TV: Fukushima could be out of control for next 100 years, says nuclear expert — “Facing a huge problem” — Very, very serious threat from M6 quake — “Scary situation” (VIDEO)

Published: September 3rd, 2013 at 12:32 am ET
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Title: Nuclear power expert Imad Khadduri discusses the Fukushima meltdown
Source: Al Jazeera
Date: September 1, 2013

At 1:30 in

Imad Khadduri, nuclear power expert: It’s a problem, a big problem. They have 1,060 of them [tanks] and apparently, they’ve been there for 2 years, and some of them have rusted or they are leaking, and that’s a lot to look after. But the point is that it’s within the plant, it’s not outside the plant – except it’s going into the sea, into the Pacific Ocean. The only people that have suffered is the fisherman, because the levels of contaminated fish last week has risen […]

Host: This shows that the problem is not really under control, doesn’t it?

Khadduri: It will not be under control, it’s estimated between 40 and 100 years from now. That’s what experts estimate. Now in the case of Russia — Chernobyl they simply buried the whole plant, one plant with cement, like a like a tomb […]

Host: The idea of something sitting there for 40-100 years, another major catastrophe could unfold because of another, I don’t know, natural disaster, another meltdown.

Khadduri: Well if there is another earthquake the serious one 6, 7, 8, or 9 magnitude, that would rattle all these tanks — 1,060 tanks — it would rattle the damaged cores, spent fuel whose structures have already weakened, yes that’s a potential very, very serious threat if another strong earthquake hits the same area again.

Host: It looks like foreign help is being invited now to come and deal with this. Will that at all speed up your very scary timeline of 40-100 years?

Khadduri: […] they are facing a huge problem — difficult, a very difficult problem to solve and I don’t know how much bright new ideas they might throw in, it’s yet unknown.

Host: Scary situation.

Khadduri: Yes.

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49 comments to TV: Fukushima could be out of control for next 100 years, says nuclear expert — “Facing a huge problem” — Very, very serious threat from M6 quake — “Scary situation” (VIDEO)

  • Sickputer

    "and I don’t know how much bright new ideas they might throw in, it’s yet unknown."

    SP: Good point. We can cuss and discuss Tepco's lackluster, pennypinching ways from now on, but in the final assessment it may be there there never was any possible containment strategies.

    Fukushima is a Pandoras Box of horrors, not a promise or future hope of meaningful decommission.
    Out of control, a country slayer, and a lesson for banksters everywhere. The banksters will shutter the remaini g nuclear plants.

    The success for environmentalists by this year's closure of San Onofre and Vermont Yankee is just the beginning of energy reform in Amerca. There are cleaner, cheaper alternatives.

    The leaky dangerous monsters will fall like a Nuclear Domino Theory, spurred by the horrible news coming nonstop from Japan. Health conditions will get much worse in central Japan.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Yes, Sickputer, nuke plant closures are a step in the right direction. Let's hope the lessons learned are applied in dealing with all the spent fuel ….

    • Unfortunately…

      "…there are 69 nuclear power plants under construction around the world right now, dozens of which will come online in the next year."

      "China has 28 plants under construction, Russia has 11, and there's even a small handful in Europe."

      [even] "In the wake of Fukushima, …several countries (UAE, Turkey, Jordan) announced plans to begin construction on their very first nuclear power plants."

      Note: UAE = United Arab Emirates (Dubai) One of the largest designs ever.

      "In Canada there are plans to build up to 2200 MWe or more of new capacity at Darlington in Ontario."

      "The United States… has four new larger nuclear reactors under construction."

      Read this if you want to get your adrenaline flowing. Some of the comments are very good though. I hope and pray the tide is changing.

      http://theenergycollective.com/jessicalovering/266841/mark-bittman-s-renewables-delusions?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29#comments

      Note: IMO – The author of this article 'Jessica Lovering' is delusional. Her advanced degrees don't seem to amount to much.

      Never forget.
      Fight harder.
      The future of all life may depend on it.

      • ftlt

        Chas: Insane isn't it… Power (energy) is the power in the Empire…

        People must die for others to get rich quick.. And according to those getting rich, it is all good for everyone – even the dead ones… HAHAHAHAHAHHA

        • ftlt

          Add to the Nukes, the cooked data of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that refuses to put up the real numbers – positive feedback driven ones…

          Why, they are mostly paid science for hire hacks of the Empire…

          The climate change forcast dovetails so nicely with nuclear insanity – does it not???

        • bo bo

          but.. What are these people trying to get rich quick for ????

          Sorry, dumb question but had to ask.

    • dka

      The most dangerous thing is that the foreign help, help teams of different countries, goes to Fukushima and start selling project ideas to Japan. They try to sell to Japan very expensive potential but not yet proven solutions. If Japan buys all these helpful ideas and projects from US, France, UK, Russia, Japan will be banckrupt this year. So Japan is left dealing with Fukushima alone.

    • Gasser Gasser

      The Nuclear Pusher Man

      You know I've burned a lot of generator gas
      
O' Lord, I've paid a lot of Coal energy Bill’s
      
But I never plugged into nothin'

      That my spirit might be killed

      
You know, I've seen a lot of people walkin' 'round

      With Plutonium tombstones in their eyes
      
But the Nuclear pusher don't care

      Ah, if you live or if you die

      God damn, The Nuclear Pusher's 

      God damn, I say The Uranium Pusher's

      I said God damn, God damn The NRC Pusher men

      You know the Wind and Solar dealer, these dealer’s, are men
      
With natural power being none polluting they send
      
Oh but the Nuclear pusher's are monster’s
      
Good God, they're not natural men

      
The natural power dealer for a nickel
      
Lord, will sell you lots of sweet electricity dreams
      
Ah, but the Nuclear pusher ruin your body
      
Lord, he'll leave your, he'll leave your Cesiumed mind to scream

      God damn, The Nuclear Pusher's

      God damn, God damn the Uranium Pusher’s
      
I said God damn, God, God damn The NRC Pusher men

      Well, now if I were a much wiser president of this land
      
You know, I'd declare total war on The Nuclear Pusher man
      
I'd haul their ass's to the Hague , and I'd jail them if they try run
      
Yes I'd expose'em on Enenews.com and Face Book, not for fun

      God damn The NRC Nuclear Pusher’s
      
God damn The TEPCO Pusher’s
      
I said God damn, God damn all The Nuclear Power Pusher men

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3XqyGoE2Q4Y

  • kintaman kintaman

    I am sure that once the "outside help" comes to see what is really going on that there will be shit storm.

    • ShutItAllDown

      GE will get into the Reactor Decommissioning business to get two bites of the pie. Halliburton are probably gearing up as well. All those reactors over the world to render safe. BIG JOB.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Single power plant taking out the world ..who are the nut-jobs that thought this crap technology would work? . . totally ignorant, times infinity.

  • razzz razzz

    First entity to figure out how to re-contain the melts wins a prize.

    Containing the melts gets a closed loop(s) of cooling back under control and stops contamination of freshwater and the Pacific. Of course by the time they figure out how to do that, if ever, they will be able to air cool the melts and cover them with concrete and wait a couple hundred years to finish the job.

  • We Not They Finally

    They know that it's an ELE in the making, or these arrogant plutocrats would not be asking for outside help. But the estimate of 40-100 years? It is unclear that we HAVE anywhere near that much time.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    COULD be out of control?

  • razzz razzz

    "Fukushima open air fission? Radiation surge can’t be blamed just on random leaks

    The latest surge in radiation at Fukushima nuclear plant may suggest not only additional water leaks at the site, but could also mean fission is occurring outside the crippled reactor, explains Chris Busby from the European Committee on Radiation Risk.

    The increase in radiation reading is too significant to be blamed on random water leaks, believes Busby.

    RT: Just how serious is the situation now in Japan?…"

    http://rt.com/op-edge/fukushima-radiation-threat-level-288/

    • nedlifromvermont

      Mack … I watched the movie … It was very moving … and my indictment of GE and all the fools now running this world killer business is confirmed, yet, again. I don't know what to say … Greed is a serious disease, and from this simple, mental state, all horrors ever imagined seem to emanate. Mr. Morgan has his revenge, and all the little JP Morgan's, from Jack Welch to Jeff Immelt should be trotted out in front of the people of Fukushima, to let them have their way with these monsters.

      There is no humanity in the business of monetizing uranium, monetizing Einstein's mass/energy equivalence equation. It was always about the greed, and the power of greed over men, the hush money, the nameless victims, the places we once loved and where we used to dream we might someday visit, and the poor, poor, nameless victims, the children, the animals and plants, the majestic forests, and the living, breathing planet, we used to love, but which has been contaminated, forever …

      And still the mindless shills and nuclear trolls belittle our efforts to shed light on the horrors, the unbelievable waste of blood and treasure, the whole of it absolutely unnecessary, except to reap a quick and vanishing profit from the otherwise useless metal, we once named uranium, which has now come to mean death, to everyone and everything, …. we used to love …

      and still they lie ….

      and still they steal our future …

      not worried, and unbowed …

      • "…the whole of it absolutely unnecessary…"
        – nedlifromvermont

        That IS the sad part. 🙁

        The future of generations to come would have looked much brighter had renewable energies been pursued with the same vigor as Nuclear and Oil.

        Our leaders have failed us. Big time!
        They have deceived us at every turn that I can see and they continue to do so.

        How could it come to this,
        I'm really worried about livin',
        (from song)

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHNXE7waflY&list=PL89C3EBC75D1471F4&index=18

      • Buffalojam

        Nedli – For someone who does not know what to say you have described the current situation and it's causes as well as anyone.

  • pkjn

    Japan gov. doesn`t want to draw international attention to Fukushima and give IOC excuses to reject.
    Aug 30, 2013 The Japan Times
    Fukushima crisis is too big for either Tokyo Electric or Japan gov. to handle. Japan’s reluctance to engage the international community broadly on Fukushima is the subject of conjecture. Nobody in Japan gov. or the media wants to draw international attention to Fukushima and risk giving IOC excuses to reject Japan`bid.
    Former Ambassador to Switzerland Mitsuhei Murata, who wrote to Prime Minister and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for international involvement in Fukushima and protesting the Olympic bid, sees these reasons as valid.
    “The nuclear dictatorship in Japan persists. There’s international strategies to consider Fukushima didn`t happen. Japan’s media seems to be fulfilling its duty in a way that doesn`t indispose the strong nuclear dictatorship, and has succeeded in creating a business as usual atmosphere,” Murata said.

  • pkjn

    Tokyo Electric admits deliberately using radiation detectors that give deceptively low readings; radiation leaks far worse than reported
    Sep 01, 2013 (NaturalNews)
    Regarding the level of hourly 1800 mSv, there is only a thing called death if you stay exposed to this for four hours. 100% of persons will die within 30 days. The new reading will have direct implications for radiation doses received by workers who spent several days trying to stop the leak last week. "Direct implications" means the clean-up workers are already dead.
    Tokyo Electric won't admit the plant suffered a fuel core meltdown. Tokyo Electric won't admit the facility is on the verge of collapsing, which will release a huge deadly cloud of radiation that will devastate North America. Tokyo Electric won't admit they need international help to solve the problem. Another massive radiation release from Fukushima is inevitable.
    http://www.naturalnews.com/041881_Fukushima_radiation_leaks_deception.html

  • Wooster

    Correction: Make that 100 years x 1000.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    And what is the position of the US government..where is the Commander-In-Chief?
    He is busy trying to starting yet another a war.

    SOLDIERS SPEAK OUT ON SYRIA: 'We Are Stretched Thin, Tired, And Broke'

    http://www.businessinsider.com/soldier-on-syrian-intervention-we-are-stretched-thin-tired-and-broke-2013-9#ixzz2dpQSF5Zx

    http://www.businessinsider.com/soldier-on-syrian-intervention-we-are-stretched-thin-tired-and-broke-2013-9

    The US government/military..has shown to be the leading edge of archaic stupidity on the planet.
    We have to evolve.
    We have to evolve.
    We have to evolve now.

    Why? Why?. because it's.."Game over"…all that is left…is to grasp whatever 'civilization" is left.
    (So that at least we can say we once walked upright)
    Those in power need to step aside…face failure and allow those with a sense of humanity to rule.

    Yield!

    Will this happen? ..probably not.
    So let's remember those…that now seal our fate.

    We Won't Forget.

  • ruppert

    Japan is being foolish even wasting time and resources even thinking they would ever be considered to host the Olympics. It only makes sense as a denial distraction from Fukushima.

    It still shows how they are never really going to deal with trying to do whatever is possible to even mitigate to any extent the problem.

    Deep down they must know that their country (or a large part of it ) has been mortally wounded and has become uninhabitable but meanwhile the band still plays on.

    The same can be said of the global community as we play hopscotch with a myriad of distractions and pay lip service while Fukushima builds up to it's grand finale.

    It's almost comical the way reporters talk about "Oh look, the ocean is boiling" like they are reporting a sale at a mall.

  • pkjn

    Tokyo Electric announced over 100 mSv per hour is detected at another tank
    September 03, 2013 (Mainichi Japan)
    Radiation levels of over 100 mSv per hour have been detected at the base of another storage tank at Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric announced Sept. 2.
    The high radiation level has raised fears of yet another radioactive water leak at Fukushima nuclear plant. There have been suspected leaks in four areas of Fukushima nuclear plant ground so far.
    The new radiation spike was found at the base of a storage tank about 100 meters to the south of another tank that leaked some 300 metric tons of radioactively contaminated water earlier this year. The new radiation hotspot was discovered by a maintenance patrol on Sept. 2.
    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130903p2a00m0na020000c.html

  • ruppert

    Is it me or does anyone else think that these 100 mSv per hour leaks will magically jump to 1,800 mSv like they did before or even higher?

    They just can't give out the truth all at once. It has to doled out a little at a time.

  • pkjn

    Tokyo Electric found on Monday a new area of high radiation in a different area
    TOKYO | Mon Sep 2, 2013
    (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric said on Monday that a patrol of workers had found a new area of high radiation near tanks used to store contaminated water.
    Tokyo Electric said it had found a radiation reading above 100 mSv per hour on the ground near a water storage tank. The latest hot spot is in a different area than a storage tank that was found to have leaked 300 metric tons of radioactive water in August.
    Tokyo Electric could not give a precise reading for the level of radiation since workers were using instruments that only recorded radiation up to 100 mSv.
    Japanese nuclear workers are limited to a cumulative exposure of 100 mSv over five years.
    http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/09/02/us-japan-fukushima-radiation-idINBRE9810CI20130902

    • Sickputer

      "Japanese nuclear workers are limited to a cumulative exposure of 100 mSv over five years."

      SP: Japan's government better start setting aside their 500-year feud with China (give them those worthless disputed islands you nutcases!) and ask for green card workers. The aging Japanese population has no stamina to produce millions of replacement workers for the Cauldrons of Hell at Fukushima.

  • Meanwhile, they are getting ready to restart the other 50 plants..

    No fault line under Oi nuclear plant, experts say
    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/no-fault-line-under-fukui-nuclear-plant-panel-says

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      If your going to properly finish off and kill the rest of the planet, of course they/we will need the rest of those Nuclear Reactors to blow up and melt down too.

      Fire them all up and lets get this" You Are All Being Extermination" thing over!

      On the news right now today "as little as one drink can give you breast cancer".

      Soon breathing air in the morning fog will give you cancer and cancer is now coming for everybody.

    • mairs mairs

      The earthquake that did in Fukushima wasn't on a fault line under the plant, so I don't get their point.

  • NeverAnyDanger

    Finally – a mention of fission!

    Christopher Busby

    "This huge radiation increase, in my mind means something going on outside the tanks, some radioactive fission is occurring, like an open air reactor, if you like, under the ground."

    http://rt.com/op-edge/fukushima-radiation-threat-level-288/

    http://rt.com/op-edge/chernobyl-fukushima-crisis-catastrophe-715/

    And I think this means that soon? – or now? workers can't continue to monitor the tanks or look for 'leaks' because the radiation levels are too high.

    "Nobody can go in to measure where these leaks are or do anything about them, because anybody who is to approach that sort of area would be dead quite quickly."

    And because conditions are deteriorating so rapidly they've moved up the date to remove the 'fuel' from Reactor 4. Good luck.

  • NeverAnyDanger

    Christopher Busby

    "This huge radiation increase, in my mind means something going on outside the tanks, some radioactive fission is occurring, like an open air reactor, if you like, under the ground."

    http://rt.com/op-edge/fukushima-radiation-threat-level-288/

    http://rt.com/op-edge/chernobyl-fukushima-crisis-catastrophe-715/

    And I think this means that soon? – or now? workers can't continue to monitor the tanks or look for 'leaks' because the radiation levels are too high.

    "Nobody can go in to measure where these leaks are or do anything about them, because anybody who is to approach that sort of area would be dead quite quickly."

    And because conditions are deteriorating so rapidly they've moved up the date to remove the 'fuel' from Reactor 4. Good luck.

  • mairs mairs

    I think I still have had remnants of what I thought I learned as a child, that one's country exists to protect its people. But in truth it's about protecting the interests of the most powerful, influential, and wealthy. To them, human casualties are acceptable if they allow the current power structure to remain intact and to grow even more powerful.

    And any country that DOES purport to protect all of its citizens is called "socialist" and condemned by the acolytes of the powerful. Condemned as not ascribing to pure market capitalism, which usually means the rich and powerful get perks and subsidies, and the ear of politicians who will do what they want them to do.

  • ftlt

    Last night while out for a walk, I beheld one of the beautiful events I have ever seen in the sky as the sun was going down.. To the east. purfect long streaks of lightning followed by the claps of thunder and a perfect rainbow highlighting the amphitheater of the cell storm – to west, a partly clouding sky with the brightest blue color I have ever witnessed in my 63 years of life… The smells of tree and flowers on the breeze (I was in an arboretum)

    Wonderful! My spine was tingling with the magic of it all.. The Mother Earth was putting the Big Show for all who would take the time to stop and adsorb it..

    Then, I though of how our greed and arrogance is destroying all of this – maybe, soon to be all gone…

    We are truly a foolish race of defective critters aren't we??…

    Why must we be the way we are???

  • ftlt

    Last night while out for a walk, I beheld one of the most beautiful events I have ever seen in the sky as the sun was going down.. To the east. perfect long streaks of lightning followed by the claps of thunder and a perfect rainbow highlighting the amphitheater of the rear of the cell storm – to west, a partly clouding sky with the brightest blue color I have ever witnessed in my 63 years of life… The smells of tree and flowers on the breeze (I was in an arboretum)

    Wonderful! My spine was tingling with the magic of it all.. Mother Earth was putting the Big Show for all who would take the time to stop and adsorb it..

    Then, I though of how our greed and arrogance is destroying all of this – maybe, soon to be all gone…

    We are truly a foolish race of defective critters aren't we??…

    Why must we be the way we are???

  • rockyourworld

    nothings felt the same since japans 9 pointer

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    rocky,
    That 9.0 shifted the earth's axis and your right nothing has felt the same since and the Earth's wobble is growing more distorted. This will change weather patterns etc. and these changes are very subtle but we can feel them in the earthquakes, erupting volcanos, cracks, fissures and sink holes and sounds.

    There has been a disturbance in the force!

    Another reason to shut all these Nuclear Plants down now!

    If we don't shut them down now.. more will most certainly blow in the near future!

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    The half-life of plutonium 239 is 24,100 years, but that is a guess that no one has tested, so it could be longer…also, for example…the half-life of uranium 238 is 4.468 billion years…could be longer….anyone who says 100 years is only an expert at PR…

    It is interesting that he says…the point is, it's coming from inside the plant, not outside the plant…

    Is this a response to Shimatsu saying that the highest levels of weapons grade contamination are coming from outside Fukushima 1…

    Shimatsu says that the villagers have told him that weapons labs are spread all over, in the mountains, etc…..

    uranium and plutonium are higher *outside* the site…from some other source, outside of Fukushima I….very highly enriched plutonium and uranium…

    War grade material…pouring out…ultimate danger…

    there are thousands of workers on the roads…but around the plant you see one or two guys…

    there is a massive amount of secret work that has nothing to do with the Fuku I reactors…not one word mentioned by Japanese gov’t, Tepco, Japanese military…

    another facility is releasing into the ocean…

    Fukushima has wiped out the ozone layer…and threatens to wipe out the Pacific as a source of life…10 tons a second being pumped out…large parts of North America will probably have to be evacuated…this committee is already worried about…another massive explosion…

    http://rense.gsradio.net:8080/rense/special/rense_Shimatsu_082613.mp3

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    NoNukes we are living inside a world that is upside down!

    The amount of insanity we see/hear/live with on a daily basis is just staggering…

    All these people were actually educated in the clever art of legal based insanity it seems..

    Hope all those pending massive ongoing tuition bills and the repayment of such incurred debts were/are not to high or too tough to handle and/or believe.

  • rockyourworld

    secret? nothings secret from our govt, only secret from us. they can claim they didnt know all they want. the masses will see it differently. they can only distract us thru syria so long. the panic wont be pretty!

  • rockyourworld

    the sky at fukushima looks really "off" today

  • Events and Conditions at Fukushima ..

    Recent Report by Yoichi Shimatsu…Radio Interview Aug 26th

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1an7TQKDmL4

    Transcript http://wyynd.tripod.com/Shimatsu.txt

    Secret Facilities, Thousands Dead…

  • SusanS

    ☢ Japan Needs Worldwide Help NOW! ☢
    ☢ Fukushima Petitions to Sign & Share! ☢

    http://tinyurl.com/FixFuku

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