Alarm triggered at Fukushima Daiichi — Workers ordered to put on full face masks

Published: April 3rd, 2013 at 9:03 am ET


April 3, 2013 emergency email from Tepco translated by Fukushima Diary:

At 15:55 of 4/3/2013, the continuous dust monitoring post at the main entrance of Fukushima plant alarmed.

[…] Fukushima workers were ordered to put on full-face masks.

Other continuous dust monitoring posts are not indicating any change. […]

Full report here

Emergency email from Tepco here

Published: April 3rd, 2013 at 9:03 am ET


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60 comments to Alarm triggered at Fukushima Daiichi — Workers ordered to put on full face masks

  • nedlifromvermont

    This emergency will go on for, like, ever …

    No end in sight, just the pro-nuclear stooges singing the praises of their false God, Nuclear Power …

    They are as in a trance; overwhelmed by the majesty of their cooling towers and fancy steel and concrete pressure vessels and "unbreachable" containments … which fail regularly and are embrittled by years of radiation insult …

    Why are we so addicted, as a society, to this unnecessary menace?

    The original nuclear promoters and criminals are all dead. Lewis Strauss can lie, cheat, steal and obfuscate no more. And yet we refrain from throwing off this radioactive monkey. Breathe deeply, and you inhale the poisons from this obnoxious industry, a military stepchild, which has seized hold of our planet's future.

    Tell it like it is 'newsers. The people will eventually catch on. They cannot sustain the lie much longer … the radiation is getting stronger, and the time to global nuclear shutdown approaches.

    peace to the 'newsers; death to nuclear power!

    • saltyfishlvr

      IMO society isn't addicted to nuclear, it's the war and money mongering psychopaths in governments and the nuclear industry that are addicted.

      • lam335 lam335

        The problem is that most of society is simply uninformed and indifferent. I'd like to say that they are indifferent BECAUSE they are uninformed, but any time I try to inform people about it, they aren't even interested in hearing about it, so it's a vicious cycle: ignorance breeds indifference which leads to an unwillingness to attend to the information that could cure the ignorance (and thereby cure the indifference).

        Unfortunately, there just aren't enough of those of us who are paying attention and trying to keep informed to move public policy. Such change would require a critical mass (sorry about the nuclear terminology), but unfortunately, the vast majority doesn't care.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          sadly, 90% of the people are deluded, and you cant change their minds. I had thought only disaster would change their minds, but as we can see its not the case. Why remind ourselves of the insanity, it does little good. Its as if disgruntled murmuring amongst oarsmen in the galley would change their plight. The big players, in all the corrupt sectors of society, have something in common with the drug lords in MexicAmerica; Ruthless and not moved by some little complaint on some forum. Man, that cunning, scary ape will extinguish his species, and most others. Its becoming clear.

          • We Not They Finally

            On the other hand, not ALL of us are "cunning, scary apes." Yeah, I think we're in big trouble too, but sometimes one has to just chill out….

        • vital1 vital1

          Get the message out there on how serious the Fukushima nuclear disaster is
          quickly, and efficiently. You don’t need to explain anything just distribute the lifesaver.pdf or create your own, hand it out, mailbox it,or email it.

          This has been very effective in reaching lots of people.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Thank you for taking concrete, positive steps to put something out there which may be helpful.

            You may be able to change people's minds with the written word, or at least to make them THINK.

        • japan guinea pig

          Well said Iam335…You got it in a Nutshell. Humans are basically unbalanced,they NEVER change unless they absolutely Have to !!. The only chance of change with the present Nuclear situation is if…We wake up one morning to the news that a Third of the earths population was wiped out last night…..then and only then will humans consider changing….unfortunately it will be to late !!. My friends I havent lost hope but it is in short supply !!.

    • Sol Man

      They are, indeed, as in a trance, the technology is somewhat fantastic, but what they really do not want to disturb is the cash flow to certain parties and the ability to inflict mass-death. That is the level that civilization has evolved to so far. Acting from the needs of our id and ego, then lashing out in war from our corpus
      amygdaliodeum (amygdala.) It is very ancient stuff, but the knowledge is relatively new.

    • japan guinea pig

      "The release of atomic power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker."

      ~Albert Einstein

  • pure water

    The plant looked so wet today, that this sounds a little bit strange. Look for yourself:
    Or somebody watered the camera?

    • lam335 lam335

      It's strange; I would have thought that heavy rain would lower the amount of airborne dust.

      • dharmasyd dharmasyd

        @lam335 – True, dust doesn't float around much in the rain. OTOH, rain magnifies the radiation level about 4-fold. So ???

      • We Not They Finally

        We haven't a clue what "dust monitor" means. It could just mean air-borne radiation. Which might be higher after rain.

    • crystalwind crystalwind

      Tomioka camera showed wet streets the night before last.

  • I wonder…

    What would be the LEVEL that triggers a requirement for Full Face Masks?

    • Or, merely another ploy to solidify the lie that nuclear is only dangerous at face-mask levels. The blurb below is repetitive by now, but still worth repeating:

      Germany: Ending Nuclear Power has Contributed to Reducing Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

      "Nuclear energy is not the “clean” energy its backers proclaim. For more than 50 years, nuclear energy has been quietly polluting our air, land, water and bodies—while also contributing to Global Warming through the CO2 emissions from its construction, mining, and manufacturing operations. Every aspect of the nuclear fuel cycle—mining, milling, shipping, processing, power generation, waste disposal and storage—releases greenhouse gases, radioactive particles and toxic materials that poison the air, water and land.

      Nuclear power plants routinely expel low-level radionuclides into the air in the course of daily operations. While exposure to high levels of radiation can kill within a matter of days or weeks, exposure to low levels on a prolonged basis can damage bones and tissue and result in genetic damage, crippling long-term injuries, disease and death."

    • kintaman kintaman

      I find it nuts that anyone would be near the Daiichi site without a full face mask. The airborne particulates are very well radioactive. You do not want to be breathing those in or getting them in your eyes.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Earthquakes disturb underground corium.
    6.0 EQ yesterday.
    Put face masks on today.
    Dust, smoke, and steam vent during daytime, as they do at night.
    Earthquake makes it much worse.
    Should settle down in a couple of days.
    US should see a plume overhead on and after this coming Sunday.

    • weeman

      I agree earthquakes disturb corium, what can we gather from this, does that mean the corium is not completely covered in water? Or are the SFP being effected, if the water in sfp is put in motion by earthquake , if any of the fuel pellets are scattered around bottom of pool would they not be moved and come to close to each other and cause a energy burst, criticality ?.
      Must be some conclusions that can be made if this is the case, put your thinking cap on.

      • We Not They Finally

        On the other hand, is the common-sense alternative: RUN!!!

      • gottagetoffthegrid

        The curium is not covered with water. It is an unimaginarily hot hundred ton blob if lava that generates enough heat that cannot cool. We are talking over 4000 F.

        The shake will certainly change the surface area of the blob which will change release rate.

        What a fugin mess

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      That makes a lot of sense, PUN. Just constant small reminders of the ELE taking place as we watch it unfold.

  • Sickputer

    Maybe not so strange…the radiation monitor may be "usually" triggered by high radiation counts in dust particles, but we know fallout in rain is highly concentrated.

    The winds were blowing the nuclear rain towards Tokyo yesterday for a few hours…that is also a concern.

    Hope Carolyn Kennedy brings her own food, water, and quadruple-filtered air filter for her residency in Tokyo. She may get to experience the greatest migration ever known to mankind…40 million central Japan residents fleeing to the south and beyond. It could still happen.

    If a big blowout drives off the workers at Daiichi then life will be perilous in central Japan. It already is perilous, but illnesses will be slow and deaths gradually increasing over decades based on current fallout levels and continuing fallout bioaccumulation. Ramp that up tenfold and people left behind will be dying much quicker.

    Yes, I predict bad times in all of Japan ahead, but don't label me a fear monger. I offer researched advice for survival…and hope for the people in harm's way.

    Many previously normal activities like bathing and drinking tap water, swimming in lakes and the ocean, eating fish and mushrooms…those are now extremely risky in Japan. A failure to recognize the most serious threats will doom the oblivious residents or the residents too poor to have any alternatives.

    • Anthony Anthony

      You know I was thinking, and it is a sad thing all the same, but if there was a massive Pacific Ocean die-off, it would cast a blinding light on nuclear dangers. Fukushima has to be the most extensive industrial pollution in discharged volumes. And to think it will continue forever.


        agreed Anthony. But the loss will far exceed our ability to pay for it. It will become a 'Pyrrhic' victory for those who loved this planet…

        • We Not They Finally

          Pay for WHAT? Massive die-offs in the ocean are remedied HOW? A "Pyrrhic victory" means that you do win, but at too great a cost. Here there is no winning, just cost.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          "pyrrhic victory" =

          a victory in which the victor's losses are as great as those of the defeated Also called Cadmean victory

          My sentiments exactly. Although I'd probably put the living at the top of the list of the loved, on our planetary home.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        righty-o, I say, if mankind makes the entire world a stinking hell hole of death, the boys in the club might give us a nod….do you think?

    • We Not They Finally

      The Japanese genome is already doomed. And we are so livid over throwing Caroline Kennedy into this, we're beyond wanting to yell and scream.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      After 50 years, they want to kill another Kennedy.


      • kintaman kintaman

        WTF would she want to be going to Japan for? Surely she is aware of what is going on. Then again she is in her late 50's and will not be having any kids.

        She can likely consume only imported foods as well.

        • We Not They Finally

          The Ambassadorship to Japan. It's like putting a glamorous face onto death, so trade keeps flowing and there is the illusion that Japan is still "a great power." It's beyond cynical to put a high-profile Kennedy into this. It's just murderous.

      • michellemamarn

        Well, this is one way to make sure they keep her from changing her mind about a political career. She can eat imported food, drink filtered water, breathe filtered air; but sooner of later, you have to go outside…

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Funny, I was thinking the same thing.

  • We Not They Finally

    If they are taking ANY measures to protect the workers, we know that something especially ghastly has happened. Their style is to protect no one.

  • We Not They Finally

    Who knows what they even MEAN by "dust monitoring? A "dust monitor" would be monitoring the AIR, yes?

  • Sickputer

    WNTF sez: : A "dust monitor" would be monitoring the AIR, yes?"

    "A "dust monitor" would be monitoring the AIR, yes?"

    SP: I would think so…pretty standard gamma detectors just like what RadNet is "supposed" to have operational in 200 US locations.

    In reality 50% of the SadNet monitors are permanently offline for political reasons and the other half report data that is to say the say the least…highly suspicious.

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Thing is, there are locations around the Fukushima plant where a minute or two of exposure means certain death. Electric discharge from crane masts may indicate an ionic atmosphere. In truth, all hell broke loose a long time ago. How could any work have been going on at all with three full and exposed meltdowns? I can just see some alarm siren going off in some blown up rubble, like some ironic scene in a war movie

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Unless you want to take in radiation from Fukushima Daiichi, you'll probably want to wear a mask, whether in Japan, or United States.

    As for the news stories and headlines increasingly making it seem like the radiation problem is confined to the plant site, such as the headline above,

    It isn't.

    What "is" increasing is the frequency of the truth getting out, thanks to the internet.

  • The hazard map is INSANE !!!

    Add to that the entire Alaska Volcanic Chain woke up!.. 3 new vets in Russia spewing ash… major water-vapor front heading for coast… gives us Radioactive content collecting ash fallout in the coming storm-front that is like RAD_Concrete if gets into your lungs!

    Most of the gov data collection equipment is now off-line… NOAA is about only one whose equipment is still mostly working right now…

    It's hard to keep track of all that's going on right now.!

    • nedlifromvermont

      Hang in the PattieB!!! You're our nuclear insider, so it won't pay if you stretch your pressure vessel bolts too far …

      We need you thinking clearly for the home team …

      Just keep giving us your clear insights into the particulars of the nuclear fiasco … as best you can … we are close to achieving some consensus on how TEPCO might profitably proceed in damage mitigation … short of going after the corium blobs … those suckers will feed on groundwater and bleed radioactivity for centuries, but maybe far enough below ground for some shielding …

      But groundwater diversion scheme may help matters; and we shall see if any spent fuel remains or can ever be moved … but the charade will continue … apparently you think most of the sfp inventory is already released at Daiichi?

      Let's hope some can eventually be dry casked …

      Move toward a global shut down … would be a jobs boon …

      Face up to reality. Nuclear is dead. We need the Greenland Project to start up to mothball all nuclear installations worldwide … using force as necessary … to admit defeat in this misbegotten "industry" and face the music and pay the piper …


    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Wait a minute. Let's think this through together. Acknowledged, breathing volcanic ash definitely isn't healthy, and it isn't a good idea. But I would think the presence of volcanic ash in the atmosphere might mitigate the effects of airborne radiation.

      So let me know if you might agree with this line of reasoning.

      Volcanic ash, if pumice like, would possibly (or even likely) bind to radiation in the atmosphere. Think zeolite, and how volcanic ash acts in soils. Link to paper on effect of volcanism on soils in New Guinea (for illustration).

      Volcanic substances such as zeolite are known to bind some types of radioactive isotopes, as are clays.

      People and plants uptake radioactive isotopes in a "confused" manner, and the person/plant can become deficient in minerals like magnesium and calcium. Our bodies think the isotopes are the minerals needed for life.

      Volcanic ash tends to bind to cations in soils, causing them to become deficient in minerals like magnesium.

      I'd rather have some volcanic ash aloft to help entrap some of the isotopes, and have it rain out, rather than having precipitation full of radiation w/o some mitigating effect. Or perhaps better to have it raining when the isotopes AND the ash are aloft, rather than breathing them in dry air. So let it rain cement!

      Just my opinion, FWIW. Maybe my reasoning is off …. I'm not a chemist.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        What I meant to say is the ash might have a chemical "attraction" to the neutrons or neutron changed radioactive particles. So maybe it's a good thing to have some volcanic ash aloft right now.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Volcanoes; natures recycling method for civilizations