Incredible devastation seen near NJ nuclear plant in new aerial footage from Air Force (VIDEO)

Published: October 31st, 2012 at 12:41 pm ET


Air Force 108th Wing:

Aerial view of the New Jersey coastline near Seaside Heights from a 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter following Hurricane Sandy Oct. 30, 2012. U.S. Air Force video by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen.

Red Marker: Oyster Creek nuclear plant; Green Marker: Seaside Heights, NJ

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Published: October 31st, 2012 at 12:41 pm ET


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25 comments to Incredible devastation seen near NJ nuclear plant in new aerial footage from Air Force (VIDEO)

  • I conducted an empirical analysis of mainstream media reporting by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal of their coverage of the nuclear plants.

    This empirical analysis demonstrates media AGENDA SETTING AND FRAMING

    Bias is very clearly evident in the lack of discussion of spent fuel pool dangers.

    Moreover, only one outlet of the 3 covered the release of tritium.

    The new york times had the absolute worst coverage.

    • +1

      Empirical research (analysis):

      [WSJ noted]
      "…tritium was released from a reactor in Salem – tritium is a beta emitter that has dangerous biological effects."
      – from majia's blog

      How many events have occurred like this over the years?
      How many have gone unreported or ignored?
      How many will suffer?

      Too many!

    • Cisco Cisco

      Great job Maija, good research! We are past the tipping point, and it's just a matter of time before another NP catches fire. Fukushima will surely be the end for many of us globally.

      I noticed some recent noise from TEPCO about how they would again be "profitable". They aren't as industrious as Shrub though, 'cause they aren't "working on Saturdays".

      That's how you keep your costs down. You reduce your workforce in light of the ticking time bomb ready to explode; and, focus on your balance sheet.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Salem I New Jersey Nuclear Plant Loses Primary Plus Backup Cooling System; via A Green Road

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    @majia,I did hear something interesting on the news that made me go hmm???

    Last night, NBC special on Sandy, it was referred to as the biggest storm ever in this hemisphere.

    I wonder if our magnetic pole reversal is also having impact on storms.

    Do these larger storms happen more often in the southern hemisphere? and if so, does that indicate that we will, indeed, have more storms of this nature, just because of the magnetic pole issues?

    I know we have more issues, but I do wonder what impact this reversal could have if any.

    Any thoughts?

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I think with the ice melt, global warming and pole reversal thus a plethora of issues contribute to larger storms which we should have been addressing yesterday. IMHO

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Absolutely. I read an interview with Munich Re's CEO (one of the world's biggest insurances). He said Sandy-like storms might still seem unusual today, but match their own forecasts 100%.

        If you want to know tomorrow's risks, ask an intl. insurer….they know.


    • Pole shift may impact weather.

      A Consistent Poleward Shift of the Storm Tracks in Simulations of 21st Century Climate Jeffrey H. Yin National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA

      Submitted to Geophysical Research Letters May 31, 2005
      Corresponding author: Jeffrey H. Yin
      National Center for Atmospheric Research
      ESSL/Climate and Global Dynamics Division

      A consistent poleward and upward shift and intensification of the storm tracks is found in an ensemble of 21st century climate simulations performed by 15 coupled climate models. The shift of the storm tracks is accompanied by a poleward shift and upward expansion of the midlatitude baroclinic regions associated with enhanced warming in the tropical upper troposphere and increased tropopause height. The poleward shift in baroclinicity is augmented in the Southern Hemisphere and partially offset in the Northern Hemisphere by changes in the surface meridional temperature gradient. The poleward shift of the storm tracks also tends to be accompanied by poleward shifts in surface wind stress and precipitation, and a shift towards the high index state of the annular modes. These results highlight the integral role that the storm tracks play in the climate system, and the importance of understanding how and why they will change in the future.

      • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

        Thank you Majia, and moonshellblue 🙂

        It does occur the polar shift impacts weather. Great article, I will continue to read it 🙂

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        majia, Many thanks for this paper. Interesting read on a topic I've pondered for several years. However, I didn't see a 1 to 1 causal relationship between the shift toward Siberia of the north magnetic pole and the northward shift in weather storm tracks in North America. If you see this causal relationship expressed in this paper, can you please post the appropriate quote? Thanks again. You do good work!

        • I agree Philip

          The article is suggestive but doesn't explain the reason for the pole shift in storms

          (that is, unless i missed it with my cursory read, it doesn't state that a shift in poles is responsible for the pole shift in storms)

          Its a crazy day for me but i'll try and search a little more later today or Fri…

          • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

            majia, begin with this paper, which outlines what we know, and how we came to know the history of the north Magnetic Pole.
            Of special interest is the map showing the path through the past 3000 years or so. It seems that since 1900, the path of the pole is straight towards Siberia. I'll keep looking for your further posts.

  • hibypass hibypass

    Seriously???? Would it have killed ya to actually show some footage of OCGS??? Ridiculous how there is no live shots after this period of time. We want to see THE ACTUAL FUCKING NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION!!! Are the service water pumps under water or whaaaaaaat??? Good grief…

  • markww markww

    i said HAARP was over NYC and the storm grew but many said haarp could not do this it was man made to get bigger

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Man made like the nuclear bomb put in the seabed fault to trigger the EQ / tsunami and made Fuku explode??

      • mark_eric

        You do realize how ridiculous you sound, right? HAARP is a real Air Force research program into the uses into Ionospheric Heating which has an actual web site, actual military documentation describing the goals of weather modification and listing ionospheric heating as possible method to reach those goals .
        It's a little intellectually disingenuous to equate HAARP with an anti-zionist conspiracy theory which has no real evidence.

        I'm not saying that I'm certain this technology was used on Sandy, but I am very weary of people who feel the need to equate HAARP with unicorns farting glitter.

        • kalidances

          Got a question for ya Mark. You ever hear of corrupt military leaders every doing things for money or power that are hidden for years before disclosure is made?

          Could that in any way be a possibility?

        • kalidances

          Sorry "ever". I mean humans don't ever make errors in judgment right? They're perfect people those military researchers.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      They use HAARP to lessen storms and to move the pathway as much as possible. I looked at HAARP readings in Gakona, Alaska, during the storm; it was practically nothing. You can go back and look at the readings as they are archived.

      HAARP is used mainly for deep earth tomography to locate natural gas, oil, and rare earth metals.

      Foreign governments use their ionospheric heaters to attack the US. Russia has taken credit for 3/11. The fault is with the nuclear industry. Conspiracy theories just let the nuclear industry deny their own liability and criminal negligence. Fukushima should have been decommissioned long ago. They should have never put MOX fuel into reactor #3.

      The severe weather and global warming is caused by radioactive Krypton gases off nuclear power plants, especially those in meltdown.

      • mark_eric

        Wow, we all must really be on edge, misinterpreting what each other are saying. I am in complete agreement with markww as to the possible uses for HAARP-like technology, and I'm a lot less certain than anne about the benign uses the USA has for it. Yes, that particular instrument in Alaska is probably exactly what their web site describes, research oriented. There are many other such facilities. I also grok your point kalidances and fully agree. I was tring to counter B&B's ridicule of the very possibility that there could be any reality to markww's statement.

        I grew up in Alaska, so I know HAARP is real. I also grew up around a lot of military people, so I know well the heroic/competent/petty/psychotic spectrum of personality types. All in all, I really wish they didn't have this capability, but if wishes were fishes….

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Good news:Trenton, NJ –The formal “alert’’ status at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township was terminated at 3:52 a.m. today after the water levels at the plant’s intake system decreased to normal levels, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has confirmed this morning.

    Offsite power also has been restored to the nuclear power facility, which had lost electrical service due to Hurricane Sandy and was using backup generators to power water pumps that cool the fuel stored in the nuclear reactor.

    Water levels at the plant’s intake system are now at about 3 feet and declining, below the six-foot level that triggers a formal alert notification. The rising levels were the result of high tides, wind direction and storm surge that were caused by the storm. The notification of an “alert’’ is the second lowest NRC action level.

    The NRC in a statement noted that Oyster Creek was in “safe condition,’’ with agency inspectors on site.

  • hibypass hibypass

    Moonshell, thanks for the straight talk.

  • markww markww

    WORST video coverage I have ever seen. TV Station Yesterday did so much better with their helo flying over the same areas and you could see it perfectly.