More Fukushima nuclear trouble

TEPCO cartoon

From the BBC:

Japan nuclear crisis: Xenon detected at Fukushima plant

By Roland Buerk
BBC News, Tokyo

A radioactive gas has been detected at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the facility’s operator says.

Tepco said xenon had been found in reactor two, which was previously thought to be near a stable shutdown.

There has been no increase in temperature or pressure, but the discovery may indicate a problem with the reactor.

Boric acid – used to suppress nuclear reactions – has been injected as a precaution.

Ever since the meltdowns in March triggered by the huge earthquake and tsunami, engineers have been working to bring the Fukushima reactors under control.

The government and Tepco – the Tokyo Electric Power Company – have said they are on track to achieve a stable shutdown by the end of the year.

But now they have found what could be a problem – radioactive xenon gas detected in a filter in reactor two.

Since it has a short half-life, it indicates a possibility of resumed nuclear fission in recent days.

See also here.

Japan Starts Bailout of Tepco After Fukushima Causes More Losses: here.

In an episode of The Simpsons, nuclear power plant owner Mr. Burns tries to justify the existence of Blinky, a three-eyed fish caught in the local river, by saying it is the next step in evolution and not a horrible mutation. Strangely though, he refuses to eat Blinky when it is served to him — we’re not surprised. But while Blinky is the product of a fictional cartoon, this three-eyed fish caught nearby a nuclear facility in Argentina, is not. Read more: Three-Eyed Fish Caught Near Argentinian Nuclear Power Plant: here.

Ukraine’s Vice-PM Serhiy Tigipko retreated on plans to slash benefits for Chernobyl clean-up veterans today after over 1,000 protesters stormed the parliament building: here.

2 thoughts on “More Fukushima nuclear trouble

  1. Pingback: Japanese emperor’s anti-nuclear speech censored | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. 07/12/2011 @ 15:51:09

    Radiation alert over baby food

    JAPAN: Traces of radiation spilled from Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant were detected in baby formula today.

    Major food and confectionery maker Meiji said it was recalling canned powdered milk for infants as a precaution.

    The company claimed that the amounts were low enough not to have any affect on babies’ health.


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