Sunday, April 7, 2013

What is Going on at Fukushima?

 Two new videos to watch

Watch the ocean water turn pinkish and the buildings glow white

It looks to me as if the red taint to the ocean is from a gas release from the building. What would produce that pinkish-purplish tint evident in the video and seen so often at the plant?

The pink tint has been ongoing for some time, but seems more pronounced recently (e.g., see the pink fog). 

Anne from Enenews suggested once it was cesium.

Perhaps the spent fuel in the pools is becoming hot enough to vaporize, but not yet hot enough for flames?

Although, another video raises more questions. What is going on inside unit 2?  

Unit 2 is covered in a tent. Is that some sort of gaseous fire inside of 2 or is it an optical illusion caused by the sun reflecting off of the unit 2 tarp?

Is this 'fire' analog linked with the pink/purplish emissions? 

I'm interested in people's thoughts on this.

I'm concerned because the plant conditions have seemed odd recently. I saw steam erupt from the ground March 28 (see my screenshot here).

Tepco's admissions of the 'two' spent fuel power-outages (see links at bottom of post) also seemed strange given how reluctant the company is to disclose negative information. Its not like Tepco to admit to something as bad as two power-outages for spent fuel cooling in 3 weeks.

That's not all. On April 6 Tepco admitted to a contaminated water spill:

Kimura, S. (2013, April 6) 120 tons of contaminated water leaks at Fukushima nuclear plant. The Asahi Shimbun,

Majia here: Tepco has in the past fessed up to contaminated water 'spills.' However, this water was hot as Tepco estimated its rad level at "710 billion becquerels of radioactivity." No measurement of water of the volume of water containing 710 million becquerels was given in the article.

Tepco states that this water measuring 710 million becquerels (per liter?) was already filtered. The unfiltered water is twice as radioactive:

"The water had passed through a filtration system before leaking, and its radioactivity level was about half that of water that has yet to be filtered, according to TEPCO." [end]

Majia here: That water is hot! Moreover, its probably even hotter than Tepco is acknowledging publicly. That said, it is interesting that Tepco is admitting to significant water contamination and repeated spent fuel pool cooling outages.

On April 7 the Asahi Shimbun reported that Tepco could not handle the radioactive water at the plant. That signaled Tepco's failure to master plant conditions: "TEPCO floundering in dealing with sea of contaminated water"

Majia here:What is going on?


Fukushima nuclear plant's cooling system goes offline for 3 hours (2013, April 5) 

M. Fackler (19 March 2013) ‘Blackout Halts Cooling System at Fukushima Plant’, The New York Time,


  1. Anne from Enenews wrote here ( )


    “Reddish glowing air above a nuclear power plants is called a beta-flare. The name comes from the main cause for the phenomenon which is free neutrons decaying into protons and electrons. On top of that beta-flare is a mixture of all kinds of radiation and ionization. When ions (like the proton from a neutron decay) receive some replacement electrons, UV-light is produced. This in turn puts electrons on a charged orbit from witch they return by emitting visible light. Like in northern lights.

    “The energies involved in beta-flare are sufficient to kill birds mid-flight. Or bring down airplanes if they defy the restricted area. Ionization breaks up molecules in tissue (lungs for example) or interferes with electronics. That's why nuclear power plant even has a chimney; for fierce ventilation, to get rid of ions and excess neutrons within their quarter-an-hour lifetime. If the air flow stops, everyone inside the powerplant would die in 15 minutes or so. (This occurred in Tshernobyl, different case than the big accident.)

    “This is carefully obscured part of nuclear technology, covered with excessively bright lights pointing upwards and guards collecting the dead birds. But we got beta-flare on video when lighting was temporarily diminished at the Loviisa (Finland) power plant… while replacing bulbs with more distracting ones to prevent filming! As the phenomenon is mostly red, red filter is tested to take out industrial ambient light.…”

    1. The stack on a nuclear power plant is not for getting rid of neutrons. On a BWR it is needed for the ventillation system. A BWR has a little shortlived iodine which needs to be vented via a tall stack and some other shortlived radioisotopes which need venting in the same way, this is becuase of the "tramp uranium" in the water, the PWR, fast and AGR designs have the same ventillation demands.

      The ions formed in the air in a high radiation area are not long lasting. They will vanish very quickly and not build up.

      I think that the "red light" is more likely to be sun light refecting off a surface.