- 2014-05-20 04:43:26 UTC
- 2014-05-20 06:43:26 +02:00 at epicenter
- 40.913°N 19.886°E
- 10.00 km (6.21 mi)
Source: Quakes 4.5+
57 nuclear waste containers from Los Alamos national lab are considered at risk for explosion after two similar barrels were identified as the cause of the incident in the WIPP underground. DOE and the state of New Mexico have not confirmed the location of all 57 containers. The state did request that all shipments that were in transit, above ground at WIPP, at the nearby Texas based WCS waste facility and those still at Los Alamos be identified. The state wants details about how these suspect barrels will be secured to not pose further threat to the public.
Los Alamos stated that drums in their possession were secured under a “dome” with fire protection systems. They are monitoring the barrels for pressure changes. DOE has admitted that a switch to an “organic kitty litter” to solidify nitrate salts could be the root cause for the problem. The state has given DOE …
Source: Fukushima Sub
After several days of extremely heavy rain over parts of Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Balkan Peninsula is experiencing its worst-ever flooding. Heavy rains started on Wednesday, May 14 and by Monday, May 19, all major rivers have burst their banks at some points. More than 45 people have lost their lives as waters submerged towns and swept away roads and bridges. Residents are describing the ongoing event as cataclysmic. This was the heaviest rainfall and worst flooding in the region since measurements began (120 years ago) – the worst flooding in known history. More rain fell in one day than in four months. In Serbia, flood waters acted as a 3 – 4 meter high tsunamis. Entire towns were flooded in a matter of minute… »
Source: Solar News
Officials at WIPP have released photos and some details about the new findings in the waste site. They have visually identified one barrel that caused damage in room 7. A black 50 gallon barrel appeared to have burst along the lid seam. The barrel did have a bag of magnesium oxide (MGO) on top of it. The bag itself was burned away. Scorch marks can be seen on nearby surfaces in a gap between pallets along with evidence of other melted plastics. DOE has confirmed the barrel with damage is from Los Alamos.
The event in the room included melting multiple MGO bags in the central part of the room, indicating some sort of more widespread event. There are a number of visually similar drums adjacent to the one with visible damage. DOE has not said if these other barrels include the same mix of materials or if they are suspect …
Source: Fukushima Sub