Powerful Typhoon Francisco on track for Fukushima — Typhoon Lekima develops in Pacific — Concern storms may collide, “It’s called the Fujiwara effect” — Both could hit east coast of Japan later in week (VIDEO)

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Mainichi, Oct. 21, 2013: Another powerful typhoon [...] is taking a similar course to that of Typhoon Wipha, which caused massive damage to Oshima Island and other parts of the Kanto region around Tokyo. [...] The Meteorological Agency is urging the public to pay close attention to information released on the typhoon.

Reuters, Oct. 21, 2013: Super typhoon Francisco is forecast to strike Japan as a tropical storm at about 09:00 GMT on 25 October. [...] Francisco is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 101 km/h (63 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher. [...]

Arirang News, Oct. 21, 2013: There looks to be two tropical storms, Francisco and Lekima, which are expected to hit the east coast of Japan around Thursday. As the storm may indirectly affect Korea’s weather, our viewers in Korea should check back in for updates as the week progresses.

Korea Times, Oct. 21, 2013: [...] According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) though, Typhoons Francisco and Lekima will most likely hit Japan [...] Typhoon Francisco [...] packs winds gusts over 169 kilometers an hour. The agency expected that it will head north, but may veer to the East Sea, making landfall near Tokyo. [...] Typhoon Lekima was detected five days later. Though it was small-sized and weak, the KMA expected it may pick up strength and develop into a severe tropical storm (STS). [...] The KMA [...] said the two typhoons could meet. “When two or more typhoons collide, they affect each other’s path and strength. It’s called the Fujiwara effect,” said weather forecaster Hur Jin-ho. “Though we are expecting that they are moving along their own paths, there still is the possibility that the two could change course,” he said. [...]

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51 comments to Powerful Typhoon Francisco on track for Fukushima — Typhoon Lekima develops in Pacific — Concern storms may collide, “It’s called the Fujiwara effect” — Both could hit east coast of Japan later in week (VIDEO)

    • bo bo

      People around me still don't realize the magnitude of this… I confessed to someone the other day 'sorry I'm just not myself lately, been a bit overwhelmed about fukushima. .'
      'Oh no…!! I'm so sorry you're feeling that way… ! Me too… I've been overwhelmed with life decisions, not sure whether to pursue advertising or PR marketing.. or just explore the world, go traveling for a bit'


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Give it time. Soon you will be blamed for not telling them sooner.


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      • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

        I think it's a flaw in human intelligence. I think most humans have no comprehension of their true connection to the planet.

        It may be that when you try to tell some people about Fukushima their minds literally go blank. It's like trying to tell a toddler that the person it sees in the mirror is itself. They will not comprehend the concept.

        Most people go through their lives having the big decisions about earth's safety taken care of by The Authority, whatever or whoever they are taught that authority is.


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        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          I do think that this is the time to have this type of discussion.
          Humans can not think about themselves as a cohesive unit.
          Now a situation has a risen that is going to affect the entire human race..and there is no mechanism to address this…

          There is a flaw..in the mentality of human..particularly those in power..that can not see beyond the temporal.. and the miniscule flash of their own existence.

          But is would seem that humans are to learn.
          And to learn the hard way.

          END NUCLEAR POWER


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          • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

            Yes I totally agree. And I also agree that it is time for scholars and people of high esteem to tackle this truth about the limits of human perception. Maybe it will help toward our evolution as a species. We are incredible but we have a serious flaw.


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            • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

              Incredible..what a machine…the human body..vision..hearing..the senses..the mobility..the intellect..
              The potential.
              Yet ..flawed.

              In appropriate use of 'free will'..that which is supposed to separate Humans from the so-called beasts/monsters..has allowed Humans to become the Beasts.


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              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                Mans idea of himself, his greatness, his superiority and exclusivity as an animal is very much flawed. Even insects are constantly making decisions. Man is not different from other apes, who can use language, make jokes, feel all kinds of emotion including embarrassment, joy, love etc. Free will is a simplified, largely mistaken construct highlighted by Abrahamic religions. Anyone with a dog, cat or bird can see they know consequences, and make decisions…"free will", accordingly.

                So to the point; in practical terms, a lack of understanding of the underlying unification of humans and nature is not the crux of our limitation. Is everything unified? Then its not possible to make a decision independent or outside of the whole. Two views; from an over-arching view, all actions derive from essential forces common to all…the universe is a unified space-time continuum, therefor nothing is independent…yet practically speaking, individuals act and will always act individually and its at this level that a solution to mans insult on life must be addressed.


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        • Very profound thoughts here. We need a new philosophy in my opinion. Our philosophy tells us that we are here to CONTROL our environment and everyone in it. But control is an illusion. Look at Fukushima as a shining example of how much of an illusion it is. The Japanese keep telling us that the situation is "under control" but the truth is that it has NEVER been under control. From the beginning of this crisis the only thing that humans controlled was the flow of information ABOUT the crisis and they didn't really control that either. Control is total illusion. We need to adjust our perceptions to come into harmony with a better philosophy. We need to seek consensus, not control. Consensus is a quest and not a goal. We need mental reprogramming. Consensus includes things like "harmony with nature" and "reverence for the truth." Reality may be perception-based but truth transcends perception. The radioactive isotopes are all about the truth. The perception of them is irrelevant. They do what they do regardless of our perceptions.


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      • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

        Life is so distracting that even I forget about the dangers of seafood sometimes.

        Yesterday I was at a club and I had a couple of drinks with friends. We got hungry after a while a decided to order some food. We ordered french fries and calamari.

        I forgot that calamari is squid, seafood. It didn't occur to me what I had been eating until after all was said and done. It could be that the calamari I had was from the pacific ocean, but I highly doubt it. Why? I have no reason to believe that it is not from the Pacific Ocean, but I doubt that I ate contaminated seafood because I have to or else I will go crazy.

        All I can do is next time not order calamari.

        As far as telling other people about Fukushima and what's happening to the waters of The Pacific, I wouldn't expect most people to understand the real dangers but I would tell people in passing and do my best to set an example. Meaning, if I see people eating seafood and they offer some to me I will tell them that I don't eat seafood because it will kill me. If they as "Why?" I will say because it's radioactive. At that point its up to them to find out more. Inquire more.

        The smart ones, the survivors will. Trust me.


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      • SophieQ

        Yup. Sad, but to be expected. There has been some brain washing taking place in the last 70+ years. Cognitive dissonance, denial and the inability to confront the mind with the reality of Fukushima. Last night I talked to my Mom in Germany. She asked me how I am. I answered that I feel I am on death row. She asks me why I would say something like this. I ask her whether she heard about Fukushima. She responded that "Martin Luther said once that if he knew the world would come to an end tomorrow, he would plant a tree today."
        I told my Mom that Luther didn't know about nuclear power plants blowing up. She responded that I am too negative and I should lighten up.
        The question is: how can You lighten up when You realize that some very deluded entities are in the process of ridding this planet of a large portion of its inhabitants and all other Life, minus cockroaches, as they don't care about radio activity and will sure like all the decomposing biomass on the planet.
        People are in serious denial and who could blame them? There is no difference between denial based on the loss of a loved one, or denial about one's own premature death due to radiation. Funny though that my Mom would state that she is 'ready to go' with her 81 years. My generation won't have that luxury.


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      • rakingmuck

        The only place I can come to be understood is right here.


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    • nedlifromvermont

      No, bo. Mother Nature is mad at men, who are the sick ones, no joke. She is going to Fujiwara our Fukushima. That's all. No joke.

      The joke on us was Price Anderson, from whence this madness emanates.

      Curse those fools, long dead and forgotten. Their names live on in infamy!

      peace …


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    • Anthony Anthony

      And don't you also think that on another level, if it would just fall already, the stress of its precarious nature would at least have passed? The outcome for this entire fiasco is obvious just from a physical perspective. It is going to collapse disperse etc eventually – what else is there for it to turn out like? This all should have been provided for in the planning and crisis prevention management phases of this endeavor.

      I am sure Mother Nature grumbles a little under her breath **You bloody kids… always leaving me a mess to clean up. Its like a tornado came through here!**


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        The Earth is turning into one of those planets that has a poisonous atmosphere that carbon-based life as we know it could never survive.

        The Earth will be forever known as a planet that other planetary races cannot ever visit, unless they come from a highly radioactive environment.


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        • Anthony Anthony

          Totally agree. And I think that very fact has triggered outside assistance. We are clearly over our heads with this one. Noxious radiation and by products such as ours is NOT the same radiation as in open space. We think we have pooped on our planet whereas perhaps others see we are stinking up our larger galactic neighborhood. We may come to learn our stewardship may be taken from us so that the neighborhood be saved.

          Most grievously we are in gross conflict with the intention of life through the killing of nature and all the inhabitants beyond ourselves who are here like us, to live.


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      • gone fission gone fission

        Is it possible these storms are being "seeded" in order to hurry this mess along quietly into the Pacific Ocean? The U.S. does have that capability in Guam… Is it possible humans could be that evil and/or ignorant?


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        • rakingmuck

          I thought the same when I read yesterday that Typhoon Francisco stopped, reversed course. Then 15 minutes later reports of Lekima. It seems unlikely to me this is a coincidence. But I see no reason for US to create this destruction other than to hide the fact that we stocked Japan with nuclear weapons which all nuclear players know anyway. I think Abe is insane enough to think "get rid of Fukushima, keep Olympics" and not think there will be more repercussions.


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    • saltyfishlvr

      I started laughing when I saw the headline. The crazy kind of laugh when you know things are hopeless, and it will only get worse.


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        We're not even three years in to this 8 billion year crisis.

        I used to think 'getting in on the ground floor' was a good thing.


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      • larry-andrew-nils

        i laughed because lekima is so leukemia.


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      • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

        I think this has to do with my theory about the warm waters off of Fukushima causing more hurricane activity in the region.

        Or maybe this is the planet's way of trying to heal itself? Like antibodies in the blood, the planet may be creating typhoons and throwing it at Fukushima to heal "the infection". It doesn't care if it kills us in the process, and why should it?


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        • VanneV anne

          Also Krypton-85 from nuclear power plants causes the horrible storms.


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          • VanneV anne

            The REAL Fukushima Danger
            Posted on September 14, 2013
            “Fuel rod expert Arnie Gundersen – a nuclear engineer and former senior manager of a nuclear power company which manufactured nuclear fuel rods – recently explained the biggest problem with the fuel rods (at 15:45):
            “’I think they’re belittling the complexity of the task. If you think of a nuclear fuel rack as a pack of cigarettes, if you pull a cigarette straight up it will come out — but these racks have been distorted. Now when they go to pull the cigarette straight out, it’s going to likely break and release radioactive cesium and other gases, xenon and krypton, into the air. I suspect come November, December, January we’re going to hear that the building’s been evacuated, they’ve broke a fuel rod, the fuel rod is off-gassing.’…
            In another interview, Gundersen provides additional details (at 31:00):
            “The racks are distorted from the earthquake — oh, by the way, the roof has fallen in, which further distorted the racks.
            “The net effect is they’ve got the bundles of fuel, the cigarettes in these racks, and as they pull them out, they’re likely to snap a few. When you snap a nuclear fuel rod, that releases radioactivity again, so my guess is, it’s things like krypton-85, which is a gas, cesium will also be released, strontium will be released. They’ll probably have to evacuate the building for a couple of days.


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            • VanneV anne

              [cont.]
              They’ll take that radioactive gas and they’ll send it up the stack, up into the air, because xenon can’t be scrubbed, it can’t be cleaned, so they’ll send that radioactive xenon up into the air and purge the building of all the radioactive gases and then go back in and try again.’….”
              http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/09/the-real-fukushima-danger.html


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              • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

                And what, prey tell, can be happening in SFP4, while all of this outgassing is occuring? Why, the water in SFP4 will be a-boiling, and the fuel will be a-melting. Also melting, and vaporising, will be the zirconium cladding of the nuclear fuel. As has been well discussed here on ENEnews, Zirconium vapor + Caesium vapor = BOOM!


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                • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

                  "From the Wikipedis article on Zirconium: "One disadvantage of zirconium alloys is their reactivity toward water at high temperatures leading to the formation of hydrogen gas and to the accelerated degradation of the fuel rod cladding:
                  Zr + 2 H2O → ZrO2 + 2 H2"
                  "This exothermic reaction is very slow below 100 °C, but at temperature above 900 °C the reaction is rapid. Most metals undergo similar reactions. The redox reaction is relevant to the instability of fuel assemblies at high temperatures,[28] This reaction was responsible for a small hydrogen explosion first observed inside the reactor building of Three Mile Island accidented nuclear power plant in 1979, but then, the containment building was not damaged. The same reaction occurred in the reactors 1, 2 and 3 of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant (Japan) after the reactors cooling was interrupted by the earthquake and tsunami disaster of March 11, 2011 leading to the Fukushima I nuclear accidents. After venting of hydrogen in the maintenance hall of these three reactors, the explosive mixture of hydrogen with air oxygen detonated, severely damaging the installations and at least one of the containment buildings".
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zirconium
                  "Zirconium is definitely NOT the material to be used in the cladding of nuclear fuel, and CAUSED the explosions that demolished the buildings at Fuku, according to the NRC, et al. Water is definitely not to be used anywhere near cesium."

                  (Repost)


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          • VanneV anne

            Fall out man!
            August 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm
            "This site has a bit of info about Krypton 85 and its unknown but believed to be inevitable effects on the weather spread in snippets over a few different papers…
            Oh the irony of the nuclear industry permanently changing the weather/climate with Krypton 85 and blaming it on C02 from their competitors…
            http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/1352231094900418
            Krypton-85 pollution and atmospheric electricity
            Purchase
            R.G. Harrisona and H.M. ApSimonb
            aDepartment of Meteorology, University of Reading, 2 Earley Gate, Reading, RG6 2AU, U.K.
            bAir Pollution Group, Imperial College, London SW7 2BX, U.K.
            Received 15 March 1993; accepted 8 August 1993. Available online 10 April 2003.
            Abstract
            "Krypton-85 is a chemically inert radioactive gas present in the atmosphere, concentrations of which have been greatly increased by nuclear reprocessing and weapons testing since 1945. The long half-life (10.7 yr), allows the gas to mix thoroughly in the atmosphere. Ionization caused by krypton-85 increases the electrical conductivity of atmospheric air. Further increases in krypton-85 emissions seem inevitable. The increase in air conductivity due to release of krypton-85 will vary with height, and be larger over the oceans than over the land.


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          • VanneV anne

            Fall out man!
            August 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm
            "Krypton 85 is produced even by nuke plants that are operating normally. I did a quite a thorough search of the web about it a month or so ago. There are scientific papers claiming that Krypton 85 is expected to change the earth’s weather, but in ways that are not understood yet. That’s right, nuclear plants operating normally produce enough of that stuff to alter the weather.
            Krypton 85 lowers the conductivity of the earth’s atmosphere. There is a natural electrical potential difference between the earth itself and the atmosphere and lightning lowers that potential as it builds up. It just runs in a constant cycle. But if nuke plants actually lower the conductivity of the atmosphere with Krypton 85, thus making it easier for lightning to strike (so to speak) then that is expected to alter the weather. Unfortunately, no one even claims to begin to know in what way.
            Here is one link I found that talks about it
            http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/1352231094900418
            'It may be just a fluke, but a few weeks back we had absolutely phenomenal thunder and lightning here. Of course unusual weather events happen all the time , but it did make me think… Did Fukushima play a hand in that?
            "The ultimate irony is that even as Nuke power is pushed as super green' because it is the answer to the lie of man made global warming, it is ironically even altering the weather in ways no one dares to predict yet.


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            • VanneV anne

              [cont.]
              "The ultimate irony is that even as Nuke power is pushed as “super green” because it is the answer to the lie of man made global warming, it is ironically even altering the weather in ways no one dares to predict yet.
              "Of course all that is of no consequence compared to the terrible and irreversible genetic decay the radiation from Nuke plants cause.
              "All that said, there is more to Krypton 85 than people realize, and a normal plant operating normally releases enough of it to affect the atmosphere. A simple web search about that and the atmosphere will reveal as much."
              http://enenews.com/krypton-85-xenon-131m-detected-samples-reactor-2-xenon-131m-half-life-only-12-days


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              • HanfordOnHeart HanfordOnHeart

                Anne,

                Thank you so much for this info. I missed "Fall out man!"'s comments the first time around and have only begun to become dimly aware of the effects of radioactivity on the atmosphere.

                The Science magazine article you linked to dates to 1976, so science has certainly had plenty of time to study the "disturbance of atmospheric electric properties…lead[ing] to a form of inadvertent weather modification" referenced within, yet apparently little has been learned.

                The ultimate irony indeed!


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    • unobtanium unobtanium

      And the hits just keep on coming.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Krypton-85 is now being released all over the world in volume…we really do need to shut these Nuclear Power Plants down now or we (the planet) will soon start looking like a rotting wasteland..


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    • Anthony Anthony

      But the question becomes – What ARE we going to do or have to do eventually to fix this problem all over the globe. Fuku wont be the last of the big nuclear catastrophes. Not by a long shot. Dr Goodheart also tells a consistent truth. One day for sure the electrical systems will fail and worldwide we will have maybe hundreds of Fukus within hours or days. Then what? I find it hard to see past that idea into a future from there.


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      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        the future is certainly dire. There are powers in place that guide the entire world to its destruction, (probably unwittingly as a side effect of greed and power lust). Complaining about them, or fighting on their level is impossible as history shows. Just look at the Hague; its a joke as mass murderers go free.

        The house of cards of the corrupt elite must fall, this is the only hope. But look how many people are aware of the world trade center, corruption of the vatican, pharmaceutical/big agribiz/banking/military cabals. Awareness is apparently insufficient. Until the entire structure of the ruling elite collapses, there is really no hope for the future


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        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          repeating "shut them all down" didnt do anything. Nuclear forges ahead and no essential change in the fascist oil/coal/nuclear/military/government complex has been made


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          • Anthony Anthony

            You are right. It has to be an about face. Its like driving towards a brick wall and averting certain fate somehow. We would have to be so lucky like that. Besides the daunting level of this pollution, we are also hindered to resolve it due to *guilty* parties and their many manifestations of said guiltiness. It will probably take a century for them to stop denying their roles and likewise for the Joe Citizens to stop throwing tomatoes at them. Its a clusterf of epic proportions.


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            • The one hope is that many nations are nuclear free.

              The US always seems to do and say the wrong things for the wrong reasons, and then finally, at the very last moment, do the right thing.

              The USA (and other countries) seem to try to do all of the wrong things first just to explore them and see how bad they really are, just so we can appreciate the RIGHT decision when it is finally made.

              Let us hope and take actions that move us in the right direction, one that works for seven future generations.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    The FIRST thing to do is to isolate the core from the environment.

    Keep the melting nuclear material from entering the air, the water (river, lake, or ocean), that these stupid nuclear so-called "nuclear engineers" built the nukes on (in order to save money by not building a proper heat sink).

    Humanity needs two, or more, Nuclear Hit Squads, fully equipped, trained up and ready to go on a moment's notice.

    The job of the Nuclear Hit Squads will be to do the following:

    Isolate the core. Fill the reactor and containment with borated grout to stop the meltdwn.

    Drill under the reactor. Install a freezing network of pipes to stop molten fuel from flowing out of the bottom of the reactor, and to freeze it in place if it does.

    Build an impermeable wall of interlocking sheet steel pilings completely around the reactor, to stop groundwater from entering the reactor building site, and to stop groundwater from coming into contact with molten fuel.

    Build a closed loop heat sink, with cooling towers, to release the heat of the molten nuclear fuel, without releasing the radiation ino the environment.

    Empty SFPs of nuclear fuel, and put it into dry cask storage.

    Build a sarcophagus of reinforced concrete over the reactor building to enclose the nuclear fuel "forever."

    Better yet, stop running all nuclear power plants right now. Decommission them all. Don't build any more of these aweful death machines. Why not try wind, solar, and water power. :)


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    • flatsville

      Is there an updated estimate or a thermic read on how far the fuel has traveled?

      I have not kept up to date the past couple of weeks.

      Agree with Nuclear Hit Squads. I think a consortium model that is ex-UN IAEA is the only model that might work.


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  • dbrownalive

    You might find this link interesting. Shows microwave pulses (origination unknown) that seem to begin the rotation necessary for the typhoons.

    http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/

    Maybe their has been a decision to devastate and wash Fuk out to sea. You know, the "rip the band-aid off quickly" philosophy.


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