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This "ROV" (a Remote Operating Vehicle is a 'child diary' or liveblog coverage of major breaking news stories. The term was borrowed from the Gulf Watchers coverage of the Deep Water Horizon crisis)

This is another clearinghouse diary for discussion and commentary about the ongoing nuclear disaster(s) in Japan. Previous diaries are saved in the group page.

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  • Updated by Drewid on 3/29/11 @ 1:35 est.
    From the LA Times:
    They sleep with just one blanket apiece anywhere there's space — in a conference room, in the hallway, near the bathroom. Because deliveries of supplies are limited, they get by on very little food: Breakfast is packages of high-calorie emergency crackers and a small carton of vegetable juice; dinner consists of a small bag of "magic rice" (just add bottled water) and a can of chicken, mackerel or curry. There is no lunch — handing out a noontime meal would be too complicated in the crowded two-story building
  • Updated by Drewid on 3/28/11 @ 7:00pm est.
    From The Japan Times
    Reactor turbine basements flooded with highly radioactive materials kept a desperate effort to stabilize the Fukushima No. 1 power plant at bay Monday, as fresh data showed that nearby seawater was being contaminated further by the leaking facility. Efforts by Tokyo Electric Power Co. to restore the cooling systems for reactors No. 1 through 4, as well as their spent-fuel storage pools, continue to be halted by the highly radioactive water, which is now at lethal levels.
  • Updated by rja at Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 04:42 AM CDT
    From Kyodo News: URGENT: High-level radiation detected in trench outside Fukushima reactor building
    High levels of radiation exceeding 1,000 millisieverts per hour were found in water in a trench outside the No. 2 reactor's turbine building at the troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima on Sunday afternoon, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday.

    Similarly high levels of radioactivity have been found in a pool of water in the basement of the turbine building at the Fukushima Daiichi complex, raising concerns that radioactive substances may have seeped into the environment, including the sea nearby.

  • h/t BlueSue Delay feared in restoring cooling systems - NHK WORLD English
    In order to resolve the problem of the contaminated water, the utility says it is trying to accelerate work at the Number-one reactor to pump the water from the basement into the turbine condenser for storage by increasing the number of pumps from one to 3.

    The company says although it had planned to take similar steps to remove the water from the Number-2 and -3 reactors, their turbine condensers were found to have been almost full and unable to contain any more water.

    The company says it is considering pumping that water from the condensers into adjacent pools and then filling them with the contaminated water.

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Regularly Updated Data Sources

@Kos: A database of temperature, pressure, radiation levels, etc readings over time can be found in: The Daiichi Database  This is an evolving diary that will be updated regularly. You can also fin all previous ROV's and MS's here
Japanese Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) reports, which record such key factors as  conditions of core and fuel integrity, water level and containment.
RSOS Emergency & Disaster information Services - Japan
Daily Telephone Media Briefings from Union of Concerned Scientists The Situation in Japan (Updated 03/22/11)
EPA RadNet Map View & EPA's Radiation Air Monitoring

NEW: Scribble Live part of the Fukishima wikispaces link above
Best Sources
Kyodo Nuclear News Feed
NHK Japan Live:NHK Japan Live
Asahi on Facebook
Tepco's webcam
Fukushima Wikispaces

Google Earth Engine (download required): Radiation Over Japan. Visit Pachube for mapping

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Please be kind to kossacks with bandwidth issues. Please do not post images or videos. Again, many thanks for this.

Both the Mothership and the ROVs are for reporting and discussing the developing news. Neither space is for opinions or editorializing on the subject of nuclear energy.

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Please post news items to the ROV.

*ROV (Remote Operating Vehicle) is a term coined from the Gulf Watchers ongoing coverage of the Deep Water Horizon crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. It is used in place of the term 'child diary' and refers to a diary(s) running concurrently with the Mothership where ongoing discussion and updates to developing news stories occur.
* Please list any diary from the past two days which is not in above list in comments and we will pick it up for posting.

Originally posted to Drewid on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 04:11 PM PDT.

Also republished by Nuclear Free DK and Japan Nuclear Incident Liveblogs.


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