March 13th, 2011
Update: 7:42m PST – March 13th
The explosion has caused the wall of the building to collapse. Japanese officials say they are collecting data on radiation.
0232: Update on the explosion(s) at Reactor 3: “We believe it was a hydrogen explosion. It is not immediately known if it affected the reactor” – nuclear safety agency spokesman Ryo Miyake.
[10:31 p.m. ET, 11:31 a.m. Tokyo] Japan’s nuclear safety and industrial agency reported sounds of an explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant’s No. 3 reactor, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
White smoke could be seen rising from the facility at 11 a.m. Monday.
So much conflicting information is coming out of Japan that all we can confirm is that Mox Fuel is in reactor #3. At the same time certain news outlets are saying the situation is nearing an end and that radiation in the U.S. is unlikely.
“Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (Tepco’s) Fukushima I unit 3 is set to become the third Japanese nuclear reactor to load mixed oxide (MOX) fuel after receiving approval from the governor of Fukushima Prefecture, Yukei Sato.”
How is Mox fuel different then uranium? The BBC has also confirmed that Mox Fuel has been used in reactor #3!
In the meantime, there have been suggestions that an incident at reactor 3 would inherently be more dangerous than at reactors 1 and 2 because it burns “mixed oxide fuel” (MOX) containing plutonium.
Plutonium is produced during nuclear fission, so is present in all reactor cores – the longer the fuel has been there, the more plutonium will be present, up to about 1%.
In some countries, spent fuel rods are re-processed and the plutonium set to one side.
However, Japan – in an attempt to be more frugal with a valuable resource – has a programme that mixes the plutonium coming out of the re-processing facility back into new fuel rods that also contain uranium. This is MOX fuel.
Shaun Burnie, an independent nuclear energy consultant and former head of nuclear campaigns at Greenpeace, said the presence of a percentage of fuel core loaded with plutonium Mox fuel in the No 3 reactor posed a grave threat to the surrounding area.
“Plutonium Mox fuel increases the risk of nuclear accident due the neutronic effects of plutonium on the reactor,” Burnie told the Guardian. “In the event of an accident – in particular loss of coolant – the reactor core is more difficult to control due to both neutronics and higher risk of fuel cladding failure. In the event of the fuel melting and the release of plutonium fuel into the environment, the health hazards are greater, including higher levels of latent cancer.”
MOX fuel emits higher gamma radiation and much higher neutron radiation than uranium fuel. Dangers are greater when using Mox fuel.
“What is NOT Being released is the FUEL used in that plant! I read about it and decided to research it! I am SHOCKED at what I found! This power plant meltdown can be 2 MILLION times Worse than Chernobyl! This could make the whole country of Japan inhabitable, besides being carried around the world,”wrote the Sherrie Questioning All Blog.
Reactor #3 would have to explode for this to be a possibility but obviously the idea is very alarming.
From Sherrie Questioning All:
about Mox use in nuclear plants
Green peace information about Mox going to Japan and their very strong concerns about it
A Tepco – Japanese professor about Mox/uranium
From all indications, an explosion at plant #3 would be devastating. Let us pray this does not happen. Stay tuned for more updates on this serious matter.
It is not known at this time what the probability of an explosion at the number 3 plant is. Stay tuned for more updates. This information is being released because all the info is in the public domain and needs to be known, not to scare anyone. We all need to remain rational during these trying times.
Update: 2:28pm PST
Japan is racing to prevent or stop two nuclear meltdowns and has declared a state of emergency. Multiple nuclear experts in other parts of the world have been quoted as saying that Japan is covering up the extent of the disaster.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Sunday that a hydrogen explosion could occur at Daiichi’s Unit 3, the latest reactor to face a possible meltdown. That would follow a hydrogen blast Saturday in the plant’s Unit 1. reported MSNBC.com
“A meltdown at the No. 3 reactor could be more serious than at the other reactors because it is fueled by both plutonium and uranium, BBC News reported.”
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- Another reactor at Fukushima nuke plant loses cooling functions
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Update – 3:08am PST
CNN update on meltdown fears. This will be the last update of the live blogging until tomorrow morning. Officials are still assuming that at least one meltdown has happened. Russia Today is reporting that a meltdown at plant #1 is highly likely. RT was also quoted as saying that the fuel rods at the power plants have been damaged!
A city in the area has registered over 400 times the accepted amount of radiation. It has not been confirmed whether this is from the Fukushima #1 but experts believe it is.
Officials do not know for certain whether there have been meltdowns at two reactors in a nuclear facility in the northeast, said Yukio Edano, the Chief Cabinet Secretary.
They are working under the presumption that such meltdowns have taken place as they attempt to cool down radioactive material and release pressure inside the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, he said.
March 12, 2011 – 10:46pm PST
From Twitter: FLASH: #Japan chief cabinet secretary says risk of explosion at building housing #Fukushima Daiichi No. 3 reactor. Confirmed by Reuters and AFP.
Stratfor is reporting that the Japanese nuclear reactor container has been BREACHED!
Japanese Officials are now operating under the presumption that TWO reactors have either already melted down or are on their way to a meltdown. Critical core cooling systems have failed at both reactors. This situation has gone from bad to worse real quick.
U.S. nuclear officials have warned that we are in “uncharted” territory and that pumping seawater to cool the nuclear reactor is nothing short of an act of desperation.
“Sky News is reporting that up to 160 people may have suffered radiation exposure. Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says people are being tested for radiation exposure.”
At the same time officials in Washington State have stated that Washington will face NO threat of radiation regardless of what happens. The idea that these officials can predict that at this moment is an absolute joke and very unprofessional.
Even in the event of a significant release from the reactor, radiation would be diluted before reaching our state and levels would be so low no protective action would be necessary, officials say, reported King5.com
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- Piers Corbyn: Massive Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Were Triggered by Solar Action
- Damaged reactor pictures
“Seawater being poured into reactor to cool it; 170,000 being evacuated from area” MSNBC
WHO DO YOU BELIEVE?
‘There is a possibility, we see the possibility of a meltdown,’ an official with Japan’s nuclear agency says in an interview with CNN, adding that he is basing this on radioactivity measurements near the plant Saturday night. But the Japanese ambassasdor to the U.S. tells CNN that there’s no evidence of a meltdown.
Officials remain optimistic that it will not be as bad as Chernobyl. The body language of the Japanese Ambassador clearly indicates that this man is very scared and possibly knows much more then he is saying.
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A large explosion at Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiich nuclear power plant reveals that a meltdown is now underway following the exposure of the core following an 9.1-magnitude earthquake.
The media in Japan is not reporting this fact in order to prevent mass hysteria.
TOKYO (Nikkei)–The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said Saturday afternoon the explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant could only have been caused by a meltdown of the reactor core.
The same day, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501), which runs the plant, began to flood the damaged reactor with seawater to cool it down, resorting to measures that could rust the reactor and force the utility to scrap it.
“Officials have said that radiation levels at Fukushima were elevated before the blast: At one point, the plant was releasing each hour the amount of radiation a person normally absorbs from the environment each year,” reported the Associated Press.
Some news outlets are reporting that the meltdown was a level 4 which means it will only have local consequences. Whether this level changes remains to be seen.
Multiple alternative medicine specialists have been quoted as saying that the west coast is likely to get hit.
The Associated Press, in an article that was released 23 mins ago(12:09pm pacific) has clearly shown that we are NOT out of danger at this point and that a meltdown seems likely.
Last night when the explosion initially happened the Japanese media was reporting that there was radiation all over the area and the BBC was even quoted as saying there was simply nothing anyone could do.
The Japanese Media is reporting that the reactor did NOT explode and that radiation levels are going down. How this is possible and if it is true remains to be seen. Multiple citizens around the area have already been hospitalized from radiation exposure.
Regardless whether or not people want to hear the facts, we will continue to report them. We have no proof that radiation is definitely headed this way but it is very possible
March 12, 2011
We are now some 30 hours into the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster that has devastated the region and killed thousands. New information is surfacing from sources by the minute.
The fact that Japan’s Prime Minister has expanded the nuclear safe zone radius raises even more concerns as to the direction that this event is headed.
There has been an explosion zone set up around Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan signifying the probable meltdown of the plant.
Officials in Japan and the U.S. are scrambling to resolve the situation. A total of 11 nuclear plants have went offline since the earthquake. Some of the Nuclear plants have been restored, however 5 remain in an imminent emergency status at this time.
2 of the 5 plants that are in imminent emergency status are critical.
Things are starting to heat up Saturday as the seriousness of this event is just now sinking in to the minds of most of the population.
Looks like we will be in for a long week. If you live in Hawaii, or the wester U.S. (mainland) you might want to consider your options.
The following is a report from Global Intelligence;
March 12, 2011
A March 12 explosion at the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan, appears to have caused a reactor meltdown.
The key piece of technology in a nuclear reactor is the control rods. Nuclear fuel generates neutrons; controlling the flow and production rate of these neutrons is what generates heat, and from the heat, electricity. Control rods absorb neutrons — the rods slide in and out of the fuel mass to regulate neutron emission, and with it, heat and electricity generation.
A meltdown occurs when the control rods fail to contain the neutron emission and the heat levels inside the reactor thus rise to a point that the fuel itself melts, generally temperatures in excess of 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, causing uncontrolled radiation-generating reactions and making approaching the reactor incredibly hazardous. A meltdown does not necessarily mean a nuclear disaster. As long as the reactor core, which is specifically designed to contain high levels of heat, pressure and radiation, remains intact, the melted fuel can be dealt with. If the core breaches but the containment facility built around the core remains intact, the melted fuel can still be dealt with — typically entombed within specialized concrete — but the cost and difficulty of such containment increases exponentially.
Some are now speculating that increased solar activity could be connected to the recent outbreak of earthquakes, along with fluctuations in the earth magnetic field and possibly HAARP. Massive solar flares have also been reported over the past week.
- IMPORTANT – When this article was first posted a picture was used that turned out to be a fake. This was a clear accident and has been fixed. All information on this article is up to date and will be updated as more information comes in. The idea that all this confirmed information is not legit because of one picture is being pushed by shills who are working to LIE to the American people. SEE THIS ARTICLE – Japan nuclear fallout map – HOAX – The problem with the hoax is that the map was consistent with actual jet stream maps but was labeled as official when it was not.