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Strong typhoon heads for Japan’s nuclear plant

Updated    6 hours 54 minutes ago

A powerful typhoon was closing in on Japan on Tuesday, heading towards the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Typhoon Wipha, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres per hour near its centre, was in the Pacific south of Japan early this morning.

It has been forecast to reach an area off the Tokyo metropolitan area by early Wednesday and then head toward the coast of Fukushima where the crippled nuclear power plant sits.

The operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), says it is bracing for the winds after a series of leaks of radiation-polluted water.

“We are making preparations for proper management of contaminated water… we will patrol places that could have inflows of water (from the storm),” a company spokesman said.

Earlier this month, TEPCO announced 430 litres of polluted water had spilt from a tank as workers tried to remove rainwater dumped at the plant by recent typhoons.

The nuclear plant was badly damaged by the tsunami that hit in March 2011 and critics say it remains in a fragile state and at the mercy of extreme weather or other natural hazards.

Typhoon Wipha May Threaten Tokyo and Fukushima

Andrew (AP)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Typhoon Wipha, which is currently a 110 mph storm located several hundred miles south of Kyoto, Japan, appears poised to sideswipe, or possibly even make a direct hit on Japan in the coming days. The storm is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rain, and high waves to the Japanese coast from Tokyo northward, including the ailing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where cleanup efforts have already hit serious roadblocks.

Current forecasts show Wipha making landfall, or coming close to making landfall, near Tokyo on Oct. 16 local time, while transitioning from a weakening tropical cyclone into a hybrid storm, with characteristics of both a tropical storm and an extratropical system. Those characteristics are similar to some of the features that Hurricane Sandy had when it devastated the U.S. East Coast nearly a year ago this month. Wipha could bring an expanded area of high winds and pounding surf along with several inches of rain to heavily populated areas of Japan, including the vulnerable nuclear plant that was incapacitated by the massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The tsunami led to a series of cascading engineering failures, culminating in a triple nuclear meltdown at the plant in the worst accident at a nuclear power plant since Chernobyl in 1986.

Ryan Maue, a meteorologist at WeatherBell Analytics, a private forecasting firm, told Climate Central that the storm poses a “huge flood potential” for the Fukushima area. “Deep convection on the westward flank of the storm  plus the topography of Japan means heavy rain for the coastline regardless of the Typhoon’s track,” he said in an email message. “Wipha is extra-large size-wise,” Maue said, predicting it will grow and strengthen as it makes its closest pass to Japan, aided by strong jet stream winds in the upper atmosphere.

Even in the absence of landfalling typhoons, cleanup work at Fukushima has hit numerous serious roadblocks, with recent discoveries that the plant has been leaking radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. A team of 16 experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency is currently in Japan to visit the plant and advise the Japanese government on how to deal with the challenge of storing large amounts of radioactive material on site.

In September, the Japanese government announced it would spend half a billion dollars on additional steps to secure the plant, including building a wall to block the contamination of groundwater. A major storm with high surf, strong winds, and heavy rainfall likely would complicate cleanup efforts, or possibly pose an even greater danger to the facility.

Typhoons are no stranger to Japan, although as in parts of the U.S., by the time these storms reach such northern latitudes they are often transitioning into hybrid storm systems. That may not be good news for Tokyo and Fukushima, though, since this process can cause storms to intensify and expand in size, resulting in a broader wind field and a higher potential for storm surge.

Computer models show the potential for 40-foot waves off the coast of Japan on October 16, with maximum sustained winds close to hurricane force, or 74 mph, along the coast. (A typhoon is the same meteorological phenomena as a hurricane, but these storms are named differently in different ocean basins.)

The worst-case scenario track would take Wipha over the coast just west of Tokyo, which could push a damaging storm surge into parts of the city, and result in a higher surge near the Fukushima area. Given that the storm is still several hundred miles south of Japan, the exact track is still quite uncertain.

The storm is being monitored by the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). The JMA is projecting about a 60 percent likelihood that 58 mph sustained winds will occur in the Tokyo Prefecture, with those odds diminishing to about 40 percent for Fukushima Prefecture.

At one point, Typhoon Wipha was part of a trio of intense tropical cyclones from the Western Pacific Ocean to the Bay of Bengal, where Cyclone Phailin made landfall over the weekend. In contrast, the Atlantic hurricane season is cruising to one of its least active years on record, with not a single major hurricane of Category 3 intensity or greater occurring to date. The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends on Nov. 30.

17 thoughts on “HOLY FUKUSHIMA”

  1. Mercy, I was looking for the Onion and then realized “Not Today”!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This could get interesting real fast. John

  2. Radioactivetyphoonado: Watch As “Once In A Decade Storm” Batters Fukushima

    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/15/2013 17:05 -0400

    While the broader public’s attention continues to be distracted by the circus that America’s legislative and executive branches have become (an expected development at a time when the monetary branch reigns supreme), the real, non-scripted and truly devastating catastrophe continue to unfold in Japan, and specifically in Fukushima, where both TEPCO and the government have long since lost control of the worst nuclear disaster in history. However, in addition to the now usual daily spills of hundreds of tons of radioactive coolant into the environment, a potentially far more dangerous situation which may lead to an even greater loss of containment is taking place right now as both the destroyed nuclear plant and soon Tokyo are about to be buffeted by Typhoon Wipha – a “once in a decade storm.”

    Reuters reports:

    Typhoon Wipha is moving across the Pacific straight towards the capital, Tokyo, and is expected to make landfall during the morning rush hour on Wednesday, bringing hurricane-force winds to the metropolitan area of 30 million people. The center of the storm was 860 km (535 miles) southwest of Tokyo at 0800 GMT, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its website. It was moving north-northeast at 35 kph (22 mph).

    The storm had weakened as it headed north over the sea but was still packing sustained winds of about 140 kph (87 mph) with gusts as high as 194 kph (120 mph), the agency said. The agency issued warnings for Tokyo of heavy rain, flooding and gales, and advised people to be prepared to leave their homes quickly and to avoid unnecessary travel.

    A spokesman for the meteorological agency said the storm was a “once in a decade event”.

    The typhoon is expected to sweep through northern Japan after making landfall and to pass near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, on the coast 220 km (130 miles) northeast of Tokyo, later on Wednesday.

    The operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Corp, which has been struggling to contain radioactive leaks, said it would cancel all offshore work and it would decide whether to continue work onshore after assessing the weather.

    The utility will also take down cranes and secure all cables, hoses and machinery, a company spokesman said.

    Considering the absolutely abysmal work Tepco had down in “containing” Fukushima, one can probably best describe what is about to take place as a Radioactivetyphoonado.

    Sadly, for the long-suffering Japanese people, for whom between Abenomics and this ongoing disaster there is little to smile about, things may be about to get much wrose.

    Typhoon Wipha is the strongest storm to approach eastern Japan since October 2004. That cyclone triggered floods and landslides that killed almost 100 people, forced thousands from their homes and caused billions of dollars in damage.

    Four Japanese oil refining companies said they suspended marine berth shipments in eastern Japan as the typhoon approached but there was no impact on refining operations.

    The affected facilities are Idemitsu Kosan Co’s Chiba and Aichi refineries, JX Holdings Inc’s Negishi, Kashima and Sendai refineries, Fuji Oil Co’s Sodegaura refinery and Cosmo Oil Co’s Chiba refinery.

    Japan Airlines Co cancelled 183 domestic flights on Tuesday and Wednesday, mostly from Tokyo’s Haneda airport. Rival ANA Holdings Inc halted 210 flights in Japan with three international flights also cancelled. The combined cancellations will affect 60,850 passengers, the airlines said.

  3. I wonder how big a Storm Surge Wipha will push in? How many feet above sea level are the reactors and spent fuel ponds and containment tanks? I wonder if it all could get submerged AGAIN?

    You see the latest TEPCO Mascot?


    They finally gave Plutonium-kun his Pink Slip.



  4. Japan is totally fudged. If not from this typhoon, by the next one. It doesn’t even have to be a huge one. There will be radioactive shit all over and it probably will accelerate the spread of it everywhere else. Truly a catastrophe.

  5. I’ve had just about a gut full of these Fuku horror stories, which appear to have a half-life LONGER than the melting fuel rods. Damn, a few thousand gallons of radioactive water leaking into an ocean that covers 75,000,000 square miles and has an average depth of 3 friggin miles.

    Oh, the horror. Like some fucking glowing minnow off the coast of Japan is going to contaminate Peru’s tuna catch 10,000 miles away for the next 500 years. Wait for it, people. Sooner or later, some shithead from the Center for Bio Diversity will have CONCLUSIVE evidence of that occurring.

    Chernobyl fucking BLEW UP and sent a radioactive cloud from the Ukraine clear to northern Scandanavia. Today? Pffft. Nothing. Eastern Europe and western Russia is alive and well. Taters and turnips are doing just fine in the fields. Same with the wheat. Cars and buses are moving through the streets of Minsk and Moscow. People are breathing fresh, clean, non-radioactive diesel fumes.

    So get over the fucked up Fuku flashes of fantasy already. It’s getting old.

  6. This photo came from zerohedge.com and it is a live feed from Fukushima. Right click on the photo below, select “Open Link in New Private Window”, then click “Open with Windows Media Player (Default)”, and it should open up to a 24/7 live feed. I have it working on my desktop. I hope this works.


  7. “This photo came from zerohedge.com and it is a live feed from Fukushima. Right click on the photo (and blah, blah, and blah). I hope this works”

    First of all, Anon, the link doesn’t work. All I got is a video of Stucky in a rather compromising position with a goat.

    Secondly, where do you live? Indiana? Ireland? This is what you’re worried about so much that you’re watching a live feed video of a storm hitting Fukushima? Do you have 911 on hold? Are the wife and kids waiting in the car for the getaway to your mountaintop bunker?

    Damn, dude, get a life.

  8. BREAKING NEWS —- THIS JUST IN !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fukushima radiation has now reached Arizona. Word on the street is some Old Fucker is down to just three functioning brain synapses, one testicle flat broke off, and the other one has shriveled to the size of a pea. Officials believe the Old Fucker was exposed to Fuki-radionation as the result of spending too much time on the golf course.

  9. You don’t have to have a “God” who is “pissed off” for an island nation in the Pacific to be hit with tsunamis and typhoons.

    Planet Earth is a young, dynamic planet that is geologically active and produces “weather”, whether human beings are around to build nuclear power plants on the coasts and straddling major fault lines in the most geologically active areas of the world, or not. Don’t blame God because you built a $5M house right in the middle of the California wildfire zone, or at water’s edge on Myrtle Beach. “God” doesn’t give a damn one way or the other. There were tsunamis and Earthquakes and hurricanes and floods in these areas a long time before human beings evolved to the point of being dumb enough to think that their Gods were going to somehow protect them from their stupidity and hubris.

  10. The Fukushima live feed that I linked above (at 12:02 am) is not compulsory. It is there if you wish to open it and see the site real time.

  11. Fukushima Beta-Radiation Levels Soar To New Record In Aftermath Of Typhoon Wipha

    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/17/2013 21:00 -0400

    It is only fitting that on the day the Stalingrad & Poorski 500 rises to a new record high, that that other centrally-planned catastrophe, the exploded Fukushima nuclear power plant, in the aftermath of Japan’s Radioactivetyphoonado reports a completely different record: namely the level of beta radiation levels at Fukushima. Bloomberg notes that the nationalized utility Tepco, which has taken denial to a different superstring dimension altogether, has detected beta radiation levels of 400,000 becquerels per liter in a water sample taken yesterday from a monitoring well near storage tank area H4 at Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. This was the highest reading on record. This number compares to Beta radiation levels of 61 Bq/L in the sample taken Oct. 16 and 90 Bq/L in the Oct. 15 sample.

    Japan Times has more:

    The highest level yet of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances, including strontium, has been detected at one point in a drainage ditch at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant where measurements are regularly taken, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday.

    According to Tepco, a water sample taken Wednesday at a point in the ditch some 300 meters from the ocean was found to contain 1,400 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances, the highest level ever detected at that location.

    Tepco said water that passed through the ditch may have entered the sea.

    A water sample taken Tuesday at the same point contained 19 becquerels of such radioactive substances.

    The radiation level surged after heavy rain caused by Typhoon Wipha, which hit the Tohoku region, including Fukushima Prefecture, on Wednesday, Tepco said. It is thought the rain washed out radioactive substances that had been absorbed by the ground.

    Radiation levels also hit record highs in water samples collected Wednesday at three upstream points in the drainage ditch, which passes close to the storage tank from which highly radioactive water spilled in August, with the amount of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances ranging from 2,000 to 2,300 becquerels per liter.

    And while 400,000 may sound like a lot, keep in mind it is substantially less than the P/E Ratio that Mr. Yellen has in store for the S&P before this whole manipulated farce ends up in a just as radioactive pile of dust.

  12. I don’t think its that big of a deal for most of us from a health perspective, however its effects upon the people of Japan and everyone who trades with them bears watching.

    Not exactly a fertile country, if high radiation levels keep them from being able to utilize that crop land and also makes all the fish in the nearby area dangerous to eat, we are looking at a country in a lot of trouble.

    We should have left them alone in the 1800s. They were better off Feudal than they are trying to keep up with the rest of the world.

  13. [email protected] says:

    I’m with SSS here. Yeah, this was a dumb place to put a reactor and the tsunami was handled poorly.

    Blah blah blah.

    The entire Earth is radioactive, naturally. It is probably one of the engines of evolution and genetic change. NO ONE is reporting scads of cancer, bone marrow problems or collapse of the ocean ecosystem as a result of this, sorry.

    Post Chernobyl, the surrounding ecosystem is reverting back to the old Baba Yaga Russian forest, now that humans have been gone for 25+ years! There has been TOURISM here since 2002 without a report of dead or sick tourists. People who originally refused to leave the area are just fine.

    This is just like the Pink Slime kerfluffle – total codswallop.

    If anything is radioactively toxic and a threat to life – it is the libtard proglodytes at the helm of the fed.gov that are poisoning and destroying all that is good and beautiful about life.

    THAT is where your attention should be directed.

    ***preparing for incoming***


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