As TEPCO Reports Increased Possible Radiation Release, Japan Expands Voluntary Evacuation Radius To 30 km

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Fri, 03/25/2011 - 11:37 | 1099666 Contra_Man
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Games, it's all seemingly a horrible game all around this 10 unit nuclear site - and in top level international planning and disaster co-ordination... 5 days for "Operation Extension Cord" et al :(  Bless the innocent

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 11:46 | 1099757 jus_lite_reading
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HOLY MOSES!!! 3 reactors now confirmed breached!!

WHOOPS! They must have lost that in translation!!


Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:38 | 1100045 davepowers
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the good news is that the source (Kyodo) that  fiatsfire cites does not confirm a breach. Only the possibility and more investigation needed.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:03 | 1100427 markelshark
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Just to keep radiation exposure in perspective:

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:04 | 1100435 A Man without Q...
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Apologies for jumping into the chain here, but there is an excellent blog on Reuters that's providing an update of events.


It's clear the situation is pretty dire, and the narrative that the things are "under control" is patently false.  The best case scenario is massive economic damage to the country.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 16:04 | 1100996 davepowers
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sorry, they're putting the blog on hold 


Fri, 03/25/2011 - 19:15 | 1101565 horseguards
Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:01 | 1099834 TheMerryPrankster
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Homer Simpson REALLY IS the face of nuclear safety and management. These silly fuckers managing the repairs at the reactors can't even send in guys with knee high boots or hip boots, something that should have been done when doing repairs in water in any non-nuclear area, so its something that especially should have been done in a radiation situation.

No, they send in 3 contractors with ankle high boots, aka shoes and apparently no radiation monitoring devices to work in pools of radioactive water. This shows they haven't even done a radioactive survey of the areas of the plant site. So it turns out the water was 10,000 times more radioactive than "normal reactor water" and the workers received radiation burns on their feet and legs.

Management must think "we can't be liable if we didn't know" and they apparently plan on trying very very hard to know nothing for as long as possible.

Homer Simpson is real and is managing operations director of all nuclear plants in Japan.



Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:13 | 1099869 Thomas
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Radiation, breachez! Evacuate Nikkei 9000s!

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:56 | 1100735 MSimon
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Nikkei 9000s!


HAL 9000s!

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 15:05 | 1100759 MSimon
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Nikkei 9000s!


HAL 9000s!


Ask Dave.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:09 | 1099877 homersimpson
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Did I just get promoted in Japan! Woo-hoo!

Hey - do you still want the rest of that donut?

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:04 | 1100442 flattrader
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No need to move to Japan.

TEPCO may be coming to Texas.

Greg Palast was an excellent investigative reporter.  He went into a downward spiral at one time.  The above link seems to be the kind of reporting that I admired.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:12 | 1099887 MaxPower
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We have a saying in the nukular power community: you can only rise to the level of your own incompetence.

Hence my name, Max Power.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:20 | 1099922 jus_lite_reading
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Here we have the most technologically advanced nation, and they send in workers wearing duct tape and plastic bags. WTF?

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:27 | 1099971 Infinite QE
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Where the F are the robots? They make robots for damn near everything, why not for this?

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:36 | 1100028 Harmonious_Diss...
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Radiation kills robots too, and fast.


Bio-Robots needed, volunteers?

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:39 | 1100035 NotApplicable
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They are too busy killing brown people in other hotspots.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 13:06 | 1100174 Unlawful Justice
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That would be a waste of valuable resources.  It's what they do, that tells you the real story.  

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:32 | 1100582 knukles
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Had the supposedly most technically advanced nation.....

More at 7.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:32 | 1100004 jus_lite_reading
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WHOA! Passengers in China now treated with severe radiation levels!

Breaking news!

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 13:24 | 1100237 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

North America is facing a major decision in the next few days and weeks.

.....How many Japanese immigrants do we allow into North America should Fukashima be declared a National Disaster?


Fri, 03/25/2011 - 13:34 | 1100285 avonaltendorf
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All of them. Intelligent, civil, industrious.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 13:51 | 1100357 Jim in MN
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Egypt should make a play for them.  Could be a very productive move on everyone's part.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:23 | 1100526 iDealMeat
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How bout Mexico!  Be a good fit, and positive for both cultures..

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:36 | 1100594 knukles
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Got lots of empty houses need taking care of,
Communities to be reinvigorated,

And in exchange, Japan can forgive us our debt they hold

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:48 | 1100660 dugorama
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It's easy to imagine that if things worsen to say a 100km exclusion zone, 30 <i>million</i> or so people will need to relocate.  So when you say "all of them", I think you should consider what that might mean.  We would certainly no longer have a surplus of housing.  And what if Tokyo can no longer be inhabited?  That makes it 50 or 60 million.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 11:30 | 1099668 AN0NYM0US
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Cat looks like I am headed for defeat with our wager -


Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:15 | 1100492 fuu
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You may win mine though as the rate is above 5% still which was my call.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 15:01 | 1100749 ZerOhead
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I assure you it's a bet I would be more than happy to lose.

Six days to go but today and tomorrow the winds are still heading inland. No chance to vent off pressure/hydrogen.

Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 11:37 | 1099674 hedgeless_horseman
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  • Pooled water in the water pools?  Inconceivable.
    Or could it be some unknown heat source melted the snow? 
    Or maybe it has something to do with all the firetrucks?

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 11:45 | 1099738 TaxSlave
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    No, water draining from the cores themselves.

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:37 | 1100038 Stuck on Zero
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    Pooled water means that something within the containment dome has let loose.  It's not likely to be the pressure vessel so that leaves the feedwater pipes.  Ugh.  That has always been the nightmare for nuclear designers - the unsprung mass of the pressure vessel and the brittleness of the coolant pipes.  If they break leak it's impossible to cool the core until it melts through the bottom of the pressure vessel.

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 11:34 | 1099683 alien-IQ
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    "30 Km" might be a zero shy of appropriate.

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 11:46 | 1099753 Oh regional Indian
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    bye bye Tokyo then. 


    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:19 | 1099931 jus_lite_reading
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    This is bullish... or bullshit more appropriately

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 11:36 | 1099688 buzzsaw99
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    This is bullish.

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 11:50 | 1099784 DaveyJones
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    or half of that word

    "an evacuation directive can be issued on the basis of living conditions rather than safety concerns"

    don't think of it as a flight to safety, consider it more, outgrowing your condo

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:39 | 1100041 avonaltendorf
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    Solid journalism on semi-ghost towns, lack of supplies, confusion.

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 13:15 | 1100197 flattrader
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    That was an interesting read.

    The psychology of manipulation in this situation is something to watch and learn from.


    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:43 | 1100549 10kby2k
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    They can expand the evac zone without directly stating its nuclear related.

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:51 | 1100697 flattrader
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    Yes.  Exactly.  That was the point I was making [or trying to make].


    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:16 | 1100498 Natasha
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    Thanks for that link.


    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 11:59 | 1099817 1fortheroad
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    Stronger than expected possible radiation. Definitely bullish. Rally on.

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 11:35 | 1099689 Golden monkey
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    Is it too late to drop sand now?

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:26 | 1099966 Ahmeexnal
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    And too late to build a cooling chamber under the reactors.  As each minute goes by, it all seems to indicate there is a hidden agenda behind the inaction of those responsible in this event.

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:38 | 1100614 knukles
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    Yes indeed, methinks the conspiracy theorists are about to have a bloody global celebration...
    This just could not be more fucked up if somebody truly tried. 
    Kinda like some other "things" going on these days.... people, decisions, places and things.

    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 11:37 | 1099690 Careless Whisper
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    USS Ronald Reagan gets "nuclear wahsdown"



    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:14 | 1099899 vast-dom
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    Fri, 03/25/2011 - 12:25 | 1099954 Cindy_Dies_In_T...
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