Explosion at Japan chemical complex, still burning — 3,379 containers of nuclear waste onsite — Reports of depleted uranium — Gov’t says no release of toxic material (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Published: April 21st, 2012 at 10:12 pm ET


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Title: (UPDATED) Explosion at Petrochemical Complex in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Radioactive Waste Stored at the Complex
Source: EXSKF
Date: April 21, 2012

UPDATE: One of the two missing workers was found dead. 9 workers injured, 3 residents in the area were also injured (cuts from broken glass). It looks like part of the complex is still burning. The prefectural government does say the depleted uranium is stored at the complex, but there has been no release of toxic materials from the fire, according to the prefectural government. […]

Someone on Twitter has dug up information from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) that lists companies that have radioactive waste on the premise. Mitsui Chemical’s complex in Yamaguchi Prefecture is one of them. According to the MEXT data from 2009, the complex has 3,379 containers of nuclear waste. […]

h/t Fukushima Diary

Published: April 21st, 2012 at 10:12 pm ET


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148 comments to Explosion at Japan chemical complex, still burning — 3,379 containers of nuclear waste onsite — Reports of depleted uranium — Gov’t says no release of toxic material (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    Radiation wasn't enough, lets cover it with chemical soot. Could it get any worse? If I were there I would be packing to leave.

  • Don't believe it is an accident !

  • This Site has been taken over !!!

    • CB CB

      Please elaborate xdrfox.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      omg doc. I think your right. NO WAY WAS THIS ACCIDENTAL!

      • Whoopie,
        I think it will be used as more plausible denial when people become sickened ! Dose anyone think they got close enough to see what has burned ?

        : (

        • stopnp stopnp

          I just checked the comment archives. You're not in there. Wtf?

        • Bobby1

          It must be nice when people think to themselves, "yes, Fuku is bad but it won't hurt me"

          But I have a pre-existing autoimmune disease, and it's not a theoretical thing, it is my everyday life.

          I live in the east coast, so it's not so bad.

          But you who don't live on the east coast, think of this:

          If I lived where you lived, I would have been dead already.

          It's a global problem.

          • stopnp stopnp

            Fukushima will and is hurting everyone. Right now. My own friends in Cali are just starting to listen to me. After a F@#$ing year of constantly ranting about it and providing them with the ability to do their own research.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Bobby1, I just found out I have IGG Subclass II and III deficiency. Not pleasant knowing my immune system has probably been trashed from childhood. Lived the first five years of my life less than 2 miles from the Chicago Piles.

            Then near the Eureka, CA nuke plant (decommissioned but full of spent fuel rods) and now near the Concord, CA nuke plant.

            Sigh. Does it ever end?

            • What-About-The-Kids

              HoTaters, I'm sorry to hear about your health. 🙁 I hope it is something you can help improve through diet or supplements?

              I did not not know there is a NPP in Concord, CA? I thought there were only two, San Onofre and Diablo Canyon. Is it civilian or military?

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                I think the Concord plant is a commercial plant. I thought it was a facility devoted to medical research, but someone recently told me it's a commercial plant.

                The treatment for IGG Subclass II and III deficiency is Gamma Globulin treatment. Insurance companies do not want to pay for it, even though it can prevent life-threatening autoimmune problems, respiratory infections, and even lymphomas and other cancers.

                I'm going to have a long battle ahead of me trying to get the Gamma Globulin treatmnent justified.

                Now that I understand what the deficiency does, I realize that's probably why I've had so many respiratory infections and have struggled for so long to overcome chronic Lyme dsease.

                Thank you for your concern! I do appreciate it.

                Have to wonder if living near the remains of the world's first two NPP's (barely covered, buried in shallow trenches in a forest outside Chicago) somehow damaged my immune system when I was a little child. Will probably never know!

                • soshy

                  Hi u don't know me but I have been following enenews and reading the comments since last year although I had never registered but after reading your comment tonight about chronic Lyme desease I felt obliged. Have u ever heard of h2o2 therapy? I know of one person who had chronic lyme desease and is now cured…check it out for yourself by searching h2o2 on the net, the cure costs pennies and they don't bother to tell us about it because no one owns the rights to it.I know this was off topic but like I said I felt obliged.

                • Roger123

                  Sorry to hear about your struggles with Lyme Disease. My wife, daughter and I have it as well. Good luck to you.

              • dharmasyd dharmasyd

                @W-A-T-Kids…There is no NPP in Concord. The Concord Naval Weapons Station did, however, have nuclear weapons in it's bunkers and in a special silo building on the Delta.

                There were 2 NPPs in Northern Ca, however. They were shut down a couple of decades ago.

            • Bobby1

              HoTaters, I grew up in the Chicago area too (south suburbs). It's the worst place in the country in terms of the number of nuclear power plants. They also received more radiation from the bomb tests than areas farther east.

              I have realized, found out since just before Fuku happened, that it is sensitivity to chemicals, metals and radiation that cause the day-to-day symptoms of these immune diseases. There is no cure, but we can avoid symptoms to a large extent, by not eating, drinking and breathing contaminated stuff. It is the symptoms that are disabling.

          • Bobby1,
            Been spending time outside this week, it is affecting me physically as it did last spring and early summer !

          • moonshellblue moonshellblue

            Bobby1 just wondering what autoimmune disease you have is it MS by any chance. I certainly understand your privacy but I use to communicate with a man named Bob on the MS newsgroup over 20 years ago an thought perhaps it was you but what are the chances. Take good care and no worries.

            • Bobby1

              moonshellblue, no not MS, but rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, chronic fatigue, and also fibromyalgia symptoms. FM is the worst.

    • hbjon hbjon

      In my mind, the key word is Uranium. Could this spell the end for North Korea? Just speculation on my part.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      xdrfox, We see all your comments. It has to be something at your end, and not this site.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        I see what you are saying. That happened to me when I was under moderation. My comments were in the blog section, but not on the right hand side where the "latest comments" were listed.

        • anne,
          under moderation, WHY ???
          Don't think its on my end, nothing has changed here !

          Sorry if you don't get this live !
          Anyone wanting to see my post will have to go lQQKING for them, is this happening to someone else here ???

          • sworldpeas

            It's why I stopped posting Dr. My comments suddenly stopped showing up I thought it was admin taking them down so I quit posting.

            • sworldpeas,
              Certainly gets one a little suspicious knowing the forces we are dealing with and when someone becomes censored to any degree, someone doesn't want that person heard or thoughts or their news snuffled !

              We know who is really in charge and it's not good for anyone !

        • anne,
          Look to the rright @ recent comments, Not the boards dear !

        • All. They are showing up now, comments to the right !
          All smiley's here !

          : ) : ) : ) : )

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    fuck wyden – fuck them all!! FI'm sick of every last one of them. sick to death. SILENT for so damn long about Japan!! Now THIS?!?!

    • Buffalojam

      The child is ranting again. Someone give her her bottle.

      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        Whoopie has been an essential anti-nuke activist and I wish I had an ounce of her energy thus if it helps her to rant then so be it. I believe we all need to treat each other with kindness and respect, if it helps you, Buffalojam to call her a ranting child, so be it but I for one respect Whoopie and all she has contributed. JMHO

      • NoNukes NoNukes

        Whoopie, honestly, you are clearly doing something right! I bet that your new facebook action is effective, you go girl!

      • StillJill StillJill

        Well,…you really 'jammed' yourself!

        Enjoy your paycheck–Oh, BTW,…you're DEAD!

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    The gov says no toxins… It is a burning chemical plant, of course there are toxins.

    • CB CB

      White smoke = Ash
      Black smoke = Chemicals
      3,379 containers of nuclear waste on site. If it is a waste site, can this be an inaccurate number with the recent events released?
      This maybe a dumping ground for the nuclear clean up from the 14 reactors in considerably severe condition.

    • many moons

      Don't all fires liberate toxins? It's a chemical plant…the chemicals can blow up or burn and that's not a health risk?

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Yes, is that the understatement lie of the year or what?

      Repeat this mantra after me, "There is nothing toxic. Levels are are very low and will not have harmful effects. There is nothing to worry about."

      Yada, yada, yada.

  • stopnp stopnp

    Good lord. Am I in a horror movie where people are trying to kill me and everything I care about? Geez.

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    Well, I am going out to watch the meteor shower. Hope I don't breathe too many bad fumes. see ya'll tomorrow.

  • Bobby1

    The earthquake caused a release of depleted uranium in Chiba… here we go again. Funny how how this radioactive waste has a will of its own.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    One last check of Front HP page. OMG AGAIN
    More Than 50 Institutions (WTF?) Nationwide Given Permission To Operate Drones IN USA. kill me now! muther fuckers. night.

  • CB CB

    Fallout patterns ~
    Japan Weather
    Fukushima Fallout Forecast ~ http://ggtms.com/you9.cgi?youtubeid=gELpXbIbtPc&type=3
    GOES Weather Pattern Across Pacific ~
    Hopefully RadChick will give us an update soon.
    Refer to Whoopies post above at 10:38 pm for location of complex.

  • snowwy snowwy

    Hello fellow red pill takers,

    please remember that depleted uranium is used in several ways, one of which is to provide a shield for industrial radiography cameras, in which the uranium gets enclosed in a plastic mantle as far as i know.

    There is a good chance that this depleted uranium was used for civil purposes and not in order to create ammunition. The fact that it is located near Hiroshima is a little unfortunate or lucky, I should say because any effects on the population due to any type of leakage would be statistically absorbed by the elevated background radiation in that region. The truth is somewhere out there, lets not lose grip on reality just because we read horrible news every single day.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Thank you. The general sense of hysteria has been getting to me.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        That being said, when I was 19 years old there was an earthquake where I was living, during the middle of the night. In my panic and hysteria, I tried to run out the front door of my house. Between me and the door was a large packing trunk. I was running so fast I tripped over the packing trunk and took a flying leap through the air. My shins were badly bruised, and I could easily have broken my legs, or worse.

        I made a promise to myself that night NEVER again to panic like that. it's just not worth it, and IMHO it can be very harmful to your health and well being!

        So that's where I'm coming from when I tell people I think they ought to calm down and think things through.

        Panic? Hysteria? Been there! Done that!

        Who knows, had the earthquake been a bad one and I'd broken my legs, maybe I'd have died before ever reaching the front door. 'Just saying!

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter


  • Jebus Jebus

    Chemical plant blast kills one worker

    Explosions at a chemical plant in western Japan on Sunday killed one worker and injured 16, including nearby residents.

    The blasts occurred at Mitsui Chemicals' Iwakuni-Ohtake facility, which straddles areas in Yamaguchi and Hiroshima prefectures.

    The first explosion hit an adhesive plant shortly after 2 AM. A 22-year-old worker was killed and 11 others were injured.

    The blast broke windows of over 100 buildings, including nearby houses. The hands and heads of 5 people were cut by broken glass.

    The second blast occurred in the compound shortly after 8 AM, but no one was injured.

    Mitsui Chemicals says the explosions occurred while the operation of all plants was halted after trouble at another plant on Saturday night.

    Fire fighters are continuing their activities at the plant.

    Sunday, April 22, 2012 11:00 +0900 (JST)


  • lam335 lam335

    Why would you store radioactive waste at a petrochemical complex?

    On the other hand, why would you store it on top of a nuclear reactor, outside of the containment?

    Let's take the most dangerous, toxic materials that we have, and put them in places prone to blowing up… Brilliant…

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    I know this is a nuclear site but, an inventory of what is stored at this chemical site is important. Different chemicals react with others in multiple ways. clorine and ammonia combine to a gas that kills. The smoke from this may have more immediate effects, if the wrong chemicals are mixed together…This could potentially kill more people in the short term than the radiation.

    We need to find what chemicals were involved in the fire.

  • harengus_acidophilus

    Maybe… this "accident" is part of some greater picture.
    Now, there ist a lack of "petrochemical capacity" which leads to a lack of energy in Japan and THEY will take this as an argument to restart NPPs.
    "We are so sorry, but…"


    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      No, don't think so.
      Are you suggesting they triggered those explosions on purpose, killed a worker, caused millions in damage, to back up their claim that we can't live without nukes?
      Come on. There's not always a conspiracy involved.


      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Why just storage..maybe it was a munitions factory?
        And… the workers will return to Yamaguchi Industrial area and resume work and start clean up..NO toxic materials released..all is well….although the area is bathed in DU.

      • NoNukes NoNukes

        Can I say that I don't like these "cute" dates?

        Japan: 11/3/11, 12/4/21

        Lots of the world: 3/11/11, 21/4/12

        U.S. 3/11/11, 4/21/12

  • brainheart

    Generally ENENEWS is ahead of the curve and is proven to have reported information correctly when officials begin to release information months later.

    Who initially reported that 3,379 containers of nuclear waste was onsite and who is reporting the depleted uranium?

    The health impact would be very bad. I have tried unsuccessfully to locate any updates. It sounds like another evacuation of the immediate local area would be in order. I can't find anything other than a consistent report without any mention of nuclear waste or uranium. It seems to be a new standard operating procedure to stand down on procedures to protect local populations.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi brainheart,
      "Who initially reported that 3,379 containers of nuclear waste was onsite and who is reporting the depleted uranium?"

      I think it was fukushima-diary.com who reported first about the incident.

  • cardi77u

    this is a big deal, why is there so little online about this!

  • big deal, another reactor melted down, usual ;}

  • richard richard

    Explosion at Yamaguchi Chemical factory


    This guy does an english translation over the japanese tv report.

    For the non-japanese speakers around.

  • richard richard

    I zoomed into the google map reference whoopie provided earlier.

    Here's a close up pic ..


    Because I've been taking a closer look at the layout of the reactors of fukushima, i felt that the building to the north-east of the tower looks like a reactor container. It doesn't have the same power generators externally like fuku has – but it sure has a loading dock and a secure, large windowless building next to a tower – and lots/heaps of plumbing and ducting.

    Just my thoughts, nothing to confirm it.

  • goathead goathead

    F**K! Sabotage anyone???

    • goathead,
      The gamut is open here, even Manchurian candidates !
      One thin is NOTHING the Japanese Gov, can say should Ever Be Believed, they have lost all credibility throughout the world !

  • This video shows obvious massive explosions taking place.
    The only thing they have no announced yet is the per usual
    'no danger to the general public'..

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    ex-skf Morning of April 22, Depleted Uranium Containers Safe
    UPDATE: FNN News says there are about 3,400 containers of depleted uranium at the plant, but according to Mitsui Chemical there is no damage to the containers.
    NHK has a fixed camera nearby (5 kilometers from the plant). The second explosion took place at 8AM on April 22.

    You can go to NHK to view the video clip.
    ex-skf http://ex-skf.blogspot.fr/2012/04/update-on-petrochemical-complex-fire.html

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Milkytheclown also covered it overnight DEPLETED URANIUM EXPLOSION? #fukushima Iraq WTF update 4/21/12: http://youtu.be/hkVoq1bU4Pk via @youtube

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Morning Whoops, video wouldn't open for me…I don't think there was an explosion of DU at night. People maybe get a bit over the top? In the video description it links the explosion at a petrochemical facility in Japan to Iraq? Huh?
        We all complain that MSM isn't trustworthy, but every dumbass can post no matter what on youtube and people jump on the wagon…I'll never get it.


      • Good one, hear her talking and see her tinker with her equipment !

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    "They were trying to stop the plant because of some problems but they couldn't. Explosions are still on-going, and the firefighters cannot come near the plant." (From the updated EXSKF story).

    In trying to find an appropriate balance between "over the top" and "business as usual", I keep coming back to that kind of item – suggestions that other plants had been shut down because of unspecified problems (unspecified!) and the stated inability to shut this one down.

    The story says the plant makes resorcin (resorcinol), defined online as "A white crystalline compound, C6H4(OH)2, used to treat certain skin diseases and in dyes, resin adhesives, and pharmaceuticals."

    Whoopie's link would suggest the plant makes a huge number of different things. We can probably figure out the details by exploring the company site:


    Anyway, for me a glaring unanswered question is "what happened to make them want to shut several plants down before this one blew?"

  • Witch way is the winds blowing ???
    Will be here in a few days folks !
    Stay out of the rain,
    may be a good time to stay indoors for a week !

  • MSNBC is showing one hell of an explosion over night, Think we all should duck and cover, the truth will come out a year or two from now ! Haven't we learned, meanwhile the big news is the Basil prostitute scandal !
    Wag the dog !

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    Mitsui Chemicals has put out a press release:


  • shiverca shiverca


    What's next????

    Good thing the weather looks chilly STAY INSIDE as much as possible in a few days FOLKS especially those on the west coast!

  • StillJill StillJill

    You know what,…..my finger just can't hit ,'forward' today!

    My 'friends' and 'family' have totally dropped me again,….so FUKU them getting a new warning!

    Here's their warning from me,…from now on. You're all deadmen walking! Oh yeah,….have a nice day! 🙂

  • I post when The rense program is coming on related to Fuka or others, wonder if my comments to right were blocked because the rense show is = repetitive ?

    Before clicking 'Submit Comment', please make sure it's: 1) On-Topic; 2) Relevant; 3) ""Not repetitive;""

    My cookie restricted ?

  • StillJill StillJill

    O.K.,,,,if no toxins escaped,….what the hell blew up?

    • StillJill,
      Baby Girl, These people will not admit to anything, They would love to convince people they didn't see what they saw !
      It's all poison and there will be negative affects far and wide !

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Wow, you all have been busy this morning! I just got up and there are already 126 comments here.

    Isn't it amazing they will tell you DU can burn and there won't be any radiation released or harmful effects?


  • HoTaters HoTaters

    And this one!

    June 30 meeting revealed depleted uranium storage facility burned after quake — Contained 1,800 lbs. of DU

    (Link above at previous, related stories, top of page).

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Mitsui — isnt' the same kairetsu to which Tepco belongs? Mitsui bank and affiliated companies.

  • patb2009

    Of coruse there appears to be no radiation release, we can't see it above the releases from Fukushima.

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    The Japanese government has lost all credibility. A chemical plant explodes and burns, and they say no release of toxins. Last week they told food retailers not to use better radioactive standards than the government has determined to be safe. They hold beauty contests of girls who only ate Fukushima food. They try to restart reactors. All this in just the last two weeks

    • Anthony Anthony

      Japan is really lost.

      There is a reason these situations keep happening there.

    • Sharp2197,
      Agree, very worthless and not helping the situation only keep harming the people, Gov and Tepco have no integrity, do they have ways to IMPEACH the Gov. official's there ??

  • Dear folks worldwide:
    Understand the gigantic nuke explosion magnitude surge waves at work through the crust of the earth because of the sudden surges in water demand by various needs of modern civilization. Read the horror terror nuclear by demoniac dams always at work at:
    Its the chemical complex exploding this time. Next it may be a nuke somewhere fortuitiously located on the globe agine a la Fuku.
    Be forewarned.
    There is no pure reason for the non harmonised
    Nor for the non harmonised is there an appreciation of truth
    And for such there is no peace
    And for the unpeaceful how can there be happiness?

  • sunpower

    I'm not sure what kind of product they are talking about at this chemical plant. If it was solid metal DU, that can catch fire at under four hundred degrees F in air then burn at 4000F. DU ignited by a rocket (so they said) cooked off the whole arsenal at Camp Falcon, Iraq, awhile back. It is hard to say if a DU fire is what we are seeing in the third picture above, with a few hot sparks escaping which could be the signature of DU explosions. Where there is fire there is smoke or the uranium oxides. Formed at high temps the smoke off of DU metal burning may be ceramic bubbles as small as a virus and able to float around the world. The Aldermaston UK lab detected US DU from Shock and Awe and Tora Bora bombings, nine days later at four times background.
    Perhaps relevent to this fire would be the story of the DU munitions plant in Colonie, NY, which used to burn its uranium mill scraps in an incinerator, and contaminated quite a large area around Albany NY, from their smokestack. A GE lab 25 miles away normally upwind, detected it. DU soot is inhalable alpha hot coal type radiation. Gulf War Syndrome is the outcome of inhalation exposure.
    So far this whole week in Hawaii, our Gammascout with the alpha setting open has been staying in a normal range around background. I have not seen any really high counts in Hawaii since 3/11 either. Nothing like the You Tubes from Japan and North America, for sure. Trace, not gross contamination, is due to…