Fukushima Worker: Rats now being found in many places around plant — Concern about biting cables, tripping electrical systems, spreading high level contamination

Published: December 21st, 2012 at 11:29 am ET


Title: Atomic Rats, Fishing For Beams & Cleaning Up The Common Pool At Daiichi
Source: SimplyInfo
Date:  Dec 20, 2012

Atomic Rats […]

Workers at the plant are reporting seeing rats at Daiichi. Worker Happy11311 mentioned seeing them and was worried they would damage cables at the plant. They could cause obvious safety problems if they chewed on electrical or water lines. Small animals also pose the risk of getting into equipment and causing issues by tripping electrical systems. Then there is the problem of rats being in contact with high levels of radiation then making them highly contaminated. This can cause problems as they then spread the contamination up the food chain or take it with them if they leave the immediate area.

Translation by Fukushima Diary: I like animals but haven’t seen rats before. Recently I see rats in many places of Fukushima plant. ・・・ They much bigger than Jerry. I’m concerned they may cause a trouble by biting cables.

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Published: December 21st, 2012 at 11:29 am ET


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44 comments to Fukushima Worker: Rats now being found in many places around plant — Concern about biting cables, tripping electrical systems, spreading high level contamination

  • weeman

    The only rats at the plant are the executives of tepco, rodents. Rats in the cellar mice in the house call in the exterminator and eliminate them all and rid this world of the blight.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    You wouldn't think they could survive long considering the high rad levels.

  • nuckelchen nuckelchen

    happy rats or whut the fack?

    by the way,
    20.000 workers got reached their all-life-time-radio-dosis by working shortly on fukuground,
    but mr happy works still on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    "spocky?beam me up, here is no…."

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Nuckelchen, I guess because he's "happy" the radiation does not harm him. I agree it is odd that this one worker continues to dribble info and work on and on and on…………

    • m a x l i

      This worker may be higher up the food chain, doing mostly office work, and does not have to jump into the spent fuel pool.

      Or he has a high quality lead cover on his dosimeter. I bet the rats have one, too.

      • nuckelchen nuckelchen

        his chrono is full of reports from "being-boiled" and much more stress times, also before/until/after it happened to him.

        and please don't get me wrong.

        i didn't read all tweets of him,
        and by the most of the readed ones i was miles away from any understanding in anyways of it.

        • moonshellblue moonshellblue

          I agree. Judge not, simply stated, and perhaps it is several employees using the sobriquet of happy worker, after all I'm sure TEPCO would not approve and if I were an employee I would group together and share info under one name. JMHO

    • Holland Holland

      I think there are more than one Mister Happy11311. If one Mister Happy leaves Fukuground, the other comes. I think we deal with a Mister Happy11311 network. 🙂

      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        Holland, I did not see your post obviously great minds think alike. ( just joking) but I do apologize for my redundant post.

  • The transport vectors will be many.

    "…there is the problem of rats being in contact with high levels of radiation then making them highly contaminated. This can cause problems as they then spread the contamination…"

    This is but one piece, of a tiny thread of the spread, that will continue to accumulate, one way or another, until the hazardous to life lifespan of these radioactive materials reach safe levels. Conservatively speaking that would be *centuries for many of them and I'm not even going to mention –> PLUTONIUM!

    decay rate/half-life = 30 years
    which means…
    *HAZARDOUS to LIFE… = 300 years (conservatively)

  • patb2009

    giant mutant rats…

  • Replacant Replacant


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Huge catfish in Chernobyl cooling stream


    THE MUTATED CATFISH – Chernobyl zone / Pripyat


    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      These probably glow a little in the dark, HOTR. Believe it or not though, catfish can and do get this big in a lot of places without the benefit of plutonium.

      Once they get whale-size (like 6-8 ft long), they really have no natural predators. Too big for a hawk or eagle. The birds of prey at Chernobyl all died of radiation decades ago, so the catfish just keep bobbing around and eating all day. Like rats and roaches, they can tolerate incredible amounts of poison, radiation and other nasty things.

      I don't think "The meek shall inherit the earth" was referring to humans at all.

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    A lethal dose of radiation (LD50) to a human is about 4 to 4.5 Grey. A rat on the other hand is around 7-7.5 Grey, so they can withstand more radiation then a human can. I would be more concerned about insects getting in through all the openings into the SFP and reaction chambers. Many insects can withstand HUGE radiation dosages and continue to live on. They would then spread it to other larger insects, birds, reptiles, etc that consumed them later.

  • Bananastan Bananastan

    Do radioactive rats have radioactive fleas which could be carrying some new type of radioactively-mutated bacteria which could start a new Plague?

    The Bubonic Plague of the 1300's was caused by rat fleas biting humans, and it killed between 75 and 200 million people.

    If not this, then isn't it conceivable that some type of mutated bacteria or virus is being created from all the new nuclear radiation in the environment?

    Could insects like mosquitoes then become carriers of a new radioactively-mutated bacteria or virus or fungi… ?

    I just don't think anyone, even the top-tier scientists, are contemplating the entire picture of what all of this new nuclear-radiation interacting with the environment could do.

    • nedlifromvermont

      Hey Bananastan!

      The answers to your questions are yes, yes and yes!

      You won't get truthful answers to your questions from the nucleocrats … they are too busy lying.

      Physical, abiotic dispersal vectors, biological vectors, atmospheric releases, this radioactivity is just such wonderful stuff, brought to us all by a negligent, soulless, crony capitalistic company known as General Electric Company.

      And no playbook for when a meltout does occur …

      And no truthful statements of any kind about what is actually occurring … just huge expenses to cover up the facts of the matter …

      Go crony capitalism ………. the world is about to die from it … is this Karl Marx's revenge?



    • weeman

      Yes the radiation is corrupting their DNA and with millions of combinations anything is possible, in nature it is survival of the fittest and adapt or perish. For evolution to occur you must put the said entity under stress, if there is no stress there is no reason to evolve, as you are in balance with your environment.
      The first priority for life to occur on a planet is shielding from cosmic radiation that should put into prospective the dangers of radiation and I would love for somebody to divinitivly tell me what level of radiation and types of radiation makes a planet uninhabitable for humans etc. they don't know only a wide range of answers depending who did the paper etc.
      Just say no to fission please.

  • nuckelchen nuckelchen


    Now, only in rats have been more attempts made in things radiation, than in people?




  • nuckelchen nuckelchen



    and the reason is pretty simple:
    humen reproduce not so fast as rats,

  • nuckelchen nuckelchen

    finaly i would say,
    i'm u're he/she/it's hApPy…

  • Ah, so the TEPCO execs left headquarters and are now causing trouble at the plant. Kind of an insult to Rats don't you think?

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    There are rats, and then there are really big RATS

    Greg Palast; The Lies and Fraud Behind Nuclear Plant Emergency Diesel Generators; via A Green Road

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Ann Harris; Exposes TVA, NRC, And NEI Corruption And Coverups; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/11/ann-harris-exposes-tva-nrc-and-nei.html

  • Sol Man

    Years ago another member of Rodentia, the squirrel, ate the insulation off of the harness of the truck parked in the driveway.
    They could have had the hundreds of apples under and on the tree, but they preferred the plastic insulation, apparently. The truck wouldn't go w/o new harness or extensive repair.

  • m a x l i

    The rats are our greatest hope now. If they start to dismantle the fuku complex, it can only get better.

  • Jebus Jebus

    The rats wouldn't be there if there wasn't a food source.
    Someones very sloppy with radioactive sanitation, or?

  • RJ RJ

    They should be trianing rats instead of building robots

  • stopnp stopnp

    If a rat can seriously impair a nuclear reactor's ability to operate, the we shouldn't have nuclear reactors!

  • stopnp stopnp

    Their concern is quite valid. Rats chew on wires to keep their teeth from growing too long.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Time traveled back to this thread!

    It's 9/27/15 in the future

    Cesium 137 decays into Barium, which is rat poison!

    Some, like Jebus, wonder if this story was even true.

    Lots of cesium decay over the next two years!

    Any rats left, ya think? Haven't nothing…