Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Fukushima Daiichi Looks Odd on Cam 1 Today


I've been noting that units 1 and 2 at Fukushima Daiichi (visible on the TEPCO Webcam 1) have been looking rather steamy.

Today, the view from Cam 1 is quite distinctive because the illumination has been changed and the vent tower is brightly illuminated, as illustrated in these screenshots below:

March 17, 2019


Today, March 19


I've seen this change in lighting before but what is new is the bright illumination of the vent tower.

The vent tower in the foreground has been an issue for some time, with concerns expressed at its high radioactivity and its potential for collapse due to structural damage and/or liquefaction, caused in part by massive amounts of water coursing under the plant.

I'm not sure whether today's view denotes any significant changes or not.

I'll post again tomorrow with any observational updates.