News24 reports that Rods 'likely' melting in Japan reactors.
(emphasis mine) [my comment]
Rods 'likely' melting in Japan reactors
Tokyo - Japanese officials say the nuclear fuel rods appear to be melting inside all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said on Monday: "Although we cannot directly check it, it's highly likely happening."
Expert: Multiple reactor crises at the same time — "We've never had a situation like this before"
Michio Kaku: "We are now going into uncharted territory" — "This could be a Chernobyl in the making"
Tokyo nuke cloud crisis—Radiation around Fukushima nearing deadly levels
The Sun reports about radiation around Fukushima.
Tokyo nuke cloud crisis
By VIRGINIA WHEELER
Published: March 14, 2011
No1 reactor blew up on Saturday, and officials admitted it was "highly likely" a partial meltdown had already occurred. …
It later emerged that the cooling system pump in No2 reactor had completely shut down, sparking fears a second explosion was imminent.
Experts were frantically trying to cool No3 reactor to prevent deadly uranium fuel pellets melting. Authorities admitted for the first time that RADIATION AROUND FUKUSHIMA IS NEARING THE LEVEL WHERE HUMANS VOMIT UNCONTROLLABLY, HAIR CAN BE STRIPPED FROM THE BODY - AND CANCER RATES SOAR.
An explosion in No3 reactor would be far worse than the No1 blast, since it contains lethal plutonium as well as uranium. [see below for VIDEO of explosion in No3 reactor]
Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Reactor 3 explosion (March 14, 2011)
Overhead photo of Fukushima after explosions (HI-RES)
March 14th, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Countries now testing Japanese imports for radiation
Reuters reports that Asia to test Japan food imports for radiation.
Asia to test Japan food imports for radiation
2011-03-14 5:55pm GMT
MANILA (Reuters) - South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines will test Japanese food imports for radiation, officials said on Monday, and other countries may also step up monitoring as Japan tries to contain a nuclear crisis.
"As far as radiation is concerned, I think the most at-risk articles are ... fresh products, perhaps dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables," Hong Kong's Food and Health Secretary York Chow said.
US navy, corporations, and individuals fleeing Japan
BBC world reports that US navy, Corporations, and individuals are fleeing Japan.
0650: Japan's government is insisting that radiation levels across the country are safe, says the BBC's Chris Hogg in Tokyo, but a German businessman has told our correspondent that some foreign firms are starting to move their expatriate staff south — or out of the country altogether — because they don't have confidence in what the government is saying any more.
0723: The US Seventh Fleet has moved its ships and aircraft away from the stricken Fukushima plant after discovering low-level radioactive contamination, Reuters reports. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was some 160km offshore when its instruments detected the radiation in a plume of smoke and steam released from the crippled plant. …
1839: UK nuclear expert John Large tells the BBC that the wind direction off the east coast of Japan is moving round to the south, which could take any radioactive plume from the Fukushima plant over the Tokyo region.
1844: Mikan in Tokyo writes: "There is a growing sense that the Japanese government is not telling us the true story. On one end, there is the Japanese media that plays down the nuclear drama and focuses on human drama, and at the other, the foreign media is up-playing the nuclear disaster. In my company I heard at least half the essential staff is being sent to Hong Kong, Singapore or even Sydney. I am preparing to leave Tokyo and/or Japan. So are many of my friends. There is a sense of deserting Tokyo as soon as possible."
My reaction: Japan is in the middle of experiencing multiple Chernobyl-style meltdowns.
1) the nuclear fuel rods appear to be melting inside all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors.
2) Radiation around Fukushima is nearing the level where humans vomit uncontrollably, hair can be stripped from the body - and cancer rates soar.
3) South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines will test Japanese food imports for radiation
4) The US navy, corporations, and individuals are fleeing Japan.
Conclusion: This is probably not going to end well.
More Dramatic Video of Tsunami
BBC has released new video footage of Tsunami: Japan earthquake: The path of the tsunami