Saturday, May 28, 2011

Typhoon No.2 Coming, Heavy Rain Expected Over #Fukushima

Uh oh.

Japan Meteorological Agency forecasts heavy rain in Kanto and Tohoku areas on May 29 and 30 from a strong typhoon (Typhoon No.2; central pressure 960 hectopascal or millibar) coming up north from Amami Oshima (where the red circle is on the map above).

According to Mainichi Shinbun Japanese (5/28/2011), TEPCO admits that Fukushima I Nuke Plant is not ready for the typhoon, and apologizes for the lack of preparation for the wind and rain. The company has been spraying the special resin on the radioactive debris and dust at Fukushima I Nuke Plant for a month to prevent the spread of radioactive materials by wind and rain, but the spraying is only half-way done.

The Central Waste Processing Facility that has been storing the contaminated water from the Reactors 2 and 3 is near full, and the water levels in the trenches remain high. The Containment Vessels are leaking.


netudiant said...

It continues to be incomprehensible to me that Japan, perhaps the world's premier shipbuilding country, appears unable to mobilize the two or three supertankers needed to store the contaminated water.
Even if the ships are scrap after usage, they can hold the water safely for years, long enough to get the plants stabilized. Plus the ships can be moored in a safe spot, out of the typhoon zone, until their cargo can be appropriately dealt with.
It is simply wrong to watch the water rise and do nothing, but then, when a typhoon causes overflow, to claim that was beyond human control.

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