Japan Nuclear Disaster Update: Don’t Drink the Water, and the Man on the Ladder

By: Thursday March 24, 2011 6:06 am

Earlier hopes that restoring offsite power to the control rooms at Units 1-2 and 3-4 would allow quick reactivation of normal cooling systems were dashed with discovery, anticipated in our coverage, that critical pumps, valves and pressure censors might be damaged and need repair or replacement. In the meantime, radiation fears are spreading to tap water.


Japan Nuclear Disaster Update: Power Restored to Some Reactor Units, Unit 3 Smoking, Radiation Spreads

By: Monday March 21, 2011 7:15 am

It’s Monday morning in the US; it’s Monday evening in Japan.

Quick Summary: Over the weekend, hopes of getting the reactors and spent fuel storage pools cooled rose significantly at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Station, although on Monday, new black smoke was observed rising from Unit 3 forcing another evacuation there. They’re not sure whether there was another explosion (none was heard) or about the source/cause of the smoke.

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