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General: Military taking precautions to protect troops from radiation(Camp Sendai)
Stars and Stripes ^ | 03/29/11 | Seth Robson

Posted on 03/29/2011 8:11:59 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

General: Military taking precautions to protect troops from radiation

By Seth Robson

Stars and Stripes

Published: March 29, 2011

TOKYO, Japan — The U.S. military constantly is monitoring radiation levels in Sendai to ensure its troops are not receiving dangerous doses of radiation from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, the commander of the American military effort said Monday night.

There are no U.S. ground forces operating in the city of Fukushima. Instead, the bulk of U.S. forces are based at Camp Sendai, about 58 miles to the north, just outside the U.S. government-ordered exclusion zone.

Radiation readings are taken every two hours and reported back to military commanders, said Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis, commanding general of the 3rd Marine Division and Joint Force Land Component Commander for Operation Tomodachi.

“We are conducting constant observation and monitoring of all the sites we are working at, and the levels of detected radiation are negligible,” Brilakis said during in a telephone interview with Stars and Stripes. “We have been very fortunate.”

Some parts of northern Japan that are closer to the nuclear plant have recorded levels of contamination, Brilakis said, but radiation levels in the areas where U.S. personnel are working have been barely detectable.

“All eyes remain on the condition and future solutions to the issues at the Fukushima reactors,” Brilakis said. “While that is not part of our mission set, it is one of these things that remain a constant over-riding concern.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: campsendai; earthquake; fukushima; relief

1 posted on 03/29/2011 8:12:04 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Conditions are not looking good. Now two reactors tunnels with radioactive elements. Seawater off Fukushima had highest radioactive Iodine count recorded in effluent of reactors 1-4.

Radioactive elements in No.1 reactor tunnel

High radiation levels in waters off Fukushima

2 posted on 03/29/2011 10:26:29 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

Yes, it is still a holy mess. Just saw news reporting that it would take a year to cool the reactors on the safe level(if everything goes well, I guess,) according to some expert in Japanese nuclear agency.


3 posted on 03/29/2011 10:30:39 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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Wow. Gonna have a lot of contaminated water to deal with. Apparently the French are going to assist with removing the radioactive water. They need to setup a collection system to remove the raw water that traveled into the reactor from external injection. Normally seawater is indirectly used to cool the internal reactor fresh water. If they stop the cooling water flow, the core will melt through the bottom of the reactor vessel (instrument tube penetration failures). Actually do not know what they could have done to stop this accident cold. This is one of the worse case accidents for these types of reactors. Long term station blackout combined with a delay in depressurization. They may have acted just a little late in releasing the pressure, but that will have to be investigated later. The higher pressure makes the internal melting point temperature values lower.
4 posted on 03/29/2011 10:51:54 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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Heads up. Drudge has a link to the article below. It is from the MSM, so you have to get through all the juvenile business is the bad guy stuff, and their video is a bunch of emotional garbage, but there is a lot of interesting facts in this article. Especially the extra text part.

Japan engineers knew nuke plant vulnerable to tsunami

5 posted on 03/29/2011 11:40:40 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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