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Satellite Photo Of Reactor 1 and 3 Explosions At Fukushima

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Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:26 | 1050573 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Nice screen shot of SimCity, used to love that game (but not with Acts of God switched on).

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:54 | 1050734 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Yay! Good days... prefer it to the reality of now.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 13:08 | 1050821 Cindy_Dies_In_T...
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Very interesting article on Automatic Earth with technical details.



Mon, 03/14/2011 - 14:42 | 1051309 JW n FL
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+++++++++++++++ ********************* +++++++++++

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:29 | 1050594 THE DORK OF CORK
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Jesus, you have to admire any technicians and foot soldiers operating down there - it must be psychologically hellish.

I heard the water pump to No 2 was damaged by the second explosion - they are claiming they got it back online - must have taken a good dose during any repairs.



Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:59 | 1050765 jus_lite_reading
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CNBC's Kudlow on Japan Quake - """ Be Grateful Human Toll Much Worse than Economic Toll."



IF HE DID THEN YOU KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 13:16 | 1050857 goldfish1
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Air pressure inside reactor 2 rose suddenly when the air flow gauge was accidentally turned off. That blocked the flow of water into the reactor, leading to the water level dropping and the rods being exposed at about 2300 local time (1400 GMT).


Homer? Homer Simpson, is that you?

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:29 | 1050595 Snidley Whipsnae
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An excellent vantage point under the circumstances...

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:30 | 1050596 InconvenientCou...
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My thoughts are with the heros willing to get anywhere close to this.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:33 | 1050612 cossack55
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Ever notice there are more dead heros than live ones?

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:51 | 1050718 Reese Bobby
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The Japanese have historically demonstrated a high tolerance for their own death...

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 13:51 | 1051041 hbjork1
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"On a long enough timeline......."

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:40 | 1050657 Me XMan
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May God bless all heroes there.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:56 | 1050754 Greater Fool
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As are mine. The fact that Japanese culture emphasizes the group over the individual and deeply values self-sacrifice does not lessen the nobility of what they are doing.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 13:11 | 1050830 Reese Bobby
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I never said it did, Mom.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 13:17 | 1050852 Greater Fool
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It always has to be about you, doesn't it, son?

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 14:24 | 1051217 Reese Bobby
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Apparently.  Your comment was funnier than Unit 731...much funnier.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 14:03 | 1050885 AZSovreign
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Anyone have a link or info to/of a legit donation group for Japan? Besides the American Red Cross etc..



EDIT: NM found what I was looking for

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 15:35 | 1051573 hedgeless_horseman
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The BOJ needs your help?  Don't send money, send ink cartridges. 

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 17:08 | 1052065 ATG
Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:30 | 1050599 umop episdn
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One hundred tons of a toxic, radioactive metal from hell are purified and confined to a metal box. This metal releases heat constantly, and must be cooled constantly no matter what happens. Sure, this can be done. No problem. We have the technology.

Hubris, bitchez.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:50 | 1050708 Ident 7777 economy
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Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:32 | 1050604 monopoly
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Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:31 | 1050605 Zero Debt
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OK...They have enough seawater, and they have enough diesel.

But do they have enough boric acid?

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:36 | 1050640 samsara
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That's what we air lifted to them.  When early on our gov. said we were airlifting "Coolant". 

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:56 | 1050752 dearth vader
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Kool Aid, that's what the navy's providing.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 13:24 | 1050889 The Disappointed
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I'm almost suprised that they're not dumping CoreExit on it to 'disperse' the radiation.

Betcha someone's making a ton of money off this.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 14:08 | 1051146 Aristarchan
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The US navy uses sodium polyborate as an emergency fission clamp.....it should be readily available in Japan, since it is basically flea powder.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 18:51 | 1052450 BigJim
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I suspect most of the fleas around the reactor have already scarpered.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:33 | 1050609 Mercury
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Thee seems to be a range of opinion as to what the worst case scenario is here:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704893604576198421680697248.html

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 14:09 | 1051141 Matte_Black
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Talking his book.

Mr. Tucker is author of "Terrestrial Energy: How Nuclear Power Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America's Energy Odyssey" (Bartleby Press, 2010).

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:33 | 1050618 Gert_B_Frobe
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"Air pressure inside reactor 2 rose suddenly when the air flow gauge was accidentally turned off. That blocked the flow of water into the reactor, leading to the water level dropping and the rods being exposed at about 2300 local time"

How about a sign saying, "Don't touch this MF air flow gauge!" Like they don't have enough problems.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:46 | 1050621 ebworthen
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MSNBC reporting U.S. Navy rescue crews picked up radiation doing helicopter rescue operations, and 7th fleet moving farther out to sea after detecting radiation 100 miles out.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:55 | 1050736 Ident 7777 economy
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Since it's MSNBC, I need confirmation ... I think could rely on them to tell me if the sun had suddenly extinguished ... but they might have mistaken sudden overcast for doing the same thing ...

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:36 | 1050623 Zina
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The problems in the nuclear plants are likely to cause power shortages in all of Japan during the next weeks, maybe months.

The problems in the electricity supply will have major effects on the economy nationwide. Is this being taken in account by the "experts" when analyzing the impact of the tragedy on the economy?

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:34 | 1050630 Gert_B_Frobe
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Boric Acid futures?

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:36 | 1050633 yabyum
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Heroes one and all.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:36 | 1050639 davepowers
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accidentally turned off?!?


Mon, 03/14/2011 - 13:04 | 1050798 dearth vader
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Hey, it's dark in there. There's no power. Someone, accidentally, flung his safety helmet over a switch.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:38 | 1050649 Lord Welligton
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"Hours later, the company revealed that the fuel rods inside had been exposed fully at one point, reportedly for about two-and-a-half hours. It said a fire pump that had been used to pump seawater into the reactor had run out of fuel."

You kid me not!!!!!!!

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:49 | 1050687 Cognitive Dissonance
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If 4 of the 5 fire pumps being used to cool unit two were damaged by the explosion of number three, I imagine no one wanted to go outside to service/fuel the fifth fire pump because of the fear of radiation. They know there is plutonium in unit three.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:50 | 1050707 Lord Welligton
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Yeah. Possible and understandable.


Mon, 03/14/2011 - 13:02 | 1050777 Phlash
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I read today that the reactor is running on a Uranium/Plutonium mix called MOX.  It sounds like its virtually weapons grade and not what the reactor was designed for.  The plutonium is 2 million times more dangerous than the possible uranium danger.  If it goes up then Japan will be uninhabitable and the direction of the wind is going to be very bad news for somebody...  Iodine does not protect against plutonium either.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 13:06 | 1050805 Cognitive Dissonance
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No nuclear reactor fuel is weapons grade. Just correcting your statement. That's not to say it isn't very dangerous, just not weapons grade. Weapons grade is several degrees of magnitude more concentrated than the fuel used in nuclear plants.

I do agree that if the MOX plutonium/uranium mixture in unit three gets out in the open, the emergency also goes up by several orders of magnitude.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 14:05 | 1051125 Aristarchan
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The main exception to that is nuclear powered subs, which typically use weapons grade - or near weapons grade Uranium, in the case of US subs, 97.3%. I know you are talking about civilian power plants, CD...just wanted to through this in for info.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 14:22 | 1051209 Cognitive Dissonance
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Thanks. I was talking about civilian nuclear power plants.

I decided to completely stay away from the nuclear powered subs discussion since I'm already being accused of hysteria. I did not know the concentration was that high though I was aware it was significantly higher than civilian.

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 14:36 | 1051285 spanish inquisition
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I am not a hysteria type and have a question. If rods have dropped into the block and seawater is being used to cool. The area for water to traverse is narrower and cooling with seawater will be leaving behind particulates eventually blocking the flow. I am guessing water will be converted to steam and blowing off.

Questions: Will it eventually fuse the rods to the block and how long before it reduces cooling efficiency as water is blocked from the buildup of hardwater scale (for lack of a better word). 1 week, 1 month?

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 14:45 | 1051323 Cognitive Dissonance
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I have no idea. But since everyone agrees that flooding with seawater is a last ditch Hail Mary effort for reasons that go beyond just junking the reactor, who knows what's going on inside the reactor. I suspect the people on the ground are making educated guesses at this point.

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