Skip to comments.Once in a decade typhoon heads for Fukushima
Posted on 10/15/2013 4:33:12 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
TOKYO: A typhoon, described as the "strongest in 10 years," was closing in on Japan Tuesday, on a path that will take it towards the precarious Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Typhoon Wipha, packing winds of nearly 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour near its centre and bringing heavy rains, was in the Pacific south of Japan on Tuesday evening and moving north at 35 kilometres per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
It was forecast to reach an area off the Tokyo metropolitan area by early Wednesday and later in the day would be off the coast of Fukushima where the crippled nuclear power plant sits.
"It is the strongest typhoon in 10 years to pass the Kanto region (Tokyo and its vicinity)," Hiroyuki Uchida, the agency's chief forecaster, told a news conference.
"It is expected to have a great impact on the traffic systems in the metropolitan area during commuting hours," he said.
As the weather agency issued warnings of torrential rain and strong winds, the operator of the Fukushima plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), said it was bracing for the storm after a series of leaks of radiation-polluted water.
"We are making preparations for proper management of contaminated water... We will patrol places that could have inflows of water (from the storm)," a company spokesman said.
Cables and hoses have been bundled together, while ground and off-shore works have been halted, he said.
Earlier this month the company announced 430 litres (114 US gallons) of polluted water had spilt from a tank as workers tried to remove rainwater dumped at the plant by recent typhoons.
It has admitted contaminated water may well have flowed into the sea.
Japan's atomic watchdog summoned the president of TEPCO for a public dressing-down for sloppy standards at the plant after the incident.
The nuclear plant was badly damaged by the tsunami that hit in March 2011. Critics say it remains in a fragile state and at the mercy of extreme weather or other natural hazards.
Lucky it isn’t one of those smelly polluting coal fired plants using cheap Chinese coal.
sometimes the kamikaze saves your ass, sometimes it kicks it.
These guys cannot catch a break. Glad I live on the east coast. We just have to worry about the government.
Japan strikes me as the world’s tragic clown. Everyone loves them for their innovation and crazy gadgets, anime, Nintendo, Sony, etc. Meanwhile, they’re constantly beset by earthquakes, typhoons, nuclear meltdowns, volcanic eruptions... who would want to live there?
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that it’s a very beautiful country, but the Japanese are xenophobes. I understand that there are parts of most major cities where foreigners are forbidden.
I am not sure if the cement would be able to hold it. From what I’ve read we are looking at a China Syndrome. Except if it melts through the earth, it comes out at Three Mile Island.
Some Japanese are xenophobes, but most are exactly the opposite. I have lived here half my life, because it is really an easy place to live. People are much more like the America of yesteryear than America is now.
And did you hear — Fukushima just came out with a new mascot they’ve named “Fukuppy”.
What about the foreigner-restricted areas, is that true? I got that from a buddy of mine on deployment there.
“...melts through the Earth”? How many years would it take for a core to make it through the Earth? By the time it did it would be spent. Maybe the Japanese can aim it at Tehran?
Chernobyl is not exactly stable and the Fukujima reactor cores are more stable.
It is the spent fuel rods in the pools that are currently the problem.
When the earthquake struck, Fukijima reactors were shut down with control rods. Unfortuneately it takes 3 days for a full shut down to occur and battery power lasted only 8 hours.
Contrast chernobyl with fukijima (from wikipedia)
“On 21 December 2011, the Japanese government released a roadmap for the cleanup activities, which predicted that the full cleanup will take 40 years,[”
“Even today, radiation levels are so high that the workers responsible for rebuilding the sarcophagus are only allowed to work five hours a day for one month before taking 15 days of rest. Ukrainian officials estimate the area will not be safe for human life again for another 20,000 years.
In 2011 Ukraine opened up the sealed zone around the Chernobyl reactor to tourists who wish to learn more about the tragedy that occurred in 1986.
The Chernobyl Shelter Fund
Main article: Chernobyl Shelter Fund
The Chernobyl Shelter Fund was established in 1997 at the Denver 23rd G8 summit to finance the Shelter Implementation Plan (SIP). The plan calls for transforming the site into an ecologically safe condition by means of stabilization of the sarcophagus followed by construction of a New Safe Confinement (NSC). While the original cost estimate for the SIP was US$768 million, the 2006 estimate was $1.2 billion. The SIP is being managed by a consortium of Bechtel, Battelle, and Electricité de France, and conceptual design for the NSC consists of a movable arch, constructed away from the shelter to avoid high radiation, to be slid over the sarcophagus. The NSC is expected to be completed in 2015, and will be the largest movable structure ever built.
Span: 270 m (886 ft)
Height: 100 m (330 ft)
Length: 150 m (492 ft)
No worse than certain areas of big city America, and they still treat you better than the Parisians....but yeah sometimes you get the silent treatment, “Isn’t that special”, or similar.
Tornadoes don’t like trailer houses. All other natural disasters don’t like Fukushima. Japan and the rest of the world should take the hint.
I was stationed at Yokota AB in Japan and spent the majority of my time off base. The only restricted areas I came across were a bars or clubs. But usually those were more of a favor to us GI's, as we wouldn't have been able to pay the bar tab.
I've been back a few times since, and off all the places in Asia I've been to, I could seriously consider living in Japan.
I only know the non-xenophobes, as I have been welcoming Japanese students to live in my American home since 2006. They have told me that American and Italian food are common in Japanese cities. There are Koreans in Japan and some Americans and Chinese. They enjoy American cultural trends and movies, and love coming to the US for vacations. Yes, they are attached to their culture and traditions, and a few at my daughter’s school (in California) think Asians are better. It’s not different from many Americans, and it doesn’t mean that the snooty ones are unapproachable or unreachable. They are just being clique-y. Japan is not as diverse as Los Angeles, but what is?
I’d live there, if I had an overseas job assignment. There is actually farmland and countryside, and people go camping. It’s not wall-to-wall city. And people are polite and being tasteful and appreciating beauty is valued, not scorned, as it seems to be here. Also, I like my privacy, so following a “scripted” norm of things you should say in various situations is fine with me. I don’t have to assume there is a greater degree of friendship than there really is.
Very bad. They are now thinking the tanks holding thousands of tons of highly contaminated water may be destroyed by typhoon winds of 200 km/hr. That means they may have to drain the tanks ahead of time if they want to still work at the site. What a choice they have to make. And they may be limited on how much can be drained out before the winds hit. This is a worse case scenario for the world.
Thanks for the homework. Data helps.
The only places I have ever heard of being restricted (by the Japanese) to foreigners are dangerous sex-related establishments. The reason they are restricted is that they are rip-off joints that don’t want to deal with foreigners going to the police. Perhaps your buddy was restricted by the U.S. military, not by the Japanese.