Hey Dave, I have it on pretty good authority that we geared up and had generators leaded etc and were ready to help but the Japanese moved their own in. I also believe that several airports(of any size to the plants) nearest have been destroyed. That means sticking them on a barge and bringing them in. But the Japanese must have solved the power problem if they can pump seawater now.
I’m using the genset as an example of something that, for any other country other than possibly Russia, could be a logistical impossibility: fly a 100 tonne genset around the world.
We can do it. We could do it last year, God willing, we’ll be able to do it next year.
What I suspect they could also use now isn’t so simple as “load a genset and fly it there” - the H2 explosions indicate that a lot of secondary systems are down, likely due to wiring/panels/etc being flooded with water or compromised due to the quake action.
I have to imagine that the techs and engineers in Japan are exhausted and pissed off at all the idiots ping’ing them for updates. This might well be the reason why they’re farming out the press response on generic issues to outside organizations. They have their hands full, they’re exhausted, their job isn’t close to done yet and yet the press keeps calling with the same stupid questions, hour after hour, and the networks keep sending in dumber and dumber anchors and “personalities” to be “part of the scene in Japan!”
I saw Fox was going to send Shepard Smith to Japan, for example. What is this drama queen (literally) going to add to the reporting? If he does for the Japanese what he did for the people of New Orleans, the Japanese would be well advised to arrest him upon arrival and escort him to the US embassy.
...it was reported a few days ago that the water pumps were driven by steam from heat from the reactors themselves. Don’t know if that’s true, or if AC power of some kind has been restored.