Fukushima Daiichi Worker: I saw black smoke that came from Common Spent Fuel Pool’s chimney — I wonder if it was the smoke of boiler… it’s not fire (VIDEOS)

Published: January 7th, 2013 at 11:37 am ET


@Happy11311’s tweet translated by Fukushima Diary:

I saw the black smoke well too. It came out from the chimney of common spent fuel pool. I don’t know details but I wonder if it was the smoke of boiler.. It’s not a trouble like fire.

The smoke continues for over 20 minutes in this time lapse video from January 7, 2013 (20 times faster than actual speed):

More video of the smoke here

Published: January 7th, 2013 at 11:37 am ET


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37 comments to Fukushima Daiichi Worker: I saw black smoke that came from Common Spent Fuel Pool’s chimney — I wonder if it was the smoke of boiler… it’s not fire (VIDEOS)

  • norbu norbu

    Where there is smoke there is fire.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Ah, what the heck, what's a little ziconium cladding fire, and a little plutonium off-gassing? What's a little black smoke?

  • Here's the TEPCO Web Cam view.

    fuku1live @:49 sec

    We've seen this before. Almost identical.
    (See Web Cam Forum archives.)

    Observations Note:
    Sky Flashing?
    What I also spotted was the extremely odd flickering of the clear blue backdrop sky especially above R4. I realize it's at 20x speed, but it's obvious there are emissions pumping out faster than we can imagine.
    (a repost from webcam formum)

    I also think it is of note that for a fairly 'clear' day the screen pixels are very active. IMO – this is usually an indicator of higher radioactive emissions.

  • fierodough

    Looks like the crane's diesel engine starting up and warming up. then it moves away. I could be wrong..

    • bwoodfield bwoodfield

      At 1:13-1:15 the crane is well out of the way, yet the smoke/steam is still continuing to come out from the same location. If anything it's probably the crane worker saw the plume and decided to get away.

    • ftlt

      F-dough: I'm with ya on this on… Sure looks like a typical rev-up or startup of a big D engine…

      But ya never know???

      • 16Penny 16Penny

        That came to mind the first time I watched the clip but the second time I watched it I focused more on the end of the video when the crane relocates. The video and or smoke ends too soon to tell for sure. There is a brief moment when it looks like there is a puff of smoke from the original location and the crane has moved but it is so had to tell from that video.

        One thing I took from the clip was how fast the wind is blowing across there. I will hope / pray / meditate to the spaghetti monster (4 U Richard 🙂 ) that it is not another leakage.

  • PattieB PattieB

    back on week 2 they had travel-casks in the basment of the common pool… overheat. This was seen in thermographics flights. So we had a load of new fuel do a cook-out again… ho hum!

  • PattieB PattieB

    76% of the human body is water, H2O. Radioactive elements heat as they decay. Put them into water, you get H3, better known as Tritium! The only thing than can contain it? Gold. This is why milt. subs coat their reactors in gold. Human skin doesn't keep out H3. Fact: H3 displaces H2O because it's heavier. It accumulates in every cell of carbon based life. There is no fix for this. There is nothing to get it to leave your body except radioactive decay… to H2O. The pools of reactors are up top to aid in H3 escape. No gold coating… do that and your workers all die in the plant. Now add-in the whole Plutonium issue, and genetic damage for 241,000 x 10 years?

    What silly issues like pot, you all get side-tracked on. I don't like it, and so-happens I'm alergic to it. But, it's not relevent to the issue at hand, folks.

  • PattieB PattieB

    ever bit of steam, fog, and out-gassing from the ground due to corium in depths… is making H3.

    anyone got a spare gold-lined space suit I can borrow?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I question how the cooling system of the CSFP..and be operational..after the earthquake/tsunami.

    finally recritical


    "The second report examines the response from the ground to waves emitted from the surface over the entire site, particularly under the common cooling pool, which is located west of Unit 4. This pool, designed to cool more than 1000 tons of spent fuel, was the subject of particular attention: the east-west and north-south cross-sections intersect at this precise location.
    (see link)

    This cross-section shows a ground discontinuity at a depth of around 200 m, corresponding to a change in the nature of the rock. Between ground level and -200 m, we find the geological layer of Tomioka, dating from the Neogene; the layer below it is older, it is labeled as belonging to the Paleogene – Neogene and corresponds to the Taga layer."

    A report..concerning ground discontinuity..under the CSFP.
    And they built anyway..


    PS.I think it's puffing right along.

  • pure water

    One more record on Youtube of this event, posted by MissingSky101. TEPCO camera seems to work in real time here:
    And, there is a missind timelapse on the "fuku1long":

  • Beyond Zero Point

    Thank you for your contributions to this forum. Since I found Enenews it is like a drink from my childhood home well. X years later of course; WOW, there is still intelligent life on this planet. Pattie, my I ask you two questions; What is your background in this area? If you chose not to answer , I respect that. In laymen terms how is Tritium any different from all the other bad guys? Thank you for entertaining these questions. Oh, and by the way, I am going to start manufacturing gold-lined apace suits in Titusville Fl. at NASA's old complex. I live about 130 miles west of Titusville. Buy Now And Save! LOL And I take none of this lightly!!!

    • PattieB PattieB


      USArmy 11th Air Defence Artillery missle systems tech, Nuke,Bio,Chem responce team member. MOS 16D-20, then 24-C communications and Sat-link tech.for 94th ARCOM Then Civilian, AS degree Spec in Electromech & printed circut design, Cad-Cam. Owned / Operated a couple computer sales/repair stores… Was Contractor back in 95-96 @ NASA KSC And I Setup the class there to bring them into (kicking-screaming) 20th century regarding computers. Then, on road for year before going off to Bell South where I was BST001 lead tech for rollout of the ADSL in-home networks tech we all use now. Started building company… then came back north where I then worked for Lockheed Martin for a bit, building anti-missle & Torpeado defensive warheads… then, they moved me over to Polaris… I built all the sub-assembly for the I-Robot project.(Pacbot) That's the toy they been using to look around in the busted plants…? Computer road-tech for many places… HP, SS, Banks, etc:… Need I go on?

      H3 replaces H2O in the body. Other elements you may use chellation, or preventative "Filling" to avoid. @76%… dump enough water to be rid of H3 and you will die, anyhow. It olny goes away via radioactive decay. How much of your DNA would you like to turn into scrabble tiles that don't spell Survival? Procreation? but Mutation and deformity!

      • kez

        U.S.ARMY 11/83 -9/84 D-2nd / 55th -11th A.D.A FORT BLISS El Paso, Texas A.I.T 16D Hawk Missile System Crew Leader (Top of Class) A.I.T Generator Service School (Top of Class) G.E.D (99.5 %)

        Pat B … you are the one who so casually posted your resume here om this thread.

        Can you show us any link that show the army 11th air defense artillery was ever involved in nuke chem bio at all?

        There isn't any I can find … and it doesn't show up on this other online resume of yours does it? It's easy to google from your linkedin profile. There are a couple of other interesting links I found.

        I even left the highlights in bc I respect vets and servicemen.

        I am sure you have the quorum still here at this forum … that's fine. However, this time it is a personal thing to me. There are some genuinely honest people out there.

        Take care … kez will take a break.

        I am not gonna post the link bc it's easily googable if any one is interested.

  • gnomesang gnomesang

    should i be expecting a plume of this in a week? i am in san diego… any info would be appreciated.

  • gnomesang gnomesang

    of course, there is no hiding from it, correct.

  • jec jec

    Too soon for this to be the cause of Hawaii Radiationnetwork alert. And there is a question about the validity. BUT…

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    There is a great illustration of smoke releases from underground corium at this link:

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    At Fukushima Daichi, 3 Coriums Left Containment Compared To 1 At Chernobyl; via A Green Road

  • PattieB PattieB

    Here's the low-down on our new GE-Toshiba enrichment plant the have given the go-ahead with! Grrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Well..we have start somewhere.

    May 5, 2012

    Glowing blue windows in the CSFP, prob not welding LOL


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..We tinkers know a thing or too…lol.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    At :04
    Fukushima nuclear chains explosions 26 june 2011 – esplosioni nucleari a catena

    June 26 2011


    An explosion in the Common Spent Fuel pool area.
    Point being… the CSFP..has been burning for a long time…IMHO

    PS..Always amazing to go to your site ..Mr.Nuckelchen.

    • nuckelchen nuckelchen

      Grazie per i complimenti, ma questa volta io sono innocente. 😉

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        @ Nuckelchen.
        I like to contemplate innocence..
        A more innocent time..of dew upon the heather..and days spent in search of wild violets.

        Molto affetto, il mio amico.

  • Start of the fire in shared pool.. glowing blue windows!


    It the all new "MOP-N-GLOW" wax for that burning electrical floor buffer!

  • After running the numbers… even if we say the shared pool doesn't have any MOX rods, nor wasn't run in core with them?? The uranium rods generate from 5-7% plutonium during their cycle in the reactor.

    That being said? With 6500 rods… that about 850 rods, give-or-take worth of plutonium… @ 700 lbs EACH!
    That's 595,000 Lbs. of plutonium!

    And it's BURNING!