Links March 17: Worst case scenario

David Llewellyn-Smith

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  1. If they don’t get water back into the reactors, Japan will be moving their capital from Tokyo back to Kyoto.. >_<

  2. They are planning on using trucks equipped with water cannons, which are normally deployed during riots. And helicopters.
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    I do hope they know what they are doing and this isn’t some desperate last-ditch attempt.

    • “…and this isn’t some desperate last-ditch attempt.”

      Sounds like that is exactly what it is.

  3. The latest is that they have been building a powerline over the last few days and it is almost complete, if they can get power back to the site and get pumps running again then the crisis should be over, the question is what else has been damaged with all the explosions and fire.

    The Japanese and foreign media are continuing to tell two different stories. The US media seems to be running the “everyone is going to die” story while the local media seems to under reporting everything. There seem to be lots of stories on the net of expats not knowing what to do because of this interplay

  4. Chris Martenson concerned at ZeroHedge:
    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/guest-post-alert-nuclear-and-economic-meltdown-progress
    Situation in Japan even worse?:
    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/27-signs-that-the-nuclear-crisis-in-japan-is-much-worse-than-either-the-mainstream-media-or-the-japanese-government-have-been-telling-us

    Broken Model – I read yesterday that GE,along with their offer of 1000 engineers to assist, were sending a platoon of industrial generators to the site in an effort to provide adequate electricity supply to run equipment to prevent further destruction of the containment vessels. Hope the power line is successful.

  5. Read somewhere that the helicopter water drop idea has been abandoned and they will now use the fire trucks/water cannons instead, presumably until the power lines are restored.

  6. Michael Lewis in 1989, pretty interesting read:
    http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2011/03/1989-how-a-tokyo-earthquake-could-devastate-wall-street-world-economy/

    MIT expert panel explanation and discussion of events although already much has developed. Couple of interesting points – one of the experts declined to comment on the use of seawater on long term materials degradation in terms of containment. A little worrying I thought. (36-37min). Another expert thought that we are not likely to see an explosion to compare with Chernobyl but real possibility of sizeable releases of volatile materials particularly iodine and cesium. Interesting question and answer segment. No sign of Dr Oehmens.
    http://techtv.mit.edu/videos/11363-mit-department-of-nuclear-science-and-engineering-briefing-on-the-japan-nuclear-crisis

    Here he is:
    http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/15/josef_oehmen_nuclear_not_worried_viral/