All is well at Fukushima Diiachi, apart from the things that aren’t. This what TEPCO would have the world believe. The whole thing has been a fog of conflicting information from the start.
The fires in fuel pool 4 on 15 March 2011, though documented by the Japanese nuclear authorities, are denied by nuclear authorities active on the net. For instance.
From late 2011 the nuclear authorities would have it that the reactors were in cold shut down, that the melt down was not an issue, though no authority knows the precise disposition, composition and temperature of the molten coria. Or it’s state of chemcial and radiological activity. The Japanese and US industries are talking about creating new technology to determine these things.
Still, they say, all is well.
The pictures broadcast by the Tepco live cams have for 2 years told a different story, one which mutely presents a completely different story – one of a constant churning and emission of steam, smoke and particulates from the Fukushima site. Cold shutdown exists only because there are temperature sensors placed anywhere near the hot bits. The coria are not mentioned, out of sight, out of mind.
The “sudden” admission of vast strontium, tritium and other radio chemical releases into the ground water – underground streams diverted by the Great Eastern Earthquake to a path which causes now the constant flooding of the reactor basesments – and the intense contamination of the Fukushima breakwater area and wider sea – has long been discussed by observers and downplayed by the industry.
Majia Nadesan has been watching the Tepco live cams from the beginning is has recently collected some still photographs from that source.
There is great concern that the plant remains unstable and remains threatened by the state of the coria as the molten pools continue to react with concrete, steel, water and soil.
“Paul I think Fukushima may be burning again”
On her blog Majia writes: “I’ve viewed the TBS and Tepco webcams daily since they became available in the Spring of 2011.
I have become very familiar with what is ‘ordinary’ on the cams and what is not.
I believe that fires occurred at the plant in the winter of 2011-2012 as Tepco announced ‘cold shutdown.’ I have evidence from the webcams and from photographs of major structural changes (damage) occurring in building 4 sometime between June 2011 and March 2012. http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/unit-4-is-there-intact-fuel-left.html
Based on over two years of daily observation, I believe that sub-criticalities are increasing in frequency, duration, and emissions, beginning in the late spring 2013. See my discussion here http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/recent-criticalities-at-fukushima-june.html
See the daytime steam eruption here http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/daytime-steam-eruption-at-fukushima.html
Higher radiation readings have been detected in many areas of Fukushima, adding more support for my contention that conditions at the plant are NOT stabilizing. For example, strontium levels are rising in ground water (for citations see here http://enenews.com/tv-groundwater-shows-massive-spike-in-radioactivity-levels-at-fukushima-plant-strontium-up-10000-over-past-few-months-video).
Atmospheric levels appear to be rising, based on Fukushima Diary’s coverage of Tepco data and press releases, Japanese media coverage of Daiichi, worker tweets, and citizen monitoring (http://fukushima-diary.com/)
Furthermore, the plant has looked extra steamy and ‘hot’ on the webcams. The episodic steam-event emissions are uneven in heat and density. Some emission plumes are ‘thicker’ than others. So, we see patterns on the TBS cam of striated bands of steam. See them here http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/update-on-nuclear-criticalities-at.html
The element composition may play a role in dictating the striation of the hot steam. Blackout events visible on the TBS cam seem to occur immediately after heavy steam emission events. Perhaps the blackout events on the TBS cam can be explained by the subsequent diffusion and settling of the striated bands of radioactive steam? Loss of heat would cause heavier radionuclides to fall unless they are swept up and out by the heat and coastal winds.
Meanwhile, the ocean is dying as the 800 tons of radioactive water produced at the site everyday ‘seeps,’ ‘spills,’ and gushes into the ocean. (This number is from Tepco’s estimates for water injections and from contamination of ground-water seepage). ….” See the full post at http://majiasblog.blogspot.com.au/
There is a dichotomy between the reality presented by the industry and the actuality at the site. This divergence has been apparent since March 2011. It has not gone away, nothing is resolved.
How much worse than admitted are the actual conditions at the plant, the Japanese nations and the world?
Those closest in are always worse off, those far away remain trapped in the Post Fukushima distortions.
All is not well. There is something rotten in the state of Japan – and the world.