Fukushima 3/11 Tapes: It’s time to make a “geezers’ suicide squad” — “We’ve exhausted our options” when discussing evacuation

Published: October 14th, 2012 at 2:09 pm ET


(Subscription Only) Title: INSIDE FUKUSHIMA: How workers tried but failed to avert a nuclear disaster
Author: Toshihiro Okuyama, Hideaki Kimura and Takashi Sugimoto
Date: October 14, 2012

[…] Personal radiation dosimeters worn by workers in the central control room of the No. 3 and 4 reactors began to beep every three seconds. This meant only one thing: Radiation levels were rising rapidly. […]

“This is not good at all,” Yoshida muttered, 23 minutes later. “This is especially bad news for the No. 3 reactor, given what’s been happening there. And since we probably should anticipate a hydrogen explosion at the No. 2 reactor, I’ve ordered all workers to evacuate.”

“The No. 2 reactor’s seawater injection line is still not working,” he said. “To go there and get the line working again takes tremendous courage. But since we now know that the safety-release valves can be opened, I was just discussing with my people that it’s time to put together a ‘geezers’ suicide squad.'”

At 5 p.m., it was reported that the No. 3 reactor had white vapor rising above it. […]

At 11:01 a.m., an explosion occurred at the No. 3 reactor building. […]

At 7:20 p.m., the technical team at the Fukushima No. 1 plant predicted imminent damage to the No. 2 reactor. […]

Senior TEPCO officials began seriously discussing evacuation. “You’ve got to start setting the conditions for evacuation,” Komori said. […]

Takahashi was sitting beside TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata. “We’ve exhausted our options,” Takahashi said.

“What?” Katsumata exclaimed, obviously not expecting this. […]

Published: October 14th, 2012 at 2:09 pm ET


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14 comments to Fukushima 3/11 Tapes: It’s time to make a “geezers’ suicide squad” — “We’ve exhausted our options” when discussing evacuation

  • arclight arclight

    this is the ultimate truth of nuclear
    THE RISK!!

    and of course they have bought out the universities with a staggering increase in funding during a recession.. no doubt the students are paying for it.. our children… and they get a flawed education to boot


    here is a human impact story
    1 hour long
    worthy of high accolade !!
    the ending is truly powerful

    links to the video and petitions for the children of fukushima here…

    mazing banned video – Unheard voices! Soma high school -Brilliant and very moving (Video)

    “Unheard voice” from high school girls in Fukushima


    peace to all here

    • micyoung

      Speaking of our children, based on your ongoing research, where would you recommend living if you have a young family? We are based in NZ these days, having left SF, CA, post-Fukushima. Seems from all the research that the south is better off than the north. But we see the occasion posts of spikes in radiation down under as well, either NZ, OZ or Brazil. Where would you go if you could immigrate pretty easily given job/skill background? Also, taking into account, all other carcinogens and toxicity, where's safe?

  • hbjon hbjon

    You there. Grab that hose and connect it to the reactor. Put the other end into the sfp. Good. Now turn the pump on. Don't worry the sfp has plenty of water in it. What? The pool has a leak? Ok, grab that bucket and run down to the harbor. Someone find a longer hose. What? No fuel for the water pump? Ok, get some generators here asap. Run that hose down there and put it in the ocean. Put the other end into the reactor. I can't stress asap enough. More water pumps! More generators! Chop Chop

    • JustmeAlso

      Ow shit!! Our cash cow is running dry!

      • hbjon hbjon

        Hurry before the golden goose has a hydrogen fart!

        • hbjon hbjon

          One point that doesn't get enough recognition is that if the control rods are inserted and melt inside the core, fission will again take place. The core catcher is suppose to prevent the fission from once again happening, but if fuel burns through the core catcher, fission becomes possible.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Wow very powerful and multi faceted statement "We've exhausted our options"

  • CBuck CBuck

    Maybe I'm misinterpreting the headline, but old geezers? They are more expendable than the rest of us? Ugh…I really just want to give up at this point.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    TEPCO And Fukushima Lies; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/fukushima-lies-movie-part-i-and-ii.html

    On 3/11; 15-28 Nuclear Reactors/SFP’s In Japan Were Damaged, Not 3 or 4 ; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/14-nuclear-reactors-at-4-japan-sites.html

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    OK. Pro-Active is so 03/2011. Now it's getting really late, and it's time for everyone to get their heads around the new approach: Post-Active containment…

  • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver

    Life Insurance Industry in Japan.

    Special credit to Fukushima Diary for raising this issue.

    Best wishes to Japan and all supporters of the anti-nuclear movement from here in Calgary at 9 pm local time.

    It has been on my mind for several days regarding how to relate the internal ionizing radiation damage between the Japanese people and the rest of the world community.

    As Dr. Chris Busby, Dr. Helen Caldicott, and others have said, that to focus on the dose from Cesium alone is criminally misleading. As per the following link you can see the diagram of the human body indicating where each ionizing element concentrates.


    So for people not in Japan, we would expect to receive one or maybe several of these ionizing elements in our bodies over the next couple of years. Or maybe we already have them and will bio-accumulate more, depending on our diet and lifestyle.

    From the Wolfram Alpha website. http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=235+uranium&lk=4.

    If you look up 235 Uranium or 239 Plutonium you will see at the bottom of the page, the decay chain for whatever element. The concentrations for each, if I understand correctly, are reactor specific.

    The Japanese people are getting internally contaminated with the whole truck load.

    So, the question. Life insurance for the Japanese people? Will…

  • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver

    Sorry my friends, I was not realizing how many characters I was using in my last post.

    Fukushima Diary indicated that this would be an issue as we go further along with the crisis.