Day 435 Henry, how’s the removal of the SFP at #4 going for ya? Hurry up, will ya?

Trillions of bequerels per second are being released every day from Units 1 & 2.

“…like someone took a shotgun to a soda bottle. It’s got a lot of holes in it now, and it’s leaking through the floor, one, into the groundwater, and two, into surrounding buildings.”

All bets are off if there’s an earthquake.

Unit 3 has about half the nuclear fuel in the pool that number 4 does. Some of it is quite hot, so it is hot enough, quarter of the core that it could burn in air. Unit 3 is fatally flawed. The same problem in Unit 4 could occur in Unit 3. We seem to be worried about Unit 4, but the fuel in unit 3 is the same compounded by the fact that you have a meltdown inside the nuclear reactor, and some of the contamination has left the nuclear reactor and is on the floor of the containment building. I don’t think we have a kind of China syndrome melt down into the earth, though we have fuel laying on the containment building floor.

Gundersen: Recent hydrogen build up inside Fukushima reactor “worrisome”

From ENENEWS at:

At ~35:00 in

Gundersen: Slowly over the last couple of weeks the hydrogen has continued to build up inside the containments…

It’s coming from the bombardment of water from all the radiation that’s in the core. So a radioactive particle that’s just h20 splits to crank out the hydrogen.

It was incredibly low, now it’s up to about half a percent hydrogen.

So the trend is worrisome.

It has to get to 4% though… before it explodes.

So there’s still a margin to prevent an explosion.

So the trend, why is the hydrogen going up, is worrisome…


Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews Arnold Gundersen

Posted by Mochizuki on May 19th, 2012 · 3 Comments

This week, Dr. Helen Caldicott talks with nuclear energy consultant Arnold Gundersen from Fairewinds Associates for another update about the ongoing situation at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, and the worldwide implications of the multiple meltdowns at the site.

Podcast [Link]

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From ENENEWS at:

Former Senior Reactor Operator: You can get a recriticality in Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 — “Never ending fountain of particulates and gas”

Subscription Only? Interview with Chris Harris
Nutrimedical Report, Host Bill Deagle
May 18, 2012

Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator and engineer

His extensive career in the industry spans over 3 decades, and special training in severe accidents and mitigation strategies. Chris now works in Maryland for a consultant firm.

In the case of Unit 4… you can get a recriticality.

Here’s how that happens. To prevent criticality, you are depending on spacing of spent fuel in the racks. If you damage [fuel racks] where you’ve got a reduced spacing between assemblies, you’ve eliminated a guard against spontaneous fission. There’s still neutron emitters and water in the area to moderate… You could actually get a criticality in the fuel pool.

That would be a never ending process threes no way to shut that down.

Some of the fuel doesn’t have control blades, a boiling water reactor has control blades not control rods, so some of them are unbladed. Those would be ones where you may get a fission… of course if you have a fission and you’re going to generate more fission products, there you have another never ending fountain of particulates and gas.

Listen to the broadcast here

More reports by Harris here

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Japan panel investigating unanswered questions surrounding the Fukushima disaster

A Japanese Diet-appointed panel is investigating the details surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster to try to determine who is telling the truth about a key phase in the Fukushima nuclear disaster: politicians or TEPCO.

Multiple officials have accused TEPCO of trying to make the crisis appear “less serious” than it actually was, yet no one offers any solutions on how to hold the utility accountable in its reporting of the disaster.

One of the key questions the public is waiting to hear more information on is whether or not TEPCO wanted to desert Fukushima plant at the height of the crisis.

TEPCO denied the company had any plans to desert the stricken plant, but this has been a serious point of contention after multiple officials confirmed their understandings of TEPCO’s request.

Sources have told The Asahi Shimbun that Masataka Shimizu, TEPCO’s president at the time, called Kaieda and Edano on the night of March 14 to request the pullout of TEPCO workers.

In a recent interview Edano said, “If they were only thinking about partial evacuation, there would have been no need to call me in the first place.”

Another key question is why the central government and TEPCO were unable to sufficiently grasp the extent of the accident as it was unfolding.

On May 17, politicians will be summoned to the Diet’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission to give their side of the story.

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M6.2 and M5.7 hit off Northeast Japan — Eighth quake in same area over last day — UPDATE: Now #9, M5.4 at 4:21a ET

Earthquake Information
Japan Meteorological Agency

16:38 JST 20 May 2012 16:28 JST 20 May 2012 Sanriku Oki M5.7 2
16:32 JST 20 May 2012 16:20 JST 20 May 2012 Sanriku Oki M6.2 3
14:57 JST 20 May 2012 14:52 JST 20 May 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M3.6 1
12:56 JST 20 May 2012 12:49 JST 20 May 2012 Niigata-ken Chuetsu-chiho M1.8 1
04:24 JST 20 May 2012 04:17 JST 20 May 2012 Sanriku Oki M4.8 1
04:20 JST 20 May 2012 04:14 JST 20 May 2012 Sanriku Oki M5.4 1
04:11 JST 20 May 2012 04:05 JST 20 May 2012 Sanriku Oki M5.8 3
03:36 JST 20 May 2012 03:31 JST 20 May 2012 Akita-ken Nairiku-hokubu M2.8 1
01:23 JST 20 May 2012 01:18 JST 20 May 2012 Aki-nada M3.3 1
23:27 JST 19 May 2012 23:22 JST 19 May 2012 Ibaraki-ken Hokubu M3.3 1
23:25 JST 19 May 2012 23:20 JST 19 May 2012 Miyagi-ken Oki M3.9 1
09:14 JST 19 May 2012 09:09 JST 19 May 2012 Sanriku Oki M4.8 1
07:41 JST 19 May 2012 07:36 JST 19 May 2012 Miyagi-ken Oki M3.4 1
07:02 JST 19 May 2012 06:57 JST 19 May 2012 Ibaraki-ken Nambu M3.1 1
06:37 JST 19 May 2012 06:32 JST 19 May 2012 Sanriku Oki M4.7 1
06:28 JST 19 May 2012 06:23 JST 19 May 2012 Sanriku Oki M5.1 2

h/t Holland

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US stepping up tsunami debris monitoring

The US government is stepping up efforts to monitor debris from last year’s historic tsunami in Japan. A massive amount of debris has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean toward the west coast of North America.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration increased its marine debris monitoring from May. Some of the tsunami debris has already reached northern regions and washed ashore along the coast of Alaska and British Columbia, Canada.

NOAA says tsunami debris may soon start arriving on the shores of Washington, Oregon and California as well. Volunteer groups will be keeping an eye out for debris along the west coast to assist in the monitoring effort.

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From Senrinomichi at:

Fukushima, the island of happiness (Alain de Halleux)

Apr 29th, 2012 by Senrinomichi

I cannot accept that the authorities treat us like children who are unable to understand. It’s a lack of respect. People must be informed, so that they can make decisions about their future based on known facts. Some parents refuse to inform their children. Sometimes because they themselves are not informed, but often because they think that the children will not be able to understand. That’s a mistake. Children understand. (Sachiko Sato).

Fukushima, the island of happiness (English subtitles)

(view the video at:

Alain de Halleux is a Belgian filmmaker who made the critically acclaimed Chernobyl 4ever, which looks back on the consequences of the Chernobyl twenty five years after the nuclear accident.

In Stories from Fukushima, Alain de Halleux looks at the situation in Japan post March 11. The film, comprising a series of eight episodes, was broadcast recently on Arte (French-German TV channel).

This episode, Fukushima, the island of happiness includes interviews with Sachiko Sato and Seiichi Nakate of Kodomo Fukushima Network.

I will post other episodes from this important film. Respect to Alain de Halleux

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