NHK: Alarm goes off after accident at Fukushima Unit 4 fuel pool — Work suspended after crane trouble — “Workers have been monitoring radiation levels” (VIDEO)

Published: March 26th, 2014 at 7:44 pm ET


NHK, Mar. 26, 2014: Work has been suspended to remove spent nuclear fuel from a storage pool […] [TEPCO] said an accident occurred at around 9:30 AM on Wednesday when workers started removing fuel units at the No. 4 reactor building […] a large crane used to hoist a cask containing 22 spent fuel units from the storage pool suddenly halted before lifting the cask. Workers were attaching a hook to the crane’s wire […] The company says no rise in radiation levels have been observed around the pool. […]

NHK, Mar. 26, 2014: Trouble stops fuel removal at Fukushima plant […] due to a problematic crane. […] The utility explained a large crane used to hoist a cask containing fuel units set off an alarm and stopped. […] Workers are now trying to find out what caused the problem. […]

NHK transcript, Mar. 26, 2014: They’ve had some trouble transferring nuclear fuel from a reactor building to a storage pool […] an alarm went off and the crane stopped moving. The workers have been monitoring radiation levels around the pool.

Watch the NHK broadcast here

Published: March 26th, 2014 at 7:44 pm ET


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222 comments to NHK: Alarm goes off after accident at Fukushima Unit 4 fuel pool — Work suspended after crane trouble — “Workers have been monitoring radiation levels” (VIDEO)

  • skizexq skizexq

    tonights 'coast to coast am ' is on the lawsuit on behalf of USS Ronald Reagan sailors sickened by deliberate concealment by TEPCO of vital info on the meltdown that ocurred 4 hrs after tsunami…

  • GeorgeK

    That lawsuit should be directed at IAEA and General Electric as well. The United Nations at the HIGHEST LEVEL is also fully behind the international coverup.
    Fukushima is Agenda 21 to handle their assessment of #1 planetary problem— OVERPOPULATION. Fuku will take out the Northern Hemisphere, thats 1/3 of the globe. Planned POPULATION REDUCTION [SUSTAINABLE EARTH GROWTH]

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    TEPCO Operator Error! 😉

    Many thanks to SimplyInfo for finding publishing the cause of the SFP4 Crane Failure:

    "Nikkei is reporting that the problem with the unit 4 overhead crane was discovered to be workers attempting to operate it with the parking brake on. It sounds like work at unit 4 will resume soon now that the problem has been resolved. Earlier TEPCO thought it would take a week to repair the assumed damage on the crane."

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Left the parking break on! Lol.

      Still laughing! 🙂

      • We Not They Finally

        Laughing yes and no. If this was due to mental disorientation caused by radiation, then no one can operate ANY equipment safely.

    • bo bo

      – Driving While Asian

      PS – I can say that because I am Asian and yes my driver's license was revoked )

      But seriously, I'm glad it wasn't serious, and also good to know they are transparent enough yo admit to this silly mistake ?

    • weeman

      I find the report preposterous, what motorized piece off equipment does not have a parking brake light on dashboard?, I can see the update now, fuse blown or light bulb defective, oh ya that's right. And if so to be true,who the hell have they operating this crane, any operator with a licence to operate would know the equipment and since it is a delicate job, you would demand a competent operator?
      Two hour training don't cut the nuclear holocaust, liar, lair nuclear fire.

      • earthsmith earthsmith

        I will believe nothing they say, not 1 shred of it! That goes for all governments and their corporate cronies. The only thing assured is the full display of their unequivocal incompetence and the lapdog masses that lick it up.

      • humptydumpty humptydumpty

        Maybe the crane operator had the parking brake engaged because the regular brakes weren't working very well? Kind of like finessing a manual shift car on a hill.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      This can happen under stress. Lack of sleep can do it. Hangovers don't help.

      The possibility that radiation is affecting their IQ there also pops into mind.

  • GQR2

    Its early in the day, we've barely had our coffee we wake up nice and loving people and give inepTepco the benefit of the doubt !? Admitting a silly mistake…hmmm Expresso for one ! extra strong 🙂 you want sugar in that bo 😉

    There is probably more to this story and it is a major problem they say they are going to review their work processes.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

    Fuel removal project halted at Japan's Fukushima plant
    “(Reuters) – Work to remove spent fuel rod assemblies from Japan's destroyed Fukushima reactor has been halted after possible damage to a giant crane, the first major delay in an operation to remove 1,533 fuel assemblies from a holding pool.
    “Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has been retrieving highly irradiated spent fuel rods from the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
    “Fuel retrieveal was halted after a worker started moving a crane used to lift the fuel assemblies out of the pool without disengaging the handbrake on Wednesday, generating a warning alarm, a Tepco spokesman said….”

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    A worker loses his life..

    Fukushima worker killed in accident, cleanup halted–finance.html

    ""In the three years since the disaster, we had not had any worker deaths caused by work (inside the plant). The fact that such a serious accident has occurred is deeply regrettable," said Tepco spokesman Masayuki Ono."

    The very reason for the drop off this little tidbit ..of misinformation.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It was due to a mudslide.

    Worker at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant dies in mudslide

    Indicating inundation and subsidence.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Moving right along with ..increased radiation.

    Radiation levels near Fukushima reactor hit two-year high
    March 28 2014

    Ene..may have just done a story on this.

    What I would like to what is the location in the photo?

    • Helena Handbasket Helena Handbasket

      You know things have reached a new level of bad, when they officially announce the first worker fatality (RIP). My Kabuki Theater of the Insane translator is acting up again- help me out here:

      1 Deceased worker = 800 – 4000 casualties
      Fatal mudslide. = ???

      • atomicistheword

        Gotta watch out for that atomic mud.

        Must be hard getting the wheelchairs, crutches and disability scooters round the site, let alone the vision impaired people removing the fuel rods.

        Oh well their only a drain on our money worshipping vanity society, put them to work so us finely sculptured and perfect beings can sit on our fat arses while a little round robot with the capacity of zero vaccums our floor.

        Truth hurts.

  • The secondary hand operated brake of a crane may mean a parking brake on a mobile crane similar in operations to your car or an emergency back up system to the drum winding cables for the boom or hook. During normal operation this system isn't used. Only used in an emergency. See

    The parking brake story is spin. The alarm went off because an emergency system was enabled. Parking brakes are not hooked up to emergency alarms.

    • bo bo

      Very interesting observation. Thank you Mark.
      If this was the case, I wonder why the emergency system was enabled.

      ( sorry for the 2x post, I meant this as a reply to above post – trying to keep threads organized )

      • Bo. Holes in story. Crane in question is one that lifts spent fuel from pool. I believe that's a stationary crane. No parking brake. Therefore handbrake refers to an emergency secondary hand brake system controlling the steel drum which spools cable for either the boom if so equipped or the actual hook spent fuel assembly attached only used when primary system fails. My mind pictures a spent fuel assembly flying through air suddenly dropping due to crane failure and emergency hand brake saving the day. Alarm sounds because this is emergency system. Not parking brake. Failure of crane could be due to over exposure to radiation. But this is all speculation. Bottom line is Tepco says what it wants is proven liars and we will never know the truth. But my instincts tell me an incident/accident happened.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

          Mark, I think you are right. Coupled with all the emissions I suspect they had a criticality when two or more fuel assemblies or debris touched.

        • bo bo

          I see. That theory seems to tie everything together..
          Spent fuel assembly flying through air then dropping
          Oh my what a horrifying image 🙁

        • Shaker1

          Respectfully Mark, the fuel handling machine (crane) is not stationary, nor is the larger overhead crane. They are two separate units. Makes little sense in use that either of them would be stationary. Now, I will remark that the picture simplyinfo has with their original report of the problem shows what appears to be remotely-operated overhead gantry-type machine as one would typically see in fabrication shops, an electric hoist suspended from a beam. One can see the wires for the manual control leading to the floor streched alongside the fuel cask. Honestly, it would be refreshing to learn that something of this order is the worst of the problems there.

          Regarding workers and skills, I would imagine that these people are cycled not only on workshifts, but as they reach exposure limits. Training is likely an ongoing process. With the current personel problems they're hardly attracting even shadows of the best. The entity (Tepgov) certainly puts up with it all because expediency rules its logic and momentarily meets its desires. They're (Tepgov) are beyond embarrassment, beyond shame, more akin to those workers than they would ever care to think. About the only difference is that some of those workers may have been simply unlucky to be where they are and responsibility for them it moot while for Tepgov that can never be a possibility.

  • bo bo

    Very interesting observation. Thank you Mark.

    If this was the case, I wonder why the emergency system was enabled.

  • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

    Wonder if that explains the mild bump in CPM here on the West Coast in the last week – seems every time they start driving the heavy trucks around, dust gets raised & we see it a couple days later.

    While on that thought…is there any thought as to modeling the transport of all that local fallout in Japan into the ocean during the rainy season? Seems the Ocean maybe got a lot more this winter than just a bunch of core-warmed aquifer water…

    • jonnyboy jonnyboy

      dude, put down the bong…. its not heating the ocean, and the truck dust is not raining down on you…

      • bo bo

        C-league troll

      • atomicistheword

        Incorrect Jonnyboy! Atomic bomb power stations, really atomic exotic particle factories for new and terrible weapons to kill American terrorist citizens; guzzle up sea water and kill whatever goes through them with irradiation and heat. They kill on mass the ocean and contribute to global warming in the process. That's before they blow up due to negligence in design and maintenance.

        One of my parents used to work in the defence industry, before she died, she told me stuff that would shock the nickers off a nun. (English slang)

      • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

        Are you really that dense? By "core-warmed" I was referring to the intentional and unintentional water that gets contaminated by the melted cores & flows out to the (very nearby) ocean.

        Btw, "Hot" (or in this case, "warmed") is an euphemism for "containing radionuclides". It doesn't necessarily refer to the temperature.

        Regarding the dust, do you have a better hypothesis, because there is a correlation. Every time they start moving fuel rods (& driving heavy vehicles around the plant) a couple days later we see a wave of increased background levels on the West Coast.

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    There was a little blurb on the bottom of Al Jazeera America news that a Fukushima worker was killed in a mudslide. Has there been a mudslide in Japan that we don't know about?

  • SadieDog

    Japan allows foreign workers to extend stay…

    • SadieDog

      – "Government officials are concerned about the labor shortage in the construction sector. Demand is growing for workers to help rebuild communities affected by the 2011 disaster in northeastern Japan.

      More construction workers will also be needed to build new facilities and improve infrastructure in the lead-up to the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo."

  • Ontological Ontological

    Thay are NOT using the crane that WAS in place!!! They are using a crane as in a regular crane and removing the fuel over a wall!
    This video is some idiots pipe dream!

    • No answer for nuclear waste.

      No town wants the nuclear garbage.

      No one is volunteering to 'host' it.

      Meanwhile it builds up at nuclear plant sites..

      Kind of like garbage never leaving the inside of your house.

      Starting to get a bit smelly out there.

      • Ontological Ontological

        Well hell Doc they all of em live like that here what would they care if tons of garbage they only know of as money is thrown here in S NV. So WTF trash Nevada. I see it coming.

  • Cisco Cisco

    "No town wants the nuclear garbage."

    I'm not so sure about that; it seems as though some brain dead people in West Texas are asking for it…literally.

    • GQR2

      i agree with you Cisco-more than a few power brokers in more than a few towns are getting on board the Nuclear Death Train,the people who object are at present minimized and ignored almost completely.

      • That may be true, but in Japan, so far no one wants it.

        They ASKED for 'volunteers' and no one showed up..

        This is from the video link above.

        The US, well, we have WIPP, four other sites, and more coming on line..


      • So far, aren't all of these nuclear waste facilities 'govt' run?

        Are any of them private, for profit enterprises?

    • We Not They Finally

      Add in Carlsbad.

  • If they only knew what they were getting themselves into, they would run like crazy.. the other way..

    Long Term Storage Of Nuclear Fuel, Nuclear Waste Problems/Issues

  • SadieDog

    Water treatment system at Fukushima completely shut down –

  • Sol Man

    The push by the U.S. gov't for alternative means of power generation may always fall short because plutonium is not produced for the death projects. Oh, to experience life prior to all of this insane hype! Insane hype!
    Why did this small group stop loving the future and their children?

  • SadieDog

    3/30 Fuell removal resumes at Fukushima no. 4 reactor –

  • Oceania - foreknowledge of pain Oceania - foreknowledge of pain

    CRANE ISSUES, FATAL ACCIDENT, MUD COLLAPSE ( remember – that's not a death due to radiation; The last one of those was Madam Currie ).

    Do I hear the sound of fuel rods coming into contact, generating lots of energy ; an autopilot shut down? Are we looking at a potential criticality? Do we need to think about the next move? Lets tell some lies, dig a hole in some mud and see if it flies. Lets buy some time but in the meantime DON"T TOUCH A THING !

    These Tepco/IAEA folks are so formulated that reading past their lies is nearly intuitive. Read " Plutopia" by Kate Brown and you can see the formula is composed of the same techniques and lies internationally for six decades. All the alphabet soup organizations are fronts for their respective militaries. Every body dies someday, every day somebody dies – "carry on".

  • Shaker1. Parking brake can refer to boom, cable, or other lifting apparatus when talking about cranes. Responding down here as this is pertinent to overall conversation. See

    Something happened to trigger an alarm. That fact can't be hidden. But are we that naive to believe a parking brake as casual as our auto tripped an alarm.
    Emergency hand operated parking brake got pulled because a load dropped.
    Hopefully the brake held the load. But if not, don't expect Tepco to report the direction of the plutonium dust…….

  • SadieDog

    New Japan radiation monitoring map –

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    There are two cranes built into the cantilevered Crane Support Structure on Unit4.
    One is for handling fuel assemblies.
    The larger, higher crane is for handling the transport cask.

    This incident occurred with the larger of the two.
    A full cask was ready to be hoisted.
    The alarm shut the lifting process down.
    The problem was traced back to the parking brake.
    The parking brake was then released, and the cask was removed without a problem.
    This incident is now over.

    Please confine remarks on this site to the facts, which are bad enough.
    Fanciful conjecture and wild speculation are both counterproductive.

    On to other topics, please, Admin.
    Like, where is the damn corium, eh, TEPCO? 😉

    • Corium; who cares about that snotty, belching, spoiled brat?

      Corium went over to Dontcariums house, and they are playing a game called;


      It is a 'fun' game much like the Doom virtual game, but instead of trying to kill everyone in a virtual world, in this game they are doing it for real.

      Those playing this game are making lots and lots of money and really enjoying themselves at everyone else's expense.


  • tsfw tsfw

    Hi does anybody know what's going on? There have been no new articles for a while now, I hope it's because no news is good news? Hope to see you back here soon admin- I have a pit in my stomach for you. Hope you're well and I'm just being my overly worrying self. Take care.

  • tsfw tsfw

    Please share with those who think the animals aren't in jeopardy.

  • humptydumpty humptydumpty

    Japan's government says it's safe for Miyakoji residents to return to their homes. The "cleanup" is now complete. Does anybody buy that?

    From Reuters:

    The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a northeastern city inland from the Fukushima nuclear station, has been off-limits for most residents since March 2011, when the government ordered evacuations after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the power plant.

  • via i know March 31, 2014

    Please comment on this article. So far only nuclear industry reps have commented on it and the other side of the story needs to be told.