Video: Japan expert reveals “serious obstruction” at Fukushima — Investigation blocked into whether Reactor 1 was damaged by quake, not tsunami

Published: February 7th, 2013 at 8:54 am ET
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Title: TEPCO ‘blocked’ nuclear accident investigation: panel member
Source: Kyodo
Date: February 07, 2013

[Tepco] blocked an attempt by a Diet-appointed panel to enter the No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima Daiichi complex for an accident investigation last year, saying the unit was “in complete darkness,” which was not true, a member of the panel said Thursday.

The panel members were seeking to determine whether important equipment of the No. 1 reactor had suffered damage as a result of the earthquake on March 11, 2011, before ensuing tsunami ravaged the plant [...]

In a report compiled in July last year, the panel said the earthquake may have damaged equipment necessary for ensuring the safety at the No. 1 reactor, touching on the possibility of small-scale pipe breaks.

It also said that several workers who were on the fourth floor of the No. 1 reactor building at the time of the earthquake witnessed a water leak on the same floor, which houses two large tanks for the isolation condenser and piping for the condenser.

Title: TEPCO misled Diet panel, averted quake-damage inspection at Fukushima plant
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: HIDEAKI KIMURA
Date: February 07, 2013

[...] “(TEPCO’s explanation) was absolutely false and seriously obstructed the investigation,” Mitsuhiko Tanaka, a former member of the now-disbanded Diet commission, said in a statement submitted to the chiefs of the two Diet chambers on Feb. 7.

Tanaka asked the Diet to inspect the No. 1 reactor building to see if isolation condensers–key safety components at nuclear plants–were damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011.

If the emergency cooling system was damaged by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake, stricter quake-resistance standards would be required for nuclear power plants, further delaying the restarts of idled reactors around the country.

The isolation condensers stopped working soon after the earthquake struck, which is believed to have contributed to the early meltdown of the No. 1 reactor. [...]

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9 comments to Video: Japan expert reveals “serious obstruction” at Fukushima — Investigation blocked into whether Reactor 1 was damaged by quake, not tsunami

  • dosdos dosdos

    Surprise, surprise….. NOT. We knew this in March '11, yet they're still denying it, because it would shut down all the reactors in Japan permanently.


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  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

    a duly appointed investigative body was impeded in their service. This alone, is grounds for arresting any who were at the top of TEPCO, at that time. As the dangerous conditions would've required prior notification of their pending arrival, no one within TEPCO's top-level management can claim ignorance of these (now disbanded) investigators or their intended purpose. As such, we can only conclude malicious intent on the part of TEPCO. It's no longer a matter of whether indictments can be handed out, but when…


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  • weeman

    The answer to that question would have consequences for every nuclear plant world wide if proved that the earthquake caused terminal damage to reactor, all reactors would require upgrades that would make them uneconomical and if they deny and continue to produce power from reactors they are putting every person on this plant at risk, wake up and smell the plutonium, the writing is on the containment wall.
    End nuclear power now.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Talking about cover-ups, how much radiation is in your water and food?


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  • Sol Man

    Lady Barbara Judge said that everything was "fantastic" with the Fukushima situation. How many lies are to be spread about for all of the people to reject?


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  • voltscommissar

    ABC (Australia) national current afffairs radio program has just run a prominent story on this, also on their web site as transcript and mp3 audio: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2013/s3685945.htm

    Once again the journalist Mark Willacy is doing great work putting evidence of ongoing unconscionable corrupt behaviour by Japan's YUCKlear industry into the mainstream media (outside Japan).

    The new conservative Japanese government is unlikely to change its pro-nuclear policy, as they are complicit and "in bed with nukes" more than the previous govt was.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    so …. big nuke nucleocrats are lying murderers ….

    … maybe tell us something that we don't know ….

    … … …

    Let the anti-nuclear Pogrom begin …

    Death to lying murderers and their poison factories …

    was never necessary, cheap or green …. Nuclear Power is and was the ultimate HOAX!!!

    Take that Big Nuke!

    peace …


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  • We Not They Finally

    Now they are quibbling over which detail to get straight because it affects nuclear plants RESTARTING? What inhumane criminal monsters want to restart ANYTHING nuclear in that country? O.k. Let them GO inside the reactor to investigate. You've got seven minutes, buddy.


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  • gnomesang gnomesang

    can anyone explain how those holes in the roofs of the buildings were made by quake OR tsunami?


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