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BBCWorld BBC Global News

Foreign Office says British nationals in #Tokyo and further north should consider leaving; it is chartering flights – details on FCO website

32 minutes ago

Bloomberg reported at 1.05 am that Britain, Norway, Germany, Norway (and it might have been France too) along with the US are working to get their citizens and diplomatic families out of Japan –
Reuters Reuters Top News

FLASH: China urges Japan to quickly and accurately report on crisis developments

37 minutes ago

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And, important question and answers with military commander on NHK just now.

Either there is still smoke swirling out from the Reactor No.3 (kind of low and grey swirls in the middle of the video picture) right now or else that video is from some other time – but it looks current.

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from IAEA – about the Fukushima Plant –

Injuries or Contamination at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Based on a press release from the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary dated 16 March 2011, the IAEA can confirm the following information about human injuries or contamination at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html

Injuries

  • 2 TEPCO employees have minor injuries
  • 2 subcontractor employees are injured, one person suffered broken legs and one person whose condition is unknown was transported to the hospital
  • 2 people are missing
  • 2 people were ‘suddenly taken ill’
  • 2 TEPCO employees were transported to hospital during the time of donning respiratory protection in the control centre
  • 4 people (2 TEPCO employees, 2 subcontractor employees) sustained minor injuries due to the explosion at unit 1 on 11 March and were transported to the hospital
  • 11 people (4 TEPCO employees, 3 subcontractor employees and 4 Japanese civil defense workers) were injured due to the explosion at unit 3 on 14 March

Radiological Contamination

  • 17 people (9 TEPCO employees, 8 subcontractor employees) suffered from deposition of radioactive material to their faces, but were not taken to the hospital because of low levels of exposure
  • One worker suffered from significant exposure during ‘vent work,’ and was transported to an offsite center
  • 2 policemen who were exposed to radiation were decontaminated
  • Firemen who were exposed to radiation are under investigation

The IAEA continues to seek information from Japanese authorities about all aspects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Japanese Earthquake Update (16 March 22:00 UTC)

Temperature of Spent Fuel Pools at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Spent fuel that has been removed from a nuclear reactor generates intense heat and is typically stored in a water-filled spent fuel pool to cool it and provide protection from its radioactivity. Water in a spent fuel pool is continuously cooled to remove heat produced by spent fuel assemblies. According to IAEA experts, a typical spent fuel pool temperature is kept below 25 ˚C under normal operating conditions. The temperature of a spent fuel pool is maintained by constant cooling, which requires a constant power source.

Given the intense heat and radiation that spent fuel assemblies can generate, spent fuel pools must be constantly checked for water level and temperature. If fuel is no longer covered by water or temperatures reach a boiling point, fuel can become exposed and create a risk of radioactive release. The concern about the spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daiichi is that sources of power to cool the pools may have been compromised.

The IAEA can confirm the following information regarding the temperatures of the spent nuclear fuel pools at Units 4, 5 and 6 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant:

Unit 4
14 March, 10:08 UTC: 84 ˚C
15 March, 10:00 UTC: 84 ˚C
16 March, 05:00 UTC: no data
Unit 5
14 March, 10:08 UTC: 59.7 ˚C
15 March, 10:00 UTC: 60.4 ˚C
16 March, 05:00 UTC: 62.7 ˚C
Unit 6
14 March, 10:08 UTC: 58.0 ˚C
15 March, 10:00 UTC: 58.5 ˚C
16 March, 05:00 UTC: 60.0 ˚C

The IAEA is continuing to seek further information about the water levels, temperature and condition of all spent fuel pool facilities at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

(Obviously doesn’t include Reactor No.s 1,2, and 3 which have had significant problems and it is Reactor No.4 where there was a fire yesterday on its fourth floor – the spent fuel rods appear to be kept in the containment building on the fourth floor according to diagrams on the official briefings at HNK.)

Also says –

RANET is a network of resources made available by IAEA Member States that can be offered in the event of a radiation incident or emergency. Coordination of RANET is done by the IAEA within the framework of the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency.

http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html

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There were four helicopter dumps of water and doggone if the news everywhere including the BBC America this morning continues to repeat the story as if there were 200 flights dumping water on the durn thing. How annoying.

And, they’ve reported that no one has been injured from the radiation and that just isn’t true. Of the several members of the public which were earlier taken to the hospital after over 160 people were checked for radiation (from the public near the plant) – there has been no report of what happened to those people or if they are okay. I don’t think they are in the report of injuries made by the IAEA above from the Japanese officials.

– cricketdiane

I kept looking for real-time images of the surface temperatures in the area of the Fukushima Daiichi plant – but found all kinds of other nifty stuff instead. And, if anyone in the world wanted to see the US – it would be easy. The rapidfire system which shows wildfires and other natural disasters of smoke, fire and something else – anyway – it’s satellite images are great but they are centered on Osaka – and the southern half of Japan. I don’t know why the northern part of Japan has no satellite images available through that.

Extraordinarily frustrating actually. And, I did find surface temperatures for the ocean except it only showed through March 9, 2011 – very annoying.

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http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/

This is the satellite images of fire hazards, smoke, desertification, drought, etc. – wildfires – clearcut burning –

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And, then I found this –

TEPCO list of reports and briefings for the press –

I translated the most recent one by taking the pdf of the briefing through the google translator –

http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/f1-np/press_f1/2010/2010-j.html

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Reuters Reuters Top News
FLASH: Emergency crew at Japanese nuclear plant temporarily calls off spraying reactor no.3 with water cannon due to high radiation – NHK
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I had just copied this list to my document about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan along with other things about the nuclear plant that has had trouble – and I noticed some things –

http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/f1-np/press_f1/2010/2010-j.html

At the bottom of the list are these entries which are interesting now –

04.06 Survey of foreign substances in the spent fuel pool Unit four

04.09 Survey results confirmed the contamination by radioactive materials in the walls and floor of the building waste treatment No.4

4.19 Interim Report of the seismic safety evaluation and [something] Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (revised) for submission to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety agency Ministry of Economy and partially revised and modified version

4.19 For discovery and recovery of foreign bodies in the Unit 2 spent fuel pool

4.20 Findings on the problems of water control equipment at Unit 2 of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in operation

04.21 Screws and washers for the loss of clamping device in the lid of the reactor pressure vessel during the periodic inspection of Unit 1

(and these two also – )

04.27 For reporting to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency Ministry of Economy and efforts to reflect the continued collection and evaluation of scientific and technical knowledge pertaining to new seismic safety of nuclear facilities

(and)

04.28 Findings on the detection of trace amounts of radioactive material in the turbine building vent stack of four Unit

(also this one – )

05.21 During storage of fuel pool Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 3. The results confirm the soundness of the MOX fuel.

(above from the TEPCO reports linked above the list – there’s more of course)

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Earlier there was a mention on CNN – about the fact that Reactor Unit No.3 has plutonium in it as well – (1.32 amEDT) – CNN weather guy I think it was when he was explaining the damage that has occurred in each of the reactors.

– cricketdiane

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FCC The FCC

We’re thinking about the victims in Japan and working with radio stations to aid disaster relief fundraising efforts http://bit.ly/gsvtN0

12 hours ago

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And the World Association of Nuclear Operators –
http://www.wano.info/

So maybe its time to start demanding answers for the hard questions from them – they are the ones who should know better on a lot of these things.
(my note)

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Why were the backup generators where they could get damaged from water? Were they indeed “in the basement” or in another vulnerable place? Why is it that the backup batteries were only available for such a short period of time?

Is that how all these nuclear reactor plants are where it concerns the back up systems for them? Do none of them have a secondary cooling system in case something happens to the first one?

Is there some reason that there aren’t robotic types of fire fighting equipment in every area of these plants? Why would that be?

Yes, I have a lot of good questions that need answers and they need solutions to them worse than that for every single nuclear power plant that exists old or new everywhere in the world. And, that would include the United States especially since our plants average older than the ones in the rest of the world which means we probably have some in need of better backup systems despite the nuclear power company representatives assuring us all that it was all fixed after the 9/11 threats were considered. What year is it now? Wasn’t that ten years ago?

– cricketdiane

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http://nucleus.iaea.org/sso/NUCLEUS.html?exturl=http://www.iaea.org/OurWork/ST/NE/NEFW/nfcms_rawmaterials_UPSAT.html

The IAEA Uranium Production Site Appraisal Team (UPSAT) programme is designed to assist Member States to improve the operational and safety performance of uranium production facilities through all phases of the uranium production cycle.

(part of the International Atomic Energy Agency)

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On-the-Record Briefing with Under Secretary of State Kennedy, Deputy Secretary of Energy Poneman – March 17 at 4 p.m.

Thank you very much, everybody, for joining us this evening. As a result of the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant were badly damaged and pose a serious hazard in the vicinity of the plant and a potential health hazard to a broader region …  More »

  • Travel to Safehaven Locations in Asia – March 17 at 3 p.m.

    The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo informs U.S. citizens in Japan who wish to depart that the Department of State is making arrangements to provide transportation to safehaven locations in Asia. Citizens who travel on U.S. government-arranged transport will be expected to make their own onward travel plans from the safehaven location.  More »

Travel Warning – Japan – March 17 at 2 p.m.

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S citizens of the deteriorating situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recommends that U.S. citizens who live within 50 miles (80 km) of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant evacuate the area or take shelter indoors if safe evacuation is not practical.  More »

http://japan.usembassy.gov

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UK search and rescue team work in heavy snow in Kamaishi, Japan

Members of the UK International Search and Rescue team working in heavy snow, in the earthquake and tsunami-shattered residential streets of Kamaishi, in north-east Japan.

To find out more about how the UK is helping respond to the earthquake in Japan, please visit www.dfid.gov.uk/japanearthquake

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/5533773065/

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Also this note from Secretary of State Clinton –

http://www.state.gov/p/eap/ci/ja/

Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunamis
Secretary Clinton (Mar. 15, 2011): ” I want to, on behalf of the United States, express both our condolence and our solidarity with the government and people of Japan. Japan is always a very generous donor to any disaster anywhere in the world, and today, the world comes together to support Japan in its hour of need. ” Full Text» Contact and Travel Information»Contact and Travel Information»

Contact Information

For calls from within the U.S. 1-888-407-4747
For calls from outside the U.S. 1-202-501-4444
For concerns about a specific U.S. citizen in Japan JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov