NHK has a very interesting documentary (hat tip Enenews) on the contaminated water at the Daiichi site:
Fukushima Daiichi's Hidden Crisis: http://vimeo.com/8559542
[Majia's summary] A robot was sent into one of the reactor's outer containment vessels and the water was found to be highly radioactive there, indicating cracks in all levels of containment. What is particularly relevant is NHK's description of the white flecks in the water as caused by radiation:
What I find relevant is the periodic pixilation of the TBS cam by white dots that resemble static energy.
Are the white flashes in the water similar to the white pixilation episodically seen on the TBS cam?
There was a major 'pixilation' event right before dawn February 11
I've seen these events before. They are periodic, and are not sustained. Here are more screen shots from today:
It was frightening looking with day break:
The pink streaming upwards is NOT normal.
The event quickly subsided. You can see in the shot below that the pink is gone and clarity is increasing:
Clarity quickly improved.
I think it likely I witnessed surface manifestations of a sub-criticality, a critical chain that de-escalated, deriving either from the underground corium, or from the spent fuel pools.