Fukushima Raised To Level 6 On INES Scale: Now Officially More "Serious" Than 3 Mile Island

Tyler Durden's picture

According to Asahi Shimbun which is quoting the Japan NRC, the Fukushima event has just surpassed Three Mile Island in terms of seriousness, and has been upgraded from Level 5 "Accident with Wider Consequences" to Level 6 "Serious Accident." Only Chernobyl is a Level 7 event. We believe Fukushima should get there within 2 weeks as ever more of the current devastation becomes public. Of course, all of this is a paper-pushing formality. What isn't, are people who may be developing serious diseases as the government continues to misrepresent the severity of the situation.

Source: W7VOA

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Bleeping Fed's picture

"Serious Accident" just doesn't come close as a description...

What does it all mean's picture


Kyodo reported that reactor #3 vessel is confirmed breached by the Japanese Government. EOD.

NEWS ADVISORY: Reactor vessel of Fukushima plant No. 3 unit may have been damaged: Gov't panel


TruthInSunshine's picture

See the video I posted. No. 2 is breached also.

They're rolling out the admissions of what many have said very slowly.

I wonder how far the radiation in the water and at ground level has really migrated.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

I wonder how far the radiation in the water and at ground level has really migrated.

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Through rock?

Or is that s sandy shoreline; looks like the entire site was cut back into the rock there at the shore ...


TruthInSunshine's picture

Water travels right through rock. It gets slowed down, and particulate gets filtered ( not radiation, unfortunately), but rock acts like a sieve.


Ident 7777 economy's picture

Water travels right through rock. ...

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Riiiiight ...


TruthInSunshine's picture

Look up 'porosity' and 'permeable' and get back to me.

Most rock types are sedimentary, thus they have porosity and are permeable.

There are a few rock types that are not permeable, but they are more rare.

If you've been out west, say to Nevada, you will understand that much of the ground water has actually leached through lots and lots of bedrock and limestone.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Look up 'porosity' and 'permeable' and get back to me.

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Riiiiight ...


(I see some wide sweeping 'assumptions' in your thinking and logic; 'handy generalizations' I think they call them)


Is that why they're doing all the 'fracking' just to get nat gas?


'All rocks are permeable' ... riiiight ....



TruthInSunshine's picture

Way to misquote me dumbfuck.

I said most types of rock are water permeable. I didn't say "all rocks are."

Why am I even wasting time discussing this with a moron like you, who can't differentiate the difference between natural gas (a gas, duh) and a liquid such as water?

Did you know that a gas has molecules spread much further apart than a liquid, thus making it far less permeating than liquids are?

Tell you what - fill your house with nat gas and then fill it with water, and let me know how that works out.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Way to misquote me dumbfuck.

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Who misquoted - I paraphrased ... know the difference?

I think you're using wide, sweeping generalizations anyway and can be proven wrong once I start citing proper references ...


TruthInSunshine's picture

You didn't "paraphrase," you stated the opposite of my quote, you fucking imbecile.

Fuck off, wanker.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Nice ... back to 7th grade physics for you ...

TBT or not TBT's picture

Nuking the site with a ground burst would make all this moot, and then we could get on with evaluating the actual effects of full vaporisation of several reactors.    This would be good to add to our database of effects already understood from setting off over a thousand fision and fusion based bombs in the atmosphere since 1945.    In idiocracy speak, y'alls shit is like, all fucked up.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Nuking the site with a ground burst ...

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You know, you're onto something; but maybe  it needs to be an underground nuke ... maybe four, one for each reactor/turbine building complex (since the turbine bldgs not contain radioactive cooling/seawater) ... create a large enough 'void' for each to crater into (although it wouldn't be quite as simple as all that) ...



the mad hatter's picture

On a side note, saying INES Scale is like saying ATM Machine. It is a little redundant redundant.

Jeff Lebowski's picture

And you find yourself qualified to correct others?

This isn't an episode on your Saturday morning cartoons, you realize that, right?  An underground nuke would do what?  Disperse radioactive material into the atmosphere or ground water?

Oh, that's right.  You said it would create a large enough void to crater into?  Pray tell where the material removed from the void would go?  It just disappears?


fredquimby's picture

No need to nuke the actual site.

Japan sits on a ridge right above a 20,000ft drop off. If you look at the location of all of the recent quakes, they are not on the subduction fault line, they are within the bedrock between the fault and Japan, under and west of Japan.



There are people who take the movement of Japan to the East:


And the movement of Japan downwards (sinking) after the quake:


as confirmation Japan is in a precarious situation and the whole ridge is filling with water prior to collapse.

If the reactors go into meltdown, I would imagine nature will be aided and abetted by the submarine sat at the base of that cliff face that will fire a couple of fat ones at the wall, and the reactors (et al.) will be in under 20,000 ft in seconds. End of problem.

If I were the USA, I know I would have a submarine sat there. Maybe even 3.

I guess it is not a new idea though.....


For a visual of where actually the Japan quakes are happening within this bedrock ledge have a gander at dutchsinse on YT:





disfiguredskating's picture

Best exchange.  Ever.  I like you both.  Though, if we ever had beers it would be like when the four racists got together at the White House over beers...a lot of pretending shit was OK.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Normally, I try not to be so dick-ish, but his total arrogance in telling me water I've drank that filtered down through limestone 40 miles from the Colorado River was a hallucination, not to mention that he was misquoting me, pissed me off.

I'm actually pissed off about the Japanese crisis, because it's obvious that tens of millions of Japanese are being lied to about the most fundamental matters concerning their well-being and that of their children.

WilliamBanzai said something two days ago that affected me: "Imagine the mothers in Japan who have no access to bottled water, and have to choose between putting tap water in the rice cooker, or not having their kids eat the next morning." And this is most likely just the start.

Thanks for that geological map, Jim and Phatty.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

When you're talking rates through sand vs 'bedrock' versus limestone for instance: there are differences ... 'k? Don't need that explained ...

disfiguredskating's picture

I agree about the mothers.  When I put my kids to bed at night I hold them and pray I never have to make those choices.  I often take for granted that the hardest part of my day involves which fast food place will win my business. 

The two of you can argue but consider:

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

writingsonthewall's picture

You're an idiot mate - water always finds a way through, over or under.

Otherwise everytime it rained we'd all be drowning.


If the rock isn't permeable under fukushima then it will run off into the sea.

Back to 1st grade geography for you pal.

FreeMoney Bernie's picture

Now now I want you to apologize and to show that you really mean it give him a 1 way ticket to Tokyo

PhattyBuoy's picture



It is a beautiful sandy beach ... no rock!

Jim in MN's picture


Here, somebody figure out what the plant is sitting on...kinda busy...

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Looks like it may be sedimentary .. need to verify using Imagej the color code ...

PhattyBuoy's picture




I looked at it with google earth extensively ... you can go up the beach and sit for lunch.

Neogene Sedimentary


Ident 7777 economy's picture

"Hello, McFly - is that you?"


avonaltendorf's picture




Could be neogene sedimentary, could be igneous. They scraped away the quaternary and poured concrete. We need the original civil engineering plans (in English, prease). Runoff is contaminating the ocean. I think the rest is airborne. Most of the surrounding province is impermeable igneous and metamorphic. They sited this nuclear power station in an appropriate spot IMO.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

Yeah I guess God or the Universe fucked up by putting that subduction zone so close to that perfectly sited nuclear power station.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Did you know that a gas has molecules spread much further apart

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You're addressing center to center distances ... the molecules themselves are different, much smaller, CH4 - One carbon and four Hydrogen ... H2O has one Oxygen and two Hydrogen ... then look up their weights and atomic numbers ... is CH4 much smaller/larger  ?



AssFire's picture

Yes, It's natural water filtering is what makes Jack Daniels a great product.. well that and the square bottle design that keeps it from rolling out from under my seat when I stop the car quickly.

That being said I am too old for that shit so I stick to the Belevedere.

HardwoodAg's picture

Take a few varied rocks. Submerge them for a day in a pool, toilet, pond..whatever. Now blast them with a torch.


If they blow up, they were porous. Or you can just do a simple before and after weighting.


But exploding rocks is much more exciting

naughtius maximus's picture

I take it you've never been inside of a basement.

goldfish1's picture

BERLIN – Germany is determined to show the world how abandoning nuclear energy can be done.

The world's fourth-largest economy stands alone among leading industrialized nations in its decision to stop using nuclear energy because of its inherent risks. It is betting billions on expanding the use of renewable energy to meet power demands instead.

The transition was supposed to happen slowly over the next 25 years, but is now being accelerated in the wake of Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster, which Chancellor Angela Merkel has called a "catastrophe of apocalyptic dimensions."


Are they trying to kill her now?

Ident 7777 economy's picture

BERLIN – Germany is determined to show the world how abandoning nuclear energy can be done.

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Hype; I thought that they were going to inspect those stations they were presently taking down is all.


Boston Globe excerpt:

Nuclear power has been very unpopular in Germany ever since radioactivity from Chernobyl drifted across the country. A center-left government penned a plan a decade ago to abandon the technology for good by 2021, but Merkel’s government last year amended it to extend the plants’ lifetime by an average of 12 years. That extension was put on hold after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami compromised nuclear power plants in Japan, and is being reevaluated as the safety of all of Germany’s nuclear reactors is being rechecked.




What does it all mean's picture

As reported elsewhere on this thread.  (earlier, actually by TWORIVER and Plumplechook.)


Rolling headlines...  Future not moving.  BofJ and G7 with 100 Trillion yen holding it steady.  Good luck to all.

Ident 7777 economy's picture


So, the three (3) audible booms we heard on the video tape when reactor #3 went, is (probably) the detonations of the following reactor building #3 structures:


1) The external Building (evidenced by big fireball on south side)

2) The Light-bulb shaped drywell/containment structure

3) The Reactor vessel proper: causes the dark mushroom 'cloud' seen on the video that rises quickly



Jim in MN's picture

Unit 5 looking shaky:

"Workers were also trying to fix a pump using an outside power source that had been pumping seawater into the No. 5 reactor, but which stopped Wednesday night.

Figures obtained from instruments indicate that between half to one-third of the approximately 4-meter long fuel rods are exposed, but TEPCO officials do not know what the actual situation is like."

-Asahi Shinbun


Jim in MN's picture

Still no idea what is actually going on in the cores:

"TEPCO officials continue to insist that the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors' containment vessels are sound, even after the outer buildings were damaged due to hydrogen explosions. They also believe that there was no major damage to the No. 2 reactor even though an explosion likely occurred in the suppression pool that lies under the containment vessel.

A TEPCO official said if there had been significant damage "the radiation levels would not have been what was measured so far."

However, there is data that points to partial damage of the core.

One is the detection of radioactive cesium in the outer atmosphere. Cesium is a by-product of nuclear fission involving uranium.

Steam was also released into the atmosphere to prevent damage to containment vessels in which pressure had increased. However, because the steam passes through water, there is a low possibility that cesium was emitted through the release of steam.

There are also questions about what part of the core has been damaged.

According to sources, the weakest link within the core is the sealing material that fills in the space between the containment vessel and airlock door that is opened to enter the core for inspections.

TEPCO officials admit it is possible that other small parts that connect various pieces of equipment may have been damaged."

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Have you seen the pressure reports (for reactor and containment vessels) in this report:



Like this report:



#3 Pressure / Temperature of the Reactor Pressure Vessel -- UNKNOWN

#3 Containment Vessel Pressure -- Decreasing after increase in Mar., 20th

#3 Reactor pressure (24th 18:00) (A) 0.038MPaG, (B) -0.101MPaG

#3 CV pressure (24th 18:00) 0.107MPaabs

Note: .107 MPascals absolute = approx 14. 7 PSI which is atmospheric press.



Jim in MN's picture

Yes, but haven't looked for a couple of days.  They need to update unit 5.

Only one of six pressure indicators for units 1-3 reads 'stable'. 

And how's this for a small sign of how FUBAR'd everything is:

"Following the radiation exposure incident, the nuclear agency ordered the utility known as TEPCO to improve radiation management at the power station, where Japan's worst nuclear crisis is unfolding. The operator began removing the highly radioactive water from the site."

Hunh?!??!  They are still just slowly moving from thing 1 to thing 2 to thing 23 as dozens of other things continue to evolve, erode, decay, react, wear, move, weaken, embrittle, encrust (salt crystals), and irradiate all around.  They have one main line--try out the pumps--and if that takes a week or a few weeks, that's what it takes. 

They still have no idea what's even in those buildings.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Sadly, for them, I have to agree; they seemingly have no idea what's going on ...


MSimon's picture

The clue for core damage is I131. There is not much of it in cores/spent fuel that has been shut down for 90 days.