NHK: Radiation levels too high for humans to continue at Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Workers must repair damage to suppression chambers (VIDEO)

Published: March 15th, 2012 at 4:12 am ET


Title: Radiation high near suppression chambers
Source: NHK
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:42 +0900 (JST)

High levels of radiation have been detected near suppression chambers of 2 of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The radiation levels are too high for workers to continue inspections.

Decommissioning the plant’s crippled reactors involves filling the reactors and their containment vessels with water and extracting melted fuel.

To do this, workers must pinpoint and repair damage to the containment vessels and the suppression chambers. […]

Tokyo Electric says robots are needed for future inspections because the radiation levels at the 2 reactors are too high for workers to carry out repairs. […]


  • At the No.2 reactor building, workers opened the door to the suppression chamber and detected a maximum radiation of 160 millisieverts per hour
  • The door to the chamber at the No.3 reactor had been damaged and could not be opened. The maximum radiation outside the door was 75 millisieverts per hour

Watch the report here

h/t MMC

Published: March 15th, 2012 at 4:12 am ET


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33 comments to NHK: Radiation levels too high for humans to continue at Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Workers must repair damage to suppression chambers (VIDEO)

  • We have come to a point of non workable area, it's all downhill from here !
    Perhaps many have died and others know the death sentence and nen are no longer available to die for the cause !

    Who will tend the beast as abandonment is here and the speeding up of the future without altercation !

    Slow Doom has come without human restraint !! Untill 9912


    • john lh john lh

      Ever one on this ENENEWS.COM know this will be the days, and what will be tomorrow, but we can do noting to stop it.

      It is already too late, too far. everything has been well cooked.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      What really happened at Fukushima #3?

      They keep talking about #3 as it is there, everything is normal, and hunkie dorie..

      Ok, so where are the pictures of it? PROVE that it is still there.

      Since the nuclear explosion, I have not seen ONE, SINGLE, SOLITARY, PICTURE of anything that could be called #3 reactor or spent fuel pool.

      One news release talked about it, but showed picture of #4.

      That does not count. How about sending a robot in there and showing the damaged reactor and dry well? That should not be so hard. A crane could easily lower a camera that could thread through the wreckage. It is odd, how that has NOT been done, since June of 2011.

      De-nial is not a river in Egypt.

    • BillyRaz

      Xcelent post xtrafox! Finally sum truth about our near future! Might I ad that Reactor 1 has been off limits due to just sick levels of death since June of last year. So we have reactors: 1 2 n 3 NO GO zones and how long before number 4 is off limits then 5 and 6 then the Hole bloody plant? Will we lose Daiweenie after Daiitchy? And then??……If ya got um light um up!

  • A lot of useful information in the video which bears repeating. Punctuated with humor, but still worth watching.

    I'm trying to think of countries where the food supply is now compromised: Japan, Turkey, Belarus [Chernobyl]?, Europe and
    even more from Fukushima – Korea, China, Russia, W Coast of N America – the ocean, air, mountains, birds, pollen, cars, people, fish.

    We're playing with fire …

    • the yeoman the yeoman

      There's nothing like gallows hurmor to get you through these hard times. Right Pu239 san ka

      MsMilkytheClown is truly a teasure.

      Godspeed MsMilky Goodspeed

  • CB CB

    Nuclear Farce! But I liked it.

  • Atomfritz Atomfritz

    150 millisievert are much, but don't mean that no human workers can be used there.

    Every revision each US nuclear plant needs about 2000 workers who each work a short moment in "hot" areas to distribute the radiation load of some tens to hundreds of person-sieverts that such maintenance work creates.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    I could throw up seeing IAEA flag in the background. Bastards.

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    "Tokyo Electric says robots are needed for future inspections because the radiation levels at the…reactors are too high for workers to carry out repairs". And they still believe the people will allow them to restart nuke plants, and allow them to build more death plants! Better Get to work on those robots, boys!

  • KillBudahKillPope


    • mungo mungo

      i agree, but i dont like your user name


      @KillBudahKillPope: and aside from your puerile expletives, we don't need declarations that can be interpreted as representative of other enenews participants. Please take your infantile rage where it'll be appreciated; like yahoo or some other kiddy site…

  • Sickputer

    Tepco rarely tells the truth.. Radiation levels inside the units are in sieverts, not millisieverts in the areas that need attention and cleanup. The suppression chamber itself is contaminated beyond any hope of "cleanup" or dismantling for removal. Unit 3 is especially hot as we know why… The same MOX horrors that scared the shit out of Duke Energy engineers when they refueled the Catawba reactor in 2007.

    Before Duke Energy ran the fateful MOX tests at Catawba their press releases to assure the public of safety were oh so cheery:

    Later the tests scared the shit out of them they quietly folded their atomic tents:

    "a test of MOX fuel in Duke's Catawba-1 reactor had failed due to abnormal fuel assembly performance and the that the "lead test assemblies" (LTAs) were pulled from the reactor after only two of the necessary three 18-month irradiation cycles."

    Despite the lack of reactors to use the plutonium fuel, MOX Services is continuing to use taxpayer dollars to construct a $5-billion factory at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina to make the fuel from 34 metric tons of "surplus" weapons-grade plutonium."

    SP: In the twisted minds of the American military industrial complex: "Damn the plutonium torpedoes! Full speex ahead!"

    For a really scary look at how the mad monsters of MOX are trending.. Look at this August 2011 report which acts as if Fukushima never happened:

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    Sickputer: But Fuku did happen, as even the truly dense writers of this report must over time come to understand. The Repubs want to cut government waste. The subsidies of the nuke industry are such a good place to start. If the nuke utilities have to finance and insure themselves, not even one new one will be built, and not one old one will be relicensed. No nukes!

    • Sickputer

      The money angle is the only motivating factor. They (the nuclear cabals) have no pity, no social conscience, no redeeming qualities of a decent human being concerned with life for future generations. They are savage Fascists plain and simple and will kill you in a heartbeat to save their plutonium-stained paychecks.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    Are they really just noticing this stuff now, one year into the crisis? (We just found out we can't open the door to R3).

    How will they reconcile this "too radioactive to enter" ploy with their "cold shutdown" fable?

    … and of course, given their habit of sugar-coating everything, what is the actual situation and how will we ever find out?

    It almost makes me want to watch their webcam to see "the truth". Almost.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    This video always starts my day off and helps bring GE's good things to life along with the truth of these current Nuclear matters now at hand.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      obewanspeaks, I watched, and shared to fb.. although, I suspect not one of my friends will watch 🙁 but I did 🙂 It is excellent, thank you!!!

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Great find, obewanspeaks. I've passed the link on also.


        @aigeezer: I agree. I watched this video and forwarded the link to everyone I know. It's an awesome production and a must see…

  • hbjon hbjon

    I'm seeing something that looks like a fire in front of F3, is this old news? I heard claims in the past but never saw it like I do now. Is that Oz turning dials and pulling levers?

    • NoNukes NoNukes

      obewanspeaks and hbjon,

      I just want to put in a standing request for you to understand that when you post we are nodding our heads, applauding, etc.

      I wish that there were millions more of you, and of everyone else like you here.

      hbjon, the flames in front of 3 have been seen off and on since Dec. 5, please also ask on the webcam thread for other comparisons from the expert crew.

      Thank you.

  • hbjon hbjon

    Enough is enough. Get the UN in there to take photos and put an end to the secrets and cover-ups now.

  • bincbom


    Until this basic question is answered, "working" on the reactors is pointless!

  • bleep_hits_blades

    Holy Smokin' Reactors, obiwanspeaks, what a GREAT video!

    Will forward immediately to my pathetically small list of mostly-in-denial contacts most of whom will probably not get around to watching it.

    But what a masterful job – thanks for posting the link. Like you, I'm gonna watch and re-watch it.

    We here are 'the little band of the amazed' … years ago that phrase came to me and I remembered it… never knew what it was 'about' … until now…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Your comments are appreciated. Like I stated before we must all be vigilant in our quest to inform as many people as possible about the current dangers of Nuclear Power and the Nuclear Disaster now happening in Fukushima, Japan.

    I only can email the basic information and it is up to the individuals who receive my emails to absorb and then to understand the breath of what is occurring and hopefully then they will forward my emails to others that they know.

    Those of us that really understand the dangers of Nuclear Radiation Contamination and the long term consequences and lack of safety concerning this industry practice must be the "Warriors" on the front line for the rest of mankind.

    We can and must do better for our planet and the rest of the biological life present and all the other species now being negatively affected. We only share this planet and it is not ours to destroy.

    I sent this email out today and I always try to give individuals the chance to see, read and absorb the "Truth". They have to make their own decisions to personally act based on their own conscience and then forward such information to others.

    We must be relentless in our "Truth Quest"!

    Somber News at Fukushima!
    Robots Only!
    What the Truth is! There are a hundred of these problematic Nuclear Power
    Plants operating inside the US?
    Mega Quake predicted and lets hope they are wrong.
    Where are the US nuclear Power Plants?

    We have been "killing our own" for quite some time. It is time to shut
    all these Nuclear plants down before more blow up!

  • bleep_hits_blades

    This short video above is HILARIOUS -"Fukushima radioactivity levels too high to enter building" – the inserted irony/mockery that is. The consolation is all the really smart people doing things like this. Oh, btw here is the appropriate musical accompaniment to this state-of-the-art debacle in progress…

    Recognize the basic melody?

    Comment and woodcut illustration here are interesting too, in this context.