Asahi: The explosion at Fukushima Reactor 3 had seriously damaged Reactor 2 — “Worst possible case” was predicted soon after — Many workers abandoned facility

Published: March 21st, 2013 at 9:06 pm ET
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Title: PROMETHEUS TRAP/ ‘Shadow units’ (9): SDF members told to hold their ground
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: HIDEFUMI NOGAMI
Date: March 22, 2013

The explosion that went off in the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on the morning of March 14, 2011, caused serious damage to the neighboring No. 2 reactor as well.

The electrical circuits were destroyed, making it impossible to let steam out of the reactor. [...]

[Motohisa Ikeda, senior vice minister at METI] convened an emergency meeting of top officials in the room. [...]

“The No. 2 reactor is in a dangerous situation,” [Akio Komori, Tepco managing director] said to Ikeda. “We are worried that the nuclear core may have started melting down” at the reactor. “The worst possible case could occur four hours from now,” he warned.

Komori’s dire warning prompted the attendees to consider moving the headquarters [...] They chose the Fukushima prefectural government’s building, 60 kilometers from the plant [...]

After the advance unit left the off-site center, it was found that many people other than the members of the unit had also gone. [...]

“We have not decided to abandon this place yet” [...]

Full report here

See also: Gov't report suggests situation "far worse" than meltdown -- It "is the worst possibility in a nuclear accident"

Published: March 21st, 2013 at 9:06 pm ET
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11 comments to Asahi: The explosion at Fukushima Reactor 3 had seriously damaged Reactor 2 — “Worst possible case” was predicted soon after — Many workers abandoned facility

  • Mack Mack

    Besides what happened at Fukushima, here's what happened at other nuclear power plants in Japan right after the March 11 earthquake/tsunami

    >> accidents at Daiini = loss of cooling water at Unit 1, 2 and 4 which caused this to be classified as a a Level 3
    >> incident at Onagawa = fire in the turbine section, radiation reached 21 mSv/hr
    >> incident at Tokai = cooling system for Unit 2 stopped working; 2 of 3 diesel generators were out of order
    >> incident at Rokkasho Reprocessing = lost power, had to run on backup diesel generators, leaked 600 liters of water

    But guess what?

    "None of Japan's commercial wind turbines, totaling over 2300 MW in nameplate capacity, failed as a result of the earthquake and tsunami, including the Kamisu offshore wind farm directly hit by the tsunami."

    The wind turbines withstood it all!

    Wake up world.

    Renewable Energy is THE answer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_T%C5%8Dhoku_earthquake_and_tsunami


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  • Mack Mack

    Tepco owns 17 nuclear power plants: 6 at Daiichi, 4 at Daini, 7 at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

    In July 2007 a 6.6 earthquake shook the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, causing enough damage that Units 2, 3, 4 were never restarted.

    What this means is the nuclear industry already knew that earthquakes damage nuclear power plants.

    They didn't need Fukushima to tell them that.

    Tepco also has 160 hydroelectric stations.

    Which means Renewable Energy is not new to Tepco.

    Invest in MORE Renewable Energy, Tepco.


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  • Lion76 Lion76

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

    “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” –Albert Einstein

    “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth

    “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann

    “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.” – E.F. Schumacker

    “A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

    “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    took a walk amongst the thumb headed, mundane population. Read Neanderthal had larger brains. There was no doubt; Im retarded, they are retarded …and malformed. Mankind is on a quick path downward. Devo. Forget saying anything about Fukushima (Try, and you will know), state of humanity, or anything. Oh, sometimes it looks like a wave, (of awakening), but its not really. A few generations hence, and they wont be able to manage their machines even. Nightmarish


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Sorry, seemed off topic. Of course they cant manage their nuclear machines now. The salient point is that retardation and malformation is the inevitable consequence.


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  • harengus_acidophilus

    Everyday tiny pieces of old news,

    I don't get it.
    What is the use of this?

    h.


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Im in agreement Acidophilus. One more facet of the insanity of it all.

      Im starting to wonder if man will gloss over the event, as we descend. How often do we hear of Belarus? Or the oil spill in the Niger Delta (the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years)…how many die from pharmaceutical drugs…or what the big bankers get away with. Mans eyes and ears…closed forever


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    • Wreedles Wreedles

      Administrator posts these because…

      1) For the 'new-heads' it may be information they haven't seen before.

      2) For the 'old-heads' it can be helpful to be reminded about the true scope and horror of this disaster. Memory is a funny thing.

      Peace…


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