Again: Tepco edits image of Fukushima Unit 4 — Still attempting to hide something at bottom of reactor building (PHOTO)

Published: November 29th, 2012 at 7:26 pm ET


More than 100 pixels was cropped off the bottom of this Tepco photo released Nov. 29, 2012:

Here is a comparison photo showing how much was cropped off the bottom (all 9 other photos were the size of the one on left):

Image cropping was attempted by Tepco in September after getting caught trying to obscure the building’s bottom:

More about the original scandal here: [intlink id=”gundersen-tepco-photoshopped-unit-4-photo-hide-crack-video” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

Published: November 29th, 2012 at 7:26 pm ET


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45 comments to Again: Tepco edits image of Fukushima Unit 4 — Still attempting to hide something at bottom of reactor building (PHOTO)

  • vivvi

    Yeah. As if anybody is going to say, "Oh look at how structurally sound that building appears, nothing to worry about there." Could anything at the bottom really look worse than the rest of this disaster?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear plants are hideous. And make a whole country ill.

  • dosdos dosdos

    The return of the no-see-um swarms!

  • nuckelchen nuckelchen

    nice scares on ur wall, mr tepco.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Yes, Nuckelchen, thank you. The HUGE crack does appear very visibly in the shot you posted the link for.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Once again, i'd like to suggest that this is the section where the transport tunnel was located. Follow the link and it will become immediately obvious. It's to Nature magazine and i haven't read the article. I just wanted an earlier photo to show the comparison. This is just one photo of many all over the web of this wall. Just Google "Fukushima Unit 4 images" to find historical photos.

    See earlier photo of this view of the building –

    Removing the tunnel left a sizable gap in the wall large enough for a truck to pass through. It is also the passageway that TEPCO said they took the SFP 4 fuel rods out through for testing a couple months back. Why obscure it, i don't know since simply setting up a board or tarp would conceal the hole if leaving a gap there is the issue. Back then,TEPCO said they obscured the photo for national security reasons since there would be open fuel rods during the transport. Finished laughing everyone? K. Another thought is that they may also be constructing something such as "the new improved passageway" and consider it propriety information, just like their sarcophagus for Unit 3 was concealed until TEPCO revealed it, in large part, i think to go with Chernobyl's new facelift. There are companies making small fortunes in radiation remediation and Japan plans to be at the top in that field. Fukushima has become their bonanza.

  • markww markww



  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The tilting..quite obvious.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Crack near ground level of Unit4:
    Good review of soundness insoection of Unit4:
    Discussion of photoshoping by TEPCO of Unit4 images, plus a reposting of my remarks at the time:
    September 5, 2012 at 10:20 am Β· Repost
    To Review: We now have 3 Rogue Nuclear Reactors located somewhere in the mudstone under Buildings1,2,&3. TEPCO won't admit that Coriums1,2,&3 have left the buildings, and has no plan for bringing any of the 3 Rogue Nuclear Reactors under control.

    TEPCO can't work on Buildings1,2,&3 because even the residual melted fuel coating the reactors, containments, and basements are just too hot for workers to go into.

    SFP1,2,&3 contain about 1,400 spent fuel assemblies, which TEPCO has no plan for removing. How will TEPCO ever maintain and repair the rusted out pipes and pumps that are necessary to keep SFP1,2,&3 cool?

    And now Building4 seems to be falling down around their ears. TEPCO has been clearing debris out of the way so they can begin construction on the crane support structure, but no construction work so far. SFP4 is a race against time, which TEPCO seems to be losing. Concrete at Fuku is fast turning into powder.

    Can someone please tell me why TEPCO is still in control of the Fukumess? Time to send in the…

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Send in the Marines! (Word count cut me off.)

    • What? The Atomic Energy Commission has no "Quick Response" teams? The idea that they fired up nuclear reactors with no contingency plans for how to handle such disasters is absurd. (and criminal)

      • nedlifromvermont

        @ JHewews76

        Atomic Energy Commission replaced after Three Mile Island Fiasco and criminal cover-up …

        This august, criminal group 'replaced' with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, run by a band of toothless toadies …

        Toadies: … obsequious sycophants; fawning flatterers; … sharply-opinioned, tough-minded regulators they are not …

        … peace …

  • nedlifromvermont

    time to send in the …. fairy belly dancers??

  • Nah, no problems says Tepco … some paint, new windows treatments, and flower beds, and we're good to go.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Much has been made at ENEnews about Unit4 sinking.
    Unit3 sits to the north of Unit4. If corium from Unit3 has migrated to the south, and undermined the foundation of Unit4, then the north wall of Unit4 would be most affected. But TEPCO keeps photoshopping the SOUTH wall of Unit4, in the area of the loading door. If corium from Unit3 extends all the way under Unit4 to the south wall, then we are all toast, since a failure of SFP4 is almost certain to follow. We are concerned because the SFP is located just above the loading door, on the south side of Unit4. If TEPCO wants to hide a failure of the first floor ceiling, they would simply cover the loading door with a tarp before taking the photo. If TEPCO wants to hide a failure of the foundation, they would photoshop just the foundation, rather than hide the entire loading dock door.
    So something else is happening at Unit4 that TEPCO really doesn't want everyone talking about.

    • jec jec

      Any news about TEPCO/Japanese governement shareholders/officers moving to South America??? Or WEST of the problem to China/Korea/Russia? Here is your "sign"…

    • patb2009

      could be the quake shattered the foundations there, or leaking water in the basement has overloaded the structure.

      so the south wall is cracking and failing

  • weeman

    We can only hope that they are trying to conceal the fact that they are removing the spent fuel, they did state that this would be done in secrecy, I do live in hope but in reality. Any chance of this?

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    President Eisenhower – Farewell Warning About Military Industrial Complex

    The Art of Deception: The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons and Fraudulent Science; via A Green Road

  • Need everyone's input πŸ™‚ I'm thinking of having some 24 x 48" posters printed up protesting. Take a look at these.. do they do the trick? Any suggestions for more signs? I'm going with 2 color to keep cost lower.

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Your link isn't working for me, JHewes76. What I get is "Index of /Private" but an otherwise empty site.

      My guess is that you'd be best served with a viral vid on YT – turn some of your (excellent) still pics into vids.

    • Maggie123

      JHewes76 – good slogans!! If I lived in larger urban area, or were traveling, I'd also consider creating thousands of these (and other slogans) as b/w strips of paper not much bigger than Chinese fortune cookie slips – the idea would be to leave them all over the place, among cans of beans at the supermarket, on chairs in cafes — anywhere at all. πŸ™‚

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      2 JHewes76:

      Screenshot #2: make a statement about what the Madness is ….
      Screenshot #3: Fukushima radiation IS HERE (and LOTS OF IT)
      Screenshot #4: Fukushima meltdowns (just keep going and going) ….

      Maybe you could pull something out of this Veterans' Today article and use it:

      He has plenty of material for you to work from.

      Thanks for asking for our input. And for doing something.

      Now, if it were me making a poster, I'd draw some kind of a bunny with a big, big drum — but not violating Energizer brand's copyright. And I'd say something like, "Fukushima, it just keeps going, and going, and going …." Just have to be careful about copyright violations. Get the public thinking along the lines you want them to, w/o infringing on someone else's idea.

  • TepcoSievert TepcoSievert

    After the change of Tepco's webcam last spring, the bottom of the buildings are no longer visible; we don't know what they are doing at ground level, can't see the problems that are developping there, and cannot check if any walls are tilting …