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
……Tepco has publicly asserted water must be continuously injected at the site to prevent nuclear fires.
(source R. Yoshida 21 May 2013 ‘Fukushima No. 1 Can’t Keep its Head above Tainted Water’, Japan Times, http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/21/reference/fukushima-no-1-cant-keep-its-head-above-tainted-water/#.UZpke8oQNX9 )…..
I’ve taken an academic leadership position that will hopefully allow me to promote transparency and awareness at another level. So the blog has to end.
See my discussion and INDEX OF MY POSTS here: http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/break-from-bloging.html
Parting with blogging is hard, but my research, interviews, and editorials will continue my struggle for transparency, accountability, justice, and evolution of human consciousness.
I hope to make my research more accessible to the people who read this blog so please look for it. Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk should be available before the end of this year.
Majia Holmer Nadesan
University of Arizona
Majia has been putting stills from the TEPCO live cam for the last 2.5 years. Most reveal a changing, unstable condition of emissions, smoke and steam.
Unsurprisingly, this video evidence has been ignored by the mass media, which has seemingly lately drawn a line between the past 2.5 years and the new supposed spirit of openness now. A spirit in which old technical calamity, continual emissions, sporadic steaminess at the plant are promoted as a new and recent crisis for TEPCO, Japan and the world.
The emissions have not stopped since March 2011. The TEPCO evidence seen by millions of ordinary people via the Live Cam Tepco broadcasts over the net.
The result has been a cognitive dissonance between those who merely follow the mass media and those who both follow the on line official and unofficial data and read the mass media.
One lot considers the other lot crazy, whereas the craziness is merely a different awareness and appreciation of detail. Detail those who rely merely on corporate media consider excessive and wrong. Well, I might be crazy, and verbose with detail according to people like Rupert but at least I am not part of a PR campaign without being aware of either it or the facts.
Of course, along with many many other people, I can say Majia as a person and an information worker has lifted me up and has been an inspiration. Thanks Majia. Will be looking for your work. Paul.