Fourth reactor on fire

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    A fire is now burning at a fourth reactor Japan's quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, with Prime Minister Naoto Kan warning a meltdown is likely.

    Mr Kan says radiation levels have risen considerably, and has told people within 30 kilometres of the plant to stay indoors.

    Authorities are also telling everyone within a 20-kilometre radius of the plant to leave, with a new warning for people within 10 kilometres of the nearby Fukushima Daini plant to do the same.

    Mr Kan's announcement on national television followed a fresh explosion on Tuesday at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which damaged the roof above the third reactor to suffer problems there.

    Radio New Zealand : News : World : Nuclear plant on fire
     
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    This is unGodly bad news. It just keeps piling up.

    Those poor people.

    Somebody there was quoted today as noting (bitterly, perhaps) that first they lose their houses and then the government tells them to stay indoors. It would almost be funny if it weren't for the fact that far too many lives are literally in peril.
     
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    For the next 24 hours, the winds will be blowing inland from the reactor site.
     
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    It's seriously bad news.......You're talkin up to four possible meltdowns in the works......Not only is it bad for the Japanese (God, please look down upon them) but, this could also have serious implications for our citizens in Hawaii, and those of us on the west coast under the right weather conditions......One Autralian Nuclear Scientist said that if the weather conditions are right, we could see rad levels between 1000-1500 carried as far as the west coast.. If I remember correctly, through my NBC training in the ARMY, 500 or more is not good.

    And, we have 17 confirmed members of the NAVY aboard the USS Reagan who have had to be decontaminated.........They've now moved far out to sea.
     
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    The fourth reactor building stores spent fuel rods. Now the rational question, what is burning, and how dangerous are those 'spent' rods?
     
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    Reported that the fire in #4 was caused by a hydrogen explosion, so I think it is a safe bet the "spent rods" aren't completely spent. Probably just not enough fuel left to be profitable.

    Don't know if they could still melt down as well? But they keep them cool, so they must still be very volatile.

    Just reported snow expected tomorrow.

    Good Lord, how much can they take????
     
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    1. (exodus 7:14–25˄) water turned to blood killing all fish and other water life. (Dam)
    2. (exodus 8:1–8:15˄) frogs (Tsifardeah)
    3. (exodus 8:16–19˄) lice or gnats (Kinim)
    4. (exodus 8:20–30˄) gnats and flies (Arov)
    5. (exodus 9:1–7˄) disease on livestock (Dever)
    6. (exodus 9:8–12˄) unhealable boils (Shkhin)
    7. (exodus 9:13–35˄) hail and thunder (Barad)
    8. (exodus 10:1–20˄) locusts (Arbeh)
    9. (exodus 10:21–29˄) darkness (Choshech)
    10. (exodus 11˄,12˄) death of the first-born of all humans and animals who do not have marked doorposts. (Makat b'chorot)
     
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    dogs and cats living together...
     
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    Tokyo (CNN) -- Spent fuel rods containing radioactive material may have burned in Tuesday's fire at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant -- causing a spike in radiation levels, the plant's owner said.

    The blaze started Tuesday morning but was later extinguished, Tokyo Electric Power Company said. It was unclear how much radioactive material may have been emitted, or what kind of health threat that could pose.

    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Tuesday afternoon that radiation readings at the plant's front gate had returned to a level that would not cause "harm to human health."

    Japanese officials earlier told the International Atomic Energy Agency that radioactivity was "being released directly into the atmosphere" during the fire, according to a statement from the UN watchdog organization.

    High temperatures inside the building that houses the plant's No. 4 reactor may have caused fuel rods sitting in a pool to ignite or explode, the plant's owner said.

    Officials: Spent fuel rods may have burned in blaze at nuclear plant - CNN.com
     
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