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Docilus
retsgip wrote:
It's almost like the earth is punishing them for fucking up so bad.


I don't understand this statement. They didn't fuck anything up. A 40 year old power plant was hit by a big earthquake and a huge tsunami bigger than could be reasonably forecasted, and caused buildings to break. Heck, by all accounts it survived the damn quake.
SilverClaw
Docilus wrote:
retsgip wrote:
It's almost like the earth is punishing them for fucking up so bad.


I don't understand this statement. They didn't fuck anything up. A 40 year old power plant was hit by a big earthquake and a huge tsunami bigger than could be reasonably forecasted, and caused buildings to break. Heck, by all accounts it survived the damn quake.


In addition to concerns from within Japan, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also expressed concern about the ability of Japan's nuclear plants to withstand seismic activity. At a meeting of the G8's Nuclear Safety and Security Group, held in Tokyo in 2008, an IAEA expert warned that a strong earthquake with a magnitude above 7.0 could pose a "serious problem" for Japan's nuclear power stations.

In March 2006 the Japanese government opposed a court order to close a nuclear plant in the country's west over doubts about its ability to withstand an earthquake. Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency believed it was "safe" and that "all safety analyses were appropriately conducted."

Regulatory capture may have contributed to the cascade of failures which were revealed after the tsunami receded. Regulatory capture may have also contributed to the current situation. Critics argue that the government shares blame with regulatory agency for not heeding warnings, for not ensuring the independence of the nuclear industry's oversight while encouraging the expansion of nuclear energy domestically and internationally.

"TEPCO had not anticipated a tsunami as large or a quake as severe as the one that damaged the plant."

The plant was protected by a seawall designed to withstand a tsunami of 5.7 metres (19 ft), but about 15 minutes after the earthquake it was struck by a 14-metre (46 ft) tsunami wave that easily topped the seawall.



Sounds like a giant cluster-fuck of errors to me.…

The 'seawall' being only 5.7m high shows just how grossly ill-equipped they really were.
SilverClaw
bladearts wrote:
Nuclear watchdog has escalated severity of crisis at the Daiichi plant to maximum level, equal to Chernobyl disaster.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia- … 66598.html

Well, that sucks.


"On the face of it this reclassification from a level five incident to a level seven is an alarming jump.

But the change has not been made because things have suddenly got worse at the Fukushima plant. Rather, a full assessment of the available data now suggests that a higher rating is justified.

Although the Japanese incident now equates to Chernobyl on the international scale, the two accidents are different in a number of important ways. In Chernobyl it was the reactor core itself that exploded, releasing a huge amount of radioactive material in a very short space of time. Fukushima experienced a less critical hydrogen explosion.

The initial radiation leak amounted to about a 10th of that which escaped from Chernobyl. The major concern in Japan is that the nuclear plant has not yet been brought under control, and some radioactive material is still seeping out. "

Rachel Harvey BBC News, Tokyo.
SilverClaw
retsgip wrote:
And so it begins. There's gonna be uproar and anger and who knows what once people realize what really happened to the earth that day.


Highly doubtful.

The media does an excellent job at not letting such info see the light of day. Even if some of it does come out, there's always an agenda to discredit/smear or goosestep around the issue. It's disgusting.
Shrewmkin
SilverClaw wrote:
retsgip wrote:
And so it begins. There's gonna be uproar and anger and who knows what once people realize what really happened to the earth that day.


Highly doubtful.

The media does an excellent job at not letting such info see the light of day. Even if some of it does come out, there's always an agenda to discredit/smear or goosestep around the issue. It's disgusting.


In local news, a newborn was found stuck in a backyard sewage pipe, luckily the newborn is alive and doing well in hospital and no serious injuries happened. The parents will be facing court this coming week and will possibly face a 6 yr jail sentence.

Oh, we have a report something happened in Japan.… Wait... We just have breaking news about a pensioner who just got robbed in the city!

Media around the world taking a note from Australia's book to keep it local, brief and vague when announcing the news.
Wiing
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/201 … 790863.htm - Audio File on the page

Heard this on ABC RN one night, Mark Willacy(ABC reporter) explaining his findings in relation of Tepco and Fukushima. Author of this book.

In regards to the new findings this month, no one has really reported on the effect it would have on the environment. Isn't he Pacific Ocean large enough to just dilute the levels or radiation?
SilverClaw
Wiing wrote:
In regards to the new findings this month, no one has really reported on the effect it would have on the environment. Isn't he Pacific Ocean large enough to just dilute the levels or radiation?


The Pacific is 100% large enough to dilute the levels but what does that even mean? When you're talking about hundreds of tons of radioactive sea water being contaminated daily with no end in sight, well, there's going to be some major issues there. There's no off switch, you can't just walk in and repair what's been damaged or leaking because you'll die within less than 1 hour of exposure. It's utter madness. The ocean diluting the radiation doesn't mean it's no longer in negligible concentrations.

Factor in bioaccumulation and biomagnification and you're soon going to have large numbers of seafood being caught with extremely dangerous levels. Everyone always talk about what that means for humans consumption but that will have serious and dire consequences to seafood populations and entire ecosystems. Scary stuff.
Hunterbob
Yeah, it's not just Japan, it's the lax systems put in place for nuclear plants. Apparently Thorium based plants are safer, but for some unknown reason, they got pushed to the side in the 60's 70's... But I think we're all really overlooking the obvious and serious result of all this: Godzilla.

He will rise from the ocean and fuck us up. Japan probably has Metal Gear in some underground base, but the technology on that surely is at least a decade behind the levels of what we'd need to see in a Pacific Rim monster vs robot style battle.
Wiing
Thorium is the shit, its safer and the earth and moon is full of it. The amount of Thorium needed to power the earth for one year is fuck all really.
Syphin
Hunterbob wrote:
He will rise from the ocean and fuck us up. Japan probably has Metal Gear in some underground base, but the technology on that surely is at least a decade behind the levels of what we'd need to see in a Pacific Rim monster vs robot style battle.

It almost sounds like you're against the world ending...
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