Sunday, March 13, 2011


Recent Update - Published on Wednesday May 18  2011 (AEST)-Australia

Tokyo Electric Power Co. released this video, 
filmed May 6, that illustrates the scale of the damage at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and steps being taken to resolve the crisis.

Tuesday Update April 12 at 1.30 AM (aest)

Monday Update April 11 at 7.30 AM (aest)


Saturday Update April 9 at 7.30 AM (aest)


Japan will pump radioactive water into the sea from a crippled nuclear plant until Sunday, a day later than previously planned, its nuclear safety agency said.
We are working on releasing water ... we are likely to finish this tomorrow," Hidehiko Nishiyama, a deputy director-general at Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), told reporters on Saturday.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said earlier it expected to stop pumping tainted water into the sea on Saturday, but work was interrupted by a powerful aftershock on Thursday.





Friday April 8 at 5.30 AM (aest)
TOKYO – A major aftershock rocked northeast Japan on Thursday and a tsunami warning was issued for the coast devastated by last month's massive quake and tsunami that crippled a nuclear power plant.
No damage from the quake, measured at magnitude 7.4 by the Japan Meteorological Agency, was detected at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said.

Thursday April 7 at 2.30 AM (aest) 
TOKYO — Tepco, the operator of the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun injecting nitrogen into a reactor containment vessel to try to prevent a possible explosion.Injection began at approximately early Thursday Morning 1.30AM(Tokyo) & will continue for approximately 6 Days. Most recent update suggests that the Nitrogen Injection is succeeding.


Wednesday April 6 at 9.55 AM (aest) 
Radioactive water leak into sea stops at Fukushima
TOKYO, April 6, 2011 (AFP) - A leak of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant was stopped Wednesday, the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced.

"Workers confirmed at 5:38 am (2038 GMT) that the water running off out of a pit had stopped," the embattled operator said in a statement.

TEPCO had on Tuesday injected sodium silicate, a chemical agent known as "water glass", to solidify soil near a cracked pit, from where highly radioactive water had been seeping through and running into the sea.

Wednesday April 6 at 4.30 PM (aest)

Sunday April 3 at 2.30 PM (aest)
TOKYO - THE bodies of two workers killed when a tsunami hit Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant more than three weeks ago have been found and recovered, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said on Sunday.

Sunday April 3 at 12.30 AM (aest)
 Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)  said it had found a crack in the pit at its No.2 reactor in Fukushima, generating readings 1,000 millisieverts of radiation per hour in the air inside the pit.


Obama Unveils Energy Plan: Full Speech

In a speech Wednesday 30th March 2011 at Georgetown University, President Obama outlined his goals for reducing American energy dependence, 
heavily emphasizing new technology and alternative sources in addition to "safe and responsible" offshore drilling.

Dr. Robert Gale spent years working in Chernobyl and is now in Japan 
to advise the Prime Minister's Office directly on safety.

Pay Special Attention Between 1.30 - 2.30Minute Period


Saturday April 02 2011 Yokosonews Update

Recent News Update
 [TEPCO & NISA] Have Announced that All Control Rooms 
in Fukushima Reactors now have lights, and that fresh water has now completely replaced the Ocean Salt Water in the Cooling of Reactors and Spent Fuel Ponds

CLICK To Access Live Press Conference  Tuesday March 29 (Nuclear and  Industrial Safety Commission)- (Tepco)& (Chief Cabinet Secretary - Yukio Edano)

Iodine Information Re-Half Life
The two forms of radioactive Iodine that are set free at Fukushima Have a half-life (the time until the they lose half their radiation) of 20-24 hours (iodine-133) and 8 days (iodine-131).
Iodine-132 - 2.3 Hours; Iodine-133 - 21 Hours; 
Iodine-134 - 53 Min; Iodine-135 - 6.7 Hours.

Japan Tsunami - March 11 2011 Shocking New Video


Latest Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Update
Here’s Japan’s Current Nuclear Situation 


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Wednesday March 23 at 6.05 AM (aest)
Emergency workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have succeeded in restoring lighting to the 
control room of Unit 3 Reactor.

Tuesday March 22 at 7.15 AM (aest)
 News : Technicians Have finally managed to attach power cables to all six Reactors and started a water pump at one of them to cool overheating nuclear fuel rods.

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Monday March 21 at 11.05 PM (aest)
NHK - The Grey smoke seen coming from the troubled 
No.3 Reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear 
Power Plant on Monday afternoon has subsided.

Monday March 21 at 10.00 AM (aest)
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission  Consider 
The Measures Taken  By Japanese Authorities 
To Be Prudent And Appropriate.

Sunday March 20 at 10.30 PM (aest)
Engineers have attached a power cable to the Nos. 1, 5 and 6 reactors, and hope to restore electricity on Sunday prior to an attempt to switch the pumps on. Nuclear power reactor has restored electricity at No. 2 reactor of the stricken plant.

Sunday March 20 at 6.20 PM (aest)
Kyodo news agency now reporting that TEPCO 
Engineers have restored power at the 
No.2 reactor at the stricken Fukushima plant.

Sunday March 20 at 10.55 AM (aest)
TEPCO says temperature at spent fuels pools at 
Reactors 5 and 6  at most normal levels according 
to Kyodo News.

Saturday March 19 at 4.30 PM (aest)
"TEPCO has connected the external transmission line with the receiving point of the plant and confirmed that electricity can be supplied," the plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said in a statement

Summary of conditions at Fukushima 
Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Saturday 19th March 2011

 Previous News Updates
TEPCO confirms power line has now just been connected, to the Fukushima Plant
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it hopes to restore power to two of its troubled reactors by Saturday to enable them to activate the cooling systems
The Japanese nuclear agency says it expects electrical cables to be connected to the generators at reactors 1 and 2 by Saturday morning.
Here's The Latest Summary Of the latest TEPCO Press Conference that was aired early this Morning at around 1.00A.M Friday 18th 2011

Very Interesting Information Audio Link of the TEPCO Press Release goes for Approximately 21 Minutes

MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering 

Briefing on the Japan Nuclear Crisis

Recent News Updates

Japan's Self-Defense SDF Has Just Begun Efforts Once Again To Cool Down Nuclear Plant focusing on the Stored Spent Fuel Rods.

Two helicopters from Japan's Self-Defense Forces are dropping water on the Number Three building at the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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Breaking News Just Out 
Staff Return To Japan Nuclear Site
Thursday March 17th 2011 – 45 minutes ago

Workers withdrawn from the stricken Japanese nuclear complex are preparing to return.

Officials had ordered the workers to withdraw from the nuclear plant earlier on Thursday amid a surge in radiation, temporarily suspending efforts to cool the External Holding Ponds.

Chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said the workers, who have been dousing the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant with seawater in a frantic effort to stabilise their temperatures, had had no choice but to pull back from the most dangerous areas.


Most Recent Press Release (Mar 15,2011)
Plant Status of Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station (as of 13:00 pm March 15th)

Recent  Updates

Japanese Nuclear Plant Radiation Recedes as Engineers Restore Water Level
By Tsuyoshi Inajima, Michio Nakayama and Shigeru Sato - Mar 15, 2011 9:39 PM GMT+1000

TMarch 15 (Bloomberg) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. engineers at a nuclear plant restored water to safe levels, helping drive down radiation after residents within 30 kilometers (19 miles) were ordered inside to avoid contamination.

Water supply at reactors No. 1 and No. 3 stabilized and radiation readings at the front gate of the plant dropped to a level that isn’t “harmful to the human body,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said this afternoon in Tokyo. Separately, Tokyo Electric said it hadn’t decided whether to bring workers after the utility evacuated 750 of its 800 employees following this morning’s blast.

Radiation Levels Drop At Japanese Plant
By the CNN Wire Staff
March 15, 2011 -- Updated 0817 GMT (1617 HKT)

Tokyo (CNN) -- Japanese authorities said radiation levels had dropped at the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Tuesday.

"The level has come down to the level to cause no harm to human health, according to the report I have received," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters, describing reading taken at the plant's front gate.

Edano said readings at the gate at 3:30 p.m. (2:30 a.m. ET) were 596.4 microsieverts per hour -- compared to a high reading of 11,930 microsieverts per hour at 9 a.m (8 p.m. ET Monday).
"We have to monitor the situation closely, but the high concentration of radioactive material is not emitting constantly from the No. 4 reactor right now," he said.

 My Condolence's To All Those That Have Suffered In Japan
My thoughts Are With You All
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The damaged roof of reactor number No. 1 at the Fukushima
Nuclear plant after a Hydrogen Gas explosion

I have over the past 48 Hours, been closely following the plight of the current nuclear issues that are currently in play at the Fukushima 1Nuclear Facility. I hope the facts below will give readers a better understanding of the Facility.

Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant 
Generation II (BWR)

                                                    Construction Date 1966

                                                     Commission Date March 26, 1971
Reactor 1 (Damaged)
Reactor 2 (Damaged - Possible Partial Meltdown
Still Yet Unconfirmed)
Reactor 3 (Damaged)

Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant

Generation II (BWR)

Commission Date 1982

All 4 Reactors (No Damage)

At the risk of over simplifying the system, a BWR is like a giant pot of boiling water. Regular light water, not heavy water, goes through the reactor, is heated by the splitting of uranium atoms, turns to steam and spins a turbine-generator to make electricity. The steam is condensed back to water and pumped back into the reactor to continue the cycle.

There are 3 basic barriers to the release of radiation: the metal clad that encases the uranium fuel, the reactor pressure vessel, and the containment. If 2 of these 3 are compromised, and the third is in jeopardy, US plants will advise shelter or evacuation of nearby residents.
The reactor operates at a normal pressure of about 1000 psig. During an earthquake of this magnitude, the reactor would be expected to automatically shut down (called a reactor scram). Control rods are hydraulically driven into the core in less than 7 seconds. 

I do not know if this took place but if it did not, we’d probably hear about it because it would be such a big deal. Even with rods inserted, the reactor continues to produce heat equivalent to about 3% of its full power level. 
This is not the same as taking a pot off the stove and letting it cool. There are still some atoms splitting and fission products decaying that produce heat. This drops off slowly and is why there needs to be layers of redundant cooling with backup power. During such an earthquake, power from outside the plant would not be expected to be available.

The plants have several back up diesel generators (locomotive style engines) that supply power to motor driven cooling systems that will supply high flow of water up to about 300 psig.. 
There are also steam driven systems to supply cooling water up to 1100 psig. There are also pressure relief systems that active at about 1100 psig. If reactor pressure gets too high, relief valves open and discharge steam to a water filled pool inside the containment.

Unfortunately it was the back up Diesel Generators, that were obliterated by the Tsunami that was the cause of the issues at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant NOTE: only 3 of the Six Reactors were operating at the time of the earthquake, with the other 2 of the 6 Reactors on Standby. 

It began flooding the reactor with sea water and boric acid today to prevent any chance of a meltdown and eliminate the potential for a increase in release of radiation.
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A nuclear weapon requires highly enriched U-235 or Pu-239, whilst reactors usually don't contain fuel with more than 5 percent fissile material, this is for the vast majority true and for all power reactors.

There are some small research ones that may have up to 20 percent U-235 but still not enough for a weapon. The other point is that a weapon requires a critical assembly to be put together in a very short time to get an explosion, whilst in a reactor the fissile material is spread out in an array of fuel assemblies, it could not be suddenly brought together in one mass.

The worst that can happen in a reactor is overheating and melting of the fuel, which is a commercial disaster but the reactor design should contain the results in the secondary containment, with only small release of activity outside the plant boundaries.

At Chernobyl the design did not have secondary containment, but it's important to realise that the explosion there was due to a surge in steam pressure, not a nuclear explosion, though fuel melting did then occur. That design would never be approved in the US or the EU areas.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Manhattan Corporation Limited Double 8 Uranium Deposit Inferred Resource Increase's 65% To 17.2 Million Pounds

Published on Friday March 11 2011

Manhattan Corporation Limited (ASX:MHC) announces an increased Inferred Resource for the Double 8 uranium deposit at Ponton in Western Australia of 17.2Mlb uranium oxide ("U3O8"). 
The Resource, at a 200ppm cutoff, has been prepared by independent resource consultants Hellman & Schofield Pty Ltd in accordance with the 2004 Edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves "JORC Code (2004)".

In addition, Exploration Results reported by Hellman & Schofield have identified Mineralisation Potential at the 200ppm U3O8 cutoff at:

- Double 8 of between 2.5 and 5.5Mlb U3O8

- Stallion South of between 8 and 16Mlb U3O8

- Highway South of between 8 and 16Mlb U3O8

- Ponton prospect of between 15 and 30Mlb U3O8

The uranium mineralisation at Double 8 remains open and is yet to be closed off by drilling.
Manhattan considers that further drilling of the Double 8 deposit will expand and the confidence levels of reported resources will improve and report to higher confidence categories under the JORC Code (2004). 

Manhattan is also confident that further drilling along the Ponton palaeochannels at Stallion South, Highway South and Ponton will confirm the Mineralisation Potential, as outlined in this announcement, and generate significant resources under the JORC Code (2004).

Stallion, Highway and Shelf prospects have been systematically drilled to a detail that would support resource estimations. Resource estimates will be completed and reported when further secular disequilibrium data are received, models refined and conversion procedures for Manhattan's down hole gamma probe data finalised. 

Preliminary information gives a strong likelihood that a disequilibrium factor for these prospects may be significantly higher than the x1.2 currently assumed for the Inferred Resources at Double 8.

The Double 8 uranium deposit and the Stallion South, Highway South and Ponton Prospects are located on EL28/1898 within QVSNR. EL28/1898 application has been offered for grant in December 2010. 

The grant requires the consent of the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, with the concurrence of the Minister for Environment, to commence exploration activities within the QVSNR. This Ministerial consent, for E28/1898, is now being sought by Manhattan.

Manhattan's priority is now to obtain the grant of, and Ministerial consent to explore on, E28/1898. This access will enable Manhattan to recommence drill testing and evaluation of the Double 8 uranium resource and the Mineralisation Potential identified at Double 8, Stallion South, Highway South and Ponton Prospects.

Hellman & Schofield's confidential report entitled "Review of Resource Estimates and Mineralisation Potential, Ponton Project" dated 9 March 2011 referred to was prepared for Manhattan and received by the Company on that date.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Australia Eyes U.A.E. Uranium Talks

Published on Wednesday March 09 2011

SYDNEY—Australia will begin talks with the United Arab Emirates to sell the Middle East's second-largest Arab economy uranium for a planned US$20 billion nuclear power project in the sheikdom of Abu Dhabi.

Bilateral talks between the countries will focus on nuclear safeguards and the use of nuclear fuel for Abu Dhabi's civilian power program due to be ready by 2017, according to a statement by the Australian government.

"A bilateral safeguards agreement with Australia is a further strict non-proliferation condition that Australia requires for supplying uranium," Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said in a statement.

The supply of uranium comes at a sensitive time for planned civilian nuclear power projects in the Arab Gulf states as the wider Middle East region continues to be roiled by civil unrest and protests. 

The U.A.E.'s neighboring state of Oman deployed its military last week to quell protesters in the port town of Sohar, 20 miles (about 32 kilometers) from the emirates' borders.
The U.A.E., which hosts the Australian military's Middle East headquarters, is an existing signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and has an additional protocol with the International Atomic Energy Agency governing its plans to build the plant.

Although rich with petroleum, the U.A.E is pushing to diversify away from hydrocarbons as forecasts show the country's demand for power far outstripping supply in coming decades. 

Late last year, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp., or Enec, the government body in charge of implementing the U.A.E.'s nuclear power plans, said it filed the construction license application for the planned Braka 1 and 2 atomic energy units with the country's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation.

There are currently 441 nuclear power reactors in operation globally with 58 under construction and a further 479 planned. Prices for uranium have recently surged on the back of Chinese demand and renewed interest from investors and hedge funds, according to analysts.

Australia currently has 22 bilateral nuclear safeguards agreements with 40 countries, including Taiwan, and holds around a third of the world's known uranium reserves. 

It is also the third-largest producer of uranium behind Kazakhstan and Canada, accounting for 16% of global output, according to the World Nuclear Association. Mining giant BHP Biliton controls the world's largest uranium deposit at Olympic Dam, South Australia.

While the compound in Australia is privately owned, some States operate restrictions barring its excavation. Until 2008, mining rich Western Australian banned uranium mining.

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