5 comments to Is Another Japan-like Nuclear Disaster . . .
I always, always, always hear this news on blogs first. Once it gets beyond a certain critical mass, the press will pick it up to not look impotent. The reason we haven’t heard about it is we haven’t spread it enough. Sad but true.
Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind,” Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera.
Japan’s 9.0 earthquake on March 11 caused a massive tsunami that crippled the cooling systems at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan. It also led to hydrogen explosions and reactor meltdowns that forced evacuations of those living within a 20km radius of the plant.
The geometry of the secondary confinement incites the tendency to localized effluvium.
AP, By Heather Hollingsworth, June 19
Kansas City, MO â€” Several levees in northern Missouri were failing Sunday to hold back the surge of water being released from upstream dams, and officials and residents braced themselves for more breaches as the Missouri River dipped but then rose again.
A hole in the side of a Holt County levee continued to grow, deluging the state park and recreational area in Big Lake, a community of less than 200 people located 78 miles north of Kansas City. The water â€” some from recent rain â€” started pouring over levees Saturday night and Sunday morning in Holt and Atchison counties, flooding farmland, numerous homes and cabins.
In Nebraska, a flooding alert was issued for a second nuclear power plant, but officials said it was the least serious emergency notification issued and the public and workers are not threatened.
Jud Kneuvean, chief of emergency management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Kansas City District, said the Missouri River dipped by almost 1 foot after the Big Lake breach in Missouri but that the water started to rise again by Sunday afternoon.
Kneuvean said he thought the flooding in the area wouldn’t start for another day or two but that the water level surged by about 2 feet from Saturday morning to Sunday morning. The corps suspects the culprit is an influx of rainwater that combined with a surge from a notch cut in the breached Hamburg, Iowa, levee to allow trapped water to flow back into the river.
“I looked at it mid-evening and told one of my co-workers, `We are going to have levees start popping.’” Kneuvean said of Saturday night. “Within about an hour we were getting the calls on them.”