TEPCO Says Reduced Pressure Levels Inside Pressure Vessel Of Reactor 3 Indicates Possible Leakage

Tyler Durden's picture

Just a troubling headline for now. Considering Reactor 3 was the one most devastated following its explosion earlier this week, this could be a truly disturbing development. This is especially true consider Reactor 3 is the only one at Fukushima whose fuel rods contain Plutnoium.

As a reminder:

If the reactor pressure vessel has indeed exploded, this is actually very
bad. Fukushima is a light-water, boiling water reactor system, and
unless the designers had decided to build these reactors differently,
then this means that the reactor vessel is quite probably exposed to the
air, albeit buried under debris from the collapsed pressure vessel.
Light-water BWR reactors use light (regular) water as a moderator to
enable the fission reaction in the core (and is thus exposed to the
reactor vessel), of which is brought to a boil by the heat from the
reaction, then the steam resulting from this directly drives the
turbines to produce electricity. An explosion in this system would mean
the release of, at the very least, mildly radioactive steam, with quite
probably the majority of the volume of the water escaping. Officials are
reporting that the reactor vessel is still intact: If this is true,
then at least the fuel and it's by-products are still contained.

What makes it even more disturbing is that Reactor 3 is the one containing traces of Plutonium:

The fuel rods at all six reactors at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi complex contain plutonium — better known as fuel for nuclear weapons. While plutonium is more toxic than uranium, other radioactive elements leaking out are likely to be of greater danger to the general public.

Only six percent of the fuel rods at the plant's Unit 3 were a mixture of plutonium-239 and uranium-235 when first put into operation. The fuel in other reactors is only uranium, but even there, plutonium is created during the fission process.

This means the fuel in all of the stricken reactors and spent fuel pools contain plutonium.

Plutonium is indeed nasty stuff, especially damaging to lungs and kidneys. It is also less stable than uranium and can more easily spark a dangerous nuclear chain reaction.

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sabra1's picture

OT: 30 killed in yemen protests!

cossack55's picture

Have the Canadians bomb somebody there immediately. Apparently it doesn't matter who you hit. Just bomb away.

Golden monkey's picture

We don't have bombs in Canada; our prime minister wants to get 5 dozens F35 fighters, but the whole country is against the brave man...

But we were able to buy 4 wrecked submarines from UK for only 1 billion $.

1 sinked, but 3 remains; the military don't want to use the 3 remaining.

Face it : we are the next superpower. We are about to get bomb-proof underwears!




oh_bama's picture

The only thing that works, is for BOJ to QE 1 quardrillion yen. And that would be enough!!

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

Bars leak that shit,  they use it in the nuclear sub coolant systems.

cossack55's picture

I thought Pluto was too far away to send miners.

jimijon's picture

More trivia... our Moon isn't technically a moon. We are actually a binary planetary system.

Rusty Shorts's picture

Even more trivia - the Earth actually has 3 Moons

Big Corked Boots's picture

# 2 and 3 visible when I bend over.

ColonelCooper's picture

What are those rings around #3? 

TruthInSunshine's picture

How many probes have taken core samples from Uranus?

sabra1's picture

OT: Saudi King Orders Billions of Dollars in Handouts

max2205's picture

if he gives away anymore money everyone from Alaska will move to SA

DaveyJones's picture

more handouts, less clothing allowance

Stuck on Zero's picture

He's following the lead of U.S. politicians who promise huge sums of public money to the people who vote them in office.  Union paybacks baby.

johnQpublic's picture

is Lenny Bruce afraid yet?

brian0918's picture

Gold and silver just took off!

Arrowflinger's picture

Is "Plutnoium" a term for knowledge of Pluto?

My personal 'noiums' are enhanced by this site.

Carry on.



Seasmoke's picture

i dont see how anyone would ever travel to Japan again

Stuck on Zero's picture

Glowing Sushi, tritiated Teriyaki, 5 million degree spicy Hamachi, Plutonium laced Sirimi, Sashimi with Cesium, and the highlight: glowing green Wasabi.  Yummy!

NOTW777's picture

and while all of this unfolds the pres heads out for another vacation while the MSM fawns.  can u imagine what the MSM would scream if Bush took a junket to Brazil at such a time

Shock and Aweful's picture

The GOP and the DEM's are the same exact thing. 

Bush, Obama, it does not matter...you and I are screwed.

The parties, AND the media just play the left / right game so people like you will choose sides against other Americans.  t was the media who created the whole "red/blue" thing on one of their election night political maps back in the 70's.

I for one ain't buying it...there is but one politcal apparatus in the U.S. - THE CORPORATION AND THE BANKS THAT SUPPORT OUR POLITICIANS...

"Democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — an ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power"  - FDR

Say that isn't what we have in the U.S. today and I'll call you a liar straight to your face.

duo's picture

MSNBC was laying into him last night and a bit this morning.  I was shocked to hear it.  If al-Kenya loses MSNBC, he'll have only CNBC and the nightly news (and NPR).

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

NPR is threatening to have its gov't funding cut. Obummer's fans might shrink even more.

Sudden Debt's picture

Tyler, I think you should run a top topic about the hero's that are sacrificing their lives by getting back into the plant to try to fix things.


These guys are hero's above and beyond. Those guys know they'll die and still they go in.


Those guys deserve the utmost respect a human being can get.




willien1derland's picture

Totally Agree SD - well stated

Zedge Hero's picture

Second that.  I think of the balls of those guys throughout this whole ordeal is incredible.  Dead men walking with a heart of gold.

Ignatius J Reilly's picture


How do you get junked for that?!

DaveyJones's picture

my turn to get junked...damn

willien1derland's picture

Ok so someone has to ask the question - Who owns the mortgage on the reactor site & is it current? Kinda hoping Goldman Sachs owns it...doesn't reduce the impact of the tragedy, but, it would make me feel better knowing Goldman Sachs could get screwed -  

Dr. No's picture

Unfortunatly, they securitized the note a few years ago along with a bunch of other properties, makeing a truely "toxic" assest.  Furthermore, the FED bought them at face value.  If the AIG bid goes through, they wil then hold this "asset".  The good news is, for all of those "follow the money" types, your job just got a whole lot easier, use a geiger counter.

LeBalance's picture

It is important to realise that while only Unit 3 rods contained plutonium at the start of operations, all rods contain plutonium as a result of the fission reaction, and therefore all spent pool rods contain plutonium.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Pressure up? Bad news, explosion imminent. But that's just hydrogen. Like a Burrito fart you know. Pressure down? Bad news, Burn out, then explosion imminent. That's like heart-burn followed by said burrito fart. 

All good, minor discomfort folks. No one ever died from a burrito fart.

Or, as some wise folks on here said, a leaking, exploding, wrecked nuclear reactor. Or six. Or was that eleven? 

Screw it. Have another Burrito.



americanspirit's picture

Reduced pressure inside Gadaffi's containment vessel also indicates leakage - seems that he looked up and the sky and shit in his pants. Radioactivity H2S detected over Tripoli.

buzzsaw99's picture

Excellent! [/mr. burns]

TruthInSunshine's picture

Don't worry. This will not be a problem. They will miraculously keep any leakage of radiation at bay (or at least any news of any serious leakage), until after 4 p.m., which just so happens to coincide with market closing.

Look for major problems and revelations to be reported from 4 pm est through 9:15 am est on Monday, just prior to market open, at which time more Hopium will be found and infused into the reactors.

Hopium is more powerful and has stronger real world effects than all the uranium, plutonium and cesium combined.

Cdad's picture

Correct brother Truth,

But who cares...it's only Japanese people that will stoically absorb all those gamma rays, anyway...right?  And if I understood the criminal syndicate known as Wall Street from earlier in the week, millions of radioactive people in Japan is super bullish as hoarding is really good for retail sales.

Let's see how long all this super bullishness lasts...as that reactor #3 story worsens in a hurry...as clearly that situation is out of control.

TruthInSunshine's picture

The Bernank has whipped a magical brew:

1 part massive unemployment

1 part massive monetization of U.S. deficit spending via POMO

1 part massive foreclosure, default and delinquency rates

1 part massive manipulation of asset values (mark to fantasy; credit assistance from Congress & President Nero, h/t)

1 part reinforcing and strengthening too big to fail

1 part ZIRP (loaning fiat to the chosen at 0% while giving savers & retirees little more than 0% on their savings)

1 part 31 year highs on the actual inflation index


- Now add record deficits and national levels of debt by many nations, middle eastern wars, sovereign debt crises on a level not seen since pre WWII, and a nuclear clustfock of epic proportions...and....

I am open to name suggestions, but I call this Bernank's Unicorn Ambrosia

mendigo's picture

it is hard to understand that this thing is in close proximity to the ocean but they can't get water to it they are nibbling at the problem it would progress better i think if they rounded-up the tepco executives and relavent bureaucrats and brought them in to help with the work

NY times reports:

11,000 spent fule rods are stored at the site (brilliant)

2750 rods are in use

rods average approx 380 lb of nuclear material

= approx 5,225,000 lbs (2600 tons) on-site

based on current trends this thing is a done deal 

Cdad's picture

it is hard to understand that this thing is in close proximity to the ocean but they can't get water to it

They cannot get water onto the problem because the reactors are in a state of ruin...and more importantly, there is so much radiation coming from them that they cannot get close enough to get water into the right place.

Now I know that does not jive with what the Ministry of Truth [CNBC] is telling you, and it surely is not in line with what the Japanese government is telling its people...but...anyway...these are the problems.

But never mind.  I understand sales and LuLu Lemon are brisk!

mendigo's picture

i understand that they cannot flip a switch and pump water on it

they need to get a little creative - the alternative (which at this point looks like to odds-on favorite) is they can plan to abandon a large portion of the island and probably suffer on-going health problems

crack those babies open and flood the area

ColonelCooper's picture

Here's what I don't understand:  Why couldn't they get pumps onsite at the outset?  I understand the wreckage and aftermath, but are you telling me that helicopters couldn't have brought the shit in within 24 hours?  Was it already too late and they were being tight lipped about how bad it was?  Did they completely underestimate the situation?  Were they trying to "save face" and wouldn't ask for help?

The equipment exists.  Why didn't/couldn't they get it onsite?  Hell, I could open the gates at ONE of our yards and load out enough portable diesel water pumps and fuel tanks to move millions of gallons of water per day, and we're just a construction outfit.  Somebody help me out here.  WTF?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


Once we step outside the official explanation and begin to question everything, questions such as yours above pop out with flashing lights blazing.

How many people understand that the power line TEPCO is bringing in is attached to their competitor's power lines and that it will be drawing from power generated from their competitor? How much did that little factoid have to do with the delay of a week to get power on site? I could go on with many more questions and I eventually will, but it seems futile to do so here on this thread.

ColonelCooper's picture

I'm still on the fence in terms of there being conditions that I'm obviously not aware of.  But as usual, what we're being told is bullshit.  If getting enough water to the (at that point) undamaged reactors and pools was really the issue, then using firetrucks to do it was hardly the best way to go about it.