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NHK Reports Hydrogen Explosion At Fukushima Reactor #3 As New Tsunami Is Heading For The Plant

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As a new 5 meter Tsunami is expected to hit Fukushima again, and residents are being advised to immediately get to higher ground, an explosion had been heard coming out of Reactor #3 at the power plant at 11:08 am local time. Supposedly this is a hydrogen explosion just like on Saturday, although the credibility of everyone involved at this point is zero. Dow Jones confirms that only the shell of the third reactor remains.

Follow the latest at NHK in what is becoming the most surreal news night in history.

A picture showing the below and after of Reactor 3 at Fukushima.



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Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:21 | 1048208 asdasmos
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Here we go again...

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:35 | 1048301 Haywood Jablowme
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2012 baby.  2012....


Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:38 | 1048321 kaiserhoff
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Only 20 minutes ahead of CNN, Tyler, vat giffs?;)

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:51 | 1048409 Spalding_Smailes
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This live feed is showing the building from a helicopter now ... It was torn apart much worse than the first explosion ........


Middle channel is in English.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:06 | 1048484 Joeman34
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How did you find this site?  Pardon my ignorance, but I've never heard of it before.  Is it a news aggregator?  Is it specific to Japan?

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:11 | 1048520 Michael
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Why are they not showing  the footage of the building blowing up like the first time. You know they have HD cameras trained on that place 24 hours a day. This is why they are losing credibility. They think we're stupid.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:31 | 1048656 KickIce
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Shaddup, dancing with the stars is about to start.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:51 | 1048784 Michael
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It took 8 weeks to cool the molten steel at the 9/11 site, even though they poured water on it all that time.

WTC Ground Zero Molten Steel (Part One)

9/11 - Ground Zero Molten Metal Confirmed

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:05 | 1048797 Ident 7777 economy
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It took 8 weeks to cool the molten 

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Crock; You don't obviously know what it takes to 'melt steel' (pikers) ...

You expect to get blast-furnace temperatures from office furniture and paper?

GIMME a break!



Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:05 | 1048840 Michael
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Must watch. This tells you what floor of building 7 the SEC evidence was held on for the Dot-com prosecutions in the first minute of this video.

9/11 Experiments: The Mysterious Eutectic Steel

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:58 | 1049051 Ident 7777 economy
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Must watch. 

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Side-stepping the 'melting steel' blast-furnace-temperatures required issue completely ...

You sound/look/taste/feel just like the news media/government information complex!

Why won't you address the issue?



Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:34 | 1048669 Ident 7777 economy
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You must have missed it; its been shown ...

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:11 | 1048521 Gully Foyle
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Hey now!

The Pentagon was expected to announce that the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, which is sailing in the Pacific, passed through a radioactive cloud from stricken nuclear reactors in Japan, causing crew members on deck to receive a month’s worth of radiation in about an hour, government officials said Sunday.

There was no indication that any of the military personnel had experienced ill effects from the exposure. (Everyone is exposed to a small amount of natural background radiation.)

But the episodes showed that the prevailing winds were picking up radioactive material from crippled reactors in northeastern Japan. Ever since an earthquake struck Japan on Friday, the authorities worldwide have been laying plans to map where radioactive plumes might blow and determine what, if any, danger they could pose to people.

Blogs were churning with alarm. But officials insisted that unless the quake-damaged nuclear plants deteriorated into full meltdown, any radiation that reached the United States would be too weak to do any harm.

Japan - Exploded Nuclear Plant Uses MOX Fuel - Not Uranium! What is that? Just 2 MILLION Times WORSE than Uranium or Chernobyl's Meltdown!
Mon, 03/14/2011 - 02:01 | 1049219 mophead
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Oh, I suppose the radioactive plumes will fly over California or some part of North America, no doubt. Then they will have an excuse to dumb/burn all the agriculture crops (as a safety precaution) so that prices can go even higher. HAARP picks up where The Bernank leaves off.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 03:05 | 1049330 Wernerempire
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Gully Foyle, oy vey! Doesn't reactor #3 contain a plutonium/uranium oxide mixture?

Doesn't any explosion of hydrogen proof the disintegration of the zirconium encasings? So...any emergency cooling will have contact with that, and then be boiled off?

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 08:04 | 1049623 Zero Govt
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Californians becoming even more loony from radiation? ....not possible surely!

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:23 | 1048213 disabledvet
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along with "some guy in a white suit" shouting "oops!"  now move along..."no more radiation than your average microwave" being emitted here according to de atoritees.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:25 | 1048227 baby_BLYTHE
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I'm scared :(

What will happen when the radiation comes here to the US?

I need to know what I can do to protect myself!

The people of Japan are in my heart <3

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:29 | 1048251 Yen Cross
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Victoria packed my bags on Friday. I get back from Japan tomorrow. Cabo San Lucas is where my family is going!

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:42 | 1048343 underpants
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Hah!  Hey Nerdlinger, make sure you pay Victoria to have sex with you or she (or any other woman) won't.  Cabo sucks.  St. B's much better.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:29 | 1048252 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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""What will happen when the radiation comes here to the US?""

Karl Deninger writes...

There are a bunch of scare-mongers flying around right now on the Internet claiming that the Japanese reactor situation is about to poison the West Coast with extremely high levels of radiation.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:31 | 1048272 baby_BLYTHE
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So I have nothing to worry about?

Is it safe to send $ to the RED CROSS?

I heard some people got scammed sending ca$h during Hurricane Katrina

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:53 | 1048427 financeguru500
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Here's a joke for you.

What's the difference between a natural disaster hitting Japan vs hitting the U.S.?

When Japan gets hit, people still show respect to each other and stay calm while in the U.S. widespread looting and violence ensues almost immediately with cops even joining in to loot the local Wmart.

Oh wait, thats not a joke. That really happened.

Here's the link for any naysayers.


Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:45 | 1048994 trav7777
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Natural disasters strike the US without looting ALL THE TIME.

Wildfires in looting.  Repeated flooding all along the Mississippi and Missouri and other looting.

Katrina in Mississippi, other portions of LA, and parts of looting.  Hurricanes...tornados, etc.

The difference is that these other disasters hit masses of white people and not blacks.  What you say condemns the entire US population for acts of black people who are responsible for this criminality. 

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 05:55 | 1049465 Creed
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The difference is that these other disasters hit masses of white people and not blacks.  What you say condemns the entire US population for acts of black people who are responsible for this criminality. 





preach it brutha

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:58 | 1048445 Ahmeexnal
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Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:08 | 1048476 Howard_Beale
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Don't send a penny to the Red Cross. More than 60 cents on the dollar goes to overhead. They are the worst of the worst and have been since inception.

After Normandy in WW2, they charged soldiers for cigarettes. The Salvation Army gave them to the soldiers for free. What does that tell you? My stepfather witnessed it firsthand and was appalled.

They are so into marketing themselves as a great charity that people buy it. If you want your money to go to those who need it, give it to the Salvation Army or one that can prove that most of your dollar will truly reach those in need--not the Red Cross.

Read this link written last year if you don't believe me. They are parasites.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:15 | 1048881 OldPhart
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I'll never donate to the Red Cross again.  They played games with 9/11 and Katrina.  Believe it or not, the Salvation Army is pretty much the last remaining true charity.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 05:31 | 1049451 StychoKiller
Mon, 03/14/2011 - 09:28 | 1049869 Bagbalm
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Even the Salvation Army manages to make most people unaware they are a church. Most folks think of them as only a charity. This is not an accident.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:32 | 1048284 Iam_Silverman
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"Japanese reactor situation is about to poison the West Coast"

Is that like a long-term reset button?  Maybe after things cool off, we could start over, but with a dash less socialism.

Oh wait, my brother lives in Richmond - better give him a heads-up!

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:55 | 1048439 gmj
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Richmond?  He must be very brave, and bulletproof.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:56 | 1048798 Iam_Silverman
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"Richmond?  He must be very brave, and bulletproof."

It gets worse than that!  When he is not deployed to Afghanistand or Iraq, he is a repo man.  Couldn't convince him to do the same line of work here in Texas - he claims that we are all gun-nuts (while he totes an XD45 in the wrecker).

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:53 | 1048424 Ahmeexnal
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British Columbia is where those winds are heading.

The whole place will glow at night in the near future.

You barely have time to get rid of any real estate there before it can only be used as toxic  dump ground.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:50 | 1048764 Fish Gone Bad
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Maybe the deadly radiation cloud will deflate Canada's real estate bubble.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:29 | 1048260 ziggy59
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look for sources of KI -potassium iodide..the radioactive iodine I-131 will get absorbed into your thyroid if not saturated with iodine(i.e. deficient-most people are deficient)



Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:36 | 1048292 Randall Cabot
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"I'm scared :(

What will happen when the radiation comes here to the US?

I need to know what I can do to protect myself!"

Ok, follow these instructions exactly:

Stand up straight with legs apart, now bend over forward, grab your right ankle with your right hand, now grab your left ankle with your left hand, pull your head as far between your legs as you can. Now kiss your ass goodbye.



Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:39 | 1048311 HamyWanger
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Prepare to be junked abunduntly by the choir crowd of ZH.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:37 | 1048315 baby_BLYTHE
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Grow up!

BTW, the junk was from me.

I am not a troll. 

I haven't studied physics, okay? 

This is where I take the advice/opinions of others seriously.

We are all here to learn!

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:43 | 1048355 Rogerwilco
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You're looking for medical advice here? LOL x 100.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:59 | 1048805 Fish Gone Bad
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I gotta agree with Roger here, no one seriously is looking for medical advice here, right?  Las Vegas saw about 200 nuke tests and no one seems to think that is or was a problem.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:51 | 1049024 snowball777
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<Joe-Bob nods two heads vigorously>

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:51 | 1048410 samsara
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Take a couple of minutes and read StoneLeigh's write up at

How Black is the Japanese Nuclear Swan?

Great site btw,  Up there with ZH.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:52 | 1048411 robertocarlos
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+1 I know too little to ridicule other posters. And what the smart people know doesn't always apply.


Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:54 | 1048423 Yen Cross
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Don't waste your time Baby. We know you are a smart person. It's just little scrambling monkeys.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:18 | 1048579 Michael
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Could someone please explain to me why BB is accumulating so many junks. I'm getting jealous.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:37 | 1048699 Ident 7777 economy
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Pls don't go all attention-whore on us now ...

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:25 | 1048905 Michael
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You mother fucker I7E, What are you, some kind of zionist control freak fuck?

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 01:01 | 1049062 Ident 7777 economy
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Ouch. Was that intended to hurt? I got a little singed at it went winging by is all ...

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:10 | 1048859 Hook Line and S...
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Michael, BB is taking the long road to credibility creep. Watch where her sponsored opinions begin to show up. Phony, charlatan, scared young new poster my chaffing ass.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:29 | 1048927 Michael
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Ahh, playing the sympathy whore card.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:58 | 1048443 PY-129-20
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Don't be too afraid. Sure, it's not looking good there. As far as I know (German media), the wind might change in the next few hours. It could hit Tokyo, if things really go bad. I hope not. I heard you live in Minnesota? Then you don't have to worry about much at the moment. But I would advise you not to eat anything that is from the contaminated area for a while.

The experts said that most of it will rain into the Pacific. It might change, if the wind really changes the direction. But if you live in Minnesota, you don't have to be scared too much. But we have to watch how things will develop in Japan.


Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:06 | 1048488 seek
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The risk is pretty low, even if the reactors are completely destroyed there would be less contamination locally than we saw with Chernobyl, and very little issue here in the US.

We've done hundreds of above-ground nuclear tests in Nevada, nearly any one of which would be far worse than anything we'd see coming from the events in Japan. Not that this was a cakewalk for the downwinders back in the 50s and 60s, but it underscores that this isn't that big of a deal to the US. (Much more so in Japan.)

Many folks with monitoring equipment outside of government channels are using it (self included) and we'll all be surprised if we pick up anything at all, and even if we do it will likely be something barely detectable.

I'd worry far more about impacts on Japan, secondary economic effects, and perhaps contamination of fisheries in the Pacific region than I would about fallout on the US west coast.


Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:43 | 1048737 defender
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This post fits my expectations as well.  I doubt that the material got any more than a few 100 yards into the air, so less than 100 miles drift range.  If you pull up a standard sized globe, that would be about one fingers width from Japan.  All that we, the US, have to worry about are the economic consequences of this.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:15 | 1048886 syvanen
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One voice of sanity here at zerohedge seek.  Between 1944 and 1965 the US exposed its population to 1000s of times as much radioactive isotopes as could be released in Japan in even the worse case melt downs.  The danger to the US west coast is nill.


But knowing that will not stop the hysteria, which is the real danger.


Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:17 | 1048575 cougar_w
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Don't worry.

It's hard to imagine right now a problem in Japan that would be big enough to impact any US mainland area. Not even Hawaii which is much closer.

Mainland Japan could be in serious trouble though.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:36 | 1048297 jerry_theking_lawler
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ask Anderson Cooper...he is north of the plant is scared **itless......

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:53 | 1048428 robertocarlos
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+1. Anderson comes on the air all worried like with a shaky hand held camera and says they are experiencing an after-shock. No shit Shirlock, there's only been 8000 after-shocks since Friday.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:28 | 1048641 davepowers
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indeed, and it shows how well prepared he was because the he also asked where the plants were, how far away, which way was the wind blowing and should 'I' (not his crew) leave.

That is going to be a classic on YouTube if anyone caught it.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:36 | 1048306 Cursive
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I'm not saying you are going to need it, but if you did, iodine pills.  The potassium iodine floods your thyroid, preventing it from absorbing radioactive iodine.  This wouldn't save you if you were at ground zero, though.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:48 | 1048384 samsara
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In order to help you gauge things for yourself, you might want to read Shane's article on the site: When An ill Wind Blows From Afar! (Like from Japan, Iran or North Korea!)

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:55 | 1048435 robertocarlos
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I don't care. I'm going down with the ship. I don't have any gold, silver, food, amo, or iodine. See you in Hell.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:10 | 1048527 frippy
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Pure genius.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:05 | 1048493 PalmiticGlycerin
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Put your head between your legs, and kiss your ass goodbye...

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:12 | 1048534 Gully Foyle
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"What will happen when the radiation comes here to the US?"

Ever play STALKER or the FALLOUT series?


Mon, 03/14/2011 - 02:05 | 1049233 mophead
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It will cause prices to rise.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 17:30 | 1052141 In Fed We Trust
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Just hold your breath until it passes over. That's what I do.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:24 | 1048232 GOSPLAN HERO
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This really sucks.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:24 | 1048233 Randall Cabot
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I picked a bad week to quit smoking.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:30 | 1048268 Sophist Economicus
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...or sniffing glue...

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:34 | 1048283 Out9922
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And Amphetimines



Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:39 | 1048324 cosmictrainwreck
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and drinkin' (so passe)

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:13 | 1048537 Yen Cross
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Great Movie!

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:26 | 1048234 PulauHantu29
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So where do you "hide" from the radiation dust?

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:45 | 1048357 malek
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Behind an NBC mask (and enough replacement filters).

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:51 | 1048782 serotonindumptruck
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This is probably a little known fact.

While respiration of radionuclides is the primary mechanism of injury for the onset of radiation sickness/overexposure, many of the users of military/industrial grade gas masks lack the proper filtration media that might mitigate the uptake of some of the more abundant radioisotopes which might follow a radiological accident such as this incident. Activated charcoal filters have the adsorbent capacity to prevent the uptake of iodine 131, however these charcoal filters can only adsorb so much iodine before they become ineffective, as the filtration media becomes saturated and loses adsorbent capacity. These types of filters are hazard specific. For instance, a filter that would prevent the exposure to iodine 131 wouldn't necessarily protect the user from any exposure to, say,  strontium 89 or hydrogen 3.

I've worked in HazMat for almost 20 years, and I was a paid firefighter/paramedic for several years prior to that. This is a situation where even the very best and most qualified HazMat response units would experience extreme difficulty. Radiological hazards/incidents are probably the most dreaded scenarios for HazMat response and mitigation.

I fear this will become much worse before it's over.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:24 | 1048911 malek
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If you have a lot of knowledge on these issues, please list the types of NBC filter cartridges available, and which one is good for what!

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 01:04 | 1049067 serotonindumptruck
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While I can appreciate your concern, there is only so much one can do to prevent an overexposure. It would likely be a pointless, meaningless exercise to list the different filtration cartridges, which may or may not be available, or how often they would need to be replaced. Also, such a course of action would be contingent upon the level and type of contamination present in the atmosphere.

One can only wear a fully-encapsulating level "A" suit for so long. Eventually, we must all breathe regular air again.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 17:30 | 1052147 malek
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Sorry, you sound more like a posturer to me.

I had worked in a small chemical factory some 20 years ago, and used an NBC mask sometimes more as precaution then real need.
From that time I know that a standard cartridge is good against most chemicals, only ammonia and carbon monoxide need totally different filters, and there exists another special one against very high levels of hydro carbons in the air.

Filtering dust particles needs no activated charcoal, and iodine is solid at room temperature.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:46 | 1048368 Sophist Economicus
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With Dan Rathers

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:47 | 1048378 Rogerwilco
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I hear Lake Karachay is beautiful and peaceful this time of year. Check out the air fare + hotel specials on Kayak. They're to die for.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:11 | 1048523 Yen Cross
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You DON'T!!! You pay attention and head South if necessary. The prevailing Jet Stream exposes the western United States.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:26 | 1048235 GeneMarchbanks
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I'm not gonna censor myself here! This is bad... I am scared.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:25 | 1048238 HamyWanger
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I don't understand all the hype about nuclear reactors explosions.

As I've posted on this thread (, nuclear radiation in small doses is actually good for your health. 

Sure, there may be some damage, but not directly caused by the radiation. 

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:35 | 1048299 Sancho Ponzi
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Thanks to you, Hamy, BiggerDickus will experience avatar envy.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:35 | 1048302 Iam_Silverman
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"nuclear radiation in small doses is actually good for your health. "

Hey Hamy!  How're ya' doing?  Glad to see that you could tear yourself away from the home decor store long enough to dispel all of this fear!

Like you said, a little exposure could be good for you - the hospitals use it to kill cancer, don't they?  Sorta like a little "hair of the dog".

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:41 | 1048340 PhattyBuoy
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+ hammy ... I wager your IQ must greatly exceed 145 ...

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:43 | 1048349 lizzy36
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Those 3 headed, no dick, congenitial defect kids born after Chernobyl appreciate your kind of genius.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:32 | 1048672 HamyWanger
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Where is the problem in not having a dick? I've read somewhere that a vasectomy reduces your risk of cancer from 22.70%. 

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:54 | 1048426 long-shorty
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EVERYTHING HamyWanger posts is SARCASM. Even his name is satirical. How can some of you people be so goddammed slow on the uptake? 

Keep up the good work Hamy.



Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:08 | 1048499 underpants
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Its ok. Its actually much funnier if not everyone gets it.  Kinda ruins the joke if they do. But I'm with you- Keep it up Hamy!

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:15 | 1048550 Village Idiot
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"EVERYTHING HamyWanger posts is SARCASM. Even his name is satirical. How can some of you people be so goddammed slow on the uptake?"



Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:35 | 1048688 gordengeko
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Glad someone finally pointed that out so everyone CAN STOP responding to hamy.  Karma real?  Dunno, due time hamy will tell.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:39 | 1048712 cosmictrainwreck
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we're supposed to believe yoooouu?

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:47 | 1048240 Clapham Junction
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Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:25 | 1048242 Spalding_Smailes
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................... " In November 1992, a fuel rod was broken through a handling error, and MOX dust was released during the mounting of MOX fuel rods to fuel assemblies in the fuel fabrication facility adjoining the MOX facility in Dessel, Belgium. In the event of such accidents, if the ICRP recommendations for general public exposure were adhered to, only about • ( one mg ) • of plutonium may be released from a MOX facility to the environment. As a comparison, in uranium fabrication facility, 2kg (2,000,000mg) of uranium could be released in the same radiation exposure. A one mg release of plutonium can easily happen during various smaller incidents.30" ................................

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:01 | 1048462 GoinFawr
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The Sky is Falling and I Want My Mommy

"Since 1988
Every shuttle in space
Has carried 46
Pounds of plutonium "

"Enough plutonium
That if it blows
The fallout cancer
Could kill 5 billion people"

No reason. Just sayin'.


Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:26 | 1048245 bugs_
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when it rains it pours

trouble comes in threes


Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:27 | 1048250 DoChenRollingBearing
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Global Meltdown.




Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:46 | 1048371 malek
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Global Meltup.

There, I fixed it for ya.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:52 | 1048416 Oh regional Indian
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DCRB, no real surprise though, is it? With so many chanting "Bring it on", it's come on.
To expect it to look like anything we wanted it to look like is childish. All connected, all the time.
I find it very interesting when people, intelligent people, can see patterns in their charts and do long cycle analysis... and not understand that this is the same thing.
Our cycle with explosive energy is at end because we over-played our hand.
Whether it was done on purpose (55 nuclear plants on the world's most geologically active nation, hubris? And it was an American thrust, GE reactors and all), or just plain over-confidence, here we are.
Now like dominoes, down it will go. All of it.
To think of some surprise outcome that will sort all this out, get Glass Stegall back, fix the economy, placate the middle-east.... all wishful thinking.
The very acknowledgement of oour true situation as a species in my opinion, separates the men from the boys.
Game just got completely real.
A sharply honed instinct is your only friend in times like this.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:28 | 1048258 Ident 7777 economy
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As a new 5 meter Tsunami is expected to hit Fukushima again,

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There go the trucked-in replacement diesels ...



Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:37 | 1048953 goldfish1
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A TV station also reported a new tsunami on Monday but it

turned out to be a false alarm.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:31 | 1048265 TooBearish
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Where are the rocket scientists here on ZH?  how can "radiation levels go down" - I thought radiation is cumulative, it only reaches a plateau where it might stabilize and take about 200 years to "go down" in an uncontrolled situation.... anyone?

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:40 | 1048303 HamyWanger
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I have  a Ph.D. in medicine, and I think I can answer you.

Radiation levels don't go down, indeed, but radiation isotopes tend to accumulate in living organisms and water rather than in the air over time. 

Though, the human body can absorb ultra-high doses of nuclear radiation without suffering of any problematic effect, as documented by science. 

There is no need to worry about anything. 

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:49 | 1048366 Cursive
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There is no need to worry about anything. 

Fuck off, Hamy.  Not funny.  Oh, and I saw that you wrote "Radiation is our salvation, we must embrace it," before you edited your snide ass comment.  And before you try trolling this grave tragedy any further, I've got some farmland around Chernobyl and some land near Harrisburg, PA to sell you.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:56 | 1048434 trav7777
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good for you; Chernobyl Dead Zone is one of the cleanest, most pristine places on earth now.  All the humans left.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:23 | 1048608 dogbreath
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I remember watching a documentary on the area and the interviewer talking to a refusenik family. Thiswas 10 or 15 years ago. The father couldn't stop proclaiming " look at these mushrooms, look at these strawberry's".   the beauty of the area is enhanced by the return of all of the critturs but also by the abandonment of the area by the government.  freedom.  

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:29 | 1048917 serotonindumptruck
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Genetic mutation must be a wonderful thing to behold. Strawberries the size of baseballs. Mutagenic defects in our children. Teratogenic abnormalities that cause spontaneous abortion in humans. What's not to like?

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:50 | 1049022 trav7777
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Life goes on...mammals outbreed catastrophes.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:00 | 1048401 Robot Traders Mom
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Are you really that bored living in your shitty little apartment that you have to troll zerohedge? Your life is pointless and your parents hate you. In fact you should just give up on life.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:14 | 1048500 HamyWanger
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Says the guy who pretends to be someone he isn't.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:17 | 1048570 Gully Foyle
Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:44 | 1048733 gwar5
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You mean MD? Try changing crayon color.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:40 | 1048327 Jim in MN
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Those measurements are of airborne radiation, which can be diffused by more air/less source material.  Irradiated things have to wait for decay to reduce the levels, but keep in mind that alpha, beta and gamma radiation occur in very different ways with differing effects.

What you DO NOT WANT is to get a particle of plutonium lodged in your body, where it will merrily emit highly damaging radiation forever, as far as you are concerned.  Also don't sleep with a uranium pellet under your pillow.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:55 | 1048796 gwar5
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On the bright side, the energy emitted from your lungs will run the small appliances in your house. You'll be EPA approved and Energy Star rated no matter where you go.


Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:41 | 1048329 trav7777
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"half-life" it

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:05 | 1048479 Mad Max
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All I get is some kind of violent videogame.





Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:41 | 1048334 Iam_Silverman
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how can "radiation levels go down"

Dose rates can lower as the release is dissipated in the atmosphere (solution to pollution is dilution effect).  Also, water acts as a shielding medium - as the level is raised in the drywell (primary containment) and the RX vessel refills, then the gamma and neutron flux will be attenuated. 

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:48 | 1048388 High Plains Drifter
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Japan is a relatively small place. It has a lot of people jammed into that space. It needs every inch of land it has. If this becomes unlivable in this area, I guess that means California will be having a uptick in new Japanese faces....

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:02 | 1048460 robertocarlos
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Giving California to Japan is a win win. The place will be liveable in no time.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:04 | 1048478 Mad Max
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And they can pretty much keep the same laws... but the porn industry will double in size again.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 00:13 | 1048879 Hook Line and S...
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+300 vids bukake

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:13 | 1048540 Cyrano de Bivouac
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Yes,  lease California  to Japan for 100 years- it would be definite improvement over the leadership we have now.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 01:22 | 1049128 pitz
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Japs would never tolerate the Mexicans.  They'd take care of the problem that we cannot.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:31 | 1048275 disabledvet
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apparently the "nuclear defusion team" or DFT for short have been told to "expect a Chilean miner type reception" upon successful completion of "heroic prevent defense of the radioactivitator thingy."  commence the blowing of one's "divine wind" followed by sake, sake, sake.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:32 | 1048277 Sutton
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Where did Son of Tsunami come from?

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:35 | 1048290 Misean
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News feed from australia says no new Tsunami. I dunno...

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:04 | 1048475 robertocarlos
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It's probably like you jumped into a bathtub and the water sloshed from side to side until the energy dissipated. In this case the wave goes circling around the world until it dissipates. Good news is it is only half as high each time it completes a circle. Bad news is it was 10 meters the first time.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:33 | 1048282 Boilermaker
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They will lie about the severity of this until it literally fucking melts through the earth's core.

Sad...really, really, really fucking sad.

Oh, the DOW futures are rock solid also and climbing.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:37 | 1048307 Saxxon
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Shorting the absurd gap may be in order.  I note PMs are tanking.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:40 | 1048322 Boilermaker
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N250 now down huge...DOW and SPX futures 'hangin tough' and climbing a radioactive wall of worry.


Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:57 | 1048440 Yen Cross
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Got any  neutron exchange ideas?

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:41 | 1048341 Iam_Silverman
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"I note PMs are tanking"

I prefer the term "becoming more affordable".

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:45 | 1048354 cosmictrainwreck
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yeah everybody over on the gold thread were all a-twitter earlier; I couldn't figure out why; straight up = straight down.... BTFD yeah, but surely not "whoopie, I'm gonna be rich"

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:07 | 1048491 robertocarlos
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I spread the rumour that all metals have a half-life. Gold turns into lead. Ironically the lead may be more valuable.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:58 | 1048450 Yen Cross
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Don't make me (sic) Snowball on you!

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:32 | 1048285 Rhone_Ranger
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Don't worry, they just built the reactors above a developing volcano and the volcano is angry!

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:35 | 1048289 sangell
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Anyone want to rerecord Barry McGuire's 'EVE OF DESTRUCTION' because I think it would be a BIG HIT these days.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:37 | 1048293 trav7777
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breaking says that there is no tsunami now...they see some 10 foot waves.

NHK Live has bldg #3 explosion in Fukushima #1

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:42 | 1048351 stephysat28
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thats not an explosion its a controlled release of steam! This is a dangerous game the EE is playing. (or not the masses are brain dead) .

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:54 | 1048397 trav7777
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I agree; it didn't look like an explosion to me.

The bottom line is that if by ANY means, they can get borax and seawater through this core, there will not be a true meltdown.

These reactors have obviously been damaged beyond repair or use at this point, but there is a way for them in worst case to basically drill a fuckin hole into the vessel and pump water through it.

A suboptimal solution, yes, but Hanford ran the Columbia River through its core; some downstream sluice gates and heavy materials capture trays would prevent most discharge of radionucliides to the ocean.

It's not as if this is a lost cause.  They are just having trouble cooling the cores...if the reactor was going to "explode," it would have done so already; it's already been 3 days.  People need to stop panicking and cease the hysteria


Edit: before and after clearly show 2 outer containment bldgs wrecked; there was a second real explosion.  Bldg 3 gone

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:55 | 1048429 Spalding_Smailes
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The entire building was blown out .... Nothing left except the steel structure.


Middle channel is in English.


Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:08 | 1048513 SubjectivObject
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Look closer:

Something large can be seen comming straight down. 

The containment top plug?

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 23:14 | 1048543 Rusty Shorts
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Mon, 03/14/2011 - 09:24 | 1049858 gilligan
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Fascinating to compare the two explosions of Fukushima 1 and 3 on YouTube. The first (#1) is a sudden explosion, you see a pressurewave above the reactor building, and lots of smoke and debris radiate sideways from the building. Almost nothing upwards.


Compare with the second explosion (#3). Slow the footage down and you will see an orange flame shoot out the side (hydrogen burns invisible by my understanding). Then a massive explosion that propels smoke and debris (and some big pieces of something) way up high. Very different to the first explosion. May be nothing, but they look like two different creatures, the latter being more concerning.

Watch the video for reactor 3 and tell me any reactor and its pipework would be 'intact'. I'd be surprised.

Sun, 03/13/2011 - 22:46 | 1048362 Randall Cabot
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"breaking says that there is no tsunami now...they see some 10 foot waves."

Are you shitting me??? After all those poor homeless bastards just ran halfway up Mt Fuji???

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