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  • Location: South Shields Tyne & Wear half mile from the coast.
  • Location: South Shields Tyne & Wear half mile from the coast.

    Nimbostratu. Thank you.

    Yes, but the distance is already known. So, why are the countries of Western America concerned?

    The force of the earthquake was more than likely directed westerly also low tide coincided with the expected tsunami.

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  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City

    "Update 5:33: Both reactors at the plant have been damaged, and officials say they have "lost control" of the pressure, according to Reuters."

    http://www.businessi...ar-plant-2011-3

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  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Altitude: 189 m, Density Altitude: 6 m
  • Weather Preferences: Tropical Cyclone, Blizzard, Thunderstorm, Freezing Cold Day and Heat Wave.
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Altitude: 189 m, Density Altitude: 6 m

    The force of the earthquake was more than likely directed westerly also low tide coincided with the expected tsunami.

    I understand. Thank you.

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  • Location: Aldborough, North Norfolk
  • Location: Aldborough, North Norfolk

    "Update 5:33: Both reactors at the plant have been damaged, and officials say they have "lost control" of the pressure, according to Reuters."

    http://www.businessi...ar-plant-2011-3

    Hi PP,

    I find it really difficult to reconcile that blog which includes the words "nightmare scenario" with these comments via the Beeb

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    2217: The Associated Press is also now citing Japanese nuclear safety agency officials as saying that radiation levels inside one of the reactors at the Fukushima-Daini nuclear power plant have surged to 1,000 times their normal levels after the cooling system failed. Pressure inside the reactor has risen to 1.5 times the level considered normal.

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    2239: Japanese nuclear safety officials have said the problems at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant represent "no immediate health hazard" to people living nearby. Some 45,000 people living within a 10km (6-mile) radius of the plant were told to evacuate as radiation levels rose to 1,000 times above normal in one reactor.

    Such a surge, cannot be considered normal, but the important part is in bold, and the batteries mentioned that will only last 8 hours, from another report I read, the Japanese government are flying more in by military helicopter.

    Besides, the one government in the world to take nuclear safety seriously is Japan, they are the only country that have seen the horrific effects of an atom bomb

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  • Location: Bratislava (240m)
  • Location: Bratislava (240m)

    8.9 is simply a massive earthquake, and indeed it's of the powerful megathrust variety which typically induces potent tsunamis (where faulting occurs at subductive plate boundaries). That's now three megathrust earthquakes in little over six years (before 2004, the last one was the Alaskan earthquake of 1964).

    I have to say I'm quite concerned at some of the reports coming out regarding damaged nuclear reactors...

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  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City

    However, pressure inside the containment of unit 1 had been steadily increasing over the time that emergency core cooling systems had not been active. Tepco reported at 2am that pressure had increased to around 600 kPa, compared to normal operating levels of 400 kPa.

    The company then announced a decision to reduce the pressure within containment "for those units that cannot confirm certain levels of water injection" by the safety systems. "We will endeavor to restore the units and continue monitoring the environment of the site periphery."

    An International Atomic Energy Agency announcement at 4.20am confirmed the work to restore power using mobile power supplies. It noted the increase in pressure at unit 1 and said that this would be relieved by a controlled venting operation, "which will be filtered to retain radiation within containment."

    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_Massive_earthquake_hits_Japan_1103111.html

    Hi PP,

    I find it really difficult to reconcile that blog which includes the words "nightmare scenario" with these comments via the Beeb

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    2217: The Associated Press is also now citing Japanese nuclear safety agency officials as saying that radiation levels inside one of the reactors at the Fukushima-Daini nuclear power plant have surged to 1,000 times their normal levels after the cooling system failed. Pressure inside the reactor has risen to 1.5 times the level considered normal.

    and

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    2239: Japanese nuclear safety officials have said the problems at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant represent "no immediate health hazard" to people living nearby. Some 45,000 people living within a 10km (6-mile) radius of the plant were told to evacuate as radiation levels rose to 1,000 times above normal in one reactor.

    Such a surge, cannot be considered normal, but the important part is in bold, and the batteries mentioned that will only last 8 hours, from another report I read, the Japanese government are flying more in by military helicopter.

    Besides, the one government in the world to take nuclear safety seriously is Japan, they are the only country that have seen the horrific effects of an atom bomb

    Good point.

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  • Location: Chevening Kent
  • Location: Chevening Kent

    Besides, the one government in the world to take nuclear safety seriously is Japan, they are the only country that have seen the horrific effects of an atom bomb

    With the world watching I wonder how accurate the reports are coming out are?

    There are not many emergency situations where the extent of the problem is released to the media while it is playing out?

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  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Altitude: 189 m, Density Altitude: 6 m
  • Weather Preferences: Tropical Cyclone, Blizzard, Thunderstorm, Freezing Cold Day and Heat Wave.
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Altitude: 189 m, Density Altitude: 6 m
    International Training Course on Tsunami Numerical Modeling, by Greek Professor Costas Synolakis, University of Southern California. Edited by Konstantinos
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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
  • Weather Preferences: Any Extreme
  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield

    Number of nuclear reactors having problems now two. One of them could be going into meltdown. As for safety measures a few years ago there was a scandal over faked safety procedures. So don't presume money doesn't talk here as it does elsewhere.

    Anyway aftershocks rumbling on with a 6.8 early this morning.

    Death toll just over a 1000.

    Beeb seems to confirm that meltdown in progress.

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  • Location: Aldborough, North Norfolk
  • Location: Aldborough, North Norfolk

    Number of nuclear reactors having problems now two. One of them could be going into meltdown. As for safety measures a few years ago there was a scandal over faked safety procedures. So don't presume money doesn't talk here as it does elsewhere.

    Anyway aftershocks rumbling on with a 6.8 early this morning.

    Death toll just over a 1000.

    Beeb seems to confirm that meltdown in progress.

    If the nuclear fuel cans start to melt, then there will almost certainly be some form of release into the atmosphere. As someone else said above, with the state of things there, how accurate are the reports

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  • Location: Evesham, Worcs, Albion
  • Location: Evesham, Worcs, Albion

    Unconfirmed reports coming through of an explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

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  • Location: Bramley, Hampshire, 70m asl
  • Location: Bramley, Hampshire, 70m asl

    Unconfirmed reports coming through of an explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

    Yes I'm hearing that walls and roof of a building at the plant have been destroyed in explosion. Probably not the reactor itself?? ...but v serious.

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  • Location: frogmore south devon
  • Location: frogmore south devon

    massive explosion at the power plant, some of the tele pictures are quite disturbing

    49 reported after shocks since midnight

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  • Location: Aldborough, North Norfolk
  • Location: Aldborough, North Norfolk

    massive explosion at the power plant, some of the tele pictures are quite disturbing

    49 reported after shocks since midnight

    Have to start checking for possible radiation leaks. "Expert" on the BBC News trying, rightly, to talk it down rather than hype it up. But yes, worrying
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  • Location: Milton Keynes MK
  • Weather Preferences: anything extreme or intense !
  • Location: Milton Keynes MK

    This is bad, just when you thought things couldn't get any worse:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12720219

    A massive explosion has struck a Japanese nuclear power plant after Friday's devastating earthquake.

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  • Location: Aldborough, North Norfolk
  • Location: Aldborough, North Norfolk

    "Update 5:33: Both reactors at the plant have been damaged, and officials say they have "lost control" of the pressure, according to Reuters."

    http://www.businessi...ar-plant-2011-3

    Hi PP,

    Unfortunately, you called that right, now it looks pretty poor, that was a big explosion

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  • Location: Bramley, Hampshire, 70m asl
  • Location: Bramley, Hampshire, 70m asl

    At least the weather is on their side regarding the Fukushima plant.

    Currently a strong southerly breeze at Futaba (Closest town to plant) veering to a westerly overnight, which would take any fallout out to sea.

    http://weather.weatherbug.com/Japan/Futaba-weather.html

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  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)
  • Location: Caterham-on-the-hill, Surrey, 190m asl (home), Heathrow (work)

    Press conference suggesting there has been a radiation leak from the explosion, but how serious???

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  • Location: Milton Keynes MK
  • Weather Preferences: anything extreme or intense !
  • Location: Milton Keynes MK

    From Richard Black, BBC environment correspondent: "Although Japan has a long and largely successful nuclear power programme, officials have been less than honest about some incidents in the past, meaning that official re-assurances are unlikely to convince everyone this time round."

    "This is starting to look a lot like Chernobyl" Walt Patterson, an associate fellow with Chatham House, has told the BBC after seeing pictures of the explosion at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant. "The nuclear agency says that they have detected caesium and iodine outside the unit, which certainly indicates fuel melting at the very least," he says. "Once you have melting fuel coming into contact with water, that would almost certainly be the cause of the explosion."

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)

    Lots of conflicting reports but the main thread of what I have been watching and reading this morning is that it may be a sudden release of excess pressurised steam. Not looking good, but fingers crossed we avoid another Chernobyl.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHfR_wybvw0

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  • Location: Chevening Kent
  • Location: Chevening Kent

    As said last night its unlikely that the reports being released to the media are totally accurate, given the wording from the Japanese authorities you can be pretty sure that the reactor is in meltdown.

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  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City

    I suspect that the Japanese authorities will be distributing potassium iodide pills to nearby residents.

    Horrible situation.

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