Japanese TV: Fukushima fuel cores have ‘molten-through’ containment vessels — Location of molten fuels is unknown — “Risk of re-criticallity” from filling vessels with water

Published: March 20th, 2014 at 10:57 am ET


Email update from Genn Saji, former Secretariat of Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission, Mar. 10, 2014 (emphasis added):

On February 26, NHK released (Japanese only) a news on their overall view on un-dissolved nub parts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. The identified issues are categorized in the following four topics;

  1. De-fueling of “molten” core debris should start six years from now in the earliest — The core-meltdown has occurred in 1F1 through 1F3, resulting in penetration of the molten high temperature nuclear fuels through the RPV (Reactor Pressure Vessel) and leached at the bottom of the PCV (Primary Containment Vessel) in the Fukushima Daiichi accident.  According to TEPCO’s schedule, the de-fueling should start in 2020 in the earliest.  The overall decommissioning should be completed in a time span of 30-40 years.
  2. Exact damage location of PCVs have not been identified — In attempting the above task, there is an urgent issue waiting for early solution.  First of all, the exact damage locations of the PCVs where the fuel have molten-through has not been identified yet.  TEPCO plans to fill the PCVs with water to shield against radiation […]
  3. The molten fuels have not been characterized — Next issue is whereabout and characteristics of the molten fuels are not know.  Without resolving these issues, it is not possible to establish the necessary approaches for de-fueling.  In addition, there exists a risk of re-criticallity upon filling the PCV with water.  The contaminated water is hindering human access for inspection with high radiation field and hazardous radioactive species.  The Japanese Government and TEPCO are rushing for R&D of robots as well as theoretical predictions trying to grasp accurate status of nuclear fuels.
  4. Searching for way out of contaminated water issues — Fundamental solutions are waited for the contaminated water issues which are generated through cooling of nuclear fuels.  The contaminated water accumulated at the basements of buildings through leakage from PCVs.  Its volume continue increasing, and a part of the water was found leaked unnoticed last year. […] leak path has not been identified […]

I believe NHK failed to identify two of the most important and serious issues among the consequences of Fukushima nuclear accident […] [one] issue is the root case of hydrogen explosion.  NHK simply followed TEPCO’s scenario of zirconium-steam reaction. […]

(More to come about Saji’s view on the root cause of the explosions)

Published: March 20th, 2014 at 10:57 am ET


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84 comments to Japanese TV: Fukushima fuel cores have ‘molten-through’ containment vessels — Location of molten fuels is unknown — “Risk of re-criticallity” from filling vessels with water

  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    " TEPCO plans to fill the PCVs with water to shield against radiation […]"

    So the cores melted through and are who knows where, but they are going to try to fill the RPVs with water knowing there are gaping hole sin the bottom they cannot seal up, and what for….the cores are gone!!

    Just gets more surreal every day.

    • Yes, it does get more surreal:

      Fukushima water decontamination suspended indefinitely
      Published time: March 20, 2014 14:09
      Edited time: March 20, 2014 14:45

      "Treatment of radioactive water at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant might be indefinitely suspended after malfunctions crippled the water purification process and recontaminated thousands of tons of partially purified water, Japanese media report.

      The failure in the system, known as the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS), is the latest setback in Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (TEPCO) uphill battle to stockpile radioactive water, which is ballooning at a rate of 400 tons per day.

      TEPCO said up to 900 tons of water, which had not been sufficiently cleaned in the ALPS equipment, flowed into a network of 21 tanks that were holding 15,000 tons of treated water. Not only have the 21 tanks been rendered unusable, but all 15,000 tons of previously cleaned water will now have to be retreated."

      • Archie

        Water, water, every where,
        And all the boards did shrink;
        Water, water, every where,
        Nor any drop to drink.

        from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
        by Samual Taylor Coleridge

    • We Not They Finally

      fireguyjeff, they cannot possibly believe that dumping untold tons of radioactive water through "the sieves" that are now the PCV's, will "shield radiation" at all. All I can think is that maybe instead of dumping thousands of tons more of radioactive water from the storage tanks directly into the sea, that maybe they might re-route it through "the sieves," so it winds up flooding into the sea ANYWAY. But then it is harder to accuse them of direct dumping.

      It's the kind of games that people must be playing in insane asylums to pass the time of day.

    • Molten Fuel may not be the only thing "on the run"…

      As time goes by and more data emerges the Yoichi Shimatsu Interview Transcript of Aug26'13 seems to ring more and more true…
      Yoichi's speculations correlate with Japan's insisting that they will restart their Plutonium Refinement Reactor Oct'14…
      Japan is in the Plutonium business…

      Here's the transcript…still worth the read if you don't have this info….


      Yoichi is an International World Renowned Journalist who stands by his work heroically…

  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    "…theoretical predictions trying to grasp accurate status of nuclear fuels."

    So now they are grasping….
    Whatever happened to "cold shut down"?

  • Sickputer

    Depending on new robots that they have no idea how to build and relying on undeveloped theories of what terror lies in the bowels of Fukushima reactor buildings 1-3.

    Sounds like a plot for a Godzilla movie to me.

    But instead of a movie it is a frightful reality for every human living in Japan and especially central Japan. They have spewing nuclear cores that are impossible to locate, much less contain. And the poisons are spreading rapidly across the globe like a silent grim reaper. Japanese die first, the rest of world follows.

    Yeah, sure…open up some of those shuttered nuclear plants in Japan. You might as well make a profit as you are dying. What else could go wrong? Another 9.0 earthquake?

    I hold no brief for the survival of the Japanese people in central Japan. Relocate or become the first mass dead victims of this deadly nuclear fallout poison.

    Dr. Frankenstein scientists and insane bureaucrats and industrialists constructed this deadly machine that has no off switch for their own greedy power desires.

    Cheap electricity that comes with a deadly surprise ending.

    …sadness in Japan

    • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

      Well SP, I have this nagging sense that the time for most of Japan to effectively relocate has long since passed.

      I doubt that there are off the shelf CPUs that are rad hard in order to attempt any sort of pseudo-robotics for the NPP tasks.
      Just not that much demand for them other than military.

      Even if one had access to a rad hardened Si process (BiCMOS like) the
      plates alone would cost about $1 million and take many months to get the first layers to get started.
      Point is, a rad hardened CPU could easily be a year out from when the design and layout data is ready.
      I think a year of effort is likely just to get the design set up.

      Doubt there might be process flow options in a conventional fab that could happen even with an extra fee tacked on in order to get some rad hardened CPUs.

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        Best way to image and map corium is to make a map from the neutron or gamma radiation. This can be done by human beings from well outside the PCVs, and DOES NOT REQUIRE ROBOTS.

        In fact, the entire remediation of the Fukushima mess does not require any new technology, nor any robots. 😉

    • …sadness for every living thing.

      Nuclear Industry proponents can no longer claim 'cheap electricity'.

      The costs to this once glorious planet can no longer be calculated.

      Just the cost of unnecessary suffering caused by this debacle/swindle makes it a crime against 'life'.

      We have been robbed of our freedom to eat fish, breath fresh air and drink clean water. I don't know about others, but I put a very high value on that.

      LIFE and DNA are priceless!!!
      Who can argue with that? 😛

  • combomelt combomelt

    "everyone is fukued"

  • atomicistheword

    Now for normal people… (Australian colloquial version)

    They blew their arse out, melted through the floor and are melting down into the ground. Dropping their guts like a rad curry. Three crap inferior reactors stuffed, one of them having a huge atomic fart into the environment, spreading atomic radiation all over the world. Pissing out loads of poisoned water into the Pacific ocean as they try to stop them blowing up. Radiation worse than a cheap night at a knock shop, nads zapped and mutant grommets. Anyone for a fish?

    Storing the water in leaky tanks taped up with aircon tape, spewing nuke guts on the ground, they hint of a chunder yawn into the sea. Bad news.

    It took three years to come clean.

      • SadieDog

        GQ ,from your article -“We never expected radioactive water to flow into the storage tanks,” Masayuki Ono, acting general manager of TEPCO’s Nuclear Power & Plant Siting Division, told the paper. “We should have been better prepared. We have no idea how long it will take to clean them if we decided to do so.”

        • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

          SadieDog and GQR2, did you read the part about the United Nations
          " Meanwhile, a United Nations rights investigator said Japan should expand its cancer tests beyond the thyroid screenings being employed by local authorities, Bloomberg reports.

          “Why don’t we have a urine analysis, why don’t we have a blood analysis?” said Grover, who also recommended that the tests be expanded to a broader geographical area. “Let’s err on the side of caution,” Grover, a UN special rapporteur who surveyed the events surrounding the March 11, 2011 disaster, said in Tokyo on Thursday. "

          Is the world agencies finally waking up to the fact we are all fukued?

          • GQR2

            we can wish that were happening but it doesn't seem like it is. Not really NBO. They are trying to normalize the utter lack of concern and civilized response to the on-going crisis. Let's see though i would love to be wrong. by the way that blog you linked to with the post by Celeste on Radiation effects was a cool blog – i hope you don't mind if i re-post it 🙂
            Crimes Against Humanity Blog.

            • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

              GQR2- I know you're right, the United Nations have never cared about the Nuclear cartel massacring humanity.They are just placating people to stymie the uprising they foresee ahead.

              After all, they have to keep people shopping, watching tv, and celebrating "World Happiness Day"

        • GQR2

          SD those are some infamous last words by Ono – and yeah affirmative on that, Tepco was poorly designed,designed to fail from the git go, and they should have been bettered prepared.

          These civilized oopsys on Tepco's part create shall we say…
          stress as defined by the overwhelming urge to wrap ones hands around another's throat.
          Did you see Nuckelchen's video for the anniversary. Easy to believe there are plenty of death cult folks around Tepco. They would have to be.


      • GQR2

        day 1104 : the chances of big huge boom for all the world to see going up exponentially by the nano second, we can pretty much be assured that massive amounts of highly contaminated water from the tank farm will be dumped into the ocean by workers who basic job qualification is that they "can carry out a conversation". The P.R. Corporate and state scientists officials/talking heads are lying their asses off for a living. They dream up new ways to not only deflect the truth about radiation but also to minimize,discredit the people who are aware and speak it. (radio phobes etc) that slant on the people reacting warily to Nuclear Radiation Exposure is building. (blame the victim)

        the level of general knowledge about the reality of Fukushiva and radiation in the general public remains astoundingly low.

        We.are.so.nuked. As Socrates says Blue,Screwed and Tattooed.
        One can practice random acts of kindness.

    • atomicistheword

      The scenario is being set to dump the tanks into the sea, unfiltered You can see this between the lines. If they do that the Pacific ocean will be in terminal illness. Methane, global temperature extremes, radiation contamination; an utter tipping of nature's balance.

      All this Europe stuff is to try and get a world war three going to cover up their Anti-humanity crime. So obvious!

      • We Not They Finally

        The Pacific Ocean is already terminal. The Japanese should now at least have the decency to evacuate northern Japan like they should have done in the first place and then dump that water INLAND. But they'll never do that.

        • atomicistheword

          Rather than do that they shipped the polluted atomic waste around the country, burning it at low temperature thus liberating atomic particles into other regions. Why? So there is no reference point to consider future litigation.

          It seems that the Japanese government has not learnt from its past feudal ways.

          If you live in Japan and can get out, do it now. Because Japanese goods are about to be shunned by world markets causing a deep depression. Japan as a world power is over. The government can switch on their reactors as much as they like, but no one will buy their goods. All because of atomic greed.

          The nation should be evacuated and ALL ATOMIC REACTORS WORLD WIDE SHUT OFF.

          ps: I see GE are getting into making solar panels now.

  • tbg

    LOL…."According to TEPCO’s schedule, the de-fueling should start in 2020 in the earliest. The overall decommissioning should be completed in a time span of 30-40 years."

    As soon as we develop new technologies that don't currently exist on earth to perform this procedure.

    Fukushima cannot currently be stopped, decommissioned or shut down but we hope that humans will live long enough to create new technology and machines to fix it someday. But until then it will keep literally Pumping massive amounts of contamination into the ocean and air, and lands primarily in Japan and the US.

    Thanks US Government, I blame you.

  • Mack Mack

    Long-time ENENewser “CaptD” is now a contributing writer to http://www.nuclear-news.net

    Make sure to check out nuclear-news every day, too.

    This morning, nuclear-news is reporting that:

    • China’s nuclear program could be falling flat. Nuclear energy only accounts for 2% of China’s energy (why bother!) And a nuclear project in China was cancelled due to local protests.

    • NRC Commissioner Magwood is leaving the NRC and taking a job with a French nuclear company

    And lots more at nuclear-news.

  • Hot and Bothered Hot and Bothered

    30-40 years eh?
    I think at this rate we will be about done decommissioning the human and a good chunk of life on this planet!

  • 21stCentury 21stCentury

    ~~~ Build a Bigger Breakwater NOW, Please ~~~


    The water level inside the new bigger breakwater can be raised up to 5-meters higher if necessary, to help balance the water levels inside the reactors. If flow-thru can be balanced then a concentrated solution of borated-water can be kept in place inside the leaky reactors to eliminate re-criticality.

    Graphene Electrodialysis can recover and concentrate the rad-isotopes from the rad-water.

    Graphene/Silica-aerogel electrostatic capacitive deionization can clean the air under added tent-roofs and the new dome roof.

    99.99% containment can be achieved..
    All the isotoped can be recovered from the water, similar to the seawater uranium mining process that has been used for the past 40 years.

    If Areva can't make their ALPS-system work, then don't pay them until they perform.. Don't let one contractor's failure prevent any slowdown in overall project progress while fighting this nuke-fire.

    I'm old & grouchy & frustrated, and I have been battling against NukeEnergy-Stupidity since before JFK was shot by a gang of CIA thugs. I wish I had more time to offer much more meaningful participation, but time is short for me here.

    • Hot and Bothered Hot and Bothered

      Absolutely love your ideas 21st!!
      Were you the one on here that was talking about ion filtration stuff?
      I think I remember it was either you or stock.
      I want to get building =]

  • m a x l i

    "Location of molten fuels is unknown"

    Tepco probably has got only a 10-meter tape measure. What a career nuclear power generation went through! From "too cheap to meter" to "too deep to meter".

    • GQR2

      "Location Unknown"
      maybe they might hazard a guess?
      No, cat got their tongue?
      That is a lie for Stock's list. Its gotta to be close to a hundred Nuclear lies by now.
      good one Maxli,
      The concurant level of B.S.is "too deep to meter"

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    " First of all, the exact damage locations of the PCVs where the fuel have molten-through has not been identified yet".
    Those guys in Japan just slay me! 😉

    Where is the damn corium, Japan?

    If you can't find it, why not have the US or Russia find it for you.
    We know that finding a very hot nuclear core should be pretty easy.
    So why don't you map the corium this year?

    If you did map the corium,
    You would find that almost none of it is in the PCVs.
    If you could plug the leaks, and fill the PCVs with water,
    You would find that there probably isn't enough corium left inside the PCVs to boil the water.

    So solve the damn water problem now by not pouring any more water into the reactors.

    Tipping point.
    Tip it!

  • GQR2

    The Fukushima News video made by missingsky101 raises to doc. level of film making a good summery of things on the ground in Japan,(its about 15 mins. long)
    Fukushima 3 yrs on. The area they want to open up with it's most likely radio active newly built highway is so picturesque. Its heart breaking how beautiful this area is and the Nukists built right there. Its diabolical.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Same with the Hanford, WA site. Beautiful area. Fuked.

      God probably won't let any pro nuke people into heaven. The first thing they'd do is build a meltdown.

      • GQR2

        They would ! they're Nuclear Nukkelheads
        Numbskulls Nimrods and fiends. Many of them unwittingly fascist,they surely would be aggressive in heaven. The agenda to dominate is without restraint these days. End game kind of thing. They are racing to the finish line.

  • Blue Blue

    Can someone verify this? I heard on the radio this morning that thousands of tons of radio active waste materials are being moved and housed in Tokyo?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fukushima Water Decontamination Suspended Indefinitely . . .

    Getting worse by the day, nuclear trashing the globe.

  • Nick

    Fukushima is decommissioning itself.

    Who needs humans or robots?

    First, containment vessels went kablooey.

    Then water drained out of some of the spent fuel pools igniting much of the contents.

    The rest of the mess is flowing into the ground and sea, either as a molten blob or as nan0-sized dusts that go aqueous or atmospheric.

    The radioactive water in the hastily built tanks?

    Um…in a sense it doesn't really matter in the greater scheme of things if it all gets dumped into the sea, plenty of toxins have already exited one of the world's largest nuclear power generating stations.

    The tank water should be bottled and sold as HAPPY WATER to all government officials who are Peter Principled.

  • Nick


    What if the stuff we are seeing in the Ukraine is partly do to the addled minds of the Chernobyl disaster?

    Will the PTB decide that warfare is now okay since there is so much nuclear contamination worldwide?

    I hope not.

    But then again, do you trust 'em?

    Crazy times ahead folks.

    • There is a number of reasons for the "western world", especially the US, is in desperate need for another big-scale (aka world) war. Whether or not they can start it as planned basically boils down to one question: are Putin and the Chinese part of the conspiracy, thus only acting as opponents to the (pathetic) western propaganda, or not. My personal hope is the latter. If I am right, we have a positive outsight, because it seems to me that Russia and China would currently not profitate of that war, and they have absolutely no reason to do the US and their allies this favor. On the contrary: it is an amusement to them to watch Obama, Merkel etc struggling for war without result while disqualifying themselves and losing more and more of their remaining credibility among broader public. I have impression that slowly an increasing number of sheeple are waking up, see the massive amounts of daily lies, and stand up against the NWO agenda.
      If on the other hand Putin belongs to the same club and they only give a good cop – bad cop performance, we are totally fucked and should embrace the idea of being evaporized à la thermo-nucléaire soon.
      What makes the Russian part suspicious is actually their role in the Fukushima and Carlsbad dramas. Why don't they play these Joker cards by exposing how US, Japan and Europe citizens are being lied to and put in danger by their governments ? Why passing on this free yet perfect propaganda gem ?

      • We Not They Finally

        Putin is no fool. He probably feels aggravated enough (though not saying he's a good guy, no-way, no-how) being baited by the U.S. in the Ukraine. (Like the U.S. CARES about the Ukrainian people? That's ludicrous. Although if some PIPELINE is in play, maybe not….)

        And China has tons of residual hatred for Japan historically. I wouldn't be surprised if Putin were thinking, o.k., let the Chinese take on the Japanese.

        On the other hand, Putin was apparently p-o'ed enough at the U.S. to keep John Kerry waiting for hours as a protest for the U.S. rubberstamping Monsanto, which is wrecking the agriculture of the world. So there has to be a lot of "Russia first" in his mentality. I doubt that he wants to be baited to where he doesn't want to go.

      • orsobubu orsobubu

        U.S. and Russia have no reasons to go to war. Russia wants to maintain and expand its vital imperialism around the same influence area at the times of USSR, with an additional projection toward Asia, such as Indian subcontinent, in co-existence with China. The U.S. wants instead manage their relative decline of power, on the one hand surrounding China with military bases to control its ascent, on the other hand try to create as many problems as possible to Europe, their true competitor. US does so by engaging Europe in wars in Africa or the Middle East, endorsing uncomfortable EU partners such as Turkey and Britain, throwing in the middle of the stage a hot potato as Ukraine, manipulating the separatist extremist groups and creating serious tensions between Europe and Russia. The situation is similar to that of the Cold War, when the two empires USA and USSR faked to fight each other while in reality both their capitalist bourgeoisie on the one hand subjugated respective national proletariat with the fear of communism and capitalism, disempowering social reforms and democratic representation, on the other end they succeeded in dividing Europe into two spheres of influence from which they extracted portion of their shares of surplus value.

        • Mars sense, but leaves one question open that befuddles me (sorry, couldn'g resist ;-)): why is it that Merkel herself doesn't pass on any opportunity to provoke Russia and Turkey, which is all but in Germany's best interest. I suspect it proves she is a US puppet, and that I am right with my long-term theory that Germany never achieved full sovereignity after WWII. Which became apparent in the NSA affair/discussion/denial, among other incidents. As I read the so-called 2+4 treaties, the post-war occupation laws never really got revoked. Do you have any opinion on that matter ?
          As an interesting side node I'd like to add that there is evidence of Merkel having worked for Stasi under the cover name "IM Erika" (IM=inoffizieller Mitarbeiter=inofficial employee) at a time when Putin was stationed in Leipzig as a high-ranked local KGB officer. Merkel also visited Moscow several times back then. Just coincidence ? Who knows…

  • We Not They Finally

    The above news release is bizarre. It's like a homicide detective saying, yeah, this looks like a crime scene, but we have nothing to go on and no plan to take us to nowhereland. They say that they cannot even find what they are supposed to "de-fuel."

    It's like a mentally insane person trying to masquerade as normal. Which is what I imagine many of the Japanese feel like these days anyway.

  • We Not They Finally

    Good thing that they've put any definitive action ahead "six years from now at the earliest." Wouldn't want the 2020 Olympiads (not –won't happen) to think that the Japanese didn't have a plan….

  • rogerthat

    Conco: ''Even if the entire Fukushima site slid into the ocean, it wouldn’t raise Cs concentrations above trace levels in the ocean at large''

    – known as paving the way. when it's all in the ocean, they will be able to announce that decomissioning has been completed.

    • Be careful what you say. This was meant to be a surprise. Maybe it is even a state secret ! So if you find yourself in a scene with helicopters surrounding your place and heavily armed men in black busting your front door and windows, don't say you haven't been warned 😉 !

  • Ontological Ontological

    Back to this ole spin again, anyone getting dizzy yet?

  • Sol Man

    It's a war against creations' genomes.

    This kind of hate is in its own realm.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    ALPS shut down indefinitely. Careless workers didn't notice it wasn't working properly, and contaminated all the return pipes and tanks. Almost impossible to recover from. Water is THE problem at Fuku. http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=12616

    Many thanks, SimplyInfo, for staying on top of this big story. Runup to dumping contaminated water into the Ocean. Bad news.

  • Nuclear-Free-Zone

    …I silently mouth the words "WTF?" at least twenty times a day…NOW I can write it!

    …Fuke me with a futbol…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    UN Investigator Calls for More Testing of Fukushima Heath Impact


    Kathryn Higley, who heads the nuclear engineering and radiation health physics department at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

    "Japan’s government is preparing to lift evacuation orders in areas with radiation levels as high as 20 millisieverts per year, according to a Feb. 18 presentation by Masako Ogawa, an environment ministry director.

    The 20 millisievert per year level is consistent with what is routinely permitted for occupational exposure outside the U.S. and under the 50 millisievert per year level allowed within the U.S., according to Kathryn Higley, who heads the nuclear engineering and radiation health physics department at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

    “We can’t really measure radiation impacts (using epidemiological tools) at exposures less than about 100 millisieverts,” Higley said in an e-mail. “That’s what makes it such a difficult conversation to have.

    "If it’s unlikely that you’ll never be able to detect an increased risk, why shouldn’t you be allowed to go home?”

    If you cant perceive the risk.. can't detect it ..why not just believe the lying officials and go home?

    PS..Higley..can't perceive the robber in her house..it's all good.
    She should go home..

  • Sol Man

    Ms. Higley would best go live in the test area herself for accuracy of the tests. That would just be good science.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    We're on to the risk perception BS..Ms. Higley.

  • Nick

    Rube Goldberg is the role model for TEPCO.

    Everything done at the site of one of the world's largest nuclear power generating stations is a SHAM.

    Nothing of any lasting value has been achieved at the site except for winning the Tokyo Olympic Bid.

    The cores are gone. They are in you, and they are in me, and pretty much every living cell on the planet (except those deep under ice and earth).

    The ALPS was a charade. Where were the filters going to go? Into the incinerator?

    No, do not expect a shred of a silver-lining in this obfuscated fiasco.

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