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Radiation Leak Feared At Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant As Radiation Level Rising

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Per CNN: Radiation level rising in Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant turbine building, Kyodo News Agency reports.

That's not good.


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Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:30 | 1041062 RmcAZ
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"Japan declared a nuclear emergency as Nuclear plant may “meltdown” anytime."

Give me a break... Give real news sources, not fear mongering web sites with 0 reputation run by some kid in his mom's basement.

"Radiation level rising in Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant turbine building, Kyodo News Agency reports."

"Tokyo Electric Power Co said pressure inside the No.1 reactor at its Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant has been rising..."

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:02 | 1041176 SWRichmond
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An analyst with the World Nuclear Association, a major international nuclear power group, told Reuters that he understood fresh cool water was now being pumped into the cooling system at Fukushima, reducing the threat of a meltdown.

"We understand this situation is under control," the analyst said, adding that he understood that a back-up battery power system had been brought online after about an hour and began pumping water back into the cooling system, where the water level had been falling.


It's my understanding that the plant was already down for maintenance and subsequently had a reduced capability to provide the electrical power needed for backup when offsite power tripped.  The NYT article references USAF flying something in, which I suspect, if true, was a backup gnerator.


The report of rising radiation inside the turbine building links to Kyodo news as an "urgent" news item, but to read it you have to register....

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:00 | 1041288 goldfish1
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Any good news is great news.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:35 | 1041482 SWRichmond
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Update: Fukushima-Daiichi is a 6-unit site, three units were already down for maintenance.  Fukushima-Daini is a 4 unit site.  The referenced unit was apparently up and was shut down by/during the quake. All are BWRs.

Still trying to figure out the issues, but I'm guessing they lost offsite power as well as had problems with onsite EDGs and couldn 't pump water into the reactor.  BWRs produce steam for the turbine right off the fuel, so inability to add water to remove decay heat is an immediate and serious issue. Rising rad levels in the reactor building wouldn't surprise me under these circumstances, as there is less water on top of the fuel.

Nuclear plants are designed to withstand earthquakes.  Still not sure exactly what happened here.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:31 | 1041076 Joe Grannville
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Terrible, terrible stuff and yet the TD'ers can't wait to post their sophmoric comments.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:37 | 1041111 Cognitive Dissonance
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Of which you have just proudly joined the ranks.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:39 | 1041131 ColonelCooper
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And jumped in at the top no less.  Oh to be so holy.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:58 | 1041264 Joe Grannville
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Sorry, it wasn't intentional.  I forgot how serious you are about your show business career here.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:07 | 1041321 ColonelCooper
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Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:22 | 1041400 Highrev
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And now if we can just get the most serious of us all, that is to say Ben Bernanke, out of the freshmen ranks and into the sophomore class. ;-)

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:49 | 1041198 jus_lite_reading
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OIL OVER $100 = Green Shoot





Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:03 | 1041298 redpill
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Congratulations!  You win 10 trillion Zimbabwe dollars!

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:19 | 1041380 jus_lite_reading
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That makes 3 today! WOW! 3/11/11 mark it down as the day the world changed forever...

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:24 | 1041012 alien-IQ
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looks like the market is about to celebrate with a earthquake, tsunami, radiation leak rally. it's the disaster capitalism trifecta.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:34 | 1041100 ZackAttack
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Well, after all, the earthquake was magnitude 8.9 when expectations were for 9.0.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:43 | 1041161 Paul Bogdanich
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"Well, after all, the earthquake was magnitude 8.9 when expectations were for 9.0."



Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:52 | 1041217 ZackAttack
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So wrong, and I am so very sorry. Gallows is all I got these days.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:26 | 1041421 Drag Racer
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of course it was initially 7.9 then revised later...

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:35 | 1041479 rosiescenario
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...and the 'whisper' number was 9.3....

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:52 | 1041212 jus_lite_reading
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The markets are happy because 50,000 Japanese won't need to collect social security and eat. Prices of rice have collapsed. BEnron Happy. Obamie Happy. Happy world. Market Rally. Earthquake Good. More Earthquake please, says Mr. Market.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:06 | 1041313 EscapeKey
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The line in the sand, dude.

You just crossed it.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 11:35 | 1044282 RockyRacoon
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That's not a lot worse than a few posts with suggestions about what we should do with our Boomers.   Not that it makes it OK.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:43 | 1041516 destraht
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Watch we will learn that Halliburton now owns the top nuclear disaster remediation company in addition to the top oil well disaster remediation company.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:23 | 1041014 ColonelCooper
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Long Chinese solars!

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:28 | 1041046 Spalding_Smailes
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We knew the battery power would only last so long .... Not sure who's heading in that direction anymore trying to fix it.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:25 | 1041015 HamyWanger
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Don't Japanese live in Vault-Tech facilities already? 

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:48 | 1041193 fuu
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I really hate to encourage you but that was actually pretty funny right there.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:07 | 1041316 Josh Randall
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Hey thats Bigger D!kus's icon -- you are all the same - LOL -- Harry, Hamy and BD -- the truth comes out. Man of 1,00 masks but one bad line of stay away from PM's - HAHHAAH

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:24 | 1041020 camaro68ss
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they have already had two citys nuked, now a 3rd......

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:24 | 1041025 Cognitive Dissonance
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As is typical with any authority, early this morning around 5 AM EST the Japanese authorities were telling everyone there were no problems. Yet the alternative media were already talking about problems with one of the plants.

Then the news began talking about "low cooling water levels" but there were no problems, everything was OK. Now we are getting news there are leaks of radiation........soon I'm sure to be followed by "everything will be OK".

No wonder we all act like children since we are treated like children.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:38 | 1041135 Azannoth
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"No wonder we all act like children since we are treated like children." I think it's the other way around

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:45 | 1041179 Dr. Porkchop
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No he got it right. I see it every day at work. Our employees are babied and treated like children, and what do you know? They act like children. People take the path of least resistance in the environment the leadership creates. Don't preach personal responsibility in an environment where the so called leaders of society are on the take.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:42 | 1041152 Dr. Porkchop
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Waitin for the day Obama comes on and says

"You're all fucked. I know that a lot of the American people are frightened right now, and you should be. You should definitely start to panic, NOW!"

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:52 | 1041213 Cognitive Dissonance
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People sense they are not being told the truth. When they hear bullshit they suspect it's bullshit, but given nothing else, they descend into a child like state and wish to believe the bullshit. When finally told the truth, all the worse fears that they've kept bottled up and repressed come storming out and people panic.

There have been well documented psychological studies of groups of people who have been consistently told the truth over long periods of time. They do not panic when told ugly truths because they have always been told the truth. It's the non-credibility of the source, which suddenly becomes credible when the truth finally is told, that causes panics.

The news is spoon fed to people to control people, not inform people.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 11:38 | 1044293 RockyRacoon
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That explains a large number of the Ron Paul nay-sayers.   The truth is painful so it is easier to simply attack the messenger.   Hardly anything is taken at face value and objectivity any more.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:25 | 1041031 High Plains Drifter
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Well of course. i knew this was coming.

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 11:37 | 1044299 RockyRacoon
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Fantastic, Great Oracle.   Then you can also tell us when it will be over.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 16:32 | 1041048 mynhair
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Pressure 150% above design specs.  Vessel rupture imminent.

Probably worth +100 on the Dow.


Edit: yep.  Nice 3:30 spike.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:28 | 1041052 Robslob
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They are just trying to hold the information back until the U.S. markets close.

That way they can declare a National Emergency here in the U.S. due to problems in Japan and close the markets all week...followed shortly after...a Bank Holiday?

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:29 | 1041054 Sweet Chicken
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Anyone know of any way to get out of Japan???? My uncle is there on business but cannot find a way out. Please if any one has any inside info????

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:38 | 1041120 RmcAZ
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It's an island... you either take a boat or a plane.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:51 | 1041204 Sweet Chicken
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Thanks Captain obvious.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:47 | 1041527 RichardENixon
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Some people just can't lay off the sarcasm no matter what the circumstances. Hit Girl is obviously one of those people.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:38 | 1041127 Tortfeasor
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This is just hypothesis, but if he's american, maybe try getting to Okinawa and getting a US military flight out of there

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:52 | 1041218 Sweet Chicken
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He is American and that is a very good idea. Thank you

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:02 | 1041299 -Michelle-
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Or Yokosuka.  There's a Navy base there.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:26 | 1041414 Sweet Chicken
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Thank you for another option. Much appreciated everyone. Keep em' coming!!!

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:25 | 1041419 Rodent Freikorps
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Pronounced yo-kooska. Dunno why.

There is also Yokota Air Force Base.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:32 | 1041459 Sweet Chicken
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Again, thank you. To make matters worse his interpreter is nowhere to be found.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:20 | 1041388 dugorama
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Hey gurl, look at your map.  wouldn't s korea be a little more feasible? 

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:44 | 1041524 irishgurl4
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Yeah, but step 42 is what makes it funny.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:30 | 1041063 THE DORK OF CORK
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At least there is mass concreate surrounding the core unlike the Chernobyl plant -  if the worst happens the radiation will be contained in the local area.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:34 | 1041095 Spalding_Smailes
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Not sure if thats how it will play out ....

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:12 | 1041343 malikai
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It won't play out that way. What will probably happen is they will get backup cooling sorted out, and then make repairs to the facility and finally they will turn it back on after recertification.

It will be a nightmare.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:41 | 1041153 kaiserhoff
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Thanks Mein Herr.  We needed more good news today.  At least Tokyo gets a wiff of the problem.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:31 | 1041070 Wakanda
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very not good

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:33 | 1041083 Apostle of Unknown
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also, North Korea fired all its missiles and Kyushu is sinking. Buy buy buy!!!

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:33 | 1041091 THE DORK OF CORK
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If numerous Japanese reactors are shut down for a period this will not help to cool energy prices unless there is a collapse in the Japanese economy - needless to say this is not good.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:42 | 1041154 UninterestedObserver
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Correct - just don't confuse "not good" and Bullish

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:35 | 1041103 Crumbles
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"Pressure in the containment vessel going up" - BBC

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:35 | 1041105 LongSoupLine
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HFT bots don't give a fuck!!

Market up and all green.


Hate those fuckers!


Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:42 | 1041156 UninterestedObserver
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I guess they got the server fixed

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:37 | 1041113 Cdad
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Let us wait to hear from our financial parasitic radiation leaks are bullish.  I assure you, one of these brain trusts will attempt it.

And as long as the attempts continue, the longer we will linger here, losing our purchasing power, watching taxes rise, witnessing government agencies grow...we, the nation's people, just slippage beneath the wheels of our incompetent ruling class.

Perp walks.  Mass terminations in financial services.  Government resignations...these are truly the bullish signs we should be watching for.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:41 | 1041141 UninterestedObserver
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If there were mass terminations we wouldn't need the perp walks...

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:41 | 1041145 UninterestedObserver
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Oh you meant lay offs - sorry

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:43 | 1041157 John McCloy
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If this market closed green today im gonna need a new Johnnie Walker.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:01 | 1041280 Cdad
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I don't think so...but if it is the case, I'll be joining you with a giant martini at 4:01 est.

C freakin Dad

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:11 | 1041332 ColonelCooper
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My glass is chilled and the olives are already out.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:24 | 1041405 Henry Chinaski
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red or green

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:48 | 1041197 Village Idiot
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"Let us wait to hear from our financial parasitic radiation leaks are bullish.  I assure you, one of these brain trusts will attempt it."


Mutation.  Call it a growth story.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:27 | 1041426 Confucious 222
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It's a subprime radiation leak, and it's all contained.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:20 | 1041382 Vendetta
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the parasites will run up the price of oil because of the earthquake in japan ... any excuse to manipulate will do

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:36 | 1041114 east paris trader
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You have to love those algo's -- "dollar down, buy futures".  Fast forward -- Jamie steps onto the jet headed for uruguay, algo's .."dollar crashing, buy futures faster.."

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:38 | 1041119 walcott
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north korea just bombed south korea.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:42 | 1041149 Tortfeasor
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Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:55 | 1041241 Sophist Economicus
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His bung-hole

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:38 | 1041121 mynhair
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Hey, anybody know if Guam tipped over in the tidal wave?

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:41 | 1041142 ColonelCooper
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I believe all boots on the ground were ordered to stand inside pre-positioned footprints which were painted on the ground to evenly distribute the weight.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:52 | 1041225 M4570D0N
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*wipes sweat off brow*

Thank god they planned ahead for such a capsize.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:37 | 1041123 scratch_and_sniff
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Radiation bitchez

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:51 | 1041567 destraht
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I can't find a good ETF for that.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:37 | 1041125 Oh regional Indian
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So interesting, nuclear radiation leak. Japan. Hiroshima. Nagasaki.

Wedded to nuclear power, building plant upon plant in the world's most geo-active region, both in number of earthquakes and their intensity.

Hubris? Poor planning? Plain dumb?

I don't know. The US has been trying for years to put their nuclear waste in Yuca mountain, on top of an active fault line.

Pretty dumb species we are, it seems.


Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:53 | 1041230 Confused
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Yes, stupid. And to make it worse, all the "waste" (admittedly I'm not totally familiar with the whole thing) that would have gone there, has to be stored locally to the plants that produce it. Where as the yuca mountain was a central location for ALL the waste. So now we conceivably have multiple sites with radioactive material. 


Perhaps someone can correct me if I'm wrong on that. 

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:26 | 1041417 malikai
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Yucca mountain is irrelevant. Spent fuel should be reprocessed, not stored. The whole idea of storing spent fuel as waste is ridiculous. The only real waste in spent fuel is the fission products, of which some have value in medical, research, and industrial areas. The remainder of the waste, which is >90% by mass is either fissile or fertile and can still be burned in another reactor. If this was done, or better still, we had VHTRs, there would be no nuclear waste problem. What's more, we would extend the energy available from fission by an order of magnitude.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:57 | 1041604 Jim in MN
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If this was done, or better still, we had VHTRs these materials weren't extremely dangerous for incredibly long periods of time, there would be no nuclear waste problem.

Fixed it for you. 

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 15:35 | 1041752 malikai
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No, what I said was correct. The "incredibly long periods of time" you refer to are transuranics, NOT fission products. Transuranics can still be burned in a VHTR, MSR, or FBR. Either you know not what you speak of, or your comprehension skills are short. Not sure which, but my condolences.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 15:02 | 1041629 destraht
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Bill Gates just talked about this on Ted TV. I really hope that he isn't just trying to get Windows into the next gen nuclear plants.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 15:43 | 1041808 malikai
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Yea, I understand he threw a bunch of money into a company developing a few different GenIV and GenV cores. I read a story about it a while back. I hope it works out.

Most industrial stuff is run using SCADA systems, nukes are no different. MS systems run the interface between the SCADA backend and the user. A few months back you may recall the Iranian project being disrupted by a worm. That worm targetted SCADA from Windows. The M$ insecurity problem is a real problem.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 15:47 | 1041825 New_Meat
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MSFT all over the place, including in the computers in the control room. - Ned

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 11:46 | 1044321 RockyRacoon
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I'm holding out for a nukular powered iPad.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:39 | 1041138 UninterestedObserver
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8.9 Earthquakes - bullish

ME riots - bullish

Nuclear meltdown - Bullish(obvious)

WWIII - VERY Bullish

Am I the only one that got the Brnanke memo today?

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:44 | 1041171 reader2010
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To be ultra-bullish, we need 9.9 earthquakes in China instead. 

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:41 | 1041146 misterc
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So far for the clean, safe, hassle-free energy.

We greenthinking Germans know why we want to get rid of all nuclear power plants.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:42 | 1041160 scratch_and_sniff
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Still big users of gas though.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:32 | 1041455 malikai
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Let us know how that works out when oil is $200 and gas is about $15.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:42 | 1041506 dugorama
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Germans have led the way with solar (even tho they're so far north and  so cloudy/rainy) and wind.  They haven't replaced previous demand, but they have nearly offset all demand growth with alt sources.  Much more to be done, of course, but you never get there if you don't try. 

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:42 | 1041147 trav7777
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scram that mfer, no?  Don't they have the guy up there with the bucket of borax?

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:39 | 1041500 Yen Cross
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spot on! if anything borax would be used to stop sodium buildup on primary intakes. This is minor and the reactor is small.Sounds like a heavy water/breeder reactor.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:43 | 1041165 Cdad
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Why is Obama talking about green tech in the context of a speech about Japan's earthquake?  In fact, why is Obama speaking at all?  He cannot even put together a feasible budget...and yet he speaks on television every single day.

What happened to us?  Where is the shadow of our former self?  Our president should not be speaking now...but his head hung low in shame.

Ancient Rome redux, bitchez!

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:01 | 1041284 kaiserhoff
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He is speaking to divert attention from Libya, Egypt, Somalia, Wisconsin, the economy, and all of his other recent screw ups.

                                                     On Wisconsin

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:33 | 1041465 malikai
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His speach was probably ready yesterday when he gave the approval to use HAARP.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:42 | 1041521 dugorama
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You blame Obama for Libya, Egypt and Somalia?

Sat, 03/12/2011 - 11:46 | 1044324 RockyRacoon
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Gotta blame someone.   That's what Presidents are for.   You got a better use for them?

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:43 | 1041167 rcmullins
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REALLY?  WWIII is 'VERY' bullish?

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:50 | 1041199 Overpowered By Funk
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Must be in body bag sales.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:46 | 1041178 dark pools of soros
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Obama pledging aid no one has..  QEinfinity 

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:47 | 1041187 CitizenPete
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Evacuation started at the plutermal (MOX) plant.

If this gets worse than Godzilla...  I am watching YCS...




Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:46 | 1041189 clones2
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CNBC - "President Obama: US Is Watching for Any Potential Manipulation in Oil Markets (story developing)"

Haha!!!  Seriously - the entire market is manipulated and controlled by computer algorithms... But DONT SCREW WITH OUR OIL!!!

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:48 | 1041190 walcott
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well not yet exactly.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:49 | 1041202 walcott
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The japanese may be radiated but they're still active.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:51 | 1041216 Au Member
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Potassium Iodate bitches.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:01 | 1041283 yabyum
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Indeed, The radiation goes for the thyroid like a pit bull.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:42 | 1041517 Yen Cross
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Another idea. Too flaschy? Heat ranges are low.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:54 | 1041234 GIANTKILR
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It's pronounced: 


Fuk-a-sami Nuclear Power Plant 


Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:54 | 1041242 SDRII
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Timeline of events leading up to quake (Marshall Plan come? Already got one coming in the GCC...)

1. Reported Japanese national trying to dump Treasuries in Swiss

2. The North Korea boat sinking which occurred right about the height of the Okinawa basing issues

3. Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama broke a key campaign pledge to move bases – gov’t collapses and Kan takes helm

4. Kan, 63, was finance minister under the unpopular Yukio Hatoyama, who stepped down Wednesday amid plunging approval ratings over broken campaign promises and a political funding scandal

5. Kan fends off challenge from heavyweight Ozawa in Sept-10 with Ozawa espeousing more stimulus and a much more indy foreign policy










Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:55 | 1041246 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Glow in the dark sushi ...

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:55 | 1041247 SDRII
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6. ….Ozawa this week has called for new negotiations with Washington over Okinawa: “The [US] alliance isn’t a relationship of subordination, but it’s an equality partnership.” Ozawa has already indicated his support for closer ties with China, by leading a huge delegation of politicians and businessmen to Beijing last December. Ozawa called for the fulfillment of the DPJ’s 2009 election promises and renewed stimulus spending as the economy again slowed in the second quarter.

7. The confidence vote and reelection of Kan – now at 20% approval – and the rejection of Ozawa (see policy preference above)

8. Kan government in disarray over his proposed budget and debt issuance/austerity

9. China trawler collided with two Japanese coastguard ships near uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries. The two countries have a long history of tensions over territory, resources and other issue

10. US announces ASIAPAC centric military strategy: U.S. military is moving beyond focusing on the war in Afghanistan to addressing the developing threat from the East as the region's wealth and power continues to soar.

11. US under secretary from State is removed a few days ago. FT says: The US has replaced a top official who was accused of describing people from Japan's southern island of Okinawa as “lazy” and “masters of manipulation and extortion".

12. Kan Gov’t is falling apart over debt issues/ministers defecting – recent foreign minister to quit was touted as a US hawk and welcomed as taking strong stand against China

13. This past week, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Friday he has no plan to call a snap election to break a deadlock in parliament

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:56 | 1041253 Cdad
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Is anyone else following this press conference?  Good lord, someone please just turn the teleprompter back on...this guy cannot form thoughts in an extemporaneous way.  This is not great thinker here, sad to say.  A man of limited intellectual ability. 

Where did we leave ourselves?  In some Federal closet somewhere?  Maybe in a pit of our own self-absorbed despair, some chip on our shoulder about not having been breast fed. 

How does one explain it to his sons?  Maybe without words.  Maybe teach him smelting skills...maybe how to can tomatoes...maybe gunsmithing?

Listen to this man fiddle...while the nation burns...good grief!

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:37 | 1041489 trav7777
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he speechificates Raygun did.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:56 | 1041254 FaithEqualsZero
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Its not the radiation you should worry about! It is the contamination I'm worried about.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:10 | 1041325 Cdad
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Listen, you should not worry at all.  The criminal syndicate known as Wall Street is going to explain to you just how bullish radiation is.  Of this, you can be sure...and you can also be just as sure that, since Obama has just explained how there is no radiation leaking, radiation is probably freakin' pouring out of that reactor in a way so as to top Chernobyl!

Just get your martini shaker ready, man...mix a drink as the nation burns.  And by the way, Obama has now moved on to talking about my clunker of a car.  Great!  Someone give him some freakin' Ritalin already...and turn the teleprompter back on...good grief.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:57 | 1041257 bob_dabolina
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The Japanese don't have good luck when it comes to nuclear. I think they should find a new hobby.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:57 | 1041258 walcott
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fuk-ed Nuclear Power Plant

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 13:59 | 1041275 haskelslocal
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Reminder. Nuclear Energy is not Clean energy.  If it leaks you can't smell it, see it, feel it, taste it. You'll just die slowly from it. If it leaks, therefore, you'll not be told about it. You think all this financial criminal conduct that's covered up wouldn't be the same out of the NRC? And least we forget the stock piles of radiated waste currently sitting in 55 gallon barrel drums that don't last 50 thousands years, as does the radiated contents.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:11 | 1041334 -Michelle-
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Get a NukAlert keychain.  And a Geiger counter. And there's no such thing as clean energy, not when the costs of production are factored in.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:13 | 1041347 EscapeKey
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Long term problems, short term solutions.

That's the way they solve problems in contemporary economics, so why not with nuclear waste as well?


Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:20 | 1041384 Bicycle Repairman
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Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:10 | 1041331 New_Meat
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Fukushima 1 is a BWR, so steam that goes through the turbine returns as water directly to the core as feedwater.  This is the old GE design (BWR 1, Mk I) that either Hitachi-san or Toshiba (can't find reference yet).  Someone did a good job updating the Wiki to almost real-time.

Residual Heat Removal cooling seems to have failed.  Lots of ways to get water into the core for feed-bleed cooling.  Isolation valves for e.g. main steam leads are x2, failure of both is highly unlikely (like in 10E-6/year range).  So the Turbine Building radiation leak seems unlikely.

Similar to what happened at Browns Ferry 1 in '75, e.g.:


Or, as one of my friends in Knoxville said to me, "Ned, that's what happens when you let Rednecks play with nuclear things."

- Ned

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:37 | 1041490 Rodent Freikorps
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"Hey, y'all. Watch this." ;)

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 15:25 | 1041729 New_Meat
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Redneck's last words!  I do miss Jerry Clower:

- Ned

{hey, we got drive-by junked.  I'll call my Vol friend and let him know ;-) }

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:11 | 1041336 Confuchius
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After incinerating everyone in two Japanese cities and more recently assassinating over one million innocent Iraqui civilians you all are pretending to be worried about a miniscule radiation leak.

Give us a break, amerrikan.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 15:31 | 1041755 trav7777
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so a bunch of people who weren't even ALIVE in 1945 are now somehow responsible for the actions of people who are LONG DEAD?

Hell, many here didn't even have ancestors IN THE COUNTRY in those years.

WTF is wrong with the idiots on this planet?

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:14 | 1041348 Stuck on Zero
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The big big disaster would be a breach of the main coolant pipes that penetrate the reactor vessel.  These are massively thick but are vulnerable in an earthquake.  If these broke the only thing left to hold the system together would be the reactor containment dome.  It's unlikely, however, because if that had happened all the personnel would have driven away in a hurry.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 15:16 | 1041688 New_Meat
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Stuck: fixed a couple of 'em for ya.

"... but are vulnerable in an earthquake."

... but have been designed to withstand a seismic event at the end of the design life, plus margin.

actually, it is the whole containment structure.

"It's unlikely, however, because if that had happened all the personnel would have driven away in a hurry."

The emergency personnel and the operating crew would remain in the protected area and maintain the reactor shut down.  And this is a little guy, so source term isn't too big.

- Ned

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:16 | 1041363 east paris trader
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All smiles over at BP today...

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:19 | 1041373 Bastiat
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"We just had our Air Force assets in Japan transport some really important coolant to one of the nuclear plants," Clinton said at a meeting of the President's Export Council.

Borated water, I heard earlier.


Fri, 03/11/2011 - 15:51 | 1041834 trav7777
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Boron=wanton neutron absorber, used for SCRAM operations in a pinch.  If they have to they will just dump this into the reactor and it will quickly provoke non-criticality.

Meltdowns only come from failure to recognize the scope of the accident and unwillingness to go to shutdown right away.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:23 | 1041410 Jackfish
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I have Japanese television on here.

NHK is reporting a 3 mile evacuation zone around the plant.  They have advised people to wear clothing that completely covers their bodies, and to cover their faces with a dampened towel. 

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:48 | 1041547 Yen Cross
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Rads don't descriminate. It ain't sunlight. It's gamma rays. Bleached!!

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:56 | 1041592 Jackfish
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AP now reporting that radioactive steam to be vented.

The agency said the radioactive element in the vapor that will be released would not affect the environment or human health.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 15:19 | 1041699 New_Meat
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If so, then feed-n-bleed to atmosphere.  N-16 has a half life that is really short, but energetic (5 MeV gammas).

That's why the red-white-red-white... stacks are there, to mix and discharge gasseous rad waste.

- Ned

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:44 | 1041537 YHC-FTSE
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I hope a lot of these cunts who enjoyed their moment of schadenfreude about the Japanese live on the West coast of America. It doesn't look like it right now, but if one of those reactors did a Chernobyl, then this is where much of the radiation will end up (Latest Jet Stream map):

Anyone still laughing? I am.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:53 | 1041577 Bastiat
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Notice how it spares SF?  Apparently Rev Phelps is wrong.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 15:30 | 1041735 Charles Wilson
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True story:

A few years ago, when three hurricanes criss-crossed Florida and their paths mapped to within 50 miles of each other, one of the hurricanes was forecast to head straight up the west coast of Florida.  A Catholic priest in Tarpon Springs claimed credit for his prayers being answered that the hurricane not hit the Tampa Bay area.  It hit the Port Charlotte area instead.

What an idiot.

You could picture him at Mass the next Sunday, index and middle fingers extended, making the sign of the cross. "Sucks to live in Poooort Charrrlotttte..."

And to think we got opposable thumbs for this?!??



Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:46 | 1041540 rosiescenario
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...all news is good news....last time I checked my silver mining companies produce large amounts of lead as a bi-metal...every cloud has its silver lining...

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:52 | 1041581 WTFisThat
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Well as we know this is what would happen if they can't cool it down (from CNN)

"If they can't restore power to the plant (and cool the reactor), then there's the possibility of some sort of core meltdown," he said.


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