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Radiation rises sharply in Fukushima Unit 3 — “It appears the concern was due to increasing levels in the area” (VIDEOS)

Enformable:

Radiation levels in Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 more than doubled in many locations since measured last year

TEPCO announced that the robot used to enter the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Reactor Building measured radiation levels up to 4,780 mSv per hour, nearly three times the 1,300 mSv reading taking in the same location . . . → Read More: Radiation rises sharply in Fukushima Unit 3 — “It appears the concern was due to increasing levels in the area” (VIDEOS)

Michio Kaku: 3 meltdowns in Fukushima, but uranium actually totally liquified… 1st time in history — “Reactor actually melted totally” (VIDEO)

Previously Kaku has stated that one Fukushima reactor had “liquified”

Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, November 20, 2012:

Professor Michio Kaku, City College of New York:

We had three simultaneous core meltdowns in Fukushima, but the uranium actually liquified — liquified — we’ve never seen a totally liquified core before.

First time . . . → Read More: Michio Kaku: 3 meltdowns in Fukushima, but uranium actually totally liquified… 1st time in history — “Reactor actually melted totally” (VIDEO)

Gundersen: Cover at Fukushima Unit 3 looks like a mall superstore — Reactor building so severely damaged it can’t support structure (AUDIO)

Follow-up to: Tepco to construct bulbous cover over Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 (PHOTO)

Fairewinds Podcast, Nov. 18, 2012:

At 5:00 in

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: Unit 3 is entirely different than Unit 4 [...] they built something that looks like a superstore in a mall, it could easily look like a . . . → Read More: Gundersen: Cover at Fukushima Unit 3 looks like a mall superstore — Reactor building so severely damaged it can’t support structure (AUDIO)

Tepco to construct bulbous cover over Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 (PHOTO)

Enformable, Nov. 14, 2012: TEPCO has released designs for a cover to construct around the crippled Unit 3 reactor building in order to allow the utility to remove fuel rods from the spent fuel pool by crane. [...] The building will also house ventilation to reduce the radioactive materials being released into the atmosphere.

. . . → Read More: Tepco to construct bulbous cover over Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 (PHOTO)

Tepco to try and remove steel debris on top of fuel racks in No. 3 pool — Concern about liner? (PHOTOS)

Title: Debris Removal from the Upper Part of Unit 3 Reactor Building at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station [Removal of the Debris Under Water] Source: Tokyo Electric Power Company Date: November 9, 2012 h/t Enformable

In order to improve the visibility of Unit 3 spent fuel pool, the cooling pump has been suspended . . . → Read More: Tepco to try and remove steel debris on top of fuel racks in No. 3 pool — Concern about liner? (PHOTOS)

NHK: Gov’t assumed Fukushima Reactor No. 1 ‘completely ruined’ within days of 3/11 — Reddish-brown smoke shot up after explosion says nuclear expert eyewitness (VIDEO)

Watch the broadcast here

NHK Documentary March to Recovery Voices from 3.11: Their Fate in Their Hands Date Aired: November 3, 2012 Published by: MissingSky101

At 12:45 in

Narrator: Ishida had helped evacuate to the Okuma residents residents and seeing the reactor explode before his very eyes he realized the full scale of the . . . → Read More: NHK: Gov’t assumed Fukushima Reactor No. 1 ‘completely ruined’ within days of 3/11 — Reddish-brown smoke shot up after explosion says nuclear expert eyewitness (VIDEO)

Fukushima Worker: Water was steaming in basement under Unit No. 3 turbine

Title: Plant worker: Radiation injuries during crisis at Japan nuke plant not mishap, files complaint Source: AP Author: Mari Yamaguchi Date: October 31, 2012

[...] The worker gave a rare public account of what happened at the plant during the accident. He spoke to The Associated Press on the condition that he be identified . . . → Read More: Fukushima Worker: Water was steaming in basement under Unit No. 3 turbine

Explosive concentrations of gas at Fukushima Unit 1? Hydrogen and Krypton-85 levels fluctuating since April, says Tepco

Title: Status of TEPCO’s Nuclear Power Stations after the Tohoku-Chihou-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake (Daily Report as of 3:00 PM, October 23) Source: TEPCO : Press Release Date: Oct 23, 2012 Emphasis Added

At 9:37 AM on October 23, continuous nitrogen injection into Unit 1 suppression chamber was started. The nitrogen injection is planned to be continued . . . → Read More: Explosive concentrations of gas at Fukushima Unit 1? Hydrogen and Krypton-85 levels fluctuating since April, says Tepco

Tepco spokesman admits Fukushima reactors may be continuously leaking into ocean

Title: Fish Off Fukushima, Japan, Show Elevated Levels of Cesium Source: New York Times Author:  HIROKO TABUCHI Date Published: October 25, 2012

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The operator of the Fukushima plant, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, said that the site no longer released contaminated water into the ocean, and that radiation levels in waters around the . . . → Read More: Tepco spokesman admits Fukushima reactors may be continuously leaking into ocean

Watch: Tepco using “promotional balloon” to inspect Fukushima reactor building? Shaped like lightbulb with brass screw-in base — “Creative use of an advertising tool” finds high radiation levels (VIDEO)

Watch the video compiled from Tepco’s October 24, 2012 photos here

Excerpt from a October 24, 2012 report by the SimplyInfo research team:

TEPCO did another inspection of unit 1 [... the] balloon appears to be a promotional balloon shaped like a lightbulb complete with brass screw in base. Besides the creative use of . . . → Read More: Watch: Tepco using “promotional balloon” to inspect Fukushima reactor building? Shaped like lightbulb with brass screw-in base — “Creative use of an advertising tool” finds high radiation levels (VIDEO)

Japan Nuclear Expert: “There is no solution, we will have to give up” at Fukushima plant (VIDEO)

Interview with Hiroaki Koide Upload by: 座間宮 ガレイ Filmed: Oct. 18, 2012 Published: Oct. 21, 2012 Translation: Fukushima Diary

Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Reactor Research Institute: There are a lot of problems and Tepco and Japanese government state they are going to pick the melted fuel up someday, somehow. I personally think it’s impossible. . . . → Read More: Japan Nuclear Expert: “There is no solution, we will have to give up” at Fukushima plant (VIDEO)

Nuclear Engineer: New way to locate Fukushima molten fuel “means they’re expecting to find this stuff very deep into the ground”… unless it’s just an experiment (VIDEO)

Follow-up to: Los Alamos Lab: We can find Fukushima corium with x-ray type image — “No core” a possibility? (PHOTOS)

Interview with Nuclear Engineer Chris Harris Nutrimedical Report Oct. 18, 2012

Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator and engineer: They’re using cosmic rays as a light source […] the shadow will be . . . → Read More: Nuclear Engineer: New way to locate Fukushima molten fuel “means they’re expecting to find this stuff very deep into the ground”… unless it’s just an experiment (VIDEO)

Kyodo: “If we find where the molten nuclear fuel is located, it will give us a clue” says researcher — Detectors to locate corium already placed near Reactors 1 and 2 in May by Los Alamos Lab

Title: Cosmic rays eyed to locate nuke fuel melt Source: Kyodo Date: Oct. 18, 2012

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a method to use cosmic rays to locate molten nuclear fuel within the crippled reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the U.S. institute said Wednesday.

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A team . . . → Read More: Kyodo: “If we find where the molten nuclear fuel is located, it will give us a clue” says researcher — Detectors to locate corium already placed near Reactors 1 and 2 in May by Los Alamos Lab

Los Alamos Lab: We can find Fukushima corium with x-ray type image — “No core” a possibility? (PHOTOS)

Title: Damaged Fukushima nuclear material could be imaged Source: UPI Date: Oct. 17, 2012 at 7:44 PM

U.S. researchers say cosmic rays could be used to gather detailed information from inside the damaged cores of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors

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The process is similar to the way X-ray images are produced

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“We . . . → Read More: Los Alamos Lab: We can find Fukushima corium with x-ray type image — “No core” a possibility? (PHOTOS)

Watch: New Large Debris Found In Unit 1 Containment (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Title: New Large Debris Found Inside Unit 1 Containment Source: SimplyInfo Date: October 17th, 2012

Videos released by TEPCO yesterday included a scope investigation underwater. The water itself was surprisingly clear with a small layer of tan sediment and small white floaters when the water was agitated near the walls or floor of containment. . . . → Read More: Watch: New Large Debris Found In Unit 1 Containment (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Gov’t Nuke Experts: Top part of Reactor 1 containment may have opened up before first Fukushima explosion

Title: The Fukushima Accident: Research at the Service of Communication Source: CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas [Part of Spain's Ministry of Science and Technology]) Authors: Luis Enrique HERRANZ y Enrique GONZÁLEZ División de Fisión Nuclear del CIEMAT / CIEMAT Nuclear Fission Division

Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Design

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H2 Explosions

. . . → Read More: Gov’t Nuke Experts: Top part of Reactor 1 containment may have opened up before first Fukushima explosion

Highly radioactive water spews from pipe in Fukushima Unit 3 turbine building (PHOTO)

(Subscription Only) Title: Further leak at Fukushima, photos reveal other damage Source: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN Date: October 16, 2012

[...] TEPCO reported that 90 liters of highly radioactive water spewed from a pipe on the first floor of the No. 3 reactor’s turbine building.

The water was contained within the building, the company said.

. . . → Read More: Highly radioactive water spews from pipe in Fukushima Unit 3 turbine building (PHOTO)

Explosion may have occurred inside vessel of Fukushima Unit 1 — Can generate missiles that endanger containment integrity

The SimplyInfo research team discusses a possible explosion inside Unit 1′s vessel:

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From this NRC document, the existence of damaged concrete debris is explained:

“the case that the containment has many sub-compartments, a local deflagration or detonation may occur that damages the sub-compartment and through this may generate missiles (concrete blocks from the . . . → Read More: Explosion may have occurred inside vessel of Fukushima Unit 1 — Can generate missiles that endanger containment integrity

Up to 1,000,000 sieverts per hour outside Fukushima Unit 1 containment vessel — Still too hot to attempt measuring other areas (PHOTO & VIDEO)

The SimplyInfo research team discusses the situation in the torus room of Unit 1:

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We show where the varied radiation levels have been recorded in unit 1 in the diagram below.  [...] The readings in this area go higher the lower you go and closer to the center of the east side of . . . → Read More: Up to 1,000,000 sieverts per hour outside Fukushima Unit 1 containment vessel — Still too hot to attempt measuring other areas (PHOTO & VIDEO)

“Impossible” that bulk of melted fuel is in Unit 1 containment — Charred vessel could indicate explosive event inside

The SimplyInfo research team discusses where the melted fuel from Unit 1 is located:

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The radiation readings inside unit 1′s containment were unexpectedly low. It would be impossible to have the bulk of the melted fuel inside unit 1′s containment with those low radiation levels.

Recent survey inside Unit 1 containment vessel . . . → Read More: “Impossible” that bulk of melted fuel is in Unit 1 containment — Charred vessel could indicate explosive event inside

Fukushima Boss after 3/11: “It’s awful, awful… No. 3 reactor just blew, probably a steam explosion” — Steam explosion, not hydrogen? Reactor blew up, not reactor building? (VIDEO)

(Subscription Only) Title: INSIDE FUKUSHIMA: How workers tried but failed to avert a nuclear disaster Source: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN Author: Toshihiro Okuyama, Hideaki Kimura and Takashi Sugimoto Date: October 14, 2012

At 11:01 a.m. on March 14, the video image showing the emergency response room at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, where a teleconference . . . → Read More: Fukushima Boss after 3/11: “It’s awful, awful… No. 3 reactor just blew, probably a steam explosion” — Steam explosion, not hydrogen? Reactor blew up, not reactor building? (VIDEO)

Unit 3 Deteriorating Further? Asahi: Warped steel frames “now visibly rusty” during Friday tour of Fukushima plant

(Subscription Only) Title: Some progress, but radiation remains high at Fukushima nuclear plant Source: Asahi Author: By JIN NISHIKAWA/ Staff Writer Date: October 13, 2012

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Journalists toured the site Oct. 12 in the fourth such visit organized by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. [...]

Adjacent is the No. 3 reactor building. Its . . . → Read More: Unit 3 Deteriorating Further? Asahi: Warped steel frames “now visibly rusty” during Friday tour of Fukushima plant