Thermal Images From Fukushima Indicate Blistering 128 Degrees Celsius Zone In Reactor #3

Tyler Durden's picture

Thermal images from Fukushima have just been released. One is based on data from Die Welt, the other one comes straight from NHK.

First, from NHK:

Next, a picture from Die Welt, emphasizing Reactor 3 and confirming that previous lies that all temperatures at Reactors 1 through 4, were under 100 degrees Celsius, were nothing but. Note the area indicating 128 oC Celsius. We would assume that is the reactor core area (which refutes the lie). If, instead, that is the spent fuel rod area, then we have some very big problems, even if TEPCO is telling the truth for once.

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DrStrangelove's picture

plug that phucer in

latcho's picture

damn I need a new thumbnail, didn't see you before.
Are you also a delayed Hitler's sperm clone ?

Hang The Fed's picture

Somehow, I get the idea that even if a fucking mushroom cloud bloomed over that plant, TEPCO would still be insisting that they're "making progress."  At what?  Rendering an entire island nation an uninhabitable wasteland?

OpenEyes's picture

I'm no expert on thermal imaging, but it sure looks to me like the entire Reactor #2 building is HOT.  A big yellow square.

barkingbill's picture

exactly that already happened. they had a mushroom cloud explosion and they said they were making progress. that happened already. they said it was a hydrogen explosion. 

Hang The Fed's picture

The whole thing is completely asinine.  BAD IDEA: Build reactors atop fault lines, especially ones on the ring of fire.  BAD IDEA: Consistently obfuscate, if not outright lie, about what's going on as said reactors disintegrate in the wake of natural disaster.  BAD IDEA: Continue lying, even when the preponderance of evidence suggests that you're so full of shit that you probably wipe your mouth with toilet paper on a routine basis.

GOOD IDEA:  Get the fuck out of Dodge.

StychoKiller's picture

WORSE IDEA:  Build 6 reactors so close together that if one has a problem, no Humans can fix it!

geminiRX's picture

Actually, I don't think the fault line was the problem - it was the proximity of the reactors to the shoreline. From what I could surmise, the reactors survived the initial quake and it was the tsunami that caused the catastrophic failures. I thought those reactors stood up quite well to a magnitude 9 quake (as pretty much nothing survives such a rumble).

Arch Duke Ferdinand's picture

""Somehow, I get the idea that even if a fucking mushroom cloud bloomed over that plant, TEPCO would still be insisting that they're "making progress."""

Who's gonna believe Japan's MSM?....

Alea Iacta Est's picture

Please Remain Calm!  The Ministry of Thermal Redaction has raised the safe limit of heat exposure for humans to 130 degrees Celsius.  The workers may now enter the chamber to begin repairs.


SilverIsKing's picture

How long until they raise it to 150?

baserunr's picture

Depends on how many functioning technicians they have left.

CPL's picture

maybe they'll offshore the idea.

FEDbuster's picture

Fahrenheit 451 coming soon.

Dirt Rat's picture

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slaughterer's picture

"Hot, hot, hotter than hell."

DaveyJones's picture

yes, just like those other famous thermal images. Will these be ignored too 

avonaltendorf's picture

I hadn't thought of it before, but yes, it's possible there was enough iron and aluminum debris for thermism.

FranSix's picture

What causes grey smoke in a fire?

"Thin, light-coloured smoke moving lazily out of the building usually indicates a small fire involving ordinary combustibles. Thick, dark grey smoke “pushing” out of a structure, suggests a larger, more intense fire. Afire involving petroleum products will produce large quantities of black, rolling smoke that rises in a vertical column."

ZackAttack's picture

What causes grey smoke in a fire?


They failed to elect a pope?

SilverRhino's picture

Black smoke is when the election for pope fails.  

White smoke is when the election for the pope is settled.

Gray smoke?   We got fucking Schrodinger's pope!

slewie the pi-rat's picture


lol!  jumping catatonic, catentropic cats!!!

Natasha Fatale's picture

Schrodinger's pope... nice, very nice.

Natasha Fatale's picture

Schrodinger's pope... nice, very nice.

pauldia's picture

Kissing Cousins....


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EscapeKey's picture

128 C is nothing. Hell, my AMD graphics card easily reaches 90.

Boilermaker's picture

About 260 F but, I assume, that's at the surface of the structure and not the reactor itself.  It can't be the reactor itself (or at least not the core).  I think the point was to show that #3 is still hot relative to the others.

That's one seriously hot graphics card. It's like a easy-bake-laptop if that's a fact.

Alea Iacta Est's picture

Honestly, what are they complaining about?  Strap on a few heatsinks...maybe some liquid cooling and you're good.  Hook that up to a Rad-Suit and get some workers in there....  

Rusty_Shackleford's picture

Gordon Freeman and his HEV suit could fix it. 

His old man is a television repairman, and he's got this ultimate set of tools.

slewie the pi-rat's picture


thank goodness! the maytag repairman just peeled outa the grocery parking lot and is fishtailing outa town, screaming, I don't do GE, I don't do GE...

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

it's a bit dicey to send in the workers. Perhaps we send in anne coulter, she seems to think it'll give her a nice tan

Alea Iacta Est's picture

Why the cold feet?  We can always print more workers.  Wait a minute....I think I am starting to get my Tyrannical Methodologies crossed....

Suisse's picture

That's what I was thinking too, my GTX 470s can hit 91 degrees celsius under load.

oklaboy's picture

Escape, can I sit on your lap? I'm about 98.6

Sabibaby's picture

Not hot enough fancy pants, that's only about 37C

slewie the pi-rat's picture


lol! p'raps the lady woulda found it preferable to sit on yours?

EscapeKey's picture

I don't know if Anna Chapman - my avatar - would like to sit on your lap. I, however, am afraid I will have to pass. Thanks for the offer, though.

tmosley's picture

That is the temperature after is is spread out across the containment vessel.  You graphics card might be fine at 90C, but what if the outside of your case was 90C?

Reactor two looks REALLY BAD, as the whole building looks very hot.  Not good, considering the power is out there.

perchprism's picture


My understanding is that Reactor 2 didn't blow its stack in a hydrogen blast because they weren't able to relieve reactor vessel pressure due to a faulty vent.  No venting, no hydrogen.

But the venting was supposed to be done, due to high reactor pressure, and couldn't be accomplished.  So what does that mean?  Is the reactor vessel stable?

PhattyBuoy's picture

It has to be > 5 Sv in those buildings ... might be 50 Sv !!

Boilermaker's picture

Graham cracker, marshmallow, and hershey bar sales poised to soar...CNBC.

TruthInSunshine's picture

The Japanese Government (which is still blocking youtube, has a no fly zone in place near Fukushima, and has gag orders on Fukushima workers), TEPCO, the IAEA, Dr. Josef Oehmen, Dr. Monreal, and many, many other institutions and individuals have assured everyone that the situation is stable, that there is little risk of any harm, and that we should all just move on from this subject, because Fukushima Daiichi is being wound down safely and quietly, and will soon be but a footnote in history books.


FranSix's picture

Asahi Video has a couple of shorts of spraying water not on YouTube

Stuck on Zero's picture

Pardon, but in Japanese that is a "No fry zone."