Fukushima worker: “Danger has reached a point that nobody has ever experienced” — Strong possibility nuclear fuel melted through protective sheath

Published: September 28th, 2011 at 10:10 am ET
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SOURCE: Gendai isMedia

Confessions of a workers’ discovery of 10,000 mSv yet! After another refused work (Google Translation), Gendai isMedia, September 24, 2011:

Translation via Fukushima Diary

[…] “In the blocks 1, 2 and 3, there is a strong possibility that has emerged during the melting of nuclear fuel not only from the pressure vessel, but also from the protective sheath. At the moment nobody is able to determine, is melted in the extent and to what extent the core. I can not imagine how people can work there or at another location, where the danger has reached a point that nobody has ever experienced.“

Published: September 28th, 2011 at 10:10 am ET
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45 comments to Fukushima worker: “Danger has reached a point that nobody has ever experienced” — Strong possibility nuclear fuel melted through protective sheath

  • theypoisonus

    Hello Whoopie, 🙂

    What is this, the 50th time we have heard the words.. possible the reactor cores have melted through the reacrorsheath and to the ground?

    Jeesh :((

  • Lacsap Lacsap

    So they failed to fix the disaster and another one is coming because the core and fuel is heading towards the groundwater which will lead to a huge explosion.. Or not?

  • TheWorldIsBlind

    Did they not already say that the corium has melted through and is now 12m underground, and in by the next year will be at least 100ft underground? why do they keep back trackig?? I just dont get it!

    The world IS blind…

    • lam335 lam335

      That is my thought too. By “protective sheath,” is he just talking about the rector pressure vessel? I thought we already new that a “melt through” had taken place?

      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        What happens if it reaches the earths core. Nothing like radioactive lava spewing out of volcanoes.

        • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

          Interesting question moonshell! The temps and pressures
          proceeding downward, may dictate that the critical mass is
          broken up, dispersed, before reaching molten mantle magma.
          A certain floating equilibrium, sloshed about by magma
          currents, might be seen. but this is all talking about
          much deeper than water worries at the top strata.
          There is no real tight containment to develop the Pressure
          needed for one big blast, i think…porous, we’ve been told
          backfilled swampland about this Fuku site….long history
          of the most quakes in the world, so i’m thinking lots
          of fracturing, faulting, slipping, sliding. We’ve seen (you
          cam watchers have seen and reported…) constant spewing
          of variously, smoke, intense heat shimmer, fog-smog-out,
          criticality blue flashes…I’d say the waters coming near to the
          big heat are vaporized, and these vapors are escaping
          all the time.
          Interesting thoughts about the Core, moonshell….
          I saw an argument that our assumed, long-taught
          Iron-Nickel Core may have to give way to a GOLD core
          explanation, and/or a concentric sphere-set of
          the densest elements.

        • OneWhoRelates

          the inner parts of the earth contain radioactive materials from the dawn of time.

          The amount added is of little significance.

          The water contamination and general environmental contamination is of concern.

          The only silver lining…
          the increase in radiation may do one of 2 things promote an evolutionary response or the planet may begin to turn toxic enough to force us to colonize the galaxy.

        • mikey

          What if nukelave hits the core?
          Nope wont happen as nuclear material will revert to its natural material states when just past earths crust which is pretty thin. The problem is all the people u must sterilize mutate and destroy before most of the China syndrome burns down. The damage is done its all going in the oceans the air all of Japans water supply which will terminate the Japanese as a people and much of the worlds food supply- the oceans….

      • He means that it burned through the reactor pressure vessel (the inner steel bulb-shaped container that holds the core itself) and that it burned through the outer containment building floor (what Google translated as “protective sheath”…. it is just a strange translation, that’s all).

  • Ariana

    How many times are they going to say the same freaking thing?! They don’t have a clue wtf is going on so they keep saying the same things and hoping we won’t notice. Assholes.

  • Gov’t faced with decontaminating millions of cubic meters of soil in 4 prefectures

    Sep. 28, 2011

    An investigative commission for the Environment Ministry estimates the amount of radioactive soil that will have to be decontaminated in Fukushima and four surrounding prefectures…

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/govt-faced-with-decontaminating-millions-of-cubic-meters-of-soil-in-4-prefectures

    • I hope they have a huge washer … clean up is literally going to take forever. As many will soon come to know, there is no such thing as cleaning up nuclear disaster. Tons and tons and tons of ‘waste’ just moved around to make folk feel better. Sure wish Tacomagroove was here.

    • theypoisonus

      Yeah,, like where are they going to get new soil. Japan is a freakin’ Island.. and, what are they going to do with the old soil.. bury it somewhere where it will slowly leak anyhow.

      This is one reason I had to lay off this for awhile + I am heavily invested in the OccupyWallstreet issue… this Nuclear crap along with all the other gov./wallstreet/military industrail complex stuff is all tied into the money of the Wallstreet Gangsters/Banksters..

      IMHO.. go to the source.. these baffoons are never going to get this thing under control.. same chit day in and day out.. sickening , infuriating, and practically hopeless at the point.. unless some freakin’ genius comes up with a plan.. which is doutful so far. 🙁

      Gud to see you. 🙂

  • •Interactive visualization of radioactivity levels
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/radiation-visualization.html

    •Daily radiation levels in eastern Japan
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/radiation-levels.html

    •Maximum radiation levels by prefecture
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/maximum-radiation-levels.html

    • Bob Hardin Bob Hardin

      Your first link only has data up to April.

      Your second link is current, but the numbers are much too low. The Japan Times must have deliberately avoided the hot spots from Fukushima to Tokyo.

      The information at your third link is six months old.

  • pure water

    Dear xdrfox, I think the same about the instruments to track the coriums. Have in mind this things are really hot. They radiate and are much heavier than concrete and rock. And this could be measured from space.

  • Bob Hardin Bob Hardin

    Isn’t there some kind of mining equipment or oil exploration equipment that can detect the location of the corium as well as the groundwater?

  • shaktasna999

    The workers knew what trouble they were in. Fear is awful. Lol and people are looking for corium in an eternal endless leak. They have no idea where it is fully coming from, where it is going, and when it will end.

    People actually think decontamination will work at a point when the leaks cannot even be stopped.Hmm. Well thank God for the survival of the fittest. In five years if we are not dead or dying in agony the genetically superior ones will cremate our stupid useless carcasses.

  • shaktasna999

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/27/tepco-reform-plan-calls-f_n_984264.html

    Everyone knows no one will live to see this money. They won’t let me post because I keep saying angry things:

    TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co <9501.T> will be advised to cut 7,400 jobs, or about 14 percent of its full-time employees, by March 2014 as part of a plan to help it pay compensation for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Wednesday.

    A government-appointed panel looking into the finances of the utility, known as Tepco, is also expected to call for it to raise 600 billion yen ($7.8 billion) in asset sales and cut pension payments among other measures to help it finance the aftermath of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years, the daily reported.

    It also wants government steps to encourage banks to continue lending to Tepco, the report said.

    The restructuring plan is due to be unveiled on October 3, the newspaper said, without citing the source of the information.

    Tepco will then draw up a business plan later in October and seek government approval to receive funding — which some experts have said could be 2 to 8 trillion yen ($26-104 billion) — financed by contributions from nuclear power operators and taxpayers’ money. ($1 = 76.655 Japanese Yen)

    (Reporting by James Topham; Editing by Edwina Gibbs and Michael Watson)

  • alasanon

    Any new test results from the EPA for the U.S.???

    hmmmmmm???….

  • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

    The only news is that they stopped calling it “Reactors” and started calling them “Block 1, 2 and 3”.

    By definition a reactor is an containment holding fuel.

    When the containment is no longer containing anything and the fuel has left the place, they can hardly call it a reactor anymore. “Blocks” are a more appropriate term.

  • dka

    electronics can be damaged by radiations but not mechanics. I guess that very well shielded, very simple camera mounted on a mechanical device could move step by step closer to the corium. Something like the 2 roovers taking photographies on March. I can only suspect that they are not doing it because of 1- they don’t want anyone to know the truth, 2- to do that, they need to open a part that if they do try to open, there is a big risk of explosion 3- they don’t even have the measurement devices capable to tell them what are the risks in getting closer to the corium. Otherwise, I can’t understand why nothing on that side is being done unless it not possible to make such camera (which should not be the case because plenty of photos were taken near Chernobyl core.

  • catweazel

    By definition a reactor is an containment holding fuel.

    When the containment is no longer containing anything and the fuel has left the place, they can hardly call it a reactor anymore. “Blocks” are a more appropriate term.

    sponge 1-3 sounds even more appropriate

  • dosdos dosdos

    Gamma radiation is much stronger from the corium than any light source (of any spectrum) which could be directed upon it. Hence, any photographic equipment, film or plate, would show nothing but radioactive fogging. There is no way to remotely observe it, even if you could get some sensing equipment close to it. All you could do is say “it’s near here” because the interference is greatest there. Think about the gamma cameras they used to find the highly radioactive matter in the pipes. That is about as good as it could get, and odds are, it wouldn’t be anywhere close to that good, because of difficulty accessing the corium. There is just no way to tell accurately. Make a guess, it’s all anyone can do at this point. Only time and further studies will tell can tell what happened.

    Rather look at the new radiation readings coming from oceanic studies that are just getting underway. Lots of things aren’t adding up, unless there is currently a constant seepage of highly radioactive materials from the plant via the groundwater conduits. I think that what is being dumped into the ocean and aquafers will make what is being dumped on land via steam release seem trivial. And those who preached dispersal through dilution obviously don’t know very much about ocean stream mechanics.