Day: June 14, 2011

Is This the End of Nuclear Energy?

This may be the moment history has turned definitively against atomic energy.
To be sure:  we are still required to fight hard to bury reactor loan guarantees in the United States.  There are parallel struggles in China, Indian, England, France and South Korea.
The …

Nebraska Nuclear Plant at Level 4, 3, 2, 1 Emergency

The Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, Nuclear power plant is going down fast due to massive flooding.
The Omaha Public Power District has declared a Notification of Unusual Event (NOUE).
The FAA has issued the following directive, shutting down airspace over the plant:

FISSION EVENT and Fire at Fukushima #4

This is TEPCO video of the #4 fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi just after midnight last night, June 14, 2011.
It is on fire by 00:46.
There is an explosion at the back of the structure which is captured in frame 1:05.
There …