Fukushima Reactor 1 Fuel Rods Fully Exposed, Reactor 4 In Danger Of Collapsing

Tyler Durden's picture

Remember Fukushima? The exploded nuclear power plant that everyone was talking about two months ago and now the media has imposed a complete blackout on, because out of print/page views, means out of radioactive spewage, right? Wrong. According to the latest update from a now government funded TEPCO, "fuel
rods are fully exposed in the No. 1 reactor at its stricken
Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, setting back the utility’s
plan to resolve the crisis. The water level is 1 meter (3.3 feet) below the base of the fuel assembly, Junichi Matsumoto, a general manager at the utility known as Tepco, told reporters at a briefing in Tokyo. Melted fuel has dropped to the bottom of the pressure vessel and is still being cooled, Matsumoto said. The company doesn’t know how long the rods have been exposed, he said." And apparently even more skeptics are emerging: "“I’ve been saying from the beginning the water tomb plan won’t work,” said Tadashi Narabayashi, a professor of nuclear engineering at Hokkaido University. “Tepco must work on a water circulation cooling system as soon as possible. They’ve been going round and round in circles and now realize this is what they need to do.” And the kicker: "It’s unlikely the situation has worsened with the discovery the rods are exposed because they’ve probably been out of the water since shortly after the crisis started, Narabayashi said." Which means that the situtation has indeed been dire from the very beginning, that TEPCO and the government have been lying, that radiation has been spewing, and that prevalent radiation is likely far higher than most have conceived. Pretty much as was predicted on Zero Hedge long ago.

And indicating that things are even worse, is the following report from Russia Today (courtesy of The Intel Hub) that Reactor 4 may be on the verge of collapse:

Nuclear experts on Russia Today reported Tuesday that their is a real danger of a complete collapse of Fukushima nuclear reactor 4.

Japan has announced that the building is leaning and that they are taking measures to reinforce the structure in order to prevent a collapse that would scatter nuclear rods from the spent fuel pool on the ground around the plant.

The flyover video analysis and images captured from the TBS live HD cam show little remains of the building except a burnt out skeleton.

The silver lining to the mushroom cloud: according to Douche Bank this is all very positive for Japanese GDP, which just may be emitting a few extra roentgens for the next 15 thousand years. Period. End of story.

As usual, here is the current and projected radiation emission, via ZAMG:


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Urban Roman's picture

Cleveland Syndrome, baby!

(you can't call it China Syndrome 'cos China is right next door)

Herne the Hunter's picture

Antipode to US: Indian Ocean

Antipode to Japan: Southern Brazil

So it would me more like, Diego Garcia Syndrome resp. Sao Paulo Syndrome

/pedantic mode

tmosley's picture

Must've taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque.

LeBalance's picture

They sent our brave wabbit in to clear the ditches and drainage.

Wo be unto us when the rabbit glowing William H. Bonny takes his revenge.


FreeNewEnergy's picture

Uruguay, bitchez. Home to more retired diplomats per capita than any other country on the planet. Ya think they know what's good for them?

takeaction's picture

Can anybody get this video to Tyler....The site that shows the videos of the radiation was pulled down, but this guy found the new site and all of the hidden server data.  Take a look.  THis looks very serious.


Dabale arroz a la zorra el abad's picture

These simulations have been taken out of (easy) public reach. But are the results so bad? I mean: to see the map of Europe or America invaded with colours is spectacular, but these colours may indicate only small (not dangerous nor toxic) concentrations of these substances. Anyone with the knowledge of tolerable concentrations of these substances taht can illuminate us? Thanks!

Cash_is_Trash's picture

Antipode to Japan: Southern Brazil

And Southern Brazil's got the bitches! Here in São Paulo it's all work and drinking heavily on weekends.

The Southern part of the 'zil is way better.

Antipode to Reason: Tim Geithner

johny2's picture

I agree, it is quite nice down here.

davepowers's picture

The Bush family farm in Paraguay?

One could hope

Gert_B_Frobe's picture

Actually, Pittsburgh Syndrome would work better. The first commercial Nuke reactor was set up just South of there.



lolmao500's picture

And let's not forget the tropical storm going very near Fukushima within 24 hours... and this is just the beginning of the hurricane/typhoon season.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

May I suggest that they might try running another Philadelphia Experiment and cloak the entire mess. That way the media would have nothing to see, thus nothing to talk about. See no Fuku, hear no Fuku, speak no Fuku!

Look ma, no hands.


LFMayor's picture

I read online that a group was purported to have asked Tesla about this theory and he washed his hands of it.  This from a guy who at one time got blamed for the Tunguska blast and whose idea of entertaining houseguests was to arc currents around their heads from across the room*.  Must have been some naughty stuff to scare him into walking.

*Which they totally bogarted in that "sorcerers apprentice" remake.

Thunder_Downunder's picture

A cloak of invisibility... that makes perfect sense. And they even have one already.... (unless they've sold the license to apple)




Thunder_Downunder's picture

Great, this is the last thing the US needs, more cheap asian imports :P


Congress is going to have to get serious on Japanese dumping of nuclear fuel. Can't let the people have all that free urm... energy...

TomGa's picture


The Norwegian Institute for Air Research has taken down its Fukushima radiation dispersion interactive plotting tool. The last prediction data available through May 12th is not good; in fact, tNorth America is being saturated in high levels of I-131, Xe-133 (1.7e3 Bq/m2) and the Pacific Northwest and West Coast will get slammed by Cs-137.





No longer available:


Kobe Beef's picture

Is that payback for all the Depleted Uranium the USA has "dispersed" throughout Iraq?

Just wondering & marveling at the karma of it all.

AldoHux_IV's picture

Fucking liars-- that sucks for all those citizens that actually believed the government/Tepco and now they've been exposed to much more radiation than first thought.

jus_lite_reading's picture

YES!! Zerohedge has been great exposing the liars!!!!! We are all being radiated to death. This is not fear mongering!!! FACT. The EPA has stopped monitoring fish and water JUST when Berkley Univeristy picked up on much higher radiation readings in Strawberries and large leafy plants!!! If the public knew about that the economy of California would grind to a halt. ITS ALL ABOUT MONEY AND NOTHING ELSE!!! GREED HAS WON!!!

Josh Randall's picture

Yep - the times have changed for the conceivable future, buy PM's horde prepackaged food pre-Fukushima if possible, bottled water, and short the hell out of the Banksters

augie's picture


Oh regional Indian's picture


As I said a scant 12 hours ago here, bears repeating perhaps...

on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 03:32

Troll comments and other sake induced babble aside, I hope the fullest degree of what has hit Fukushima is clear to us all.

Clean water may not be clean, clean air may not be clean. Not for a looooong time anymore or at least not till the earth gives a huge "shake" and spills some healing waters all over the place.

While Fukushima is down on the ZH headline sweepstakes, it's alive and well and spewing. Worse and worse news, every day, but now, no one really counting. Millions and millions of cooling water gallons back in the ocean. No where to put it. Can't go in, cannot leave it alone.

If we can fully internalize the extent of this disaster, I think a lot of things, like how the world might look in a year, become clearer by the day.

The world's 2nd/3rd largest economy just dove off a cliff.




ibjamming's picture

I wonder though...how much does it take to affect the planet and it's inhabitants on a global scale?  Could this be a planet killer?  I doubt it.  I predict that cancer rates start climbing next year and increase from then on...  A million deaths attributed per anum?  More...less...  Japanese are fucked though, of that I agree.  Maybe a reason the commodities are down? There won't be a Japan consuming in the not to distant future.  Anyone with sense and money is probably already gone or in the process.  I wouldn't stay.  The rest will be living subsistence. 

augie's picture

so when you see kittens or puppies, do they like, automatically burst into flames? 

jus_lite_reading's picture

ORI I read your blog often when you publish it but I also get my info from this one


Just got the twitter update. Fukushima is getting worse as you said!!!!

Oh regional Indian's picture

Thanks Jus_lite and thanks for the link too.

Reading it now.


LFMayor's picture

Because you should believe and do every advice that comes from the Academic Great Minds of Berkeley.  

and last I checked, Cali economy was surpassed in fuckupery only by Illinois.

eleventy !!111!!! 

Fiat2Zero's picture

You sir, are an idiot. UC Berkeley, and its cadre of dedicated, underpaid grad students, continues to take measurements in wind, soil, water and food (likely in spite of pressure to discontinue - do not bite the DOE hand that feeds).

While they do provide a convenient canard to keep people from shitting the proverbial brick house (the debunked plane flight versus internal emitter argument), they mostly take the factual, scientific, draw your own conclusions approach.

Please stick your head back in the sand where it belongs (not on ZH)

LFMayor's picture

underpaid because they have all that time invested in useless fields.  How did their measurements for the poor beset snail darter help out that California economy?  Leave it up to self righteous hippies to fuck up something that was once one of Cali's top industries and source of employment.  And all as self sacrificing martyrs for a greater good.


As for ZH, I didn't realize you'd bought it. No?  Then how about you suck a fart right out of my asshole?

Fiat2Zero's picture

Nuclear science has evidently made a comeback, so I'd hardly call it useless.

Much stronger than your weak arguments or attempted comeback I'll add.

Whats that smell's picture

Radiation is good for "conservatives" so soak it up major.

Whats that smell's picture

Oh yea, what did this guy do before, publish tobacco company studies?

Hanford. Wa, has many beautiful unicorns shittig rainbows in a garden of eden setting.

Goldenhands57's picture

Hey!! I resemble that fact! I live in Warshington~ Just went by Hanford this last weekend and those uni-corns are a bounding all over the Horse Heaven Hills!!  Hahahaha. You guys are a hoot!

Goldenhands57's picture

Hey!! I resemble that fact! I live in Warshington~ Just went by Hanford this last weekend and those uni-corns are a bounding all over the Horse Heaven Hills!!  Hahahaha. You guys are a hoot!

FreeNewEnergy's picture

You know, I've been putting off starting my garden for about 4 weeks now because of Fuku. I figure my plants will all be irradiated, so what's the sense. Might as well eat irradiated vegetables bought from the supermarket since it will all kill equally well.

WTF are they thinking over there? And everywhere else in the world? Is this the actual beginning of mass extinction, or maybe, another extension of it?

I've ceased talking to people about Fukushima because they just think I'm nuts anymore, but seriously, why isn't anyone telling the Japs to stop the release of radioactive nuclides into the water and atmosphere?

This is very disturbing, though it will save me from a lot of gardening. I can focus more of my energies on making $$, buying more silver and getting the hell out of here. South America, gringos!

TaxSlave's picture

Huh.  Hadn't thought of that.  Radioactive particles are spewing into the atmosphere and being washed into the groundwater and ocean because nobody thought to tell them to stop it?

That's a great idea!  Tell them to stop it, then!

Confuchius's picture

All you have to do is show them your TSA badge...

SoNH80's picture

Fuku is a very, very serious problem for the Japanese and their downwind neighbors (Guam? Aleutians?, who knows?) within about 2000 miles.  For North America, it's a general worry, but I would go ahead and plant that garden.  There is background cosmic radiation at all times, and for N. Americans, this is an additional marginal amount.  Again, though, for the Japanese and their close downwind neighbors, it's time to entomb the friggin' things in cement.

Rhodin's picture

Yes. The external radiation is not that high in USA, and mostly is alpha and beta type which doesn't penetrate far.  Sure, we can handle a little more of that, take a few more antioxidants etc.  The problem gets a bit more serious for those unlucky enough to inhale or consume this radiation.  Those entering med school might want to consider oncology, cause there will be no shortage of patients

NotApplicable's picture

As always, it isn't external radiation exposure that's the issue, but rather contamination of food leading to ingestion, leading to massive exposure internally. Radioactive iodine, with it's short half life, isn't too big of a danger in the US, but every particle of cesium that makes it to the ground has the potential to be taken up into a plant.

One way to help prevent uptake in plants, is the same as in humans, overload your system (fertilize) with other sources of potassium as well as lime.

tip e. canoe's picture

thanks for the advice mate...was wondering about that.

Confuchius's picture

The radioactive mess cannot be "encased in cement" or sand or pixie dust. It will continue reacting and spewing enough to match the lies of the nipponese bureaucrats.

TThere are no easy ways out. No hard ways either. No way out period.

BBe sure to buy lots of GE stock. Glow-in-the-dark stock.

IImmelt. Sounds like I melt (down...)