by Liam Scheff
Newsflash: Fukushima is our slow-burning Extinction Level Event.
“Like reactor four, reactor three had spent fuel rods sitting inside a cooling pool beneath the twisted steel and rubble. Remotely-operated cranes are being used to try and pull away the debris, but it is a painfully slow process. “”We need to remove the broken and damaged fuel and safely isolate it. This work will take 30 to 40 years. Even during the process we should never release any radioactive material into the surrounding environment.” LINK
“The sight of steam rising is worrying because it means somewhere inside the reactor building water is boiling, says the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo. The badly damaged reactors are supposed to be in what is called “cold shutdown”; the temperature of the cooling water inside the reactor should be well below boiling point. “
“On Monday, Tepco said the plant was likely to be leaking contaminated water into the sea, something that has been suspected for some time, but previously denied by the company. Outside experts have long suspected that the damaged reactors are leaking water, because of the very high levels of radioactive cesium still being found in samples of fish taken near the plant. ” LINK
I’d move to France…if they didn’t have more nuclear power there than anywhere in the world. I wonder if I can learn to speak Penguin? I understand Antarctica is nice, this time of year.
No, really. This will fail at some point and… then, goodbye life, in any of the ways we knew it. Really. Pack a bag, lightly.
Do you think I’m kidding or being dramatic? They’ve got nuclear fuel sitting in a rickety 3rd floor in an earthquake zone. Facing the Pacific ocean. And they will for 3 decades, according to their schedule.
We have officially eclipsed our mandate.