In [independent journalist Kota Kinoshita on blog on August 15]:
It was early August, around 9PM. A worker at Fukushima I Nuke Plant sent an email to his local contact, saying “Steam gushing out of cracks on the ground. The area is foggy with steam, and the workers evacuated temporarily. Some kind of reaction may be occurring underground. Watch out for radiation level depending on the wind direction”.
From the information source within the government, “I’ve heard about the steam coming out from the ground, and I am concerned”.
Fukushima worker’s tweet:
As I have said before, I have never seen, or heard about, such steam.
It’s possible that he doesn’t know but someone else may know. [...]
Mr. Kinoshita’s blog has this bit of “rumor” from his worker at the plant:
There are several cracks on the ground near the Containment Vessel, and the steam is coming out from them, not on a regular basis but sporadically.
Published: August 17th, 2011 at 4:32 pm ET
- TV: Workers say ground under Fukushima plant is cracking and radioactive steam is coming up — Melted core may be moving out of building (VIDEO) August 17, 2011
- Fukushima worker on camera: “The holes and cracks in the ground are terrifying” (VIDEO) August 19, 2011
- Tweet: 2 sieverts per hour found at surface of water in basement — Worker says “outrageous” radiation level from melted-through fuel August 5, 2011
- Anonymous ex-Fukushima engineer: “Fuel pellets could have been carried to different parts of plant” — TEPCO won’t deny that “fuel may have burrowed into ground” -NYT November 2, 2011
- Tweets from Fukushima worker: “It’s so scary” — Normal air contains enough oxygen to cause hydrogen explosion, even without fire September 27, 2011