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60 Minutes Report: Fukushima Now Radiating Everyone: Will Impact All Of Humanity

By Phred Dvorak

Just how dangerous is the situation at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant? Very,
according to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, a senior member of the Senate’s
energy committee who toured the plant earlier this month.Another big earthquake or tsunami could send Fukushima Daiichi’s fragile reactor buildings tumbling down, resulting in “an even greater
release of radiation than the initial accident,” Mr. Wyden warned in a Monday letter to Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki.

In particular, Japan isn’t moving fast enough to remove dangerous nuclear-fuel rods from the reactors, and the U.S. should offer its help to speed things along, Mr. Wyden urged, in letters to Ambassador
Fujisaki, as well as U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko.

Yoshikazu Nagai, a spokesman for Fukushima Daiichi operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the company couldn’t comment on the letter, and that all it can do is “proceed steadily with the (cleanup) roadmap.” Japan’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment.

Mr. Wyden’s warning touches on what some experts think is the biggest problem at the Fukushima plant: another earthquake or tsunami that exposes the least protected of its nuclear fuel to outside air.
Fukushima Daiichi suffered meltdowns at three of its reactors last year after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out power in the area. Much of the nuclear fuel in those three reactors is thought to be in a melted lump at the bottom of the vessels that surround the core.

That’s bad, but at least the vessels shield the outside world from the radioactive fuel.
But Fukushima Daiichi’s Unit 4 reactor was shut down for maintenance when last year’s accident took place, meaning the nuclear fuel rods were outside those protective vessels and sitting in a pool of water, high up in the reactor building, where they were being stored. The water in that “spent fuel pool” keeps the rods cool and insulates them from the outside.

But if the pool should spring a leak, or another earthquake bring the pool crashing down, all that fuel would be exposed to the outside air, letting them heat up and release massive amounts of
radiation. Other reactors have spent-fuel pools too, but they contain less fuel.

Tepco says an analysis it conducted on the Unit 4 pool showed the building didn’t need reinforcing, but it went ahead and reinforced the structure anyway, increasing its safety margin by 20%. Tepco says it’s
working to remove the fuel rods as fast as it can. If all goes according to its timetable, the utility could start taking the rods out in 2014. Mr. Wyden points out, though, that the schedule allows up to ten
years to get all the spent fuel in all the Fukushima reactor pools out — something he says is too risky.

“This schedule carries extraordinary and continuing risk if further severe seismic events were to occur,” he wrote in his letter to Ambassador Fujisaki. “The true earthquake risk for the site was seriously underestimated and remains unresolved.”

http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/04/17/fukushima-daiichis-achilles-heel-unit-4s-spent-fuel/


Added: May-2-2012 Occurred On: May-2-2012
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  • Don't tell Ston3pony this, his diaper is already half full.

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    • @Rikki_Tikki_Tavi Do you ever wonder if the optimists on the Titanic got thrown overboard?
      Saying its "only half full" probably wasn't what was needed.

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    • @Rikki_Tikki_Tavi Stone3pony is a deceiver. He takes a position that governments would never lie us. He's useless and tries to get the gullible to follow his nonsense. He wanted to use an atomic bomb on the top of a fractured salt dome in the Gulf of Mexico.
      Like a Dr Strangelove.

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  • 10 years from now we gonna see children with 2 heads , hair lips, five arms, just like Indian's and Pakistani's get now(without radiation)

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  • i like the old man, he is so clever

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    • @LiteFlite - Physicist Dr. Michio Kaku? He tells it like it is.

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    • @LiteFlite

      He's a brilliant man. 60 Minutes is too much on the fear-mongering side. Keep fuel rods immersed in water and it's not an issue. We've been doing that for decades in Canada. Granted, sticking them on the roof of a reactor doesn't sound like the smartest idea but I'm no reactor designer. There's radiation everywhere so what. We've got this thing called the Sun spewing radiation on us on well, a daily basis. Check out the radioactivity of Perrier water; that would be a buzz-kill to the More..

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    • @mlivsey The sun doesn't leave radioactive materials that sit in your body and bombard the same area with radiation for the rest of your life either though. Big difference there.

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    • @Roach1983

      If you've read any of my comments, you'd also realize that I hauled my girlfriend's staff and relocated them permanently to the UK within a week of the tsunami. I might be sarcastic but not stupid. We pulled up stumps and hauled ass. No regrets.

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    • @mlivsey

      You don't need to be Mr Spock to raise an eyebrow when asking someone where the spent fuel rods are stored and they then turn and tell you...

      "In the roof".

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  • Don't tell Flashovr. He will have an aneurism and claim he was trolled. Then he will find some obscure report that only he has, wont read.the whole thing, wont post the link and will then claim to be right when in fact he will be talking about cloud formations and the rest of us are discussing sand dunes.

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  • In France 75% to 80% of our electricity is nuclear and we receive nuke waste from several countries, treat it and send it back by train or by boat. The anti-nuke movement is quite strong in France and Germany apart from Greenpeace which I dislike.
    Imho we need to put the brakes on on techno developments that always require power. We have lived happily for millenia without electricity. We could also put into use Tesla's discovery regarding harnessing the energy that is available in the atmosphere More..

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  • Let's all sue Japan for $10 MILLION dollars each for "mental anguish"!

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  • Great. Just great.

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  • Title for this one should be -

    "Fukushima Daiichi’s Achilles Heel: Unit 4′s Spent Fuel?"

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    • @ommadawn - a mouthful and probably wouldn't appeal to the global community as much as keeping it real and simple.

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    • @watercarrier

      I appreciate your marketing copywriting finesse, but "Will Impact All Of Humanity" is rather pushing-it that's all :-)

      Like, if the Aliens land in Time Square on Thursday morning you're stuffed for a title.

      Keep some powder in reserve.

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  • We've all been irradiated by 60 odd years of atmospheric nuclear weapons tests anyway. Will the Fukushima disaster make much of a difference?

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    • @4minutewarning - yes.

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    • @4minutewarning
      A nuclear bomb is like dropping a pea into a swimming pool where a nuke plant melting down is more comparible to a bowling ball... hundreds of thousands of times more matereal in a nuclear plant.

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    • @4minutewarning It makes a huge difference. A large part of those tests was to learn about the radiation given off and how it dissipated in different scenarios. They found that air bursts dissipated very quickly and that the radiation left depended on the amount of actual material that was exposed.

      Basically, an air burst is fine not long after the initial blast. A ground level detonation is much worse, with radiation permeating the ground and kicking up highly radioactive dust that can travel More..

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  • UPDATE to this article - News Flash: Crippled Fukushima Reactors Officially Closed

    By Phred Dvorak

    It’s official: Japan now has four fewer nuclear reactors than it did the day before.

    Reuters
    Tepco announced on April 19 four reactors at Fukushima Daiichi have officially been taken out of service.

    That’s because on April 19, one year, one month and one week after Fukushima Daiichi units 1 through 4 lost power and either melted down or blew up, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. fo More..

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  • I wonder what has become of that group of men who went into the facility after the meltdown began. Remember those guys who went in there to try to avert further disaster?

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  • were doomed

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  • REMEMBER! 500 MILLION ARE THE NUMBERS THEY WANNA SEE THE POPULATION DOWN TOO! THAT MEANS 6 1/2 BILLION HAVE TO GO!.

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  • fuck nuclear power!

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  • nuclear energy is dangerous, fossil fuel are not sustainable, alternative energy
    sources can't fill the gap.
    we must consume less.

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  • hmmm its hard what to believe nowadays.

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    • @dmorgan0628
      As it seems there is already a seperation between Science and State. And it is intrinsic, because most politicans are so utterly stupid that they can not even understand the very foundations of science. This explains the mindnumbing stupidity of most bills.

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  • Has anyone seen Disney's Ponyo? It totally foresees this event happening.

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    • @Hockeyist. That's right. The back up generators for this plant were in the basement. How fucking retarded do you have to be to place generators in the basement of a reactor that is built on the coast in a country that knows they get tsunamis? Wtf? God damn.

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    • @Hockeyist
      And at least one reactors main cooling pipes broke, leading to meltdown prior to tsunami hitting. Another generator set wasn't refilled so ran out prior to tsunami as well.. Incompetence played a part. GE designed these deathtraps with highly radioactive spent fuel pools on top, that partially melted as well. All nukes leak as part of normal operation. Waste lasts millions of years. A joke if you ask me. Only useful for making bombs. There isn't any profit in them.

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    • @Hockeyist the meltdown in unit 1 and 2 started 40 minutes after the quake, before the tsunami got there,

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  • you wear a mask yet your cells are being bombarded

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  • These scientist create this shit to harness the power of the sun,then have no idea how to deal with it when something goes wrong! what a human achievement this is!

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  • Lets build more of them

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    • @dmorgan0628. We are now all dumber for having read that. Whatva collossaly stupid idea. Dropping a nuclear device on nuclear
      material will blow said material onto trillions of tiny pieces which would then be carried into the atmosphere and irradiate the entire planet even faster and probably more completely. Please stop posting if you refuse to think.

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