Oh Shit

It’s only getting worse

(Reuters) – Radiation leaked from a damaged Japanese nuclear reactor north of Tokyo on Saturday, the government said, after an explosion blew the roof off the facility in the wake of a massive earthquake.

The developments raised fears of a meltdown at the plant as officials scrambled to contain what could be the worst nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl explosion in 1986 that shocked the world.

That “roof” was on the reactor building

TOKYO – Japan’s government spokesman says the metal container sheltering a nuclear reactor was not affected by an explosion that destroyed the building it’s in.

Yukio Edano says the radiation around the plant did not rise after the blast but instead is decreasing. He added that pressure in the reactor was also decreasing.

Pressure and heat have been building at the nuclear reactor since an earthquake and tsunami Friday caused its cooling system to fail.

An explosion Saturday blew out the walls of the building housing the reactor. The government has ordered people within a 12-mile (20-kilometer) radius of the plant in Fukushima to evacuate the area.

The title of this post is about to go from “Oh Shit” to “Oh Fuck”.

7 Responses to “Oh Shit”

  1. Yojimbo says:

    So much for nukular energy being one of the cornerstones of our energy policy.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    Well, I certainly think it should be, but given how we have not built a nuke plant here since freakin’ Three Mile Island I don’t see this helping at all to advance the issue.

    They want us all to live in caves and use organic free range bear tallow for our lighting, YJ.

  3. JeffS says:

    To be fair, the nuclear reactors just went through an 8.8 earthquake without instantly turning into a cloud of radioactive steam. Instead, the safety measures kicked in, giving the crews time to move in for damage control.

    And the Japanese workers, God bless them, are running straight into the mess to get to work.

    Granted, that’s a rational analysis, something that eco-tards around the world won’t do. But it happens to be the truth.

  4. Yojimbo says:

    Free range bear tallow-yum!
    Probably not much of that around in the future. Dear leader is going to save the polar bear by denying us all the carbon based fuels he possily can. We may have to start burning the longterm unemployed-the energy version of the Donner Party.

    The plants survived the earthquake fairly well. The problem is the tsunami nailed the backup generators.

    Not too many places in the US that can throw an 8.8 at you and, the last time I looked, there weren’t too many tsunamies running around Iowa.
    But, as they say….

  5. Mr. Bingley says:

    While it might not have an 8.9 in its pocket, if New Madrid gets cranky, well, things would get very very ugly in the “heartland.”

    Especially given that, and I may be going out on a limb here, but I ‘m thinking that building codes in St. Louis may not quite be on par with Tokyo’s.

    Oh, and out here we’ve got the Indian Point plant atop the end of the Ramapo Fault.

  6. Yojimbo says:

    Well, you shouldn’t build these puppies on or close to big fault areas. There are plenty of areas in the US where that just isn’t a problem. There are no New Madrids in Arizona. In the other areas build gas fired plants, we are up to here in the stuff. Just start building something. We have to break the momentum of these sustainable energy clowns conserving us down to nothing, including jobs.

  7. nightfly says:

    Interesting take today at WSJ Online about why Chernobyl did what it did, and why Fukushima is not likely to get that way. I hope this guy’s correct. They’ve suffered so much already. The footage of the quake and tsunami are awful.

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