Tag Archives: Fukushima

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    Fukushima Update: A Very Bad Situation

    by Chris Martenson

    Sunday, May 15, 2011, 7:52 PM

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    Well, it now turns out that many of my worst fears about Fukushima have been confirmed with the news that TEPCO has finally admitted that Reactor #1 has experienced a meltdown event that may have breached the primary containment vessel. Further, truly alarming levels of radiation are now being reported in and around Tokyo.

    The prospects for containing the situation at Reactor #1 are now much dimmer than previously admitted. A melted core is far more difficult to cool because the geometry of the slag heap at the bottom is not nearly as favorable as long thin tubes around which water can be relatively easily circulated.

    Worse, if the slag has either melted through the primary containment vessel or somehow leaked out through a fitting that has failed, then the ability to circulate water is even more compromised.

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    EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Latest Satellite Imagery From Fukushima Tells Sobering Tale

    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, April 1, 2011, 8:54 PM

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    Noting that the press has largely turned its resources off of the Fukushima complex, and needing up-to-date information on the status of the damage control efforts there, we secured the most up-to-date satellite photo from DigitalGlobe (dated March 31st), which we analyze below. This is the first photo of the damaged reactor site at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility made available to the public in over a week. That means you, our readers, are the first public eyes anywhere to see this photo.

    Drawing upon the expertise of our resident nuclear engineer and Ann Stringer, imaging expert, we conclude that the situation at Fukushima is not stabilized: Things are not yet at a place of steady progress in the containment and clean-up efforts. It’s still a dance, forwards and backwards, with the workers making gains here and there but the situation forcing them to react defensively all too often.

    In this report, we will tell you what we know for sure, what we are nearly certain of, and what we remain forced to speculate about.

    Here is a portion of a much larger image (covering 25 square kilometers in total) showing the reactor complex as of March 31, at roughly mid-day:

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    Daily Digest 3/29 – What’s Missing In New York’s Budget, Bernanke On Oil Shocks, Is Fukushima About To Blow?

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 2:42 PM

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    • When Integrity Dies
    • What You Won’t See In New York’s Budget
    • Japanese Government Backtracks Again: Edano Says No Plan To Nationalize TEPCO
    • Japan’s Electricity Shortage to Last Months
    • Japan Mulls Nationalising Fukushima Nuclear Plant Company
    • Bernanke On The Effects Of Oil Price Shocks, And Why The Fed Will Never Tighten In Response To Oil At Any Price
    • Is Fukushima About To Blow?
    • First Suicide – A Vegetable Farmer in Fukushima

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    Daily Digest 3/24 – Japan’s Hydra-Headed Disaster Fallout, Portugal PM Resigns Over Budget, Oil Will Be Gone In 50 Years

    by DailyDigest

    Thursday, March 24, 2011, 2:46 PM

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    • The Dominoes Are Lining Up, Again
    • Will JPMorgan Now Make and Take ‘Delivery’ of Its Own Silver Shorts?
    • Investor Beware – Leverage Accounts
    • Japan’s Hydra-Headed Disaster: The Fallout
    • The Insidious Effects of Japan’s Disaster
    • The “Fukushima Fifty”
    • Budget 2011: George Osborne puts fuel in the tank, but potholes lie ahead
    • Portugal PM Jose Socrates resigns after budget rejected 
    • Oil Will Be Gone in 50 Years: HSBC

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    Nuclear Expert’s Step-By-Step Assessment of the Fukushima Disaster & What You Need to Know

    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, March 20, 2011, 3:34 PM

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    In this detailed interview, Chris talks with longtime ChrisMartenson.com member Dogs_In_A_Pile, an expert on nuclear energy who has been posting frequent updates to this site covering the developments at the Fukushima reactor in Japan as they have unfolded.

    Based on his decades of experience, Dogs provides a detailed overview of how nuclear reactors work and then speculates as best he can (as the world is still dealing with imperfect information on the situation) how the technical situation at Fukushima likely degraded since the 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit on March 11.

    This is an excellent discussion that addresses in depth many of the questions asked on this site over the past week: How does nuclear energy work? What caused the explosion of several of Fukushima’s reactors? What is ‘decay heat’ and why is it so important here? What’s the likelihood the situation will be brought under control soon? What dangers should – and shouldn’t – we worry about?

    Many thanks to Dogs for bringing a knowledgable and rational voice that helps demystify the haze of incomplete (and often erroneous) information that has been circulating in the media around this tragedy.

    Click the play button below to listen to Chris’ interview with Dogs_In_A_Pile (runtime 1h:14m:56s):

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    In this podcast, Dogs addresses: 

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