Thursday, May 05, 2011

Japan: Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Update

by Calculated Risk on 5/05/2011 10:07:00 PM

I haven't posted an update for some time. John Glionna and Kenji Hall at the LA Times provide a rough timeline: Workers enter damaged Fukushima reactor

The recovery team began a project to lower radiation levels by installing six ventilation machines that would absorb isotopes from the air in the No. 1 reactor ...

Tomikawa said it should take two or three days to put in the ventilation system. He estimated that the work to install the reactor's new cooling system could begin as soon as May 16.

... The company plans to add cooling equipment for reactors Nos. 2 and 3 sometime in the next two months ...

Under a two-phase plan, the company expects to spend three months cooling the reactors and plugging radiation leaks. ...

During the second phase, which is expected to take about six months, Tepco hopes to put the reactors into a stable state ... but deactivating the reactors could take years to complete.
A long slow process.

Earlier:
Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims sharply higher
NMHC Quarterly Apartment Survey: Market Conditions Tighten
Clear Capital Home Price Index shows Double Dip