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Flooding Begins: Already up to half foot of rain around Brunswick, NC nuke plant — Gusts to 62 mph

Minor flooding begins at Irene hits NC coast, Associated Press, August 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm EDT:

[...] Officials say the minor flooding was in Carolina Beach. There are radar indications that up to 6 inches of rain fell in Brunswick County. [...]

The oceanfront pier at Wrightsville Beach recorded sustained winds of 52 . . . → Read More: Flooding Begins: Already up to half foot of rain around Brunswick, NC nuke plant — Gusts to 62 mph

Nuclear plant on NC coast now under tornado watch (RADAR)

A tornado watch is in effect for coastal counties until 5 AM, WECT, August 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm EDT:

A tornado watch has been issued for: Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, and Onslow counties until 5 AM.

Brunswick nuclear plant is near Oak Island:

Virginia Gov. declares state of emergency: Damage from quake greater than first reported — Hurricane threatens already weakened structures

McDonnell declares state of emergency for earthquake damage, Times-Dispatch, August 26, 2011:

Gov. Bob McDonnell today declared a state of emergency [...] because damage assessments appear to be more extensive than initial reports, aftershocks have caused further problems and the potential for high winds from Hurricane Irene threaten to further damage weakened structures.

More . . . → Read More: Virginia Gov. declares state of emergency: Damage from quake greater than first reported — Hurricane threatens already weakened structures

Report: “Brunswick nuclear plant along the North Carolina coastline will continue to operate throughout the storm”

Hurricane Irene could darken cities from the Carolinas to New England, Electric Light & Power, August 26, 2011:

[...] Because forecasts have not predicted hurricane-force winds in the area, Progress Energy said that its Brunswick nuclear plant along the North Carolina coastline will continue to operate throughout the storm — although the NRC has . . . → Read More: Report: “Brunswick nuclear plant along the North Carolina coastline will continue to operate throughout the storm”

Oil spill at quake-hit Virginia nuke plant — Approximately 150 gallons near Reactor No. 2 turbine building

Event Notification Report for August 26, 2011, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

Facility: NORTH ANNARegion: 2 State: VAEvent Date: 08/25/2011Event Time: 16:10 [EDT]

Event TextNOTIFICATION TO OFFSITE AGENCY REGARDING AN ONSITE OIL SPILL

“At 1610 EDT on August 25, 2011 the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality was notified of an oil spill that occurred at . . . → Read More: Oil spill at quake-hit Virginia nuke plant — Approximately 150 gallons near Reactor No. 2 turbine building

Evacuation: Fast-growing wildfire burns near spent fuel storage at Idaho National Lab — Accepts nuclear rods from plants across US

Idaho fire prompts evacuation of nuclear facility, Reuters by Laura Zuckerman, August 26, 2011:

Firefighters struggled on Thursday to control a fast-growing 28,000-acre wildfire raging within several miles of spent nuclear fuel stored at a U.S. Energy Department lab in the high desert of eastern Idaho.

The growth and intensity of the blaze, the . . . → Read More: Evacuation: Fast-growing wildfire burns near spent fuel storage at Idaho National Lab — Accepts nuclear rods from plants across US

CONFIRMED: Oil bubbling up above Macondo Well is chemical match to BP’s crude, says NOAA chemist (PHOTOS)

Press-Register, August 25, 2011: Scientific analysis has confirmed that oil bubbling up above BP’s sealed Deepwater Horizon well in recent days is a chemical match for the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed into the Gulf last summer… Read More

US nuke agency confirms “initial explosions at Fukushima were very likely ejections of core material”: Analyst (VIDEO)

… “and a vaporization of some portion of those cores” . . . → Read More: US nuke agency confirms “initial explosions at Fukushima were very likely ejections of core material”: Analyst (VIDEO)

Japan gov’t: Fukushima cesium equal to 168 Hiroshima nuclear bombs

Fukushima caesium leaks ‘equal 168 Hiroshimas’, AFP, August 25, 2011:

[...] The amount of caesium-137 released since the three reactors were crippled by the March 11 quake and tsunami has been estimated at 15,000 tera becquerels, the Tokyo Shimbun reported [...]

That compares with the 89 tera becquerels released by “Little Boy” [...]

The . . . → Read More: Japan gov’t: Fukushima cesium equal to 168 Hiroshima nuclear bombs

300,000+ bq/m² of radioactive iodine deposited in areas near Tokyo before end of March: Japan study — Only includes I-131 (MAP)

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Atmospheric behavior, deposition, and budget of radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, Regional Environment Research Center, National Institute for Environmental Studies, by Yu Morino, Toshimasa Ohara, and Masato Nishizawa, August 2011:

h/t EX-SKF

Figure: Distributions of accumulated deposition rates of I-131 simulated by CMAQ over 11–29 March 2011

. . . → Read More: 300,000+ bq/m² of radioactive iodine deposited in areas near Tokyo before end of March: Japan study — Only includes I-131 (MAP)

“I think without a question there has been structural damage to the plant” in Virginia: Report (VIDEO)

Interview with nuclear energy expert Paul Gunter, Big Picture, August 25, 2011:

At 2:45 in (Transcript Summary)

Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear: [...] I think without a question there has been structural damage to the plant. We’re most concerned about buried pipe that carries radioactive water underneath the plant [...] that could very . . . → Read More: “I think without a question there has been structural damage to the plant” in Virginia: Report (VIDEO)