Yomiuri Jet Flyover: Walls of OTHER structures at Fukushima plant were also blown away

Published: February 28th, 2012 at 3:38 am ET


Title: Photos from jet show devastated N-plant
Source: The Daily Yomiuri
Author: Tatsuo Nakajima / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer
Date: Feb. 28, 2012

The heavily damaged upper framework of the buildings housing the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were photographed from a Yomiuri Shimbun jet Sunday […]

Once the aircraft turned to view the No. 2 reactor building from the coast, a big opening in the wall was visible despite the fact that the building had not exploded […]

Walls of some other structures located on the sea coast were also blown away. […]

The sight of the plant from the air has seared into our memory the cruel accident, which destroyed the livelihoods of more than 110,000 local residents.

Read the report here

Published: February 28th, 2012 at 3:38 am ET


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51 comments to Yomiuri Jet Flyover: Walls of OTHER structures at Fukushima plant were also blown away

  • Kevin Kevin

    I find it absolutely assanine that a year later we are learning details like this. That no clear images of the status of these reactors have officially provided. The same for the Spent Fuel Pools. It is beyond belief that those accountable have shown absolutely no accountability.

    • cossack55

      What????!!!! A gubmint with no accountabilty???? Shocking!!!

    • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

      They claim it just fell down ruth.

    • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

      In the past it was about maintaining power over the rest. Now, how long humanity survives depends on them maintaining power and controlling the damage. I personally believe it is a futile effort at best. It is, after all, just a matter of time before the entire global system degenerates, then disintegrates.

    • kintaman kintaman

      Asinine yet but unexpected no. I will say it again because it deserves repeating. The people of Japan need to rise up and forcibly make ALL those responsible for this disaster and the subsequent deceptions perform manual labor on site at Fukushima Daiichi. I will go so far as to say include the families of those responsible also as the victims and their families have all suffered and been contaminated.

      Those responsible must be made an example of to the rest of Japan and the world.

  • Kevin Kevin

    There is no tip section accessible at this time.

    There is also no updated comments.

    This site has had problems all day from my end. A great many bugs.

    I was going to submit this to admin but will post it here.

    Arnie and Helen interview

  • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

    I can tell you this, there are a lot more than 110,000 lives that have been destroyed by this catastrophe.

    • Kevin Kevin

      Fukushima prefecture alone, 4 million people.

      • cossack55

        A small price to pay in order to continue using hair dryers and cell phone chargers. In fact, there is no price too large that might endanger our conveniences.

        • Exactly, but we need nuke for MORE progress…..not!

        • aigeezer aigeezer

          Hi cossack55. I get your irony. Forgive me for using your quip to make a different point, namely that we can have hair dryers and cell phone chargers (if that's what we want) without nuke power.

          The claim by pro-nuke people that we must have nuke in order to provide X (any X) is a false one.

          Therefore, the anti-nuke tactical approach of suggesting that some power uses are extravagant is unnecessary (even if true). It risks playing into the pro-nuke false dogma, and it can create resentment and push-back among people who fear the loss of their favorite toys. One person's extravagant indulgence is another person's necessity.

          While some of us might gladly give up some extravagant power use if we thought it would end nukes, I think most people need reassurance that they do not need to sacrifice anything at all.
          This is especially important because the pro-nuke media machine keeps telling them nuke is a must-have.

          It's a psy-op world.

          PS: In the spirit of your original point… I found and unplugged almost a dozen "shadow load" devices in my own house a while back. Now I plug them in only when they are needed – absolutely painless.

          • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

            aigeezer, true. You know I thought otherwise before, but you really have a point there.

            *convinced, bread

          • There's no way the people can win with conservation and cutting back on their usage. Over the past dozen years (yeah, it started early here in Appalachia) most of our industry was outsourced to Mexico and China, unemployment has been north of 30% seasonally, and people simply couldn't afford to keep the electricity on. So a lot of people cut usage significantly, taking demand down about 20%. Duke energy (our sole supplier now that they've bought Progress) went straight to the Utilities Commission and got a 17% rate hike so its profits didn't take a hit.

            Lesson learned: cut usage so you can keep the lights on, they'll just raise the rates so you can't even do that.

            • Mack Mack

              I think the point was that if the nuclear energy plants are shut down, we can conserve to make up for loss of energy from the shut down.

              Office buildings can turn more of their lights off at night; we can all unplug when not using appliances, that kind of thing.

              In Florida they are required to turn the lights off at the beach during turtle-egg laying season, March 1st to October 31st, to protect turtle eggs!

              Certainly we can't turn some lights off to protect ourselves and future generations. No?

              • aigeezer aigeezer

                Hi Mack and JoyB. You've teased out two interesting points:

                1. Lowering our consumption won't by itself make "them" reduce nukes – they'll just try to get a bigger share of whatever pie is left.

                2. If (when) nuke power is eliminated, we can easily and painlessly reduce consumption to compensate for the lost capacity.

  • ruth

    If no. 2 did not explode how did it get a big opening in it's 3 foot wall?

    • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

      They claim it just fell down ruth. (mistakenly post above) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • those are pressure relief "windows" aka blow out panels,

      Certainly could have shaken loose from no 3 explosion or 4

      I wouldnt read to much into that one.

      • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

        True Stock, the question I have, and you seem to be one that might know. I realize that the whole place is contaminated with radiation and will be for a very long time, but those water containment's they've erected. How long are they going to last before they start breaking down from the radioactive water they were meant to contain?

    • Actually, unit 2 DID explode. It just exploded at ground level when the corium melted its way into the torus, instead of up on the 5th floor where the spent fuel pool was. It separated the roof from the building, but didn't blow it off like the other ones did. Also blew out one of the panels at about the level of the Rx vessel bottom, probably when it first melted through.

      #2's explosion wasn't a big show from 10 km away like #1 and #3, but it blew just the same. And was the first unit that TEPCO admitted had breached containment. Its explosion went sideways and down rather than straight up through the containments like #1 and #3.

  • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

    Planet Earth alone, 6+ Billion

  • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

    Kind of have a Humpty Dumpty situation here don't they.

  • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

    More deception for the masses…..

    Huffington Post claims that the already high cancer rates are normal. Can you believe that? It's only been one year and they already have the propaganda machine in high gear.


  • Kevin Kevin

    Ruled by Psychopaths.

    On coast to coast


  • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

    I'm so done with the videos. I don't have it like some people. I'm poor!

  • mikael

    I cal the for what they are, gready, materialisticly druling and above all stupid. Educated to a peace of meat.
    They are aware of the situaion, what counts now is their reaction now that we all know. So far nothing is happening, never mind the continouing flow of bollocs and yeasterdays news, for the children in 2/3 of Japan that clock is ticking.
    And the shittheads in charge is stil standing with their thumpbs well situated in their asses.

    So, whats next, THAT matters, the chriminal chrages can be dealt with later, right now a counrty is going down the drain, literaly.
    And they know it, thats why the MSM have sayed Nothing.


    The system is so corrupt, that a situation like this is cept under the radar, and we are the ones suffering. And the nightmare as we have sayed it, time and time again, is bearly begining.
    It wil be worse.
    For decades and the outcome is in the dark. And the polution of our and basicly everything else, is mindboggeling.
    With a exponential decay, we are faced with this for Eons. We simply dont know.
    And they know this, they all do.

    And anger is just another way of deleying the moust IMPORTANT taks right now, evacuating people. And even more stunning is that, nothing happening.

    Thats what matters, the radiations is mercyless, and blindly infest anything living.
    That matter.


    โ€œMan will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.โ€
    โ€• Denis Diderot

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    March 15 2011..Reactor 2… at :15
    TEPCO lies so much ….they can't remember what they have said.
    They said there was an explosion….official report…

  • James2

    The picture in that story is a fake also.

    #3 has much more damage on the north wall that that picture shows.

    Take a look at this video from the Nuckelchen vault from a couple days ago. I had heard they recoreded video but hadn't seen it yet.


    OK, At that exact point, you can see clearly that a lot of burning has taken place in SFP 4. That's what the "handlers" are allowing you to see…

    But that is not what I want you to see.

    Look behind unit 4. If you've stopped exactly at the 49 second mark, you will be able to see between the crane boom and the side of the #4 building – THERE YOU WILL SEE THE SPENT FUEL POOL RIVER SPILLING OUT THE BURNED OUT SPF3 AND OVER THE SIDE WALL.

    The photo above shows the south end of #3 as it appeared six months ago.

    What scam artists these folks are.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    The entire msm echochamber is suddenly abuzz with Fukushima stories. It is as though somebody flipped a switch. The stories are virtually identical to each other, and they all refer to the disaster in the past tense. None of the media sources appears to have had reporters on or near the scene throughout the past year though.

    This uniformity is in strong contrast to the "fog of war" apparent in the trickle of FOIA documents coming out of NRC recently. There is never such strong consensus when human beings freely discuss any complex topic (as we demonstrate here daily).

    So… I'm not the first to suggest that this sudden uniform media coverage is weird, but I'm still wondering who wrote the plot-line and what agenda does it serve? The most obvious spin is the relentless "past tense" posture, but the media outlets suddenly seem willing to demonize nuke power – to acknowledge the potential for catastrophe, and they suddenly seem willing to demonize the Japanese government.

    What are the world's puppeteers up to now? They do seem to have changed direction. "All together now." There was a G20 financial meeting that ended on Feb. 26 – possibly relevant, possibly coincidence.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      EXACTLY!! From New Main at HP
      "Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co, known as Tepco, managed to avert the worst scenario by pumping water, much of it from the sea, into Daiichi's damaged reactors and spent fuel pools. The reactors were stabilised by December

    • James2

      I think it is two things.

      1. trying to manipulate the 1 year anniversary stories for which the media might have some intern do some research for an hour or two.

      2. CYA – with this FOIA release several government agencies in the US are implicated – including the white house. No doubt this will be an election issue in the US and the President is prepared (has been prepared for a long time) to throw several groups of individuals under the bus to save his lying-ass neck.

      i see a distinct change in tune from our local shills in the last week or two. No doubt they've figured out they standing in front of that bus that is likely to run over them.

      As I said earlier in the week, a Federal investigation has been initiated – not that it's really needed, but I believe the witch hunt has begun…and someone will have to do the perp walk on this one.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      NHK lead story today is on Fuku. A primary emphasis is on how various officials are setting up meetings in regions where nuke plants are located. TRhe subjects of these meetings is to discuss with the residents about all the improvements they will initiate for nuke plants based on the lessons they have learned from Fukushima. HAH!!!
      I've learned one lesson from Fukushima. Capitalism and nukes are dangerously incompatable. They will destroy each other, us, and the planet.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    #Fukushima: 'Devil's Chain Reaction' http://huff.to/yRiEQv via @huffingtonpost

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    @Amazing the conformity ..isn't it..but with the major corporations in ownership of the MSM…and with only 1% owning these resources..it isn't hard to imagine the conspiratorial attitude on their part..
    THEY after all… are the conspirators..
    Just so many crumby concepts…. thought up over cocktails.
    This world is run by old codgers.. clueless…ignorant and cruel.
    Dingy like their suits…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS.Toss in a few women ..like Hillary…
    (Fill in the Blank)!!!!!!!

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Def Leppard- When The Walls Came Tumbling Down


    When the Walls Came Tumbling Down-Lyrics:

    "On the first day of the first month
    In some distant year
    The whole sky froze golden
    Some said it was the aftermath
    Of the radium bomb
    While others told of a final retribution
    A terrible revenge of the gods"

    But we understood the grand finale
    Fulfillment of a prophecy told many years before
    So all that was left was

    All the women were captured and chained
    And national suicide was proclaimed
    And new America fell to the ground
    And all the children lay crippled and lame
    But all the nations came together
    In fear of the thought of the end
    No more would we fight in the streets
    No courage had we to defend
    When the walls came tumbling down
    When the walls came tumbling down
    Everybody ran as they screamed at the sound

    When the walls came tumbling down
    When the walls came tumbling down
    When the walls came tumbling down
    Everybody ran as they screamed at the sound

    A blinding light the sun had died
    A new moon took its place
    Tidal waves, and open graves the fate of the unhuman race
    The city's heart no longer beats no pity have I left to lend
    A sinner sits reciting Dylan its now that I welcome the end

    When the walls came tumbling down
    When the walls came tumbling down
    When the walls came tumbling down
    Everybody ran as they screamed at the sound
    When the walls came tumbling down
    When the walls came tumbling down
    When the walls came tumbling down
    Nobody make a sound

    Written By: Def Leppard

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Kan's response to Fukushima crisis branded a 'failure' by panel head
    TOKYO, Feb. 28, Kyodo WTF? WHAT ABOUT NODA? ON DEC 16 HE SAID: โ€œToday, we have reached a great milestone. The reactors are stable, which should resolve one big cause of concern for us all.โ€

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    One more oddity – if you wanted to do a photo-op flyover of the site, why would you use a jet rather than a small, slow, camera-friendly prop-driven plane?

    From the story: "The … Ministry reduced the area of the no-fly zone around the plant from a radius of 20 kilometers to three kilometers on Saturday." (Why, and for how long?)


    "The aircraft Mirai carried us north from Tokyo and came as close as six kilometers from the plant in Fukushima Prefecture."

    So, they didn't exploit the three-kilometer permission, but stayed twice as far away as they were allowed to go. (Why?)

    Perhaps this is the reason they wanted jet speed capability and generous distance:

    "A dosimeter installed in the Mirai aircraft detected radiation measuring as high as 0.9 microsieverts per hour northwest of the plant." (Why "northwest"? What is it in other quadrants?)

    How "hot" is it up there these days? As far as I know, this is the only recent clue we've seen.

    • James2

      You would have to have a death wish to fly a jet aircraft near that place. Don't they realize in most jet aircraft the cabin air comes straight out of the engine compressor?

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Another shoe just dropped for me….

      "The … Ministry reduced the area of the no-fly zone around the plant from a radius of 20 kilometers to three kilometers on Saturday."

      … and only one media outlet went up to take photos?