Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Breaking:Explosion at Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi plant heard around 0630 GMT
reuters ^ | 3-12-11

Posted on 03/12/2011 12:02:10 AM PST by rawhide

Just in:

Explosion at Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi plant heard around 0630 GMT

NHK footage shows steam-like smoke coming from Tepco's Fukushima plant

(Excerpt) Read more at live.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Extended News; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bwr; daiichi; disaster; doomage; fukushima; fukushima1; japan; japanearthquake; nuclear; radiation
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 751-798 next last

1 posted on 03/12/2011 12:02:16 AM PST by rawhide
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: rawhide

Japan Nuclear Safety Commission: still trying to confirm if there was an explosion at Fukushima plant; Several people appear to have been injured after reported Fukushima plant explosion


2 posted on 03/12/2011 12:03:00 AM PST by rawhide
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

Japan Nuclear Safety Agency: has heard explosion was not at reactor


3 posted on 03/12/2011 12:03:53 AM PST by rawhide
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo

Ping


4 posted on 03/12/2011 12:04:15 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

Meltdown.


5 posted on 03/12/2011 12:04:44 AM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

If not the reactor, then what went boom?....


6 posted on 03/12/2011 12:05:52 AM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger
Meltdown.

Not so fast. We don't know the details yet.

7 posted on 03/12/2011 12:05:52 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Windflier

Then what else would explode?......


8 posted on 03/12/2011 12:06:49 AM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: rawhide
Well, that's comforting, I guess.

Does anyone actually have a clue what is going on in Japan right now? It seems like a wasteland when I see the videos, and I can't imagine the global impact of this earthquake at this point.

Indonesia was tragic, but outside of hotels and a bunch of relatively primitive cities, that disaster had almost no impact on global commerce.

I hate to sound crass, but in these economic times, I can't help but think of how this is going to impact the modern world.

9 posted on 03/12/2011 12:07:48 AM PST by Carling (Obama: Inexperienced and incompetent, yet ego maniacal. God help us all.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/


10 posted on 03/12/2011 12:08:06 AM PST by tsowellfan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Windflier

A steam explosion from an overstressed pipe is possible.....


11 posted on 03/12/2011 12:08:35 AM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger

They reported a fire at this plant right after the earthquake. Was put out fast. A third plant had a major Turbine building fire that lasted a few hours. Not the best working environment right now.


12 posted on 03/12/2011 12:08:48 AM PST by justa-hairyape
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

Hopefully it’s not that bad. The structure should be sound, unless they cut corners.


13 posted on 03/12/2011 12:08:57 AM PST by allmost
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger
Then what else would explode?......

Transformers or other equipment related to the transmission of the electricity that they produce.

14 posted on 03/12/2011 12:09:00 AM PST by Cementjungle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger
Japans reacters are "light water" reacters and are supposed to not be capable of a chernobyl type of meltdown.

I know, famous last words.

15 posted on 03/12/2011 12:09:44 AM PST by exnavy (May the Lord bless and keep our troops.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger

Or maybe an electrical transformer.


16 posted on 03/12/2011 12:12:04 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger
Then what else would explode?

Could have been anything. A nuclear plant is a large, complicated thing. The actual nuke rods are in a containment facility. As far as I know, they don't go 'boom', even if they do melt down.

17 posted on 03/12/2011 12:12:29 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Brad from Tennessee
From BBC. White Cloud ?

0755: AFP says an explosion has been heard at the Fukushima-Daiichi plant, and says Japanese TV is showing a white cloud above the plant.

18 posted on 03/12/2011 12:12:48 AM PST by justa-hairyape
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: allmost

Hopefully it’s not that bad. The structure should be sound, unless they cut corners.


Or unless an earthquake or tsunami caused cracks or breaches in the containment. OR the cesium is leaking into the water nearby....


19 posted on 03/12/2011 12:13:51 AM PST by Freddd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: justa-hairyape

White Cloud = Steam....


20 posted on 03/12/2011 12:14:03 AM PST by JEH_Boston (Never give up.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger
A steam explosion from an overstressed pipe is possible...

That's also my uneducated guess, but we'll have to wait for on-site reports to know for sure.

21 posted on 03/12/2011 12:14:03 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

we need to watch prevailing winds


22 posted on 03/12/2011 12:15:03 AM PST by blueplum
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

Could be many possibilities. Don’t jujp yet. Let’s all wait for Jack Lemon and Jane Fonda to report the hype in the sequel to “China Syndrome”. Except China is sideways from Japan.....


23 posted on 03/12/2011 12:15:12 AM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger
Then what else would explode?......

back up generator or transformer overload..could be a fuel storage tank heated up.

24 posted on 03/12/2011 12:16:16 AM PST by spokeshave (WTF....the only thing 0bambi's investments will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger

Lots of equipent at a nuke plant capable of exploding, fuel tanks for generators, secondary pressurized vessels, large electrical components, etc. I am frankly surpised to hear talk of a meltdown, as more modern designs account pretty well for loss of coolant accidents (LOCA). Routine subject matter for drills here. Maybe an older plant?


25 posted on 03/12/2011 12:16:43 AM PST by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: All

Latest from Reuters feed:

Several people appear to be injured at Fukushima nuclear plant - NHK
by Reuters_TonyTharakan at 2:03 AM


26 posted on 03/12/2011 12:18:01 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

Outer structure of building that houses reactor at Fukushima plant appears to have blown off - NHK


27 posted on 03/12/2011 12:19:24 AM PST by rawhide
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All

Just in:

Outer structure of building that houses reactor at Fukushima plant appears to have blown off - NHK
by Reuters_TonyTharakan at 2:12 AM


28 posted on 03/12/2011 12:19:34 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

Certainly don’t want to jump to conclusions, but it’s hard to see an explosion as a positive thing. This is very serious.


29 posted on 03/12/2011 12:20:05 AM PST by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives"-Ataturk)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Springfield Reformer

billowing grey smoke on NHK etc


30 posted on 03/12/2011 12:20:21 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (IF Obama is REELECTED (not an impossibility) then what'll that have said re: what America's become?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Freddd
I'm not fluent in current Japanese designs. I hope the box is sturdy enough. If the structure fails, all bets are off. Some run-off is inevitable though IMO.
31 posted on 03/12/2011 12:21:05 AM PST by allmost
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

http://www.ustwrap.info/multi/foxtokimekitonight::tbstv::yokosonews


32 posted on 03/12/2011 12:21:47 AM PST by Viiksitimali
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: americanophile

And there are 4 more under Nuclear Emergency....


33 posted on 03/12/2011 12:21:47 AM PST by Freddd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: rawhide
Outer structure of building that houses reactor at Fukushima plant appears to have blown off - NHK

The containment building? I would hope not...

34 posted on 03/12/2011 12:21:47 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: blueplum

The jet stream isnt gonna change anytime soon i hope.for good or bad.


35 posted on 03/12/2011 12:22:40 AM PST by Nooseman (mutt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: rawhide
Japan Nuclear Safety Agency: has heard explosion was not at reactor

Thanks! That's a good thing.

36 posted on 03/12/2011 12:22:50 AM PST by tsowellfan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: dragnet2

Well radiation isn’t supposed to be in the control room either, but it was...


37 posted on 03/12/2011 12:23:02 AM PST by Freddd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Springfield Reformer

1971 plant.
Diesel doesnt explode without a whole lot of help......


38 posted on 03/12/2011 12:23:29 AM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Windflier

That certainly doesn’t sound very good!


39 posted on 03/12/2011 12:23:29 AM PST by smokingfrog ( BORN free - taxed to DEATH (and beyond) ...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger

possible scenario:

http://theenergycollective.com/nathantemple/53384/how-shutdown-and-core-cooling-japanese-reactors-likely-functions

Meltdown is not an explosion risk per se, but an atmospheric release risk. Explosions almost certainly are in the secondary.


40 posted on 03/12/2011 12:23:54 AM PST by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger

They are concerned about the steam separating into hydrogen and oxygen and recombining explosively.

This is why they want to vent to release the pressure.


41 posted on 03/12/2011 12:24:13 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

Tokyo fire department sending special nuclear rescue team to Fukushima - TV


42 posted on 03/12/2011 12:24:13 AM PST by rawhide
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

May I be the first? OBAMA’S FAULT!!!


43 posted on 03/12/2011 12:24:28 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("You cannot invade the US There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." Yamamoto)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Windflier

VERY BAD. Prayers prayers prayers!


44 posted on 03/12/2011 12:25:03 AM PST by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Springfield Reformer
Maybe an older plant?

One of the oldest reactors in Japan. Reactor and steam generator both built by GE. Yes. One of ours.

45 posted on 03/12/2011 12:25:12 AM PST by justa-hairyape
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Windflier

Oh crap.


46 posted on 03/12/2011 12:26:15 AM PST by justa-hairyape
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

Would you believe we in Japan are just getting this news NOW ?????????????????????


47 posted on 03/12/2011 12:26:52 AM PST by sushiman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All
unconfirmed morrobayb Albert One of the four buildings at Fukushima's nuclear power plant is GONE. MangoSantiago ぼよヨぉ~ん Fukushima nuclear PowerPlant NNP 1 is now naked after the explosion. Only the frame of the structure is left. Waiting for the information. easataro Taro Karasaki NHK showing two images of Fukushima No.1 Plant: one showing a building another showing what appears to be the skeleton of a bldg.
48 posted on 03/12/2011 12:27:00 AM PST by janetjanet998
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: Windflier

That is a very bad sign.......


49 posted on 03/12/2011 12:27:06 AM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: All

Tepco says explosion may have been hydrogen used to cool Fukushima plant - Kyodo; Tepco says 4 people taken to hospital after reported explosion, no word on condition - Jiji


50 posted on 03/12/2011 12:27:20 AM PST by zipper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 751-798 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson