Fukushima workers drill new hole in Unit 2 torus — Tepco to check for melted nuclear fuel (PHOTO)

Published: January 28th, 2013 at 11:40 am ET


Enformable: Workers at Fukushima Daiichi drill new hole in torus of Unit 2 for survey […] Workers found problems as they ran into steel pipes and metal grates which made it difficult to insert survey instruments. TEPCO is planning a survey that will measure the amount of radiation to ensure that no fuel is melting.

Tepco: “Condition after drilling a hole; Photo taken on January 28, 2013; Photo taken by Tokyo Electric Power Company”

Tepco handout: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2013/images/handouts_130128_06-j.pdf

Japanese-only news report: http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/2013012801002181.html

Published: January 28th, 2013 at 11:40 am ET


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23 comments to Fukushima workers drill new hole in Unit 2 torus — Tepco to check for melted nuclear fuel (PHOTO)

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    [chirpy female voice] "Thank you for visiting. You have reached the… [static, click] NUM BER TWO… [click]torus. The corium is traveling right now and can't answer the hatch. Please leave a message at the tone…"

    [extended silence…]

    [mechanical voice] "Message box full" [click… dial tone…]

    • Jay

      The fact that Corium side-released of Elements represents one of its signatures , means you don't need to 'look' at it to determine is there .

      But considering the photo and the size of those cuts done , it looks to me as an attempt to help vent more radiation out and … spread it because that's the JapGov philosophy , no ?

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    At least now we know how they are going to pay for it, by cutting welfare and forcing the poor to go work at Fukushima:


    With energy and food inflation running into double digits, this should force hundreds of thousands of poor into the 'temporary' workforce at Fukushima. 'Temporary' because they don't last too long.

    Also cuts down on medical care, since they won't get any for radiation poisoning, so everything is good.

  • And if they see it, it will probably look like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgBPQbXqN6c

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Reality Check:
    1. Obviously, there is nothing in this picture that was (or is) 3,000 degree F, the Corium temperature.
    2. Corium2 would have melted everything in sight at 3,000 F.
    3. Corium leaked into the downtube of Torus2, and blew it out, taking Containment pressure to zero.
    4. Corium2 melted through the concrete and steel floor of Containment2.
    5. Corium2 melted through the Containment Base.
    6. Corium melted out of Building2, and is somewhere in the sandstone underground.
    7. Everything said by TEPCO and Japanese Government to this date has been is a lie.
    8. Where is the corium from Units1,2,&3, TEPCO?

    No corium is left in Unit 2:
    Just high radiation levels!

    • PhilipUpNorth…

      That is reactor building #4… you know?… the one that wasn't supposed to have a corium!?

      VERY poor building recognition ability you seem to have.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      At Chernobyl, corium left the reactor and did not melt THROUGH anything, but followed pipes, tubes, openings, etc…

      Corium does not HAVE to be 3000 C, and it can be combined with impurities and be diluted, which reduces its temperature and properties…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    No country or scientist in the world can stop the meltdown. The root of the problem is nuclear itself. The electric company can can only pump water around, and continue watching the spread of radiation.

    What is important, is to avoid future meltdowns. And that means, outlawing them. Otherwise the list will grow ..Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima (check Wiki for all known nuclear calamities).

  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    That drill hole is not drilled into the torus itself, it's through the concrete ceiling of the torus room.

  • dosdos dosdos

    Where's Waldo?

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    How long do you suppose any worker can be in that position to do that kind of work? Wouldn't that be a death sentence right then and there?

  • We Not They Finally

    Tepco is "planning a survey which will measure the amount of radiation to ensure that no fuel is melting"?? They've been WHERE for going on two years? First they announced that no one could even get near reactor 2, because it was "too hot." Then outside experts who actually CARE (including Michio Kaku)announced that three of the reactors had ALREADY melted down into "corium," which had "never happened before." As of last summer, 60% of the area's children had developed diabetes (radiation does A LOT of bad things!)and 36% had thyroid nodules. Now 55% have thyroid nodules and who knows how many more have diabetes. And these freaking criminals are out to
    "ENSURE" that the cover-up of mass murder continues? They are going to measure the truly immeasurable, and then doctor the stats HOW? Why isn't the world clamoring for the arrests of these mass murderers?

  • We Not They Finally

    whatever happened to human conscience??? Arent we suppose to care about each other.In the end if we lose doent everyone else?Isnt the point to save the earth.the beautiful earth?

  • I Dont Know

    Why doesn't Japan use Los Alamos' Muon Radiography muon scattering method to see where the nuclear fuel is:

    — "Los Alamos' scattering method is a superior method for gaining high-quality images of core materials"

    — "Muon radiography (also called cosmic-ray radiography) uses secondary particles generated when cosmic rays collide with upper regions of Earth's atmosphere to create images of the objects that the particles, called muons, penetrate."

    — "We now have a concept by which the Japanese can gather crucial data about what is going on inside their damaged reactor cores with minimal human exposure to the high radiation fields that exist in proximity to the reactor buildings," Borozdin said."


    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      What makes you think they haven't already used this technology and that they would ever publish the results?

      They probably don't want anyone to know where the corium is. It may all be in the ocean or below the ocean floor by now. The nuclear industry definitely doesn't want anyone to know how bad the nuclear industry has failed in Japan and in every other country which has a nuclear program. Everyone should be running from that kind of failure.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Mutagenesis; Dangers Of Low Dose Ionizing Radiation; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/12/mutagenesis-dangers-of-low-dose.html

    Fukushima Crisis Total Cost $1 To $10 TRILLION Dollars; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/06/fukushima-crisis-total-cost-up-to-10.html