and engineering. French scientists built a gizmo to study overheated fuel rods, but AFAIK nobody has ever tried to simulate what might be sitting at the bottom of those steel vessels in Fukushima. They are flying blind.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:21 | 1117419 buzzsaw99
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It could mean lethal blasts of Gamma and a meltdown through the floor tho.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:02 | 1117294 arnoldsimage
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let me speak some truth here. every reactor in japan and america could blow up and would not keep the dow from powering up. we have supernatural powers working our financial markets. if you're not long... you're wrong.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:22 | 1117421 buzzsaw99
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Correct you are.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 12:40 | 1117536 hambone
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If loving the Ponzi Dow long is right, lord let me be wrong and accept me as I am (w/ all my faults and PM's).

BTW - anybody notice we are now in about the 3rd innings of Wiemar German style hyperinflation???  This is the good part...enjoy.

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