Steam Detected at Damaged Fukushima Reactor – New York Times

This is, apparently news to the mainline media, however watchers of the TEPCO live cam streamed around the world have been reporting steam rising on a routine basis from the reactors since March 2011. As recently as the last week Majia’s Blog (Majia of Arizona State University) reported steam and heavy smoke issuing from the site.

What edict has suddenly uncorked the mainline media? Funny though that when ordinary people on blogs and other forums reported these events over the last 2 and a bit years, they get labelled extreme, radiophobic, hysterical, ignorant, deluded, merchants of panic, opposed to the national interest, sociophobic, pathological ratbag nutcases in the pay of Exxon by nuclear industry.

Whereas all they reported was what TEPCO transmitted on the net to the ordinary people while the mass media ignored it and called those who did note it, extremist.

When I was young such a tactic had the technical name of “deviancy amplification”, a process whereby those in power oppressed and excluded the less powerful in order to maintain a false position and so entrench a social setting.

Anyway, the NYT, BBC and many others have reported this one instance of steam issuing from the reactors no allegedly “extremist” non complier ever accepted as being in “Cold Shut Down”.

So much for the all knowing experts who claim the fuel is cool even though they do not know its disposition either physically, radiologically, chemically or thermally.

The whole thing about the TEPCO live cam sort of smacks of a deliberate mechanism to exclude the aware. For when people report the events seen transmitted by TEPCO, the nukers belittle and discount those reports from ordinary people. Anyway, it seems to be starting to backfire. Maybe.

Steam Detected at Damaged Fukushima Reactor
Published: July 18, 2013

TOKYO — The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant stood ready Thursday to inject boric acid into one of its most heavily damaged reactors after it found steam emanating from the reactor building. The preventive measure would stave off sustained nuclear reactions in the reactor’s damaged core, though officials stressed that such reactions were a remote possibility.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, stressed that it continued to safely cool the reactor core and that vital temperature and radiation readings were stable. It said that it had not detected any signs of criticality, or sustained nuclear reactions. But Tepco said that it had halted all work to remove debris from the top floors of the reactor building, also as a precaution

The incident has brought the Fukushima plant’s vulnerable state into sharp relief, more than two years after its reactors suffered multiple meltdowns when its cooling systems were overwhelmed by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. A recent jump in levels of radioactive cesium and tritium in the groundwater at the coastal plant, along with suggestions that the groundwater is leaking into the Pacific, has also raised alarms over the continued environmental threat posed by the plant.

Remote camera footage Thursday showed steam escaping from the top of the No. 3 reactor’s primary containment structure, which houses its fuel vessel, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco. A worker who checked the footage Thursday morning noticed the steam, said Hiroki Kawamata, a spokesman for the operator.

Mr. Kawamata said officials were unsure what was generating the steam, and hypothesized that rainwater seeping into the containment vessel may have turned to vapor because of elevated temperatures there. Extremely high levels of radiation in the now roofless upper sections of the No. 3 reactor building — destroyed in a hydrogen explosion that rocked the reactor during the early days of the 2011 disaster — make it too dangerous for workers to approach. Remotely operated cranes are used to remove debris from the site.

Video footage seemed to show less steam Thursday evening, and after sundown it became too dark to accurately check for any vapor, Masayuki Ono, acting general manager of Tepco’s nuclear power and plant siting division, later told an emergency news conference.

Still, workers were ready to inject water containing boric acid into the reactor from the outside at any signs of further trouble, such as a rapid rise in temperature or radiation parameters, the company said in an e-mailed statement.

Such spikes would raise the chilling possibility of criticality in the reactor’s damaged fuel, most which is thought to have melted and slumped to the bottom of its containment structure after the hydrogen explosion, one of several at the site in 2011. Boric acid would slow that rate of fission, preventing the worst-case scenario of uncontrolled nuclear chain reactions in the core.

Temperature and radiation levels at the reactor appear stable so far, Mr. Ono stressed. Tepco has also not detected any xenon gas at the reactor, which would be produced in an event of criticality, he said.

He added that Tepco was working on a cover for the reactor building that would prevent rainwater from seeping in.

Fresh trouble at the No. 3 reactor is especially worrying because it contains mixed uranium-plutonium oxide fuel. The upper floors of the reactor also house its fuel pool, which stores over 500 fuel assemblies. The reactor complex’s basement is flooded with highly radioactive water. Studies show that an accident like a meltdown or containment failure in a reactor that holds such fuel would result in more cancer deaths than one in a reactor fueled only with uranium.

The No. 3 reactor’s damaged core, like the cores of two other crippled reactors at the site, is being cooled by water that is pumped into the reactor, filtered and recycled. But in April, the cooling system at No. 3 shut down for hours. Tepco later said a rat had somehow short-circuited a vital switchboard, possibly by gnawing on cables.

More than 100,000 people fled their homes after the meltdowns at Fukushima, the world’s worst nuclear crisis since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. While many areas are beginning to be repopulated, the residents’ return has been overshadowed by the continued mishaps at the plant.

end quote. The following google search for similar reports results in the following hit list:
Note the dates.

Majia’s Blog: More Evidence of Atmospheric Steam/Smoke ...…/…
Jun 4, 2013 – More Evidence of Atmospheric Steam/Smoke Releases at Daiichi. Nuckelchen captured a video clip (posted at Enenews) depicting dark steam …
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Jun 30, 2013 – The episodic steam-event emissions are uneven in heat and density. … More Evidence of Atmospheric Steam/Smoke Releases … Today’s …
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Majia’s Blog: Fukushima is STILL Having Steam/Smoke Eruptions…/fukushima-is-still-having-steamsmoke.html‎
Jul 23, 2012 – Fukushima is STILL Having Steam/Smoke Eruptions. Thanks Fuk1live and also …
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Jun 2, 2011 – Fukushima: Massive Smoke or Steam Visible 6:59 webcam time June 3 Japan Time.
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May 11, 2013 – I have visual evidence this morning to illustrate how the steam … Jun 2, 2011 – Flash of light on video around 1:52 then smoke and aura of …
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Jul 9, 2013 – 1 Can’t Keep its Head above Tainted Water’, Japan Times ) ….. See the daytime steam eruption here
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Majia’s source: The TEPCO Live Cam. Why are paid journalists employed by mainline media ignoring this source? Is it to enable the isolation of the aware? One day labelled an extremist, the next a Pulitzer Prize – the for New York Times? For reporting old news as new news while noone would publish the earlier reports from unpaid witnesses. Pathetic.

Of course, I could be wrong. The New York Times just might not know how to connect to the TEPCO live cam in Windows 98.

Deviance Amplification : Definition: Deviance amplification is a process, often performed by the mass media, in which the extent and seriousness of deviant behavior is exaggerated. The effect is to create a greater awareness and interest in deviance which results in more deviance being uncovered, giving the impression that the initial exaggeration was actually a true representation. end quote.

When witness reports are repeatedly ignored by the media, the charge is laid by the sponsoring industry that the witnesses are the deviants, rather than the industry, which is deviant in its failure to fully disclose the facts.

The less interested sections of the public are used as tools of inculcation, resulting in the social isolation of the actually accurate witness statements.

At one and the same time, TEPCO provides the Live Cam feed from cameras trained 24 hours a day on the striken reactors. The video feed is streamed to the entire globe 24 hours a day. The mass media ignores it, TEPCO claims openness, and the nuclear industry labels as extreme deviants those who do, as private citizens, report what TEPCO shows them via its cameras.

Which is not to say at all that the journalist HIROKO TABUCHI is in any way involed in the dynamic.

However, academic journals have refused to publish Majia’s observations. Other bloggers are labelled as extreme deviants for also publishing stills from the TEPCO Live Cam.
Flinders University would probably claim that there is no proof that the steam was not merely coming from the TEPCO tea lady’s urn as she refills it from the storage tanks.

Given these events, why are the children not fully evacuated from the risk area?

The Media Black Out and US Law

Download the US Atomic Energy Act in its currently amended form from here:

See also
for historical context.

From the link
comes the partial quote:

“Unclassified Controlled
Nuclear Information (UCNI)

Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information (UCNI) under jurisdiction of the Department of Energy includes unclassified facility design information, operational information concerning the production, processing or utilization of nuclear material for atomic energy defense programs, safeguards and security information, nuclear material, and declassified controlled nuclear weapon information once classified as Restricted Data (RD).

Department of Defense Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information (DoD UCNI) is unclassified information on security measures (including security plans, procedures and equipment) for the physical protection of DoD Special Nuclear Material, equipment, or facilities.

Information is designated UCNI only when it is determined that its unauthorized disclosure could reasonably be expected to have a significant adverse effect on the health and safety of the public or the common defense and security by increasing significantly the likelihood of the illegal production of nuclear weapons or the theft, diversion, or sabotage of Special Nuclear Material, equipment, or facilities.” “Enforcement

Violation of Section 148 of the Atomic Energy Act carries a civil fine not to exceed $110,000. In addition, the individual may be subject to a criminal penalty under Section 223 of the Act.”
end quote. The New York Times at a sale price of $110,002.50 a copy would not sell very well.

Public panic is an “adverse effect on the health and safety of the public”. Disclosure which may give ideas, disclose vulnerabilities or admit the perception that nuclear industry is a potential threat all might invoke the application of information control relating to nuclear power plant incidents. It is in the interests of those who wish to involve US law to control information to label honest and accurate observers as deviant extremists.

Any invocation of this law and other similiar laws which control publication of such matters is open to abuse whenever authorities themselves are in a state of panic. Panic at the thought of public awareness. Public disagreement with the nuclear village is not a disease. It is a duty in the circumstance,

To involve the law, all authorities have to do is claim a phobic response exists regardless of whether such “panic” exists or not. In a democracy, when truth is suppressed, in this matter, who is the benefactor- the public or the industry which caused the event in the first instance?

Lastly, if any other industry on the planet was excused full disclosure to shareholders in the same manner as the nuclear industry is, no ethical investor would buy the shares, and no profiteer would take the risk of buying them. In my deviant opinion.

England has similar laws.

In Australia the situation is, in general, this:
“A voluntary system of D-Notices was also used in Australia starting in 1952 during the Cold War period and were issued by the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Committee. At the first meeting of the Committee, eight D-Notices were issued covering atomic tests in Australia, aspects of naval shipbuilding, official ciphering, the number and deployment of Centurion tanks, troop movements in the Korean War, weapons and equipment information not officially released, aspects of air defence and certain aerial photographs.[8]

In 1974 the number of D-Notices was reduced to four, covering:[8]

Technical information regarding navy, army and air force weapons, weapons systems, equipment and communications systems;
Air operational capability and air defences;
Whereabouts of Mr and Mrs Vladimir Petrov; and
Ciphering and monitoring activities.

A fifth D-Notice relating to the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) was issued in 1977.[8]

In 1982 D-Notices were again revised to four.[9]

D Notice 1: Capabilities of the Australian Defence Force, Including Aircraft, Ships, Weapons, and Other Equipment;
D Notice 2: Whereabouts of Mr and Mrs Vladimir Petrov;
D Notice 3: Signals Intelligence and Communications Security; and
D Notice 4: Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS).

The Defence, Press and Broadcasting Committee has not met since 1982 although the D-Notice system remains the administrative responsibility of the Minister for Defence.[8]

The D-Notice system fell out of common use at the end of the Cold War but remained in force. The 1995 Commission of Inquiry into the Australian Secret Intelligence Service reported that newspapers confessed ignorance that the D-Notice system was still operating when it was drawn to their attention in 1993 and 1994.[10]

On 26 November 2010, Australian Attorney-General Robert McClelland sent a letter to heads of Australian media and other organisations proposing the creation of a new system similar to the D-Notice system.[11]”

Further Commonwealth Law includes provisions which specifically focus upon nuclear fuel. These provisions include defined penalties regarding actions related to uranium.

The US Atomic Energy Act defines “special nuclear material” as being subject to information control and such material includes reactor fuel such as uranium and plutonium.

According a recent former Prime Minister of Japan, and according to a report issued by the Japanese Diet, the Japanese nuclear industry is effectively a law unto itself which effectively controls what both politicans and ordinary people get to know and understand.

In such a setting, individuals who report what they see against the wishes of the nuclear village* are subject to social and other sanction by means of labelling, scapegoating, economic and social exclusion.


This whole process is familiar to anyone who has studied the case of Dr Hedley Marston in his work of identifying the nature and extent of nuclear fallout resultant from the nuclear bombing of Australia by England in the 1950s.

The very same process of deviancy was applied to him by British and Australin authorities. His mail was intercepted, he was deemed a Communist (an enemy of the state), his work was suppressed by delay, censorship was attempted, his accurate findings ridiculed by paid agents of a foriegn power pretending to be loyal Australians, and his reputation was besmirched. It took 30 years for the Australian government to publically “find” (admit) that the fit and proper person was not Marston’s chief critic, but Marston himself.

In the matter of the reporting of the events at Fukushima Diiachi, it needs to be understood by those in power that this they are not dealing with a few exceptional scientists such as Marston. They are dealing with the population of all open societies upon the globe. It will not take, this time, 3 decades to unmask the real extremists and fifth columnists.

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All the above are two years too late, it has been a continuing event.

emails between a couple of deviants:

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Hi Paul I have concluded from watching the videos of the event and correlating observations with news reports that the fire must have involved some sort of incineration effort by Tepco, which may have
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Thanks so much Paul

This charade has gone on long enough.

There really needs to be an international response to this disaster.

Fukushima Diary is reporting a giant surge in tritium detections
2,300,000 Bq/m3 of Tritium from seawater, Tepco “Higher than the past highest reading of 2 days before”
how long will this insanity be allowed to continue?

Did you see the recent interview with a former plant worker?
Stunning Story from a Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Worker By OSHIDORI MAKO

Yesterday’s images have me quite worried. The same area is glowing less intensely today, as visible in both cams.


Majia Holmer Nadesan, Professor
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Arizona State University West Campus
Phoenix, AZ 85069-7100
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Hi Majia, thanks for the information, the pantomime continues, and the underlying reality continues unchecked. I have put your information up on my blog here:
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Paul I think Fukushima may be burning again

What do you think?

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I cannot believe this. Looks like I will have to start a counter-petition. Grrrrr…. Majia Majia Holmer Nadesan, Professor Division of Social and Behavioral Studies PO Box 37100 Arizona State Univers

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Paul thank you for your thoughts on the low dose ‘debate,’ as its falsely called. It is so depressing. I have all these books on my shelf exposing the toxic lies spun in public relations and science …

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A still from the TEPCO Live Cam captured by Majia

“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.

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

See the daytime steam eruption here

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

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 (

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

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

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.