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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby Victorian Squid » Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:55 am

All I know is I'm not going there anytime soon, and I wouldn't get 200 chest X-rays in a day either.

And not just because my insurance ain't that good.
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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby CountD » Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:01 am

Vic Squid, I was mistaken, there are no hydrogen blasts in Japan....yet. Those were small blasts outside of the cooling systems in teh containment centers.

still... :|

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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby CountD » Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:02 am

Viscous Skid wrote:"The operator of Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant said on Tuesday that all personnel must be evacuated from the control room at the plant's reactor No.1 after radiation levels became critical, Kyodo news agency said."

That's not good, except maybe for those poor people in the control room.

"The agency did not report the exact radiation level reading."

Not reassuring in any way.

"Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the container of a plant reactor may have been partially damaged, Jiji Press reported."

Seems to me it's either damaged or it ain't.



Yeah...I think the way the primate brain evolved, it doesn't or didn't make sense for an organism or species trying to reproduce to appreciate dangers of that magnitude or nature. Even when I hear the nuclear plant experts now saying [some] plants are built to withstand quakes except those so large that they may happen only every 500 years they don't seem to be realizing those events may happen any day out of the blue like this, not 500 years from now. I can't quite articulate what I'm trying to say.



oh, there's damage alright.

and this is just the info being released. ugh.

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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby Victorian Squid » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:15 pm

It really sounds like things are getting worse. Reports from the top U.S. nuclear official clearly believes things are worse than Japan is letting on, that the spent fuel pools are dry and the level of radiation rising, and they are advising Americans to leave Japan, like a lot of other countries, or evacuate even further.
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Postby The Old Doctor » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:23 pm

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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby AaronW » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:29 pm

Viscous Skid wrote:It really sounds like things are getting worse. Reports from the top U.S. nuclear official clearly believes things are worse than Japan is letting on, that the spent fuel pools are dry and the level of radiation rising, and they are advising Americans to leave Japan, like a lot of other countries, or evacuate even further.


Yeah, I think this is correct. Supposedly they are close to restoring power though which would allow the cooling systems to kick back on.

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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby sdsichero » Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:22 pm

Geez so the other day Chile had another earthquake (not that big) and yesterday Vanuatu had a 6.5 yesterday.

My friend sent me this page...

http://ow.ly/i/9cTs

The image on the left is from 03/11 and on the right 03/15. Pretty good for a few days...

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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby sdsichero » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:16 pm

My friend in Kanagawa says that power is back on in #1 & #2 reactors and things should be cooling.

They expect to get power back in #5 & #6 within a day.

If so, that's awsome.

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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby sdsichero » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:31 pm

How the Japanese are teaching kids about the nuclear situation...


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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby ~Alima~ » Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:34 am

A friend of mine just sent me a note that the navy is evacuating her and her three kids from japan to the west coast and she needs a place to stay. Why would they be leaving?

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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby sdsichero » Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:08 am

~Alima~ wrote:A friend of mine just sent me a note that the navy is evacuating her and her three kids from japan to the west coast and she needs a place to stay. Why would they be leaving?


Have no idea. How close are they to the event?

I'd say anything within 20-50 miles would still be a concern.

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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby ThrillHouse » Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:34 am

~Alima~ wrote:A friend of mine just sent me a note that the navy is evacuating her and her three kids from japan to the west coast and she needs a place to stay. Why would they be leaving?


Safety. Unpredictable at this point for many and the military doesn't like that.
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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby Victorian Squid » Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:52 am

There has been a lot of contradictory information the last day or so, I don't know whether to believe things are closer to coming under control or not. As of yesterday, many nuclear experts were still increasing the level of risk by their own assessments.
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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby Victorian Squid » Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:56 am

Spinach and milk near the area found to have high levels of radioactivity.
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Re: Wow that's a pretty big quake

Postby sdsichero » Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:05 pm

Well they are saying that the toll is at least 20,000 dead or missing. Even so, I am heartened (though not hopeful for more) about this...

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20_29.html

Elderly woman and grandson rescued
Police rescued an elderly woman and her grandson from under debris in Ishinomaki City on Sunday, 9 days after the initial earthquake and tsunami on March 11th.

Police in Miyagi Prefecture say rescue workers heard a voice and found the 16-year-old boy on top of the roof of his collapsed house. The boy told them that his 80-year-old grandmother was in the house and couldn't get out by herself.

The 2 were pulled up by rope to a police helicopter that took them to a Red Cross hospital in the city.

Rescuers say the woman was unable to move because her legs were trapped by what appeared to be a refrigerator.

The boy also could not go very far because their house was surrounded by debris.

A doctor at the Red Cross hospital said the woman and the boy told him that they had survived by eating yogurt and other food in the fridge.

The boy said he made phone calls to his mother but eventually lost contact. He also said no rescuers came, so he climbed to the roof and waved to a passing helicopter.

The doctor says the boy has a low body temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and no sensation in his left leg.
The grandmother is unharmed and can converse with other people.

The 2 were found in an area about 1 kilometer upstream of the mouth of a river. Houses in the area were swept away by the tsunami.
Sunday, March 20, 2011 19:04 +0900 (JST)


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