Sunday, March 13, 2011

Breaking News Sunday March 13, 2011

Good morning. I think for today I'll be posting items as they become availiable and so the blog will be updated frequently during the day. I do have to run out later for some errands but will be back and keep things as up to date as possible for anyone interested.
Don't forget to check out Global Glass Onion's end of the week round up.
Also, there are constantly updated threads in the forums below discussing the situation in Japan. Honestly, for current information they are hard to beat. You have eyes looking at news from all over the world and you'll get the best compilation of news anywhere, in my opinion.
Thanks to lionstone at Hubberts-Arms for the link to the following mind blowing video

The BBC is reporting that the Japanese Prime Minister is saying the second reactor is in danger of meltdown.
that one is a plutonium reactor. The Tokyo stock market will be open Monday as usual.
Japan will start planned power cuts tomorrow for 3 hours at a time. This is the first time they have ever had to cut power and the cuts may last through April.

KQED: How to Help Japan
List of links to organizations where you can donate to help the Japanese people.
ABC: VIDEO: Find out more about the dangers of radiation

ABC: Aerial photos taken over Japan have revealed the scale of devastation across dozens of suburbs and tens of thousands of homes and businesses.
Hover over each satellite photo to view the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami. (much thanks to rj for this link)
YahooNews: State Dept. urges Americans not to go to Japan
State Department urges Americans to defer any non-essential travel to Japan
WashingtonPost: Japan man saved from rooftop that floated to sea
NewScientist: Fears grow of explosion, meltdown at plutonium-fuelled Japanese reactor

As fears grow of an explosion at the number 3 reactor in the Fukushima-Diichi nuclear power plant, Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan said in a press conference that the disaster was the worst since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.
Unlike the uranium-based Fukushima number 1, the number 3 reactor uses a mixture of plutonium oxide and uranium oxide. In the event of a meltdown, plutonium is considered more dangerous than uranium alone because of its increased volatility and its reactive, "neutronic" effects.
BBC: Live Video
WashingtonPost: Massive rescue, cleanup efforts underway in Japan
One day after the earthquake and tsunami, entire towns in Japan are impossible to reach. But search-and-rescue teams are fanning out in what will be a lengthy and complex endeavor.
WSJ: Kan Says Quake Is Biggest Japan Crisis Since WWII
WashingtonPost: Japan earthquake and tsunami: Live updates day three
NewScientist: Tokyo geophysicist: my earthquake diary
WashingtonPost: How the nuclear emergency unfolded
Saturday's explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant made leaking radiation, or even a meltdown, the primary threat facing a country just beginning to grasp the scale of devastation from the earthquake and tsunami.
YahooNews: Amid nuke crisis, French urged to leave Tokyo
French embassy urges citizens to leave Tokyo area in case radiation reaches city
BusinessInsider: Now There Are Worries At The Onagawa Nuke Plant, And France Is Warning Its Citizens To Get Out Of Tokyo
The latest is that all eyes have turned to reactor #3. Originally reactor #1 was the concern, but at least the official word is that it's somewhat under control. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano has suggested that there are issues getting adequate water into the reactor to cool the rods. It's possible, however, that there's a problem with the water gauge. This is unclear. A partial meltdown is possible.
Rescue workers check the remains of a house for any possible survivors in Natori, Miyage prefecture, Sunday.
NPR: In Japan, Blackouts And Shortages Follow Quake, Tsunami
FDL: Japanese Nuclear Watch Update – One Meltdown, Another Probable, Large Evacuations Ordered 
USGS: US Earthquake Information by State (great information, thank you rj!)
Also, this shameful video from Larry Kudlow. Thanks rj at Global Glass Onion for the link and the heads up.
Vanity Fair

Also in the News
Guardian: Gaddafi's army will kill half a million, warn Libyan rebels
Rebels flee Ras Lanuf and call on UN to impose no-fly zone as Gaddafi's forces recapture strategically important towns
RawStory: Egypt government warns of ‘counter-revolution’
CAIRO – Egypt's new government warned on Wednesday of a "counter-revolution" following a series of deadly political and religious clashes blamed on diehards of the former regime.
Time: Violence Erupts in Yemen as Protests Intensify 
RawStory: US ‘deeply concerned’ over Yemen violence
WashingtonPost: Gadhafi forces shell oil town as troops advance
ClimateProgress: The hangover from the over-fishing party
YahooNews: Betting the Farm: Former FDIC Chair Isaac Fears Another 'Ag' Bubble Brewing
Time: The Quicksilver Mess
Remember the illicit thrill of cracking open a thermometer and pouring out the contents, marveling at the slippery weight of the shimmering puddle in your palm? Imagine, then, the excitement of two Arkansas teenagers when they found some 40 lbs. of the stuff--pure mercury--in an abandoned factory where it had been used to make neon lights.
WashingtonPost: Rep. Peter King's Muslim hearing: Plenty of drama, less substance
Reuters: Iran to put Americans on trial again in May: report

No comments:

Post a Comment