via ex-SKF / December 7, 2012 /

Update on the Magnitude 7.3 outer-rise earthquake on December 7 off Miyagi Prefecture. (Yesterday’s report is here.)

It looks something may have happened at Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant. According to TEPCO, there was a small rise in pressure in the reactor building, which is to be kept at a negative pressure to prevent radioactive contamination from spreading into the environment.

Jiji Tsushin (12/7/2012):

福島第1「異常なし」=第2建屋内、圧力上昇も-東電

TEPCO: Fukushima I Nuke Plant “No abnormality”, Fukushima II [reactor] building pressure rise

東京電力は7日の地震後、福島第1、第2原発とも新たな異常はないと発表した。観測された揺れは小さく、原子炉への注水や使用済み燃料プールの冷却に影響はなかったという。

TEPCO announced that there was no new abnormality in Fukushima I and II Nuclear Power Plants. The quake measured on site was small, and it didn’t affect the water injection into the reactors or the cooling of the spent fuel pools.

ただ第2原発1号機では、原子炉建屋内の圧力が若干上昇。午後5時20分すぎ、作業員が手動で空気を排出し、圧力を下げる作業を行った。

However, in Fukushima II (Daini) Nuke Plant, the pressure inside the Reactor 1 building rose a little. At 5:20PM, workers lowered the pressure by manually operating [the system that] pumps out the air.

尾野昌之原子力・立地本部長代理は原因について、現時点では分からないとしつつ、「あまり深刻なものではない」と説明した。外部への放射性物質漏えいは確認されていないという。

TEPCO’s manager Masayuki Ono explained “It’s not very serious”, even though he acknowledged the company did not know the cause of the pressure rise. According to TEPCO, there is no leak of radioactive materials in the environment.

 

Ah the famous last word, “No leak of radioactive materials in the environment”.

There were 11 people injured in the M7.3 earthquake. There was a M6.2 earthquake 13 minutes after the M7.3 earthquake, but the Japanese tweets say there was no media report on that one, other than in the data pages of Japan Meteorological Agency and other meteorological news sites. Many people say they did indeed felt two shakes.

Right now, some people are trying to figure out what the hell is “autaah raizu” earthquake (and remember, “r” and “l” are indistinguishable to the Japanese) – a transliteration of “outer-rise” earthquake”.

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