Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fukushima Reactor Called A “Time Bomb”

Since March 11 there has been a tsunami of articles praising the high safety levels of the Japanese nuclear plants; but it turns out it was "luck" rather than "safety" that prevented what could have been a terrible disaster if reactor 4 had contained fuel rods. I said in an earlier post that pro nuclear claims everything went as it should be during the 9.0 earthquake may not be the case.

Let's call this the coming: Disclosure Earthquake!

Bloomberg have reported on claims of a 'fatal flaw' in the reactor pressure vessel of Fukushima No. 4: "Tanaka says the reactor pressure vessel inside Fukushima’s unit No. 4 was damaged at a Babcock-Hitachi foundry in Kure City, in Hiroshima prefecture, during the last step of a manufacturing process that took 2 1/2 years and cost tens of millions of dollars. If the mistake had been discovered, the company might have been bankrupted, he said."

Fukushima Engineer Says He Helped Cover Up Flaw at Dai-Ichi Reactor No. 4
"The reactor, which Tanaka has called a “time bomb,” was shut for maintenance when the March 11 earthquake triggered a 7-meter (23-foot) tsunami that disabled cooling systems at the plant, leading to explosions and radiation leaks."
Read the full article @ Bloomberg

I do not say this lightly... I think we are running out of options, one disaster at a time. Over the last sixty to a hundred years the Earth has experienced an unusual tectonically stable quiet period. If human society had the nuclear reactors they have today during the New Madrid Earthquake, I doubt we would have the levels of growth and development we have now.

The 1811 New Madrid Earthquake was the most intense earthquake to hit continental America in modern times. On December 16, 1811 a magnitude 7.2 to 8.1 hit Northeast Arkansas. Three high magnitude after-quakes continued to shake the New Madrid fault zone on the 16th December, 2011 - on 23rd January, 1812 and on February 7, 1812.

As I write a magnitude 3.3 has been reported to hit Arkansas in the U.S. and was felt 260 miles away in St. Louis... Why do people today find it surprising that earthquakes are being felt in Arkansas? This is because we have experience a 100 year tectonic 'quiet period' cycle [in my terminology], and we are coming out of that low-tectonic-activity cycle into an active period.

In a way this is similar to the Sun's Solar cycle. Because the Solar cycle last 11 years we can observe it with ease. We do not yet understand our planet's own cycle of activity. Planet Earth also has a minimum and maximum cycle of activity. Increased tectonic activity also means volcanic tremors, volcanic eruptions as well as undersea volcanic eruptions; but that will be another post.

I would imagine that this coming cycle will be extreme. The Earth has just come through a hundred year tectonic quiet period and is entering a hundred year tectonic active period. However, within that cycle is also a two thousand year cycle and a twenty-six thousand year cycle. So, for you Mayan Calendar mathematicians - there you have your clue to the many Mayan wheels within wheels...

As of March 2011 there are 15 nuclear reactors on the New Madrid fault zone.