BBC Foreknowledge of Collapse of WTC 7?

20 08 2011

9/11: “Honest Mistake” or BBC Foreknowledge of Collapse of WTC 7? Jane Standley Breaks Her Silence

by James Higham

. . . .  She was filmed by the BBC at 5:00 p.m. on 911 in NY, reporting that the Solomon building had collapsed, while it actually remained standing in the live shot behind her head. The BBC cut the feed and the building promptly collapsed twenty minutes later, at 5:20 p.m.  . . . .

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26050 





Japan Quake: BBC Monitoring Damaged Nuke Plant

11 03 2011

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Snap analysis: Japan may have hours to prevent nuclear meltdown

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-japan-quake-nuclear-us-analysis-idUSTRE72B04C20110312

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BBC interviewed a nuclear power expert who said the cooling system in the damaged nuke plant is NOT contained.

On TV  BBC International has been updating the story as it unfolds.  Watch on the web if your area doesn’t carry the channel.

See live coverage from BBC News here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/

From their web page  –

Japan’s prime minister has declared a “nuclear emergency” after a number of reactors shut down after a massive earthquake hit the country.

Eleven reactors at four nuclear power stations automatically shut down, but officials said one reactor’s cooling system failed to operate correctly.

Under Japanese law, an emergency must be declared if a cooling system fails.

In total, the country has 55 reactors providing about one-third of the nation’s electricity. . .  (more)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12711707

This post will get an update if the cooling water situation gets fixed (relying on BBC tv coverage) – F.C.

U P D A T E

from Fox News,  5:40 pm  New York Time :

U.S. Rushes Coolant to Japanese Nuke Plant After Earthquake

The United State is rushing coolant to a Japanese nuclear reactor whose cooling system failed after a power outage caused by Friday’s massive earthquake off northeastern Japan.Speaking at the White House Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said U.S. Air Force planes were carrying “some really important coolant” to the Fukushima Daiichi plant.Japan’s nuclear safety agency said pressure inside one of six boiling water reactors at the plant had risen to 1.5 times the level considered normal. . .   (more) 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/11/rushes-coolant-japanese-nuke-plant-earthquake/


Gads! They are going to release toxic vapor to prevent a blow up (!!!!) — but this story is from earlier today —

 

Radiation Risk Grows at Stricken Nuclear Reactor in Japan

Government May Release Radioactive Vapor to Help Prevent Reactor Meltdown

story:  http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-japan-nuclear-reactors,0,6779389.story

The New York Times has coverage (hopefully with updates) also –

Emergency Declared at Japanese Nuclear Plant

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/12/world/asia/12nuclear.html?src=me

L A T E S T   U P D A T E

a dire situation …..

From the Union of Concerned Scientists (via e-mail) —

March 11, 2011, 2:30 p.m. ESTUCS MEDIA ALERTCONTACT: Elliott Negin, 202-331-5439 or 202-997-1472 (cell)

NUCLEAR CRISIS IN FUKUSHIMA: WHAT WE KNOW

The massive earthquake off the northeast coast of Japan has caused a
potentially catastrophic situation at one of Japan’s nuclear power
plants. The situation is still evolving, but below is a preliminary
assessment based on the facts as experts at the Union of Concerned
Scientists currently understand them.

The plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), reported that
at 2:46 p.m. local time (12:46 a.m. EST) “turbines and reactors of
Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
Unit 1 … and Units 2 and 3 … automatically shut down due to the
Miyagiken-oki Earthquake.”

These reactors are three of the six operating reactors at the
Fukushima I nuclear facility. All are boiling water reactors. Unit 1
has a rated output of 460 megawatts, and Units 2 and 3 each have a
rated output of 784 megawatts.

TEPCO went on to state the shutdowns were caused by the loss of
off-site power “due to malfunction of one out of two off-site power
systems.” This loss of power triggered emergency diesel generators,
which automatically started to provide backup power to the reactors.

However, at 3:41 p.m. local time (1:46 a.m. EST), the emergency diesel
generators shut down “due to malfunction, resulting in the complete
loss of alternating current for all three units,” according to TEPCO.
The failure of the diesel generators was most likely due to the
arrival of the tsunami, which caused flooding in the area. The
earthquake was centered 240 kilometers from Japan, and it would have
taken the tsunami approximately an hour to reach the Japanese islands.

This power failure resulted in one of the most serious conditions that
can affect a nuclear plant — a “station blackout” — during which
off-site power and on-site emergency alternating current (AC) power is
lost. Nuclear plants generally need AC power to operate the motors,
valves and instruments that control the systems that provide cooling
water to the radioactive core. If all AC power is lost, the options to
cool the core are limited.

The boiling water reactors at Fukushima are protected by a Reactor
Core Isolation Cooling (RCIC) system, which can operate without AC
power because it is steam-driven and therefore does not require
electric pumps. However, it does require DC power from batteries for
its valves and controls to function.

If battery power is depleted before AC power is restored, however, the
RCIC will stop supplying water to the core and the water level in the
reactor core could drop. If it drops far enough, the core would
overheat and the fuel would become damaged. Ultimately, a “meltdown”
could occur: The core could become so hot that it forms a molten mass
that melts through the steel reactor vessel. This would release a
large amount of radioactivity from the vessel into the containment
building that surrounds the vessel.

The containment building’s main purpose is to keep radioactivity from
being released into the environment. A meltdown would build up
pressure in the containment building. At this point we do not know if
the earthquake damaged the containment building enough to undermine
its ability to contain the pressure and allow radioactivity to leak
out.

According to technical documents translated by Aileen Mioko Smith of
Green Action in Japan, if the coolant level dropped to the top of the
active fuel rods in the core, damage to the core would begin about 40
minutes later, and damage to the reactor vessel would occur 90 minutes
after that.

Concern about a serious accident is high enough that while TEPCO is
trying to restore cooling the government has evacuated a 3-km (2-mile)
radius area around the reactor.

Bloomberg News reported that the battery life for the RCIC system is
eight hours. This means that the batteries would have been depleted
before 10 a.m. EST today. It is unclear if this report is accurate,
since it suggests that several hours have elapsed without any core
cooling. Bloomberg also reported that Japan had secured six backup
batteries and planned to transport them to the site, possibly by
military helicopter. It is unclear how long this operation would take.

There also have been news reports that Fukushima I Unit 2 has lost its
core cooling, suggesting its RCIC stopped working, but that the
situation “has been stabilized,” although it is not publicly known
what the situation is. TEPCO reportedly plans to release steam from
the reactor to reduce the pressure, which had risen 50 percent higher
than normal. This venting will release some radioactivity.

UCS will issue updates as more information becomes available.

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The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading U.S. science-based
nonprofit organization working for a healthy environment and a safer
world. Founded in 1969, UCS is headquartered in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, and also has offices in Berkeley, Chicago and
Washington, D.C. For more information, go to http://www.ucsusa.org.

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and this —

Report: Radiation soars inside troubled reactor

Tokyo –

Radiation measurements at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were 1,000 times higher than normal after Friday’s massive earthquake in northern Japan

, the Kyodo news agency reported early Saturday, citing Japan’s nuclear safety agency.There were concerns that radioactive steam may have escaped the plant due to high pressure inside an overheating reactor, after the earthquake apparently damaged power and water supplies and disrupted the reactor’s cooling systems.

from-  http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1625456.php/Report-Radiation-soars-inside-troubled-reactor