Japan Official: Bottom of reactor vessel suspected to have “broken off” at Fukushima Unit 2 after the explosion, called “catastrophic development… very grave” — Top US Expert: It’s inconceivable how melted fuel could be extracted (VIDEO)


Asahi Shimbun, June 12, 2014: [Cabinet Secretariat councilor Kenichi Shimomura’s notebook] entry for 6:14 a.m. [on March 15, 2011] shows that the situation at the plant had changed dramatically for the worse. Shimomura wrote: “There was a loud noise and (pressure) fell to zero.” […] That was when officials at TEPCO headquarters received a report that an explosion had occurred in the vicinity of the No. 2 reactor and the pressure in the suppression chamber had abruptly fallen to zero. In his notes, Shimomura states that TEPCO officials suspected the bottom of the pressure vessel may have broken off, a catastrophic development. Shimomura writes that Kan called Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano and told him, “Something very grave has occurred.” […] Asked why he decided to divulge his own notes on the nuclear accident, Shimomura said: “I kept quiet because I thought that no one would want to listen to someone who was in government at the time. However, I felt the time had come to speak up because the Yoshida testimony was revealed.” Shimomura said he was never questioned by the government investigative panel or asked to submit his notebooks.

NHK WORLD, June 11, 2014: Nuclear Watch: Learning from Three Mile Island to remove fuel debris from the damaged reactors — the only other people who have done that kind of work are engineers at TMI nuclear power plant… NHK obtained special permission from the US government to access 1,000 video tapes that recorded engineers removing fuel debris from the plant…. William Austin was in charge of the work. He thinks the situation at Fukushima is a lot more challenging than TMI. The fuel at Fukushima Daiichi has melted through the reactor cores and has dropped to the bottom of containment: “You’re orders of magnitude worse — it’s… I mean, I can’t conceive of how much difficulty you’ve got.”… The vessels have many leaks. On top of that engineers at Fukushima have to deal with 3 reactors not just one like at TMI.

Watch the NHK segment here

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Update: Fukushima Diary Entry

Japanese Attorney: Information is being concealed — “5 people died of acute leukemia last year” in Sōma, 45km north of Fukushima Daiichi

January 14, 2013


January 11, 2013 tweet quoting lawyer Toshio Yanagihara with translation by Fukushima Diary:

[…] The recent situation in Soma city*..a child had acute leukemia, a man in 30s died, 5 people died of acute leukemia last year. This kind of information is concealed

*As of 2011, the city has an estimated population of 36,891 […] Sōma is about 45 kilometres (28 miles) north of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant –Wikipedia

Title: Japanese testify on radiation hazards at Human Rights Council in Geneva
Source: World Network For Saving Children From Radiation
Date: Nov 16, 2012

[…] In his turn lawyer Toshio Yanagihara spoke about the “Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial.” Through this class action suit on behalf of 14 children, the plaintiffs hope to force the authorities to recognize the legal right of hundreds of thousands of children to be evacuated from the contaminated areas. The fact that children are obliged to eat contaminated food and breathe radioactive air is a violation of the rights of the child. The press is gagged or gives false information provided by the government, which is a violation of the right to freedom of expression and information. […]

See also: “Complete Information Control”: Japan newspapers receive much frightening info that’s covered up — Some evacuees died from acute symptoms yet not reported — Journalists scared

Published: January 13th, 2013 at 10:04 am ET
By ENENews

San OnofreNuclear Plant: More Damaged Tubes Found

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Reopening Pushed Back as 1,300 More Damaged Tubes Found

May 16, 2012
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Despite alarm expressed recently across a broad spectrum of critics–from polar philosophical opposites Larry Agran to Dana Rohrabacher–Southern California Edison had been saying that the offline San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) could be humming by next month to meet summer power needs, if only the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would green light it. Now Edison is pushing back a reopening as damage has been found to about 1,300 more tubes.

“SCE and the [California Independent System Operator] have maintained throughout the SONGS outage that nuclear safety has no timeline and the units will only be returned to service when SCE and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) are satisfied it is safe to do so,” reads a statement from the utility giant. “SCE has not filed a request with the NRC seeking to restart the plant.”

An Edison executive’s recently reported rosy statement that the plant serving 1.4 million homes could be good to go in June if allowed to do so by the NRC was actually made in March to the Independent System Operator and was for administrative purposes only, Edison claims.

It was unusual tube wear in a steam generator, which had recently been upgraded, that led one SONGS unit’s shutdown three months ago. That prompted inspections of a second unit that was already offline for maintenance–and the discovery of similar tube wear. Neither unit has been brought back up since.

On Monday, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko issued a strongly worded statement that called talk of restarting San Onofre’s damaged nuclear reactors “clearly premature” because Edison has yet to respond to actions ordered by his agency in March.

Huntington Beach Republican Congressman Rohrabacher recently toured SONGS and said once the plant is up again it should be allowed to operate another 10 years before closing permanently.

Agran, a so-called progressive Democrat, last month led his Irvine City Council to send a letter to Jaczko urging that SONGS not be re-licensed until safety concerns are met. The councilman has also called for a permanent shutdown of the plant.

His council on Tuesday night demanded Edison outline energy efficiency plans in light of the power company’s representatives having stoked fears that a prolonged SONGS shutdown would prompt rotating blackouts across SoCal this summer and cost ratepayers more than $100 million.

“The Edison company would do well to stop threatening blackouts as an excuse for prematurely restarting a dangerous nuclear plant,” reacted David Freeman, former general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water and special adviser to Friends of the Earth, heading into the council meeting.

“Blackouts are a failure by a utility to supply reliable service and are not new to Edison’s customers,” Freeman added. “Blackouts are a concern whether or not San Onofre is operating.”

Officials from Edison and the Independent System Operator continued their backtracking in the Irvine council chambers Tuesday night, reassuring the public there will be no blackouts over the summer thanks to transmission upgrades, customer incentives to conserve energy and the firing up of a Huntington Beach natural gas plant.

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What Went Wrong at Fukishima? 24 Hours to Meltdown – Technorati Technology

What Went Wrong at Fukishima? 24 Hours to Meltdown – Technorati Technology.

What Went Wrong at Fukishima? 24 Hours to Meltdown

Author: Michelle Blowers
Published: November 02, 2011 at 5:48 am

Detail of Reactor 3 - image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fukushima_I_by_Digital_Globe.jpg A report by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) takes a close look at what went wrong at the Fukishima Nuclear Power Plant following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

With billions of dollars in research and technology invested in nuclear energy, the report identified six common-sense and seemly obvious lessons which could have minimized or prevented the impending meltdown.

A massive 9.0 quake struck at 2:46 pm on March 11, 2011 off the east coast of Japan. At the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), Unit numbers 1,2 and 3 of the six reactors were operating. #4, 5 and 6 were down for scheduled maintenance. The quake caused the plant to perform a routine auto-shutdown without incident.

Read more: http://technorati.com/technology/article/what-went-wrong-at-fukishima-24/#ixzz1ca5FNmIo

Observations Of Fallout From The Fukushima Reactor Accident In San Francisco Bay Area Rainwater

Observations Of Fallout From The Fukushima Reactor Accident In San Francisco Bay Area Rainwater.


Medical News Today
Observations Of Fallout From The Fukushima Reactor Accident In San Francisco Bay Area
23 Sep 2011

After the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant was severely compromised and radioactive material was found in the water in many of the surrounding areas, but the extent of this contamination remained unknown. In a study published in the online journal PLoS ONE, researchers report that the reactor accident fallout extended as far as the San Francisco Bay area, resulting in elevated levels of radioactive material that were nonetheless very low and posed no health risk to the public.

The researchers collected rainwater samples in Berkeley, Oakland, and Albany, California from March 16th to March 26th and examined them for the presence of above-normal amounts of radioactivity, measuring levels of radioactive isotopes of cesium, iodine, and tellurium. The first sample that showed elevated radioactivity was collected on March 18th, and levels peaked on March 24th before returning to normal.

Funding: This work was supported by the United States Department of Homeland Security , and by the United States Department of Energy. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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Fukushima disaster: residents may never return to radiation-hit homes | World news | The Guardian

Fukushima disaster: residents may never return to radiation-hit homes | World news | The Guardian.

Fukushima disaster: residents may never return to radiation-hit homes

Japanese government will admit for first time that radiation levels will be too high to allow many evacuees to return home — Tokyo

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Residents from a village near the Fukushima nuclear plant are checked for radiation exposure after returning briefly to their homes to collect belongings. Photograph: Koichi Kamoshida/EPA

Residents who lived close to the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant are to be told their homes may be uninhabitable for decades, according to Japanese media reports.

The Japanese prime minister, Naoto Kan, is expected to visit the area at the weekend to tell evacuees they will not be able to return to their homes, even if the operation to stabilise the plant’s stricken reactors by January is successful.

Kan’s announcement will be the first time officials have publicly recognised that radiation damage to areas near the plant could make them too dangerous to live in for at least a generation, effectively meaning that some residents will never return to them.

A Japanese government source is quoted in local media as saying the area could be off-limits for “several decades”. New data has revealed unsafe levels of radiation outside the 12-mile exclusion zone, increasing the likeliness that entire towns will remain unfit for habitation.

The exclusion zone was imposed after a series of hydrogen explosions at the plant following the earthquake and tsunami in March.

The government had planned to lift the evacuation order and allow 80,000 people back into their homes inside the exclusion zone once the reactors had been brought under control. Several thousand others living in random hotspots outside the zone have also had to relocate.

However, in a report issued over the weekend the science ministry projected that radiation accumulated over one year at 22 of 50 tested sites inside the exclusion zone would easily exceed 100 millisieverts, five times higher than the safe level advised by the International Commission on Radiological Protection. “We can’t rule out the possibility that there will be some areas where it will be hard for residents to return to their homes for a long time,” said Yukio Edano, chief cabinet secretaryand face of the government during the disaster. “We are very sorry.”

Edano refused to say which areas were on the no-go list or how long they would remain uninhabitable, adding that a decision would be made after more radiation tests have been conducted.

The government has yet to decide how to compensate the tens of thousands of residents and business owners who will be forced to start new lives elsewhere. The state has hinted that it may buy or rent land from residents in unsafe areas, although it has not ruled out trying to decontaminate them.

Futaba and Okuma, towns less than two miles from the Fukushima plant, are expected to be among those on the blacklist. The annual cumulative radiation dose in one district of Okuma was estimated at 508 millisieverts, which experts believe is high enough to increase the risk of cancer. More than 300 households from the two towns will be allowed to return briefly to their homes next week to collect belongings. It will be the first time residents have visited their homes since the meltdown.

The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power, is working to bring the three crippled reactors and four overheating spent fuel pools to a safe state known as “cold shutdown” by mid-January.

Last week the company estimated that leaks from all three reactors had dropped significantly over the past month.

But signs of progress at the plant have been tempered by widespread contamination of soil, trees, roads and farmland.

Experts say that while health risks can be lowered by measures including the removal of layers of topsoil, vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and children should avoid even minimal exposure.

“Any exposure would pose a health risk, no matter how small,” Hiroaki Koide, a radiation specialist at Kyoto University, told Associated Press. “There is no dose that we should call safe.”

Any government admission that residents will not be able to return to their homes will be closely monitored in Japan.

Suspicions persist that the authorities privately acknowledged this situation several months ago. In April, Kenichi Matsumoto, a senior adviser to the cabinet, quoted Kan as saying that people would not be able to live near the plant for “10 to 20 years”. Matsumoto later claimed to have made the remark himself.

(ink:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/22/japan-nuclear-disaster-radiation-levels)

What happened and what do we face in Fukushima?

What happened and what do we face in Fukushima?.

What happened and what do we face in Fukushima?

by Len Saputo

(NaturalNews) What happened in Fukushima, Japan on March 11, 2011 may be the most sinister global disaster in the recorded history of our planet. The repercussions of this historic disaster will remain for centuries to come. The manifestations of nuclear radiation from the meltdown of the reactors in Fukushima will haunt humanity in ways that we’ll only discover over time. The obvious poisoning of our food, water, and air is just the beginning of what is happening to humanity, animal and plant life, and the planet.

In an interview with Harry Jabs, a nuclear physicist with as masters degree from Texas A&M and who has a Diploma in Physics from the University of Hamburg in Germany, we expose what had to have happened in Fukushima on March 11 and the weeks and months that followed. It is a shocking story that many cannot read without either disbelief or utter shock.

What happened that led to the suppression of this most critical story? What is being reported in the news is that the Japanese Women’s Soccer Team won the world championships in Germany this past week. There is almost nothing in the news about the biggest disaster the planet has ever faced in its recorded history. Let’s review the story of what actually happened on March 11th and in the weeks and months afterward that was for the most part either downplayed or withheld from international news. The power of the press, now that the Murdoch issue has been exposed and sensationalized, in making or breaking a story cannot be underestimated. It makes one wonder who is behind controlling the press, and for what reasons.

Every nuclear physicist knows that a meltdown of a nuclear power plant will occur within a few hours of the loss of cooling with water. It had to be absolutely clear that a meltdown had occurred in several nuclear reactors in Fukushima on March 11th because there was a loss of the water cooling system on that day. All of the complex failsafe backup systems that protect a nuclear plant from a meltdown failed. How this happened has never been disclosed in its entirety. Why?

Three explosions that were likely low-grade nuclear reactions that were purported to be caused by hydrogen. However, films of this explosion shown in the news are strongly suggestive of reactions that were far more violent than one would expect from hydrogen by itself. None of the reactors in Fukushima has been documented to be controlled. The spread of radiation through the air was the first evidence of nuclear contamination from Fukushima. However, this was just a beginning. No one can exist in the vicinity of any of the six nuclear plants in Fukushima because of dangerous high levels of radiation. At this point, what could be done to prevent a complete meltdown of all six nuclear plants? If you can’t get near it, how can you fix it? No living organism can get within miles of these plants to do the cleanup and containment that needs to be done to stop their ongoing contamination. Even worse, we know that several of these reactors are leaking radiation into the Pacific Ocean. There is obviously no way to control the leakage now or perhaps ever.

Chernobyl taught us many lessons about what a meltdown means. It took 500,000 Russian people to work to encapsulate the Chernobyl nuclear reactor to stop the spread of radiation. Many of them have died from complications of radiation poisoning and tens of thousands are suffering from radiation sickness. Japan has no mechanism that can accomplish this feat. Perhaps we’re being encouraged to close our eyes and hope it will all go away… Maybe there are other more sinister reasons.

Our challenge now is to find ways to protect ourselves the best we can from this massive catastrophe. Building a powerful antioxidant defense system can do a lot to deal with low levels of radiation exposure. We can do this though diet, exercise, proper sleep, stress reduction, and taking antioxidant supplements. It is also possible to purify radiation contaminated water using an affordable reverse osmosis system. You can learn more about how to protect yourself from radiation on my website, doctorsaputo.com. For a more detailed video accounting of this story, click the following link on NaturalNews.tv: http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=1AA8F…

The dangers of nuclear power plants are now obvious. It is remarkable that there are dozens of them in the US and that many of them are built on earthquake faults and that they are vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, tsunamis, and hurricanes. It is time that we take a careful look at what we have done and prepare for the future with more foresight.  (Read more)


Originally published June 24 2011
TEPCO: Stopping melt-through fuel from contaminating groundwater will cost too much, hurt company
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility struck by the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, has made it abundantly clear that protecting people and the environment from the radioactive fallout of its three massive reactor “melt-throughs” is not a priority (http://www.naturalnews.com/032657_F…).

According to a recent report in The Mainichi Daily News, TEPCO officials claim that installing proper containment vessels to prevent melted fuel from seeping into groundwater will cost too much, and hurt the company’s stock value — and thus it is fighting against calls by the Japanese government to install a concrete containment barrier below the damaged reactors.

After all that has occurred since that fateful March day, including the revelation that TEPCO has been basically lying about the true, dire condition of the Fukushima plant for months, the company has the audacity to openly put profits before public safety by denying the only logical propositions being made to contain deadly radiation from contaminating the environment even further.

When reporters questioned the company as to why it had not already begun construction of such underground barriers, TEPCO officials actually responded by claiming that “[u]nderground water flows at a speed of about five to ten centimeters a day, so we have more than a year before it reaches shores.” In other words, TEPCO believes there is no need to really do anything because radioactive hot particles will move slowly, and may take years to reach the ocean.

Such blatant disregard for human life is astounding in light of the ongoing fallout and devastation coming from Fukushima, the extent of which could take months or years to fully materialize. And if TEPCO ultimately rejects pleas to build proper containment fortifications at Fukushima because it costs too much, the company will be willfully guilty of causing untold destruction and death because of its greed.

Sources for this story include:

Full Meltdown: ‘Biggest Industrial Catastrophe History of Mankind’ | | AlterNet

Full Meltdown: Fukushima Called the ‘Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind’ | | AlterNet.

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Full Meltdown: Fukushima Called the ‘Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind’

Scientific experts believe Japan’s nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public.

 “Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind,” Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera.

Japan’s 9.0 earthquake on March 11 caused a massive tsunami that crippled the cooling systems at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan. It also led to hydrogen explosions and reactor meltdowns that forced evacuations of those living within a 20km radius of the plant.

Gundersen, a licensed reactor operator with 39 years of nuclear power engineering experience, managing and coordinating projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the US, says the Fukushima nuclear plant likely has more exposed reactor cores than commonly believed.

“Fukushima has three nuclear reactors exposed and four fuel cores exposed,” he said, “You probably have the equivalent of 20 nuclear reactor cores because of the fuel cores, and they are all in desperate need of being cooled, and there is no means to cool them effectively.”   (Read More)

TEPCO: Fukushima nuclear meltdown actually occurred just 16 hours after earthquake, more meltdowns on the way

TEPCO: Fukushima nuclear meltdown actually occurred just 16 hours after earthquake, more meltdowns on the way.

Originally published May 18 2011

TEPCO: Fukushima nuclear meltdown actually occurred just 16 hours after earthquake, more meltdowns on the way
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The truth has finally come out, as officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) now admit that fuel in Reactor 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex melted just 16 hours after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the area on March 11, 2011. When asked why it took more than two months to reveal this critical information, TEPCO officials claim that a lack of data left the company unaware of the core’s true condition until only recently — and new reports indicate that other meltdowns could soon follow.

According to a recent report from The Mainichi Daily News (MDN) in Japan, TEPCO officials recently announced that, based on new data, water levels in the pressure vessel at Reactor 1 began to drop rapidly within just a few hours after losing power at 3:30 pm on March 11. By 7:30 pm, fuel was fully exposed, and by 9 pm, reactor core temperatures reached an astounding 2,800 degrees Celsius, or 5,072 degrees Fahrenheit. And by 6:50 am the next morning, a full meltdown occurred (http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news…).

So for all the time that electric power was out in multiple reactors, causing the cooling systems to fail, and during the months after it was widely known that water levels were consistently dropping in Reactor 4 due to leaks, TEPCO played the ignorance card, acting as though it had no idea how serious the situation at the plant actually was. Surely the company must know, even without access to a detailed analysis, that when cooling systems fail and fuel rods become fully exposed, a meltdown is sure to follow — even regular folks with no background in nuclear technology can put two-and-two together to figure that one out.

But apparently TEPCO thinks it can keep playing dumb, and that the world will simply believe whatever it says. This new revelation, however, proves that the company is greatly underestimating the fallout from the situation at best, and deliberately hiding the truth at worst. Either way, the situation is far more dire than we have all been led to believe.

“[TEPCO] could have assumed that when the loss of power made it impossible to cool down the reactor, it would soon lead to a meltdown of the core,” said Hiroaki Koide, professor of nuclear safety engineering at Kyoto University, to MDN. “TEPCO’s persistent explanation that the damage to the fuel had been limited turned out to be wrong.”

And shortly after the announcement about Reactor 1, The Telegraph reported that two more Fukushima reactors may soon suffer a meltdown as well. Efforts to cool fuel in Reactors 2 and 3 have failed, and experts say that if the reactors cores have not already melted, they soon will (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor…).

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