Finally, maybe a break in the steady stream of bad news? Though it is way to early to say.
The flow of water, coming from the core of the No 2 reactor, was stemmed by injecting a sealant called water glass into a pit.
But a host of problems remain at the plant, which was crippled after the magnitude-9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit northeast Japan on March 11.
Plant operator TEPCO prepared yesterday to inject nitrogen gas into the containment vessel of the No 1 reactor to avoid another hydrogen explosion.
Recalling # 2 and 3 have already had explosions.
The utility also plans to inject nitrogen at the No 2 and 3 reactors.
Which I find kind of odd and wonder is there some other reason for the nitrogen? Having to do with the remainders of the fuel rods in #2 and 3 and not the reactors themselves.
Contact between the fuel rods within the reactors and the water being used to cool them generates enough hydrogen to explode when it mixes with oxygen
The injection of non-flammable nitrogen is thought to reduce the risk of ignition.
So is the nitrogen being used to prevent the fuel rods from burning up any further, hoping to reduce or prevent even more radiation from entering the atmosphere?
TEPCO estimated that 70 per cent of the fuel rods in the No 1 reactor and 20-30 per cent of the fuel rods in reactors 2 and 3 had been damaged.
Have been damaged? How? Burnt up?
The leak that was plugged yesterday is thought to have been a significant source of radioactive contamination in the ocean around the Fukushima plant that has already entered the food chain.
Fishermen in Ibaraki prefecture have suspended operations after samples of sand eels caught off the coast south of the plant showed high levels of radioactive iodine.
Despite criticism from fishermen, and the South Korean government, the plant's operator, TEPCO, pushed on with plans to dump millions of litres of "moderately" radioactive seawater.
The dumping, which began on Monday and will see 11.5 million litres of water end up in the ocean, is aimed at freeing up space at the plant to store more heavily contaminated water.
This bit of news if just UNBELIEVABLE!
Japanese nuclear company submitted plans for new nuclear plants 11 days after disaster
The nuclear power company in charge of the earthquake-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant submitted plans for the construction of two new plants at the site 11 days after the disaster struck.
My oh my, is some truth seeping out into the main stream media?
Note: I only said some, because there is still alot of spin presented.
A confidential assessment by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission obtained by The New York Times suggests that the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant is far from stable. The report concludes that the Fukushima plant is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely.
The Fukushima disaster has become more than a local, regional or national Japanese event. The worldwide implications of the event are becoming apparent: though a major leak in a maintenance pit of the plant has been plugged, there is still a great likelihood that significant amounts of radioactive water will continue to be released into the Pacific Ocean;
To which the lying talking heads continue to tell us that all is well. But it isn't.
The worldwide Just-In-Time manufacturing cycle has been interrupted;
Oh well globalization is bullshit anyway. It only serves business interests, and is a means to extract maximum profit and exploit humanity.
and increased levels of radiation have been detected on the U.S. East Coast.
Not to mention the west coast! Oh yeah, they didn't.
Circumstances are still evolving too fast and too out-of-control for the consequences to be fully appreciated in real time. Every day brings new revelations of failure and growing frustration in Japan and elsewhere. It has become obvious that not all the facts about the Fukushima tragedy will be known until the danger is long past.
Though the aftermath of Fukushima will be with us for decades, and perhaps generations, immediate attention to this matter is imperative to save lives, provide knowledge that will avert a similar disaster elsewhere, and minimize domestic and worldwide economic impact.Of course the spin at the end "we need nuclear power" Not with disasters like Fukushima, which will poison the planet. This is worse then Chernobyl. And we are no where near ending this crisis.
We have no credible estimate of the impact this disaster will have on the Japanese economy in particular or the world economy in general. There have been no credible steps in the U.S. or by the International Atomic Energy Agency to begin learning from this event and its aftermath and to apply those lessons to avert or minimize future tragedies.
Or knowing what dire consequences will befall us all.