Kaku: Fukushima reactors “a ticking time bomb” — “Catastrophe beyond comprehension” if major pipe break or quake (VIDEO)

Published: December 17th, 2012 at 10:34 am ET


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Title: Radioactively Hot Show (Re-broadcast with Dr. Michio Kaku)
Source: SOAPBOX #106
Date: December 7, 2012

At 5:00 in

The reactor is still like a ticking time bomb. If you have a secondary earthquake, another pipe break, evacuation of workers, the accident starts up all over again.

At 13:30 in

Realize that we have 5 reactors in various states of degradation in the area. The accident is not over by any means. The accident could start up all over again if there’s a secondary earthquake or another pipe break. In a worst case scenario, if there is a major pipe break or secondary earthquake, they would have to evacuate the workers and because the pumps are not working at the site, it means that you have to manually, manually, insert the water over the reactors and without the workers you would be in free fall. At that point with an evacuation of all the workers, water levels would begin to drop, the reactors would then start to melt again and we would breach containment — that is the release of uncontrolled amounts of radiation in to the environment. And that is a catastrophe beyond comprehension.

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Published: December 17th, 2012 at 10:34 am ET


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30 comments to Kaku: Fukushima reactors “a ticking time bomb” — “Catastrophe beyond comprehension” if major pipe break or quake (VIDEO)

  • Mack Mack

    Michio Kaku is "accepted" by the main-stream media.

    If he says it could be a catastrophe, then it could be a catastrophe.

    Please email this article to everyone you know; your local newspapers; major media outlets, etc.

    This is too important.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Oh, I think the MSM will turn him off now that he's speaking the truth.

      I bet we see a lot less of him.

    • stopnp stopnp

      I could have sworn this was already a catastrophe. About a year and ten months ago .

      • Mack Mack

        Yes of course you're right.

        What happened on 3/11/11 was a catastrophe.

        Michio Kaku is referring to yet Another catastrophe…

        "If you have a secondary earthquake, another pipe break, evacuation of workers, the accident starts up all over again."

  • weeman

    It is a given sooner or later a solar flair equivalent or greater than the carryington event of 1859 will occur and they know it will put every reactor in the world into melt down, for a a couple of 100 million they could make this fail safe, yet they continue to play russian rollet with the existance of mankind and all living things on the plant, this is nuclear suicide and is a perfect example of how the nuclear industry operates, these people could not run a noddle house never mind a nuclear facility, pure dead brilliant.
    By the way they have no estimate of time before the next event as the science of electricity is in its infanty and they have no reliable data from past to back up their prediction, yes it is a guess, we will have warning but you need five years to completely cool reactors we might get a couple of days to prepare, insanity runs in the nuclear family and it makes me sick, just say no to fission.

  • soern

    "the reactors would then start to melt again" ?????
    Does Mr. Kaku believe, the cores were in the reactor vessels yet?
    And maybe in a state of cool shutdown?
    I'd rather say if SFP#4 comes down or looses cooling water because of cracks after next EQ that would mean the end.

    • flatsville

      Yes. This is a very confusing statement from him.

      Since he is one of the few scientists to get face time from the MSM, he needs to be clear on what has happened and what the catastrophic dangers are going forward.

      Kaku, it you are reading this, get up to speed on the situation and get it together.

      • Zorlont3

        Not all of the reactors are in the same state. Some might still have fuel in their core. Other's have that exact same fuel in their fuel pools instead. In addition to that, their is Daiichi and Daini, both being nuclear power plants and both having suffered damage as a result of the quakes. They are only a few miles apart.

        So it could be argued, that if an earthquake were to take out Daiichi and force some sort of evacuation, Daini would likely be included inside that evacuation zone.

        Would you need a domino effect for that to happen? Yes. Can we study recent history and say such domino effects happen? Yes.

        So he is saying that if Daiichi 1/2/3/4 are complete failures. That still leaves 5/6, as well as all of Daini's reactors.

        With as many earthquakes as they have been reporting, in an earthquake prone zone, one would think they would have half of Japan coming together to solve the problem.

        My guess is, they can't solve it. So they are just putting bandaids on the wounds they can access, and waiting for the terminally ill patient to pass away. They can't save it. But they can try to make it look less messy, when it finally goes.

        Maybe so when they have to run away they don't trip over debris.

        • Mack Mack

          13 prefectures in Japan have nuclear power plants:

          1. Miyagi
          2. Ibaraki
          3. Niigata
          4. Hokkaido
          5. Fukui
          6. Aomori
          7. Ishikawa
          8. Shimane
          9. Fukushima
          10. Kagoshima
          11. Saga
          12. Ehime
          13. Shizouka

          Let's all keep an eye out for problems at any of those npp's, too, if earthquakes occur near these prefectures.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Horridly dangerous, and all for nothing. Not needed, not wanted .. nuclear reactors worldwide must be scrapped.

  • Sickputer

    Good points about the possibility of even worse emissions. But he should also state the current uncontrollable air emissions and sea emissions are a nuclear bomb a day problem even now 647 days into the crisis.

    It is an ongoing crisis and the radiation has never been contained. Many days there were massive releases and even today the plant looks very threatening.

    There is no past tense for Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant crisis. It is an accident that so far has never ended..

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      "…the current uncontrollable air emissions and sea emissions are a nuclear bomb a day problem even now 647 days into the crisis."

      Actually, it was determined early last year that it is several hundreds of nuclear bombs worth of radiation being emitted EVERY HOUR since this crisis started.

      “A recent study was prepared for Greenpeace Germany by international nuclear safety expert Dr. Helmut Hirsch. Dr. Hirsch’s assessment, based on data published by the French government’s radiation protection agency (IRSN) and the Austrian government’s Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) found that the total amount of unstable radionuclides Iodine-131 and Caesium-137 released between March 11 and March 23 has been so high that the Fukushima crisis already equates to three INES 7 incidents.

      Release of radiation from the stricken reactors has reached 10,000 teraBequerels (10,000 trillion Bequerels) per hour, measured for radioactive Iodine-131.”


      “The uranium bomb which the United States dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II released 89 tera becquerels. It killed 140,000 people – many instantly, others within weeks of the blast as they succumbed to severe radiation burns.”


      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        So, a rough estimate is that Fukushima is spewing the equivalent of 112 Hiroshima-type nuclear bombs worth of radiation every hour, of every day.

        That’s 981,120 atomic bombs a year going off worth of radiation into our biosphere.


        For additional technical details on the above:

        "Overall, 9 tonnes of fuel was subjected to atomic fission or activation transformation occasioning a prodigious explosion of radioactivity and radiotoxicity which over time, is several times the amount needed to kill by internal contamination the whole human race."


        “Fukushima Equals 3,000 Billion Lethal Doses"

        “Dr Paolo Scampa, a widely know EU Physicist, single handedly popularized the easily understood Lethal Doses concept. “Lethal Doses” is a world wide, well understood idea that strips Physics bare and offers a brilliant, understandable explanation for all the physics gobbledygook Intelligence agencies and their respective governments use to disguise the brutal truths of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster."

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          "Three thousand billion (3,000,000,000,000) Lethal Doses of Radiation means there are 429 Lethal Doses chasing each and every one of us on the planet, to put it in a nutshell. This is up from about 70 Billion Lethal Doses March 23, 2011. It is getting worse everyday without any intervention by the US and the other nuclear powers….”

          "Note that the lethality of radioactive reactor cores goes up the first 250,000 years they are out of the reactor – not down."


        • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

          This is why a Closed Loop Cooling System MUST be developed to keep underground corium cool and stable. This is why a Sarcophagus is not optional at Fukushima. We must wall off Fuku from Planet Earth, or human civilization will dissappear. Many thanks for the reminder, TimeIsShort. The human race must spend tens of trillions of dollars, beginning right now, to contain Fuku, or we shall all perish. Right now, there are 6 US cities reading 50 cpm or above, the highest 77 cpm in New Jersey. These are among the highest we have seen since 3/11/11. http://radiationnetwork.com/. If The Fukushima Event continues to unfold without a meaningful effort to contain and wall off the spewing corium from the rest of Earth, human civilization will fail within about five generations. Step it up, humanity! Time Is Short! 🙂

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Yes, TimeIsShort, the figures are mind boggling. It was so disturbing to me the first time I heard it I looked for over two months to find the link to the Veterans Today artcle (so I could read it again).

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Dr. Kaku claims that the worker going against orders to flood the containments with sea water saved them from breaching containment? I thought that at the very least one if not all three coriums are missing thus I'm a bit confused or is he just trying to put a positive spin on this ongoing catastrophe.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      I'm quite certain that I read in the NRC FOIA documents quite some time ago that flooding the containments with sea water was something they were specifically and immediately asked not to do.

  • pcjensen

    It is already a major catastrophic event, Dr. Kaku. Please, everyone, remember – how serious this situation is and how much nuclear material of highly lethal proportions has already been released and continues to be released… it is now, not tomorrow or down the road…

    We really need to re-focus that line of inquiry. Otherwise we will never be on track for a more secure future. It'll be too late when Dr. Kaku returns in another few months to say, oh, and by the way… that ticking time bomb… it blew back in March of 2011.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Agree it is already catastrophic and a global effort should be initiated whether Japan agrees or not the highly contaminated Pacific Ocean is a global bread basket thus a global issue. Yes it may have originated in Japan but the entire planet is getting doused with radiation.

  • pcjensen

    My comment above is directly for Dr. Kaku and other slow to respond (not causing panic)persons. Most all other posters are right on about the need for a more thorough and urgent response. So much Gov effort on not creating an environment of panic wasted when orderly, secure methods of letting everyone know the serious nature of exposure could be reality (bit late now). Let people make up their own minds. Gov ought not take on the role of authority when it comes to personal health choices. Get a grip, Obama and court of jesters (Jeff Immelt, et al.)

  • Holland Holland

    Ofcourse it's already a bomb that went off. Wat Kaku means is there will be no 'damage control' what so ever after the next big quake. The damage control that is now in place is just a circus anyway.

    • pcjensen

      I see your point and agree … I'm just saying that more direct language which does not "frame" the situation (does not persuade audience one way or another) is more appropriate. Language that puts the event into a future context – "ticking time bomb" – could influence audience to think it hasn't already hit critical state. Presentation is paramount in getting the masses to understand the need for personal health protective actions.

      • Holland Holland

        'Language that puts the event into a future context – "ticking time bomb" – could influence audience to think it hasn't already hit critical state.'

        Exactly, pcjensen. How can this accident start all over? The reactors are in the proces of degradation since 3/11/11. Another quake (and we all know that quake is coming) will only speed up everything. I think the message is that very soon (after the next big earthquake) the damage control team will have to leave the area because the radiationlevel will be the highest we've ever had on earth.

  • Gelt

    Based upon all I've reading about this situation, I believe we are looking at humanity's Level 6 extinction event. But no one is coming out and stating that. Nor do I believe anyone will. First, most people would likely not believe it. Events of that sort are supposed to be along the lines of a "giant" asteroid striking the planet, or a super volcano eruption. This is just so very "passive". It's silent, invisible, radiation. Which our 5 ordinary senses have no ability to detect. We just end up dying from the consequences caused by massive amounts of radiation dumped into our planetary environment. Secondly, if announced (and believed), mass panic would ensue around the globe. And that would also end civilization as we've known it.

    • pcjensen

      there are actually sites online where you will find people discussing extinction level event in regards to Fukushima. I think, though, it (ELE dialog) is taboo for general audiences. If panic were created in opening the dialog via a much larger venue, well, you might just see people leaving affected areas en masse. That wouldn't be good for business.

  • flatsville

    Panic? Revenue Losses? Both.