Fukushima Boss after 3/11: “It’s awful, awful… No. 3 reactor just blew, probably a steam explosion” — Steam explosion, not hydrogen? Reactor blew up, not reactor building? (VIDEO)

Published: October 13th, 2012 at 8:21 pm ET
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(Subscription Only) Title: INSIDE FUKUSHIMA: How workers tried but failed to avert a nuclear disaster
Source: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Author: Toshihiro Okuyama, Hideaki Kimura and Takashi Sugimoto
Date: October 14, 2012

At 11:01 a.m. on March 14, the video image showing the emergency response room at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, where a teleconference was in progress, shook violently and vertically.

[Fukushima Daiichi boss Masao] Yoshida shouted 50 seconds later: “We’ve got a big problem. The No. 3 reactor just blew. Probably a steam explosion.”

Alternate translation

Yoshida: “Main office! Main office! Main office Main office, it’s awful, awful. The unit 3 has exploded now. I think it’s probably steam.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=cOGFwycK0fo#t=436s

See also: Tepco: We don't know if it was a hydrogen explosion at Unit 3 -- Tell public it was though because "it's a speed game" (VIDEO)

Published: October 13th, 2012 at 8:21 pm ET
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29 comments to Fukushima Boss after 3/11: “It’s awful, awful… No. 3 reactor just blew, probably a steam explosion” — Steam explosion, not hydrogen? Reactor blew up, not reactor building? (VIDEO)

  • razzz razzz

    Actors and more Photoshopped video more than a year and a half after the events with much still withheld. From the recordings, sounds like public relations was running the show but didn't bother to inform the public.


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  • Some of us have said steam explosion since day one.


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  • "…should have been prepared but their capability was reduced by confusion." @14:15 (understatement!)

    They are still confused and have no plan.

    Multiple meltdowns continue non-stop.

    :( Fallout spreads and insidiously encircles and accumulates around the globe every 40 days.

    How is it, that a CORPORATION, like TEPCO/GE or whomever, seem to dictate their control over the largest man-made planet threatening debacle ever imagined? It's real, this is not science fiction.


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    You can run, but you can't hide..What goes around..Comes around..and this world is round. Well, the world is not perfectly round because it's slightly oval, but you get my drift.
    Everyone will get the drift eventually, it's a Fukushima world.


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  • Sickputer

    "Probably a steam explosion"…

    SP: Let me rephrase that: probably a radioactive hydrovolcanic steam explosion.

    MOX fuel burned hot and through the containments easily when cooling was lost. Some catalyst made it go boom!

    Operators of other MOX plants around the globe better take note. When water cooling is disrupted there will be a nuclear steam explosion high into the atmosphere. Steel and concrete is no match despite the thickness.


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    • Atlantis

      Catalyst for steam explosion ? "nuclear steam explosion" ? Ok, your knowlegde is worth zero an you are just here disinformate. Guys like you make it more difficult to teach truth to people.


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  • kalidances

    Tepco makes me ill. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121014a1.html

    "Tokyo Electric Power Co. has acknowledged for the first time that the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant could have been avoided.

    In a statement Friday, Tepco's internal reform task force said the utility was aware safety improvements were necessary long before last year's quake and tsunami caused three catastrophic core meltdowns at the facility, but failed to act because it feared the political, economic and legal consequences of implementing new measures.

    "Looking back on the accident, the problem was that preparations were not made in advance," the task force, headed by Tepco President Naomi Hirose, said in the statement.

    "Could necessary measures have been taken with previous tsunami evaluations? It was possible to take action" by introducing more extensive safety measures, the task force concluded.

    Tepco, however, feared efforts to bolster its nuclear facilities in the event of major natural disasters would spur antinuclear sentiment, interfere with operations and increase litigation risks, according to the task force".


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  • corium pudding corium pudding

    We're like children playing with matches. Please, space aliens, step in and help us stop this now.


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    • justasweetgurl

      It's a great thought, corium pudding, and I wish it would happen.

      But the evidence is against it.

      They could have stepped in in 1945, when the nuclear fires were first lit. But they didn't.

      They could have stepped in in 1962, when the atmospheric testing was producing the highest level of background radiation. Didn't again.

      They could have stepped in after Chernobyl, but no.

      It's now 18 months after Fukushima, and the biosphere is poisoned. Still no sign of them.

      I'm afraid they are either not here, or not willing to act.


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      • weeman

        Prime directive stops them from intervention, if we were to evolve we would eventually curupt the whole universe and destroy the whole of nature, mankind is a perfect example of cancer and need to be exterminated to preserve the space continuime. Don't worry all life forms that have the ability to destroy its self does, natures Safegaurd. Be happy that is natural.


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        • Anthony Anthony

          **The ETs have been observing humans for many centuries without making any attempt to contact (except in isolated cases). They are forbidden by Cosmic Law to interfere with the affairs of the Earth, and so they have been silently watching and making occasional contact when it was deemed appropriate and permissible. However, in 1945 a new situation arose. The United States developed the nuclear bomb, Russia soon followed and the nuclear age began in earnest. Now, these countries were not only capable of destroying each other but also all other life on earth as well. Not only did the world live under the threat of a nuclear holocaust, the countries were planning to build nuclear power plants which the ETs knew were dangerous – prone to accidents as well as polluting the atmosphere with a very harmful radiation while operating normally (a type of radiation not yet detectable by man). The ETs decided it was high time to make contact with the responsible governments (basically the US government which was the only one in 1947 with nuclear weapons) before some irreversible catastrophe occurred.**

          http://www.ufocoverup.org/


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      • Anthony Anthony

        I think you are probably right:

        Robert Hastings • UFOs and Nuclear Weapons
        Although most people are completely unaware of its existence, the UFO-Nukes Connection is now remarkably well-documented. U.S. Air Force, FBI, and CIA …
        http://www.ufohastings.com/

        Aliens Are Monitoring Our Nukes, Worry Ex-Air Force
        http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/09/23/aliens-monitoring-nukes-worry-ex-air-force-officers/


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        • Anthony Anthony

          The reuters article is indeed interesting:

          U.S. Nuclear Weapons Have Been Compromised by Unidentified Aerial Objects
          Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:44am EDT

          WHAT: Noted researcher Robert Hastings, author of UFOs and Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites, will moderate a distinguished panel of former U.S. Air Force officers involved in UFO incidents at nuclear missile sites near Malmstrom, F.E. Warren, and Walker AFBs, as well as the nuclear weapons depot at RAF Bentwaters.

          WHEN: Monday, September 27, 2010
          12:30 p.m.
          WHERE: National Press Club

          http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS1…10+PRN20100915


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          • corium pudding corium pudding

            Wow… Enenewsers think everything through to minute detail. ;)

            If I were from another planet, I would let the kids figure things out for themselves, except if they were going to destroy themselves. Hence the UFOs over nuclear missile silos.


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            • Anthony Anthony

              I think your theory is close except that I believe *they* don't *care* about *us* per se. I think they are more concerned about protecting the universal environment of which Earth is one area. IOW they are trying to keep us from polluting the planet, not ourselves. I think!


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      • corium pudding corium pudding

        If I were them I would wait until the last possible minute to step in. I can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped.


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        • CBuck CBuck

          Wow. We can't rely on fabled life forms on other planets, we made this mess…we need to clean it up.


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          • richard richard

            thanks CBuck for starting the sensible side to this sub-thread.

            frankly all this alien stuff should be in the off-topic thread, if at all.

            as you say, we can't rely on fabled life forms, be they alien, extraterrestrial, astro-physical, esoteric.

            similar with words like hope, wish, pray; all these terms disown the speaker from the issue.

            by expecting some 'higher' entity to take control, people are deluded into thinking they can't or don't need to do anything.

            thinking like that needs to be removed particularly in times of disaster as we face.

            the only thing we can rely on is our own action. action is the only answer.

            get the feet on the street. stop nukes.

            stop the distractions.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    I still think it was a nuclear detonation, not a steam explosion. If they can't get away with hydrogen, then steam is the favored mechanism. They don't want to even hint that the MOX might have had a criticality.


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    • Plan Nine

      FWIW, so do I. Man has been able to confine pressurized steam and explosive gases for centuries, and has made engines therefrom. The reactor pressure vessel was 7 inch-thick steel and the secondary containment structure was four foot-thick reinforced concrete, and the Reactor 3 explosion blew fuel rods over a mile away (anyone with differing info please chime in). And, the brave 50 souls who remained on site afterward believed they were doomed. This does not sound like steam nor hydrogen.

      Plan Nine


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      • takedake

        You obviously have no idea how powerful steam is.

        Water has many special properties, one of them being that it is incompressible, which is why it's used in hydraulics. In other words, water in a confined space is harder than concrete, harder than steel–it can cut the latter.

        No containment blew apart, "just" the lid was blown off. The PCV lid is to be sure very heavy and bolted down, but superheated steam could certainly blow it off.

        A nuclear explosion would have caused much, much more heat (millions of degrees if only for a small fraction of a second), enough to cause melting and a sun-bright flash.

        Physics is a b*tch baby, do some reading (that could apply to thousands of half-baked comments on this site, sadly)!


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        • nohobear nohobear

          "Physics is a b*tch baby, do some reading (that could apply to thousands of half-baked comments on this site, sadly)!"

          Thanks takedake for that. Made me laugh. Your comment is spot on, if a bit harsh. The time since 3/11 has certainly been a science refresher course for me on sieverts, half lives, and isotopes. Alpha, beta, and gamma, oh my!


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  • jec jec

    Yoshida is the TEPCO man on the site during 3/11. Hes also the one with cancer now, and with a DENIAL of worksmans compentsation. Think they did a prelim health test just before he went to work at Fukushima, months before the accident. THEN he became sick with cancer..which they denied..too soon or too late to be "work" related. While terrible for him, its the children of 3/11 which is really pay with cancer…Just saying


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