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Meltdown Confirmed at Fukushima Nuke Power Reactors

Posted by feww on March 12, 2011

NUKE PLANTS IN QUAKE ZONES: EXPLOSIVE MIX!

BREAKING NEWS

Massive Explosion at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, Core Meltdown Occurring: Scientists

The explosion tore down the walls of a unit within the Fukushima power plant Saturday as a large plume of smoke poured out.  Several workers were reported injured, and Japanese officials said a reactor core meltdown was likely to occur.

Independent scientists have since confirmed that, based on the available evidence, reactor core meltdown must be occurring.

The pressure in the reactor had built up to more than twice the normal level, after the shutdown of cooling systems caused by the Sendai Mega Quake and its ensuing Tsunami. The Plant is now venting “radioactive vapors,”  Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said in a statement. Radioactive iodine and caesium has been detected outside the No. 1 one reactor of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 1 plant, the agency said, adding that the uranium fuel rods inside the reactor may have begun melting.

Radioactive steam has been allowed to escape from a number of the reactors at the two Fukushima plants  in order to relieve the huge pressure that has built up inside the cores.

Tens of thousands of people living within the 20-km radius of the No. 1 plant and 10-km radius of No.2 plant  have now been evacuated.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Prime Minister has declared a state of emergency at the two Fukushima nuclear power plants.

As many as 300 people have received varying degrees of radiation, including 60 students at high school in Fukushima located about 3.5km from Plant No. 1, who were waiting to be evacuated.

The reactor core meltdown is feared to be “much worse” than the Three-Mile Island incident.

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Another fire at TEPCO nuclear plant

Posted by feww on December 9, 2008

Fire at Tokyo Electric Power Co nuclear complex sickens worker

A fire broke out at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear complex owned by Tokyo Electric Power Co, a spokesman said.

A worker was sickened from inhaling smoke, but there was no radiation leak from the incident, the company said.

The nuclear power complex, which was put out of action caused by extensive damage in a 2007 earthquake is reportedly undergoing repairs and quake resistance enhancement (!)

The incident occurred within two days of a full week’s inspection by a team of 10 experts from the United Nations nuclear watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency, that was assessing earthquakes safety measures.

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Radioactive Leak at TEPCO Unit Near Tokyo

Posted by feww on May 8, 2008

TEPCO Leak Caused by Earthquake?

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the world’s biggest private electric power company, discovered a small leakage of radioactive water within one of its nuclear units north of Tokyo on Thursday.

The utility has not ruled out whether a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 that shook the area early Thursday morning had caused the leakage of contaminated water.

The leak, TEPCO said, had “no environmental impact” outside of the nuclear power plant.

A map of Japan showing Thursday’s magnitude 6.7 earthquake’s epicenter north of Tokyo (Photo: AFP) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice. The quake was one of a series of strong quakes that hit in the Pacific Ocean off Ibaraki prefecture, about 100 km northeast of Tokyo.

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