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Old 14th Mar 2011, 12:54
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El Grifo

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Fukushima and beyond

Maybe we can pick up on the Nuclear issue here after bowing out respectfully from the Main Tsunami Thread.

Despite confident statements by several, regarding the pressure releases, the IAEA say different. One can only assume that the explosions were caused by the ignition of the released gases in the containment building placed there in an effort to minimise contamination. This effort has obviously failed :-

Japan Earthquake Update (14 March 2011, 05:15 CET)
Based on information provided by Japanese authorities, the IAEA can confirm the following information about the status of Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 at Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant.

All four units automatically shut down on 11 March. All units have off-site power and water levels in all units are stable. Though preparations have been made to do so, there has been no venting to control pressure at any of the plantīs units.

At Unit 1, plant operators were able to restore a residual heat remover system, which is now being used to cool the reactor. Work is in progress to achieve a cold shutdown of the reactor.

Workers at Units 2 and 4 are working to restore residual heat removal systems.
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