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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TruthInSunshine's picture

Designing the Walkman and CD were far easier than dealing with Fuk-U-Shima.


knukles's picture

And the world was terrified of Japanese financial domination.  NTT had a market cap greater than all of the NYSE, they bought Pebble Beach tried to build massive housing projects forgetting about Coastal Commission approval (and went bankrupt), bought the upper half of Citicorp Center in a condominium arrangement and went long Rockefeller Center.

And how'd all that work out?
Americans were not termed Yankee Traders for naught. 

Silverhog's picture

I was on Bozo when I was a kid. Mr. Ringmaster had a broken leg, Bozo smoked endless cigarettes. They gave us bottles of blue shoe polish as gifts when we left. 

RichardENixon's picture

Oh, so you were the kid whining about all the cigarettes. Had to do something to pass the time on that stupid show. And that wasn't shoe polish, it was hair dye.

TrustWho's picture

"the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986"

TEPCO has surpassed the Russians. Either the scale needs to be increased to "10" or Chernobyl and 3 mile Island needs to fall. I feel so sorry for the Japan people, but TEPCO has top honors as this will be a scar forever.

Just imagine, the US can not get people to allow the government to store spent fuel rods in salt pits deep under the earth. Well, Japan is providing a new storage technique on the surface of the earth next to an ocean.

knukles's picture

"since" Chernobyl?

And no, Nagasaki and Hiroshima were not accidents.

Who the fuck thinks this shit up?

Hephasteus's picture

Tepco is the nuclear accident to end all nuclear accidents.

Weimar-eddie's picture

But . . . it only costs $5 an oz. to get a global radioactive atmospheric plume out of the ground.

bugs_'s picture

another phrase to add to the zerohedge lexicon

shall it be "fukushima tent" or "tepco tent"


JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

"cluster tent" ... as in cluster tent the bond market ... etc.

Urban Redneck's picture

"Operation BIG SHEEEET is a go."

plocequ1's picture

This is bullish for Barnum and bailey. 

nah's picture

not even the gods can pray under the shao-lin tent of power

TheBaker's picture

And radiation's effect on polyester is...?

knukles's picture


Who cares?

What about the heat, like One Bazillion Degrees Kelvin?  Shit'll melt. 
Like right through the earth's crust, so don't start any crapola about polyabsobinatemobettaheadbreatherbagoliner don't melt.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Fukushima will be turned into the world's largest open air clothes dryer.

You'll see clothes lines for miles.

They will become China's laundry mat.


No ticky no laundry    
Kina's picture

They are trying to shrink wrap Fukushima?

franzpick's picture

Well, this project will give new meaning to the old warning: now we'll be looking for the nose of the camel coming out of the tent.

Clowns on Acid's picture

Clowns love tents. Clowns in the Lame Stream Media love face paint. Clowns want to keep you under their tent of consciousness.

Breaking news ...

a Video of Pippa Middleton dancing Salsa in her Dad pants has been LEAKED on the Internet

on other News
The Nuclear plan at Fukushima will keep LEAKING for years.



oogs66's picture

The real plan is giant fans to blow the radiation away..

Jack Burton's picture

 TEPCO has become a clown show, so why not put them under a circus tent?  They are making the 1980's Soviet Union look like a team of professionals! And that ain't easy!

Threeggg's picture

Is a union shop going to erect this HEPA certified tent. ?

Oh..........The scabs can have this one, and you promise not to put a big blowup blue rat at the gate entrance .................................?

Only this one time................................!

pinky swear-x



brian0918's picture

At least a circus tent would finally make a spectacle out of this minor incident.

GolfHatesMe's picture

Is that a tent on your reactor, or are you just happy to see me

Alert's picture

What a waste of time!  Think of the risk of human life.  I would like to see the CEO setting up that Circus tent!

TruthInSunshine's picture

Under the Tent, Disney will sponsor 'TEPCO on Ice' at their new Fukushima Theme Park.

In other news, they say the Tent will be made out of the same material those pleated HEPA furnance filters are.

Drachma's picture

WTF does this have to do with containing the release of radioactivity? Someone, bring in the clowns.

jimijon's picture

Wow that Simpson gag was really funny

franzpick's picture

So BAC, WFC, JPM and others should likewise tent all their foreclosures so no one can see the growing extent of the residential meltdown and the upcoming explosion in the shadow inventory problem.

TruthInSunshine's picture

As long as people within a major ass radius of Fukushima don't eat anything, drink anything or breathe, they'll be absolutely fine.

They should also wrap their skin and anything they plan on touching or handling in Doc Marten's anti-nuclear particle shield.

knukles's picture

Like the CPI ex-food and air.


aerial view's picture

Perhaps this is the new location for Guantanamo prisoners although I would much prefer it for the bankstas. TEPCO now stands for: Terrorist (and other) Evil People Containment Operation

SoNH80's picture

There is a precedent.  During the summer of '45, Japanese civilians were issued pails to fight the fires resulting from hundreds of tons of napalm carpet-dropped over their homes and businesses.  I officially despair for the Japanese people, and for the rest of us sorry SOB's.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Do you mean to imply that the U.S. Government lied to American school teachers and school children when instructing them to duck and cover under their plywood school desks (attached to plastic chair) in the event of a Nuclear Holocaust exchange between the U.S. & Soviet Union?

How dare you!



SoNH80's picture

That's right, I'm a parlor pink defeatist!  (sarc squared)

Herman Strandschnecke's picture

Or how about this?


The Millenium Dome - now known as the O2.

In London.

Sweet Chicken's picture

I am really not feeling the humor in all of this.

The Answer Is 42's picture

Wow, hey everybody, here's someone still with hope!

Sweet Chicken's picture

Actually that has depleted some time ago. This story is very depressing to me and I am  amazed how it has fallen off the world's  radar.

jm's picture

I feel it too, man. 

People trip on MDMA every once in a while because of these things... gives quite a snapback.

digalert's picture

Can you say TARP? Hey the US knows all about TARP's.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Fukushima Prefecture certainly qualifies as a toxic asset.

The Answer Is 42's picture

Coming to think of it, doesn't the hot, open reactors, or rather what's left of'em, create a perfect spot for tornadoes? Yikes.

Muir's picture

ZHs excellent timely coverage of this disaster has far eclipsed any in print or anywhere else, congrats!




That wasn't sarcastic. I've said ZH did the best reporting on this weeks and weeks ago.

And by "timely" I meant it.

Yeah, frontline will do a piece a year from now but ZH did it in real time, as it was happening.


I was one of the first to say so.


NotApplicable's picture

I had to LOL at your edit.

Now you know the price you have to pay to troll.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

i'm very sympathetic;  my shorts have a tent in them. 

polyester.  polyester?  oh well, we trust them b/c they know best, right?