This my index of nuclear energy information. I was a pro-nuclear guy until the Fukushima incident shows what happens with things happen outside of design parameters. Lots of people die with conventional energy, but at least it doesn't spread radioactive badness across the planet and render farmland and seas useless for food when something goes badly wrong.
Websites with regular news updates. Beware of conspiracy sites that blame HAARP, zionists, Israel, or promote Russia, Iran or 9-11 theories for Palestine.
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Wikipedia Japan 2011 Nuclear accidents
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
(Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power
§ Casualties/ Deaths: From zero to over 50 vs 30 for Chernobyl.
§ No Problem “there should be no release of radiation”
§ Prompt criticality Unit 3 may have been a "small" nuclear fission explosion as hydrogen explosion re-arranged fuel rods
Rocketdyne 1969 meltdown releasing Iodine
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This release by TEPCO and the Government is misleading politics at it worst, a WISHKIST at it best, not providing any credible solution Factually, they virtually admit it.
1) They state
""The timetable was released FIVE DAYS AFTER KAN CALLED for Tokyo Electric....""
""spokesman Hiro Hasegawa acknowledged that PUBLIC PRESSUE HELPED speed the company's decision to release a plan and warned that the outline remained TENTATIVE -- "but we will do our best" to stick to it""
So, what they are factually saying that AS YOU WANT A PLAN, WE GIVE YOU A PLAN (of course, as it shown further below, they have no idea how to implement it)
2) They state:
""Everything is a high-radiation area inside the reactor buildings""
""That (NEW)system would remove heat from the water being pumped through the reactors and decontaminate it before circulating it back through them.
Currently, engineers have improvised by pumping roughly 170 metric tons (45,000 gallons) of water a day into each reactor, an unknown portion of which is leaking out. The leaking water comes out full of particles like radioactive iodine and cesium, the byproducts of the reactors""
SO, IF THE RADIOACTIVE WATER is leaking out of control to the basement
from the "high radioactive area", and the new cooling system therefore must collect it to channel it through the the new heat exchangers, how they suppose to be able to do that within the, as they state, highly radiant area, only accessible by the radiation measuring robots??
3) They state:
""The wildcard in the utility's plan may be reactor No. 2, where another suspected buildup of hydrogen is believed to have ruptured the suppression pool -- a donut-shaped reservoir at the base of the reactor. That may make it more difficult to carry out one of the first stages of their planned cooling process, filling the concrete primary containment shell around the reactor pressure vessel with water, Hasegawa said.
Unless that damage is REPAIRED SOMEHOW (?!), that part of the plan may be unsuccessful, he said.""
As long this situation continues,as stated 170 Ton/day = 7 Ton/hour for EACH reactor (not the total, as told yesterday), i.e. ~500 Ton/day for the 3 reactors will be sprayed and the bulk leaked (the remainder to be radioactive vapor) and once the available store volumen is full, RELEASED TO THE SEA, AGAIN AND AGAIN, PROBABLY ONCE A MONTH. Possibly the radioactivity could be diminished somwhat by biological means, but certainly by far not enough!
It is time the Japanese Government takes over the problem and contracts the best internationally available firms and brains to find and implement a solution, swallowing their nationalistic pride!!
Summary: There are very few reports of Americium outside of Japan, making this a dubious source. Gunderson has been quoted mainly by conspiracy sites like Russia Today, World Socialists, Democratic Underground.
Fukushima radiation levels rise to highest levels yet By William Whitlow 2 May 2011 He points out that uranium has been found on Hawaii, americium has been found in New England and plutonium dust has been found on the Fukushima site. These latter elements are transuranic, i.e. heavier than uranium, and indicate that nuclear fuel was volatilized at Fukushima. If Gundersen’s hypothesis is correct then Fukushima will rival or surpass Chernobyl in its global health consequences.
Americium, Bismuth, Uranium is showing up on the West Coast of the United States. What are the implications? http://www.fairewinds.com/updates
Nuclear expert says Americium has been found in New England — Element even heavier than Uranium (VIDEO) April 28th, 2011 Gundersen Postulates Unit 3 Explosion May Have Been Prompt Criticality in Fuel Pool, Fairewinds Associates, April 26th, 2011:
At 3:05 in video: Americium has been found in New England
http://www.iscanmyfood.com/hd/index.php?t=Americium Most americium is produced by bombarding uranium or plutonium with alpha particles in nuclear reactors one tonne of spent nuclear fuel contains about 100 grams of americium. It is widely used in commercial ionization chamber smoke detectors, as well as in neutron sources and industrial gauges http://www.prisonplanet.com/fukushima-introduces-deadly-strontium-into-environment.html Plutonium transforms into americium and enters the water table. It can contaminate a water supply for centuries. The half life of americium is 433 years.
@@Advanced boiling water reactor
· emphasis on full passive nuclear safety and an entirely different approach to power regulation (natural circulation rather than circulation pumps)
· The Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) has been improved in many areas, providing a very high level of defence-in-depth against accidents, contingencies, and incidents.
TEPCO: level of plutonium-238 detected near the
recreational ground was 0.19 becquerels per kilogram
and the figure is down from the 0.26 becquerels detected in April. Becquerel
(Wikipedia)One Bq is defined as the activity of a
quantity of radioactive material in which one nucleus decays per second. The curie (Ci) is an older, non-SI unit of
radioactivity equal to the activity of 1 gram of radium-226. The conversion
factors are: 1 Ci = 3.7×10^10 Bq 1 Ci = 37 GBq 1 µCi = 37,000 Bq 1 Bq =
8x10^24: Hiroshimia nuclear explosion
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California : "mammoth." The
reactor core contained roughly 80 million curies of iodine 131 and 6
million curies of caesium 137, a "large part" of which was released
into the atmosphere.
60x10^10: Three Mile Island (15 curies of radiation were
released during the reactor meltdown at Pennsylvania's Three Mile
Island plant in 1979.
The level of radioactive cesium in sewage sludge 6/2011
Fukushima city 447,000 becquerels per kilogram.
banana = 100 bq/kg
brazil nuts may have up to 444 Bq/kg (12 nCi/kg) (4xbanana)
Beta Radiation in
the United States Following the Fukushima Disaster
freepdfhosting.com A statistical study. Highlights: Beta radiation
was 5x background in the US overall in the second half of March.
Areas in California and Arizona were 10x, 15x, up to 53x background.
California, Arizona, Hawaii, Florida were hardest hit. Increases in
beta radiation were statistically significant in March, April, and
TEPCO: level of plutonium-238 detected near the recreational ground was 0.19 becquerels per kilogram and the figure is down from the 0.26 becquerels detected in April.
Becquerel (Wikipedia)One Bq is defined as the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one nucleus decays per second.
The curie (Ci) is an older, non-SI unit of radioactivity equal to the activity of 1 gram of radium-226. The conversion factors are: 1 Ci = 3.7×10^10 Bq 1 Ci = 37 GBq 1 µCi = 37,000 Bq 1 Bq = 2.70×10-11 Ci
Summary: TEPCO is trying to take down copies of a blueprint of the reactor on copyright basis, but it has been widely available for months
House of Foust statement on why TEPCO is not releasing drawings
Boiling water reactors (BWRs) are the second most common form of light water reactor with a design that is simpler and less costly to build, but bigger and slightly less efficient, than the classic pressurized water reactor (PWR) originally designed for submarines.
The latest generation is the advanced boiling water reactor.
5 of 6 reactors at Fukushima Daiichi are General Electric BWR-3 with Mark I containment building. They were designed in the 1960s and installed in Japan in the 1970s. 92 plants around the world use the BWR system, and 32 use the Mark I containment. They are considered "second" generation as are all reactors in the US and France. The first generation according to World Nuclear Association were developed in the 50s and 60s and most are gone.
Generation III reactors integrate passive or inherent safety system that operate without intervention or power, and have been around since 1982. Only 15 of 442 are G3 now, with 14 under consruction.
OECD NEA Basic Design Information for Boiling Water Reactors BWR3 & BWR 4 Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Information
An introduction by NRC to boiling water reactor technology can be accessed here [pdf].
General Electric BWR reactors had 3 types of containments:
Possible milk radiation scare from website in Hawaii claims they are feeding sodium borate to their animals to treat radiation. This one article posted on a "Hawaii health" website is being replicated across the conspiracy-sphere.
The Hawaii Health Department latest results in the May 2nd DOH Update are that amounts are detectable, but nowhere near levels of health concern. Nothing like the "400 to 2400 times" safe levels quoted in the alarmist article:
Latest Milk Sample Shows Decreased Amounts of
Radiation in Milk From Big Island Dairy Still Far Below
Levels of Public Health Concern
Results of EPA laboratory analysis of a milk sample collected April 13, 2011 on the Big Island showed small amounts of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137. The amounts were 11 pCi/L and 10 pCi/L, respectively. The results for Iodine-131 were non-detect. These findings have decreased from the previous sample collected on April 4, 2011 and are still far below levels of public health concern. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Derived Intervention Levels (DIL) for milk are 4700 pCi/L for I-131 and 33,000 pCi/L for Cs-134 and Cs-137 combined.
Additional analysis was performed by the EPA on the milk sample collected on April 4, 2011. Trace amounts of Strontium-89 were detected (1.4 pCi/L). Strontium-90 was non-detect in this sample. These levels are below FDA’s DIL of 4400 pCi/L for the Strontium-90 radionuclide group.
The department is continuing to monitor all milk produced at Big Island dairies, as well as milk imported from California. We do not expect to see any levels of significant health impact and there is no need to take any protective action based on current guidance.
April 13th update Milk Sample Shows Trace Amounts of Radiation in Milk From Big Island Dairy Results of EPA laboratory analysis of a milk sample collected April 4, 2011 on the Big Island showed small amounts of Iodine-131, Cesium-134 and Cesium- 137. The amounts were 18 pCi/L, 24 pCi/L and 19 pCi/L, respectively. These findings were expected and are far below levels of public health concern. By comparison, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Derived Intervention Levels (DIL) for milk are 4700 pCi/L for I-131 and 33,000 pCi/L for Cs-134 and Cs-137 combined. The milk from the dairy is distributed primarily on the Big Island. Most of Hawaii’s milk is sourced from a dairy located in California. The department is continuing to monitor all milk produced at Big Island dairies, as well as milk imported from California. We do not expect to see any levels of significant health impact and there is no need to take any protective action based on current guidance.
Hawaii Farmers Treating Milk With Boron After Finding Radiation 2400 Times Above Safe Levels Posted by Alexander Higgins - May 26, 2011 at 6:56 am
Big Island Dairy Farmers fight radiation with Boron ...An open letter from dairy farmers on the Big Island of Hawaii shares some solutions for working with radiation problems in milk.
Dear Milk Share Members, Our goal to offer high quality safe food to our community has recently been challenged in the reality of the radioactivity being released into our environment. In the past weeks radioactive levels have increased in Hawaii, with high spikes and a more current leveling off of radiation levels. Milk from the large dairies in Hamakua and Hawi has shown elevated levels of radiation, from 400 to 2400 times the recognized safe levels.
Aside from the much recognized supplement potassium iodine as a protection against radioactive iodine, there are a number of ways we can help. We have remembered our friend, elemental boron and the position it plays on the earth. Boron is the only mineral capable of accepting and ionizing radiation that never changes the innards or the nucleus of the cell. Spoken simply, boron can take radiation and release it without upsetting its own very delicate balance.
Boron is used extensively in the nuclear industry. Sodium borate is regularly used for standby liquid control systems, in case of emergencies. It was used in Cheronbyl in 1986 mixed with sand to prevent further radiation leakage. It was also used in 1999 in Tokaimura, Japan, to absorb the massive amounts of radiation after an accident at a plant. Currently it is being dumped on fuel rods and in surrounding waters of the Fukushima plant. Boron is widely recognized as extremely safe and can be used to capture radioactivity on our soils, gardens, orchards, etc. It also can be safely ingested by humans and animals. Boron will accept radiation and ionize it within our bodies, after which our bodies will safely excrement the boron and radioactivity.
Summary: Christopher Busby (born 1945) is a British scientist known for his controversial theories about the negative health effects of very low-dose ionising radiation. He appears on the anti-Iraq war/ pro-muslim media circuit on the harmful effects of Uranium ammunition used in Iraq, and has made some alarming statements on Fukushima. Some of the media giving him a soapbox are:
From Wikipedia: Chris Busby Televised comments on Fukushima I nuclear accidents
In a March 14 broadcast on BBC, Busby was interviewed along with Ian Fells, and characterized the accident as "exactly the same scenario" as Chernobyl. While admitting that the containment structure for Fukushima Dai-ichi was more much advanced than that at Chernobyl, he claimed there could be "nuclear explosion" rather than (as reported) a hydrogen explosion, if fuel elements had melted down and collected at the bottom of the vessel. He also asserted that a brief spike in radiation levels at a reactor north of Fukushima Dai-ichi indicated "up to 100 kilometers away, we are getting concentrations of plutonium, cesium and iodine" (sic - presumably radionuclides thereof) released from Fukushima Dai-ichi, making the releases comparable in his opinion to Chernobyl, in terms of human health impact. In response to Fells' characterization of the worst immediate effects being loss of power to an advanced industrial society, Busby said "this is a radiological catastrophe already", asserting in particular that plutonium releases were the major cause of concern.
On 30 March 2011 Busby first appeared on Russian Today stating that the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster was worse than being reported. During the follow up interview on April 13, 2011, Busby stated that Fukushima radiation pollution could cause up to 400,000 added cancer cases among those living within 200 km of the reactor, with " reports of significant radiation ... even south of Tokyo".
On April 25 Busby stated on one Russian Today that he believed one of the explosions at the Fukushima I nuclear reactors was a "nuclear" one, rather than a hydrogen explosion as reported. In the same Russia Today broadcast, he referred to calculations made with his colleagues estimating that Chernobyl had killed 1,400,000 people, and that Fukushima's death toll would be in the same range, if not worse.
co-author of this study, “ Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009, ” published at ..
antiwar.com/radio/2010/08/04/chris-busby · (anti-Israel conspiracy media)
internationally renowned scientist (crackpot) and founder of the Low Level Radiation Campaign ...
www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8943 · (anti-Israel conspiracy media)
Invited to Iraq and Kosovo (Islamic fighter battlegrounds)
Red flag: he was invited to Iraq and Kosovo to investigate the health effects of ...
Iraq AfPak War. 29 March, 2011 Counterpunch. S ince the Fukushima accident we have seen a ...
www.countercurrents.org/busby290311.htm (anti-israel conspiracy media)
Alexander Cockburn ... Top 10 Reasons Iraq War was No..
counterpunch.org/busby03282011.html (conspiracy media)
Hmmm, posting shows this guy is linked to jihadist freedom fighters in Falluja. Not a good sign.
"Falluja Worse Than Hiroshima "
The information is too important not to jot down...this is a rushed post.
I just finished watching a re-run of Ahmad Mansour's Al-Jazeera Arabic - interview with Prof.Chris Busby. Prof Busby is a Scientist and Director of Green Audit, and scientific secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risks. To find out more on Prof Chris Busby and his work -- Google -- Chris Busby Uranium.
Prof Busby has published many articles on radiation, uranium and contamination in countries such as Lebanon, Kosovo, Gaza and of course Iraq.
His latest findings - which were the subject of the program aired on Al-Jazeera are what I will focus on here.
As some of you know, Falluja is a forbidden city. It was subjected to intense bombardments in 2004, with DU bombs and White phosphorus, and since it has become a no go zone - meaning that both the Iraqi puppet authorities and the U.S invading/occupying forces do not allow anyone to conduct any real study in Falluja. Falluja is basically under siege.
Obviously both the Americans and the Iraqis know something and are hiding it from the public. And this is where Prof. C.Busby comes in the picture. He was/is adamant to get to the bottom of what took place in Falluja in 2004.
Being a top scientist in his field, he set out to conduct a survey/research in Falluja whose preliminary results will be published in 2 weeks - hopefully.
Prof Busby found many obstacles while undertaking this project. Neither he nor any member of his team were allowed access to Falluja to conduct interviews. He said when the main door closes, one has to find other doors to open. And this is what he did. He managed to gather a team of Iraqis from Falluja to conduct the surveys for him.
The research project was based on 721 families from Falluja with 4'500 participants - living in both high level and lower level radiation zones. Results were compared to a control group - a sample of the same number of families living in a non radioactive zone in another Arab country. For the purpose of the study he chose three other countries for comparison - Kuwait, Egypt and Jordan.
Before getting into the preliminary results I must note the following :
- the Iraqi authorities threatened all the participants of this survey with arrest and detention should they cooperate with the "terrorists" who were interviewing them. In other words, they were threatened under the anti-terrorism act.
- The U.S forces prohibited Dr.Busby for gathering any data, arguing that Falluja is an insurgency zone.
- The doctors from Falluja turned down the request to be aired live on the Ahmad Mansour program because they had received several death threats and feared for their lives.
In other words, the study was conducted under very difficult and life threatening conditions. But it was conducting nonetheless.
As the program has not been uploaded on youtube, I can't give a word for word transcription. I took short hand notes and memorized the rest. But I will do my best to present all the facts I heard today.
So what is it that the US and its Iraqi puppets do not want the public to learn ? And why are they are not allowing any measurements of the levels of radiation in Falluja, and why did they even forbid the IAEA to enter Falluja ?
What exactly happened in Falluja ? What were the kinds of bombs used ? Was it just DU or more ?
1) One thing that is very peculiar to Falluja is that the rates of cancer have risen dramatically in a very short space of time i.e since 2004. Examples given by Dr.Busby :
- rate of Child Leukemia is 40 X (times) higher since 2004 than during previous years. And compared to Jordan for instance it is 38 X times higher.
- rate of breast cancer is 10 X higher since 2004
- rate of lymphatic cancer is also 10 x higher since 2004.
2) Another peculiarity to Falluja is the dramatic rise in infant mortality rates. Compared to 2 other Arab countries like Kuwait and Egypt who are not contaminated by radiation these are the figures :
- infant mortality rates for Falluja is 80 infants out of 1'000 births in comparison to Kuwait with 9 infants out of 1'000, and to Egypt with 19 infants out of 1'000. (so Iraqi infant mortality rate is 4 times higher than Egypt and 9 times higher than Kuwait)
3) the third peculiarity to Falluja is the number of genetic deformities that has suddenly exploded since 2004. This is a subject I've already covered in the past. But this is not the whole story, today I learned something else. The radiation of whatever agent that was used by the "liberating forces", not only causes massive genetic deformities but also and this is very important :
Canadian reactors have many safety features compared to the BWRs used at Fukushima. They don't boil the water that circulates through the reactor core. All radioactive water is in the containment which is under 3 meter thick walls. Fuel pellets are ceramic which resist melting compared to steel. Dousing tanks work without pumps with gravity.
CANDUs don't permit boiling of the primary loop water. This very hot water, which is also radioactive, circulates in a closed loop entirely within containment. It passes through steam generators (heat exchangers) which transfer heat to secondary loops to power steam turbines and associated electrical generators. The residual low-pressure steam is routed back through a condenser, where it becomes water again and is returned back to the steam generators. The steam and water in CANDU's secondary loops is not radioactive, so in the event that a heat release is required, the secondary side could be safely vented to the atmosphere and new plain water introduced once the water inventories are depleted.
CANDU safety features
CANDU reactors can be refuelled while operating, and incorporate dozens of safety features to respond to the stringent safety requirements imposed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Safety highlights include:
· a design that can use passive convection cooling for the primary systems to keep the reactor cool in the absence of power
· the use of dousing tanks high in the reactor or containment building that work on gravity, which can be used to replenish secondary side inventory and refill the steam generators, as required, to continue heat release in the event of a loss of power
· use of ceramic uranium fuel pellets that tolerate high temperatures
· two independent and diverse shutdown systems
· calandria vessel that contains the fuel rod assembly and heavy water moderator
· high-density, reinforced concrete containment walls, almost a metre thick
0 or 54 Fukushima deaths vs 30 Chernobyl
According to Wikipedia, there are no deaths at Fukushima due to the nuclear accident. However, if we count all deaths at the nuclear plants as is sometimes done for wind power, that would include the 1 crane operator at Daini, and the two tsunami victims at Daichi. 6 self defense force persons were reportedly killed in the unit 3 explosion though they did not work at the plant. Two additional workers were reported missing in unit 4 turbine building after an explosion in unit 4. That's nine people onsite.
However, adding the deaths of 45 patients who were hastily evacuated without sufficient life-saving attention would make 54, would FAR EXCEED the 30 who died of radiation poisining at Chernobyl, not counting animal deaths from starvation.
Two Chernobyl plant workers died on the night of the accident, and a further 28 people died within a few weeks as a result of acute radiation poisoning.src
· Eleven workers (four Tepco workers, three subcontract workers and four members of Self Defence Force) were hurt following a similar explosion at Fukushima Daiichi 3. They were transferred to the Fukushima Daini plant. One of the Tepco employees, complaining of pain in his side, was later transferred to hospital.
Farm animals starving to death in 20-km evacuation zone BY SATOSHI OTANI STAFF WRITER 2011/04/28 Corpses of cattle, hogs and chickens have been left rotting in barns within the 20-kilometer evacuation zone of the hobbled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, a veterinarian said. The animals likely starved to death after their owners left the area on the government's warning last month. Some farm animals were still alive, but most appeared too debilitated to feed themselves
Japanese citizens are demanding explanations for 45 mysterious deaths of hospital workers and patients over the course of the last month. Patients and workers were in the area when the Fukushima #3 nuclear reactor exploded and since the explosion and over the course of the following month a total of 45 have died so far.
OKUMA, Fukushima — Nearly 45 people out of some 440 patients and workers at a hospital here are estimated to have died while or after being evacuated following the accident at the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.
The day after the quake, authorities issued an evacuation order in areas within 10 kilometers from the nuclear power station. In response, 209 patients at the hospital and care home who were able to walk on their own, as well as many of workers, fled the area. However, bed-ridden and seriously handicapped patients were unable to do so.
On the early morning of March 14 [3 Days later], a health and welfare office in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, which is designated as a site for radiation screening, received a list of residents who needed to be rescued from the Prime Minister’s Office by fax. The list mentioned Futaba Hospital.
School principal Masaaki Tashiro was shocked to see the patients in the vehicle – two of them were already dead and others had had incontinence, with their intravenous lines disconnected. The school has no medical equipment and the identities of the patients were not known.
At the time, about 90 patients and four hospital workers as well as police officers and Self-Defense Forces (SDF) members were at the hospital. The crisis at the nuclear plant was only growing worse, and a GSDF rescue team never came to rescue them.
At around 1 a.m. on March 15, police officers urged hospital staff to evacuate, saying, “You have no choice but to leave here.” In response, the staff fled to the neighboring village of Kawauchi, while leaving behind the patients.
About 90 patients rescued by the GSDF team were transported to evacuation shelters in the Fukushima Prefecture cities of Date and Fukushima, but 10 of them died during or after the evacuation operations. [...]
A bus carrying 21 of the patients arrived at Fukushima Prefectural Aizu General Hospital on March 15, but the bodies of many of them had become very cold. One of the nurses who saw the patients screamed, “There is a patient in critical condition.” In the end, six of them died between that night and April 11.
However, the plan covers the procedure for evacuating elderly and handicapped people staying at home. It is extremely rare that all patients must be simultaneously evacuated from hospitals and nursing care institutions like in the case of Futaba Hospital.
In interviews with the Mainichi on March 17 and 21, Futaba Hospital’s Suzuki denied that the institution abandoned the patients. “We were unable to return to the hospital because of an explosion at the nuclear power plant. It’s not true that we abandoned our patients,” he said.
Battle to stabilise earthquake reactors 12 March 2011 World Nuclear News
A seriously injured worker was trapped within Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 in the crane operating console of the exhaust stack and is now confirmed to have died. Four workers were injured by the explosion at the same reactor and have been taken to hospital. A contractor was found unconscious and taken to hospital. Two workers of a 'cooperative firm' were injured, said Tepco; one with a broken bone. A Tepco employee who was unable to stand and grasping his left chest was taken to hospital
Only two confirmed deaths by April? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/02/japan-fukushima-nuclear-plant-workers-dead_n_844063.html Japan Nuclear Plant: 2 Missing Fukushima Workers Found Dead RYAN NAKASHIMA and MARI YAMAGUCHI 04/ 2/11 11:55 PM ET
The men sustained multiple external injuries and are believed to have died from blood loss, Tsunoda said. Their bodies had to be decontaminated. The two workers – a 21-year-old and a 24-year-old – had been missing since a massive March 11 earthquake spawned the wave, but their bodies were discovered only last week
found as nuclear plant leak poisons ocean Rick Wallace, Tokyo Correspondent
From: The Australian April 04, 201
The Tokyo Electric Power Company said the two workers, missing since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, were found floating in water in the basement of the turbine building in reactor No 4.
http://community.nytimes.com/comments/dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/from-wall-e-to-fukushima-robots-roam/?scp=8&sq=fukushima&st=cse Sere NYC April 19th, 2011 Man it was precious and made my (too early) morning to read someone above saying "Fukushima a zillion times worse than the Gulf!" … And how many people has the "calamity" at Fukushima killed so far? A million? ten million? how about a big fat zero.
Fukushima Reactor Must Be Shut Down, Core Cooled from cnn comment "the cooling system had failed at three of the four such units of the Daini plant." comment by someone named jjj4591. It is the explanation of a licensed senior reactor operator/control room supervisor on a boiling water reactor (BWR) similar to the Fukushima plant I’ve worked in the US nuclear industry for 30+ years and for 18 years I was a licensed senior reactor operator/control room supervisor on a boiling water reactor (BWR) similar to the Fukushima plant.
Summary: Criticality refers to there being conditions that will start or end a chain reaction. When a nuclear chain reaction in a mass of fissile material is self-sustaining, the mass is said to be in a critical state in which there is no increase or decrease in power, temperature or neutron population. Subcritical is less, supercritical is more.
DRAINS 1 AND 3 OK, BUT 2 AND 4 INDICATE FISSION 1-2 WEEKS AFTER Chain Reactions Reignited At Fukushima After Tsunami, Says New Study kfc 05/09/2011 ratios from drains at reactors 1 and 3 at Fukushima are consistent with the nuclear reactions having terminated at the time of the earthquake. However, the data from the drain near reactor 2 and from the cooling pond at reactor 4, where spent fuel rods are stored, indicate that the reactions must have been burning much later. "The data of the water samples from the unit-4 cooling pool and from the sub-drain near the unit-2 reactor show anomaly which may indicate, if they are correct, that some of these ?ssion products were produced by chain nuclear reactions reignited after the earthquake," he says. These chain reactions must have occurred a significant time after the accident. "It would be di?cult to understand the observed anomaly near the unit-2 reactor without assuming that a signi?cant amount of ?ssion products were produced at least 10 - 15 days after X-day," says Matsui.
Smoke from reactor 3, along with steam has been documented on footage throughout the weeks, confirmed by TEPCO's actions to evacuate personnel prior to every (uncontrolled) radiation release from Unit 3.
TEPCO has been unable to verify the water levels at the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, and suspect that water is leaking from the damaged containment vessels. http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201104250125.html
inside the Drone Missions to Fukushima Inside the Drone Missions to Fukushima By Alexis Madrigal Apr 28 2011, 10:02 AM ET2 The Honeywell T-Hawk, an 18-pound flying machine, was used to explore the disaster site at Japan's devastated nuclear power plant
The Dry Cask Storage system for spent nuclear fuel is a safer alternative to water filled pools which can ignite only hours after losing water. Warm fuel rods are put into concrete and steel casks which use natural air circulation without need for water which can boil way or pumps which can fail.
Fukushima warning: US has 'utterly failed' to address risk of spent fuel By Mark Clayton Christian Science Monitor March 30, 2011 The NAS report found that another method of storing spent fuel, called "dry cask" storage, did not require on complex power systems. Dry-cask storage involves putting older spent fuel into concrete- and steel-lined cylinders to allow natural air circulation for cooling. Dividing up spent fuel among a large number of such cylinders also makes "it more difficult to attack a large amount of spent fuel at one time" and also reduces "the consequences of such [terrorist] attacks," the report found
Radiation map identifies clearing near unit 1 as "elephant", that is also location of the remote controlled excavator, likely named for the long excavator arm. The concrete pump is nicknamed "giraffe".
Fukushima Unit 3 ? Two Theories - ??????3?? GoddardsJournal Unit 1 has steel upper walls. 3 and 4 are concrete. Theory 2 did explosion reflect back into pool. Detonation goes up. Chernobyl may have been prompt criticsal
Fukushima ? Nuclear Blast? GoddardsJournal Compared to small nuclear cloud, and difference in clouds 1 vs 3.
Unit 3 explosion analysis slow motion
Amongst the most troubling and most deeply underplayed questions of the entire crisis concern the Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools. These basin are packed with tons of irradiated fuel rods that need to be cooled. One of the major postulated accident scenarios involves a Loss-of-Coolant Accident (LOCA) to the reactor core, but a LOCA event can also occur with a spent fuel pool. It has. Fires and explosions in Japan. The Spent Fuel Pools at the six Fukushima reactors are NOT inside primary containment. They are exposed. Burning. About to burn.
NF: "The 100 and 500 year flood thing is out the window. Grand Forks and Fargo ND both had flooding over their IIRC 100 year and the big one in GF about 10 years ago was a 500 year, but they have had bad flooding like that before."
Q: WHAT IS THE "500-YEAR FLOOD"? A: The 500-year flood, like the 100-year flood is misleading. The 500-year flood is not the flood that will occur every 500 years, instead, it is the flood that has a .2% chance of occurring each year. The 500-year flood, which is the standard used by most Federal and state agencies, is used by the National Flood Insurance Program as the standard for floodplain management and to determine the need for flood insurance.
4-28-2011: It's more like a 500 year flood Gene Rench with the National Weather Service said all eyes are on the Mississippi... Right now the Mississippi river is in the process of going through what we call an epic flood, meaning it's more than historic, it's more than a 100 year flood, it's more like a 500 year flood," he said.
Two 500-Year Floods Within 15 Years: What are the Odds? Released: 6/20/2008 The term "500-year flood" has been used to describe the recent flooding in the Midwest. Midwesterners who experienced the Great Flood of 1993 – said to be a 500-year flood at the time – can hardly be faulted for thinking they were off the hook for seeing that designation again for, say, a few hundred years. "The term ‘500-year flood' can be a little misleading,"
He's made statments that Fukushima may be worse than Chernobyl, that the #3 explosion was probably a prompt-critical chain reaction, not just hydrogen. He's one of a handful of anti-nuclear experts being quoted by the conspiracy press like Russia Today. He makes some perceptive and reasonable statements, but hangs out with a Democracy Now crowd that is pro-Islamist and anti-Israel, and prone to sympathizing with 9-11 truth movement.
June 12th, 2007 What Arnie Gundersen Says About Yankee Eventually Becomes Truth About Yankee On the Vermont Yankee issue, I got religion in the North and I got religion in the South: Arnie Gundersen, my neighbor in Burlington’s New North End, and Steve West and Gorty Baldwin, WKVT radio hosts in Brattleboro, all began schooling me in the issues and the various dangers.... Arnie was an executive in the nuclear industry, back in the late ’80’s, but in 1990 he came forward as a whistleblower and was fired the same year. Over the next several years, his case got a great deal of attention, and he testified before Congress during hearings on ways to protect whistleblowers. Fast-forward to 2007. Arnie is now a prominent nuclear safety expert witness.
his number one worry was Steam Dryer cracking. Cracking directly due to the increase in output. Which rang a bell when I read last week’s Rutland Herald. The piece was slugged, “State Concerned about Cracks at Vermont Yankee.”
1) Arnie Gundersen knows from whence he speaks. He is not some crank with an irrational fear of nuclear energy. Rather, he is a highly skilled watchdog, whose views the State should begin actively soliciting rather than fighting or disparaging.
YouTube - Nuclear safety
inspector Arnie … A public forum on the future of Vermont Yankee, which will complete
its designed lifetime in 2012. The owners of the plant are asking to extend the
license a full 20 ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQODJl-WTJM March 15, 2011
“This Could Become Chernobyl on Steroids”: Nuclear Engineer Arnie Gundersen on Japan’s Growing Nuclear CrisisThe blast seriously damaged the plant’s Number Two reactor’s steel containment structure, causing nearby radiation levels to rise to 100 times the legal limit for exposure in a year. Plant workers “were manually opening valves into these containments to keep the pressure from building up,” says our guest Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer. “I would suspect that a lot of those efforts have been abandoned because of the high radiation levels.”
The most telling issue, as far as I’m concerned, is that the site has been evacuated. There was 800 people on the site, and then they evacuated all but 60 people. That’s basically telling the crew to man the lifeboats.
So, basically, three units are in meltdown condition. One is definitely worse than the other two. But, you know, "meltdown" and "worse" are relative terms. It’s very bad in three units. The fire in the fourth unit is also a serious concern.
It’s almost identical to 23 of them. For instance, the Quad Cities and the Dresden plant in Illinois, the Vermont Yankee plant here in Vermont, Oyster Creek in New Jersey, Pilgrim in Massachusetts—it’s almost identical to those and more than a dozen others. You know, this reactor design, this containment design, has been questioned since 1972. The NRC in 1972 said we never should have licensed this containment. And in 1985, the NRC said they thought it was about a 90 percent chance that in a severe accident this containment would fail. So, that we’re seeing it at Fukushima is an indication that this is a weak link. It’s this Mark I, General Electric Mark I, containment. And we have—essentially one-quarter of all of the nuclear reactors in the United States, 23 out of 104, are of this identical design.
must reexamine our policy of irrational exuberance when it comes to extending the lives of aging nuclear power plants—we have 103 in America—that were designed to be shut down after 40 years. Ours was designed be shut down in 2012.
ARNIE GUNDERSEN: This is certainly right now bumping up against the magnitude of Chernobyl. It’s clearly passed what happened at Three Mile Island. And it’s not clear that this situation may not get worse, not better. You know, Chernobyl was one reactor. There are three in either partial meltdown or meltdown. And then the other one has a fuel pool fire. And I understand this morning that the temperatures in the other two fuel pools are also increasing. So, you know, I’ve said before that this could easily become Chernobyl on steroids. It’s not there yet, but given that the essential personnel have been evacuated, it could easily get there within 24 hours. When plutonium volatilizes, when it gets hot and turns to a vapor, it can be breathed in. And, of course, it’s very—it can cause cancer in lungs very, very easily. And the containments, which are designed to contain this plutonium, are—have failed, at least in Unit Two. I believe in Unit One and Three, they are leaking, but they probably haven’t failed. So, it is likely that volatile plutonium is being released right now
So, it’s a little bit too early to determine what the health effects are on the United States. But it’s clear to me we will detect it. Within about five to seven days, the plume will hit the West Coast, and we’ll begin to detect the radiation.
http://palestinianpundit.blogspot.com/2011_03_27_archive.html Democracy Now! bids a fond farewell to Sharif Abdel Kouddous, our senior news producer for the past eight years. Kouddous joined Democracy Now! in 2003 just as the United States invaded Iraq. He was soon covering Iraq then returned to produce the daily show, traveling to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, to the climate change conferences in Copenhagen, Bolivia and Cancun, and together with Amy Goodman to Haiti to cover the return of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide just weeks ago. During the popular uprising in Egypt, Kouddous became the eyes and ears of Cairos’ Tahrir Square as he reported throughout the uprising. Kouddous is heading home to Egypt and will continue his work reporting as a Democracy Now! correspondent."
http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/2087 (canadian socialist paper)Amy Goodman was arrested [, detained, and charged with conspiracy to riot.] along with Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. They were among 19 journalists arrested at the RNC, of an estimated total of over 800 arrests.
Lake Barrett, who led the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's investigation of the Three Mile Island accident, describes the burning of zirconium cladding on fuel rods in the reactor cores after normal cooling operations failed
the operators vented the primary containment through the safety venting system trying to reject heat and excess gases up the 100 meter tall stacks at the plants," he wrote. "Normally there are operable fans and filters to control this dangerous mixture, but there was no electrical power for the fans. So most, if not all, of this dangerous mix of hydrogen gas seeped into the reactor building in Units 1 and 3. The hydrogen, being lighter than air, mixed with air in the upper large refueling floor area."
Braving dangerous conditions, workers had time to remove a wall panel at the top of the unit 2 reactor building providing an exit for hydrogen, avoiding a similar roof-level explosion, he said. The damage to the buildings 1 and 3 and the opening in 2 created an exit route for radioactive releases from the spent fuel pools at the top of the reactor pools
....he believed -- based on the still incomplete evidence from Fukushima -- that hydrogen was vented from the primary containment through duct work that allowed the hydrogen to collect in units 1 and 3 in the refueling floor in the secondary containment building. Normally, an exhaust system could have filtered and removed the hydrogen, but it was not working because of the loss of outside electric power. When the hydrogen accumulated above the 8 percent detonation limit in air in units 1 and 3, it exploded.
What happened by accident at Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima was done intentionally by Israel to the people of Iraq, when Israel bombed the nuclear power plant at Osirik in the erroneous assumption that Iraq was building nuclear weapons. Then Israel did it again in Syria. Thankfully, there were no nuclear weapons at the Iraq or Syrian targets, or the people of Iraq and Syria would have suffered what those people living downwind from Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima (and indeed the whole northern hemisphere) are all suffered. But no doubt, those innocent and unoffending Iraqi and Syrian people knew the fear of wondering whether the silent killer was there in their homes moment to moment, just as you are wondering whether the silent killer is in your home this very moment, even as you read these words. Israel did that to those people; cursed them with that endless dread that lingered for months on end. And now Israel wants to bomb more nuclear facilities in Iran, so that what happened by accident at Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, will be done deliberately to the people of Iran, who have not invaded or threatened anyone. You cannot know for sure. There is an invisible killer dancing in the air.
38 years of nuke profit up in smoke? Kyodo Tokyo Electric Power Co. faces a potential damages bill exceeding its profits from nuclear power generation over a 38-year period beginning in 1970, the year it opened the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 plant, according to a recent study....Tepco in that time earned just less than ¥4 trillion, possibly equal to or less than the amount it must pay farmers, fishermen, evacuees and others affected by the nuclear crisis...Kenichi Oshima, an environmental economist and professor at Kyoto-based Ritsumeikan University
*Question: Have TEPCO & the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant abided by the ICRP's plutonium contamination standards regarding the March 14 th Reactor #3 explosion? i.e. Was 1 mg or less of plutonium released during the Unit #3 explosion on 3/14/11 ? – Or during any other major event at the Fukushima nuclear accident?
See march 14 - world's dirtiest hydrogen explosion
from: http://www.c-ville.com/index.php?cat=141404064431134&z_Issue_ID=12682803113175975&ShowArticle_ID=12682803113795838 comment by The Rad RiderMarch 29th 06:36am later quoted across internet: Study the close up views of the 3 reactor explosion and you will see that the blast was not the type of explosion one would expect from the ignition of hydrogen. The fireball seen in the corner of the plant may have been due to hydrogen but it was much too small to cause the main blast. Not only that, inspection reveals that this was a directional blast. Much as if a cannon had been fired straight up from inside the reactor building. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwNIHQvTOzs This is what one would expect if the reactor dome exploded with enough force to take out the removable concrete pads covering it. Injecting sea water into the molten core caused an immediate explosion of steam. If the temperature of the reactor vessel had reached critical temperature, it would not have had the integrity required to withstand this dramatic increase in pressure. If my assessment is correct, the dark colored cloud we witnessed, that was shot approximately 1,000 feet into the air, contained the MOX core and made this accident worse than Chernobyl from: >
More and more evidence points to our own assessments about the Fukushima nuclear plants being far more accurate than the official story line. Now they are finally admitting leaks in 3 of the reactors, they are admitting that the number 4 fuel pool is leaking, and now experts are considering the possibility that the number 3 explosion wasn’t just hydrogen, but that it also had a nuclear impetus that spread the number 3 fuel pool fuel all over the planet…
Studying the videos of the two reactor explosions at Fukushima in Japan, one can see that the destruction of reactor no. 3 (above) was far more violent than the earlier wreck of reactor no. 1. (The explosion of reactor no. 4 apparently happened at night, undetected by any camera.) What happened?
Retired nuclear power exec Arnie Gunderson theorizes that the spent fuel pool in no. 3 may have undergone a "prompt criticality" -- instantaneous, uncontrolled nuclear fission -- that blew it sky high. His thoughtful video on the topic is here.
· Detonation vs deflagation (really interesting point about the rates of shock wave travel and what results from each)
· The fact that traces of uranium isotopes were found as far away as 2 kilometers following #3's blast.
· Detonation vs deflagation (really interesting point about the rates of shock wave travel and what results from each)
· The fact that traces of uranium isotopes were found as far away as 2 kilometers following #3's blast.
· The flame visible out of the south end of #3, wherein #1 had no such flame visible also bolsters the detonation vs deflagration analysis.
· Last part of his presentation essentially says we don't have all the evidence of all this yet, but he thinks our government does, as our military was nearby monitoring when #3's blast occured and they no doubt have air samples.The flame visible out of the south end of #3, wherein #1 had no such flame visible also bolsters the detonation vs deflagration analysis.
Long story short, the spent fuel pool at reactor #3 actually detonated. Hydrogen was the initial culprit, but Gunderson presents evidence that the initial hydrogen explosion compressed the spent fuel rods of mixed uranium and plutonium enough that they achieved critical mass. That is, enough neutrons shot around in a tight enough space to create an uncontrolled and fast chain reaction. Gunderson called it a “prompt criticality.” The fuel pool walls and open top acted like the barrel of an upturned cannon and shot pieces of fuel rods as much as two miles away.
As I recall from studying physics and technological history, compressing uranium and plutonium in order to create a critical mass that detonates is the job description of an atomic bomb. That flash and column of smoke we saw on the news at reactor #3 was probably a small, but quite real nuclear blast.
· UPDATE: 1000AM 6 May 2011>
Distance from Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station
Hourly Radiation Dose
Estimated Annual Exposure (μSv) <Reference>
Original Website of the Measurement Data
1. Narita (Tokyo)
Within the Airport Premises
2. Haneda (Tokyo)
3. Kansai (Osaka)
4. Central Japan
5. New Chitose (Sapporo)
Click here to check the distance and radius of Narita and Haneda Airports from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station.
For the latest measurement of radiation doses, please refer to each original website listed above.
For the estimation purpose, 1 micro-Gray/hour(μGy/hr) is converted into 1 micro-Sievert/hour.(μSv/hr)
“Estimated Annual Exposure” is the estimation under the hypothetical condition where a person is continuously exposed to the hourly radiation dose at the measurement point for 24 hours, 365 days.
1 milli-Sievert (mSv) is equal to 1,000 micro-Sievert (μSv).
(Excerpt from Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_I_nuclear_accidents 4/25/2011: Seawater used for cooling At 20:05 JST on 12 March, the Japanese government ordered seawater to be injected into unit 1 in a new effort to cool the reactor core. The treatment had been held as a last resort because after it the reactor cannot be salvaged for future use. TEPCO started seawater cooling at 20:20, adding boric acid as a neutron absorber to prevent a criticality accident. The water was to take five to ten hours to fill the reactor core, after which the reactor would cool down in around ten days. The injection of seawater into the reactor pressure vessel was performed by means of mobile fire trucks of the fire department. At 01:10 on 14 March, injection of seawater was halted for two hours because all available water in the plant pools had run out (similarly, feed to unit 3 was halted). NISA news reports stated 70% of the fuel rods had been damaged when uncovered.
Engineers try to lower danger level at crippled Japanese nuclear plant April 6, 2011 Los Angeles Times a new report from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission leaked to the New York Times suggests that the continued pumping of water into the plant may be putting a strain on the Fukushima facility that will leave it more susceptible to future earthquakes.
The report from engineers who have visited the site suggests that filling the reactor containment vessels with water that they were not designed to hold may place undue stress on the concrete vessels, leaving them susceptible to breakage if another quake strikes the facility"
U.S. Experts Blame Fukushima 1 Explosions and Radiation on Failed Venting System These cores are likely still in the reactor vessels, and are being cooled by seawater injection using highly pressurized fire engine pumps," he said. Venting continues to contain pressures in the primary containment... "This current 'feed and bleed' method of cooling with salt water is not a sustainable long term cooling method. Salt deposits are likely building up in locations in the thermally heterogeneous core rubble pile. This configuration is completely unknown. But the Fukushima reactors, I believe, are much more damaged and contaminated than TMI was and there are three of them in this state."
The level of radioactive cesium in sewage sludge
Fukushima city 447,000 becquerels per kilogram.
#Radioactive Sewage Sludge and Slag in Tokyo
It was big news when the radioactive sewage sludge and slag were found
in Fukushima Prefecture earlier this month (see my posts here, here
And it is almost no news when the highly radioactive (170,000
becquerels per kilogram) sewage slag was found in TOKYO, and the
slag's been already sold as construction materials.
Here's a report from a week ago by Nippon Television (3;48PM JST
Nippon Television's investigation has revealed that the radioactive
materials in very high concentration, 170,000 becquerels per kilogram,
had been found in the sewage slag from a sewage treatment facility in
Tokyo. ...The slag has already been recycled into cement and other
The national government issued a guidance on May 12 as to how to
dispose the radioactive sludge and slag in Fukushima Prefecture, which
is to burn the sludge and store the burned sludge (slag) in
containers. However, there is no such standard for radioactive sewage
treatment outside Fukushima Prefecture.
In comparison, the sewage slag from Koriyama City in Fukushima
measured 334,000 becquerels per kilogram, and Koto-ku is **225
kilometers away** from Fukushima I Nuke Plant.
In the latest test (done on May 10-12), the result for the slag at the
Koto-ku facility was lower, at 18,470 becquerels/kg (cesium-134 and
cesium-137). Instead, the treatment facility in Edogawa-ku (east of
Koto-ku) tested high radiation at 53,200 becquerels/kg.
And the highly radioactive sludge in Fukushima is to be burned. That's
just great. According to Sankei News, the national government will
allow the radioactive sludge and slag with low radiation (few
thousands becquerels per kilogram) to be used as cement materials, as
before, as long as the radioactive materials are diluted enough to the
level that has no immediate effect on health.
Between 10,000 becquerels/kg and 100,000 becquerels/kg, they should be
put in a temporary storage. The government guideline doesn't say what
will happen when the temporary storage becomes full.
see wikipedia The sievert (symbol: Sv) is the International System of Units (SI) SI derived unit of dose equivalent radiation. It attempts to quantitatively evaluate the biological effects of ionizing radiation as opposed to the physical aspects, which are characterised by the absorbed dose, measured in gray. It is named after Rolf Maximilian Sievert, a Swedish medical physicist renowned for work on radiation dosage measurement and research into the biological effects of radiation.
The unit gray measures the absorbed dose of radiation (D), absorbed by any material. The unit sievert measures the equivalent dose of radiation (H), supposed to have a damaging effect equivalent to the same dose of gamma rays. Both the gray, with symbol Gy and the sievert, with symbol Sv are SI derived units, defined as a unit of energy (joule) per unit of mass (kilogram): 1 Gy = 1 Sv = 1 J / kg
FUKUSHIMA FIRST HOURS
by Dean Curtis
Summary: study concludes similar failure based on "The assumptions in this
report are based on a culmination of reports and theories on what
happens to a BWR during a Loss of Coolant Accident combined with a
total station black out and assumed 3 cases which identify the
availability of post accident safety systems. The table at the end of
this report explains those conditions."
Depending on what fails, it predicts core uncovered from 37 to 315
minutes (half to 5 hrs), then the steels RPV pressure vessel bottom
head fails from 142 to 543 minutes. Molten fuel Corium starts boil off
of water @ concrete containment floor at 142 to 543. Corium starts
melting steel/ concrete containment floor at 162-544. Containment
failure and leakage starts at 185 to 601 minutes. These are entirely
consistent with TEPCO findings of unit 1 melting down and containment
failure within the first day even with water injection.
5/17/2011 ACCIDENT PROGRESSION IN MINUTES
Start core melt
Corium slumps to bottom head
RPV bottom head fails
Corium starts boil off of water @ concrete containment floor
Corium starts melting containment floor
Containment failure and leakage starts
Drywell and Wetwell electric penetrations start to leak at T=204C – 400F
Drywell and Wetwell electric penetrations decompose and blow out of containment at T=260C – 500
Table 1 Accident Progression Timeline
The SL-1, or Stationary Low-Power Reactor Number One, was a United States Army experimental nuclear power reactor which underwent a steam explosion and meltdown on January 3, 1961, killing its three operators. The direct cause was the improper withdrawal of the central control rod, responsible for absorbing neutrons in the poorly-designed reactor core. The accident released about 80 curies (3.0 TBq) of I-131, which was not considered significant due to its location in a remote desert of Idaho. About 1,100 curies (41 TBq) of fission products were released into the atmosphere.
The facility, located at the National Reactor Testing Station approximately forty miles (60 km) west of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was part of the Army Nuclear Power Program and was known as the Argonne Low Power Reactor (ALPR) during its design and build phase. It was intended to provide electrical power and heat for small, remote military facilities, such as radar sites near the Arctic Circle, and those in the DEW Line. The design power was 3 MW (thermal). Operating power was 200 kW electrical and 400 kW thermal for space heating. The core power level reached nearly 20 GW in just four milliseconds, precipitating the reactor accident and steam explosion.
Sunday, May 29, 2011Fukushima: The Nuclear Explosion Solution #2
From Fukushima to Nukeushima???
"Nuke the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi right into the sea, Mr.
President." - Bob Nichols of Veterans Today
In yesterday's article on Veteran's Today: Fukushima: How Many
Chernobyls Is It? Bob Nichols paints a very frightening picture of
what the whole world is facing now. He also explains how the The
Nuclear Explosion Solution is now the only option left for ending this
horrible nuclear disaster:
"The Fukushima Kill, already underway world wide, will certainly dwarf
that of Chernobyl. All US Super Power President Obama’s delay does is
increase the numbers of The Kill. That is a clear Choice. We call on
President Obama to re-visit that Choice."
"Generally speaking, most Radiation cannot escape into the atmosphere
if it is covered by water. Honshu, Japan
Tsunami Plan: Japan Nuclear Plant Downplayed Risk YURI KAGEYAMA and JUSTIN
PRITCHARD 03/27/11 04:47 PM ET TEPCO's looked at
the magnitude-8.8 off the coast of Chile in February 2010, but figured the
maximum possible would be at 8.6 magnitude, meaning the March 11 quake was four
times as powerful as the presumed maximum. Read more: Japanese government was
'warned that nuclear plants could not withstand quake' By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:20 PM on 16th March 2011
they were warned more than two years ago that the country's nuclear power
plants could not withstand powerful earthquakes. The international nuclear
watchdog raised concerns that safety measures were outdated and a major tremor
could cause 'serious problems', leaks cables have revealed. It is not known what
changes the Japanese government made after an offi
made after an official from the International Atomic Energy Agency made the
comments in December 2008. ... The plant was only designed to withstand 7.0
magnitude quakes but the massive disaster that struck last Friday measured 9.0
on the Richter scale.
the Japanese government even opposed a court order to close down a nuclear plant that was feared unsafe in the face of an earthquake above 6.5 magnitude. The government later overturned in 2009 the court's ruling top shut down the 'unsafe' plant. The cable added: 'Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency believes the reactor is safe and that all safety analyses were appropriately conducted.'
comment: The plant was only designed to withstand 7.0 magnitude quakes......since 1900 Japan has had over 20 earthquakes over 7.0 ...eight of them over 8.0......a DISASTER waiting to happen, a case of WHEN not IF ! Britain is not in an earthquake zone. - ollie, uk, Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1366721/Japan-tsunami-Government-warned-nuclear-plants-withstand-earthquake.html#ixzz1IsdtB7EF TESTIMONY OF Michael Corradini American Nuclear Society BEFORE THE HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS April 6, 2011 Following the earthquake on Friday afternoon, the nuclear plants at Fukushima-Daiichi, Fukushima-Daini, and Osonawa plant sites shut down as designed, and emergency power systems were activated as expected; even though the earthquake was beyond the design basis. At the Daiichi plants, the design basis safe-shutdown earthquake was 8.2 as measured on the Richter scale, which is a design base above historical values link
wikipedia: The 9.0 MW Tohoku earthquake at 14:46 JST on Friday, 11 March 2011 resulted in maximum ground accelerations of 0.56, 0.52, 0.56 g (5.50, 5.07 and 5.48 m/s2) at units 2, 3 and 5 respectively, well above their design basis of 0.45, 0.45 and 0.46 g (4.38, 4.41 and 4.52 m/s2), and values below the design basis at units 1, 4 and 6. When the earthquake occured, reactor units 1, 2, and 3 were operating, but units 4, 5, and 6 had already been shut down for periodic inspection. When the earthquake was detected, units 1, 2 and 3 underwent an automatic shutdown (called scram).
UNIT 3 EXCEEDED 441 GROUND ACCEL DESIGN BASIS http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_Fukushima_faced_14-metre_tsunami_2303113.html At the Daini plant, ground accelerations ranged from 186 gal in the vertical plane at unit 1 to 277 gal from north to south at unit 3, as recorded by sensors in the reactor building foundation. The range of design basis figures is a spread from 415 gal to 512 gal. At Daiichi there is still no data for units 1, 2 and 5, but available figures put the maximum acceleration as 507 gal from east to west at unit 3. The design basis for this was 441 gal. Other readings were below design basis, although east-west readings at unit 6 of 431 gal approached the design basis of 448 gal.
Fukushima has some distinct design differences from Oyster Creek. For example, item 10 above (Isolation Condensers) do not exist in Fukushima Unit 1. If I am not mistaken only Oyster Creek and two others in the world have them. This design feature was removed after 2 BWR/2's basically to save GE/utilities money. Fukushima 1 is BWR/3. If this one feature alone existed at the Fukushima plants, they could have relieved reactor pressure without electricity, without venting radioactive gasses/hydrogen, and without losing reactor inventory resulting in uncovering fuel. It's critical valves are DC operated, so loss of power is irrelevant, and it works without pumps, by gravity. GE BWR's brought these simple and effective condensers back in its new designs.
1 had isolation condensers, they would have attained stable hot shutdown and
the plant would not have been destroyed, this goes for the other units as well.
The spent fuel pool would have still been an issue, but it also would have
received more immediate focus and could have been kept full using diesel pumps.
The safety valve was not likely used to relieve pressure, as by the time that automatically activated they let pressure get out of control to the point where it is almost at the design limits for the vessel. Electromatic relief valves off of the main steam lines were almost undoubtedly used instead, which dump steam directly into the suppression pool, which is the massive donut shaped structure at the bottom, through large nozzles. The steam then collapses to water averting a huge pressure spike in primary containment, as obviously water takes up a much smaller volume than steam.
Releasing steam to relieve pressure results in uncovering fuel. When fuel Is uncovered the fuel temperature rises to very high levels, and at around 2200 degrees F the cladding, made of zircaloy, begins to react with the steam to produce hydrogen gas among other things in an exothermic reaction, producing more heat. The hydrogen is then later vented with the steam, does not condense in the suppression pool, and helps to pressurize the primary containment. The primary containment is maintained filled with nitrogen gas (zero oxygen) for this very reason to prevent the possibility of a devastating explosion within the primary containment. The problem really presents itself when they vent the primary containment to the reactor building atmosphere to relieve pressure, and the hydrogen sees oxygen and the slightest spark causes a massive explosion as we saw on the news.
Oyster Creek also has a hardened vent system, as would all Mark 1 BWR’s in the US as per a 1989 NRC order that identified this possibility. As a result the primary containment would not have been vented into the reactor building ducting, but instead through a strong metal pipe to outside of the reactor building. Hydrogen explosions would then occur outside, and the reactor building roof does not blow off as we saw.
Recirculation pumps do not provide cooling. Their purpose is to increase reactor power during power operations by reducing the void coefficient of reactivity I (too long to explain). The pumps they need to restore for vital cooling are Rx Bldg closed cooling water, shutdown cooling, fuel pool cooling, and service water pumps, which remove decay heat from the fuel pool and reactor vessel through a series of closed loops sending the heat to the ocean. However much more immediately they need their emergency core cooling system, containment/suppression pool cooling. None of those systems are shown in the diagram except the S/D cooling heat exchangers (28). Basically they need to restore power to most everything in the reactor building. Restoring power has been difficult to do after the tsunami flooded out much of their critical infrastructure, including and especially their emergency diesel generators, and vital electrical busses. The plants are all still in pretty bad shape, and there are no easy fixes.
Sorry for my questionable sentence structure and grammar, I studied engineering, not english, haha. Also, as a disclaimer, my post was a combination of mostly fact, but also some of my opinion/speculation extrapolated from knowledge of similar plants. I have no first hand knowledge of the exact design of Fukushima Unit 1.
Unit 3's plume probably passed over Tokyo. I recall myself what the
author cites, that there were reports of sickness and a metallic taste
in the mouth from some Tokyo residents, but media dismissed them as
hysteria. I wonder if that metallic taste can be found among Chernobyl
witnesses, for I've heard several people report that from different
settings around the Fuku incident. I know I've also read it wrt a
resident who lived next to Three-Mile Island way back then, who report
sounded like a major exposure at odds with official reports of almost
Wow, someone found exactly what I speculated could be found:
This article on the Chernobyl Disaster, was written by a LINC student,
Lana Petriw. April 26 is the anniversary of this terrible disaster.
Lana came to Canada four years ago from Ukraine.
"I remember that day very well. The day was warm and sunny, but the
wind blew very hard. The wind brought with it very fine ash-like dust
from Chernobyl. The radioactive dust fell on the ground, grass, trees,
roofs, roads and almost everywhere. The dust was even inside buildings
since the windows were open. Innocent people were breathing in
radioactive dust. It was a holiday and thousands of people, including
children, were playing outdoors. The children were playing with
radioactive sand in the parks.
In a few minutes the people could feel the metallic taste in their
mouths, their throats were sore and skin was itchy. Almost all
complained of severe headaches and diarrhea. Nobody could explain at
first what was going on, but soon after they realized that they were
exposed to abnormally high level of radiation.
I added this: There was at least one metallic-taste report from the
Three-Mile-Island incident by a person who lived very close. That
witness testimony is relayed in the video here :
MOX MAY BE MORE VULNERABLE TO HOT SPOTS IN MELT DOWN
Some of the
documentation mentions that the fuel manufacturer of the FUKU MOX load
had lower standards than the load of MOX for another plant that was
sent back as being defective. The British plant that had their MOX
sent back as defective had better manufacturing processes and better
finished product than the fuel made for FUKU. The fuel coming out of
the plant that made FUKUs (Congema IIRC) had problems with the fuel
pellets not being fully mixed. The uranium and plutonium was not
getting uniformly mixed so the FUKU fuel had larger hot spots of
plutonium than the rejected fuel from the British plant. This is
explained in great detail in a 2001 Greenpeace paper. Not sure why
this didn't trigger a review or rejection of the MOX load at FUKU...
What those hot spots can do is degrade holes into the cladding and
under bad situations like loss of cooling can blow holes or split the
cladding. Since this was a 2001 article it doesn't get into what could
happen when the cladding gives way or bursts vs. a uniform melt down.
March 24, 2011
A neutron beam has been reported emanating
Neutron beam observed 13 times at crippled Fukushima nuke plant
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has observed a neutron
beam, a kind of radioactive ray, 13 times on the premises of the
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was crippled by the massive
March 11 quake-tsunami disaster.
Neutrons are emitted during a nuclear chain reaction; so given the
context, is Kyodo's report to be taken as indicating that a chain
reaction took place after the reactors shut down?
Redflag conspiracy site:
What Really Happened
PAJU Palestinian and Jewish Unity
Global Research-Centre for Research on Globalization
Promoted to Headline (H2) on 3/27/11: Permalink
"Safe" Radiation is a Lethal TMI Lie
By Harvey Wasserman
As we have learned so tragically from Drs. Stewart, Morgan, Gofman and
Sternglass, from Gundersen and Mangano and so many other researchers,
from TMI and Chernobyl, and from the on-going operation of nuclear
plants where infant death rates continue to be affected---a "perfectly
safe" dose of radiation does not exist.
No truly informed or responsible scientist, medical doctor, health
researcher, TV weatherman, bloviating "expert" or on-the scene
reporter would ever tell you otherwise. Whenever you hear the term
"insignificant" fallout, ask yourself: "insignificant to whom?"
"Acceptable" to which expectant mother? To whose child? To how many
mourning parents? For which dying elder?
These some of the initial signs of radiation sickness.
Metallic taste in your mouth.
Rainwater across the entire United States is now testing positive for nuclear radiation contamination from Japan’s nuclea rfallout.
Here is current home page of The
Clicking on the individual stories quickly reveals that
Japan nuclear radiation is being detected in rainwater across the entire United
The Japanese were initially hesitant to use robots to measure conditions in the plants, but later got Packbots made by iRobot (the Roomba company) to investigate and find radiation exposure levels in one hour that exceeded US annual levels.
JAPANESE GOVERNMENT STOPPED UNAUTHORIZED SHIPMENT OF RADIATION-PROOF ROBOTS Japan engineers knew tsunami could overwhelm Fukushima plant Reuters Tue Mar 29, 2011 [after gauges failed that] left a pair of workers in a white Prius to race into the plant to get radiation readings with a handheld device in the early days of the crisis, according to Tokyo Electric.
Immediately after the tsunami, a French firm with nuclear expertise shipped robots for use in Fukushima, a European nuclear expert said. The robots are built to withstand high radiation.But Japan, arguably the country with the most advanced robotics industry, stopped them from arriving in Fukishima, saying such help could only come through government channels, said the expert who asked not to be identified so as not to appear critical of Japan in a moment of crisis. o
Robot Detects High Radiation In Japan Reactors MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press POSTED: 9:45 pm CDT April
TOKYO -- A pair of thin robots on treads sent to explore buildings inside Japan's crippled nuclear reactor came back Monday with disheartening news: Radiation levels are far too high for repair crews to go inside... two Packbots, (made by iRobot which also makes Roomba household vacuum) which resemble drafting lamps on tank-like treads, entered. ...reported radioactivity readings of up to 49 millisieverts per hour inside Unit 1 (same as US annual limit) and up to 57 inside Unit 3, levels too high for workers to realistically enter. ...doubled the legal limit for nuclear workers since the crisis began to 250 millisieverts a year. Workers in the U.S. nuclear industry are allowed an upper limit of 50 millisieverts per year. Doctors say radiation sickness sets in at 1,000 millisieverts and includes nausea and vomiting.
@@RocketdyneSummary: 1959 partial meltdown at Rocketdyne in Los Angeles In July 26, 1959 a partial meltdown occurred at the Boeing-Rocketdyne nuclear testing facility, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The incident released the third greatest amount of radioactive iodine in nuclear history. But no one really heard about it until Boeing recently settled a class-action suit filed by local residents. The plaintiffs complained of nuclear-related cancers and thyroid abnormalities caused by proximity to the facility (from LOE reference below). The 1959 Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE) incident was kept secret for decades. The large facility was located at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
A Nuclear Incident “Worse Than Three Mile Island” Boeing-Rocketdyne Nuclear Facility, also referred to as the Santa Susana Field Lab, is located about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, near the Simi Valley area. And in 1959, a clogged coolant channel in a 20-megawatt nuclear reactor lead to the melting of 30 percent of the fuel elements in the reactor core.
Iodine-131 – that is, radioactive iodine – was released in doses estimated up to 100 times that of Three Mile Island, enough to cause various types of cancers and thyroid abnormalities, particularly in children under the age of 15. And while radioactive iodine only has an eight day half life, that’s more than enough time to get into the local dairy cows and contaminate the milk supply. The facility also released many other radioactive materials, as well as other toxic chemicals, over a period of years. After an eight-year-long court battle, more than 100 local residents reached a settlement with Boeing-Rocketdyne.
I was there in ’63. That happened ’59, but we had another meltdown in ’64, which is just becoming public now, as far as I know. They had 80 percent of the cladding on the fuel rods melt down. And it was immediately shut down when they found that out, and decommissioned in 1965. And that’s been kept secret for a very long time.
source: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/hac/pha/PHA.asp?docid=78&pg=1#_1_11 Draft Preliminary Site Evaluation Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) Ventura County, California Table 2. Chronological List of Radiological Incidents in Area IV of the SSFL. Date Description of Incident March 25, 1959 AE-6 Power Doubling Excursion June 4, 1959 SRE Wash Cell Explosion July 13, 1959 SRE Power Excursion July 26, 1959 SRE Fuel Damage "Meltdown" March 19, 1960 SRE Steam Cleaning Pad Contamination 1964 SNAP 8 (S8ER) Fuel Element Failures 1969 SNAP 8 (S8DR) Fuel Element Failures May 19, 1971 Hot Lab NaK Fire in the Hot Lab DecontaminationRoom November 3, 1976 Radioactive Material Disposal Facility LeachfieldContamination Notes: AE-6 was a 2 kilowatt, low power research reactor with a solution of uranyl sulfate in a spherical tank andused as a neutron source. SRE (Sodium Reactor Experiment) was part of a program with the Atomic Energy Commission todemonstrate the feasibility of a high-temperature, sodium cooled power reactor for civilian application. SNAP 8 was a small sodium cooled reactor for space applications. Of all these incidents, only the Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE) Fuel Damage incident, commonly known as "The Meltdown," resulted in a measurable release of radioactive material into the environment. The SRE was a graphite moderated, liquid sodium metal cooled, 20 MW power reactor (Figure 3). In 1959, a clogged coolant channel resulted in localized melting of 30% of the fuel elements in the reactor core. The fuel elements fell to the bottom of the primary sodium containment vessel and the reactor was shut down. Most of the radioactive fission products were trapped in the sodium coolant or attached to metal components. Only the noble gas fission products made it to the helium cover gas and were held for decay before being vented to the atmosphere [Hart, 1962]. These operations and the resulting releases of chemicals and radionuclides into the environment are discussed in the following section, Exposure Pathways Analyses.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Susana_Field_Laboratory#Accidents_and_site_contamination Accidents and site contamination Sodium Reactor Experiment: An exposed worker aligns repair equipment directly over the core after its meltdown, his hat reads: "Your safety is our business, Atomics International." Throughout the years, approximately ten low-power nuclear reactors operated at SSFL, in addition to several "critical facilities": a sodium burn pit in which sodium-coated objects were burned in an open pit; a plutonium fuel fabrication facility; a uranium carbide fuel fabrication facility; and the purportedly largest "Hot Lab" facility in the United States at the time. (A Hot Lab is a facility used for remotely cutting up irradiated nuclear fuel.) Irradiated nuclear fuel from other Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Department of Energy (DOE) facilities from around the country were shipped to SSFL to be decladded and examined. The Hot Lab suffered a number of fires involving radioactive materials. For example, in 1957, a fire in the Hot Cell "got out of control and ... massive contamination" resulted. (see: NAA-SR-1941, Sodium Graphite Reactor, Quarterly Progress Report, January–March 1957). In July, 1959, the site suffered a partial nuclear meltdown that has been named "the worst in U.S. history", releasing an undisclosed amount of radiation, but thought to be much more than the Three Mile Island disaster in 1979. Another radioactive fire occurred in 1971, involving combustible primary reactor coolant (NaK) contaminated with mixed fission products. At least four of the ten nuclear reactors suffered accidents. The AE6 reactor experienced a release of fission gases in March 1959, the SRE experienced a power excursion and partial meltdown in July 1959; the SNAP8ER in 1964 experienced damage to 80% of its fuel; and the SNAP8DR in 1969 experienced similar damage to one-third of its fuel. The reactors located on the grounds of SSFL were considered experimental, and therefore had no containment structures. Reactors and highly radioactive components were housed without the large concrete domes that surround modern power reactors.
Summary: Unit used at Chernobyl. An exposure of 500 roentgens in five hours is usually lethal for human beings. The typical exposure to normal background radiation for a human being is about 200 milliroentgens per year, or about 23 microroentgens per hour.
1 roentgen = .119 sievert
1 roentgen = 11.9 rem
The roentgen (R, also röntgen) is a unit of measurement for exposure to ionizing radiation (such as X-ray and gamma rays), and is named after the German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen. Adopted in 1928, 1 R is the amount of radiation required to liberate positive and negative charges of one electrostatic unit of charge (esu or StatCoulomb) in one cubic centimeter of dry air at standard temperature and pressure (STP). This corresponds to the generation of approximately 2.0819×109 ion pairs.
The unit is of a family of variant metric radiation units used largely in the United States. Related units are the rad, a measure of absorbed dose, and the rem, a unit of equivalent dose which adjusts for the impacts of different forms of radiation on biological matter.
Until 2006, a different roentgen was (confusingly) accepted for use with the SI system, with its value expressed in terms of the SI units charge divided by unit mass (coulomb/kg) rather than as in the original definition (statC/cm³). Although its use was allowable under the SI system, it is not itself an SI unit and its continued use is "strongly discouraged" by the National Institute of Standards and Technology style guide for NIST authors.
An exposure of 500 roentgens in five hours is usually lethal for human beings. The typical exposure to normal background radiation for a human being is about 200 milliroentgens per year, or about 23 microroentgens per hour.
When measuring dose absorbed in man due to exposure, units of absorbed dose are used (the related rad or SI gray), or, with consideration of biological effects from differing radiation types, units of equivalent dose, such as the related rem or the SI sievert
Radiation exposure is a measure caused by ionizing radiation like X-rays or gamma rays) for a certain length of time. Roentgen, sievert, rem, rep, parker, coulomb per kilogram, millicoulomb per kilogram are the units of radiation exposure.
List of temperatures in a reactor:
100 C water boils
302 C Normal reactor fuel temperature
390 C Unit 1 March 22
o DAMAGE TO FUEL RODS, RELEASE OF RADIATION: if 2/3
exposed, temp will exceed 900C, cladding will balloon or break, and fission
products will be released from gaps as 1st line of containment fails.
ZIRCONIUM FIRE: if 3/4 exposed, temp
exceeds 1200C, zirconium will burn in a steam atmosphere Zr
+ 2H20 -> ZrO2 + 2H2 producing hydrogen. The reaction produces even more
heat and hydrogen. Unit 1 thought to produce 300-600kg of hydrogen, 2/3
300-1000kg. The gas travels first from reactor to the wet well, and from there
into the drywell light-bulb containment.
at 1800C, cladding and steel
structures of fuel rods melt (1,2,3 units)
at 2500C, fuel rods break, debris
falls in bed at bottom (1,2 unit)
at 2700C uranium-zirconium eutectics
melts (unit 1)
(March 22) said the core of reactor No.1 was now a worry with its temperature
at 380-390 Celsius (715-735 Fahrenheit). "We need to strive to bring that
down a bit," Muto told a news conference, adding that the reactor was
built to run at a temperature of 302 C (575 F
@@Timeline See Japan Nuclear Timeline
Summary: Fukushima’s problem was a 5Meter Seawall vs 14 Meter Tsunami Waves
which was now revised to 14 meters high surges in some parts of Japan. The Fukushima nuclear plant relied on a 5-meter-high seawall. The wall did not work for a 10-meter-high tsunami, and eventually this failure caused a nuclear meltdown
Engineer Kit Miyamoto surveys damage in Japan after earthquake POSTED: Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 08:31 AM PT BY: Aaron Spencer Kit Miyamoto, an earthquake and structural engineer who’s done work in Haiti and other international locales, is in Japan after the country’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami. http://djcoregon.com/news/2011/03/17/engineer-kit-miyamoto-surveys-damage-in-japan-after-earthquake/
In early statements, Tepco had said the tsunami was at least seven metres high. Later the company increased its estimate to ten metres at the Daiichi plant and 12 metres at Daini. Today's figures describe a 14-metre tsunami at both plants. By regulation, the Daiichi plant
The plant was protected by a seawall designed to withstand a tsunami of 5.7 metres (19 ft), but a few minutes after the earthquake it was struck by a 14-metre (46 ft) tsunami wave that easilytopped the seawall
Summary: Fukushima was built for a 5 meter tsunami, hit by 15 meter. Other plant san ofre in San Diego is built for 30 ft. Tidal surge can move a lot of water very far inland and very high, and swamp generators
Arnie Gunderson oncontainment leakage | Transcript and supporting docs "The other thing is the tidal surge. Now, Fukushima had a tsunami. They were designed for a six or seven meter tsunami around 20 feet and, in fact, the tsunami was 15 meters. At the California plants, San Onofre, they are designed for a 30 foot tsunami, but yet weknow there was a 45 foot tsunami in Japan. So, we need to take a look at these tidal surges that can wipe out, maybe not the diesels, but the pumps that pump the water to the diesels. On the East Coast, you have Florida and the tidal surge from a hurricane. What that means is that the hurricane can push an enormous wall of water inland. For instance, the Turkey Point plants can get inundated by the flood from that tidal surge. We need to look at these events, that right now we have said are impossible, in light of what proved to bepossible at Fukushima. "
Summary: (wikipedia) In the case of some materials, such as fresh uranium
fuel assemblies, the radiation levels are negligible and no shielding is
required. Other materials, such as spent fuel and high-level waste, are highly
radioactive and require special handling. To limit the risk in transporting
highly radioactive materials, containers known as spent nuclear fuel shipping
casks are used which are designed to maintain integrity under normal
transportation conditions and during hypothetical accident conditions.