Japan May Have Reached Point 7
I give up. It was perfectly obvious what was happening at Fukushima on Saturday afternoon, when I posted bullet points at Skippy: there was going to be a major cleanup cost and the live reactors were not salvageable, but nothing fatal to many was loose in the atmosphere yet.
Which is why I followed up here on Sunday with “use saltwater as the best option.” Once you accept that you’re doing damage control, do it efficiently and don’t worry about the sunk cost.
But evacuation and problems with all three plants that were offline at the time of the earthquake moves to stage seven, which was summarized by Pink Floyd:
Though even that may be pessimistic; Al Jazzera English (via their Twitter feed) reports that the heroes of this entire episode—the unnamed workers who are trying to avert serious leakage into the environment—are back at work after having temporarily been evacuated to a bunker.
Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders)
Must be the skeptical pessimist in me but I thought there was a gnourmous problem the moment I woke up on Saturday morning to videos of exploding nuclear reactors. The lesson in all of this is never trust the authorities whomever they may be.
P.S. Something to keep in mind when making comparisons: Fukushima has six times the fissionable material in reactors and in spent fuel pools as Chernobyl.