NHK: Tepco can’t find holes at Reactor No. 2 — Nuclear Expert: It’s leaking like a sieve — “No one knows how they’re ever going to remove fuel in my lifetime” — Likely 50, 60, 70 years — Radiation like outer space (VIDEO)

Published: April 18th, 2012 at 12:56 pm ET


Title: TEPCO says no water leaks found at No.2 reactor
Source: NHK
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 20:56 +0900 (JST)

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says inspections using a robot have yet to find serious damage or water leaks at the facility’s No. 2 reactor. […]

TEPCO said the robot found no water leaks or traces in manholes on the north and southeast sides of the [suppression] chamber, where leakage had been suspected.

Workers also maneuvered the robot to check about 90 percent of the upper part of the 125-meter doughnut-shaped chamber, and found no serious damage or deformation. […]

The level of radioactive water accumulated on the plant’s premises keeps increasing. […]

(A rather strange article was published by NHK shortly after the above report — ‘Why containment vessels must be examined‘ is filled with formatting errors and cites no sources for any of its information)

Title: Arnie Gundersen Interview
Source: WBAI’s Five O’Clock Shadow
Date: Tuesday April 17, 2012 5:00pm

At ~21:00 in

The radiation fields at Reactor No. 2 are comparable to what we see in space…

It’s leaking like a sieve…

No one knows how they’re ever going to remove the fuel in my lifetime… likely for 50, 60, 70 years until some of this radiation decays away… and that’s the good news. Units 1 and 3 they can’t even get into because they’re even worse.

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Published: April 18th, 2012 at 12:56 pm ET


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28 comments to NHK: Tepco can’t find holes at Reactor No. 2 — Nuclear Expert: It’s leaking like a sieve — “No one knows how they’re ever going to remove fuel in my lifetime” — Likely 50, 60, 70 years — Radiation like outer space (VIDEO)

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Mmmmn …. picture living in the Van Allen Belt ….


      Which is why these systems are in no way appropriate for use within this planet's biosphere. They can and should only be built for use in space, and only on the condition that they will not fall back to Earth. The amount of radiation flowing past this planet would annihilate all surface life in a matter of minutes. Thankfully, we have a magnetic shield that's guarding us from this death…

      BTW. I've been reading your posts these last few days. They're excellent! I didn't know you were as knowledgeable in poly-sci as you are. Hat's off…

  • jahdesm jahdesm

    how much nitrogengas they have its running out

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    THE NEW TOKYO? The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is in negotiations with the owners of the disputed Senkaku Islands with the aim of buying them by the end of this year, Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      Well, Whoopie, you know those TEPCO execs don't want to be exposed to their mess…it could kill them, and mutate their future children, but not immediately harmful to those that live there.. the Execs will have new digs courtesy of their largest stock holder.. the citizens of Tokyo.. Government is so great for the rich!

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The Senkaku Islands (from Wikipedia):

      The island group consists of five uninhabited islets and three barren rocks.

      Uotsuri Jima (魚釣島) 4.32 km2
      Kuba Jima (久場島) 1.08
      Taishō Jima (大正島) 0.0609
      Minami Kojima (南小島) 0.4592
      Kita Kojima (北小島) 0.3267
      Okino Kitaiwa(沖ノ北岩) 0.0183
      Okino Minami-iwa(沖ノ南岩) 0.0048
      Tobise (飛瀬?) 0.0008

      I don't see Japan moving 40-80 million people to these radar blips off the coast of Taiwan. By the time any infrastructure is built, the islets will be thoroughly irradiated – if they aren't already. And the inhabitants will all be far along the cancer timeline.

      The decision to "let 'em all die" was made within hours of the reactors blowing on 3/11 – us included. And I don't have any doubts who made that decision. It wasn't the Japanese.

  • dosdos dosdos

    Try looking on the bottom….

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Photos of Reactor 2 Torus Room at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: The robot "Survey Runner" went down to the Reactor 2 …

    • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

      Whoopie: These photos are of the top of Torus2. If the corium exited from the bottom of Torus2, then we are not getting a clear picture from these photos. TEPCO should send their robot around the base of Torus2. By releasing these photos, TEPCO is telling the public that Corium2 is tucked safely away, inside Building2. This probably isn't the case, if Corium2 has melted through Containment2 and/or Torus2.

      • Misitu

        26/3 video shows what looks like live corium inside 2 RPV – not to say some of it didn't get away of course. There's plenty of tons of melted fuel to go round.

  • kill the hacs kill the hacs

    they cant look into the eye of the sun, radiation would melt there lil' toybot. Time to call in another "expert" bulsiter, rumsfield cud shed some light, As we know,
    There are known knowns.
    There are things we know we know.
    We also know
    There are known unknowns.
    That is to say
    We know there are some things
    We do not know.
    But there are also unknown unknowns,
    The ones we don't know
    We don't know.

  • This is #2 which TEPCO reported a significantly low water level a few weeks ago. They are dumping tons and tons of water into that wrecked reactor every day and the level remains very low but they can't find the leak. If they can't find something as basic as a water leak what confidence can we have that they will successfully decommision that reactor? Oh but wait, that is the good news, reactor 1 and 3 are so radioactive no person or robot can come close enough to even attempt investigation. What faith can any thinking person have in this death industry? Why are we still investing money in an industry that expects us to pay for clean up while nuke exects and compliant politicians get to keep golden parachutes and seem to have zero accountability?

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    Mark: TEPCO can't FIX the water leak in Containment2 because they cannot make themselves LOOK at where the leak IS. The leak is out the bottem of Containment2 or Torus2. They are taking photos of the top of Torus2. Pretty pictures, aren't they? tBut they just can't make themselves acknowledge that Corium2 has left the building through the bottem of Containment2, or through the bottom of Torux2. Adios!

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Nice little visit to FUKU fantasy land, where all the sheep are munching quietly on radioactive grass, because it makes them healthier.

    Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, in the REAL world,

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  • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver

    Video showing the most likely path for the melted fuel. So why are they looking in the suppression chamber?

    It appears that the control rod drive assembly is in a cylindrical room directly under the reactor vessel. The floor of this room is well below the level of the pipes to the suppression chamber. Under this room it appears to be solid ground although hard to tell from the engineering drawings I have seen so far.

  • sonnen.blum.239 sonnen.blum.239

    no water? water gone. No core? core gone. Old news, long time ago. cover up continues.