DigitalGlobe's Satellite Imagery Analysis Of Fukushima

Tyler Durden's picture

As actual (not to mention credible) news out of Fukushima and Japan slow to a trickle, potentially due to the recent imposition of Article 15 by the Japanese government (an emergency regulatory clause that allows the senior levels of the
Japanese government to stop other Japanese government agencies from
communicating with the public and news media) which bans nuclear regulatory and protection agencies, from issuing any statements
about the nuclear crisis situation in Japan, the only objective information may soon be flyby analysis by third party satellite companies which do not have skin in the game. Below we present the most recent analysis conducted by imaging company Digitalglobe on the destruction in Fukushima. We hope to be able to update with it with photos showing the explosion/fire at Reactors 2 and 4, as well as get a status update on reactors 5 and 6 which according to recent reports are now also losing cooling capacity (and at least this is far more useful than using satellite imagery to count cars at your local CostCo to gain a trading advantage over your grandma)


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Rusty Shorts's picture

Wait, what happened to all the comments here?

AnonymousAnarchist's picture

Mark took Wenzel's post word-for-word and didn't even give credit.

Math Man's picture

Very odd.  1st thread gone.


Everyone should read the following:



Fukushima performed better than it was designed too, and so far, the effects have been minimal.


Rusty Shorts's picture

That's great, but what happened to the spent fuel rods stored above the reactors?

Math Man's picture

I haven't seen much on that yet...

Either way, seems to be a big over reaction - even worst case scenario seems very unlikely:

Expect a big Nikkei rally tonight... 

CD's picture

"Averting a full-scale meltdown -- which scientists say isn’t likely --"

What a curious choice of phrasing... What is not likely, exactly - the meltdown or averting it.

We also hoped that your reappearance on the threads would at least take a little while, but alas...

Pumping doom and gloom is not prudent. Pie-in-the-sky, ignore all available facts (historical and present)  and trust the system to work itself out to the benefit of local and global residents -- sheer idiocy.

Michael's picture

Interesting primmer on the the full nuclear life cycle. Great photos and an easy read.

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Ah...another head up your ass anthropogenic CO2 causes temperature change useful idiot CO2 is a pollutant link.



Reptil's picture

It's really logical, but here (europe) it's being advertised as the "environment friendly" energy source. If you repeat nonsense often enough, it'll become part of accepted reality.

nice link, thanks

JW n FL's picture
by Math Man
on Tue, 03/15/2011 - 17:17


I haven't seen much on that yet...

Either way, seems to be a big over reaction - even worst case scenario seems very unlikely:

Expect a big Nikkei rally tonight... 


it figures... the government goes quiet... and then the dis-information crew starts making the rounds...


fuck you $14T in debt Math Pussy.. and tell your dis-information fucking friends to fuck off too.


all you mother fuckers need to be rounded up and hung on the white house lawn.

Math Man's picture

"it figures... the government goes quiet... and then the dis-information crew starts making the rounds..."

I only deal in facts.

The fact is the quake was 5x stronger than the nukes were designed to withhold - and the radiation leakages have been small.  This is completely overblown. 

This is much smaller than Chernobyl ever thought about being, and Chernobyl was a minor hiccup in the end.

Harmonious_Dissonance's picture

Meth Man: Chernobyl=no big deal.  MASSIVE loss of human life=bullish for equities

UninterestedObserver's picture

I thought Meth Man was a proven douchebag with zero credibility so don't feed the troll

taraxias's picture

++++ well said

massive douche bag

being paid to be a massive douche bag to be exact


Math Man's picture

Go look up Chernobyl deaths dipshit...  they were by no means massive.


Harmonious_Dissonance's picture

LOL! Perhaps your right, no biggie.

greenfire's picture

Yeah, all those cases of thyroid cancer (at least 6000 to be exact), human and animal deformities, childhood abnormalites from drinking contaminted breast big deal at all.  A lot of public employees doing their duty died horrible deaths from their efforts, so that should be good for muni bondholders in Japan.  It's all good....  Just keep going down to the store to buy schwag.  It's all you're good for....consumer.

Math Man's picture

OMG, 6,000 people died in 25 years from Chernobyl.   Holy shit.  Massive deaths.  Cry me a fucking river.

The death toll from the Tsunami and the Earthquake are the real issues here - not Fukushima.

I don't mean to sound harsh, but the radiation scare is being blown out of proportion. 

And PS, the Nikkei just opened up 1.9%.

Calculated_Risk's picture

Same spin douchebag kramer was just trying to spin.. "the Nikkei only dropped 8% after this crisis.."


barkingbill's picture

wow math man you are like wrong on every issue. how do you manage that? perfection of wrongness. 

Math Man's picture

Wrong by whose standards?  The Zerohedge looney bin?

I made a bunch of money today - it was a good day to own puts on gold and silver.  How did you do?

Harmonious_Dissonance's picture

Earned an honest living, ya know, contributing to society in a positive way.

Harmonious_Dissonance's picture

Oh wait, you don't know!  LOL!

I_Rowboat's picture

Oh man, yep, the egg is on my face today!  The silver I bought last year went from a 92% increase in dollar value only a few few  days ago clear down to a meager 83% over what I bought it for.  And I still can't eat it.  I must be a real idiot.

AchtungAffen's picture

That was the first minor hiccup I've ever seen that rendered big patches of land permanently uninhabitable...

Miss anthrope's picture

YOUR KIND will be rounded up and hung.  Enjoy your government paycheck...... while it still traitor, you scum,  Do you enjoy it?  Huh?  Do you enjoy this?  Go get a real job

Reptil's picture

That is a disgusting and factually wrong thing to say. Shame on you and yours forever.

I demand a retraction, and apology.

Attitude_Check's picture

So because the quake was 5x stronger than designed for -- we should all rest easy?

Logic isn't your strong suit is it?

Attitude_Check's picture

Oh and the fact that multiple entire towns are inside the "exclusion zone" and are too hot to live in or farm, isn't anything much to worry about either.  Or that the only reason it isn't MUCH worse is that firefighters and construction workers committed suicide while building the Sarcophagus.

Harmonious_Dissonance's picture

Your one high guy! You post Unicorns and faries, fucking fantasy land where  exploding fucking containments at 30+ year old Nuclear BWR's are not a big deal. Where the worst disaster in a nations history is bullish for equities, basically you are a government shill, hack, fuck! The way you seem to see it, Meth, is "hey, free hottubs!" 

PY-129-20's picture

You don't want to live in that Math Man fantasy world. It looks like this:

Math Man's picture

Did I say this was bullish for equities?  I said the Nikkei would rally tonight - after selling off massively for 2 days.

Fucking blow me - none of you want to hear any of the facts, and that's why you stupid fucks keep buying PMs.

And calling anyone who doesn't a government shill, hack, fuck

How's that work out for you today? I thought they were supposed to protect you... but no - the S&P dumped one percent while gold and silver and the rest of the commodities complex got creamed.  

You fucking morons just don't get it.

Harmonious_Dissonance's picture

What are your thoughts on Japan liquidating any US tresury holdings?

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Mathman, you ridiculous sock puppet, if this doesn't seem to be your kind of message board, may I suggest the Yahoo stock boards?

crazyjsmith's picture

So Meth Man,

Feeling a little premature?  Does your girl relish in your ability to arrive (at a conclusion) prematurely?

If you jumped off the roof of a 50 story building (feel free by the way) would you tell everyone how safe it was as you were passing the 45th floor?  Does that sound about right? 

Before you praise yourself and pat yourself on the back, you might want to sit back and take a larger sample.  As in more than one day of trading puts on PM's.  And before you prematurely ejaculate your nonsense that this FuckUshima Reactor situation is just a minor speed bump, you might want to give it a few days to proclaim yourself Nostradamus. 

The reality is, we won't know the reality for some time. Days, weeks, maybe even months.  And feel free to tell the entire country of Japan to not worry, and just relax.  What is a few deformed babies anyway, right? 

So go find yourself a 50 story building, will ya?   

franzpick's picture

Some of us are spending hours trying to extract the hard, new developments from the sea of disinformation, denial, ommision, lipsticking and happytalk.

With most details suppressed, is there really any level of 'over-reaction' for 4, and likely 7, exploded, burning and melting reactors?

sullymandias's picture

I've seen so many "big overreaction" comments about this whole thing. There is at least a partial meltdown in multiple reactors in a nuclear power plant in one of the most densely populated areas of the world, and your response is "don't worry be happy"? WTF? I have to wonder about the psychology of somebody who just wants to shrug this off.


Junkie's brother: "Oh my God, your fingernails are falling off! You have sores all over your face! What's happened to you?"


Junkie: "Relax dude, it's not a big deal."

mynhair's picture

Fire trucks are pumping water up to keep them submerged.

Last I heard from friend in Nippon.

taraxias's picture

This will prove out to be the greatest nuclear disaster ever and you think the "effects have been minimal"

Change your name to the Meth Man.

Math Man's picture

Did you even read the links?

This situation is nowhere near as bad a Chernobyl, and the long term effects of Chernobyl were minimal. 

You are speaking from a position of ignorance and greatly over-reacting.

taraxias's picture

I read the links.

When the meltdown reaches water under it, there's no Article 15 or paid propaganda that will spin the truth.

Keep watching, I don't think you'll have to wait long.

bob_dabolina's picture

Fukushima has been upgraded to a 6 on a scale of 1 - 7 of how fucked we are.

Seeing as the government and everyone is lying you can multiply that 6 by 2 to get the real number.

Agent P's picture

On a scale of 1-7, the answer is 6x2.

I think that was my CAPTCHA test the last time I logged in.

Harmonious_Dissonance's picture

Ha! "Just get some frozen yogurt over ther, no problem at all!" We should never be so ignorant to believe REPEATED explosions at old-hat technology generating facilites is something to be concerned about?  How much US-Tres. does Japan hold? Do you think they will liquidate any of that to fix their country? Is this bullish for equities, Meth? Holy Shit.

pyrometer's picture

Referring to fresh explosions that occurred earlier in the day at the site and problems in a pool storing spent nuclear fuel rods, the Washington-based think tank said, ''This accident can no longer be viewed as a level 4 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Events scale that ranks events from 1 to 7.''

Noting that a level 4 incident involves ''only local radiological consequences,'' it said the ongoing crisis is ''now closer to a level 6, and it may unfortunately reach a level 7'' -- a worst case scenario with extensive health and environmental consequences.