Radiation containment domes at Japanâ€™s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactors are intact and the situation at the plant â€œis on the verge of stabilizing,â€ a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission official said.
â€œContainment at units 1, 2 and 3 appear to be functional,â€ Bill Borchardt, executive director for operations at the agency, said today during a meeting at the agencyâ€™s headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.
If you're going to have nuclear reactors, they need to be Thorium reactors.
Despite this crisis, nuclear plants are expected to grow. Why not put research into what can be achieved with Thorium reactors today. Video above ,explains it why they are preferable to what is being used & built today.
First, from NHK:
Next, a picture from Die Welt, emphasizing Reactor 3 and confirming that previous lies that all temperatures at Reactors 1 through 4, were under 100 degrees Celsius, were nothing but. Note the area indicating 128 oC Celsius. We would assume that is the reactor core area (which refutes the lie). If, instead, that is the spent fuel rod area, then we have some very big problems, even if TEPCO is telling the truth for once.
I'm not here to add any good tidings myself
LOCAL contamination from Japan's quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant would be a problem that would last "for decades and decades'', France's Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) said.
Releases of radioactivity from the plant â€œare now significant and continuing'', the head of the agency, Andre-Claude Lacoste, told a press conference.
â€œWe have to assume that Japan will have a long-term issue of managing the impacts,'' he said.
â€œIt's a problem that Japan will have to deal with for decades and decades to come.''
The releases stemmmed in part from deliberate venting of steam and gas, which also contained radioactive particles, to ease pressure in overheating reactor vessels, he said.
Another source was â€œleaks'' of as-yet unknown origin, he said.
â€œGround deposits of radioactive particles (around the plant) are significant,'' Jean-Luc Godet, in charge of ionising radiation management at the ASN, said.
â€œThe Japanese authorities have not drawn up, or communicated, a map of these deposits, and it is not vain thinking to believe that this (contaminated) zone extends beyond 20 kilometres,'' he said, referring to the zone within which local inhabitants have been evacuated.
â€œGiven the weather, it is likely that contaminations have occurred beyond that, up to 100 kilometres or so.''
Now, this latest update...Releases of radioactivity from the plant â€œare now significant and continuing'' is getting uncomfortably close to a real game changer. If this gets in the water and food, things will never be the same.
Quote:We'll just say that obviously we have no idea whether this is true or not. But even if it is true, we're not sure that it's really that horrible...
Swedish newspaper Expressen reports that TEPCO is hiring the homeless to work in the Fukushima death zone.
This is from the Google Translate version of this article (via @Makro_Trader)
The people who work day and night in the Fukushima nuclear power plant to prevent a catastrophe from happening has been hailed as the nation's heroes,
But there is a much darker picture of the fight, according to the vÃ¤lansedde German foreign correspondent Robert HetkÃ¤mper.
He claims there is evidence that Tepco exploiting society's most vulnerable individuals and that there are people who can not get any other job that is now sent into the radiation fields.
LONDON, March 22, Kyodo
Miniscule numbers of radioactive particles believed to have come from the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeastern Japan have been detected in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik by Tuesday, the Reuters news service said.
Citing multiple diplomatic sources, the report said that radiation from the particles is not at a level that would negatively affect human health. It is the first time radioactive materials believed to be released by accidents at the nuclear power plant have been observed in Europe.
The radioactive materials were detected at a facility related to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, a Vienna-based U.N. body for monitoring nuclear tests, it said.
''It's only a matter of days before it disperses in the entire northern hemisphere,'' Andreas Stohl, a senior scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, was quoted as saying. Stohl said there would be no concern about human health over Europe, according to Reuters.
03:04 23 March
NEWS ADVISORY: Radioactive materials beyond legal limits found in raw milk in Ibaraki
02:45 23 March
Radioactive particles believed to be from Japan detected in Iceland
This is not going well
Japan's science ministry says radiation exceeding 400 times the normal level was detected in soil about 40 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The ministry surveyed radioactive substances in soil about 5 centimeters below the surface at roadsides on Monday.
The ministry found 43,000 becquerels of radioactive iodine-131 per kilogram of soil, and 4,700 becquerels of radioactive cesium-137 per kilogram about 40 kilometers west-northwest of the plant.
Gunma University Professor Keigo Endo says radiation released by the iodine is 430 times the level normally detected in soil in Japan and that released by the cesium is 47 times the norm.
Endo says the data means that a person staying at the location for one year would be exposed to 4 times the amount of radiation allowed by national standards. The professor says there is no immediate health risk, but that radioactive cesium can accumulate in soil and that radiation levels must continue to be monitored.
The science ministry says there is no environmental standard for radioactive substances in soil, and that it sees no problem at this time.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 19:59 +0900 (JST)
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