Reuters reports that Exelon Corp declared an “alert” at its New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant a short time ago due to a record storm surge, warning that a further rise in water levels could force operators to use emergency water supplies from a fire hose to cool spent uranium fuel rods.
The alert — the second lowest of four NRC action levels — came after water levels at the plant rose by more than 6.5 feet, potentially affecting the pumps that circulate water through the plant,which is shut for planned refueling at the moment. However a rise to 7 feet could submerge the service water pump motor that is used to cool the water in the spent fuel pool.
The used uranium rods in the pool could cause the water to boil within 25 hours without additional coolant; In an extreme scenario the rods could overheat, risking the eventual release of radiation.
Meanwhile, we are getting feedback from subscribers, including Trent in Sandy (no coincuidence?) in Portland Oregon.
A massive fire is reported to have broken out in Queens, and this from Trent.
Hey Michael,Not sure if you have a smartphone but if you get a chance to listen to the FDNY Bronx fire stream, it is absolute chaos in NY right now.
As I write their are 5 working structure fires, a parking garage with over 50 cars on fire, people stuck in elevators, and hundreds of people stuck in the water due to their apartment being on fire.Here’s a link you can use with your pc,I think you will have to click the small speaker on the left to listen. Pretty awesome to listen to events live around the world.