Despite the lack of coverage in the international media, the situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan remains, in the words of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s weekly bulletin, “very serious”.
The continuing crisis was underscored yesterday when the plant’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), reported that the reactor 1 had been far more seriously damaged than believed and its fuel rods had undergone a meltdown.
Workers entered the reactor building last week, for the first time in two months, in order to restore ventilation and reduce the ongoing high levels of radiation inside the structure. Having achieved those initial steps, engineers repaired an important gauge used to measure water levels inside the reactor’s pressure vessel.
Previous readings had shown the water level at 1.6 metres below the top of the fuel rods in the reactor core. As it turned out, these measurements were false. The actual water level was five metres below the top of the fuel rods, leaving them fully exposed.
1st off, stop blaming me!
1) seriously, i'm not responsible for blogger/blogspot.
a number of stories are out there. most don't know what the hell they're talking about.
if you go back to c.i.'s thursday morning entries, you'll see the problem.
that's when it began. as she notes, wally & cedric had to do their posts that morning by e-mail because they couldn't get into their accounts.
that's when the problem began. some people are reporting that it happened thursday night. no.
blogger did an upgrade wednesday night and clearly didn't do it correctly. which caused the initial outages.
it was out until after 10 friday morning.
2) i didn't blog last night because why would i?
we took a vote.
did you read c.i.'s thursday snapshot?
it didn't make it up until after 1:00 p.m. today.
because blogger couldn't get their crap together.
but maybe you read it yesterday on 1 of the mirror sites?
that's an incredible snapshot and the whole diane sawyer bit was great.
but who got to read it?
not a lot of people because blogger was down.
so i wasn't going to break my ass trying to half-ass my way through a post that might or might not make it up thursday night.
2) i wasn't the only 1. we took a vote. and we all said, 'nope, not blogging.' because it was down.
3) i honestly hoped it would be down tonight.
4) i have no control over blogger, i don't own it. if you've got a problem, take it up with them.
5) my phone? betty's "Cell phones and other things" and mike's "New cell phone" went up 2 weeks ago and i have had all these e-mails about my cell phone.
i have an iphone.
not the latest 1. is mine a 3? i don't know but it has the slot and i do use a memory card. the brand new version does not have the slot. so i will probably switch back to blackberry when i do change phones.
what do i use mine for?
i have no need for the landline.
the machine picks up and if it's some 1 i want to talk to, they generally hang up then and dial my cell.
i listen to the radio with it. i watch videos with it - music videos. i sometimes use the calculator.
but mainly - besides making phone calls - i use it for photos and videos.
i don't know how parents did it in the old days. that would be even 5 or 7 years ago.
i don't have to have a camera with me to take my daughter's picture. i'm always ready and i'm always snapping photos. i do video less than photos but i also do video.
and it's so great to be able to e-mail them - photos or videos - right after.
my cell phone's most important feature really is the camera. and i've got two apps on the phone that i've added solely for the photos.
6) we have fx, yes. i've got satellite. but i don't watch tv that much in terms of programs. i have it on in the background - often on cnn - if i'm home. but except for brothers & sisters, i usually don't know when stuff's on. sometimes, i'll be on the phone - say with my friend t - and she'll say, 'oh, gotta go, ___ is coming on.' and i'll tell flyboy and we'll watch.
in the old days i used to buy t.v. guide. but these days it seems like such a waste of paper. so i usually don't know what's on. i catch stuff on hulu. and that's where i catch justified.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'