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Tropical Storm To Slam Fukushima In Hours, Workers Brace For "Overflow"

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Despite being responsible for some deaths and numerous injuries already, the downgrade from SuperTyphoon to Tropical Storm means the mainstream media has lost interest in the impact of Neoguri on Japan. TEPCO hasn't! As NHK World reports, the operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is bracing for damage; pumping out water accumulated in barriers surrounding storage tanks for radioactive water to prevent it from overflowing the barriers. The building of "The Ice Wall" has been delayed as just like last Summer, when heavy rains overflowed protective barriers, spilling radioactive cooling water. Neoguri is expected to hit Fukushima Friday early morning.

 

 

As NHK World reports,

The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is bracing for severe tropical storm Neoguri as it moves toward eastern Japan on Thursday.

 

 

Workers at the complex are pumping out water accumulated in barriers surrounding storage tanks for radioactive water to prevent it from overflowing the barriers.

 

When heavy rain hit the plant last summer the water often overflowed.

 

Workers are also placing weights on large cranes to stop them toppling over. The cranes are used to clear debris surrounding the reactor buildings.

 

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They added that the work may be suspended when a warning is issued, depending on the situation.

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Imagine this hitting Fukushima...

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So much for Abe's promise that it was all safe and sound... at least he has the economy's strength to fall back on - oh wait!

 

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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:43 | 4945939 Yen Cross
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 I've been eating Skipjack. Albacore is beautiful meat, but longer deeper ranging Tuna.

  Merry Fukushima Bitchez/

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:11 | 4946012 Stackers
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HBO's VICE series did a show on Fukushima. ZH has only scratched the surface of just how fucked up that situation is. A must watch

The on sight water storage tanks where they store the radioactive water being pumped out are insane. Hundreds of tanks and they just keep building more of them

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU93_hmpUdw

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:29 | 4946065 Four chan
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the deadliest catch is going to get deadlier.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:18 | 4946154 CrazyCooter
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This is all overblown. Japan will TOTALLY have this cleaned up, under control, and FIXED in 50 years before the next big ass fucking TSUNAMI which will sweep all this crap, cores and all, right into the Pacific.

Besides, none of the elements will last that long anyway!

Regards,

Cooter

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:33 | 4946078 Four chan
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derp.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:23 | 4946049 BobTheSlob
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Stop getting your news from TV. I worked in the nuke industry. The smartest thing they can do is dilute with sea water. When they do that the sea is large enough to absorb it. No greater than background. Just make sure it sinks!

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:05 | 4946062 medium giraffe
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I understand that sea water acts to prevent criticalities and stops radioactive particles from travelling very far, but what about a shitload of spent fuel rods being thrown about and bits of corium being picked up on the wind and spread across god knows where?  Sounds just peachy.

 

Edit:  Watching the Fuku cam atm.  Looks like its just rolling in on the Unit 4 cam.  Let's get this party started! Whooo!

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/f1-np/camera/index-e.html

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:07 | 4946256 Thought Processor
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"Stop getting your news from TV. I worked in the nuke industry. The smartest thing they can do is dilute with sea water. When they do that the sea is large enough to absorb it. No greater than background. Just make sure it sinks!"

 

As long as you don't factor in Bio-accumulation of DNA altering radionuclides that have a half life measured in thousands of years.

 

But then they probably didn't teach that in the Nuke industry did they?

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:15 | 4946414 Dublinmick
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I am so happy to hear everything wll be fine

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:29 | 4947141 CoastalCowboy
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Great point TP. Bio-accumulation can concentrate any low level pollutants many, many orders of magnitude as one moves up the food chain. Generally, the higher up the food chain and the longer lived the species the worse the accumulation becomes.

Also, the seemingly low level measured concentrations of radionuclide isotopes still correspond to an astounding number of radioactive atoms.

For example:

Avogadro's Number comes into play here (Defined as 10^23 atoms per mole which is the number of atoms for the atomic weight of an element.) Plutonium-244 has 244.06 grams per mole. So a femtogram(10^-15) per milliliter concentration of Plutonium still has millions of little Plutonium atoms per cubic centimeter bopping around in that little volume. Plutonium has a very long half life, but it is highly toxic and an alpha emitter too. Femtograms per milliliter is considered to be a very, very low concentration.

There are still a lot of other variables which I did not cover, but my point is that low concentrations still mean an assload of atoms.

Ingested radioactive isotopes are the worst. This is what makes Radon gas so dangerous by breathing it in, and it being an alpha emitter which is like having a bowling ball crashing through your lung cell's DNA.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:33 | 4946310 Duffy Duck
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" I worked in the nuke industry"

So did Homer Simpson...

 

Do you, seriously, understand what radioactivity actually is? How about the idea of the food chain??

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:05 | 4946485 Bunders
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I didn't downvote you, but; "Just make sure it sinks!" What like Minemata Bay?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 09:25 | 4947406 cchoo
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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:43 | 4945943 medium giraffe
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Sayonara Pacific food chain.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:45 | 4945949 BigJim
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 Imagine this hitting Fukushima...

OK, I'm imagining.

Mmmmm... nothing so far....

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:53 | 4946118 BigJim
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C'mon, downvoters, admit it - the video shows nothing especially traumatic at all.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:56 | 4946396 luckylogger
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Looked like a typical rain storm to me..............What is the big deal?????????????

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:45 | 4945950 ParkAveFlasher
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Gojira!!!!!

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:53 | 4945971 Yen Cross
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 The 3'rd arrow is reading Zero Hedge.

 Fuck You Abe san!  You've had (2) chances to save Japan. Take that "sushi ball" Kuroda< with you.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:54 | 4945974 WTFUD
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Battered Fuckushima Tempura

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:56 | 4945976 Bunga Bunga
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Looks like Fuku gets a free nuclear cleansing. And don't worry, there will be no cancer in Califiornia. WHO said so.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:58 | 4946353 BringOnTheAsteroid
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I don't know, WHO?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:57 | 4945982 sangell
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The tall vent stack for reactor #1 is missing a number of structural braces that came lose or have rusted away since the earthquake. They can't do anything about it because when they finally were able to vent the reactor some highly radioactive material went into the stack. Too radioactive to send repair teams up to brace the stack. At 400 feet if that thing should topple over due to a wind gust...well it wouldn't be good.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:06 | 4946004 Mae Kadoodie
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This is Typhuku'd up!

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:58 | 4945985 buzzsaw99
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and again the prevailing direction carries radioactivity away from tokyo and toward the usa. alas.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:19 | 4946040 BobTheSlob
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Yeah, but it's California.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:21 | 4946045 Wahooo
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A slow nuclear attack. Clever of them.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:00 | 4945990 Anybody
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This has to be bullish.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:03 | 4945993 MsCreant
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Jim in MN, we await your input on the impending doom of it all. I have Jethro Tull cranked up on the stereo baby, come on in, sit a spell, smoke em if you got em.

Meanwhile back in the year One --- when you belonged to no-one ---
you didn't stand a chance son, if your pants were undone.
`Cause you were bred for humanity and sold to society ---
one day you'll wake up in the Present Day ---
a million generations removed from expectations
of being who you really want to be.

Skating away ---
skating away ---
skating away on the thin ice of the New Day.

So as you push off from the shore,
won't you turn your head once more --- and make your peace with everyone?
For those who choose to stay,
will live just one more day ---
to do the things they should have done.
And as you cross the wilderness, spinning in your emptiness:
you feel you have to pray.
Looking for a sign
that the Universal Mind has written you into the Passion Play.

Skating away on the thin ice of the New Day.

And as you cross the circle line, the ice-wall creaks behind ---
you're a rabbit on the run.
And the silver splinters fly in the corner of your eye ---
shining in the setting sun.
Well, do you ever get the feeling that the story's
too damn real and in the present tense?
Or that everybody's on the stage, and it seems like
you're the only person sitting in the audience?

Skating away on the thin ice of the New Day.
Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:23 | 4946372 pupdog1
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Oboingo stole the handle and

The train, it won't stop going

No way to slow down.

Oh OH.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:11 | 4946018 Buster Cherry
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I told my wife a week after the meltdown that we arent eating any more.tuna.for at.least 250,000 years.

Two  cities incinerated, typhoons, earthquakes and tsunamis.....what the fuck were the Japs thinking by going nuclear???

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:16 | 4946031 BobTheSlob
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Well Buster, what are the odds that the American Political system was involved? You know, after we nuked the hades out of them and then magically we trust the Japs to build a nuke power plant?

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:04 | 4946403 Tall Tom
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The odds are 100%.

 

The plant is built using General Electric Nuclear Reactors.

 

And you really think that it is about trust??? We built the God Damned infernal device.

 

LMAO.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:24 | 4946052 Lore
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They were thinking about money. Nothing more. Blame the moneychangers for undermining rational decisionmaking AGAIN.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:18 | 4946038 BobTheSlob
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Why is everyone freaking out? The best thing that can happen to a nuke reactor that is broke dick? MOAR WATER!

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:10 | 4946410 Tall Tom
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Does that water heat up? Does it reach the Boiling Point and undergo a Phase Transition to steam?

 

What happens if the water is contained?

 

Here is a video of what happens...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3_ZRO5oATk

 

That "White Smoke" is Radionucleotide contanimated Steam.

 

 

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:22 | 4946047 westboundnup
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Reminds me of a joke I liked as a kid.  My friend lives next to a plumber and every night its over flow, over flow, over  flow.  His wife's name is Flow.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:26 | 4946056 kchrisc
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Look on the bright side, irradiated tuna and sushi will probably be lower in microbes.

 

                      /s

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:27 | 4946060 mt paul
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Japan is hoping that Fukushima

will just fall off into the sea some night....

wake up one fine morning

and the problem will just be gone ...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:36 | 4946082 robertocarlos
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There wasn't even one hotdog wrapper blowing on the ground. What kind of OC people live there?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:40 | 4946088 robnume
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Poor TEPCO. After all they've done to responsibly handle Fukupshima.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:44 | 4946093 22winmag
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Stick with sardines. Good eating and short lifespan means little to no heavy metals.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:55 | 4946122 BigJim
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Krill. Grow baleen and just sift the oceans with your teeth.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:00 | 4946132 booboo
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Sardines are great for trapping coons and fox too, an occasional cat, but if you skin em and cut the feet off you can sell them to the brothers and tell them they are coons, what the hell, they gave me a horses ass for a president.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:36 | 4946317 Duffy Duck
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that's good old-fashioned family racism.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:39 | 4946321 Emergency Ward
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"The Hunt" -- Sonny Boy Williamson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09E5japBDhs

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:23 | 4946374 hero HNL
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It's sunny over here....typhoon broke up into pieces.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:50 | 4946392 luckylogger
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What a joke...........

No big deal...

We have all dealt with bad weather........

Dunno what you'all are trying to prove....

In my midhd it is just a big time rain storm...

If Fukishima cannot handle this then they are fuked...........

Just another storm, it looks like to me.............

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:17 | 4946765 Mi Naem
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"In my midhd it is just a big time rain storm..." - in your mind maybe, but apparently not in Japan:

http://enenews.com/cnn-45-ft-waves-off-japan-coast-expert-biggest-waves-...

CNN: 45 ft. waves off Japan coast from massive typhoon — Storm Chaser: “Biggest I’ve ever seen… absolutely overwhelming” — Official: “Rains on an unseen scale” — “High danger of landslides” — Record rainfall up to 16 inches already — Astronaut: “Neoguri has been literally cut in half… Unreal” (VIDEO)
Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:10 | 4946408 Dublinmick
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It is not over, Edgar Cayce predicts the greater portion of Japan to fall into the sea

 

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/esp_cayce05_02.htm

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:17 | 4946415 UselessEater
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Dublinmick you come out with a mix of great and weird stuff - I'm working through several of your links.

Please stick around!!

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:30 | 4946429 Dublinmick
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That is the nicest thing anybody here has ever said to me! :)

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:45 | 4946444 Dublinmick
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I found this place through Ori and Cathartes Aura. I am reluctant to leave this link but I have a blog. I am reluctant to leave links as I am not promoting a blog and selling nothing, no ads or whatever. In fact I deleted one blog and started over. It is kind my last word before the curtain comes down.

 

https://dublinsmick.wordpress.com/

 

 

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:43 | 4946541 wizardofOZ
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Fukushima has 9 days to prevent ‘unsafe’ overheating - 4 days ago

Fukushima operator TEPCO has been forced to switch off the cooling system at mothballed Reactor Unit 5, after it was discovered that it had been leaking water. In nine days, if the system is not repaired, temperatures will exceed dangerous levels.

Engineers have discovered that 1,300 liters of water leaked from a cooling system intended to stabilize the temperature of the spent fuel at the Reactor Unit 5, which was offline but loaded with fuel rods when the plant was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

http://rt.com/news/170800-fukushima-water-leak-temperatures/

 

MOX fuel

Mixed oxide fuel, commonly referred to as MOX fuel, is nuclear fuel that contains more than one oxide of fissile material, usually consisting of plutonium blended with natural uranium, reprocessed uranium, or depleted uranium. MOX fuel is an alternative to the low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel used in the light water reactors that predominate nuclear power generation. For example, a mixture of 7% plutonium and 93% natural uranium reacts similarly, although not identically, to LEU fuel. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOX_fuel

 

Pu-239 has a half-life is 24,100 years

 

What does plutonium do once it gets into the body?

When inhaled, plutonium can remain in the lungs depending upon its particle size and how well the particular chemical form dissolves. lungs may absorb chemical forms that dissolve more easily and pass them into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, plutonium moves throughout the body and into the bones, liver, or other body organs. Plutonium that reaches body organs generally stays in the body for decades and continues to expose the surrounding tissue to radiation.

How can plutonium affect people's health?

internal exposure to plutonium is an extremely serious health hazard. It generally stays in the body for decades, exposing organs and tissues to radiation, and increasing the risk of cancer.

http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/radionuclides/plutonium.html

 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90DRu-N7Iuk&feature=kp

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