China Detects Radiation Over Southeast Coastal Areas As Asahi Reports Of Holes In Reactor Pressure Vessels 1, 2 And 3

Tyler Durden's picture

Radiation damage control now shifts over to the granddaddy of all free media China, where Xinhua has just reported a "tiny amount of radioactive material in the air over the nation's southeastern coastal areas" has been detected. But not to worry: just like in Japan and everywhere else in the world, this radiation is of the special "Ann Coulter" variety which actually boosts one's natural healthy glow and facilitates a prompt chromosome doubling courtesy of supposedly uber-benign mutation, and after all: more is better, so surely 92 chromosomes is much better than just 46 diploid pairs: "Xinhua quoted China's Nuclear Emergency Coordination Commission as
saying that the radioactive level detected does not affect human health
and no preventive measures are necessary."

From Kyodo:

The radioactive material is believed to have drifted from Japan as a result of radiation leaking from the earthquake-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex.

China detected low levels of radioactive iodine-131 in the air over Heilongjiang Province in the northeast for the second day on Sunday, Xinhua said, adding that public health and the environment were not affected.

Chinese monitoring stations detected radioactive material in the air for the first time on Saturday, according to China's Nuclear Emergency Coordination Commission.

And courtesy of EX-SKF, we now learn that TEPCO is once again doing all it can to massage disclosure and delay the release of potentially unpalatable data, after the Asahi Shinbun only recently announced that the Pressure vessels in reactors 1, 2 and 3 may have holes confirming everybody's worst fears of full blown release of radioactive particles in the environment.

From EX-SKF:

From Asahi Shinbun news about one hour ago (3:00PM JST 3/28/2011). Why
the hell are they reporting it now?? The information was supposed to
have been revealed in the press conference that TEPCO had past midnight
on March 28, according to the article

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitted to the possibility in its early March 28 press conference that the steel Reactor Pressure Vessels that hold nuclear fuel rods in the Reactors 1, 2, 3 at Fukushima I Nuclear Plant may have broken. TEPCO explained the situation "Imagine there's a hole." Because
of this "hole", contaminated water that's been poured into the Pressure
Vessels to cool the fuel rods continues to leak, it is assumed.

the Reactors 1, 2, and 3, the water level within the Pressure Vessels
are not rising as much as desired. TEPCO admitted in the March 28 press
conference that the reason why the Pressure Vessels haven't been filled
with water was "probably a hole near the bottom, that's the image we
have". Asked why there was a hole, TEPCO answered they did not know.

Reactor Pressure Vessels (RPVs) are the most important of the 5-layer
protection against radiation leak (other 4 are the fuel pellets,
cladding of fuel rods, Container Vessels, and the Reactor buildings).
The RPVs at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant is made of 16-centimeter
thick steel, and it has an outlet at the bottom to insert measuring
instruments. It is possible that the leak is from that area.

TEPCO also admitted to the possibility of the exposed nuclear fuel rods overheating and damaging the RPVs.
According to the nuclear experts, if the fuel rods get damaged and
start to melt, it will fall to the bottom of the RPVs and settle. It
then becomes harder to cool with water effectively, because the surface
area is smaller. It is possible that the melted fuel rods melted the
wall of the RPVs with high temperature and created a hole.

On the
other hand, TEPCO said it didn't think the RPVs are completely broken,
because the pressures inside the RPVs were higher than the atmosphere.
"It is not like Chernobyl where the RPV exploded and the fuels were
outside the RPV." TEPCO continued to believe in the integrity of the

The article continues, but it's not about the RPVs. So far, it's only at Asahi.

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TruthInSunshine's picture

Shit just got real, with Tokyo Electric & Power retaining infamous henchman lawyer, Nathan Thurm:

Nathan Thurm

Harlequin001's picture

So it's still got 'some' pressure...

Bullish... definitely...

egdeh orez's picture

"so surely 92 chromosomes is much better than just 46 diploid pairs"

LOL TD... I can't believe you're so knowledge in areas outside of finance as well.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Got a hole in your reactor? Fear not. Just throw in a couple of 55 gallon drums of "Bar's Leaks Radiator Stop Leak" and all your problems will disappear. In just 20 minutes the hole will be plugged and you'll be on your way to Happyville.


BTW folks, does this remind anyone of the BP disaster and "junk shots" in the blowout protector?

Cdad's picture

does this remind anyone of the BP disaster and "junk shots"

Yeah, it does.  However, I have since learned to love petroshrimp.  I'm guessing folk will learn to like radioactive sushi, too.  As some ZH'rs have pointed out, plutonium isn't really all that bad. /sarc

And so as the criminal syndicate known as Wall Street attempts its typical low volume afternoon markup, have no fear!  Follow the bankers...for they always lead people to truth and profitability.  But just be sure to feel around for the death of credibility, too...for it is almost upon us now.  It lurches towards us now, the stench of it on the air.

Harlequin001's picture

hmm.. plutonium, tastes like chicken...

Golden monkey's picture

That's exactly what Ben Bernanke told me.

MarketTruth's picture

-------> Real men use JB Weld. <-------

kaiserhoff's picture

Now that's funny.  Thanks CD.  We needed that.

metastar's picture

Can't we just disperse the radiation with a little surplus Corexit?

Nobody special's picture

Good idea, unfortunately there isn't any spare.  Responsible people are dumping Corexit into the gulf of Mexico as fast as it's produced.  You see, this is needed to protect BP err... um... us.  Yes, to protect us.

MsCreant's picture

Typical male sexist bullshit. Tampons.

And for us, ear tampons:

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Great idea.

But who's gonna get close enough to insert said tampons? "Not me" said the coward CD. :>)

DoctoRx's picture

Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes, not 46.

Except for trolls and bots, ZH readers have a diploid number of 46, representing 23 paired chromosomes.  From Wikipedia

Human sex cells (sperm and egg) have one complete set of chromosomes from the male or female parent. Sex cells, also called gametes, combine to produce somatic cells. Somatic cells therefore have twice as many chromosomes. The haploid number (n) is the number of chromosomes in a gamete. A somatic cell has twice that many chromosomes (2n).

Humans are diploid. A human somatic cell contains 46 chromosomes: 2 complete haploid sets, which make up 23 homologous chromosome pairs. However, many organisms have more than two sets of homologous chromosomes and are called polyploid.

Harlequin001's picture

you know I fuckin KNEW I was different...

crass happens's picture

It's actually 23 pairs, plus a pair of sex chromosomes to keep things interesting...

Republi-Ken's picture


A new thriller radiates with emotion!

Watch as 35 Million Humans Scramble

To avoid the Radiation Attack on their DNA!

Cancers! Death! Stress! Heart Attacks!


Windshift Bring Fresh Air Soaked In Death

Drink The Water Supply Now Contaminated!

Sushi Zippo As Ocean Fish Not Safe To Eat!

But Thankfully Baseball Season Goes On...


Conservatives Say Its All Junk Science

Then Promptly Run to The Hamptons :)


Jay Gould Esq.'s picture

Who the devil is behind the stick of the JUNKers ? Some solon has gone Stuka on each and every post with a veritable Junkrieg.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Yeah, noticed that too .. like BACKGROUND RADIATION; the Geiger counter is always clicking-off ...

camaro68ss's picture

More good news for the Dow, up up and away bitchez

alien-IQ's picture

nothing to worry about...this is the good kind of radiation...the kind that brightens your smile and gives your skin that healthy glow that supermodels and movie stars pay top dollar for.

umop episdn's picture

Sadly, only space alien movie stars like the 'healthy glow' as it has a blue-green tint. However, the 'little green men' from Mars will be happy to take it off our hands, if we can manage delivery.

cbxer55's picture

Its called "Nuclear Tan". Gives you a nice complexion when they throw you in the coffin.

Harlequin001's picture

just before your face drops off...

Harlequin001's picture

Nah, that's called plastic surgery...

Alea Iacta Est's picture

Xinhua further reports that the cities affected are void of human inhabitants.  GDP should not be impacted either as businesses in the indicated region have no actual revenues.

Harlequin001's picture

well there's no shortage of them is there?

ugmug's picture

My popcorn is beginning to glow.

When does this movie end?

Golden monkey's picture

Ben Bernanke himself told me your remote would be ok. But if I was you, I would think twice before puting the butter on that pop-corn.

franzpick's picture

CAUTION: toxic radioactive yellowcake junk in the road ahead. Step over it.

alien-IQ's picture

hey trav...if you're in the market for a more upbeat spin on radiation poisoning, earthquakes, tsunamis, war and unemployment...may I suggest...


Tyler Durden's picture

Let's decompile the headline shall we:

  • Radioactive substance detected over southeast China coast - Kyodo

While from Asahi:

  • Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitted to the possibility in its early March 28 press conference that the steel Reactor Pressure Vessels that hold nuclear fuel rods in the Reactors 1, 2, 3 at Fukushima I Nuclear Plant may have broken. TEPCO explained the situation "Imagine there's a hole."

That said, we are confident you could certainly phrase the headline to fit your bias better. How about this: 

"There is nothing to be worried about in Fukushima. Nobody has died yet. Plutonium leaked was of the non-toxic variety. TEPCO workers' burns due to direct exposure to massive radiation poisoning from sunbathig. Everyone remain calm."

Is that better?

SheepDog-One's picture

Trav's just ZH's latest resident douchebag whiner.

bankrupt JPM buy silver's picture

these rebuttles are why people pray to ZH instead of Allah now...

nonclaim's picture

And yet "admitted to the possibility" means nothing if you stop and think about it.


I admit to the possibility a woman may get pregnant; "imagine there's a hole..." bees and all that. Suddenly everybody is discussing if it's a boy or a girl and the woman doesn't even exist...

alien-IQ's picture

I think Trav is just having a bit of Ann Coulter envy. He'll feel much better once the radiation kicks in.

TruthInSunshine's picture

# genuinely winning


trav has lodged a complaint here that's better directed at Asahi.

Hey Tyler, please don't report the delayed, obfuscated, concealed truth when it finally does reveal itself (let alone stay on top of the glaring black hole that is the Lame Stream Media 'coverage' - h/t to you for that excellent summation by the Brazilian expert)...

....and don't quote from things like...oh I don't know...Asahi....

...because trav777 says you're shameless (for reporting what the mainstream Japanese media is now) for doing so, apparently.

Don Birnam's picture

"It is not like Chernobyl..."

- TEPCO. 28 March, 2011.

"I am not a crook."

- Richard Milhous Nixon. 3 April, 1974. Resigned 9 August, 1974.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

LOL ... that's what I love about this site, the 'free-association' stuff ...

Ruffcut's picture

"I am not a crook."

Hey, nixon didn't steal anything, so he was right in his claim.

Now goldbutt sachs are good crooks, like robbing (the) hood, doing gods work.

Keeping us from the truth, is a growing (prosperous), new normal and a hard (hand) job. They made some (planned) mistakes.

nkktwotwozero's picture

>"There is nothing to be worried about in Fukushima. Nobody has died yet. Plutonium leaked was of the non-toxic variety. TEPCO workers' burns due to direct exposure to massive radiation poisoning from sunbathig. Everyone remain calm."

Write that and I know it's Project Mayhem starting.


Brought to you by Carl's Junior.

Threeggg's picture

Trav 7777,

I wan't to be honest with you, in that I used to hold you in high regard here at ZH. But over the last few weeks as this situation has gotten worse and worse your attitude toward ZH and it's members has deteriorated.

If ZH put out this information without verification don't you think the credibility of ZH would be put at risk.

Riddle me this !............why has everything ZH reported turned out to be correct and everything you have rebutted turned out to be, well ? "rebutted". Does that not tell of whose credibility is deteriorating ?

That being said.................Dont you have a History book to read ?


taraxias's picture

He's an asshole. End of.

trav7777's picture

specifically, what information have I put out that has been rebutted?

jus_lite_reading's picture

TD. What is going on with all the junking??? Every post has a junk now!!