can you say "complete meltdown" ...
Japan nuclear: Tepco halts Fukushima cooling plan
Japanese engineers have abandoned their latest attempt to stabilise a stricken reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
The plant's operator, Tepco, had intended to cool reactor 1 by filling the containment chamber with water.
But Tepco said melting fuel rods had created a hole in the chamber, allowing 3,000 tonnes of contaminated water to leak into the basement of the reactor building.The power plant was badly damaged by the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.
Cooling systems to the reactors were knocked out, fuel rods overheated, and attempts to release pressure in the chambers led to explosions in the buildings housing the reactors.
The government and Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company) said it would take until next January to achieve a cold shut-down at the plant.
Government spokesman Goshi Hosono said the latest setback would not affect the deadline.
"We want to preserve the timetable, but at the same time we're going to have to change our approach," he said.
Tepco says it will come up with a new plan to stabilise the reactor by Tuesday.
Japanese broadcaster NHK said Tepco was now studying a plan to circulate water from the basement through a decontamination filter and back into the reactor.
The earthquake and tsunami killed thousands of people and left many more homeless.
The tsunami flattened buildings in fishing villages and port towns, and swept debris miles in land.
Last week the government agreed a huge compensation package for those affected by the disaster.
Analysts say the final bill for compensation could top $100bn (£
for the crumpet I suppose
I am pretty sure that this is only the reactor one's case, and they already knew that the others are totally melted. In the case of R1 and R1 only they thought the fuel might still be in the rods. The rest, I believe, are expected to be in this condition. This condition being the fuel in a puddle in the bottom of the primary or secondary containment...
Wanderer of the Wastes
Oddly enough, I know someone who ventured alllllllllllllllll they way into the exclusion zone, alllllllllllll the way up to the plant in question, without proper gear, or any knowledge of what a geiger counter is or does - all in the name of saving some abandoned animals. Turned the corner and plant workers stopped her and gave her gear.
I woulda thought there was some sort of official barrier to entry, but alas, apparently anyone can wander right in; I guess they figure most people have enough common sense to 'stay the fuck away'!
"I dread beyond all else the growth of the petty tyranny of restrictive legislation, the transference of disciplinary authority from the judiciary to the constabulary, the abandonment of every constitutional safeguard of individual liberty."
for the crumpet I suppose
That makes me think of a documentary about Munich in 72: the Israelis flew over and said to the Germans "So, what is the plan?"
They had fallen for the myth of Teutonic efficiency and preparedness. The Germans, of course, were running around like chickens without heads with no idea what to do. The Israelis were blown away, and asked for, and did not receive permission to bring in their own counter terrorism people to rescue the hostages. No dice.
But at the last minute, the German raid force of volunteers collectively realized that they had no idea WTF they were doing, and refused to go through with the operation.
The rest is well known. Bad choice for the Germans, national pride making things much worse than they probably needed to have been.
With so much chaos in Japan, I don't think they can spare a lot of resources to keep the security tight. Plus, you must be really stupid to go near the plant.
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For the most part, I'm in favour of nuclear as a way to provide the worlds energy, but this clip always makes me laugh. I might be going to hell for doing it, but dont shoot the messenger.
Unfortunately the only version I could find was en francais, but basically, the dad is going on and on about how wonderful nuclear power is and how great the company is that's producing it. Just check out the mutt that appears @ 0:29.