Japanese tsunami survivors camped out in a nuclear power plant

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8 Responses to “Japanese tsunami survivors camped out in a nuclear power plant”

  1. Bilsko says:

    One thing I’ve been wondering about is…where is Japan getting all of those displaced MW of electricity?

    With half-a-dozen or more reactors in shutdown mode since the quake, I’m guessing they’re about 3,000MW (or more) short of their normal generating capacity. Do they really have enough overhead in gas plants and others to absorb that kind of load?

    Obviously with the amount of destruction that both the quake and tsunami caused – with entire towns wiped out – the load side of the equation decreased dramatically too. Is that figure significantly more or less than the lost generation? Or did both generation and load decrease by about the same amount…?

    Getting even more detailed – was the shutdown nuclear generation on the 50 or 60Hz grid? Are they having to import a lot more power from the other grid to make things up — incurring siwtching losses as they do?

    I’m sure that all of this will make for an interesting case study one day when the data is available.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Onagawa plant was also 2x closer to the earthquake epicentre.

    If they had shut down the aged Fukushima Daiichi reactors long ago and built modern nuclear power (as they ought to), we would be seeing the same thing in Fukushima.

    Good luck seeing new reactors built now, though, given the fear and misinformation.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Spike Japan has done a good writeup of the energy situation in the wake of the nuclear crisis:

    http://spikejapan.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/after-the-earthquake-a-long-hot-summer/

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