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Accidents happen, just more offten around TEPCO.

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Equipment working around nuclear material should normally be robust with zero error

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More incompetence and lack of any control

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Jesus, seriously?!

Just get it done properly, people. Please.

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That console's toast now. Not to worry! Japan'll buy TEPCO a new one!

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Once again, stuff you couldn't make up.

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it had not detected any significant changes in radiation readings or in the level of pool water at the No. 3 reactor.

In 3 months, we'll read that the equipment broke the radiation gauge, but nobody noticed.

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TEPCO's ineptitude would be hilarious if it wasn't for the disastrous consequences. That this company is still in charge of that fiasco just beggars belief.

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Cue Simpsons' theme!

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Hmm. Crane sling installed by robot under remote control?

TEPCO need all the help it can get:

http://www.beyondrigging.com/2014/03/heavy-lifting-vs-risky-lifting/

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The new anti-radiation suits should resemble Crusty the clown!

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The original overhead crane using for moving the nuclear fuel is also in the cooling pool. TEPCO had removed much of the smaller debris. Previously a steel girder was dropped in. The top level of the No3 reactor building has been cleared of debris. The radiation level is above 5 sieverts per hour which makes it impossible for any workers to be there so all the equipment is remote operated. The only way to remove the spent fuel, which also includes MOX is with remote controlled equipment which has never be attempted before. TEPCO won't start until the mid 1920's?

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You guys need to head up to Fukushima and volunteer your giant brains to work there for a week or two so you can solve all the technical problems there and make the world safe again.

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Typo, TEPCO won't attempt to remove the fuel until the mid 2020's.

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darnname: You guys need to head up to Fukushima and volunteer your giant brains to work there for a week or two so you can solve all the technical problems there and make the world safe again.

We need someone to do the grunt work. You get in there and we'll send you instructions via rad-hard cell phone.

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@darnname - I think it should be the pro nuke crowd supporting the "N power industry is still the cheapest and cleanest" myth that should be volunteering to.spend time in Fukushima instead. People on here are just pissed with Tepco whose incompetence,. arrogance and dishonesty has been reported and discussed ad nausea. If you were anywhere near Kanto on 3/11 you should have a clue why people in JT comment about Tepco the way they do.

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So I didn't read the article properly. The console was part of the original overhead crane and was being removed from the cooling pool when it slipped its hook and fell back into the pool. The main problem there would be if there was any damage to fuel assemblies making the removal more difficult.

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What do they have the three stooges running the show over there?

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The original overhead crane weighs more than 30 tons and will be a very difficult piece to remove from the pool, especially if TEPCO have to use remote control equipment.

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-head desk- I'd like to call this a comedy of errors, but this is not funny any more. It's been one embarrassing cock up after the next with TEPCO at Fukushima. The Japanese government should seriously think about overhauling TEPCO completely, because it seems to be run by idiots at the moment. Granted, this isn't an easy job, but there seems to be more blunders at Fukushima than there are Chinese aircraft encroaching on Japanese airspace, and that's saying something. Just how much are all of these blunders costing the taxpayers? They must be absolutely livid every time they see a story about something going wrong at Fukushima.

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@zichi Thanks for the insights. It is great to some serious comments for a change.

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After reading this I heard

TEPCO Homer: DOH! Dumb, stupid console. Oh well time for a doughnut.

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They would have more money to work with if they werent getting sued for the earthquake.

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@zichi, how about inside?

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opsy daisy!

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Disillusioned:

"Cue Simpsons' theme!" LOL!!! Right on!

IF nothing else, its a sign when you're being compared with Homer Simpson.

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turbotsat

@zichi, how about inside?

how about the inside, why are you asking me? The radiation levels are very high, probably more than 15 SIEVERTS so that prevents workers from entering but there have been some robots. The melted fuel probably breached the containment vessel.

But going back to the original disaster when the explosions happened there were three explosions seen on the video. Two from steam and hydrogen but the third explosion with an actual flash has never been explained.

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More damage. More fiasco. More incompetence and failure. The explosion with the orange flash is explained by the fact there was a flash, it can have only been one thing. QED.

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Constructon worker in USA might walk off the job at that point, knowing he was going to be fired anyway. No need to stick around. I guess with nuclear it would probably be different. Lot of reports to file. And remote control gives some excuse.

What if they drop the 30-ton crane on a bunch of fuel rods, any flash?

@zichi,

never mind, I meant did you have photos from inside:

https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&q=inside+fukushima+reactor&oq=inside+fukushima+reactor

some pretty big robots (excavator and truck, outside the reactor):

http://totallycoolpix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/18042011_inside_fukushima/fukushima_008.jpg

robot operators:

http://totallycoolpix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/18042011_inside_fukushima/fukushima_010.jpg

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There have been SO many big mistakes, problems and lies that I forget BUT didn't this happen, something being dropped into Storage Pool 3 in February, February 7th? That time bein 1.5 tonnes? Marvelous! Keep up the good work TEPCO!

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The pool contains 566 fuel rods, most of which are spent. Which is like 2 fuel Assemblies ..... This I do not believe... Why so few fuel rods in the SPF. Which could hold many more.... UK9393 Your words reminded me of Yoichi Shimatsu's article: The World is Powerless Against Fukushima Fallout

http://newamericamedia.org/2012/03/the-world-is-powerless-against-fukushima-fallout.php

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Picturing a pool four times as broad (2xW x 2xL) as it needs to be, or maybe two or three times deeper instead, with a purely mechanical means for widening distance between fuel rod mounts, purely mechanical to be used as backup in case of power failure. Would that work?

A lot cheaper than the problems they got now. Especially cheaper than retiring almost all their plants way before planned End of Life.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_Japan

The last of Japan's 50 reactors (Tomari-3) went offline for maintenance on May 5, 2012.,[18] leaving Japan completely without nuclear-produced electrical power for the first time since 1970. Despite protests, on 1 July 2012 unit 3 of the Ōi Nuclear Power Plant was restarted.[19] As of September 2012, Ōi units 3 and 4 were Japan's only operating nuclear power plants, although the city and prefecture of Osaka have requested they be shut down.[20]

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Hello, I understand that the Fukushima plant had a super redundant safety systems in it, and that if it were dropped into the bottom of the ocean it would not fail. Isn't that not correct? Yet;That what actually happened to it was it was hacked from Israel in retaliation for Japan selling yellow cake uranium to Iran. The attacking/hack virus used on the plant was gave to Israel from the CIA they are Israels puppets and work in her (money) interest(s). Its all a part of thier global operation(s) or for exampke their "Sampson Option" where they also have Nuclear weapons at just about all of their embassies worldwide(last act of defence). It speaks volume as to the level of thinking, of this type of evil that is behind this and its even been proven, it's know. Also they believe it can certainly lead to very dire results in the future for mankind kind. So fitting for both races because the Japanese and other Asians were also killing everything in the water like there was and endless supply and have almost made whales extinct. Soon you all will be eating each other, just kidding you all already are and that is the truth but thanks to America's FDA so are the American people and they are enjoying Japan's and Israels Radiation. Also thanks to the trader Obama who sold China all of America's water and food for paper fiat money that to China Americans won't have anything to eat or drink because it's all contaminated, gone, dried up, radioactive or dead the world is about to deserve what it is about to get...world war 3 is here and it's starting with oil in Saudi Arabia at negative $-.50

Peace

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