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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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Folks, if you’re blessed enough to have income, and you’re using FR but not donating to keep it on line, you’re riding in the cart while others are pulling it.

Take one minute out of your busy FReeping and set up a monthly donation. Even $5 helps, you probably won’t even notice it and if you do, you’ll feel good about it.

$5 a month for FR? A bargain at twice the price!!!


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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