Either total or partial meltdowns have occurred. No one can be sure.
Off I went this morning to search that information down to post here. To my non-surprise there isn't a whole heck of a lot out there. Particularly not to much in the western media.
But, I did find this article! Warning Signals
I will not post it entirely so I hope, as always, that you will read it at the link.
The article is from India, a nation that is about to build many nuclear reactors.
Here is the important information-
Going by analysis by the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and other independent experts, the earthquake shut down the three operating reactors at Fukushima, as designed, thereby cutting off the power with which to cool the reactors' still-hot cores and control rods. As designed, the back-up diesel generators cut in, but an hour later, cut out, for as-yet-unknown reasons.
The core, containing hundreds of tonnes of fuel, started heating up further. As water circulation stopped, more than half the core was exposed in Reactors 3 and 1. It was fully exposed in Reactor 2, which is also in distress now.The three reactors all suffered a LOCA, (loss of coolant accident) which carries the hazard of a partial or complete core meltdown.
Ok, so we have 3 nuclear reactors in partial or complete meltdown. No one really knows.
Let's talk Chernobyl. Where there was only one reactor, if I recall that correctly. In Japan we have three, in some varying degrees of meltdown. No one knows. So why is the media spinning this as less severe then Chernobyl. Not to mention again, as I have several times, that one of the plants is a MOX Fuel plant.
“the use of MOX generally increases the consequences of severe accidents in which large amounts of radioactive gas and aerosol are released compared to the same accident in a reactor using non-MOX fuel….
This little tiny fact-way more cancer fatalities- has been noticeably absent from our business friendly main stream media.
Because of this, the number of latent cancer fatalities resulting from an accident could increase by as much as a factor of five for a full core of MOX fuel compared to the same accident with no MOX.”
Who, I note, are doing their best to win the coveted most pathetic apologist award in their grovelling category.(as you can see by the title, I have chosen THE WINNER)
Now let's talk about the affects of this disaster on the nuclear industry. If you think the nuclear industry haven't been very busy sucking up to and bribing politicians for the right to increase your risk of cancer, think again!
U.S. nuclear advocates try to limit political impact of Japan reactor crisis
Nuclear power advocates are waging an intense lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill this week in an attempt to limit the political fallout from the reactor crisis in Japan.
Lobbyists with the Nuclear Energy Institute and some of the United States’ largest energy firms, including Exelon Corp. of Chicago, are holding meetings with key lawmakers and standing-room-only briefings for staffers in an attempt to tamp down talk of restrictions in response to the Japanese disaster.
Spurred on by federal subsidies and potential climate-change legislation, the nuclear industry has dramatically stepped up its federal lobbying and campaign contributions in recent years, records show.The Nuclear Energy Institute, for example, has spent more than $6 million on lobbying since 2008
Lobbying the government that means money, gifts and hookers, male or female. As for the subsidies, that is your money John or Jane Doe, your money used to give you cancer. Indeed the lobbyists have been busy as of late.
Let's go from Lobbyists plying their trade on Capital Hill and take a look at the evacuation standards in the US if their was a nuclear disaster. You may be surprised to know, that your government does not love you and has no real plans for your evacuation should one be necessary.
US meltdown evacuation standards different than recommendation for Japan
U.S. companies are only required to develop emergency evacuation plans for people living within 10 miles of a reactor, even though the U.S. is recommending that Americans within 50 miles of the overheating power plant in Japan evacuate.
The Union of Concerned Scientists, a nuclear watchdog group, said Thursday the NRC should require companies to develop evacuation plans for residents living within 50 miles of a plant.
“We’ve been advocating for quite some time that they need to look at expanding emergency evacuation zones,” Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at UCS, told reporters Thursday. “It’s astounding and shocking.”
Why am I not surprised that the government actually has NO standard plans for evacuation if their is a disaster. Instead they require the companies develop plans? Have the companies done this? Who knows?
Let's get back to Fukushima for the latest news today. Smoke rises from the reactors again!
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) later said on Tuesday that the smoke had turned to steam and it was deemed safe to continue work in bringing the plant under control.
Japan's nuclear safety agency said steam was believed to be coming off a spent nuclear fuel pool at reactor No.2, and white haze was detected above reactor No. 3.
Smoke has turned to steam, coming from the spent fuel pools? Here is the latest with the spent fuel pools, from today-
A pool for storing spent fuel at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is heating up, with temperatures close to boiling point, a nuclear safety official has revealed.
In another day of progress and setbacks, a pool holding spent nuclear fuel heated up to around the boiling point, a nuclear safety official said. With water bubbling away, there is a risk that more radioactive steam could spew out.More radiation for the atmosphere.
Also being reported the water, in the ocean, surrounding the power plants is contaminated.
Is anyone surprised by this bit of news?? All that seawater Japan has been dousing their radioactive power plants with surely must be pouring right back out to the ocean. I have not read anything about this water being contained? Really, how could it possibly be contained? So we have to assume this water is going straight back out to the ocean.
I am awarding her the best in her category, media whore extraordinaire!
Oh my, she has actually been awarded this prize previously!
This woman is clearly a crank. I truly do not know who or what constitutes her fan base.