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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NISA commentary on INES level 7

Here is the official briefing, right off the NISA section of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry site:

APRIL 12 DOCUMENT / NISA-METI INES Level 7

You'll all note, again, the factor of ten or one order of magnitude difference between the estimated total emissions so far as comparing the accident at Fukushima Daiichi and at Chernobyl-4.

I would just add one thing again, for whatever it is worth: In reality what is occurring at Fukushima Daiichi is a compound event. Essentially there are three reactor accidents in progress simultaneously; there are also what might be called two spent fuel pool incidents and two spent fuel pool accidents in progress at the same time (the spent fuel pool situation is far worse at No. 3 and No. 4 plants, it seems.) So then we have essentially SEVEN simultaneous event chains in progress at the same site, each of which would be newsworthy by itself; all of which are complicating each other. We should keep this in mind when we continue to refer to the "Fukushima Daiichi Accident."

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2 comments:

  1. > So then we have essentially SEVEN simultaneous event chains in progress at the same site, each of which would be newsworthy by itself; all of which are complicating each other.

    Excellent Point!!

    Seven ripe chances each for a Doomsday which hasn't occured. How many more do anti-nukers need to plead their case? Wonder when the media will mention this! Hold my breath?

    James Greenidge

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  2. @jimwg: I've been saying that for some time, and I hope all of my readers here have grasped it so that they're ready when the big media finally figures that out. If they do. One important thing to remember after this is all over is that there should, for posterity, be several separate accident discourses presented instead of one lumped together site-general work so that really meaningful information can be gleaned.

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