Fire Breaks Out At Fukushima Reactor 4

Tyler Durden's picture

Time to upgrade Fukushima from 7 to 7¼? From Reuters: "A fire broke out at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo Electric and Power (TEPCO) said on Tuesday, although flames and smoke were no longer visible. A worker saw fire at a building near the No.4 reactor at around 6:38 a.m. (21:38 GMT) and a fire fighting unit of the Self Defence Forces was sent to fight the blaze, a TEPCO spokesman said. "Flames and smoke are no longer visible but we are awaiting further details regarding whether the fire has been extinguished completely," he said. Japan has been battling to bring under control the plant damaged severely by last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami."

Update: TEPCO says fire out at battery storage bldg near Fukushim-1 reactors 1-4. No effect to reactors, water cooling continues. Then again this does come from TEPCO where every day is opposite day.

And an update from Kyodo, which surprisingly has yet another version of (sur)reality.

A fire broke out at the crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear plant in
northeastern Japan Tuesday morning, but was soon extinguished, the plant
operator said.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the fire occurred at the sampling
building near a water outlet at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power
plant's No.4 reactor and was spotted by a worker.

There was no change in the levels of radiation around the reactor, the utility known as TEPCO added.

The nuclear plant was crippled after a mega quake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan on March 11.

Watch the latest from NHK here.


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Veekay23's picture

TEPCO says small fire near Fukushima reactor was extinguished quickly - AP

LowProfile's picture

TEPCO has said quite a few things over the past weeks.

Harmonious_Dissonance's picture

I wonder if the fire is related to this, recorded earlier:


Nuetron Beams, Bitchez?

goldfish1's picture

Another earthquake:

MAP  6.2   2011/04/11 23:08:16    35.406    140.542  13.1   NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
American idle's picture

>>Insert Dante quote here<<

bob_dabolina's picture

Per me si va ne la città dolente,
per me si va ne l'etterno dolore,
per me si va tra la perduta gente.
Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore:
fecemi la divina podestate,
la somma sapienza e 'l primo amore.
Dinanzi a me non fuor cose create
se non etterne, e io etterno duro.
Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'entrate


Theta_Burn's picture
"Per me si va ne la città dolente,
per me si va ne l'etterno dolore,
per me si va tra la perduta gente.

Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore;
fecemi la divina podestate,
la somma sapïenza e 'l primo amore.

Dinanzi a me non fuor cose create
se non etterne, e io etterno duro.
***Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate***"

"Through me the way into the suffering city,
Through me the way to the eternal pain,
Through me the way that runs among the lost.

Justice urged on my high artificer;
My maker was divine authority,
The highest wisdom, and the primal love.

Before me nothing but eternal things were made,
And I endure eternally.
Abandon every hope, ye who enter here."

(transl. Longfellow) AND Appropriate

T-888's picture

I say we nuke the entire site from orbit....

Mae Kadoodie's picture

How would you like to be the poor bastards that have to go do the dirty work?  If it were me i'd tell my boss, "no, you go put the fucking fire out"!

Hansel's picture

Especially considering the pay,

From Bloomberg,

"A week before becoming ground zero for the world’s biggest nuclear crisis since 1986, the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant offered $11 an hour for full-time maintenance work..."

TEPCO didn't care about safety.  They cared about money.

ml8ml8's picture

They've upped the pay quite a bit, at least at the senior technicial level.  This is a couple of weeks old.

Organic Matter's picture

It's the only way to be sure.

mick_richfield's picture

Ho-ho-hold on, hold on one second. This installation has a substantial dollar value attached to it.

Organic Matter's picture

You know, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see zero hedge f'ng each other over for a goddamn percentage.

thatthingcanfly's picture

The radiation mostly comes out at night. Mostly.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Wasn't 4 the better of the lot?

avonaltendorf's picture

Yes. #4 reactor cold. Spent fuel easy to hose down.

Spalding_Smailes's picture





Live video feed -


Updated images ten minute lag ....


LostWages's picture

Was this before or after the 6.6 aftershock?


Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

If you are **** S T I L L **** in Tokyo, you @$@$^#$($# moron






serotonindumptruck's picture

Battery storage, eh? That means the workers have to deal with fuming sulfuric acid. Real nasty business when that particular acid is heated.

Drag Racer's picture

I'm thinking more of hydrogen gas or chlorine gas if they were hit with seawater

Spalding_Smailes's picture

MINSK, Belarus — An explosion has ripped through a subway station in the center of the Belarusian capital, severely wounding at least a dozen people and sending clouds of smoke pouring into the street.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene Monday evening saw several inert people being carried out of the station, some with heavy injuries including at least one with missing legs.

dark pools of soros's picture

those former Soviet states can never catch a break... 

bud-wiser's picture

Sometimes, I really wish we could do the thumbs up thing. As in, for Yes We Can, But.

I couldn't have said it better.

PY-129-20's picture

OT: About the "terror act" in Belarus today

Well, some blogger call this a false flag operation to save Lukashenko's position. What I found more interesting - the amount of Gold has increased fivefold since the beginning of the year, because inflation is running amok in Belarus and people are tired of Lukashenko - according to German magazine "Der Spiegel".

hambone's picture

Not to worry - check the headline on CNBC...

Nuclear Power Fears at New Heights Despite Safety, Viability

"The Fukushima meltdown may mark a high point in anti-nuclear hysteria," says one analyst. "As a result, investors should not treat nuclear-related stocks as if they were radioactive."

Al Gorerhythm's picture

I would like to know, how long do the spent fuel rods have to be stored before they are rendered harmless? There will be an extended oversight maintenance program to keep them cool I imagine, so what is the plan?

avonaltendorf's picture

Two answers. In normal operation, after cooling a couple years they can be put in dry casks. At Fukushima, never. Spent fuel rods have burned, melted, been buried under collapsed cranes and twisted wreckage. They don't exist as "fuel rods" anymore. The plan is to tear off some of the wreckage with remote control heavy equipment to get a look at the damage with remote control helicopter cameras. This has as much chance of succeeding as a Chinese fire drill.

DoctoRx's picture has a graphic demonstration on Vimeo from April 10 about how the zircalloy acts under intense heat with water around.

mick_richfield's picture

Correcting some typos in that quotation...

"The Fukushima meltdown may mark a high point in anti-nuclear hysteria.  On the other hand, it may also mark the beginning of a massive ecological disaster, war in east Asia, widespread famine, and the worst dieback of our species since the Toba Supereruption.  Of course the latter case would be more difficult to hedge."

Reptil's picture

An analyst from Euro Pacific Capital. I bet they invested heavily in in it. hahaha

At some point taking a loss is inevitable. The problem is, that accepting the need for new investments, and revaluation of the risk (which is not being done right now), will mean the end of the nuclear industry. (It's just too expensive to insure.) They (we) have a safety and waste disposal problem. Any change and admission of that problem will result in plummetting of market value. So, that's not being done. The only ones really working on it are the germans, and behind the scenes, the canadians. (A little bird told me that. ;-)

For the rest... let's hope nothing bad happens in the next eh 10 years?

Buck Johnson's picture

It sure was suppoosed to be the better of the 4 and in some instances the 6.  Fires just don't up and happen.  It could be 3 possibilities, one is that something is getting hot enough to set off fires in the building (burned through core giving off heat that is hot enough to spotaneously start fire).  Two, the fire wasn't in the place they said but in the holding pool and it's starting to burn.  And three, radiation is degrading the electronics and circuitry of the building and the systems may have did a right when they should have done a left in operations.  Fire or no fire, they don't have control of the situation not by a long shot.

serotonindumptruck's picture

If the fire was in a battery storage building, and the charge control device (electronics) failed, then the batteries could have easily overheated and exploded. Also, the heated sulfuric acid would have likely ignited any flammable materials in the vicinity.

Jack Burton's picture

 I just listened to NHK's coverage of the level 7 announcement. The Japanese government now openly admits that radiation release has been "Massive", "Dangerous to Human Health", "Wide Spread" and "Ongoing".

Now in and of itself, this is daming enough. What is scary though is that the government offered no evidence or hope that containment of any kind was imminent.

In short, this event can not even be shoved under the rug by the most pro nuclear power people out there, such as Karl Denninger.

chunga's picture

That's a better than expected "green shoot".

squexx's picture

Yahoo!!! That should be good for at least 5% into the green on both the NIKKEI and DOW today!

trav7777's picture

I'm amazed more shit hasn't caught fire there

bob_dabolina's picture

Truly a miracle from god. Thanks for pointing that out...

BTW ever get that live footage where shit isn't on fire? you didn't because you don't know if other shit is on fire, or if neutron beams are shooting out of another reactor, or anything.

That whole area could be like a neutron beam laser light show and you would have no idea unless TEPCO releases that info (which they wouldn't)

trav7777's picture

sure it could be...but I am not inclined to assume it is in the absence of evidence.  Would I have evacuated already?  Hell yes, once my own geiger counter started going off

bob_dabolina's picture

That really has been my thesis in our long and communal diatribe.

You won't get the evidence. I mean you will eventually, as you can't hide it forever, but there is no real way of knowing what is going on there because the evidence is being suppressed. The only people close enough to the event aren't going to release information unless they absolutely have to, and the only reason they will release "something" is because they have no other choice.

I think we can both agree that right now the situation is not under control. I don't see how they can put the situation in control. I personaly can only see it getting worse.

In my view this is worse than Chernobyl because of its scope. I mean....6 reactors need to be put under control, and that is incredible to think about considering the situation they are in.

PolishHammer's picture

fires you can see are the least of their problems


it's the stuff nobody can see, deep in the bowels...radioactive magma going critical every now and then

bud-wiser's picture

Just a moment of silence for those poor heroes who are struggling, on scene, against who-knows-what to buy time for their families, friends, neighbors, and strangers...

I wish their stories were public, because these are the heroics that make us human.