Here’s a long article with very interesting photos.

MikeW also sent a link to this wide-ranging report.

Can’t read it myself just yet. But about being unwilling to collect bodies nearby due to radiation fears? I’m more sympathetic to that than refusing to treat the living.

Now gotta run to pick up birthday girl’s goodies. Back later!

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5 Responses to Here’s a long article with very interesting photos.

  1. oldHP says:

    JAPANESE DOCUMENT

    No details, just the usual recitation of multiple redundancies. I’m still seeking a document saying what to do when power is still lost after the batteries are run down.

    http://www.ansn-jp.org/jneslibrary/AccidentManagement.pdf

    R1: July 01, 2009
    Severe Accident and Accident Management
    Incorporated administration agency
    Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization
    JNES

    SNIP
    “Probabilistic Safety Assessment” (PSA)
    SNIP
    PSA was performed on all nuclear power reactor facilities by 2002, and the results showed that the frequency of occurrence of a core damage accident is 1/100,000 or less per one year for one reactor and the frequency of occurrence of an accident leading to containment damage is 1/1,000,000 or less per one year for one reactor.
    SNIP
    Japanese electric utilities completed PSAs for all existing nuclear reactor facilities (52 units) by 2002 and prepared the accident management measures. The electric utilities conducted a PSA for every type of their nuclear reactor facilities, and the PSA results produced an enormous amount of data. The accident management measures taken are provided below.

  2. Ronny says:

    A caption on one of the photos reads:

    Damage: A fire crew drives through the deserted plant in a hopeless bid to cool the overheating nuclear rods…(my emphasis)

    Also, in the article itself, there is this:

    In admitting that four of the troubled reactors would have to be shut down for good, he [Tsunehisa Katsumata] left no doubt in the minds of observers that he knew the battle to keep their fuel rods cool could not be won.

    Wait, did I miss something–have the attempts to cool the reactors really been declared hopeless, or is it just the attempts to recover the reactors? Isn’t it possible to cool a reactor that is too damaged to return to service?

  3. In the mean time, for today’s fun with tiny numbers, we’ve got this report on what’s in the water under Unit 1: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/betu11_e/images/110331e18.pdf

    They note 1.2e3 Bq/cm^3 for Te-129 — half life of just over an hour, hmm, that’s interesting. But the stuff’s real hot, Wolfram Alpha gives specific activity of 776,000 TBq/g. A little divison and we find that’s

    about 1.5e-15 g. Mix in Avogadro’s number and we get an awe-inspiring

    7,220,000 ATOMS per cm^3.

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