TEPCO rushing to shield Reactor No. 3 turbine building from typhoon — Navy: Storm may pass over Fukushima plant by July 21

Published: July 18th, 2011 at 5:38 am ET
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Typhoon Spurs Tepco to Cover Fukushima, Bloomberg, July 17, 2011:

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is rushing to install a cover over a building at its crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant to shield it from wind and rain as Typhoon Ma-on approached Japan’s coast from the south.

The cover will be placed over the turbine building of the No. 3 reactor “momentarily,” Hajime Motojuku, a Tepco spokesman, said yesterday. […]

The storm was moving north at 19 kilometers per hour with winds blowing at 157 kph. Ma-on is forecast to head north and be close to the coast of the southwestern island of Kyushu after 6 a.m. tomorrow. A forecast track issued by the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center indicates the storm may pass over the Fukushima plant by July 21. […]

Published: July 18th, 2011 at 5:38 am ET
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35 comments to TEPCO rushing to shield Reactor No. 3 turbine building from typhoon — Navy: Storm may pass over Fukushima plant by July 21

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    This looks like a poor translation.
    Does ‘momentarily’ mean ‘presently’ (as in, within a short period of time) or ‘for a moment’, since the wind will blow it off? Or both?
    What good will a piece of canvas do? Guess we’re about to find out.

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    My guess is it means soon.

    In the past TEPCO has been fond of using blue plastic tarps in videos of their activities, so I am expecting that to be used instead of canvas. If I were a technician working there, my concern would be that the “cover” would become a sail dragging radioactive junk elsewhere.

  • Fall out man!

    Well, I hope their cover does hold something in, but given they haven’t contained this mess so far, it may be the cover is just a PR stunt to appease the public. Just like when Prime Minister No Kando had a couple of Choppers drop some water into the wind over the reactors early on. Signed a death warrant on two pilots for no gain, but then later boasts in the media about doing a high five over the phone to Obama over it!

  • Steven Steven

    “The cover will be placed over the turbine building of the No. 3 reactor”

    TEPCO protecting their expensive turbine. What made that big hole in the roof of the R3 turbine building, anyone know?

  • Finch Finch

    The lid of the RPV. They cover the turbine building because all the Plutonium is in there.

  • dark_horizon

    kind of reminds me of BP spraying toxic chemicals onto toxic oil as a solution. Why is TEPCO even involved at this point? Fukushima is a planet killing event, there should be a global meeting of minds and resources to contain this before it’s too late. Cancer in the USA will be up 70% over the next 10yrs, maybe then people will take notice.

    • Edward Edward

      I agree. Why aren’t more americans concerned and even mad about this. It’s like people choose to ignore it because they know nuclear power is currently needed to operate their central air conditioning units and power all of the glitz and glammore that IS vegas and new york city. In my opinion it’s a sellout. We need to start reeling in the luxuries and plush lifestyles in an attempt to keep this planet liveable for future generations.

      • NoVictimNoFraudNoCrime

        You are right, Edward, but America can do much more to conserve than worrying about people using air conditioners and aspects of individuals’ lifestyles. Look at the HUGE energy sink that is our imperialistic military. The energy used and pollution generated to sustain it in its endless hunger for endless war to keep “peace and freedom” around the globe- Let’s start there.

        • CaliMom

          I’d much rather have a voluntary military force of highly skilled, and honor bound individuals protecting me, than a bunch of useless, greedy celebrities and New York socialites. That military is in place so that you have the freedom to say dumb stuff like that.

          -Proud Army Ranger Mom

          • NoVictimNoFraudNoCrime

            I’d much rather have a voluntary military force of highly skilled, and honor bound individuals protecting me
            So would I. Sorry I touched a nerve. What I said was not dumb, it is an honest assessment. With all respect to you and your son, innocent people being slaughtered in Libya with U.S. depleted uranium (as just one example) is not protecting me in any conceivable way.

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          Other word for “peace and freedom”?
          O-I-L

          • NoVictimNoFraudNoCrime

            Oil in Libya, gas pipelines and opium in Afghanistan, obscene profits for Haliburton and other contractors- losing our freedoms domestically, all in the name of “protecting freedom” internationally. And we’re supposed to vilify our neighbor for driving a gas-guzzler or using the A/C? Let’s conserve where it’ll do the most good for humanity.

  • jwfuki

    Throw a tarp over it!

    If you can’t see it, it’s not there!!!

  • irradiated californian

    didn’t they say the same thing about the last typhoon that passed by there, and nothing much happened. better safe than sorry, but you people will still chastise tepco for what little efforts they make to stop this crappy disaster from getting worse. i do not like how they have handled the situation as much as the next person, but really, why rip their heads off for what little efforts they try to make?

    • They haven’t made any efforts! Four months later, four of the six affected reactors continue to dump radiation into the atmosphere and sea, far more than Chernobyl, with no end in sight. At least the Soviets had made some progress containing Chernobyl by this time. TEPCO HAS DONE JACK SHIT!!!! Oh, except tell us that only depressed people will develop radiation poisoning. If someone took all of the families of these executives and picked them off one by one until TEPCO did ANYTHING, then SOMETHING might be done. Instead, these pieces of scum occasionally make a televised appearances, telling us crap like, “If we can create technology to clean this up, then we estimate it will take ten years to clean.” WTF? These officials from TEPCO should be sent to Abu Graihb or Guantanamo for debriefing. Maybe a little water boarding or electrodes on their testicles will get them to finally admit the truth – that TEPCO executives are nothing but parasites who have lied to the public to protect their stock price. THey are murdering cowards and deserve to be paraded in front of the world as such. Put their faces on billboards and offer a reward for their heads or their dicks. Those stupid mofos at TEPCO are laughing at the world and you think we are being too hard on them?

      Stop being a PR spokesperson for TEPCO. Until they are made responsible for their actions, they will continue their genocide of this planet.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Kelly Ann,
        1. nobody in this whole world deserves to be sent to Abu Ghreib or Guantanamo or to experience waterboarding. Period.
        2. IC didn’t say he favours the way Tepco handles the disaster. I think we all here agree on the fact that Tepco / japanese gov. management is nothing but a sarcastic joke.
        3. Of course we all feel like bashing Tepco is our right, as they’re responding poorly and dishonest to the disaster. But: we must also admit that the situation IS uncontrollable. I think there is NOTHING which really can be done to stop this. What are the guys ON SITE supposed to do differently than they are now?
        4. It’s the government which needs to step up and evacuate the people.

        • I believe hat if the people of the US and Japan revolt at the same time, then maybe something positive will happen. If TEPCO, the US and Japanese governments, militaries, banks and corporate interests disappeared, then there are people willing step up and do something, even at the expense of their own lives. However, this will not happen until we learn the real truth of the situation, but how do we get the truth if the people who control the information are lying? Look what happened in the Gulf of Mexico! No accountability!!! BP, Schlumburger, TransOcean, halliburton, MMS, et al got away with murder! We know the seafloor has been leaking methane – there is no way to stop that. We know there are still giant underground lakes of oil. We know that BP lied about capping the well. We have no idea what they have done to actually stop the oil from gushing from wellhead B. Meanwhile, the federal government is buying up all that toxic seafood and sending it to schools, prisons and the military. BP has decided not to pay any more and the lawyers doing all that accounting managed to steal the rest of the funds.

          We know that Japan and TEPCO will do nothing. They have proven that. It is time to get them the fuck out of the picture!

          You cannot allow the enemy to dictate the rules of warfare – and THIS IS WAR. The enemy has been effective in dumbing down the population through the use of aluminum, fluoride, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety pills, television, movies and Facebook. We are taught to submit to the authority of a bunch of inbred blue bloods and to politicians whom we would not trust to take care of our children in our own homes. We are told that we must trust this authority because no one else can solve the problem. I don’t believe that TEPCO or the Japanese government are capable of anything or they would have done something other than lie. And if it is truly the worst case scenario, then every person on this planet has a right to low, regardless of the need of governments, corporations, militaries, banks, and the insanely wealthy to hold onto their giant slice of the pie.

          I would sacrifice my life for a worthy cause, but as long as TEPCO and Japan and every other government continues to exist, nothing can be done any sacrifice would be in vain. That’s why nothing has happened. TEPCO and the Japanese government have zero credibility.

          The enemy seeks Armageddon. They continue to rain bombs on Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan and overthrow and destabilize countries, They dump radioactive water into the sea. They won’t evacuate their own citizens. They lie. They steal. They cheat. They kill.

          We must defend ourselves. If someone is trying to kill me, I have a right to defend myself. It’s not just a right – it is essential to my survival. If my survival is dependent upon water-boarding a TEPCO official, I will pour the water without flinching. All I am asking is for the TEPCO man to tell me the truth. That’s all, very simple, really. I don’t give a shit about his need to protect his ego, status, vanity, credibility, or bank account. If he won’t tell the truth, then he deserves to suffer whatever it takes to reveal the truth. To do anything less is to allow the enemy to win – and that means certain death for all of us. We need to start thinking like revolutionaries instead of victims.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    I think the wind shifts and the radiation will be blowing south to Japan instead of east to the US.

    I the Japanese nuclear scientists consider their own people as “logs”, what do they consider the people in the US?

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    CORRECTION: If the Japanese nuclear scientists…

  • odylan

    I agree with what Gundersen said at least 2 months ago that the problem as far as the weather is concerned will be with no.4 – the shored-up reactor. The typhoon will be spinning anti-clockwise and the rain and snow will come in from the NW directly off the sea on 100 – 200 km winds – can the already leaning construction stand up to the off-sea onslaught.

    As for no. 3 the tarp will simply be ripped to shreds . . .

    if the above forecast is correct. 🙁

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    What are they going to do..throw mommy’s apron over is?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    typo..over it.
    TEPCO gets punked for many reasons.
    …including offering up solutions with zero feasability.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Oh..the walls might fall in…ohhh..structural damage.
    What matters is the condition of the spent fuel inside them and how all that rain is going to turn into radioactive steam…radioactive rain….falling into the radioactive streams,etc…propelled all about at typhoon force.

  • odylan

    The only bright light on the horizon is that the typhoon will probably max at strength 4 on the 19th (that’s with 250km gusts) and will have reduced to strength 2 (150km gusts) by the 21st when the Navy says it will reach Fuku. Most predictions have it not going further to the north than Tokyo but turning east or east-north-east . . . of course the danger is not in the eye . . .which is what they are plotting

  • radegan

    Even if it doesn’t go that far north – remember the refinery fire that also burned up the depleted uranium storage? That would be a danger. Spreading contaminants and washing some into the bay. We just need this storm to turn.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It looks a little orchestrated..but I’m not going to talk about it..lol
    http://lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov/imagery/subsets/?subset=Japan.2011199.aqua.1km

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Cyclone ‘1106’ blowing those blue tarps right out to sea will liven up the tepco cam, and the track is here:

    http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/11065l.html

  • beamofthewave

    Poor Japanese, I really doubt they will do anything to protest. Too much genetic preference to those who kowtow to authority IMHO. Get your head chopped off during Tokugawa shogunate for looking at a samurai sidewaze throughout their history and they went after the whole family down to the infants. I remember reading about the crucifixion of every man, woman and child who was christian, not that the Romans were any better just check out spartacus and the slave revolts. All I am trying to say is that the Japanese people will not complain and I feel sad about that expecially as I live in the PNW and really wish the citizens there would do something about this. Gudersen is probably right though and there is nothing anyone can do.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Typhoon Ma-On Hits Japan: Big Pic

    http://news.discovery.com/earth/ma-on-typhoon-to-hit-japan-110718.html

    UPDATE: July 18, 2011 — Typhoon Ma-On has reached the southern island of Kyushu, Japan, early Tuesday morning local time. Sustained winds of 87 miles per hour and gusts of over 100 mph are moving north and then east. The category 1 storm is expected to cross to the northeast over the next few days, causing dangerous conditions along the coast.

    “Storms of the kind that Ma-On is likely to become can unload over a foot of rainfall, with flooding and mudslides, upon reaching Japan,” meteorologist Dave Samuhel reported.