UPDATE MARCH 16, 2011
Praying for all who have been affected by the horrible tragedy unfolding in Japan.
Just in – Fukushima Dai’Ichi Reactor 4 is on fire – this particular plant was closed for inspection but due to lack of water to cool the rods it is once again on fire
by Dr. Sircus, Treatments for Nuclear Contamination
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IAEA SAYS CORE DAMAGE AT UNITS 1-3 CONFIRMED, SITUATION “VERY SERIOUS”
IAEA SAYS FUEL RODS EXPOSED IN UNITS 4, 5 AND 6
IAEA SAYS HIGHER RADIATION LEVELS FROM DAMAGED JAPAN REACTORS
IAEA SAYS TOTAL OF 4 JAPAN UNITS HAVE CORE DAMAGE
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.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 19:06 +0900 (JST)
ALERT: RADIATION FROM STRICKEN JAPANESE PLANT REACHES ALASKA
Radiation from the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster has reached Alaska, according to the state commissioner of health and social services in that state. He said the state has detected a “very small increase in radiation levels – well below levels that would be a health concern.”
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From Drudge: ‘Military flying in US Navy pumping equipment in a last ditch effort to cool those rods in the nuke plant. Flying out of Yokota Air Base. Wish us luck!'
Stay safe and Godspeed.
World Nuclear News
Problems for units 3 and 416 March 2011
FIRST PUBLISHED 0.25am GMT
UPDATE 1:14am GMT Information from TEPCO spokesman and video feed
UPDATE 2: 4:10am GMT Update title from ‘Second fire reported at unit 4’ and information on Unit 3 and 4 from Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano has described problems that occurred on the morning of 16 March with Fukushima Daiichi 3 and 4. He also outlined plans to pump water into unit 4.
At 8:34am local time white smoke was seen billowing out of Fukushima Daiichi 3. Efforts to determine the cause of this development were interrupted as all workers had evacuated to a safe area due to rising radiation readings. Readings from a sensor near the front gate had fluctuated for some time, although Edano said that on the whole there was no health hazard. Earlier in the morning readings had ranged between 600-800 microsieverts per hour, but at 10am readings rose to 1000 microsieverts per hour. Readings began to fall again from around 10:54.
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TOKYO (Reuters) – The wind near a quake-damaged nuclear complex in northeast Japan, which has released radiation into the atmosphere, will blow from the northwest and out into the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, a weather official said.
The wind speed will get stronger in the afternoon, blowing as fast as at 12 meters (39.4 ft) per second, said the official at the Japan Meteorological Agency in Fukushima prefecture where the plant is based.
Can You Explain It In Layman’s Terms? “It’s Bad! IT”S BAD!!! And It’s Getting Worst! How’s That!”
TEPCO releases photo of No.4 reactor
Tokyo Electric Power Company has released a photograph of the No.4 reactor building at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant where fires were reported on Tuesday and Wednesday.
It shows that a large portion of the building’s outer wall has collapsed.
The company produced the photo at a news conference on Wednesday.
The photo, shot the day before from the northwestern side of the reactor, shows that a large portion of the building’s outer wall has collapsed. There is an 8-meter hole on the 4th floor, and the interior is visible.
Another 8-meter square hole was also confirmed on the outer wall of the building. Both appeared after an explosion early on Tuesday.
An ensuing fire near the 4th floor reportedly later went out on its own.
Flames were also found spewing from the building early Wednesday, but the utility company said they were no longer visible half-an-hour later.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 11:57 +0900 (JST)
Anderson, the answer is it is unstoppable. The meltdown is a done deal! These men have families suffering from the tragedy of an earthquake, volcano and tsunami. Moreover, these men valiantly fought the impossible and finally accepted the fact that this beast was bigger and mightier then a mere human being. Humility is an honorable trait, Anderson.
Animated map of 300+ Japan earthquake aftershocks
Another fire at No.4 reactor
Tokyo Electric Power Company said early on Wednesday that a fire had broken out at one of the reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The same building was the scene of a fire the day before.
The utility says a worker spotted flames at around 5:45 AM near the northwestern corner of the building that houses the No. 4 reactor.
It says, however, that the flames could not be confirmed half an hour later from several dozen meters away.
The fire broke out at around the same spot in the building as Tuesday’s fire, where an instrument that adjusts the speed of a pump sending water to the reactor is located.
The company says workers cannot get any closer to the spot because the radiation level is higher there.