Radioactive Zirconium Found At Fukushima Confirms Exposed Fuel Rods As High Level Radiation Emitted From Broken Core

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Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:22 | 1098745 Tortfeasor
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Radioactive Zirconium: for that shoestring budget, radioactive shotgun wedding.  She'll never know the difference from a radioactive diamond

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:26 | 1098747 Sophist Economicus
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...But you will, after making love to her, when that burning sensation for her just won't go away...

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:39 | 1098773 rich_wicks
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Shut up you stupid idiot.

Japan is totally screwed.  Ths humanitarian crisis hasn't even begun. Just shut the hell up if you have nothing intelligent to say.  You're not funny,  it's an obvious joke, and it's unsuitable.  Go to yahoo group for yuck yucks if you want.  That's filled with idiots, you'd fit right in.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:08 | 1098846 Sudden Debt
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looks like somebody needs another Anger Management course ;)

Think blue

Think boobs



Fri, 03/25/2011 - 09:06 | 1099014 Carl Spackler-t...
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awww! Come on!  Its a little bit funny.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 09:05 | 1099012 Cognitive Dissonance
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I would say someone was just emotionally triggered. Time to step away from the keyboard and take a walk around the block.

Thank you for playing the home version of Zero Hedge the game. Please come back and visit us soon.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 09:05 | 1099017 Bob Dobbs
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You are correct.

9.0 Earthquake

9 - 11 m tsunami

400 000 homeless people.

A nuclear disaster in the making.


That's not funny.  We should all help as best we can.


Fri, 03/25/2011 - 10:19 | 1099287 Yes We Can. But...
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I'll try to help with some advice:

If you are after all that has taken place *still* in Tokyo, GTFO now.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 09:32 | 1099121 Thomas
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To argue that the Yahoo boards are uncivilized compared to this bunch of wingnuts is a reach. I come here for the Roman orgies.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:43 | 1100058 VyseLegendaire
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Sounds like someone's containment vessel has been breached mirite?

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:26 | 1098748 max2205
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Panic.? We don't need no stinking panic.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:26 | 1098750 DrRaolDuke
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A large part of Japan will be uninhabitable for decades. CNN is covering the royal wedding.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:28 | 1098756 Thorlyx
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So what? They perfectly know what people want to hear.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:12 | 1098855 Sudden Debt
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that means only one thing....





Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:27 | 1098752 Gmpx
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It is too late to run anyway.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:49 | 1098790 Tense INDIAN
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George Michael was telling us its tooo late 2 decades back.....

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:08 | 1098840 Gmpx
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CERN with a Black Hole right in Geneva. UN with directive 1984. First animal ... (there was one in space, it is time for a bigger role).

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 10:34 | 1099381 Alea Iacta Est
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CERN will blow Belgium, and 26% of France, off the map sometime before Christmas in my opinion.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:28 | 1098754 Thorlyx
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I love the smell of Zirconium in the morning.....

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:35 | 1098757 Youri Carma
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Although MOX fuel has been used occasionally in Europe, it is not made with such a high percentage of plutonium-239 as is contemplated for the United States. This form of plutonium is the material of choice for nuclear weapons precisely because it is easiest to explode. Obviously, this is not the goal in reactor operation. Compounding the concern about the use of a weapons material is the disclosure that the plutonium is not pure. In order to make the nuclear weapons, other ingredients were added to the plutonium. One of these is Gallium, which has not been put in a reactor core before, and which interacts with zirconium, one of the metals composing the fuel rod’s "cladding."

Compromise of fuel cladding can cause a host of problems including greatly increased releases of radioactivity to air and water. People living near the Pilgrim nuclear power reactor in Massachusetts had a 400% greater chance of suffering leukemia than those who lived upwind during the years when that reactor was using fuel with faulty cladding. The stakes of current reactor operation are very high without compounding them with MOX fuel use.

See Also: [Contribution] What is Happening in the Reactor Cores of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station?, 24 March 2011, by Michio Ishikawa (Chief Adviser of Japan Nuclear Technology Institute (JANTI))

Why Fukushima’s “spent” fuel rods will continue to catch fire, 15 March 2011, by Kirk James Murphy, M.D. (FDL)

Fukushima: The Salt Problem, by Eben Harrell 24 March 2011 (Time-Blog)

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:01 | 1098820 TaxSlave
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From your Time link, above:

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)--not known for taking alarmist positions...


Cripes alive.  I hate the MSM.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:31 | 1098760 Kina
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Japan's nuclear crisis still doesn't warrant optimism: Kan


If Kan is saying that then that's code for, we are really fucked here.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:30 | 1098761 Wakanda
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Oh, shit.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:31 | 1098764 TaxSlave
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Following the incident, the nuclear regulatory agency ordered the utility known as TEPCO to improve radiation management at the power station...


Thank God.  The authorities are in charge.  It'll all be OK from now on.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:35 | 1098765 the not so migh...
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seduce as many women as possible, impregnate asap, human race must survive

//sarcasm off.....maybe not sarcasm

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:36 | 1098771 Kina
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I'm willing to make the sacrifice for Japanese women.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:58 | 1098997 topcallingtroll
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Japanese women are a great fuck. I like quiet dignity with zeal and enthusiasm. A unique experience and such nice perky boobs!

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 09:40 | 1099149 walcott
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the couple I fucked had some nice big tits and chewy nipples. 

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 10:40 | 1099408 MachoMan
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was that before or after the squid shot out?

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:36 | 1098769 johnQpublic
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so once this is 'under control', then what?

is that when they bury this nightmare, or will they then try to clean her up and use this plant again?

they have been jerking around for two weeks now

how much time do they think they have?

how long will they let this sucker spew?

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:57 | 1098808 The Profit Prophet
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I'm afraid you haven't been doing your ZH homework very well John.  They have to let this sucker spew until they are able to cool her down.....very hard to entomb a white-hot melted core of MOX.  Additionally...very hard to cool her down when those who try will die.

There will certainly be no "cleaning her up"...unless your talking about Japan.....and then perhaps, the more southern regions.

As far as your "how much time" question goes....this plant was a fucking doomsday device the minute the nuclear geniuses who built this plant decided to store all the spent fuel in the explosion zone above the reactors.  Hubris can be a terrible thing....both in the financial and scientific fields of study.

T.E.I.N. everyone.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 09:47 | 1099177 flattrader
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Point of recognition imminent.

I thought I heard it on BBC and the Americn news this moring, but they backed off calling a spade a spade so to speak likely not to be accused of sensationalism or inciting panic.

I think even really smart people are having trouble getting their heads around this.

I got it instantly when I saw #3 explode.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:59 | 1098817 whoopsing
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I'm not sure if 'they' have a choice in the matter JQP

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:02 | 1098828 TaxSlave
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Use the plant again?


Better read up on the subject a little.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:46 | 1098956 johnQpublic
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more sarcasm than anything...i know they cant use it again

the problem i see, is those who run the nuclear industry have no backup plan

we got the warning that anything was possible at chernobyl

its time to sacrifice an enormous number of people to get this thing 'under control'

it does not appear to be fixing itself on wishful thinking and firetrucks

they have to get boron into this bitch, and its not going to get inserted where it needs to be by any method i've heard mentioned

so whats the end game?

to big to bury it, right?      pyramid sized project

leaking radiated everything into the environment

appears to be getting worse almost daily

the documentary i watched on chernobyl said they used 800k people to get under control, so obviously fifty to 200 guys, brave as they may be, wont solve dick

so lets get about it

someone built this thing, and they need to find a way to cowboy up and end it befor the entire island is a wasteland, spreading damage to the entire ocean and earth itself

the fact there is no final plan already in place,long befor a disaster, nor even including final disposal of the rods is absurd beyond my ability to comprehend

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 10:07 | 1099246 TaxSlave
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No backup plan...


Agree completely.  How bad it is going to end up is a matter of conjecture, and serial lies coming from Operation Information Control do not engender optimism except in True Believers, if there are any left.


Sorry for missing the /sarc.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 16:39 | 1101128 RichardP
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I'm sure they have several backup plans in place.  Just not one for a 9.0 earthquake followed by a 77-foot-high tsunami.

In any situation, if you can't predict the inputs, you can't perfectly anticipate/plan for/defend against the outputs.

They have been doing a decent job muddling through, which is all you can do in a surprise situation such as this.  Make it up as you go along.  For the most part, they have been keeping everything cool enough.

Now, in terms of information disemination ...

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 09:21 | 1099080 fajensen
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If they have no solid ground under the plant - concrete or rock - then they cannot just bury the mess. Someone needs to first build a toomb to dump all the radioactive crap in and then some pretty smart robots to do the work with.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 10:04 | 1099238 Ident 7777 economy
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If they have no solid ground under the plant - concrete or rock 
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Well, the ground didn't succumb to the phenomenon known as "liquefaction"

So it's not built on sand ... yesterday it was determined it was more a form of sedimentary rock ...


Fri, 03/25/2011 - 10:25 | 1099322 avonaltendorf
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Pretty hard stuff, definitely not sandy. Most of the nearby upland is igneous and metamorphic. To save the air, the seaward side should be demolished, reactors pushed into the ocean, then concrete over debris in the water.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:40 | 1098775 smlbizman
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how did this giant asshole larry myers get to be a fed, member.....what a giant fucking douche bag....

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:43 | 1098777 Abitdodgie
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We are okay the sample of water was collected on July 23 so it's a realy old sample.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 07:43 | 1098778 Tense INDIAN
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invest in building those bunkers....else we are all DEAD....

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:28 | 1098908 Arkadaba
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Sale of luxury 'doomsday' bunkers soar as high as 1,000 percent


Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:09 | 1098847 A Man without Q...
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Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of central bankers...


Fri, 03/25/2011 - 10:49 | 1099437 Ident 7777 economy
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For the backgrounder:

"Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds"


Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:01 | 1098819 prophet
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Superb reporting.  NQ.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:00 | 1098821 Incubus
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The human race isn't going to die off now, we're like roaches.


The question is, who is going to die this century?  All signs point to a massive population reduction via energy/resource scarcity, famine, and war.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 08:49 | 1098966 Jim in MN
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It's been said that the ecosystem after a thermonuclear war isn't destroyed, it's just...simplified.

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