Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sub-Criticalities in Daiichi Water Storage Pools?

Are sub-criticalities occurring in Tepco Daiichi's water storage pools or at some other location at the plant?

For though I walk through the darkest valley

Majia here: I know Tepco’s been having trouble with the spent fuel pool cooling

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,

Majia here: But the observations I made today do not seem like a spent fuel pool fire, which would be (I believe) more consistent and not ebb and flow so quickly.

So, perhaps the steam/smoke is coming from the water storage pools?

The radiation levels in those pools is "710 billion becquerels of radioactivity" for the FILTERED water.Unfiltered water is HIGHER.

Former Fukushima worker, “The surface dose of the leaking contaminated water is 2 Sv/h” Posted by Mochizuki on May 1st, 2013

Fukushima Diary recently reported plutonium in pools. The leaking reservoirs may contain 1,300 Bq/m3 of Pu-238 and 110 Bq/m3 of Cm-244
Posted by Mochizuki on April 28th, 2013 ·

Majia here: Even Arnie Gundersen is now acknowledging plutonium contamination from Fukushima. See discussion here: and here

Fukushima Diary also reported high tritium emissions and contaminated water leaks:

[710 GBq of beta nuclide] 120 m3 of highly contaminated water leaked to underground, 800m to the sea

Majia here: 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"

Radiation levels have been rising in Tokyo and Fukushima:

Majia here: I propose that there may be transient sub-criticalities occurring in the water storage areas.

Tepco has admitted the water is highly contaminated by strontium and cesium. We know there is uranium in the pool and some of it may be U235. Furthermore, there may be plutonium in those pools. Water is a great moderator.

So, perhaps sub-criticalities are occurring in the storage ponds.

It explains so much of what we’ve been seeing and I documented yesterday and recently.
A sub-criticality is a nuclear fission chain that is not sustained. Wikipedia describes forms of  nuclear chain reactions: (

This may explain the recent xenon detections in Japan:

Majia here: I conclude from the CTBTO discussion that radiation levels are rising in Japan and fission may be occurring at Daiichi (or perhaps Daini).

I think the fission may be in the water storage pools for the following reasons:

1. There has been considerable mainstream media attention to these pools recently and it has been acknowledged in mainstream media accounts that radiation levels in these pools are astronomically high.

2. Tepco has been saying that they are, and must, dump highly radioactive water into the ocean.

I wonder whether they must dump incredibly radioactive water into the ecosystem because the alternative is nuclear fire.

Yet this may be no solution.

Perhaps even water itself has been consumed by the nuclear fire. 

Conclusion: Is there no stopping this train wreck?


  1. I posted this on an older page:

    It looks to me in some of these images that that steam or black dust is coming straight out of the ground, in between Fukushima and the camera. So my question is: why do you not think that it is coming from the corium? Thanks, NoNukes

  2. Majia,

    My apologies for the grammar above. You'd never guess that I am an English professor, lol. Except maybe by the longwinded-ness.

    When I was looking for the old videos of the black dust on enenews this morning, I saw your March post for the first time about the micro-fractures in your family's feet. I am so sorry.

    We should all be taking alginate, from radiation-free brown seaweed sourced from the Southern Hemisphere. It is very radioprotective against Strontium 90 and Cesium 137, some say up to 80%. Calcium alginate may be better than sodium alginate.

    I just found this source of seaweed from the West Coast of South Africa. The website is confusing, but maybe I will give it a try.

    About your teeth, yesterday I just happened to stumble on a discussion about the miracle powers of Vitamin K. Apparently there is a book called Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life. The striking thing was all the comments on amazon about how Vitamin K2 made trips to the dentist a thing of the past. Suddenly plaque disappears. Do we all have K2 deficiency?

    Also, I followed StillJill over to, and "oil-pulling" is very popular over there, for many issues. Basically it means swirling organic coconut oil (or organic olive oil) around in your mouth for 10-15 minutes, then spitting it out. Removes some toxins, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, etc. It isn't as bad as it sounds, although I've only done it once, lol. Supposed to be good for teeth.

    Okay, back to grading.

    Thanks, NoNukes

  3. Hi No Nukes

    I agree that the (underground melted) corium is a source of venting of steam.

    I just think the water may also be a source because of the locations of the eruptions as well as the activity of the steam.

    That water decaying billions and billions of becquerels every second. It may be hot enough to sustain ephemeral sub-criticalities.

    I would love to chat with you by phone or skype if you are up for it.

    my email address

  4. interesting exchange, thanks
    me, been thinking about the train wreck

    given the miserable level of public discussion
    I'd have to say: won't stop

    media & PR pros have neutralized the pertinent questions of what to do, how to and with who? recent press coverage displays dumb dismay at news of spiraling crisis, things happening that could have been predicted with urgency 2 years ago

    I applaud your efforts to decipher an understanding from the Live Cam images - my attention is drawn to the narrative, looking for ways to "break media blackout"
    get people talking about it

    here's a remarkable way to talk about it, a breakthrough perception in fact

    "How anyone, even the most profit-hungry plutocrat on the planet, can look at what is still happening at Fukushima two years later and determine that financial concerns remain in any way relevant to the discussion of what has to be done about a steadily spiraling catastrophe - - it might be beyond the people tasked with keeping the rest of us safe..." (excuse the stupid ad, Esquire...

    so where exactly is the corium & what's it up to & can the mention of 'alginate' be amplified, further sourced?


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