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Veneer Peels Off Fukushima Disaster

Veneer Peels Off Fukushima Disaster

The carefully crafted veneer of recovery from the Fukushima nuclear disaster by the government is peeling in many ways. Protesters who have been camped out in front of the METI agency office since 2011 were told by a court to pay about $240,000 for their protest. The encampment has been a thorn in the side of the agency who was without a way to disperse the group of protesters and no interest in hearing their … Read entire article »

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Oil Leak In Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool

Oil Leak In Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool

An oil leak occurred in the spent fuel pool of unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi today as work was under way to remove parts of the fuel handling machine. The fuel crane fell into the spent fuel pool during the massive explosion at unit 3. TEPCO has been taking the crane out in sections. Oil from the crane leaked into the pool as a section was removed. The cooling loop for the spent fuel pool … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Under Fire For Leaks At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Under Fire For Leaks At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO has again been receiving growing criticism over their handling of contaminated water at the plant. The first leak, from a series of drainage canals that route from up on the hill where the tank farms reside down to the port has been under increased scrutiny by Japan’s NRA. It appears that heightened oversight of this first leak may have led to the admission of the second leak where contaminated water from unit 2′s roofs was … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Extended Report 2015

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Extended Report 2015

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Report 2015 By The SimplyInfo Research Team Dean Wilkie – Author Edano San  - Author Peter Melzer PhD – Author Nancy Foust  - Editor February 23, 2015 During the early events of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster unit 2 was given little attention in public facing information. It also appears that many of the outcomes from unit 2 may have been credited as being caused by other units a the plant or considered of unknown origin. Unit 2 may … Read entire article »

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Leak At Fukushima Daiichi Reaches Port

Leak At Fukushima Daiichi Reaches Port

A contaminated water leak into the drainage ditches up on the hill was found to have at least in part reached the port. The leak was first reported over the weekend when an alarm on the drainage ditches went off. The series of drainage ditches up on the hill were concreted, valves were installed and the entire system was routed to the port after earlier leaks were found to be running out to sea. This work … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Chills Out

Fukushima Daiichi Chills Out

TEPCO released two photos of the newly installed refrigeration unit for the underground frozen wall at Fukushima Daiichi. No other information was provided with these two photos of the new facility.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this … Read entire article »

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2014 Fukushima Fallout Maps Published

2014 Fukushima Fallout Maps Published

Japan’s NRA published new fallout maps. The first one is the current radiation levels in the evacuation zone but does not include all of the outlying areas that are contaminated. The second is fallout maps 2011 to 2014 that show some reductions in contamination but that significant contamination still exists. These new maps do not include contamination further from the evacuation zone.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Roadmap Update Shows Changes At Disaster Site

Fukushima Roadmap Update Shows Changes At Disaster Site

METI released a new roadmap document for Fukushima Daiichi. Most of it is repeats of old information. There were a few new pieces of information. The frozen wall is expected to have actual freezing operations start by the end of March 2015. They did not say how long total completion would take. The existing Kurion and Sarry cesium filtration systems have had the ability to now filter out strontium 90 added to their capabilities. These systems are still … Read entire article »

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Tuesday Earthquake Aftershock Of 3-11 Quake

Tuesday Earthquake Aftershock Of 3-11 Quake

Experts cited the early Tuesday 6.9 quake in Iwate Prefecture was an aftershock of the 2011 “3-11″ quake. The Tuesday quake caused a tsunami alert to be issued. The resulting tsunami was less than 1 meter. TEPCO reported that the quake had minimal impact at the Fukushima Daiichi disaster site further down the coast. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights … Read entire article »

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Face Mask Rules At Fukushima Daiichi To Be Relaxed In May

Face Mask Rules At Fukushima Daiichi To Be Relaxed In May

TEPCO announced that workers will be allowed to wear half masks or dust masks in more areas at Fukushima Daiichi beginning in May. Currently most areas require a full face mask. Certain areas considered less hazardous will allow workers to wear lesser mask type protection. Areas where highly contaminated water is located would still require full face masks. Additional dust monitoring is planned. TEPCO also cited the paving of parts of the plant as a partial … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Begins Concreting Unit 4 Trench At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Begins Concreting Unit 4 Trench At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO has begun concreting in the seawater piping trench for unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi. The work has been on the longer term roadmap but has been moved up as similar work began last week for unit 2′s seawater piping trench. Japan’s NRA recently criticized TEPCO’s efforts, claiming that contaminated water is still leaving the plant and that it may be leaking out below the current blocking efforts. The water displaced by the concrete is … Read entire article »

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1000 Homes In Fukushima To Be Demolished

1000 Homes In Fukushima To Be Demolished

1000 homes are set to be demolished after they were previously decontaminated. Most homes had suffered significant damage due to weather and animals while the owners were evacuated. The homes were part of an initial decontamination effort. Owners opted to have them torn down due to the considerable damage. Some had also opted not to return in places like Nahara due to the radiation levels and lack of infrastructure. image credit | CS Monitor This article would … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Scheduled For May 2015

Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Scheduled For May 2015

IRID is reporting that the muon scan of unit 2 at Fukushima Daiichi will begin around May 10th of 2015. The scan of unit 1 is scheduled to begin today after equipment was brought on sight and installed earlier in the month. The scans hope to determine if any fuel remains in the reactor vessels. IRID also reports that the consider the combination of the muon scans and the upcoming robot inspections of the containment … Read entire article »

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Frozen Wall Delayed As More Concreting At Fukushima Daiichi

Frozen Wall Delayed As More Concreting At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO announced a two week delay in work to install a frozen underground wall around the leaking reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. The work has been interrupted by a sudden rush to concrete the unit 3 water handling trench. The change of plans includes what NHK described as an effort to concrete the interface areas between the buildings and the trenches in an attempt to block contaminated water flows. Earlier this year NRA stated that the plant … Read entire article »

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2nd Mobile Strontium 90 Filter System In Service At Fukushima Daiichi

2nd Mobile Strontium 90 Filter System In Service At Fukushima Daiichi

A second mobile strontium 90 filtration system is in service at Fukushima Daiichi after initial testing. The portable system housed in modified shipping containers are being used to filter out strontium 90 from contaminated water sitting in tanks. The systems can remove most of the strontium 90 from the contaminated water. This considerably reduces this type of contamination and further reduces some of the risk factors involving the massive tank farms on site. TEPCO has not … Read entire article »

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NHK Report; Fukushima Meltdowns Released More Radiation Than Assumed

NHK Report; Fukushima Meltdowns Released More Radiation Than Assumed

A recent NHK video report on the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns revealed some critical new details about the meltdowns and the extent of the releases from the plant. The report documents that the water injected into the reactors by fire engines now has a known failure rate. Before, TEPCO had admitted “most” of the sea water injected as a last ditch effort to cool the reactors didn’t make it into the reactors but instead flowed backwards into … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection To Begin In April

Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection To Begin In April

AP is reporting that Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 will get the first of three anticipated containment inspections in early April of this year. Hitachi showed off the shape changing robot to the press this week. The robot will be used once at unit 1 then stored in a shielded box. Hitachi is expecting to use a slightly different robot for the inspection of each unit but didn’t say what those differences would be. This upcoming inspection … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Begins Concreting Unit 3 Trench

TEPCO Begins Concreting Unit 3 Trench

TEPCO concreted the unit 3 trench in some unannounced work at Fukushima Daiichi. The unit 2 cable trench had been previously concreted in. Japan’s NRA had recently announced they assume the plant is still leaking out to sea, possibly beneath the wall blocking efforts at the plant. This effort to concrete in the unit 3 trench had not been previously announced and the area had not had any unusually high levels of contamination compared to … Read entire article »

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New Study Finds Fukushima Food Contamination Underestimates Strontium 90

New Study Finds Fukushima Food Contamination Underestimates Strontium 90

A new study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology looked at governmental food testing in Japan. The study reviewed foods testing for cesium 137 contamination and also strontium 90 contamination. Official assumptions had been than there was a set ratio of cesium 137 to strontium 90 across all foods. What was found is that over time the ratio of strontium 90 in foods had increased. This makes the standard assumed ratio being used incorrect. … Read entire article »

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Muon Scans Begin At Fukushima Daiichi

Muon Scans Begin At Fukushima Daiichi

Muon scans have begun at Fukushima Daiichi for the unit 1 reactor. The set of three self contained boxes has been installed at unit 1 of Fukushima Daiichi and will run for about a month before results could be known. The project was initially conceived by scientists at Los Alamos national lab in the US. The project is currently being run by Toshiba and coordinated by IRID. After initial test runs at a research reactor facility in … Read entire article »

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US – India Nuclear Liability Deal Explained

US – India Nuclear Liability Deal Explained

The US and India have signed a nuclear power deal that drastically changes the liability of the industry that wants to build new reactors in India. Our infographic covers the main points about this unusual new deal. The deal seems to benefit not just US private industry but the same private industry in Japan. The entire agreement should raise some serious questions about why both the US and Japanese governments have been so keen to put … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Says Safety Upgraded At Fukushima Plants After Two Deaths

TEPCO Says Safety Upgraded At Fukushima Plants After Two Deaths

TEPCO says they responded to the deaths of two workers by stopping work and reviewing safety at the plants. This was TEPCO’s response: TEPCO’s response is obviously superficial. It seems to lack any serious analysis of the work processes and management at the plant that are the root cause of the many accidents that have injured or killed workers in the last year. The responses themselves are all quite temporary in nature. It was also reported … Read entire article »

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Japan NRA Admits Fukushima Daiichi Still Leaking Into Pacific

Japan NRA Admits Fukushima Daiichi Still Leaking Into Pacific

The head of Japan’s NRA stated that the contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi is continuing to seep into the ground and leak out to sea. “We must find the cause of the contamination . . . and put the highest priority on implementing countermeasures,” NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka told a meeting of the body’s commissioners after they had examined recent studies carried out on groundwater samples at the plant that detected high levels of cesium, tritium … Read entire article »

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2nd Fukushima Worker Dies In 2 Days

A second worker has died in the last two days. The second death happened at the Fukushima Daini plant. The worker in his 40′s was inspecting a piece of equipment in the waste handling building when it rotated, crushing his head. He is the third worker to die at TEPCO’s Fukushima plants in less than a year. TEPCO has been criticized repeatedly for the poor oversight and horrible labor conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi site. TEPCO handout of the incident: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2015/images/handouts_150120_02-j.pdf This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or … Read entire article »

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Worker Who Fell Into Tank At Fukushima Daiichi Has Died.

The worker who fell into an empty tank under construction at Fukushima Daiichi has died from his injuries. We reported earlier today on the initial accident where the workers injuries were outlined by TEPCO. The male worker in his 50′s was not named and the specific cause of his death due to his injuries was not mentioned This is the second worker to die in less than a year and is among a growing number of injuries at the plant. TEPCO does not release the names of injured workers citing privacy concerns. If anyone sees the name of the worker who lost his life published in the press, please let us know.     This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 … Read entire article »

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Worker Seriously Injured In Tanks At Fukushima Daiichi

Worker Seriously Injured In Tanks At Fukushima Daiichi

A 50 year old worker at the plant sustained serious injuries yesterday when he fell into a empty tank. The worker sustained a number of injuries from his fall. Left pneumothorax, left 4-5_6 rib fractures, sciatica right side, Fractures, unstable pelvic fracture, left thigh, trochanter The worker was responsive but unable to move when they evacuated him from the work area. The hospital helicopter was unable to transport him due to bad weather but was eventually taken by ambulance to the hospital in Iwaki. TEPCO has been criticized recently by the press for … Read entire article »

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The Ongoing Human Impact From Fukushima Daiichi

The Ongoing Human Impact From Fukushima Daiichi

A number of events have transpired in the last week as the disaster continues to evolve even years later. The town of Futaba, one of two towns that host the remains of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has agreed to allow the town to be used as a “temporary” nuclear waste dump. Radiation levels continue to be extremely high in the town leaving most to assume they can never return. There is still a challenge as … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Work Updates January 14, 2015

Fukushima Daiichi Work Updates January 14, 2015

TEPCO announced they have started a new reverse osmosis system to filter contaminated water. Based on the tank labels, the new system appears to have been constructed by Hitachi/GE. From TEPCO’s handout to the press: Facilities overview • Processing operation start date: 1/10/2015 • Capacity: 500-900 m 3 per day • Removal capacity: strontium reduces to 1/100 to1,000 (goal) Kurion announced new work to develop a robot that could plug leaks in the reactor containment structures. The effort is a partnership with Japan’s IHI company. Kurion is not a robotics company but has been a smallish contractor in the US at … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Seafront Well Radiation Skyrockets

Fukushima Daiichi Seafront Well Radiation Skyrockets

Well number 1-12 experienced an over 50 times increase in radiation this week. The well sits between the unit 1 and unit 2 intakes. This reading is the highest to date for this well. It is currently unclear exactly what is causing the increase since no nearby wells increased before or in conjunction with this one. There are three possible reasons for this well to increase: 1. The groundwater plume of contamination from unit 1 is now … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 To Begin Muon Scan In February

Fukushima Unit 1 To Begin Muon Scan In February

Work to install the muon scanners at Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 should be underway by February 2015. A number of research projects leading up to this have been taking place. These include efforts to determine the proper amount of shielding required so the detectors can function at the plant among the high levels of radiation and test scans of a functional reactor at Tokai. With both of these projects done, the first installation is planned for … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 New Photos Reveal Additional Damage

Fukushima Unit 1 New Photos Reveal Additional Damage

Photos taken during the removal of the cover on unit 1 showed some additional conditions on the refueling floor that had not been apparent until now. A section of the concrete reactor cover was dislodged during the events at unit 1. The other end of the cover section is not visible, this would give a better idea of how the section became dislodge. It could indicate that the events at unit 1 were worse than … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Not Disclosing Worker Injuries At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Not Disclosing Worker Injuries At Fukushima Daiichi

Journalist Ryuichi Kino has documents a large number of injuries to workers in 2014 that TEPCO has not made public. The information was submitted to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. TEPCO’s excuse seemed to be, if the workers didn’t require an outside ambulance ride or helicopter, they were not going to disclose the injury. But some of these injuries were quite serious. Eighteen required repair of broken bones or sutures. There were also 32 … Read entire article »

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More Suspected Cancers Found In Fukushima Children

More Suspected Cancers Found In Fukushima Children

A leak to the media ahead of the next Fukushima Health Survey meeting indicated that there are four new suspected cancers recently found. These four children had clean screenings on the first round of screening. This means the suspected cancers developed between the first and second screening. The number of total confirmed cancers has also been raised to 84. For more information, Fukushima Voice has a detailed translation of the Japanese press article. http://fukushimavoice-eng2.blogspot.com/2014/12/fukushima-thyroid-examination-four.html This article would not be … Read entire article »

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IRID Part 5; Fuel Debris Research

IRID Part 5; Fuel Debris Research

The current working plan is still to try to plug leaks via the torus and torus room, flood containment and remove fuel from the top of the reactor well, similar to Three Mile Island. Part of the plan for spent fuel at Fukushima Daiichi would be to reprocess the spent fuel after it has been put into storage (assumed to mean cask storage). After that they would reprocess any of the damaged assemblies. This reprocessing scheme … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 4 100% Emptied Of All Fuel

Fukushima Unit 4 100% Emptied Of All Fuel

As of Saturday evening JST, unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi has been emptied of all nuclear fuel. Workers had removed all of the spent nuclear fuel earlier this month that had created a severe risk at the plant. The risk from the damaged spent fuel pool had caused international criticism that eventually prompted TEPCO to fast track the removal. The spent fuel pool had been found to have cracks and other damage in April of 2011. With all … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 4; 26 fuel assemblies left to go

Fukushima Unit 4; 26 fuel assemblies left to go

Unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi has had 1507 fuel assemblies removed. The remaining fuel assemblies in the pool are all unused assemblies that are being transferred to unit 6 for temporary storage. Once the remaining 26 assemblies are removed there will be no remaining fuel in unit 4. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/index-e.html This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted … Read entire article »

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Mobile Strontium 90 Removal Equipment At Fukushima Appears To Work

Mobile Strontium 90 Removal Equipment At Fukushima Appears To Work

The US company that supplied a mobile strontium 90 filtration system is saying it met target goals of performance at Fukushima Daiichi. The company also mentions that TEPCO has now ordered a second unit. The mobile system is installed in a shipping crate and is able to be moved from place to place. The system then filters the contents of a storage tank to remove strontium 90. The high levels of strontium 90 had been an … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 4; Fuel Debris Study

Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 4; Fuel Debris Study

JAEA and IRID have been working on various project for removal and storage of the corium (melted fuel) in the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. The projects are tied together since understanding the composition of the melted fuel will impact how it can be safely removed and eventually stored long term. Efforts to understand the debris look at: -Mechanical properties: hardness, elasticity, fracture toughness, etc. -Thermal properties: melting point and thermal conductivity, specific heat, etc. -Other: … Read entire article »

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1419 Fuel Assemblies Removed Fukushima Unit 4

1419 Fuel Assemblies Removed Fukushima Unit 4

1419 fuel assemblies have been removed from unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi. 114 assemblies left to move, with these being unused assemblies. These are being moved to the spent fuel pool at unit 6. TEPCO has made 65 fuel transfers from unit 4 to date. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/index-e.html This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources … Read entire article »

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TEPCO’s Trench Saga Could Have Unintended Consequences

TEPCO’s Trench Saga Could Have Unintended Consequences

TEPCO has made multiple attempts to deal with the unit 2 trench full of highly contaminated water. In 2011 they tried to block leaking water in the area. After it was admitted in 2013 that the tunnel still contained highly radioactive water, plans were put in place to empty the tunnel of water. First TEPCO tried to freeze it, then they dumped in ice when the freezing didn’t completely work. The next attempt was to dump … Read entire article »

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