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Fukushima employee accidentally switches off cooling pumps

07.10.2013 10:06

A Fukushima worker has accidentally switched off cooling pumps – the latest in the string of mishaps and misfortunes at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

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Maynard 10.10.2013 01:52

"The logical extension of the mentality of rape is the objectification of all who can be cast into the role of victims of contamination." Mary Daly. In her books Beyond God the Father, and Pure Lust, Mary Daly outlines how it is up to women to bring about the next step in human evolution. It is true.


Earl Speight 08.10.2013 20:55

It is time that the international community got involved in this catastrophe. Why is there no as they did recently in Syria over the deployment of chemical weapons. This seriously puts the world in peril; by far more dangerous to humanity than we are being told.


Peter Craig 08.10.2013 19:38

Whats worse- the rat or the worker. Hardly anybody is qualified to work there. Most workers are homeless, out of work, mentally or physically challenged, or members of the japanese mafia. These folks are our defense against nuclear apocalypse? The worker numbers are shrinking because of rad exposure, so what does PM Abe say about that? Maybe he inhaled a hot particle on his 2 hour visit last month- a just punishment for his lies...


Dave 07.10.2013 19:58

Nothing is accidental - this is corporate grinf#cking to explain away some odious liability on the balance sheet. Anything that can be dumped into the sea will, anything that can be buried will, any worker sicknesses that can be denied will, and any new nuclear power plants that can be sold... will.
Because any citizen that can be distracted/mislead/n eutralized... will


Susan saldivar 07.10.2013 17:13

I went to RT's homepage, I could not find any news about the disaster in Japan. So I typed in the name of the town where the 6 nuclear reactors are in crisis and that's how I found this important story dated for today. Why did you bury this story RT? Call Dr. Caldicott, ask her if she is concerned about this kind extinction level crisis and the obvious ineptitude of Tepco and the Japanese government . RT has best the source for information on this story so far, what happened? Are you on the take now too?


Marilyn Gjerdrum 07.10.2013 16:29

How long was the switch off? A minute? An hour?
Why doesn't it say?
Why isn't Japan asking Caltech, MIT, Cambridge, and other fine universities to help them address this problem? This is affecting the entire world, not just Japan.
Why has nothing been done for 31+ months?


goedelite 07.10.2013 16:10

Advice to Japanese and to US governments and to TEPCO and to other nuclear power merchants: Form teams from your top management and shareholders, Congresses, Members of Parliament, Cabinet Ministers and Secretaries. Train them in handling higher radioactive materials and prepare them for the consequences of radiation sickness. Make them aware, probably for the first time of their responsibility for the disasters and destruction they caused and the justice in demanding they give their lives to do what can be done to mitigate them. Let that be a lessen to capitalist pigs in all industries and govs, worldwide.


Brian Wills 07.10.2013 14:32

'Mark Roman'
No not quite There are methods that have not yet been deployed, applied accoustic levitation, graphene and radiation absorbstion, boron compounds and diluents.. the list is long the scientific research is very short.


Pete Wagner 07.10.2013 13:26

Stuxnet may still be embedded in the control systems. It's clear the US really wants Japan to convert to risky LNG power instead of the much safer nuclear alternative.


Rani Muller 07.10.2013 13:08

Half a billion was pledged by the Japanese government to help contain the leaks which pose an immediate threat to other countries.

Three billion dollars was promised recently to Kerry by Shinzo Abe to help pay for the transfer of American troops from Okinawa.

Do es this seem out of proportion and ludicrous to other readers?

Wh ere is the long overdue input of General Electric engineers and technicians who designed all and delivered some of the now affected Fukushima reactors?

H ere's hoping they'd be the first to come forward and offer know-how and assistance to obviously struggling and incompetent employees.


C. R. 07.10.2013 12:44

Suoonh - your comment is the most incorrect, paranoid BS that I have read in a long time about Fukushima. Please go back on your psychiatric meds.


john 07.10.2013 12:21

i ve been monitoring the cameras overlooking fuku for about a month or so (tepco's "official" one as well as the tbs network) .. for the last several hours they were both foged out although the local weather report indicated only mild rain in the area something i was able to verify by checking other live cams nearby.. there was a little rain but no fog at all and visibility was fine.. At this moment the TBS cam still shows black static while the tepco one seems to be clearing out.. only there is now a new "light" source that creates a lense flare.. hope it is just a spotlight pointing in the wrong direction..


Johnnycage 07.10.2013 11:58


American physicists and technicians aren't mandatory to decommission the reactor since GE Hitachi can supply any physicist regardless of nationality with whatever information he needs to get the job done. Most of the technical details about these reactors are public and generally available using a little google-fu.

However, having anyone willing to help with the planning/theory/impl ementation of the decommissioning regardless of nationality or corporate affiliation (which is what Japan is FINALLY doing) is a very good idea.


Suoonh Epuytou 07.10.2013 11:58

'They' (isreal zion bankers etc) are trying to cause a much bigger accident than planting a small nuclear device out at sea which ruined plant in first place...


kundrit 07.10.2013 11:47

By design BWR is not good one. Scram functioning is come up from the bottom of reactor, and if some fuel core melt (bow at core hot spot occurred by lack of coolant & cannot be detected due some malfunction, those scram will never be effectively inserted from the bottom up to the partially bowed fuel core.


John Brian Shannon 07.10.2013 11:42

"On August 7, 2013, Japanese officials said highly radioactive water was leaking from Fukushima Daiichi into the Pacific Ocean at a rate of 300 tons (about 272 metric tons) per day. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered government officials to step in." -- Wikipedia


Dana Ferris Memorial 07.10.2013 11:35

The Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) was developed by the Idaho National Laboratory and General Electric in the mid-1950s. The main present manufacturer is GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, which specializes in the design and construction of this type of reactor.

In Fukashima reactors for Units 1, 2, and 6 were supplied by General Electric, those for Units 3 and 5 by Toshiba, and Unit 4 by Hitachi. All six reactors were designed by General Electric.

But installing nuclear power plants on one of the most active earthquake prone areas was/is insane!


John Brian Shannon 07.10.2013 11:30


The 6 nuclear reactors at Fukushima are very old GE designs. Construction of Unit 1, began in 1967 and was commissioned into service in March of 1971.

Prese ntly reactor 1 is the unit experiencing the worst problems since the tsunami/earthquake.

More info at Wikipedia "Fukushima Daiichi"

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