Japan TV: Steel beam found next to fuel rod assemblies in Fukushima fuel pool — Tepco raises possibility of damage (VIDEO)

Published: September 25th, 2012 at 9:00 pm ET


September 26, 2012 NHK report with summary translation by Fukushima Diary:


Tepco finished investigating the 1/8 of the pool and found 3 steel beams in total. One of the 3 steel beams was found beside a rack of fuel assemblies.

Tepco still hasn’t verified the dropped steel beam.

They have been stating there is no change in the radiation level in the pool water and no change of the water level, which suggests the state of the pool and fuel assemblies were sound, but they are starting to suggest the possibility that fuel assemblies were damaged.

Google Translation: Tepco… have decided to look at but there is no noticeable change in the radioactive material contained in the water of the pool, and there is also a possibility that fuel has been damaged, continue to investigate.

Systran Translation: Tepco… although there is no change which is conspicuous in the radioactive substance which is included in the water of the pool, seeing that there is also a possibility the fuel having been hurt have decided to continue investigation.

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Watch NHK’s report here

Published: September 25th, 2012 at 9:00 pm ET


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4 comments to Japan TV: Steel beam found next to fuel rod assemblies in Fukushima fuel pool — Tepco raises possibility of damage (VIDEO)

  • Sickputer

    Oh yeah, it crunched and melted all those hundreds of rod assemblies! Off with his head (criminally negligent crane operator).

    C'mon… Seriously? They are worried about debris damaging the burned masses of metal in that blown-up pond?

    Tepco and the Diet..always with moonbeam fantasy stories and explanations. Radium bottles, crops and fish suddenly radiation-free…big smile policy.

    The trust confidence level of Noda and buddies… soon to be in single digits.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    @Sickputer. I'm thinking along the same lines. I've even thought the knocking of the beam into the pool was deliberate so that TEPCO could blame the beam. But, of course, there's so much debris, it's probably surprising more hasn't fallen in.

  • CaptD CaptD

    @Sick & Vic Agreed, while everyone looks at the beam nobody is looking at the "buried" fuel assemblies that that cannot be lifted up and out of their because this cannot be allowed to become a game of nuclear "pick-up sticks"…

    Remember, TEPCO only shows (or tries to get away with showing) what they think will take the Public's eyes away from the highly radioactive fuel rod and debris pileup they cannot even get near enough to put a fibre optic cable into to "survey" let alone start lifting piece out one by one…

    Where are the radiation reading for all radionuclides in all locations?

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    More distractions to keep focus off the results of their many other "mis-steps"&the grotesque results of their (in)actions & what's happening to everyone getting zapped with their foul crap!!