Fukushima Worker: My shoes melted instantaneously when near reactor — Revealed during Tepco-affiliated forum

Published: November 14th, 2011 at 8:53 am ET
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“Shoes immediately melted”, Fukushima Diary, Nov. 14, 2011:

11/14/2011, actual Fukushima workers finally talked about how it was in the plant just after 311.

It was the situation beyond our imagination, no wonder, far from being announced officially.

It was told at the energy, environment symposium held at Tokyo university. The promoter was Mr.Aizawa, vice president of Tepco. (so it is likely that the ACTUAL situation was way worse than it was told at this symposium, but better than no information.) [...]

[B]ecause it was out of power, workers had to go to the actual point to open the lid [to vent the reactors].

However, it was extremely hot because of the exposed fuel inside of the reactor. A worker states, once they stepped on the ladder, the shoes got melted like glue immediately. It was not just the heat, radiation level was also extremely high. [...]

SOURCE: http://www.shimbun.denki.or.jp/news/main/20111114_01.html

Immediately after “instantaneously shoes the accident dissolved” the Fukushima which first operator testimony (Babelfish Translation), Denki Shimbun, Nov. 14, 2011:

When it entered into the reactor building with the vent, the bottom of the shoes dissolved instantaneously, – -. Immediately after the accident occurring of the Tokyo Electric Power Fukushima first nuclear power plant, one end of testimony of the operator who undertook correspondence became clear. Detailed testimony of the field work member becoming public the first time. [...]

“Because of the vent, entering the reactor building, the torus (foothold) when the foot was used, testimony of the operator that the bottom of the shoes dissolved the [tsu] instantaneously slyly”, has indicated the abnormality.

The inside of the reactor building not only temperature, the radiation dose quite was high. Tokyo Electric Power Company considered the danger of being bombed, age devised the measure such that the operator above field work.

Published: November 14th, 2011 at 8:53 am ET
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17 comments to Fukushima Worker: My shoes melted instantaneously when near reactor — Revealed during Tepco-affiliated forum

  • jwfuki

    Shoes are over-rated.


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  • Bleifrei Bleifrei

    more and more truths seeks the light


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  • jec jec

    Have those workers been tested for radiation levels both internal and external? They are real heros–but likely received a lot of exposure. Are they still available–or “disappeared”? Or at the Fukushima Medical Center?


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  • tomb1

    Tepcospeak: “There is the possibility that one or more workers were potentially exposed to some minor radiation levels. But the levels were so low that no immediate health risk exists.”

    Truth: “The workers died not immediately, but the next day.”

    (sorry, fiction)


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  • bmurr bmurr

    so was this the time we saw people carried out under a tarp? i imagine that if my shoes melted, my feet would burn, i would fall to the floor and burn the rest of my body. then people would carry me out under a tarp to hide tue grotesque burns.


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  • This is a huge leak. Rubber has a very high melting point. Anyone know what brand of boots they are issued in fukushima.

    That would tell us how hot the fuel would need to be inside the reactor to make the shoes melt at a few feets distance. My guess is its beyond the melting point of both cement and steel which finally would bring closure to the melt-out scenario.


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    • tomb1

      Nuclear fuel without cooling gets as hot as 2500 or 2800°C within hours. This melts steel and burns concrete easily.

      Of course the surrounding area gets hot, even without a leak.

      To determine the core temperature by knowing what shoe model they used is impossible, at least for an engineer. You would need to know

      * how far the guy was from the vessel
      * in what level he was
      * which ladder he tried to climb
      * how long he stood there
      * what was in the vessel (water, steam, …?)
      * how thick the vessel is
      * how long the inside of the vessel was so hot
      * how many walls, how thick and in which distances were they between worker and vessel
      * dry or wet area
      * wind
      * air temperature

      But maybe you can help.


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    • ExposeEvil OriginalSinRising

      China Syndrome, At Least Meltout Is Guaranteed – Scale Of Initial Disaster Coupled With Duration Of Radiological Emission At High Intensity Should Confirm Moderate Corium Migration.

      Large Fissures Within Local Vicinity Erupting Emitting Radioactive Steam Should Reveal A Long Term Plan To Confront Total Infrastructure Insolvency.


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  • Ariana

    I find it very hard to believe that anyone who went inside the reactor building could survive. Has anyone here read Voices From Chernobyl? I highly recommend it, but it does not contain any uplifting stories of survival.


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  • oscar419

    Time to bust out the SPF 100,000


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  • dpl dpl

    I estimate he was 2 feet to close to the fire.


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  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Well I’m more inclined to wonder if he’s the only one left alive to give an accounting of the first responders and how do we know in fact that he is one of those who opened the lid?!! I somehow doubt it and if he did climb up,open the lid and is here 8 months later telling the story-what are the odds of him being around to tell the story another 8 months from now?


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  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    The BBC news ticker thing at the bottom of the screen on PBS WTTW-11 had a whole sentence about the farmland in NE or NW Japan having radiation levels above what was considered “safe”-it was too small for me to see which of the two regions though,and rather ironic that the newsanchor was announcing the 3rd quarter rebound of Japan’a economy for the 1st time since the EQ & tsunami-but no mention of the reason for the unacceptable radiation levels in the agricultural area.Then they showed video of the goon squad taking down Occupy Oakland because of the violence,including a murder?!The only violence I saw was riot cops kicking people,ripping down and flipping tents and swinging batons,followed by news of the French former IMF leader suing the news agency that reported his involvement in a prostitution ring. What a fucked up world we live in.I’m not sure I wanna wait for radiation to end my participation in it either.I feel fully justified going another round of roulette -opinions may vary as to what constitutes “winning” the game……


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