Tepco releases badly altered image of Fukushima Unit 4 (PHOTO)

Published: September 1st, 2012 at 7:26 pm ET



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Photo set published August 30, 2012 only on Tepco’s Japanese-language website: http://photo.tepco.co.jp/date/2012/201208-j/120830-03j.html

Direct link to photo: http://photo.tepco.co.jp/library/20120830_03/120830_28.jpg

h/t Anonymous tip

Close-up of obscured area

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Published: September 1st, 2012 at 7:26 pm ET


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111 comments to Tepco releases badly altered image of Fukushima Unit 4 (PHOTO)

  • CaptD CaptD

    Yet another media DEBACLE from TEPCO…

    Sure you can Trust them,
    … T☒☒ LIE…!

  • patb2009

    Tepco, they lie just to keep in practice.

    It's probably where it's leaking water now.

  • norbu norbu

    we would all like to see what is behind curtain #4. I looked at all of there photos and I see a number of large cracks in the wall's. I don't see any water on the ground near the "cover-up" photo. There is obviously something there they do not want us see. Hmmmm

  • Can't even do that right, can they? Maybe they should hire a 10 year old as Photoshop consultant.

  • norbu norbu

    They say this proves the soundness of unit 4 building? really, then why doctor the photo if it's so "sound", a odd choice of word's. Sounds like a crock of s$%*!

  • norbu norbu

    They probably just through some paint on the photo, call it good, cant see it from my house they say.

  • omniversling

    That is also known as a photoshop 'smile'…rest easy folks, no immediate danger from this photo…

  • Jebus Jebus

    Take a look at that view, the lower half of that side has not been shown very much. Search images for yourself. You'll be hard pressed to find another…

  • Replacant Replacant

    digital white wash literally & figuratively

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Maybe it was to cover up the graffiti that says "screw TEPCO".

  • lam335 lam335

    Just a thought, but since reactors identical to Fukushima exist across the country, there may be some photos of another plant that display the equivalent part of the building. Then one could at least see if there is typically some important structural or functional component there that has likely been destroyed/damaged at Fuku.

    However, I agree with those who suspect that it's just a place where there's a massive bulge or crack in the wall that undercuts TEPCO's claims about the building's structural integrity. This photoshop blotch is another reason to suppose that the #4 building has about as much integrity as the company that owns it.

  • lam335 lam335

    Am I correct in supposing that the SFP is under that green crane-like thing on the upper left section of the photo–so that at least whatever is there is not right next to or beneath the fuel pool?

  • Andres Arce Andres Arce

    The upper south-eastern corner of the building seems quite collapsed, right over the famous crack-line.

  • dosdos dosdos

    It's a flock of no-see-ums swarming around the site.

  • norbu norbu

    That is write we do not see-um at all.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    U.S. and other countries are not taking responsibility while constant re-criticality is happening. Dialog needs to be opened (for the first time) in this deadly matter.

    Putting off the dialog might slow a grand exodus of Japan and America, but will not stop it. Wish I was wrong. I so do.

    • andagi andagi

      Dear TheBigPicture,
      I agree, but all I can do is praise Admin, all posters and readers here at ENENews! 6,200 'Likes' today. πŸ™‚ Keep reading and sharing ENENews folks!

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    It seems as though TEPCO would like everyone to eat lies and die. Just saying….

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Remember when a few of us were quite interested in what was described as "fire" behind unit 4?
    I think some of the nuclear material from the spent fuel pool spilled there..and burned.

    • eatliesndie eatliesndie

      I think you're right.

    • vital1 vital1

      Report of fire in spent fuel pool 4 15/11


      Get the message out there on how serious the Fukushima nuclear disaster is
      quickly, and efficiently. You don’t need to explain anything just distribute the lifesaver.pdf or podcast (or create your own), hand it out, mailbox it, or email it.

      Put it everywhere, libraries, notice boards, web pages, forums, Facebook,
      and tweet! Think outside the box.


      • Nigwil

        The fire might have been near or on top of the SFP, but it wasn't the SPF in its entirety because if it was the site would be clear of humans, all SPF and reactors would be cooking away spewing radiation in all directions, Japan would be evacuated, and progressively every unmanned abandoned reactor throughout Japan would be doing a Fuku too.

        We've seen video from within SPF4, and while there is some physical damage from debris dropping from above there is no sign of tops of fuel assemblies melted or otherwise damaged by intense heat.

        Remember once the uranium zirconium fuel assembly fire starts water does not put it out, it just adds oxygen and hydrogen to the fire – unstoppable.

        Of course, the fact that all that has not happened yet is increasingly a case of luck as the clock ticks down to the next big aftershock or the next failed pipe or pump. Utter madness.

  • jedi jedi

    Hate to say ,But that is pile of all the dead ?
    I would hate to work there !

  • So much evidence of lies yet nothing seems to change. How frustrating.

  • Lee Binder

    how friggen dare they .. whoever is responsible for that: I hope you roast in hell! What on earth do they think they PROTECT ??

  • bluerthanblu bluerthanblu

    Protecting themselves from the world blaming them and/or the hidden hands behind their decisions. Japan had a lot of help from their friends(?) to build 54 nuclear plants on a volcanic arc, including taking on everyone's extra (MOX) fuel! The gravity of the continuing radiation releases is something leaders are afraid of, due to panic and a dearth of solutions. The ludicrous excuse of hiding info for 'panic' is pathetic, unless you are protecting a group of 5 yr. olds from a harsh reality. World leaders would have to stop bickering and killing each other to make a complete about face on all their plans to become a global, nuclear Santa Claus, on the take for billions of dollars. I don't want to say what kind of roast this should be (he he) but we are all roasting together. R4 is boiling as far as I can see, maybe burning too. Wasn't the previous black dust that turned out to be cyanobacteria or laden with algae anyway, from R4 burning, while they struggled to get water in the sfp? The ground-wall patch does look fake, especially since the party line said the R4 explosion was below the sfp (unlike the explosion in R3), so you'd expect mangled walls, low down. Notice they never show the other two sides of R4. Please Tepco, we'd like to know there are more than two walls on R4 – Thank You! Stop Photoshopping reality. We are all adults here.

  • TerraHertz TerraHertz

    How strange. Not strange that TEPCO is lying via photoshop, we should be used to TEPCO lies by now, but strange as in what could they be hiding there?

    That is a view of the western wall of unit 4, and the #4 SFP is on the right hand side in the picture but over to the 'rear' of the building from that viewpoint.
    So it's unlikely the photoshop job is hiding something related to the SFP.
    It looks like they hid something on top of that pile of rubble at the base of the wall. But what?

    The vertical gray frame structure attached to the building is a personnel lift for workers doing the operating floor cleanup. The base of that is right next to the rubble pile, so it's unlikely to be something particularly radioactive.

    A mystery.
    Whatever it is, TEPCO are stupid for drawing attention to it like this. They could have just not published that photo at all. Instead they've announced "we have a big secret, and it's … HERE."

    In a pile of debris. Hmm…. I wonder if it could be the mangled missing roof truss from unit #3? The one that was directly over the SFP of unit 3, but is completely vanished and has never been spotted in any photos of the site since. Presumably it was blown sky high by that explosion jet from the SFP, and landed somewhere nearby. It's current shape could tell a story about events in unit 3.

  • or-well

    The obscured area seems to be where formerly there was a ground level entry bay, the external structure now removed.
    In Annes' post from 7:25, that picture shows a truck poking out the end of it.
    Whether they sealed it up or kept it for use, why visually smear it?
    Oh wait – it's tepco – why do I even ask…

  • ocpaul20

    It has been suggested that the white patch is covering the R4 loading bay door 'hole' (where they demolished the loading bay tunnel and entrance)

    It has also been suggested that the reason the patch is covering the opening of the loading bay door 'hole' is because the ground has been raised around R4 and the 'hole' under the white patch would show that the ground has been raised by ~2m by only showing half the 'hole'.

    • or-well

      that's a very valid consideration!
      Was there uplift from the quake there, as we know to have occurred elsewhere, or has the building subsided there, either from local liquefaction during the quake or subsequently from groundwater saturation?
      It would be motivation to obscure the image (if not explaining the whiteout-dabbing clumsiness of same).
      On close inspection the ground gives the impression the treaded blue-painted machine is positioned on ground-covering sheets of some sort.

      • or-well

        I also notice the newly-released picture does not show the portion of the adjacent structures sitting at ground level. Hmm…

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Nuclear materials.."leaking out" a bay door..
      that will work.

  • chrisk9

    I am not sure what the pile is, but it is not an equipment hatch or entrance. And they would never put a pile of anything very radioactive in that position. It could just be something that they think would look bad,like some important equipment that flew into the air from the explosions.
    Looking at all the pictures, and blowing them up shows a lot about the plant. Numerous conduit lines and electrical components are seriously damaged. Even those away from the blast area. Probably damaged originally from the quake itself. I doubt they have control functions of most of there systems from their control rooms. Most if not virtually all of the pumps and systems must be operated by people going out and opening the valves and equipment manually.
    If that is a fact then if anything radiologically gets worse then control of the plant could be problematic.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne


  • There are only few reasons I can think of for overtly manipulating the photo.

    1. There may be 'glowing' material. That just looks bad.
    2. As someone else stated. There may be bodies.
    3. Or perhaps, as a distraction from spotting the high quality photo manipulations elsewhere. (like a magic trick)
    4. Covering up a graffiti message that might be inappropriate for small children.

    Why release the photo at all?

  • karaa karaa

    this is a very rough artifice on the photo. there is just nothing there. it is so that TEPCO watches us talking and reading and be worried about it, meanwhile a very disgusting thing happens on the other side. πŸ™‚

  • pierre

    it is still not unfeasible that the whole PTB are being blackmailed. they put these things out to have a joke on us, as conspiracy bait, to feed to the GreatComputer mind to gameplay the coming revolution.
    don't knock it, it makes more sense than the official line, they even make movies about it.
    I wish the world would get REAL , and honest. so much simpler, so much safer, and more fun.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Why does this thread about a white splotch have 20,000+ views? I have been here since the beginning, and I have never caught a thread getting more than 10,000 views (it has probably happened, I've seen it close, but this is double for only this thread). The other threads have almost 5,000, 3,000 and 2,000 views. What is up with that?

    Why is Tepco's bad photoshop so very popular today? You can see it every day of the week over on the Webcam thread, folks. Is someone new paying attention? Welcome.

  • andagi andagi

    Dear Folks,
    Welcome everyone πŸ™‚

  • ocpaul20

    I think you are right – there is a lot of discussion about liquefaction damage and R4 has cracks in the walls. The amount of water they poured in, in the early days, just had to go somewhere and so maybe it was left lying in basements etc.

    They have already admitted to cracks adding groundwater to these areas and they had to 'dump' a whole lot of water into the ocean because they could not process it all. All this smacks of too much water in that geologically soft area => liquefaction problems near R4.

    Again some people are saying that the ground has been reinforced by large girders and raised 2meters and the heavy-duty metal sheets placed on top. The weight of those cranes must be enormous and if the ground is a little 'iffy' then they do not want the heavy and expensive cranes disappearing into liquified soil.

    If there were bodies in that area, they would have moved them. That would not be a reason to white-out that area of the image.

    This kind of very obvious manipulation shows either an arrogance and belief that we would not care about it OR that things have become so bad for us that they are (almost) past caring whether we see the manipulation or not. If that is the case then the end must be in sight. I cannot think of any other reason why they would bother to post a photo which they then proceeded to manipulate so badly.

    Either you post a properly 'doctored' image or you dont post it at all. They dont have to post photos no-one is…

  • ocpaul20

    no-one is forcing them to post anything. πŸ™‚

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    So, matching up the historical shots Anne posted with this clip above, the ground level access tunnel looks to be removed and the area covered in pixels. It may be that this is the area the fuel rods will be exiting from, and as stated in the past, no images will be provided to the public due to national security. Of course, that's just to remind everyone that terrorists are so much more dangerous than triple nuclear meltdowns. We wouldn't want criminals running in real fast like and grabbing a chunk of broken fuel rod as it's being transported out the hidden door, right? Someone might get hurt…

    • or-well

      Good point! The blotching may serve multiple agendas.
      But why so unsophisticated?
      Suggested earlier:"A breakdown in the ranks!".
      Or plain incompetence plus lack of end-of-chain oversight.
      ONE LAST OBSERVATION – a pile of crap in front of a former bay door would suggest it's out of use. Too sunken?

  • richard richard

    the section that has been photoshopped is the entrance to the loading bay of the building. the view is from west to east, note the generator buildings in the background.

    if you use my fukushima 3d map, you'll see where i've modelled the loading docks on each reactor building, just where the white patch has occurred.


    at a guess, they just don't want people viewing the entrance, for whatever reason.

    the other curious part of the photo is the tilt of the reactor housing dome, peaking out at the top centre of the building.

    see how it's several degrees off kilter from the rest of the building.

    this could suggest the cap has come off/tilted, or the entire reactor housing tower has tilted, so we see the dome at an angle at the top. if needed i can do an enhanced pic to demonstrate.

    i suggest you may take a look at my interactive 3d map to get an idea of the reactor tower position.


    • richard richard

      no fables were quoted in the production of this blog entry. πŸ˜‰

    • or-well

      richard, nice catch!

    • richard richard

      thanks or-well.

      here is the graphic that might also be a guide ..


      • or-well

        Great graphic. Troubling. Dome partly dis-associated from rest of reactor structure, or whole structure displaced within building?
        By big bang, underground shifting, or…?

        Do I remember correctly – was there some discussion about the dome NOT being in place at the time of the explosion?
        (due to interior refurbishment in unloaded reactor)

        • richard richard

          the dome appears to be in a random position, suggesting it wasn't a planned positioning.

          the lines i've extended to the base of the building seem to bring to dome closer to centre, so i'm thinking the whole tower has tilted

          Moving the dome of it's own volition is probably close to impossible in a quake etc. The momentum of the tower is needed to shift the mighty weight along.

          so i've two reasons to believe the tower shifted, not just the dome. trying to 'disassemble' that setup just got a whole lot harder.

          someone with better nuke understanding may be able suggest something else. it's just my speculation.

          the word Troubling applies in any condition i think.

  • or-well

    Diligently sought
    by photoshop cops
    and those saying "Hey…what?"
    in each photo brought
    is what is and what's not
    so Tepco may be caught
    and put on the spot
    for using a blot
    to hide something hot
    then put in a pot
    while we shout "Tommyrot!"
    but they don't care a jot
    if their nukes make us rot
    caring only for the next retirement slot.

  • TerraHertz TerraHertz

    Oh FFS. About that 'tilted dome'. It's the reactor pressure vessel top cap. Remember unit 4 was shut down and de-fueled. Both the containment dome, and the pressure vessel lid were sitting on stands up on the operating room floor. TEPCO already took the big yellow containment dome away by crane, in this photo they haven't moved the pressure vessel lid yet. Yes, it's crooked – because the roof fell in on it and knocked it skew on its stand. It's visible much more clearly in every recent view from above of unit 4 since they removed the remaining roof wreckage.

    So what?
    It's frustrating that people go off on these pointless tangents, when there are so many *real* serious issues at Fukushima.

    • or-well

      TerraHertz – not all here who comment or all who don't comment are equally in command of all the details concerning this situation.
      One of the values of this site is that it helps bring a larger audience up to speed. Whatever "speed" that may be for some.
      If this site is to provide that, some patience will be needed in the ongoing effort to share info that may be old news to some.
      There are still folks who think its all over but for cleanup, and those who dont realise the extent of what happened.
      Hopefully, more & more of them come here, among other sites, such as yours.

      Personally, I appreciate your reminder concerning the containment and pressure vessel caps.

      I dont happen to think it pointless to consider the possibility of ground subsidence under the reactor 4 building from various perspectives. Your contribution helps others in that process even as the positioning of the RPV top cap may be to you a tangent.
      I hope frustration won't restrict your contibuting.

  • JustmeAlso

    I am truly baffled by tepgo's idea of thinking how to fool the globe's life with their killing business..

    and my 5 kids..

  • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

    A enenews reader's blog.

    I don't know what it says in French but is it suggesting that there was a tunnel and that's what TEPCO is trying to hide?

  • Max1 Max1

    It appears the loading bay has been demolished and TEPCO is coloring in the hole left in the building so as to not excite nerves… Like we aren't watching, or something.

    Anne posted a link above to an overhead view of R4 pre-operation floor demo.
    please notice what building structure is now missing… But the one with the truck sticking half way out; the loading bay.


      What a damming picture. I have been studying it for almost 1/2 hour. The smoke coming from the top isn't directly above the yellow dome cap. I swear I can see red hot sticks scattered about the place………..

  • islandboy9

    Remember me people? I've told u those pictures and videos were phony from the start!!!! After all the unspeakable things tepco has committed,u think they just going to open up confess that Sfp4 collapsed 6/26/2012!!!!!

  • islandboy9

    People, if you check the enenews archives for videos of sfp4 building before the demolition! You will see water,30,000 gallon pool filled with spent fuel rods on the other side of the white tarp and adjacent to the core on the FIFTH FLOOR! The new photos& videos shows us a completely different layout without a 30,000 gallon pool filled with highly radioactive rods water that can only be handled with a special crane that was destroyed 3/11!!! Wake up people sfp4 cave within 6/26/2012!!!

  • ocpaul20

    if you go to the abovetopsecret forum, you will see the large cracks at the base of R4. In the image about 3 up from the bottom of <a href="http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread672665/pg1328"&gt; page 1328 </a> it is obvious that the building has big problems.

    The top of the building has been demolished and the fuel pool is supposed to be there on the (now) top floor so they can remove the spent and unused fuel with their huge cranes.

    If this SFP had been already destroyed, we would have had all kinds of even larger radioactive releases and fires from the spent fuel cells being exposed to the air.

    Islandboy9 – This is why I think it has not already been destroyed as you say it has.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    I don't know why Tepco released badly altered image of Fukushima Unit 4?

    Maybe they are hiding something, or just want to mess with us…inappropriate writing on wall..a tunnel..we can guess until someone comes up with a better picture.

    For now I throw the picture back at Tepco and say:
    Not good enough, we want the whole picture.

  • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

    I couldn't see the picture with the cracks from the link you provided but is this the one? I am yet to decide whether it is a large crack or not.


  • Sirius

    What I really don't understand, is that they already produced the same picture, but photoshopped in a better way. These badly altered pictures makes clear the previously released one was altered as well. How stupid are they? http://i.imgur.com/6iR00.jpg You'll notice, that at the bottom right of the green sprayed building, the rumbles are not the same as on the picture showed in this news. But the wall is almost perfectly altered. Remember that at this place was a truck loading facility. We should at least see an opening large enough for a dock at the foot of the temporary lift they installed.

  • rotnpumpkin rotnpumpkin

    Has anyone mentioned this story is on reddit?


    I am sorry if it has already been posted in the comments. I'm still blurry-eyed this morning. πŸ™‚

    • rotnpumpkin rotnpumpkin

      I left a comment on the reddit page. I expect it to be voted down quickly. No one wants to hear something could end everything.

      • rotnpumpkin rotnpumpkin

        Well, that's the last time I do that. Someone went on a rant against me. I don't know why I even try…or leave comments on any larger site. People are just so condescending and mean.

        I quit.


          appears your story is being featured on enenews. Why the frown? People on this site are – by-in-large – very civilized and considerate of each others views…

          • rotnpumpkin rotnpumpkin

            Not the one who responded to me. He was mean and condescending.

            I never comment on stuff just for that reason. I should have known better. The only reason I occasionally post here is that people are very nice…even when they disagree (from my experience.)

            • rotnpumpkin rotnpumpkin

              As you can tell, I have thin skin. πŸ™‚

              • rotnpumpkin rotnpumpkin

                And I was meaning my comment on Reddit…sorry for the confusion. People ARE nice here.

                • arclight arclight

                  hi rotnpumkin
                  well done for trying!


                • TerraHertz TerraHertz

                  Agreed. My opinion of Reddit is that the voting system, thread cutoff limit, and comment hiding scheme are designed to ensure the site's public discussion remains 'controlled' by a core group of people. Who just happen to be very supportive of the Obama administration.

                  A good site for 'low impact' news and lolcats, but Reddit certainly won't be found on the front lines of the revolution.

                  Enenews is pretty good, but seems to have a steadily rising level of well-poisoning disinformation trolls.


                the ones who come-off as tough are as the most delicate…when the armor's off. Just know that none of us is all-knowing and that it's a learning experience for all; including those who sit and watch us from the sidelines in Langley…

                • rotnpumpkin rotnpumpkin

                  Thanks, ya'll. I appreciate your kind words.



                  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

                    btw rotnpumpkin, I'd bet your avatar's being used on other sites by you. If so, use one that's dedicated for use on enenews. It makes it a bit harder for cross-profiling by others. The big guys aren't limited to such 'flags' but creepers will. I advise this defensive tactic to all enenews participants…

                    • rotnpumpkin rotnpumpkin

                      Thanks, Aftershock. I wasn't using that avatar anywhere else, but I feel more comfy with the generic avatar for now.