Attempt To Pour Concrete On Fukushima Pit Crack Generating 1 Sievert/Hour Fails; New Unmanned Drone Photos Of Reactors

Tyler Durden's picture

After prior reports that radiation in and around Fukushima had breached the dreaded barrier of 1 sievert/hour were attributed to some PR apparatchik not knowing how to carry the decimal comma, we once again get confirmation that previous attempts to refute what some saw merely as scaremongering, were in fact more lies. According to Reuters, the soon to be nationalized TEPCO said it had found a crack in the pit at its No.2 reactor in Fukushima, generating readings 1,000 millisieverts (1 sievert) of radiation per hour in the air inside the pit. "With radiation levels rising in the seawater near the plant, we have been trying to confirm the reason why, and in that context, this could be one source," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy head of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), said on Saturday. He cautioned, however: "We can't really say for certain until we've studied the results." Since at this point nobody believes anything coming out of Japan and TEPCO, most are just expecting for the concrete to come: "TEPCO has begun pouring concrete into the pit to stop the leak, he said." Alas, as always happens when horrible plans go awry, this latest attempt to fix the problem with the nuclear (pardon the pan) "solution" is failing. "Public broadcaster NHK said late on Saturday that
water was preventing the concrete from hardening and the pit was still
leaking." In other words, recent horrendously planned attempts to cool the reactor by pumping water on it may well scuttle the Plan Z option of entombing the reactor. And if that doesn't work, then Japan is straight out of plans.

From Reuters:

Nishiyama said that to cool the damaged reactor, NISA was looking at alternatives to pumping in water, including an improvised air conditioning system, spraying the reactor fuel rods with vaporized water or using the plant's cleaning system.

As the disaster that has left 28,000 dead or missing dragged into a fourth week, Prime Minister Naoto Kan toured devastated coastal towns in northern Japan on Saturday, offering refugees government support for rebuilding homes and livelihoods.

"It will be kind of a long battle, but the government will be working hard together with you until the end," Kyodo news agency quoted him as telling people in a shelter in Rikuzentakata, a fishing port flattened by the tsunami which struck on March 11 after a massive earthquake.

Unpopular and under pressure to quit or call a snap poll before the disaster, Kan has been criticised for his management of the humanitarian and nuclear crisis. Some tsunami survivors said he came to visit them too late.

Adding insult to injury, tax avoider extraordinaire (whose tax gimmicks apparently only made waves recently despite Zero Hedge writing about GE's tax code frivolity back in October 2010), Jeff Immelt, whose GE is the company that built the Fukushima reactors, is now going to meet with TEPCO for some pep talk. Which makes sense: it takes one partially nationalized company to know another partially nationalized company.

General Electric Co Chief Executive Jeff Immelt is headed to Japan to meet with officials including executives at Tokyo Electric Power Co which operates the Fukushima power plant that is the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

"He is going to Japan to meet with customers, partners and employees. He does have a meeting with Tepco," company spokeswoman Deirdre Latour said on Friday.

Engineers at GE, which designed the reactors used in the Fukushima plant, have been advising on response to the nuclear crisis, but not directly, instead working through Hitachi Ltd (6501.T), GE's joint venture partner in the nuclear business, GE spokesmen have said.

The chief executive of French reactor maker Areva (CEPFi.PA), Anne Lauvergeon, has already appeared in Japan, saying on Thursday that she wanted to send staff to help handle the crisis.

And while the world now refuses to care any more, confident that the concrete entombing of Fukushima will be the end of that particular nasty story, we wonder just how one can entomb all the affected areas as seen below via this unmanned drone overflight (via Cryptome).

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CPL's picture

Probably even ISO certifications on top of it all.


Ain't ceritifcations grand...

prophet's picture

I thought the following was worthy of reposting up here.

by prophet
on Fri, 04/01/2011 - 21:10


I found this description of the accident progression by Areva to be informative:

the mad hatter's picture

Why dont they just throw concrete thats a little dryer than normal into the pit and have the leaking water help cure it?

Mentaliusanything's picture

Concrete is poured under water often using the "tramie method"

Concrete requires water for hydration and the curing of concrete is accelerated in steam (Steam curing)

Lies, damn lies and disinformation.

malikai's picture

Is it possible they have to use a special type of concrete for this application? It's a high radiation and temperature environment, of course. Maybe the special concrete doesn't like lots of radioactive water?

Hedge Jobs's picture

i dont know of any type of concrete that will set in water. maybe they can try to add some corn flour to thicken it up abit like when your gravy is too runny?

so, has "operation extension cord" officially failed yet or is this still ongoing? haven heard much about it but this new "operation pour contrete into water" doesnt seem be going too well either

Blankman's picture

There are certain types of cement, types of additives and proper placing procedures that will allow you to place concrete directly into water. the concrete displaces the water and will set up, what I am not sure of is how the extreme heats will affect the curing of the concrete.

BigJim's picture

Maybe concrete doesn't set very well in a 1 sievert per hour environment?

BorisTheBlade's picture

There is a cement that sets in water, otherwise how the bridges would be built, i.e:

However, TEPCO reserved to the less orthodox measures in order to stop radioactive water from leaking into the ocean:

The utility known as TEPCO deployed the absorbent called ''water gel bag,'' which contains polymeric materials used for diapers, as its efforts to encase the pit's fracture in concrete failed on Saturday.

Millivanilli's picture

 A 58 34 plenary mix with a boron sub should fit the bill.

Triggernometry's picture

Funny, I just got certified as an ISO Lead Auditor last week.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

I'll see your Six Sigma and raise you one TQM (Total Quality Management) ...

digalert's picture


I didn't know Japan had a drug problem...

trav7777's picture

maybe they hope to encase it in blacks

chumbawamba's picture

They can encase it in your ego.  Nothing would penetrate.  Not even humility.

tmosley's picture

I think that is the plan.  In order to do that, they are going to release information that there are no black people there.  He'll be there in a few hours.  

chumbawamba's picture

His magical powers of arrogance will enwrap the entire complex in an envelope of Awesomeness and prevent any further radiation leaks.  Not only that, but it will create a vacuum like force that will suck back all escaped radiation and decontaminate the countryside.

Problem solved, bitches.  We're saved.

trav7777's picture

In order to do that, they are going to release information that there are no black people there

Oh man I NEVER would have guessed by the almost total lack of violent crime and abundance of high technology, ordered society, and scholastic achievement!

Thanks for the tip bruh!

i-dog's picture

Touché! Your round, I think. (For that, I'm almost tempted to unjunk your initial comment :)

trav7777's picture

you can barely get a single junk anymore, hasbeen...

peep my skillz beyotch

chumbawamba's picture

I'm being called a has been by a never was.


trav7777's picture

it ain't my fault you can't get noticed anymore man...I got 40 junks on that post; that is champagne trolling.

Your jealousy is unbecoming; time marches on.  You're like a woman who doesn't yet realize she can no longer trade on her looks.  I thought you knew.

chumbawamba's picture

Actually, allow me to extend your analogy:

You're like my less attractive, heavy-set friend who I bring along with me to bars so that I stand out.  Now that I've gone home with a nice fuck, you stand out.  Except, people notice that you're still less attractive and heavy-set, so you go home alone.

You'll never be what I was and am.  I'll let you pretend and try, but once you've exhausted yourself, trying to turn every cheap trick in the book, I'll come in for the final blow and demonstrate once and for all that you're merely a cheap facsimile.

I am Chumbawamba.

traderjoe's picture

I was right there with ya until the cheap facsimile part. Aren't you a cheap fax of the 'real' chumbawumba? Not that I care...just pointing it out.

chumbawamba's picture

No, he's literally a cheap facsimile.

Everytime he says "anything, bitches", he's mimicking me.  I'm the one that first started that now tired trend.  It was my wake up call to everyone to get with the program.


Trav always says it like he's a wuss.  Cuz he is.

I am Chumbawamba.

traderjoe's picture

Fair enough. I'll butt back out now.

trav7777's picture

your jealousy is should fade away gracefully.

Nobody wants to be you.  You're not being imitated; you've been superseded.

I'm sure there's enough room for you to be part of my supporting cast.

Weimar Ben Bernanke's picture

Man fuck you, you piece of ignorant shit! I am black and I am in college with a four year scholarship with a major in Podiatric medicine.  in Saint Francis College in Brooklyn. I guest that just does not compute on your brain that there are some blacs who are just as smart as whites. I guess you think all blacks watch BET.You just love to generalize that all blacks are not equal to white intelligence. Man just shut the fuck up with your hatred of blacks race has nothing to do with this disaster in Japan.

avonaltendorf's picture

Grammar and sentence construction need work, too. Is podiatric medicine for feet?

bob_dabolina's picture

Saint Francis College in Brooklyn is the new killing it.


EscapeKey's picture

Actually, if his post is anything to go by, it indeed is proof that "black intelligence" is not equal to that of white. It's superior.

/Still amazed idiots in this day and age believe in racist nonsense.

trav7777's picture

blacks are more racist by far than whites.  commit more hate crimes too.  Ballers like Jalen Rose can call Grant Hill an uncle tom; they're even racist against their own, nevermind against players like Peyton Hillis, who got racial taunts in every game he played.  Throw in some "beat whitey nights" and random racial mayhem to go with the 54% of homicides, rapes, and robberies annually...

If black intelligence is superior, I'd like to know why they lacked the written word and any mechanical devices until being oppressed with them by arabs or the chinese.

No time for your whitey guilt, IQ and Wealth of Nations or any of the dozens of IQ studies.  It's all right there if you aren't too scared to look.

What amazes me is that on a site with supposed "freethinkers," some subjects like this evoke classic pavlovian responses and political correctness cloture along with the classic "YOU RAYCIS"!!!

You bend yourselves into knots to accept a dogma that is unsupported by both facts and common sense.  In fact, the only thing the racial myths have supporting them is propaganda from hollywood and a heaping dose of Orwellian dissent suppression (which you participate in). 

bob_dabolina's picture

Blacks are wayyyy superior to whites. Just looks at the numbers, they beat whites in every category:

-Sexually Transmitted diseases



-Violent crime

-Fatherless Children

-High School drop out rates

-College drop out rates

-Loan defaults

-Food stamp participation

Clearly outperformers.

trav7777's picture

Bob, I never in my life would have seen this post coming from you of all people LOL.  All these hate facts,  you rayciss

You forgot rapes and low graduation rates (even at HBCUs).  I particularly marvel at the ratio of black to white rapes vs white to's a ratio of infinity.  Statistically, there was not even ONE rape by a white man of a black woman in the latest reporting year (resolution is 0-10).  Tens of thousands of the opposite.  Also add drug usage, welfare and SSI fraud, riots, looting, incarceration rates, arrest rates, lower FICO scores (those raycis computers), increased red light and speeding camera ticket rates (raycis computers again).

All these things are surely the fault of white people though

dasein211's picture

No but nuclear power is. And white people invented bio warfare too(just ask native Americans and all the folks that got plague ridden bodies thrown at them during the black death). And how bouts the inquisition? Please I could go through and name all kinds of shit white people do thats just as fucked up as the next race. And when you fuckers invent something you slam it through without any thought as to how might affect the future. And now you are becoming the fat, lazy weak willed slobs. I work with tons of white people and they don't know shit from anything. They all know whats happening on American idol but don't know fuck about the constitution. Or civil liberties. I'll hire an immigrant over some lazy ass white slob anyday- and so will the majority of corporations. White people were on the top of the hill.... But we'll write that book again in the future and see who's got the most murders and rapes. It's a function of poverty level and not race asshole. Just look at Bosnia and the old soviet republics. There are assholes in any situation. And I don't recall any minority country that ever made factories dedicated to wholesale slaughter. Only white people have woken up in the morning kiss their wife and kids goodbye and go to work a a gas factory. And if you studied genetic variation at all you'd realize that genetic purity is a fuckin disaster recipe- just ask the Quakers asshole.

chumbawamba's picture

Haha!  You are about as nigger as they come.

I don't doubt for a moment that you are wrong, Trav, because as you say, you are always right.  But let's see some sources.

trav7777's picture

for which one?

for black vs white graduation rates, you can use google, very easily.

For crime rates, BJS keeps data; bear in mind they conflate hispanics and whites.  NYC makes a distinction.

Pick one you want sourced, and will grab you a cite.  The disease rates are from CDC, hate crimes and interracial violence are kept by DOJ/BJS. 

don't act like the data is hiding from you- you are hiding from it.

TerraHertz's picture

You forgot rap 'music'. Which all by itself convinces me.

Diogenes's picture

Well at least rap gives the lie to the old stereotype of all  black people having rhythm and musical talent.

bob_dabolina's picture

trav7777 -

It's refreshing to agree with you.

equity_momo's picture

what amazes me is that on a site with supposed "freethinkers," some subjects like this evoke classic pavlovian responses and political correctness cloture along with the classic "YOU RAYCIS"!!!

Thats a good point. Post-war Western society has created a jail for the mind. There should be no subjects classified as taboo.  Political correctness was/is more dangerous for society than the atomic bomb.

Open debate should be encouraged no matter how seemingly abhorrent the thesis. 

Generally , people are just afraid and too insecure to step into an arena where there are no limits. They are afraid it will challenge their inbuilt beliefs and then they have to question who they are. Most people dont want to question anything.

themiestro's picture

If in fact you are, that is the exact reaction he was looking for..... no pun intended for using reaction, or relating it to your meltdown either.

Eally Ucked's picture

Oh well, after two days you decided to go your old way, that's ok.

I just hope in your real life you are not such an asshole! I even wonder what is prompting you to post garbage "joke" like that anyway, maybe Chumba is right - your hurt ego. 

trav7777's picture

you people are so mindfucked you cannot even laugh at what was a pretty good comedic fodder troll

Yen Cross's picture

Your gamma face would be a fitting shield.