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Clusterfukashima

The retrospectives (via Google for Online WSJ ) are starting to come out (Google for NY Times).

Bottom line for both is that the less cautious coverage on Fukushima was a lot closer to being right than more cautious coverage -- like mine. I know that I went into media critique mode, since why, after all, trust them when they're in the business of generating anxiety? On the other hand, it's nice to be right, and helpful to readers. I'm not sure if there's a question of method here, or not.

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Submitted by jawbone on

meltdown were right early on.

http://www.chrismartenson.com/blog/fukus...

HIgh temps? What high temps, said TEPCO.

The idea that fuel rods have melted (a process that begins at around 2,600 degrees F but requires 3,400 degrees F in order to melt the zircaloy cladding) coupled with the admission that the roughly 5-inch-thick steel containment vessel have been breached (presumably by being melted through) is completely, utterly, and inexcusably at odds with the temperature data TEPCO has released to date for the core.

At no time has TEPCO ever reported a temperature higher than ~750 degrees F (400C), and it has more typically reported primary containment temperatures barely one third that high.

.... Either something as basic as temperature monitoring is out of the realm of the possible for TEPCO's engineers (with troubling implications for where we really are in this unfolding disaster), or TEPCO has been falsifying the temperature data that it has been releasing.

This, too, has troubling implications, for it means that the rest of the data - including the radiation readings and isotopes discovered - are all suspect, too. Neither bodes well, so pick your poison.

Read on for reports now coming to light of high radiation levels in Tokyo...in late March. News of radioactive ash being using to manufacture construction materials. Tea leaves showing higher-than-permissible amounts of radioactive material..in prefecture south of Tokyo.

Yikes.