Japanese Officials Say Nuclear Fuel Rods Likely Melting In All Three "Troubled" Japanese Reactors

Tyler Durden's picture

It just got worse. From AP:

Japanese officials say the nuclear fuel rods appear to be melting inside all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Monday: "Although we cannot directly check it, it's highly likely happening."

Some experts would consider that a partial meltdown of the reactor. Others, though, reserve that term for times when nuclear fuel melts through a reactor's innermost chamber but not through the outer containment shell.

We can only hope that the team that did not test for an 8+ magnitude earthquake did a better job at fortifying the containment shell which is the only thing separating radiation from the outer world.

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Deluxe186's picture

Shotty the first three breasted prostitute!

SWRichmond's picture


I find it interesting to note that the linked article doesn't say that...retraction?

"TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese utility says fuel rods at a troubled nuclear reactor were once again fully exposed hours after authorities were able to stabilize a similar emergency.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. says the exposure happened at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant because a steam vent wouldn't open Monday, causing a sudden drop of water.

That reactor and two others at the plant are dangerously overheating and authorities are racing to prevent meltdown.

Truth, in this crisis, seems to be a very elusive thing.

whatsinaname's picture

If you want to see how truth can be subverted, read about chernobyl on wiki or on www.elenafilatova.com (although her work has been partially discredited, but the photos are real and indeed eye-opening on the callousness of the Ruskies). The Japanese are being far more open as can be expected from them.

SWRichmond's picture

This article is so typical: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-13/japan-tries-to-contain-nuclear-...

The headline: "Japan Battles Nuclear Meltdown as Millions Are Without Power"

The actual text of the article says "Workers battled to prevent a nuclear meltdown..."  So are we battling a meltdown, or battling to prevent one?  Which is fact, and which is eye-grabbing headline?  Which gets re-reported as fact?

The article then goes on to say matter-of-factly "oh by the way 10,000 people are feared dead due to the earthquake and tsunami, but lets's all obsess about the very serious problems at the nuclear plant, and not worry so much about the hundreds of thousands of new homeless who are trying to survive freezing overnight temperatures, lack of food and water, injuries requiring medical care, and lack of power.


iDealMeat's picture

One thing the nuke "experts" are neglecting to mention..  It's still freezing in Japan. If it rains, or even the moisture in the air soaks into cracks it the concrete then freezes, it will expand all cracks. At least the salt water lowers the freezing temp..

probably all for not.. 


jus_lite_reading's picture


CNBC's Kudlow on Japan Quake - """ Be Grateful Human Toll Much Worse than Economic Toll."


Deepskyy's picture

You sure are full of good news today Tyler.  Is it too early to start drinking on the east coast?


snowball777's picture

I'm in the PST, but the sun is over the yardarm in GMT so...bottoms up!

Cookie's picture

already dribbling in Asia ;-)

camaro68ss's picture

this is all bad! 3 three mile islands at once going on at the same time..... Thats going to be a hard clean up and think of all those people living around those plants.

Is this the triger to start the world crash

Thomas's picture

Bastiat's "Nuked Window Fallacy".

Count Floyd's picture

Three Mile Island released little "deadly radiation."

Oh regional Indian's picture

Or so you were made to believe.


cossack55's picture

Then how do you explain all the mutants in DC. Well Mr. Smarty Pants?

curbyourrisk's picture

The only way this could be worse is if the 3 were located throughout Japan.  Then contamination would be WIDESPREAD.

Misstrial's picture

I live 12 miles from the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor which has been built near seven (7) fault lines.

What Tyler is reporting, is what the MSM and pols have failed to do and that is tell people the truth so they can prepare/escape/relocate to save their lives.

For nuclear accidents, the sooner one knows of a reactor disablement, the sooner one can move to a safer location and reduce radiation exposure risk. Even moving 5 miles away opposite winds will reduce exposure tremendously.

Knowing the prevailing winds around my area, I know which direction I need to go in order to escape nuclear fallout.



QQQBall's picture

I guess the real question is - Knowing what you do, why do you live there?

VinniPukh's picture


...at the plant, right?

Misstrial's picture

Check my username.


Armchair Bear's picture

When I lived in Avila, the thing I hated about it was that damned reactor just a mile or two away.


Love the area, hate Diablo.

chindit13's picture

Why do you think I live in Asia?  I know Tyler's style, and by the time he gets warmed up, it's already cocktail time in my part of the world.  Takes his edge off.  I just wonder if potassium iodide tablets go well with Barbaresco.

Crassus's picture

Kingfisher Strong.

Good for rising or falling empires.

TruthInSunshine's picture

I picked a bad week to stop freebasing.

Count Floyd's picture

In the words of Junkyard Willie, "Calm yo' ass down!"  and read this.




Lord Welligton's picture

From your link.

Summary points at the end.

"The seawater used as cooling water will be activated to some degree. Because the control rods are fully inserted, the Uranium chain reaction is not happening. That means the “main” nuclear reaction is not happening, thus not contributing to the activation. The intermediate radioactive materials (Cesium and Iodine) are also almost gone at this stage, because the Uranium decay was stopped a long time ago. This further reduces the activation. The bottom line is that there will be some low level of activation of the seawater, which will also be removed by the treatment facilities. "

Has it not been admitted that the rods are exposed or have been exposed?

Count Floyd's picture

I read "exposed" as not being covered by water.  They are not "exposed" to the open atmosphere.

The coverage and reponse to the situation reminds me of the old DEVO song: Too Much Paranoias.

Lord Welligton's picture

I disagree.

In any event the article was posted on 13th.

The admission was made on the 14th.

In general the article uses to much "apologetics".

I wouldn't quibble with the "science" but it reads like a shill piece.


Count Floyd's picture

Yeah, the MIT faculty are notorious shills.

ZapBranigan's picture


Really dude?  Unbelievable.  You tell everyone to calm down, then post an article from a website that exudes a pro-nuclear platform and even includes multiple advertisements from pro-nuclear factions.  Jeez, get a clue.

Next you'll be telling everyone to 'chill-out' concerning the ills of the economy by posting a link from the Federal Reserve website with an article explaining how healthy FRN's are.  Truly hilarious. 

BorisTheBlade's picture

Tell one thing, did you dismiss the article on the basis of banners before or after you actually read it?

Quixote2's picture

The hundreds of tons of discharged fuel stored in the fuel pools on the top deck will be exposed to the atmosphere once the water boils away.

trav7777's picture

the core normally is immersed in water.

When that water stops circulating, aka cooling ceases, it begins to boil.  THIS is the steam they have been forced to vent.  As it boils off and is vented, the water level goes down.

When you see Cesium in the steam, you know that the water level inside the reactor has gone below the level of the top of the fuel rods.  This is what they mean by "exposed."

When they say fuel rods melting, of course, EVERYONE harkens back to "China Syndrome" hysteria of "meltdown."

Yikes's picture

I hope the story is right but you see the problem don't you?  It's basically all theoretical.  Isn't it?

TruthInSunshine's picture

This explains why they couldn't do something as simple as getting fuel to the fire trucks on scene, in order to restart their pumps, which they had been using to try and cool the cores.

How long until a huge swath of this area is a no fly zone?


Very sad.

Cdad's picture

Why the hell are they not dumping concrete on top of these things?  Good grief, how long shall they simply play the "everything is under control" nonsense?

It matters not which nation you are in...governments are simply incompetent.  A conglomeration of the lowest of the lowly. 

Bury those f'n things!

bob_dabolina's picture

Maybe because there is low supply opf concrete pourers running into areas where nuclear reactors are exploding.

Just a guess.

Unless of course you were volunteering your services?

Cdad's picture

You cannot be serious with this response...can you?  I'm not in Japan.  Were I, I guess I would have to consider it...considering what would happen if I did not!  There are about 14 million people in Tokyo.  Ummmm...

Are you a banker by any chance at all?

bob_dabolina's picture

I'll buy you a plane ticket if you will pour the concrete.

Not a banker

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Japan has fabulous robot technology, right?  Please tell that they worked on other robots besides life-like female robots.  Please tell me that their robots can do more than cuddle and giggle.

Blankman's picture

Can't say I've ever heard of a lead plated concrete truck.  There is a concrete plant next door I will go ask if any of them want to volunteer for the heroic job of dumping concreteonto this thing.  


I'm not sure you are being too rational about this.  Yes this thing is going to blow.  When it blows it is going to fuck up a whole lotta shit.  Based on the radiation readings they are giving out to the media I would more the 20x that reading to tell you what the true reading is.  It is not as if the japanese govt. hasn't been lying about this yet, now have they.  

High Plains Drifter's picture

You are not in Japan???? Why not?????

sschu's picture

Gosh I cannot wait for the "drop a nuke on it to stop the leak" or the "sink a ship and cover the hole" or "put a big cork in it" type nonsense that was so prevalent during the gulf oil crisis.

These guys are far more capable and dedicated than we can imagine.  Their homes, family and neighbors are NEARBY and are at risk.  Give them credit for heroic efforts, many have and will die in the process, but they are doing all they can given the hand they have been dealt. 




Citxmech's picture

I wonder if they can even get a truck in there.  I'm sure the roads are completely FUBAR.

Fer Christ's sake, they apparently can't even keep the one trashpump they have pumping seawater into reactor #3 going...

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Hate to be blunt, but this is Japan's problem and no one else's.  And it had better stay that way.

No problem rescuing people, but the radiation is their problem.

Bob's picture

Surely there was a private sector role in this thing?  As in the design, construction, and operation of the plant? 

Who actually owns the plants? 

Of course the government was wrong to allow private industry to perpetrate the power plants upon the society, but now it becomes a spectacular demonstration of government fecklessness alone? 

Looks to me like yet another demonstration that government bought by big business is no more competent than its owners.  And, as always, it is the public that pays the price.