Fuel-rod cooling halted by rats at Fukushima plant

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    Newsman

    What else would you expect from a Mickey Mouse operation?

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    Thunderbird2

    Again? How are these rats able to survive those radiation levels?

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    gaijintraveller

    They breed quickly. It takes time to die of radiation sickness. Rats do not have to live very long to produce another generation. It will be interesting to see if the can produce a radiation resistant breed as proof of Darwin's theory of evolution.

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    Simona Stanzani

    this kind of reminds me of the "leaves on tracks" that block whole train networks in the UK. only much more dangerous (but similarily demented).

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    gogogo

    Idiots

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    darknuts

    Strangely, after living here for ten years, I've never seen a rat but I do hear about them from time to time. Ive seen plenty of rats in new York on the other hand.

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    sakurala

    It's starting to feel like they are just blaming everything on rats...maybe they will claim that people weren't exposed to radiation from the plant but from rats.

    Aren't there any exterminators in Japan? Or rat poison? Or rat traps? The betting doesn't seem to be working. Maybe they didn't look at the info that rats can climb...wouldnt be the first time they ignored good information just so they can save a few thousand yen.

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    oikawa

    gogogo

    I agree.

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    JeffLee

    this kind of reminds me of the "leaves on tracks" that block whole train networks in the UK.

    The leaves mixed with rain over time form a dense sludge after being compressed under the train wheels. The Japanese solved that problem a long time ago by chopping down all the trees.

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    taj

    They need some feral cats.... I'd like to send some from my neighborhood.

    Darknuts, I have seen rats here. Not very often but, if you watch all the edges of the subway tunnels, down by the tracks, expecially in the older stations / older lines you can sometimes see one. Other places I've seen them are too random.

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    sakurala

    *netting. The netting doesn't seem to be working. Really wish JT had an edit button!

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    Disillusioned

    reviving public debate over whether TEPCO was up to the task of a decommissioning project expected to last decades.

    Is there any doubt about this? What shining pieces of brilliance has TEPCO shown in their efforts to control this self- admitted 'man-made' disaster? A spade is a spade! The mistakes keep piling up. They are using untrained labor being ripped-off by the Yakuza. Their efforts to contain the radioactive waste water have resulted in over 2,000 tonnes of it 'disappearing' (most likely into the ocean). They have lost power four times in the past month and blame rats (instead of themselves). They are procrastinating in their compensation payouts, their estimates of expenses have tripled and they keep expecting handouts of tax payers' money. I could go on all night! They are in no way, shape or form up for the job at hand and should not be entrusted with such a dangerous and important task.

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    sp4cerat

    Seems like donating some cats could serve public safety for Japan

  • -1

    Kokuzi

    They're not rats... they're Mousezillas! Soon they'll be as big as kangaroos and glow in the dark.

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    Fadamor

    Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said it halted cooling of the No. 2 unit pool, which stores spent uranium fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi site, for a few hours to remove the rats and install a net to stop further such intrusions.

    It seems to me that this time the outage was planned, based on the article. They downed the cooling in order to prevent accidentally tripping the cooling offline while installing the nets (like what happened the last time they were installing nets). A controlled outage can be brought back up much quicker than an unexpected outage.

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    billyshears

    Jesus Christ, radioactive rats...it is blatantly obvious that TEPCO does not have the know-how or necessary materials and equipment to deal efficiently with all the very serious problems that remain at Fukushima. It's amazing that the government isn't in full control of this situation and drafting in outside companies and expertise from around the world with no expense spared. This is really not a time to be worrying about saving face.

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    Maitake

    the comic show by tepco continues...only it's not very funny... it's a scary

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    eye

    @billyshears

    This is really not a time to be worrying about saving face.

    Whilst I agree with most of what you mentioned. I don't think its face they're trying to save.

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    zichi

    Two Very Dead Rats in the transformer box for Reactor 2 SFP Cooling System http://photo.tepco.co.jp/library/130422_01/130422_03.JPG

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    techall

    They need some feral cats.

    Too bad Doraemon is afraid of mice.....they could use a robotic cat.

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    sushilover

    I smell a rat, ...again. One wonders where else these dirty rats have infiltrated in Daiichi. Maybe the tepco whizz kids could put a head-cam on the rats and get them to have a look around where man fears to tread. Like under the water storage pools, or inside the spent fuel pools.??

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    WilliB

    Thunderbird:

    " Again? How are these rats able to survive those radiation levels? "

    Well, obviously those radiation levels are not as infernal as the sensationalist crowd wants to make them out. Besides, rats have a pretty fast reproduction cycle.

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    issa1

    Sabotage?

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    nandakandamanda

    They were doing their daily rounds, checking everything. They found two dead rats in the transformer box, as zichi showed us above. They switched off the system in order to install anti-rat netting. In this case Tepco seems to have been doing a good job, as Fadamor pointed out.

    Giving praise where praise is due. Well done Tepco.

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    zichi

    @WilliB

    Well, obviously those radiation levels are not as infernal as the sensationalist crowd wants to make them out.

    You only have to read the info on the TEPCO site to discover that there are many areas around the site which have very high levels of radiation. One of the highest is the south or sea side of the No3 reactor which is 1+ sievert per hour. The radiation level inside the No3 is too high for any worker to spend time in there. The debris from the No3 reactor building is being removed with remote controlled cranes and cutters because the radiation level is too high to have workers there, even the temp day laborers.

    The radiation levels inside No1&No2 reactor remain high.

    Animals, at least some of them react differently to radiation than us humans if Chernobyl is anything to by. After the evacuation of the area the animal life increased, including the return to the area of wild bears.

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    zichi

    I would think that since the evacuation of the no-go zone following the nuclear disaster, and the the large number of abandoned animals which were left to fend for themselves or die, the rat populations have greatly increased across the zone and not just inside the power plant.

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    Droll Quarry

    Coming next, mole rats and radroaches.....

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    Fadamor

    I would think that since the evacuation of the no-go zone following the nuclear disaster, and the the large number of abandoned animals which were left to fend for themselves or die, the rat populations have greatly increased across the zone and not just inside the power plant.

    After two years, animals who couldn't fend for themselves have died and the amount of edible garbage that the rats could feed on have all decomposed away. Any remaining animals are able to fend for themselves. An increasing population of rats indicates that they are getting food from somewhere other than human sources.

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    Fadamor

    Coming next, mole rats and radroaches.....

    If we're doing Fallout® references, then don't forget the giant fire ants.

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