Shaken, Not Stirred…

13 Mar

As Japan reels with the punches;

(It should be noted that this post was actually “ghostwritten by ‘an unaware’ย  (as in “I didn’t tell him first”) Tony A, one of the guys out there in the ether that I really, really pay attention to. All I did was cannibalize it to give it that “Man, that Ronin is a jerk…” flair I’m so famous for… Tony, I apologize in advance…) ๐Ÿ™‚

Mother Nature continues to pummel Japan with wave after wave of aftershocks. Some of these, in fact most of them of recent, have been 6.0 or better.

The earthquake was so powerful that it actually moved the main island of Japan 8 feet. 8 feet.

The March 11 2011 Japan quake made the Top Five for earthquakes in recorded history… for the PLANET.

Scientists say that it caused the earth to shift on it’s axis. Several inches. 10, in fact.

This shift will affect the earth’s rotation, directly affecting day/night cycles.

I don’t want to stir up additional controversy and fear, but…

Holy Moley…

The Japanese people are fleeing the areas around theย  Nuclear Power Stations like they were being chased by Godzilla.

Japan’s Primary power sources (not giant warehouses filled with sushi-fueled Energizer Bunnies as some may claim) are getting the bejezzus beaten out of them as the coolant systems for the radioactive cores begin to fail catastrophically.

Two-japanese-nuclear-units-still-at-serious-risk

Let’s examine this for a moment.ย  The motors that actuate and run the cooling pumps are powered by the power grid.

And in times of power failure, like when the entire grid is down.. um… like after an earthquake…ย  what happens?

Well, the pumps are run from backup diesel generators. “Easy peasy”, as the mechs on Bob The Builder would say…

(I know, I know… but I have a three year old whose DVDs are slowly brainwashing me. I use terms now that are just frankly bizarre!)

But the diesel engines to run the backup generators were taken out by the tsunami.

Ah crap! Now what? Is there a “Plan B from Outer Space?”

Of course there is.

There are backup battery banks put into place that can run the cooling pumps.

But here’s the hitch. They only supply enough power to run those pumps for 8 hours. And, that 8 hours was up a long time ago, when you take things like nuclear fuel rods into perspective. Now what? More batteries?

I’m thinking that those Japanese leaders need to get the Wii and Nintendo people into gear working on suspending the laws of physics until somebody can ride into the rescue… or… they could contact those “Ceramic Coatings” guys… they suspend the laws of physics regularly… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tony asks:

“Was the Army Corp of Engineers involved in the design and development of the Japanese Nuclear Power backup systems?

I mean…ย  because it has evidence of their expertise written all over it.”

(Editor’s note: I was asking myself the exact same thing…) ๐Ÿ˜‰

As another guy I listen to regularly (Bob K – NOT to be confused with Bob The Builder) pointed out:

“The weak point of the system as described, which may not be complete or correct, is that if the pumps or the piping fail then the whole system fails, regardless of mains power, diesel power, or batteries. The drawing on the page shows an emergency water supply system, but of course the water mains need to have pressure for that system to work, and they may not right now, and it would at some point not be a closed system because the water would need to be re-circulated away from the plant and back into the environment, quite possibly contaminated.

Bob adds – “Speculation on my part, I am not in that business.

Bob goes on to say:

“Murphy never sleeps, never rests, merely waits for opportunity. Man complicates, overdesigns, underbuilds, and continually tests limits. Murphy, eventually and always, will have his day.”

I want this embroidered on a pillow. Seriously. Hell, I’ll hang it on the wall. Truer words were never spoken.

And, as Murphy chooses his time and place, we all hold our breath and collectively pray for the Japanese people held hostage by this grim situation.

If you can help… do it. Please.

Ronin

My apologies to both Tony A and Bob Kย  on “that other list” – for “swiping their pearls” to hang on the neck of humanity. I know you guys and gals hang on my every word… but sometimes it just pays to listen to “the smart guys”. ๐Ÿ™‚

Image credit: NRC – Nuclear Regulatory Commission Archives

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2 Responses to “Shaken, Not Stirred…”

  1. Danette Smith & Raymond Decary (Montreal) March 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    We think you are great!!
    What do you think???
    How can offshore drilling Not affect rogue wave and tsunami activity???
    We know an retired oil exec who says he always wondered what long term effects might be.
    With respect for your technical knowledge and skills and the location of your home (as well as your obvious way with a word).
    From
    the folks with just an airstream on our favorite beach in Nova Scotia (yearly land lease) considering buying water front in NS (perhaps we better go for a place up on a hill!!!!!!
    Danette and Raymond (Montreal and Nova Scotia)

    • Renaissance Ronin March 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

      Hi there!

      “We think you are great!!
      What do you think???”

      Um… don’t you READ the blog? I’m think I’m great, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Actually, I have readers who call me a “narcissistic egomaniac!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I think that any time you make a hole, you have to figure out how to plug it back up. IMHO (okay, NOT so humble…;)) We’re pretty good at punching thru, but not so good at doing the rest of the job…

      And the good thing about Airstreams (just like ISBUs) is that they’re all metal and you can tow those beautiful babies up the hill. So, by all means… Go find one! The views will probably be better from up there too! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Besides, being “upslope” always makes repelling zombies easier… You just roll rocks down at ’em… ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ronin

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