Watch: Empty spaces seen in Fukushima Unit 3 spent fuel racks — “Would ordinarily hold spent fuel” -Asahi (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Published: October 16th, 2012 at 7:27 am ET


(Subscription Only) Title: Further leak at Fukushima, photos reveal other damage
Date: October 16, 2012

[…] newly released images of the [Unit 3] fuel storage pool at the same reactor have illustrated the difficulty of clear-up work.

[Tepco] released photos Oct. 15 showing rubble and broken equipment inside the water-filled storage pool, taken by a camera probe inserted Oct. 11 and 12. […]

Another image showed lumps of concrete lying on a rack that would ordinarily hold spent fuel. […]

Fuel Storage Rack, October 12, 2012:

Location in fuel pool where photo was taken (Pict 3):

October 12, 2012 video inside Unit 3 fuel pool:

View Tepco’s Press Release here

Published: October 16th, 2012 at 7:27 am ET


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32 comments to Watch: Empty spaces seen in Fukushima Unit 3 spent fuel racks — “Would ordinarily hold spent fuel” -Asahi (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    Each fuel bundle usually has a handle on its top. There were no handles visible among the rubble and debris in this fuel pool. In fact, besides the rubble and "empty spaces" there is not a lot else. Where's the fuel then?

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Hmmm…now where do we suppose those fuel rods went? Can you say "nuclear detonation"? Say it with me TEPCO – nu-cu-lear de-to-na-tion. That's right. Once again – nu-cu -…..

  • nedlifromvermont

    … these photos imply the following: Gather your spent fuel elements from the Fool Pool while ye' may … sort of like rose buds to a nucleocrat, I suppose …

    … so why is the Toothless Toady Regime, affectionately known as the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission not requiring U.S. nuke operators to dry cask sufficiently cooled spent fuel elements, while they have access, operating cranes and no rubble scattered everywhere???

    … the answer lies in my nickname for this august group of fake, paid off, stooge/scientists: they are not really regulators at all … it is a woeful sham; they have no teeth (they'd fit right in up here in Vermont)and they are sycophants, not strong minded people, and they are in the thrall of their corporate nuclear clients, for whom they wish to eventually go to work; in Japan they call this the "nuclear village"; in the USA it is the same thing, without the cute name …

    No dry cask campaign yet at Pilgrim? Here, yards from where the Pilgrims rowed ashore, and a few miles from the cradle of American 'liberty' they have not dry-casked a single fuel bundle in forty years!!! I shit you not, while they shit all over the place!!!

    It's supposed to take only five years to cool enough to go into the casks … forty??? this is sycophancy in the extreme … nay, it is social psychopathology … actually an apt name for the nuclear power industry …

    GE = Guaranteed Extermination, sadly … FOOLS

    … peace …

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      Thank you. There is no possible answer they can make to that question. Why indeed not? It is unbelievable that with the need for jobs nobody has thought of employing many people to dry cask the fuel rods that litter the USA. Dry cask the fuel rods first! Then think of decommissioning as soon as possible.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Wake people wake
    The foxes guards the sheep,
    Your motherland shakes
    The dreamland fall
    No Sweet dreams for thee.
    Wake people wake

    • Anthony Anthony

      I think Wake People Wake is IT.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi Anthony

        Maybe when people start seeing the effects of this, more will wake up (including people in other Countries).
        Wonder if they will relate it to Fukushima, they might not.

  • jec jec

    Video is showing the BEST of the footage from TEPCO. Wonder what the other "edited" portions show?

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    No explosion in SFP3. The debris we see in SFP3 are the remains of reinforced concrete roof that have been pulverized, and which rained down on the SFP from the explosion. We see no twisted fuel racks or other evidence of an explosion WITHIN SFP3. This is not to say that hydrogen, or explosive zirconium/cesium vapors from melted spent fuel that originated from SFP3 didn't cause the explosion ABOVE SFP3. The headline implies missing fuel bundles were shot OUT of the fuel racks, from below, like a nuclear fuel mortar, leaving the rack intact. Fuel pellets were scattered over the entire site, in a wide radius. But wouldn't we expect to see damage to the rack, if this were the case? Where are the 98 tons of spent fuel from SFP3?

    • omniversling

      Not sure what you're suggesting PuN…the hole in the roof above the SFP is where all that ejectata (that we see in the clip of U3 exploding) left the building. There is no other hole. However the beams hang DOWN above SFP3, indicating that they melted.

      U3 exposed fuel assemblies?

      ‪Smokin…I dont believe that to be the case. SFPs are not 'contained', therefore a 'prompt criticality' will vector upwards, not outwards. That is what appears to have happened. Here are some links to substantiate that probability, IMO…:‬

      Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 explosion original sound oztvwatcher

      Best most logical analysis of U3 launch that I have seen:

      The Message of Fukushima Unit Three

      Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 refueling machine spent fuel pool1

      Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 refueling machine spent fuel pool2

      Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 Fuel rack the spent fuel pool

      U3 steaming frm T-Hawk


      • omniversling

        We are being shown only 2 patches of approximately 1m2 in that clip…

        Infra red pics of the site shortly after the accident showed fuel 'hotspots around the complex which matched with pics that used to be viewable on Roy Livingstone's Facebook page (cant find him anymore, looks like he's been scrubbed) of whole fuelrod assemblies leaning against other wreckage.

        Fuel pellets were found up 1.5km away from the site. The site was buldoze just after the explosion to bury what fuel was lying around, then covered with thick steel plates, presumably to shield the workers.

        See the T-Hawk clip above and you'll see that here was a lot more bang than hydrogen above the SFP. Almost all the walls are blown out of the whole building. U3 steamed for months.

        My own opinion is that EVERYTHING that could go wrong with U3 did go wrong: conflagration, prompt criticality, fuel rod ejection, atomic explosion, hydrogen explosion, MOX, pyrophoric reaction in the zircalloy fuel rod casing, SFP fire, lies, corruption, yakuza, secret weapons programme, search for missing element 113, coverup, stuff that we the guinea pigs will never know, etc etc etc…

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        Sorry, omniversling, I am guilty of thinking out loud in my ramblings above. Thanks for all the info. Still, the intact fuel racks do not support the theory that SFP3 was the source of the explosion. See my complete analysis below.

        BTW, "omniversling" would imply that you are perhaps into string theory?

        • omniversling

          Not sure PuN, depends how long is the piece of string…

          I for one appreciate your input very much…we're all playing a deduction game here without much help from the experts. Arnie has a go, but he's hobbled too. Goddard is a gem IMO.

          As I point out above, we are only EVER shown fragments of anything…no BIG picture. An honest BIG PICTURE from the protagonists of this abomination of a an untechnology would be the end of it. What we all want to happen, but those in power MOST CERTAINLY DON"T want to happen…

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      "Where are the 98 tons of spent fuel from SFP3?" See link below for comments made by Robert Alvarez on May 24, 2011 regarding US spent fuel pools around the country:


  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    There were 548 fuel assemblies in SFP3, 514 spent fuel bundles, plus 52 new fuel bundles.
    After the explosion, SFP3 steamed for days, until cooled with seawater.

    • So, where are they? Did they burn?

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        Obviously, TEPCO needs to do an inventory of SFP3 to determine how many intact fuel assemblies remain. Goddard and Gundersen have found at least a couple of fuel assembly handles in previously-released videos, so there are some fuel assemblies remaining. A lot has been made of the three distinct explosions that are heard on videos of the explosion of Unit3. Gundersen has applied the term "moderated prompt criticality" to the explosion of Unit3, which he traces to SFP3. As water in SFP3 boiled off, Gundersen thinks, there was a point where there was just enough water to slow the neutrons from fissioning nuclear fuel just enough for the fuel to reach criticality. As the water boiled off in SFP3, this process was repeated three times, to create the explosion and destroy Building3.
        Spectrometising has outlined his theory that a mixture of zirconium and cesium vapors would create an explosion without having the fuel reach criticality. See ENEnews April 18, 2012
        According to Spectro,
        "In "Reactivity Profile"……"and cesium will react violently, even explosively, with an excess of zirconium powder [Ellern 1968. p. 249].""
        Either way, spent fuel is highly dangerous as it cools.

        • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

          Still, the essential question remains, did the Unit3 explosion originate in SFP3, proceeding up and out? As would be suggested by Gundersen, TerraHertz, and others. Or did a hydrogen or zirconium/cesium explosion occur above SFP3? Meanwhile, TEPCO continues to destroy the evidence. And the nuclear industry continues to operate all these flawed GE Mark I NPPs. And if we never know exactly what happened to Unit3, how can we shut them all down?

      • Sickputer

        The picture of the Unit 3 empty fuel rod assembly chamber is a clue that maybe there are a lot more "empties" in that pond, and maybe in the other unit ponds. We shall see eventually.

        Makes sense actually, just how long does it take for an exposed fuel rod (MOX to boot) to completely burn away? How many times have we seen all four Units smoking badly on the webcams? Plenty of incidents and many times cameras were turned off.

        There may be very little fuel left in Unit 3 SFP. If so then the continuously circling global plume is much more deadly than we have been told. Radiation-induced SBV in European sheep and cattle becomes more plausible. Rain and snow now brings down unwelcome hitchhikers to earth inhabitants.

  • Hot Tuna Hot Tuna

    Looks to me like all they're 'cooling' in SFP3 is concrete and empty racks. What a mess.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Nuclear industry; exporter and importer of death and suffering…

    Radium Girls And Radium Dials; Ottowa Illinois, Death City; via A Green Road

    How Dangerous Is 400-600 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via A Green Road

  • omniversling

    Darn, now where did I leave that 35 tonne crane…oh, there it is…

  • dka

    Maybe they concretize the whole site.
    Gradually remove part by part the whole ground around and afterward bellow the remains and poor concrete instead. godzillion tons of concrete.
    Than poor concrete in the buildings remains, making maybe a new gigantic concret pyramid of it all covering the site.
    Anyway doing something rather than not.

  • patb2009

    it's loose debris, it's easily enough removed, get some big suction pumps, put some major league screens on them, and catch tanks, vacuum up all the debris and then get the SFPs empty.

    The Japanese insistence on F&*(king around is amazing.

  • omniversling

    dka….a few small issues with your plan… that they'd have to deal with the coriums, but there simply is no technology invented to do that. Plus, it would be clear that the myth of 'containment' is just that…a myth. Bye bye illusion of safety that is used over and over and over again to hide the truth of nukepuke.

    The reclaimed land wouldn't support the weight of a godzillion tonnes of concrete, though I'm sure that there'd be a Yakuza company with JapGov links who'd love the contract…

    And a giant pyramid may be just a little to close to home with the last civilization on earth that got close to the technology that we have, but also didn't make it to the next level…

    The secrets hidden in the pyramids of Egypt wireless power (Harun Yahya)

  • tooktheredpill tooktheredpill

    I look at that last clip and think….

    how many of the current 10,000's of workers at the 434 operating plants (

    have also seen this footage…and are yet this VERY night…are staring down at their crystal blue pool as they move a rod assembly from the reactor to the SFP.

    If I was a current worker in a NPP, images like this would be haunting me daily whilst trying to carry on doing my daily 'duties'!

    • omniversling

      TtRP…I believe that they've all had their hearts and brains removed, and replaced with empty wallets…

      Off or on topic?….hmmmm…on topic…posting…,

      here is a nail biting doco on how the human race got to be transformed from sovereign individuals into conditioned automatons who believe that they live in a democracy, represented by governments who put their health and safety above the requirements of corporations and the 'system'..compelling viewing, and not to difficult to deduce how corporate psycopaths came to be calling the shots..

      Human Resources Social Engineering in the 20th Century Remastered

    • Sickputer

      Many naked apes long ago lost touch with primeval survival skills involving sustenance from land and animals. Driven to cities by overpopulation on the farm, they survived by taking up toxic occupations. They know the dangers, but set their fears aside to try and keep their family alive. No matter how much they are paid, they are industrial slaves in a world gone toxic. The enormous effect of industrial accidents will not abate until the race of humans is decimated by some huge toxic event. Perhaps it is Fukushima. Or maybe some new toxic poison will be unleashed and quickly wipe out humans. It is easy to predict the process, but impossible to pinpoint the final extinction decade until it really gets rolling.