300 square centimeter hole in Reactor No. 2 pressure suppression pool: NISA analysis

Published: June 16th, 2011 at 8:44 am ET


TEPCO starts up water treatment system, but massive radioactive waste feared, Mainichi, June 16, 2011:

[…] At the No. 2 reactor, a hydrogen explosion damaged the pressure suppression pool. According to analysis by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, there is a hole of about 300 square meters there. Therefore, in order to circulate cooling water through the reactor, either damaged parts would need to be repaired or the pool would need to be covered with something like a huge concrete structure. But it is difficult for workers to approach the reactor because radiation levels in the reactor building are so high. As a result, TEPCO has not even been able to confirm damaged spots.

A reader points out that in the Japanese version of this report, it says 300 square centimeters, not meters. See here.

h/t Mono

Published: June 16th, 2011 at 8:44 am ET


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127 comments to 300 square centimeter hole in Reactor No. 2 pressure suppression pool: NISA analysis

  • radegan

    ‘The situation is the same at the No. 1 and 3 reactors….’

    So, the suppression pools in all three have GIANT holes in them.

    • ConceptRat

      Hang on a sec. Didn’t TEPCO, themselves, say that they had restarted the cooling systems for Reactors 1-3 sometime back early June?

      Now suddenly there’s a 300 square metre hole in the supression pool of Reactor #2?

      Either they were lying before or they are lying now. We know which it would be.

      I wish they’d just fess up and stop with the theatrics as things are going to get pretty damn hard to cover up soon. No shroud will help.

      • sorry charlie

        I remember they said they connected the electricity…don’t remember them saying they turned it….they are trickey with their wording…misleading is more appropriate…which is also lying. Where is their honor. I guess melted down too…into a puddle of greedy bullshit.

  • radegan

    Just picture a 15X20 meter hole in your above ground swimming pool. And you’re wondering where all your water is going. How long have they known this?

    • SteveMT

      Exactly. Could they possibly mean 300 sq. centimeters? That would be big enough to account for the water loss. Could this be a decimal point typo? One could literally drive a Mack truck through that hole. How could such a thing be missed until now?

      How will they fix it? Let’s take a walk don memory lane when life was much simpler and perhaps we were much more gullible.

      Remember this news from 04/04/11?:

      Workers in Japan at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was damaged in the March 11th earthquake and ensuing tsunami, recently discovered an eight inch crack in a maintenance pit that is estimated to be leaking radioactive water into the ocean at the rate of seven tons an hour. The water was tested and was found to contain one million Becquerels per liter of iodine 131 — which is about 10,000 times more radioactive than water normally found at a nuclear power plant. In an effort to stop the flow of water workers tried to block the leak with concrete on Saturday. When that effort failed they turned to a mix of sawdust, shredded newspaper and chemicals. After they had the mixture in place, workers realized they were targeting the wrong area of the pit and are currently searching the plant for the source of the water.


      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        When I clicked on the link above given by enenews.com, I found that the article is dated June 17, 2011.

      • fromtokyo

        yes if you click on “the original story in japanese”, in japanese
        it’s CENTI meters.

        doesn’t change the fact that radiation is too high. tepco wants to open the doors of R2 the next days to release radiation into the air so that it will be workable inside.
        more & more contamination…

  • Hot Tuna Hot Tuna

    Holy Crap! 263 Sv/h in Unit 1.


  • Benjo Honcho

    Everyday it’s just more good news from the land of the rising sun. NOT

  • chrisk9

    They knew from the start that the water was leaking out from somewhere. That is why it was such a huge joke when they announced they were going to reestablish a cooling system.
    I wonder what fantasy they will promote next: that they will fix these leaks, or they are going to process the waste water, both impossible, too high a dose rate.

    • Yes this is a wee bit bigger then the 8″ cracks of before they talked about !

      300 square meter hole !

  • Darth

    TEPCO has to have been dumping radioactive liquids in the ocean on an ongoing basis.

  • 300 square metrer hole ???

    Where these caused by quake or from melt through China Syndrome and heat ??

    That seems bigger than possible for any size building there !!!
    How many meter’s are these buildings long and wide individually ?

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Did you guys see this headline?
    HIDDEN AGENDA: Moves to oust Kan may be linked to politician­s in TEPCO’s pocket
    If this is TRUE, then it’s an outrage!! The article talks about Kan moving to renewable…but it might be Operatives of Tepco asking for his removal. OMG!

    • SteveMT

      This story was an interesting read about the machinations of government and special interests groups that occur mostly behind closed doors. Who will win the struggle, and will the country be left in ruins by then?

      “Kan is a politician from the generation of student protesters. Most became comfortable with heated rhetoric, frequently calling for the destruction or toppling of the government. “

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        I didn’t read the whole thing…so thanks for that tidbit. If this is true, that those who want him gone are Tepco Operatives…man oh man, it will be BIG NEWS. We’ll be watching, eh?

    • Anthony Anthony

      How can TEPCO be calling the shots on a world level anymore? Are you kidding me? Its like implementing a death wish.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Yeah! Where’s OUR leaders on this too! This is so fucked up…what a mess.

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          Whoopie….. Japan PM: must minimise public burden when supporting Tepco

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          (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Thursday it was important to minimise the burden on the public when providing financial assistance to Tokyo Electric , the operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.


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          • Whoopie Whoopie

            Thanks. I agree. I’ll post to Hp.

          • Anthony Anthony

            HIDDEN AGENDA: Moves to oust Kan may be linked to politicians in TEPCO’s pocket



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            photoPrime Minister Naoto Kan, right, speaks at a meeting on June 7 of the committee tasked with investigating and evaluating the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

            Naoto Kan may leave a lot to be desired as a prime minister, but one thing’s certain–he’s never taken a dime from Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.


  • SteveMT

    Reactor #2: TEPCO says that opening the door is safe. There is no mention of any 300 sq. meter hole. Who are these people anyway?

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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    263 Sv/hr equals to large enough dose
    to get very sick in less than one minute
    and very dead in less than two….

    Just wanted to ruin everyone’s morning
    with this little FYI reality check….
    h/t Japan regular at HP

  • Steven Steven

    Interesting article from Aljazeera, with comments from Arnie gunderson – “Fukushima: It’s much worse than you think ”


  • Whoopie Whoopie

    TEPCO 16 during commission­ing of high concentrat­ions of polluted water purifying system, a new leak found cesium removal equipment, announced that it has stopped operation

  • NPL

    That’s most probably a missprint. It would basically mean the whole suppression chamber is gone. 300 square centimeters make sense. 7 x 7″. Nevertheless that’s a MASSIVE hole in terms of leakage.

    • Misitu

      Agreed. Wasn’t there an early report of an explosion in the torus of No 2? and No 2 reactor building been full of humidity ever since. Makes sense. But the 300sq METRE does not… not to me anyway.

      A 20cmX20cm hole in English would be around 8ins by 8 ins. Enough for good drainage and good humidity to result.

      The reported sq M reference doesn’t make intuitive sense given the scale of the building and the lack of evidence of an explosion of commensurate force.

      • Misitu

        Tending to confirm the poor numeracy skills of the site staff – management – and or whoever is reporting this stuff.

        Do we have concerns that people given legal care over highly dangerous materials and equipment are unaware of the meaning of the decimal point?

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    • The voluntary evac notice will most likely be in small print in the back corner of an obscure paper !

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    • Anthony Anthony

      Has the Chernobyl disaster been overstated?

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      Instead of addressing the very real problems caused by Chenobyl, and conducting a thorough investigation into the extent and effects of contamination, apologists of nuclear power began a blackout on data concerning the amount of radioactive emissions, the doses of radiation, and the increased rates of illness and disease among those effected. This has led to difficulty in reaching a full and accurate assessment of the damage.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Ongoing effects of Chernobyl

        Decades after the disaster, an estimated 5 million people still live with dangerous levels of radioactive contamination in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia.

        To this day, more than 22% of Belarus farmland is heavily contaminated. Chernobyl radioactive particles continue to contaminate more than 25% of Ukraine. The 1,300 square kilometer radioactive reserve near the Chernobyl power plant is forever excluded from any economic activity owing to contamination expected to last hundreds of thousands of years.

        What is most often disputed about the consequences of the Chenobyl disaster is the number of deaths it caused.

        For the first three years after the disaster the USSR enforced a policy of official secrecy and the falsification of records. For these years it is almost impossible to know exactly how many people died from radiation poisoning.

        The situation of the hundreds of thousands of people directly involved in the ‘clean-up’ (often called the “liquidators”) is indicative. During this time it was officially forbidden to associate the illnesses and diseases they were suffering from with radiation poisoning.

        Prior to 1985 more than 80% of children in the Chernobyl territories of Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia were considered healthy; today fewer than 20% are well. In the heavily contaminated areas some have reported it difficult to find even one healthy child, rates of illness have increased for all age groups and the frequency of disease has increased several times since the disaster.

        Despite clear evidence of dramatic and ongoing effects, the pro-nuclear lobby continues to deny the seriousness of the Chernobyl disaster. Their denial includes undermining medical and biological studies, developing their own misleading ‘studies’, setting up bogus research bodies and ignoring thousands of research works and data collections written in Slavic languages.

        Under pressure from the nuclear lobby, governments and officials have diverted scientific personnel away from studying the problems caused by Chernobyl.

        Of the credible research that does exist, some suggest that the consequences of Chernobyl have not decreased over time, but, in fact, are increasing and will continue to do so into the future. It is argued that over the next several future generations the health of people and of nature will continue to be adversely impacted by the nuclear disaster.

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        • Anthony Anthony

          Distorting the facts

          The industry’s domination of the public debate around nuclear energy is clearly evident in Australia. In 2006 the Australian government commissioned the Uranium Mining, Processing and Nuclear Energy Review, which was unbelievably blatant in its distortion.

          The panel included no health professionals, no environmental experts and no leaders in the field of weapons proliferation. Not surprisingly the report expressed no serious concerns in any of these areas.

          Within the report a table titled “Fatal accidents in the worldwide energy sector, 1969 –2000” indicated a total of 31 deaths associated with nuclear reactor accidents during that period. A tiny footnote added that “These figures do not include latent or delayed deaths such as those caused by air pollution from fires, chemical exposure or radiation exposure that might occur following an industrial accident.” One commentator pointed out that the tobacco industry could similarly claim that the number of deaths attributed to cigarette smoking equals the number of people who die in house fires caused by people smoking in bed, with a footnote stating that there may be some risk of cancer and heart disease also.

          The nuclear industry has proven just as skilled at diverting attention away from other dangerous aspects of nuclear power generation, such as nuclear waste.

          Nuclear waste – problem solved?

          The problem of nuclear waste has generally been presented by the industry as resolved. This is in no way true. Not one single country has in place a proven, viable, permanent nuclear waste management plan.

          Rather, some of the methods employed in dumping nuclear waste have been frightening.

          At the Maxey Flats nuclear waste dump in Kentucky, U.S.A., industry consultants estimated that plutonium buried there would take 24,000 years to migrate one half inch. After just 10 years plutonium was detected 2 miles away.

          Australians have no reason to expect any higher standards of nuclear waste management here, if the “clean-up” of the Maralinga nuclear test site is anything to go by. Maralinga was a British nuclear weapons test site in South Australia, where local Indigenous people, Australian servicemen and even British troops were treated as guinea pigs.

          Despite government claims that the 1967 Maralinga clean-up was “world’s best practice”, Alan Parkinson, author of “Maralinga: Australia’s Nuclear Waste Cover-up”, says the actual approach to dealing with plutonium was “just put a hole in the ground, throw it in.”

          By the 1980s Australian servicemen and local Indigenous populations were suffering blindness, sores and illnesses such as cancer. A second clean-up had to be conducted again in 2000, costing $108 million.

          • Anthony Anthony

            Land rights or a nuclear waste dump?

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            This legislation, if passed, will be used to build a radioactive waste dump on contested Aboriginal Land at Muckaty, in the Northern Territory. The Muckaty dump is planned to contain the nuclear waste from the Lucas Heights reactor, the most radioactive waste produced in Australia.

            In exchange for dumping radioactive waste on their traditional lands, the Warlmampa Traditional Owners have been offered new roads, housing and education opportunities. The fact that the government is attempting to compensate the local population with services they should be providing anyway, shows how deeply marginalized and dispossessed Indigenous people remain to this day.

            Uranium mining

            Rural Indigenous populations have long been victims of the nuclear industry. The Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory has been in operation since 1981. During the ‘negotiating process’ the Mirarr Traditional Owners were told their opposition “shall not be allowed to prevail”.

            Ranger is located in an excised area amongst Kakadu’s extensive wetlands. In the 1998-99 wet season, high uranium concentrations was found in water discharged into the Coonjimba and Magela Creeks. Contaminated water was released into the creeks for three subsequent seasons before the problem was addressed. In 2004, 150 workers were exposed to drinking water containing uranium levels 400 times greater than the Australian safety standard.

            The Beverly Uranium Mine in South Australia has also caused havoc on the local population. It is an acid in-situ leach mine, where the liquid radioactive waste — containing radioactive particles, heavy metals and acid — is simply dumped into the groundwater, causing untold ecological damage.

            Local Indigenous campaigner Mr Artie Wilton said “The Beverley Mine must be stopped, dead stopped. We protest at the treatment of our people being forced into an unfair process of negotiation. We protest because our land is being damaged against our wishes. We protest because Native Title legislation is not helping our country. We protest because the State Government and the Mining Industry refuse to listen to our concerns. We protest because it is our right and our responsibility to look after this country.” One of the peaceful protests he was referencing brutally ended, with an 11 year old girl being pepper sprayed by police.

            In 1997-2002 a push by the federal government and mining industry to build the Jabiluka uranium mine in the Northern Territory (also on traditional Mirarr land) was defeated by a determined mass movement. However, the Jabiluka deposit is large and lucrative and the mining industry will continue to exert pressure for mining to commence.

            The social cost of mining uranium

            Australia holds around 35% of the world’s uranium reserves, yet uranium accounts for far less than 1% of Australia’s export revenue. The industry makes an even smaller contribution to employment in Australia, employing much less than 0.1% of the population.

            Ending uranium mining would have no significant negative effect on employment or the economy, but be a huge relief on communities and taxpayers who bear the brunt of the long-lasting, negative consequences created by the nuclear industry.

            Australia’s uranium exports have resulted in the production of over 114 tonnes of reactor grade plutonium – enough to build 11,000 nuclear weapons. ….


          • fuckyoushima

            evolution was likely permitted to proceed once radioisotopes expired to sufficiently low levels allowing for biological life.

            requiring the age of the earth for these conditions to have been established…

            though a small amount of radioactivity may facilitate evolution via increased mutation rate.

            sadly, any human radioisotope creation is an evolutionary setback; which if left unchecked, will most certainly take mankind to the dredges of hell itself.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        SPOT ON COMMENT Anthony.

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    • radegan

      Rabid nonsense. Mercury can be cleaned up from the land and water a damn sight easier than plutonium. Add in the cost of waste storage for 50,000 years and clearly you could afford to purify every grain of coal burned much cheaper than nuclear once you count the hidden costs.

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    tryin’ to improve our world, one letter at a time
    June 16, 2011 in Clean Energy, Nuclear, Wind Energy

    A lot of wind critics assert that wind power isn’t reliable. The wind power video above, however, does a great job of pointing out the differences between wind power variability and variability of traditional power sources, among other things. Paul Gipe of Wind-Works also recently got into this topic, in more detail, as compared to nuclear power:

    Critics of wind energy often charge that wind energy is too “unreliable” to generate a large portion of a nation’s electricity and suggest that base load needs “reliable” sources of generation such as nuclear power.

    While wind is a “variable” resource, that is, the wind doesn’t always blow and when it does it doesn’t always blow at the same strength, wind is far more reliable than the critics charge. In fact, wind is fairly predictable on long time horizons, especially from one year to the next.

    In contrast, nuclear power is “reliable” until it isn’t as the units at the Fukushima nuclear power plant so dramatically demonstrate.

    But the failure at Fukushima from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami is not the only thing that has disrupted nuclear power output at Fukushima over the years.

    “Despite nuclear power’s reputation as reliable base load generation, the Fukushima plants were anything but reliable over the four decades that the plants were in operation,” Gipe writes.

    Annual generation was surprisingly erratic or ‘lumpy’ in the jargon of the trade.

    Take Unit 6, the most modern unit, for example. In 2004 generation dropped from 4.6 TWh in 2003 to 1.1 TWh, and both were a far cry from the reported generation in 1997 of more than 9 TWh….

    Similarly, Unit 5′s generation fell from 6.2 TWh in 1999 to 1.6 TWh in 2000.

    But not just generation from individual units varied significantly from one-year to the next. Combined generation from Fukushima 1 also fluctuated from one year to the next. The safety shutdown at Fukushima 1 cut generation by two-thirds or nearly 20 TWh from 2002 to 2003. Generation didn’t return to normal levels until as late as 2007.

    German wind energy generation, on the other hand, has been far more stable from one year to the next than Fukushima 1. Throughout the last two decades more and more wind generation has been added to the German electrical system. Today, German wind turbines generate as much electricity as the entire Fukushima 1 complex at its peak.

    nuclear reliability versus german wind reliability

    Now, I’m sure some nuclear enthusiasts will point out to me that these are specific examples that don’t capture the whole story. But, I think these are two specific examples well worth a look for a number of reasons.

    While wind power may not be as reliable everywhere in the world as it is in Europe yet, that is because Europe has led the way on installing wind power on a relatively large scale and integrating it into the grid in relatively efficient ways. Other countries, as they install more and more wind and improve transmission and storage technologies, will get to the reliability level Europe is at. Furthermore, even Europe is nowhere near perfect yet, and it and the rest of the world will have better technologies in the future as this still nascent power option improves and matures.
    The Fukushima power plant itself may have had a relatively rocky life, but other nuclear plants face similar issues as it has faced (prior to March 2011, of course). And, it is a power plant built in one of the “leading” nuclear energy countries in the world. If Japan can’t keep a nuclear power plant producing electricity smoothly, that’s not a good sign for the industry.

    (Also, let’s not forget, in the extreme disasters that hit Japan and took down the Fukushima reactors, all of the countries’ wind turbines were left unscathed — that’s saying something for wind power, too!)http://cleantechnica.com/2011/06/16/wind-power-in-europe-more-reliable-than-nuclear-power-in-japan/

    • fuckyoushima

      alternative energies are certainly more reliable than nuclear.

      but we lack the rare earth minerals needed to produce produce this technology en masse.

      we also probably lack the oil to dig up these minerals and process them.

      essentially, man has a finite amount of oil, from which he must produce a technology capable of generating energy that requires no replacement, maintenance, or repair. since each of these will require more oil.

      each time we use oil for something other than this purpose, while it may take generations to prove true, we squander energetic resources needed to enshrine the future history of mankind.

      created by nuclear; the sun.

      will we self destruct by nuclear as well?

    • BetaFlare

      Another G.E. Hoax: Wind generators are 99% offline – b/c flickering. Sorry 0bummer’s death salesmen…

      Facts here http://wp.me/pwIAV-19 (repost)

  • blackmoon

    Alex’s latest report from Japan (June 15)

    Comments on farmer suicide, Italy votes for No-Nukes & dosimeters for Japanese school children:


    Latest Leuren Moret interview.

    Mega-tsunami, total melt-through, radiation levels and illnesses:


    • fuckyoushima

      leuren moret is interesting.

      her smiles are out of place, and her tone is quizzical. it seems she seeks satisfaction in proving her longtime concerns “right” and now sets the stage for that to be true.

      her overt pessimism coupled with no real solution to the problem makes her credibility null and void. my heart rate skyrocketed while watching this and angst gripped me.

      human beings will survive this, life will go on. even if we radiocontaminate the planet, we are far too shrewd when free to think and free to seek information that we will once again establish order.

      she is no leader.

      (hepa. reverse osmosis. polimaster pm1208/terra mks-05)

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        God allows man free will, even if that means destruction of the earth by fire (nuclear holocaust). The answer is to lead a holy life and keep His commandments:

        2 Peter 3:5-14
        5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
        8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
        10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.[a]
        11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
        14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

        Revelation 21:1
        Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.

      • blackmoon

        Leuren Moret is REPORTING just like Arnie Gundersen. She is providing us with info that the MSM will never give us. And all you can do is comment on her smile!!!

        She is a Geo-Scientist, she NEVER CLAIMED TO BE A LEADER. Stop criticizing her for attributes that she never claimed to possess. If you criticize her for the info she is providing, then what is the point of reading this borad?

        • BetaFlare

          Thks for the link – however, critique is a must. Thats one of the first issues papal MSM want to deny from serv ants…

          Arnie the deaf is good actor. Whom does his cutout sound “analyses” serve? The j€§uits…

          The sound is the only real issue in this vid – he invents 10 minuts of bs – after shutting out the sound analysis which must contain the sound.
          Well I know Arnie is semi-god here. But. false… I don care if I get another banby exposing him also. And the soun facts here:
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_83clarF6AY (repost)

          • blackmoon


            “Thks for the link – however, critique is a must. Thats one of the first issues papal MSM want to deny from serv ants…”

            It’s not about thanking me for the link.. it’s about an INFORMED source of TRUTH, that is being given to us. It’s easy for us to sit anonymously behind our keyboards and type away. People like Arnie, and Leuren, put themselves at RISK to give us this invaluable info.

            Commenting on the SUBSTANCE of that info is fair game. But assailing their CHARACTER is bush league, and is usually the tactic of those who wish to spread disinformation.

          • BetaFlare

            @blk But I did thk you for the link: However, I did detail an enormous error that goes beyond caharacter: TO CUT OUT SOUND IS AN OUTRIGHT ARNIE-LIE. HEREBY I DO WARN PPL AGAINST unsound or DEAF LIARS.

            … I answered with facts you could not answer neither deny. Why is that.

            Even worse, non able to deny facts, u choose to attack the messenger. Why is that? I have only one answer into such behavior, see fmr post. So sad.

            “It’s not about thanking me for the link.. it’s about an INFORMED source of TRUTH, that is being given to us. … like Arnie, … to spread disinformation.”

        • arclight arclight

          lauren has some strong views on haarp, not something ive got time to research and dont know what can be done about it but she is a research machine abd has been at it a long time. like her attention to detail for instance…

    • BetaFlare

      As said, Alex is a moron in papal j§uit-service: does his best to get folks walking into the illuminati -swamp.

      Leuren Moret interview is dynamite. Except the very end: all ppl move south pole? No way mrs balooney. The only way is to stay put, start living with filtered air, water and zeolites… http://wp.me/pwIAV-19 (repost)

      Heres some: Karl m@rx was a 33rd-degree Freemas0n, a worshipper of Lucifer, whose father wanted nothing to do with him, because his father was a Baptist preacher. Jewish Freemas0nry, controlled by the j€§suits, implemented Communism in Russia. Lenin, the half-Jew, was a Freemas0n. That civil war that took place from 1917-1922, for 5 years, was given the appearance that it was primarily Yiddish. I mean, they’re on the streets of Russia talking Yiddish; they had Yiddish signs; and it was wanted to give the impression to the world that this revolution was of Jewish origin. For 10 years after the revolution, the Jews faired very well, but in 1922, Joseph Stalin, that great Jew-hater, who was educated by j€§suits in Georgia—which was a country south of Russia and, therefore, the Emperor’s banning of the j€§uits from Russia, his Ukase, made him Secretary of the Communist Party in 1922, until he died in 1953.
      The jۤuits used Freemasonry and, of course, Stalin was also a brother Freemason. They used Freemasonry to implement Communism in Russia, and from there, China, and from there, throughout the world. Parse this link uself: www. bibliotecapleyades .net
      0rder 0f rus sia picture, jۤuits

      The Communist International was the first step in this program of activism. At first it was simply known as the League of the Just, a branch of the Illuminati. … Not only did Karl m@rx maintain close ties with the j€§uits and Freemas0nry throughout his career; he was also directly related to the British aristocracy through his marriage to Jenny Von Westphalen, a descendant of the Countess of Balcarras and Argyll, two of the oldest titles in England. — Eustace Mullins; The Curse of Canaan

      “The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of L0yola served as the foundation; the supreme law was absolute obedience, the execution of any order whatsoever without question. Hi mmler himself, as Reichsfuhrer of the SS, was the general of the 0rder. He owned an extremely large and excellent library on the j€§uit Order and for years would sit up late studying the extensive literature. Thus he built up the SS organization according to the principles of the j€§suits.”
      – “I am now as before a Cat holic and will always remain so.” – Ad0lf Hit ler…. speaking of the g€stapo chief said, “I can see (main holocaust executioner) Himmler as our Ignatius of L0yola [reverend incest Father].”
      – …G0ebbels, B0rmann, Kalt€nbrunner, H0ess…studied for the priesthood… Karl M@rx maintained close ties with the j€§uits and Freemas0nry, The Communist International was first simply known as the League of the Just, a branch of the papal Illuminati.
      – All US lawbr… err lawmakers have a common Red Mass for a mass mrderer… jessuit Thomas More. He is now a ‘saint via pap al blessing’, man whom all these revered j€§suits pray for in the RED MASS (see youtube etc). Man whom Pop e sent personally to oversee the Bible-In-English translator Tyndale – burned alive.

      • BetaFlare

        One issue Leuren Mored is void: piece of mind. That comes only via understanding the Truth as a person. And how He told all this – all fish will die, third of pop will die, all green grass will wither – in the revelation. Try reading and comparing into what AlGoReal humanist fucuscientists have achieved…

        She is very good in accurately depicting the consequences; fukushima is just the beginning … globe is trapped with nuke plants waiting for a tsunami; 400 hundred now intentionally loaded with plutonium mox

        One can understand all this via pure evil: go and walk through Dachau, think about how w0jtyla the p0pe used to be a gas salesman for their own pappal chorusboy Ad0lph’s ovens…

      • radegan

        Gosh, I didn’t know all that about radiation and nuclear chemistry and safety measures for fallout protection. How very useful.

      • arclight arclight

        personnaly i love old alex, i play along to him with my guitar…hes full of passion as only the french can express…just my opinion 🙂 peace

  • Anthony Anthony

    Coordination holds key to successful nuclear plant water treatment

    Japan is set to start operating a system to treat contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, a project whose success depends on coordination among the five companies involved in the huge project.


  • Anthony Anthony

    Fukushima No. 1 plant worker irradiated after taking off mask for smoke

    A worker at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant absorbed a radiation dose of 0.24 millisieverts after taking his mask off to have a smoke, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced on June 15.

    According to TEPCO, the worker in his 50s was helping put together a crane on the morning of June 15 as part of preparations to build an enclosure around the plant’s No. 1 reactor. He was spotted by a site manager smoking in the cabin of another crane at about 11 a.m.

    The man was later tested for internal radiation exposure with a “whole body counter” in nearby Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, and registered a 0.24 millisievert dose — not a serious exposure. The man had been working at the plant since March 23.

    Currently, smoking, eating and drinking are forbidden on the plant grounds except in designated break rooms.

    “We have informed workers of the dangers of internal radiation exposure, so this incident is unfortunate,” a TEPCO representative stated. “We will take thorough measures to prevent a recurrence.”

    Click here for the original Japanese story

    (Mainichi Japan) June 16, 2011

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Links coming in FAST AND FURIOUS so just want to thank you ALL in a separate comment. The ones I dont see on hp thread, i post. So thanks all.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Sizewell: Date set for public meeting over Fukushima nuclear disaster

    By Craig Robinson Thursday, June 16, 2011
    9:00 AM


  • Anthony Anthony

    Rethinking nuclear power’s risks
    Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 1:00 a.m.
    Last Modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 4:36 p.m.

    Three months after an earthquake and a tsunami in Japan ushered in yet a third disaster — meltdowns of multiple nuclear reactor cores — the global future of commercial atomic energy stands at a crossroads.

    Radiation leaks at the tsunami-ruined Fukushima plant pose an environmental as well as a political threat: Public outrage in Japan, over both the power company’s and the government’s response to the disaster, is rising as the crisis disrupts tens of thousands of lives and toxins threaten to infiltrate the food chain.

    • Revision of energy policy needed but keep nuclear power, think tank says
      The nation must drastically revise its medium- and long-term energy policy in light of the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, but completely abandoning the atomic power program “would rob the nation of its strength,” an independent think tank led by former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone said Wednesday.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Fuck. Pardon my language – but this is getting so outrageous…the SILENCE from our own gov! What are we supposed to do, with the corruption in D.C.? I’m so angry this morning….like every morning. The news just gets worse and worse.

    • Son takes on atomic future with solar plans
      Billionaire Masayoshi Son 孫正義
      Son, the 53-year-old chief executive officer of Softbank Corp., plans to build solar farms to generate electricity with support from at least 33 prefectures. In return, he’s asking for access to transmission networks owned by the 10 regional utilities and an agreement that they buy his electricity.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Revision of energy policy needed but keep nuclear power, think tank says

    By JUN HONGO Staff writer
    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    The nation must drastically revise its medium- and long-term energy policy in light of the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, but completely abandoning the atomic power program “would rob the nation of its strength,” an independent think tank led by former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone said Wednesday.


  • farawayfan farawayfan

    SFP 4 steam becoming visible.

    • SteveMT

      This maybe the time when they pour cooling water onto the reactor…in the stealth of night. A couple of nights ago it resembled a mushroom cloud. Many, including me, thought it was the end.

      • SteveMT

        Nighttime: Lots of stream coming out of #4 again. Are they routinely pouring more water into the reactor during the night?

        • I don’t think it’s just steam, a couple of days ago it was much darker. And if it were just (radioactive) steam, I think it would dissipate faster?

      • farawayfan farawayfan

        I wish I thought it was that. I think the pool is continuously boiling, and this just represents the short period of time (prior to fog in) where we can really see what’s coming off 24 hours a day.

  • SteveMT

    I hoping for a retraction of that 300 sq. meter figure to 300 sq. centimeters. That would make me feel somewhat better! Ya think?

  • They may want to concider doing something before no one will come there !

    Thursday, June 16, 2011
    Foreign visitors to Japan fall 50% in May
    The government says that the number of foreign visitors to Japan halved in May from a year ago due to the March 11th disaster. The figure has now fallen for 3 straight months.
    An estimated 358,000 people visited Japan for business or sightseeing last month. That’s a 50 percent drop but smaller than the all-time-worst fall of 62 percent posted in April.
    Among Asians, Hong Kong visitors dropped the most at over 70 percent. They were followed by Malaysians at 60 percent, South Koreans and Singaporeans at more than 50 percent, and Chinese at nearly 48 percent. Outside Asia, the number of visitors from Germany fell by almost 60 percent and from the United States by 37 percent.
    The government says foreigners are still staying away because of the ongoing nuclear crisis in Fukushima.

  • blackmoon


    I don’t know what you are smoking, but Alex is taking the time to give us the HUMAN perspective of this ongoing disaster, from someone who is actually in Japan.

  • fromtokyo

    there is a worker from fuku daiichi on twitter.
    first everybody thought the account is fake but it seems
    to be true..

  • tony wilson

    could someone with a clear un-radiated head,explain in idiot terms how big that hole is in terms of what you could drive through it.?

  • NPL

    That’ what I guessed. But to answer the question: 7 x 7 inches doesn’t sound much but it’s big enough to make any water you pour inside disappear within seconds. Actually they could pour 100 times more water inside from the top than they currently do, it wouldn’t help.

  • BetaFlare

    Hmm … u also a papal pill officer? Sad. My person has nothin to do with the issue; papal brainless always attack the messenger – no capacity for the msg itself.

    Alex – a true soldier – for the j€§uits. Yea, indeed bright human sympathetic perspective, interesting stories … alas, luring folks away from r0me.

  • BetaFlare

    @blckmoon Hmm … u also a papal pill officer? Sad. My person has nothin to do with the issue; papal brainless always attack the messenger – no capacity for the msg itself.

    Alex – a true soldier – for the j€§uits. Yea, indeed bright human sympathetic perspective, interesting stories … alas, luring folks away from r0me.

    ( Folks, I am sorry for the repeat answer but me stupido frogot whom to address my txt)

  • Finch Finch

    so, Beta, you have one idea a day, write it up, copy and paste it and then share your wisdom with ctrl v on every blog?

    • BetaFlare

      LOL. Then can u offer the facts? Pleeasee, try at least. No, u cant, cause theres none. Next come the papal MSM pills, I assume? or perhaps fungus? Your MSM pal already offered joint, so please do NOT juts C0PY the sentences youre taught.

      Are u paid? If u r, do u feel now lots wiser?

      Suggest u try CTRL W

      🙂 funny night from Finland

    • Misitu

      I can’t make anything coherent of the stuff your “friend” is telling us.

  • Finch Finch

    Well I saw a movie one day from Finland it is called Kill Bulyo; definitely no influence on whatsoever drugs up there in Finland 😉

  • lemartin

    The Japanese version of the article seems to say that holes in the suppression pool total about 300 square *centimeters* in area. So, yes, “meters” is probably a typo error.

  • prodab

    300 meters square hole, is hole 19 meters in diameter that is produced by the corium and in the process of China Syndrome

    • tony wilson

      it not true!
      everyone in the nuclear industry understands the basics…
      that corium is not in china syndrome that was a bad michael douglas movie and not reality.
      no the corium is sitting down takin it easy man just chillin on der bottom of the containment.just hangin with a bit of slippin and slidin.
      just waitin for the tepco bossman to build the tent for the summer campin holiday.

  • Kouhei



    The hydrogen explosion in Reactor 2 damaged the pressure suppression pool, and an analysis of NISA’s data indicates that the explosion opened a 300 square centimeter hole.

    That’s a pretty big hole. The US equivalent is close to 10 square feet! Yikes.