Posts Tagged ‘nuclear’

Shoegazer Sunday: Echodrone’s “Under An Impressive Sky”

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Here’s Echodrone’s “Under an Impressive Sky,” with a video assembled from lots of tasty atomic testing footage (which, if I’m not mistaken, is from the 29 kiloton Apple-2 atomic test performed under Operation Teapot on May 5, 1955 (5/5/55).)

For more Echodrone, see here.

For more information on atomic testing, see Samuel Glasstone’s The Effects of Nuclear Weapons.

Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Update for April 4, 2011

Monday, April 4th, 2011

A few more bits of new on Sendai tsunami/earthquake aftermath:

  • The latest official death toll is 11,828, with more than 15,500 still missing.
  • Some high-resolution photos of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility
  • Another good source of information on the Fukushima Daiichi reactors.
  • During the tsunami, Waves reportedly hit 100 feet high in Ofunato City.
  • And speaking of Ofunato City, here is footage of the tsunami coming in there:

    Someone has put up a series of videos called “people trying to escape from the tsunami,” some of which I’ve never seen before, and all of which look entirely too close for comfort.

    Here’s entirely-too-close footage of the tsunami coming in, including large tugboats and a van trying to escape, right before the cameraman decided he really needed to get to higher ground:

    A video from Kamaishi in Iwate:

    Tagajo City:

    Finally, some much-needed happy news:

    (This and all previous posts on the Sendai earthquake and tsunami can be found here.)

    Japan Mini Update on Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactor for March 29

    Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

    Slashdot posted a story linking a highly speculative piece in The Guardian saying that high levels of radiation might be a sign that molten fuel has leaked through the reactor vessel (not the containment vessel, as the Slashdot summary breathlessly announces). I have not seen any confirmation of this speculation, or indeed seen this speculation repeated outside Slashdot and a few other newspapers in the UK, and it is not confirmed by the most recent IAEA report.

    Here’s the official (and comprehensive) report on the current state of the six nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi from the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum.

    Things are plenty bad at Fukushima, but (with the caveat that I am not even remotely a nuclear engineer) I see no solid evidence to suggest that there has been even a partial meltdown, much less that the core has melted through the reactor pressure vessel, much less that the containment vessel has been breached. Indeed this statement from the IAEA report would suggest a better cause for the radioactivity spike recently observed: “The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan suggests that higher activity in the water discovered in the Unit 2 turbine building is supposed to be caused by the water, which has been in contact with molten fuel rods for a time and directly released into the turbine building via some, as yet unidentified path.”

    Japan suffered a real tragedy, with over 11,000 confirmed dead from the earthquake and tsunami, and Western journalists and bloggers seem unnaturally fixated on a serious but limited nuclear accident that hasn’t claimed any lives yet.

    (This and all previous posts on the Sendai earthquake and tsunami can be found here.)

    Japan Tsunami/Earthquake Update for Monday, March 21

    Monday, March 21st, 2011

    One more brief update on the aftermath of the Sendai earthquake/tsunami:

  • Death toll at 8,000, with 13,000 missing.
  • All six of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant appear to be under control, though there appears to be damage to the reactor cores of reactors 1-3. Those reactors have been given an International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) rating of 5, which would put it on par with Three Mile Island, but well below the 7 assigned to Chernobyl.
  • Foot shortages in Tokyo appear to be easing.
  • Sendai port is open and receiving emergency fuel shipments.
  • Tsunami video from Miyako City in Iwate Prefecture:

    This and all previous posts on the Sendai earthquake and tsunami can be found here.

    Random Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Updates for Thursday, March 17

    Thursday, March 17th, 2011

    A few random notes on the Sendai earthquake and tsunami:

  • Confirmed death toll is 5,962, with 9,522 people still missing.
  • Why Japan is more resilient than Haiti when faced with similar crises.
  • Nuclear scientists to the media: Stop being alarmist scaremongers.
  • A few firsthand reports from Slashdot Japan.
  • Five inspiring survival stories.
  • Top-down view of the tsunami engulfing a fishing port:

    Scenes of post-apocalyptic devastation:

    At lot of the videos I’ve put up are from Russia Today. Either they’re very good at getting high-quality source videos, or very good at ignoring copyrights…

    Japan Tsunami/Earthquake Update for March 16, 2011

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

    A few tidbits of news on the Sendai earthquake/tsunami aftermath in Japan:

  • Confirmed death toll is 4277. Missing toll is 8194.
  • Current estimates are that half a million Japanese are now homeless.
  • A better source for updates on japan’s nuclear reactors: the IAEA. As opposed to sensationalist MSM headlines like this one from CNN: “Japan’s ticking nuclear timebomb”.
  • Serious damage was sustained by the ports of Hachinohe, Hitachi, Hitachinaka, Ishinomaki, Kamaishi, Kashima, Ofunato, Onahama, Sendai-Shiogama and Soma.
  • How the Apple store in Japan helped out in the emergency.
  • Another gallery of aftermath photos.

    I’m not seeing too many new videos worth putting up. You’ve probably seen a lot of this video before, but here’s one long, continuous aerial take of the tsunami coming in:

    More volcano erruption footage:

    To end on an encouraging note, here’s a video of two dogs who survived the earthquake and tsunami:

    This and all previous posts on the Sendai earthquake and tsunami can be found here.

    Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Update for Saturday Morning, March 12, 2011

    Saturday, March 12th, 2011

    Some quick Sendai earthquake/tsunami updates:

  • Current death toll estimate is 1,700. By way of comparison, remember that the 2010 Haiti earthquake killed 316,000 and the 2004 Indonesian tsunami killed 230,210. First world infrastructure, building codes and warning systems matter a lot.
  • Stratfor is reporting that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant “appears” to have melted down. I have not seen confirmation of this elsewhere. Even if true, it does not mean there has been a core breach, much less a containment breach. And the Christian Science Monitor is saying otherwise.
  • Little electricity and no water in Sendai.
  • The Washington Post has a live update blog.
  • Up-close footage of the tsunami coming into the city I haven’t seen before:

    Close footage of the tsunami surge moving into a city:

    More close tsunami footage:

    More Sendai aftermath footage:

    Some cognitive dissonance in this Russia Today video: The footage is mainly the burning natural gas plant, while the voiceover discusses the nuclear plant failsafe issues:

    More burning natural gas footage, along with a discussion of other nation’s tsunami preparations:

    For other videos I’ve put up from the earthquake/tsunami, start here or just go scrolling back through the videos I’ve put up the last couple of days.

    Howard Waldrop and I have to review Battle: Los Angeles for Locus Online, so between that and my usual Saturday obligations, I’m not sure if I’ll have time to do too many more updates today.

    And Still More Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Upadates

    Friday, March 11th, 2011

    My most recent post on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami is here.

    Some more news tidbits on the Sendai earthquake/tsunami.

  • Evidently the possibility of a nuclear meltdown has been greatly reduced, with a backup cooling system now online. Early reports (from Hillary Clinton, no less) that U.S. armed forces flew emergency coolant to the plant appear to have been in error.
  • I’m still hearing casualty figures in the 1,000 range, but not significantly higher. Japan’s strict building code and high quality engineering probably saved, at a minimum, tens of thousands of lives.
  • Some 50 aftershocks have hit Japan, some as powerful as 6.6. Radically less powerful than the original earthquake, but unusually strong for aftershocks.
  • As bad as things are, the quake and tsunami have caused a lot less damage to businesses and industry than they might have.
  • Dawn just broke over there. Here’s footage of the aftermath:

    A video of the massive whirlpool formed off the coast in the wake of the tsunami:

    (If you know of a better video not recorded off a camera aimed at a TV, let me know.)

    And finally, a much-needed moment of levity. I LOLed…

    My earlier posts for earthquake/video footage can be found here, here, and here

    Japan Earthquake News Update

    Friday, March 11th, 2011

    The current news, as near as I can gather:

  • Death toll is now estimated at 1,000. Let’s hope that wrong (like the early reports out of Katrina), but looking at footage of the debris wall the tsunami swept in, it might not be.
  • Phone lines down, trains down, subways down, two runways at Narita open.
  • There’s evidently a possible danger of a meltdown at a couple of nuclear reactors due to the destruction of the cooling system. And that’s even after the control rods have been deployed.
  • More Videos

    A grocery store during the quake. Don’t know us this is Sendai, Tokyo or somewhere else:

    The Ichihara oil refinery on fire:

    The tsunami coming in:

    More tsunami flood footage:

    Still more: