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Radiation levels inside a stricken reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high capable of shutting down robots within 2 hours!!

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Radiation levels inside a stricken reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high capable of shutting down robots, in the latest challenge to efforts aimed at dismantling the disaster-hit facility.

Radiation levels inside the plant’s No. 2 reactor were estimated at 530 sieverts per hour at one spot, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Thursday after analyzing images taken by a manually operated camera that probed the deepest point yet within the reactor.

Even after taking a 30-percent margin of error into account, the radiation level was still far higher than the previous record of 73 sieverts per hour detected by sensors in 2012 though at a point not as deep, TEPCO said. Radiation exposure at 530 sieverts per hour would effectively shut down TEPCO’s planned robot camera probe in under two hours.

But TEPCO said the high reading focused on a single point, with levels estimated to be much lower at other spots filmed by the camera. It added that the planned robot probe would not sustain severe damage because it was unlikely to linger for too long at a single point.

The three cameras mounted on a caterpillar-type robot are designed to withstand up to 1,000 sieverts in total. TEPCO said the radiation is not leaking outside the reactor. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge tsunami barrelling into Japan’s northeast coast, leaving more than 18,000 people dead or missing, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

Japan’s government said in December that it expects the total costs – including compensation, decommissioning and decontamination – to reach 21.5 trillion yen ($190 billion) in a process likely to take decades as high radiation levels have slowed operations.

TEPCO has said it plans to eventually use robots to locate the fuel debris as part of the decommissioning process.

Images of the wreckage inside the No. 2 reactor captured by the camera show that the metal grating under the pressure vessel which contained nuclear fuel has largely sunken in, causing a hole about one metre wide.

Black debris that could be melted fuel is also seen in the images. Fuel may have melted through the vessel and damaged the grating but the exact cause was not determined, TEPCO spokesman Tatsuhiro Yamagishi said Friday. “It may have been caused by nuclear fuel that would have melted and made a hole in the vessel, but it is only a hypothesis at this stage,” he told AFP.

“We believe the captured images offer very useful information, but we still need to investigate given that it is very difficult to assume the actual condition inside,” he said.

Source:

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/

Japan: November 21st 2016:Tsunami warning for Fukushima after strong Earthquake hits Japan

Posted in 2016, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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A tsunami warning for waves up to three metres has been issued after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan.

People are being warned to evacuate low-lying areas and Tokyo Electric Power Co is checking its nuclear plants in Fukushima prefecture for any damage.

The epicentre is not far from Fukushima’s Daiichi plant, which in 2011 had a nuclear meltdown following Japan’s strongest-ever earthquake – a 9.0…..

Location NPP Distance
Japan Fukushima Daini Npp 20.97 km
Japan Fukushima Daiichi Npp 20.80 km

Squid That Glow Like Fireflies

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , on July 2, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Hop on a fishing boat in Toyama Bay, Japan, in the wee hours of the morning and you may feel as if you’re in a spaceship, navigating through the stars.

That’s because each year, between March and June, millions of firefly squid transform the water into a galactic landscape.

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Lucky for you, all you need is a reservation to come aboard, your eyes and perhaps a really good camera.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/04/27/science/firefly-squid-toyama-japan.html

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Please Demand the Australian Government act against illegal whaling by the Japanese Government in the Antarctic.

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

 

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Just before the 2013 Federal election Liberal MP and Australian Environment Minister, Greg Hunt made this promise “The Government should stop turning a blind eye to whaling in our waters and should have a Customs vessel in the Southern Ocean. If elected, we will despatch a vessel, to provide a clear signal that the Australian people don’t support whaling and to provide an independent monitoring and safety role. The Government simply has to stand up for Australian waters and do the right thing by the environment, no excuses.”

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Sea Shepherd will be in the Southern Ocean this year patrolling for illegal activity and we should not be left alone to defend the great whales of Antarctica.

The Australian Government must send a vessel to oppose the slaughter. Please Email Minister Hunt !

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Japan: An Amazing Giant Xylophone built in Forest, a Must See and Hear!

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , on July 28, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

This beautiful advert was created by Japanese agency Drill Inc. who built a giant wooden xylophone (reportedly over 1mile long) in the middle of a forest

Mystery as 160 melon-headed whales wash up on Japanese beaches

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , , , , on April 13, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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The whales washed up along a 6 mile stretch of coast near Hokato, Japan; Experts have dismissed rumours of impending earthquake as unscientific

The fears appeared to be based on the appearance of 50 melon-headed whales six days before the devastating undersea earthquake in 2011 that caused a tsunami and left 19,000 people dead.

The strandings sparked comparisons with the appearance of 50 melon-headed whales six days before the earthquake in 2011 that left 19,000 dead. Officials instead believe the whales may have suffered a parasitic infection while others say the animals may have been attempting to avoid predators

Intense Tokyo Timelapse Using City Streetlights in Various Forms

Posted in 2014 with tags , , on September 20, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

With dramatic music and lights whizzing by, this stunning time-lapse video offers a trip to Tokyo like no other.

Created by filmmaker Hiroshi Kondo, who lives and works in the city, the hypnotic footage takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of Japan’s capital.

The 24-year-old made Eye Know: Time-lapse Journey Through Highways Surrounding Tokyo, using the illuminating and dazzling street lights of the in artistic splendour. 

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