Summary Update Of Japan's Nuclear Crisis - Last Ditch Attempt To Cool Reactor 4 Involves Police And A Water Cannon

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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:15 | 1059831 Yen Cross
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Rosewood and cherry blossoms.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:41 | 1059861 OnTheWaterfront
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send in the "Liquidators"


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:33 | 1059988 Carl Spackler
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You mean "Keystone Kops" and the Liquidators.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:47 | 1060035 G-R-U-N-T
Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:19 | 1059835 pendragon
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lets hope the voters see through the shameless electioneering

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:08 | 1059914 Bob
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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:17 | 1059833 It is a bargin ...
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If only somebody had built Thunderbird 2, this could be sorted

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:23 | 1059837 Natasha
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"Japan's top government spokesman says radiation levels around the complex are not at levels to cause an immediate health risk."

The key words here are "government spokesman" and "immediate".

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:20 | 1060171 sushi
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Gotta remember Fat Man and Little Boy.

These were bombs, designed to kill.

There were people under those exploding bombs and a significant number of those people survived and died of peaceful old age. One man survived both bombs.

I do not wish to diminish the risk presented by Fukushima-Daiichi or minimize the suffering of Hiroshima or Nagasaki but  a little perspective is in order.


More people will die in a year from automobile accidents than the likely total death toll from the Tsunami and the deaths from the water will significantly outnumber those who suffer a radiological exposure.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:25 | 1059838 bob_dabolina
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Reuters - NHK says Japanese police will attempt to cool the spent-fuel pool at Daiichi's no.4 reactor using a water cannon truck hmmmm police eh? Are those the same police with backrounds in nuclear physics? Also, I read reports that Cesium and Iodine is being found in the tap water.
Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:09 | 1059913 Gert_B_Frobe
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But enough about our tap water and how they are messing with our "precious bodily fluids", what about Japan's water?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:24 | 1059840 Ben Probanke
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News Headline: Bahrain to sent team of experts to Japan. Bahrain will share expertise in operating water cannons.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:29 | 1059847 bob_dabolina
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Oddly enough if I may enter in the world of surreality...

Remember the Gulf Of Mexico disaster? I recall they assembled a team of the top nuclear scientists in the world to assist in that.

Instead of sending might behoove our world leaders to apply the same logic (or illogic?) to this crisis.

Other then that I have no concerns.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:34 | 1059851 Ben Probanke
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head of Bahrain police says: we are going to Fuck You Shima

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:02 | 1059903 Ethics Gradient
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Thinking of surreal, what's Palin saying about this? Surely she's got some suggestions to make.

I'm guessing here, but I'm sure they'll be along the lines of "Get Teddy Einstein - his great grandfather knew a lot about this, he must be able to help."

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:47 | 1060038 kaiserhoff
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Nice try, but it's Negrobummer's responsibility, and he is useless as tits on a boar, as always.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:49 | 1060039 kaiserhoff
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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:17 | 1059946 Conchy Joe
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I'm guessing Palin would have offered some assistance.

That's because she's crazy (or so I'm told almost daily).

Wonder if she had a basketball party last night?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:31 | 1059980 Ben Probanke
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kevin kostner says: have you tried dropping golf balls on the reactor?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:31 | 1059986 Ima anal sphincter
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Send in the "world leaders". Have the bankers and press as backup. They've done such a good job of "fixing" things, haven't they????

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:09 | 1060128 Yen Cross
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No you aren't. You are anal retentive. It's ok though. NASA and shit.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:30 | 1059848 Frank Redner
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connecting the dots ;)

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:26 | 1059843 max2205
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How bout a real cannon.... The longer they let this fester the worse the outcome

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:29 | 1059846 Ras Bongo
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"Police will attempt to cool No.4 reactor's spent nuclear fuel pool using a water cannon, TV says"

Smells like the end

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:58 | 1059893 Oh regional Indian
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Pretty wild eh, Ras.

I think this is slowly descending into the GOM farcial top-hat, iron-lung, bigger top-hat circle jerk of mind melting non-sense.

Meanwhile, just like GOMers continue to suffer direct effects (I am in touch with one of the top authorities, a well respected doctor and activist, it's true, people are really really sick), imagine what the lies are doing to people's lives here, eh? 

Oil at the bottom. Rads in the air. 

We have a happy future.

My "third" eye tells me that. 


Thu, 03/17/2011 - 22:09 | 1069675 Papasmurf
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Pissing on the flames comes next. 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:31 | 1059849 Silverhog
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Water cannons, is this from a list of ideas found on the internet?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:12 | 1059925 Gert_B_Frobe
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I believe the Coyote used an Acme water cannon in episode 16 to get the Roadrunner.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:30 | 1059850 A Man without Q...
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Goldman sees so impact on GDP from the quake - unreal!

Just watching NHK - seems they are admitting the spend fuel rods are the greatest concern. The expert says it will be ok, so long as they are able to keep the rods separated and immersed in water. Looking at the photos of unit 3, it is easy to imagine they are lying in a pile somewhere in the wreckage....

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:54 | 1059888 Lord Welligton
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Or scattered around the plant.

With nobody (25 mile evacuation radius) there except TEPCO and Government employees who's to know.

I make be incorrect, but unlike Chernobyl which was "live" when melt down occurred, there hasn't been an explosion large enough to get radioactive particles sufficiently high into the atmosphere to be carried.

The spent rods could be lying on the ground slowy deteriorating.

They won't "blow up".


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:11 | 1060137 Commander Cody
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And you think Chernobyl 4's blast went higher than units 1, 2 and 3 (especially 3 - wasn't that thrilling?).  If unit 3's containment is intact, then I'll go drink from its spent fuel pool.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:56 | 1060317 Lord Welligton
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"And you think Chernobyl 4's blast went higher than units 1, 2 and 3 (especially 3 - wasn't that thrilling?)"

Yes I do. The reactor was live.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:34 | 1059853 Mentaliusanything
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You must be seen to be doing something.

They have lost control. Nothing electrical is connected to any PLC on top of any valve.

Its all manual work now.

Tokyo Electric is finished the clean up would make sure of that.

They are dear in Headlights.

There is nothing in the summary that would give any hope of a solution. They Failed because they failed to plan. No one will want to touch this with a barge pole and help is going to be hard to find at a threat level of 6.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:08 | 1059916 Mentaliusanything
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My First Junk - since a very long time ago

To the Junker chew on this

Foreign bankers flee Tokyo as nuclear crisis deepens

Rats Just seem to know it over

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:08 | 1060121 ExpendableOne
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That is the real problem here.  The backup generators are probably full of saltwater along with all of the low lying electrical control equipment.  The brave folks attempting to deal with multiple reactor issues with nothing more than blueprints, radios and large brass ones deserve much more respect than what is coming from the idiots on this site.

A water canon may be the only way to get any amount of water into or around the site as the infrastructure is most probably non-working.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:17 | 1060150 Commander Cody
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There is no electrical power to units 1-4, which is why units 1-3 melted down and all four spent fuel pools will catch fire and burn.  Shooting, dropping and pumping water into them is a last-ditch desperation move that has little chance of success.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:35 | 1059855 hugovanderbubble
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They will need to spill the Fluids into the sea.

The Nuclear Plant is not under control.


Then once the Flows are in the sea with Special Clean Tankers that water will be treated.


(Russia,China,Kurils Islands, and Russia Affect in the short term by Rad)

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:41 | 1059863 Boilermaker
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Have they considered a massive BUKKAKE?

I'm just know...'out of the box'.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:57 | 1060322 velobabe
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i junked you, for thinking outside of the box†

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:58 | 1060087 Jeff Lebowski
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You are correct - unless seafood comes from the ocean... 

At this point, maybe it won't hurt to have a little change of pace with cesium rather than gulf oil.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 22:19 | 1069716 Papasmurf
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The cesium breaks down the corexit.  It's all part of the chemical food chain.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:38 | 1059857 dipdude
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SDF gives up on dousing No.3 reactor

Japan's Self-Defense Forces have postponed a mission to dump water by helicopter on the No.3 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, because radiation above the facility has climbed too high for such work.

White plumes started rising from the reactor on Wednesday morning. Tokyo Electric Power Company says the vapor was steam caused by water evaporating from the reactor's storage pool for spent fuel rods, which is heating up.

In an effort to avert the fuel rods' exposure, a Self Defense Force CH47 helicopter took off from the Sendai base hauling a large container of water on Wednesday afternoon.

But the plan was aborted after radiation levels above the plant were found to have largely exceeded 50 millisieverts -- the maximum permissible for SDF personnel on a mission.

The Self-Defense Forces say it is ready to recommence work when radiation levels and other conditions allow.



Wed, 03/16/2011 - 09:37 | 1060243 sushi
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That BOLD type looks very dangerous.


But 50 millisieverts is an exposure level 50% less than an exposure which produces any affect at all.


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:38 | 1059858 squexx
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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:41 | 1059862 Boilermaker
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US futures gaining strength!  'Investors' just luvin' this shit!  Mouse-clincking on E*Trade accounts across the USA.  I can see the mid-level Accountant sitting at the breakfast table pushing down some Cheerios and thinking..."Jesus, this is the buying opportunity of a lifetime.  Let's get our tiny nest egg invested into the stock market".

This is a fucking sickening joke.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:09 | 1059921 The Rock
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Buy the fucking disaster.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:46 | 1059866 Tulli
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Please tell me: if the helicopter crew doesn't fly in there to dump water because they say it is not safe, does that make it safer to POLICE with water cannons?

There is no plan. They do not know what to do.

At all.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:24 | 1059967 onarga74
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Sad, but they were warned 2 years ago (wikileaks doc out this a.m.) The ones responsible haven't been confronted with this but when they do the swan dive the Nikkei took on Monday will look like a minor pull back compared to whats food, freakin freezin cold, lost everything, a couple more 7's and 8's to come and the people will come unglued. No wonder these idiots don't know what to say.  They've told so many lies they think they're telling the truth.  Let justice have its way and without mercy for these bastards.


Wed, 03/16/2011 - 08:27 | 1059969 chubbar
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Sounds like the JDF have better union work rules than the police. Bet that comes up in the next negotiation.

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