Following Core Meltdown, Reactor One At Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Explodes - Video

Tyler Durden's picture

Following a report earlier that the Uranium at the Fukushima Power Plant may have melted, we sadly bring you this video of the explosion at Reactor one of the nuclear site.

A before and after picture, showing the loss of Reactor 1

From BBC:

There has been an explosion at a Japanese nuclear power plant that was hit by Friday's devastating earthquake.

Pictures show a blast at the Fukushima plant and initial reports say several workers were injured.

Nuclear expert, Malcolm Grimston told the BBC that nuclear materials may have been able to escape .

And as predicted by Zero Hedge first yesterday, the power plant has just announced that there is indeed a meltdown at the plant.

The core at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant's No. 1 reactor may be partially melting, the nuclear safety agency said Saturday.

Radioactive substance cesium was detected around the reactor, it said.

Alas, as many may be affected by fallout, we present the wind data for Asia for Saturday:

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Escapeclaws's picture

This isn't going to be good for uranium stocks.

Motorhead's picture

This isn't going to be good for a lot of things.  A lot of nightmares coming true right about now.

mophead's picture

Look at the bright side. This will be good for the economy. Sing along...

(countryish song, bum, buh-bum, buh-bum)....


We're trying to inflate, it's another retake

The Bernake's in a corner, while (sentor) Paul's enraged

The QE they say, it's a gotta go

Can't wait for the next thing to blow


They say we're in a fix...

Just a runnin' out of tricks

Oh lord, what to do?

Please give us all a clue

(pause, deep country voice)

Try HAARP -- it's a better tool...

bum, buh-bum, buh-bum

nedwardkelly's picture

This isn't going to be good for uranium stocks.

On the other hand, it could be very good for uranium stocks if they actually get through all this without any significant problems. Hard to tell right now what is actually going on, Vs media hype. Something blew up here, but some reports say it was an exterior shell. Who knows what's true?

If things do get really ugly here, I'll probably BTFD on uranium stocks. Short of an energy revolution we're probably going to be desperate for power at some point sooner or later.

malikai's picture

There is speculation that the explosion was not a steam explosion of the vessel, but rather a hydrogen gas explosion in the containment building, indicating the vessel may still be intact.

"The nuclear reactor is surrounded by a steel reactor container, which is then surrounded by a concrete building," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said.

"The concrete building collapsed. We found out that the reactor container inside didn't explode."


Edano said due to the falling level of cooling water, hydrogen was generated and that leaked to the space between the building and the container and the explosion happened when the hydrogen mixed with oxygen there.

Arkadaba's picture

thanks for the info. 

cossack55's picture

That is the most "expressive" collapse I have ever seen, and I have seen many C4/semtex "collapses".

Arkadaba's picture

Watching Canadian news - huge disinfo and we are usually pretty good at news. In trouble - powers that be be are covering up (and to what degree).

Bob Sacamano's picture

Pretty sure reports will soon surface here that US government operatives (and likely GWB & Cheney in particular) were behind the cause of the explosion.


Treason Season's picture

We would never do HAARP their Nip asses, would we Bobby?

TBT or not TBT's picture

I heard it was a Jap suicide cult jumping off their chairs all at the same time with rising sun bandanas around their foreheads, yelling banzaiiiiiii!  

Californians have tried it before, as did Lex Luthor, but back then they didn't have GPS available to synch up their jumps precisely enough.   The Mayans predicted the perfection of timekeeping technology ending the world in 2012, and this is how it goes down.

Savyindallas's picture

GWB and Cheney are certainly suspect-being the world's biggest terrorists. If it were a nuclear reactor in the U.S. or one of our occupied countries, we would be safe to assume that halliburton may be behind it. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

Right.  The earthquake was a cover for their real motive of sabotaging a particular reactor in Japan built forty years ago.   They picked that one out like the crazy phonebook sniper in The Jerk you know, picking out one reactor at random that had to die, and setting off a giant earthquake to cover for their controlled destruction of the building.    That's how smart they are, and how evil they are.  Bwahahahahahahaaaa

nmewn's picture

LOL...careful T...Russian News has footage of "an object" protruding from the front of the tsunami wave as it came ashore...also a UFO sighting over it.

Should be right up GW's alley ;-)


e_goldstein's picture

nah, it was the aliens, or al quida...or maybe <gasp> it was alien al quida.

Saxxon's picture

Yahoo! front page desperately spinning this.

sushi's picture

A building filled with explosive gas will explode radially, the force of the explosion going in all directions.

If you examine the video footage you eill see an explosive jet shoot straight up where it appears to form a "lens." This if followed by a debris cloud as the cladding separates from the structural framework.

I interpret the jet and lens effect as being due to the top cover of the containment vessel having separated from the walls of the containment and having gone straight up. This suggests the core is open to the atmosphere and lacks cooling.

malikai's picture

I see what you're saying. I thought the lens was odd as well, but if what they say is true, it is possible it was caused by the building structure itself (weak spots in the roof). I hope this is not another Chernobyl, but it sure does look like one.

Rusty Shorts's picture

That looked like a powerful shock wave to me, straight up...doesn't look good at all.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Chernobyl burned, people, because the core was mainly graphite, i.e. pure carbon.   They couldn't make this worse than Chernobyl if they were trying to make it worse.

duo's picture

That looked like a shock wave to me. It takes significant over-pressure to do something like that.

malikai's picture

TOKYO, March 12 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government confirmed Saturday that while an explosion did occur at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant earlier in the day, the blast did not happen at the location of its No. 1 reactor.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said at an emergency press conference convened in Tokyo that owner and operator of the nuclear facility, Tokyo Electric Power Co., has confirmed that the steel container housing the reactor is intact.

Edano said that the blast, which occurred at 3:36 p.m. local time (0636 GMT), destroyed the roof and the walls of the reactor's outer container.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

"A building filled with explosive gas will explode radially, the force of the explosion going in all directions."

OR, like all buidlings designed to contain possible explosions in proximity to workers, the roof was designed to blow off more easily than the sides of the structure which is what I suspect is the case here.  It's just that the H2/O2 explosion in this case was much bigger than the small one it was designed to handle without having the walls blow off, too.

And the H2O dissociation into H2/O2 indicates that the core is melting or has melted since it takes temps of 2780 F and up to do that.

LowProfile's picture

Dissociation seems likely.

That puff out the top he noted actually looks like a shockwave.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Ionizing radiation can easily split a water molecule too.

malikai's picture

I extracted all the images from the zoomed RT video of the explosion. It looks like there is a yellowish front preceeding the shockwave. This is bizzarre because if it was a hydrogen fire, it should be very light blue, if even visible. I don't know what to think of that.

NidStyles's picture

This is why I have been saying that we are being pumped full of fear, and that most of what we are hearing is BS. These reactor's are not as fragile as what the media would have you believe. They are considered the most over engineered systems in the world for a reason. The level of safety and control they have rival's the economic control systems in the US.


Apparently, this particular reactor is a GE design. So expect a rally if the situation turn's out to be better than what was stated.

JimS's picture

What, a rally in GE stock? Cool.

malikai's picture

Watch for a GE rally on monday if there is no nuclear catastrophe. Or, expect a GE rally on monday if there is a nuclear catastrophe. I love this market.

snowball777's picture

So GE's check cleared? Spend it wisely.

Paul Bogdanich's picture

"Apparently, this particular reactor is a GE design. So expect a rally if the situation turn's out to be better than what was stated."


Anti-social personality disorder or what one used to call a psychopath.  We may have and I stress may have just lost a freaking reactor core and the thing that goes through your polluted little mind is GE stock?   Sick puppy. 

Won_Over's picture

Could not have said any better. Thanks. Some people think life is all about stocks/money-money money (fuck you all)...  People are actually dying and will die.

Pegasus Muse's picture

They are behaving like a Gangster Banksters.  Pretend you're listening in on a conference call with Lloyd and Jaime who are congratulating Jeffrey Immelt for a job well done.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Every living human will die. Get over it.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

This is why I have been saying....

Whatever you've been saying it hasn't been long considering you've been registered on ZH for 2 weeks and commenting for 4 days. Good luck with that.

RockyRacoon's picture

People weren't listening at his last venue, so he comes here hoping for a more sympathetic audience.   Ooops.

glenlloyd's picture

No shit, I'm starting to get the feeling we're being loaded up with sockpuppets here.

fuu's picture

I have been awfully grateful for the last 36 hours for all th ex-nuke plant workers, ex-miitary nuke experts, and nuclear engineers who hang out here.

barkingbill's picture

why would the building explode and the container remain intact? it's the container that holds the explosive potential here or no?


i suspect the government is purposely understating things...

sharkbait's picture

A 'nuclear' explosion (aka mushroom clouds) is a difficult thing to achieve.  Impossible in fact in a functioning reactor.  If the reactor core 'melts down' you may get a chunk of material large enough to explode but it will not be in the configuration to explode.

There is a lot of other material that could possibly explode resulting in an 'explosion at a nuclear facility' ( like Chernobyl ).

An hydrogen explosion is very likely and reasonable.

Urban Roman's picture


As I recall, one of the problems encountered at TMI was that hydrogen built up in the containment dome. The source was apparently a chemical reaction between overheated metal plumbing and remaining cooling water. At TMI they managed to vent the hydrogen, but obviously Fukushima did not.

Drachma's picture

If the core temperature can not be contained, Fukushima is fukued.

mt paul's picture

should have replaced

the oxyegen 

with nitrogen...

MsCreant's picture

We are all living beyond our means. We only have this one rock we share together. What will it take to clue us in?

I am so sorry. I am going to spend some time today thinking about how to downsize my life more. There is nothing else to do.

cossack55's picture

I can recommend a wonderful Interior Designer.  New curtains always helps.

sushi's picture

Lead cladding with faux satin is the latest trend in window coverings. A small Godzilla offering shrine is also tres chic.

JimS's picture

+1000 It works for my wife. :))))

MachoMan's picture

What do you mean what will it take to clue us in?  There are two choices, you either bomb people into submission or you let things naturally take their course.  Until we are willing to bomb other countries into submission for waste/pollution practices, our earth will continue to be polluted (and doing the same to ourselves of course).  This is what the greenies don't understand about their views...  they necessarily require armed conflict to come to fruition, save a universal volunteering of inefficiency.

What's going to make us snap out of it?  Evolving past the human condition...

sushi's picture


Every time a country experiences an accidental radiation leak we should nuke them back into the stone age.

That will show them what "higher evolution" is all about.