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Japanese government on “maximum alert”

Crisis at Fukushima worsens


 

The Japanese government has declared a state of “maximum alert” over the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced on Tuesday. Workers and technicians at the plant are struggling to repair the reactor cooling systems that were damaged following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11. Plutonium has now been detected in the soil, and radioactive water is leaking outside the plant. Prime Minister Kan told the Japanese parliament that the situation “continues to be unpredictable,” and that the government “will tackle the problem while in a state of maximum alert.” China, South Korea and the United States say that have detected radioactive material in their airspace.

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Japanese government on “maximum alert”

  1. I think a huge concern is the containment vessel for reactor #3.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/29/us-japa

    "Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said while the plutonium levels were not harmful to human health, the discovery could mean the reactor's containment mechanism had been breached."

  2. Here is an article showing how TEPCO has had a very poor safety record and how their largest nuclear power plant has been shut down since 2007 after a relatively minor earthquake:

    http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-

    Despite these issues, both TEPCO and other power companies in Japan plan massive expansion in the country's nuclear power generation capability.

  3. Here is an article showing how TEPCO has had a very poor safety record and how their largest nuclear power plant has been shut down since 2007 after a relatively minor earthquake:

    http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-

    Despite these issues, both TEPCO and other power companies in Japan plan massive expansion in the country's nuclear power generation capability.

  4. Better start building those humongous sarcophagi like they did in Tchernobyl. Good luck !!!

    Sheeet, I changed my plan. Ain't goin to Japan for my holiday !

  5. Better start building those humongous sarcophagi like they did in Tchernobyl. Good luck !!!

    Sheeet, I changed my plan. Ain't goin to Japan for my holiday !

    • And to think I was going to visit both
      Japan and New Zealand on my next trip…

  6. But when you think about it though : building a bunch of nuclear reactors on a major fault line…………. DUH !!! The international community should have prohibited their construction right from the get go, due to the high risk of radioactive contamination being dispersed around the planet via winds, ocean currents, into the food chain, etc.

  7. But when you think about it though : building a bunch of nuclear reactors on a major fault line…………. DUH !!! The international community should have prohibited their construction right from the get go, due to the high risk of radioactive contamination being dispersed around the planet via winds, ocean currents, into the food chain, etc.

  8. And to think I was going to visit both
    Japan and New Zealand on my next trip…

  9. Canada needs to stop Bruce Power now before it's too late. Have you heard that they want to ship 16 old nuclear steam generators (90 per cent of which are plutonium isotopes) through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence. Around 40 Million people depend on that water for drinking. Should we believe everything the Nuclear Commission say "No worries, it's safe". Seems like they use that excuse a lot to do what they want without the public input. This will set the ball rolling for all future Nuclear garbage to travel on our drinking water until it's too late. Last month, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission granted a license to Bruce Power to transport the radiation-laced steel generators from its plant on the shores of Lake Huron through the Great Lakes on their way to Sweden for recycling.
    About 90 per cent of the metal in the steam generators can be melted down and sold back into the scrap metal market, Bruce Powers said in its statement.

  10. Canada needs to stop Bruce Power now before it's too late. Have you heard that they want to ship 16 old nuclear steam generators (90 per cent of which are plutonium isotopes) through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence. Around 40 Million people depend on that water for drinking. Should we believe everything the Nuclear Commission say "No worries, it's safe". Seems like they use that excuse a lot to do what they want without the public input. This will set the ball rolling for all future Nuclear garbage to travel on our drinking water until it's too late. Last month, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission granted a license to Bruce Power to transport the radiation-laced steel generators from its plant on the shores of Lake Huron through the Great Lakes on their way to Sweden for recycling.
    About 90 per cent of the metal in the steam generators can be melted down and sold back into the scrap metal market, Bruce Powers said in its statement.

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