The top of Tokyo Tower seems bent under the influence of earthquake-11 pm, Minato-ku, Tokyo . . . (March 11, 2011) [Jiji]
Chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano says the nuclear power plant in Fukushima developed a mechanical failure in the system needed to cool the reactor after it was shut down in Friday's earthquake. He said the measure was a precaution and there was no radiation leak at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. He said the facility was not in immediate danger.
In response to the Earthquake on March 10, 2011 that struck Japan, The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will be working with local communities to rebuild. UMCOR is now better able to help when earthquakes and tsunamis or other disasters hit the area. UMCOR works in shelter and infrastructure reconstruction, water and sanitation, income generation, health and nutrition, education and community development.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday morning that U.S. Air Force planes in Japan had delivered coolant to a nuclear power plant affected by the quake.
"They have very high engineering standards, but one of their plants came under a lot of stress with the earthquake and didn't have enough coolant," she said, "and so Air Force planes were able to deliver that." It was not immediately clear which plant received the coolant.
Heat from the nuclear fuel rods must be removed by water in a cooling system, but that requires power to run the pumps and to align the valves in the pipes. So the plant requires a continuous supply of electricity even after the reactor stops generating its own power.
An analyst with the World Nuclear Association, a major international nuclear power group, told Reuters that he understood fresh cool water was now being pumped into the cooling system at Fukushima, reducing the threat of a meltdown.
“We understand this situation is under control,” the analyst said, adding that he understood that a back-up battery power system had been brought online after about an hour and began pumping water back into the cooling system, where the water level had been falling.
Charity scams have always been a favorite of fraudsters. After Hurricane Katrina, the FBI felt it necessary to issue a warning when over 4,500 web sites appeared, all attempting to collect donations to help hurricane victims.
Scams are already spreading across Facebook, which started in a matter of minutes after the news broke of the earthquake in Japan.
Earthquakes usually come in clusters divided into foreshocks, mainshocks and aftershocks. If an aftershock is stronger than the mainshock, it becomes the mainshock and the mainshock becomes a foreshock. Make sense? Basically they're all earthquakes, but they're related.
[16:53:24] <Benetablet> radiation level from the uav at the fukushima main entrance gate (outside the plant) 8 times normal
[16:53:53] <Benetablet> radiation sensors on airborne uavs are overloaded, many have gone non responsive
[16:55:38] <Benetablet> pressure sensor on number 1 reactor containment vessel is now registering zero pressure, possible malfunction or breach of containment
[16:57:29] <Benetablet> fukushima has now overloaded the SPEEDI remote monitors
[17:04:14] <Benetablet> prime minister has announced 10km evac zone is now an emergency evacuation, citizens will be forcibly evacuated
[17:05:48] <Benetablet> nhk announces secondary explosions at fukushima reactor building 1, appear to be pressure explosions
[17:06:29] <Benetablet> tepco confirms loss of containment of core 1
"These first-generation boiling water reactors have the least margin of safety of any reactor design," said Frank N. von Hippel, a Princeton University physicist and former White House advisor.
Without electrical power to circulate water inside the core, the cooling water would begin to boil off, he said. But operators still should be able to add new cooling water and keep the core fully immersed while it cools down.
"It doesn't sound like we are in meltdown mode," he said.
Oarfish omen spells earthquake disaster for Japan
Japan is bracing itself after dozens of rare giant oarfish - traditionally the harbinger of a powerful earthquake - have been washed ashore or caught in fishermen's nets...
Those concerns have been stoked by the unexplained appearance of a fish that is known traditionally as the Messenger from the Sea God's Palace...
In recent weeks, 10 specimens have been found either washed ashore or in fishing nets off Ishikawa Prefecture, half-a-dozen have been caught in nets off Toyama Prefecture and others have been reported in Kyoto, Shimane and Nagasaki prefectures, all on the northern coast.
According to traditional Japanese lore, the fish rise to the surface and beach themselves to warn of an impending earthquake - and there are scientific theories that bottom-dwelling fish may very well be susceptible to movements in seismic fault lines and act in uncharacteristic ways in advance of an earthquake - but experts here are placing more faith in their constant high-tech monitoring of the tectonic plates beneath the surface.
"In ancient times Japanese people believed that fish warned of coming earthquakes, particularly catfish," Hiroshi Tajihi, deputy director of the Kobe Earthquake Centre, told the Daily Telegraph.
"But these are just old superstitions and there is no scientific relationship between these sightings and an earthquake," he said.
Reactors at two Japanese power plants can no longer cool radioactive substances inside, a prominent electric company said Saturday, according to a news agency report that added that atomic material may have leaked out of one of the plants.
Citing the Tokyo Electric Power Co., Japan's Kyodo News Agency said that radioactive substances may have seeped out of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) north of Tokyo.
Temperatures of that plant's coolant water was hotter than 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit), the news agency said, an indication that the cooling system wasn't working.
For fuck's sake, they're currently venting radioactive steam to save money instead of quenching the core with neutron-absorbing coolant, which would be costly and time consuming to recover from.
（計測時間） （測定場所） （γ線） （中性子線）
[ time ] [ location] [gamma] [neutron]
午後５時30分 体育館付近 ４９ nGy/h －
40分 Front Gate ５６ nGy/h －
50分 管理棟 ６４ nGy/h －
午後６時45分 ＭＰ－６ ５６ nGy/h －
午後７時00分 ＭＰ－７ ５７ nGy/h －
（計測時間） （測定場所） （γ線） （中性子線）
[ time ] [ location] [gamma] [neutron]
午前０時00分 Front gate ６０ nGy/h 0.001μSv/h未満
10分 正門 [portal?] ６２ nGy/h 0.001μSv/h未満
50分 正門 ６４ nGy/h 0.001μSv/h未満
午前４時00分 正門 ６９ nGy/h 0.001μSv/h未満
40分 正門 ８６６ nGy/h －
50分 正門 １００２ nGy/h －
午前５時00分 正門 １３０７ nGy/h －
10分 正門 １５９０ nGy/h 0.001μSv/h未満
午前６時25分 MP-8付近 １．２１μSv/h －
30分 正門 ３．２９μSv/h 0.001μSv/h未満
MP-8付近 １．５３μSv/h －
40分 正門 ４．９２μSv/h 0.001μSv/h未満
午前７時35分 MP-8付近 ２．４７μSv/h －
40分 MP-8付近 ２．５６μSv/h －
45分 MP-8付近 ２．５３μSv/h －
50分 正門 ４．９７μSv/h 0.001μSv/h未満
MP-8付近 ２．５０μSv/h －
It would be terribly useful if there were a separate convention for tweets from witnesses to major events so their reports can be separated from the discussion that follows. How about !jpquake for witnesses vs. #jpquake for discussion?
@Touruma: Fuel rod was exposed 90cm above the water inside the reactor core at 11:40AM. Now water for fire-fighting being injected. Fukushima No. 1 NP
I just don't understand what the article means by "coolant leaking from the containment vessel". Is the containment vessel the big concrete dome or box housing the reactors? If so, how would the coolant get out?
After more than twenty-four hours since we last heard from them, Sea Shepherd Director of Investigations Scott West was able to call his wife Suzanne to report that he and the entire Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian crew are alive and unharmed.
They had to abandon their two cars in the devastated port city of Otsuchi where they spent the night on a hill. The entire town around them was destroyed. They walked out over scattered debris, roads that were completely wiped out, and walked past numerous dead bodies amidst piles of rubble. At one point yesterday they saw and heard a woman in the water screaming for help, but she was washed out to sea before they could do anything to rescue her.
The Cove Guardians went to Otsuchi to document the slaughter of Dall’s Porpoise. Every year the fishermen slaughter over 20,000 of these gentle creatures. They had just filmed a fishing boat returning from a porpoise hunt when they saw the water in the harbor receding and they immediately headed for high ground. The time from the Earthquake to the Tsunami striking Otsuchi was about eight minutes.
The Cove Guardians were right in the midst of the most devastating Tsunami to ever hit Japan, and we are thankful they have all survived and are well.
Scott West was only able to send out this quick message, as his mobile phone was fading:
We are all 6 safe and out of Otsuchi. Now in Tono at hotel with no power, Internet, water, or food. Have IPhone until battery dead. -- Scott
Ōtsuchi (大槌町, Ōtsuchi-chō?) is a town located in Kamihei District, Iwate, Japan.
As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 16,727
I’m guessing the US Navy delivered a load of sodium polyborate from some nuclear aircraft carrier reactor supply room in the Pacific Fleet. Its use indicates that the nuclear threat is even worse than presently being portrayed in the news.
An earthquake with such loss of life is bad enough, but Japan has also just lost 20 percent of its electric generating capacity. And I’ll go out on a limb here and predict that none of those 11 reactors will re-enter service again, they’ve been so compromised.
Deep breaths, everybody. Remember on 9/11, when the networks started reporting that over ten thousand people had been killed? Please, don't panic based on unattributed IRC comments.
posted by steambadger
everybody take a deep breath
posted by philip-random
So my suggestion is that people in the US take a deep breath.
posted by joost de vries
Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, which opposes nuclear energy, told msnbc.com Friday that TEPCO was facing a potential catastrophe.
"What's critical is, are they able to restore cooling and prevent fuel damage? If the fuel starts to get damaged, eventually it will melt through the reactor vessel and drop to the floor of the containment building," raising the odds that highly radioactive materials could be released into the environment, he said.
But Steve Kerekes, spokesman for the U.S.-based Nuclear Energy Institute, said that while the situation was serious, a meltdown remains unlikely and, even if it occurred would not necessarily pose a threat to public health and safety.
"Obviously that wouldn't be a good thing, but at Three Mile Island about half the core melted and, at the end of the day … there were no adverse impacts to the public," he said. *