New report shows support braces completely severed on 400-foot tower near Fukushima reactors (PHOTOS)

Published: October 7th, 2013 at 5:56 pm ET
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Title: (Systran Translation) Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant — Safety appraisal for the component damage of the machine chimney
Source: Tepco
Date: Oct. 7, 2013
h/t Fukushima Diary

See also: Gundersen: Quite likely that 400 foot tall tower near Fukushima reactors "buckled" from massive earthquake -- Consequences of it collapsing being analyzed by Tepco (VIDEO)

Published: October 7th, 2013 at 5:56 pm ET
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24 comments to New report shows support braces completely severed on 400-foot tower near Fukushima reactors (PHOTOS)

  • Daisy207

    I'm going to ask a stupid question. Its a little late now but with all the active volcanoes on Japan why are they not 100% geothermal like iceland. All they have to do is drill until water boils, put a turbine on it and produce electricity (its a little more complicated buy you get the picture). Yes, once in awhile you will lose a power plant if the volcano erupts. You just take it off line until it settles down and drill another well. What a mess this current situation is – there clearly is no solution. Having someone hit an off switch today – what is that all about. Have they not heard of duct tape? Who is going to be around for the next 200,000 years to keep pumping water on this place?


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  • captndano captndano

    The only reasons why this dumb, albeit sophisticated energy technology exists are; 1. the public doesn't understand the true danger involved with it, 2. the public funds it, 3. the public insures it, 4. some greedy capitalist bastards make a lot of money off of it.


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    • Add plutonium for making A-bombs is produced from Nuclear Power Plants, perhaps the real reason governments have supported it. I visited a nuclear power plant on a field trip in grade school back in the early seventies so there you go state sponsored indoctrination. Boaters would anchor in the bay close to the NPP as the water was nice and warm for swimming………


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      • SophieQ

        <sarcasm>The surf seems to be nice at San Onofre as well. There are pics of surfers with the plant in the immediate background. What do those people know about radiation that I am missing? Is it really good for You?</sarcasm>


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    • micky thered

      5. reactors produce plutonium – imo, the prime reason for civil nuclear power is to supply the psychotic war machines of the world.


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  • Whats that three weeks coming up they announced this and really they still don't know what to do. What should be a simple fix, send up a couple of decent welders, becomes an impossible task due to high radiation levels. See related articles. Extremely high radiation levels outside of buildings does not bode well for future work projects.
    Tepco has to start up their other nuclear reactors if they are ever going to repay banks the new 5.9 billion US$ loan. Has Abe made some sort of secret guarantee?


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  • Daisy207

    Abe probably has had his first nose bleed and has figured out that he can't guarantee anything.


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    clearly the welds are rusted. This probably started prior to the earthquake/tsunami. How difficult would it be to weld reinforcements with a robotic arm on a crane? If need be, they could just shoot epoxy and fiberglass/kevlar strands until the joint was stabilized. Forget about aesthetics in this case. The towers are the easiest part of the crisis to fix


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, steel can't take the constant radioactive isotope bombardment but human/animal/plant flesh absorbs it like its vitamins…

    Ergo: Why humans are now very healthy and living 200 years. Steve Jobs just needed to spend more time around Nuclear Power Plants, Chernobyl and TMI and he certainly would still be here.


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  • jackassrig

    Where there's high stress there's high corrosion.


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  • sangell

    This vent stack has to come down. Those are cracks those are broken supports. It can't be fixed as its too radioactive to send people up there to make repairs. My guess is they are going to have to bring somebody like the Loizeaux family and do a controlled demolition of the thing…IF its safe enough to even approach the base to put some detcord and explosives at the base. Of course even once its down what do they do with it? It has to be chopped up to get it off site. How do you do that with 10 Sievert hotspots on the thing and where do you put the remains?

    One other thing. They are supposed to use to the vent stack at #4 when they do the spent fuel pool removal next month. Let's hope that stack is in better shape than this one.


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  • SophieQ

    Spray resin on it. Work from the bottom up. Whoever can store millions of gallons of highly radioactive water shouldn't have a problem to encase the smokestack with a strong resin coat. Nothing else will do absent the option of chopping it down from the top with a freight blimp containing a crew with plasma cutters. Hell, let's come up with something other than witnessing on screen how that thing collapses in a cloud of death.


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    • SophieQ

      Okay, now I am really up to something. How about a solar concentrator? those melt steel like butter in no time at all. When You see what a 60" Fresnel lens does to anything exposed to its focal point it is not too difficult to construct a much larger lens and parabolic mirror to set the focal point on the stack and melt it from the top down. It is beyond belief to see what happens in Fukushima and to know that we have supposedly been to the Moon AND back?


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  • Wooster

    Hmm, the welds are cracked or have failed due to rust and lack of maintenance.

    No one can get near enough to fix it, so another solution is needed.

    Bearing in mind this is Tepco, here are some of the likely solutions:

    1) Dropping concrete on it from a plane.
    2) Firing glue at it from a big gun.
    3) Wrapping it in polythene and sandbags.
    4) Crossing your fingers and blowing it kisses every morning to thank it for not collapsing.


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