Japan Times: Journalist says Tepco not telling truth — Blacking out key docs — Evidence mounting Fukushima meltdowns caused by quake — Would delay reactor restarts “by years”

Published: December 12th, 2011 at 9:09 pm ET
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Real cause of nuclear crisis, Japan Times (abridged translation of an article from the December issue of Sentaku), Dec. 12, 2011 (Emphasis Added):

  • Evidence is mounting that the meltdown at the nuclear power plant was actually caused by the earthquake itself
  • Scientific findings have given rise to serious suspicion of Tepco’s claim that the crisis at the nuclear power plant was caused by the tsunami, and not by the earthquake
  • A view that blames the tremor as the true culprit is becoming more and more trusted

Science journalist Mitsuhiko Tanaka, formerly with Babcock-Hitachi K.K. as an engineer responsible for designing the pressure vessel for Fukushima Daiichi Reactor No. 4

  • Tepco is afraid that if the earthquake were to be determined as the direct cause of the accident, the government would have to review its quake-resistance standards completely
  • Would delay by years the resumption of the operation of existing nuclear power stations that are suspended currently due to regular inspections
  • “Vulnerability to earthquake resistance of the nuclear reactor’s core structure” — would surface and that this will require a total review of the government’s safety standards

Black Out

  • A Diet committee looking into the incident asked Tepco to submit a copy of the manual
  • Most pages of the documents so submitted were “blacked out”
  • The company alleged they contained trade secrets
  • Totally dissatisfied, the committee issued another order to Tepco to submit the whole manual
  • This led journalist Tanaka to come to the conclusion that the utility was not telling the truth

See also: Designer of Reactor No. 4 suspects Tepco cooked up simulation in attempt to deceive public

Published: December 12th, 2011 at 9:09 pm ET
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30 comments to Japan Times: Journalist says Tepco not telling truth — Blacking out key docs — Evidence mounting Fukushima meltdowns caused by quake — Would delay reactor restarts “by years”

  • Stephengn

    Before anyone else the radiation will begin to kill children.

    The terrible facts:

    Children’s are growing and thus their cells divide at a higher rate.

    Children explore and thus they increase their exposure

    Children play and thus they breath deeply more often

    It will begin slowly, like some horrible popcorn and increase into a deluge that can not be denied

    A mother mourning the death of her young child is hard to ignore. a population of mothers, all mourning simultaneously, is almost impossible.

    Please note also that you never see a woman within the nuclear industry. Its domination by men is virtually total

    I hope to God I’m wrong. I fear I am correct


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    • Mack Mack

      “Women Changing the Face of Nuclear Industry”

      “Unrestricted by gender stereotypes that ruled the nuclear industry in the past, women today are working as nuclear engineers, project managers, inspectors, chemists, physicists, environmentalists and management members. This is evident at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says resident Gender Concerns specialist Kaisa Clark, “There have been significant increases in the past ten years of the number of professional women employed at the IAEA, particularly in the nuclear safeguards, nuclear energy, nuclear applications and technical cooperation departments.” ”

      http://161.5.1.75/newscenter/news/2010/womenday2010.html


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    • arclight arclight

      Genius Female Scientist Honoured
      nice to see the IAEACORP trying to break the stereo type issue
      9 December 2011
      “Only about 24% of professional staff at the IAEA are women. The Director General said he takes efforts to achieve gender balance very seriously. “The fact that more and more women are now working in the nuclear sector as physicists, engineers, chemists, managers, inspectors and environmentalists is a favourable development. But the overall numbers remain small.

      “It is my hope that Marie Curie will remain an inspiration for young women contemplating a career in nuclear science and engineering. This exhibition will help to remind all of us of just how great her contribution was.”

      http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2011/mariecurie.html

      and on the issue of recruitment generally
      Nuclear Law Institute Trains Nuclear Safety Leaders

      “The IAEA fosters the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States, as well as helping Member States introduce and utilize nuclear technologies for many other uses. To govern these myriad applications’ safe and secure use, the IAEA helps Member States establish and maintain the needed legal and regulatory framework.”

      http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2011/safetylawyers.html

      bleaihh!


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      • nohobear nohobear

        Marie Curie died at age 66 of aplastic anemia, induced by radiation exposure during her life’s research into nuclear physics. I wonder what she would have thought of splitting atoms to boil water?


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  • Mack Mack

    “Tepco is afraid that if the earthquake were to be determined as the direct cause of the accident, the government would have to review its quake-resistance standards completely.”

    The U.S. also doesn’t want the cause to be the earthquake because then they’ll have to put $$$ into safety measures.

    And they’ll have to admit how utterly stupid it is to have two nuclear reactors in California when California sits on the “Ring of Fire” where 90% of earthquakes occur!


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  • VanneV anne

    Wouldn’t it be better to be on the safe side than to have more meltdowns when there are more earthquakes? Radiation is real. Once a meltdown occurs the amount of uninhabitable land is gone forever. And the loss in human lives is extremely tragic. Especially when nuclear power is not necessary for survival.


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  • We know the quake stared it, I posted a repost of a video of the quake and the rolling and bucking of the plant that day from a distance, Unreal footage ! Never again will I expect to see that kind of action !


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  • americancommntr

    On a day we least expect it
    On a day we don’t suspect it
    On a day just like the day before
    Noah preached for years and years
    People heard but would not hear
    Just the same the rains began to pour
    Come Lord Jesus, come and get your bride
    Come Lord Jesus, we want to be by your side
    Come Lord Jesus, take us from this place
    Come Lord Jesus, we long to see your face
    With every boundary line in order
    Its time to get our house in order
    The Lord is coming soon, He will not delay
    Though we eat, drink, and be merry,
    Jesus will not always tarry
    It’s time for you and me to watch and pray
    Come Lord Jesus, come and get your bride
    Come Lord Jesus, we want to be by your side
    Come Lord Jesus, take us from this place
    Come Lord Jesus, we long to see your face
    by Rick Crawford, from Be Still My Heart, 1989
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLKRioJpoBs


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  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    Thanks, Americancommntr,
    I have been digging on “Elijah”, the
    oratorio by Mendelssohn.
    Be Not Afraid
    Sayeth God the Lord.
    Be Not Afraid,
    thy Help is Near.
    —–
    Lift thine Eyes to the Mountains–
    …if you know anyone depressed, needing
    Lazer-cutting female vocal healing, this is It!
    Atlanta Symphony, Robert Shaw. ELIJAH!


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  • James2

    The article is a red herring.

    Tepco isn’t afraid of anything. They are out of business.

    The real problem is that there is no way to contain or fix a melted down reactor – regardless of the cause.

    The second real problem is that a melted down reactor that’s containment fails causes widespread nuclear contamination and wipes out the country’s economy where it is located.

    The third real problem is nuke plants create spent fuel that nobody has figured out how to dispose of.


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  • Japan Desperate to Cover Up Fukushima Nuclear Disaster 9/10/11


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  • pg

    For real? I keep seeing the same headlines over and over like its news or something. Do the Japanese people really need to hear breaking news every month telling the same story before it sinks in? Its common sense. Reactors crumbled, flooded, shorted out, lost backup power, lost fuel. Any of those would have lead to a meltdown. Just happened they got hit with all of them. To make things worse, 6 reactors were placed right next to one another which is a NO NO in reactor world. If one goes, the second one almost always goes (nuclear domino effect). To make thing worse, there are 10 in all within 7 miles of one another.

    The builders of these plants and reactors (Britain) couldn’t have placed them in a better place if they wanted them to someday china syndrome blasting people with rads.

    Its common sense. There is no magic wand to fix this. These reactors are finished, the plants are finished, the villages are finished, the nearby cities within 250 miles are finished. Please make future decisions accordingly. As for reactors, I say shut’em all down, globally. Then do a probe into why the Japanese reactors were placed where they were and why sop close together on top of that.


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  • VanneV anne

    Video of Mar. 11 earthquake:

    JAPAN – The Earthquake – 15 Minutes Live-Cam
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=jBdvvXyS-r4

    Amazing, Japan earthquake splits road in half.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRUHNRG3cYU&feature=endscreen&NR=1


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  • Captain Quark Captain Quark

    Looks like we’ve been given a choice. Death by asphyxiation, or death by radiation poisoning.


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  • CaptD CaptD

    This Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster is still on going and as one of the “Japanese Irregulars” that have been following this since 3/11 and blogging on HuffingtonPost about it, I’d like to share:

    1. That not only is this multi-reactor meltdown still spewing radioactivity into the air and Pacific Ocean off the reactor complex but the current estimates are that any resolution (cleanup is too benign a word) will take DECADES or even 100 years ( http://is.gd/RB5FEE )!

    2. TEPCO & the US Nuclear Industry are trying to say that this entire Debacle is due to the big Tsunami and NOT the Quake, because if the quake is the real initiator (and many believe the data points in that direction), then that puts all reactors at risk! Nature can destroy any reactor anytime anywhere 24/7/365, because Nature does not follow reactor design limitations! Case in point American reactors have a very low G rating (think shake rating) so they will fail if there is a big quake! The NRC knows this and you can read email about it here: It takes a while to load, but it is worth the wait! http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1117/ML11175A278.pdf

    3. Please realize that they cannot just cover this complex up with concrete because the Molten Corium is just too hot (no pun intended)! This melted super radioactive “Stew” has already melted through one or more reactor pressure vessels (most observers think 3 reactors) and is at the moment working it way through the cement containment structures (some even feel this has happened already) and is now heading through the “landfill” below the complex toward the water table below! If that happens then the resulting radioactive steam release will be gigantic and its affects will be seen globally!

    4. Ask yourselves how the USA or any Country would handle a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster like the Japanese are struggling with now and then perhaps many will continue to question if Nuclear is indeed the best option for America or any other Country!


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    • re: above
      1. Hundred(s) of years if not thousands and beyond.

      2. The ‘initiator’ was the group of experts and politicians that fell for the deception of profit and safety of Nuclear Power and sold it to an unknowing uninformed public.

      3. I agree. The release will be gigantic.

      4. The answer is that Nuclear Power has never been an answer, only a swindle and an idiotic pipe dream whose ‘final cost’ may include the extinction and suffering for all lifeforms on this planet.

      It’s not worth it now.
      It’s never been worth it.


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