Latest Digitalglobe Satellite Photos Of Fukushima Show Extensive Damage To Reactors 2 And 4

Tyler Durden's picture

Satellite imaging company Digitalglobe has just released its latest flyover image of reactors 1 through 4. Sadly, each one appears to have suffered extensive damage.

Wider angle:

Source: Digitalglobe

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cossack55's picture

I understand that is less than good when you can see the containment vessel thru the wall.

Cursive's picture

A statement even the doom-mockers would have difficulty making light of.

bankrupt JPM buy silver's picture

You crazy.  What ZH forgot to address in this picture is right above it, Ben is flying a helicopter and literally dropping bags of US dollars to try and put the fires out.  Ben for Prez.

jschurchin's picture


I don't care who you are, thats funny!!!

Ident 7777 economy's picture


Speaking as an engineer, I hate it when a design fails ... this is breaking some guys heart right now to see the walls literally 'blown out' out of these reactors ... it's like watching one's kids 'go wrong' ...




Ha ha ... pussy junkers (plural now); posting from mom's basement again this morning are we? Or the library? Should have made a comment and 'locked' my ability to extend and amend, pussies.


It's easy to tell none of you sorry SOB's has ever had to sign-off on a project (literally: a major engineering project e.g. a building, a plant, comm infrastructure, etc) that impacted the public in some way; it can weigh on one's mind and is something that some of us out there in the REAL WORLD (vs cyber space) take seriously.

Of course, you arm-chair, mouse-pad mercenaries will never understand this, never comprehend this ... living off of a relative or family member, or out-right govt welfare as you do ...


Let's take a moment to educate your 'young mind' on the subject of "projects":

"Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, securing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. It is sometimes conflated with program management, however technically that is actually a higher level construction: a group of related and somehow interdependent engineering projects."

"Project planning is part of project management, which relates to the use of schedules such as Gantt charts to plan and subsequently report progress within the project environment.

Initially, the project scope is defined and the appropriate methods for completing the project are determined. Following this step, the durations for the various tasks necessary to complete the work are listed and grouped into a work breakdown structure. The logical dependencies between tasks are defined using an activity network diagram that enables identification of the critical path ..."



TomJoad's picture



I'm sure the usual idiots will be here backpedalling shortly. "I NEVER said there wasn't anything to worry about"


Jump! You Fuckers!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I agree and thank you for saying that.

One must aways be wary of self proclaimed "experts". I am always careful when posting pictures and commentary to disclaim expertise and will always label my speculation as speculation and I will admit when I am speaking totally out of my ass. This is how credibility is built, not by shouting at others for being ignorant or stupid, but by carefully wording what you think you know and don't know and where you are downright shaky.

When people are treated with respect and dignity it's amazing how much trust they will offer. But in a world of official abuse and propaganda, many minds are beginning to wake up to the control dynamic that is becoming more and more obvious, even here on ZH.  

duo's picture

Denninger is worried, should I be worried now?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I was joking with Banzai7 very early this morning about precisely when to panic if one wishes to be out in front of the (panicked) herd. I told Banzai7 I carried my own personal panic button to be used at a moments notice and I was waiting on him for "the word".

Then the Japanese Emperor was trotted out in front of the camera's to speak words of reassurance. Banzai7 sent me a simple joke email message.

Now is the time to panic. :>).

Ident 7777 economy's picture

How about: Make informed, knowledgeable decisions (rather than outright panic).


I know, you're being light-hearted about this (gallows humor* and all that).


* ... a type of humor that arises from stressful, traumatic, or life-threatening situations; often in circumstances such that death is perceived as impending and unavoidable. It is similar to black comedy but differs in that it is made by the person affected.


Nice button by the way ... mind if I borrow it (for off-site use)?



Ident 7777 economy's picture

Jump! You Fuckers!

- - - - - - - - - - -

One of my favorites:


"Hey  Mr. Banker -

You can't take much

of what you've been dishing out,

It's your turn to get downsized,

what? you going to do now?

Open up the window and checkout the view

Jump! you fu- - - "







johnQpublic's picture

++good you can see the core thru the walls....saves sending someone in to look for themselves

if the containment vessel is still there, it certainly has neither escaped nor melted down.


hows that for doom mocking?

Cindy_Dies_In_The_End's picture

ummm... I'm assuming thats all sarcasm, otherwise I think the radioactive fallout melted your brain already.

johnQpublic's picture

i only do sarcasm, but thanks for asking

cossack55's picture

I love sarcasm, but irony is even more satisfying.  I was able to hone my gallows humor to a dull edge thru one and 1/4 wars.  Wonderful comedy environment.

Math Man's picture

ou guys should read this... and pay close attention to the diagrams.

The damage you see is in the secondary containment area... which has metal walls.  The primary containment area is below and has think concrete walls - and does not appear damaged in the photos.



BigJim's picture

"Omen" Oehmen's article has been completely discredited:

And thus, now, so have you.

Math Man's picture

There was actually ZERO attempt at discrediting anything in the article.   Once again, Tyler just calling people names because he felt like it, and you take it as Gospel.   Fuck you, doomer!  Go bury some silver in your back yard.

patience...'s picture

Being so calm all the time getting to ya MM.

I keep telling you, it's not over yet.

gabeh73's picture

The spent fuel rods in the roof have merely been sprinkled around Japan. Don't worry, this is actually a safe way of disposing of old nuke fuel.

Sure garden hoses are not the normal way of cooling nukes, but in a pinch it works just as well. The radiation is decreasing every day as the reactions die down anyways.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

++good you can see the core thru the walls....saves sending someone in to look for themselves

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Cough - cough ... that one was a true LOL moment!!


Only recovering just now ...


Good one.


Ben Probanke's picture

Japan has raised the maximum radiation dose allowed for nuclear workers, to 250 millisieverts from 100 millisieverts. It described the move as "unavoidable due to the circumstances

uhb's picture

The official speak is "not so good". But don't worry, they have a magic shield deployed at a 30km radius.... no worries outside 30km... nothing to see here, move along and BTFD...

Byte Me's picture

No4 looks much worse on here than in your earlier pic looking across No3 to the 'good' side of 4.

HamyWanger's picture

I wouldn't worry about this. It's just a couple of tiles which fell from the rooftop, and some water steam from the cooling system. 

Mudflap's picture

Exactly! Just get a new desk and carry on...

"All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk."
--Ronald Reagan (Republican candidate for president), cited in the Burlington (Vermont) Free Press, February 15, 1980.  (In reality, the average nuclear reactor generates 30 tons of radioactive waste per year.)


Byte Me's picture

"All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk."

How? 30' hole under the desk??

LRC Fan's picture

Meh, the Dow is already bouncing off its lows.  Priced in last night when the Nikkei melted up. 

HamyWanger's picture

The Pigmen will always bend the rules and screw the little guy.

Learn it, love it, trade it. 

DOW +3% today. 

Cursive's picture

Where did Harry Wanger go? I guess Prof. K wrote some thesis and now his work is done?

tmosley's picture

Two words: autoerotic asphyxiation. 

Slightly less embarrassing than his posts.

johnQpublic's picture

i call rule 34

autoerotic radiation

LFMayor's picture

You really think he swung a Hung Fu?  A Michael Hutchense?

Cursive's picture


LOL. He was found with his belt around his neck and tied to the bedpost of a display at a Detroit area home furnishings store.

Bodhi's picture

Look over at MW.  Someone over there with a similar moniker shows up to quell the nuclear hysterics and pump AAPL.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Based upon Harry's writing style, word usage etc I say s/he has taken on a new persona/ID here at ZH. I won't name names simply because it would be pure speculation on my part, but many have made the same observation. Harry had lost all credibility under the "Harry" moniker.

So the game now is not where's Waldo but where's Harry?

homersimpson's picture

Hamy is just a dumbass version of Harry.. which is like saying Bernanke is dumber than a melon..

Learn it, love it, trade it my ass. More like burn it, hate it, monetize it.

jus_lite_reading's picture

NO need to worry! Another $400 Trillion pumped into the markets will take care of everything! I mean shit, the Nikkei closed up 5%! Everything is just FFING GREAT!

colonial's picture

no matter what the R2K must go higher...this is the word of ben bernanke

Jim in MN's picture

Geez, come on:

Fukushima No. 3 reactor's container feared damaged: Edano

Followed by (no really)

URGENT: Severe damage to No. 3 reactor's containment vessel unlikely: Edano

TOKYO, March 17, Kyodo

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano suggested Wednesday it is unlikely that the containment vessel of the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has been damaged severely.

''The possibility of the No. 3 reactor having suffered severe damage to its containment vessel is low,'' the government's nuclear disaster headquarters reported.

The top government spokesman pointed out earlier in the day that the containment vessel may have been damaged, noting that steam was spewing out of part of the critical structure.


sangell's picture

I notice NHK has some nice architectural models now of the power plant complete with bent structural steel and even that mottled paint job.

fuu's picture

3 is just gone. At this point I do not believe a word coming out of the Japanese government or TEPCO.

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

Not good, comrades!

VinniPukh's picture

FYI - The Russians just parachuted in two of their best from '86

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Ancona's picture

This is beyond "not good". The potential for worldwide contamination grows every hour. If they cannot keep these things covered with water, they will eventually blow up. That means the worlds largest dirty bomb will provide us with radioactive compounds for the forseeable future.

Got lead?