NHK 3/11 Documentary: “The worst case scenario was unfolding” at Fukushima Unit 3 (VIDEO)

Published: November 27th, 2012 at 10:58 am ET


Title: March to Recovery — Voices from 3.11: 11,000 People, Gone
Source: NHK
Uploaded by: NHKWdocumentaries
Date Aired: Nov. 18, 2012

Narrator: Early in the morning of March 14th, pressure inside the Unit 3 reactor building also reached the limit. Despite the recovery efforts of plant personnel, the worst case scenario was unfolding. […]

By this time, Units 1 and 3 were being cooled intermittently with seawater. Takashi was ordered to prepare for recovery work.

That’s when it happened.

Takashi: The second explosion was much louder than the one at Unit 1.

Panels fell in the walkway connecting to the administration building. I mean the ceiling panels, they fell down. So I got out of the way. I didn’t run away but I got off to one side. I could see that all the glass was blown out of the administration building.

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Published: November 27th, 2012 at 10:58 am ET


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22 comments to NHK 3/11 Documentary: “The worst case scenario was unfolding” at Fukushima Unit 3 (VIDEO)

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    …and continues to unfold.

  • JustmeAlso

    Maybe a scenario for some movie company to make money on if only those criminal pirates would not download it…

  • Sickputer

    In the last minute of the 43 minute documentary the narrator says according to Tepco in June 2012, the plant is still emitting 10 million becquerels of radiation per hour.

    We know the propensity of Tepco to guess (lie) about emission levels. A year earlier (August 2011) they proffered a figure of 200 million bequerels per hour, yet admitted:

    "The state minister in charge of the nuclear crisis, Goshi Hosono, said the maximum reading of 200 million becquerels is just an estimate because the exact emission levels cannot be accurately measured. […]"

    SP: Most of those earlier Japanese media articles have been purged (shades of Big Brother) but Enenews has maintained some snippets of those historical articles.

    And we're not even mentioning ocean leaks which are the latest taboo words for Tepco and the Diet.

    With Reactor 2 unapproachable by humans possibly for twenty years, that reactor alone has the massive daily emissions that over two decades will finish off the job of totally contaminating the island of Japan.

    Frankly, I fear Honshu island of 100 million plus inhabitants is doomed. Some people get that prognostication now and are fleeing. It will be a growing process of what historians may eventually name the Japanese Exodus.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      They do not even want to admit that 3 coriums left the reactors.

      If they cannot do that, how can they accurately measure what amount of radiation is coming out of those holes the coriums left, much less the amount of radiation leaking into the ocean, air, groundwater, etc?

      It is a pile of manure, piled on top of a pile of lies, piled on a pile of deception, piled on top of a pile of secrets.

      • Arizonan Arizonan

        It is my impression that TEPCO did actually admit "some" of the corium had left the reactor containments (search "melt-through"), and that they also officially stated that they do not know where the corium is (at least in Reactor 2?). I can't remember the reference, but I think it was sometime between June-December 2011…The TEPCO press releases/statements are probably here in enenews archives somewhere…..

  • weeman

    The one worker stated that we would gladly go back to Fukushima NP if tepco asked, you would think they would offer him a job with danger pay and health benefits, he has worked all his life in the industry you can't buy that kind of knowledge, he is truly nuts but I do respect his loyalty, tepco need thousands like him, he should be in tepco recruitment drive for future work at least, who is going to build these coffer dams etc.

    • Sickputer

      "who is going to build these coffer dams"

      SP: Nobody. They know now the megaplex shaky "stability" depends on the coastal underground tidal water flow to cool the triplet coriums

      Stopping that "free" ocean water means more China Syndrome explosions. They will never build those cofferdams.

      Same thing with the dozen freshwater relief wells they once promised to drill.

      Tidal flow and fresh water from underground fissures are the core of their Feed and Bleed strategy to keep Fukushima Daiichi from burning up 300 tons of underground fuel and destroying Japan Q-U-I-C-K-L-Y.

      Of course that means the "free" water coursing over the hot coriums will leach toxic isotopes into the ocean. Forever.

      The coriums are also emitting considerable airborne emissions through the topsoil and cracked buildings so Japan is just dying S-L-O-W-L-Y.

      • weeman

        You will need people to oversee everyday functions at the plant for 100s of years or longer, someone will have to do the work yes no, or just abandon don't thinks so, so let's get real, this man is volunteering, let him go someone has to.
        The elephants foot at Chernobyl was never submerged in water and it has cooled and has a crust, please tell me the difference, I just hope that the cores have not vaporized as I suspect at least partially.
        No malice intended

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        "It will be a growing process of what historians may eventually name the Japanese Exodus", according to Sickputer. Because so many will die by the hand of man, history will probably name it the Japanese Genocide.

        Sickputer says: Nobody will build cofferdams. I believe you will eventually see China, Russia, and the US band together to get this job done. Japan will slowly become a failed state, as its people sicken and die. Their health care crisis will absorbe all their remaining energy. The sick tending to the dying. Somebody will have to stop the contamination of the Biosphere. The cofferdams will be built, the wells will be dug.

        TEPCO may not even try to empty SFPs. There has been no effort to remove spent fuel from Units5&6, nor from the Common SFP. There is still no construction going on at Unit4 to remove spent fuel. The effort seems to be limited to fixing leaks in water lines, and maintaining temperature and pressure guages. When even this effortisabandoned, the world community will be forced to step in, IMHO.

        • richard richard

          I agree PhilipUpNorth. Japan will come to a close. Who knows how long, but surely an island nation cannot survive an untended triple core meltdown. Chernobyl sort of 'survives' because it's in the centre of a continent, and is being somewhat attended to.

          Time being what it is, it will out run the survival of an ancient culture. I imagine that the prevailing winds and currents will eternally bleed radiation onto the west coast of the Americas.

          Given decades, centuries, of untended radiation leakage (or even the two years already underway) the west coast will decay like a rotten tooth, from the coastline, then inland, then eventually the whole continent, possibly over a thousand years.

          I'd really like someone to tell me I'm wrong. But how can untended extreme quantity, high level radiation leaking into the prevailing stream not be deadly. To all things. It will inch it's way, taking whatever time it chooses, to wipe out life across that quarter of the northern hemisphere and beyond. Like a moss that slowly, relentlessly overruns a forest floor.

          With two years close to done, I think the fate has been laid. It saddens me beyond me inner sense of self. I can't find a word to describe the size and unprecedented devastation that has been unleashed. I'm terrified for the fate of life on earth. Please tell me it's not that bad.

        • Sickputer

          I just don't see anybody stepping in to give more than token assistance to Japan for Fukushima Daiichi relief. The Japanese are victim of an unstoppable force of destruction, both technologically and money-wise. Japan is a casualty of the atomic age twice, and this latest disaster is far more than a two-city annihilation.

          They are 127 million dead men walking and most of us we know it here at Enenews, the nucleocrats kniw it, and many Japanese are beginning to wake up to that realization.

          Other countries will inevitably fall victim from their own nuclear disasters. It's just a matter of time.

          Spend ten minutes reading this industry summary of nuclear activity in 2012 below and you will come away with a sense of the sheer insane magnitude of an industry that has grown so far out of control that even the people running it must have a sense the end of healthy human civilization is fast approaching.

          I present to you Big Brother's Roadmap to hell on earth:

        • The worst case is STILL UNFOLDING and it will continue!

          It's just moving in slow motion compared to a nuclear blast.
          Maybe worse in some ways. Like say, accumulation.

          It makes no sense to me that they are still there. The only thing they can do is 'patchwork' attempts at repair to keep it from possibly going more mega-critical. So that's probably a good reason.

          Who would want to do a job where you have to run and can only work for minutes at a time and pray you don't get a rip or a malfunction in your respirator or suit.

          It's clear they have been, and still are, fighting against the odds.

          I sometimes get the feeling that initially dumping in the sea water was a major last ditch 'Hail Mary' effort to buy some time. How much time? Don't know.

          How long until birds begin to fall from the sky?
          Screen shot from Web Cam Forum: 2012-11-13
          Yellow circle:
          Next frame:

          • Sickputer

            "and pray you don't get a rip or a malfunction in your respirator or suit."

            SP: The coveralls they wear only protect against heavier isotopes like plutonium. But for gamma rays like the massive cesium flooding the air at Fukushima…they might as well be naked. Those cesium rays fire through walls like they were butter and human flesh is no match for those alien devil rays.

            They would need a 1/2 inch layer of lead to stop most of the gamma rays. So while lead chunks on top of their dosimeters is great for continued employment, it is impossible to wear a 500 pound lead exoskeleton and perform any normal biped tool functions.

            95% of the workers will be disabled cancer-wracked victims or dead in just a few years. What took 25 years at Chernobyl to kill most of the workers will take far less time at Fukushima.

            That's the main reason you don't see any US military personnel helping out at Daiichi. Uncle Sam knows the megaplex is one huge death trap. It's a big wakeup call for an industry that thought it had turned over public opinion and would have a revival.

            The only nuclear revival will be in countries determined to maintain their supremacy in nuclear weapons and smaller dictatorships trying to join this insane country club of monsters.

          • JHewes76 JHewes76

            It's over. How will they fix Fukushima? How will they fix the Pacific? How will they fix the Gulf of Mexico? The ocean currents flow, the air currents continue. God forbid another major catastrophe in Japan, or the Gulf.

            There is NO fix – we are just along for the ride.

            "Eat, drink, and be merry – for tomorrow we die" -Kurt Vonnegut (Cat’s Cradle)

            • richard richard

              yes JHewes76, how will they fix anything?

              i'm obviously agreeing with you that there is no fix and we're along for the last ride.

              As I've said before, the little amount of activity demonstrates the lack of a solution, and as others say, just one more major quake could finish it all all.

              Because I know that life is terminal I have rearranged my priorities. Being frugal is certainly no longer required. Indulgence is the best remaining option. We should all go and bathe in milk 😉

              And do those things you've always wanted to do, but held back. No point in holding back any more.. let it all out 😉 The party is rising to the final crescendo, partake heartily.

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    For those wondering, this is not a new documentary, I've seen it at least a couple of months ago.

  • arclight arclight

    Shelter for damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor to last at least 100 years before decommissioning is possible!

    Even when the shelter is in place, the area around the reactor building will remain hazardous. The shelter is aimed only at blocking radioactive material from escaping when the reactor is being dismantled; it won’t block radiation itself.

    But when the dismantling and cleanup work is complete, the radiation danger will decline. How long that would take is unclear…


    But I think this (shelter) will be so impressive that even in 100 years people will come to look at it,” he said.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

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