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Old     (diamonddad)      Join Date: Mar 2010       03-16-2011, 2:11 PM Reply   
After indicating my desire for REAL information vs the crap on cable news, a friend of mine sent me this link to the MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering blog...

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Old     (acurtis_ttu)      Join Date: May 2004       03-16-2011, 2:13 PM Reply   
just read they are hours away from restoring power to the electric pumps that pump the cooling water.
Old    SamIngram            03-16-2011, 2:30 PM Reply   
Be careful what you read at MIT!

MIT Researchers why I am not worried about Japan's nuclear reactors article debunked

When I was getting my Masters degree in Real Estate Development my class spent two weeks at MIT in the spring and they spent two weeks with us in the fall. We also spent another two weeks together in Vegas at the ULI convention. Most of my class is still unemployed, while most their class is working in corporate American including one woman who is now the head of real estate for Sony worldwide. MIT is awesome!
Old     (diamonddad)      Join Date: Mar 2010       03-16-2011, 2:49 PM Reply   
Thats a great illustration of how you can't trust "news" organizations for solid information. Some business researcher at MIT posts something and the press runs with it making him out as an "expert". This is why I much hard core information from really smart engineers.
Old     (doug2)      Join Date: Jan 2004       03-17-2011, 11:19 AM Reply   
Helicopter footage from yesterday I believe.

I fairly certain that Operation "Extension Cord" is an attempt to keep people calm. I don't see how any of the plumbing or pumps are going to be intact. I also certain that spent fuel rods are strewn all over after the explosions. I'll try to dig up some more links.
Old     (doug2)      Join Date: Jan 2004       03-17-2011, 11:30 AM Reply   
TEPCO briefing from Nov 2010. Shows pool size and amounts of SFR in the various pools.
(cached here if link goes down)

Current status of the 6 reactors in a handy table. Day, day & 1/2 old..
Old     (doug2)      Join Date: Jan 2004       03-18-2011, 8:01 AM Reply   
From Reuters

Very low radiation detected on US west coast-sources

VIENNA, March 18 | Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:17am EDT

VIENNA, March 18 (Reuters) - Very low concentrations of radioactive particles believed to have come from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected on the U.S. west coast, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

The level of radiation was far too low to cause any harm to humans, they said.

One diplomat, citing information from a network of international monitoring stations, described the material as "ever so slight" and consisting of only a few particles.

"It is very low level," another source in Vienna said.

Ad hoc monitoring network setup here
Old     (doug2)      Join Date: Jan 2004       03-18-2011, 10:40 AM Reply   
TEPCO director finally admits that radiation leaks are bad enough to kill people...

Interesting note on Operation Extension Cord- turns out TEPCO had to ask a competing electric co to supply the juice. Guess it is a save face situation, explains why it is taking so long.


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