Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Four Years Later in Japan

A reporter and a cameraman from Jiji Tsushin went to Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant on February 26, 2015 and made the video available on Jiji's site and on Youtube on March 2.

So what has changed? Reactor 3's top floor has been cleaned of debris, although the lower floors are still full of debris (1:50). Slightly murky Reactor 4's Spent Fuel Pool on the operating (top) floor is now empty except for a few control rods (3:10); workers had finished removing all 1,535 fuel assemblies from the pool in December last year. The cask used to transport the fuel assemblies from the pool to the common spent fuel pool on the ground is still at the pool side.
The cooling system for the frozen soil wall is housed in a new building (3:40). (Yes, they still do plan to build the frozen soil wall in the ground around the reactor buildings and turbine buildings.)

At about 50 seconds into the video, the reporter and the cameraman go to the location where they can see across the reactors (with Reactor 1 being the closest). The guide, a TEPCO worker, tells them to be brief because the radiation is high and there is nothing to shield the radiation (coming from the reactors?). The guide says, "It's 300 microsieverts/hour."

TEPCO's president Hirose just said in his address to TEPCO employees on the anniversary of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear accident that there are over 7,000 workers working at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

Reuters Japan has a collection of 70 photographs titled "Four Years Ago in Japan". While the nuclear accident that was triggered by the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 has been the focus (often the only focus) for many, the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami looks just like a nuclear bomb detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, or incendiary bombs dropped on Tokyo on March 10, 1945.

Photo 1, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture

"Smoke rises from houses damaged by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, March 12, 2011.
REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak"

Photo 8, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture

"A mother tries to talk to her daughter who has been isolated for signs of radiation after evacuating from the vicinity of Fukushima"s nuclear plants, at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels in Nihonmatsu, March 14, 2011.
REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao"

Photo 9, surreal Otsuchi City, Iwate Prefecture on March 14, 2011

Photo 21, a piano, almost like an objet d'art, in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture:

"A piano is submerged in water in the area devastated by tsunami in Rikuzentakat, March 21, 2011.
REUTERS/Damir Sagolj"

And this, I believe, is near Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, right by the ocean. Rows and columns of "fre-con" bags(flexible container bags) stuffed with contaminated soil and debris removed as the result of the government effort to "decontaminate" the villages, towns and cities in Fukushima, temporarily stored outside, right by the ocean.

When the earthquake/tsunami hit on March 11, 2011 in northern Japan, they feared the death toll would be in hundreds. Then over 1,000. Then thousands.

As of March 10, 2015, 15,891 people are dead, 2,584 missing, 6,152 injured (from wiki, data compiled by National Police Agency). The number for death does not include 3,194 deaths (as of September 30, 2014) after the earthquake and tsunami. Many, particularly the elderly, died of cold and unsanitary conditions at the shelters.


wren said...

Shortly after it happened I had hoped that the country would pull together to clean it up quickly and thoroughly.

I am not really sure what happened.

It is sad.

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Apolline said...

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Phiphi said
Acording to my Jp. wife, who is of a long-time involved in Jp. diplomacy familly, it took not only H. and N. nuke bombs, but finally another harsh Tokyo fire-bombing, very near to the Imperial Palace, to definitely make the surrender happen.
(i say this as the tsunami was a natural disaster - though deliberately ignored by authorities, despite of warnings such as stones marking the height of previous and not so old tsunamis, and as I can understand the H. and N. bombings - why loose so more "five eyes" troops in a rampage against Japan, and because, very simply, we (French) had much more destructions by the allied forces than by the German ones, although we welcomed them.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for coming back on the 4th anniversary of this tragedy. And eternal gratitude for your support and true information you've given us for all these years! We all hope you are well and we'll never forget you.

Nick Thabit said...

Thank you for your continued help to us to understand what's happened. Wishing you a good new year, and many more.

Also, many remembered Fukushima this year: http://fukushimafourthanniversaryevents.blogspot.com/

VyseLegendaire said...

Well Ive had about enough of commemmorating the tsunami. Instead we need more loud and upfront outcry about the REAL dangers of the Fukushima catastrophe, which is NOT over and not mitigated. We need to treat this like a giant meteor that is on course to smash the earth. We need more urgency because THAT is the pertinent issue. As sad as 3.11 was for the departed, lets not forget the exponentially greater, massive danger posed by the nuclear threat from here on.

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"New tests show almost all of the fuel inside one of the Fukushima plant's reactors has melted, its operator said Thursday, the latest step in the clean up after Japan's worst ever nuclear crisis.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the technology, which uses elementary particles called "muon[s]" to create x-ray style images, gave the most concrete evidence yet .. "


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It's cheaper not to decontaminate "by not having nuclear plants blow up in the first place". Decontamination of radionucleides is maximum 30% effective on smooth hard surfaces less on porous/rough surfaces and on land the dirt will be trucked away/tilled or covered over which is all dumb as opposed to not having 100 ton nuclear cores meltdown. Also japan is keeping the reactors/fuel wet and at least 400 tons of that water per day has been admitted to going into the ocean. They keep the reactors wet in hopes of not having the reactors release airborne fallout but waterborn is more palatable to japan I guess. Water increases neutron absorbtion in the fuel, helping fission, boric acid etc is being used massively to hinder that In my opinion. Keeping the reactors wet is dangerous especially without boron a neutron poison. Will japan run out of boron? I think so.

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