Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fukushima Daiichi Looking Steamy

Fukushima Daiichi has been looking extra steamy. I see these conditions are being reported on Twitter as well.

Netc is showing elevated radiation levels in Japan and the US over the last 24 hours.

TEPCO is retracting as "erroneous" reported problems at one of its plants after the June 18 earthquake:
Atsumi, Koji (2019). TEPCO wrongly reports problems at nuclear plant after earthquake. The Asahi Shimbun,

Tokyo Electric Power Co. caused a scare in Niigata Prefecture by mistakenly reporting abnormalities at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant after the June 18 earthquake struck the area.

At 10:52 p.m., TEPCO sent faxes to local governments, including the two municipalities that host the plant, that showed there were problems with electric power sources used to cool spent nuclear fuel pools for all seven reactors there.
I don't know where the elevated radiation readings are coming from, but Netc shows Japanese and the US readings as high over last 24 hours and the pattern of readings matches the jet stream flow, so whatever is spiking readings is circulating, in my opinion.

I wonder if the recent larger-than-ordinary earthquake jolts to the Pacific Rim are playing a role in kicking up emissions at Daiichi, or whether the melted fuel has its own cycles....