Video: ‘Most important’ source of radioactive releases into Pacific at Fukushima is Reactor 2

Published: February 4th, 2013 at 11:58 am ET


Title: Understanding the accident of Fukushima Daiichi NPS
Source: IRSN (France’s Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute)
Uploaded by: fukushimafuture
Date Uploaded:  February 2, 2013
Film made in February 2012

At 8:45 in

Although it has kept its structure intact, Reactor 2 is the current source of the most important radioactive releases into the soil as well as into the sea.

Source: IRSN

The explosion took place inside the building.

Operators had probably encountered difficulties depressurizing the containment and the wet well suppression pool broke.

This loss of leak-tightness led to the discharge into the atmosphere of unfiltered radioactive elements and to the spreading of highly contaminated water in the buildings, leading to highly polluting discharges into the sea.

Watch the video here

Published: February 4th, 2013 at 11:58 am ET


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10 comments to Video: ‘Most important’ source of radioactive releases into Pacific at Fukushima is Reactor 2

  • norbu norbu

    I would think that all releases into the Ocean are important….

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Yes the Pacific ocean is a bread basket for many and finding high levels of radiation in the plankton does not bode well for the food chain, simply stated.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Hear, hear, norbu! It is the corium from three reactors, washed by ground water, under Unit1,2,&3. This produces the continuous discharge that is killing Pacific Ocean marine life, and threatening the Pacific Seafood Industry.

    Unit 4 did not have a license for MOX fuel. That, at least, is my understanding. What type of fuel, TEPCO, is in the rack on the left in this photo of SFP4? And isn't this the new fuel that was being loaded into Reactor4 when the earthquake hit? Did you really intend to violate your operating license?×338.jpg

    • technical… it's not, as the deal they were running doesn't have the plug/baffles/lid installed! How nice.. but it still is running…..

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "Did you really intend to violate your operating license?"

    How many other plants around the world are using MOX fuel in violation of their operating licenses? We'll never know how bad it really is until they start melting.

    They will lie until they, or we, are dead.

  • nuknomore nuknomore

    As a grandparent, every day that I hear more and more of what is being done to this planet..I want to cry..IN just a few short years we have managed to destroy the very things that we have been blessed to enjoy..Left for us by proceeding generations~!
    Now the Ocean is a mess..Plastics and garbage.. floating and destroying pristine beaches..
    Reefs and animal life killed.
    So NOW we destroy the ocean and all that is in it with radiation?
    Considering we get about 70% of our oxygen from the ocean..I wonder if we have even left life for our next generations..Or if we have managed to selfishly use the world up? And leave them nothing..

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Does Radiation Contamination=Wormwood for the entire world?

    Another perceptive to ponder as biological life on our planet comes under direct assault repeatedly by this Nuclear Power Industry.

    Mankind loves to repeat the same mistakes over and over again!

    Einstein must be rolling over in his grave right now!

  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    As a Master Inspector of Commercial Power Company Structures, my biggest concern is what people are not openly talking about. What? The lava cores under-mining even just one structural support. Fact~ You have 3-million pounds of weight on the 6th floor holding up the 300,000 gallons of water in the 31' deep 6th-10th floor fuel pools, with concrete,steel and nuclear fuel pellets in rods. You lose one support, and this building's pool is coming down. Lose even the smallest pool, and you start losing all seven and Daini down the road. Watch the "Battle for Chernobyl" video on the video page of and you will see dead helicopter pilots by the 1,000's plummeting to the ground as the site was too deadly to get near. That is what will happen at Fukushima's six reactors when just one pool goes up. That's why Arnie Gunderson told me in D.C. at the Mark I & Mark II Congressional Briefing to have a bag packed if the R-6.0+ Earthquake takes just one out. As Arnie said we needed international workers 1,000's working around the clock, and that is not going to happen with the Yakuza making money on this job.

  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    You have weakened concrete which has been hosed down with millions of gallons of highly corrosive sea water. Normally you could lose a support, but you have weakened concrete. You have structures which have sunken due to subsidence from the 3/11/11 Earthquake. You have multiple daily quakes further weakening the concrete and stress loading the 40-year old structural supports. This is mega stress

  • irhologram

    Homeenergyexpert. Thank God you are here. Please continue to post. Research I did 3/1311 showed that trying to cool it with sea water would have unwanted results based on what they realized from Chernobyl…and in fact would WORSEN the situation catastrophically. …..that in fact, the only solution was/is encasement. 1000's of fine helicopter pilots went down for Chernobyl? For us? God rest their precious, talented souls, and Peace to their families! I don't see that effort here.