Late night notes from Japan.

It’s 11:33 P.M. here, and I’m trying to decipher all the links at Drudge.  These reports aren’t giving me much to work with.  There’s this:

Shortly after the 6:10 a.m. incident, the radiation level exceeded the legal limit to reach 965.5 micro sievert per hour,

But I’m not seeing the locations! That value is right at where we post a High Radiation Area, ~100 millirem per hour. That’s probably what triggered the “legal limit” statement.

Is that dose rate lethal? Not in acute terms. And it’s statistical guesswork for chronic effects.  The 2.4 rem per day you’d pick up is the exact amount I posted about here.

Conditions seem to be worsening in some areas, but I can’t tell what’s going on from these news reports. Will try to give an overview tomorrow morning if information is available.

(I see some new comments since a few minutes ago.  Will try to respond to all, tomorrow.)

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5 Responses to Late night notes from Japan.

  1. Tim says:

    This site lists 400,000 microsiverts per hour, is this not 40 rem and hour?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/15/japan-radiation-leak-nuclear-crisis

  2. the botnet says:

    Updates via Allah aren’t looking good. Four out of five coolant pumps failing at reactor 2 really don’t boost my confidence, despite my perpetual optimism.

    I caught this bit from Lewis Page at the UK Register…

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/14/fukushiima_analysis/

    Page’s depiction seems a bit too rosy.

  3. RF says:

    Good news from the BBC

    : Radiation levels at Fukushima nuclear power plant have fallen after an earlier sharp rise, the chief government spokesman says according to AFP

  4. Mountainbear says:

    I take my info directly from the JAIF: http://www.jaif.or.jp/english/

    I don’t trust the MSM.

    Going by the most recent report (as of this time) from 13:00 JST March 15, #2 may have a leak. But if there’s a leak, one can close it, right? Hmm, this could turn into THE hour of glory for the Japanese robotics experts.

    Though I’m still not really impressed by the radiation levels. If this was truly worse than Chernobyl, as every nut on TV is trying to tell us, why is the radiation still in the microsievert?

    And plant #2 looks pretty good.

    Now I’m going to rave for a second…

    Some people have accused me of taking this too lightly. If anyone thinks I’m taking this lightly… think again. I spend all my vacation in Japan. I have friends there. People I love and care about. I have an 11-year old niece (well, by rights she’d be my niece if her aunt and I would have married, long story) and three god daughters (8 months, barely 2 years and barely 4 years) in Tokyo. My ex-girlfried gave birth to a healthy baby girl in the night of the 11th to 12th of March (helluva night to pop into this world.) A very good friend of mine gave birth to a healthy baby boy at the end of Feb. The woman I love lives in Tokyo, she was at home when the quake hit, her sister spent the night at her school.

    I’m on the edge here. I barely sleep at all and if then it’s 3-4 hours tops of unrelaxing, heavy sleep. And it’s not because of Fukushima. It’s the aftershocks that bother me. They can still do massive damage. I sit over here and can’t do anything except wait. I’ve been playing with the idea of taking my emergency pack, which I set up in case Tokyo got hit by a quake like this, and jumping on a plane to get over there.

    If there’s ever a place I’d call home, it’s over there.

    But I know that there are specialists working at these power plants. They are doing what they can. They have all the data, all the facts. And I know basic physics. I also remember Chernobyl. And Fukushima is nothing like that.

    And I’m sick and tired of all those “experts” on TV, who comment from thousands of miles away, without having all data and often running their own agendas.

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