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

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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.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/11/live-blog-japan-earthquake/

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

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/11/japan-quake-tepco-pressure-idU...

"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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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/12/world/asia/12nuclear.html?_r=1&adxnnl=...

 

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....

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/76871.html

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/11/japan-nuclear-idUSL3E7EB26V201...

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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Grin. 

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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NUCLEAR MELTODOWN = Green Shoot

ARAB REVOLUTION = Green Shoot

OIL OVER $100 = Green Shoot

TWO VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS IN RUSSIA = Green Shoot

TSUNAMI DAMAGE = Green Shoot

50,000 PEOPLE MISSING AND UNACCOUNTED FOR = Green Shoot

 

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:03 | 1041298 redpill
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Correct

Correct

Correct

Correct

Correct

Correct

Congratulations!  You win 10 trillion Zimbabwe dollars!

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 14:19 | 1041380 jus_lite_reading
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AND NOW ANOTHER VOLCANO ERUPTS! THIS TIME IN INDONESIA! heres a link for the cry babies

http://www.theweatherspace.com/news/TWS-3_11_2011_volcano.html

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."

 

LOL

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.

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