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« Reply #101 on: 08/03/2011 17:11:26 »
A favorite of mine. The Wind in the Willows.

Or, for those finding that taste of mine somewhat childish. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome  A serious philosophical tractate over the futility of, well, ah, everything? You better read it, and get yourself prepared.

They are both about rivers and boats :)
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« Reply #102 on: 09/03/2011 07:24:40 »
haha.. I enjoyed the thread so much.

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« Reply #103 on: 11/03/2011 16:41:25 »
Thnx, I think both are immortal, sort of :)
(You were talking about the books, right?)

And here I have what we all need. The one thing no household can be without.
Impress your friends, get that trench-coat and be a, man? Woman?

It's a ambiguous subject. The Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, and Security.  Hmm.
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« Reply #104 on: 14/03/2011 22:15:23 »
Got any balloons?

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« Reply #105 on: 14/03/2011 23:22:30 »
It's very bad news, the Tsunami in Japan, and as they have fifty five nuclear reactor plants, and as every nuclear power plant have several reactors, I've heard numbers of over 150 reactors, all in all? Anyway, they will definitely  have to take a new look on their security measures. Not that the security they had was bad. Three systems after each other failed to do their job for different reasons. But they live more or less on a volcano, one of the reasons I've heard for why their traditional building technique was so ethereal and light was the risk of earthquakes, The houses was easy to rebuild. Nowadays we go the other way and try to make them as safe as we can instead. But with a earthquake erupting as that one, being of a 8.9-magnitude and with the following tsunami striking northeastern Japan you can never be sure.

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The "Ring of Fire" is an arc stretching from New Zealand, along the eastern edge of Asia, north across the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, and south along the coast of North and South America. The Ring of Fire is composed over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes.

"Japan lies at the meeting point of several of the world's major tectonic plates. This means that there is an everpresent threat from a range of natural hazards earthquakes,volcanoes and tsunami. The map shows the Philippine and Pacific Plates which are slowly moving north west towards Japan. As they move north west they slip under the Eurasan and North American Plates When one Plate slips underneath another the movement is called subduction. This whole area is very unstable and earthquakes and volcanic activity are common along both sides of plate boundaries." 

This huge ring of volcanic and seismic (earthquake) activity was noticed and described before the invention of the theory of plate tectonics theory. We now know that the Ring of Fire is located at the borders of the Pacific Plate and other major tectonic plates.

Plates are like giant rafts of the earth's surface which often slide next to, collide with, and are forced underneath other plates. Around the Ring of Fire, the Pacific Plate is colliding with and sliding underneath other plates. This process is known as subduction and the volcanically and seismically active area nearby is known as a subduction zone. There is a tremendous amount of energy created by these plates and they easily melt rock into magma, which rises to the surface as lava and forms volcanoes.

Volcanoes are temporary features on the earth's surface and there are currently about 1500 active volcanoes in the world. About ten percent of these are located in the United States.

This is a listing of major volcanic areas in the Ring of Fire:

    * In South America the Nazca plate is colliding with the South American plate. This has created the Andes and volcanoes such as Cotopaxi and Azul.

    * In Central America, the tiny Cocos plate is crashing into the North American plate and is therefore responsible for the Mexican volcanoes of Popocatepetl and Paricutun (which rose up from a cornfield in 1943 and became a instant mountains).

    * Between Northern California and British Columbia, the Pacific, Juan de Fuca, and Gorda plates have built the Cascades and the infamous Mount Saint Helens, which erupted in 1980.

    * Alaska's Aleutian Islands are growing as the Pacific plate hits the North American plate. The deep Aleutian Trench has been created at the subduction zone with a maximum depth of 25,194 feet (7679 meters).

    * From Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula to Japan, the subduction of the Pacific plate under the Eurasian plate is responsible for Japanese islands and volcanoes (such as Mt. Fuji).

    * The final section of the Ring of Fire exists where the Indo-Australian plate subducts under the Pacific plate and has created volcanoes in the New Guinea and Micronesian areas. Near New Zealand, the Pacific Plate slides under the Indo-Australian plate.

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"The Japanese Islands belongs to four tectonic plates, that is, the Okhotsk(or North America), the Eurasia(or Amurian), the Pacific, and the Philippine Sea plates (Figure 1). The former two continental plates are colliding in Honshu, the largest island of Japan. The location of the boundary of these plates is still controvertible. Before starting of the continuous GPS observation, most researchers considered that the boundary is the Itoigawa-Shizuoka Tectonic Line(ISTL). However, the deformation revealed by the GEONET suggest that WNW-ESE contraction is localized in the zone from Niigata to Kobe(NKTZ) and that there are no large strain-rate around ISTL except its northern part. Figure 2 shows principle strain rate estimated from GPS displacements from January 1998 to January 2000. The zone where WNW-ESE strain is high extends from Niigata to north along the coast of Sea of Japan. Distribution of dilatation and maximum shear strain shown in Figures 3 and 4 clearly indicate the strain localization crossing central Japan. Therefore, NKTZ is a part of plate boundary between the Okhotsk and Eurasian plates. One important characteristic of the NKTZ is that the high-strain zone is relatively wide, say, ~100km wide, not a sharp plate boundary.""  Read more about Japan here. 

"The Indonesia earthquake was larger -- it was the third-largest in recorded history; the one off the coast of Japan Friday will likely be seventh-largest. But the biggest difference between the two is the level of preparedness. Japan, experts say, is probably the most prepared place in the world for a tsunami."

"There's a reason we use a Japanese word to describe this phenomenon," says Lori Dengler, a seismologist and tsunami expert at Humboldt State University in California. "Because Japan's been hit so many times."

Learn more about it, Japanese reactor safety, and what's happening now here (with Goggle map).  
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« Reply #106 on: 15/03/2011 18:31:57 »
A update on Japan.

They are in dire trouble. They have radioactive fuel-rods melting in three reactors.
"Fuel rods at a third nuclear plant in Japan have been fully exposed, raising the risk of a meltdown. There are now reports that there is a fire in reactor Number 4 at the Fukushima reactor. There has been another explosion at the Fukushima reactor. Japanese NHK television reports that the Number 2 reactor has exploded, releasing radiation 10,000 above normal levels. Up to half the fuel rods have been exposed and there are fears that the vessel containing the rods has cracked opening up the possibility that radioactive water is at risk of leaking outside the plant. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Egano on Tuesday told reporters that "damage appears on the suppression pool" - the bottom part of the container, which contains water used to cool down the reactor and control air pressure.

Water levels have dropped precipitously inside a Japanese nuclear reactor, twice leaving the uranium fuel rods completely exposed and raising the threat of a meltdown, hours after a hydrogen explosion tore through the building housing a different reactor. Water levels were restored after the first decrease, but the rods remained partially exposed late on Monday night, increasing the risk of the spread of radiation and the potential for an eventual meltdown.

The cascading troubles in the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant compounded the immense challenges faced by the Tokyo government, already struggling to send relief to hundreds of thousands of people along the country's quake- and tsunami-ravaged coast where at least 10,000 people are believed to have died. Later, a top Japanese official said the fuel rods in all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors appeared to be melting."

"Some experts would consider that a partial meltdown. Others, though, reserve that term for times when nuclear fuel melts through a reactor's innermost chamber but not through the outer containment shell." This is qualified BS. Radioactive fuel-rods melting are radioactive fuel-rods melting."


If people just realized that most people do know how to read 'between the lines', and actually may know a little they wouldn't, hopefully, make such stupid as**s of themselves. Or maybe it doesn't matter? A lie repeated often enough will become a truth? If the melting rods gets through the confinement, and they will in time, radioactivity and heat do some pretty strange thing to all materials tested so far. There are no materials I've heard of, able to confine radioactive fuel-rods for any reasonable time over some year(s), although thick enough concrete (meters of it) will do a good job from the shorter time perspectives (like decades).

USA experimented with diluted radioactive materials embedded in metallic glass and other techniques without success, they all cracked. In Sweden we have some of the oldest stable rock in the world but we don't trust that as a longtime solution either. There are no such solutions existing in fact, the German salt mines included (they leak) The German salt-mines.

"Eventually the nuclear waste will have to be stored indefinitely because of the long time it takes for some of the waste isotopes to decay to a safe level. The consensus of most waste management specialist for final disposal is to bury the waste deep underground. In doing so we must ensure that the radioactive waste does not move from its burial site or that it does not escape into the environment. If it does it could have dire consequences for future generations such as contamination of drinking water. To ensure that the radioactive waste is contained the current consensus is to use a multi-barrier system to store the waste. The geological disposal system consists of firstly surrounding the conditioned and packaged solid waste by several human made barriers then placing this at a depth of several hundred meters in a stable geological environment. The geological formation is the most important of the isolation barriers. The barriers act in concert to initially completely isolate the radioactive particles so they can decay and then limit their release to the environment. The combination of man made and natural geological barriers is called a multibarrier system.

The solidification of nuclear waste (which is necessary for final disposal) usually consists of dispersal in a glass matrix. However, alternative techniques are being researched. One such technique consists of embedding the waste into a ceramic matrix such as Synroc.Synroc is a “synthetic rock” invented in 1978 by Professor Ted Ringwood of the Australian National University. Synroc can incorporate nearly all the elements contained in high level waste.

The barriers surrounding the solid waste vary from country to country. However most countries believe that the barriers should be made of materials that occur naturally in the earth’s crust. In Sweden, the barriers consist of

1. A copper canister with a cast iron insert. This barrier is closest to the waste and its function is to isolate the fuel from the environment.

2. The second layer consists of bentonite clay called a buffer. Its function is to protect the the canister against small movements in the rock and keep it in its place. The clay also acts as a filter in case any radioactive particles escape form the canister.

3. The geological rock. The rock also stops leaking of radioactive particles into the environment but its main function is to protect the canister and buffer from mechanical damage and to offer a stable environment for the isolation of the waste. "

So do we Swedes trust this solution :)
N o p e.

But it is the best we've found so far. I like my idea of leaving the wastes in the city's myself. Nobody will forget to check on them then :) And we will all feel 'involved', won't we? As for breeder reactors gen 4-?? Sure, I also like SF, but I have still to see any real proof for any of those working on the level we will need for taking care of our nuclear waste. Until then don't bother telling me that 'This will work!!' If we survive long enough I'm sure we will find good solutions, but until we really have them, for real, not as your beliefs or wish, until then let's put the waste in our city's. It's a gamble, but so are life, and we will at least know what we are doing, instead of slowly poisoning the planet, hiding it from sight, "out of sight, out of mind" as they say and that's the first step to a nuclear disaster. Here is a article from Scientific American. Spent Nuclear Fuel: A Trash Heap Deadly for 250,000 Years, or, a Renewable Energy Source?

When it comes to Japan. Read a more technical description here Fukushima Nuclear Accident. As for the possible leakage we will know soon enough how serious it is. Not even the largest Power companies can make the atmosphere lie, I think?

Ah, don't get me wrong. Just build the nuclear waste repositories in the middle of our major city's and I will be satisfied with our level of disaster readiness :) Or not, depending..
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I am very sorry for all people losing their life in the Earthquake/Tsunami, and for how the nuclear situation have evolved for Japan. I truly really pray that it will cool down, and that there will be no real radioactive contamination. I'm sorry if I sounded callous here. But this situation is no Japanese situation solely. It's about all of our nuclear power plants, and their security. That Russia won't care doesn't surprise me, 'Hello Chernobyl' not to mention those areas they have that has become radioactive deserts, humans still living in them. but for those of us able to care we need to learn from it.
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« Reply #107 on: 15/03/2011 20:06:06 »
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Can't withhold this, if true it seems more than a misunderstanding.

""Mr Edano said the figures that have been released to date measuring the level of radiation around the plant have been misquoted as micro sieverts. He said the unit attached to the figures should have been millisieverts which are 1,000 times stronger and much more damaging to human health"

And “current measurements around power plants are 400 millisieverts”

Risks from environmental levels of ionising radiation are categorised in medicine using BEIR formula, e.g.
“BEIR VI indicated that a 10 mSv single population dose is associated with a lifetime attributable risk for developing a solid cancer or leukemia in 1:1000"

1 millisievert = 1000 microsieverts.
Normal yearly dose of radiation is around 100 microsieverts.
Current measurements around power plants are 400 millisieverts == 400 000 microsieverts

That is 4000 x the normal annual dose."

I hate this. Not wanting a panic?
By giving the wrong information to the people involved?
Sh* .
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1 Sv = 1000 mSv (millisieverts) = 1000000 μSv (microsieverts) = 100 rem = 100000 mrem (millirem); 1 mSv = 100 mrem = 0.1 rem; 1 μSv = 0.1 mrem.

"The yearly dose to individuals living close to a power plant is small - usually a fraction of a millisievert; doses to people further away are even smaller. Reprocessing nuclear fuel produces higher doses which vary greatly from plant to plant. For the most exposed members of the public, they can be as high as 0.4 millisieverts, but for most of the population they are very much smaller. World-wide, there are estimated to be four million workers exposed to artificial radiation as a result of their work, with an average yearly dose of about 1 millisievert. Another five million (mostly in civil aviation) have yearly average doses due to natural radiation of 1.7 millisieverts. "

And "The health effects of radiation may be divided into those that occur early and those that occur late. Short term: It has long been recognized that exposure to high levels of radiation can harm exposed tissues of the human body. Such radiation effects can be clinically diagnosed in the exposed individual; they are called deterministic effects because once a radiation dose above the relevant threshold has been received, they will occur and the severity depends on the dose. --

Long-term: Studies of populations exposed to radiation, especially of the survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, have shown that exposure to radiation can also lead to the delayed induction of cancer and, possibly, of hereditary damage. Effects such as these cannot usually be confirmed in any particular individual exposed but can be inferred from statistical studies of large populations: they appear to occur at random in the irradiated population."
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Status of nuclear power plants in Fukushima as of 19:00 March 15 (Estimated by JAIF)
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« Reply #108 on: 15/03/2011 21:24:26 »
NHK WORLD TV -​Japan Quake Ne​ws- (in English)  "In cooperation with NHK WORLD TV, we provide 'live streaming about the Earthquake information'. We are profoundly grateful for NHK WORLD TV's cooperation."
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« Reply #109 on: 15/03/2011 22:05:44 »
Reactor four is having a hydrogen fire. It's not getting better. I wish they hadn't told people to stay as it first happened. It had been better to evacuate them I think. The radiation is now 500 times the normal level, although I don't know what radius they mean. They are advising people to stay indoors and the worse it get the safer that will be, relatively so of course. Terrible news. Looking at the radiation levels they had earlier.

"Northerly winds carried radioactive material from the quake-damaged Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant more than 200 kilometers south to Tokyo on Tuesday morning. Radiation levels rose in areas to the south of the plant in the hours before and after an explosion at the plant's No.2 reactor, which occurred at 6.00 AM. In Iwaki city, about 40 kilometers south of the plant, the radiation level was 470 times higher than normal as of 4:00 AM, but has since dropped." I guess they mean around that radius now too, at least? Tokyo is not far away.

This is not good.

It seems as if it is a storage pool that is to blame, also it seems to start burning to then die again. And the radiation is too high to approach it. The after quakes doesn't make it easier either, as a guess. They just had one at 6.5. And its going to be cold, with snow.
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« Reply #110 on: 16/03/2011 02:24:18 »
It seems as the number three reactor containment has broken too. they had smoke/vapor coming out just now, same as reactor two? Before? Missed that one. And the temperature is rising in number four.. I think this is developing into a true disaster. In Chernobyl they used the fire-mens and other help workers ignorance, or bravery if you ask their government, to limit the worst radioactivity. They died. Japan doesn't have this, possibility? if you like. How many sane people are ready to walk into a radioactive area to possibly die, and definitely come out of it very, very, sick for a very long time? Not many. Those fire-men called heroes would probably, if they had known, chosen another solution. No offense meant, but that's my view. It's a lot of white smoke now, hydrogen explosion or something else they don't know. The radiation is too high to check it. If I got it right? Over 400 000 people have been evacuated. That's amazing if correct.

I'm very sorry for all that lost their loved ones.
It's terrible.
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« Reply #111 on: 16/03/2011 06:23:59 »
Two good links
http://mitnse.com/ about the reactor..
and http://english.kyodonews.jp/ for the latest news
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« Reply #112 on: 16/03/2011 07:44:58 »
It sounds like Chernobyl with choppers trying to cool it but it's not. And that we should be glad for. It's terrible enough as it is, Japan is so populated, and everything is so close.

"Radiation  (Chernobyl) doses on the first day were estimated to range up to 20,000 millisieverts (mSv), causing 28 deaths – six of which were firemen – by the end of July 1986...About 200,000 people ('liquidators') from all over the Soviet Union were involved in the recovery and clean-up during 1986 and 1987. They received high doses of radiation, averaging around 100 millisieverts. Some 20,000 of them received about 250 mSv and a few received 500 mSv. Later, the number of liquidators swelled to over 600,000 but most of these received only low radiation doses. The highest doses were received by about 1000 emergency workers and on-site personnel during the first day of the accident..."

but saying that 350 millisievert is 'okay' to work in? That I severely doubt. Only for a very short time if so.
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« Reply #113 on: 16/03/2011 19:46:41 »
The faceless 50, the unnamed operators who stayed behind. 

20 millisieverts per year = one sick per 400 persons
100 mSv per year = about 4 person per 400 sick a year.
Above 200 millisieverts per year = short-term sickness.
Above 500 millisieverts per year immune system affected.
above 1000 MsV some may die.
Above 2500 MsV a third will die
3000 MsV will cause internal bleeding

400 MsV at Fukushima reactor is bad, but not deadly.


"Anyway.. todays tools are scaled in Sievert, for volunteer fireworkers like me there are the following rules:

Max radiation allowed for saving things: 15mSv/hr
Max ... for removing danger of others peoples live: 100mSV per accident (
Max .. for saving life: 250mSv per accident

Allowed dose per year: 40mSv

Allowed dose per life: 400mSv

Basically: If you never worked in an atomic plant, stand one hour outside of Fukushima you get your max. allowed lifedose"
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« Reply #114 on: 16/03/2011 20:23:12 »
But it may be a race against time. "The US military said it had delivered high-pressure water pumps to Japan to help with the operation at Fukushima. High-pressure water pumps were offloaded from USNS Safeguard in Yokosuka last night and delivered to Yokota Air Force Base for further transfer to the government of Japan for employment at the Fukushima power plant," the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement."

satellite images of Japan showing damage after an Earthquake and Tsunami. 

"The International Atomic Energy Agency has rated the radiation release there 4 on a scale of 7. Three Mile Island was rated as 5/7 and Chernobyl was rated 7/7. Each additional point on this scale represents a factor of 10, so the current situation at Fukushima is 1/10th as serious as that at Three Mile Island, and 1/1000th as serious as Chernobyl, according to the agency.

Q: What happened at Three Mile Island? A: On March 28, 1979, unit 2 suffered a partial meltdown after water meant for cooling the uranium fuel was released from the containment chamber due to an equipment malfunction. There was no explosion and radioactive materials weren’t released into the environment because the chamber didn’t rupture. "

And it this that can't be allowed to happen. That the uranium fuel is released inside the containment chamber and ruptures. Then the melted rods will be able to eat themselves through the concrete floor and also create new explosions. As if that wasn't enough  "international Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Yukiya Amano confirmed that reactors No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3. had partially melted down. He added that Japanese authorities also had reported concerns about the spent nuclear fuel pools of reactors No. 3 and No. 4.

The deep tanks contain used fuel rods which are extremely radioactive and normally kept immersed in cooling water. Unlike the fuel rods that are used in the reactor vessel, the spent rods are not surrounded by a steel-and-concrete containment vessel. If water in the pools evaporated, the spent rods would be exposed to the air and radioactive material would be released into the atmosphere." "US Energy Secretary Steven Chu told Congress Wednesday that Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis appears "more serious" than the 1979 Three Mile Island partial reactor meltdown...Chu said DOE has sent 39 people and 17,000 pounds of equipment -- including radiation detectors and aerial measuring systems -- to Japan to help the country deal with the crisis.

"We are going to be looking very, very closely at the events happening in Japan and take those lessons," Chu said. "We will be looking very carefully and gathering whatever lessons can be learned and apply them to all the nuclear facilities we have in the US.""

"Currently the reactors are releasing small amounts of xenon-137 and iodine-131, which have a half life of 3.8-minutes and eight days respectively. But experts are more concerned by the release of cesium-137, which has a 30-year half-life. Professor Byrne says there is still a chance the Japanese reactors could go into meltdown.

"It's not impossible because they have problems with the coolant," he said. "The Three Mile Island accident which is the previous one similar to this certainly did have a core meltdown, so it could happen in one or maybe even two of these [reactors]. "The anxiety here is that it ruptures explosively and projects stuff into the atmosphere ... but even then it would not be of the magnitude of the Chernobyl reactor." Professor Byrne says it is not possible to speculate on how bad the health effects would be because it would depend on the amount of radiation released and where the prevailing winds took the particles. But he says as long as efforts to cool the reactors continue, the likelihood of a complete meltdown will decrease."

And last but not least; How to Stop a Nuclear Meltdown.   

And there seems to be 13 400 dead and counting, as for now. And with snow and the cold continuing around zero the evacuees situation becomes constantly worse, in their provisional shelters without food, medicine, heat and water. The government seem to try to move some to new shelters, further away, a worrying sign. And with Tokyo soon without food and water, just 200 kilometers away? In a worst case scenario it will be a nightmare come true. And if you believe, send a prayer for those faceless fifty, those that stayed in a environment where every hour becomes a lifetime of radiation, I think they can need all help they can get, divine or not. They are the true heroes here. Just found new information about them. They are 200 working in shifts of fifty. We should all be proud over people like that, they represent the best in us.

Two are missing after fire explosion today.
But the rest goes on, wish them well..
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« Reply #115 on: 16/03/2011 20:56:29 »
Let's not forget Russia. Rad Storm Rising.
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« Reply #116 on: 17/03/2011 01:26:37 »
They're dumping water now from choppers 7.5 tons per load. And they will use water cannons from the ground. Those doing it is worth a salute. And those making money on Japan stinks, buying and selling yen. USA have advised its citizens to evacuate a eighty kilometers radius around the Fukushima reactor. It is an American reactor so they may have a lot more statistics on them? Don't know how serious one need to take it? It depends on what they have seen in those tests the Japanese have delivered to them. but to evacuate such a large area, in Japan? I think they are having dire trouble with the shelters they already have.
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« Reply #117 on: 17/03/2011 14:32:21 »
Swedish waterfall will cry.

The company directors should be put in jail. They went and bought Germany's power plants, so now we Swedes are responsible for the German power production, and the Germans ? Well, They're closing down on nuclear energy, so suddenly Vattenfall is advocating .. Coal(!) ah, as a 'renewable' energy source? in Germany, well more or less :) So f*ng sad, and it wasn't even their private property. It was the Swedish peoples, but with idiots acting as if it was, with the right wing applauding as they want to sell it all out, and well, the 'taxes' sinks when you sell of our common heritage, don't they :) momentarily at least. And if the right wing sell Swedish common property off cheap enough, and they do, oh yes they really do :) the rich will buy... Our new government have been selling out our property for over ten years now, with our new 'middle class' applauding it. Soon everything we worked up will be gone into private hands with only what they can't sell staying as the 'peoples' responsibility. Meaning that the rich gets richer, and those without tax deductions will stand for the rest.. Stinks..

And hey,  they're selling Sweden off cheap too :)
A tip, buy buy buy.

Well, what can one say? Suddenly the Swedish people have become the 'guarantee' for German power production, and as a guess if the Germans want to dismantle their nuclear power plants they will try to off load it at Vattenfall. Those directors creating this clusterfu** should should be interned in a asylum, for ever, never letting them out again. Instead they get bonuses :)

Power suits in action, world wide ::))
A f*ng joke. Just like the international banking system.

Take a look To Shut Down Isar 1 Reactor As Part Of Govt Nuclear Moratorium.

Wouldn't surprise me if Vattenfall will go into bankruptcy. It's either that or us Swedish people taking care of two countries nuclear dismantling, alternatively renewal and upgrading. Get a real Government back Sweden, listening to reason and common sense instead.
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Don't get me wrong. Sweden lost their 'sight' a long time before that, our 'SocialDemocrats' becoming the forerunners of privatization. I don't see us having any real 'political parties' having foresight any more. And no, I am not advocting for a 'leftist' government. Or right wing.. Just advocating for people trying do what is good for us all, instead of what is good for their own pockets, or idiotic 'politic theories'. There are no such thing as 'political theories' the red Khmer's, peoples revolution in China, communist revolution and subsequent Putin regime all can tell you that. A right wing government is in one way truthful, ain't they :) At least they tell you that they want to privatize, only lying when telling you how good it will be for you. Even though privatization will be good for some, it won't be true for a whole population, assuming that the government before wasn't totally corrupted that is.

I always found the 'middle way' being the best, with power, water and medical services best being in the hands of the Country, not commercial interests. They are not to be 'supply and demand'. John Locke's general theory of value and price was the 'supply and demand' theory, well fitted to the time he lived in, but also leading to the robber barons. To day the world is small, very small. But we still have greed as our primary goal it seems, whatever 'political theory' we hide behind. That has to stop.
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« Reply #118 on: 17/03/2011 16:34:00 »
http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/relief/l4/Vcms4_00002070.html

Japanese Red Cross for those that have something to give.
"If you want to donate money to the affected population of earthquake and tsunami, please contact your national Red Cross/Crescent society, which may have already launched fundraising campaign within your country. If your national society doesn’t collect donation or you wish to send your donations directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society, please direct your fund to the following bank account. If you need the receipt of your fund, please state so clearly in the comment section of the bank transfer order. All the fund received under this account will be transferred to the Distribution Committee, which is formed around the local government of the disaster-affected prefecture and to be distributed directly among the affected population of earthquake and tsunami,

 Name of Bank: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
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 Account No.: 8047670 (Ordinary Account)
 SWIFT Code: SMBC JP JT
 Payee Name: The Japanese Red Cross Society
 Payee Address: 1-1-3 Shiba-Daimon Minato-ku, Tokyo JAPAN

Thank you once again for your generous offer. It is surely the source of encouragement for the affected population in Japan."
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« Reply #119 on: 18/03/2011 02:22:49 »
it seems like they succeeded to get some water to the number 3 reactor  (the most dangerous one) by ground (fire brigade) but they still have a lot of problems with getting out help to the evacuees. and the radiation have sunk slightly, but it's still a provisional solution. They are trying to start the electrical systems and the reactor pumps too, for cooling. But that one has to be a 'long shot'.
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« Reply #120 on: 18/03/2011 21:28:50 »
Okay two links I've found to the construction and safety aspects of those reactors in Japan.
Boiling Water Reactor Power Plant (Japan) That one I just point you too as I found it a pay-site, alternatively registering. But

"Bascially the fuel is the greatest source of radioactive species at the NPP, especially once it has operated in the core. The fission products and transmuted fuel nuclei are supposed to be retained by the fuel - firstly in the ceramic pellets - then by the cladding surrounding the pellets. Problems arise when the cladding is breached (fuel failure). Fuel particles containing isotopes of U, Np, Pu, Am and Cm, and fission products get into the coolant, or in a BWR, may find their way to the turbine, and ex-core cooling systems. Spent fuel is quite radioactive.

Fission gases (Xe, Kr) and volatiles like I, Cs are also problematic because they can be transported out of the core. In BWRs with degraded failed fuel, Xe, Kr, I and Cs are problems for folks working on turbines and BOP. Sometimes workers must wait on sight to degass, release the Xe, Kr they have inhaled.

Next corrosion products (know as crud) which deposit on the fuel during operation will become activitated, and structural materials in the core also become activated by neutron absorption. These corrosion products may find their way out of the core. This is a problem when a reactor shutsdown for refueling and the top is removed. Prior to removal, a cleanup system runs in order to wash out the loose crud, which is collected on a filter. More tenacious crud will be carried on the fuel to the spent fuel pool.

In BWRs using Hydrogen water chemistry, the can be carry over of N-16 (produced by (n,p) reaction with O-16) to the turbine. Some BWR plants have had a problem of gamma shine on workers or control room personnel because the steam lines passed near the control room. There are other radiation sources, e.g., primary and secondary neutron sources, as well as calibration sources."

And here is the other BWR_Safety_Design.pdf this one is a direct download. I had some trouble finding them, the original site in Japan didn't allow me to download them at all and I seemed unable to connect to it?

And lastly. Sample Core Damage Frequency Insights for Boiling Water Reactor. and some references on radiation protection and monitoring from Brookhaven


Those are all
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« Reply #121 on: 19/03/2011 00:15:52 »
So how serious is it?

Well the earthquake (8.9) alone was .. thirty times .. worse than the famous 1906 (at magnitude 8) San Fransisco earthquake. The Tsunami itself came with a almost 8 (26 feet) meter high wave, new approximations suggest 13 meter high (43 feet) at the highest. that they became so high has to do with the length of the Eartquake, Five Minutes long... That is unheard of I think.. It's very long. "As of 06:30 this morning, 18 March, the Tokyo Fire Department was continuing to spray water into reactor 3, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency reported. Meanwhile engineers have successfully begun laying an external grid power line cable between the transmission line and unit 2. They plan to reconnect power to unit 2 once the spraying of water on the unit 3 reactor building is completed." 50 tons of water have been flushed at reactor 3 today. And they are worried for the safety of reactor 2 as I understands it, just because it seems 'whole' still. They don't really now what's going on in there. Radiation dose rates are fluctuating based on some of the relief operations, such as adding cooling water to the used fuel pools. Recent readings at the plant boundary are about 2 millirem per hour. Radiation dose rates at reactor 3 range between 2,500 and 5,000 millirem per hour. The cooling seems to work so far.

So yes, I'm sort of scared. I'm scared for the safety of those eighteen millions (+) living 220 km from the site. Nobody knows how many there are living there in reality it seems, but, if there is a panic and they all start to leave, going outside?

Not good. Especially as it probably will be if the radiation gets dangerously high.

So far we only heard about reactor 1-4 right?
But, how many reactors are we talking about at Fukushima plant?
The real number is six.

" At the 40-year-old Fukushima Daiichi unit 1, where an explosion Saturday destroyed a building housing the reactor, the spent fuel pool, in accordance with General Electric’s design, is placed above the reactor. Tokyo Electric said it was trying to figure out how to maintain water levels in the pools, indicating that the normal safety systems there had failed, too. Failure to keep adequate water levels in a pool would lead to a catastrophic fire, said nuclear experts, some of whom think that unit 1’s pool may now be outside.

“That would be like Chernobyl on steroids,” said Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer at Fairewinds Associates and a member of the public oversight panel for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, which is identical to the Fukushima Daiichi unit 1. People familiar with the plant said there are seven spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daiichi, many of them densely packed.

Gundersen said the unit 1 pool could have as much as 20 years of spent fuel rods, which are still radioactive. The Fukushima Daiichi plant has seven pools for spent fuel rods.  Six of these are (or were) located at the top of six reactor buildings. 

One “common pool” is at ground level in a separate building.  Each “reactor top” pool holds 3450 fuel rod assemblies.  The common pool holds 6291 fuel rod assemblies.  [The common pool has windows on one wall which were almost certainly destroyed by the tsunami.]  Each assembly holds sixty-three fuel rods.  This means the Fukushima Daiichi plant may contain over 600,000 spent fuel rods."

Add to that "Pentagon officials reported Sunday that helicopters flying 60 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant picked up small amounts of radioactive particulates — still being analyzed, but presumed to include cesium-137 and iodine-121 — suggesting widening environmental contamination. The detection of the highly radioactive elements heralds the beginning of an ecological and human tragedy. The two radioactive isotopes can mean only one thing: One or more of the reactor cores is badly damaged and at least partially melted down."

And HAZARDS OF BOILING WATER REACTORS IN THE UNITED STATES.

And "The Fukushima Units #1 through #5 at Daiichi are older GE designed BWR-3 and BWR-4 Mk.I, boiling water reactors that were all built in the 1970's.  I used to design fuel for these types of reactors when I worked at GE some years ago.  In general, I would say that BWRs are actually inherently safer than PWRs.  When I was at GE they used to say that BWR stood for "BEST Water Reactor."  This older design, however, is not the best design for accident scenarios.  It has a torus or "doughnut" for the suppression pool and it is limited in its capacity.  Also, these containment structures are smaller than later designs, and generally considered not as robust."

And considering what happened this seems to fit in. "For station blackout accidents, containment systems will not be functional and the drywell floor will often be dry, leaving the plant susceptible to drywell shell melt-through. In addition, the reactor vessel will normally be at elevated pressure, which increases the containment loads at vessel breach. This means that station blackout accidents pose a severe challenge to Mark I and Mark II containments, and therefore, these accidents are often important contributors to the frequency of containment failure."

So, how can we find out what's really going on there? We can't go into them to look, not without playing Russian roulette. " Washington possesses some unique assets.  One asset – the secretive National Reconassiance Office – runs the spy satellites remote sensing devices that enable US national security to spy on planet Earth.   The NRO’s slightly less secretive cousin over at the the Pentagon is the Defense Intelligence Agency.  The DIA, in turn, controls MASINT “measures and signatures technologies”.

What is MASINT?  FDL’s recent guest Tim Shorrock answered that question a few years ago for CorpWatch: MASINT is a highly classified form of intelligence that uses infrared sensors and other technologies to “sniff” the atmosphere for certain chemicals and electro-magnetic activity and “see” beneath bridges and forest canopies. Using its tools, analysts can detect signs that a nuclear power plant is producing plutonium, determine from truck exhaust what types of vehicles are in a convoy, and detect people and weapons hidden from the view of satellites or photoreconnaissance aircraft."

So, now I wonder, what do they see?

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« Reply #122 on: 20/03/2011 03:51:22 »
Seems the pressure is raising in reactor three. They are going to release some water from the containment vessel to equal out the pressure. They can't use the (internal) suppression pool for this, so there will be a raised radioactivity outside it. but if they don't release the pressure the reactor may burst.

Serious stuff, making it even more difficult to handle.
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« Reply #123 on: 21/03/2011 15:45:44 »
There is still a lot of 'after shakes' going on. Must be terrifying not knowing how strong they will be.

"Maximum intensity 4 earthquake off the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture 2011/3/21 23:21:26 M5.8 occurred depth 30km  Maximum intensity 3 earthquake in western Kanagawa Prefectur  2011/3/21 23:27:26 M4.0 occurred 10km depth."

And reactor 2 is still a worry for the Japanese, there came whitish smoke from that one, and reactor 3, earlier. And with it the radiation started to fluctuate between 2000-400 microsieverts, some five km away if I got this right? And reactor three had thick black smoke coming from the used reactor pool. It makes me wonder if they shouldn't start to plan for the same as at Chernobyl? Where they, from the second to tenth day, dumped around 5000 tonnes of boron, dolomite, sand, clay and lead on the burning core using helicopters, trying to extinguish the blaze and limit the release of radioactive particles. I'm not saying that they need to do it. Just that they should prepare. It's better to be prepared before than after, I think, and if needed that one will take some serious logistics to plan for
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« Reply #124 on: 25/03/2011 04:18:33 »
I know. You've already seen it, right :)

S t i l l . .

Wanna be space savvy? Real Space Savvy? I mean, Really, R e a l l y, Space Savvy ??

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« Reply #125 on: 26/03/2011 01:45:26 »
Ah well, it's no fun reading about the Fukushima plant, Seems like a possible reactor breach in the number 3 reactor. Workers trying to connect an electrical cable to a pump stepped into water that was found to be 10,000 times more radioactive than levels normally found in water in or around a reactor. There is the same amount of radioactivity found in water in reactor one (That one is worrying), and possibly in number two and four as there is water there too. the Japanese government are encouraging people to move. there's a strong probability that those or this leak(s) have been there since the disaster.

"Similar pools of water were also found in the turbine buildings of the No. 2 and No. 4 reactors, measuring up to 1 meter and 80 centimeters deep, respectively. Those near the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors were up to 40 cm and 1.5 meters deep. TEPCO will remove such water in all of four reactor units to reduce the risk of more workers being exposed to radioactive substances, it said. The risk hinders their efforts to restore the plant's crippled cooling functions, which are crucial to overcoming the crisis, it added.

The utility plans to inject fresh water into the No. 2 reactor core to prevent crystallized salt from seawater already injected forming a crust on the fuel rods and hampering smooth water circulation, thus diminishing the cooling effect. It has begun injecting fresh water into the No. 1 and No. 3 reactor cores."

"The quake and tsunami are emerging as the world's most expensive natural disasters on record, wreaking up to $310 billion in damages, the government said." And that's just the start I would say. We'll see if those watching are able to learn from this, or not. The costs for just one nuclear accident is astronomical.

"Government spokesman Yukio Edano insisted that people living 12 to 20 miles (20 to 30 kilometers) from the plant should still be safe from radiation as long as they stay indoors. But since supplies are not being delivered to the area fast enough, he said it may be better for residents to voluntarily evacuate to places with better facilities."

I doubt anyone will feel safer by that message. And the radioactivity measured in the water supply in Tokyo was twice what's allowed for infants Wednesday, but has now gone down again to 51 becquerels of radioactive iodine per kilogram of water  Friday morning. Let's hope it will work out for them, and lets also hope that they've started to prepare for a worst case scenario. Looking at Chernobyl and wondering what 600 000 fuel rods might do is not what I want to do.

But they are trying, so very hard. And the Tsunami is making it so much worse, with homeless people in the hundred of thousands. But it's nothing compared with what a new Chernobyl might do to the citizens of Tokyo. If that happens we will be talking about millions instead.

"Early Friday, concern grew that the high-level radiation leak detected with the workers' exposure could indicate possible damage to the No. 3 reactor vessel, but the government's nuclear safety agency later denied the possibility, saying no data, such as on the pressure level, suggest the reactor vessel has cracked or been damaged.

While the high-level radiation is suspected to have come from the reactor, where overheating fuel rods are believed to have partially melted, it remains uncertain how the leak occurred, the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said."
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Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update Log Updates of 25 March 2011 

What makes me wonder a little more is that the live streaming from Japan has stopped on-line, both the English and Japanese version is finished as from today. Could be a commercial decision of course, NHK WORLD TV wanting to squeeze what money they can get from the interest.
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« Reply #126 on: 28/03/2011 07:54:32 »
Diverse Quotes.
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The elevated levels of radiation at and around the Fukushima plant will require careful monitoring of seafood in Japan, said Kimberlee J. Kearfott, a professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences at the University of Michigan. “It is extremely important that seafood be carefully monitored,” she said in an e-mail. “This is because many of the radionuclides are concentrated in the environment,” she added. “For example, iodines are concentrated in kelp (a Japanese food, seaweed) and shrimp. “Iodines, cesium and strontium are concentrated in other types of seafood,” she continued. “Fish can act like tea or coffee presses. When you push down the plungers, the grounds all end up on one side. In this case, that is the fish.”

New data from monitoring of the marine environment, carried out from 24 March, 22:55 UTC to 25 March, 03:32 UTC about 30 km offshore, show a decrease in both caesium-137 and iodine 131. The contamination at these locations is influenced by aerial deposition of fallout as well as by the migration of contaminated seawater from the discharge points at the reactor. The measured radiation doses rates above the sea remain consistently low (between 0.04 and 0.1 microsievert per hour). The first results of model predictions received from the SIROCCO Group at the University of Toulouse are being assessed. Radioactive iodine in seawater just outside the plant had risen to 1,850 times the usual level on Sunday the 27/3, up from 1,250 on Saturday. Yukio Edano, the chief cabinet secretary, said he did not think the pressure vessel, which cases the fuel rods, was broken at the No. 2 reactor. He said pressure levels inside the reactor remained higher than atmospheric pressure, suggesting that there was no breach.

“I don’t think the container is breached, but there is a possibility the water is coming from somewhere inside the reactor,” he said. “We want to find out as quickly as possible where the highly radioactive water is leaking from, and take measures to deal with it,” Mr. Edano said on a live interview on the public broadcaster, NHK, early Sunday. But monday Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano reported that highly radioactive water detected at the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is due to a partial meltdown of fuel rods there.

He said that "water in a containment vessel that came into contact with fuel rods, that partially melted at one point, is believed to have been leaked,'' referring to the high levels of radioactive water found at the basement of the reactor's turbine building. Edano told a news conference that the government believes the meltdown is not continuing.He said the government will put all its efforts into preventing the contaminated water from getting into seawater or seeping below ground. And Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled plant, said Monday that it has found water with radioactive levels 100,000 times normal in the basement of the turbine building.

Two IAEA teams are currently monitoring in Japan. One team made gamma dose-rate measurements in the Tokyo region at 8 locations. Gamma dose-rates measured ranged from 0.08 to 0.15 microsievert per hour, which is within or slightly above the normal background. The second team made additional measurements at distances of 30 to 41 km from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. At these locations, the dose-rates ranged from 0.9 to 17 microsievert per hour. At the same locations, results of beta-gamma contamination measurements ranged from 0.03 to 3.1 Megabecquerel per square metre. There was also deep concern early Sunday about initial readings of radioactive iodine 134, which has a half-life of only 53 minutes and would not be present in large quantities unless fission had restarted. That would present the alarming possibility of an out-of-control reactor. Several hours after releasing the initial results, the plant operator said that those readings had been in error, and that retesting had shown negligible amounts of the isotope.

But the revised readings confirmed the overall high radiation readings at the plant, and utility officials continued to search for the exact source. And they still may need to retest for other radioactive isotopes that had been found in the seawater around the No. 2 reactor, including troubling quantities of cesium, barium, cobalt and lanthanum. The government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency also said Monday that radioactive iodine-131 at a concentration 1,150 times the maximum allowable level was detected Sunday in a seawater sample taken around 1.5 kilometers north of the drainage outlets of the troubled No. 1-4 reactors. Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the nuclear agency, said it is highly likely that the polluted water spotted near the No. 5-6 reactors flew from the sea area near the No. 1-4 reactors along the coastline.

Nishiyama said there were no health concerns so far because fishing would not be conducted in the evacuation-designated area within 20 kilometers of the plant and radioactive materials would be ''significantly diluted'' by the time they are consumed by marine species and then by people.

Recommendations relating to the restriction of drinking water consumption, based on measured concentrations of iodine-131, remain in place in seven locations (in one location for both adults and infants, and in six locations for infants). As far as food contamination is concerned, samples taken from 23 to 25 March in five prefectures showed iodine-131 in unprocessed raw milk, but the levels were far below the regulation values set by the Japanese authorities. Caesium-137 was also detected in samples of unprocessed raw milk taken on 23 March in Chiba prefecture, but at levels far below the Japanese regulation values. Caesium-137 was not detected in any of the samples taken from 24-25 March in the other four prefectures.

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« Reply #127 on: 28/03/2011 12:32:35 »
Just to put it in perspective.

"The Chernobyl disaster, a nuclear reactor explosion and subsequent fire on April 26, 1986, which spewed highly radioactive fallout into the atmosphere, continues to harm animal populations in the Ukraine, according to a new study. The study, published in the latest Royal Society Biology Letters, presents the most extensive data set ever compiled on the abundance of animals at and around the Chernobyl site. "Abundance" is relative in this case, however, since scientists Anders Moller and Timothy Mousseau determined that insect, bird and other animal populations have dramatically diminished there in the two decades following the disaster.

"Chronic, continuous exposure to low dose radiation appears to be the cause," Mousseau, director of the Chernobyl Research Initiative at the University of South Carolina, told Discovery News. For three years, he and Moller conducted population censuses on invertebrates at more than 700 sites near Chernobyl. At each site the researchers measured radiation levels, using Geiger counters and aerial scan data. They also counted numbers of bumblebees, butterflies, grasshoppers, dragonflies and spider webs.

The radiation wasn't just higher right at the plant site, either.

Due to factors such as wind direction, the nuclear blast released radiation "in a very patchy manner, so while the highest areas of contamination are closest to the plant, there are also areas of higher radiation quite a ways away from the reactor," Mousseau said.

He and Moller are currently analyzing wolf, fox, rabbit, squirrel and other animal populations. The scientists are not yet ready to release those findings, but the insect population study and the earlier bird surveys suggest that many species "are either absent or in very low numbers in the Chernobyl region."

"Brightly colored and migratory species of birds appear to be particularly sensitive to radioactive contaminants," Mousseau added. Two processes appear to keep the Ukraine animals in a downward cycle. The first is that radiation could be accumulating within certain species over many generations, through ingestion of contaminated dirt, water and food. Secondly, as one animal or insect population diminishes, another one might take its place. This "niche replacement" species might then become contaminated too, reducing its later survival rates. As a result, the ecosystem at Chernobyl has never fully recovered and remains in distress, suggest the recent studies."

And "Twelve times a month — the maximum number of shifts the doctors will allow — Sergei A. Krasikov takes a train across the no man’s land and reports for work at a structure enclosing Reactor No. 4 known as “the sarcophagus.”

Among his tasks is to pump out radioactive liquid that has collected inside the burned-out reactor. This happens whenever it rains. The sarcophagus was built 25 years ago in a panic, as radiation streamed into populated areas after an explosion at the reactor, and now it is riddled with cracks. Water cannot be allowed to touch the thing that is deep inside the reactor: about 200 tons of melted nuclear fuel and debris, which burned through the floor and hardened, in one spot, into the shape of an elephant’s foot. This mass remains so highly radioactive that scientists cannot approach it. But years ago, when they managed to place measurement instruments nearby, they got readings of 10,000 rem per hour, which is 2,000 times the yearly limit recommended for workers in the nuclear industry.

While some radioactive elements in nuclear fuel decay quickly, cesium’s half-life is 30 years and strontium’s is 29 years. Scientists estimate that it takes 10 to 13 half-lives before life and economic activity can return to an area. That means that the contaminated area — designated by Ukraine’s Parliament as 15,000 square miles, around the size of Switzerland — will be affected for more than 300 years.

All last week, workers frantically tried to cool the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant 140 miles north of Tokyo. But one had to look at Ukraine to understand the sheer tedium and exhaustion of dealing with the aftermath of a meltdown. It is a problem that does not exist on a human time frame. Volodymyr P. Udovychenko drove to Ukraine’s Parliament building on Tuesday, dressed in a shiny purple shirt and tie. He is the mayor of Slavutych, which is home to most of the 3,400 workers who are still employed at the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station.

Most of them have not received their full salaries since January, and the mayor was requesting $3.6 million to pay them. “The leadership turns away from this, they think that Chernobyl doesn’t exist,” he said. “Chernobyl does exist. And those 200 tons — they also exist.” "

Sober reading, folks. Don't ever listen to those wanting you to 'forget' about it and 'leave it to the experts'. And stop thinking of long term storage. Keep it where we are forced to take care of it instead. There's no company able to take care of anything at those time scales, and probably no government either. But keeping the waste where we can see it will make us able to react in time, instead of 'out of sight, out of mind.'
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« Reply #128 on: 03/04/2011 18:22:25 »
This is Horrible. I know that you need to use those that are willing. But you shouldn't use those that already given up, feeling that life is of no use. Very questionable ethics, and sort of stinks. Those guys cited shouldn't be there, they should be at a crisis center with people that can give them some hope. This sounds more like those kind of nuclear war scenarios where someone used a dirty bomb at you, creating suicide squads that knows that they will die any which way. And no, I'm not joking, those scenarios exist. Humans are strange beings.

"The Fukushima 50 aren't on their own anymore — there are now about 400 Tokyo Electric Power Co. employees inside the plant. They work in rotating 12-hour shifts. The high levels of contamination make it hard to get supplies to them, so food and water are scarce. They get two meals a day: Typically, vegetable juice and 30 crackers each for breakfast, and instant rice for dinner. "I just wanted people to understand that there are many people fighting under harsh circumstances in the nuclear plants," one worker wrote in an email. "That is all I want. Crying is useless. If we're in hell now all we can do is to crawl up towards heaven."

Is the pressure getting to them?
Yes. In a note thanking fellow TEPCO employees for their hard work, one Fukushima supervisor broke down. "My parents were washed away by the tsunami and I still don't know where they are," he wrote. "I'm engaged in extremely tough work under this kind of mental condition. ... I can't take this any more!" Another worker, named Emiko Ueno wrote in an email quoted in The New York Times: "My town is gone,. My parents are still missing. I still cannot get in the area because of the evacuation order. I still have to work in such a mental state. This is my limit.""
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« Reply #129 on: 05/04/2011 21:22:57 »
Just remember the rest of the district is also suffering from total destruction, the single small area affected by radiation is tiny compared to the loss of entire towns and the death of over 28000 people killed by either drowning or having something fall on them. the reactors can and will be contained and controlled, but the rest of the country needs help as well.

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« Reply #130 on: 16/04/2011 06:32:58 »
" TOKYO — Japan's nuclear regulators raised the severity level of the crisis at a stricken nuclear plant Tuesday to rank it on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, citing the amount of radiation released in the accident. The regulators said the rating was being raised from 5 to 7 — the highest level on an international scale overseen by the International Atomic Energy Agency. However, there was no sign of any significant change at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

The new ranking signifies a "major accident" with "wider consequences" than the previous level, according to the Vienna-based IAEA. "We have upgraded the severity level to 7 as the impact of radiation leaks has been widespread from the air, vegetables, tap water and the ocean," said Minoru Oogoda of Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. NISA officials said one of the factors behind the decision was that the cumulative amount of radioactive particles released into the atmosphere since the incident had reached levels that apply to a Level 7 incident.

The revision was based on cross-checking and assessments of data on leaks of radioactive iodine-131 and cesium-137, said NISA spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama. "We have refrained from making announcements until we have reliable data," Nishiyama said. "The announcement is being made now because it became possible to look at and check the accumulated data assessed in two different ways," he said, referring " From Associated Press Updated: 04/11/2011.
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"Changes to Fukushima Daiichi Plant Status 15 April 2011, 14:30 UTC

The transfer of contaminated water from the trench of the Unit 2 Turbine Building to the condenser started on 12 April and continued on 13 April until approximately 660 tonnes were transferred. To minimize the movement of contaminated water to the open sea, temporary boards to stop water (3 steel plates in total) were installed on 13 April on the ocean-side of the Inlet Bar Screen of Unit 2.

Silt fences have also been installed in the inlet canal and in front of the Inlet Bar Screens of Units 1, 2, 3 and 4. On 11 April, a silt screen was installed at the southern end of the inlet canal. The installation in front of the Inlet Bar Screen of Units 3 and 4 was completed on 13 April and for Units 1 and 2 on 14 April. As of 14 April, white "smoke" was still observed coming from Units 2 and 3. White "smoke" was also observed coming from Unit 4 on 14 April." From IAEA.

Two hundred thousand people within a 12 mile radius of the plants is evacuated, with a no fly zone established within 50 km of the plants.

"There is approximately 50 workers at the reactors attempting to put water into the reactors to try and cool them, and around 800 nonessential staff workers have been evacuated. To date there has been 4 explosions at the plant emerging from the devastating effects the earthquake caused on March 11, and the tsunami the followed. Tokyo is located 150 miles to the south, and radiation levels there are slightly higher which caused the cancellation of Air China flights from Beijing and Shanghai into the capital of Japan."

TEPCO presenting a analysis of the tsunami hitting the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant on March 11th, 2011.
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« Reply #131 on: 17/04/2011 01:02:47 »
And here is our own TNS interview with Dr Ian Farnan, from the Cambridge University Department of Earth Sciences. Explaining how it could happen.
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« Reply #132 on: 22/04/2011 02:15:12 »
I don't know about you but I need a break here. Something that always make me smile is a cool game. There's a lot of nice online games out there, but not so many that suits a laptop (which I have) and are --Free--

Anyway, enough complaining. Here's a game with a twist, and rocks? 

==

And here's the text.

Mum mum mum mah
Mum mum mum mah

Mum mum mum mah
Mum mum mum mah

I wanna raid 'em like they do in the old days
Stun 'em sheep 'em sap 'em kite 'em mind control with me
Cast rejuvenation on the pally as she starts
And after she's been healed I'll be the one to heal her heart

Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh
I'll cast some HoTs, while she tanks the boss
Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh,
I'll cast some HoTs, while she tanks the boss

Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)
Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)

Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)
Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)

I wanna pug with her a leet pair we will be
Try a random dungeon and were queued up instantly
Grouped up with a huntard who still needs to fix his gun
'Cuz baby when we pug, if we don't wipe, it isn't fun

Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh
I'll cast some HoTs, while she tanks the boss
Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh,
I'll cast some HoTs, while she tanks the boss

Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)
Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)

Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)
Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)

I won't tell you that you're laggin'
but I'm braggin'
Cause they're spankin' while you're tankin'
I'm not lying I'm just HoTing with my sick heal-botting
Just like a jerk trolling in trade chat
steal your mount and then I transfer out
I promise this, promise this
Check my armoury I don't exist

Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)
Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)

Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)
Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)

Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)
Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)

Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)
Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)

Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)
Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)

Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)
Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)

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« Reply #133 on: 22/04/2011 02:37:03 »
And something for those that thought it was a free game..
Su**ers :)

Wallace & Gromit's world of invention. Most suitable for those with some engineering skills. On the other tentacle, if you didn't have it before you will get it now.

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« Reply #134 on: 05/05/2011 16:54:41 »
It's been some time since I wrote about Fukushima Daiichi. It's like that, at first it's news, and horrible news at that, but as the days go and nothing seems to happen, no new catastrophe that is, one lose focus. But we all know that with radioactive materials there is no such things 'short time solutions'. So here is what seems new to me.

This one is from the 3 of April.

"Water with high amounts of radioactive iodine has been spewing directly into the Pacific Ocean from a large crack discovered Saturday in a six-foot-deep pit at the coastal plant north of Tokyo. The pit is next to the seawater intake pipes at the No. 2 reactor. After an unsuccessful attempt to flood the pit with concrete to stop the leak, workers on Sunday turned to trying to plug the apparent source of the water — an underground shaft thought to lead to the damaged reactor building — with more than 120 pounds of sawdust, three garbage bags full of shredded newspaper and about nine pounds of a polymeric powder that officials said absorbed 50 times its volume of water.

Although the stopgap measure did not appear to be succeeding, workers would keep trying to stem the leak, said Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director general of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. Early Monday, workers injected a dye into a separate tunnel where contaminated water had been discovered, to determine whether that was the source of the water in the pit, said Tokyo Electric Power Company, the plant’s operator. Workers are also expected to continue efforts Monday to stop the leakage from the pit into the ocean.

Experts estimate that about seven tons an hour of radioactive water is escaping the pit.

Safety officials have said that the water, which appears to be coming from the damaged No. 2 reactor, contains one million becquerels per liter of iodine 131, or about 10,000 times the levels normally found in water at a nuclear plant. “There is still a steady stream of water from the pit,” Mr. Nishiyama said, but workers would continue to “observe and evaluate” the situation overnight. "

And here is Tepcos announcement of the same from the 21 of April.

"TEPCO Revealed on Thursday Radioactive Water 20,000 Times the Legal Limit Leaked in to the Ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in early April. 5,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances or 520 tons of contaminated water was leaked. The leak is estimated to have lasted for six days through April 6."

As for which version is most correct? We will have to assume that Tepco realize that it's very hard to lie about radioactivity, even if it's leaking into the ocean. So I'll go with what they say until proven otherwise. And the ocean can take care of it, it's like oil catastrophes. The best cleansing isn't our human efforts. They are puny compared to what a ocean can do, and better still, it never stops its work. At least that is the experience we have in Sweden as I understand. That doesn't mean one can ignore it, and what it might do to the underwater vegetation? Still, the ocean have its own ways of dealing with it, long range ways. But the same will count for this radiation, even though the ocean will dilute it away, a lot of it might have been taken up by the bottom & vegetation so my guess is that they will have a hot-spot there, for quite some time.

And finally Workers enter Japan reactor for 1st time since blast. (No.1 reactor )

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« Reply #136 on: 21/07/2011 23:21:46 »
Feeling too serious today?

The world hanging over your shoulder.
0n your shoulder?


This will help.
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« Reply #137 on: 27/07/2011 02:40:56 »
LOL...LOL..Thats funny,,,,, Thanks Yor_on!

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« Reply #138 on: 27/07/2011 02:42:41 »
I don't know about you but I need a break here. Something that always make me smile is a cool game. There's a lot of nice online games out there, but not so many that suits a laptop (which I have) and are --Free--

Anyway, enough complaining. Here's a game with a twist, and rocks? 

==

And here's the text.

Mum mum mum mah
Mum mum mum mah

Mum mum mum mah
Mum mum mum mah

I wanna raid 'em like they do in the old days
Stun 'em sheep 'em sap 'em kite 'em mind control with me
Cast rejuvenation on the pally as she starts
And after she's been healed I'll be the one to heal her heart

Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh
I'll cast some HoTs, while she tanks the boss
Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh,
I'll cast some HoTs, while she tanks the boss

Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)
Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)

Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)
Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)

I wanna pug with her a leet pair we will be
Try a random dungeon and were queued up instantly
Grouped up with a huntard who still needs to fix his gun
'Cuz baby when we pug, if we don't wipe, it isn't fun

Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh
I'll cast some HoTs, while she tanks the boss
Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh,
I'll cast some HoTs, while she tanks the boss

Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)
Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)

Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)
Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)

I won't tell you that you're laggin'
but I'm braggin'
Cause they're spankin' while you're tankin'
I'm not lying I'm just HoTing with my sick heal-botting
Just like a jerk trolling in trade chat
steal your mount and then I transfer out
I promise this, promise this
Check my armoury I don't exist

Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)
Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)

Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)
Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)

Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)
Can't beat my, Can't beat my
Can't beat my roll on that epic mace
(He just rolled 100)

Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)
Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)

Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)
Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)

Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)
Ep-ep-ep-epic mace, ep-ep-epic mace
(Mum mum mum mah)


Thats an interesting song! Can;t say as I understand it all but it does make you think...

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« Reply #139 on: 07/08/2011 18:36:43 »
T h i s  i s  a  D o u b l e  p o s t.

And I'm making it both in 'environment', and here. It's also probably the most important post I will make on this site :)

It's about your weather, Earth's climate, and what temperatures our kids might meet somewhere around 2100. It's also about the way the internet should be used, as a place where we all can meet and help each other out. And it's seriously geek cool :) as a added bonus.

The idea behind this site is statistics. Actually, to me, it resembles the way they found the dropped atom bombs outside Spain. I think they named it the Monte Carlo method. It was quite simple, using their best predictions and computer methods they still couldn't find the last bomb, so what they did was making it into a educated guessing contest, where people bet on where they thought the bomb might be. And then they took the result of the competition and started a search where the most people had guessed it might be, and found it, in the approximate area. It might seem slightly confusing, but it has be shown that when you take a large number of opinions on a matter, educated or not, you will find that the answer that crystallises out more often than not, have a statistical significance, coincident with the correct answer, all as I understands it.

So what this site does is to work with all of those slight variations of climate models we already have, spreading them out on home computers, all over the world, to then collect the results and look at how they 'clump together' into a pattern. Those 'patterns' will, according to this model, show a statistical significance pointing to what will become the most probable temperature increase. And it works, the theory as such has been proven several times, on several different occasions. So, this guy sat and tried to create a program such as those climate models could be run on our normal pc:s. and while he sat there our computers became more and more powerful, and in the end those two meet, and this is the result.

It's a brilliant idea and you joining it will be one of the hundreds of thousand creating a virtual 'super computer' doing what no super computer today can do, count on those probabilities and where the significance becomes largest. Do you get it, by joining you will do something NASA, ECHELON, NORAD, NSA, ad infinitum, can't. Your PC will be a part of one of the coolest virtual super computers on Earth. And all for a really good purpose. And we need this answer.

Climateprediction.net
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« Reply #140 on: 24/04/2012 21:09:27 »
So we know that there is something brewing right?

No, I don't mean ale. Those weird scientists, I mean, I may be somewhat odd but .. ..

Take a look at this..  Will CERN awaken the Elder Gods?

I just knew there was something strange going on there..
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« Reply #141 on: 26/04/2012 12:01:01 »


and yes I counted them 1000 words

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« Reply #142 on: 26/04/2012 14:19:47 »
As good a description of a woman as any I would say.
One thousand words, making one woman, three important :)

(Ouch, wasn't me, somebody else must have written this..)
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And his spelling syx !!
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« Reply #143 on: 26/04/2012 21:23:31 »
beauty Marylin..  She certainly was a beauty!

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« Reply #144 on: 29/04/2012 14:25:29 »
Now, some of you might hate, well maybe not me personally, but at least the sheer chutzpah of someone calling your FaceBook account 'evil' but I think this guy got it right. Read it through first.

In Which Eben Moglen Like, Legit Yells at Me for Having Facebook.

The problem isn't in the idea of connecting services, more in the way they get used, and the way FB 'own' whatever you publish. Nothing is owned by you there, even though they tell you, it's 'yours' :)
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« Reply #145 on: 29/04/2012 14:36:18 »
So how do you circumvent it?

Well you can make fake accounts of course, but it won't matter. You create a structure of sorts, like a network of nodes, by whom you will interact with, and what you do and say anyway. Your name isn't important for that, although after a while it will be fairly easy for anyone having access to that information to track you down.

So, if you go up on social networks, understand one thing. They are not there for you to be a happy consumer. Ah well, in a way they are, but in a dictatorship they will become the strands that fetters you.
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And what may be worse, the strands that fetters those that trust you as you put them up.
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« Reply #146 on: 29/04/2012 15:00:45 »
Take a look at this example :)
Ah well..

Luluvise's date-rating site shows where your Facebook data can end up. 

Sort of embarrassing funny, but if they get it, what more agencies and sites? And it's 'commercially available' too..
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« Reply #147 on: 29/04/2012 15:06:42 »
What you need to see here is that in a statistical research, in where you are guaranteed anonymity, you actually are anonymous.  But if the same company constantly sent you requests and also logged from where, or in some way marked your answer with a unique code your answers slowly would start to lose their anonymity. And if everything you do becomes uniquely marked in some way, well forget privacy.

There will be no such thing.
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« Reply #148 on: 01/05/2012 18:01:02 »
Hopefully this will pluck a smile from you.
Don't know what to make of it but it sure sounds fun.

Especially "No Cyborgs beyond this point." "Human infants taste terrible!" "Chlorine-breathing reptoids out of US Congress!"

A Human IR Vision Experiment..
Enjoy..
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« Reply #149 on: 25/05/2012 20:20:27 »
Fukushima..

I don't know what to make of this but you better read it..

As this else may be what some of us may end up with, or even worse?
A reality check.

Read this and make sure to check out the links in a time wise order.

 Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen took 5 random soil samples in Tokyo recently, and found that all 5 were so radioactive that they would be considered radioactive waste in the United States, which would have to be specially disposed of at a facility in Texas:

And now this one, but?

I still find it extremely hard to wrap my head around this idea.
But it's certainly much worse than I expected, which ever way I turn it around...

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