CNN: “Strange green glow” seen inside Fukushima reactor — “Yellow, blue-green and other colors could be seen” — Radiation dose hits record high near 50 sieverts per hour — 15 seconds of video removed just before levels spiked 1,000% (VIDEO)

Published: April 20th, 2015 at 4:15 pm ET


Wall St Journal, Apr 20, 2015 (emphasis added):  Tepco to Abandon Second Robot Inside Fukushima Reactor… it has decided not to try to retrieve a second robot… citing radiation damage… [It] has now joined a previous robot which the utility also decided to leave there earlier this month… Tepco said one of the cameras used to monitor the second robot was damaged by the radiation. They decided to leave it inside to avoid the risk of it becoming stuck in a passageway…

NHK, Apr 20, 2015: The [first] robot was sent inside the vessel on April 10th but stopped working after advancing just 10 meters… TEPCO sent a second robot to retrieve the first robot. But the probe’s camera malfunctioned due to radiation exposure. The utility decided to abandon both robot probes.

Compare today’s media reports with Tepco’s most recent ‘prompt report’ on the second robot’s mission: “Radiation, Temperature Found Lower than Expected — Results so far indicate that the radiation dose was about 4.7 to 9.7Sv/h, less than a tenth of what was expected. That means the second robot can stay inside for about two to three days, rather than about 10 hours as originally planned.”

Jiji Press, Apr 20, 2015: [Tepco] said Monday it has given up attempts to recover a second shape-shifting robot… The electronics of the camera were apparently damaged by the high radiation in the PCV, the utility said. When powered up, the camera is designed to work for 10 hours in the intense radiation, but Tepco was unable to switch it on Saturday.

Also note the figures Tepco reported for the radiation dose (4.7 to 9.4 Sv/h). The company’s latest video shows the radiation dose spike to 48.2 Sv/h, by far the highest ever reported inside the Unit 1 containment vessel. Unfortunately, 16 seconds of the video was removed just as levels spiked from  3.7 Sv/h to 44.4 Sv/h.

CNN, Apr 20, 2015: Second robot captures glow inside stricken Fukushima plant — A second robotic probe… has captured images of a strange green glow.

Asahi Shimbun, Apr 19, 2015: Rust or peeling paint on a steel floor was visible in video footage taken by the second robot probe sent into one of the reactors.

Yomiuri Shimbun, Apr 18, 2015: Yellow, blue-green and other colors could be seen on the floor. “We have not been able to specify whether the colors were the effects of the robot’s lights or paint from equipment that melted…” said a TEPCO official.

Watch: NHK broadcast | Tepco footage

Published: April 20th, 2015 at 4:15 pm ET


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444 comments to CNN: “Strange green glow” seen inside Fukushima reactor — “Yellow, blue-green and other colors could be seen” — Radiation dose hits record high near 50 sieverts per hour — 15 seconds of video removed just before levels spiked 1,000% (VIDEO)

  • rogerthat

    Apr. 22, 2015
    Why Austria traditionally opposes nuclear power

    Andreas Molin| The Daily Star

    • rogerthat

      Andreas Molin is the director of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. He is the Austrian representative in the Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and has served as vice chairman of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) since 2011. This commentary originally appeared at The Mark News (

    • JapAN US relations for 200 Alex JapAN US relations for 200 Alex

      The simple reason is that they are connected to the German hatred of the Soviets and Chernobyl pushed them over the edge. Interestingly IAEA is located in Austria.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

        They have first hand knowledge of huge radioactive fallout from Chernobyl. Because you keep denying the health effects of radiation, you are just left with the most ridiculous arguments. They still have mushrooms too radioactive to eat and boars too radioactive to eat, etc.

        Also they have the best scientists such as Holger Strohm, so they ignore the arguments of the stupid nuclear apologists who know nothing at all.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingTruth

        If you were sharper you would realize that your weak intellect is a real turn off for anyone believing anything said by the nuclear industry.

      • LOL Hey J, it wouldn't have anything to do with something like economics, would it?

        New Nuclear Power Plants Are An Expensive, Money Losing Disaster; Dispelling the Myth That It Is Economically Sound, 200 Percent More Expensive Than Renewables

        Who in their right mind would buy something 200% more expensive than clean solar and wind power, with radioactive heavy metal poisonous garbage left over that no one wants and there is no answer for it, plus 600% more expensive to operate?


        Oh hey, J will buy it.. Pony up your checkbook there J..

  • rogerthat

    Fresh Call for Total Removal of Nuclear Waste in Bridgeton
    Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)
    April 21, 2015

    BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) – A longtime leader of the environmental movement in St. Louis is calling for the total removal of all nuclear waste from the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton.

    Eighty-two-year-old Kay Drey says people – and politicians – are forgetting that this is a regional threat to our drinking water.

    “…This is in the Missouri River floodplain,” she says. “And the Missouri River is what North St. Louis County drinks and then it flows into the Mississippi River, which is what the city of St. Louis drinks.”

    She says there’s been so much noise about landfill odor and controlling the underground fire that people have lost site of the endgame – getting the federal government to dig up the nuclear waste and haul it away from St. Louis County. …

  • Funny; I didn't think we could SEE radiation!
    I just got & set-up my G/C.. and a bit of a breeze blew, setting the tick-tick-ticking going.. wow.
    (It will take me a while to figure it out and feel comfortable counting rads.)

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Now about the green and yellow glowing $hit on the bottom (corium blob separator) grating of that reactor.

    My father used to collect rocks that would glow under a certain UV wavelength. He built a big stone fireplace in our house out of the stuff.

    I would guess one of the types of radiation is the cause…be it alpha, beta or gamma, acting on some of the "lighter" melted $hit that never followed the corium down to hells kitchen.

  • mark_eric

    > JapAN US relations for 200 Alex
    > April 21, 2015 at 6:34 pm · Reply
    > Why are you afraid to engage? Your responses are childish, immature,
    > and shows you cant man up to people who do not share your inane views.
    > You dont have any credibility. No game.
    > When you decide to man up, ill be here.

    While I'm sure no one here is afraid to engage you, I positively would enjoy it. I would enjoy it because I'm fairly certain you aren't a "shill" being paid to post here, but that you are a "shill" in the sense that your livelihood somehow derives from the nuclear industry.

    Since this isn't a new article at the time of my posting, I don't know that you'll see this, but if you do, know that I look forward to taking you to task for every one of your unjustified assumptions.

    Because the fact is, you're just wrong.

    About a great many things.


    ps: some of you who've been here a while may remember me from the early days of this event. I've been sitting out the debates here as it's grown so difficult to parse through the comments to find the relevant bits of conversation to the subject of the article. However, I'm a sucker for debating people who claim to be committed to fair debate. I'm not saying that I won't throw in the odd ad hominem, but my argument won't rely on it.

    I'm committed to honest debate as a method of breaking those in the industry who are in denial of our situation out of their stupor.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    "A lot of Colors…Really Bright…A Rainbow of them…Orange, Blood Red, Sky Blue…It was Beautiful"

    From an Eye Witness, talking about Chernobyl, as it blew up and was radiating upwards.

    From: Chernobyl Uncensored – Documentary

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