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  • There is nothing new coming out at all that I can find....nothing at the UN site about their meeting today either.
    by Sinthia Domina 3/26/2011 5:14:21 AM

  • Bev, I believe that they are angry; they just express it politely. video.nytimes.com
    by Karen Warren 3/26/2011 5:18:03 AM

  • how incredibly mis-leading that IAEA update is: Unit 1. thay got the lights on but nobody's home, due to pools of rad h2o; Unit 3. Spraying from a distance = spitting in the wind ; unit 2. Spraying into the vessel continues unabated because it's a sieve; Unit 4. h2o, come in high and come in low, but keep it coming!
    by marie rich 3/26/2011 5:18:28 AM

  • @marie rich LOL That's about it.
    by Jim Carver 3/26/2011 5:20:06 AM

  • In case you all missed this- Union of Concerned Scientists has a daily briefing: www.ucsusa.org
    by Sinthia Domina 3/26/2011 5:20:54 AM

  • On the humanitarian efforts: "Aid Worker Diaries - Japan is one of the toughest disasters to work on"
    by Karen Warren 3/26/2011 5:22:51 AM

  • We had lots of people from Europe that would come on about now. Wonder if they join in here today.
    by Jim Carver 3/26/2011 5:23:50 AM

  • Goodnight everyone! Let's hope and pray that tomorrow brings better news.
    by Karen Warren 3/26/2011 5:24:14 AM

  • @Karen Nyt error, doesn't support html5. (on my phone) but you're probably right. @Marie LOL Thank you for that very honest summation. Refreshing after listening to the "official" ones!
    by Bev 3/26/2011 5:24:25 AM

  • The pdf that Bev posted earlier was written in part by my old college professor.
    by Sinthia Domina 3/26/2011 5:24:41 AM

  • BTW the code word for today is stabilized+ no explosions or fires
    by marie rich 3/26/2011 5:25:15 AM

  • @Karen Warren Goodnight Karen. Happy dreams!
    by Jim Carver 3/26/2011 5:25:41 AM

  • Goodnight everyone, and a huge thank you to George! You rock!
    by Bev 3/26/2011 5:25:41 AM

  • yesterday's code word was no immediate threat
    by marie rich 3/26/2011 5:25:52 AM

  • nite bev, thanks
    by Sinthia Domina 3/26/2011 5:26:04 AM

  • goodnight karen and bev
    by marie rich 3/26/2011 5:26:15 AM

  • BTW yall can just call me Sin...and I live in TN, US
    by Sinthia Domina 3/26/2011 5:29:15 AM

  • I live in MO,USA. Half of my family works in the nuke industry. I used to work for the gov'ment. But I can't tell you in what capacity. 10 yrs. in prison and a $100,000.00.
    by marie rich 3/26/2011 5:31:44 AM

  • K Sin, I'm Jim. Live in hill country North Texas. Kinda like TN actually.
    by Jim Carver 3/26/2011 5:31:56 AM

  • Houston TX here, 71 miles from a reactor and I hope it stays that way. There are plans to build one nearby, Baytown,, but I think this disaster has shelved such plans.
    by Ralph Unger 3/26/2011 5:32:41 AM

  • We used to oppose the South Texas Nuclear Project when I lived in Austin. Is that the same one?
    by Jim Carver 3/26/2011 5:34:16 AM

  • S'pose it could be worse. In he phillipines, a reactor was being built by Marcos' son Bong Bong. He was 18yrs. old!
    by marie rich 3/26/2011 5:34:27 AM

  • No, that one is built.
    by Ralph Unger 3/26/2011 5:34:36 AM

  • Yes that is the nearest one to me. South Texas plant.
    by Ralph Unger 3/26/2011 5:35:23 AM

  • @Ralph Unger I was reading that they consider it the safest design.
    by Jim Carver 3/26/2011 5:36:24 AM

  • We never get hurricanes or tornadoes here so it should be OK. :-)
    by Ralph Unger 3/26/2011 5:36:37 AM

  • I have about 5 plants within 100 miles, have family in the industry and live less that 20 mile from Oak Ridge
    by Sinthia Domina 3/26/2011 5:37:51 AM

  • Im screwed if anything happens here
    by Sinthia Domina 3/26/2011 5:38:22 AM

  • Am equidistant from two plants, @120 miles.
    by marie rich 3/26/2011 5:39:05 AM

  • seems like we all have some kinda personal connection to this issue
    by Sinthia Domina 3/26/2011 5:40:23 AM

  • Yep, but so were the plants built in the 1950's The safest that could be built. Newest technology. Great stuff. Now plants built in the 1970's are old and dangerous.20 years from now plants built today will be old, out-dated, and dangerous if history is any guide.
    by Ralph Unger 3/26/2011 5:40:31 AM

  • I live in Long Beach California, and the San Onofre nuclear plants are about 52 miles away.
    by amianda 3/26/2011 5:41:15 AM

  • Oak Ridge is where they designed and experimented with nuclear materials first, in connection with Los Alamos, Fat Boy and Little man were made here...at least the uranium for them was made here
    by Sinthia Domina 3/26/2011 5:42:30 AM

  • @Amianda I understand they're dismantling a plant in Humboldt County. Too close to one of the big faults, i think.
    by marie rich 3/26/2011 5:43:44 AM

  • I think Fukushima tells us that we were right about the risks and problems with this stuff. Containment and storage. We are already seeing people wanting to gloss this over and not do anything. Ha, maybe do some spot checks and bring the cameraman. I'll have to check the numbers, but it used to be close to all the spent waste was stored on site, whether it was electric plant, hospital, munnitions dump, etc.
    by Jim Carver 3/26/2011 5:43:50 AM

  • ok... since everyone is introducing themselves... i've been monitoring since the early days of reuters... haven't posted anything because i didn't want to detract from the useful conversations going on... i've lived in asia before, currently i live in chicago... i know we get a lot of our power from nuclear plants in illinois. i've also come to learn that people in the nuclear industry have convinced themselves that nuclear power is safe. that through their systems of backups and backups to backups that they can cover any issues that might arise. it seems pretty clear to me that this is a haphazard system. while i don't oppose it entirely, i think this is a good example of how you can't plan for everything. most of all i'm just here to learn and try to get to the truth behind what's happening. anyway, i tend to ramble, i'm going to stop now, will let everyone know if i have something useful to share.
    by tippytoe 3/26/2011 5:45:22 AM

  • You'd think MEXT would have a recent update, eh? Info. seems to be shutting down
    by marie rich 3/26/2011 5:45:27 AM

  • @marie
    by amianda 3/26/2011 5:45:55 AM

  • @marie The 63 MW Boiling Water Reactor at the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant in Eureka was in operation by PG&E from August 1963 to July 1976. It was the seventh licensed nuclear plant in the United States. It was closed because the economics of a required seismic retrofit could not be justified following a moderate earthquake from a previously unknown fault just off the coast. It was permanently shut down July 2, 1976, and retired in 1985. The plant was then placed in SAFSTOR (with spent nuclear fuel rods stored in water pools on site) until anticipated full decommissioning in 2015. www.energy.ca.gov (i hope this posts this time, dunno what happened last
    by amianda 3/26/2011 5:47:11 AM

  • thanks, Amianda, for the details. I was definitely fuzzy on it.
    by marie rich 3/26/2011 5:48:22 AM

  • @tippytoe Right on!
    by Jim Carver 3/26/2011 5:48:32 AM

  • Thanks for opening up the blog. Don
    by bluemoon 3/26/2011 5:50:13 AM

  • yw
    by George Gibb 3/26/2011 5:50:27 AM

  • Thanks everyone for this blog, it's good to know there are others out there as fascinated and captured by the unfolding of these historic times as I am. Can hardly step away. I greatly appreciate your fine minds, articulate discussions, and caring hearts as we bear witness together to this tragedy. Love from Ariadne in San Francisco
    by ariadne 3/26/2011 5:53:04 AM

  • In the military, a threat assessment is not what some country can do, but what they have the capabilities to do. With nuclear power, don't look at what might happen if an accident happens, look at what would happen. The stakes are high and engineers can build safe plants, but will businessmen and politicians let them?
    by Ralph Unger 3/26/2011 5:54:02 AM

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