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Photo: Cracks found in spent fuel rods at Japan nuclear plant

Published: January 12th, 2013 at 12:46 am ET
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Title: Cracks found in spent fuel rods at Hamaoka nuclear power plant
Source: Enformable
Date: Jan. 11, 2013

An investigation by Chubu [Electric Power] into the status of spent fuel stored in the spent fuel pool from the Unit 1 reactor of the Hamaoka nuclear power plant [in Shizuoka Prefecture, ~100 km SW of Tokyo] found cracks and other deformations among the fuel rods.  The Unit 1 reactor is currently undergoing decommissioning work and the spent fuel was transferred to the Unit 5 spent fuel pool, and some of the damage is thought to have occurred during the transfer from one spent fuel pool to another. [...]

Source: AT-S

See also: Damaged nuclear fuel rod stuck in Japanese reactor for 17 years -- Experts have been unable to remove it, no solution so far

Published: January 12th, 2013 at 12:46 am ET
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59 comments to Photo: Cracks found in spent fuel rods at Japan nuclear plant

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Just a tad more nuclear insanity. Has our DNA had enough yet?


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    • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      Hi dharmasyd , good to see you're up and here :)

      We are not "evolved" or in this world , "mutated" enough yet to understand the question i'm afraid .


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  • PattieB PattieB

    Classic quake-crack… and one that's a while back and been run with the crack in active reactor core to get the sublimation on the edge of it like that. So… what does that say about the remainder of the plant?


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  • dosdos dosdos

    Crack is bad for you. I think we established that already, no?


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  • natano natano

    Wow, i almost skipped this article because it's like what else is new in #4? But holy crust, this is in some other place? Stop all nukes now and go with passive nuclear power. reactors need to be at safe distance and there's already one we can all tap into.


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  • PattieB PattieB

    Nuke-level reactions in pool of #3 are increasing….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYeS_mAKaT8

    Getting a couple of "Beam" type flashes in north-west portion of trash-pile!


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  • PattieB PattieB

    Well… with the begining of the mag-pole swap, we have a HUGH spot almost as large as the US forming up over the S Atlantic that has no magnetic sheilding anymore… so big heating element causing problems there. Next, we have the US PTB actually taking a "Hit" to their bottom line $$$ to crank the enrichment plant up to all new levels of pollution via CFC's… 150-300 TONS of it… that have wreaked MAJOR DAMAGE to what remains of our ozone layer over the pole… likely so as to stockpile the rods for their reactors that work keep their DUMBS running. They intend to bolt when the shite hits the preverbial… and is why they want so many of us dead, or just far to weak and/or sickly to make a fuss over this play!
    We pleabian-types will be left here above to be par-broiled by our fiesty-natured sun at its most active! We must all pay them the acolades due them… for threading just SO MANNY damned issues of distraction and contention out in the public! They pray we will not form a consistant force to take them to task for all the awfull things they have done, and folks they have killed in the doing of this!
    So!?… who gets to claim santuary in the DUMB's folks?
    Do they deserve them when one considers how they went about building them? You decide for yourselves…


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    • richard richard

      hi PattieB. These mag-pole shifts et al are the sort of the off topicy thing.

      in fact, imo, they're not valid. and if it was to actually occur, we can forget about any level of normality as we know it.. very little, if any breathing thing, would survive.

      i'm not here to cover the science of celestial gravity, particularly in this thread. I'll just say I think mag-pole shifting belongs with some of those other theories I doubt.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        NASA seems to think they occur regularly. Am not holding my breath and waiting to see if it happens, though.

        http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012-poleReversal.html

        "Reversals are the rule, not the exception. Earth has settled in the last 20 million years into a pattern of a pole reversal about every 200,000 to 300,000 years, although it has been more than twice that long since the last reversal. A reversal happens over hundreds or thousands of years, and it is not exactly a clean back flip. Magnetic fields morph and push and pull at one another, with multiple poles emerging at odd latitudes throughout the process. Scientists estimate reversals have happened at least hundreds of times over the past three billion years. And while reversals have happened more frequently in "recent" years, when dinosaurs walked Earth a reversal was more likely to happen only about every one million years."


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      • NoNukes NoNukes

        NASA, MSNBC, etc.:

        Study: Earth's magnetic field is changing
        Observing fluid motions in core could help scientists predict future changes

        USGS Open-File Report 99-132
        The innermost part of the earth. The outer core extends from 2500 to 3500 miles below the earth's surface and is liquid metal. The inner core is the central 500 miles and is solid metal.
        By Jeremy Hsu

        updated 8/18/2008 4:49:34 PM ET
        Print Font:
        Something beneath the surface is changing Earth's protective magnetic field, which may leave satellites and other space assets vulnerable to high-energy radiation.
        The gradual weakening of the overall magnetic field can take hundreds and even thousands of years. But smaller, more rapid fluctuations within months may leave satellites unprotected and catch scientists off guard, new research finds.
        A new model uses satellite data from the past nine years to show how sudden fluid motions within the Earth's core can alter the magnetic envelope around our planet. This represents the first time that researchers have been able to detect such rapid magnetic field changes taking place over just a few months.

        "There are these changes in the South Atlantic, an area where the magnetic field has the smallest envelope at one third [of what is] normal," said Mioara Mandea, a geophysicist at the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany.

        http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26273268/#.UPIsBXy9KK0


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      PB, most people don't even know what the DUMB's are.


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    • richard richard

      'there’s no need for immediate concern as over the past 200 million years the Earth has only rotated 30 degrees – that’s just 0.2 degrees every one million years.'

      Cosmos Online …

      http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/6143/pole-dancing-earths-dramatic-polar-shifts-explained


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      • PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha) anne

        The sun flips every 11 years:
        The Sun Does a Flip
        “February 15, 2001 — You can't tell by looking, but scientists say the Sun has just undergone an important change. Our star's magnetic field has flipped.
        “The Sun's magnetic north pole, which was in the northern hemisphere just a few months ago, now points south. It's a topsy-turvy situation, but not an unexpected one.
        "’This always happens around the time of solar maximum,’ says David Hathaway, a solar physicist at the Marshall Space Flight Center. ‘The magnetic poles exchange places at the peak of the sunspot cycle. In fact, it's a good indication that Solar Max is really here.’

        Sign up for EXPRESS SCIENCE NEWS delivery

        “Above: Sunspot counts, plotted here against an x-ray image of the Sun, are nearing their maximum for the current solar cycle. [more information]
        “The Sun's magnetic poles will remain as they are now, with the north magnetic pole pointing through the Sun's southern hemisphere, until the year 2012 when they will reverse again. This transition happens, as far as we know, at the peak of every 11-year sunspot cycle — like clockwork.”
        http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast15feb_1/


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        • PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha) anne

          “Scientists understand that Earth’s magnetic field has flipped its polarity many times over the millennia. In other words, if you were alive about 800,000 years ago, and facing what we call ‘north’ with a magnetic compass in your hand, the needle would point to ‘south.’…”
          http://earthsky.org/space/magnetic-pole-reversal-not-a-sign-of-doomsday


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        • PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha) anne

          Map of magnetic north pole the last 1700 years.
          http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/weekly/Page12.pdf

          The Magnetic Pole Shift
          “Dmitriev's point of view on the pole shift is that it is already happening. In fact, he believes that the shift actually began in 1885. In the last 100 years, Earth's magnetic south pole has traveled almost 560 miles toward, and into, the Indian Ocean. The magnetic north pole has moved more than 170 miles between 1973 and 1994 in the direction of Siberia via the Arctic Ocean. The rate of the magnetic pole's movement has also increased in the last century compared with fairly steady movement in the previous four centuries….”
          http://www.netplaces.com/guide-to-2012/earth-changes-and-the-pole-shift/the-magnetic-pole-shift.htm


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        • PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha) anne

          “On 11 March 2011, in the early afternoon (14:46:23 local time), Japan was rocked by 9.0-magnitude earthquake that caused widespread damage to the country’s eastern coastal region. It lasted approximately six minutes, occurred at a relatively shallow depth of 24.4 kilometres (km), or 15.2 miles, with an epicentre of approximately 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai City, Tohoku region. The earthquake was so powerful it moved Honshu, Japan’s largest island, 2.4 metres east and shifted the Earth on its axis by an estimated 10 to 25 centimetres….”
          http://www.wpro.who.int/publications/9789290615682/en/index.html


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          • richard richard

            yes anne, i did read and can relate to this one off event. thanks for the numbers again.

            that also demonstrates the kind of energy required and then disipated for such a one off event.

            should we ever have the displacement that some are suggesting, then almost nothing would survive.. so-called civilisation wouldn't return for eons.


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  • PattieB PattieB

    then perhaps you should look into the changes in flight patterns over the area… I don't… as I've said before… spout ANYTHING at all, that is but speculation. This if not science fiction… it is SCIENCE FACT! The only thing now in question… is speed of progression. It has already well begun.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      There is a huge and well documented ozone hole over the Southern Hemisphere. And a large one over the Northern Hemisphere, as well.

      CFC's were planned for phase-out in 1989 (Montreal Protocol) but they continue to destroy ozone for 50 years or more. We'll likely see more damage from CFC's for at least another 30 years.

      There are still lots of old refrigerators and such running on CFC's.

      National Geographic reported schoolchildren in parts of Australia had to wear hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses to prevent injury from increased UV levels, due to ozone damage in the Southern Hemisphere. 'Think I read that in 1990 or so.

      Not the case anymore? Am curious. My brother lived in Queensland for many years, and said the sun was harsh there — as compared to California.


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  • PattieB PattieB

    My, My richard… you say that like you have the background to say anything at all, other than spewing your party line, with scientific facts as a part of it. You talk a good game, richard. we here all know your adjenda. For myself…? My qualifications for speaking on such matters are both firm, and easy to be verified. When they come and visit me next month for the planned interview…? I'll show them the folks like you and your posting here, as a sample of the attempts to dis-avow the facts in all of these issues.

    So you just keep doing what you do, richard. You anger many, who don't understand just what your about, and how you work, but not me. I've had far to many years of exposure to such as you. :-*


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    • richard richard

      whatever pattieb. i don't have a party line. not sure why i should. I notice that's a common tactic on blogs, to try to compartmentalise other bloggers.

      and you say i anger many, but i'm sure there are just as many who seek sensible and plausible science around here. Pole shifting is simply not one of them. The subject, where it is valid, would cover eons in time. Beyond human scale at least. And if there was a real and 'sudden' shift, the 3/11 tsunami would look like a wake from a jet-ski.

      and you can have as much exposure as you like. you have not the slightest inclining of my experiences. but I do respect the size and scale of Earth and it's place in the solar system etc. With a time scale to match.

      Pole shifting is yet another distraction from real and tangible issues.


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    • richard richard

      in fact, i'm pondering this 'following the party line' suggestion you've made.

      It's making me realise that some people are on a political agenda, trying to gain points for the policy of their chosen party.

      They don't actually care about Earth and the Flora and Fauna First.

      They're simply puppets of their political masters.

      It's like you have to be left wing if you're green, and if you want to be right wing, you have to support nukes. As a generalisation.

      But I come from the concern of the environment first. There are plenty of clearly defined and tangible issues to face in that arena alone. There's is no need for science fiction and political dogma to cloud or complicate these issues. Solve the clearly defined issues first, then go out and play with your school yard mates.


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    • NoNukes NoNukes

      DEALING WITH THE SOUTH ATLANTIC ANOMALY

      The South Atlantic Anomaly is a worrisome dip in the donut-shaped Van Allen Radiation Belts off the coast of South America. It is caused by a more-or-less permanent mismatch between the spin axis of the earth and its magnetic dipole. An 11-degree angle exists between the two axes and, in addition, there is a 300 mile distance between the geometric center of the earth and the center of its magnetic dipole.
      These relatively small mismatches result in a localized magnetic field strength that is only about half as strong as the worldwide average value of 0.5 Gauss. The energetic protons in the lower Van Allen Radiation Belt are trapped in the earth’s magnetic field, and, as a result, they are pulled down toward the earth’s surface in the South Atlantic Anomaly. When low-altitude satellites fly through the South Atlantic Anomaly, they experience dramatically increased levels of radiation.

      Astronauts, computer chips, and solid-state sensors must be protected from the extra radiation found in the South Atlantic Anomaly. Mission planners avoid “space walks” over that part of the world, the Hubble Space Telescope is temporarily shut down, and laptop computers carried onboard the space shuttle and in the International Space Station sometimes malfunction. In addition, some of the Globalstar mobile communication satellites are believed to have died earlier than predicted because of the extra radiation they experienced


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      • NoNukes NoNukes

        The Van Allen Radiation Belts, which are composed primarily of highly energetic protons, electrons and positive ions, are trapped in the earth’s magnetic field. They are shaped like gigantic donuts in space. These enormous belts were first discovered in 1958 by the American physicist, Dr. James Van Allen, a professor at Iowa State University, shortly after the Explorer 1 spacecraft was lofted into space.

        The lower Van Allen Radiation Belt reaches its peak intensity at an altitude of about 1800 miles above the earth. It consists primarily of protons and positive ions spiraling in long, lazy loops around the earth’s magnetic lines of flux. A sphere two feet in diameter positioned at the center of the lower Van Allen Radiation Belt would be penetrated by 20 million of these energetic protons every second of its mission. The upper Van Allen Radiation Belt reaches its peak intensity at about 10,000 miles above the earth. It consists primarily of electrons at substantially lower energy levels.

        Most of the time when the various charged particles hurtling around the magnetic flux lines reach their northernmost or southernmost latitudes, an abrupt mirror-image reflection hurls them back into the opposite direction. But near each pole a small number of them escape, plunge to lower altitudes, and impact the hydrogen, oxygen, and argon atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere. These collisions create the Northern and Southern Lights.
        http://www.aticourses.com/blog/index


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        • NoNukes NoNukes

          Operation Argus was a series of nuclear weapons tests and missile tests secretly conducted during August and September 1958 over the South Atlantic Ocean by the United States's Defense Nuclear Agency, in conjunction with the Explorer 4 space mission. Operation Argus was conducted between the nuclear test series Operation Hardtack I and Operation Hardtack II. Contractors from Lockheed Aircraft Corporation as well as a few personnel and contractors from the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission were on hand as well.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Argus


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  • PattieB PattieB

    http://www.astronoo.com/articles/magnetosphereEarth-en.html

    Lets all ignore all this. Every other thing that's happening is being fuel by such problems, but what the heck! This IS on TOPIC as I was answering to the issue that Fukushima was the cause of the recent weather problems. It isn't not directly. This and what the urainium enrichment plants have been doing to the ozone, however… are DIRECTLY responsable for what's now happening. richard.


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    • richard richard

      i've no doubt that nuke plants and uranium enrichment may be damaging the ozone and atmosphere and contributing to global warming. Fukushima may be turbo charging that.

      i came to enenews do the issues over nukes, fossil fuels, renewable energy. I understood the site to be Energynews.

      but there seems to be some need to wrap everything in Russian Dolls of conspiracy theories, by some writers.

      frankly, there are abundant other sites that cover all the fluffy 'issues'. The stuff that is beyond reach of mere mortals.. stuff so huge there is nothing to be done about it but waffle on and clutter the internet.

      but the issues of nukes, fuels, renewables, wastes, taking care of the environment.. these can be clearly defined and changes can be affect by actual real people on the streets.

      life's already to complicated.. some people are just out to add more confusion world. It's just cutting and pasting chinese whispers these days.


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  • PattieB PattieB

    the ONLY thing that can be done about the "ISSUES" is take the entire UN staff, the ENTIRE group at the whiteHouse, most of congress, ALL of the senate… and put them out on their asses, and on trial for crimes against HUMANITY! Anything other than that…? Your shouting at the deaf.

    It's just that simple.

    Once THAT has been done… THEN we can take to task each and every mongrel corporate conglomerate that has been systematicaly trashing this planet for profit!


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  • PattieB PattieB

    The question is…. just what horrors need to be brought to light for the consumption of the general population… for them to WAKE THE HELL UP! smell the coffee… and get PISSED OFF enough to DO SOMETHING about the problem!


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  • PattieB PattieB

    Agenda 21 is about the fact that we will be needing to live in the DUMB's they have built. There are too many folks to fit in them. If any are brought into them? They are set on OWNING them. Complete control is the game plan, and they will decide who lives, and who doesn't.

    The question isn't IF!… just, WHEN.


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