Steam/vapor rising from Fukushima reactor (VIDEO)

Published: February 6th, 2012 at 9:40 am ET


2012.02.06 18:00-19:00 / ふくいちライブカメラ (Live Fukushima Nuclear Plant Cam)

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Published: February 6th, 2012 at 9:40 am ET


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45 comments to Steam/vapor rising from Fukushima reactor (VIDEO)

  • sebaschan

    hmm that doesn’t look too reassuring… but on the other hand, in case of serious trouble tepco would take the camera offline wouldn’t they?

  • Sickputer

    Not necessarily… That would induce panic in Tokyo. I think they will fake the camera view. Disinformation has always been their friendly ally in public relations. Fake shots for a few days and then announce the cameras need replacement which will buy more time. They can do whatever they want because the sheeple are slaves and won’t protest.

  • markww markww

    Nothing new same old releases since 3-11 just able to see a little better

  • jec jec

    Slow leaking BAD NEWS is TEPCOs latest media attempt. So they leak the concept of increasing temperature then..checking for Fission..which they NOW say happened before. From reading past reports-that was a deny and deny event. Now its, yes but….. So the videocam is up, not the TBS/JNN where you can see the worse situation.

    Wonder how soon before the Japanese Government takes over the cams? Maybe just after they sign the international agreement with other nations for compensation in event of nuclear accidents? Agreement prevents suits and such. Now Japan really has a major disaster! Like buying flood insurance AFTER the house floats away. So cover those tail feathers TEPCO/JAPAN!

    • Sickputer

      Jec sez…. Wonder how soon before the Japanese Government takes over the [Tepco] cams?

      SP: I kinda think Tepco IS the Japanese government. They seem very generous to the politicos and vice versa. You could say the same for the US government and a handful of influential players.

  • jec jec

    Not filtering radiation! Remember the “filter out 98% of radioactive material in filters//”. Anyone seeing THAT happen?

  • nuckelchen nuckelchen

    by the way,
    the 3 minute videos are 20 x times faster 60/20=3 🙂
    and in the webcamfried you can find a lot more from today.
    something like that here (shortly after 21 o’clock):

  • yellowrain

    can others take a look at the tepco cam now? On my computer i am seeing artifacts above reactor 2 and steam @ 3. let me know if anyone else sees them. Describe what you see. I thought they installed a filter on the cam and the artifacts where all but gone lately. I for one have no faith in this going on for much longer. once the site is to hot its game over. god save the children

  • TheWorldIsBlind

    been watching webcam from start havent seen this in awhile. this is serious. either fuel has gone critical again or fuel has hit water table. not good at all. that steam/smoke is radioactive as fuckk.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    To lighten things up a little (not!), here’s some comedy from NHK:

    “The government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says there is a need for a comprehensive study to determine whether the reactor is actually in a state of cold shutdown. It says a brief reading of over 80 degrees on one of the thermometers does not necessarily mean there is trouble in the cooling system.

    Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission, Haruki Madarame, says that a recurrence of nuclear criticality is unlikely.

    But he criticized TEPCO and the nuclear safety agency for their handling of the matter. He says they are failing to properly explain the state of the reactors to the people.”

    A comprehensive study to determine whether it’s in cold shutdown???

    • James2

      Head of the “nuclear safety commission” eh. Sounds like an oxymoron to me.

      I take that back, sounds like a moron to me…

    • lokay5 lokay5

      “Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission, Haruki Madarame, says that a recurrence of nuclear criticality is unlikely.”

      Wasn’t “unlikely” the same word they used when asked if there could ever be a meltdown in three nuclear reactors at the same time?

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Tepco to inject boric acid

    On the press conference of 2/6/2012 PM, Tepco announced they are going to add 960 Kg of boric acid tonight in JST.
    They increased the amount of water to inject to reactor 2, but it’s still 70.6℃ at 5:00AM on 2/6/2012.

    Tepco has started analyzing the gas to publish the data on 2/7/2012.

    For the brief report, the amount of Xe135 is ND, (≦ 1Bq/cm3) which denies the possibility of recriticality.

    However, they are going to inject 960 kg of boric acid and increase the amount of water by 3 tones.
    The reason why they need to add boric acid is not explained.

    • pure water

      “The reason why they need to add boric acid is not explained”- because multiple meltout rectors have nothing to do with the so called “cold shut down condition” and every step to prevent problems and critical events is crucial!

  • kintaman kintaman

    Worry not folks this is merely frost emanating from the reactor which is in a full “cold shutdown”. There is nothing to worry about here, continue shopping, working and paying your taxes.

    Be sure to buy “Made in Japan” and come visit for the great food from Fukushima so we can support the farmers and share the pain! All is good.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    I know they need to cool the corium (which is no longer in the PCV) but it seems to me they are just making more and more waste which they cannot facilitate. I wish they had been attacking this months prior as I think this is futile and just enhancing the amount or contamination. NO NUKES

  • StillJill StillJill

    Hey detractors,…..taking a look at Nuck’s last ILLUMINATING video???

    Still say things are the same as six months ago?

    Japanese people who are seeing this via enenews, and the few other sites,…they ARE WAKING UP!

    Well done, as always enenews crew! 🙂

  • jec jec

    Reactor 3 ground area shows small explosive events–light flares. Wonder what in they are attempting..or not. This looks a lot like what occurred in June 2011–the steam, flares, fire spires were impressive then. And, of course, well documented in Nuckelchen’s video captures..and ENENEWs discussion blogs.

  • steve from virginia

    It’s hard to tell what’s going on b/c it’s nighttime and the atmospherics are unknown: wind direction, dew point, temperatures, etc. What is seen might be steam boiling from the cores burning into the ground … or it might be fog rolling in.

    A cold day in Japan would make any steam or water vapor visible. More camera angles are needed, one cam for each reactor unit.

    jec’s comment regarding Tepco’s latest attempt to massage the media includes dribbling out info that would have been stifled last April (meltdowns? What meltdowns!) then admitted much later.

    – steam from reactors (?)

    – increased temperatures in reactors and SFPs.

    – More water to spew into reactor unit 2.

    – Boric acid into reactor unit 2.

    – Gas analysis for reactors (why isn’t this ongoing?)

    – Detection of Cesium isos, Iodine-131 outside Japan.

    – Japgov looking into “re-criticality and explosions” @ reactor complex.

    These people are all over their heads. Not a good sign.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Yes,…if ANYONE looks at NUCK’S latest,….and says it’s still steam,……..well,…….ummmm, errr,…dare I say, Shill, troll, plant, what have you?????

  • StillJill StillJill

    I’m sorry, FROST,…yeah, that’s a good one! That hot, bubbling cauldron of death,…frost???

    I know what I saw,….I know what is happening.


  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Fukushima Unit 3 Al Fresco, journalists don’t see it, Officials downplay it
    April 5th, 2011
    “The image below speaks for itself: the extent of damages at Unit 3 (left of the photo) are so severe that the spent fuel pools don’t exist anymore, and worse: the reactor must be completely exposed.”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Fukushima reactor designer turned whistleblower says he knew reactor No 4 has been unsound for 40 years
    “A former Fukushima Daiichi reactor designer turned whistle blower today said the crippled plant’s reactor No 4 had been relying on flawed steel to hold radiation in its core, and that he himself helped hide the defect when the reactor – which he called a “time bomb” – was built four decades ago….
    “Tanaka’s condemnation reaches further than No 4
    “Earlier this week, Tanaka told the media more generally that all of the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi were outmoded and that specifically, reactor No 1 – which has suffered overheating difficulties, a partial meltdown and a hydrogen explosion – should have been shut down or replaced….
    “Tanaka says the reactor pressure vessel inside the No. 4 reactor was damaged at a Babcock-Hitachi foundry in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, during the last step of a manufacturing process that took two and a half years and cost millions of dollars, Japan Today reported. If the mistake had been discovered, the company might have been bankrupted, Tananka said.
    “The origin of the flaw
    “Inside a blast furnace the size of a small airplane hanger, the reactor pressure vessel was being treated one last time to remove welding stress, according to Tanaka’s recounting. The cylinder, 20 meters tall and 5.8 meters in diameter, was heated to more than 600 degrees, a temperature that softens metal.

    “Braces that were to have been placed inside during the blasting were either forgotten or fell over when the cylinder was wheeled into the furnace. After the vessel cooled, its walls were warped, Tanaka said….”

  • Fred

    People, people, CHECK THE WEATHER! at Isohara has it raining quite heavily all day, accumulation estimated at .81 inches at 42F most all day. The cold rain, barely above freezing coming from above, hits very hot metal reactor, empty spent fuel pools, etc., and FLASHES INTO STEAM, which quickly rises to condense into clouds of water vapor you see on the cams. IT’S RAINING!

    What it DOES show is how really HOT the exposed FUKU 3 & 4 are, exposed to this cold rain. 1’s tent protects it from the rainfall as does the intact #2 building, both of which must be much hotter inside than wide open #3.

    Every time it rains, the meltdowns produce huge quantities of steam. Every time a small cloud flies over on a near-cloudless day, the massive HEAT pouring out of the wreckage quickly destroys the low clouds above the plant, which recondense into clouds over the ocean just offshore as the heated air cools.

    • pure water

      Interesting point. There were raindrops over the camera, though not abundant.

    • Sickputer

      I would expect steam from rain hitting very hot areas to produce uniform vertical steam plumes even in the wind. These plumes revealed by video layering looks non-uniform as certain sections contain more materials which I am thinking is not steam, but burning nuclear debris. YMMV

  • nuckelchen nuckelchen

    here are the wind/winddir/rain/temp/pressure data from 02/06:
    scroll the linked side down and you will see the hourly data from yesterday.
    for the time 16-19 o’clock it was about 3°C.
    the weatherstation is on the airportground from fukushima so we can reduze the temp 1-2°C downer for the coast.
    in the last daylight from 2/6 you can see that the ground in front of the camera was wet.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    @ jec – re your comment about signing agreements, nation to nation, about limiting lawsuits etc.

    Do you really see that happening? I could be wrong, but I don’t see any lawsuits happening.

    The various nations are in it together, have dirty hands, are co-complicitors, and the governments are not even the real powers – or rather, govt. and news media and industry are all aspects of the same over-arching/interlocking control structure. They all have dirty hands and they are standing together – that much, so far, is clear. ‘Judge only by results.’

    Do you see that changing as this debacle progresses? I do not; am interested in your reasoning if you differ.

    As I have mentioned previously, it is almost a certainty that almost all governments in the world now are being run under NATIONAL EMERGENCY, which for most means SUSPENSION of all normal civil law and its replacement by some form of military dictatorship governmental form. Government has total arbitrary power as per the DOCTRINE OF NECESSITY, which holds that ‘necessity knows no law.’ Lawsuits could just be arbitrarily dismissed, shelved, etc.

    There is no ‘rule of law and not of men. This almost certainly is going to be ‘the new normal.’

  • nuckelchen nuckelchen

    oh my goodness,
    i found the crankiest waterdrop ever.
    02:20 JST in the right upper corner.

    and the hour 01-02 is just speakless..

    • Sickputer

      Yep… It was rumored (just kidding) overheard from a Tepco littleshot onsite tonight in Daiichi:

      We’re going to need a bigger spotlight!”.


      I may have to look into those vacation homes in Tierra Del Fuego!!

      • Sickputer

        The good news is….the super cold air should help suppress the vertical lift to the jetstream (long complicated lift formula post I wrote long, long ago).

        The bad news for Tepco is the ground cloud may kill the last iron-lunged worker and there goes the spotlight changeout!!

  • James2

    The shills are very active today trying to get your attention away from #4 and onto anything else.

    Truth is that #4 SFP is burning down right now.

    It contains more fuel rods that the cores of #1, #2, and #3 combined. Thus the radiation emitted will be more than what occurred from March to November last year.


  • nuckelchen nuckelchen

    wolle rose kaufen ?

    10 x timelapsed

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I looked at the 4x..long version..and put magnification on the top of reactor 2…lots of action on the other side..boron?…ridiculous at this point…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS…see at 10:00…most obvious.. looks like a very clear multi reacotor criticality…methinks…

  • stopnp stopnp

    Holy crap.