Friday, May 13, 2011

OT: Google Screwed Up Big Time, Removed Posts from May 11

Blogger was not accessible for nearly 20 hours as the result of a big screw-up in maintenance which apparently removed the posts from May 11 for every Blogger user. Everyone in the whole wide world who uses Blogger.

My posts are gone too. Hopefully temporarily.

Even the unpublished drafts are gone. My feed readers are receiving posts from over a week ago.

Google claims it's making progress in restoring the posts, and "back to normal soon", but that tweet was 4 hours ago and they were saying the same 9 hours ago.

Google, meet Microsoft. (Or Adobe. Or [plug in your favorite villain]..)

Now Twitter is having some hiccups. Twitter, meet Google.


Alex Higgins said...

If you need your posts, let me know. I have a copy of them.

I was wondering were they went. Thought maybe you redacted them.

Alexander Higgins.

Kapil said...


Anonymous said...

Robbie001 sez:

This is a perfect example of why everyone who cares should keep copies of all the material they can.

Apolline said...

Same problem for my blogspot, but now all my posts are back.
It's OK.


davepowers said...

If google is having problems keeping blogspot going, perhaps they should put their department in charge of swiping the passwords from your computer as they drive down the street in charge. Those folks seem to know what they're doing, such as it is.

davepowers said...

and when I tried to post about google grabbing passwords, the special password provided was 'drovelit'

you can't say google doesn't have a sense of humor (or that they're not listening)

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@alex higgins, I sent a message via your blog. I'd appreciate if you could send my lost posts.. Google hasn't restored, and I've given up on them.

Anonymous said...

(cr here: not 100%, but...)

May 11, 2011
#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Reactor 3 Leaking Radioactive Water into Ocean

No one knew it was leaking until a worker found it on May 11.
The amount of radioactive materials in the leaking water was far less than the pit water gushing from the Reactor 2 back in early April.

Reactor 3 uses MOX fuel
high concentration of cesium-134 was detected in the seawater just outside the silt fence for the water intake area for the Reactor 3 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Cesium-134 was found to be 18,000 times the allowable limit for discharge into the ocean. It was the first time the highly contaminated water was found leaking from the Reactor 3. TEPCO carried out an emergency work to stop the leak
The water outside the silt fence for the Reactor 3 water intake also had iodine-131 at 96 becquerels/cubic centimeter, which is 2,400 times the limit.
Inside the silt fence, iodine-131 was detected at 190 becquerels/cubic centimeter (4,800 times the limit), cesium-134 at 1,900 becquerels /cubic centimeter (32,000 times the limit).
Inside the pit, iodine-131 was detected at 3,400 becquerels/cubic centimeter (85,000 times the limit), and cesium-134 at 37,000 becquerels (620,000 times the limit).

Anonymous said...

(cr here)

May 11, 2011
#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Reactor 4 Building Leaning? In Danger of Collapsing?

From AlexanderHiggins Blog, 5/10/2011:

"Nuclear expert on Russia Today reports on the danger of a complete collapse of Fukushima nuclear reactor 4 as Japan announces the building is leaning and is taking measures to reinforce to the structure to prevent a collapse that would nuclear rods from the spent fuel pool scattered on the ground around the plant. "

The blog post also has a series of photos from TBS/JNN Live Cam showing the burned out state of Reactors 3 and 4.

TEPCO did announce that it plans to commence work in the Reactor 4 reactor building to build a supporting structure from underneath the Spent Fuel Pool. Whether that is an admission that the reactor building is leaning and in danger of collapsing is a judgment call, reading between the lines and considering the past TEPCO communication.

But if the whole building is leaning and collapsing, what would be the point of building anything just to support the Spent Fuel Pool?
Either the building is NOT leaning or collapsing, or TEPCO's publicity stunt to assure the public.

Here's the Russia Today video (Reactor 4's talk after 3 minutes into the video):

Anonymous said...

(cr here: all the notes I had of your May 11 posts. Thank you for all you do!)

May 11, 2011
(Updated) #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Reactor 1's RPV Has Hardly Any Water
(UPDATE: MBS News has been updated (12:04PM JST) and it includes this bit of new information from TEPCO's press conference that just ended:

To prevent radioactive materials from further escaping into the atmosphere, TEPCO will start work on May 13 to cover up the Reactor 1 reactor building with cloth made of synthetic cloth.

As to the water level, it is "more than 5 meters below the top of the fuel rods" and "unmeasurable". (So, "more than 5 meters below the top of the fuel rods" is just an estimate.)


Murphys have never left Fukushima I Nuke Plant, and they are coming out from their hiding places.

After the workers braved the very high radiation inside the Reactor 1 reactor building and repaired the pressure gauge and the water gauge inside the Containment Vessel and the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV), TEPCO is finding out that the number they've been reporting on the level of water inside the RPV that houses the nuclear fuel rods was very, very wrong, and there's hardly any water inside the RPV.

It also turns out that there is little water in the Containment Vessel that houses the RPV.

There goes the "water entombment" scheme. All the water that has been poured into the reactor has gone somewhere. Both the RPV and the Containment Vessel of the Reactor 1 have been breached.

If the fuel rods are exposed, there is an increased danger of hydrogen explosion. However, the condition of the reactor seems stable, so it is possible that the fuel rods have melted to the bottom of the RPV, and the molten mass is being cooled by the water at the bottom, according to the source. There was hardly any water in the Containment Vessel, the source also revealed.

The "water entombment" that was planned for the Reactor 1, in which the Containment Vessel would be filled with water to cool the reactor, will have to be revised now that the Containment Vessel is likely to be broken and leaking water. (May 12, 2:29AM)

MBS News is an Osaka-based broadcasting company (AM radio, TV).

So, here's a puzzle:

TEPCO has been pouring water into the Reactor 1 RPV to the tune of 6 tons/hour, 24/7: 144 tons per day, 1,008 tons per week, 7,056 tons for 7 weeks.

Now they find out that there is hardly any water inside the reactor.

Yet, neither the iRobot's Packbots nor the human workers have found leaks from the Containment Vessel in the Reactor 1.

Where has the water gone?

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