Thursday, March 17, 2011

Some Quick Hits

You can view President Obama’s statement on Japan in its entirety at C-SPAN.

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I’ve noticed a hoax twitter feed for TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.). Inevitable, unfortunately, and something to be very careful about. The last thing we need is misinformation. We reported the false feed to Twitter central.

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NEI has posted a number of videos to help you understand some of the issues regarding the earthquake. I’ll post them all here a little later, but if you want to see them now, visit the NEI Network at YouTube.

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Some more heartening news. Let me note that watching the news from Fukushima has been akin to a roller coaster ride with exceptionally terrible drops. While much of the news today (and yesterday, too) has been hopeful, let’s agree that as much as we want it to remain that way, it may not. Regardless, optimism at the top of hill and hope against hope at the bottom.

From Kyodo News:

Up to 64 tons of water were aimed by helicopters and fire trucks of the Self-Defense Forces as well as a water cannon truck of the Metropolitan Police Department into the pool at the No. 3 unit of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The utility said vapor rising from the partially destroyed No. 3 reactor building suggests the operation went some way toward cooling down the pool that could otherwise emit highly contaminated radioactive materials.

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