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Yes I have been reading more. That was pretty much all I read about it when I posted that it seemed funny someone saying that a plate falling off a ledge was such a big thing. Just goes to show hey.

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More please!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HrO2H4Sraw   You'd think they might put in some of the overly loud throat noises and he would do a big "ahhhhhhhhhh" at the end. Come on, where's th

Just been reading this thread since yesterday.

Can't imagine how terrifying this lot must have been for people caught up in it.


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The media seem to be getting their big adjectives out again for this Spain earthquake. And for the "mass exodus" of Rome as well. Thing is, with all the utter bollocks that we read after 11th March, it is difficult to not be cynical.

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Back to Fukushima, the latest controlled trickle of bad news is that No1 reactor now officially has 'meltdown' status.

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Engineers from the Tokyo Electric Power company (Tepco) entered the No.1 reactor at the end of last week for the first time and saw the top five feet or so of the core's 13ft-long fuel rods had been exposed to the air and melted down.

Previously, Tepco believed that the core of the reactor was submerged in enough water to keep it stable and that only 55 per cent of the core had been damaged.

Now the company is worried that the molten pool of radioactive fuel may have burned a hole through the bottom of the containment vessel, causing water to leak.

"We will have to revise our plans," said Junichi Matsumoto, a spokesman for Tepco. "We cannot deny the possibility that a hole in the pressure vessel caused water to leak".

Tepco has not clarified what other barriers there are to stop radioactive fuel leaking if the steel containment vessel has been breached. Greenpeace said the situation could escalate rapidly if "the lava melts through the vessel".

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Sam Biddle —The flow of bad news (and radiation) out of Fukushima's reactors has diminished to a trickle over the past several weeks, as rescue work has proceeded. Not today. TEPCO's admitted for the first time that Fukushima experienced a full meltdown.

The possibility of a meltdown has been floating in the air since the earthquake and subsequent explosions first rocked the roof off of Fukushima, spreading radiation, confusion, and displacement across the local populace (and beyond). Since then, TEPCO workers and the Japanese government have desperately struggled to keep the nuclear fuel rods inside the reactors cool—if they don't, the scorching material will melt into a pool of radioactive lava. That's the scenario everyone's been aiming to avoid—and that's the scenario we now know had actually occurred all along. Underneath all that dumped seawater has been lying a blob of melted fuel. And it could be melting its way out.


This admittance goes against every assurance TEPCO has handed the world in the midst of Japan's nuclear crisis—that the situation was bad, but that with emergency work, the plant would be mostly stable, and could be safely shutdown within the year. The worry now, beyond the fact that the damage to the reactor is far worse than imagined, is that a hole in the facility will lead incredibly contaminated water leak out like a faucet. A scalding, radioactive faucet.


So now what? "We will have to revise our plans," Junichi Matsumoto, a TEPCO rep, told The Guardian. To say the least.

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Has anyone else heard of the green tea from Kanagawa (Odawara area) that needed to be disposed of because of high levels of radiation? I caught something about it on the news last night but only briefly...

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BM here's a little from the Kanagawa prefectural website....


As the result of the test for radioactivity concentration in cha (fresh tea leaves)


produced in Kanagawa Prefecture, the radioactive levels exceeded the provisional


limit set by the Food Sanitation Act.


Following this result, Kanagawa Prefectural Government requested Minamiashigara

City and JA Kanagawa Seisho (agricultural cooperative) to refrain from shipping

the Ashigara tea produced this year for the time being (as of May 11).


The radioactivity concentrations in the following agricultural/fishery products of

Kanagawa Prefecture are low, and do not affect human health, even if consumed

(as of May 12).


The food tested for the radioactivity concentrations:

Milk, pork, beef, Japanese horse mackerel, spotlined sardine, common mackerel,

hijiki(spindle-shaped sea plant), sea cucumber (namako), southern mackerel (goma-saba),

anchovy, Japanese littleneck clam, silver jewfish, Japanese sea perch, whitebait,


spinach, mustard spinach (komatsuna), cabbage, shiitake mushroom


residents should not worry about radiation levels except in above stated green tea, the prefectural government advises residents to go ski Niseko if on holiday


Ok so I made that last bit up smile

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Originally Posted By: Tubby Beaver
residents should not worry about radiation levels except in above stated green tea*, the prefectural government advises residents to go ski Niseko if on holiday.
* Other products to be added as we slowly drip-feed the truth

I should ask acpowman for some expensive early bird deals! Just a bit worried I'm a bit late.
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Hi folks.

Here is the latest on Fukushima, as far as I can tell.


No 1 reactor has experienced meltdown, but they dont know much more than that.

No 2 and No 3 may also have experienced meltdown, but they don't know.

There's tons of water that they don't understand and there may be some cracks somewhere. But they don't know.

Some guy who worked there a few days ago and was supposed to work there the day after suddenly died, but they don't know why.

There's probably other stuff, but thats enough for now.

That's it for now folks!

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