Video Of Tsunami Smashing Into Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant; Reactor 1 Radiation Counter "Breaks" After Reporting 100 Sieverts/Hour

Tyler Durden's picture

Better late then never. Almost a full month after the March 11 earthquake generated a tsunami strong enough to cripple the Fukushima nuclear power plant, TEPCO has finally released a video of the 45 foot waves coming to land and resulting in the biggest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. As CNN explains what is patently obvious, the video shows the giant wave generated by the historic March 11
earthquake crashing over the plant's seawall and engulfing the facility,
with one sheet of spray rising higher than the buildings that house the
plant's six reactors. Tokyo Electric Power, the plant's owner, told
reporters the wall of water was likely 14 to 15 meters (45 to 48 feet)
higher than normal sea levels -- easily overwhelming the plant's 5-meter

This, of course, is in the past. What is far more disturbing is that the official Fukushima data from the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry, which has so far provided the most comprehensive daily data dump on Fukushima, has stopped reporting the dry well radiation reading in Reactor 1. This is the same reactor where following Thursday's Earthquake, METI represented a mindblowing reading of 100 Sieverts/hour in the dry wall: a number on par with the worst data out of Chernobyl. Did the earthquake terminally break something in Reactor 1, or will the excuse be that another radiation counter turned up faulty after it was Made In Taiwan.

h/t Crazy Cooter

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bob_dabolina's picture

This is the kinda shit that makes me wanna rush out and just buy stocks.

-Citadel Algo

Kyle Reese's picture

I wonder where N. Korea is building their nukes in relation to the ocean..  

Oh regional Indian's picture

Distraction Display. Now you watch this video so you will not notice that Daini is actually also in trouble. And by the by, pay no attention to the insider article that says that all this song and dance might be hiding the fact that a massive, secret Atomic Bomb making program just might have been going on underneath the cover of clean safe nuclear power.

If only radioactivity was as slow release as the truth in these times eh?



Jim in MN's picture

I think it's to distract from the admission that units 5 and 6 were immersed in seawater--which was not previously known.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Interesting Jim. Might also have somethign to do with Onagawa issues?

And since the industry cannot catch a break:

india's very own Kaiga Nuke Power plant hsa a shut down today:

And a leedle action in WA state, courtesy hydrogen...


And in continuing Nuclear wierdness, shooting deaths on the UK's major Nuclear Sub, the Astute:

Very trippy, I think. Runaway reactions abound...







Element's picture

Yes, I noticed that when they said they were going to 'decommision' 4 reactors, a while back ... I knew 5 and 6 were stuffed as well ... sea water and partial meltdown of both cores. The whole plant is screwed, and they still won't just say it.

And still no word on the seawater flooded shared SFP pool Cog-Dis mentioned ... like weeks ago.

By the way ... what do you do with rods covered in mud-silt and salt?

You can't put them in another pond ... with 'clean' fuel rods ... one bad apple 'n all that

trav7777's picture

are you an idiot?

Japan is known to have 100,000kg of plutonium laying around, and perhaps 300,000kg stored elsewhere in the world for them.

The mechanics of the implosion device are not in any way a technical challenge for this nation.

They have been a de facto nuclear weapons State for decades.  WTF would they need to hide?

Banjo's picture


trav7777: No one is suggesting lack of technical competence. The is about Japan having the nuclear weapons made, assembled and ready to be delivered.

The significance is on a world stage telling people:

  • They (Japan) don't have a bomb

  • Their (Japan) nuclear program is for peace only

  • We (Japan) are against nuclear weapons look what happend to us in WWII

  • Other countries can't have nuclear weapons e.g. North Korea (look we're peaceful intent only)

  • Other countries are really scary and dangerous (Saddam's Iraq) and need regime change.

If you have a nuclear arsenal then it's a bit more difficult to credibly posture and pontificate about peace, nuclear power and being against nuclear proliferation.


Fish Gone Bad's picture

Other countries are really scary and dangerous (Saddam's Iraq) and need regime change.

That is really funny.  I am thinking that those "other countries" think that about "us".

malikai's picture

I would assume that plutonium is from purex of high burnup fuel. They should technically have a hard time making a usable weapon out of it with the high pu240 amounts within it.

XPolemic's picture

They have been a de facto nuclear weapons State for decades.  WTF would they need to hide?

You mean other than a violation of their post-war McCarthur constitution?

Or being an atomic power with a history of aggressive expansion on the North Asian peninsular?

TerraHertz's picture

OMG yes, no country would ever blatantly violate the terms or intent of their venerated Constitution!

Apart from that, yeah, I always wondered why Japan felt the need to accumulate such a massive amount of plutonium. Wasn't the claim that they were laying in a stock for future use in power reactors, as the energy crisis worsens?

And yet they apparently dragged their heels a long time before using MOX fuel at Fukushima.

Element's picture

No need to junk that, he's 100% correct, the Japanese can build a nuke any time that want, so can several other states, Australia is one of them, and it doesn't even take a reactor and reprocessing if you have super efficent Laser enrichment tech.

These munitions are very over-rated though.

Dan The Man's picture

are they just keeping the distraction alive here?

Till Eulenspiegel's picture

My thoughts exactly. Yesterday we had a report that reactor #1 already lost its primary cooling cycle due to the earthquake (i.e. the nuclear disaster was already in progress before the Tsunami hit), and today they suddenly decide to release footage of the Tsunami.

Honi soit qui mal y pense



americanspirit's picture

Y'all sure sound like homegrown terrorists to me. I mean, casting aspersions, expressing doubt and even, heaven forbid, mocking the competency of the authorities. Get out the goddamn list - we have some names to add!

BTW - TEPCO has already been involved in at least one major US nuke - the South Texas Nuclear Project, that sits pretty much on the Gulf of Mexico. And no seawall. But since when do hurricanes generate 10 meter waves? Oh, wait ...

Ident 7777 economy's picture

 TEPCO has already been involved in at least one major US nuke - the South Texas Nuclear Project,

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

Debunked - they are investing, not necessarily operating - see:



Rula Lenska's picture

You "debunked" nothing.  Investing is involvement; AS never said anything about operating--you did.  Are all your friends straw men?

BlackholeDivestment's picture

Friendly note: There are many things I can tell you about getting out ''The List'' I assure you, the things you now see (notice the words ''great earthquakes'' ) upon this generation are well defined, and in the days and few years to come, these things which you are now seeing shall increase with intensity and frequency. 

In short, you may want to rethink how you speak, after all, if someone used your name as a sware word you may get pissed a bit. Let us speak with regard, after all, we are not animals. Just sayin, cuz I love yuh man.

divide_by_zero's picture

Reactor 1 pressure has been constantly rising for awhile now, the Nitrogen purge seems last ditch-ish

A Man without Qualities's picture

TEPCO tries to enclose high radiation in sea in nuke crisis

TOKYO, April 10, Kyodo

This latest plan seems bound to end in failure...

americanspirit's picture

"The South Texas Project is about 29 feet above sea level, spokesman Buddy Eller said, and appears capable of withstanding extreme storm events that are most likely for the region.

A study looking at the possible impacts of a combined Category 5 hurricane storm surge and a 100-year flood on the Colorado River that runs adjacent to the plant site found water levels would rise to just under 28 feet.

The plant also has three separate, redundant diesel back-up systems to run all of its onsite systems, including the reactor cooling. They're located in steel-reinforced concrete buildings designed to withstand hurricanes and storm surges, said Eller."

Whew - that's better. I feel much safer now, living a few hundred miles downwind of this - er - safe monster.

HungrySeagull's picture

One simple Texas Reply to the Authorities who think it's high enough.




If I want to build a nuke, it will be located 150 feet up MSL and protected by 70 foot walls of the type that is being built across NOLA to break up the waves and ease the pounding.

I recall a Military Dot Com Video taken from a Nimitz Class Carrier somewhere in the area during a storm recently taking green water over the flight deck in the fore and experiencing water on and over the bridge itself high up in the air while the movement on all three axis was rather extreme makes me wonder if they had to reduce speed to keep the props stable when they come out of the sea.


One more thing. I would either get out of the nuke business or spend the money and over build the plant to withstand 200+ mph winds for a long time. That way no tornado or hurricane in the holly wood's wildest movie imagination can ever destroy it.


Maybe we get another 9.0 in the area and the following 50 foot wave swamp the entire FUKU plant and spare us all the trouble of cleanup pernamently since these wussies dont have teh balls to nuclear weapons demo the place.


One more thing.


Instead of Oil Rigs and Gas Rigs that Float into the Sea miles and miles from land, why not start putting Nuclear Plants out there too? That way if they ever get hot, cut the chains and let em sink.

Zardinuk's picture

They have nuclear power plants that dont depend on water, just gas turbines. Those seem better for inland anyways because water is getting scarce, the long term costs of nuclear sometimes need to factor in water.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

"the long term costs of nuclear sometimes need to factor in water."

The long term costs and the costs of catastrophes are not factored in for nuclear power.  If this were done they would never be built.

Nuclear power is the ultimate in "kicking the can" and "rolling the dice".

Whoa Dammit's picture

All is well.The South Texas Project has been engineered against storms utilizing the big penis (about 12 inches) safety standard margin. <sarcasm>

Drag Racer's picture

1:10 of the video they zoom in to the water inlet of #2 reactor. I see water vapor from where they had the leak. If water from that trench/tunnel is that hot so far away from the reactor, then they have big problems, or should I say we have big problems.

I know they are talking about #3 when they zoom in but if you look at an arial view of the facility you will see it is definitely #2 we are looking at.

The radiation rise of #1 is a concern as right after the 7.1 aftershock they reported a rapid temp rise. I wonder if the containment vessel has so much water in it the inertia from the quake was too much for the supports and caused some of the piping or something else to rupture worse that before.

UncleFurker's picture


$10 says they'll use MOX too.

Plutonium. The "good" radiation.


Jim in MN's picture

From NHK:

"TEPCO confirmed that the 6 reactors at Fukushima Daiichi power plant had been under as much as 5 meters of water."

But 5 and 6 are fine, just fine....Shit, if I had to admit that I'd release the catastrophic video I'd been saving for such an occasion too.

TerraHertz's picture

In the aerial shots, it looks like 5 & 6 are built on somewhat higher ground. The water damage around them is not as extensive.

As for 1 to 4, I pointed out from the first digitalglobe images that there's an inclined road going up the embankment at the rear of the Sth end of the site. From the mud line on that road you can see the water level at the rear of the reactor buildings was at least 3 meters. Also the big roller doors on the seaward side of the turbine halls are pushed in to several meters height.

So this is 'non news'. Which means there probably is something important happening tht they wish to draw attention away from.

I'd guess that is probably the massive spike in radiation in the drywell of #1. What are the chances criticality is occuring in the drywell? Which is actually the 'currently full of no-boron seawater and core-melt rubble well', if I understand correctly.

Criticality and produced pressure pulses in the 'drywell' would explain why the radiation readings from there have suddenly stopped after the huge spike. Sensor destroyed, by heat, pressure, corrosion, radiation, salt water, or combination.

Is there any fluid circulation plumbing to the drywell? If there isn't, how to get boron into there? It's not like opening the big pressure door is feasible.

Jim in MN's picture

On 5 & 6 being immersed, I was just going with what TEPCO said.  Like that's been such a great idea.

There are only so many sets of plumbing that can be dealt with at one unit.  No nothing like that for the drywell.  At least no 'circulation' as would be in a proper cooling cycle. 

You'd have to hope boron (and water) would travel the same route any core materials did.  Just stick it in the core and see what happens. 

Ancona's picture

We had all better pray that these people get these cores cool and stable. If they melt down, and in to the water table or ocean, it could be an extinction level event.

Rula Lenska's picture

Why don't you STFU; otherwise, make a constructive comment if you disagree.  Even a "drive by junk", lame as that is, is better than the useless clutter you just created.

Zardinuk's picture

Maybe not extinction level but that would definiely cause some deaths and cancerous growths, perhaps ruin the island of Japan. It could set off economies, destabilize nations and stuff but exctinction is probably a stretch. We'll make it through this.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Have elevated levels of cesium been detected in American tap water and milk already, or not?  This little "drama" is going to go on for months.  It is clear that no immediate action is going to be taken to remedy this situation.

AN0NYM0US's picture

headline of the day (actually tomorrow)


TEPCO apologises to Japan, neighbours over radiation


TOKYO, April 10 (Reuters) - A Japanese power company executive apologised for spreading radiation into the air and sea...


"I would like to apologise from my heart over the worries and troubles we are causing for society due to the release of radiological materials into the atmosphere and sea water," Sakae Muto, a TEPCO vice president, said on Saturday.

"We caused worry and trouble for having made this decision without taking sufficient time to explain the matter beforehand to those involved, to the press, to the fishing industry and to people overseas, and we are sorry for this," he added.


trav7777's picture

typical asian bullshit...the fretting over "worry" and "trouble."  This is why people don't speak up in consensus building sessions.  Don't complain, don't cause trouble.

You see the same shit out of China in official notices advising people NOT to cause any trouble to local authorities over the toxic waste pouring out of every waterway and toxic smog blanketing the land.  Fuck disease, death, mutant children; worry and trouble (inconvenience) are what matter.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Day late, dollar short. It is a little too late to save face.

AG BCN's picture

Yet they will still be at the Yasukuni with the

Uyuku Dantai.

Pchelar's picture

Maybe they could grap this crazy ol' bastard and put him in charge of TEPCO, seems like a "can-do" kind of guy for a Japanese...

Bastiat's picture
Radiation Detected In Drinking Water In 13 More US Cities, Cesium-137 In Vermont Milk 

For food: "The EPA maximum contaminant level is 3.0 (for Cesium 137 or Iodine 131), but this is a conservative standard designed to minimize exposure over a lifetime,"  Here are some precip number, note Boise; Boston not so good either:


In the data released Friday, iodine-131 was found in rainwater samples from the following locations:

  • Salt Lake City, UT collected 3/17: 8.1
  • Boston, MA collected 3/22: 92
  • Montgomery, Alabama collected 3/30: 3.7
  • Boise, ID collected 3/27: 390

As reported above, the Boise sample also contained 42 pC/m3 of Cesium-134, and 36 of Cesium-137.


BigJim's picture

I wonder what they'd find if they started testing for Uranium and Plutonium?

giocatoli's picture

Bastiat, your cited link at goo.g is a worm.

Bastiat's picture

Hm, works for me on a cut and paste and neither Kaspersky nor Barracuda sees a worm.    But here's the full URL:

TheMerryPrankster's picture

stock up on beer, make sure you buy the oldest best by date. Beer is mostly water, just like humans. I like mine without so much radioactive iodine and cesium, prefer hops and barley.

malek's picture

Does that mean you should not drink rain water in those places by the m3 (cubic meter)?

JackES's picture

I hope I can see Japan island sink in my lifetime.