Japan has declared a “nuclear emergency” at an atomic plant north of Tokyo after cooling systems failed following the country’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake.
Naoto Kan, prime minister, stressed that no radiation had leaked from the Fukushima Daiichi facility’s six reactors. But residents living within 3km of the plant were being evacuated by the military, and those within 10km told to stay in their homes.
Well, this is one story I'll try to follow. We never did, and never will, get any useful earthquake information from Japan nuclear plants. They always claim they erased the tapes, or some such excuse. They use those boiling water reactors which have their insides shattered in an earthquake, and their seismic housekeeping seems feeble.
I am certain that they had 40 cm/s or less at the nuclear plant. If I were King of the Nukes, I would make sure that a nuclear plant could ride through this operating. There is no excuse to be as fragile as a cheap condo tower! Our own nuclear plants would just barf at this PGV, not the major components, but all the little things adding up. They never look at the little things, either here or in Japan.
We'll eventually find out something from this nuclear plant, but not enough to help anybody.