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April 5, 2011
The leaks were slowed yesterday after we injected a mixture of liquid glass and a hardening agent and it has now stopped.
A TEPCO spokesman • Explaining that the radioactive seawater leaks from the Fukushima reactor apparently stopped. It just required some liquid glass, a hardening agent, and a little hope. Which is exactly what we needed that one time we stopped our server from melting down when Andrew Sullivan linked to us. source (viafollow)
20:30 // 3 years ago
April 4, 2011

TEPCO begins draining radioactive water, tries to find major leak

  • lesser evil TEPCO has begun releasing thousands of tons of radioactive water into the ocean, freeing up space to store the much more dangerously radioactive water they now have to contend with, a release of which would be much worse.
  • square one Dye was used to determine the location of a leak of highly contaminated water, which TEPCO has fought for days. They didn’t see it in the ocean outside, meaning the leak is not where they’d been trying to plug the past couple days. source
14:03 // 3 years ago
April 3, 2011

Unintended consequences, priorities complicate Japan crisis

  • action Lacking the ability to pump water through the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant as they usually would, workers were hosing in as much seawater as they could to try to cool the unstable fuel rods.
  • outcome This consequently left the plant covered in contaminated salt water, and has made it extremely difficult for those in the plant to work near the reactors, thus impeding the crisis control effort. source

»And don’t forget about Japan’s other problems: Prime Minister Naoto Kan was pretty unpopular prior to the earthquake and tsunami that decimated the country, and his abilities at crisis management haven’t escaped public criticism. Reuters reports that many Japanese are unhappy with the Prime Minister’s focus on the nuclear crisis, feeling that not enough attention is being paid to other pressing humanitarian tolls caused by the earthquake; the number of dead or missing currently sits at 28,000 people, though obviously that estimate is changing all the time. source

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14:27 // 3 years ago
April 2, 2011

Radioactive water continues to leak into ocean from Fukushima

  • NO concrete fails to plug irradiated water leak at Fukushima source

» The flow has continued at a seemingly unchanged rate. This is bad news for pretty obvious reasons- the leak, coming through an eight-inch crack in a pit containing power cables, is sending water irradiated at 1000 millisieverts per hour into the ocean. Having tried pumping in concrete and failed to make any progress, TEPCO’s next plan is to employ a similar strategy using a type of polymer. Polymer spraying has already been happening throughout the plant, in an effort to prevent radioactive isotopes from escaping into the environment.

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19:51 // 3 years ago
March 29, 2011
Plutonium is a substance that’s emitted when the temperature is high, and it’s also heavy and so does not leak out easily. So if plutonium has emerged from the reactor, that tells us something about the damage to the fuel. And if it has breached the original containment system, it underlines the gravity and seriousness of this accident.
Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency deputy director Hidehiko Nishiyama • Discussing what the finding of plutonium in the ground near the Fukushima reactors means. No, that doesn’t sound very good at all. In other news, France sent over some of their most knowledgable nuclear experts to help out the Japanese. The surrender-prone European nation is also the one most dependent on nuclear energy. source (viafollow)
10:41 // 3 years ago
March 28, 2011
producermatthew:

The ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan has caused broadcasters in Germany, Switzerland and Austria to yank several episodes of “The Simpsons.”Two episodes of the popular FOX television program that center around nuclear incidents have been pulled from German broadcaster ProSieben.Episode 66, Marge Gets a Job, has a scene in which two scientists die of radiation poisoning, while episode 346, On a Clear Day I Can’t See My Sister, contains several jokes between characters about nuclear meltdowns.The topic of nuclear power is difficult to avoid in The Simpsons as the main character, Homer Simpson, works in the nuclear power plant that energizes Springfield, the town where the show is set.The Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly the decision to pull the episodes were “completely understandable.”An episode that featured The Simpsons in New York City was briefly pulled from syndication and international airing after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Homer Versus the City of New York contained a scene in which the family vehicle was booted in-between the two former towers of the World Trade Center. [Gothamist]

D’oh!

producermatthew:

The ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan has caused broadcasters in Germany, Switzerland and Austria to yank several episodes of “The Simpsons.”

Two episodes of the popular FOX television program that center around nuclear incidents have been pulled from German broadcaster ProSieben.

Episode 66, Marge Gets a Job, has a scene in which two scientists die of radiation poisoning, while episode 346, On a Clear Day I Can’t See My Sister, contains several jokes between characters about nuclear meltdowns.

The topic of nuclear power is difficult to avoid in The Simpsons as the main character, Homer Simpson, works in the nuclear power plant that energizes Springfield, the town where the show is set.

The Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly the decision to pull the episodes were “completely understandable.”

An episode that featured The Simpsons in New York City was briefly pulled from syndication and international airing after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Homer Versus the City of New York contained a scene in which the family vehicle was booted in-between the two former towers of the World Trade Center. [Gothamist]

D’oh!

14:49 // 3 years ago
The trench is located outside the building and the water contains radioactive materials. There is normally no water found in this area so it is difficult to compare this to normal levels.
TEPCO spokesperson Hiro Hasegawa • Discussing the finding of highly-radioactive water inside of a trench, outside of the Fukushima No. 2 reactor. The level matches the 1,000 millisievert level found inside the No. 2 reactor yesterday. “But we do not believe it is leaking into the ocean,” Hasegawa continued. “We are now working out where the cause of the leak is and finding ways to remove the water as soon as possible.”  source (viafollow)
9:53 // 3 years ago
March 27, 2011

swagandpassion says: I plan on going on a study abroad program to China [Beijing] this May...will radiation be an issue?

» We say: Honestly, it shouldn’t be. Really, it’s only an issue within a 20 km radius, and only trace amounts of radiation have been found outside of Japan.

22:57 // 3 years ago
The drinking water supply in Massachusetts is unaffected by this short-term, slight elevation in radiation.
Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach • Discussing the “OMG OMG WE GONNA DIE” revelation that there is radiation in some Massachusetts rainwater resulting from the Fukushima crisis. Friends, this is not Chernobyl. Ain’t nothing to be afraid of. Auerbach knows the deal. source (viafollow)
21:17 // 3 years ago
It was just pitch black. It was the middle of the night and all we had to see with were our own head torches. We could see smoke and vapour coming up from the reactor. Everything else had failed, so they called us in to pump seawater to try to cool the thing. We don’t even work for the government, but for the city of Tokyo. They were desperate. They must have been on their last legs.
Fukushima crew leader Kazuhiko Fukudome • Describing what he saw as a member of the “Fukushima Fifty.” Fukudome was tracked down by The Daily Telegraph, who got the first interview with the once-anonymous crew of workers. We recommend you read the whole thing, but we’re sure you will after you read Fukudome’s description of the inside of the plant: “It was far worse than I expected. Everything was covered in rubble,” he said. Harrowing. (via Josh Sternberg) source (viafollow)
12:23 // 3 years ago