Report: Reactor No. 1 “exploded” after full meltdown — Similar pattern of disaster befell Reactors No. 2 and 3

Published: May 21st, 2011 at 1:58 pm ET


Fukushima plant probably began spewing radiation within hours of earthquake: data, National Post, May 21, 2011:

[Emphasis Added]

Data released for the first time this week show three of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors probably began spewing radiation within a few hours of Japan’s devastating earthquake […] Yet for the first days of the disaster, the plant’s operators and Japan’s nuclear safety regulators studiously avoided using the word “meltdown.” They repeatedly said they believed the reactors’ fuel rods were still intact and safely contained inside their zirconium sheaths.

In reality, the rods in the core of the No. 1 reactor had fully melted by the morning of March 12 and had fallen to the bottom of the reactor’s pressure vessel. […]

In the end, the build-up of pressure from steam and explosive hydrogen gas was so great, the reactor exploded […]

A similar pattern of disaster befell the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors. Japanese officials now believe all three reactors may be leaking highly radioactive water outside the containment buildings as a result of damage caused to their pressure vessels by suspected meltdowns. […]

Published: May 21st, 2011 at 1:58 pm ET


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43 comments to Report: Reactor No. 1 “exploded” after full meltdown — Similar pattern of disaster befell Reactors No. 2 and 3

  • Zardoz

    Wonder what Uncle Arnie might have to say about this, after telling us for the last two months that the containments were largely intact.

    • Pensacola Tiger

      Can’t blame him too much, as his evaluation of the situation was based on what data was released by TEPCO. Since the data was, shall we say, questionable, the conclusions that can be drawn can hardly be accurate.

      He did get the “prompt criticality” scenario right.

      “There are lies, damned lies and TEPCO press releases.”

      • mothra

        He largely based his analysis on the Areva report, which we know now was disingenuous. Frankly, I’m of the opinion that it’s intellectually unsound to base analysis and statements upon disclosures from those who bear financial and criminal liability in the matter and who have a proven history of falsification.

        • mothra

          Why would anyone trust an untrustworthy source – twice, thrice etc? It’s not logical. It’s why Corporate Governance and self-regulation is an utter failure across the board. There’s no incentive for ethics and responsibility – there’s only profit, PR for liability offset and reputation control. The more damaging the disclosure the more falsehood. I’d be happy to see an example otherwise. Even product recalls are non-disclosure in nature today. Without transparency there is no democracy and informed consent of the governed is set aside for tyranny and fascism.

          • Zardoz

            With a lifetime career spent hands-on in the industry, as an “insider” and later as a so-called “whistle-blower”, Arnie must have known from the gitgo, even by going on gut instinct alone, which can only mean he’s been telling little white lies all along, and it really pisses me off. I have a remarkably sensitive anal sphincter that’s telling me I just had 3 melted down reactors worth of radioactive smoke blown up my ass over the last two months already, and it’s starting to hurt.

  • Ian

    Presenting a good face and duplicity are standard for the Japanese. I want to know why international journalists and nuclear experts didn’t ask questions of the official storyline and why they couldn’t come to the conclusion of full meltdowns in the beginning. International journalists did what the Japanese wanted them to do and that was present the situation as minor to protect Japanese economic interests and present the Japanese as well-mannered, calm and resilient during the earthquake and tsunami.

  • Major Domo

    Of course you know those are only ‘projections’, right? Not saying whether or not they are accurate, but I do have to wonder what data they are based on, seeing as any real data on actual amounts of radiation is getting harder to come by. Where are they getting the data to base these estimated forecasts on?

    …come to think of it, if those forecasts are somewhat factual, then I may have actually captured the recent release that contributed to the ‘HORRIFIC LEVELS OF CESIUM FOR N AMERICA’.

    As I posted in another thread recently, I did manage to capture some pics within the last week that are quite revealing. I happened to be looking at the live feed as the sun came up May 15th. The fog lifted over a span of approx. 10 minutes as the sun came up. I posted on here in another thread when it happened, but I’ve since gotten around to creating a little photo expose, which shows some significant radioactive release simultaneously from two reactors, just after the fog cleared that morning over Fukushima.

    Take a look:

    • Zardoz

      Nice flicks, Major, but check the date on that “HORRIFIC” simulation, and you’ll find it begins at April 23, far out of range of your hypothetical “capture” of a “recent release”.

      • Major Domo

        Yes, thanks for pointing that out. I noticed that, but after I had posted.

        Regardless, the question is still, “is that crap coming our way?”

    • Anthony

      You reveal the source of the same cloud cover we have experienced of late here on the coast. You could compare them as a human being the other day when we had a ‘normal’ day here. These pictures though look like what these gloomy greys threaten to do: encompass you. No thanks, never want to see how safe it is to frolic in the Fukushima Fog like in these pictures. Radioactive Fog, generated by the steam emissions of the crippled plant. You know its unhealthy. Thanks for sharing for sure.

  • mikael

    They are assumptions, they have to be backed by data Inside or by ground. But the general rule is to pay attention to the windpatterns.

    Its frustrating off courseto watch, when the radiation messurments is not updated. So far its probably best to check levels at Fukoshima and its history(graf) and compere it with the downfall inside USA, but Alaska is quiet and so Cannada. But the wetherpatterns are turning, becasue of summer time in Japan. Cyclons and hurricanes will emerge to. But the main problem is readings of fallout in USA, there should by a citticen powerd site where people cold putt in their own readings, because the USA goverment is more conserned about economical fallout, rather radioactivity.
    And I am certain that the will lett the core melt thru and into the ground, the tent is for gasses released in the prosses.
    What then.

    And the richocet will come from this downplaying and coverup.
    That goes to the gov. in USA, when the rest of the world dicovers that products from the western ares of the satates are infact highly radioactiv, you cant hide it forever.
    And then what.

  • VERY nicely done Major Domo! It’s right there for ALL to see.

  • Darth

    Thousands Of Ingested Radiation Exposures Suddenly Being Reported In Japan

    “The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said it received the data from power companies across the country that measured the workers’ internal exposure to radiation with “whole-body counters” and recorded levels of 1,500 counts per minute (cpm) or higher. In 1,193 cases, workers had internal exposure to radiation of more than 10,000 cpm. Those workers had apparently returned to their homes near the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant or had moved to other nuclear power plants from the Fukushima No. 1 and 2 nuclear power plants.”

  • Darth

    This next link helps to understand what CPM translates to…

  • I think ‘we’ will look back on ‘these’ as the longest, perhaps hardest days. It is always darkest before the DAWN, right?

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Earth = Giant Micro Wav?

    • Anthony

      I think they need extensive testing and exploration into the radiation steam clouds to understand the new dynamics which are now in play. You might be onto something because we sure cant refute it with the scientific backup to understand.

  • Noah

    The war was lost when it began
    History Repeats

    The Japanese High Command knew at Pearl Harbor what the outcome of the war would be, and withheld that knowledge from the Japanese people. This cultural predisposition to bear the truth alone, to spare pain, yet bravely soldier on, bearing up under the weight of the secret, is a cultural theme that courses through all of Japanese history and culture. It is rooted in the Bushido code and Samurai traditions, and is the frequent theme of Japanese Movies, literature and Soap Operas.

    This cultural phenomena, of hiding the truth to spare pain, is seldom perceived by the western mind. The western mind is rooted in scientific rationalism, born of the European Renaissance, which relies heavily of hard facts and data. To analyze Japanese data, without cultural awareness, will lead to false conclusions. Work with the Japanese for any length of time and you will see for yourself.

    Tragically, this cultural behavior has intersected with the greatest nuclear disaster in the history of mankind. The delay of this information (Total Meltdown) will cost millions of lives in the century to follow, as it is no longer entirely possible to obtain pre-311 supplies for the majority of the populace of the Northern Hemisphere. That moment has been lost in time. The weight of responsibility rests with those who hid this information.

    Before, blame is affixed on the Japanese leadership alone for the condition of the earth, it must be recognized the from 1945 to 1962, the US secretly conducted 331 atmospheric detonations, from Trinity and beyond, which was classified TS
    for half a century. Not to speak of subsurface & sub-ocean testing by the US and other countries, like China, etc. Fallout levels and plume information was largely hidden from the public and the world. The Genetic damage from these tests and other nuclear sources, continues to surface in the form of a multitude of diseases.

    The “normal background radiation” that you see throughout the world is the results of the cumulative impact of all these detonations and disasters, like Chernobyl and now Fukushima.

  • Boron Vs Temp graphing.

    The data points that I plotted on my graph indicate the declining effect of boron in respect to the
    rising temperatures of the fukshima reactors.

    The X axis is the factors indicating heat to dates (which I used a median for) as released from three sources:Tepco press releases, Nisa, and Iaea.

    My first point was estimated between 33C – 38C. as this was the operating tempreture of the reactor, prior to the tsunami; While my second plotting point was selected at 400C.
    I chose this plotting point in reference to reports circulating the web that, the fukushima daichii reactors were only designed to withold a structural integrity of 398C.

    The Y axis is the factors indicating the amount by metric ton of “water to boron”, solution which I estimated could only be induced up to 33-40%. My first plotting point was an estimation of 2-6 tons, “active coolant” in the reactors rpv system ; While in respect to the reactor containing absolutly no boron at that time. The second point I plotted was a constant variable in respect to the inclining water being pumped into the reactor which has inclined from 1- 15 metric tons.

    I used the factor of a 40% “water to boron” mixture as a maximum allowable rate. As I am quite certain any amount higher than this would hender cooling procedures due to the accumulation and insulation of the spent nuclear fuel presently residing in the reactor core. I estimated the current mixture to be a: 20-33% (boron to water ratio).

    This linear Equation demonstrates the change in Reactors Rpv intake from Mar. 11th 2011, to Current date.
    I have also calculated the multiple slopes of the events on each rising and falling tempretures reported online. Which I will be releasing in a video that is currently being compiled via the help of friends. This video will demonstrate the factors included in making my equation, the sources I used to account for the factors, and the complete slope to pressure, temp of every plotting point I used. As this specific graph only reflects the visual intrepretation of the theory I have felt is proven through basic mathematics.

    When viewing the graph you can see a clear intersection during Mid June. I estimated the dates between: June 16 – 26th 2011.

    This is the date that the figures I calculated via the listed sources, indicated an absolute paradigm shift.
    Meaning the boron will surpass its intended use, due to the atomic fuel reaching a point in criticality that the boron to water mixture can not match.

    This means the reaction of atom’s to neutron’s will overpower the absortion rate of the active boron.

    I am working to format this in a more professional matter with all points and calculations. Though with this equation map alone, one should clearly be able to indicate that when the fuel reaches 400C the ratio of boron to coolant will surpass the 40% maximum fuel mixture I have hypothesised.

    Currently the fuel is sustaining a minimal criticality, at this present time. As the transition in time progresses I feel the current vector will indeed steadily increase. At the point the reactor reaches 400C, I feel the fuel is “capable” of becoming Hyper-critical… In respect to the boron’s inefficient ability to match the chain reaction taking place inside the core of the reactor…

    Furthermore, In reading my post you will have gained insight into what events respected scientists have theorised might initially take place. This event is known as: “china syndrome”. The speculative texts I have included present three likely scenarios that would occure in this event. Though no one can be absolutely certain to what extent of damages mankind will see in the coming of days…

    Thank you for reading my thoughts, and I hope the situation improves. I am in no way an acting nuclear authority, and what you have read is a concern I am expressing as a concerned citizen.

    I am also not advising you to do anything in any respect to changing your daily activities as this is only a theory and I do not intent to sway your concepts and comforts in reality in any way shape or form.


  • xdrfox

    If there was an explosion, it must have been that one in the night around the same days as the others !

  • Dr.Stranglelove

    Maybe the “end of the world” people were not that far off.

    • Cassie

      Dr. S, I have had exactly the same thought.
      Didn’t a super volcano erupt today too?
      Guess Fuku was not enough to do the job. 🙁