3 YEARS After Fukushima’s Meltdowns They Still Don’t Know Where the Reactor Cores Are

11 03 2014

ENE-News Professor Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute: There has been no resolution at the accident site itself. Prime Minister Abe has stated that the situation is under control. But from my vantage point, the accident is not under control at all. And there have been no resolutions. […] the reactor cores of Units 1 through 3 melted down, and we don’t even know where they are.

NBC – U.S. Nuclear Agency Hid Concerns, Hailed Safety Record as Fukushima Melted

Fukushima – 1.8 million becquerels of beta-ray sources per liter of water

14 12 2013

Asashi ShinbumRecord radiation levels detected in well at Fukushima nuke plant

A record 1.8 million becquerels of beta-ray sources per liter of water were detected at a monitoring well at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Dec. 13.

The reading concerns strontium and other beta-ray sources.

The water was sampled at a monitoring well in an area close to the sea near the No. 2 reactor building on Dec. 12. The well is located close to trenches holding highly radioactive water.

TEPCO said the reading apparently spiked after highly radioactive water seeped into the surroundings through failed parts of the trenches.



Int’l Biz Times misses the point in this headline –
Top Science Papers On Social Media In 2013: Fukushima Radiation, Mediterranean Diets and More

The paper:
Overview of active cesium contamination of freshwater fish in Fukushima and Eastern Japan

LINK – http://youtu.be/Iv7V64KPFnE

Fukushima – Smoke spouting out from south of reactor 2

8 09 2012

Fukushima Diary has the videos up.


Fukushima: Water Level Drops at Units 1-3 + Updates

30 08 2012

Sharp drop in water at Fukushima Reactors No. 1-3 — “Below level regarded as necessary to keep fuel inside cool”

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Thursday that the amount of water injected into the crippled Nos. 1 to 3 reactors temporarily dropped below the level regarded as necessary to keep the fuel inside cool.

 Although the sharp drop in the water volume did not last long enough to push up the temperature of the reactor pressure vessels, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it will investigate the cause of the incident because water injection is the “most important” system to ensure the stable condition of the reactors. . .  (more)


The LIVE CAM shows creepy steam at the plant. [at 12:45 pm.m. EST] We won’t even bother with a screengrab because this happening so often lately. – F.C.

UPDATE, Aug. 31

Tepco struggling to control the coolant system, “Adjusted the valves 7 times for 2 days”

Sept. 3 –   Water flow to Fukushima reactors dropped again

EX-SKF: #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Plankton and Rust May Be Clogging Up the Valves in Water Injection System, Says TEPCO

Sept. 4No prepositioned chemicals  in event water drains from fuel pool[!!!]

Sept. 8Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Video Inside the Buffer Tank Shows White Particles Floating in the Treated Water, Rust on the Bottom

Sept. 14Fukushima Worker – We don’t know what is really going on inside Reactors 1, 2 and 3

shortlink to  this page –  http://wp.me/pA5vn-2f0

Fukushima: Unit 2 Has Lost Cooling System

27 06 2012

Fukushima Diary –

Coolant system of SFP in reactor2 is stopped

story + Video


Residents continuing to flee Fukushima — People also leaving Tokyo [!!!]

Lucas Whitefield Hixon: Nitrogen injection at Fukushima Daiichi stopped for third time in last month

7 04 2012

He has the latest –

The systems used to inject nitrogen into the containment and pressure vessels of the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 reactors at Fukushima Daiichi have been reported to have stopped after a worker at the plant found that the amount of nitrogen injection had fallen and confirmed that the system stopped at 4:43 p.m.” . . . (more)


Unit 2 Examination at Fukushima Daiichi Reveals Horror Show– Worse Situation in Other Reactor Remnants.

28 03 2012

TEPCO put a camera on scope to check out unit 2 (with almost no cooling water).  The radiation is way to high (10x lethal rate) for human activity near the wrecked reactor remains. The fuel is in China Syndrome mode and there doesn’t seem to be a quick response to cool it. There IS a quick response to cool the press.

The Telegraph reports: “The other two reactors that had meltdowns could be in even worse shape. The No. 2 reactor is the only one officials have been able to closely examine so far.”

They also say the other reactors might not be able to be examined because there’s no place to insert the scope(!!) –

“Three Daiichi reactors had meltdowns, but the No. 2 reactor is the only one that has been examined because radiation levels inside the reactor building are relatively low and its container is designed with a convenient slot to send in the endoscope.”

MORE on the disaster at unit 2