Workers race to protect nuclear plant from typhoon

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  • 4

    Disillusioned

    Why are they racing against time? The rest of the east coast has known it was coming for thelast three days!

  • 3

    cactusJack

    Race? It is typhoon season, you idiots.

  • 1

    Spidapig24

    What a joke, TEPCO at its greatest again. Its funny, they are racing now, how long has this typhoon been heading that way for. And isnt it typhoon season so why wait until now to prepare for one. What is even funnier is this little gem from 18th July (a whole 2 months ago) "Japan scrambles to protect damaged reactor from typhoon" so basically in two months what exactly has changed apart from the lack of news coming out of this disaster. I guess that rumor of government censorship was more than a rumor as the news from Fukushima has distinctly dried up of late. To much to hope for these F wits keeping the public informed about something that effects them.

  • 0

    zichi

    TEPCO have had three or four days to think about it.......

    Teams were putting sheeting over holes in the reactor buildings to try to prevent torrential rain from getting inside the stricken reactors.

    Reactor building No3 which is the most seriously damaged is much more than a hole?

  • 5

    Farmboy

    I notice they turned off the live cameras there. Is that part of the preparation?

  • 0

    Spidapig24

    zichi

    Reactor building No3 which is the most seriously damaged is much more than a hole?

    You have to love their ability to downplay issues though. Seriously this TEPCO mob are totally inept, pathetic, and seriously ******

  • 1

    kurisupisu

    It is a depressing situation.........

  • 0

    zichi

    I notice they turned off the live cameras there. Is that part of the preparation?

    They don't need any reason to do that since TEPCO frequently turnes off the cameras

  • 4

    smithinjapan

    In a week they'll be denying they did anything wrong, then in two weeks they'll apologize and admit they could have acted sooner. They'll probably blame the meteorological agency and/or government for not having them get to work sooner (not TEPCO's fault!), while the government blames them for something along the same lines. They'll then claim they didn't want to inform the media because it would confuse the public, and so they kept of preparation until the last moment (and a month down the road they'll claim they had an emergency meeting a few days before the typhoon hit to talk about the threat, but that they made no record of the meeting). They'll say a certain amount of contanimated water leaked (meaning 100 times the amount they state), but that it poses no harm to human health. Someone on the board will retire with a 500 million yen severance package and cushy job with the municipal government of his choice, and TEPCO will go on talking about how they need to build more plants.

    Sigh... another shining moment for this company -- while 1M people were evacuated in the days preceding landfall, and another 400K or so after the effects ravaged their areas, TEPCO said there would be no problems, and are now 'racing against the clock' despite said promise this morning. What a bunch of clowns. Oh, but I'm sure all the executives are down on the ground helping out with the frantic efforts!

  • 2

    Christina O'Neill

    The workers are prepared to do their duty in weather that you woulnt put a milk bottle out in despite the fact that TEPCO intends to cut their salaries and pensions

  • -1

    Samantha Zoe Aso

    The workers....the ones sweating blood at the actual ravaged plant are heroes. The fatcats with the cream rimmed lips sat at headquarters who can probably afford to lose a bit of their pension are the ones people would like to practice throwing poisoned darts....or worse at.

  • 0

    tmarie

    Honest to god can these guys do anything right?? Racing? What the week of warning wasn't enough???

  • 0

    pawatan

    I hope this headline is just trying to get clicks and there's not actually a 'race against time'. Like others have said, there's been plenty of time to take care of this stuff as it's been pretty certain the typhoon is coming for days now. You never know with these guys, though.

    On the plus side it seems like the winds inland have been much lower than those on the Shizuoka/Kanto coast so hopefully this typhoon is losing much of its punch before the center gets to Tohoku.

  • 1

    Stanley52

    Personally I really am not sure what to worry about more.

    Strong storm: much tear and wear on the already weakened structures. This could rip off these dangling and already weakened pipes that serve to cool the SFPs. Maybe some more of the remaining "wall tiles" of reactor building #4 will fall down.

    Heavy rains up to about 40cm (respective 1 1/3 feet): much water that could come very inconvenient at this moment. SFPs flowing over, transporting big quantities of radioactivity into the reactor buildings, making cleanup of the situation increasingly difficult. Heavy ground and surface water pressure increasing water flow thru the cracked basements of the buildings. (Maybe this is not bad from Tepco's POV, as radionuclides and salinity gets washed out to the groundwater and the sea, easing the "purification" of the remaining radiating soup...)

  • -1

    beangry

    @Smith,

    Right on the money. So much so I had to laug, but sadly the situation is not funny and crazy if i dont laugh im going to lose my sanity. If ever a people oppressed were justified in recolting, tbis is it.

    "Loose cables and hoses were being tied down and efforts made to ensure radiation was not whipped up by winds that have been recorded"

    Impossible. Those isotypes are everywhere; it's going to drag huve amouts of it wherever it goes (as predicted) because it's the groundwater, soil, trees, leaves, bees, chickens air and Any other place.

    Nuts!

  • 0

    gogogo

    This is the worst news I've read, these idiots are not prepared for anything!

  • 0

    gogogo

    Loose cables.... why are these loose in the first place? Why do they think a cable would stop the wind... this is depressing

  • 0

    Cricky

    Smithers!! Why are these people in the " know" who told them....release the dogs. Yes Mr Burns.

    After 6 months, 6 months these clowns are still so inept, didn't the minister for this tell the world all is in hand?

    Know what was in his hand!

  • 1

    BurakuminDes

    Maybe TEPCO still have some left over hi-tech worker's protection (ie garbage bags) to re-inforce the plant's structure.

  • 0

    Farmboy

    I'm assuming the Megafloat, a barge full of containers of somewhat radioactive water is still parked next door? Maybe with a tarp over it? Oh well, we'll find out in the morning, I guess.

  • 0

    Darren Brannan

    If I was a poor worker there I think I would have loosened a few cables in my protective suit. What a place to have to be. I pity them and doubt any money could make most humans take that job.

  • 0

    iceshoecream

    But of course racing against time! I mean it's amazing that even after the recent events people in Japan don't prepare for a typhoon that's heading THIS WAY. And not just TEPCO, the whole country. "It's dangerous to be outside, let's send the students home." What!?

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    irishosaru

    'Race against time' only appears in the attention-grabbing headline, which, judging by the content of the rest of the article, is also misleading.

    Guess it got the attention it was after.

    Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Japan’s Pacific coast were racing against time to ready the crippled plant against a powerful typhoon heading straight for it, a spokesman said Wednesday.

    Nowhere in the article is anybody quoted as saying they are racing against time.

  • 0

    zichi

    I thought all races were about time?

  • 1

    mikemcfly87

    You know, I think the fact that all the workers have been working to try and get so many other things done to the plant to make it safer, and potentially ideally to stop, but to reduce the amount of radiation being released from here on out. They may have been a little more focused on that. Typhoons predictions are not completely accurate. There is no possible way that they could have known, FOR CERTIAN, weeks ago that it would hit them. Let alone the fact that once they hit land, they tend to lose their power. So for the better part of the weeks leading up to today, they have been monitoring the situation, and waiting to know that they absolutely needed to take most of these measures. preparing for weeks would have taken man power away from the efforts to continue cleanup/restoration of the damaged facilities, and everyone here would be complaining why they weren't doing that, or both at the same time. If they did both at the same time, they'd still be racing to complete this on time...

    Don't get me wrong, I'm strictly defending JUST THIS. TEPCO has screwed many things up, and I'm sure they will continue to do so, but in this regard, the lesser of the two evils was to wait and see if it was truely going to be more than just a rain storm.

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    warnerbro

    Radiation levels spiked considerably, to say the least, during the storm. Here's the data for the area. The left column is the latest reading. The right hand column in grey is the highest previous high reading to date www.atom-moc.pref.fukushima.jp/dynamic/C0002-PC.html

    Kanto readings also spiked. I recall off hand that one place in Kanagawa went from 0.06 to 0.105.

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