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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Jack Burton's picture

 It should be a simple matter to access the data on Typhoon frequency for that part of the Japanese coast. But I bet they haven't even thought of checking to see landfall likelyhood.These clowns deserve a circus tent. No way they have a clue how to contain these reactors. One reactor is a problem, 4 is a friggen disaster.

Add 1 typhoon making landfall and it increases by orders of magnitude, imagine the radioactive material being picked up on 100 MPH winds!

Hephasteus's picture

What about the concrete hat.

Operation sombrero. Operation big gulf hat fail.

Funny though. Wall street want's to open a water futures market to sell water to people after GE fucking kills them with thier retarded fucking reactors.

Ruffcut's picture

Water futures?

WTF, though good idea for it is only a little bit important, especially how quickly we are contaminating it.

Next they'll use moodys,S and P and fitch to give the ratings for the water quality, too.

Silverhog's picture

A tent will hide how crummy it looks from the sky. But what if the tent fills with Hydrogen?

thedrickster's picture



Does anyone know why <IMG> images display in preview mode but not when actually posted?

NotApplicable's picture

Good thing polyester friction doesn't generate static electricty!

Oh, wait...

friendly manitoba's picture

seems like a very good idea  - curious who would mock this ? 

tmosley's picture

For a preview of the circus to come, have a look here: http://read.homeunix.com/onlinereading/?image=Gyo%20Complete/gyo-v02c05-...[mf-m-s]/Gyo%20v02%20c05%20pg077.jpg&server=nas.html

Warning, not for those with weak stomachs.

Tic tock's picture

OMG, does no-one care about the yen?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Banzai7 always seems to be one step ahead of the insanity.

WB7, do you have some undisclosed conflict of interest we should know about? :>)

Janice's picture

The purpose of the tent is to keep out the prying US Google eyes.

jus_lite_reading's picture

LMAO!!! I knew you would come up with something!!! HAHA

Buck Johnson's picture

You are dead on, dead on.  One, how and how long will the workers be working around the reactor area if the radiation is to high to put up this tent (which will not stop the radiation at all).  Two, what will the core's and the spent fuel rods be doing while they take close to 6 months to erect this thing.  Every week we are hearing about higher radiation measurements farther away and also fires happening in empty spent fuel ponds.  They haven't a clue what to do, because there isn't any directions or rules on something like this.  They are making it up as they go along, and it may cost them 2/3 of japan not being habitable permenantly.

chunga's picture

Somebody please tell me this is some sort of hoax.

5/12/2011 -- URGENT !! NILU - Norsk Institute = ZARDOZ = radiation @ VERY HIGH levels

Hurry! I'm almost out of tin foil.

Hephasteus's picture

Nope that's pretty much it. Welcome to the tin foil hat brigade.

chunga's picture

But the Fukushima thing is all over-blown...it has to be true...it's all over the Internet.

Is there another Internet? I don't like this one.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

Before you panic and by more Yen, understand that the ZARDOZ images he is looking at is a SIMULATION.

Hephasteus's picture

Ya and weather can change it. And etc etc. But this is 4 nuclear reactors. 4 times worse than chernobyl. If it was capped. It's not capped. It's not in a containment vessel. It's blown all over the place and it's not uranium. It's uranium with a shit load of plutonium.

Steve Jobs is probably already underground wtih his version of a swedish nurse.

traderjoe's picture

And just a few spent fuel rods. 

Hephasteus's picture

Ya it's like comparing a coffee can in a bathtub to a grain silo in a several olympic swimming pools.

TruthInSunshine's picture

So it's somewhat like carrying chocolate, and having someone with peanut butter run into you...

...but worse.

Hephasteus's picture

No it's more like a hedge. Sell insurance knowing that if any natural disaster is big enough for a payout it's big enough to murder everyone you owe.

silver140's picture

Thanks, I've noticed the NILU site has stopped flow dispersion charts, the Eurad site, I can't get up to date charts.

knukles's picture

And Canada stopped measurements.  Between the NOAA, CDC and whoeverthefuckelse in the US claims no data, no reportie. (LOL, get it?)  The Norwegian site stops posting, EURAD disappears.....

....just a fucking coincidence.

Look!  Quick!
Last night's American Idol rerun is on!

jus_lite_reading's picture

Wait! Isn't ZARDOZ the movie about a post nuclear world where everyone gets radiatied??? Sean Connery is in it.... WTF?!

Global Hunter's picture

If that tent does it what it is supposed to who will want to go into it?

augie's picture

those cooky japanese kids will be throwing raves and drifting their cars through that tent in a fortnight.

Ruffcut's picture

Who really wants to get anywhere near it now?

It's sure not on my bucket list.

takinthehighway's picture

What they'll do is project movies onto the polyester screening and market it as the world's largest drive-in movie theater!

VyseLegendaire's picture

What a fucking flea circus of biblical proportions.


High Plains Drifter's picture

its the greatest story never told...........

TimmyM's picture

Bring on the giant lizards!........  



tip e. canoe's picture

Pay no attention to glowing green men behind the curtain!

sangell's picture

Well, if it will keep seagulls and other birds from roosting on the reactor buildings it might save some lives and not just avian.

Think of the poor Japanese fellow who lives a few miles up or down the coast from Fukushima. He comes out and sees a gull has made a deposit on his car. He goes and gets a moist paper towel to wipe it off not knowing he just grabbed a handful of radioactive bird shit.

pitz's picture

Nothing with a little bit of radioactivity.  Cesium goes very well as an addition to breakfast cereal.

ZackAttack's picture

Forbidden Zone, bitchez!

solidsteele's picture

Tyler - You need to add an ongoing "You just can't make this shit up!" Section to the website as a heading.

Commander Cody's picture

Polyester - how 70s.

The Answer Is 42's picture

I was just gonna say. For all this bs they don't even have the sensibility of using 100% cotton.

The Answer Is 42's picture

Good point. Unlike cotton, polyester digs in heels in face of advancing radioactivity. Tough sons of bitches.

But still, I heard polyester increases chance of allergy in babies. Doesn't anybody think of babies anymore?

knukles's picture

Poly, schmolie! 
Try being allergic to latex during a prostate exam.

High Plains Drifter's picture

tents are made in china and subject to stringent QC.............

b_thunder's picture

25 years ago, in 1986, the entire world was scared of japanese technological domiantion.

25 years ago, in 1986, the entire world was laughing at the backwardness and technological obsolescence of the Soviet industry, and were downright scared that the bankrupt nation would simply fall apart and the nules woudl scatter around the world...

Guess what?

25 years ago, in 1986, the Soviets managed to seal off Chernobyl's #4 reactor.  yes, there were minor leaks afterwards, and yes, the "sarcophagus" was not made permanent (but nevertheless it's been standign for 24+ years) , and yes, 500K peopel may have gotten radiation poisoning of various severity levels.

but 25 years later, the mighty and wealthy Japan that makes walking, dancing, guitar and ping-pong playing robots can't do sh*t about their reactors!

go figure.....