Footage of large piece of debris dropping into Fukushima Unit 3 fuel pool during snowstorm (VIDEO)

Published: February 10th, 2013 at 1:09 pm ET


Title: Possibility of Debris (Assumed to be the Fuel Handling Machine Mast) Sinking in the Spent Fuel Pool at Debris Removal […]
Source: Tepco
Date Recorded: Feb. 6, 2013
Date Published: Feb. 8, 2013

Possibility of the fuel handling machine mast sinking in the spent fuel pool during the steel truss debris removal at Unit 3 of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

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Published: February 10th, 2013 at 1:09 pm ET


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10 comments to Footage of large piece of debris dropping into Fukushima Unit 3 fuel pool during snowstorm (VIDEO)

  • razzz razzz

    Such a delicate operation.

    Lori is reporting Unit 2 is heating up according to 'broken' sensors that TEPCO declares broken anytime they read above 100c (water boiling temp). Near 250c or 482f. This makes sense with the recent higher fallout readings around the plant. Makes sense if radioactive steam is escaping or the blob is in contact with fresh water acting as a moderator to cause some fissioning. Any steam coming out of Unit 2 that can be seen on the cams?

    Remember Unit 2 building held together as the missing blowout panel vented any hydrogen build up but the melted core probably is insulating itself from cooling water and is pretty damn hot internally.

    Off gassing analysis would tell the condition of the blob(s) but TEPCO isn't saying.

    • SwimsWithGators

      Web cam showed that something was being vented from 2, or 3, just a few days ago. Downwind, to the NE, at about a mile, low clouds were forming in an otherwise clear sky. Looked like steam condensing to me.

      To Johnny below, also on Feb. 5, webcam: the whole place was lighting up like a Christmas tree. It was snowing. And when a rain shower moved through 2 days ago, it sparkled again. Briefly.

      I know why they don't tell us what the readings are coming out of these plants. If they did they would have to hang their heads in shame and they have never once done that.

      Since our politicians are having a real hard time getting any enforcement, all we have are the webcams. When the webcams go down for an extended period of time, we can be pretty sure the place is really exploding again.

      As for me there is only one thing that I can do: Stay out of the rain.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Damn!!??~Now I know what I saw through the snow-covered lens briefly the other night after someone else noted "sparkly-looking things on the ground" & the TBS/JNN cam was down!!(?)~Fuel-handling mast might've sunk??!-sunk to bottom of pool?-or sunk "through the bottom of pool"?!! Apparently NOTHING goes as TEPCO plans for it and I doubt they can do much about the acts of desperation that go wrong as usual!!(?) Other than the occasional news of one or two plant closings-the news here is almost all bad! Bad news from Fukushima= bad news for whoever is in the path of the release events sure to follow and that a fact for those ANY place the Jetstream & sea currents WILL carry it to!!(?) ENEWSER's are a depressing bunch by necessity because we understand what the implications are when nuke pukes fail when TPTB gamble with our lives and future!!~The images of Mars may well be a "sneak peek" at what Earth will look like before the homicidal,nuke-puke maniacs are through with it??!!….~ 🙁 ~**

  • pcjensen

    Give up hope. Occupy The Future aka #OccupyTheFuture @ twitter.

  • We Not They Finally

    Another drib, another drab? Like it's nice of them to tell us anything at all? Say. Build a Fukushima Hotel right on site. Move TEPCO officials in to LIVE there. When they start complaining about the cost of coffins, then maybe they will think about stopping the lies to the rest of us. We're tired of it. They want to keep feeding us dribs and drabs? Let them LIVE there. THEN will they tell the world that they are callously killing millions of their own people? And perhaps the rest of us to come?

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    With the shear amount of debris that they have to move it should be expected that there is going be some of it falling in. If they were expecting to be able to move it all without an occurrence like this then they are seriously delusional.

  • ftlt

    The poor folks who work there… This is insane..

    And they are fighting to keep these things open all around the world

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Fukushima Daiichi Spent Fuel Pool Inspection After Fuel Handling Mast Fell
    Feb 8 2013 there huh?
    Lots of motion for a controlled pool.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    What will TEPCO pay for 220 dry casks for spent fuel storage? Try $660 million!
    "A US nuclear operator estimated $120 million USD for a 40 cask concrete storage system. That is about $3 million per cask. For about 220 casks estimated at Fukushima it would cost $660 million USD, not including the ongoing maintenance. Casks are typically rated for 20 years of storage life."

    How did Fuku's 9 dry casks handle the arthquake and tsunami? No problems with any of them.

    All sufficiently cool spent fuel assemblies (and new fuel assemblies) should go into dry cask storage immediately. This will make room in the Common SFP for some of the undamaged spent fuel assemblies that will come out of SFP1,2,3,4,5,&6.

    Why has nearly 2 years passed with spent fuel still in SFP5&6? Shouldn't they be working to empty SFP5&6, while work continues to remove debris from SFP1,2&3, and while construction of the crane structure proceeds at Unit4?

  • japan guinea pig

    I am lost for words on this whole Fukushima issue !! F…ing hell !!