23 March 2011

wednesday nukequake

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Trying to find the least bullshitty news and information sources is a damn headache, but here:
Fukushima workers managed to connect the first and the fourth reactors of the plant to an external power source to help restore the cooling system at the units. Five of six units of the Fukushima plant have now been connected to emergency diesel generators, Kyodo news agency reported.

However, the electricity supply to the problematic third unit has yet to be switched back on.
It seems some are dreaming these reactors can be cooled all the way down before they cement them over. With how much more loss of life? With how much more radiation damage? People keep speaking as though there's enough of unit three left to fashion some kind of cooling mechanism that won't involve horrific release of radiation. They are relying, of course, on the word of experts in the field, experts whose livelihood depends on keeping us optimistic about nuclear power, just like all the jackasses relying on professional foresters to give it to them straight about sustainable logging. Fuck. Delusion coats people like repeated dips in vats of tar.


Or repeated dips in vats of Tokyo tapwater:
Tokyo Water Bureau officials say levels of radioactive iodine in some city tap water is two times the recommended limit for infants.

The officials told reporters Wednesday that a water treatment center in downtown Tokyo that supplies much of the city's tap water found that some water contained 210 becquerels per liter of iodine 131.

They said the limit for consumption of iodine 131 for infants is 100 becquerels per liter. They recommended that babies not be given tap water, although they said the water is not an immediate health risk for adults.
Indeed it is not immediate. The baby might get sick pretty fast but you won't get sick until yer thyroid is pau... which is pretty much the end of you without a lot of drastic medical intervention and some good genes.


From a Japanese TV interview nearly a week ago:
This is the butt end of the reactor. Take a look. It’s a forest of switch levers and wires and pipes. On television these pseudo-scholars come on and give us simple explanations, but they know nothing, those college professors. Only the engineers know. This is where water has been poured in. This maze of pipes is enough to make you dizzy. Its structure is too wildly complex for us to understand. For a week now they have been pouring water through there. And it’s salt water, right? You pour salt water on a hot kiln and what do you think happens? You get salt. The salt will get into all these valves and cause them to freeze. They won’t move. This will be happening everywhere. So I can’t believe that it’s just a simple matter of you reconnecting the electricity and the water will begin to circulate. I think any engineer with a little imagination can understand this. You take a system as unbelievably complex as this and then actually dump water on it from a helicopter – maybe they have some idea of how this could work, but I can’t understand it.

It will take 1300 tons of water to fill the pools that contain the spent fuel rods in reactors 3 and 4. This morning 30 tons. Then the Self Defense Forces are to hose in another 30 tons from five trucks. That’s nowhere near enough, they have to keep it up. Is this squirting of water from hoses going to change the situation?

In principle, it can’t. Because even when a reactor is in good shape, it requires constant control to keep the temperature down to where it is barely safe. Now it’s a complete mess inside, and when I think of the 50 remaining operators, it brings tears to my eyes. I assume they have been exposed to very large amounts of radiation, and that they have accepted that they face death by staying there. And how long can they last? I mean, physically. That’s what the situation has come to now. When I see these accounts on television, I want to tell them, “If that’s what you say, then go there and do it yourself!” Really, they talk this nonsense, trying to reassure everyone, trying to avoid panic. What we need now is a proper panic. Because the situation has come to the point where the danger is real.
It hasn't gotten any better since.

And, the workers committing suicide to try to get this under control have NOT been wearing the really heavy suits to protect better from radiation because they can't get anything done while wearing them. They are working with far less protection than would be needed to call what they're doing merely "extremely dangerous". There is NO way they can stay alive long enough to accomplish the impossible things we keep hearing about from the "experts". Nor a succession of suicide missions to save Japan. With the exception of Hoagland's little input about there being the technology to remove all that radiation, there is NO hope, if things continue as they have been.



Old news that merits a fresh look....

love, 99


  1. 6.0 aftershock at nuke site this morning

  2. Radioactive iodine showing up in Tokyo tap water.

  3. It's beyond me, that as damaged as those buildings are, that they can simply hook up to a generator or even power company lines and just turn things back on and have them work. The conduits that would need to be rerun, the wires that would need to be pulled and hooked up, the piping which would need to be replaced. All of that takes time - lots of time - even if it were new construction.

    Instead there are buildings in a state of collapse, workers having to toil in protective suits. How does one even get inside those places to do any work?

    What a crock!


    Ordinarily intelligent people are not putting it together no matter HOW many images you slide under their noses! I'm fucking doing the Watusi inside my skin here.


    I shit you not, there are sentient beings all over the place who think it's possible to restart the system AT UNIT 3. Pictures don't help. They must think all these cooling ponds and reactor systems are underground and undamaged. You show them a picture of unit 3 and a diagram of its construction and it STILL does not register that there is thin air where the cooling pond was and that all the frantic work there means the core has melted down. At BEST you get someone to say that, oh, well, only a little. OMFG!

  5. Thanks for the link to Haarp,sad that this what the govt spends my money on.

  6. "Sad" is it, lavishly-understated....

  7. So, it takes eight years to build a plant with 4 reactors. And we are expected to believe they can repair four severely damaged, highly radioactive reactors in two weeks.

    Ya sure!

  8. I hope the Saudis are rethinking that plan. I hope everyone on earth is rethinking nuclear power. That has been the thing that pisses me off about having to defend the Iranian regime! I must defend their right, but I don't think ANYONE should have the right... and haven't thought it for a minute my entire LIFE!


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