Japan In Meltdown: THIRD Reactor Blast Hits Nuclear Plant – Confirmed: Radiation ‘Has Been Released Into The Atmosphere’


Fight for control: A third explosion rocks the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant last night where engineers are struggling to avoid a nuclear catastrophe

Japan earthquake and tsunami: Meltdown as 3rd reactor blast hits nuclear plant (Daily Mail):

  • Radiation leaking directly into the air from stricken Fukushima nuclear plant
  • Explosion at Number Two reactor follows blasts at One and Three
  • Radiation levels rise around Tokyo – readings up to ten times higher than normal 15 miles from capital
  • Fire breaks out at Number Four reactor
  • Fears for residents yet to make it outside 19-mile exclusion zone
  • Stock markets in chaos as Nikkei plummets 10.5% in one day

There was growing panic in Japan today as a third massive explosion and a fire at a nuclear power station hit by the tsunami pushed the country to the brink of catastrophe.

The government was forced to to order 140,000 residents to seal themselves indoors today as more radioactive material was released into the atmosphere by the third explosion at the plant in four days and the fire at another reactor.

Radioactive material is leaking ‘directly’ into the air from the stricken plant at a rate of 400 milliseverts per hour, according to The International Atomic Energy Agency.  Anyone exposed to over 100 millisieverts a year risks cancer.

Radiation levels were rising around Tokyo this morning, with readings up to ten times higher than normal in Chiba – 15 miles from the capital.

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Japan Nuclear Meltdown: Japan braces for potential radiation catastrophe – Radiation hits dangerous levels at Japan plant control room – Japan’s PM warns of dangerous radiation levels

Japan braces for potential radiation catastrophe (Reuters):

(Reuters) – Japan faced a potential catastrophe on Tuesday after a quake-crippled nuclear power plant exploded and sent low levels of radiation floating toward Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and others to stock up on essential supplies.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan urged people within 30 km (18 miles) of the facility — a population of 140,000 — to remain indoors amid the world’s most serious nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986.

Radiation hits dangerous levels at Japan plant control room (Reuters)

TOKYO, March 15 (Reuters) – Radiation levels at the No. 4 reactor of Japan’s earthquake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant had become too high on Tuesday to conduct normal work from its control room, Kyodo news agency said.

Workers cannot stay long and are going in and out of the control room as well as monitoring from a different place, Kyodo said.

Japan is facing a potential catastrophe after the nuclear plant exploded and sent low levels of radiation floating towards Tokyo.

Japan’s PM warns of dangerous radiation levels (CBC):

Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tuesday after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the crisis spawned by a deadly earthquake and tsunami.

In a nationally televised statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said radiation has spread from the four stricken reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant along Japan’s northeastern coast.

Japan Nuclear Meltdown: Tokyo Radiation Levels 23 Times Normal: Officials – Residents Warned To Stay Inside After Radiation Level Soar Near Japanese Nuclear Plant

The Japanese government knew that the reactors were in partial meltdown right after the Tsunami hit, says the former editor of the Japan Times.

Watch these two videos to learn more:

Japan: Full Core Meltdown Will Send Radiation Over United States

Japan And US Try To Coverup Nuclear Catastrophe

You cannot trust the Japanese government or any other government.

Especially an uninformed government:

Japan PM Naoto Kan to Tokyo Electric Power Company: ‘What the hell’s going on?’ (Kyodo – Reuters)


 

Tokyo radiation levels 23 times normal: officials (MarketWatch):

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Radiation levels in Tokyo surged to 23 times normal on Tuesday, according to reports that cited readings released by the Tokyo metropolitan government. Radiation levels of .809 micro severts were recorded in central Tokyo at 10.00 a.m. local time (9.00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time), reports said. Southerly winds are believed to be pushing a radioactive plume from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which lies about 150 miles north of Tokyo.

Tokyo Metropolitan Govt: Central Tokyo Radiation Level 0.809 Micro Severts As Of 0100 GMT (CNBC Twitter)

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Residents warned to stay inside after radiation level soar near Japanese nuclear plant (AP):

SOMA, Japan — Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tuesday after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the crisis spawned by a deadly tsunami.

In a nationally televised statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said radiation has spread from the four stricken reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant along Japan’s northeastern coast. The region was shattered by Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami that is believed to have killed more than 10,000 people, plunged millions into misery and pummeled the world’s third-largest economy.

Japanese officials told the International Atomic Energy Agency that the reactor fire was in a storage pond and that “radioactivity is being released directly into the atmosphere.” Long after the fire was extinguished, a Japanese official said the pool, where used nuclear fuel is kept cool, might be boiling.

“We cannot deny the possibility of water boiling” in the pool, said Hidehiko Nishiyama, an official with the economy ministry, which oversees nuclear safety.

Japan In Meltdown: THIRD Reactor Blast Hits Nuclear Plant – Confirmed: Radiation ‘Has Been Released Into The Atmosphere’ (Daily Mail)

Japan: Workers Evacuated From Nuke Reactor – Nuclear meltdown at Fukushima plant highly likely – Radiation Levels Shoot Up After Nuke Plant Blast – New hydrogen explosion rocks stricken reactor


An official scans a man and a child for radiation at an emergency center in Koriyama, Japan, on Monday, March 14, 2011.

Radiation shoots up after nuke plant blast (NEWS.com.au):

THE radiation level at Japan’s troubled nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture shot up to 8217 micro sievert per hour temporarily this morning after an explosion was heard at its No.2 reactor, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

Kyodo news agency reported the level as of 8.31pm local time was more than eight times the 1000 micro sievert level to which people are usually exposed in one year.

Japan’s TEPCO evacuates staff from nuke reactor (ABS CBN News):

TOKYO – Workers have been evacuated from the number-two reactor at Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant after it was hit by an explosion Tuesday, a Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman said.

A TEPCO spokesman earlier said there was a huge explosion between 6:00 am (2100 GMT Monday) and 6:15 am at the number-two reactor of Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant.

The government also reported apparent damage to part of the container shielding the same reactor at Fukushima 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo, although it was unclear whether this resulted from the blast.

Japan earthquake: Nuclear meltdown at Fukushima plant highly likely (Herald Sun):

UPDATE 11.07am: A THIRD explosion in four days has rocked the earthquake-damaged Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant in Japan.

The blast this morning at Dai-ichi Unit 2 follows two hydrogen explosions at the plant – at Unit 1 and Unit 3 – as authorities struggle to prevent the catastrophic release of radiation in the area devastated by a tsunami.

Water levels have dropped precipitously inside Unit 2, twice leaving the uranium fuel rods completely exposed and raising the threat of a meltdown, hours after a hydrogen explosion tore through the building housing Unit 3.

The latest explosion was heard at 6.10am (8.10am AEDT), a spokesman for the Nuclear Safety Agency said.

The plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), said the explosion occurred near the suppression pool in the reactor’s containment vessel.

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Japan Aftershock Map – 405 Aftershocks So Far – Aftershocks Will Likely Include At Least One Measuring 8 And 10 Of Magnitude 7, Says JPL Geophysicist Andrea Donnellan

For Japan, it’s nowhere near over, at least if the Pasadena Jet Propulsion Laboratory (creator of such brainiac things as the Mars rovers) is correct.

While Japan has experienced numerous magnitude 5 and 6 aftershocks (405 in total to be precise), the big ones are still to come: “Japan’s largest quake on record, which hurled a 7-meter (23-foot) wave landward after one plate slid beneath another off the coast of Sendai, had an 8.9 magnitude.

The aftershocks will likely include at least one measuring 8 and 10 of magnitude 7, JPL geophysicist Andrea Donnellan said.

All are many times larger than the 6.3-level New Zealand quake in February that leveled the Christchurch business district and killed 160.”

Should we get more 8+ earthquakes, the likelihood of further tsunamis unfortunately jumps exponentially. And while scientists have long been expecting “the Big One” to hit Los Angeles so far without success, unfortunately carrying over that logic to Japan is more than naive.

(Click on image to go to the USGS aftershock map.)

More from BusinessWeek on predicting earthquakes:

Pressure levels changed on the undersea plates extending 500 kilometers to the east and west of the epicenter, likely provoking aftershocks “for a long time,” said Eric Fielding, a principal scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Pasadena, California, research group is using data from Japan to help scientists forecast follow-on shifts in crustal plates.

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Japanese Nuclear Crisis Escalates After Third Nuclear Reactor Went Into Meltdown

Update:

Fears of meltdown with fuel rods ‘fully exposed’ at Japan reactor (Sydney Morning Herald)


A satellite photo of the Fukushima Daiichi plant showed the damage done to reactors 1 and 3, where there was an explosion on Monday

Meltdown alert at Japan reactor (BBC NEWS):

Technicians are battling to stabilise a third reactor at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear plant, which has been rocked by a second blast in three days.

The fuel rods inside reactor 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have been fully exposed on two separate occasions, raising fears of a meltdown.

Sea water is being pumped into the reactor to try to prevent overheating.

A cooling system breakdown preceded explosions at the plant’s reactor 3 on Monday and reactor 1 on Saturday.

The latest hydrogen blast injured 11 people, one of them seriously. It was felt 40km (25 miles) away and sent a huge column of smoke into the air.

The outer building around the reactor was largely destroyed.


Japanese Nuclear Crisis Escalates

Japan is racing against time to prevent a potential nuclear disaster after a third reactor at the quake-stricken power plant north of Tokyo went into meltdown on Monday.

Engineers have been battling for three days to prevent a nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power’s Daiichi plant in Fukushima. But they have faced successive setbacks trying to cool down three reactors whose cooling systems were damaged after Japan was struck by a devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on Friday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday evening said Japan had requested “expert missions” to help tackle the escalating nuclear crisis.

Tepco said elevated radiation levels were detected nearby after water levels at reactor No. 2 fell dangerously low for several hours. Early Tuesday morning in Japan, Tepco said coolant water inside the No. 2 reactor fell dangerously low for a second time on Monday night, leaving its fuel rods completely exposed

In the first full day of trading since the earthquake, Japan’s equity market reacted violently even as the Bank of Japan announced it would inject a record Y21,800bn ($265bn) in funds to financial institutions. The Nikkei plunged 6.2 per cent, its biggest drop in more than two years.

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Japanese Official: 2 Nuclear Reactors May Be In Meltdown

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Meltdown Threat: Nuclear Expert John Large Says Japan Is ‘Preparing For Worst Case Scenario’ (ITN NEWS)


“The bottom line is that we just don’t know what’s going to happen in the next couple of days and, frankly, neither do the people who run the system,” added Dr. Ira Helfand, a member of the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility.


A medical worker checks the radiation levels of a resident in Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture.

Tokyo (CNN) — While saying there are no indications yet of dangerously high radiation levels in the atmosphere, a Japanese government official said Sunday that there is a “possibility of a meltdown” at two of the country’s nuclear reactors.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters that officials still do not know if there have been meltdowns in the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi’s nuclear facility in northeast Japan. But as they attempt to cool down radioactive material and release pressure inside the reactors, he said authorities were working under the presumption that such meltdowns have taken place.

“We do believe that there is a possibility that meltdown has occurred. It is inside the reactor. We can’t see. However, we are assuming that a meltdown has occurred,” he said of the No. 1 reactor. “And with reactor No. 3, we are also assuming that the possibility of a meltdown as we carry out measures.”

A meltdown is a catastrophic failure of the reactor core, with a potential for widespread radiation release.

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