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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knukles's picture

On your way out they ask you to count noses so nobody's left behind.

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture



Just dont look.

tmosley's picture

Man, they are going to have the best sideshow freaks EVER.

Tic tock's picture

...and why is this bullish for the Yen, .?


hedgeless_horseman's picture

Because they have an excellent prestidigiflationist.

jm's picture

Because Mrs. Watanabe is cashing out of her Aussie bonds and wants yen on hand because of the uncertainty.  

Payne's picture

This can be good.  The Tent serves as a quick form for ferro cement.  They can use air pressure to errect the tent, then pour cement from the bottom.  I am hoping that this is what they are proposing vs a circus tent.  I was suggesting that instead of stone aggregate they use scrap steel in the cement mix.  This would allow them to put up a cement dome in 12 days or less.  lets hope!

trav7777's picture

how many times do you guys have to be told why cement entombment won't work?

This is NOT Chernobyl, not even close.  It's a totally different catastrophe with its own technical obstacles.

In fact, the containment apparatus that the west mandated for reactors is now one of the biggest obstacles.  Chernobyl was a riskier reactor design but once it blew its lid, it presented a target to pour shit into.  All that lead they poured in GREATLY assisted the hot reactor materials to flow downward out of the reactor vessel away from moderation, stop fissioning, and eventually disperse and cool into octopus-looking lava formations downpipe. 

At Fukushima plant 1, containment is still "effective," and they have giant 15m^3 assemblies of spent fuel rods still needing cooling.  No amount of concrete can just make this situation go away.

Thorlyx's picture

now what ?

long concrete and short water or long water and short concrete ? I am confused.....

AldoHux_IV's picture

So there are no other options? 

SoNH80's picture

You convinced me with your argument.  This is a classic example of homo sapiens sapiens being clever enough to get into trouble, but not clever enough to get out of it.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Of course this will prevent the world from seeing anything that's going on.....except what they want you to see.


Next we will hear they are doing it "for the children".

FEDbuster's picture

Maybe we could apply the "tent solution" to the FED, the Capital building and White House?  Then pump it full of fumigating gas!

gookempucky's picture

And here I thought Friday the 13th would bring no suprises how MSM of me.

trav7777's picture

Hopefully they subcontract it out like we did in Katrina.

Prime gets $100/sqft and subs to B at 80/sqft to build it who subs to C who gets 60 to build who then subs to D who gets 40 to build who subs to E who gets 20 to build it and who goes out and buys a fucking blue tarp from WalMart and everyone calls it "reconstruction."  And profits.

Meanwhile all those po' po' innocent noble Katrina "refugees" use their FEMA cards at strip clubs and for buying LV merchandise.

oddjob's picture

1-800-GOT-JUNK will soon be on site.

Rick64's picture

Unfortunately this happens quite often with large projects.

mr_T's picture

Reminds me of a scene out of Octopussy.. except the 007 Clown aint coming to the rescue this time.. how are they going to treat radiation poisoning.. how about a Hello Kitty bandaid... what a mess..  

Tic tock's picture

no. no. seriously...how is this bullish for the yen, dull, i know, but i just don't get it?

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magis00's picture

That must have taken forever to type

AUD's picture

No, your first response was more accurate, a predistigiflationist central bank.

It's bullish for the Yen because the bond speculators know the central bank will come through with the 'goods', the 'right stuff'.

The speculators will even sell their 'gold' to get what the central bankers are giving away.

truont's picture

TEPCO's latest press release will say:
"The happy magic tent will stop all the irradiated nanoparticles from escaping. Your safety is most assured!"

The only thing we have to fear is...our leaders' incompetence.

Dr. Engali's picture

Gotta cover the evidence some how. Don't want people peeking in.

falak pema's picture

maybe they have a seal team working on those underground leaks into the water table. If we had the seals incrusted into the water table they could take out those leaking terrorists as they drip through the reactors. Two thousand seals and those reactors would be stable as bin laden's body in deep immersion. We'd lose a few seals but they could be decorated posthumously by O'b as liquidators that saved humanity from the nuclear leak terrorist menace.

carbonmutant's picture

I get, I get it... It's a giant air filter...LOL

TruthInSunshine's picture

I heard the tent is to be branded as K&N or Dyson.

Whoa Dammit's picture

More like a giant pair of queen size pantyhose. While all that polyester might hold in some cellulite, I doubt it will do much to stop any radiation leaks. ;-)

The Answer Is 42's picture

C'mon, where have all the Japanese engineers gone? Isn't a mesh much better? You have to hand-hold the kids on everything nowadays.

The Answer Is 42's picture

Next disaster: TYPHOON. Ooops. But nobody could've thunk that.

truont's picture

Yeah, I'm sure ginormous plastic sheets wont tear or anything during the severe wind conditions that affect Japan's coastline.
"I love it when a plan comes together!" -- Hannibal Smith

HK's picture

"Yeah, I'm sure ginormous plastic sheets wont tear or anything during the severe wind conditions that affect Japan's coastline."


Really, would it matter?

knukles's picture

Fuck yea.  All them plastic beer can rings choke the fish.

Abiotic Oil's picture

If they use both the blue tarps and the heavy duty outdoor duct tape they should be good to go on this thing.  Maybe get some chicken wire in there somewhere for a little more stability.

mt paul's picture

blue tarp 

duct tape 

chicken wire

and some bailing wire...

that problem is dealt with....


FEDbuster's picture

Sounds like a giant, radioactive pinata.

NotApplicable's picture

Don't forget the bungee cords to isolate the stress from the tarps!

While I know this won't work, it's nice to know they are at least pretending not to kill the entire Northern Hemisphere, just their little part of it.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The Japanese authorities have cancelled all Typhoons for the next 5 years. I saw the press release. :>)

Whoops. This just in. Mother Nature has appealed the ruling to a higher authority.

The Answer Is 42's picture

"Mother Nature has appealed the ruling to a higher authority."

No worries. Bernanke has serious personal gripes about Mother Nature. He's not required to recuse himself, either.

jus_lite_reading's picture

BREAKING NEWS: BEnron Bernank just said if the polyester tents don't contain the radiation, he'll print some more dollars and they can super glue it on. That should fix the problem.