Documentary: Photo captures moment containment vessel destroyed at Fukushima — Workers: White steam is coming out of reactor! Radiation spiking in central Tokyo! — US Nuclear Official: “Fukushima was nuclear power’s finest hour… everything worked as engineered” (VIDEO)

Published: October 3rd, 2014 at 7:46 pm ET
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Meltdown: Analyzing the Radiation Leaks, NHK Documentary (2014):

  • 4:15 – Many issues remain unexplained… What exactly was going on inside Reactor 2? The truth about the massive leak of radioactive materials is becoming clearer.
  • 7:15 – Once the nuclear reactor’s core begins to meltdown, the resulting heat causes pressure inside to surge. This can destroy the outer container in no time. Venting the steam lowers the internal pressure… The vent at Reactor 2 didn’t work at all.
  • 15:00 – The reactor continued to deteriorate… pressure [increased] in the containment vessel.
  • 15:30Plant HQ: “Water level is below active fuel. In 2 hours fuel could melt completely. 2 hours after that the reactor could break. The situation is critical.”
  • 16:15 – Workers went back to the reactor [and] found conditions there had drastically changed.
  • 16:30Workers at Unit 2: “(Scream) Retreat! Retreat!”
  • 16:45 – The radiation reading was so high, a person’s exposure would reach tens of millisieverts in seconds. It was impossible to do any more work inside.
  • 17:30Masatoshi Fukura, Fukushima manager: “To vent the reactor we had to open a valve soon… workers were trying to do it, but no one could get near Reactor 2 anymore, let alone reach the valve inside.”
  • 18:00 – Right around [this] time, massive amounts of radioactive substances were beginning to be released. The situation was going from bad to worse. The containment vessel would not be able to withstand the pressure [and] was on the verge of releasing massive amounts of radioactive substances. Then at 8:45p – HQ: “Steam is coming from Reactor 2! Workers are retreating! Near  main gate, it’s 11,930 microsieverts!”
  • 25:45 – This was the highest radiation recorded on the plants premises. — HQ: “Even central Tokyo there’s twice as much radiation as normal! In Tokyo?”
  • 26:15 – This photograph captures white steam of Reactor 2, it was taken at the moment the containment vessel broke and released huge amounts of radioactive materials. Attempts to vent the containment vessel had failed. As a result, the final barrier for keeping radioactive substances sealed in broke down.
  • 26:45Plant Operator: “We were trying to do our best of course, but the situation just kept getting worse and worse. That’s how it became such a major accident. There were so many things we wanted to do but couldn’t do any of them, we felt powerless.”

Yakima Herald, Oct. 3, 2014: Alan Waltar [said] on Thursday… “Fukushima was nuclear power’s finest hour… There was a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the reactor survived. Everything worked as engineered.”… [He’s] past president of the American Nuclear Society… served as director of nuclear energy at PNNL… and currently serves as a [gov’t] consultant.

Watch the broadcast here

Published: October 3rd, 2014 at 7:46 pm ET
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