Tepco’s Fukushima Footage: Top of containment vessel could be destroyed — Several executives bury faces in hands, others sigh after talk of damaged containment

Published: August 7th, 2012 at 10:34 am ET


(Subscription Only) Title: Video shows disorganized response to Fukushima accident
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: August 7, 2012


In video footage of the teleconference that followed, Yuichi Hayase, a TEPCO adviser who once served as executive vice president, grabs the microphone at TEPCO headquarters and addresses Masao Yoshida, the head of the Fukushima No. 1 plant at the time, and says, “Hey, Yoshida, if you can conduct venting, do it soon, as quickly as you can.”

Akiyoshi Minematsu, a senior official with a background in nuclear energy technology, also expresses concern about the need to vent the reactor core to reduce pressure.

“It would be a disaster if the dry well (in the upper portion of the containment vessel) was destroyed,” Minematsu says. “At least open the valve for the dry well as soon as possible.”

An official reports, “If there is core damage because of continued high pressure, it would only take a few hours before the containment vessel was also damaged.”

The string of bad news leads several executives to bury their faces in their hands, while others sigh.


Published: August 7th, 2012 at 10:34 am ET


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33 comments to Tepco’s Fukushima Footage: Top of containment vessel could be destroyed — Several executives bury faces in hands, others sigh after talk of damaged containment

  • chrisk9

    There are two things from the transcript that stand out to me. One is that the Tepco president is trying to reach the economic minister in the middle of the crisis. And the second is that there is no mention of the safety of the residents near the plant.
    Wonder what their priorities are?

    • JustmeAlso


    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Their priorities are saving their individual asses, regardless of who – or how many – perish in the process.

      We have a global economy run by sociopaths, with their fingers on their militaries, unafraid to kill hundreds of millions, into the billions if necessary, to keep their power structure intact. No political leader in the US has spoken out on this, other than the Senator from Oregon, who has been strangely silent since his initial press conferences.

      It isn't money. They can print that, as much as they want. It's all about power and control, and they will enforce this with lethal force if anyone questions them.

      Make no mistake – Syria is the last battleground between the Western forces of evil and everyone else that doesn't want to be ruled by them.

      Fukushima is the great equalizer in all this – it kills everyone equally.


        @Time Is Short: "…the Senator from Oregon, who has been strangely silent since his initial press conferences." has accomplished his mission: the US is sending aid to the Japanese; on our dime, of course.

        "…Syria is the last battleground between the Western forces of evil and everyone else that doesn't want to be ruled by them." is not as far off mark as some might think. Glad to see so many awake out here…

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi Time Is Short

        Not all can print that money…so those who can't… follow those who has the excess to it.

        I agree the public is no concern to any of them, and they are power hungry at any expense.

        Syria has always been an important area to watch. I just don't have the clock that tells the hour.

        Fukushima will claim more human and animal deaths, diseases, contamination, and cause mutations.

        This planet, everyone, everything is or will be contaminated at this rate.

        Quote: The string of bad news leads several executives to bury their faces in their hands, while others sigh.

        They knew what this meant…

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Time Is Short, This is my take on this..
        I think there will be an economic boom in Israel(oil & gas).
        This will lead to the attempted invasion of Israel.
        With Russia, Iran, and their allies.
        No one will come to Israel's defense.
        This will not be the last war.
        When: Who knows?

      • WindorSolarPlease


        Thinking I need to explain, Syria has always been an important area to watch. (So have other area's).

        I don't have a clock that tells the hour (on any events).

        As far as the last battle ground..I don't know where it will be?

        I just wish everyone could get along!!!!

  • Replacant Replacant


  • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

    All the bomb stuff they made with their nuclear activity no one talks about ? You know, the reason these extensions of satan exist .


    why is it taking 18 months for this to come out? what will they be telling you in another 18 months about what they are (not) doing today? or what the true conditions and circumstances really are?

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Slowly but surely, Roth, it's all coming out.

      They're trying to manage the PR, but there's just too much to lie about.

  • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

    Money, liability and careers. This disaster is so massive in scale. I'm thinking that no one knows for sure what is going to happen. Up in the air it is for the next 400 years or more. Things that now are unimaginable will be happening tomorrow. 18 months has taught us much, so much that humanity will never be the same. We are all so radiant!

  • Sickputer

    Rothschild typed these pixels of light: "why is it taking 18 months for this to come out?"

    SP: The same reason it took 18 years for the 1957 Mayak explosion to be revealed…protection of the military/industrial atomic energy industry. They are murdering bastards and seem to care little they kill their own progeny. Naked apes have always been murdering omnivores, but these folks took genocide and casual murder to global heights.

    One death is a tragedy, 7 billion is extinction. Nuclear energy is the only industry that can finish us all off in a matter of a couple of years under the worst circumstances. Japan came very close and we're not out of the woods by any means.

    • JustmeAlso

      Truth can be told,
      once the damage is done and nobody can do anything about it anymore..


        @JustmeAlso: there are always solutions. Problem is, their subject to time constraints. They're (TPTB) only now getting a handle on the scale of this catastrophe; and decades from now, others will be pondering the lethargic response to what's obvious to most, out here. The elite have been blinded by their own success. They think they've time to mull their options.

        When you look at how the WWI completely undermined the primacy of British aristocracy, you'll understand that those on top don't always have a handle on things. Sometimes, they're their own worst enemy. With each decaying particle, they're running out of time…

        • JustmeAlso

          Aftershock, time is something iodine 129 has lots of to decay.. We humans not so much.
          Not to mention bismuth-209..

    • yogda yogda

      I concur Sickputer.

  • jackassrig

    I know Section VIII of the ASME code requires safety valves on all vessels. Safety valves are spring loaded. I don't have a copy of Section III but somewhere in the code there is requirements for safety valves. I think it will be somewhere in the general section. The reactor I'm sure will be class 1. Section III may allow remotely operated valves. Anything electrical can be defeated. Mechanical most of the time can not be defeated. A good example is padlocks-mechanical not electrical.

  • patb2009

    well, i suspect reactors are exempted from that section.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    In officially declared 'States of Emergency,' all statutes, laws, etc. are set aside/optional, and the nation/nations in question are run as military dictatorships, under the acting military commander-in-chief – usually, the president/ head-of-state. The only 'law' is to 'preserve the public peace', whatever that takes – including lying to/deceiving the people, the masses.

    Without doubt, ALL countries in the world now are being run as above – military dictatorships under the chief head-of-state.

    So 'the law' is at best optional (i.e., meaningless,irrelevant, without effect).


      @bleep: the United States has been in a state of emergency for close to a century (WWI) now. It was initiated during the Civil War and reinstated upon entry into the first world war. This emergency condition is simply carried over-into each succeeding administration. This might surprise those who think we're heading towards a military dictatorship; we've been in one…

  • razzz razzz

    A timeline of events would look like a family tree with so many people and agencies involved including the US forwarding advice and information to Japan.

    Example: No electricity to 4 units at Fukushima after the Great Quake, tens if not hundreds of people are notified and nobody knows what to do. Valves automatically in fail-safe position to protect the immediate working areas from contamination but they want to (manually) override those to vent any built up reactor core pressures. Vent all they want but no coolant (water or seawater) can be pumped in due to lack of power to run pumps at the rate of flow needed to cool (3) reactor cores. Then the tsunami approaches bringing more indecision and hopelessness. And this is just one of many nuclear generation plant sites in jeopardy after the quakes hit.

    In the meantime the timeline 'tree' is dying.


      @razzz: sadly, "…the timeline 'tree' is dying." is correct. We're putting-off the inevitable. They need to declare an international state-of-emergency…

  • Shammalammadingdong

    Is this information from the original FOIA documents that were released? I remember reading through that entire massive document but I don't remember these conversations in there. Was there another document dump I missed? If so, link please?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Slow Radiation Buildup Is an Obscene Fairytale
    This may have already been posted here.
    A brief and clear discussion about the medical implications of radiation exposure.

    Dr.Deagle and Radchick.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Huh! Seems odd, that the nuke industry's claim of a tiny hydrogen explosion, like this


    could cause the mighty, impervious steel containment vessel to be broken, ejecting pieces of it's core, over a mile away…

    Ejected like a mortar from a tube, and sending over a thousand radionuclide elements, hundreds, if not thousands of feet into the air.

    This is what nuclear is, on a bad day…

    Who knew?

  • norbu norbu

    They new, but they built them anyway. I met a Nuke scientist has his own consulting firm . 30 years experience, still blind to the facts he thinks coal has more radioactivity emissions than NNP? crazy

  • norbu norbu

    Sorry that is NPP. frustration

  • RichardPerry

    Does anyone know how many workers where at the Fukushima plant when the tsunami hit. They have 5 reactors to handle at the time and I would think that the idea of reactors at one location is to share the work load, but in a case where all 5 reactors are in trouble instead of one or two was there enough man power to have any chance of saving all 5 especially when they probably had difficulties in getting extra men in to work.