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    Sixth Reactor looses cooling...

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday another reactor of its quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plants had lost its cooling functions, while at least 15 people at a nearby hospital were found to have been exposed to radioactivity.


    The utility supplier notified the government early Sunday morning that the No. 3 reactor at the No. 1 Fukushima plant had lost the ability to cool the reactor core. The reactor is now in the process of releasing radioactive steam, according to top government spokesman Yukio Edano.


    It was the sixth reactor overall at the Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 plants to undergo cooling failure since the massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck Japan on Friday.
    Another reactor at Fukushima nuke plant loses cooling functions | Kyodo News

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    probably the japanese gov't does not want to sow panic if they report a full meltdown...

    WASHINGTON - Japan's US envoy insisted Saturday there was no evidence a stricken nuclear reactor had gone into full meltdown but acknowledged there had been a "partial melt" of a fuel rod at the quake-hit plant.

    Radiation was detected leaking from the Fukushima plant after Friday's massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and an explosion there Saturday sent authorities scrambling to avert a major meltdown.

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    and remember the movie they made titled Sinking of Japan several years back... scary to see it happening like in the film

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjTw9qaiE5w

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    Mike, if you are that concerned I would be cancelling your BBQ and go into hiding. Better yet get on a plane to some distant destination where you will be safe.

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    The 480-megawatt Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is a hundred times more powerful than the ill-fated reactor at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine.

    The situation bears a striking resemblance to Chernobyl

    However, although the situation at the Fukushima plant may seem similar to the one in Chernobyl, RT’s correspondent and expert on the Chernobyl disaster, Aleksey Yaroshevsky, believes that, in reality, it is quite different.

    First of all, what is happening in Japan is an aftermath of a natural disaster, and not a man-made one, like Chernobyl, Yaroshevsky emphasized.

    Besides, the Japanese reactor is one hundred times more powerful than the one in the fourth block of the Chernobyl power plant, which exploded in 1986. In fact, the two stations in the Fukushima region produce the world’s largest joint amount of energy.

    The security systems at Japanese nuclear power plants have been designed in a way that should an incident occur, a certain dome will cover the station, preventing any leaks in the atmosphere.

    Obviously, such system could not exist in the Soviet times, that’s why the whole European continent suffered from the Chernobyl disaster.

    However, what happened on Friday in Japan is that the automated security systems went on after the earthquake at most of the nuclear stations except for Fukushima.

    Experts say that should any leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant occur, this may lead to a much worse contamination of the atmosphere than the one that was caused by the Chernobyl disaster.
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    Aleksey Yaroshevsky is a russian journalist, not an expert in nuclear technology. He just knows about about what happened in Chernobyl as he covered it back when it happened.

    I think you should avoid being alarmist about this. Even the Australian government is saying that travel to Japan is OK but obviously should be avoided if not necessary.

    Travel Advice for Japan - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


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    Here is another link to some devastating images.

    Seaside town swept away - Yahoo!7 News


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    Quote Originally Posted by Football16:
    IMO. If there were a crisis, it would appear that those of us in HK are far from the danger zone making it more imperative that those in need of this stuff have it available rather than those who don't stockpiling it.
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    I'm sorry, but that premise just doesn't stick. If the ionized radiation does indeed reach HK then we'd all need potassium iodide to give us a bit of thyroid protection anyway, but if the leak is going to be as minute as the Japanese officials have predicted/claimed, then they would easily have enough supply for those people who were in that 12 mile evacuation zone. If it's anywhere in between, I think it would be wise for us to hold onto our supply just in case the situation escalates. It would make more sense if they shipped more pills in from the US or nations that are further away than a country like HK that might need them later.

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    Panic, rumour and ill-founded speculation are rife on the internet now. I will stick to the reporting from credible agencies - governmental bodies, state broadcasters and the people dealing with the problem first-hand. Stocking up in iodine in Hong Kong is a real tin foil hat remedy - I suggest never leaving your apartment in case alien spaceships are waiting to abduct you with giant vacuum tubes.

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    I changed this post as there might be a hoax map purporting to be from the Australian Radiation Services showing the winds moving any disaster to North America.

    This is supposed to be fake according to this site:
    http://www.theweatherspace.com/news/...fakeimage.html




    Just heard a former Japanese news editor on CCTV slamming their Jpn gov't for not allowing each entity to release its own information and not do it all via gov't.

    Last edited by Football16; 13-03-2011 at 01:18 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HongKongFoot:
    I believe that the Japanese and the other countries that use nuke power are covering something up.
    On what basis?

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