Japan Earthquake 2011

ekim68

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We have a tsunami alert for our coast that's expected to hit about 7:00 this am. Looks like Hawaii is getting hit too.
 
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Ekim, that is good news.(y)

Heard it could also affect inland if rivers get flooded with water from the coast.
 
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I'm praying for the families. :( Had to go on a 'friend search' last night online.. I have friends teaching over there or in the military. Luckily found all but one.. Who never goes on. Hopefully hes okay.
 
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The big concern now is that the affected nuclear power generating reactor has failed to respond to its control rods and the cooling system has failed.................

What this means in practical terms is the fuel rods then melt and fuse into the reactor core.

The reactor overheats and the previously controlled reaction, runs wild, as a chain reaction builds and becomes self-fuelling.

Not perhaps the brightest idea in the World to site nuclear reactors firstly on a flood plain and secondly in a putative earthquake zone.

Apparently, over 3,000 local residents have been evacuated.

Fukushima No 1 is a BWR (Boiling Water Reactor).

See here:
 

valis

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eek, indeed.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110311/ap_on_bi_ge/as_japan_quake_power_plant
Japan's nuclear safety agency said pressure inside one of six boiling water reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant had risen to 1.5 times the level considered normal. Hours after the evacuation order, the government announced that the plant in northeastern Japan will release slightly radioactive vapor from the unit to lower the pressure in an effort to protect it from a possible meltdown.
wasn't aware that 'slightly' could be used right next to 'radioactive'.
 

valis

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Indeed. One would think that Chernobyl would have been a wake-up call; apparently, homo sap has a shorter memory than I had bargained for.
 

valis

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hearing reports now that radiation levels are 1000x greater than this time last week, and climbing like a rocket.
 

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