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Container damaged, radiation leak feared at Fukushima No.2 reactor

TOKYO, March 15, Kyodo News

Radiation is feared to have leaked after part of a container vessel was apparently damaged by an explosion at the troubled No. 2 reactor of the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant Tuesday morning, its operator said, triggering fears that the problem could develop into a critical ''meltdown'' situation. The government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said that radiation levels at the plant shot up after the apparent blast at 6:10 a.m., and the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. ordered some workers at the site to temporarily evacuate the area.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan urged people living between 20 and 30 kilometers of the plant to stay indoors. Residents within a 20-km radius have already been ordered to vacate the area following Saturday's hydrogen blast at the plant's No. 1 reactor.

''The radiation level has risen substantially. The risk that radiation will leak from now on has risen,'' Kan said.

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Kyodo News reporting TEPCO saying the fire at Reactor 4 may have been extinguished....

Also:

EU proposes convening special IAEA session on Japan nuclear accidents

BRUSSELS/VIENNA, March 15, Kyodo The European Union asked the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday to convene a special meeting on the crisis at a nuclear power plant in Japan caused by the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami last week.

European Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger said the session is intended to provide information on the nuclear accident in Japan to member states, to mull common measures against such emergencies, and to draw lessons from the incident.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told a news conference the same day that it is up to member states to decide whether to convene the special meeting but that it would be beneficial for all IAEA members.

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I was advised the other day that, if appropriate, it was OK to full quote the Japanese media reports...

Please quote articles other than Nation, MCOT, NNT, TAN as fair use

DO NOT quote New York Times, BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX and other mainstream media in full.

Thanks for your cooperation

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Sorry just to understand, we can only quote local news sources?

You can quote from any source as "fair use" quote - the mentioned local sources can be quoted in full.

up to 200 words or 3 paragraphs.

do as advised regarding Japanese sources... please refrain from full quoted articles ie a Reuters in full.

Hope that will clarify for everybody helping here with great efforts and news contribution to this sad event.

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Recapping this morning's Japanese Govt. News Conference:

Prime Minister Kan:

Radiation has spread from these reactors and the reading of the level seems very high.

And there is still a very high risk of further radioactive material coming out...

I've got a report there's a very high probability that the containment vessel was damaged (in Reactor 2).

Kan announces new measure for nearby residents around the Daichi plant... people 20 to 30 Km away should remain indoors and not go outside...

I would like to ask the nation...that you act very calmly...

Cabinet Secretary Edano news conference...

Daiichi No 4 reactor now experiencing a fire (in the reactor building)...that's one of the reactors that was out of service at time of quake... Used spent fuel rods still inside... Hydrogen generated by heat inside the reactor, and seems to have had explosion there.. (TEPCO later says fire has been extinguished).

The current high readings we believe are from the Reactor No. 4 fire.

Water injection operations continuing at Reactors 1, 2, 3.. We believe cooling is being effectively done.

As of 10:22 am (Japan time) (8:22 am Thai time), between reactors no. 2 and 3, had radiation levels measured at 400 milli sievert, and at reactor No. 4 - 100 milli sievert.

[Ed. - those numbers are indeed milli sievert... not the lesser micro sievert].

Now we are talking about levels that can impact human health.

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Is this to be believed or not ?

" Special USAF aircraft have detected large amounts of Radioactivity over the mid-north Pacific region. The radiation cloud could make landfall in western North America within 24 hours.The WC-135 Constant Phoenix is a special purpose aircraft derived from the Boeing C-135 and used by the United States Air Force. Its mission is to collect samples from the atmosphere for the purpose of detecting and identifying nuclear explosions. It is also informally referred to as the “weather bird” or “the sniffer” by workers on the program. "

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Dunno about the French assessment, but indeed, the weather forecast for the area at least through midday today had the prevailing winds blowing to the south...in the general direction of Tokyo and more urbanized areas... That's where the winds apparently were going at the time of this morning's higher level emissions.

French Embassy says low-level radioactive wind from the nuclear reactor in could reach Tokyo within 10 h http://bit.ly/dYzMYT /[email protected]

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Is this to be believed or not ?

" Special USAF aircraft have detected large amounts of Radioactivity over the mid-north Pacific region. The radiation cloud could make landfall in western North America within 24 hours.The WC-135 Constant Phoenix is a special purpose aircraft derived from the Boeing C-135 and used by the United States Air Force. Its mission is to collect samples from the atmosphere for the purpose of detecting and identifying nuclear explosions. It is also informally referred to as the "weather bird" or "the sniffer" by workers on the program. "

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not sure but wouldnt be surprised....

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All this talk about hydrogen mixing with oxygen and causing explosions. I'm not a chemist, but last time I checked, H + O = water.

From the experiments we did in school on Physics classes, H2 +O2 = H2O, yes, but it does come with a mild explosion (looks like a white smoke, but it's a water vapour). But in school we didnt' experiment with large volumes of gases.

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I'm not finding any original source on that report...in the Canadian media.... Quick search.. It may be out there...but not finding it now.

Is this to be believed or not ?

" Special USAF aircraft have detected large amounts of Radioactivity over the mid-north Pacific region. The radiation cloud could make landfall in western North America within 24 hours.The WC-135 Constant Phoenix is a special purpose aircraft derived from the Boeing C-135 and used by the United States Air Force. Its mission is to collect samples from the atmosphere for the purpose of detecting and identifying nuclear explosions. It is also informally referred to as the "weather bird" or "the sniffer" by workers on the program. "

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Is this to be believed or not ?

" Special USAF aircraft have detected large amounts of Radioactivity over the mid-north Pacific region. The radiation cloud could make landfall in western North America within 24 hours.The WC-135 Constant Phoenix is a special purpose aircraft derived from the Boeing C-135 and used by the United States Air Force. Its mission is to collect samples from the atmosphere for the purpose of detecting and identifying nuclear explosions. It is also informally referred to as the "weather bird" or "the sniffer" by workers on the program. "

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NO.

Readers Feedback say: HOAX and FAKE REPORT. (which would be sick IMO !)

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