Fukushima worker on camera: “The holes and cracks in the ground are terrifying” (VIDEO)

Published: August 19th, 2011 at 10:37 am ET


Fukushima Safety Fears , Channel 4 News (UK), August 18, 2011:

At 2:10 in


h/t Anonymous tip

Published: August 19th, 2011 at 10:37 am ET


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  • arclight arclight

    cheers admin just heard about channel 4 s programme!

    • arclight arclight

      this is of the channel 4 website…just a bit more info
      Why on earth would anyone choose to work at what’s left of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station? The job description probably goes something like this:

      – must spend day in full body suit, gloves, thick rubber boots and full-facial mask
      – must endure extremely high temperatures in aforementioned suits
      – must work on badly damaged site containing the remains of 4 crippled nuclear reactors
      – must brave dangerously high levels of radiation (you may feel like you a suffocating in full-facial mask but no, you cannot take it off).

      This blindingly obvious question was firmly in my mind when we travelled to Iwaki City – a mid-sized, non-descript sort of place that now finds itself uncomfortably close to the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Many of its residents have now evacuated, fearing the radioactive leaks that continue to spew from the plant. Many of the 3,000 workers now employed in clean-up operations at the plant have taken their place, cramming the local hotels and renting otherwise deserted family homes.

      These employment “opportunities” are an unfortunate by-product of Japan’s great earthquake and tsunami. The folks at the “Tokyo Electric Power Company” (TEPCO), built a 5.7m seawall to protect the complex from natural disasters – but the tsunami wave was 13.1 m high. It knocked out the normal and emergency power systems, leaving the nuclear reactors to overheat. Three of Fukushima’s six reactors went into “full melt-down”. Four suffered hydrogen explosions which blew apart their “containment vessels”. TEPCO and 600-odd sub-contracted companies are now busy trying to stabilize the radioactive, rubble-filled remains.

      Employees are under strict instructions not to speak to journalists – and supervisors from their various employers keep an active eye on them when they return to Iwaki in the evening. We were thrown out of one hotel when we had the audacity to approach a group of men employed to clear rubble from the site. Yet there were others who wanted to talk – albeit anonymously. Their working conditions I asked? Terrible, they said: “a burning-hell”, “terrifying” and “very troubling” – phrases I recorded in my notebook. But I wasn’t getting any closer to answering my question – why work there?

      Money is certainly the big motivator. Japan has been mired in recession for decades and the country’s 54 nuclear power plants have long provided work to low or non-skilled, itinerant workers. Fukushima is no different – although it is much more dangerous.

      A Channel 4 News researcher rang a number on a “jobs-available” poster that we found plastered on a wall in Iwaki. “What sort of experience do you have,” said the man on the phone to our researcher. “Well I’ve done some car maintenance,” said our researcher. “Good enough,” said the man, presumably one of the 600 “subcontractors” engaged by TEPCO. Our researcher asked about the daily rate. “Six-thousand yen (£50),” he said. That quickly went up to 8,500 yen (£67) as our researcher hummed and hawed a bit. But there was something special on offer said the subcontractor. “You can earn 40,000 yen (£315) an hour if you want, but what you have to do is dangerous.” We didn’t find out what that job entailed but it probably involved some sort of increased risk of radiation exposure.

      One man told us he had come out of “a sense of duty” and there were others who were simply told by their employers that they had to work at Fukushima. “Could you refuse?” I asked one technician. “Well, that would put you in a very uncomfortable position,” he said before adding, “Japanese workers are very obedient.”

      If they don’t challenge their superiors in the workplace, what do these men (and we didn’t meet any women working at the plant) tell their loved ones at home? Well, it turns out some of them don’t actually tell their wives and children what they’re up to. “Wives just get panicked,” said one. “It is better just to say that I’m working on the clean-up (of the coast) in Myagi,” he added. Another employee described how his mother took the news. “She was totally shocked – but she didn’t stop me. (My family) are very worried about me – about the heat and my health and radiation exposure.”

      TEPCO says it hopes to have the facility stabilized – with the reactors put into “cold shutdown” – by January. Yet the scale and complexity of the challenge is unprecedented because of the number of reactors involved – nobody we spoke to in Iwaki seemed to think TEPCO would stick to its schedule. If it all goes to plan however, they’ll begin the task of “entombing” the complex next year – a sort of “deep storage” that will provide plenty more “employment opportunities” for years to come.

      It’s a long-term form of job security I suppose – the containment and maintenance of highly toxic materials that will take thousands of years to decompose. But is any job worth these sorts of risks? Workers told us they couldn’t afford to be choosey about where they take jobs – but I got the distinct impression the majority wished it was somewhere else.

  • shaktasna999

    There will be no planned evacuations. Just start quietly telling friends and family that your houses are open.

    Twenty bucks says the American government will start “CDC issued travel restrictions” to prevent the Japanese from coming.

  • SteveMT

    Earthquakes produce cracks.
    Multiple China syndromes produce more cracks.
    Water produces stream when heated.
    Super-heated water produces hydrogen and oxygen.
    Radioactivity kills all forms of life.
    Are these people tone deaf?
    Just Evacuate! There is a special place in hell that has been reserved for these people.

  • Sickputer

    We knew Tepco was faking dosimeter reports, now we know the workers themselves engage in dosimeter fraud to keep Tepco from removing them from the high wage jobs.

    If there were whole body scans of the workers it would certainly reveal an ugly look at the true state of their health. But Tepco is not in the business of caring about their welfare.

  • Edward Edward

    It’s amazing, everytime there’s another earthquake they claim that everything is fine and there wasn’t any more damage. B.S. I think if another 9.0 hit and the buildings crumbled down they would still lie and tell us all is good. I don’t believe them at all about this or the health condition of the workers.

    • 56 reactors in that country 6 down and all the rest are oky dokey,… Right !

      • arclight arclight

        wasnt tokai and onagawa hit full on by the tsunami xdr? hmmmmm, tried to see them on the googlies recently…slight touch up!! suspicious no!! hmmmmmmm!

        • arclight arclight

          just top this point up a bit

          Radioactive water spills out of Japan nuke plant after quake
          Posted: 5:17p.m IST, April 8, 2011
          Tokyo, Apr 8 (ANI): Radioactive water spilled from pools holding spent nuclear fuel rods at the Onagawa power plant in Miyagi Prefecture after an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale rocked the region last night.

          However, no abnormalities have been reported at the already troubled Fukushima Daiichi or the nearby Fukushima Daini following the strongest aftershock since the devastating March 11 earthquake-cum-tsunami in the country, the Kyodo news agency reports.

          Despite losing their cooling functions for 20 to 80 minutes after the quake, the temperature of the spent fuel pools at the Onagawa plant and the Higashidori nuclear power station in Aomori Prefecture, both operated by Tohoku Electric Power Corporation, hardly rose, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.

          It also said that a small amount of contaminated water had reportedly spilled on the floor inside the buildings at all three reactors at the Onagawa plant, which has suspended operations since the 9.0 earthquake had jolted the country last month.

          Overall, water spilled or leaked at eight sections of the plant as a result of the 11:32 p.m. quake, according to Tohoku Electric.

          A highest level of radioactive isotope — 5,410 bequerels per kilogram was found in around 3.8 liters of water leaked that had spilled on the floor beside a spent fuel pool in the building housing the No. 1 reactor.

          A spent nuclear fuel disposal facility in the village of Rokkasho in Aomori Prefecture had lost external power supply and switched to an emergency generator following the quake, but power was restored at 9:44 a.m. on Friday, the agency added. (ANI)

          Uploaded by WHENDASHTF on 7 Apr 2011
          interesting video that!!

          Fire at Tohoku Elec Onagawa nuclear plant -Kyodo
          TOKYO, March 11 | Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:45am EST
          (Reuters) – A fire broke out at Tohoku Electric Power Co’s (9506.T) Onagawa nuclear plant in northeastern Japan following Friday’s major earthquake, Kyodo news agency said.

          “Prior to the Kyodo report, the company had said it had not received information on whether there had been any problems at the nuclear power plant after the disaster.”

          just to get the old grey matter going here!

    • arclight arclight

      Characteristics of Piezoelectric Quartz A normal quartz crystal is somewhat hexagonal in form, more or less pointed at one end. The longitudinal axis of the crystal is called its optical axis; polarized light sent through the crystal along its axis will have its plane of polarization rotated, either clockwise or counter-clockwise, as the crystal is a right or left-handed one. Sometimes a crystal, during its period of formation starts to grow right handed and the stops and grows the other way. Such crystals are said to be “twinned.” This twinned structure is not evident to the eye but must be investigated by the action of polarized light or similar test. It is possible to find a crystal which has grown in several layers, alternate layers having opposite rotations. Such crystals make very poor oscillators, unless the plate is small enough to be cut from one layer only.????

      but it is a cracking theory! very interesting about the uranium being cut of by russia! hmmm!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I posted this to the admin…
    But maybe ..out for the weekend.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Kaku predicting a large earthquake…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    An astrophysicist ….explaining earthquakes and volcanoes….expressing a clear certainty of disaster….weird.
    Friends of NASA and HAARP perhaps….

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    …ummm..a dedication to..lolol
    Every Rose Has Its Thorn

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    ….knowing blush……

  • arclight arclight

    while im listening to a thorny song i think i will go a bit of topic i think before i crash if you dont mind…..food for thought

    Edgar Cayce, Clairvoyant (1877-1945)

    I am personally fascinated by the life story of cayce
    “In the first, or that known as the beginning, or in the Caucasian and Carpathian, or the Garden of Eden, in that land which lies now much in the desert, yet much in mountain and much in the rolling lands there. The extreme northern portions were then the southern portions, or the polar regions were then turned to where they occupied more of the tropical and semitropical regions; hence it would be hard to discern or disseminate the change. The Nile entered into the Atlantic Ocean. What is now the Sahara was an inhabited land and very fertile. What is now the central portion of this country, or the Mississippi basin, was then all in the ocean; only the plateau was existent, or the regions that are now portions of Nevada, Utah, and Arizona formed the greater part of what we know as the United States. That (land) along the Atlantic seaboard formed the outer portion then, or the lowlands of Atlantis. The Andean or the Pacific coast of South America occupied then the extreme western portion of Lemuria. The Urals and the northern region of same were turned into a tropical land. The desert in the Mongolian land was then the fertile portion. This may enable you to form some concept of the status of the earth’s representations at that time! The oceans were then turned about….”

    “Watch New York, Connecticut and the like. Many portions of the east coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the west coast, as well as the central portion of the United States. Los Angeles, San Francisco, most of all these will be among those that will be destroyed before New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear. This will be another generation though, here; while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia, these will disappear. This will be much sooner. The waters of the Great Lakes will empty into the Gulf of Mexico.”

    “Two of Cayce’s major predictions concerned the futures of China and the Soviet Union, the world’s great Communist giants. In 1944, he prophesied that China would one day be “the cradle of Christianity as applied in the lives of men.” Through Russia, he said “comes the hope of the world. Not in respect to what is sometimes termed Communism or Bolshevism — no! But freedom — freedom! That each man will live for his fellow man. The principle has been born there. It will take years for it to be crystallized; yet out of Russia comes again the hope of the world.” Russia, he said, would be guided by friendship with the United States. Its attempt to rule “not only the economic, but the mental and spiritual life” of its people was doomed to failure. “

    “Cayce also predicted the possibility of a third world war. He spoke of strifes arising “near the Davis Straits,” and “in Libya, and in Egypt, in Ankara, and in Syria; through the straits around those areas above Australia, in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.” When asked in June 1943 whether it would be feasible to work towards an international currency or a stabilization of international exchange levels when the war had ended, Cayce replied that it would be a long, long time before this would happen. Indeed, he said, “there may be another war over just such conditions.”

    “The first sign of this change in the Earth’s core would be the “breaking up of some conditions” in the South Pacific and “sinking or rising” in the Mediterranean or Etna area. Cayce forecast that, by the end of the century, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco would be destroyed. He said that “the greater portion of Japan must go into the sea” at this time, and that northern Europe would be “changed as in the twinkling of an eye.” In 1941, Cayce predicted that lands would appear in the Atlantic and the Pacific in the coming years, and that “the coastline now of many a land will be the bed of the ocean. Even many of the battlefields of (1941) will be ocean, will be the sea, the bays, the lands over which the new order will carry on their trade as with one another.””

    “Watch New York, Connecticut and the like. Many portions of the east coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the west coast, as well as the central portion of the United States. Los Angeles, San Francisco, most of all these will be among those that will be destroyed before New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear. This will be another generation though, here; while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia, these will disappear. This will be much sooner. The waters of the Great Lakes will empty into the Gulf of Mexico.”

    “Cayce prophesied that the Earth’s axis would be shifted by the year 2001, bringing on reversals in climate, “so that where there has been a frigid or semi-tropical climate, there will be a more tropical one, and moss and fern will grow.” By this time, he indicated, a new cycle would begin.”

    nice guitar on that one rose thanks !! and goodnight!
    peace light and love

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Kaku..I’d love to be a pain in his side.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Night arclight..me too over and out….

  • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

    Well, can’t find anything that confirms a CME tomorrow, so good night…

    • arclight arclight

      thanks for sorting that out….it caught me out!! blows that part of theory then!
      thanks for your dedication to truth and journalistic integrity…be nice to see more of that on the msm! pulled that story of david ickes headlines when i was checking up on any fuku footage! and there was!! blummy! i was so amazed that i didnt check the source of the sun spot pic…the exploding sun stuff picture looked so good too! 🙁

  • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

    Well, can’t find anything that confirms a CME hitting earth tomorrow, so good night…