Emfuser's Japanese nuclear power debacle Q&A thread


Ghost of OT Past
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Feb 20, 2002
Irmo, SC
I've worked in nuclear power for 8 years. I did two years in operations as a non-licensed operator and I've done the other 6 in Reactor Engineering and fuels projects. There is another OT poster who is a co-worker of mine (Nucleartiger) who is a licensed reactor operator here. He has more insight into plant operations and response than I do whereas I know a bit more about fuel and engineering type details.

I am not creating this thread to reinvent the wheel. I'm going to offer links to information and explanations and will respond to specific questions people have. If your question indicates to me that you didn't look at any of the links or video I post, I will probably mock you for being a lazy retard and I still won't answer your question. If you read something on those sites that doesn't answer your question well or you don't really understand their answer, then go ahead and ask, but please do mention what you've read already. It helps me build an answer more suited to you.

Edit/update of links; 6-29-2012:
Japan Atomic Industrial Forum Inc. (English):
http://www.jaif.or.jp/english/ - Still good information here.

Nuclear Energy Institute
Replaced link: http://safetyfirst.nei.org/tag/fukushima/

World Nuclear News
Replaced link: http://safetyfirst.nei.org/tag/fukushima/ Awesome site that also has lots of good information. Interesting video about Chernobyl & Fukushima.

International Atomic Energy Agency
http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html - Fukushima accident update log

Comprehensive explanation in VIDEO form
Check out this link and watch the three videos:

The links are in the blue-shaded box to the right, though the first one is ready to play as soon as you hit the page.

Here's a link to the MIT department of nuclear sciences and engineering that contains details better suited for more technically oriented people.
Link replaced with MIT faculty 'Lessons Learned' document: http://mitnse.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/fukushima-lessons-learned-mit-nsp-025_rev1.pdf

It covers lots of the "what if...?" and comparisons to the US that many people have asked about.

If you have a question posted in another thread, just re-post it here. If you just link me to the other threads I will probably ignore it, as I have tired of trying to keep up with the threads all over the place.

I will place a copy of this thread in DIAC as well, though I expect that will be smaller.


I will periodically clean up (delete) shit posts.

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Aug 29, 2003
They say even if all the radiation was to leak out into the air it wouldn't be the same type of radiation as chernobyl why is that?

Also how long would the land be unihabitable for if it was to full release into the air, with a worst case scenario.


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Mar 20, 2010
Crude oil dropping quickly from highs as headlines make rounds from EU chief saying that situation at Japan's nuclear plant is out of control

IAEA says Japanese authorities have reported concerns about condition of spent nuclear fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi units 3 and 4 - Reuters


Uppity ass cat-changing name from kitty to Karen
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Jul 23, 2004
I was just looking for this thread or one like it. WTF? When should we panic? can I get a time frame?


It cools teh nuts!
Apr 2, 2002
Bergen County, NJ
I heard yesterday that one of the spent fuel pools had begun boiling off water, and that the fuel rods had become exposed. How long do they have to correct the situation before the rods heat up to a point of causing a major problem?


Pass me the ringer, Knave; we’ll hand it down.
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May 24, 2005
this whole thing is really a shame, we were on the cusp of building new reactors and now the sheeple will be too scared.


New Member
Feb 15, 2005
the culture
In your opinion, is there anything the Japanese engineers should have done differently in handling this? I realise that we dont have all the information, but we do have a basic timeline of what they tried in the various different reactors.

Should they have just flooded the reactors with seawater as soon as things started breaking?



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