March 16th, 2011 – Message from Japanese Scientist – Fukushima serious containment issues

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From: Doctor, Steven R [[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 7:36 PM
To: Braatz, Brett G;Cumblidge, Stephen; Prokofiev, loun; Moyer, Carol; Harris, Robert V
Subject: Info from Tetsuo Shoji

Got this information from Stephen Bruemmer and thought you might find it informative.

Steven R. Doctor, Ph.D.
Laboratory Fellow
Applied Physics/National Security Directorate
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
902 Battelle Boulevard
P.O. Box 999, MSIN K5-26
Richland, WA 99352 USA
Tel: 509-375-2495
Fax: 509-375-6497

Ori-gi-n-al- M- essage —–
From: Bruemmer, Stephen M*
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011. 3:58 PM
To: Doctor, Steven R
Cc: Bond, Leonard J
Subject: Re: Sympathy for earthquake in Sendai

Steve – thanks. I was reach several people at Tokoku University including Tetsuo since Friday.

Finally made contact on Tuesday with Tetsuo through his home email and found out my friends were OK (as you can be).

Here is part of the most recent message from Tetsuo sent to our ICG-EAC organizing committee early this morning:

Thank you very much for the kind and supportive message. It’s a huge tragedy we have never never thought or imagined.

M9 is far above the estimated level and everything can’t resist against such a level. I was in the building which is newly constructed last year and shake was so big as I have never experienced in my life and shake last a few minutes, very very long we felt. Tsunami height was more than 20 m in some areas which over flow the tsunami barrier of 10 m height. Everything washed away. Our campus and my home are rather West of Sendai which is far from sea coast and didn’t affected by the Tsunami.

My family and my lab. member are all fine and my residence area is now recovered mostly except gas. So my family has no difficulty in living but still a lot of people are living in many evacuated places and at home without electricity, water and gas.

All transportation don’t work except some buses. No Shinkansen, no flight. We have a serious shortage of gas for cars and a lot of cars are waiting the gas supply. A lot of cars are left on the road which raise an another problem that rescues can not effectively move by this traffic jam. We may need some more weeks to get better condition in life line.

Fukushima NPP is a serious situation of activities confinement because of possible failure of suppression camber with a explosion sound, which no one know the details. RPV and container seem to be maintained so far and TEPCO is trying to pump sea water in the reactor but still a half of the fuel is above the water line. Let’s see what’s going on. I hope it cool down soon.

My lab. may start to work next week after the building inspection on Thursday 16, March and electricity supply check. I think it will take a few days to put them back in operation condition for all lab. equipments and working space.

Cheers – Steve

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