Fukushima Boss in 3/11 Footage: “Spent fuel pool at Unit 1 is exposed now” (VIDEO)

Published: October 11th, 2012 at 1:14 am ET


Asahi TV’s ‘Morning Bird’
Published by: treesneedco2
Date Uploaded: Oct 10, 2012

At 3:30 in

Masao Yoshida, Fukushima Daiichi Chief: We’ve got another problem. The fuel pool at the unit 1 is exposed now.

Unidentified Voice: Huh!?

Yoshida: I want to do something about it but how can I?

How can they cool the unit 1 fuel pool? Ex-Chief Yoshida asked for opinions but…

Fukushima Off-site: Ice? How about throw in some ice?

Main Office: Why would you throw ice or dry ice in the pool?

Fukushima Daiichi: The pool holds about 3000 tons of water. It will literally be like pouring water on a hot stone.

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Published: October 11th, 2012 at 1:14 am ET


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30 comments to Fukushima Boss in 3/11 Footage: “Spent fuel pool at Unit 1 is exposed now” (VIDEO)

  • Sickputer

    Tokyo nucleocrats were not much help.

    This also tells us that Unit 1 SFP was in deep trouble. Early reports by mainstream media were unsure of those ponds:

    "Structural integrity of the spent fuel pools was unknown for reactor Nos. 1 and 2; "


    Tepco gave this SFP analysis March 6, 2012
    Unit 1
    The conservative analyses of NUREG-1738 would suggest that loss of Unit 1 SFP inventory through boiling alone would not pose a threat to the stored fuel for several weeks. An explosion damaging the structure housing the Unit 1 refueling bay on March 12 created the opportunity to access the SFP using external sources of water. Beginning on March 31, a concrete pumping truck was used to provide makeup inventory to the Unit 1 SFP.
    While the March 12 hydrogen explosion may have caused material to fall into the Unit 1 SFP, there is no evidence that this material caused damage to the stored fuel. If it can be established that the earthquake did not cause significant loss of SFP inventory, it is likely that no damage occurred to the Unit 1 stored fuel. Perhaps in response to the lack of hard evidence of no damage, the September 22 status summary from Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF), hereafter referred to as the JAIF periodic update, states that the integrity of the fuel in the Unit 1 SFP is “unknown”"


    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Thx for finding those links, Sickputer and directly said – "Tokyo nucleocrats were not much help". And this dialogue also tells us the people overseeing the decisions were idiots. Ice. They literally knew nothing about nuclear reactors yet were in a position to be conferred with. What an enormous waste of time dealing with these morons this must have been for those at Fukushima. Thank goodness Yoshida often ignored them and went against their advice and directives. I understand that being stupid isn't a crime, but it should be in this case with these guys in charge of a nuclear reactor without a clue as to what it is and how it operates.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      All the salt water would have corroded the spent fuel. Some experts thought that the explosion was as bad as Chernobyl and that would have damaged the spent fuel. Unit #3 was so much worse because of the MOX fuel.

  • patb2009

    The TOkyo guys are just totally out of the loop.

    Throw some ice in it, like it's a ice chest.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      patb2009, their ignorance of what they oversee is beyond scary. These situations where the oversight people have little or no understanding of the work and processes of what they are supervising is more common than one would like to believe. So, one of the first orders of business in the new, better world is to reinstitute meritocracy – you are in a position to decide because you have actually proven you know what you are doing. Until you can prove this, you can't be in charge, tie up and otherwise distract the people who should be in charge, or stand anywhere near other people who are dealing with a large problem.

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        There's a scary trend in companies whose operations are sensitive enough to mistakes & incompetence to pose threats to the environment & public safety under "normal" circumstances-yet experienced,higher-paid management personnel are phased out,only to be replaced by young,untried & tested "junior" supervisors whose ambition,stamina and "creativity & imagination" can NEVER be a substitute for experience,familiarity with equipment systems and "faults" and viable "solutions" to problems or potentiality for failure and available "alternatives" which a rookie,"less knowledgeable & familiar" with the facility. From my understanding that no two nuclear power plants were erected,piped and laid out the same,and engineering & the layouts differ drastically from others of the same type & class which adds to problems & likelihood of serious accidents that the bright-eyed,bushy-tailed youngster with the entry-level salary will have to make the right decisions without a single misstep in a place MacGuyver'd together and probably not yet accepted into the "circle of trust" regarding faults and conditions that either go unreported or are simply overlooked with a wink from the regional regulatory agency inspector & existing un-official "weaknesses" could become very relevant to the outcome of potential "incidents" evolving into (avoidable) "disasters"via lack of trust leading to "omission(s)"of important info to Jr. supervisors whose abilities are already…

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi patb2009

      Can see them at the table saying now what??

      Hmmm throw some ice in it, make it the largest ice chest.

      No No make an ice skating rink out of it.

      Guess we'll have to build that off button after all

      • Dogleg Dogleg

        Shaken… not stirred

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          Shaken… not stirred.
          Not making any less of the shock and awe that the people of Japan are now experiencing.
          Extreme caution..is given to remaining in this state.
          Once the even basic composite of what has happened at Fukushimis gathered.. it is time to insist on evacuation around the immediate area of Fukushima and legal prosecution of the officials involved should begin immediately.
          As I watch the headlines..here on Ene..I hope the people of Japan will see what times of treachery we live in…and move quickly and well.

  • Radiation Continues Spreading and Spiking Across USA
    Oct 10, 2012 reporting from Honolulu

    We noted in a prior post that "Something Happened around September 17" and radiation spiked high in a number of US cities, but especially the Pacific Northwest.

    These are the areas that were the hardest hit by Fukushima the first time around, as the jet stream usually makes a beeline for them.

    I was hoping that would be a week or so spike, and then back to normal, but that is not the case, and the radiation continues to spread east and south.


    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Friday the Fall rains that blow in off the Pacific Ocean come to the Pacific Northwest…it's been very dry here for months. The rains are bittersweet. The ground and plants and animals are thirty, but, i can't even convince my neighbors to take calcium/mag for the strontium. I think i will put out calcium for the birds, maybe a mineral block for the deer and smaller animals, the coyotes, too, who live in my backyard. Or, do i live in theirs?

      • Indeed, in my other home….the deer sleep in my front yard, and the local government wants me to cut the "tall grass" and instead start fertilizing and pesticiding into the headwaters of a major river which flows to the great lakes. Indeed no joke, my property is literally the headwaters of a large river that flows to the great lakes and thus the Atlantic. And they want me to pollute it from the get go.

        We are the keepers of the critters…be a good keeper.

    • Urban27

      This nukeprofessional site shows something is going on now.
      And on a global scale.
      I wonder about these towers standing there – both 1 and 2 reactor buildings are still connected.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      stock: Radiation Network shows 5 US Geiger counters at 50 cpm or above just now. The hot spot this morning is Philadelphia at 79 cpm, an all time high this year. I believe Philadelphia has increased background from TMI and other local nuke plants nearby, because it's always high. Oklahoma City was always high, too, but this station has been off the air recently. 100 cpm is the level thought to cause cancer in humans, and is considered Alert level. http://radiationnetwork.com/

      Fukushima is not over. Some of my friends recently visited Hawaii. Not only wouldn't I live in Hawaii after 311, but I wouldn't even want to visit there anymore. But the lesson here is that radiation from Fuku is getting worse, and is spreading. This is not a West Coast problem. The radiation is all over.

      "The three melted reactors combined in Fukushima Daichi contained 257 tons of nuclear fuel enriched to 3.7% Uranium 235 and divided into 1,496 assemblies, each about 172 kg.

      "Reactor No. 3 also housed 32 MOX assemblies, reportedly enriched to 6% or 330 kg of Pu239.

      In addition, the storage pools of these reactors have at least 239 tonnes of fuel residing there for who knows how long (1,390 assemblies) and 31 tonnes of fresh fuel (180 assemblies)." http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/07/29/fukushimas-melted-reactors-500-days-on/

      TEP.gov needs to work out a plan to find the 250 tons of nuclear lava that melted through the bottoms of Reactors1,2,&3.

      • whereslora

        It's interesting how Fukushima shortened turns into "FukU".

        • hbjon hbjon

          I don't understand the significance of what your getting at. It is a horrible disaster of biblical proportions and you want enoozers to fixate on the shortened nickname of Fukushima? If it has any interesting applications for one other than being easier to read, it's because of ones unique perspective and viewpoint based on ones life experience. More time has been spent on this than it truly deserves and I wish we could get some real news worthy information out of Fuku. The idea that the word Fuku has malicious intent would suggest the whole disaster was a sort of intended and purposeful act.

      • Finally radiationnetwork is catching up to the EPA sites that are more accurate at catching the high spots.

        In Hawaii, the radiation has been really low rain or shine, but the reasons for not living here are large….the government is corrupt and run by unions and bribery like pay to play (the government contract game which in Hawaii is like 35% of all the contracts, so if you don't play, you won't survive), the "real" economy does not exist, it is all about taking from tourist money and the few (a few 10's of thousands) who actually produce, and grabbing and distributing. Really far more corrupt than Chicago, where I also lived.

  • markww markww

    NOT ONE PERSON ever thought every safety system would fail on a Mark 1 reactor and it did. They could have put in deluge systems in the Pools Lifter cavities in case the fuel had to be taken out sealed tops in water like sealed cans and moved quickly by crane to a storage silo and opened to water then sealed in secure 8 element concrete and steel casings, No one ever knew what could happen and it did

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    100 year Fukushima Plan:
    1. Isolate coriums. Build cooling towers as heat sink to cool 250 tons of melted fuel in 3 Rogue Nuclear Reactors. Build 100' deep Cofferdam around Buildings1,2,&3 to enclose coriums. Within the Cofferdam, drill a series of shallow extraction wells on the ocean side to pump hot ground water that has cooled the 3 coriums, pump through cooling towers. Drill a series of shallow injection wells uphill from Buildings1,2,&3 inside the Cofferdam to return cooled ground water. Power system with wave, tidal, solar, and/or wind energy, for continuous operation without human operators.
    2. Empty spent fuel pools 1,2,3,4,5&6, and common spent fuel pool, and relocate fuel assemblies to dry cask storage. Any spent fuel that is too hot to move, place in the Common SFP until cool enough for dry cask storage.
    3. Fill Reactors1,2,&3, Containments1,2,&3, and Buildings1,2,&3 with sand. Build reinforced concrete entombment over Buildings1,2,&3. And over ground within Cofferdam. This should block some or most of the outgassing to the atmosphere.
    4. Decommission Units4,5,&6, and haul away.

    If TEP.gov isn't up to this task, invade Japan and have an international military team do the work. Do this quickly, and human civilization may have a chance to continue. We have already lost the Pacific Ocean Fishery. Do you want to eat radioactive King Crab or Pacific Tuna? Neither do I. Wait too long, and human civilization may collapse.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Do we even know if the common spent fuel pool hasn't suffered damage? It could have cracked with the earthquake and nearby explosions. We have never seen video showing that it is still usable. There were white flashes east of Unit#4 on the TEPCO cam a month or two ago and radiation levels have climbed in the US since then.

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        Does anyone have photos of SFP1? anne: Sorry, but I don't have a photo of SFP1 in my Reactor1 file.
        We know SFP1 was steaming, and may have burned. Photos of Fuku NPPs taken by drone aircraft, showing Unit1 smoking from SFP and Reactor.
        WARNING: Shut down GE Mark I Plants now. Very dangerous to operate any longer!
        "As ABC News reports today, “Thirty-five years ago, Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric resigned from their jobs after becoming increasingly convinced that the nuclear reactor design they were reviewing — the Mark 1 — was so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident.”
        “The problems we identified in 1975 were that, in doing the design of the containment, they did not take into account the dynamic loads that could be experienced with a loss of coolant,” Bridenbaugh told ABC News in an interview. “The impact loads the containment would receive by this very rapid release of energy could tear the containment apart and create an uncontrolled release.”

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      @PhillipUpNorth; I just took in your "100 Year Plan" for Fukushitma and visualized the whole project including using unmanned,natural alternative "green" energy to power the coolant sytem and other related & misc. equipment and altered it slightly by proposing the use of "borated" sand as opposed to "plain" sand and would include cementing over the ocean for several hundred yards out from the shoreline to cover whatever solids,such as fuel rod bundles or remnants that found their way there in the lagoon one way or another(?) Anyways your plan is so logical and simple-yet BEYOND the abilities of the best thinkers TEPCO can muster! I find the innovation,logic & responsible example of the use of redundant alternative power sources both feasible and commendable. The realistic timeframe proposed while making a real attempt to contain the coriums,reduce radioactive emissions to the environment and finally remove fuel & dry cask it asap make your plan the most likely to succeed in finally bringing closure-if not at least a reduction in radiation levels which have been rising again lately as noted here with concern! I sure hope certain "clueless" nucleocrats also read your post and "steal" your idea!!(lol) Let 'em take credit for it if it means they might make a better attempt to start making a meaningful effort towards an acceptable end result,although I won't be alive to see that historic milestone be reached I'd still feel better for the sake of those who I hope…

  • Sickputer

    A 100 foot cofferdam would help, but it's about 2700 feet too short. They would need to access the better bedrock (granite layer at half a mile deep) to have a chance of stopping the corium leaching to the Pacific.

    That's an engineering feat beyond tiny humans unless you spend ten trillion dollars. Tepco can't even buy decent food for the suicide workers.

    I doubt Tepco has spent any serious effort on the 100 foot pilings. They may know the coriums are now melted lower than 100 feet. That will be some bad news they will reveal when other international news is the hot story of the day. Invasion of Syria perhaps.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Sickputer: Yes, I believe the corium ate into fill, then mudrock, but cooled into a spread-out pancake between 40' and 70' level below ground level. But this new science, and I may be wrong. 2,700' seem pretty unlikely. Anne said the other day that corium may have followed the mudrock layers downward towards the ocean, and that some of it may now be under the Pacific. Who knows? If anyone does, they're not telling us. It is very clear from the video of Containment1 that there is no corium left there. Still water and gentle steam clouds tell us that the corium is no longer in the building.

      Also, the cofferdam isn't trying to stop the flow of corium. Nor could steel stop corium. It is trying to capture ground water, pump it out of the ground, cool it, then inject it back into the ground to flow once again past the coriums. We should try to stop heavily-contaminated ground water from entering the Pacific Ocean. If we don't stop this contamination, then civilization will break down, the world economy will collapse, and the human race may not even survive. This will all become much more clear in 50 years as Japan crashes and burns as a nation. You know that the cancer rate in the US is now so high that half of us will have cancer during our lives? Fuku radiation is likely to push this to 75% or more over the next 20 years or so.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    We are all downwinders now, for as long as FukU keeps burning via the uncontrolled nuclear fire from multiple underground coriums.

    Downwinders And Nuclear Bomb Testing; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/downwinders-and-nuclear-bomb-testing.html

    Atomic Bomb Testing Veterans; via A Green Road

  • Her's what Unit #1 looked like back on a night in July of 2012.

    Something's boiling inside there!

    Unit #1 – Screen Shot (Filtered view) Video:
    11:03 p.m. July 23rd, 2012.