Tuesday, April 26, 2011

OT: #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Mascot Bird Was an Ostrich

I'm sorry for the birds but I couldn't help noticing the irony. Sort of "Schadenfreude".

Ostrich was the symbol bird (or mascot bird) for Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant...

(The photo is NOT one of the poor birds in Fukushima.)

Yomiuri Shinbun (in Japanese; 4/26/2011) reports that 30 ostriches in the ostrich farm in Ookuma-machi in the no-entry zone are left to die, because there will be no one to feed them. Already 15 of them died.

The ostrich farm is owned by a former council member of the town nearby (Futaba-machi).

Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, which straddles Ookuma-machi and Futaba-machi, started to keep ostriches on the plant compound in 2000 as part of the PR campaign. The reason for picking the ostrich as the symbol for the plant?


"Just like an ostrich that grow big on small feed, the nuclear power plant that generates large amount of electricity with small amount of uranium"

Well, the plant had over 1,700 tons of uranium and MOX fuels when the earthquake/tsunami hit on March 11 which don't seem "small", but never mind.

The ex-councilman decided to raise ostriches himself at about the same time.

The owner, according to the article, having visited nuclear power plants in Japan and abroad, knew immediately that it was a very serious accident when the hydrogen explosion happened, and he escaped immediately.


Anonymous said...

Robbie001 says:

This is TOO FUNNY!!! How ironic the Japanese nuclear industry has kept it's head buried in the radioactive sand since way before the current disaster. I recently read a story that the Japanese have tossed together a Pacbot styled radiation robot of their own. The article said Japan didn't develop radiation robots because they didn't want to give the impression an accident needing robots could ever happen. (again, after Tokai)

"Japan has tried to develop robots for nuclear power plant work twice in the past.

In 1983, a project to develop an inspection robot started following the 1979 Three Mile Island accident. But it ended in 1990 after about 20 billion yen ($244 million) was spent.

Another project to develop a robot for a nuclear accident started after a fatal accident at JCO Co. in Ibaraki Prefecture in 1999. After several billion yen was spent, the project was ended in one year on the grounds that the government did not want to give off a mistaken impression to the public."


TEPCO has also decided to now claim they are "allowing" water to flood the containment vessels. Instead of just admitting they don't have any choice.



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