[ExI] Two Japanese reactors on red alert

Alfio Puglisi alfio.puglisi at gmail.com
Tue Mar 15 09:15:38 UTC 2011

On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 2:21 AM, Jeff Davis <jrd1415 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM, Keith Henson <hkeithhenson at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > Not knowing what they actually had perhaps I am being harsh on this,  but
> an crew of Americans would have taken the plugs off and spliced the wires.
>  There are significant cultural differences between the two societies.
> Yes, that was my immediate thought as well, 'Splice 'em!".  But c'mon!
>  Just on that account, the story makes no sense.  You've got a
> billion dollar nuke plant you risk losing to a melt down, plus the
> potential human safety catastrophe of a full reactor vessel breech!
> The guys working the emergency response would have been the best of
> the best.  They would have known to splice, and done it with their
> teeth if necessary.  There just HAS to be something else to this
> story, some other problem we haven't heard about yet.

The NYT has a piece on the subject with a comment that makes a lot more

"The problem, he said, was that the hookup is done through electric
switching equipment that is in a basement room flooded by the tsunami, he


Basically, the plant was not designed for external power supplies, since it
had plenty of auxiliary generators on site. Thus the hooking up of emergency
generators is not a simple matter of plugging in a connector. And the
switching room is in the basement...

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