Radioactive news 12 March 2011

  • Possible Meltdown At Tepco Reactor

    TOKYO (Nikkei)--Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (9501) Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture may be experiencing a meltdown in the wake of Friday's massive earthquake, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Saturday.

  • Explosion Rocks Quake-Hit Japanese Nuke Plant

    The main island of Japan could experience enough radiation to kill all in the area according to an analyst on CNN international. The wind is obviously going to be a major factor in where this radiation goes. The evacuation radius has extended to 20 kilometers. If the evacuation radius continues to expand we could see millions evacuated.

    Reports are coming in that high levels of radiation have been found near the nuclear plant. If people are exposed to this amount of radiation in an hour it is equal to the amount that they are normally exposed to in a year!

    The Roof of the nuclear plant has collapsed!

  • Explosion at Japan nuke plant, disaster toll rises

    IWAKI, Japan – An explosion at a nuclear power station Saturday destroyed a building housing the reactor, but a radiation leak was decreasing despite fears of a meltdown from damage caused by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, officials said.

    Government spokesman Yukio Edano said the explosion destroyed the exterior walls of the building where the reactor is placed, but not the actual metal housing enveloping the reactor.

    That was welcome news for a country suffering from Friday's double disaster that pulverized the northeastern coast, leaving at least 574 people dead by official count

  • Explosion heard at quake-hit reactor

    The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency is trying to confirm a report that an explosion occurred at a nuclear power station in quake-hit Fukushima Prefecture.

    The agency said on Saturday that a person at the Fukushima Number One nuclear station reported that an explosion was heard and smoke was seen near one of the reactors at around 4PM.

    The power station operator Tokyo Electric Power Company told the agency that 4 people were injured.

    Video of the reactor in question shows the outer wall of the building that houses the reactor has disappeared.

  • Fukushima Nuclear Fallout Projections For the U.S.

    We are now some 30 hours into the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster. More and more information is unfolding by the minute. There has been an explosion zone set up around Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan signifying the probable eminent meltdown of the plant.

    Officials in Japan and the U.S. are scrambling to resolve the situation currently. 11 of Japans nuclear plants went offline since the earthquake. Some of the Nuclear plants have been restored, however 5 remain in an imminent emergency status at this time.

  • Officials Claim Positive Signs on Japanese Reactor

    Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said that while an explosion did occur at the plant, it did not damage the steel container around reactor No.1, where emergency workers are still struggling to cool down the reactor core after nuclear fuel rods were damaged following the failure of cooling systems due to the earthquake damage and short power supply. Edano said the explosion did not occur within the reactor container and thus did not lead to a large leak of radioactive material. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency claims that radiation levels support the view that there has been no breach of the container around the reactor, though they have risen as a result of actions taken to relieve pressure in the container by releasing radioactive steam.

  • Radiation Levels Surge Outside Two Nuclear Plants in Japan

    Japanese government officials say there was shaking and a trail of white smoke at a nuclear plant in the area devastated by a massive earthquake.

    Fukushima Prefecture official Masato Abe says the cause is still under investigation, and it was unclear whether there was an explosion.

    Another official said the utility that runs the Fukushima Daiichi plant is reporting Saturday that several workers may have been injured.

    One reactor at the plant is facing a possible meltdown after its cooling system was knocked out.

  • At Crippled Japanese Nuclear Plant: 'Last-Ditch Effort' To Prevent Meltdown

    On Weekend Edition, Jon told host Linda Wertheimer that the plan to flood the core with seawater and boric acid may be unprecedented and will effectively destroy the power plant. If the plan fails and the core does meltdown, Jon said the only thing left to do will be to "seal it up with concrete. You sort of entomb it."

  • Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe Escalates in Japan – ‘Worse than Chernobyl’

    The Institute for Public Accuracy issued the following statement by nuclear expert, Kevin Kamp, about the risk of nuclear disaster in post-Earthquake Japan: “The electrical grid is down. The emergency diesel generators have been damaged. The multi-reactor Fukushima atomic power plant is now relying on battery power, which will only last around eight hours. The danger is, the very thermally hot reactor cores at the plant must be continuously cooled for 24 to 48 hours. Without any electricity, the pumps won’t be able to pump water through the hot reactor cores to cool them. Once electricity is lost, the irradiated nuclear fuel could begin to melt down. If the containment systems fail, a catastrophic radioactivity release to the environment could occur.”

  • Japan to distribute iodine among people

    Japan has informed the UN nuclear body that following an explosion in a nuclear power plant, it plans to distribute anti-radioactive medicine to the people in the area.

  • Germans rally against nuclear power

    About 60,000 people formed a 45km human chain between the nuclear power station of Neckarwestheim and the city of Stuttgart in south-west Germany on Saturday, said Jochen Stay, a member of green group Ausgestrahlt (Radiated).

  • Meltdown Caused Nuke Plant Explosion: Safety Body

    The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said Saturday afternoon the explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant could only have been caused by a meltdown of the reactor core.

  • Japan Fukushima nuclear plant faces new reactor problem

    quake-hit Japanese nuclear plant reeling from an explosion at one of its reactors has also lost its emergency cooling system at another reactor, Japan's nuclear power safety agency said on Sunday.

    The emergency cooling system is no longer functioning at the No.3 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, requiring the facility to urgently secure a means to supply water to the reactor, an official of the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told a news conference.

  • German paper: Reactor at Fukushima was scheduled to be closed down this month

    Inglorious past

    In the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant, an explosion occurred. The fear of a worst-case scenario is there. What kind of nuclear power plant? Who owns it? It is a company that wanted to cover up several affairs. The complex of the Fukushima nuclear power plant is one of the largest in Japan. The power plant consists of a total of six reactors, two more are planned. The Fukushima nuclear power plant 1, which was seriously damaged in the earthquake, is 40 years old.

    The problemreactor was about to be closed down according to a database of the Nuclear Research Centre Training Centre (ICJT) in Slovenia. It shows as the "expected date of closure," March 2011.

  • US deploys two nuclear experts to Japan

    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Saturday it has sent two experts to Japan, where authorities were seeking to calm fears of a reactor meltdown in the aftermath of a massive earthquake.

    "We have some of the most expert people in this field in the world working for the NRC and we stand ready to assist in any way possible," commission chairman Gregory Jaczko said in a statement announcing the deployment..

  • Thousands protest against Germany's nuclear plants

    Tens of thousands of people have protested in Germany against the government's plans to extend the life of its nuclear reactors.

    Demonstrators in Stuttgart formed a human chain reaching 45km (27 miles) for the protest, planned before the current nuclear crisis in Japan.

  • Official: 'We see the possibility of a meltdown'

    A meltdown may be under way at one of Fukushima Daiichi's nuclear power reactors in northern Japan, an official with Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told CNN Sunday.

    "There is a possibility, we see the possibility of a meltdown," said Toshihiro Bannai, director of the agency's international affairs office, in a telephone interview from the agency's headquarters in Tokyo. "At this point, we have still not confirmed that there is an actual meltdown, but there is a possibility."

    A meltdown is a catastrophic failure of the reactor core, with a potential for widespread radiation release.

  • Meltdown Caused Nuke Plant Explosion: Safety Body

    The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said Saturday afternoon the explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant could only have been caused by a meltdown of the reactor core.

    The same day, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501), which runs the plant, began to flood the damaged reactor with seawater to cool it down, resorting to measures that could rust the reactor and force the utility to scrap it.

    Cesium and iodine, by-products of nuclear fission, were detected around the plant, which would make the explosion the worst accident in the roughly 50-year history of Japanese nuclear power generation.

  • Two Meltdowns Now Confirmed!!!

    Japanese Officials have stated that TWO reactors have melted down. This situation has gone from bad to worse real quick.

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