Tepco: Animal caused extended power outage at Fukushima Daiichi — Nearly a foot long (PHOTO)

Published: March 25th, 2013 at 11:07 am ET


Kyodo News, March 25, 2013 at 20:36: Animal found as cause of power problem at Fukushima plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday it has concluded that a “rat-like animal” caused a power supply problem that disabled cooling systems for spent nuclear fuel pools at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant last week. The animal apparently touched a switchboard and triggered a short circuit that led to the power outage from the evening of March 18, the company said. The 25-centimeter-long [9.84 inches] animal was found dead in the switchboard. […]

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Published: March 25th, 2013 at 11:07 am ET


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29 comments to Tepco: Animal caused extended power outage at Fukushima Daiichi — Nearly a foot long (PHOTO)

  • patb2009

    why is it "Rat-like". You would think it could be identified easily as a


    • hi patb i thik you will find it is the norwegian lemmus lemmus left over by the bellona team from norway.. heres some evidence..

      and although the bellona team covered fukushima, there is 4 articles


      they may have paid a heavy price..


      they covered the rat meltdown story too! (possibly to cover them losing the pet lemming imho!! )

      • We Not They Finally

        Unclear why Norwegians would be bringing lemmings WITH them. Like we're bringing Geiger counters, and also a few lemmings for company?? Another possibility is the genetic mutation of "gigantism" with the rat. Of course, why/how any wild animal would be let near critical world-saving equipment left out in the open in the back of a truck, is something else entirely. That kind of reckless endangerment is done by the likes of gravely depressed suicidals. Except that they would be committing suicide on behalf of ALL of us…

      • bwoodfield bwoodfield

        If that is a norwegian lemmus lemmus, it's friggen huge. The generally only get 15-17cm in length. I would like to see a better picture of it to see if it had a tail. That type of lemming has a very stubby tail, usually only a couple centimeters long.

        Regardless though, they stated they found a foot long creature IN the switchboard. How the hell did that get inside? Are these systems not protected. I can understand rodents and pests getting inside the power plants now that they've been heavily damaged, but I would think that the important control systems should be still secure and protected. If nothing else, at least from the elements and animals.

  • weeman

    It is a rodent no question about that, the way they explain it is a new species, now that would make the news.
    Is every incidental problem going to cause problems, you don't have backups by now two years later, please explain that to me as I don't understand, Is this not a priority.
    What if the SFP collapse are you standing by with boron and cement etc, I doubt that, do you not think that would show proactive thinking and ease some of the stress you have put on the Japanese people and others.
    Tepco you are out of your minds, the stress has warped your common sense and require medical assistance, to put it nicely.

    • We Not They Finally

      Boron and cement. Like Chernobyl. (I think they did do that at Chernobyl?) Good if they thought of that first thing two years back. Arnie Gundersen thought that dumping cement, then monitoring it for [yes!] THREE HUNDRED years, was at least a feasible plan, even if danger was still always imminent. It seems like anyone NOT wrapped up in psychopathic self-interest would have considered that. Instead they opted to save THE ILLUSION of a continuing nuclear industry in Japan, while ignoring whatever ongoing death toll. Well, we don't know if The Great Flood way back was really God punishing mankind, or just a natural cataclysm. But if I were Mr. God right now, I'd say, these people don't even need any help, they're doing it to themselves….

  • Peaceismyfriend Peaceismyfriend

    Maybe the rat-like-animal was so mutated due to the radiation exposure they were not able to figure out the species… :/

  • jec jec

    I have seen HUGE rats, river rats, in Washington State, years ago. Those critters were large..a foot would not be unusual. They travel in packs..take over an area..clean it out..and move on. Very smart animals as well. So probably not a nuclear DNA size change, just a large rat, with brains.

    Maybe someone trained a rat to take down the reactor cooling systems..put in computer chips to direct them..GPS guiding systems…radio transmission systems..James Bond come to life. (SARCASM)…of course.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      There has been huge amounts of radiation in Washington State since WWII, so these animals in Washington State may well be man-made radiation DNA mutations. At Hanford they have radioactive materials stored in open trenches.

  • Well, there is such a think as a Ryukyus Islands tree rat, about the same length, but appears to live in southern climes:


    "The Ryukyus Islands Tree Rat only lives in Japan. They can climb trees and love to relax in the treetops all day long. If the forests disappear, Ryukyus Islands Tree Rat will too! In a flash!"

    "The Ryukyus Islands Tree Rat has three homes: Okinawa Main Island, Amami Oshima, and Tokunoshima in Japan."

    He (or she) might have migrated north after hearing that radiation is good for you.

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Would zombie lemmings commit suicide over and over again?

    • I think humans are worse than lemmings – they're committing suicide over and over again.

      In other news, let's just hope one of these doesn't hit Fukushima:

      US space agency: Reports of flash along US East Coast appear to be ‘single meteor event’
      [Associated Press
      Mar 24, 2013 – 3:19 PM EDT
      Last Updated: Mar 25, 2013 – 9:21 AM EDT]


      "WASHINGTON – Reports of a flash of light that streaked across the sky over the U.S. East Coast appeared to be a “single meteor event,” the U.S. space agency said. Residents from New York City to Washington and beyond lit up social media with surprise.

      “Judging from the brightness, we’re dealing with something as bright as the full moon,” Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environmental Office said Friday. “We basically have (had) a boulder enter the atmosphere over the northeast.”

      Cooke said the meteor was widely seen, with more than 350 reports on the website of the American Meteor Society alone.

      Robert Lunsford of the society told USA Today “it basically looked like a super bright shooting star.”

      The sky flash was spotted as far south as Florida and as far north as New England, the newspaper reported."


      "“It was clearly high up in the atmosphere,” he said. “But from the way it appeared, it looked like a plane preparing to land at the airport.”"

      UFO? Have the landings begun?

  • Maybe TEPCO should hire a guy like this.

    He certainly can get rid of rats, but you've got to make sure you pay him.

    🙂 The Pied Piper

  • weeman

    Put critter cameras on them, let's have a look were no man can go, it is not going to live long anyway, stick its nose around the wrong corner and curtains for you little fellow. You have to eliminate it and dispose off it as nuclear waste and dispose off accordingly.

  • SophieQ

    Well, there goes the confusion machine again. Lemming? Unbelievable what folks come up with. But if You really want to see a mutant rat from Hawai'i, the picture that I took last week of a 'Rattus Norvegicus' that my award winning 'ratter' Kitty dropped on the hallway floor. The Cat door is high up under the ceiling (to prevent dogs from getting out) and when 'Sheeba' brought it in, it fell from the landing of the cat door down – 6 feet. The sound it made was like a sack of sand landing on the floor. Long story short: the picture reveals that this rat is in excess of 18 Inches from nose to end of tail.
    We are very glad that we don't have any NPP's here (but geothermal) – so if they get to eat up stuff there, it's very welcome. You do the math. 18 Inches. Tell me where to upload the image and I will do so. It will make the rat above look like a little field mouse.

  • SophieQ

    Apologies. Missed a line…

    "But if You really want to see a mutant rat from Hawai'i, the picture that I took last week of a 'Rattus Norvegicus' that my award winning 'ratter' Kitty dropped on the hallway floor, will be proof."

    • the norwegian rat/// great find sophie.. that means bellona were to cheap to buy a lemming and thought they would palm us of with one of their rats… blimey.. you cant get the staff!! 🙂

      @b woodfield
      you were right about the short tails!!

  • What a cop out. Seems they floated the rat story first then blamed it on the elements then went back to the rat story as it makes management apear less culpable. Oh well what can you expect from the "we lost the corium"crew ? Something happened to the switch box if you believe them which means no they didn't learn their lesson.

    During the original tsunami, they had positioned back up back up deisel generators up on a hill and while they remained operational, the swicht boxes were down the hill and got washed out so the backup backup system failed. But you will never know what is going on with the crew of economic refugees who are working there, some provided through underworld gangs controlling temp agencies. They will want to keep a depressed economy in Japan to maintain a Fukushima clean up and maintenance crew for the next forty years. What idiocy to end up with a poison factory, unwanted by all, yet needing constant money to run.
    I'll bet they were so high on themselves they thought all that spent fuel would end up fueling new plants for decades but now its just high maintenance trash.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Bad news if it isn't true. And bad news if it is.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    HELLO ENEWSER's~ I wish I had time to go back to the footage from the 1st TEPCOCAM location that had footage of the little "cat-like, cousin of the raccoon species of the rodent family indigenous to Japan!(?) The comments posted when it appeared on the TEPCOCAM hopefully in the ENE archives of the webcam thread were anxious, highly-concerned guesses as to suggestions that it was a dog, raccoon,etc. and all of them displaying sadness & worry for the poor thing that fell asleep on its back and everyone thought it died on the catwalk??!!!(LOL) Maybe someone else can remember & post links back to what I can't seem to bring up with my novice cyber-skillz(or lack thereof?!!lol) Seriously speaking though,I got mad respect for all of you guys & gals out here keeping it real and I appreciate each & every one of you! 😉 I see a lot of newcomers lately & ENE follower no.'s are an awesome sight to see

  • japan guinea pig

    Whaw !!! A Foot long…..amazing what Radiation can do!!. Does that mean we are going to see taller Japanese people in the future ?? LMFAO……TEPCO and the Japanese government are a Fuckin joke !!

  • RememberThis RememberThis

    That rat did not die from electrocution…..

  • redwing redwing

    Yeah, that's right. It's the rat's fault.

  • A Chicago rat would have kicked that things butt, just ask Obama.

  • Longjohn119

    I've pulled dead animals out of electrical boxes on commercial HVAC equipment (460V 3 phase) that have shorted out a system and they don't look like that. There are no signs of getting Crispy Crittered by high voltage high current electricity of the level needed to take out what is effectively a substation

    I'm calling Bullshit on this story …. If that were the true cause they would have found it in 15 minutes and had it repaired in a couple of hours

    They have a hacked together on the cheap system with no redundancy trying to save a buck …. Plus the Japanese have a very bad habit of doing stupid things just so as not to give the impression they are admitting guilt or being wrong about anything … ie. – Putting in a fully redundant system would mean admitting things are worse that you've been letting on and even though that's the stone cold truth you can't 'lose face' by admitting that …. So you take a gamble and when you lose you delude yourself into believing you didn't see it coming

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    The rat died of natural causes… it had a heart attack. This death had nothing to do with the plant, radiation or anything else. Just wild conspiracy theories that radiation or electricity had anything to do with this poor rats death.

    Funeral in one week, rat to be buried in standard lead lined coffin, memorial services at TEPCO main office.

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