NHK: Trouble from heavy rain already at Fukushima — Fence over-topped at plant — Workers trying to keep highly contaminated water in reactor basements and tunnels from overflowing

Published: September 15th, 2013 at 8:11 pm ET
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Title: Damaged Fukushima plant on typhoon alert
Source: NHK
Date: Sept. 15, 2013

Workers [...] are increasing patrols to make sure contaminated water does not overflow in the heavy rain.

[...] By Sunday afternoon, it has already brought heavy rain fall of 41.5 millimeters per hour in a town near the crippled power plant.

The operators are strengthening patrols to prevent rain from entering and overflowing the basement of turbine buildings and the underground tunnel where highly contaminated water has accumulated.

They found water overflowing from a fence around storage tanks near the Number 4 reactor on Sunday afternoon. TEPCO officials are inspecting the leaked water to determine if it’s contaminated. [...]

See also: Fukushima Worker: I'm worried about pressure forcing water up through cracked ground at nuclear plant -- Level now rising on mountain side

Published: September 15th, 2013 at 8:11 pm ET
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15 comments to NHK: Trouble from heavy rain already at Fukushima — Fence over-topped at plant — Workers trying to keep highly contaminated water in reactor basements and tunnels from overflowing

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Hope none of the cranes fall in this Typhoon… Gonna be a long nite for us.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Even though the TBS screen is blank, you can turn your speakers up and hear the storm come in as you watch the Tepco cam.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    Bail ye' maties, Bail … oh right … don't bail …

    What a wonderful technology the 1950's uranium obsessed nuclearists have bequeathed to modern society … when every second rate tropical storm threatens to undo 4.3 billion years of evolution?

    And still the nuclear power obsessed among us tout this failed technology, this open-ended science experiment, which arose only because some bought and paid for engineering types insisted they be allowed to build huge machines for which they and their employer were held harmless from any damages??

    The ultimate social welfare program for wealthy Wall Street speculators (in uranium ore) who have no compunction, no morality?

    I guess we know how the Goldman Sachs/Deuthsche Bank CDO/MBS market got wired up in 2005 … they learnt their trade of destructive capitalism from the masters of nuclear energy at JP Morgan Bank and General (want a little PCB with your river system) Electric!

    United States of corrupt and clueless businessmen, intent on showing the world the middle finger.

    Sorry Anne, I'm just calling it as I see it. I hope to shame this country back to its senses. I know, it doesn't sound nice.

    It's not meant to.

    PEACE!


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      "they learnt their trade of destructive capitalism from the masters of nuclear energy at JP Morgan Bank and General (want a little PCB with your river system) Electric!" —NedliFromVermont

      Don't think Monsanto wasn't taking a few notes. I keep seeing stories about "The Monsanto Protection Act."

      Makes me wonder if Meth makers could get a rider on their insurance policy to protect them from any "accidents." I saw one story where some meth maker's child swallowed some draino. They didn't take the child to the hospital until hours later, because they didn't want to get into trouble. Finally someone talked them into taking their child to the hospital. It really seems like the same "reasoning" –nuke profits, gmo profits, meth profits. When will someone make them come to their senses and make them realize they are screwing up?


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  • jec jec

    As long as the camera stands up to the winds. A little news on the winds, they will be SE and strong until the eye passes over or near Fukushima, radiation will be blown OVER into the main area of the island. As the storm passes to the NW, winds will clock around, and with any luck, not become westerlies (they probably will..but one can hope) which will blow radiation out to sea. THEN better for the ocean, the winds will die down and become fairly still for a few short days, which will allow radiation, in the atmosphere, to be without any path offshore. It should stay and settle in Japan. Of course, the water will flood anyway and can not be stopped, 15 inches..remember all the flooding photos of Colorado over this weekend. A LOT OF WATER. When you read about the patrols preventing the 'overflow' due to rain..just how in the world are those poor workers able to do that?!!!The water is contaminated, likely, as well. And of course, the 'workers' will be blamed for any 'new contamination' as if it was not already contaminated due to TECPO. I hope they move the cranes..picture a crane swiping Reactor 4 fuel pool in the air..or falling across Reactor 3…..Just saying…


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  • Sickputer

    jec… I was smiling at the same thing:

    "The operators are strengthening patrols to prevent rain from entering and overflowing the basement of turbine buildings and the underground tunnel…"

    SP: I believe the translation is a little awkward. Perhaps "observe" or "monitor" is a better choice of wording than "prevent".

    In any event… An island plain full of ankle high water is going to swirl around hotspots to everywhere on the island. Hot radioactive mud will cover the ground cover steel plates around Units 1-3.


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  • We Not They Finally

    "They found water overflowing from a fence around storage tanks near the Number 4 reactor on Sunday afternoon. TEPCO officials are inspecting the leaked water to determine if it’s contaminated."

    This is fantasy land, right? TEPCO officials just wander around the property, inspecting this, inspecting that?

    And they are "increasing patrols to make sure contaminated water does not overflow in the heavy rain"? It "overflows" by a minimum of 300 TONS (and more likely 1000 tons or upwards) every single day, whether it's raining or not!! "Patrols" are going to prevent that?

    Will they keep treating people like idiots forever? NHK is apparently JAPANESE media. They should lay down and die rather than keep doing this to their own people. Is there NO alternative media in Japan?


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    One obvious flaw about the movie, "2012" is … I don't recall any problems with nuclear power plants radiating the oceans of the world. In reality, when the water subsided, the fuel pools dried out and caught fire, all those gazillionaires would have been slowly (or quickly?) have died. No Noah's ark scenario possible. Then again, the movie industry knows that happy endings generate more revenue. I wish this nuclear nightmare were just a movie. It sucks to grow up and realize that Wile E. Coyote runs the world.


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  • Comparing Contaminated Zones Around Chernobyl And Fukushima Ocean Radiation Released; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/05/comparing-contaminated-zones-around.html

    What Really Happened at Fukushima? via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/02/what-really-happened-at-fukushima.html


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    All this worry over a little typhoon. What about a megatsunami originating in the Canary Islands? Nuclear plants in Britain, and all over the east coast of the US will make Fukushima seem like a walk in the park. Wile E. Coyote engineering will make the "Act of God" disaster become the "Work of the Devil" Accident. So, I must conclude that our planetary leadership is about as useful a spoon, in bailing out the effects of this typhoon.


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Tepco has released water from the plant, said to contain, "low levels of radiation." The usual story line:

    http://news.yahoo.com/typhoon-man-yi-hits-japan-004110591.html


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Storm track showing areas and gale force winds, storm winds, typhoon force winds, etc.

    It appears the main part of the storm has now moved northward from the plant. See here:

    http://www.jma.go.jp/en/seawarn/


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