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Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano reported that the approximately 50 workers who had been working on cooling the crippled reactors at Fukushima Daiichi had been temporarily withdrawn.  A sudden spike in radiation levels caused the safety measure.  As always we at ncnuke will try to break down some of this information for our readers. Continue reading

We at ncnuke have been going over the press release issued by GE Hitachi spokesman Michael Tetuan in order to give our readers some insight.    It indicates that the reactors funtioned well through the historically intense earthquake.  The tsunami was responsible for damaging the diesel powered backup generators, resulting in the power failure.  The press release indicates specifically one very interesting class of assistance.   Continue reading

The influential Washington based think tank , The Institute for Science and International Security;  states that the situation in Japan is more serious than the International Nuclear and Radiological Events Scale (INES) present rating of 4 out of 7.  They claim the scale should now rate the disaster as a 6 out of 7.  And that it may need to be rated as a 7 out of 7.  We will give are readers a breakdown of the scale.

 

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     GE Hitachi Spokesman Michael Tetuan released the following statement to ncnuke. Continue reading

Some background for our readers.  Fuel rods are removed from a reactor during the refueling process.  The old rods that are removed are referred to as spent fuel.  These rods, although no longer optimal for producing electricity in a reactor are still highly radioactive and filled with energy.  This spent fuel has long been the biggest problem in the electrical industry. Continue reading

The Japanese nuclear safety agency has declared the Onagawa nuclear site safe after reports of raised radiation levels.  Japanese experts state that the raised levels of radiation were caused by the radioactive steam released at the troubled neighboring Fukushima site.