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Japan earthquake

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Nobody's "demonizing" nuke power -- we're simply discussing known facts on the current situation. Just like nobody's "demonizing" water because of the tsunami.

A natural disaster has happened in a country where I know people, and there's a lot of unanswered questions. It's a common human response to want to discuss the knows and unknowns.
thom: Old designs are not necessarily bad designs. The BWR-type reactors as used in Fukushima are widely regarded as some of the safest. The RBMK-type reactor used at Chernobyl is widely regarded as the most dangerous, and would never have been approved in the West even before the disaster. For a start, BWR reactors are not intended to produce weapons grade plutonium :)

You can check out the safety features on wikipedia if you're bothered.
Also considering this reactor was subjected to an unprecedented mega-earthquake followed by a tsunami and only farted out a little venting, whereas Chernobyl and TMI blew up all by themselves, I think Fukushima did pretty well.
You may wanna read about the Three Mile Island accident, as that is more like what's going on here (reactor SCRAM ok, but residual heat causes complications)
Insectecutor: Thanks for the info. However, no offense or anything, but I'm not *that* interested. I'm just more antsy than anything else. I know someone from Sendai and haven't heard anything yet, and I'm passing the time by continuously hitting F5 on Google News...
Hope your friend is OK.
I heard from TMK as well, he was okay after the second quake too.

We feel with you. In the Vienna region we sometimes have earthquakes as well
Fuck you Adok.
added on the 2011-03-12 19:38:40 by gloom gloom
In the Vienna region we sometimes have earthquakes as well
This is like saying "in the Vienna region we have water, houses and nuclear power plants as well"
added on the 2011-03-12 20:35:07 by Joghurt Joghurt
The quake did little damage to Tokyo but caused particularly serious damage in Tohoku area.
Zavie/Ctrl-Alt-Test is trying to get in touch with his friend Benjamin living in Sendai. Needs your help.
added on the 2011-03-12 21:04:00 by 301 301
Glad to see W & I weren't the only people annoyed by Adok's good wishes. ;)
The Inoues' that I knowie are safe and well and their family closer to the quake are good too. I still think 301's silver lining is the most optimistic post I've seen anywhere for a while and I hope he's safe.
added on the 2011-03-12 21:09:57 by ringofyre ringofyre
I hope everyone is ok. I mean, the sceners, my friends over there and of course everyone else. You can never be too prepared for something like this...

I wished that demos would be the only thing that makes kool-shock to japanese brain...
added on the 2011-03-13 02:27:21 by jeenio jeenio
Zavie's friend could contact him. Thank you for your concern.
added on the 2011-03-13 03:19:41 by 301 301
:( I feel sorry for them...
added on the 2011-03-13 10:56:33 by baah baah
Highly concerned about the development at Fukushima blocks I & III right now. It already looks quite bad, but against various news outlets it's certainly not a chernobyl (yet?). Hope they manage to keep the cores standing, even tho there appears to be _some_ damage already and/or the containments holding when it comes to the worst.

Otherwise the devastation by the tsunami itself might have been the smaller evil.
added on the 2011-03-13 10:58:37 by shock__ shock__
For those who are interested, here are news about the Fukushima power plant from a (apparently) professional source:

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_Battle_to_stabilise_earthquake_reactors_120 3111.html

They are reporting one casualty as a consequence of the explosion. I find it quite interesting that this seems to be ignored by the mainstream media, which rather focussed on inventing doomsday scenarios.

added on the 2011-03-13 11:26:42 by Calexico Calexico

a view of the distruction before and after.... just terrible.....
added on the 2011-03-13 12:13:18 by magic magic
@Gargaj: Yeah, it's incredibly how calm they remained so far. So far there've only been news of a smaller panic near Fukushima I when they were extending the evacuation area.
added on the 2011-03-13 15:49:16 by shock__ shock__
Meanwhile, the Shinmoedake volcano in southern Japan has resumed eruptions of ash and rocks after a couple of weeks of inactivity,

added on the 2011-03-13 16:19:46 by xernobyl xernobyl
Regarding the before/after images: It's obvious, that the two images are perfectly alligned when using buildings as reference-points. But how on earth did the two yellow painted stripes on the runway get moved?!
added on the 2011-03-13 16:53:03 by Punqtured Punqtured
@Punqtured: The before pictures are from early 2010, so they possibly repainted those in the meanwhile
added on the 2011-03-13 16:56:23 by shock__ shock__
well for what its worth im pretty convinced this makes that cool shock to japanese brain they've been looking for

or is that too tasteless?
added on the 2011-03-13 20:45:25 by superplek superplek


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