Japan begins road to recovery
March 13th, 2011
11:43 PM ET

Japan quake live blog: Explosion at nuclear plant's reactor building

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan early Friday, triggering tsunamis that caused widespread devastation and crippled a nuclear power plant. Are you in an affected area? Send an iReport. Read the full report on the quake, tsunami and the fears surrounding Japan's damaged nuclear reactors.

[11:43 p.m. ET Sunday, 12:43 p.m. Monday in Tokyo] Six people were injured after Monday morning's explosion at the building housing the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, Tokyo Electric Power Co. says. Seven people earlier reported as missing have been accounted for, a company official told reporters.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed images of white smoke rising above the facility. Citing the nation's nuclear and industrial agency, NHK said that a wall of one of the reactor's buildings had collapsed.

Japan's chief cabinet secretary said a day earlier that accumulating hydrogen gas "may potentially cause an explosion" in the building housing the No. 3 reactor at the Daiichi plant. A similar scenario played out Saturday, when a blast caused by hydrogen buildup blew the roof off a concrete building housing the plant's No. 1 reactor.

[11:33 p.m. ET Sunday, 12:33 p.m. Monday in Tokyo] The official death toll from the earthquake and the tsunami has risen to 1,627, authorities said Monday. This doesn't count the 2,000 bodies that the Kyodo news agency reported were found Monday in Miyagi Prefecture on Japan's east coast.

As of 10 a.m., at least 1,720 people were missing and 1,962 injured, according to the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters. The number of dead is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.

[10:59 p.m. ET, 11:59 a.m. Tokyo] An explosion happened late Monday morning at the Fukushima Daiichi's No. 3 nuclear reactor building, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano confirmed to reporters.

The container vessel surrounding the reactor remains intact, Edano said, citing the head of the nuclear plant report.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed images of white smoke rising above the facility, which is in northeastern Japan. Citing the nation's nuclear and industrial agency, NHK said that a wall of one of the reactor's buildings had collapsed.

Residents remaining within 20 kilometers of the plant, despite an earlier evacuation order, have been ordered to stay indoors, according to Edano.  The secretary added that initial reports suggested that radiation levels had increased after the blast, but Edano said he did not believe there was a massive leak, given that water continues to be injected into the reactors and that the pressure inside the reactor is "within a certain range."

Edano said a day earlier that accumulating hydrogen gas "may potentially cause an explosion" in the building housing the No. 3 reactor at the Daiichi plant. A similar scenario played out Saturday, when a blast caused by hydrogen buildup blew the roof off a concrete building housing the plant's No. 1 reactor.

[10:38 p.m. ET, 11:38 a.m. Tokyo] Approximately 2,000 bodies were found Monday in Miyagi Prefecture on Japan's east coast, the Kyodo news agency reported.

[10:31 p.m. ET, 11:31 a.m. Tokyo] Japan's nuclear safety and industrial agency reported sounds of an explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant's No. 3 reactor, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

White smoke could be seen rising from the facility at 11 a.m. Monday.

Workers have been flooding this reactor and the plant's No. 1 reactor with seawater to cool them after the earthquake and tsunami damaged the reactors' cooling systems.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said a day earlier that accumulating hydrogen gas "may potentially cause an explosion" in the building housing the No. 3 reactor at the Daiichi plant. A similar scenario played out Saturday, when a blast caused by hydrogen buildup blew the roof off a concrete building housing the plant's No. 1 reactor. The reactor and its containment system were not damaged in the explosion at the No. 1 reactor.

[9:39 p.m. ET, 10:39 a.m. Tokyo] The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami has risen to 1,598, with hundreds more missing, authorities say. At least 1,720 people were missing and 1,923 injured, according to the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters. The number of dead is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.

[9:29 p.m. ET, 10:29 a.m. Tokyo] An aftershock with a magnitude of 5.8 was recorded 27 minutes ago off Japan's east coast, about 140 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

[9:09 p.m. ET, 10:09 a.m. Tokyo] Japan's NHK television network shows the rescue of three senior citizens who had been trapped in a tsunami-swept car for 20 hours.

[8:57 p.m. ET, 9:57 a.m. Tokyo] More information about the 60-year-old Japanese man who was rescued at sea Sunday after he was spotted clinging to the swept-away remains of his house: "I thought today was the last day of my life," Hiromitsu Shinkawa told his rescuers, according to Kyodo News Agency.

[8:51 p.m. ET, 9:51 a.m. Tokyo] The leading Japanese stock index skidded nearly 5% in the opening minutes Monday, the first full day of trading in Tokyo following last week's earthquake.

The Tokyo Stock Exchange opened as usual at 9 a.m. Japan time. The Nikkei-225 index tumbled 493 points, or 4.8%, to just above 9,700, according to the Nikkei website. It was down even further, almost 600 points, in the first few minutes before rebounding.

[8:32 p.m. ET, 9:32 a.m. Tokyo] In the following video, a victim of the tsunami - rescued by the Japanese military - says water swept her out of her home, and that she clung to a tree and then a mat before she was helped.

[7:50 p.m. ET, 8:50 a.m. Tokyo] About 2.5 million households - just over 4% of the total in Japan - were without electricity Sunday, said Ichiro Fujisaki, the nation's ambassador to the United States. Rolling blackouts are expected in some areas to preserve electricity.

[6:35 p.m. ET, 7:35 a.m. Tokyo] The International Atomic Energy Agency says that - based on information the agency received from officials in Japan - investigators determined that radiation levels have returned to "normal" at one of the power plants previously flagged for concern.

The agency said that authorities have concluded that there were "no emissions of radioactivity" from the three reactors at the Onagawa nuclear plant.

"The current assumption of the Japanese authorities is that the increased level may have been due to a release of radioactive material from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant" located 135 kilometers (about 85 miles) north of Onagawa, the IAEA said.

Japanese officials still are concerned about the Fukushima Daiichi plant, where workers are flooding two reactors with seawater to keep them cool.

[5:34 p.m. ET, 6:34 a.m. Tokyo] While the full extent of the disaster's aftermath is not yet clear, the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan could be the most expensive quake in history, CNNMoney reports. Losses from the quake, tsunami and fires will total at least $100 billion, including $20 billion in damage to residences and $40 billion in damage to infrastructure such as roads, rail and port facilities, catastrophe modeling firm Eqecat estimated.

[4:56 p.m. ET, 5:56 a.m. Tokyo] Japanese officials said Sunday they will backstop the country's financial system when markets reopen after Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami, CNNMoney's Chris Isidore reports.

The Bank of Japan, in a statement, said it would monitor financial markets and the operation of banks and "stand ready to respond and act as necessary." The aim is to make sure the banks have enough cash on hand to meet demands of panicky investors and cover withdrawal demands of bank customers.

Friday afternoon's earthquake hit just before the close of trading in Japanese markets. The benchmark Nikkei 225 stock index dropped just over 100 points, or 1%, in the final minutes of trading and ended the day 1.7% lower.

[3:58 p.m. ET, 4:58 a.m. Tokyo] Japan's Kyodo News Agency has reported a dramatic rescue took place off Japan's coast Sunday, when a Japanese destroyer rescued a 60-year-old man at sea, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) off Fukushima prefecture.

The man, identified as Hiromitsu Shinkawa of Minami Soma, was swept away with his house during Friday's tsunami, Kyodo reported. He was spotted floating in the sea, waving a self-made red flag while standing on a piece of his house's roof. Shinkawa was quoted as telling rescuers he had left his home because of the quake, but returned home to grab some belongings with his wife when the tsunami hit. "I was saved by holding onto the roof," he said, "but my wife was swept away

[3:13 p.m. ET, 4:13 a.m. Tokyo] Japanese media report 42 people were rescued Sunday in Minami Sanriku, a northeastern Japanese town where an estimated 9,500 people - more than half the town's 18,000 population - are unaccounted for.

[2:16 p.m. ET, 3:16 a.m. Tokyo] Delta Airlines resumed its full flight schedule to Japan on Sunday.

[1:54 p.m. ET, 2:54 a.m. Tokyo] Numerous U.S. rescue and assistance teams arrived Sunday in Japan and are helping lead a broad international effort to bring relief to areas ravaged by Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

The United States, the United Kingdom, China, and South Korea are among 69 governments that have offered to help, Kyodo News Agency reported, citing the Japanese foreign ministry.

Aid groups such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have sent teams to some of the worst-hit areas, including Sendai, Narita, Asahi and Tokyo. Mercy Corps International teamed with Peace Winds Japan to rush aid to affected regions.

[12:36 p.m. ET, 1:36 a.m. Tokyo] The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan late last week rose to 1,597, with hundreds more missing, authorities said early Monday.

As of 12:01 a.m. (11:01 a.m. ET), at least 1,481 people were missing and 1,923 injured, according to the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters.

The number of dead is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.

[11:00 a.m. ET, 12:00 a.m. Tokyo] The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday rose to 1,353, with hundreds more missing, authorities said Sunday.

As of 9:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. ET), at least 1,085 people were missing and 1,743 injured, according to the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters.

[10:39 a.m. ET, 11:39 p.m. Tokyo] A state of emergency has been declared at a nuclear power plant in Onagawa, Japan, where excessive radiation levels have been recorded following Friday's massive earthquake, the United Nations' atomic watchdog agency said Sunday.

Authorities have told the agency that the three reactor units at the Onagawa plant "are under control."

[10:21 a.m. ET, 11:21 p.m. Tokyo] As international aid began to flow into Japan on Sunday, China's Red Cross said it would donate around $152,000 dollars in emergency aid to its Japanese counterpart, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

[9:48 a.m. ET, 10:48 p.m. Tokyo] South Korea planned to send a 102-member rescue team to Japan on Sunday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

South Korea has also arranged for shipments of liquified natural gas to be sent to Japan, the agency said.

[9:10 a.m. ET, 10:10 p.m. Tokyo] Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan called on his country Sunday to prepare for sacrifice and to work together in overcoming the effects of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

"We Japanese had a lot of difficulties in the past, but we were able to overcome those difficulties to reach this peaceful and prosperous society we have been able to build. So with regard to the earthquake and tsunami, I am confident that the Japanese people can be united to work together. ...  I ask each one of you, please have such determination, and deepen your bond with your family members, your neighbors, and the people in your community to overcome this crisis so that Japan can be a better place. We can do it together."

[8:07 a.m. ET, 9:07 p.m. Tokyo] The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday rose to 1,217, with hundreds more missing, authorities said Sunday.

As of 7:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m. ET), at least 1,086 people were missing and 1,741 injured, according to the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters.

The number of dead is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.

[7:57 a.m. ET, 8:57 p.m. Tokyo] Some 12,000 people have been rescued from the ruins of Friday's massive earthquake in Japan, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said late Sunday.

[7:30 a.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. Tokyo] The USS Ronald Reagan has started delivering aid in the coastal regions of Japan's Miyagi prefecture. Crew members, in conjunction with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces, have conducted 20 sorties delivering aid pallets using eight U.S. and Japanese helicopters, according to Sgt. Maj. Stephen Valley of U.S. Forces Japan.

The Kyodo news agency reported that the team hopes to deliver 30,000 portions of emergency food rations in this initial operation.

[7:08 a.m. ET, 8:08 p.m. Tokyo] Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has ordered a Tokyo power company to conduct a widespread power outage in an effort to preserve energy as workers try to repair power plants damaged in Friday's devastating earthquake.

[6:45 a.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. Tokyo] There is a 70% likelihood that Japan will experience an earthquake of 7.0 or above in the next three days, the country's meteorological agency said.

Takashi Yokota, director the Earthquake Prediction Information Division of the agency said he based his prediction on increased tectonic activity.

[5:37 a.m. ET, 6:37 p.m. Tokyo] Japan Meteorological Agency has canceled all tsunami advisories. Meanwhile, the death toll from the quake rose on Sunday to 977 dead. At least 739 people are missing and 1,683 are injured, according to the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters.

[4:47 a.m. ET, 5:47 p.m. Tokyo] A round of sirens urged people to go to higher ground in Sendai, a city affected days earlier by a tsunami. The tsunami advisories by local officials were prompted by aftershocks following an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck last week.

[3:46 a.m. ET, 4:46 p.m. Tokyo] A second explosion could occur at an earthquake-struck nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, a government official told reporters Sunday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said an explosion could occur in the buliding housing the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

[3:12 a.m. ET, 4:12 p.m. Tokyo] At least 160 people are being tested for radiation exposure after tens of thousands of residents were evacuated in the wake of an explosion at a nuclear reactor damaged by Friday's massive quake and tsunami. FULL STORY

[1:55 a.m. ET, 3:55 p.m. Tokyo] According to Japan's Kyodo News, the magnitude of the devastating quake was revised upward on Sunday from 8.8 to 9.0, making it one of the largest in history, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

[12:21 a.m. ET, 2:21 p.m. Tokyo]The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan late last week rose to 801, with hundreds more missing, authorities said Sunday. At least 733 are missing, according to the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters. The number of dead is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.

[12:21 a.m. ET, 2:21 p.m. Tokyo] Sgt. Major Stephen Valley, spokesman for U.S.  Forces on Japan, tells CNN that the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan has arrived off the waters of northern Honshu and is operational, preparing for relief efforts.

soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. educatedguess

    there's a severe censorship, if not an outright information blackout, going on, mixed with "confuse with contradicting messages and rumors" tactics for future deniability as well.

    that can't be a sign of a good thing happening and coming.

    March 13, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bethel stephen

    My heart is realy pained. I pray 2 God to strenghten them tru dis trialsme period

    March 13, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Roman, Butler PA

      And, He is listening. But, the world has become lost. For in it is the Son of Man, yet they ignore the signs.

      March 13, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Beth

    I caught a few remarks a commentator made last night. IF I understood correctly, he said the men working on the reactor now will die from the radiation they're being exposed too within a month. Does anyone know if this is correct??

    March 13, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dbarrus

    People please "google" melt down reactor, there is a lot of very good information out there.

    I do agree that yesterday CNN, handled all the rumors, miss information and possibly a communication difference, with poor reporting to the public. I think as the day progress CNN finely found the right people who could answer and explain what the terminology really means, they were able to put the situation and terminology into layman terms.

    Nuclear power plants and Mother Nature, In my opinion do not make good bed partners. "Nature always finds a way"

    March 13, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. COL. BAT GUANO

    All this talk of heavy water makes me thirsty.

    March 13, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Emily Peyton

    Its best to remove yourself from the media cycle, we all know that it is controlled by an elite addicted to control of peoples (masses) through fear, brainwashing and propels consumerism. Of course a shift must happen, and it is within each and everyone of us, as much as the chaos is outside. Learning to listen to your own intuition, afterall the portion of your brain that scientists say are not in use are in fact living antenea, useful for sensing the vibrations of other beigns, human or alternate species. The boundaries where you ( and your body ) begin and leave off are far more maleable than you are instructed. Yes, nuclear science is irresponsible, and consumerism is as well, lack of honor or committment to the good of all, inability to envision and carry out a world expectation of civil mature reactions amongst us all.
    Personally, I increase my thankfullness everyday, if possible, and learn more each day of how to live in harmony with others and the earth, I like very much the information I am learning about industrial hemp, and how we can build homes that are carbon negative with it, bioplastics, and biofuels. Also learn about how money is created, as abuse of it, including neglect by those who do not learn about it enough to understand the victimhood they subcribe to as debt slaves. Appropriate use on money can be begun any time, and all it takes is learning by those who need it used well.
    Many should look up Haarp, to see why these tsunamis are happening as weel. There are some who are chuckling at the huge money to be made from each disaster, as welll disasters are times when governments alter government and remove more rights from individuals. Free your inner sovereign! Stop believing in victimhood.
    All the best, from Vermont.

    March 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glenna

      HUH???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ahawk

    Instead of listening to the news on this or even the comments here, how about letting true nuclear experts really explain what is going on? This is the best I've seen yet: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fukushima-core

    March 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Thuvang

    Hurricane and Earthquake.
    As I have written before, using the cold water from bottom to cool down the surface of the ocean will weaken the power of the Hurricane. However, to complete control the Hurricane is a different story; at least five more factors have to add up with the cold water to complete control the hurricane.
    Earthquake is more difficult to control than the Hurricane; perhaps, we, the Human, probably need another 200 (*$*) years to find out a way to reduce the Earthquake! Today Science and Technologies are not advance enough to make the job done; however, to predict Earthquake is very much within today Science and technologies. I cannot understand why the Earth Scientists are still missing their point for predicting Earthquake! ? ! ? ! ? ! Something is not right, they, Scientists, should know how to predict Earthquake ahead of time in days or even months!?!?!?
    Thhnfl@aol.com
    Khongly@hotmail.com

    Factors involve predicting earthquake!
    1) Earth Rotation.
    2) Earth Revolution.
    3) The moon.
    4) Centripetal forces.
    5) Structure of the Earth.
    6) Cycloid moves of the points.
    7) The wobble earth.
    8) Earth Magnetic field.
    9) Data from previous earthquake (coordinates, time, how forces have been out of synchronized or equilibrium of forces . . . . .)
    10) For better details of predicting involve:
     Mars.
     Mercury.
     Venus.
     Sun spots.
    Thhffl@aol.com
    Khongly@hotmail.com
    Tho Huynh
    ********Notes**************
    With super computers the predictions of earthquake are even better!
    (*$*) Second thought with my article that I have written about decade ago about “Acupuncture on Earth”, THEN TIME IS NOW, NOT 200 years later, read the part of it below:
    EARTH LIVING FORCE CONDUIT CURRENTS (ELFCC):
    ELFCC is a similar principle or theory to the ACUPUNTURE; instead, it is applied on the PLANET EARTH rather than the HUMAN BODY. Unfortunately, the PRINCIPLE or THEORY of ACUPUNCTURE has been lost in time; I am the one who has found back the WAY to explain and apply the method for both HUMAN BODY and THE BODY OF EARTH.
    I remember my coworker (Mark Rose) has asked me: “How big the needle will be?” I am kind of laughing, because it is obviously he has no idea what he is dealing with, but I still answered:
    “ Let compare the needle and the Human body, obviously, it (the needle) is very small compare to the Human body”.
    Basically, the ELFCC is the way of technology to move the ENERGY CURRENTS (temporary name called) around the Earth; this is sophisticated technology that is completely new to Human’s knowledge.
    ELFCC is a technology that has used a small amount of Energy to level a big domain of Energy, just like Acupuncture has used a small needle to leverage the Amount of Energy in Human Space Body.
    Let me give you some real facts; for example, Human Body has about 72 GRAND VITAL POINTS and about 360 REGULAR VITAL POINTS. If we choose 5 GRAND VITAL POINTS out of 72 Points to be a set of 5 Points, then we have:
    (72! ) /( 5!(72 – 5)!) = 13,991,544 sets of 5 points
    There are 13,991,544 sets of 5 points to study. Suppose only half , (6,995,772) sets of 5 points, or even a quarter, (3,497,886) sets of 5 points are valuable; perhaps, nobody on Earth has found that much combinations of 5 Points in effects of them in either of HUMAN BODY ACUPUNCTURE or of EARTH BODY ACUPUNTURE(in difference structure, combinations, Dimensions, and complexion ) any more! ?!?!?!?!?
    The Combinations are even more complex with the different depths of each point in 5 points. . . . . . . . . . .
    For example, the first needle with 3 different levels of Depth, then the combination of 1st needle in 1st level is 120 combinations, and then in 3 levels are 360 combinations, then
    360 X 5 = 1800
    1800 X 13,991,544 = 25,184,779,200 combinations
    I would not mention about 360 REGULAR VITAL POINTS yet! The Number is even out of the range of imagination, I am sorry, we, The Human, are still far behind the Universe right here on Earth!
    With high level of technical Acupuncture, the application might make some treatments that they are considered Medical Miracles . . . . . . . Unfortunately, those secrets have been gone for long time!
    What is high level of technical Acupuncture?
    Answers: a) Depth.
    b) Hours ON/OFF of vital points.
    c) Human Body Living Force Conduit Currents.
    d) The Understanding of Logical Reactions and Logical Interact of Conduit Currents in Human Space Body.
    e) Ying and Yang transformation.
    DĮCH VÔ THỄ, NHƯ THẦN VÔ PHƯƠNG.
    FORMALESS DYNAMICS ARE AS DIMENSIONALESS SPIRIT.
    VẠN VẬT THĪ ĐỒNG NHẤT THỄ

    WARNING:
    ABSOLUTELY DO NOT TRY OR ATTEMPT IT IN ANY CONDITION OR WITH OUT SUPERVISION.
    We can transfer the principles and applications on Human Body to apply on infield structure of Earth
    ***********End of notes********************
    If the time is now, then the question is “Who could apply it?”; besides, I have still an Idea for building structure that can escape safely from Earthquake and Tsunami . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    Thhnfl@aol.com
    Khongly@hotmail.com

    March 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Felipe Vaiano

    http://www.homethemovie.org/

    Home: The Movie
    We can still save it.

    March 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tim siler

    Fukushima use BWR plants. The reactor water boils making steam to drive the turbine(these are offline after scram). Don't confuse PWR plants that separate these systems with a steam generator(heat exchanger).

    March 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vickey Heaney

    It AMAZES me that all of a sudden all the "experts" are coming out of the woodwork (like they always do) and talk about the meltdown. I lived in NJ during 3 Mile Island episode – had there been a meltdown – EVERYTHING within 200 miles would be destroyed immediately – EVERYTHING. Iodine tablets? They might as well be a high powered sleeping pill so that you will not have to deal with the pain and death that you will have to endore. That's why they tell you to "stay inside" so that the bodies are not laying all over the streets. When Artificial Island was built in NJ – those guys were DRINKING at a local bar before going to work AND taking a case with them! All these nuclear power plants are way overdue – they are antiques! Go online and check the ages of the nearest one to you – and don't forget to look at the casualties they predict ( and what year was that done? 1983???) You know the old saying – when it hits the fan, bend over and kiss your a$$ goodbye!

    March 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • me too

      right on Vickey

      March 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paul

    If the primary (heavy) cooling water didn't dissipate into steam, where did it go? How else could it have room for seawater?

    March 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Its all about pride and honor. They cannot be shown as inept that is why they do not ask for help.

      March 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. matsuhiro

    this press confidence is very informative. The designer of the reactor container is explaining the problem in great detail. Definitely worth watching.

    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/13295291

    March 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      matsuhiro. thank you very much for the link.......at this time, another system has exploded, and a third is having problems.It would seem better to vent than take a chance on a burst. At least it would be a controlled loss and be less chance to further damage equipment, if the possible damage would interfere with filling the container with seawater, or hopefully, clean water.

      March 14, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff A.

    As an engineer, I do not understand why the reactor does not have a relief system that vents to high ground such as through a flare stack away from the building. That is common practice in the petroleum and chemical industry. They seem to have known that there was a possibility that the zinc could react with water to form hydrogen. This should have come up in a proper HAZOP and the necessary equipment to mitigate this risk should have been put in place.

    March 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gestes

    The whales and dolphins are winning that's what they get for killing all of them. The revenge of the mammals

    March 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
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