2 Years Ago Today: New York Times reports U.S. would be harmed only by ‘full meltdown’ at Fukushima — Months later it’s revealed ‘full meltdowns’ occurred

Published: March 13th, 2013 at 1:33 pm ET


New York Times, William J. Broad, March 13, 2011: Blogs were churning with alarm. But officials insisted that unless the quake-damaged nuclear plants deteriorated into full meltdown, any radiation that reached the United States would be too weak to do any harm.

A few months later…

CNN, June 7, 2011: Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday.

Wikipedia: As the water boiled away in the reactors and the water levels in the fuel rod pools dropped, the reactor fuel rods began to overheat severely, and to melt down. In the hours and days that followed, Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced full meltdown.

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Published: March 13th, 2013 at 1:33 pm ET


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13 comments to 2 Years Ago Today: New York Times reports U.S. would be harmed only by ‘full meltdown’ at Fukushima — Months later it’s revealed ‘full meltdowns’ occurred


    very sad to see our worst fears coming true. Thanks to those who got out in front, on this. You were disparaged for being alarmist. Guess they're not laughing at you behind anymore.

    If my parakeet survives, I'll have a good purpose for the NYTs…

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      You're in the U.S., Aftershock? I thought you were Australian for some reason. Maybe it's the six-toed footprint.


        true dat PavewayIII. That, BTW, is my girlfriend's footprint. I took a picture of it while we were walking on the beach, one summer. Got to wondering what would make a good graphic for my enenews avatar-icon. Combed through my digital images and that one stopped me in my tracks…

        • PavewayIII PavewayIII

          I took out my eyeballs and scrubbed them both with cleanser. Don't worry – it's SoftScrub (with bleach). I can see your girlfriend has five toes, not six. At least on the left foot. It was a good avatar before the story and a better one now.

          The sixth toe would have made it creepy – that's twice as many as I have.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    My understanding is Reactor one melted down or rather was in the process prior to the tsunami yet everything I read tends to gloss over this fact. There are videos showing smoke pouring out of Reactor one prior to the wave hitting shore thus there is not doubt that Reactor one failed after the earthquake and prior to the tsunami. I personally think this is rather important but perhaps I'm mistaken about it's significance.

    • True Moon… in grand-schema of Fuku matters.. bit mute, but if consider the following….

      1: If you used safety system valves to bleed core to torus (Option #2) it pressurizes it. Once done? Option #1 (Bleed core to vent-stack) becomes disabled!
      2: Pressure in torus from such usage, is greater than can be compensated by 12v DC valve actuator.
      3: Backup system to actuator (Compressed air line) is not rated for quakes, and so got busted!
      4: Safety relief valve system in regards to this issue… is found to be flawed concept in original design! Even if pipes did not break, and still had battery power… valve would not have been able to open and vent the pressure, once you used vent to the torus option!
      5: ALL of such GE 1 & 2 plants… including ones here in USA have this very same problem!
      6: NRC thought it best to brush this under the rug.. or risk wide-scale shutdowns of all plants of this type!
      Now… do you see why nothing is being said about it..?

  • frankfan42 frankfan42

    And once it came to pass that not one, but all three reactors experienced the full meltdown why has the lamestream press not touched this story to report on the likely consequences to Americans? The silence is rather deafening.

  • patb2009

    Units 1-4 demonstrated Loss of Coolant, station blackout and Accidental transients.

    Units 5-6 suffered loss of coolant.

    Daini 1-4 demonstrated loss of coolant

  • We Not They Finally

    So much for "If there were a problem, they would tell us." Well, "they" told us, but have been minimizing it ever since and the public seems nearly indifferent. Pathetic.