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  1. We are discussing the nuclear power plant, which: a. Should never have been built on that coastline. b. Should have been designed to withstand this.
  2. You just made my point. Edit: It is the 4th biggest earthquake recorded in the very short period of time we have been taking measurements. There was a bigger earthquake / tsunami six years prior to this in Sumatra. Japan is well known for being the most active earthquake zone on the planet.
  3. In what way was the scale of the earthquake and tsunami unprecedented?
  4. And if the number of branches has fallen, then the rise in buyers per branch may actually be a fall in overall buyers.
  5. a. They are selling to rent. b. It is a new build. c. It is a BTL d. It is a second home. e. The owner has died. f. They are moving abroad. g. They are moving in with a partner or friends. h. They are moving back with parents. i. House converted into flats. j. Commercial property converted into residential property.
  6. If they are going to commit suicide, they may as well do it by helping out at the plant.
  7. Exactly. Good luck finding a 25 year fix at 4%, and never mind about the £50k negative equity.
  8. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/22/japan-seawater-idUSL3E7EM0LZ20110322
  9. It is at or above the highest point on whatever temperature scale was used.
  10. The thermal reading shows that the ROOF above the spent fuel pool room is 62c. Does that mean that the temperature of the room must be hotter than 62c, and the actual pool / fuel rods must be even hotter?
  11. Because it has a hole in the wall, where hot air will be escaping. edit: see here:
  12. Doesn't white smoke indicate steam = boiling water? Is it now too radioactive to continue with the water cannon? Have they now realised they are fighting a losing battle?
  13. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/savings-and-banking/article.html?in_article_id=526182&in_page_id=7&position=moretopstories
  14. If you think there is a problem with the spent fuel heating up, catching fire and potentially going critical, what makes you think the core has cooled down?
  15. As predicted earlier, the changing wind direction seems to have caused a big jump in radiation levels south of fukushima. http://www.bousai.ne.jp/eng/index.html Ibaraki now at 2908nGy/h (was 650 earlier today).
  16. This was discussed earlier in the thread. Newer fuel pools are designed to be cooled passively, like you described (these are about 40 years old?).
  17. According to this website, the pool would normally be kept below 25c. http://nuclearmatters.co.uk/2011/03/japan-nuclear-update-17-march-2011/
  18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/87 The wind direction at Fukushima has been blowing eastwards / north eastwards towards the Pacific Ocean for the last few days. Tomorrow, the wind will be blowing in the direction of Tokyo, accompanied by heavy rain. I think the radiation levels may start to get interesting? Radiation map of Japan here http://www.targetmap.com/viewer.aspx?reportId=4870
  19. So they have confirmed that the two reactors which nobody was worried about have nothing to worry about.
  20. And the media seem to have lost all interest in it, instead focusing all attention on Libya, which nobody really cares about. This thread seems to be the only place I can get up to date information.
  21. Don't forget that they would also need to pump the same amount of water in the opposite direction, otherwise they would run out out water pretty quick.
  22. The place looks deserted. Where is the equipment and the water that is supposedly spraying the buildings? There seems to be one or two fire engines on the bottom right, well shielded by the undamaged buildings.
  23. I know that this is extremely unlikely, but is it possible that, with all the hydrogen that is being produced in the core, that some of it will be fused together if a 3Mt fission explosion occurred, resulting in a thermonuclear blast of apocalyptic proportions?
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