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Report: Japan, utility at fault for response to nuclear disaster
Ultimately, the series of failures led to the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl.
Workers failed to immediately seek alternative sources of water to cool the overheating reactors because they assumed the system was working, even though numerous warning signs told them otherwise. “This accident has taught us an important lesson on how we must be ready for a disaster,” concluded the panel, headed by University of Tokyo professor emeritus Yotaro Hatamura.
Here’s an update on what’s going on at Fukushima, just 125 miles away from Tokyo.
Eye-opening blog of Fukushima robot operator taken offline
Aug. 23, 2011 (5:29 pm) By: Matthew Humphries
The days of seeing Japan in the news because of the earthquake and subsequent disaster are long over as attention has turned to more recent problems around the globe, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t big challenges remaining in the country. There’s still the case of the Fukushima nuclear power plant and four unstable reactors to deal with.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), which owns the Fukushima plant, is attempting to get things back to normal by using military robots provided by U.S. company iRobot. Due to the lack of communications in the area of the plant, these robots are being operated by individuals who are put in danger every day close by the reactors as they go about their clean-up tasks.
One of those operators decided to write a blog talking about his work, and it has proved very telling and informative about both the conditions at the plant and the robots themselves.
Working conditions are less than perfect. Long hours, ignored warnings, and the link to the robots during crucial clean-up work being put in jeopardy due to stupid decisions are all touched upon. We also get to learn about the limitations and advantages of each robot in this rather unique situation.
Real News In A Changing World
Japan Authorities Admit Deadly MOX Plutonium Reactor Is Leaking
March 25, 2011: Paul Joseph Watson / Prison March 25, 2011
While the mass media has all but dropped its interest in the Fukushima crisis to focus on Libya and meaningless side-issues like the death of Elizabeth Taylor, the nuclear nightmare only worsens, as Japanese authorities admit that reactor number 3, which is the only reactor to contain MOX plutonium, is now leaking.
southfork USA March 17th, 20118:19 am [from comment on NY Times article]
The nuclear energy industry in Japan is so powerful it demonstrably doesn’t even feel an obligation to accurately inform Japan’s Head of State, or anyone on earth, of the events unfolding at their exploding and burning nuclear reactors, as Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s response, reported by Japan’s Kyodo News Agency: “What in the world is going on here?” reveals.This industry, working with General Electric and others, designed built and and operated this at-risk nuclear facility on one of the most at-risk locations on the globe. Their risk calculation failed because it didn’t evaluate “major earthquake plus tsunami”, but only one or the other alone — cutting down construction costs.
Teaching Ideas: The Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan
Here are some resources for teaching about the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan, including the latest Times articles and multimedia, related lesson plans and other materials from The Learning Network, and ideas from around the Web. We’ll continue to update this post with new material this week.