Gov’t officials investigating Fukushima want to know if “nuclear” explosions destroyed reactors — Tepco “not in a position to comment”

Published: December 16th, 2011 at 8:25 am ET


Fukushima Plant Should Be Nationalized, Former Premier Says, Bloomberg by Aaron Sheldrick, Dec 14, 2011:

[…] Many questions remain unanswered about the disaster nine months ago when an earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling and power at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Tomoyuki Taira, a Japanese parliamentarian, wrote in a commentary in the journal Nature today. The two are members of a parliamentary committee probing the accident.

The legislators, both members of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, said it’s particularly important to establish whether self-sustaining reactions are continuing in the damaged cores and whether explosions that rocked the station in the days after March 11 were nuclear in origin. […]

Tokyo Electric isn’t in a position to comment on the article, spokesman Naoyuki Matsumoto said.

See also: Yomiuri: Former Japan PM warns of recriticality at Fukushima — Found Chlorine-38 in Reactor No. 1 water tested at research institute

More about the explosion at Reactor No. 3

Japan nuclear expert Setsuo Fujiwara’s interview with SPA magazine, published Dec. 13, 2011, translation via EX-SKF (best-effort translation without detailed technical knowledge of nuclear physics, subject to revision):

Setsuo Fujiwara, Nuclear plant inspector who worked at Japan’s Nuclear Energy Safety Organization (JNES)

  • “The explosion in Reactor 3 at Fukushima I Nuke Plant on March 14 was nuclear!”
  • “There was a flicker of fire”
  • “Then a vertical, black smoke up the reactor building”
  • “A hydrogen explosion does not produce such a black smoke”
  • “The mushroom cloud — It resembles a nuclear explosion”

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Published: December 16th, 2011 at 8:25 am ET


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22 comments to Gov’t officials investigating Fukushima want to know if “nuclear” explosions destroyed reactors — Tepco “not in a position to comment”

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    Since they already know everything is in cold shutdown (gag), I think I know how this investigation is going to work out.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    Yikes, I just noticed the linguistic trick of “the disaster nine months ago” rather than, say, “the ongoing disaster that began nine months ago and is predicted to take at least 40 years to fix even in our wildly optimistic propaganda”.

  • James2

    It’s OK folks.

    All the mainstream media that went with the “cold shutdown” story just shot themselves in the foot. They sealed their own economic death – another entire industry following Fukushima into the abyss.

    When they easily could be reserrecting themselves with this story.

    As soon as Fukushima blows another big cloud of Radiation out then the sham that they have allowed to happen will crush their credibility with the masses and people will know they are just puppets..

    • pure water

      They count on repetative mantras which mean nothing, and are designed to switch off thinking! All, they can dream of, is costant blindness caused by their propaganda.
      Anyway, I still believe in human instinct for life. They are humans too…

    • Misitu

      The Independent seems to have shovelled the press release out with several clearly marked handfuls of common salt. Or at least I read it as such.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    12/16 Japan Faces The Same Whitewashi­ng by the IAEA As Russia Did H P is guilty too!!

  • James2

    The difference is that the Soviets actually did contain Chernobyl – the Japanese have made no attempt at containment.

    Of course the containment needs to be replaced 25 years down the line, but they did actually do the work. In 2011 it’s easier just to lie to the world than to do the work.

    • the yeoman the yeoman

      spot on James2
      But if I may make a suggestion sir.
      Replace the word Japanese with Sharehold.
      There, thats a clearer picture.

      As for this exchange between Japanese gov’t and Tepco, pure stageplay. The gladiators are up next.

      Heavy sigh…who are the Shareholders of Tepco anyways–and Toshiba,Hitachi,Areva,GE,Goldman Sachs, and ADM. You think we find some common names?

      What, can’t find them…me neither, but I’m just a servant–not too bright.

      Anyone out there know the difference between the Ruling Class and Governing Class you know I’ve been meaning to read Gerhard Lenski’s Power and Privilege: A Theory of Social Stratification maybe I’ll to that when I get home from work tonight.

      Hey Shareholder, are you out there? I hope this post is finding you well, and if I may leave you with a song.

      Cheers mate

  • jec jec

    Its the PLAYBOOK..or how to control the masses. The nasty truth is not important for “disposables” or “liquidators”. If they get radiation illness, there is a “medical reseach clinic” available to see the results. Reminds one of the horror storys of WWII in China with all the medical experiments. The tactic of restating history to make it what you want..we actually have a 1600s German textbook which “redoes” history–and guess what –the losers WIN. Will be interesting if “recriticality” surfaces in the investigation…

    • pure water

      I understan it – “the losers WIN”. When some one accepts the idea he has lost everything, he can get rid of stupid competitions and concentrate on important issues.

  • James2

    What are the names of the companies supplying money to this effort:

    1. Toshiba

  • a hydrogen explosion is a short sharp shock, very intense for a microsecond (when a mix of hydrogen and oxygen is ignited),
    the Hindenburg burned relatively slow in that aspect because it was pure hydrogen burning and it had to mix with oxygen while burning.

    while a steam or nuclear explosion is more driven/ongoing for more than a microsecond because normally the steam stores a lot of energy in fluid water before the structure breaks and then steam is produced of overheated water. this proces takes significantly longer than the short sharp shock of an oxygen/hydrogen-mixture.
    so to me at least the “black explosion is for sure no hydrogen explosion. it was to long.

  • Finch Finch

    This is how it works. The problems are the very same since March 2011 and the nuclear fuel is a) in the atmosphere b) close infront of the water table c) in the ocean and finally culminates in d) the end of the food chain, mankind. And it will not get better by denying the facts. But on the other hand, this is very logical: all the NPPs have their spent fuel pools and there is *NO* ultimate storage.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      Finch – I agree with that. If as some have suggested, the entirety of SFP no. 3 was vaporized, aerisolized, turned to dust and smoke (take your pick) and blown into the atmosphere at a height sufficient to disperse it world-wide in the northern hemishpere then we are all already dead. You cannot kill the Pacific Ocean and poison North American grain fields without world-wide starvation, to say nothing of the cancers that will surely start to manifest themselves much sooner than most people realize. Hundreds of TONS of spent fuel went up. That is not good.

  • hbjon hbjon

    There has to be a logical expanation why they have not showed the public pictures of intact reactor vessels to calm speculation. Instead, the media and Tepco have turned into black holes. I have followed this from the start, and all the camera shots have been careful not to show the reactor containment vessels.

  • and i remember to have seen the first explosion on media where one could see a small flame leaking at the roofcorner which was “drawn back” from inside the building in the next second and replaced by black smoke. that was IMHO a hydrogen explosion. Additionally i thought: hm, they will change the vid, to much data… and see: every other time afterwards the video was shown the little flame frames were missing. that for msm being quiet. the media control started very fast and very detailed.

    • Auntie Nuke

      Arnie Gunderson did a full exploration of this in one of his earliest videos. Check it out at:

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    How does cold shut down happen after all the nuclear fuel is blasted up and out of the reactor? Just because the fuel is no longer present does not mean it can be cooled if you can’t even find it. TEPCO should just say they lost the fuel and they are sorry for genetically screwing entire generations of people.

  • dpl dpl

    reactor 3 is definitely in cold shutdown it ejected into the atmosphere and the surrounding countryside when it blew out.