Japan confirms “full meltdown” at all 3 reactors

Published: June 6th, 2011 at 6:52 pm ET
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3 nuclear reactors melted down after quake, Japan confirms, CNN, June 6, 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.

The nuclear group’s new evaluation, released Monday, goes further than previous statements in describing the extent of the damage caused by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11. […]

Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced a full meltdown, it said.

The plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., admitted last month that nuclear fuel rods in reactors 2 and 3 probably melted during the first week of the nuclear crisis. […]

Published: June 6th, 2011 at 6:52 pm ET
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51 comments to Japan confirms “full meltdown” at all 3 reactors

  • irradiated californian

    i honestly don’t think this is japan ‘confirming’ the 3 meltdowns, as i believe they have done that a couple of weeks ago… i think this is just CNN being slow as hell, reporting the obvious 2 months later. CNN is worse than tepco in my opinion, at least tepco is trying to lie, CNN has barely had ANY reports on this till now. me saying cnn is worse than tepco is saying a lot, because tepco is horrible…the u.s. media is just being much much worse in my opinion.

    • Bob Hardin Bob Hardin

      IC, have you thought about what would happen if the US media made a big deal about this and told the whole truth?

      What good would it do for everyone to know that ten or twenty or thirty years from now, all life on earth will end, and that in the meantime, everyone will get cancer and other radiation-related illnesses, from which they will eventually die, usually without medical help or government assitance of any kind?

      What do you think would happen if President Obama got on the teevee and told everyone the real truth? The stock market would collapse the next day because people would spend their money, rather than investing it. People with savings would quit their jobs. The whole machine would come to a grinding halt.

      Is that how you want to spend the next few years before the real effects of the radiation begin to show?

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    The meltdown was ‘admitted to’ at least a month ago, some of the more astute commentators were posting about it a week after the event. Why would CNN pick up the story now?

    • Anthony Anthony

      Sadly I think its because it is becoming time to do so. I think everything in msm is deliberate at this point.

      • Nevadan

        I’m afraid you are right and it is because things are now deteriorating to the point where t hey know they can’t hide the seriousness much longer.

        I’ve known how bad this was since I watched the suppressed video of reactor three blowing.

  • tony wilson

    omg did they say 3 meltdowns but,but they said everything was ok nothing to worry about.
    some bother with a troubled reactor.
    i am very annoyed with tepco and the japanese government they have really put a foot in it now only one foot as the other dropped off while running away from reactor 3.they really need to sort out these errors and small mistakes because at some point we will start to lose trust in this honorable tepcogov : )

  • psky

    They forgot to tell the story of the spent fuel pools.

  • Mark

    Yeah another month or two and CNN will be telling us that more radiation then was first thought is hitting the West Coast.

    Reporters don’t dig for stories anymore in this case they are just confirming what some of us already know. So sad, CNN just confirmed my previous suspicions that they are bought and paid for. To find real news one has to find web-sites like this. Think they reported it because enough people know about it that they have to in order to maintain a veneer of legitamacy.

  • nomade

    I think they’ve just admitted the containment was damaged by the explosions too. Yet again Tepco’s calculations were under-estimations. (They really should invest in some pocket calculators).

    No mention of what happened in #4 explosion?

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/society.html

  • Anthony Anthony

    The Global Effects of Fukushima

    by William Yeatman on June 6, 2011

    http://www.globalwarming.org/2011/06/06/the-global-effects-of-fukushima/

  • Anthony Anthony

    News Navigator: What is re-criticality?

    The Mainichi answers common questions readers may have about “re-criticality,” which has been mentioned by the media on numerous occasions in reference to an overheating reactor at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant soon after the crisis began.http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110604p2a00m0na017000c.html

  • Anthony Anthony

    Is Anyone Paying Attention?
    By Trish Gannon 2 hours 57 minutes ago

    Dire events continue at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuke plant. Politically Incorrect

    http://riverjournal.com/vivvo/news/2177-fukushima_politicallyincorrect_gannon_062011.html

  • nomade

    Hmm I tried to quote text using HTML tags but it didn’t work… caused it all to vanish instead. :-/

    Must have done something wrong.

    Sorry, it’s all in the link though.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Japan Update 6/06: Net Death Toll Declines; Nuclear Crisis Intensifies
    June 06, 2011 11:15 AM EDT

    Japan’s Tohoku tsunami net death toll/missing persons total moved lower again in the past 48 hours. Workers recovered only 18 bodies. The NPA dropped 83 from missing persons. Fukushima Dai-ichi contaminated wastewater overflow may occur by June 20.

    The National Police Agency (NPA) list of the recovered dead changed very little over the past 48 hours. The 18 new bodies recovered on June 5 and 6 brought the number of recovered dead up to 15,373 from Saturday’s 15,355. The pace of daily recovery remains slow, averaging fewer than 20 per day, continuing the recent clear trend. As rubble and residual mud is carefully removed, there is and will be a slow but constant increase each day in the total number of bodies found.

    http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474979410525

    • Jean

      What heart-breaking work that must be, recovering bodies 3 months on after the 11 March disaster.

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    Just testing the new comment system

  • nomade

    “Why would CNN pick up the story now?”

    Because they saw it on NHK world I expect.

    I just quickly read what CNN say… they seem to have omitted some details!

    The news is that #1 melted down in only 5 hours and the others melted quicker than they said two weeks ago too.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_33.html

    NHK had several other stories worth mentioning to.

    Including the fact that they are going to open the doors of #2 to let the steam out (before it explodes? I131 levels in the sea just in front have increased 4 fold in the last few days)

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_02.html

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_03.html

    And they are going to incinerate highly radioactive debris in local municipal incinerators.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_04.html

    There was lots of wonderful news on there today while enenews was having hiccups.

  • nomade

    Why is my last post awaiting moderation? I’m not a troll!

  • nomade
    try again and maybe it will work

  • nomade

    OK this is a C&P repost. I don’t know if it was visible to others after what you said xdrfox.

    “Why would CNN pick up the story now?”

    Because they saw it on NHK world I expect.

    I just quickly read what CNN say… they seem to have omitted some details!

    The news is that #1 melted down in only 5 hours and the others melted quicker than they said two weeks ago too.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_33.html

    NHK had several other stories worth mentioning to.

    Including the fact that they are going to open the doors of #2 to let the steam out (before it explodes? I131 levels in the sea just in front have increased 4 fold in the last few days)

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_02.html

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_03.html

    And they are going to incinerate highly radioactive debris in local municipal incinerators.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_04.html

    There was lots of wonderful news on there today while enenews was having hiccups.

  • nomade

    Repost also says at the top “awaiting moderation”? Can you see it?

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      I can’t see it. If you have more than 3 links, then it will say at the top “awaiting moderation,” If you don’t want to see “awaiting moderation” then split up your comment into more than one comment.

  • nomade

    Ah OK. It was rather link rich with stuff that enenews hasn’t picked up yet. At the risk of boring you to death then with 3 posts. (Delete admin)

    “Why would CNN pick up the story now?”

    Because they saw it on NHK world I expect.

    I just quickly read what CNN say… they seem to have omitted some details!

    The headline news is that #1 melted down in only 5 hours and the others melted quicker than they said two weeks ago too.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_33.html

    NHK had several other stories worth mentioning to.

    Including the fact that they are going to open the doors of #2 to let the steam out (before it explodes? I131 levels in the sea just in front have increased 4 fold in the last few days)

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_02.html

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_03.html

  • nomade

    And they are going to incinerate highly radioactive debris in local municipal incinerators.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/06_04.html

    There was lots of wonderful news on there today while enenews was having hiccups.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Thanks for the news links.

      In addition to making a comment, you can post in the submission box any news tips. Of course, admin decides whether or not to headline a news tip. So it is good to submit any news tips in a comment section as well.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      I hope their filters really work to remove all the radioactive isotopes.

  • nomade

    Hands up volunteers to clean the filters.

  • Every time TEPCO doesn’t report on something, it’s because it is bad.

    – thought of the day

  • Steven Steven

    FOR SALE: One only slightly used nuclear power building complete with working Hitachi BWR-4 Mk 2 784MW reactor (intact, currently not fueled).

    Has own swimming pool (contains approx 142 tons of mixed fresh and spent fuel) – warm water swimming all year round.

    Building structure in need of some TLC. Suit pro-nuclear activist with little or no regard for the health and safety of neighbours.

    New owner must arrange removal. Price negotiable, current owner prepared to pay considerable sum for expediency.

    See photo here:

    http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/nuclear/safety/accidents/Fukushima-nuclear-disaster/Radiation-field-team/

  • SteveMT

    TEPCO maintained for months that only a “partial” meltdown had occurred and that was the “partial” truth. That word partial can mean up to 99.9999%. All that they have now done is to merely add 0.0001% back to get the 100%.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    TEPCO live cam is down. But you can look at JNN live cam.

  • nomade

    re incineration. It says,

    Quote:

    “The participants agreed, in principle, to allow municipalities to burn debris highly contaminated with radioactive substances if their incinerators have filters or electric dust cleaners to remove the substances.”

    What is their usual definition of “highly radioactive?”

    They say they’d only be burning debris outside the 20km evacuation zone.

    However, outside the evacuation zone there are areas with 5 million becquerels in the soil.

    Over 3 times the level in Chernobyl dead zones.

    • In all reality did they know that the smoke will just be an atmospheric radiation release, that is un localized???

      Thats like putting fire out with wood…

  • Jean

    Yes, CNN is way behind in reporting this.
    For daily updates I follow NHK, is is quite information!
    Then I come here, catch up on the links and opinions here and then I follow EX-EKF’s blog.
    Yes, CNN is way behind.
    Someone here compared the situation to a train crash in slow motion. perhaps the situation is too ‘sciencey’ for the average CNN viewer.
    I say that because this disaster has put my ignorance in evidence.

    I know I’m receiving a crash course in nuclear affairs!
    A week ago I didn’t know Krypton existed, much less Kypton85, nor why it is monitered.
    Anyway, a big thanks to enenews!
    You’ve provided a hub for those of us who want to learn more.

    • Or the more exposure cnn gives to the subject the faster their time lapse of information is released via smart people picking the flies off the food…

      Basically. Cnn is MSM.

      ALL MSM is owned by 6 companies globally…
      GE is one of those companies…

      So in all reality, this is the biggest conspiracy in all respects of actual “reality”.

      The deeper we dig. The less they can hide the truth… Hence the complete blackout of information…

      The truth is if we knew everything… Japan’s whole economy would collapse…

      Tokyo is one of a very few cities that has the ability to cap global markets (I.E. Newyork, Paris, Dubaii ect)… So the collapse of a major world market in would make the world economy collapse…

      Thats how they think…

      In all reality, 60% of japan is already uninhabitable…

      They just wouldn’t want to IDk let the whole world spin into utter anarchy, over the fact that well…
      SHTF.

      So by holding tight onto the media channels, there is peace… And the entire globe falls asleep at the wheel. While we are all going to die in an apocalypse that only applies to the people, and not the people responsible… Hence the gov, has all the nuclear shelters… Not the people… thats why they arent worried, and arent telling you anything…
      Thats also why you pay so much attention to those sites you mentioned above… You like everyone else here wants a good hours notice, to know when the radiation is going to effect you right…

      News flash… Do you eat and drink? cause if you do… Guess what… The radiation is already affecting you…

      Funny msm failed to tell you that too?

      But private researchers seem to be red flagging everything you can…

      Its the worst game of cat and mouse the world has ever seen…
      BTW were the mice…

      • Kay

        Well Emmy, I’m not always 100% on board with what you write but this time I have to give you a big kudo. Spot on here.

  • cwilkes

    I live in Seattle. I have a 1yr old daughter and 3 yr old son. Is it too late to move them away from the NW?