NHK: Over half of fuel has melted out at Reactors No. 2 and 3, says Tepco’s assumed worst scenario (VIDEO)

Published: November 30th, 2011 at 9:39 am ET


Even Tepco admitted melt-out is occurring, Fukushima Diary, Nov. 30, 2011:

Tepco admitted melt-out is happening at reactor 1, 2, and 3.

Tepco’s ‘worst scenario’ via NHK:

Reactor No. 1

  • All the fuel melted
  • Broke through the pressure vessel
  • Dropped onto containment vessel
  • Melted fuel is around 65cm deep in the concrete
  • There is only 37cm left of the container vessel

Reactor No. 2

  • 57% of the fuel already melted-out to the container vessel.

Reactor No. 3

  • 63% of the fuel already melted-out to the container vessel.


Tepco “still assert the situation is stable”.

Google  Translation

SOURCE: NHK News, Nov. 30, 2011

No. 1 fuel 65cm melting water immersion

Accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Unit 1 fuel meltdown occurred, the substantial fall in the amount of containment of the reactor by breaking the bottom of the steel melt the concrete bottom of the vessel estimated to be 65 inches maximum erosion has revealed the results of TEPCO.

Some fuel for Unit 2 and Unit 3 has been estimated that fall into the containment vessel, has again highlighted the seriousness of the accident.

Watch the nearly 3 minute video in Japanese here

Published: November 30th, 2011 at 9:39 am ET


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23 comments to NHK: Over half of fuel has melted out at Reactors No. 2 and 3, says Tepco’s assumed worst scenario (VIDEO)

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Japan: Fukushima Dai-ichi Meltdown Deeper Than Previously Thought

    • ion jean ion jean

      Whoopie, thanks for the link…looks like HP got a blurb from AP which must have been generated by a TEPCO press release…i’m fairly dissapointed in them both for their lazy bones reporting that just shovels the shit a little further down the sewage pipe!

      TEPCO simulations are no doubt generated from “data” so old it’s collecting dust, just like EPA data.

      Basically, not there as fast as you need it.

      Why don’t mainstream journalists do their jobs? They’re supposed to investigate and challenge the ethics of their superiors…thats what they teach them in college

      Here we are daily doing the real investigative work!

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        I saw it in a Tweet.

        • Whoopie Whoopie

          Incredible how the MSM continues to downplay this. We all know the TRUTH. What in the hell now? I really dont know what to do now. 🙁

          • Whoopie Whoopie

            In fact, I just checked the front page at HP and it’s NOT THERE. So I dont know how people/tweeter found it.

          • Dr. McCoy

            @Whoopie, have you considered devoting your considerable energies into organizing and publicizing a boycott of Japanese products? The 2012 models are rolling out now… Hit those bastards in their pocketbooks….

      • ion jean,
        Editors may have been told by gov. not to be a traitors and release much informations as for the good of the country ! Even foreigner’s are treated as traitors if they speak out or not do what they want !

      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        “Why don’t mainstream journalists do their jobs? ”

        The MSM is owned by GE and the like. What makes you think they are NOT doing their job? Their job is to report what their bosses tell them to report, period. Just like your job is to do what your boss/customers want you to do. Don’t be suprised, that’s what happens when the 5th column owns the press……

  • Ariana

    How the F$%K is the situation “stable” if the fuel has melted out?! I would think a “stable” situation would be this: no radiation has been/is being released, all fuel is where it should be, etc. This is NOT STABLE. I feel like jumping up and down and screaming like a 5 year old right now!

    • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

      Worst case scenario???

      This is not the worst scenario imaginable. Not by far! It is more likely a good guess at what the present situation is like.

      So why are they making thess kind of statements? Well, do you prepare for anything worse that the worst case scenario? No of course not! This is why Tepco can continue to shake off responibility by claiming that any new situation is not described in their contingency plan, thus buying time to cover things up even more.

      Like Ariana also pointed out they have some nerve calling the situation stable. But they have gotten away with it so many times before, and a lot of people are desperate to believe that things are not as bad as the evidence suggest, so Tepco will probably continue to peddle their Nukushima Lies.

  • entropy

    This is all good that they reveal this info, but I would like to hear solutions. What do they plan to do about it?

  • ion jean ion jean

    There is no chance in HELL that TEPCO will EVER achieve cold shutdown at FuKU so somebody in the government controlled media needs to grow a set of golfballs and TELL THE TRUTH (like!

  • Situation Deteriorating folks !

  • I also did the story now, you all should hear what Yoichi Shimatsu is talking about, I have the link in the post, it’s a 20 min MP3. They talk about 1000 millisieverts outside reactor building 2. And look at the video done by Henry also living in Japan 100km from the Fukushima disaster.

  • Human0815

    This is just a Simulation, a Study and must be not a fact; look, they say Analysis+
    “The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has announced the results of an analysis on the state of melted fuel in the plant’s Number 1 unit.

    And here they say;
    TOKYO (AP) — A new simulation shows that debris from melted fuel rods may have seeped deeper into the floor of one of Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear reactors than previously thought, to within a foot from breaching the crucial steel barrier.

    Kindly Regards and Don`t Panico!

    • Yes it’s all a big confusion as to what is going on. In the meantime radiation is raining down on us, and “experts” are dumbfounded as to why it is so because the situation at the Fukushima Plant is “under control”.

      However thanks for the links Human, nice to read some articles that’s written in English.

  • Nukites

    Any of you looked at the FOIA dump hosted on SimplyInfo? Some of the stuff I saw, aside from the chilling calmness of the NRC internal emails, said that the NRC models, even on March 16th, were estimating reactor core fuel damage, melt throughs, and SFP #4 losing all the fuel. The NRC minions repeatedly refer to the scene as stabilized.
    If you haven’t downloaded it yet, you should.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    “65cm”… “65 inches”… conflation of metric and imperial measures in several recent stories may be mischief but are probably just human error. Time will tell.

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    65cm melt through puts a time table out for us to expect. How quickly will these cores melt into the earth under the plant? If we can determine the rate of corrosion we can estimate how far down the cores have to travel before they reach reactive substances under the ground. In simple terms…”the shit has hit the fan” and the people at the plant have no way to estimate what will happen. Those of us who have a better understanding of who China Syndrome does will have a lot to be mad about. Personally I’m steamed that the info on the cores was not known in June. If we knew exactly when the cores started to dig we could have estimated how long it takes for them to reach the outside environment. I hope the gasses are vented well because I don’t want to see another massive reaction. Thank you all for your tireless work here at Enenews!

    • dosdos dosdos

      Let’s say the simulation is accurate. I’m not saying it is, but it makes the math easier.

      I am assuming 65 inches is the correct unit, as that is close to two meters mentioned elsewhere.

      2 meters in 8 months is 250 cm per month.
      600 cm until it hits steel, 2.4 months, call it mid-February by pure interpolation.

      But, the core has to have cooled some, so it’s not degrading concrete as quickly, and it’s the concrete that has been shielded most from the decades of bombardment, So a more realistic estimate is from 3.5 months upward.

      One year anniversary present?

      Honestly, it may be any day or may have already happened and the cores are in the rock base. It might be a year away. No one knows.

      We know some facts, some of which are quite alarming. But there is so much we don’t know. Anyone predicting a time is just guessing.

  • dpl dpl

    This confirms what we all guessed there are known unknowns and how much further can you stretch bullshit before it breaks down. Is simulated bullshit any more comforting than an unknown fact. But don’t panic the simulation is stable .We will achieve stable shutdown of the simulation as planned.

  • …and how much further can you stretch bullshit before it breaks down.

    there you go, this flood of disinformation is unbelievable.

    i don’t believe those numbers, the corium long ago melted out of the pressure vessels and into the concrete containments structures beneath them.