Summary Update Of Japan's Nuclear Crisis - Last Ditch Attempt To Cool Reactor 4 Involves Police And A Water Cannon

Tyler Durden's picture
  • A helicopter was unable to drop water to cool the No.3 reactor at the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in northeastern Japan probably because of the high radiation, Kyodo news agency said, quoting the defence minister.
  • Police will attempt to cool No.4 reactor's spent nuclear fuel pool using a water cannon, TV says.
  • Japan's top government spokesman says radiation levels around the complex are not at levels to cause an immediate health risk.
  • There is no evidence of a significant spread of radiation from Japan's crippled nuclear plants, the World Health Organisation says.
  • Operator says it is unable to resume work cooling the reactors due to radiation risk. Workers ordered to leave the plant were allowed back in after radiation levels fall. Operator says there were 180 workers on site as of 0230 GMT.
  • Operator of the nuclear power complex in northeastern Japan recorded the site's highest levels of radiation at the No.3 reactor on Wednesday.
  • Water is being poured into reactors No.5 and No.6 at the plant, the operating company says. Those two reactors had been shut down for scheduled maintenance.
  • Fire breaks out at reactor No.4 a day after a blast blew a hole in the building housing spent fuel rods. White smoke seen from No.3 reactor most likely to be steam from the water that is being poured to cool the rods.
  • No plan yet to extend evacuation zone near the facility, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.
  • Australia urges its citizens with non-essential roles to consider leaving Tokyo and the most damaged prefectures, and Turkey warns citizens against travelling to Japan. France urges nationals living in Tokyo to leave country or move south.
  • Radiation levels in Tokyo were 10 times normal at one point, but not a threat to human health, officials said.
  • Radiation levels in Ibaraki, north of Tokyo, 300 times normal level but well below hazardous levels, Kyodo says.
  • Fuel rods in the No.1 reactor were 70 percent damaged and rods in No.2 reactor were 33 percent damaged, Kyodo says.
  • Japan's benchmark Nikkei average closes 4.5 percent up on Wednesday after suffering its worst two-day rout since 1987. The index surged over 6 percent at one point.
  • Tens of thousands of people are still missing since Friday's quake and tsunami. About 850,000 households in the north without electricity in near-freezing weather. Death toll is expected to exceed 10,000.

And this is what desperation looks like:

Japanese police will attempt to cool the spent
nuclear fuel pool at the No. 4 reactor at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear plant using a water cannon truck as early as Wednesday night,
NHK television said. Japanese military failed in its bid to pour
water from a helicopter on the No. 3 reactor in the same power plant,
whose high radiation levels have made it the top priority for the
operator of the battered nuclear power complex.

Bold indicates recent change, from Reuters

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Yen Cross's picture

Rosewood and cherry blossoms.

pendragon's picture

lets hope the voters see through the shameless electioneering

It is a bargin my friend's picture

If only somebody had built Thunderbird 2, this could be sorted

Natasha's picture

"Japan's top government spokesman says radiation levels around the complex are not at levels to cause an immediate health risk."

The key words here are "government spokesman" and "immediate".

sushi's picture


Gotta remember Fat Man and Little Boy.

These were bombs, designed to kill.

There were people under those exploding bombs and a significant number of those people survived and died of peaceful old age. One man survived both bombs.

I do not wish to diminish the risk presented by Fukushima-Daiichi or minimize the suffering of Hiroshima or Nagasaki but  a little perspective is in order.


More people will die in a year from automobile accidents than the likely total death toll from the Tsunami and the deaths from the water will significantly outnumber those who suffer a radiological exposure.

bob_dabolina's picture
Reuters - NHK says Japanese police will attempt to cool the spent-fuel pool at Daiichi's no.4 reactor using a water cannon truck hmmmm police eh? Are those the same police with backrounds in nuclear physics? Also, I read reports that Cesium and Iodine is being found in the tap water.
Gert_B_Frobe's picture

But enough about our tap water and how they are messing with our "precious bodily fluids", what about Japan's water?

Ben Probanke's picture

News Headline: Bahrain to sent team of experts to Japan. Bahrain will share expertise in operating water cannons.

bob_dabolina's picture

Oddly enough if I may enter in the world of surreality...

Remember the Gulf Of Mexico disaster? I recall they assembled a team of the top nuclear scientists in the world to assist in that.

Instead of sending might behoove our world leaders to apply the same logic (or illogic?) to this crisis.

Other then that I have no concerns.

Ben Probanke's picture

head of Bahrain police says: we are going to Fuck You Shima

Ethics Gradient's picture

Thinking of surreal, what's Palin saying about this? Surely she's got some suggestions to make.

I'm guessing here, but I'm sure they'll be along the lines of "Get Teddy Einstein - his great grandfather knew a lot about this, he must be able to help."

kaiserhoff's picture

Nice try, but it's Negrobummer's responsibility, and he is useless as tits on a boar, as always.

Conchy Joe's picture

I'm guessing Palin would have offered some assistance.

That's because she's crazy (or so I'm told almost daily).

Wonder if she had a basketball party last night?

Ben Probanke's picture

kevin kostner says: have you tried dropping golf balls on the reactor?

Ima anal sphincter's picture

Send in the "world leaders". Have the bankers and press as backup. They've done such a good job of "fixing" things, haven't they????

Yen Cross's picture

No you aren't. You are anal retentive. It's ok though. NASA and shit.

max2205's picture

How bout a real cannon.... The longer they let this fester the worse the outcome

Ras Bongo's picture

"Police will attempt to cool No.4 reactor's spent nuclear fuel pool using a water cannon, TV says"

Smells like the end

Oh regional Indian's picture

Pretty wild eh, Ras.

I think this is slowly descending into the GOM farcial top-hat, iron-lung, bigger top-hat circle jerk of mind melting non-sense.

Meanwhile, just like GOMers continue to suffer direct effects (I am in touch with one of the top authorities, a well respected doctor and activist, it's true, people are really really sick), imagine what the lies are doing to people's lives here, eh? 

Oil at the bottom. Rads in the air. 

We have a happy future.

My "third" eye tells me that. 


Papasmurf's picture

Pissing on the flames comes next. 

Silverhog's picture

Water cannons, is this from a list of ideas found on the internet?

Gert_B_Frobe's picture

I believe the Coyote used an Acme water cannon in episode 16 to get the Roadrunner.

A Man without Qualities's picture

Goldman sees so impact on GDP from the quake - unreal!

Just watching NHK - seems they are admitting the spend fuel rods are the greatest concern. The expert says it will be ok, so long as they are able to keep the rods separated and immersed in water. Looking at the photos of unit 3, it is easy to imagine they are lying in a pile somewhere in the wreckage....

Lord Welligton's picture

Or scattered around the plant.

With nobody (25 mile evacuation radius) there except TEPCO and Government employees who's to know.

I make be incorrect, but unlike Chernobyl which was "live" when melt down occurred, there hasn't been an explosion large enough to get radioactive particles sufficiently high into the atmosphere to be carried.

The spent rods could be lying on the ground slowy deteriorating.

They won't "blow up".


Commander Cody's picture

And you think Chernobyl 4's blast went higher than units 1, 2 and 3 (especially 3 - wasn't that thrilling?).  If unit 3's containment is intact, then I'll go drink from its spent fuel pool.

Lord Welligton's picture

"And you think Chernobyl 4's blast went higher than units 1, 2 and 3 (especially 3 - wasn't that thrilling?)"

Yes I do. The reactor was live.

Mentaliusanything's picture

You must be seen to be doing something.

They have lost control. Nothing electrical is connected to any PLC on top of any valve.

Its all manual work now.

Tokyo Electric is finished the clean up would make sure of that.

They are dear in Headlights.

There is nothing in the summary that would give any hope of a solution. They Failed because they failed to plan. No one will want to touch this with a barge pole and help is going to be hard to find at a threat level of 6.

Mentaliusanything's picture

My First Junk - since a very long time ago

To the Junker chew on this

Foreign bankers flee Tokyo as nuclear crisis deepens

Rats Just seem to know it over

ExpendableOne's picture

That is the real problem here.  The backup generators are probably full of saltwater along with all of the low lying electrical control equipment.  The brave folks attempting to deal with multiple reactor issues with nothing more than blueprints, radios and large brass ones deserve much more respect than what is coming from the idiots on this site.

A water canon may be the only way to get any amount of water into or around the site as the infrastructure is most probably non-working.

Commander Cody's picture

There is no electrical power to units 1-4, which is why units 1-3 melted down and all four spent fuel pools will catch fire and burn.  Shooting, dropping and pumping water into them is a last-ditch desperation move that has little chance of success.

hugovanderbubble's picture

They will need to spill the Fluids into the sea.

The Nuclear Plant is not under control.


Then once the Flows are in the sea with Special Clean Tankers that water will be treated.


(Russia,China,Kurils Islands, and Russia Affect in the short term by Rad)

Boilermaker's picture

Have they considered a massive BUKKAKE?

I'm just know...'out of the box'.

velobabe's picture

i junked you, for thinking outside of the box†

Jeff Lebowski's picture

You are correct - unless seafood comes from the ocean... 

At this point, maybe it won't hurt to have a little change of pace with cesium rather than gulf oil.

Papasmurf's picture

The cesium breaks down the corexit.  It's all part of the chemical food chain.

dipdude's picture

SDF gives up on dousing No.3 reactor

Japan's Self-Defense Forces have postponed a mission to dump water by helicopter on the No.3 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, because radiation above the facility has climbed too high for such work.

White plumes started rising from the reactor on Wednesday morning. Tokyo Electric Power Company says the vapor was steam caused by water evaporating from the reactor's storage pool for spent fuel rods, which is heating up.

In an effort to avert the fuel rods' exposure, a Self Defense Force CH47 helicopter took off from the Sendai base hauling a large container of water on Wednesday afternoon.

But the plan was aborted after radiation levels above the plant were found to have largely exceeded 50 millisieverts -- the maximum permissible for SDF personnel on a mission.

The Self-Defense Forces say it is ready to recommence work when radiation levels and other conditions allow.



sushi's picture


That BOLD type looks very dangerous.


But 50 millisieverts is an exposure level 50% less than an exposure which produces any affect at all.


squexx's picture plated uranium bars!

Boilermaker's picture

US futures gaining strength!  'Investors' just luvin' this shit!  Mouse-clincking on E*Trade accounts across the USA.  I can see the mid-level Accountant sitting at the breakfast table pushing down some Cheerios and thinking..."Jesus, this is the buying opportunity of a lifetime.  Let's get our tiny nest egg invested into the stock market".

This is a fucking sickening joke.

The Rock's picture

Buy the fucking disaster.

Tulli's picture

Please tell me: if the helicopter crew doesn't fly in there to dump water because they say it is not safe, does that make it safer to POLICE with water cannons?

There is no plan. They do not know what to do.

At all.

onarga74's picture

Sad, but they were warned 2 years ago (wikileaks doc out this a.m.) The ones responsible haven't been confronted with this but when they do the swan dive the Nikkei took on Monday will look like a minor pull back compared to whats food, freakin freezin cold, lost everything, a couple more 7's and 8's to come and the people will come unglued. No wonder these idiots don't know what to say.  They've told so many lies they think they're telling the truth.  Let justice have its way and without mercy for these bastards.


chubbar's picture

Sounds like the JDF have better union work rules than the police. Bet that comes up in the next negotiation.