New Close Up Video Of Fukushima Destruction Released, As Black Smoke Prompts Evacuation Of Plant

Tyler Durden's picture

Tokyo's utility company said on Wednesday that black smoke has been seen emerging from Unit 3 of the crippled nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, prompting a new evacuation of the complex. Officials with Tokyo Electric Power Co. said on Wednesday that workers from the entire Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have been temporarily evacuated. Operators of the power station have been desperately trying to cool the reactors and spent fuel pools at the plant after it was damaged by this month's tsunami, which knocked out power to the cooling systems. Unclear if TEPCO has any other good news straw men up its sleeve post the completion of Operation Power Chord. We still believe a concrete sarcophagus will be the next step.

The update from RIA Novosti

And a fresh close up video of Fukushima courtesy of RT (another Russian news site):

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jus_lite_reading's picture

HOLY CRAPOLA!!! Forget black smoke! The NYT reports 23 nuclear reactors in the US are the same as Fukushima and they are doomed after an earthquake!


Careless Whisper's picture

New York City Mayor Bloomberg, aboard his private jet, on his way to his weekend retreat in Bermuda: Just because the Indian Point Nuclear Plant is built on two fault lines doesn't mean it isn't safe.


jus_lite_reading's picture

We must be living in the TWILIGHT ZONE! WTF!!

MIKE! YOU SOB! You'll be the first one to leave if Indian Point blows!

Ident 7777 economy's picture

+1 Fear mongering

+2 Calling out Bloomidiot

Oh regional Indian's picture

Rats deserting a sinking ship.

Is Obama back in town? If he is, all must be safe and well. Unless his Samba practise shakes some plates, tectonically speaking.

Sadly though, it does "feel" like the US is the next target.


disfiguredskating's picture

NOW it is OK to trust the media's reporting? 

oogs66's picture

Black smoke, does that mean we have a new pope? 

Thorlyx's picture

nope, still working on that.

Hedge Jobs's picture

nah, thats white smoke. but it does mean they better start praying.

Zina's picture

"Habemus papam" is the white smoke... As a Brazilian comedian wrote some decades ago: "White smoke is the new Pope's election or marijuana, probably the second".

They had white smoke in Fukushima some days ago. Now they are in the black smoke stage. And I bet that's not just some car tires burning...

knukles's picture

(softly humming come on baby light my fire)

Arch Duke Ferdinand's picture

""They had white smoke in Fukushima some days ago. Now they are in the black smoke stage. And I bet that's not just some car tires burning...""

Add..."Tainted and Poisoned" Drinking Water for 30 - 50 million Tokyo citizens? (tap water)

Can you say World's Most Tragic Historical Event

...A "Mass Exodus" is an understatement.

27 Signs That The Nuclear Crisis In Japan Is Much Worse Than Either The Mainstream Media Or The Japanese Government Have Been Telling Us...

Five Reasons Why Canada's Four Western Provinces is the Safest Quadrant on this Planet

Wrong Side Up....OT Comedy...

cowdiddly's picture

Well I think we can identify a pattern for the future in a New world ran by corporate oligarcy. They have already destroyed the Island of Japan and the Gulf of Mexico with denial. Whist the marketing departments are busy planning the release of new food dishes. Shrimp Creole with Corexeit Sauce Piquant and Extra Fatty Nine Fin Tuna Sushi with Iridesant Rice and Mutant Seaweed. 

Citxmech's picture

Hey!  Quit telling people about Western Canada.  The last thing we need here in the Pacific NW is roving hoards of refugees heading this way.

NumberNone's picture

Happened to have NHK streaming when an expert was talking about this.  He says the black smoke is burning grease.  Draw your own conclusions.



bob_dabolina's picture

biorobots on deck.

ArgentDawn's picture

Who would have ever thought we'd be relying on Russian news to know what's really going on?

fredquimby's picture

Since quake, I have been watching the Russian RT TV on (english) cable and also on youtube. Max Keiser has a spot on there too.... is he banned in the USA??!! haha Go MAX!

John Law Lives's picture

RT has had some decent coverage of these events.

Judge Judy Scheinlok's picture

"We still believe a concrete sarcophagus will be the next step"

It should have been the first step but the Japs know the wind patterns will give appropriate payback to the owners of the energy ray that caused this.

Pearl Harbor II

fredquimby's picture

revengamundo. Best served cold and slightly irradiated.

bingaling's picture

I am still in awe of the fact markets have held it together with all of this . Inflation should be well above 8% given the indication from CB's willingness to "do whatever it takes" to not let the bubble burst .

John Law Lives's picture

Centrally planned markets do not allow for true price discovery.  The Fed has no intention to allow for true price discoverywhilst they are pumping.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Reminds me of the Egyptian stock market.  Temporary shut down.  Will be back online soon.  Don't panic. 

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

i don't think they got it under control.

Reptil's picture

No, it doesn't look like they are in control at all.

Mad respect for those firemen. >__<

bob_dabolina's picture

I wonder how that camera man feels knowing he's going to die from accute radiation poisoning, a symptom of which includes bleeding of the anus.

willien1derland's picture

shhh, the Japanese Government told him that the video camera emits an anti-radiation signal that can also be used as a flashlight -

The Butchers Dog's picture

He's Russian.  They are immunte to it.

cossack55's picture

Beginning to look more and more like a coal-fired power plant.

Hedge Jobs's picture

i still cant beleive "operation extension chord" didnt come up with the goods

John Law Lives's picture

What?  I was sure that would do the trick.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

could it be the japanese still have The Moody Blues after succeeding in their national k'west of In Search Of The Lost Chord?

listen:  get in there and get the place ready for burial!  everybody's gotta die sometime.  judge judy is planning her trip to help.  all she cares about at this point is pulling a train of nukuler rodz.  she has rubbed her genie to an orange-red glow, and wants her wishes granted,  NOW, dammit, janet!

slewie the pi-rat's picture


i'm gonna stay in cali and smoke some "heavy" THC. 

i'm sure everyone will be real surprised at that one!

Contra_Man's picture

Just more hot air - likely another story to continue the evil process of displacing more hot cesium and other radioactive molecule vapour into land, air and sea.

But is the Jet stream being used intentionally as a weapon of mass destruction mule?

Black smoke? That could be the only good news in nearly two weeks....Thermoscans with calibrated readings only please as documented evidence.  

Reptil's picture

wait what? mules? now I'm confused

TradingJoe's picture

And on another note, what's new from the ME?!?!

oogs66's picture

And what ever happened to the oil/silt in the gulf?  How long does it take to figure out if something is there and what it is?

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Looks like it is on and being massively covered up. Again!

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Right, 'again'.

Need a new playbook ...

SWRichmond's picture

Are there any pooches left for TEPCO to screw?

strenue's picture

The SFR are still barking.

hamurobby's picture

According to bloomberg this morning, Temco says they cant give radiation readings because of lack of power...


SWRichmond's picture

$600 Billion for the markets, and TEPCO can't scrounge up a battery operated teletector.  JHFC.

I just now watched the second video.  Are those firefighters on site?  Do you see how there have been no resources mobilized for this event?  Does anyone wonder why the situation there continues to deteriorate?  No one is willing to step forward and take command and hence be responsible.  So, nothing gets done.  No one advocates.  There's no one standing in the PMs office screaming his fucking head off 24/7.  Just a bunch of leaderless ants running around.

Un Fucking Believable.

Matte_Black's picture

Mr Richmond. Your stance on the issue appears to have evolved over the past few days.

Not that I blame you, sir. Calm and clarity of thought are valuable disciplines that require courage in the face of monumental crisis. Personally, I've been at the 'Holy Fuckin Shit' end of the scale since this thing started, so far be it from me to wag a finger.

I'm curious to know, though, if you still maintain that nuclear power generation remains an indespensible component of our energy future.

SWRichmond's picture

Yes, I do.  This event should have been terminated days ago. 

My position has evolved in light of events, which seem to keep repeating from one unit to the next, as if they can't anticipate what comes next, or they have no resources with which to respond.  Both are unacceptable.  No one's in charge.  Isn't that obvious by now?

Knowing what I know of American nuclear ops culture, and granted I'm speculating like crazy about Japan, but I stand by this statement I made earlier: "In the past five days, as Tyler has pointed out, BoJ has crapped $600 Billion at the Nikkei for free.  Give me $600 Billion, 5 days and a goddamned telephone and watch me crap diesel generators, diesel-driven fire pumps, switchgear, cables, and an army of technicians."

Where is the response?  It's amazing, and self-fulfilling.  The American nuclear ops culture is, from my perspective, very very different.  Wilting Lillies need not apply.

Josh Randall's picture

Every fall the trees are filled with underwear, every spring the Fukushima plant explodes... 

TheMerryPrankster's picture

Delta house. Double secret probation for everyone.