Fairewinds: Some reports of damage at Fukushima plant after quake, spent fuel pools seem to be intact

Published: December 9th, 2012 at 2:09 pm ET


Source: Fairewinds Energy Education
Date: Dec. 9, 2012

There has been a seismic event 150 miles away from Fukushima. There are some reports of damage, but the spent fuel pools at the Fukushima Daiichi complex seem to be intact. We will bring more information to you as it becomes available.

Tweet translated by Fukushima Diary:

A friend of mine heard from a photographer who was sent to take pictures of reactor4 that it looked like it was about to fall down. Fukushima workers tell it to each other “Come back safe” when they go to reactor4 they say. It scared me.

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Published: December 9th, 2012 at 2:09 pm ET


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28 comments to Fairewinds: Some reports of damage at Fukushima plant after quake, spent fuel pools seem to be intact

  • Sickputer

    Perhaps with the cold weather the SARRY Goldfarb mess of plastic vents and piping is susceptible to cracking with earthquake activity. Just a couple inches of lateral ground movement can crack those pipe sections. The video showed pretty massive shaking.

    On November 20th Fukushima Daiichi did have a SARRY leak:


    As Pat said in the comments for that EX-SKF article…37,000 becquerels of cesium per liter is a hot mess indeed.

    And of course no mention of the strontium filters promised years ago to be completed by September 2012.

    The Japanese nucleocrats want to restart the other idled plants, but they can't even stop radioactive releases from the Fukushima disaster 640 days after the first radioactive releases.

    Chernobyl burned for 11 days…the "official" worst nuclear accident announced by the liars at the NRC and IAEA.

    Can the Japanese government survive the citizen fallout from Fukushima? Probably, but there is tremendous distrust and unrest in the farms and apartments in Japan. Only in homogeneous Japan could a government maintain control after destroying a vast part of the country and endangering the lives of everyone with toxic poisons in the air, soil, and food.

    Madness in Japan…

  • krugthecaveman krugthecaveman

    And the human race dodges another massive bullet. And the bingo wheel spins on……

    • I don't think the human race dodged the bullet on this one…

      the genomic instability produced by Fuku fallout will bedevil people for generations, although the cause may not be understood.

      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        agreed +100

      • Mack Mack

        Look at the United States – vital statistics for deaths for 2011

        "The age-adjusted death rate increased significantly from 2010 to 2011 for six leading causes: Chronic lower respiratory diseases (1.2 percent), Diabetes mellitus (3.4 percent), Influenza and pneumonia (4.0 percent), Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (3.2 percent), Parkinson's disease (2.9 percent), and Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids (3.9 percent)."

        Do these "causes" of death seem like ones that would be affected by exposure to radioactive particles?


        And this is interesting:

        "Mortality statistics are compiled in accordance with World Health Organization regulations…"

      • Anthony Anthony

        Yes agreed.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad


  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    All the NRC public documents including fukushima radiation plume and US liscence renewal and complaints for your viewing pleasure here
    pbadupws.nrc.gov – /docs/ML1219/
    Enjoy 🙂

  • weeman

    I am afraid this post is inadmissable it is here say and should not be posted. A friend of mine heard from a photographer, we need factual information for enenews to be considered a reliable source, no malice

    • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      Weeman what post do you mean ?

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      It's reported as hearsay. Hearsay is admissible in reporting if it is reported as hearsay.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Just hearsay against the Nuclear Boys? We will literally need a living mutated child to make the world listen and for *them* to buckle. Its not what I want to see happen, God forbid, but in the limited exposure I have had online exposed to their conferences and other dialogues, we are up against a mighty yet ignorant arrogant group of fellows. I believe they would call hearsay – hearsay and have a police escort to take that person out of the court. And the Judge would probably allow it if he was allowed to.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          There are plenty of mutated babies in Iraq, in the Ukraine, in Belarus, and the world is still not listening. In the US they look at the amniotic fluid and do ultrasounds to detect birth defects and also perform abortions. And we don't know how many still births are really mutations. The nuclear industry is destroying all life on the planet. Murder and criminality are human aberrations. I put a link to cellphones which work using microwave frequencies in the forum on effects of low dose radiation which cites studies that microwaves cause violent behavior and soldiers who are microchipped can also be directed by satellite or by cell phone towers to be more violent.

  • krugthecaveman krugthecaveman

    Ok so the genomic fallout has started the human mutations at least we're still alive.

    • Sol Man

      We are still alive for the time being. What about the future and our responsibility to it, to our children and theirs and further on?
      It boggles the mind to think of where the war technology thinking has taken the state of the planet and all on it.

  • Nigwil

    Google translate of that weet gives:
    "Photographer friend told me that was borrowed to shoot Fukuichi Unit 4.

    It was a ramshackle really scared to see.

    So call out workers working in the field to go to fellow No. 4 is "a safe and sound please" · · ·.

    I was appalled."

    Maybe there is some sarcasm in the comment 'a safe and sound please' that translates to “Come back safe”. Who knows.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "According to the nominal pipe thickness of new pipes and the combined corrosion rates, the piping at Fukushima has an estimated life before failure of 3-6 years."

    The zirconium cladding of 1,535 fuel assemblies in SFP4 were exposed to damage following the dewatering of SFP4 on 3/11/2011, followed by repeated fires, and corrosion from seawater pumped into SFP4 to bring the water level above the tops of the fuel assemblies. TEPCO has accelerated the schedule to remove spent fuel from Unit4, in an attempt to remove fuel assemblies before the zirconium cladding fails utterly due to corrosion.
    Now TEPCO must face the difficulties of removing and handling the damaged and fragile fuel assemblies. Some fuel assemblies may already have dumped fuel pellets onto the floor of SFP4. Others are sure to do so as they are handled during removal. Once in the Common SFP, spent fuel assemblies can be expectd to retain their integrity at best for only another year or two.

    My question: What happens when a leaker fuel assembly fails, dumping fuel pellets onto the floor of a spent fuel pool? How will TEPCO handle and clean up spilled fuel pellets? I believe this is an urgent question that needs to be answered now.

    See a good review of SFP4 here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_units_4,_5_and_6

  • Sickputer

    PuN sez: "My question: What happens when a leaker fuel assembly fails, dumping fuel pellets onto the floor of a spent fuel pool? How will TEPCO handle and clean up spilled fuel pellets"

    SP: The way they always have since late March 2011… Dump debris in the lagoon. Handy cranes just ready and waiting to do the dirty work. The Russians would have done the same if Chernobyl had been on the coast.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "The spent fuel pools seem to be intact."
    According to whom?
    I also don't agree.