TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation Levels Reach Record Highs As Hole In Reactor Discovered

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With just 3 years left until the 2020 Olympics, Japan is likely desperate to reassure the world's athletes that all is well, but an admission from TEPCO - the Fukushima nuclear plant operator - that they discovered a hole at least one square meter in size beneath the reactor's pressure vessel, and lethal record-high radiation levels have been detected, will not likely reassure anyone.

Radiation levels of up to 530 Sieverts per hour were detected inside an inactive Reactor 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex damaged during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, Japanese media reported on Thursday citing the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). A dose of about 8 Sieverts is considered incurable and fatal.

As RT reports, a hole of no less than one square meter in size has also been discovered beneath the reactor's pressure vessel, TEPCO said. According to researchers, the apparent opening in the metal grating of one of three reactors that had melted down in 2011, is believed to be have been caused by melted nuclear fuel that fell through the vessel.

The iron scaffolding has a melting point of 1500 degrees, TEPCO said, explaining that there is a possibility the fuel debris has fallen onto it and burnt the hole. Such fuel debris have been discovered on equipment at the bottom of the pressure vessel just above the hole, it added.


The latest findings were released after a recent camera probe inside the reactor, TEPCO said. Using a remote-controlled camera fitted on a long pipe, scientists managed to get images of hard-to-reach places where residual nuclear material remained. The substance there is so toxic that even specially-made robots designed to probe the underwater depths beneath the power plant have previously crumbled and shut down.


However, TEPCO still plans to launch further more detailed assessments at the damaged nuclear facility with the help of self-propelled robots.

TEPCO confirmed a black lump in the space beneath the pressure vessel. There is a possibility of nuclear fuel melting down (fuel debris). If it is fuel debris, it will be the first time that fuel melted down will be taken after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

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BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Godzilla is going to make sweet loving to it to plug it up.  About as realistic as the "ice wall."

lolmao500's picture

Meanwhile trump defends putin yet again...


LordDampNut's picture
LordDampNut (not verified) lolmao500 Feb 4, 2017 9:46 PM

That Slurping sound is you guessed it Trump sucking Putins dick.

IridiumRebel's picture

You guys named Neal and Bob or is that just what ya do to each other?

Normalcy Bias's picture

I bet they're posting from the same basement.

IridiumRebel's picture

hey yourarelost I made this joke up.....
I bet they're "into" each other.

youarelost's picture

You can't even make up your own jokes. Sad.

IridiumRebel's picture

Yeah I stole it from Dice Clay.
Fuck you. How's that for a joke?

Edit: another 10 week schmuck.

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

you 2 the same guy?

edit. note to self, always refresh to make sure you don't drop the same line...

SuzerainGreyMole's picture

This is no laughing matter.  People are going to die of cancer and you are making a cheap joke about 2 world leaders who might actually be able to act on this together.

The only dicks are those leaders who missed the chance to act years ago, but didn't.

American Gorbachev's picture

i was already a fan of ZH, but in March 2011 i became an addict

i learned more in two weeks about civilian nuclear power from the commenters than i could have learned from years in school

i've forgotten much of the technical data and it's implications, but i recall very well learning of the depraved history of civilian nuclear power plants (the initial rationale for them, the arrogance of their designers and manufacturers, the corruption involved in their export, etc.)

i guess the Japanese must've been listening the Eurocrat that said "When it gets serious, you have to lie", and that's what they are going to do until the problem is superseded by something worse, or they simply hand it down to their children

much of what little respect i had for human intelligence was also lost in the bowels of Fukushima

LordDampNut's picture
LordDampNut (not verified) Feb 4, 2017 9:45 PM

More phony junk science. The idea radiation is dangerous is a liberal left wing plot to destroy capitalism.

Implied Violins's picture

Denying that extreme radiation is not dangerous means that you are complicit in the Bilderberg plot to destroy humanity, my Lord...NOT.


Croesus's picture

Lord Numbnuts should go get us some decent photos of the Elephant's foot @ Chernobyl, or help out the Japanese at Fukushima, since they're all wrong about the dangers of radiation.

SixIsNinE's picture

now going on 6 years after - and Tokyo still operates business as usual.

i followed the radiation scare for a good 3-4 years. 


maybe the solution is dilution.     i am doubting the radiation scare.   Millions of years my ass.


Anarchyteez's picture

On a long enough time line the survival rate is zero hedge.

Anarchyteez's picture

Space monkeys and the giant compost heap.

Let's remember our origin on this site.

Anarchyteez's picture

Fuck it! Let the world glow!


Lordie Damp Nutty - 

You have a compelling argument, but it needs some spice to back it up. 

Tell you what - televise yourself taking a dive off the high board into the reactor vessel, and swim to the bottom.

Grab a couple handfulls of that nice facial mask black stuff down there, and when you surface, mop it all over your face.

If you are unscathed and still breathing by Valentines Day, I'll send you a bouquet of roses, and a box of Forrest Gump chocolates.

Such a fucking deal, but I think you are woth the risky bet.  

knukles's picture

If he doesn't bite try throwing in an autographed photo of Barbara Streisand shaving her armpits.


peddling-fiction's picture

Rude and uncalled for visual violence. Chuckle.


SuzerainGreyMole's picture

Too much booze and drugs will take alot longer to kill you then the radiation levels recorded at reactor 2.

Perhaps you should go there if you really believe your on BS story.


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hoyeru (not verified) LordDampNut Feb 5, 2017 2:02 AM

from all the downvotes it's obvious the ZHers are not as smart as they pretend to be.

Get a clue idiots: it was sarcasm

Rufus Temblor's picture

"Japan is likely desperate..." Japan is desperate on many fronts. I don't think it ends well.

franzpick's picture

Post at ENENEWS at 8:10pm:

February 4, 2017 at 8:10 pm · Reply

Expansion of the square-meter section signals eventual unit 2 collapse, if the underground water flow has carved out 'streams', and created what is termed a "wash", where earthen ground support is increasingly lost to increasingly larger water flow in the widening channels: see Sinkhole. See Extinction Level Event.

Young Buckethead's picture

Also look up 'liquifaction'. The entire site is turning to a sandy liquid, and coupled with the underground river flow everything on the site will eventually slide into the Pacific Ocean - Spent Fuel Pools (what's left) and all. Every earthquake - and they are almost weekly - adds to the disaster.


IridiumRebel's picture

Those are the fucking fuel rods dumbasses.
Pacific, and us, are fucked.

Mmmmm sushi!

Blankone's picture

It's unbelievable that people still eat tuna, salmon, sushi and other sea food products from the Pacific. 

Not sure about doing so but if I buy some I get something from the Atlantic.  Read some claims that Japan was sending fish to Vietnam and other places for processing to hid the true origin.


AGuy's picture

"Not sure about doing so but if I buy some I get something from the Atlantic. "

The Atlantic isn't much saver, as its heavily polluted, from sewage & runoff from east coast cities. to the dumping of garbage into oceans during the 40's,50's,60's & 70's. I don't believe there is any safe seafood available. Also a lot of fish is raised in pens (fish farms), pumped up with hormones, GMO feed, etc.

Worldwide fish stocks are collapsing do to over fishing.

Grumbleduke's picture

the Brits dumped their nuclear waste into the North Sea in the 60's and 70's. So, there's that.

One of these is not like the others..'s picture

We prefer the term "safely disposed of", if you don't mind sir.

buzzsaw99's picture

oh well. damn dirty apes are taking over the world anyway so it doesn't really matter.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

They're called muslims and they command your respect!

buzzsaw99's picture

hello, my name is sam and i will be your negro waiter for tonight. first, allow me to shake your hand and feel your shoulder with my germy digits. okay, what would you like? i'd like for you to take your hands off me you damn dirty ape!

Mena Arkansas's picture

It's in Japan, not Africa.

LN's picture

Damn Arkies, always slow on the uptake.



Ms No's picture

Although some of these radioactive cores might be in Africa by now.

LN's picture

God made ape in his image.


For the dumbass down voter:  Google "You damn dirty apes"

buzzsaw99's picture

wrong. ape made god in his image. radiation make ape run faster. lulz

LN's picture

I'll bet you $1.00 to a donut, that most do not know what your avatar is there Quattro.


buzzsaw99's picture

you'd be surprised how many do actually recognize my mutant hotness.

btw - a donut is worth more than $1 these days. lulz

LN's picture

"you'd be surprised how many do actually recognize my mutant hotness."

There are sick bastids everywhere I guess.

"btw - a donut is worth more than $1 these days."

Damn, I'm getting old.


Ms No's picture

I bet you a dollar that you didn't know that Kuato was originally going to morph into an phophorescent vagina originally.  There is a picture of part of the transformation on here.  I think they should've gone with that personally.

newmacroman's picture

Kinda looks like Suzie