Fox News: Breaking… “New fuel leaks have been discovered” at Fukushima — “Experts believe melted fuel is leaking” — Radiation levels could be over 5,000 sieverts — “Wow, this is a crazy story”… it only continues to get worse (VIDEO)

Published: February 8th, 2017 at 6:46 pm ET
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Fox News, Feb 8, 2017 (emphasis added): Adam Housley, who reported from the area in 2011 following the catastrophic triple-meltdown, said this morning that new fuel leaks have been discovered… He said that critics, including the U.S. military in 2011, have long questioned whether Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and officials have been providing accurate information on the severity of the radiation… He added that critics are now questioning whether the radiation has been this severe all along.

Fox News video transcript excerpts, Feb 8, 2017: “Experts believe melted fuel is leaking inside the plant almost daily… No one knew [in 2011] of the growing threat which today only continues to get worseWow, this is a crazy story… What some people are saying is, ‘ Has it been this bad since the beginning?'”

Washington Post, Feb 8, 2017: Could the radiation level be even higher? Possibly. The 530 sievert reading was recorded some distance from the melted fuel, so in reality it could be 10 times higher than recorded, said Hideyuki Ban, co-director of Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center.

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360 comments to Fox News: Breaking… “New fuel leaks have been discovered” at Fukushima — “Experts believe melted fuel is leaking” — Radiation levels could be over 5,000 sieverts — “Wow, this is a crazy story”… it only continues to get worse (VIDEO)

  • Sol Man

    Higher exposure numbers
    means less time
    to live.

  • GOM GOM

    State of Fukushima nuclear fuel debris tracked by Cs137 in cooling water

    "It is concluded that radionuclide analyses in cooling water allow tracking of the conditions of the damaged fuel and the associated risks".

    Includes image of R1-R3 contaminated water collection/ ground water

    Abstract

    http://pubs.rsc.org/-/content/articlelanding/2014/em/c4em00103f

    Note: PDF available

  • GOM GOM

    The study showed that an in-vessel core catcher would significantly reduce thermal loads and attack from the relocated core materials. An ex-vessel core catcher is used in the EPR, which uses dry-type containment. The EPR has an ex-vessel core catcher inside the containment to avoid an attack of the molten corium on the containment basemat.

    UNLESS the whole friggin plant was destroyed..

    • razzz razzz

      The new improved design is like a pancake effect. Direct a melted core onto a concrete ramp with room enough to thin out and spread rather than collect into a large blob of heated material.

      The reason three(?) of the GE Mark I engineer/designers quit early when the Mark I was still on the drawing board is because there was no obvious answer for hydrogen production caused by zirconium-water reactions during a meltdown. The then pending containment design could not hold the amount of off-gassing expect during a meltdown. GE's answer: Build it anyway. It was a known flaw of the Mark I design and most other containment designs that resulted in Daiichi's demise.

      Years later after acknowledging the flaw, the 'fix' was to install a harden vent (really strong and stout plumbing) to vent any overpressure directly outside to the surrounding atmosphere. Sacrifice the environment by radioactively poisoning it but in turn saving the reactor core by avoiding an explosion. Or, at least that is the thinking for a harden vent 'fix'. A 'fix', cheaper than abandoning a flawed design or building a newer style reactor design from the ground up.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        The new system also assume continued access to the electrical grid and the lower levels of the reactor are undamaged.
        It better work ..because it also cause will cause fuel compaction.
        Bit of a problem in 2.

        Pg. 17

        https://www.iaea.org/NuclearPower/Downloadable/Meetings/2012/2012-03-19-03-23-TM-NPTD/12_TM-Safety-Dresden_Germany_Maschek-Rineiski.pdf

      • nedlifromvermont

        Hey Razz … Not quite right …

        Google "GE Three" … Hubbard, Minor and Bridenbaugh quit GE on Groundhog Day 1976 … long after many of the silly, stupid, failed Mark Ones became operational including Pilrim, Vermont Yankee, Oyster Creek and Fukushima One, Two and Three … and many more.

        They were concerned that during the six day war in 1973 between Egypt and Israel their GE bosses were unconcerned that reactors were being hawked to both sides in a hot shooting war …. with the implications for State sponsored nuclear terrorism as in "bomb the other guy's nukes" …

        Same problem we face in Ukraine with fifteen operating reactors and US repubnofascist crazies like McCain advocating war against Russia …

        How do we get to a Shut them all down strategy without the Russians?

        And with silly old England insisting on nuclear new build despite everyone going bankrupt who hasn't left this industry (vis. EdF, Areva, Westinghouse, Toshiba … GE's stock has flat-lined since 3/11 …)

        Someone should tweet at the Donald "Does The Donald know that Barron, your own son, has plutonium in his testicles thanks to GE's flawed and failed technology insisted upon?"

        Maybe he can wrap his "really good brain" around that one and draw the inevitable conclusion:

        Shut all uses of poisonous uranium down now and forever. United States Navy has the expertise and manpower to shutter this unneeded industry post-haste, worldwide.

        Do it now.

        Nedli out.

  • GOM GOM

    TEPCO BELIEVE OR NOT. PAGE 2. ( of 6 )

    Images extracted from a video posted 8 May 2011 by TEPCO entitled “Status of the spent fuel pool of unit 4 of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.” These images, obtained by an underwater robotic camera, show used fuel assemblies and debris in the pool.

    Nuclear Fuel in a Reactor Acciden

    http://web.mit.edu/mission/www/m2018/pdfs/japan/reactor_accident.pdf

  • GOM GOM

    Reconstruction of the Radiation Emergency Medical System From the Acute to the Sub-acute Phases After the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Crisis and:
    Location of nuclear power plants and Radiation Emergency Hospitals in Fukushima

    The radiation emergency medical system in Japan ceased to function as a result of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which has commonly become known as the “Fukushima Accident.” In this paper, we review the reconstruction processes of the radiation emergency medical system in order of events"

    Japan Medical Association [JMAJ]

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4130083/

  • GOM GOM

    ケーキを食べればいいじゃありません
    Kēki o tabereba ī jaarimasen – {let them eat cake}

    Meanwhile…
    Tepco and Mitsubishi plan to build and operate two new 500 MWe coal-burning power plants near Fukushima Daiichi at Hirono Town and Iwaki City. This will partly compensate for the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi units. The investment is expected to be JPY 300 billion ($3 billion). The plants will be state-of-the-art integrated combined gasification cycle with less atmospheric pollution than the coal plants now operating in Japan. The companies planned to apply for a government subsidy ( i.e. 'The People' ) to help defray costs. (Mainichi 23/11/13)

    • DUDe DUDe

      And another thing our leaders and industry need to understand ASAP..we dont need to increase our energy capability so aggressive anymore..since our population is going to COLLAPSE..i bet they use predictions from 20 years ago or something when asking for permits to build another fossil or nuclear extermination contributor..
      Professional genocidal addicted like hell scammers all of them..and the nerve to go to war on renewables..

  • AirSepTech AirSepTech

    I have to admit, it does look like 'pellets' but I am 1/2 blind(cats)

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/31/possible-nuclear-fuel-find-fukushima-plant

    Comment from FaceFook page:

    Kevin Balch 'If these are the pellets, it doesn't look like there was significant melting as they are not a congealed mass. Looks like the zirconium cladding did melt and left the pellets in a linear array.'
    'Studied Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute'

    Lots of questions.

    But to what point, radioactive poison pours into the ocean unabated.
    6 years. 🙁

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Pellets? Unless the grate has very small holes, I dont make out any size appropriate pellets. It looks to me like the entire place was sprayed with black stucco and covered in slime. Considering there was an explosion, its fair to theorize the splatter is exploded melted fuel. I once had a pressure cooker with beans in it blow its top. The resulting release spread bean paste uniformly on the walls and ceiling. Large radiation readings indicate fuel stuck to the walls. My take; the fuel melted, melted right through the grate, fell below, made contact with water…some kind of torus reaction…a steam explosion ensued which aerosolized a great amount of fuel which splattered everywhere. No melt through for this unit. Meanwhile, gaskets and ports were exploded. A large amount of water seeps in to the water table equilibrium and radioactive water seeps out with variations in hydrostatic pressure as they add more water

    • razzz razzz

      How this test? Run and park a robot over suspected lone pellet debris and if the robot succumbs to radiation and ceases to function within 60 seconds, conclude it is a fuel pellet that escaped its zirconium tube enclosure.

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      Now, now, remain calm.
      Look at the lower left of the pic, about 1/8th of the total pic.

      Looks like pellets. Then look at the rest of the pic.

      I'm looking at this with my good eye. Your results may vary. 😆

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        pellets are 1/2 inch in diameter. Somehow I visualize the grate to have holes at least an inch or more. careful your cat doesnt take out your other eye AST. Must be a rough kitty

        • AirSepTech AirSepTech

          Interesting. I am used to looking at a lot of grate, all sizes
          Looking at it turned 90degress.

          I was thinking about 4×6", maybe 3×6" fits better, the 'slats' so to speak 1.5-2" wide.
          Not a walking grate, more a platform to lay a solid surface down if needed.

          Now if it is 1×4" walking type stuff, I'm just 😆 at myself
          To bad there is not scale to it all.

          I do wonder what the 'nuke dude' was thinking. I don't trust them much, but sometimes they slip and tell the truth. Sometimes

          We will see more pics, they say 35 more years to go. Right. 🙁

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      What looks to you like pellets looks to me like spots caused by gamma.

      (2nd opinion FWIW.)

    • Silverlok Silverlok

      Slightly off topic but interesting: most of these plants do not monitor ground or neutral electrical lines for voltage (perhaps I should say charge) changes (in application, a process very similar to the the GFI 'monitoring' that house hold circuits do in the kitchen and bath). If a coil winding in one of the generators/motors or ground or neutral line begins induction ( or other wise ) leaking, critical failure ( arcing/fire ) could occur explosively before any warning light show on the control board…

      Interestingly, this may be caused by a design flaw OR radiation leak.

      In residential old structures, that have electricity, the 'neutral' ( not ground rod; ) wire will 'unscrew' (loosen)due to slight frequency mismatches in the A/C phase pulses that 'vibrate'. This creates an, "floating ( or at high 'power' levels) partially" or fully Floating Ground situation.
      This is not a function of age but of amplitude over time. Nukers produce a lot of amplitude in a short span of time…so, it could be a simple engineering fault by not having a 'finger on the pulse of potential floating ground' , or it could be a radiation leak ( probably from illegal venting ) creating vapor induction electrical oscillation in an 'unusual' ionized environment catalyzing harmonic electrical resonance ( failure in this case ).
      Ever wonder why multi-engine aircraft have independent throttles front and center in a pilots grasp?

  • The bad winds. Tg

    Here in the pacific northwest… Nature observations.

    Roughly an hour ago birds chirped heavily. It was surrealism and caustic. As a rare 5.0 eq struck the west antartic fault line. http://earthquaketrack.com/quakes/2017-02-09-19-04-38-utc-1-8-95

    Now winds have spuked exponensially. Likely a factor of massive oceanic tidal waves brewing in the south pacific. Our rare coronal hole 58 passed recently. The ghost of ch52 from last weeks updated 7.8 in indonesia. Likely the ch58 group will harbor more severe quakes in the next 48 hours. As solar winds are now calming to 420 km/s. (no pun intended).

    Something is bad in the winds. Something is bad for the world. While my own doom and gloom is rampant for their significant reasons. This is a dire warning to those of the collective conscious that these events have taken place. I fear an upcoming quake of massive proportion will strike the west india mumbai ridge or west honshu straight in 48 hours time.
    Fair warning.

    I think I have been sick too long. Too much stress, and it is killing my body. Major tooth decay now. Nodule in my throat. My city wishes to expire me over my economy. Ridden to the criminal level due to my own incapacity to meet their continued demands.

    I dont know how much of this I can take guys.

    Prayers to you all and godbless you for keeping level through this. I wish you and your families well. The best for what its worth.
    Cheers
    Tacomagroove

    • Sorry, very ill today.

      Pray not for me- but, for peace and calm to india and japan.

      Pray for france, and pray for the world…

      Love you guys. Take care ❤
      Need rest and such…

      If stress were fuel id have made it to mars by now. Terrible dreams and regrets lately. Sigh…

      Not dead yet-.
      All my love…
      Tg

      • Sol Man

        Same, TG, I wish you well. I wish all of us well.

        • Ty @ sol and sadie…

          I really mean that. Enenews is the best family I'd ever had.

          I've faced too many dark days to count. Even with all the blessings and support, I find myself riddled by instability.

          Some people weren't equipped appropriately and their impositions were eternal. I an realizing that myself now.

          Much love to all you guys. Dude heart horse dr good heart code mungo sam johhnyblade gom ho tatera. Hotaters Air sept tech hippie dog vital1 razz anne theworldisalie occiferdave hillbillyhounddog chemfood. Obiwan jebus and beyond.

          Sorry were 20k strong these days and many faces pop in and out.

          But Ive truly missed you all. Id be here more often but I feel incapable of putting in the time as my life has been exponensially demanding these days…

          Dude (heard belgium nation power was down. Hopebyour warm and safe).

          Anyways. Very ill with a cold I wish / hope not be a flu.
          Stress of life is suffocating me and sometimes Id rather just finally surrender then keep attempting to fail at every level of lifes demands itself.
          Worried about my kids future. Even more worried about ny own and the stress is lasting and without end.

          Sorry if off tooic/ sharing too much.

          My saga should Technically be over. Its not. And I am beginning to realise that it may never give me peace in the end.
          Love all you guys. Fingers crossed…
          Ty too admin for putting up with me in the bad days.
          All my love…
          Tacomagroove

      • TG: Life is too long to live it with regrets.
        Convince yourself to smile, especially while writing (online), and while talking on the phone.
        I lived with a lot of regrets, which brought on terrible depression, and then someone gave me that hint; smile. Smile when you feel like you cannot go on. Laugh at yourself, even when alone, and then laugh again for lauging when alone.
        I think you will be shocked at how your attitude can help to change your physical woes. It won't eliminate problems, but certainly, laughing does help you to stand the pain/problems/limitations.
        And you can phone me whenever you like.
        I am listed. *in Austin, Texas, in case you don't know that.*

  • GOM GOM

    Code

    There are no reply buttons..

    Just not agreeing, you project me as antagonist to discredit valid scenario at FD,

    The plant is a total loss, no one is working there. And magically, sky high readings are contained inside.

    That's about it.

  • oldster

    The FOX segment was pretty pathetic in many ways but the one I watched showed a bit of one explosion at FD (wow- it exploded!) and the info-babe looked and sounded alarmed and the guy looked and sounded seriously concerned, so it had wide dramatic impact.

    'Turns out there's this big problem in Japan that we didn't know anything about, and there is some concern about the Pacific Ocean and our west coast….'

    As an adjunct to the widely reported and widely induced 'oh my gawd' moment regarding the ineptly reported surmised 530 sieverts/hr radiation readings, the FOX offering has ignited new interest in Fukushima and nuclear reactors and their demonstrated consequences.

    Now how this may work is this: Trump relies lots more on the Internet than on the CIA and other discredited members of the un-intelligence establishment and various alphabet agencies. He sees the FOX article, does some Internet sleuthing, discovers ENE news, CodeShutDown, and Dana Durnford, and the next time he checks in with Alex Jones, asks Alex, so what's with Fukushima?

    And Alex says: oh its bad. Real bad. By the way, I sell super iodine. And then a pertinent tweet from Trump, and the snowflakes have another meltdown: 'Trump is diverting attention from carbon dioxide on behalf of Rex.'

    But Trump is not diverted, He springs into action, and issues a desperate hail mary of an executive order: (to be continued)

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      maybe Trump will build a wall around Fukushima and make TEPCO pay for it.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Now there is a great idea.

        • DUDe DUDe

          Yes indeed , they should built multiple rings of walls around it..miles and miles around it too shield the ocean from the hot water..divert the underground river and loop the cooling water over the cores again and again..when it becomes too hot..release it in too the ocean to be trapped by the first wall..rinse and repeat..then release again between the first and second wall..rinse and repeat..

          It would still be better then just letting it flow freely in to the ocean..could buy us many years..

          • DUDe DUDe

            And the ocean floor should be shielded with a thick layer of concrete..

            • Jebus Jebus

              They can build a pipeline from Canada to the Gulf and pump thick coal tar oil thousands of miles but they can't do anything of the sort at Fukushima because everything that lethal pollution touches becomes so much more nuclear waste.

              So they let it go…

              • DUDe DUDe

                Yes those walls would not be to have a walk with the family upon..but the numbers of walls that could be build surrounding the previous ones..is basically unlimited in principal..and maybe the speed at wich the ocean floor goes to so deep it would take centuries to pour concrete before a wall emerge above the waves..but then again..that might still be exactly what needs to be done as part of the bigger plan humanity answers Fukushima with..wassent it said at least 250.000 years this manmade/warprofiteersmade monster withing the living egg Earth will be actively releasing its venom..the most deadly venom in the Universe known to man..the most scary WMD it could create but not control so far..

                And once the second bassin is saturated with radiation..you dont need the first wall anymore perse..so it can detoriate if it likes..

              • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                And in a drought they can't seem to be able to do the exact same thing with fresh water.

                • Jebus Jebus

                  Ya, they use the oil to make little plastic bottles and fill them with "water" to put them on a truck/train/plane/ which uses oil, to send them to you so that everyone can send the little bottles, to the ditch/park/landfill/sea, probably using oil, because we nead to make more little plastic bottles to ship more "water" so that we can make more little plastic bottles.

                  Jobs…

                  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                    A lost world..

                    • DUDe DUDe

                      And those that makes the most profit from those plastic bottles..thanks to the "no ceiling on profit capitalisme" global policy..evolve in to so deseased psychopath's by their own obscene richness (power corrupt , absolute power corrupts absolutely ) they start wondering out loud without shame if we really should consider access to drinking water for all..a human right..

                      Aka questioning if a line where the industry should back off from monopolizing it all for their own profit..should exist at all..Nestle for example comes to mind..lost world indeed..

                • DUDe DUDe

                  "..And in a drought they can't seem to be able to do the exact same thing with fresh water.."

                  Can you paint it for me what you mean obe ? I'm stuck at Fuku right now 🙂

  • Real or false?

    http://www.foxnews.com/search-results/search?q=fukushima

    Those that know, know already, It ain't CO2 fake global warming crap, it's heavy metal poisoning, poisoning the world from these few locations…

    Film (no film in this case) at 11…

    https://youtu.be/GeyjKrjoDTM

    Pay attention for our future generations, or don't…

    https://youtu.be/lvQHOvSCimY

  • Just commenting in these forums keeps this information in a closed loop.

    Get the message out there on how serious the Fukushima nuclear disaster is
    quickly, and efficiently. You don’t need to explain anything just distribute the
    lifesaver.pdf or create your own, hand it out, mailbox it, Facebook it, Twitter
    it, or email it. Think outside the box, put it on public notice boards, hand it
    out to people, or put it into letter boxes when you go for a walk.

    The more people we educate the sooner change will happen.

    http://technologypals.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/lifesaver.pdf

    Or use these resources Chemfood has provided. All you need is a printer, scissors,
    some thumb tacks and … viola! We all are info dispersers as well! Put them on
    notice boards everywhere in the community. Get your local church or community
    organization to help.

    http://enenews.com/forum-best-practices-combating-effects-radiation/comment-page
    -13#comment-478924

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Well, before trying to get some sleep..
    I mused on the history of fluctuating/ increasing temperatures regarding Unit 2.
    Broken thermometers, etc.

    https://www.bing.com/search?q=unit+2+fukushima+temperature+rise&first=11&FORM=PERE

    I mused on the liquefaction of the uranium core.

    Physicist: Unit 2 completely liquified, 100% liquification of uranium core — “We’ve never seen this before in the history of nuclear power” (VIDEO
    May 14 2012

    http://enenews.com/physicist-unit-2-completely-liquified-100-liquification-of-uranium-core-weve-never-seen-this-before-in-the-history-of-nuclear-power-video

    And temperature irregularities..

    Kyodo: Robot data reveals hole in Unit 2 suspected to be almost 10 square cm; Highly radioactive water draining out bottom of containment vessel — Tepco model shows molten fuel barely underwater — Temperature irregulaties started earlier this month (GRAPHIC)

    http://enenews.com/kyodo-robot-data-reveals-hole-in-unit-2-suspected-to-be-almost-10-square-cm-highly-radioactive-water-draining-out-bottom-of-containment-vessel-temperature-irregulaties-began-earlier-this-month

    The aerosolized emissions..

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2015/12/phototepco-admitted-reactor2-3-directly-released-radioactive-material-to-the-air-by-3-15-11100svh-in-pcv/

    Nancy Foust..suspecting manipulation of the numbers..

    Unit 2 Back Above 70 Degrees, TEPCO Manipulating Data

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=4865

  • Isthmus

    A few days ago, left Grass Valley, Ca. Had just seen continuous spraying in the sky's showing a grid pattern, four days in a row. Got to the coast at Eureka (Northern Cal.) heading home to Coos Bay, Or. Stopped at several beaches beaches to take a reading with my Inspector GC. Previously this winter every time I went to check for a Radiation reading on the beaches as the wave would wash up I would put the GC down close to the water and sand as the wave would recede, I always got substantial increase above background CPM's. Now I was surprised to see no increase at all, then I occured to me seeing the ocean brownish for what looked like at least a mile, and as I traveled North, the ocean turned pale green. There had been such heavy rains, and I saw all the rivers flowing heavy amounts of rain water into the ocean,the fresh water in the ocean was so massive that temporarily the constant radiation in the ocean had been pushed out to sea some disrance. I will check to see when the Rad's on the beach are back.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Date for this link:

    Kyodo: Robot data reveals hole in Unit 2 suspected to be almost 10 square cm; Highly radioactive water draining out bottom of containment vessel — Tepco model shows molten fuel barely underwater — Temperature irregulaties started earlier this month (GRAPHIC)
    Jan 30 2014

    http://enenews.com/kyodo-robot-data-reveals-hole-in-unit-2-suspected-to-be-almost-10-square-cm-highly-radioactive-water-draining-out-bottom-of-containment-vessel-temperature-irregulaties-began-earlier-this-month

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    No ALTM. Maybe she took the advice of local law enforcement?

  • Jebus Jebus

    A number in sieverts. A singular product of fission. Counting multiple sources. Adding parts…

    Influence of corium oxidation on fission product release from molten pool

    https://inis.iaea.org/search/search.aspx?orig_q=RN:43084140

    Influence of corium oxidation on fission product release from molten pool

    Qualitative and quantitative determination of the release of low-volatile fission products and core materials from molten oxidic corium was investigated in the EVAN project under the auspices of ISTC. The experiments carried out in a cold crucible with induction heating and RASPLAV test facility are described. The results are discussed in terms of reactor application; in particular, pool configuration, melt oxidation kinetics, critical influence of melt surface temperature and oxidation index on the fission product release rate, aerosol particle composition and size distribution. The relevance of measured high release of Sr from the molten pool for the reactor application is highlighted. Comparisons of the experimental data with those from the COLIMA CA-U3 test and the VERCORS tests, as well as with predictions from IVTANTHERMO and GEMINI/NUCLEA codes are made. Recommendations for further investigations are proposed following the major observations and discussions.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0029549310000324

    "measured high release of Sr from the molten pool"

  • Danel Riqar Danel Riqar

    Short of the Messiah's return, there's only one realistic way to solve this problem. Detonate a very high yield H-bomb underneath the power plant at a depth that'll create a huge and deep underground glass-lined cavern, but leave the surface intact. Then detonate more bombs at lesser incremental depths so as to cause the whole area to eventually collapse into the cavern like a giant sinkhole. Ocean water will immediately flood the sinkhole and stabilize the radioactive cores. Then just fill the sinkhole with sand, dirt, etc. Of course it needs to be deep enough to go significantly below the ocean floor, as in thousands of meters deep.

    Some people will think the radioactivity from the detonations would be extreme, but that's not the case. While the actual amount of fissionable material consumed in a detonation is only a small percentage of the total, the radioactivity released is also very low. Tepco has already released a far greater amount of radioactivity into the environment than probably the entire Nevada testing grounds received in the 20+ years of US government bomb testing. 

    Maybe with cooperation of some of the developed nations, it may only take a couple years to fill the hole with dirt, but a whole lot less time than the 4 decades currently projected to dismantle Tepco and clean up the area. And the cost…….?  Certainly much less. The human body count? Definitely very low.

    That whole Tepco plant and the surrounding area is already toast anyway…

  • Danel Riqar Danel Riqar

    That whole Tepco plant and the surrounding area is already toast anyway. Where are they going to put it all that's safe? Not possible to store it anywhere safely except in a manner as described above. This is by far the cheapest, safest, simplest, and fastest solution. Personally, I'm just boggled that it hasn't been done already.

  • razzz razzz

    Temperature readings at least above ambient outside air would makes sense with all the melt decay activity going on.

    Some speculated that the fluctuations in shell temperatures was due to high and low tides covering and uncovering the melts since the basements of the Units are below sea level. But the pile driven wall in the harbor was supposed to have block tidal activity and prevent seawater from mixing around the melts. Of course aquifers would backup too during high tides.

    Who knows? Plus each of the three Units melted down differently esp. Unit 3.

    Here is some information on TEPCO's latest misadventure into Unit 2's shell.

    'Fukushima cleaning robot pulled from reactor after camera gets damaged by massive radiation levels inside tsunami disaster site'

    "…Even though the camera was designed to withstand 1,000 sieverts of cumulative exposure, Tepco said it believes it was affected by the high radiation.

    The plant's manager told Japan Times it estimated that the radiation in the primary containment vessel was as high as 530 sieverts per hour, during a similar probe late last month.

    But other supposed experts have claimed it is much higher.

    The radiation reading during the Thursday’s operation was 650 sieverts, Tepco said…"
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/fukishima-cleaning-robot-pulled-reactor-9789480?service=responsive

    • Jebus Jebus

      650 sieverts…

      Anyone know the time and distance life needs to be from that?

      • razzz razzz

        Not sure what you are asking. Sieverts are cumulative absorbed does.

        If 6 sieverts of exposure, you are dead then does 650 sieverts of exposure really need a timeline or distance factor?

        Plus, remember sieverts methodology was created before DNA was discovered so cell damage is not really taken into account using sieverts. IOW, you could survive a couple of sieverts worth of exposure but no telling what DNA or other cell damage you might have.

        Those TEPCO workers trained to place robots in action are limited by exposure time also. When their robot placing mission is complete, it is time for them to retire from the nuke industry.

      • DUDe DUDe

        ..or in other words..how far away keeping our children playing..

      • Sol Man

        No, any man or machine that tried to test for this died frying.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        Jebus, I think it would be interesting to have it mapped…circles or distance x time that results in a lethal dose. The radius goes out to the corners of the earth, given enough time. Map the earth with all the nuclear created death zones

        Of course the reality is the particles….a different story all together

      • Jebus Jebus

        🙂 Never use a question mark on a rhetorical question…

        My calculations seem to suggest that six years and five thousand miles is inadequate for the time and distance required to shield six thousand five hundred sieverts from accruing a fatal dose to life…

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/nation-world/article131766654.html

    Whales are stranded at Farewell Spit near Nelson, New Zealand Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. New Zealand volunteers formed a human chain in the water at a remote beach on Friday as they tried to save about 100 whales after more than 400 of the creatures beached themselves in one of the worst whale strandings in the nation's history. About three-quarters of the pilot whales were already dead when they were found Friday morning at Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      "You could hear the sounds of splashing, of blowholes being cleared, of sighing," she said. "The young ones were the worst. Crying is the only way to describe it."

      🙁

      • DUDe DUDe

        Terrible HHD..:(

        I wonder what could have been the cause there..1918..the wwar maybe..but since we diddent study ourself and our fellows/planet enough..we dont know why they beach with certainty at all..only some correlation now and again with what we do..whatever it is we do anyway..

        "..The largest was in 1918, when about 1,000 pilot whales came ashore on the Chatham Islands.."

        • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

          I don't know, DUDe… Being that all of the scientists quoted in all of the mass die-offs haven't a clue…and the outspoken oceanographers are all pointing to the sky…I fear we will never know. I remember the Gulf oil, Corexit, sonar, nuclear tests and nuclear waste dumping…and now Fukushima…It would be impossible to study the combined weight of everything on our living organisms- even if "we" were willing.

          Seems everyone with the skills to take a glimpse into the truth have been silenced or directed elsewhere and have their hands so deep in their own pockets- and the polluters and drivers of the machine aren't willing to threaten profits for life itself- all I can do is stare at the most beautiful creatures to have ever graced the globe…dying…and …there …is…nothing…I can do.

          I am weep for the whales…and our mother who gave them glory.

          And I am sorry for my fellow man and his choices to destroy this miracle- earth.

  • anyone know what happened to the box to leave a message for admin?

    Blast at French nuclear plant does not pose contamination risk, say …
    The Guardian-Feb 9, 2017

    Authorities have said there is no risk of contamination from an explosion that occurred at EDF's Flamanville nuclear plant in northern France.

    Flamanville reactor blast: No nuclear risk, say officials
    BBC News-Feb 9, 2017

    French nuclear power plant explosion: Blast at Flamanville station …
    The Independent-Feb 9, 2017

    Explosion Hits EDF's Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant in Northern …
    Wall Street Journal-22 hours ago

    Explosion at Flamanville nuclear power plant, several people injured
    International-euronews-Feb 9, 2017

    Fire at French nuclear power plant takes reactor off grid, operator …
    Opinion-swissinfo.ch-Feb 9, 2017

    Explosion rocks French nuclear power plant close to the English …
    Daily Mail-11 hours ago
    The explosion happened in an engine room of Flamanville that is separate from its nuclear reactors, which were built in the 1980s.

    EDF CONFIRMS INCIDENT AT FLAMANVILLE ON THURSDAY …
    Reuters-Feb 9, 2017
    EDF CONFIRMS INCIDENT AT FLAMANVILLE ON THURSDAY, FIRE UNDER CONTROL, NO VICTIMS AND NO SAFETY OR …
    Flamanville plant in northern France has been hit by a massive …
    The Advertiser-17 hours ago
    The blast occurred in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the …

    etc

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Found photos of excavation of Fukushima Diiachi!

    "During a recent interview with The Japan Times, Masatoshi Toyota, 88, former senior vice president of Tepco, said one of the reasons the utility lowered the bluff was to build the base of the reactors directly on solid bedrock to mitigate any earthquake threat."

    Gat that ENEnewsers? So the "reactors could be built on solid bedrock." References to "fill" refer to the common construction practice of adding a bit of pea gravel to the excavated site, to bring the building floors up to the elevation specified in the building plans.

    "In fact, Tepco decided to build the plant on low ground based on a cost-benefit calculation of the operating costs of the seawater pumps, according to two research papers separately written by senior Tepco engineers in the 1960s.
    If the seawater pumps were placed on high ground, their operating costs would be accordingly higher."

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2011/07/13/national/fukushima-plant-site-originally-was-a-hill-safe-from-tsunami/

    Great to see these old photos, which include the excavation for the generator building basement, where the backup generator would go, an additional 14 meters below ground level.

    These photos should answer a lot of questions ENEwsers have asked over the years.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Please also note the drawing of the side view of the plant, over an outline of the original cliff face.
      http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2011/07/13/national/fukushima-plant-site-originally-was-a-hill-safe-from-tsunami/

      Tepco was all about ease of delivery of the reactor and other large components by sea, and lowering the cost of runnung pumps for the seawater cooling loop of the heat sink. Tsunami safety considerations was all fabricated bullshit to get past the regulators.

      Note that the excavation is for Unit 1, the first reactor to be built at the site. Six units were built in all.

      This article is a great read! Very informative. Wonderful to see the actual excavation photos.

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        The birth of hell. Notice the torus is below sea-level. The earthquake shifting and dropping land not included…

        http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/world/asia/14seismic.html
        "As it unbuckled, a 250-mile-long coastal section of Japan dropped in altitude by two feet, which allowed the tsunami to travel farther and faster onto land, Dr. Stein said."

      • Down The River Down The River

        Good article PUN, thanks

        So they cut the cliff down for cost saving measures. Typical corporate safety think.

        As for the pictures, I’ve been on a lot of construction sites and that does not look like bedrock.

        From the article:
        “During a RECENT interview with The Japan Times, Masatoshi Toyota, 88, former senior vice president of Tepco, said one of the reasons the utility lowered the bluff was to build the base of the reactors directly on solid bedrock to mitigate any earthquake threat.”

        I don’t buy what Mr. Toyota RECENTLY said.

        • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

          Indeed.

          https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/the-geology-of-fukushima-porous-ground-lowered-10-metres-built-over-an-aquifer-with-a-fault-line-present-with-basements-below-sea-level/

          …In order to build the plant – originally only Unit 1 – the upper sedimentary layers were excavated. These are Quaternary alluvial deposits composed of clay and sand which are friable or semi-hard (green and brown in the cross-section). Thus the plant was built on “mudrock” type sedimentary rock (yellow in the cross-section), which is a muddy rock composed of clay and silt (very fine sand). But the term “muddy” does not mean that the rock is soft. It simply means that it is a rock whose matrix is clay; it is also called “argillite”.

          …The good news is that the radioactive water leaking from the plant will not be able to spread towards the Japanese inland and the Abukuma plateau due to the downward slope of the geological layers. The bad news is that there exists a fault which appears to be active right under the Fukushima Daiichi plant itself: this allows, and will continue to allow, radioactive pollution of aquifers over a depth of several hundreds of meters, as it runs through the different “waterproof” strata (4). This also means that the radionuclides will naturally be carried towards the sea by this underground water stream flowing through the permeable layers of sandstone.

          • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

            (con't) Sandstone is indeed the ideal rock for aquifers, as it is both permeable and fractured, providing easy movement of water. And finally, there is the problem of the type of rock on which the plant was built being rather “soft”, meaning that an earthquake can only destabilize the buildings.

            As early as March 31, 2011, Tepco announced that the groundwater was contaminated with radioactive iodine, according to an analysis of a sample taken at a depth of 15 meters under the first reactor (link). Today, if one or more coriums have sunk into the ground, this pollution has very likely been increasing. But Tepco no longer shares any information about the pollution of groundwater. Their only concern is to present a beautiful reassuring façade, which will never solve this disastrous pollution of soil and groundwater: underground contamination is irreparable, because there is no access to it.


      • Ya PUN, the truth is coming out. I did an article on that after bo sent me a video link.

        Here is it, please review

        sheesh, googles search of blogspots are horrific, I can't even find my won post! Aiyaiyai

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      That, is why Nuclear Power continues. Money, greed, the economics of the poor, the corrupted façade of a better future. Hard to stop it.
      Fight on !

      "Before construction of the plant, the coastal area was a barren, little-populated highland dubbed the “Tibet of Fukushima.” At the time, most local residents eked out a living in agriculture, and needed to go out of town as seasonal migrant workers during winter.

      But the plant brought stable jobs, tax revenues and other big money projects to the local economy.

      “I couldn’t feel happier because I was able to receive a monthly salary and didn’t need to go away from home to work,” Naganuma said, adding he had “never expected (such a disaster) would occur.”

      "Naganuma said many local residents now feel badly betrayed by the nuclear plant."

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2017/1375451_10469.html
    Fukushima Daiichi NPS Prompt Report (Feb 10,2017)
    Recent Topics:PROGRESS AT UNITS 1 AND 3, AND ‘ICE WALL’ UPDATE HIGHLIGHT LATEST NUCLEAR SAFETY PROGRESS REPORT


    …Preparations for Spent Fuel Removal

    In Unit 1, temporary wall panels that had been put in place after the March 2011 accident were being carefully removed so that rubble scattered on the reactor’s top floor can be removed to conduct the future fuel extractions. The panel removals were completed in November, and the goal is to begin fuel removal operations during FY2020.

    In Unit 3, additional shielding has been put in place on the top floor to protect employees and contractors who will need to work there during preparation for the fuel removal from the spent fuel pool. Other work to support fuel removal equipment was performed in the unit, and the plan is to begin removing fuel in FY 2018.

    “Ice Wall” (the landside impermeable wall)

    The report also summarizes developments during the quarter in the freezing of the “ice wall” – actually a frozen soil barrier designed to isolate the four damaged reactor buildings from groundwater flows. It reports that the frozen state of the soil is being maintained, and that the amount of water pumped up daily has declined from 400 cubic meters to 140 cubic meters

    MORE

    full report (currently only in Japanese) http://www.tepco.co.jp/press/release/2017/pdf1/170210j0102.pdf

    • WaPo continues banning comments mentioning Fukushima ….

      • theworldisalie theworldisalie

        There is a massive continued cover up and censoring of fukushima, no doubt about it.

        It is a strange world we live in when multiple out of control large scale nuclear meltdowns are relegated to the "conspiracy theory" category…

        • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

          …and mass contamination via absorbtion, inhalation and bio-accumulation is referred to as "background".

          • theworldisalie theworldisalie

            Yeah the apologist's and shills always talk about background, it's all just background. The fallout just dissipates away and you only need to worry iodine 131 and it goes away quick.

            They never talk about all the other isotopes, bio accumulation or internal absorption and how it is possibly trillions of times more harmful than external exposure.

            If you suck in some hot particles you may as well be walking around in dangerous background levels for the rest of your illness ridden life.

  • irhologram

    Abe and Trump are now on their way to lunch and then Mara Largo, after finishing the Japan/US press conference. No mention of Fukushima from press questions or otherwise.

    Covered were reassuance of U.S. military protection of Japan RE: China and N. Korea…although they gotta pay more. Abe stood with Trump on genreralized immigration restrictions, and of course, the press re-re-pounded Trump with questions that have been asked and re-re-asked. RE: TPP, Abe said they're going to hammer out an equitable agreement at lunch. Then go play golf.

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      "Another open question is why radiation levels in the waters around Fukushima have not decreased since the Japanese stopped emergency cooling operations. According to Buesseler, it may be an indication that the ground surrounding the reactors has become saturated with contaminated water that is slowly seeping out in to the ocean. It may also be a sign that radionuclides in ocean sediments have become remobilized."

      "What this means for the marine environment of the {{{{"Northwest Pacific"}}}} over the long term is something that we need to keep our eyes on," said Buesseler.

      Yep, KennyB hows that going? 6yrs? List

  • pure water

    TOKYO, February 9,. / Corr. Igor Belyaev TASS /. Powerful radioactive radiation has become one of the main causes of failure of the robot cleaner at a Japanese nuclear power plant emergency, "Fukushima-1". This was reported by the company Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO).

    Cleaning robot, equipped with a water cannon was launched into the touter containment of the reactor at the second power unit of the station this morning. Soon, however, TEPCO experts were forced to withdraw the robot, because it was having trouble with one of the cameras. The device had to clear the way for the other self-propelled device by means of which it is planned to investigate the situation inside the reactor in more details.

    The robot was designed to clear a space of approximately 7 meters. The unit installed three cameras, which allow simultaneous observation of the situation inside the outer containment. After clearing there will be launched radio-controlled robot in the shape of a scorpion 70 cm long.

    However, the plan may be revised, as inside the containment in the vicinity of the reactor in some places was fixed powerful radiation. In this environment, the robot will be able to work no more than two hours.
    http://tass.ru/proisshestviya/4009694
    (Google translate with several corrections for better understandinding)

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Unit 2 was generating electricity and automatically shut down during the earthquake,
    subsequently losing cooling capacity in the tsunami. Seawater injection into the reactor vessel
    began March 14, but water levels in the reactor vessel were noted to still be decreasing. An
    explosion occurred on March 15, and pressure subsequently dropped in the drywell torus (see
    Figure 2
    ), leading to concern that it had been damaged. Seawater injection into the spent fuel
    pool began March 20. White smoke from an unknown source rose from the building March 21
    and stopped the next day. Nuclear fuel in the reactor core is partially uncovered by water and
    believed to be damaged. Freshwater injection into the reactor vessel began March 26. The
    condition of the reactor pressure vessel is unknown. High radiation has been measured in the Unit
    2 turbine building, which is adjacent to the reactor building. Seawater injection into the spent fuel
    pool began March 20, and freshwater injection began March 29. The condition of spent fuel is
    unknown. Extremely radioactive water has collected in a concrete cable pit, and leakage through a crack into the ocean was confirmed April 2."

    Fukushima Nuclear Crisis
    Richard J. Campbell
    Specialist in Energy Policy
    Mark Holt
    Specialist in Energy Policy
    April 4, 2011

    https://www.scribd.com/document/59003078/Fukushima-Nuclear-Crisis

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "and leakage through a crack into the ocean was confirmed April 2."

    Just like that..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS.
    "Discharge canal sampling building of Unit 1-4 at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station located around the ocean-side discharge canal (When fire was detected)

    Images of Fukushima Nuclear Plant Fire Aftermath Released

    http://www.japannewstoday.com/?tag=fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-plant-fire

    Heading to sea ..without so much as a good-bye.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Environment Pollution in Japan on February 03 2017 12:00 PM (UTC).
    Category
    Env
    Pollution and other environmental
    Certainty
    Observed
    Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
    Scope
    Public
    For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
    Severity
    Extreme
    Extraordinary threat to life or property
    Urgency
    Past
    Responsive action is no longer required

    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/?pageid=event_summary&edis_id=ED-20170203-57005-JPN

    "Extraordinary threat to life or property
    Urgency
    Past
    Responsive action is no longer required"?

    Ya..it's a done deal.

    • theworldisalie theworldisalie

      yeah don't worry about those many millions of 2000 pound bags of radioactive top soil/leaf litter, don't worry about the radioactive trash and ruble etc all of which they are burning to re liberate into the biosphere.

      Don't worry about the many hundreds of tons melted reactor cores that are in the environment spewing into the air land water and ocean.

      Don't worry about the nightmare scenario from the 1950's that now is the new normal.

      Don't even bat an eye, if you just smile like the Japanese government says you should, you won't die from a brain tumor or leukemia.

  • lots of quakes near Fukushima lately….
    I don't know what s shown here –
    http://youtu.be/6k8l8Nd3whc

    • Japan generally suffers 1000 *yes, one thousand* quakes per year.
      Unless a quake is a 6 or so, on the US scale, or a 5 on Japanese scale, or is in heavily populated area, most Japanese ignore the movements or accept it as a risk they're willing to take.
      In my opinion, this would be the very best reason to not build anything nuclear, there. But, the USA and the rest of the Nuke Cartel could not care less about Japan, so they forced the Japanese to accept these evil pit-producers. The sad thing is this: those who run the Cartel(s) never considered that the whole world would suffer, including their own families, when things went awry (as they should have expected would happen.)
      Those who worked on nukes, "peaceful", and non, knew this was highly problematic and inconsistent with living a healthful life, but the Cartel(s) ignored their warnings. The rest of us were, most likely, fooled by the blatantly false advertising, and we voted on (for) those bonds which allowed nuclear to be installed into our states, on our waters, even in areas in which the tectonic plates are terribly active!
      It is as if the Nuclear Cartel wished death upon us.
      No wonder some people believe they have a eugenics program (or more than one) in the werkz. It is certainly pointing in that direction!

  • laconic93 laconic93

    One thing we have to keep in mind. Why is TEPCO releasing this news NOW?

    A few people stated that the whole show of unit 4 was to take people's minds of Unit 3 which did suffer the worst case scenario. Entire core and spent fuel pool released into the atmosphere which includes MOX fuel.

    If they are releasing this information about unit 2 something 10 times worse is happening.

  • Fox gets it way wrong, shamefully wrong, by their statement and simply math, Fukushima 2 can only kill 300 or 400 people.

    ————-
    Adam Housley, who reported from the area in 2011 following the catastrophic triple-meltdown, said this morning that new fuel leaks have been discovered.

    He said the radiation levels – as high as 530 sieverts per hour – are now the highest they've been since 2011 when a tsunami hit the coastal reactor.

    "To put this in very simple terms. Four sieverts can kill a handful of people," he explained.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Tidal influence on seawater intrusion in unconfined coastal aquifers

    Studies of seawater intrusion in unconfined coastal aquifers typically neglect oceanic oscillations such as tides and assume a static seaward boundary condition defined by the mean sea level.

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2011WR010678/full

    Earth has a hot particle stuck in a lung…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Scorpion Robot To Make Suicide Mission Inside Fukushima Unit 2

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=16124

  • Jebus Jebus

    HELEN CALDICOTT: The Fukushima nuclear meltdown continues unabated

    Dr Helen Caldicott, explains recent robot photos taken of Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear reactors — radiation levels have not peaked but have continued to spill toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean since the accident, it's only now that the damage has been photographed.

    The Prefectural Oversite Committee for Fukushima Health is only looking at thyroid cancer among the population and by June 2016,172 people who were under the age of 18 at the time of the accident have developed, or have suspected, thyroid cancer — the normal incidence in this population is 1-2 per million.

    However, other cancers and leukemia which are caused by radiation are not being routinely documented, nor are congenital malformations, which were, and are, still rife among the exposed Chernobyl population.

    Bottom line, these reactors will never be cleaned up nor decommissioned because such a task is humanly impossible. Hence they will continue to pour water into the Pacific for the rest of time and threaten Japan and the northern hemisphere with massive releases of radiation should there be another large earthquake.

    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/helen-caldicott-the-fukushima-nuclear-meltdown-continues-unabated,10019

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