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180,000 evacuated as nuclear plant crisis intensifies

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Soon to be 53, possibly 52.

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Im sorry but this Edano clown does not instill any confidence at all. He has made so many contradictory comments over the past days. I understand that he can only release some information and it would be managed to prevent a panic. However his comments arnt helping the situation.

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I hope this country seriously thinks about solar farms in the future.

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It is 10 am in Tokyo and we have yet to have any official press conference from the government or TEPCO on the status of Fukushima and other nuclear facilities (Onagawa) today. Where is the government?

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my deepest condolence to those who had lost everything in this disaster. my Humble request to our online friend tho who read this comments to help tsunami victims by donating as much you can.

Join to help the tsunami viuctims by donating as much as you can your little help brings the smiles. EVERYONE lets help the tsunami VICTIMS

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There does not appear to be a effective evaluation method of a emergency evacuation plan in some cases that incorporates changes in population flow and configuration in the emergency plan area of a evacuation since in some cases the public seems to take action based on the perceived danger and not the actual danger presented. A major difference between a evacuation due to a typhoon and one due to a nuclear incident is that the population has warning of a typhoon, but not of the nuclear event. No pre-planning can be performed by the population for the evacuation. It could be ordered any time. In addition to a possibility of generating panic whether or not radiation is released. In my view the public's perception of a nuclear event is important. Whether or not radiation is released, the public will most likely act on what they believe the danger to be, not on what the actual danger is. Without understanding this, the entire emergency network from the top management to the first responders is risking abject failure by underestimating the panic that could ensue from a nuclear accident or event. With the proliferation of cellphones, email, twitter and other mass media delivery systems in place, misinformation transmission sometimes even on the internet will be a factor.

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Informative article. Doesn't claim to know the whole situation but much better than most media reports that just create panic. Note the slashes and dots. link - morgsatlarge dot wordpress dot com slash 2011 slash 03 slash 13 slash why-i-am-not-worried-about-japans-nuclear-reactors

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So many armchair critics on here. How about you all save your petty criticisms until another time? Concentrate on doing what you can to conserve energy and help out.

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NYTimes just released information that radiation has been detected 60miles (roughly 100km) from Fukushima.

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yuudair, excellent article. Thanks. Wish more would educate themselves rather than believe hearsay and campaign from politically motivated media.

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Urgent: Explosion at Reactor 3 - AFP - as seen on BBC.

hope it was just the building shell like before.

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They just announced that No.3 reactor at Fukushima No.1 plant caused an hydrogen explosion in 11:00AM SLT. There is also announcement that SDF had witnessed the shore line had receded by 5M in Iwate and a tsunami is imminent.

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two explosions at reactor 3 now.

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Yes, there has just been an explosion at the third reactor at the Fukushima plant. I'm guessing the explosion is similar to the one on Saturday to the first reactor - only the outer shell/concrete wall was destroyed, not the actual containment chamber. As Edano (Chief Cabinet Secretary) mentioned yesterday, this explosion was very much possible and expected, so, I'm hoping the operators were ready for it and necessary to relieve pressure inside the containment.

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Japanese government spokesman Yukio Edano has just spoken on TV. Says that water injection at Reactor 3 seems to be continuing, and the containment vessel is still safe.

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Japanese reactor operators now have little choice but to periodically release radioactive steam as part of an emergency cooling process for the fuel of the stricken reactors that may continue for a year or more even after fission has stopped. That suggests that the tens of thousands of people who have been evacuated may not be able to return to their homes for a considerable period, and that shifts in the wind could blow radioactive materials toward Japanese cities rather than out to sea. from NY Times winds change direction and blow to the south tomorrow.

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My heart goes out to you folks in this time of great troubles. We (almost evry church that I know, or know of) are praying for things to get as close to normal, as quickly as God can do it for you guys.

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