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NCNUKE has received an update from GE Hitachi headquarters in Wilmington NC.  It contains very insightful information.  Read their press release and NCNUKE’s take on it below.

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Workers have returned to the Fukushima nuclear site.  ncnuke reported that they had been withdrawn earlier after a sudden spike in radioactivity was detected.

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

NCNUKE readers have been ahead of the blast damage aspect of the nuclear disaster in Japan.  Three explosions at Fukushima Diiachi reactors #1, and 3 have no doubt caused the raising radiation levels.  A more hostile and dangerous work environment would be hard to imagine.  Now the Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) the plants operator is talking about using seawater dropped by helicopter to cool the damaged reactor!   It is a clear sign of how desperate the Continue reading

Japanese authorities are now reportedly batting a fire at the Fukushima #4 reactor! The scope of this ongoing disaster is staggering! Radiation, fire, explosion damage, earthquake damage, buildup of dangerous gasses. The emergency workers must be near exhaustion!

     In order to give our readers an insight into the problems associated with the nuclear disaster at Fukushima;  a little background is required.  Radiation exposure safety levels are not just a function of the intensity of the radiation that a person is exposed to.  It is also a function of the length of time a person was exposed.  Previously we used this analogy.  The person being exposed is like a large sponge in a empty sink.  The water is like the radiation.   A spigot on full force for a brief time will saturate less than a slow steady stream over a much longer time.  Continue reading

Japanese Authorities reported that the blast which occurred at the badly crippled Fukushima #3  damaged 4 out of 5 of the cooling pumps!  Blast damage has become an increasingly important part of this story.  These facilities in general are all about containment.  The buildup of explosive gas in this hostile environment has been hampering efforts to cool the reactors.

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