Kyodo at 6:41p ET: Fukushima Daiichi power failure still underway — Residents anxious, Tepco remains unable to fix problem

Published: March 18th, 2013 at 7:39 pm ET
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Kyodo News, 6:41p ET: [TEPCO] still remained unable as of Tuesday morning to resume the spent fuel cooling system at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after the system’s suspension on Monday due to a power failure. TEPCO is continuing its probe into the cause of the outage affecting the cooling system for the spent fuel pools of the No. 1, 3 and 4 reactors. According to the Nuclear Regulation Authority, the outage may have stemmed from the power distribution board or cables attached to it. […]

Kyodo News, 4:20p ET: Residents of Fukushima Prefecture expressed anxiety about an outage hit the disaster-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Monday. Masahide Matsumoto, mayor of Katsurao village where all of its residents have been forced to evacuate after the March 2011 nuclear disaster, said that the incident came at a sensitive time as evacuation zones are scheduled to be reclassified Friday and some residents are allowed to make day trips to their homes. […]

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Published: March 18th, 2013 at 7:39 pm ET
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24 comments to Kyodo at 6:41p ET: Fukushima Daiichi power failure still underway — Residents anxious, Tepco remains unable to fix problem

  • weeman

    The gravity of the situation warranteed back up systems that they had two years to install, nonsense.
    For the life in me I do not comprehend, ELE.

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    My God, where are the solar panels? Can we start a collection? Is there any manufacturer in Japan? How about one of the consumer driven markets?? If you kill us all who will buy your shit!! Come on, this should not be happening! Unacceptable.

  • Centaur Centaur

    it takes three weeks until (potentially… for example in case of continuous "firetruck failure") off-boiling of water could create water levels inside the "hottest" SFP (#4) of fuel-bundles-height-plus-two meters (source: http://ex-skf.blogspot.de/2013/03/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-cannot-cool.html)

  • Songie Songie

    yep, i feel much better knowing that tepco is "preparing backup systems" — snark, snark–

    but seriously, what would happen after 4 days of non cooling?…

    • We Not They Finally

      At the original "accident," there were two back-up systems in place already. And both failed, along with the main system. So this is their FOURTH resort, at best? Is there even a clue how this can be improvised, and quickly?

  • michellemamarn

    If they have 4 more days to cool the SPF's, why does the Tepco live cam show Reactor 3 bathed in smoke right now?

    • I don't see brown or black smoke on the webcams time stamp Mar 19 12:01

      I do see lots of pink stuff and the typical high radiation distortion we've been seeing the last few days (Tepco cam)

      I see yellowish haze in the TBS cam but the visibility is not very good.

      • michellemamarn

        Yes, it has cleared. Looked like white smoke- I suppose it could have been fog off the ocean but it seems a little late in the day there for that. I guess I'll be staring at a screen for a while.

        • I don't doubt it Michelle

          The views this morning from the cams, particularly the TBS, was alarming.

          I am very worried about the kids!

          • NoNukes NoNukes

            I think so, too michellemamarn, this is Tepco, if they are admitting it today, it probably started long ago. I'm very worried, too, majia.

            • I agree with your conclusions NoNukes

              It probably started days ago.

              How much time do they really have?

              Will we be allowed to view the unfolding if the situation worsens?

              Safecast data may be our best indicator of radiation spikes….

              • michellemamarn

                I believe this situation was exacerbated with the earthquake on the Honshu coast 3/17 but I know on Feb. 25 ChasAha watched several passing birds drop straight out of the sky on the live cam, so I agree. We hear news only when they have no choice but issue a press release.

  • ion jean ion jean

    I heard the big gong go off on my head just now reading this…we're talking spent fuel pools of, not just SFP4 which is already enough to kill every living thing on the planet, but SFPs 1 and 3 as well?

    And 4 days left till it burns and nukes the world? Obviously, they will resume spraying seawater, or it's off to the bunkers for the bankers! When they try to come back out in 80 days, the rest of us will already have taken over…it'll be a great couple of years!

    • That is right!

      And if Daiichi goes then Daini likely will as well.

      It is the dominoes Kan so feared.

    • crystalwind crystalwind

      I like your perspective about the rest of us taking over:) However…what will we be taking over and how can we fix it?

  • The big gong went off in my head. They never ever and still have no back up generators for spent fuel cooling systems. Oh well the fire trucks are still there to dump water on them and sooner or later they will get the power back up right?

  • Altheasunlvr

    I have been wondering how long it would take for Tepco to setup such a scenario. One that would cause the world to jump in and take over the plant, along with the expenses, without Tepco or Japan having to lose face by asking for help. The events appear to have been staged and the response to be so vague, as to cause grave concerns world-wide. This is just my thoughts. Only time will tell if this is correct.

  • RSOE is running a fairly complete report on the situation: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=CE-20130319-38569-JPN
    "In a sense, we have put in place measures that leave no room for worry," Suga told reporters.

    Don't worry, be happy. ;>)

    • amberlight amberlight

      Judging by the photo in that BBC article, everything is back to normal. The buildings have been refurbished and the SFPs are all stabilized. We can all go back to our regularly scheduled programming now…

      (Is it any wonder that the brainwashed masses aren't taking this seriously?)

  • Power goes into (what I take to be) a big breaker box and switching panel room, but power doesn't come out to where it's needed. There's surely a rather obvious jerry-rigging type solution to that problem, but on top of an alleged Japanese cultural bias against taking such initiatives, there's an even stronger nuclear industry bias against work-arounds. If the hour gets late, no doubt they'll helicopter in some creative problem solver type guys –with reels of cable and splice gear.

  • Arizonan Arizonan

    This RSOE Hungarian Alert is
    identical to the story the AP is running.