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The Largest Short-Term Threat to Humanity: The Fuel Pools of Fukushima
Zero Hedge ^ | April 7, 2012 | na

Posted on 04/07/2012 1:00:29 PM PDT by Errant

We noted days after the Japanese earthquake that the biggest threat was from the spent fuel rods in the fuel pool at Fukushima unit number 4, and not from the reactors themselves...

(Excerpt) Read more at zerohedge.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fukushima; meltdown; nuclear; tsunami
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More scaremongering... /s
1 posted on 04/07/2012 1:00:44 PM PDT by Errant
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To: winoneforthegipper; djf

2 posted on 04/07/2012 1:07:29 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

Plain old garden variety hyperbole.

It may be a threat to those nearby but anyone who declares it to be a threat to humanity is an idiot.


3 posted on 04/07/2012 1:09:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: All

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4 posted on 04/07/2012 1:11:10 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: cripplecreek; Errant
The premise is real.

There is now no protection to that area and a large quake on the southern half of the triple junction would be world impacting if indeed anyone of the reactor building but indeed the spent fuel pool storage of Reactor 4.

There is a load value on that triple junction that local seismologists are very weary of.

It is any area to watch but then again on a volcanic note....look towards Columbia for the next story....!

http://www.ingeominas.gov.co/Manizales/Volcanes/Nevado-del-ruiz/Registros-en-linea.aspx

5 posted on 04/07/2012 1:19:58 PM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: winoneforthegipper
It's been kinda quiet lately, full moon, Easter of 2012... What could go wrong... :)
6 posted on 04/07/2012 1:22:29 PM PDT by Errant
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To: winoneforthegipper

Maybe we just have to nuke them again.


7 posted on 04/07/2012 1:27:01 PM PDT by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: Errant

LOL....yeah I am not a fan of the Full moon theory but again....there is something brewing....from the Askja lake in Iceland to some crazy quake action along the Cocos Plate....So this weekend is prime for an impactful event.


8 posted on 04/07/2012 1:31:02 PM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: boomop1

They did a great job of Nuke’n themselves...!


9 posted on 04/07/2012 1:32:03 PM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: cripplecreek
anyone who declares it to be a threat to humanity is an idiot.

Here's three from the article:

Ambassador Murata’s letter says:

It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor. This is confirmed by most reliable experts like Dr. Arnie Gundersen or Dr. Fumiaki Koide.

10 posted on 04/07/2012 1:32:23 PM PDT by Errant
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To: winoneforthegipper

If the other 1200+ nuclear detonations that have taken place didn’t kill us, some radioactive water on the other side of the planet isn’t likely to do us in no matter how much unrelated bullcrap you want to bring into it.


11 posted on 04/07/2012 1:32:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Nah I would not go as far as to say “end of planet” type headline pimping speak but the scenario is real enough to where it could ruin a few days worldwide.

That my FRiend is the truth.


12 posted on 04/07/2012 1:37:46 PM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: Errant
The Fuel Pools of Fukushima

Sounds like a Star Trek episode or a Frank Herbert SCI-FI novel.

13 posted on 04/07/2012 1:40:49 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: cripplecreek
From the article:

Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel).

14 posted on 04/07/2012 1:42:55 PM PDT by Errant
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To: central_va

I noticed they like to use F-words a lot. :)


15 posted on 04/07/2012 1:46:03 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant
We survived Santa Susana we can survive Fukushima...
16 posted on 04/07/2012 1:48:24 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1173 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Errant

And former vice president of the United States of America says the core of the earth is several million degrees.

I’m not impressed by morons with titles.


17 posted on 04/07/2012 1:50:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
Is that the only moronic thing that former president ever said?

NOT a fair comparison my FRiend... ;)

18 posted on 04/07/2012 1:54:45 PM PDT by Errant
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To: cripplecreek
If the other 1200+ nuclear detonations that have taken place didn’t kill us, some radioactive water on the other side of the planet isn’t likely to do us in no matter how much unrelated bullcrap you want to bring into it.

Yes but...but...a bit of radioactive water is how we got GODZILLA! He'll kill us all, you fool! And then Mothra!

19 posted on 04/07/2012 1:55:12 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (The only flaw is that America doesn't recognize Cyber's omniscience. -- sergeantdave)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I’m sticking a turtle in the microwave as we speak.


20 posted on 04/07/2012 2:17:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: winoneforthegipper

The moon was so bright two nights ago, it woke me up. Thought someone was shining a spot light it was so bright.


21 posted on 04/07/2012 2:20:31 PM PDT by bgill
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To: cripplecreek

****I’m sticking a turtle in the microwave as we speak.****

LOL. Now that was just so wrong.


22 posted on 04/07/2012 2:28:38 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (Islam...Imperialism in a turban.)
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To: bgill
I took this pic of the moon over the foggy lake this morning.

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23 posted on 04/07/2012 2:31:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: ResponseAbility

Better safe than sorry.


24 posted on 04/07/2012 2:33:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Nice picture. You can almost see the cooling tower, just over the horizon.


25 posted on 04/07/2012 2:34:54 PM PDT by Errant
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To: bgill

Yeah courtesy of a fresh high coming down from the north provided for some really crisp and clear nights for sure!

Venus has been stunning as well!


26 posted on 04/07/2012 2:34:54 PM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: bgill

Lover’s lane again??? Bet you were scared for a moment or two! lol


27 posted on 04/07/2012 2:38:18 PM PDT by Errant
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks for sharing that. Very pretty.


28 posted on 04/07/2012 2:39:40 PM PDT by tanuki (Left-wing Revolution: show biz for boring people.)
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To: winoneforthegipper
I've lost count of the number of volcanoes with activity this year.

Unexplained Melting at Askja Crater Lake in Iceland


29 posted on 04/07/2012 2:49:30 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

Yeah certainly a mystery but it has to be the volcano in all honesty.

Some AGW’ers are claiming climate change but all that does is re-inforce the notion that they are just idiots....lol!


30 posted on 04/07/2012 2:56:11 PM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: Errant

Al Gore farted?


31 posted on 04/07/2012 3:05:05 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: winoneforthegipper; Errant
Nukes are such a hazard; I mean, look at what happened to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 'wastelands for thousands of years...'

Hiroshima today.

Nagasaki today.

Such a terrible litany of cancer and birth defects! Not.

Arne Gunderson and his paralegal wife are professional scare mongers making big bucks suing power companies for protection money, er, consulting contracts for "safety studies" that he then uses to beat them over the heads for more.

32 posted on 04/07/2012 3:09:26 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: Carry_Okie

Wow, it looks like Nagasaki got nuked again!


33 posted on 04/07/2012 3:14:35 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: South Hawthorne

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34 posted on 04/07/2012 3:14:44 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: Carry_Okie

Two totally different scenarios.


35 posted on 04/07/2012 3:31:09 PM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: Carry_Okie
Based on the amount of materials, before it's over, it's likely Fukushima will be much worse than Chernobyl.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=chernobyl&oq=chernobyl&aq=f&aqi=g4&aql=&gs_nf=1&gs_l=youtube-reduced.3..0l4.35234.37593.0.38797.9.6.0.2.2.0.281.1032.2-4.4.0.

Both Nagasaki and Hiroshima were air-burst weapons and the resulting explosion finely dispersed the relatively small amount of material contained in both bombs, carrying most of the remaining material into the upper atmosphere and away from both cities.

36 posted on 04/07/2012 3:58:10 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant
Based on the amount of materials, before it's over, it's likely Fukushima will be much worse than Chernobyl.

Just keep hogging on Gunderson's swill and I'm sure you'll be convinced.

37 posted on 04/07/2012 4:03:47 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: Carry_Okie
This is actually what I was looking for when I sent you the other link.

I'm sure you'll learn a lot more about radiological contamination if you bother to take a look at some of her videos...

Kiddofspeed - GHOST TOWN - Chernobyl Pictures - Elena's Motorcyle Ride through Chernobyl

38 posted on 04/07/2012 4:14:47 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

LOL


39 posted on 04/07/2012 4:23:19 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

The same thing happened to me about three nights ago: right through the window at about 3am - a brilliant full moon woke me up. I had to wake up my wife and share the moment... ;-)

40 posted on 04/07/2012 4:25:33 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Errant

Looks like Nevado has went a bit calmer.....

Time to pay attention these next six hours!

http://intranet.ingeominas.gov.co/ovsm/ew/heli/vnr.gif


41 posted on 04/07/2012 4:33:39 PM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: winoneforthegipper

Thanks!


42 posted on 04/07/2012 4:36:45 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

“The Largest Short-Term Threat to Humanity”

That would be OBAMA!!


43 posted on 04/07/2012 5:04:02 PM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: G Larry

He could be both!


44 posted on 04/07/2012 5:09:04 PM PDT by Errant
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To: winoneforthegipper; holdonnow
Hold on now!!!

Quit making this thread (and by estension, this site) look like Coast-to-Coast-AM.com!!!

I call pure, unmitigated BS!!!

Besides, there's no Homer Simpson working at that plant!!!

45 posted on 04/07/2012 5:26:43 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Negativity must die because it's self-fulfilling!!!)
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To: SierraWasp
The Largest Short-Term Threat to Humanity: The Fuel Pools of Fukushima

Oh geez. The amount of anything at Fukushima is minuscule to what's in a couple cubic miles of ocean. If it's highly radioactive, then it's not going to be around long. If its half life is in the millions of years, then it's not going to be doing a whole lot in the short term. It's so bizarre that radiation is the single most studied phenomenon in science but it is still employed as a horrible boogieman to steer people into supporting a political agenda.
46 posted on 04/07/2012 5:31:17 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: SierraWasp; Errant
Nah....there's enough glowsticks in Fukushima right now to truly ruin the downwind game for many a day.

Personally I like the more Syfy channel scenario that could play out this summer.

Imagine a 10+ shake then a Cat 5 Cane.....Now there your talking Art Bell and beyond!

Seriously though....I don't agree with the wording used in the article but what lays in wait in Diachii is disaster.

47 posted on 04/07/2012 5:40:33 PM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: aruanan

You might want to check your stats again. To make sure they jive with that reported by TEPCO just this past week.


48 posted on 04/07/2012 5:41:50 PM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: Errant
脳, 人間の脳 ...
49 posted on 04/07/2012 6:05:10 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: SteveH

Brain the human brain? I don’t get it.


50 posted on 04/07/2012 7:02:42 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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