NHK: Holes near bottom of containment vessel identified for first time at Fukushima plant — “Gushing out” of Reactor No. 1 — Similar damage suspected at Units 2 and 3 (VIDEO)

Published: November 13th, 2013 at 4:52 pm ET
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NHK WORLD, Nov. 13, 2013: A robot at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has for the first time identified exactly where highly radioactive water is leaking from a reactor [...] the lower part of the No.1 reactor’s containment vessel. [...] A camera on the robot captured images of water leaking from 2 holes in the containment vessel [...] TEPCO engineers [...] say one of the leaks looks as if tap water is gushing out. Radiation levels in the area were extremely high at 0.9 to 1.8 sieverts an hour. Engineers suspect that damage to containment vessels at the No. 2 and 3 reactors is also causing similar leaks [...]

Jiji Press, Nov. 14, 2013: [...] “Part of the containment vessel is damaged, and water leaking from there is likely to be flowing down into the ground via the pipe,” a TEPCO official said. [...] Water used to cool molten fuel debris is believed to be leaking from the three reactor containers, with highly radioactive water accumulated in the basements. The newly found incident is the first apparent identification of a containment vessel-basement flow [...]

See also: Japan's worst-case scenario assumed "significant public exposure" to occur by end of March 12 because of pressure buildup that would damage No. 1 reactor container (VIDEO)

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68 comments to NHK: Holes near bottom of containment vessel identified for first time at Fukushima plant — “Gushing out” of Reactor No. 1 — Similar damage suspected at Units 2 and 3 (VIDEO)

  • norbu norbu

    Damaged beyond repair. Rads are to high to go near it. I think I hear someone singing……
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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    It isn't about one or two little "tap water" holes that are "leaking" out the "side" of the Containment Vessel1 that concerns me. Rather, it is the continuous flow of water gushing out of that great big hole in the bottom of Containment1, where the core melted through. Betcha didn't find any corium on your little robot adventure, did ja, TEPCO? ;)


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Nuclear Doom! :(

    :( What we/mankind has/have created can never ever be turned off..ever!

    :( What have we done/created as a species?

    Shut these Nuclear Rattle Traps down ASAP worldwide! :)


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  • mungo mungo

    I say chaps, steady on! isnt it great that they shared this with us! I can sleep easy now they are onto this leak ;-)


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  • Patrick-Henry Patrick-Henry

    Like we didn't know this already…

    The corium left the reactors LONG ago…

    Nice they finally admitted there is a leak in the containment vessels though…

    Getting closer to telling some sort of truth I guess…

    Oh boy…


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  • Styxhexenhammer666 Styxhexenhammer666

    It only took them two and a half years to find this leak? Wow with TEPCO in charge I'd have sworn it would have waited until the next decade.

    In all seriousness though, it's rather alarming for water that is that lethally radioactive to be gushing out at that rate- that's an enormous amount of contamination.


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  • own_quality

    I think 3 has more than a couple little holes. More like blown to pieces.


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  • mungo mungo

    But the fish are edible.
    Agency: Japanese marine products are safe
    A senior Japanese fisheries official has told foreign reporters Japanese sea products are safe. The Fisheries Agency is trying to dispel concerns about radioactive leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
    Reports by NHK..


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  • ToBeExpected ToBeExpected

    Masanori Miyahara said some radioactive substances were detected in seawater within the Daiichi port in tests from March 2011 – September this year. But he said the level outside the port is mostly below detectable limits.

    A reporter questioned Miyahara on the reliability of the data. Another asked how Japan will persuade South Korea to lift a ban on imports of Japanese sea products.

    The ban affects Fukushima and 7 neighboring prefectures.

    Miyahara said Japan will continue to provide information based on science. He said changing the view of South Korea is important. He said Fisheries Agency officials will hold events to explain the safety of the products.

    The agency says it will provide information in 6 languages, including English and Korean, on its website.

    Nov. 13, 2013 – Updated 16:11 UTC
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20131114_02.html

    You eat it then Mr Myahara …to your hearts content… we would rather be safe than sorry.. SAFE??? RATHER THAN SORRY??? HELLO???


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  • ToBeExpected ToBeExpected

    Mr Miyahara… I'm sorry… I responded angrily…when I read what you'd said… You shouldn't eat it either… think about it. Why take the risk…If sea creatures are reacting so violently to what is in the water and showing up on the beaches, dissolving for God only knows what reasons, why would you want to eat from the sea around Daiichi yourself? Think, think, think, if you have any brain at all about what you are saying or have you been paid enormous amounts of cash to try to continue to keep us all numbed and confused…? Hmmm?


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    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      Didn't those other Japanese celebrities who ate Fukushima food two years or so ago already die? I thought that I had read somewhere that several had and they were the same people who were eating it on the news to show others that all was safe.


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  • pkjn

    Japan lawmaker gets death threat for breaching imperial etiquette
    13 November 2013 Voice of Russia
    The menacing letter, discovered by security officers at a Tokyo building filled with lawmakers' offices, warned that "a group of assassins will be dispatched shortly".
    Inside the envelope was a clasp knife with a nine-centimetre (3.5 inch) blade.
    The threat was directed at actor-turned-politician Yamamoto, who was elected to parliament as an independent on a strongly anti-nuclear platform.
    Yamamoto has said the hand-written note had been his attempt to let the emperor know directly about the plight of people affected by the atomic disaster at Fukushima.
    http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_11_13/Japan-lawmaker-gets-death-threat-for-breaching-imperial-etiquette-6501/


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  • We Not They Finally

    The robot knew, the people didn't? Give us a break!


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  • yellowrain

    The one thing all this has taught me is it only takes 1/10 of 1% to kill us all, be it painfully slow.


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  • [...] TEPCO engineers [...] say one of the leaks looks as if tap water is gushing out. Radiation levels in the area were extremely high at 0.9 to 1.8 sieverts an hour.[...] TEPCO engineers [...] say one of the leaks looks as if tap water is gushing out. Radiation levels in the area were extremely high at 0.9 to 1.8 sieverts an hour.

    TEPCO knows full well how many tons of water they need to add to the coolant daily.
    Thus can they calculate volume of leak. This tapwater jazz is spin. 1.8 sieverts per hr is probable death but these are not the highest readings found.


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    • James Tekton James Tekton

      Hey Mark.

      You said:

      "This tapwater jazz is spin. 1.8 sieverts per hr is probable death but these are not the highest readings found."

      Pop!…goes the weasel is the first thing that comes to mind. This is just the beginning of the many more holes that will go POP!!…in these horrendous catastrophic situations that are too hot(radioactive) for even cameras to get in and to see if the robots are dead, or not.

      What is more possible as you well point out, is the rates are as high as 10-20 sieverts, and the instruments can not even measure how high this is.


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    • TAP WATER!

      Is that what they are using to cool these reactors?

      And pray tell, where is this tap water coming from?

      Normally, ocean water is used to cool the reactors.

      Now what are they using for a water source?

      Hmmmmmm?


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  • We Not They Finally

    Conversion between units can get confusing, but just re-checked and there are 1,000 millisieverts in one whole Sievert. "Safe" dose in Japan was 1 millisievert PER YEAR in Japan before Fukushima. Why more is suddenly safe? — well, it isn't! — but they raised that to 20 millisieverts a year. And I guess using the model of a healthy 30-year-old man, not a child, much less a fetus. (Females are more radiosensitive than males too, across the board.)

    So let's say that REALLY conservatively, this ONE "leak" is upwards of one whole Sievert PER HOUR. That's a thousand times of what's safe for one whole YEAR. That 24,000 times the safety limit in any given day. Conservatively. All the numbers out of Fukushima seem to get low-balled at all times.

    Well, and that's for that ONE "leak" alone.

    We could "do the math," but actually we can't. We're dead too many times over from just this teeny-tiny compared to the whole multiplied by ongoing and exponential.

    And that's only a teeny-tiny of the whole of it.


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  • RADS

    The best thing for the Bio-filters (anything with lungs)to do 2+ years later is go out and protest in the *low* level radiation zones, and eat the yummy seafood NOW with 70% more cesium because its seems that's all they measure in food The other 200 elements are natural too ;) ;) .

    PS at least in the BP oil spill you got to see the damage, Nothing more like silent weapons for quiet wars.


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  • Grampybone Grampybone

    "Now now, we and I and Grampybone would love to gloat over the proof, but spirits be tellin' us it be the same in reactor 2&3."

    After years of already knowing that containment was completely compromised. At last vindication that the water leaking into the ground is entirely core contaminated. A release of radiation on the magnitude of a 100,000 Chernobyl's is a very real amount of destruction containment breach can cause. Welcome to the wasteland. Three Dog and I will watching the news and all the headlines.


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  • weeman

    I remember a article that discribed how to plug a hole in SFP, if the leaks are that small they should be able to use the same procedure, maybe? Any body got the link.
    I have to presume that the containment was under extreme pressure during the inisual accident and design parameters were exceeded, so what is the weakest link in design, concrete or steel? By description steel and the properties of steel change under heat and it was hot?
    We always knew that the torus and primary containment was breeched, so this is no surprise, just verification.
    Corium not in sight, might be out of sight and I am out of mind?


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    • Grampybone Grampybone

      Nope your sane as can be weeman. We and I and Grampybone are the crazies. The cores are now in full free fall. Uncontrolled structural releases of radiation are now a grim reality. Full nuclear detonation at 3 locations with containment failure. X gallons go in and X goes out. TEPCO won't tell how much is being pumped.


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      • They cannot say what they know…

        Hide 99% and disclose 1%..

        That is enough to sound honest.. most people will believe, especially if repeated over and over and over and over..

        Wait, that is how propaganda works..

        They wouldn't dare use propaganda now would they?

        NOOOOOOOOOOOOO, say it ain't so!


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  • Alpha1

    Everyone have fun yet, this is the second posting of the truth read it and bare down:\\Please ENOUGH we need to remove TEPCO and Japan needs to be evacuated period this is genocide and what we are doing is a crime against first the Earth and secondly the rest of the earths creatures then man. We need to be removed from this planet if we can not get a grip and do something now then we should become extinct with the already 1000's of species in the pacific ad the planet. We are our own destruction and do not deserve to be the tenders of the earth.

    How can anyone say anything but the truth here we are all dead in a short amount of time our own chromosomes will be so bad that there will be no new generation of man. We can hope that we can turn into X men but be real. We are about to become mush and the earth is going to be alone without anything on her for 1000's of years. ELE yes extinction level event is accurate. The Fuk U Shima facility is leaking 10 Hiroshima's an hour into our atmosphere and the equivalent of 100 Chernobyl's a day at this point and we are still speculating and want to do studies to see the long term affects what are we fucked in the head!!!!

    There has been the equivalent of 1.3 trillion lethal doses of radiation dispersed a day now is like 100 years and soon it will show when we all start collapsing even the draconian lizard pricks in office…


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Kevin Branch & Hatrick Penry has gave you the truth, hell Kevin made a video on you tube in March 2011 & Hatrick reports have been out a long time now. A cover up is just that. It means if there is smoke there is a fire of some sort, these ones are way different, they kill at will.

    Washington State has another release of Yellow Cake into the air a day or so ago, they used the same excuse as before when it happened a few years back, Thanks Hatrick for the heads up where the Jet Stream Flows & best to Your Love One!


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  • We Not They Finally, the leak was found in an area that had high radiation of 1 Sv/hr. No word on what the leaking water radiation level was. Water is usually reported in bequerols not Sv. All academic. Lets just say death causing levels.

    See http://fukuleaks.org/web/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/U1_radiationreadings1.jpg

    diagram of rad measurements of unit 1 back in May 2012

    also see http://enenews.com/up-to-1000000-sieverts-per-hour-outside-unit-1-containment-vessel-still-too-hot-to-measure-other-areas-in-building-photo

    What they are telling us is not anywhere near the truth. Looks like tap water phrase is designed to minimize. Perfect example of spin.
    Can't fool all of the people all of the time. The cores melted through containment losing mega gallons of coolant per hour and tepco is replenishing from whatever freshwater source is available and they know the rate of leakage like you know if you add a jug of antifreeze every day to the rad of your old beater car you know rad is leaking a gallon a day. All news releases are half truths.


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  • In order to cool the reactors and SFP's, maybe this tap water is delivered by a garden hose from the nearest camp ground about a mile down the road?

    If the tap water leaks out of the garden hose, they have plenty of duct tape and baling wire handy.


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  • Sickputer

    Another Tepco "success" story in which Hitachi-GE was involved. Finally tired of their 100% death by radiation foe traditional robots at Fukushima Daiichi (dead ones with treads for feet and tethered cables litter the death traps at Units 1-3) they decided to send in a boat robot (no I don't make this shit up):

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=11648

    So rubber duckie "robot" with cameras floats around and never actually gets close to the real cracks in ghe lower part of the reactor building. I guess they send in strong Shanghaied sailor conscripts to launch the Nuclear Nautilus and pull it back by lifelines when it croaks from the radiation

    At least we know there is a lot of radioactive water being flushed through the building. But I think their pump records already indicated that. :-)

    Next step: Human kamikaze divers to swim down below the little tug boat and actually locate the earthquake and corium cracks in the foundation the Yakuza probably has a few debtors ready to go.

    There is a precedent…three men in 1986 gave their lives at Chernobyl by swimming in the radioactive water to open the flood gate valves: Aleksey Ananenko, Valery Bespalov and Boris Baranov. Their bodies are buried on lead coffins, dangerous for thousands of years.


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  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    I think the "gushing out" will be much more pronounced at reactor 3. Just sayin'


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  • Cisco Cisco

    Animal crackers? What's to keep this wind turbine and others from being radioactively contaminated from Fukushima Daiichi air and water emissions. Am I missing something here, or is this the next best clusterfu#k these geniuses have come up with?

    METI – Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of : Test Operation of a Fukushima Offshore Floating Wind Turbine Started
    http://www.4-traders.com/news/METI-Ministry-of-Economy-Trade-and-Industry-of–Test-Operation-of-a-Fukushima-Offshore-Floating–17457132/


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  • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

    The "tap water" is what TEPCO is using to make the Kool Aid they are serving everyone.

    It tastes kind of fruity to me.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Water used to cool molten fuel debris is believed to be leaking from the three reactor containers, with highly radioactive water accumulated in the basements."

    This is two separate events.
    One..is the corium and the other is the water.

    " June 06, 2013 / The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has inspected the badly-damaged reactor building of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant for the first time as part of its efforts to analyze the possible causes of the nuclear disaster.'
    The photographs released by the NRA include those of the emergency cooling system called the “isolation condenser (IC)” whose piping the Diet’s investigative panel suggested could have been damaged by the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake as well as those of the spots in the building from which workers said water was gushing out
    immediately after the earthquake"

    Nuke regulators inspect damaged #Fukushima reactor building to analyze disaster
    June 6 2013

    http://fukushimaupdate.com/nuke-regulators-inspect-damaged-fukushima-reactor-building-to-analyze-disaster/

    "Gushing out immediately after the earthquake."

    Not only was Unit 1 destroyed…there melt-through…there was a groundwater disturbance.

    Most of the corium now below…groundwater entering and exiting any crack available…flowing over the radioactive debris called Fukushima NPP and the corium that is below it.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..Yes..I suspect the same conditions at Unit 2 and 3..the groundwater disturbance I believe affected the whole plant..so add in 4..if you like.


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  • pleasure island

    A comment on the latest RT.com fukushima report states " There was a twitter picture that showed steam coming off the water seemingly, and was saying that the ocean was boiling for a couple hunderd yards off the beach that the reactors sit on." also says public networks have been down in Japan (twitter/facebook/utube) Anyone heard anything similar?


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  • pleasure island

    Just a quick thank you to the workers for having the courage to speak out and for the work they are doing in criminal/ life threatening conditions. Thank you.


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  • pkjn

    Robot detects locations of radioactive leaks at crippled Fukushima nuclear plant
    November 14, 2013 Russia Today
    For the first time, a remote-controlled robot has detected the exact spot of radioactive water leaks from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant’s Reactor 1.
    Its camera captured images of radioactive water leaking from two holes of the vessel into the building housing the reactor.
    The radiation levels in the inspected area were reported at 0.9 to 1.8 sieverts an hour, while a typical release of radiation is generally accepted to be 1 millisievert a year.
    Tokyo Electric engineers say one of the leaks looks as if tap water is gushing out.
    They also admitted that Reactors 2 and 3 of the Fukushima nuclear plant have similar problems.
    http://rt.com/news/fukushima-robot-detect-radiation-729/
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20131115/k10013075291000.html


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