Saturday, April 21, 2012

Update on Petrochemical Complex Fire: 2nd Explosion in the Morning of April 22, Depleted Uranium Containers Safe

UPDATE: FNN News says there are about 3,400 containers of depleted uranium at the plant, but according to Mitsui Chemical there is no damage to the containers.


NHK has a fixed camera nearby (5 kilometers from the plant). The second explosion took place at 8AM on April 22. (My original post on the accident is here.)

You can go to NHK to view the video clip.

So far, 1 worker is dead, 11 workers including workers at the adjacent plant injured, with two severely injured. 5 residents living nearby were injured by broken glass.

8AM explosion captured by the NHK camera:

Firefighting continues at the plant, (which looks more like Fukushima I Nuke Plant...):

No definite word yet on the depleted uranium that was stored at the plant, or on the low-level radioactive waste.


Anonymous said...

no damage to the depleted uranium i hear, where have i heard this before, i smell a cover up...the japanese have proven themselves to be untrustworthy in situations like this

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Everything feels deja vu these days. Or that movie, Groundhog Day.

Anonymous said...

Still no toxic releases...whew
On the subject of deja vu, do you remember posting or seeing these videos at the end of October?

There is the press conference and several with his explanation of the report.
Memory could just be failing me under the unending glut of snap, crackle, and leak.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

No I haven't seen the report. Didn't know it existed. What did Ohmae have to say? Anything different or new?

Anonymous said...

Only halfway through right now, I'll post in the a.m.

Anonymous said...

His website where the written report is located.

Anonymous said...

"Such catastrophic accidents can be expected to occur every 12–15 years."

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Every 12 to 15 years?

TEPCO estimated the probability of a catastrophic event at Fukushima plant as "once in 10 million years"...

I guess that "once" came only after less than 40 years.

Anonymous said...

The usual propoganda and minimal release of information will accompany this accident, expect a big coverup if there was radioactive material involved..... Groudhog day again..

Atomfritz said...

Thank you anon 12:09.
Really interesting article.

Let's look at the reactor catastrophes only:
1957 Windscale
1959 Simi Valley
1961 SL-1 (not counted because of small reactor in sparsely inhabitated area)
1979 TMI (releases were very high but measurements still classified)
1986 Chernobyl
2011 Fukushima
55 years, at least 5 catastrophic reactor accidents (core blazes, meltdowns, explosions) resulting in high releases and wrecked reactors.
Other catastrophes in the nuclear chain (reprocessing, storage) have happened too, but are not counted.

I think the empiric 11 years real average timespan between nuclear reactor catastrophes comes quite close to the mathematical-statistical estimate of 12-15 years.

Anonymous said...


In the Mitsubishi plant in Iwakuni city in which the fire explosion accident occurred, about 3400 drums filled with depleted uranium are stored. Though the leakage of the depleted uranium has not been reported, it can not be determined because the safety has not been measured. In Iwakuni, it was raining all day whike the accident. Dense fog advisory is out now. Toxic gas has been released to the environment because of the large scale of the chemical factory fire. It shoud be wise for people living or sightseeng there to self-defense with mask and so on.

Anonymous said...

@anon at 9:03AM, please kindly post the link from which you quote. Or if it is your own assertion, you'd better substantiate your comment that toxic gas has been released.

Anonymous said...

Is this the same fire that Japan Times is saying is at a "glue factory" ?

Anonymous said...

Looks like a CME to me. And that's nuclear.

Apolline said...

@ Anon at 10:55AM, I think so. Adhesive or glue are the same.

In France, no mention in the medias about this accident.
People are more interested by the presidential elections.

Sarkozy vs Hollande (a very french name !) for the second tour.
You take the sames ones and you do as usually....that is nothing much.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@anon at 10:55AM, yes, though I don't think it's a wood glue. It's for the tires.

Anonymous said...

Not much new in his extremely confidential report. Maybe a few data charts on Onagawa and Tokai and some pictures.
~1:38 in pt.2 he starts the summary on lessons learned (the repeated use of this phrase makes me wonder if his voice is in that big pile of NRC FOIA Lucas has posted)
My loose interpretation of his 3C's...
Build and reconstruct to address faulty guidelines.
Train workers and citizens.
We need nuclear.

Excuse the OT. The sudden appearance of a nuclear engineer/economist raised some questions.
Back to the fire now.

Anonymous said...

To anonymous at 10:52am... you know whenever there are fires like this, there are always toxix chemicals released.... rubbers, plastics etc...let alone the potential for stored chemicals...come on...are you serious doubting toxic release regardless of DP.?

Market Strategy said...

Petrochemicals are chemical products resulting from oil (petroleum). Some other substances (chemical compounds)made from oil are also obtained from other energy sources, such as natural gas or coal , and also alternative sources such as sugar cane or corn.

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