Japan's Latest Proposal To Contain Fukushima's Radioactive Fallout - A (Circus) Tent

Tyler Durden's picture

You just can't make this up: proving that Japan can outdo even the Russians when it comes to nuclear crisis "response", Dow Jones reports that the latest scheme to come out of TEPCO is to cover Fukushima with a giant tent. It is unclear if it will have a circus coloration yet. From DJ: "Giant polyester covers will soon be placed around the damaged reactor buildings at Japan's Fukushima nuclear complex to help contain the release of radioactive substances into the atmosphere, the plant operator said Friday. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will install the first cover at the No. 1 reactor, the focus of recent stabilization efforts, starting next month." This probably means that Japan looked long and hard at the concrete shell option and realized it was impossible, which is true. The problem is that by now the melted cores are not in the complex, but deep beneath it and the radioactivity is actively seeping directly into the soil. And since the polyester tent idea is doomed to failure, it is only a matter of time before the Simpsons dome is firmly in place over a ragion with a radius of about 20 kilometers. Impossible you say? Just wait.

From DJ:

Workers will erect a steel framework and place a giant polyester tent-like cover around the reactor building. Similar covers will be placed around units No. 3 and 4. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

A series of hydrogen explosions blew off the roofs and upper walls of the three reactors in the days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out their cooling systems, triggering the overheating of the reactors.

The explosions scattered a large amount of radioactive debris in the area around the reactors. Workers will have to clear the debris near the No. 1 unit so that cranes and other heavy equipment can approach the reactor. TEPCO said it began shifting debris from the area around the unit Friday.

The damaged buildings have come to symbolize the severity of the nuclear crisis at the plant, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

The loss of the roofs and filters above the reactors has led to the steady release of radioactive substances from the complex, prompting calls for measures to contain contamination in the surrounding areas.

Artist's impression of this latest Japanese venture:

h/t Joshua

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carbonmutant's picture

 There seems to be a need to get those pictures off the internet and to prevent any further erosion to TEPCO's credibility going forward...

redpill's picture

And won't be complete until the end of the year!  The lack of urgency spectacularly demonstrates that they have essentially admitted that they will be unable to contain this disaster for the foreseeable future.

Reactor 1 experienced full meltdown, the building is insanely radioactive, they won't be able to fix the cooling system without killing workers in the process, they have no ability to contain the problem, these buildings are gigantic, the tent gag is a pathetic admission of total helplessness.


Mactheknife's picture

Its called the "China Syndrome" in the west. Core melts through the floor and doesn't stop till it comes out in China. I suppose we can expect a reactor core popping up in Jersey at some point.

RichardENixon's picture

That will make for an interesting episode of "Jersey Shore"

bentaxle's picture

improvements, quite possibly?

jus_lite_reading's picture



The earth is being destroyed by GREEEEEED!!!!

Ruffcut's picture

More like dickweeds.


"gotta show who owns the planet. If we can't buy it and control it, we'll simple kill it." 

jus_lite_reading's picture

Polyester... its the new lead. Who knew? Why the hell did those Chernobyl "liquidators" wear FUCKKING LEAD SUITS when they could have simply worn polyester? Idiots. The Japanese are so smart. This shows.... (sarcasm off now)


Devore's picture

It's to contain radioactive particles/dust from flying around, and rain water from getting in and washing things out. Same as the Chernobyl sarcophagus, which is more like a tarp than a tomb.

Incubus's picture

Correct me if my assumption is incorrect: wouldn't the radioactive stuff just kind of just get past the earth's crust, if that, and kind of become...largely ineffective in an ocean of molten lava?

And then, with the whole spinny-earth thing, it'd—what would be "left" of it—just kind of end up floating around where-ever the earth's molten lava stuff flows?  Maybe eventually just get close to the core of the earth, or something?  I don't believe it's hot enough to "burn through" the earth.

Jim Lahey's picture

"Spinny-earth thing"

Great comment Sarah Palin.  When are you announcing?

Dave Thomas's picture

Mr Lahey, We've gotta get a shit tent up, before the radioactive shitwaves trigger an epic shitnami!

Mec-sick-o's picture

Now, I call that a "backfire".

XenoFrog's picture

That might happen, if there wasn't gravity. Assuming there's no explosion from hitting the water table (which is probably only a few feet under the soil in that location anyway), the fuel would burn down into the crust until the pressure and heat of the surrounding rock matched that of the fuel. It probably wouldn't even hit the mantle.

EnglishMajor's picture

Actually, it wreaks a little more havoc before it reaches us. When it sinks the first 15 meters or so, it hits the groundwater and causes a violent eruption with geysers full of radioactive material (about half the size of a grain of salt) spewing out of the ground and into the upper atmosphere for the rest of the world to enjoy even moreso than the shit we have already received.

That Peak Oil Guy's picture

If this accident happened in the US I don't think our response would be much better.  Once you let the nuclear genie out of its bottle it is incredibly hard to get it back in.

What this really demonstrates is that we humans are not able to deal with the consequences of nuclear power when it escapes our control.


mkkby's picture

History will mark this event as the birth of a new human sub species -- the 2-headed japanese sloth, aka morlock.

Dolar in a vortex's picture

They can defray the cost of clean up with monthly advertising panels on the tent, all the way to 2012. Double your money back guarantee if the world ends sooner!


I wonder if anyone laughed out loud in the media room when the tent was announced?

bigdumbnugly's picture

advertising panels and maybe a little weenie roast too?  


Ruffcut's picture

It makes you wonder if the journalist don't go "sheen" buggy from all the bullshit.

Most likely all press have pre-meetings with the minister of psyops, or oopsie the clown.

augie's picture

Is that the tent the unicorns are kept in?

FEDbuster's picture

"the Simpson's dome" made me spit coffee on my keyboard.  Que up the Benny Hill music...


FIAT_FixItAgainTony's picture

thanks for the link fed.  i forgot how perfect benny hill music is for the fuk-us-all-ma situation. 

i pictured the blue tarps and the workers on fast speed motion video like in a famous chase scene at the end of a benny hill episode.  what a hoot.  too bad it's a deadly hoot.

"he who laughs last had the strongest resistence to being irradiated."

tpberg7's picture

Bozo the Clown Bitchez!

TheTmfreak's picture

First thing I thought of is that silly circus music.

Now I have it stuck in my head. Oh silly japan...

Zero Govt's picture

well they have the clowns of Tepco and the Jap Govt, only fitting they have the circus tent to go on-site at Fukinshambles (the artists impression above is inspired:)

thank heavens the Olympic Committee weren't impressed with Tokyos bid which led on being 'green and environmentally friendly' and possibly the last ever games before the Earth fried due to natures benign and beneficial airbourne fertilizer, CO2

Tokyo obviously didn't realise burning hydrocarbons wasn't either a real or immediate threat but their very own splitting Uranium atoms sited in easy reach of a half decent tsunami ...so why not build an Olympic Stadium at Fukinshambles rather than a circus tent, it sure is turning into a Marathon event loaded with fancy dress clowns, muppets and cartoon characters 

cowdiddly's picture

Just when you think the world could not possible get anymore sureal you get the Barnam and Bailey treatment. Fitting I suppose.

centerline's picture

Bread and circuses for the masses!

tpberg7's picture

This is a replica of Bozo'z Big Top and inside the tent is the "Grand Prize Game".

knukles's picture


Well, somebody had to say it, to stand astride the madness and command a moment of sanity.

There is a most wonderful use for Fuckushittinme.  Bury Osama's body therein.  Think of the new tourism it would attract to the site, aid in the reconstruction of Japan.  Not to mention forward the Eugenicist's population management goals.

Why is it I have to think of everything?

(sounds of calliope music)

FEDbuster's picture

We can only hope the Falcon Heene isn't trapped in the reactor building when the tent goes up.

StychoKiller's picture

This way to the Great Egress! ----------->>

Transformer's picture

This might be a good interim solution.  Certainly not permanent.

Stormdancer's picture

I'm not sure it's even an interim solution.  Look at what they're going to have...

Hot steamy air rising off the spent fuel pool, trapped by a fabric barrier.  Relative humidity probably near 100% inside.  The steam has radioactive material entrained.

Now a cool Japanese morning...if they don't have massive filters and air moving equipment to dehumidify the interior of that "tent", condensation (probably lots of it) on the inside of that fabric seems likely.

Are they getting ready to build the world's biggest artificial, radioactive temperate rain forest?  Will workers be able to get anything done with radioactive rain falling on them every time a gust vibrates the tent?

Hopefully they're paying attention to ventilation...it's going to matter.

Whoa Dammit's picture

There's a fuel born every day!

Imminent Collapse's picture

Jugglers can't be too far behind.

TheJudge2012's picture

You're a chemist. Will radioactive material from Fukushima settle to the bottom of water, milk?

gookempucky's picture

From a gardeners view, some plutonian rods grow very well in shade.

TD are you sure this isnt a Monty Python comeback attempt- if it is they will do splendidly.

TruthInSunshine's picture

And on Honshu, they will not only have a Circus Tent, but Fukushima Daiichi will be the gift that keeps giving (for nuclear material half-lives for the ages):

  • Bearded Ladies
  • Three Headed Elephants & Giraffes
  • Sword & Flame Swallowers
  • And a 'Clown Car' Where 127 Adults Climb Out From Within
Rick64's picture

Maybe they are planning to turn it into a tourist attraction like Chernobyl.

http://www.tourkiev.com/chernobyltour/     sounds like a fun place to take the kids

Whoa Dammit's picture

TEPCO is going to play up the polyester idea in its new directive to enhance revenue through attracting global tourism. Because their market research is telling them that 70’s disco has great appeal, they will be adding a dance floor with mirrored balls inside the tent. “Staying Alive” and “Disco Inferno” will be used as a basis for branded merchandise…