The "New Meltdown At Fukushima" Rumour
Is Actually Baseless
...Probably




From 2011
Worried about that Gizmodo story, via the Ecologist, about a possible meltdown situation occuring presently at Fukushima? Don't -- yet, if at all  It's probably in error.  At best.  Enenews does a good job of debunking it, and by the time i got to it the Ecologist had taken the story down.  The diligent community of commenters at Enenews presents some of the dirt on the Turner Network, the source for the source (OccupyCorporatism) for the Ecologist.  The article is now gone, but thanks to the CoralCDN cache, I snagged one, and you can view it, for educational purposes, at the link below. Suffice it to say that the outcome of all this appears to be a the reputation not altogether too good -- nearly as bad a Sorcha Faal.

supposedly from 2013
I will add that the images originally accompanying the original article are all from 2011.  Two of them are labeled as such, and the one that is not, which is featured in two different sizes, is identical to one from 2011 with which those who have been following the story will no doubt find familiar:

In addition, Gizmodo  does cite a source other than the Ecologist, and its Tepco

This would be good news, in that it is a legitimate source, except for the fact that it then would be bad news, if it in fact implied what the Ecologist says it does.  It is in Japanese.  Below is the Google translation in full, which I understand is not perfect.  I append a link to the original.










About the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and (Daily)
[3 pm]
Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. December 27, 2013

An accident of our Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant due to the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake on March 11, 2011, and including our location area, to our society, widely apologize for the great inconvenience and worry Regarding that you have, I would like apologize from the bottom of my heart. 
Regard to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, April 17, 2011, compiled the "path towards convergence of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and accidents", to July 19 the same year, the "radiation dose We achieved a step 1, goal, "which has become a steady downward trend. Then, on December 16 the same year, to confirm the achievement of step 2, which targets "that the release of radioactive materials is under control and radiation doses are being significantly held down", to December 21 the same year, the Fukushima I have compiled the medium-and long-term roadmap for the Decommissioning of Unit 1-4 first nuclear power plant. 
November 18, 2013, and began the work is taken out of fuel from Unit 4 spent fuel pool. As a result, we achieved ahead of schedule (start taking out fuel from the spent fuel pool within two years from step 2 is complete) the first phase of the medium-and long-term roadmap, and has gone into the second phase of the medium-and long-term roadmap . 
Continue, by our efforts to ensure the maintenance of a stable state of the plant, you go through over the medium-to long-term necessary measures towards the decommissioning of Units 1 to 4, and national implementation of your feedback of people who are displaced To help our life with peace of mind, we will work at full power continuously. 

About the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, I will inform you as follows. 

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※ When the 20 minutes around 22:00 December 18, partner companies workers had been patrolling F area of the tank (Units 5 and 6 north side), C6 tank flange communication pipe (C5 tank side) and C5 tank I found that the water is dropping about 1 drop in about one minute from the (joint) section. When you have found a dropping, rather than flowing out to the sea, the range of dripping patrol members were confirmed curing of vinyl is the joint about 30cm × about 5cm × about 1mm in (thickness), has caught the weir in Conducted. 
Was carried out the tightening of the joint to 0:48 December 19, but no change in dropping amount. (The C5 and C6 tank tank, water storage the turbine building of Unit 5 and 6 underground water retention) as follows: analysis of the results of the water system within. 
Cesium-134:22 Bq / L 
Cesium-137:97 Bq / L 
Cobalt 60: 18 Bq / L 
result then be conducted December 19 to December 24 the transfer of C5 tank water, was visually inspect the flange portion, 0:45 pm the same day, make sure that the leakage has stopped. Measures and probable cause are as follows. 

And judgment slight gap is generated by (corrosion) rust on the tank side rubber ring connecting surface, and led to the very small leak. 

· Conduct the care of the connection surface, also, conducted application of caulking material, and implement the exchange of internal rubber ring. 
December 26, showed that the (Units 5 and 6 turbine building basement accumulated water) water filling in C5 tank in order to perform the leak check after repair of the joint, in around 11:00 am horizontal flange portion of the C5 tank (under Our employees found that one drop of about 3 seconds, water is leaked from between) of the side plate of handsome and side plate of the first sheet from. Note that has been cured in sheets for leakage check under the leakage point, has not been dropped water leaked in the dam in the floor. Further, when it is confirmed leakage, different part of the tank in C5 (one place), check the bleeding of water. Make sure that is then transferred to the C6 tank of water tank C5, bleeding and leakage from the horizontal flange portion is down to 14:15. The following analytical results of the water in the tank C5. 
Cesium-134:34 Bq / L 
Cesium-137:93 Bq / L 
Cobalt 60: 26 Bq / L 
In addition, it has been confirmed that there is damage to the bolt near the point of leakage of the horizontal flange portion, it is continue to perform the inspection. 

"(Discontinued April 19, 2012) Unit 1" 
-Water injection in-reactor to the reactor and nitrogen injection medium and the reactor containment vessel gas management system in operation, the spent fuel pool circulating cooling system operation to the reactor containment vessel fresh water and water source (CST) condensate storage tank medium 

"(Discontinued April 19, 2012) Unit 2" 
-Water injection in-reactor to the reactor and nitrogen injection medium and the reactor containment vessel gas management system in operation, the spent fuel pool circulating cooling system operation to the reactor containment vessel fresh water and water source (CST) condensate storage tank medium 

"(Discontinued April 19, 2012) Unit 3" 
-Water injection in-reactor to the reactor and nitrogen injection medium and the reactor containment vessel gas management system in operation, the spent fuel pool circulating cooling system operation to the reactor containment vessel fresh water and water source (CST) condensate storage tank (4 pm to December 17) The transfer of the high concentration accumulated water to (High Temperature Incinerator Building) medium and the turbine building of Unit 3 → centralized waste treatment facilities 

48 At around 7:00 am on December 27, and confirmed by the camera that from Unit 3 reactor building, 5th floor near the center, steam is generated. Have not been identified abnormal plant conditions of 54 minutes at 7:00 am the same day, the indicated value of the monitoring post (meteorological data of 50 minutes at 7:00 am, 5.1 ℃ temperature, 93.1% humidity). 

"(Discontinued April 19, 2012) Unit 4" 
· (And during storage in the spent fuel pool) without fuel in a nuclear reactor 
And fuel-moving spent fuel pool circulating cooling system in operation to shared pool from the spent fuel pool 

from December 26, in the Unit 4 spent fuel pool of fuel movement in the fuel assemblies that had to deform the handle / channel box by mistake (April 1982) when handling the past (one body) The start of the investigation. Around 0:00 pm on December 27, to see what looked like a crack in the channel box side of the fuel assembly. As for the fuel assembly, it will return to its original position after completion of the study. 

Notification, cold shutdown, in the spent fuel pool cooling cleanup system while driving a repeal on December 18, 25 years ※ Heisei "(periodic inspection than before the earthquake) Unit 5" 

(Fuel during storage in spent fuel pool all) report-cold shutdown of the abolition on December 18, 25 years ※ Heisei "(periodic inspection than before the earthquake) Unit 6" 
- Spent fuel pool cooling purification system in operation 

"Shared pool" 
- Spent fuel pool cooling purification system in operation 

"Situation of storage equipment and water treatment equipment" 
-Cesium adsorption apparatus stopped, second cesium adsorption apparatus (Sally) Running or desalination device 10:12 26 (ALPS) hot during the test-December intermittent in operation, multi-nuclide removal equipment to look at the water balance , in intensive waste treatment facility, start the transfer of the accumulated water to Process Main Building from the site Bunker Building. 17:00 the same day, to stop the transfer. 

"Circumstances surrounding drainage area H4 and tank" 
※ subject to leakage from the tank No.5 H4 area I group, monitoring of tank of similar structure, and the continued implementation of a detailed investigation. 


In patrol of December 26, has not been confirmed (β + γ-ray (70μm dose equivalent rate)) is a new high-dose equivalent rate place. As for where the rain water is collected in the Sekiyuka section, dose equivalent rate was low by the state continue shielding effect of the rainwater. With the exception of H4 east tank area H4 and tank area with confirmed decrease of Seki-nai water level on December 24, (except for the water in the reservoir dam that can not be compromised sure) that there is no leakage, such as the tank the total number by visual inspection, Check that there is no abnormality in (alarm monitoring) and constant monitoring by contaminated water tank water level indicator. 

※ In response to leakage from No.5 tank H4 area I group, and continued implementation of the sampling of No.5 ~ 12 groundwater bypass pumping wells Fukushima first Southern discharge canal, Fukushima first premises drainage, H4 and area tank around . 


Large variations have not been checked against the measurements taken last. 

"Situation of 1-4 the turbine building of Unit east side" 
※ The collected groundwater established the observation hole in the 1-4 turbine building of Unit east side, we have analyzed, that the 19th June, at the observation hole of Units 1 and 2 between, it has been detected in the high value strontium and tritium in the pumped groundwater catchment pit and WellPoint as well as strengthening monitoring published, was placed in the turbine building of Unit 1 and 2 from the east (south). 
From what has been detected in the high value all beta analysis result in Units 2 and 3 intake between WellPoint north taken in November 27, the pumping of groundwater from the well points were installed in Units 2 and 3 east in a planned manner Conducted. 


During transport to the Unit 2 turbine building the (South) groundwater catchment pit and WellPoint, which was installed in Units 1 and 2 east from September 7. 
From the fact that tritium has been detected in No.0-3-2 1,2 Unit between seawall area groundwater observation holes, are being conducted on a trial basis the pumping of groundwater from the observation hole than December 11. 


As follows: The result of the measurement of No.2-2 groundwater observation holes were collected for the first time on December 25. 
[: Min taken December 25 measurement results of No.2-2 groundwater observation holes] 
Cesium-134:11 Bq / L 
Cesium-137:26 Bq / L 
All-beta: 520 Bq / L 
· Tritium: 560 Bq / L 
As for the No.1-11 groundwater observation holes were taken December 26, to detect the high value measurements of all beta as compared to the previous value. 
Measurement results of No.1-11 groundwater observation holes] 
Collecting and dividing cesium 134:0.72 Bq / L 26: December this time 
Cesium-137:1.4 Bq / L 
All-beta: 2,300 Bq / L 
Collecting and dividing cesium 134:0.45 Bq / L 23: December last 
Cesium-137:0.93 Bq / L 
Full Beta: detection limit below threshold (detection limit: 24 Bq / L) 
Since the No.1-11 groundwater observation holes is inside the portion of the soil improvement Units 1 and 2 between, there is also a point is detected at high levels total β for the area, influence therefrom be considered. I check the status conduct sampling, the analysis again. 
The other significant change is not observed in comparison with measurements taken previously. 

"Situation of underground water storage tank" 
※ contaminated water underground water storage tank has been completed to transfer all to July 1, but Anna Sui drain of No.1 ~ 7 (underground water storage tank, sampling and diffusion prevention measures No.1 ~ 4 underground water storage tank, continue ongoing leak detection hole 6 and 7 of water, underground water storage tank observation hole, groundwater investigation bypass hole, No.1 ~ 4 groundwater bypass pumping well, the sea side observation hole). 


Temporary tank to the ground water leaked to leak detection hole of No.1 ~ 3 underground water storage tank, to transfer to the underground water storage tank water leaked into the drain hole No.1 underground water storage tank, the No.2 are being conducted as appropriate treatment. 


For A1 underground water storage tank observation holes were taken December 26, is detected high value measurements of all beta as compared to the previous value. Large variations have not been checked against the previous value is chlorine concentration. 
[Measurements of underground water storage tank observation hole A1] 
Collecting and dividing the total beta December 26:: 1.3 Bq / cm 3 this time 
Chlorine concentration: 9ppm 
(: 2.8 × 10 -2 Bq / cm 3 detection limit value) is less than the detection limit: collecting and dividing the total beta December 25: last time 
Chlorine concentration: 7ppm 
Large variations have not been checked against the previous value in both beta and all chlorine concentration of 21 places for non-A1 (A2 ~ A19, B1 ~ B3). Therefore, because of the possibility of contamination of the contaminant sampling, the analysis process, to check the status performs sampling again the analysis. 
The other significant change is not observed in comparison with measurements taken previously. 

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The real good news is that (as far as I can tell) this does not mean the hoax is real; OccupyCorporatism, and thus the Ecologist and Gizmodo, are still misleading us. It is insulting to think that we are not expected to know how to use Google translate. It may be TepCo, but the material is nothing upon which to base the Ecologist's erroneous boy-crying-wolf sensationalism.  

As far as I can tell.  Do not get me wrong: there is still much to worry about.  Steam has been seen rising from number three; so far this has not been explained.  But that is not automatically code for a coverup.  Here's a link about it from Energy News.  Of the steam, EX-SKF has this to say:

But it is more likely that the high air dose rates are not from the occasional weak steam from the spot as seen in the infrared images above, but from the contamination from the fallout in March 2011, from several vents including dry vent (releasing the highly radioactive gas inside the Containment Vessel to outside, without having it go through water to reduce radioactive materials) and the March 14, 2011 explosion of Reactor 3 and steam/smoke afterwards. The steam/smoke in March 2011, as TEPCO casually admitted during the regular press conference on July 24, 2013 (there was no follow-up question from the press), came from a breach in the Containment Vessel of Reactor 3, "as you all know".

As a piece of that evidence,

4. Nuclides analysis result of the radioactive materials in the air, July 25, 2013 shows radioactive cesium in the air where the steam is observed on the operating floor of Reactor 3 is two orders of magnitude lower than the density limit by the nuclear regulation, at 3.3E-05 Bq/cm3 (3.3x10^-5 Bq/cm3 or 0.000033 Bq/cm3, or 0.033 Bq/L, or 3 Bq/m3) for cesium-137, too low to account for several hundred millisieverts per hour radiation...

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Here are pdfs of all the sources, of the TepCo in Japanese as well as in Google translation, all in a single zipped file for you to right-click and download.  

Gentle Readers, if you would, and you care to, please check my work, just in case.  Leave a comment if you find anything, or even if you just have something relevant to say.



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