Intn. Atomic Energy Agency: Japan Situation ‘fairly stable’

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    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/03/...situation-fairly-stable-says-iaea/#more-36197

    The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant in Japan, badly damaged during the extremely severe earthquake and tsunami there a week ago, continues to stabilise. It is becoming more probable by the day that public health consequences will be zero and radiation health effects among workers at the site will be so minor as to be hard to measure. Nuclear experts are beginning to condemn the international hysteria which has followed the incident in increasingly blunt terms.

    Seawater cooling of the three damaged reactor cores (Nos 1, 2 and 3) at the site continues. US officials and other foreign commentators continued to remain focused on a spent-fuel storage pool at the No 4 reactor (whose fuel had been removed and placed in the pool some three months prior to the quake).



    Despite this, operations by Japanese powerplant technicians, military personnel and emergency services at the site focused instead on cooling the spent-fuel pool at the No 3 building, and on restoring grid electrical power at the plant. Japanese officials continued to contend that water remained in the No 4 pool and the situation there was less serious than that at No 3....
     
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    Ominous smoke plumes, contaminated water and food, neutron beams -- but everything is just fine in Japan, suggest authorities


    (NaturalNews) If you listen purely to what Japanese authorities and officials at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are saying concerning the unfolding nuclear meltdown situation, you might come away thinking that everything is just fine and under control. But reports continue to flood in that seem to say otherwise, suggesting that conditions at the plant are far from remedied.

    On Wednesday at roughly 4:20 pm, a black smoke that was seen billowing from Reactor 3 -- which happens to contain the highly dangerous MOX plutonium fuel (http://www.naturalnews.com/031736_p...) -- prompted an evacuation of all workers at all four damaged reactors. Roughly an hour later, officials claim the smoke started to recede, but they did not identify what prompted it, and some reports say the smoke actually continued throughout the day (http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/20...). This event followed a similar one at Reactor 3 on Monday where observed gray smoke prompted an earlier worker evacuation.

    Kyodo News reported on Wednesday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has observed mysterious neutron beams coming from the plant 13 times since the initial earthquake and tsunami. These neutron beams, which reportedly measure roughly one mile, may be evidence that uranium and plutonium have already been released from the plant's damaged reactors and fuel rods as spent nuclear fuels allegedly release such beams through nuclear fission. Officials have been observing these beams since March 13 and are just now disclosing this important information on March 23 (http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/20...).


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