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Fukushima authorities ask troops to help deal with forest fires near crippled nuclear power plant — RT News

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Fukushima prefecture has asked the Japanese Self-Defense Forces for help in handling forest fires that have swept areas near the crippled Fukushima power plant, local media report. Strong winds are hindering the firefighting efforts, however.
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The forest fires broke out near the town of Namie, some seven kilometers from the disabled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, on Saturday evening, Japanese NHK broadcaster reported

Namie was evacuated following the 2011 tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

READ MORE: 80% of voluntary Fukushima evacuees unwilling to return home – survey

The prefecture has deployed several helicopters to extinguish the fires, which are believed to have been caused by lightning. According to police, at least 10 hectares of forest have burned in the area.

There have been no reports of injuries or damage to buildings so far, Japanese media say.

With strong winds stoking the flames, the Fukushima Prefecture has requested help from the Self-Defense Forces, Japan’s de-facto army, on Sunday.


Source: Fukushima authorities ask troops to help deal with forest fires near crippled nuclear power plant — RT News

Breaking: Fukushima Could be 15,000x Worse than Hiroshima with Removal of Fuel Rods by Christina Sarich

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame


A Yale Professor is compelling the world to wake up from its nuclear slumber and face some cold-hard facts, “All of humanity will be threatened for thousands of years” if the Fukushima Unit 4 pool can’t be kept cool. Your worries about eating cesium-contaminated fish from the Pacific Ocean are grounded in fact, but this is a world-wide disaster of the most epic proportions just waiting to happen. If nothing else, it points to the necessity of nuclear-free power to fuel the planet, but in the meantime, more than 1,535 fuel rods must be meticulously removed from Unit 4, which in all likelihood is crumbling.

Charles Perrow, Professor Emeritus of Sociology from Yale University cautions:

“Conditions in the unit 4 pool, 100 feet from the ground, are perilous, and if any two of the rods touch it could cause a nuclear reaction that would be uncontrollable. The radiation emitted from all these rods, if they are not continually cool and kept separate, would require the evacuation of surrounding areas including Tokyo. Because of the radiation at the site the 6,375 rods in the common storage pool could not be continuously cooled; they would fission and all of humanity will be threatened, for thousands of years. […]”

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The Japanese Government finally tells the truth: Not one (as previously said), but all three of Fukushima’s damaged reactors had melted down.

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Nearly 3 months after Japan’s disastrous earthquake-tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Japanese government finally tells the truth.

Not one (as previously said), but all three of Fukushima’s damaged reactors had melted down.

CNN Wire Staff reports on June 7, 2011:

Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday.

The nuclear group’s new evaluation, released Monday, goes further than previous statements in describing the extent of the damage caused by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11…. Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced a full meltdown, it said.

The plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., admitted last month that nuclear fuel rods in reactors 2 and 3 probably melted during the first week of the nuclear crisis. It had already said fuel rods at the heart of reactor No. 1 melted almost completely in the first 16 hours after the disaster struck. The remnants of that core are now sitting in the bottom of the reactor pressure vessel at the heart of the unit and that vessel is now believed to be leaking.

A “major part” of the fuel rods in reactor No. 2 may have melted and fallen to the bottom of the pressure vessel 101 hours after the earthquake and tsunami that crippled the plant, Tokyo Electric said May 24. The same thing happened within the first 60 hours at reactor No. 3, the company said, in what it called its worst-case scenario analysis, saying the fuel would be sitting at the bottom of the pressure vessel in each reactor building.

But Tokyo Electric at the same time released a second possible scenario for reactors 2 and 3, one that estimated a full meltdown did not occur. In that scenario, the company estimated the fuel rods may have broken but may not have completely melted.

Temperature data showed the two reactors had cooled substantially in the more than two months since the incident, Tokyo Electric said in May.

The earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems at Fukushima Daiichi, causing the three operating reactors to overheat. That compounded a natural disaster by spewing radioactive material into the atmosphere.

Tokyo Electric avoided using the term “meltdown,” and says it was keeping the remnants of the core cool. But U.S. experts interviewed by CNN after the company’s announcement in May said that while it may have been containing the situation, the damage had already been done.

“On the basis of what they showed, if there’s not fuel left in the core, I don’t know what it is other than a complete meltdown,” said Gary Was, a University of Michigan nuclear engineering professor and CNN consultant. And given the damage reported at the other units, “It’s hard to imagine the scenarios can differ that much for those reactors.”

A massive hydrogen explosion — a symptom of the reactor’s overheating — blew the roof off the No. 1 unit the day after the earthquake, and another hydrogen blast ripped apart the No. 3 reactor building two days later. A suspected hydrogen detonation within the No. 2 reactor is believed to have damaged that unit on March 15.

Nuclear meltdown is an informal term for a severe nuclear reactor accident that results in core damage from overheating. A core melt accident occurs when the heat generated by a nuclear reactor exceeds the heat removed by the cooling systems to the point where at least one nuclear fuel element exceeds its melting point. A meltdown is considered a serious event because of the potential for release of radioactive material into the environment. [Source: wiki]

Moral of this story: Governments lie.

Don’t believe what Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the Japanese government are saying about how much toxic radioactivity has leaked and is still spewing into the air and water. If they lied about the meltdown, chances are they’re lying about the radioactivity.



Impending Apocalypse: Four Scenarios for Japan’s future

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Japan gov’t now admits 40% of total Chernobyl radiation was released in just one week at Fukushima — Still a “wide margin of error”

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Radiation check in Japan June7/11 5.77 microsieverts per hour of radiation measured near Tokyo at ground level — Gov’t “is desperately trying to keep it quiet”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame

…] I am 135 miles / 220 Km south of Fukushima, on the outskirts of the Tokyo area. It is Tuesday, June 7th […] I just walk outside of my house and …. radiation. The air is not dangerous but the ground is. The radiation is much higher in low lying areas and the government here is desperately trying to keep it quiet.

Fukushima: More serious than a meltdown — Japan Gov’t now raising possibility that fuel had a “melt through” at all 3 reactors

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame


Melted Fuel at Fukushima May Have Leaked Through, Yomiuri Says, Bloomberg by Go Onomitsu, June 7, 2011:

[…] The Japanese government will submit a report to the International Atomic Energy Agency that raises the possibility the fuel dropped through the bottom of the pressure vessels [of the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors], a situation described as a “melt through” and considered more serious than a “meltdown,” […]

Nuclear fuel, the possibility of penetrating the pressure vessel to a report by the government, Yomiuri Shimbun, June 07, 2011:

Google Translation

For Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident TEPCO and the government International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) revealed that 07 of the report submitted to the whole picture.

The report – a damaged nuclear fuel is leaking from the bottom of the molten reactor pressure vessel of Unit 3, noted the possibility that accumulated in the containment.

Symptoms may fall through the containment of nuclear fuel melted the “Merutosuru” (through the reactor) is called “meltdown” (meltdown) above worst event. In the bottom of the pressure vessel so far, including damage control rod penetrations, including contaminated water that spilled high levels of radioactive material had been disclosed, admitted the possibility of a government official Merutosuru for the first time.

The report is a vertical organization of government nuclear safety regulation, was found to be responsible for maintaining the uncertain safety of the people, will be independent of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, including the Nuclear Safety Commission and to, also announced a fundamental review of policy regime.