Japan Reporter at Fukushima Plant: Reactor building’s steel frame is “severely crushed” — Getting to see structure in person made a great impact

Published: October 16th, 2012 at 10:38 am ET


Title: A visit to the plant one year and seven months after the Fukushima accident
Source: Denki Shimbun
Date: Oct. 16, 2012

On October 12 the power plant was shown to a press group one year and seven months after the Fukushima I nuclear power station accident. […]

This was the fifth time that the power plant site was shown to a press group. There were 45 participants in this visit including members from the overseas and Internet media. […]

The upper part of the unit 4 reactor building, which had been severely damaged by the hydrogen explosion, was before our eyes. A survey was being conducted prior to work to remove concrete from the upper part of the building. The several cranes used for the work were being controlled remotely by wireless from the main anti-earthquake building. This is a measure to reduce exposure to workers and it is said that this operation requires a high level of skill.

The interior of unit 4 could be seen from the upper part of the unit 3 reactor building. The steel frame was severely crushed. Although video of this scene had been viewed a number of times, the impact of actually seeing this was great. […]

Hard to tell if the reporter is discussing Unit 3 or 4 being severely crushed. It seems Unit 4, though how could the reporter be in the upper part of Unit 3 to see Unit 4? (See: “The interior of unit 4 could be seen from the upper part of the unit 3 reactor building. The steel frame was severely crushed.”) How did he/she get in Unit 3?

Published: October 16th, 2012 at 10:38 am ET


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12 comments to Japan Reporter at Fukushima Plant: Reactor building’s steel frame is “severely crushed” — Getting to see structure in person made a great impact

  • "The interior of unit 4 could be seen from the upper part of the unit 3 reactor building."

    Yes, and you could see Earth's moon from Mars. So what? This is proof that Japan has 'pressitutes' as well, and it is probably hard for them to hire competent ones (would *you* want to work as one?), so the shoddy journalism just piles up and up and up…

  • Sickputer

    The lies from Tepco are endless: "The drilling of a well is also planned to prevent groundwater from flowing into the plant as a water contamination control measure."

    SP: The reporter sucks it in like the gospel, never asking the progress of these (supposedly 12) water wells that have been in the "planning" stage for years, just like the cofferdams. Why don't they show reporters the dozen groundwater wells Tepco said were under construction?
    Where is the cofferdam? Where is the strontium-90 filter promised since 2011?

    Would they get away with this shitty coverup in America? Certainly. The American nucleocrats are accomplished liars. The Japanese learned from the best.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      The Well and Cofferdam Project is on hold, apparently. We were looking for this Project to go forward in August or September. When nothing had been done by October, it got me to thinking about how to keep Coriums1,2,&3 cool. If Coriums1,2,&3 are sitting in the mudrock underneath Buildings1,2,&3, then they are cooled only by the flow of ground water. The Well and Cofferdam Project was designed to stop the endless contamination of the Pacific Ocean as ground water flows around the Coriums and on out into the Ocean. Wells inland from Buildings1,2,&3 were to pump ground water out before coming into contact with the Coriums. This water would be tested, then dumped into the Ocean. The Cofferdam was to run along the Harbor dock, and was designed to stop ground water from flowing into the Ocean.
      Had this Project been constructed, what would have been the result? Coriums1,2,&3 require the continuous flow of ground water to keep them relatively stable. Without flowing ground water, the corium would heat up, boil off any remaining groundwater, and would begin to pop and sputter. This unstable corium would release large amounts of radiation into the air. So, IMO, the Well and Cofferdam Project was scrapped in order to keep the coriums cool and stable.
      Is there a better idea than Well and Cofferdam? Yes. Call it the Heat Sink Project.

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        The Heat Sink Project: The goal of the Heat Sink Project is to contain cooling water for Coriums1,2,&3, which consist of 200 tons of melted nuclear fuel lava located in the mudrock beneath Buildings1,2,&3. Assuming that Coriums1,2,&3 lie in mudrock at a depth of between 25' and 75' below ground level, build a cofferdam 100' below ground level around the Harbor, proceeding inland past Buildings1,2,3&4. Once inland from the plant, the cofferdam would run parallel to the Ocean, blocking groundwater from entering the area. Ground water would be channeled around the plant area, and into the Ocean. A series of shallow injection wells would be drilled inside the cofferdam perimeter, uphill from Buildings1,2,3,&4. Pipes would bring water from the Harbor floor to the injection wells. The injection wells would set up a flow of seawater around Coriums1,2,&3, then flowing back into the Harbor for cooling and recirculation. Pumps could operate using some combination of tide/wave/wind/solar power, and would be designed to operate without human operators. Once completed, the Heat Sink Project would effectively stop the ongoing contamination of the Pacific Ocean.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    United States Circumvented Laws To Help Japan Accumulate Tons of Plutonium

    Israel's Secret Illegal Nuclear, Biological And Chemical Weapons; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/israels-secret-illegal-nuclear.html

    All around the world, both the US and many other countries are illegally using, exporting, importing, and building nuclear weapons, but only Iran is being 'punished' for even THINKING of doing the same…

    The US is guilty of using DU weapons globally, inside CITIES. Depleted uranium is being used in amounts that equals or exceeds the amount used in an equivalent nuclear war…

    Yet, the US has no problem accusing Iran of just thinking about using nukes and then sets up blockades to prevent their building even ONE.

    This is called 'projection'.

    Cast the log out of your own eye, before pointing to the wood sliver in someone elses eye.

  • nedlifromvermont

    … yeah but AGreenRoad …that's Christian thinking … these nucleocrats are not Christian … they'se the mafia dude … or maybe they are those space aliens we hear so much about … some newsers hope that will save us … …

    … be careful what you wish for, I guess …

    … the whole King Midas myth comes to mind … substitute radioactive for gold and you get the picture …

    … even his darling daughter (or dog perhaps) became all radioactive …

    … creeps …

    peace ..

  • razzz razzz

    Water, either groundwater or injected cooling water is a moderator. That is, slows down neutrons so they are more likely to hit any uranium thus causing a chain reaction.

    TEPCO continues to add boron to cooling water and injects nitrogen to displace any hydrogen. The boron is not able absorb all the neutrons since the melted fuel is in blob form where boron treated water can't get to the interior of the blobs where reaction could be on going, so they have to inject nitrogen to keep the hydrogen from collecting to explosive levels. Hydrogen forms as a byproduct from any on going reactions in the melted fuel that the boron can't prevent.

    The melted fuel traveling into the water table would dilute the boron to the point of being useless and cause uncontrollable reactions by moderating the neutrons. I don't think it is at that point yet.

    You don't want the melted blobs sitting in water unless there is boron in the water and at the same time you need to keep the blobs in water to control heat and contain radionuclides, like what goes on in the spent fuel pools.

    Maybe five years later, after cooling down, they can cover the areas of the blobs with concrete to keep them dry and let them cool down further without the chance of coming in contact with water.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      razzz sayz: "You don't want the melted blobs sitting in water unless there is boron in the water and at the same time you need to keep the blobs in water to control heat and contain radionuclides, like what goes on in the spent fuel pools."
      3 coriums have been in mudrock under Units1,2,&3 and have been sitting in contact with ground water since approximately April, 2011, IMO. Fission has been occuring here and there in the coriums, more or less constantly, according to the isotopes detected in air samples. The water and borium injected into Containments1,2,&3 are useful only in moderating the radioactivity in the Containments, as seem from the most recent radiation measurements.
      What we have here is essentially 3 Rogue Nuclear Reactors, operating in nature, outside of human control. The project at Fuku is to reign these Mothers in, and get them under control. How would you do it?

      • razzz razzz

        Hard to disagree with ongoing fission, wherever the blobs are.

        Not good form to paint a picture to fit your idea of events, very misleading for some readers.

        If the blogs where truly running freeing, the results would be much more lively and if groundwater surrounds the blobs, they didn't get very far because they are being cooled.

        For TEPCO, pretending to store contaminated water and filtering the rest is about all you can do while any excesses spill into the sea. Because working around what is left of the containments is sure death.

        I'd start with the common pool and empty it to dry cask storage while speeding up work on Unit 4 SFP. Unit 3 SFP is hopeless and Unit 1 SFP full of debris, the same, hopeless. Unit 2 is intact but I don't see them firing up the fueling machine to cask and unload the SFP fuel there either, probably melted when it went dry and is hopeless.

        Need lots of earthquake free time until everything cools down then be removed or incased in concrete. Further generations will have to deal with it unless Arnie or somebody comes up with a better idea.

        In the meantime, TEPCO gets thrown underneath the Nuclear Bus to save face for the rest of a worldwide nuclear industry. The talking points will be that Fukushima would have never happened if TEPCO prepared for and followed all the recommendations. 9.0 quakes and 50 foot tsunamis happen all the time and can be designed for.

        • Sickputer

          The deadly alien eternal coriums represent the end of safe fish from eastern Japan seas forever.

          Imagine three voracious and insatiable bears in a valley of a million sheep. A few shepherds with feeble staffs try to stop the bears. They fail to protect any of the sheep and eventually die themselves along with most of the sheep. The bears are immortal and when the pickings get slim move across to another valley of sheep. Repeat scenario until the end of time.

  • truthseek truthseek

    FUBARSHIMA is beyond the scope of written expressions here,
    as well as MSM. We all know and have shared here from day 1,
    nothing surprises me anymore… I .fear.

  • codetwister codetwister

    I'd say the odds are pretty good that the 'prestitute' reporter/journalist was not actually viewing the twisted, rusted, "crushed" structure of Unit 4 with their own fleshy eyes, but more likely that they would have been viewing via remote controlled camera. It would be unlikely in the most extreme that TEPCO would even consider letting a journalist anywhere close to a hot zone where they could find true rad measurements with a pocket meter.

    Remote camera, Big HD Screen, some hors d'ouvres, and a whole bunch of tightly spun BS, fed to the press with hunk of glow-in-the-dark cutlery.