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LittleBigHeart
Posted: Mar 13, 2011 2:44 pm Reply with quote
CHU-LIP CHU-LIP
Joined: 15 Jul 2008 Posts: 1683 Location: Osaka, JAPAN
Umm... About that, I'm sure it should be Ok to ai-chin until she gives birth (which must be in 3-4 weeks, my guess).
I'm pretty sure she is with her family at Osaka now, and Osaka is pretty far away to the place the nuclear thing is happening.

The wind is for instance pushing the dangerous smoke in the pacific, but I heard it will change monday, so they must to find something before that Sad !
 
skeedatl
Posted: Mar 13, 2011 2:55 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 01 Feb 2010 Posts: 4374 Location: Himeji
The containment vessel hasn't been breeched. Even with a meltdown, it isn't an environmental disaster unless the molten uranium breeches the bottom of the containment system. What they are experiencing so far is a partial meltdown within the core itself and are flooding with sea water to cool the core. Water is dense and a great thermal conductor, absorbing heat very easily. The core will eventually start to cool on its own if they can keep it under control for a while. It isn't a run away reaction.

The explosions are outer structures caused by hydrogen gas accumulation (like the airship Hindenburg), not the core containment system itself.

While some radiation has escaped through steam venting (to lower pressure), it is not a lot. On the site it would be the same effect as you receive during normal life (such as from cosmic rays) over a 1 year period.

The next few days will be critical for the atomic agency and Tokyo Power to get these reactors cooled down. If they can then there will be no problem at all. They can repair the coolant pumps and restart the reactors. The one that has been flooded with sea water is now junk and would have to be decommissioned. But my understanding is some of these reactors were due to be decommissioned very soon anyway.
 
saltvanilla04
Posted: Mar 13, 2011 7:51 pm Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 14 Nov 2009 Posts: 144 Location: Philippines
I see. A meltdown.. Hope it will be over soon...

But I really hope Ai-chin, SU, her baby and her family will be okay...

I saw the news today in Sendai. It's a total wreck... I really feel bad.

Let us pray for Japan...
 
geniebcherished
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 12:12 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 14 Mar 2011 Posts: 1 Location: USA
I'm so happy Ai-chan is ok *whew*
Yeah, my first post in this forum would be this XD I was just that concerned and worried
 
chokokokoa
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 6:31 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 11 Jun 2009 Posts: 1481
LittleBigHeart wrote:
I'm pretty sure she is with her family at Osaka now, and Osaka is pretty far away to the place the nuclear thing is happening.

Whether this would mean the baby will be born in Osaka like his/her mother? Love Boogie
Let us see... Boogie

I hope so. I hope Ai-chin will spend the days until the due date in Osaka. Nod
 
Aprilis.
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 6:38 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 26 Aug 2005 Posts: 958 Location: Japan
Hey all, just a quick and brief update about the earthquake, tsunami, and power plant. I am currently in Japan, and area west of the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, etc) on the Honshu island is safe. Personally, I didn't feel the earthquake at all and assume that was the case for Osaka area too. If Ai is in Osaka, rest assure she is safe.

As for the power plant, yes it does look bad but at the same time, trust that the official are doing everything they can in preventing a meltdown. I know there are scares about meltdown from various international sources, but from what I know a meltdown is not likely to happen.

And really, the entire Japan is not in a panic mood. Where I'm living, business was usual over the weekend and today (aside from the 24hours constant news reports and updates about the situation up north).
 
chokokokoa
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 6:48 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 11 Jun 2009 Posts: 1481
Hi, Aprilis.! Smile
That is a good news that western Japan is fine.
And how about Tokyo and Kantou region?
 
saltvanilla04
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 8:47 am Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 14 Nov 2009 Posts: 144 Location: Philippines
Thanks Aprilis for the info.
I see... I'm kinda relieved when I read about it. So it's all in the north huh? Oh well, let us hope the best for Japan..
 
skeedatl
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 9:15 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 01 Feb 2010 Posts: 4374 Location: Himeji
The fuel rods in Fukushima's number 2 reactor are now fully exposed as the coolant levels dropped again. If not cooled properly the radioactive rods will continue to heat up until the rods melt (the meltdown). Then the molten metal if still not cooled can melt through the containment vessel. This is what would release large amounts of radiation to the environment.

They will need to flood this reactor with sea water like they did with reactors 1 and 3 earlier if they can't repair the coolant system quickly.

Things are certainly worse than the government is leading the public to believe. They don't want to spread panic but these actions like flooding the reactors with sea water are acts of desperation, last resort as sea water ruins the very expensive reactors. They can no be repaired and would have to be replaced after flooding like this.
 
Smily in Seattle
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 3:44 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 20 May 2009 Posts: 3564 Location: Seattle, WA
I have been trying to sort through all the media on the topic of the reactors, myself. From what I gather, the Japanese are reporting that the amount of radiation is not to the point of danger at this point. This seems to have been confirmed by the US military as the the USS Ronald Reagan crew was exposed as well.

Several experts strongly say that the likelihood of a full meltdown (such as Chernobyl) is unlikely, while many headlines in the US and West seem to indicate otherwise.

Japan is a free country with a hounding persistent press corp. If they are balancing/hiding the amount of information so as to prevent panic, there will be hell to pay.

I am cautiously optimistic that the truth is much closer to the Japanese government and those experts that say that the risks are not as exagerated as the headlines we see indicate.

The Japanese Govt has known and said for days that the goal is to prevent danger knowing full well that the reactors will be destroyed by the actions. The Chief Cabinet Secretary himself, who is perhaps they most trusted and respected member of the Govt, has been on the podium answering very technical questions from the press. His answers to date seem are consistent and in line with experts who are [url]not [/url] bracing for Chernobyl part 2.

Still, it is silly to think that there is not grave danger if they do not pull all the stops. I just read that they are asking for help from the US government now.

ganbatte Japan!!!
 
LoveSkywalker
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 4:00 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 20 Oct 2009 Posts: 170 Location: Poland
The situation is still alarming, then Sad Let's hope the issues with reactors will not transform into Chernobyl 2.0...

It's obvious that the governement is likely to present the current situation in a little brighter perspective, however, for our common good, people should know the truth... Especially when thousands of lives are at grave risk. Radiation is not to be taken lightly - which Japanese people probably know best Sad

Ganbatte, Nihon!
 
skeedatl
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 5:46 pm Reply with quote
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The difference between this situation and Chernobyl is that Chernobyl had no containment system at all and that is a completely different situation. The reactors in Japan are surrounded by 8 foot walls of steel reenforced concrete. So even if the rods melt through the vessel the walls trap the radioactive smoke and gasses.

I think the delays before now were that they are trying to save these reactors. Sea water with the salt will corrode the reactor ruining it. But they aren't relying on pure sea water. It is sea water mixed with boric acid, designed to both cool and boric acid slows the fission reaction. But in one of the reactors the mechanism used to fill the reactor is not operating properly.

The leakage so far was purposeful. They are venting steam from inside the reactor on purpose to reduce the pressure but it is low level radioactivity. This is where the cesium and iodide detected in the air came from. It was in the vented steam.

While this is a serious situation, we are still very far from having those walls breeched by fuel pellets melting and falling to the bottom of the vessel. So far the reactor vessels themselves are still intact. But even if they did melt through the vessel they would still have to melt through these bunker walls before reaching the outside environment.

EDIT - I spoke too soon. It is being reported that the core vessel inside one of the reactors may be damaged. This is the most serious development so far.
 
azurejan
Posted: Mar 15, 2011 1:13 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 03 Dec 2008 Posts: 162 Location: Hong Kong
From the blog of Ai-chin's co-arranger Ikoman who has also confirmed that Ai-chin was unaffected !!!
Quote:
大塚も連絡できて無事でした。
 
Aprilis.
Posted: Mar 15, 2011 4:15 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 26 Aug 2005 Posts: 958 Location: Japan
I'm no expert when it comes to the power plant situation, but have a read here (it can ease your mind).

I don't know what the situation is for the entire Kanto region, so I can't say. Tokyo, Chiba, Yokohama is not as bad as it seems. Yes they experience earthquake but there are just scare, broken glass and phone line failure. Compare to what is happening in the North, I'll say Tokyo is more than okay. Understand that Japan is very prepare for earthquake. While there are a few deaths, they were mainly due to fire (cause by the earthquake) and not the actual earthquake itself.
Northern part of Japan (where the earthquake occur) is still experiencing after shock, and I believe Tokyo is too.
 
Miku
Posted: Mar 16, 2011 5:47 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 05 Jul 2007 Posts: 303 Location: France, Lyon
This is just horrible what's happening...

I Pray for Japan
 
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