Nobody was injured. # NEWS ADVISORY: Seawater injection into No.4 reactor via helicopter too risky: Edano (11:39) The Director of the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Mr. Jukka Laaksonen, has sharply criticized Japan for poor handling of the accident.

It says 43 percent of the fuel rods in the No.1 reactor were possibly damaged at 1 PM on Tuesday, but the ratio had increased to 70 percent by 3:25 PM. o As of 3:52PM on March 14, the cooling function was restored and the core temperature was stabilized below 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that the reactor of this unit is stable and was not operating at the time of the earthquake. We need to grow a resilient food system from the ground up. That truth is that in our gut we know “experts” always have there say, but in the end fate plays its hand. Ugly, and there are no good possibilities for this. The situation seems to be getting worse than what could reasonably have been expected on Sunday. Instead, the Kantei contacted Tepco headquarters and the Fukushima site directly, and disrupted the planned chain of command.

Attention has centred on units #1, 2 and 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant (all Boiling Water Reactors built in the 1970s). The US food system should be providing healthy, sustainable food for everyone. Biden predicts victory as counts head in his favour, Scotland becomes first part of UK to ban smacking, 'History calls' as Biden 'prepares for victory', The man who feeds hundreds of parrots every day. Fukushima’s aftermath includes hundreds of square miles of uninhabitable land, tens of thousands of relocated people, and billions of dollars of economic loss—ranking it alongside Chernobyl as one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters. When they are talking about the possibility of “recriticality” of spent fuel, it doesn’t sound at all good. It seems pathetic that Russia should be the only reported adult in this — they’re quoted as saying “Of course our nuclear program is not going to be affected by an earthquake in Japan.” Japan has earthquakes. Not a single human killed or injured by radiation is a success considering the circumstances. We're fighting to keep the 2020 election fair, safe, and free from interference. Help protect workers from dangerous heat.

This is also a useful summary, from William Tucker (published in the Wall Street Journal): Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl.

What’s left but the bogeyman of invisible radiation?

Note: Although still ‘hot’, the SNF decay heat is many orders of magnitude lower than the fuel assemblies within reactors 1 to 3. R4 was shut down when the quake hit and, as I understand it, ‘the main reactor was not fueled.’ Do they exchange ALL the fuel at once? ET Tuesday). Source:, Russia offered Japan a team of nuclear experts who are Chernobyl-experts, but Japan rejected. ( Log Out /  o Most recently, at 2:30PM on March 15, a radiation level of 231 micro sievert was recorded at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Here is an outline of key quotes, findings and recommendations from the 88-page executive summary of the Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission's report. No argument, only clarification. The scale is different. And ignorant, but I mentioned ignorant before. The second lesson is to the engineers: We all know that the water reactor has one principal characteristic when it shuts down that has to be looked after. For all the extensive detail it provides, what this report cannot fully convey - especially to a global audience - is the mindset that supported the negligence behind this disaster. Unit 1 announced cold shutdown at 1.24 am today and unit 2 followed at 3.52 am. Fission isn’t “on” or “off” — it’s happening, and more will happen if the fuel gets too close together. Subsequent reports say “No Info” for the pressure increase, the previously reported failure has vanished as a reporting category and the “environmental affect” is now given as 8.99uS/h and colour coded as a high category. — I haven’t yet down the “recriticality” term — it has to be someone mangling a translation from the Japanese to English. 4 reactor. TEPCO has requested firefighters.

Dave Lochbaum and Edwin Lyman are two of the nation's top nuclear power experts, having testified in front of Congress multiple times, including on Fukushima. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Its because of human nature.

If the roof is in the way, the a couple of well-placed smart bombs could take care of that. Tsunami water levels are alternately excessively high and, perhaps more damaging to the reactors, excessively low. Anyone seriously interested in understanding the issues involved in delivering ‘safe’ nuclear energy will be rewarded by reading this book; anybody involved in delivering nuclear power should be required to read it. Nat gas is better *than coal*. The fire began burning at Unit 4 at around 6 a.m. Japan time on March 14 and is still burning. How many bananas is a milli-sievert vs. a Mega-sievert?

— the helicopter idea was talked about and dismissed hours ago. Confirmation of loud sounds at unit 2 this morning came from the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA). The story of the 2011 catastrophe at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant unfolds in a new book-length account from the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit advocacy group. Tell Uber & Lyft to be part of a clean transportation future.