Spent fuel cooling system back up at Fukushima No. 3 reactor

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  • 2

    NZ2011

    comedy of error as per usual.

  • 3

    johnnyG

    Deja vu: I think I'll still be reading articles like the 25 years from now...

  • 7

    smithinjapan

    But hey, let's change 'safety standards' to 'guidelines' and get those other reactors built more than 20 years ago on fault lines up and running!

  • 0

    marcelito

    The news just keeps on coming doesn`t it.

  • 7

    sasukene

    Forget about loopy North Korea, this is the "clear and present danger" to all in Japan.

  • 3

    Ewan Huzarmy

    Nuclear power ...... the gift that never stops giving (sigh).

  • 5

    sakurala

    What is it this time? Last time was rats... When are they just going to face the fact that they are unable to deal with the situation and ask for help from someone reliable?

  • 3

    kurisupisu

    Isn't it dangerous to have systems that keep breaking down?

    Where is the plan to enclose the ruined reactors?

  • -2

    JeffLee

    What is it this time? Last time was rats.

    My guess is raccoons.

  • 2

    Ian Duncan

    “We have no information at hand about the cause,” the TEPCO spokesman said.

    Translation: The rat story didn't work as well as we thought, give us some time to think up something you'll like.

    He then put on his big shoes and red nose, and tried balancing a bucket of water on a stick.

  • 4

    SauloJpn

    I feel so much better that TEPCO is handling this(Irony 100%!) They lied about almost every aspect of the meltdown (they actually took a very long time to admit to a meltdown) Now that we don't believe when Tepco come out with facts and numbers we are (should be) skeptical! 15C, I wonder what the real number is!!! Did anyone believe the rat comment???

  • 2

    Disillusioned

    Ah, rats! Let's hope they do have it restored by this evening, shall we? I wonder how long it would take to evacuate Tokyo.

  • 4

    smithinjapan

    Disillusioned: "I wonder how long it would take to evacuate Tokyo."

    The 'rats' (ahem, politicians) or the people? I seriously wonder if it ever became so tragic that the most populated capital city in the world had to be evacuated due to the inability of a company to do its job, would Japan FINALLY prosecute them? Is that about what it would take?

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    Farmboy

    I can still remember all that "cold shutdown condition," as opposed to "cold shutdown" doubletalk from Tepco, but here is a refresher course: http://safetyfirst.nei.org/ask-an-expert/question-what-is-cold-shutdown/

    I also remember that when they say things like, "the reactors are not leaking significant amounts of radiation," it means that the reactors are leaking radiation, and what is significant to one person isn't significant to another.

    Since they "have no information at hand about the cause,” I can't imagine how they would know how they could make a reliable estimate about when it will be fixed, but hey, Friday is good. Let's hope they're right this time.

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    CH3CHO

    sakurala,

    When are they just going to face the fact that they are unable to deal with the situation and ask for help from someone reliable?

    Who do you mean by "someone reliable"? I think no company in the world has enough knowledge in handling brown up nuclear reactor.

  • 0

    Tamarama

    Tanukis.

    Big, glowing, green Tanukis.

  • -3

    Knox Harrington

    "It's OK. We have it under control now."

  • 0

    SeriouslyCreamy

    Associated Press is reporting that the cooling system is running again.

    They also said this...

    Work to put up nets to keep out rats and other animals at Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in northeastern Japan inadvertently caused the power outage, TEPCO spokesman Akitsuka Kobayashi said. Details were not clear, and the outage was still under investigation.

  • 1

    Cricky

    Guys it's Friday afternoon, of course it's fixed! If it wasn't they would have to work all weekend. Besides everyone will have forgotten by Monday.

  • 0

    club25ranger

    problem fixed!,but im staying here in Osaka for a little longer until i go there for a holiday thanks

  • 2

    JeffLee

    @CH3CHO

    I think no company in the world has enough knowledge in handling brown up nuclear reactor.

    I think no company in the world, apart from a Japanese EPCO, would install a power supply for a nuclear power plant that can immobilized by a single rat.

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    SeriouslyCreamy: So, not only can rats cause the power outs, the company can't properly put up preventative measures to stop them from happening?

  • -2

    Tigerta9

    It's amazing they are able to keep it going as well as they do all things considered. Given that the disaster should have probably eclipsed Chernobyl X10 speaks volumes as to how well they've managed this given all that people still do not know.

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    smithinjapan

    Tigerta9: "Given that the disaster should have probably eclipsed Chernobyl X10 speaks volumes as to how well they've managed this given all that people still do not know."

    No kidding! The management running on the drop of a dime despite the demands of the current PM, the management who take over covering everything up and claiming it's all good despite proof of the opposite. The management denying an actual investigative committee access to verify their claims. The management finally admitting they are to blame (errr... in the past tense, none of them should be held accountable now). The management letting mice shut down their reactors when they demand higher prices after 'cold shutdown'. The management hiring nuclear gypsies through the yakuza. The management unable to put up tents to prevent rats from stopping necessary systems shutting down the necessary systems..... yeah.... 'amazing' is a pretty good word.

  • 0

    Open Minded

    This running show will last at least as long as Sesame Street.

  • 1

    smithinjapan

    Open Minded: "This running show will last at least as long as Sesame Street."

    Probably the Snuffleupaguses will just be labelled 'volunteer' workers, but yes.

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    Open Minded

    The problem is that the producers of this show are staying in cozy places in Tokyo while the actors dealing with this disaster - who should deserve our admiration - are far less estimated than porn stars (while I have nothing against them).

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    nigelboy

    The temperature inside the pool affected by the latest glitch reached 15.1 degrees Celsius (59.18 Fahrenheit), well below the safety limit of 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit), TEPCO said.

    False. It was at 15.1 degrees but the temperature rose to a whopping 15.2 degrees during the stoppage.
    Run! Save yourself!!!

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    ka_chan

    According to USA Today,

    Work to put up nets to keep out rats and other animals at Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in northeastern Japan inadvertently caused the power outage, TEPCO spokesman Akitsuka Kobayashi said.

    Since it takes an average of 50 years to decommission a nuclear power plant when there is nothing wrong with it, not sure how long it will take to decommission Fukushima Dai-ichi. It problematic to remove fuel once it has melted, never mind the damaged fuel rods in the reactors and waste pools. Also there is the problem of the what to do with the spent fuel in the pools. There isn't are really good way to get rid of them. Maybe they can take them and dump them into one of the active volcanoes in Japan or take with them and one the "legal" whale hunting research expeditions and dump them into the deep ocean. Godzilla lives.

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  • 0

    Ogiwara Oxana

    Why they can't finished this problems?Is it Japan or old Russia?

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