Japan TV dioramas of stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are dissonantly adorable. (screengrabs from NHK, courtesy IZ RELOADED) During a live broadcast yesterday, the Japanese television network NHK unveiled a hand-crafted scale model of the damaged Fukishima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Like the cardboard infographics their nuclear experts have been pointing to on-air since the nuclear crisis began, this diorama is a key part of their news presentation, a visual aid of sorts. There is nothing cute or cool about the multiple disasters that have struck Japan: the earthquake and tsunami have already claimed at least 5,000 lives and perhaps many more; tens of thousands are already known to be missing or displaced. The still-unfolding nuclear accident is serious, and could have grave consequences for Japan. But the miniature models of Fukishima, a word that now inspires fear and iodide pill hoarding in people around the world--well, they are so cute, as one person said on Twitter today, you almost want to adopt one. There is something comforting about them.
I.Z. Radiation levels spike in Tokyo; capital still safe, Ishihara says. Radiation reached around 20 times normal levels in the capital Tuesday morning, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said, while offering the assurance this reading posed no immediate risk to human health and that the public should remain calm.
Notification You’ve reached your story limit as a non-registered user. To read more, please sign up or log in via one of the services below. This will give you access to 15 additional stories this month. Analysis: Nuclear power growth at risk if Japan plant leaks. LONDON/DETROIT (Reuters) - The growing risk of a significant radiation leak at two Japanese nuclear power plants following Friday's earthquake and tsunami threatens to hurt an industry that has enjoyed a rebirth since the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 and the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
On Friday, nuclear power advocates and environmentalists staked out familiar ground over the incident. But a wider public debate may be ignited if a major radiation leak occurs in Japan, said Paul Patterson, an energy analyst with consultants Glenrock Associates in New York. Modified version of original post written by Josef Oehmen. About the original post Below is a revised and edited version of the original post written by Josef Oehmen that first appeared on Morgsatlarge.
At Oehmen’s request the original post was checked for technical accuracy, revised and moved to mitnse.com. The revised essay serves as a general summary of the events during the first 24 hours after the earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi power plant on March 11, 2011. Moved Temporarily. Herman_Japan_Q_A_03_15. International : Russian experts on Chernobyl scenario in Japan. Russian nuclear authorities said a Chernobyl-type disaster was unlikely to happen at the stricken nuclear plant in Japan, but experts refused to rule out this scenario.
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【CONTENTS】 1. 1. Nuke Plant Crisis Worsens as Radiation Levels Rise. [UPDATE: 5:59 PM ET: The evacuation zone around the power plant has been increased to 10 km, or 6.2 mi.]
[UPDATE: 5:46 PM EST: Japanese authorities announced that radiation inside the stricken Fukushima power plant control room has risen to 1,000 times its normal level. Some has leaked outside of the plant, prompting calls for further evacuations beyond the 3,000 people who have been cleared out already in a 1.8-mi. radius. Water injected into Fukushima reactor. Authorities scrambled Sunday to control an overheating reactor at the problem-prone Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant by injecting seawater and venting gas to reduce the pressure inside.
While acknowledging that the core of the plant’s No. 3 reactor may have overheated and deformed, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano denied it led to a meltdown of the critical fuel rods. At a news conference, Edano said that “a very small amount” of radioactive substances had leaked from the No. 3 reactor, dismissing concerns it posed a threat to human health. Energy map provided - Yahoo! News Photos. Japanese nuclear reactor in peril after deadly earthquake, tsunami off coast. Japanese authorities began evacuating more than 200,000 people Saturday from areas around two nuclear power plants after an explosion at one of them damaged a building housing an aging U.S.
-supplied reactor. The unit, built 40 years ago by General Electric, is one of as many as seven reactors imperiled by the earthquake and subsequent disruptions in the power supply that the reactors use for cooling systems. One nuclear worker was killed, at least six were injured and two were missing at the plants in the aftermath of Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the blast Saturday afternoon, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the Fukushima I and II nuclear power stations.