Radiation Leak Feared At Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant As Radiation Level Rising

Tyler Durden's picture

Per CNN: Radiation level rising in Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant turbine building, Kyodo News Agency reports.

That's not good.

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RmcAZ's picture

"Japan declared a nuclear emergency as Nuclear plant may “meltdown” anytime."

Give me a break... Give real news sources, not fear mongering web sites with 0 reputation run by some kid in his mom's basement.


"Radiation level rising in Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant turbine building, Kyodo News Agency reports."


"Tokyo Electric Power Co said pressure inside the No.1 reactor at its Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant has been rising..."

SWRichmond's picture



An analyst with the World Nuclear Association, a major international nuclear power group, told Reuters that he understood fresh cool water was now being pumped into the cooling system at Fukushima, reducing the threat of a meltdown.

"We understand this situation is under control," the analyst said, adding that he understood that a back-up battery power system had been brought online after about an hour and began pumping water back into the cooling system, where the water level had been falling.


It's my understanding that the plant was already down for maintenance and subsequently had a reduced capability to provide the electrical power needed for backup when offsite power tripped.  The NYT article references USAF flying something in, which I suspect, if true, was a backup gnerator.


The report of rising radiation inside the turbine building links to Kyodo news as an "urgent" news item, but to read it you have to register....


goldfish1's picture

Any good news is great news.

SWRichmond's picture

Update: Fukushima-Daiichi is a 6-unit site, three units were already down for maintenance.  Fukushima-Daini is a 4 unit site.  The referenced unit was apparently up and was shut down by/during the quake. All are BWRs.


Still trying to figure out the issues, but I'm guessing they lost offsite power as well as had problems with onsite EDGs and couldn 't pump water into the reactor.  BWRs produce steam for the turbine right off the fuel, so inability to add water to remove decay heat is an immediate and serious issue. Rising rad levels in the reactor building wouldn't surprise me under these circumstances, as there is less water on top of the fuel.

Nuclear plants are designed to withstand earthquakes.  Still not sure exactly what happened here.

Joe Grannville's picture

Terrible, terrible stuff and yet the TD'ers can't wait to post their sophmoric comments.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Of which you have just proudly joined the ranks.

ColonelCooper's picture

And jumped in at the top no less.  Oh to be so holy.

Joe Grannville's picture

Sorry, it wasn't intentional.  I forgot how serious you are about your show business career here.

Highrev's picture

And now if we can just get the most serious of us all, that is to say Ben Bernanke, out of the freshmen ranks and into the sophomore class. ;-)

jus_lite_reading's picture



OIL OVER $100 = Green Shoot





redpill's picture







Congratulations!  You win 10 trillion Zimbabwe dollars!

jus_lite_reading's picture



That makes 3 today! WOW! 3/11/11 mark it down as the day the world changed forever...

alien-IQ's picture

looks like the market is about to celebrate with a earthquake, tsunami, radiation leak rally. it's the disaster capitalism trifecta.

ZackAttack's picture

Well, after all, the earthquake was magnitude 8.9 when expectations were for 9.0.

Paul Bogdanich's picture

"Well, after all, the earthquake was magnitude 8.9 when expectations were for 9.0."



ZackAttack's picture

So wrong, and I am so very sorry. Gallows is all I got these days.

Drag Racer's picture

of course it was initially 7.9 then revised later...

rosiescenario's picture

...and the 'whisper' number was 9.3....

jus_lite_reading's picture

The markets are happy because 50,000 Japanese won't need to collect social security and eat. Prices of rice have collapsed. BEnron Happy. Obamie Happy. Happy world. Market Rally. Earthquake Good. More Earthquake please, says Mr. Market.

EscapeKey's picture

The line in the sand, dude.

You just crossed it.

RockyRacoon's picture

That's not a lot worse than a few posts with suggestions about what we should do with our Boomers.   Not that it makes it OK.

destraht's picture

Watch we will learn that Halliburton now owns the top nuclear disaster remediation company in addition to the top oil well disaster remediation company.

ColonelCooper's picture

Long Chinese solars!

Spalding_Smailes's picture

We knew the battery power would only last so long .... Not sure who's heading in that direction anymore trying to fix it.

HamyWanger's picture

Don't Japanese live in Vault-Tech facilities already? 

fuu's picture

I really hate to encourage you but that was actually pretty funny right there.

Josh Randall's picture

Hey thats Bigger D!kus's icon -- you are all the same - LOL -- Harry, Hamy and BD -- the truth comes out. Man of 1,00 masks but one bad line of stay away from PM's - HAHHAAH

camaro68ss's picture

they have already had two citys nuked, now a 3rd......

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

As is typical with any authority, early this morning around 5 AM EST the Japanese authorities were telling everyone there were no problems. Yet the alternative media were already talking about problems with one of the plants.

Then the news began talking about "low cooling water levels" but there were no problems, everything was OK. Now we are getting news there are leaks of radiation........soon I'm sure to be followed by "everything will be OK".

No wonder we all act like children since we are treated like children.

Azannoth's picture

"No wonder we all act like children since we are treated like children." I think it's the other way around

Dr. Porkchop's picture

No he got it right. I see it every day at work. Our employees are babied and treated like children, and what do you know? They act like children. People take the path of least resistance in the environment the leadership creates. Don't preach personal responsibility in an environment where the so called leaders of society are on the take.

Dr. Porkchop's picture

Waitin for the day Obama comes on and says

"You're all fucked. I know that a lot of the American people are frightened right now, and you should be. You should definitely start to panic, NOW!"

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

People sense they are not being told the truth. When they hear bullshit they suspect it's bullshit, but given nothing else, they descend into a child like state and wish to believe the bullshit. When finally told the truth, all the worse fears that they've kept bottled up and repressed come storming out and people panic.

There have been well documented psychological studies of groups of people who have been consistently told the truth over long periods of time. They do not panic when told ugly truths because they have always been told the truth. It's the non-credibility of the source, which suddenly becomes credible when the truth finally is told, that causes panics.

The news is spoon fed to people to control people, not inform people.

RockyRacoon's picture

That explains a large number of the Ron Paul nay-sayers.   The truth is painful so it is easier to simply attack the messenger.   Hardly anything is taken at face value and objectivity any more.

High Plains Drifter's picture

Well of course. i knew this was coming.

RockyRacoon's picture

Fantastic, Great Oracle.   Then you can also tell us when it will be over.

mynhair's picture

Pressure 150% above design specs.  Vessel rupture imminent.

Probably worth +100 on the Dow.


Edit: yep.  Nice 3:30 spike.

Robslob's picture

They are just trying to hold the information back until the U.S. markets close.

That way they can declare a National Emergency here in the U.S. due to problems in Japan and close the markets all week...followed shortly after...a Bank Holiday?

Sweet Chicken's picture

Anyone know of any way to get out of Japan???? My uncle is there on business but cannot find a way out. Please if any one has any inside info????

RmcAZ's picture

It's an island... you either take a boat or a plane.

RichardENixon's picture

Some people just can't lay off the sarcasm no matter what the circumstances. Hit Girl is obviously one of those people.

Tortfeasor's picture

This is just hypothesis, but if he's american, maybe try getting to Okinawa and getting a US military flight out of there

Sweet Chicken's picture

He is American and that is a very good idea. Thank you

-Michelle-'s picture

Or Yokosuka.  There's a Navy base there.

Sweet Chicken's picture

Thank you for another option. Much appreciated everyone. Keep em' coming!!!

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Pronounced yo-kooska. Dunno why.

There is also Yokota Air Force Base.

Sweet Chicken's picture

Again, thank you. To make matters worse his interpreter is nowhere to be found.