A rare photo of Mt. Fuji’s shadow via LAEM
These teacup balconies in Japan are just delightful.
Some of the workers we spoke to were just horrified when they realized what they were going to have to do. They were going to have to release radiation into the atmosphere. This is like the number one rule of running a nuclear power plant: you don’t do that. But the alternative was much, much worse: the alternative [was] a nuclear reactor potentially exploding, showering nuclear fuel over the area, which would be much, much worse.
But in this case, God could have prevented that tsunami and the destruction, but he didn’t. He just took his hand off and allowed these natural forces to work. And one of the background pieces of information is Japan is under control of the sun goddess.
— C. Peter Wagner, on the tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan being connected to the Emperor of Japan having sex with the sun goddess [complete interview here]
When the worst earthquake in Japan’s history and the subsequent tsunami knocked out all power in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, editors at the Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun, the city’s daily newspaper, printed news of the disaster the only way they could: by pen and paper.
New York Times energy reporter Matt Wald talks about the history — and future — of nuclear energy in the U.S. He says regulators in the U.S. are closely watching the situation in Japan: "If we’re lucky, we’re heading for a situation like Three Mile Island, in which you have a very long cleanup period in which you can remove the damaged fuel from the spent fuel pools and then, essentially, you got a reactor that can be decommissioned in the normal way. If we’re not lucky, you end up in a Chernobyl-type situation where you can’t get the damaged material out and you build some type of sarcophagus and then you sit there and you watch it for the next few centuries."
“Some question why scarce resources should be devoted to saving animals when gas shortages are endemic and human beings have so many needs,” Mark Magnier reports from Miyako, Japan. ”Their response: The welfare of animals and people are often integrally linked.”
Photo: A volunteer rescue worker rescued this small brown dog in the debris fields of Natori, Japan. A loose network of groups is working to assist animals stressed by the ordeal and, in some cases, separated from their owners. Credit: Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times
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A woman walks away from a message wall after writing a message to the victims of last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan in central Seoul, South Korea, on March 16, 2011. (REUTERS/Truth Leem)
Efforts to get cooling water onto volatile nuclear material by air and ground at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant were unsuccessful Thursday. A second priority is trying to restore power at the plant, where reactor cooling systems were disrupted by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.