Thermal Images From Fukushima Indicate Blistering 128 Degrees Celsius Zone In Reactor #3

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Mon, 03/21/2011 - 14:53 | 1082565 DrStrangelove
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plug that phucer in

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 18:46 | 1083583 latcho
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damn I need a new thumbnail, didn't see you before.
Are you also a delayed Hitler's sperm clone ?

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 14:52 | 1082568 Hang The Fed
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Somehow, I get the idea that even if a fucking mushroom cloud bloomed over that plant, TEPCO would still be insisting that they're "making progress."  At what?  Rendering an entire island nation an uninhabitable wasteland?

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:30 | 1082803 OpenEyes
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I'm no expert on thermal imaging, but it sure looks to me like the entire Reactor #2 building is HOT.  A big yellow square.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:49 | 1082904 barkingbill
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exactly that already happened. they had a mushroom cloud explosion and they said they were making progress. that happened already. they said it was a hydrogen explosion. 

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 17:10 | 1083246 Hang The Fed
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The whole thing is completely asinine.  BAD IDEA: Build reactors atop fault lines, especially ones on the ring of fire.  BAD IDEA: Consistently obfuscate, if not outright lie, about what's going on as said reactors disintegrate in the wake of natural disaster.  BAD IDEA: Continue lying, even when the preponderance of evidence suggests that you're so full of shit that you probably wipe your mouth with toilet paper on a routine basis.

GOOD IDEA:  Get the fuck out of Dodge.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 17:44 | 1083350 StychoKiller
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WORSE IDEA:  Build 6 reactors so close together that if one has a problem, no Humans can fix it!

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 18:29 | 1083523 geminiRX
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Actually, I don't think the fault line was the problem - it was the proximity of the reactors to the shoreline. From what I could surmise, the reactors survived the initial quake and it was the tsunami that caused the catastrophic failures. I thought those reactors stood up quite well to a magnitude 9 quake (as pretty much nothing survives such a rumble).

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 18:56 | 1083620 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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""Somehow, I get the idea that even if a fucking mushroom cloud bloomed over that plant, TEPCO would still be insisting that they're "making progress."""

Who's gonna believe Japan's MSM?....

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 14:55 | 1082573 Alea Iacta Est
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Please Remain Calm!  The Ministry of Thermal Redaction has raised the safe limit of heat exposure for humans to 130 degrees Celsius.  The workers may now enter the chamber to begin repairs.


Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:04 | 1082622 SilverIsKing
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How long until they raise it to 150?

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 17:50 | 1083360 baserunr
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Depends on how many functioning technicians they have left.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 18:10 | 1083443 CPL
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maybe they'll offshore the idea.

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 06:50 | 1085221 FEDbuster
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Fahrenheit 451 coming soon.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:26 | 1082764 Dirt Rat
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Mon, 03/21/2011 - 14:55 | 1082574 slaughterer
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"Hot, hot, hotter than hell."

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 16:13 | 1083009 Windemup
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Thermite anyone?

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 16:34 | 1083103 DaveyJones
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yes, just like those other famous thermal images. Will these be ignored too 

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 17:53 | 1083371 avonaltendorf
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I hadn't thought of it before, but yes, it's possible there was enough iron and aluminum debris for thermism.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 14:55 | 1082575 FranSix
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What causes grey smoke in a fire?

"Thin, light-coloured smoke moving lazily out of the building usually indicates a small fire involving ordinary combustibles. Thick, dark grey smoke “pushing” out of a structure, suggests a larger, more intense fire. Afire involving petroleum products will produce large quantities of black, rolling smoke that rises in a vertical column."

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:06 | 1082627 ZackAttack
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What causes grey smoke in a fire?


They failed to elect a pope?

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:11 | 1082665 mirac
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Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:18 | 1082715 ArgentDawn
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Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:50 | 1082915 SilverRhino
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Black smoke is when the election for pope fails.  

White smoke is when the election for the pope is settled.

Gray smoke?   We got fucking Schrodinger's pope!

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 16:03 | 1082973 slewie the pi-rat
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lol!  jumping catatonic, catentropic cats!!!

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 17:27 | 1083309 Natasha Fatale
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Schrodinger's pope... nice, very nice.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 17:27 | 1083310 Natasha Fatale
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Schrodinger's pope... nice, very nice.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 18:43 | 1083578 Flakmeister
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Not bad at all....

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:00 | 1082577 pauldia
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Kissing Cousins....


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Mon, 03/21/2011 - 14:56 | 1082578 EscapeKey
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128 C is nothing. Hell, my AMD graphics card easily reaches 90.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:00 | 1082582 Boilermaker
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About 260 F but, I assume, that's at the surface of the structure and not the reactor itself.  It can't be the reactor itself (or at least not the core).  I think the point was to show that #3 is still hot relative to the others.

That's one seriously hot graphics card. It's like a easy-bake-laptop if that's a fact.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 14:59 | 1082589 Alea Iacta Est
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Honestly, what are they complaining about?  Strap on a few heatsinks...maybe some liquid cooling and you're good.  Hook that up to a Rad-Suit and get some workers in there....  

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:26 | 1082763 Rusty_Shackleford
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Gordon Freeman and his HEV suit could fix it. 

His old man is a television repairman, and he's got this ultimate set of tools.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 16:10 | 1082987 slewie the pi-rat
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thank goodness! the maytag repairman just peeled outa the grocery parking lot and is fishtailing outa town, screaming, I don't do GE, I don't do GE...

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:50 | 1082913 Squid-puppets a...
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it's a bit dicey to send in the workers. Perhaps we send in anne coulter, she seems to think it'll give her a nice tan

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 16:18 | 1083041 Alea Iacta Est
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Why the cold feet?  We can always print more workers.  Wait a minute....I think I am starting to get my Tyrannical Methodologies crossed....

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:05 | 1082629 Suisse
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That's what I was thinking too, my GTX 470s can hit 91 degrees celsius under load.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:26 | 1082777 oklaboy
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Escape, can I sit on your lap? I'm about 98.6

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 16:11 | 1082995 Sabibaby
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Not hot enough fancy pants, that's only about 37C

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 16:15 | 1083018 slewie the pi-rat
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lol! p'raps the lady woulda found it preferable to sit on yours?

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 16:33 | 1083109 EscapeKey
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I don't know if Anna Chapman - my avatar - would like to sit on your lap. I, however, am afraid I will have to pass. Thanks for the offer, though.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 19:20 | 1083701 Conrad Murray
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It's a trap!

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 16:16 | 1083019 tmosley
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That is the temperature after is is spread out across the containment vessel.  You graphics card might be fine at 90C, but what if the outside of your case was 90C?

Reactor two looks REALLY BAD, as the whole building looks very hot.  Not good, considering the power is out there.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 17:04 | 1083231 perchprism
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My understanding is that Reactor 2 didn't blow its stack in a hydrogen blast because they weren't able to relieve reactor vessel pressure due to a faulty vent.  No venting, no hydrogen.

But the venting was supposed to be done, due to high reactor pressure, and couldn't be accomplished.  So what does that mean?  Is the reactor vessel stable?

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 17:13 | 1083256 PhattyBuoy
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It has to be > 5 Sv in those buildings ... might be 50 Sv !!

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 14:55 | 1082580 Boilermaker
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Graham cracker, marshmallow, and hershey bar sales poised to soar...CNBC.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:19 | 1082730 Uncle Sugar
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Mon, 03/21/2011 - 14:57 | 1082583 TruthInSunshine
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The Japanese Government (which is still blocking youtube, has a no fly zone in place near Fukushima, and has gag orders on Fukushima workers), TEPCO, the IAEA, Dr. Josef Oehmen, Dr. Monreal, and many, many other institutions and individuals have assured everyone that the situation is stable, that there is little risk of any harm, and that we should all just move on from this subject, because Fukushima Daiichi is being wound down safely and quietly, and will soon be but a footnote in history books.


Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:01 | 1082605 FranSix
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Asahi Video has a couple of shorts of spraying water not on YouTube

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 15:19 | 1082717 Stuck on Zero
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Pardon, but in Japanese that is a "No fry zone."

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