NHK: Another fuel pool loses cooling system at Fukushima Daiichi — CBC: May take days to repair

Published: March 18th, 2013 at 1:36 pm ET
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CBC News, at 1:18p ET: Workers at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan are trying to fix a crucial part of the plant that stopped working today. […] Currently the cooling systems in [the fuel pools at] reactors one, three and four are not operational and representatives from TEPCO are unsure how to fix them. However TEPCO says it should have a solution within a few days and that the fuel rods stored in the pools will remain safe for at least four days without fresh cooling water […]

NHK WORLD English: […Tepco] said the blackout took place shortly before 7 PM on Monday. […] They added the blackout has interrupted the cooling system for another pool containing about 6,300 rods. It has also affected part of a system that disposes of contaminated water. […] The officials will reportedly begin restoring the cooling system once they discover the cause of the interruption.

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Published: March 18th, 2013 at 1:36 pm ET
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74 comments to NHK: Another fuel pool loses cooling system at Fukushima Daiichi — CBC: May take days to repair

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    7 SFPs without water.
    Means Reactors1,2,&3 also without cooling.
    Would expect to see a large increase in airborne radiation soon.
    If any of the offsite radiation measuring equipment was working.
    It didn't take long at all for Japan to become a third-world nation.
    Atomic energy industry leading the way.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      "another pool containing about 6,300 rods" refers to the Common SFP.
      We assume SFP5&6 pumps are also down.
      One of my (many) fears about Fukushima is that…
      pumps fail,
      workers cannot get replacement equipment into the plant,
      nor can they stay there long enough to complete the repairs,
      and that Arnie's "Skyshine" drives all workers away from the complex.
      Letting Nature take its course. 🙁
      (See the recent video of workers struggling through the wreckage in Unit1, which I linked in another post today.) How would they ever get a new pump into there, through all that wreckage?
      How would they ever get any work done, with their dosimeters going off, hindered by tyvek suits and masks, giving them zero protection from gamma rays.

      • norbu norbu

        Philip, do you think they can fix this before it is to late….
        N

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          Better odds in Vegas.

          And the whole thing is too late anyway, norbu. The damage has already been done. Further accidents will only accelerate what is coming.

          You know how, when you're listening to the radio, sometimes you hear a blaring noise, then they tell you they're running a test on the system? I just heard one that said they were testing California, Oregon and Washington at the same time – one big coordinated test. Never ever heard this before.

          Something wicked this way comes.

          • norbu norbu

            I figured it was to late, just thought I would ask. A bit of sarc…better odds in Vegas for sure.
            N

        • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

          Norbu, Time Is Short has it about right.
          "Time Is Short" should change his handle to "Time Is Past".
          (I think they will solve the problem this time.
          But only because it is a problem with the system highline interface,
          Which is a single point of failure.
          Easily diagnosed and easily remedied.
          When Japan is a third-world nation in 10 or 20 more years,
          I don't believe they will be able to handle ongoing problems,
          as the pumps break down and need replacement.)

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        How would you like to try to repair the SFP pump in Unit1?
        Here is the tour video link:
        http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2013/03/ex-representative-kawauchi-went-inside.html

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      No problem, just throw a few popsicles into the pools. That will keep them cool. And if that does not work, fix the cooling system with duct tape and baling wire. They have plenty of that.

      Radioactive Xenon Gas; Dangerous And Lung Cancer Causing Isotope; via A Green Road
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/10/radioactive-xenon-gas-dangerous-and.html

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      Tepco says reactors unaffected, presumably bcz switchboards r different.

  • norbu norbu

    Hmm.. "crucial part of the plant that stopped working today, TEPCO are unsure how to fix them". geee.. uh you could ask for help.
    N

  • Maybe the spent fuel problem is responsible for the heavy emissions visible with the webcams

    http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-tepco-and-tbs-webcams-do-not-seem.html

    http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/tbs-cam-is-alarming-this-morning.html

    Yesterday looked hot also, but not as hot as today
    http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/tepco-webcam-this-morning.html

    The TBS webcam was not working yesterday morning.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    TEPCO reports power failure at Fukushima, stops cooling system
    http://rt.com/news/fukushima-power-failure-cooling-445/

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      According to the RT report this outage does not include 123 spent fuel pools and claims they are not affected. So which report is accurate.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      And the photo is not Daichi, at least not any area of Daichi we've ever seen before.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    It isn't just 'circulation' cooling water that's been lost. Everything leaks like a sieve. They need to 'replace' water, and tons of it every hour.

    They've lost all 'replacement' water, and water used for cooling whatever might be down the 'holes'.

    This may reduce radioactive water flowing into the ocean (TEPCO PR release imminent), but whatever they were hoping to diffuse into the oceans is now going into the atmosphere.

    Whether it all catches fire, or gets washed into the ocean, we are still going to end up absorbing all of it.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      I've been keeping my eye on the realtime monitors in Japan and on the US side of TEPCO's big cooling,dumping pond, formerly know as the Pacific Ocean. The only numbers that come in late and NEVER mesh with the elevated figures currently displayed by the surrounding locales is TEPCO's old,low-ball numbers! Still this link might be useful for someone trying to determine when the next big releases occur and get a "heads-up" regarding when they might expect the jetstream to bring new plumage into their neck of the irradiated woods?!! http://jciv.iidj.net/map/list

      • dharmasyd dharmasyd

        Johnny Blade. thanks for trying to give us this expo. But I have a question. These charts list nSv/hr. Wha't an nSv? Is it a nano sievert? If so, what's a namo sievert? Or is this just a new designation mean't to confuse things even further?

        • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

          Hi dharmasyd; nano sievert equals micro-rems . It is confusing and probably as intended to be (?)! Here's a handy conversion chart that might be helpful though. So many different devices and countries and even different agencies,instititions from the same country uses non-standardized, "universal" units of radiation measurement! http://www.civildefensemuseum.com/southrad/conversion.html

          • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

            typo; meant to say we NEED a "universal" unit of measurement to be adapted!! TAKE CARE 🙂 ~**

    • Our MSM friends are coming online:

      Fukushima without cooling water for 3 hours after power failure

      Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/fukushima-without-cooling-water-for-3-hours-after-power-failure-1.1200320#ixzz2Nv2gap00

      Time is Short: I tried to steal your comment and paste it into their comment section, but not sure if it 'took'. Hope this is OK. Wasn't sure how to quote your name as originator. Otherwise, I'll try to think up my own comments from here on …

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Take whatever you can and pass it on, Pu239. This is a collective effort to assist humanity, and the imminent end thereof.

        I believe ignorance will lead us to 'The Road', only with lethal amounts of radiation thrown in. McCarthy missed that one.

        I think awareness may wake up the 'collective consciousness' and allow us to 'softly slide' into whatever awaits us.

        The world's governments want ignorance. We want truth. And this is how we will die, fighting for the last shred of humaneness we believe we are capable of.

        • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

          Over a year & a half ago I was immersed in the emotionally disturbed, confused, frightening mindset that 311 saw me groping for a life-preserver to keep from succumbing to the deep,dark horrific sea of harsh reality the filthy nuke-pukes, sell-out Obama Administration, public ignorance & apathy had plunged me into! Just when I thought I couldn't take another day of the things GE,TEPCO,etc. brought into play my wife who I love more than I can describe in words was suddenly diagnosed with advanced,aggressive,rare and usually fatal form of Inflammatory Breast Cancer that had begun only months before her diagnosis on Feb.20,2012 & followed up with an equally aggressive Cancer Treatment Plan that led to her being poisoned with months of tumor-shrinking, toxic chemotherapy followed with surgery to remove her left breast & 7 adjacent, malignant lymph nodes and then #37 nearly back to back radiation therapy treatments that left her already disfigured upper-left torso looking like it was burnt with a blowtorch(!!)before the Dr.'s said the findings of the biopsied tumors & her labs indicated the cancer had been "stopped & eradicated"! Now she has to get a "partial" chemo infusion monthly(Hercepin)and take a pill every day for the remainder of the "5-year plan"which she has or "had" a 31% survival rate according to "PRE-311"stats(?)! Somehow another huge event & spike in airborne radiation levels seems poised to ensure that she and ALL "1st round" victims WILL DIE! 🙁 ~**

          • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

            sorry you and your loved ones are going through this, Johnny Blade. Keep up the good fight and know that you're not alone in your struggle…

            • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

              Thanks AFTERSHOCK! I know you mean what you say and being acknowledged by all of you who I respect more deeply than I can find the words to describe means a lot to me! I'm not very good at math and I know I'm almost always right on the edge of what can be described as either;"wound-up" or "wacked-out" and I apologize for the times I'm leaning towards the latter-but I do mean well and if I had a way to "fix" what has been done at the expense of my own life I would do so without hesitation if it would take away the promise of any of you going through what my wife and our families have been enduring and I hope & pray that some "miracle" would occur to prevent the cancers & great heartache I know some of you are or will before all's said & done and the anxiety,disgust,contempt and heartbreak those capable of caring about the environment, other innocent people and animals is very painful to observe while helplessly "bound" by corrupt,incompetent govt. & corporate leadership, "plastic" MSM propaganda "tools" and widespread ignorance & apathy still prevalent to the point of keeping the number of those of us willing & able to take on the "enemy" now "hiding" behind the intellectually-challenged majority who present the biggest obstacle as their being "slow" to "wake up & smell the cesium in their coffee"-thus harmful delays that benefit Big Nuke & the little pukes before our side has its ranks properly filled to take them on & take 'em DOWN HARD!Thanks…

          • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

            I only learned to "adapt" to what has happened to our once beautiful planet and all of the good things that kept the last semblances of "HOPE" and my ability to believe in "Happy Endings" alive inside of me and the people who rely on me and need me has kept me from completely LOSING IT and doing some "things" that WOULD bring attention & focus on the realities & implications that the 311 Fukushima Nuclear ELE represents EVEN had me thinking of "self-immolation" on the doorstep of the Fukushima "clone" nearest my lifelong home region that would've included methods I'd devised to ensure that my motivating factors would be impossible for them to "sweep under the rug" or "twist" into THEIR "unflattering" explanation for the event by the same media whores who broadcast their benefactors lies & pro-nuke PR propaganda into living rooms across America and beyond! That was even BEFORE my absolute,hands-down WORST "nightmare-come-true"-my wife's confirmed cancer diagnosis happened our lives were/ARE turned upside-down suddenly found myself NEEDED more than ever before and was given a new "understanding" & "vision"with an ability to withstand physical & emotional suffering while stifling my "tears" turning the pain & fear to HATE which is "stored" & only felt and/or meant for the rapidly approaching day that the simple TRUTH of the magnitude of the event(s) & current status with an accurate,DETAILED accounting of EVERYTHING & those responsible via…

            • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

              >>incompetence or "intent" are named, indicted or detained under citizen's arrest and properly prosecuted for their parts in the crimes against humanity & nature and "sentencing" be carried out "expeditiously"-a word that has never been able to be used when describing the concerns & "haste" in which they have ever acted on the public's behalf when threatening events occur and doom seems imminent!!(?) No, I no longer harbor any thoughts of self-harm or even thoughts of "disruptive,albeit selfless acts of protest" at such extremes anymore since I need to be around to comfort and care for my wife and now other family members who need "experienced" cancer caregivers and I "absorb" my experiences in cancer treatment facilities including having watched the facility become suddenly overwhelmed with MAJOR surges in newly diagnosed cancer patients and had my heart broken to pieces seeing very young children & babies clinging to frantic mothers & fathers waiting for hours for their toxic treatments in overly-crowded spaces with only two chemo pharmacists working long hours to prepare hundreds of "specific" individually prescribed treatments differing for each patient and I wonder how long before they HAVE to start "choosing" who gets into treatment & who will die without it??!! Who DECIDES?!! The day TSHTF and the balance of power has shifted back to the PEOPLE it always was supposed to I will be there "kicking ass & taking names later" or smiling down on all of…

              • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

                >>YOU! 🙂 ~**

              • NoNukes NoNukes

                Johnny Blade,

                I am so sorry that your wife has to go through this suffering. I have been in those waiting rooms, and my heart goes out to you both. Thank you for having such a big heart and being generous enough to give us inspiration in the middle of it all.

          • dharmasyd dharmasyd

            So sorry, JB. To have your wife sick at the same time as this must be very difficult. We all feel our efforts have little effect with the 'rulers' who think they know everything, but are truly ignorant. Every once in a while someone from the children's leukemia group calls me to help end chldhood leukemia by donating to their program.

            Maybe I have some effect; some of them listen when I tell them the best way to end leukemia if to shut down the NPPs. Most just hang up on me quickly as they see me as wasting their time from phone call fund raising.

            • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

              Thanks for the kind words dharmasyd! I bring it up here a lot because it just feels like it is "connected" to Fukushima disaster pollutants that were added to what already put people in the US at least up to a 40% chance of encountering cancer in their lifetimes BEFORE 311 and now it must be dramatically different for the worse and everytime them TEPCO boys decide to runover a UGX powerline with a D-9 or Japanese equivalent,piece of heavy equipment,etc. and then let them pools blow off a little steam and I don't even want to try to guess at what kind of perverted"illuminating"
              going's-on are taking place under Pee-Wee's,crusty,melting Big Top Circus Tents or the "Iron Curtains" they put so much effort into that probably led to the power loss itself somehow(?)! If God Forbid, We have to go through another "explosive" event with international impacts expected, but somehow manage to fare better than I'd expect Japan will~I truly hope that I'm correct in my assuming that it WOULD be the absolute,unequivocal END of nuke power although I doubt TPTB who have them will agree to part with their "asteroid-busters"WMD's but all the NPP's or at least those who get the "message"and cooperate in such an event, hopefully ALL nations would comply rather than die?!! It's an awfully big goal to shoot for but it seems to be the only feasible option! Unfortunately I'm not sure we can sustain the next big event it'll take to prove to the "sLeeple" it B time 2 wake up!…

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            JB, I understand how a diagnosis such as your wife had (and the harsh, harsh treatment) can turn your world upside down. Two abnormal mammograms here since 01/13, then ultrasound showing nothing addt'l, then MRI confirming growth of a nodule in my left breast — increased 60% in size in just over four weeks.

            Signs similar to inflammatory cancer developed two days after the ultrasound. It was passed off as burns from the ultrasound "goop." So I waited about 11 weeks from the time of the first abnormal mammo to diagnosis (tomorrow, Tuesday Mar. 19). I had to kick and scream to get a second opinion. The medical system is broken.

            Am not looking forward to having to drive out of town tomorrow to get the diagnosis. Strangely enough, the nodule and all the nasty red streaks and blistering (two sets of them) disappeared in the 10 days between the MRI and the biopsy. The radiologist said he couldn't find anything he thought he should even biopsy. The guy has been doing this for 35 years, and he's the head of a big radiology outfit in Sacramento. I'm stumped & just don't know what to think.

            My body feels trashed from all the 3/11 radiation (and everything since then). Have complex cysts in my kidneys and thyroid now, bleeding from my bladder; lots of wierd things my body never did before. And lots of fatigue, and periodic anemia. Very odd. It gets we immune compromised folks sooner than others.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              I have thrown every anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, anti-viral thing known to man into my body (it seems) these past two weeks. Maybe that's what made the nodule and abmormal breast calcifications disappear? I know they were there — the radiologist who did the original workup showed them to me. I'm stumped.

              Am beginning to think maybe the alternative methods of preventing cancer or dealing with it have a lot of validity.

              Are the nuclear medicine people in bed with the pro-nukers? One big, giant cancer and cancer treatment factory?

              I'm so sorry, but I feel so jaded on our society and medical system, right now. Nothing has been done to stop the use of nuclear energy, GMO's, toxic chemicals, etc., because it's TOO DAMNED PROFITABLE. This makes me sick.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              … gets us immune compromised folks, that is.

              • HH

                I'm surprised that people from Enenews who are very aware of the dangers of radiation are allowing themselves to x-rayed.

                Dr. Caldicott has said to limit x-rays.

                Did you read this:

                "Mammograms cause breast cancer http://www.naturalnews.com/010886_breast_cancer_mammograms.html#ixzz2NxTodo26

                Suzanne Somers' cancer was missed by 2 mammograms and then found by an ultrasound.

                Dr. Samuel Epstein has been warning about mammograms for years.

                Read this:
                http://www.huffingtonpost.com/samuel-s-epstein/the-breast-cancer-unaware_b_754641.html

                • HoTaters HoTaters

                  Yes, HH, it's said 20 years of mammograms expose a woman to twice as much radiation as a woman living one mile from "ground zero" at Hiroshima got after the bombing there. Is it true? I don't know, but that's one heck of a lot of radiation.

                  What's worse? The disease or the detection? How many cancers due "nuclear medicine" cause?

                  • HoTaters HoTaters

                    Also easy to say forego the mammograms when you're not someone with breast abnormalities. A cancer in situ has been considered a possibility in my case for about 15 years now. And a cancer likely wouldn't have shown up as a discrete lump, nor anything easy to detect.

                    I opted for mammograms instead of developing a diffuse carcinoma or inflammatory cancer which likely wouldn't have been detected until it was quite advanced.

                    There are pros and cons to both sides. Everyone must make his/her own choice about this.

                    • HoTaters HoTaters

                      Were I to go back 20+ years, I'd likely have started with alternative technologies and modalities for detecting abnormalities such as cancer. I'd likely have done a lot of things differently.

                    • HH

                      Oh yes of course I agree everyone must make their own choices.

                      But did you know this. After a positive diagnosis is found with a mammogram, a patient is sent for an ultrasound.

                      Why?

                      Ultrasounds (without radiation) show many things more clearly.

                      Many women in the "natural" communities fight to have the ultrasound first. And forego the mammogram. Of course the cancer society hates this.

                      Suzanne Somers said the ultrasound saved her life because her cancer was missed by mammograms.

            • NoNukes NoNukes

              Wow, HoTaters, what a roller coaster! I'm so sorry for your diagnosis, but I am so happy that the nodule disappeared. 🙂 Please let us know what some of the main alternative things are your favorites.

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                Colloidal silver, Samento, Banderol, Quina, Clove powder, Echinacea, plus good ole' remedies listed here at Forum area under "Methods to Combat Radiation and Its Effects." Am reading interesting books on cancer alternative treatments, and "World Without Cancer," plus others.

                No clear diagnosis yet, but lots of disturbing symptoms. Getting biopsy results tomorrow. I know deep within the radiation has damaged me. I don't need a doctor to tell me that. How badly? It's hard to say. No one is escaping this. Some are just impacted more quickly than others. But it's hammering away at all of us.

                Fukushima radiation showing up in Atlantic fish. Not surprising. It's everywhere now.

                • HoTaters HoTaters

                  Bovine colostrum also very useful and helpful for rebuilding the immune system. Fermented foods also good. And lots of iodine, at safe levels (see Dr. David Brownstein's information and cancer prevention tips.)

                  • michellemamarn

                    Bless you and what a victory. I spent 7 years as an oncology nurse, until I felt playing with chemo was what gave me kidney cancer, plus it was breaking my heart to lose patients I'd grown to love. I believe cancer starts with a virus and I've done extensive research on the topic as an RN cancer survivor. I live too close to Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant but an enormous amount of my leukemia and breast cancer patients lived right next to it. Radiation weakens the immune system and allows the virus to take hold, cancer flourishes. You didn't just dodge a bullet, you caught it in your teeth, chewed it up, and spit it out. Congratulations!!

                    • michellemamarn

                      Also, I've NEVER understood why they do physically abusive,dangerous,unreliable, mammograms instead of ultrasounds first and only- and I am a medical professional! Now, if I think of anything else I'll go to off-topic before I get into trouble with admin.

                    • HH

                      @michellemamarn
                      Your theory about a virus causing cancer is interesting. Can you expand upon it (over on the off-topic forum.) Thanks!

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      "TEPCO said the reactors were unaffected and no other abnormalities were found. TEPCO spokesman Takeo Iwamoto said the utility plans to restore power to the pool cooling systems as soon as it can determine the cause of the failure."
      From the article you link, anne. "The reactors were unaffected", because these pumps actually work (doubt it!), or the fact that there are no reactors there left to cool?
      The update was that the CSFP pumps were also not working.
      Means there is a problem with ALL power at the site.
      Means that pumps to reactors are also probably NOT working!
      We are not ALL fools, TEPCO.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Fukushima emission toward Tokyo area 3/19/2013 …(animation)
    http://www.disclose.tv/forum/breaking-blackout-at-fukushima-t85758.html

  • norbu norbu

    Do we have about 3 to 4 days before it melts?
    N

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      This is what TEPCO is saying.
      4 days without water circulation should be OK.
      (But they are also saying that they have no idea what the problem is.)
      🙁

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Arnie thinks they would have about two weeks if the water recirculation stopped, but the fuel was still covered:

      "So the Japanese have about 2 weeks in the event of the fuel pool cooling system fails to fix it. I do not think that that will be a problem. I think they could fix almost every cooling problem in two weeks."

      However, with no water, the cladding seems to be able to catch fire within 5 hours:

      "Now, this is a 5 hour video that we've condensed down to about 1 minute."

      All from his site:

      http://www.fairewinds.org/content/can-spent-fuel-pools-catch-fire

      It depends on the water levels of whatever might catch fire, norbu. And considering how much everything leaks, I would say they had fires within 5-7 hours of some of it being exposed to air. How much will burn before they can get water to cover up again is anyone's guess.

      And they don't have any water to put out any fires.

  • norbu norbu

    Thank you both for the info, PhilipUpNorth, Time Is Short.
    N

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    So by the sounds of things they are handling this with 'kid gloves' due to fear of causing more damage. But the problem with the cautious behavior is the buildings are falling down around them. At this point, now that pumps are failing inside the wreckage, what would happen if the aggressively tore open then building to get at the damaged infrastructure as to repair the pumps? They're already dumping tons of radiation into the atmosphere, are they really going to exasperate it by opening the buildings more than they really are?

    The other thing I'm confused about, I've seen large concrete structures erected in little as a week, and not small house foundations, I'm talking inland grain elevators. Why don't they have preparations underway to start sealing these building off. So far all we've seen is an "erector-set" of metal going up around reactor number 4 and a big tent over another. At what point does the rest of the world need to step in and start assisting in this gong show.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Apparently no other nation intends to step in, ever.
      Filling the reactor buildings with cement grout has always been Plan B at Fuku.
      But really, when are they ever going to abandon Plan A?
      🙁
      I think the spent fuel needs to be removed immediately.
      I think the buildings need to be filled with sand.
      I think a sarcophagus needs to be built, and right now.
      I think the entire site should be under 10' of concrete with a membrane roof right now!
      This is enough for me, today. I'm going to listen to some music.
      🙂

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Why Underground Entombment At Fukushima Daiichi Won't Succeed
      By Yoichi Shimatsu
      7-28-11
      http://rense.com/general94/whyf.htm

  • FanJapan

    And more at http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20130318-00000106-mai-soci but in Japanese.

    Basically, at the start of the incident, the pool water temperature is 18-25°C. It is expected to take 4 days without recovery to reach 65°C in unit 4. Once water temperature exceeds 100°C, it will evaporate and cooling becomes impossible. (I know this last sentence is just stating the obvious, but I am just the translator!)

    使用済み核燃料プールや共用プールの水温は18日現在で約13~25度。電源が復旧しなくても、保安規定の65度を超えるまでに、最も水温の高い4号機で4日以上かかる。水温が100度を超えると蒸発し、冷却できなくなる。電源設備が回復しない場合でも、発電所内の別の場所から電源を供給できるという。

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Google translate: "Water temperature of spent fuel pool and shared pool is about 13-25 degrees at the date of 18. Even if power is not restored, to more than 65 degrees of safety regulations, take at least four days in the water temperature of Unit 4 of the most expensive. Evaporate the water temperature exceeds 100 degrees, I will not be cooling. Even if the power plant does not recover, is that you can supply power from elsewhere in the plant."

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        {Google translation, before this excerpt]
        18, TEPCO announced that the circulation of the cooling system, such as spent fuel pool of Unit 1, 3, and 4 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has halted a power outage at around 7 pm. Prospect of recovery is not standing. Nuclear power plant is the same thing in an unstable state even after two years it has become clear from the accident.

        According to TEPCO and the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, about 57 minutes at 6:00 pm on the same day, some of the power equipment in the plant is shut down. Building important seismic isolation has been restored, and the cooling system circulation of spent fuel pool cooling system of shared pool that stores the book 6377 nuclear fuel at Unit 1-6, is supplied to the device or the like cesium adsorption to handle contaminated water Ru electricity failed. Seen that there was trouble in the vicinity of high-voltage cable that connects to the power distribution board, I'm looking into the cause.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        [Google translate, after the first excerpt]: "On the other hand, there is no abnormality in the injection equipment to cool the reactor No. 1-3, there was no noticeable change in the amount of atmospheric radiation monitoring post. Massive blackout spent fuel pool cooling system of a plurality of such stops, did not occur except immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Tomoki Okuyama []"

  • Anyone know how to play the violin?

    Titanic Bandleader's Violin Discovered
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-21806334

    • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

      @PU239 – Maybe they can get the guy from deliverance to play us a song lol. All kidding aside, loss of power at Fukutown also means no nitrogen injections to keep the hydrogen buildups from blowing the biuldings up again right? What about that threat? Time to nuke the place to hell with a hydrogen bomb and be done with it before were all dead.

      • Humor absolutely allowed. I notice some people giggle uncontrollably when they're in a state of shock or facing imminent death, possibly as a coping mechanism.

        Speaking of Deliverance, I'm getting more nervous about my rear end by the minute.

        You just reminded me that the whole place could simply explode, skyhigh. (I'm thinking, the complex itself is a hydrogen bomb so we don't need any of General Electric or Raytheon's wonderful death-dealers).

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        LOL, H-Bomb nuking the crap outta FUKU is an interesting thought although my gut tells me it would be a bad idea to vaporize and launch the crap airborne in a much worse way than what's occurred to date!(?) I do however recall that there was a time when a renowned, but somewhat controversial expert had come up with an idea based on theories held possible by several "official"(not necessarily "credible")research bodies who suggested precise placement of small nuclear devices to trigger a seismic event that would "push" the tract of shoreline including the entire Fukushima NPP and the grounds into a trench(?)formed by blasts & shearing plates which would "bury" the entire shithole followed with a massive earth-moving operation to bury the whole place and extend it to include the lagoon and immediate shoreline with the whole place entombed in borated sand & concrete,etc. or something along those lines!!(?)~ That was BEFORE the earth-boring molten coriums were allowed to get so deep as to render the proposal useless! IMHO though, "if the options available were as deadly as the two options we're allowed in US Presidential elections regarding the results impact on Big Nuke and their ambitions & "agenda's" then Fukushima ELE/Disaster's 2 options being "painfully sit & observe as our beloved pets die like the wildlife suffering ghastly fates,followed by our children & the sick & elderly & finally us"?!!~or~"be mercifully "vaporized"in a nuclear fireball"?!(I'd…

  • I do wonder if they've started culling the herd:

    The radioactive legacy of the search for plutopia
    17:32 18 March 2013
    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2013/03/plutopia.html

    Shocking radiation experiments by US and Soviet governments

    MAKING plutonium for nuclear bombs takes balls, but not in the way you might think. In 1965, scientists at the Hanford nuclear weapons complex in Washington state wanted to investigate the impact of radiation on fertility – and they weren't hidebound by ethics.

    In a specially fortified room in the basement of Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, volunteer prisoners were asked to lie face down on a trapezoid-shaped bed. They put their legs into stirrups, and let their testicles drop into a plastic box of water where they were zapped by X-rays.

    The experiments, which lasted for a decade and involved 131 prisoners, came up with some unsurprising results. Even at the lowest dose – 0.1 gray – sperm was damaged, and at twice that dose the prisoners became sterile. They were paid $5 a month for their trouble, plus $25 per biopsy and $100 for a compulsory vasectomy at the end so they didn't father children with mutations.

    Japan's population logs record drop
    Number of people falls by 210,000, the largest amount ever recorded
    CBC News Posted: Jan 2, 2013 7:45 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 2, 2013 8:44 AM ET
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/01/02/japan-population-record-decline.html

  • rnix rnix

    "We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces."
    Carl Sagan

    Oh Carl….why did you have to be so smart.