Crack found over 200 feet above ground at Unit 1 & 2 exhaust stack — Fukushima Worker: May be more difficult to deal with than contaminated water

Published: September 18th, 2013 at 12:41 pm ET


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Published: September 18th, 2013 at 12:41 pm ET


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27 comments to Crack found over 200 feet above ground at Unit 1 & 2 exhaust stack — Fukushima Worker: May be more difficult to deal with than contaminated water

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Crack'll kill you every time.

  • Nukites

    Considering that the plan was to exhaust everything into the air, away from the site so that workers could be on the ground, it isn't surprising that the stacks are basically "enriched" with massive amounts of radiation. Just gets worse by the day.

  • Now we're getting to the nitty gritty. The radiated water will simply seep into the ocean, under cover of Lies. Easy. But now it looks like somehow they must orchestrate a demo job of a tower structure in a high radiation zone. If not the structure will tumble. How will they do it? If dismantling a tower is hard to do what about removing ruined spent fuel from #4 or removing the corium which they have lost and no not where it is? The veil of lies is wearing thin. To us. The ignorant masses are clueless. Had a cbc poster say just move the plant further up the hill. Time to meditate by my mountain stream….

  • jahdesm jahdesm

    only thing what they can do is leave the area and let it be. game is over

  • weeman

    What perked my intrest was the pictures, take a look at the blast damage from number 4, how come that blast radius is larger than the rest, look at damage to switching station, they have never released pictures of four blowing up, if it was down for maintenance it should have been the least effected, the rush to put cover on only indicates to me that it is still releasing radioactive gases from SFP?
    Go on you tube and see the effects of a earthquake on a swimming pool, would smash those spent fuel rods like matches.
    A blast of that magnitude near the stack would put tremendous stress on stack?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    No doubt engineers have known all along this plant would disintegrate.

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    I might be wrong, but aren't there 2 stacks either side of building 4 ?!

    I do hope their being checked for cracks, because if they go, they may well take building 4 with them, even if there's no direct hit.

    The vibrations of the stack/s hitting the ground may set off a chain-reaction, and then goodbye building 4, goodbye Japan, goodbye world.

    • davidh7426 davidh7426

      …actually, it wouldn't have to collapse building 4, just make it TILT more.

      Once the tilt gets beyond a certain point the contents of the 'cooling pool' are going to slide to one end. And no amount of water, boron, or prayer is going to help once that happens.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Remember the black pole that was hovering on tepco cam right in front of the center smoke stack during the typhoon? That was a camera on the end of the black pole/arm inspecting "cracks in the stacks" at about mid level, as I said during the storm on the webcam thread. Place is falling apart at the seams. Absolutely nothing humans can do but stand by and watch now. There was a window of opportunity earlier on, however now just to far contaminated for workers to stay in place long enough to accomplish anything. A buried nuke underground set off in a way that swallows the entire place is THE ONLY SHOT WE GOT!!! Keep putting it off till the places blows all to hell and that will be that. Game over. Do it and DO IT NOW!! A wall in the ocean needs to be erected to contain anymore pacific contamination also. Whatever it takes. No chance that will happen so better be living like there is no tomorrow. Soon that will be a reality, if not already. Marijuana is said to be an excellent cancer blocker. Just in case they are right, burn baby burn!!!

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Best pictures of the plant ever published in case you missed them

    • micky thered micky thered

      thanks TM for these pics. am busy sending the link to all and sundry.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Yes, it really drives the point home. I need to look at the pics every once in awhile to remind myself how bad it really is ….

      Now it looks all prettied up, but it's still a hell hole.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    No doubt engineers knew about the crack in the pipe. What, did you think that was steam? They probably knew about the Heroin and ecstacy, too. After all, they had money coming in that was too cheap to meter.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    200 feet? Man, they really are getting high.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Insert positive statement here. > I am OK. You are OK.< Will Smith explained it in MIB 3.

  • bo bo

    i wish better translation was available for Happy 11311's tweets in his tokhoku dialect…his tweets are like literature. Talks like a character in a faulkner novel. Very gracious in a surreal way

  • markww markww

    Yank the thing down problem solved doesn't take a genius to figure the stack out after its down let the the thing lay


    • byron byron

      Taking the stack down would make a ground shock. A vibration that size right on site could shake something loose that would demand evacuation. Or the fuel rods could bump into each other and the cartoon ends with 'thats all folks'.

      • byron byron

        We wouldn't have to discuss whether it was a hydrogen or nuclear explosion that took the site out. 🙂 With that wet saturated ground though, maybe it would work. TEPCO, let's try it and see what happens?