Fukushima plant ‘set to collapse’ from another quake or tsunami

March 8, 2012JAPAN The crippled Fukushima nuclear plant remains critically vulnerable to a new quake or tsunami two years after the tragedy, and clean-up operations have been marred by corruption and gross workplace safety violations, insiders say. Senior workers at the plant, including members of the so-called Fukushima 50, have pointed to dangerous vulnerabilities in a series of exclusive, in-depth interviews with The Weekend Australian in Japan. Several of the workers also said the plant’s No 1 reactor was critically damaged by the quake even before the tsunami hit – a revelation that, if proven, would torpedo Japan’s attempts to swiftly restart its 50 stalled nuclear reactors. These nuclear workers, who battled to resolve the initial crisis at the plant and have remained largely silent until now, said they had received massive undocumented exposures to radiation, and the danger money supposed to flow to employees for working at Fukushima Daiichi was being creamed off by unscrupulous companies. While the world has largely quit worrying about the nuclear plant, nuclear engineer Daisuke Sakamoto (not his real name) is among a group of workers saying another tragedy of global proportions could be just around the corner, should a new quake or tsunami strike. “What remained intact after the disaster is completely fragile and when the next one comes it’s going to collapse,” he told The Weekend Australian. “It (the plant) remains very vulnerable. I’m sorry, but if it happened again, I would evacuate.” Operator TEPCO’s failure to place back-up generators above the high watermark of the 14m March 11, 2011, tsunami despite warnings from its own engineers that such a wave was possible meant the reactors immediately lost cooling, sowing the seeds for the world’s second-worst nuclear accident after Chernobyl in 1986. Through painstaking and dangerous work from workers such as those who spoke to The Weekend Australian, a temporary cooling and recycling system has been established for reactors No 1, 2 and 3. But Mr. Sakamoto, who battled the disaster from its initial stages and remains at the plant today, said it was far from robust. “Even if you say we have a cooling system, it is only a makeshift one, after all. There is no doubt that it will fracture when the next big earthquake comes,” he said. He said he also had doubts about the back-up power supplies that were keeping the plant’s six reactors cool. “There is a variety of temporary gear to provide power, but that’s not proper equipment either. So if the same size quake occurs, you can see why I would want to run away,” he said. Another worker, Ichiro Takahashi, said: “When the next tsunami comes, it’s gone. They are making seawalls, but can these stop a tsunami? I don’t think so.” Along with failing to guard against tsunamis, TEPCO also had ignored recommendations made before the disaster to boost earthquake protection, The Weekend Australian was told. –The Australian
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15 Responses to Fukushima plant ‘set to collapse’ from another quake or tsunami

  1. turkey ridge says:

    Its been very hartbreaking to realize what humankind has done to this once beautiful planet we call home. To think this is the tip of the fatal iceburg that our grandchildren will still have to contend with sickens me with the utmost regret. But we all still have a voice, there is just not many shouting and I myself should be the loudest! Maybe we all will come together as one and solve the many problems that plauge our species, but im afraid to say greed has taken over too many souls. Very much thanks to you Alvin and all that you do to wake up the poor misguided souls of our time. May much love and happiness abound from you great deeds even though much is ignored or questioned.

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  2. Daniel says:

    Australia does have on offer the Synroc process to stabilize radioactive materials perhaps Japan can decide to become a Synroc customer?

    I am open to being rewarded a non-obligatory Finders Fee would show concern for Public Safety. I also publish quake forecasts for free public use but a country that can save a trillion dollars using my expertise could see value in funding a development of a site-specific method as my predictions are accurate to time and event but need integration with the VAN system at least so as to afford a useful protection.

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  3. Bone Idle says:

    Your article is a year old. At that time there was a lot of publicity regarding the fuel pool at reactor four. The Japanese authorities and Tepco had to go out of their way to reinforce the fuel pool supports and conduct many PR tours to publicise their message that it is now safe.
    Well that remains to be proven.
    Since that article came out their have been a myriad of tremor events up to Mag 6 close to the Fukashima site. The fuel pool is still stable – allegedly – or should I say still appears to be stable and standing. We only have the word of Tepco to confirm the safety – their track record so far hasn’t been very good.

    Tepco are currently building a large structure beside the plant 4 fuel pool. There will be a very large heavy duty crane in this new structure that will remove the fuel rod assemblies, put them into casks, make them safe and relocate them to a dry storage facility. This work is supposed to commence this year in November. We await with bated breath.

    Meanwhile there is still no clear idea on how the authorities are supposed to clean up the melted down reactors in plants 1, 2 and 3. The insides of these three buildings are deadly to humans.
    The only word we have is that it will take between 30 – 40 years to do this task.

    I hope there is no large seismic event before that 30 – 40 years is up.

    I also hope that Japan doesn’t run out of workers or volunteers to complete the cleanup at Fukashima. It doesn’t take long before a worker receives their maximum lifetime dose of radiation while working on site.

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    • Kajajuk says:

      Please keep us updated as the “media-sters”, banksters, et al, will likely prefer pre-coverage of the winter olympics…

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  4. Nibikwe says:

    Fukushima is 10 times worse than Chernobyl, not the second worst after Chernobyl. With the virtual media blackout on this ongoing disaster who would know? Radioactive poisoning of the ocean and everything that lives in it, radioactive debris piling up on the west coast beaches…it’s not over by a long shot. Thanks for posting this story Alvin.

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  5. Ranger says:

    It is sad that we live in a world now that refuses to tell the truth.

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  6. TexasRedNeck says:

    >>> Daniel <<< Since you can "forecast quakes" why didn't you warn the people of Fukashima ??? You could have saved about 30,000 lives !

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    • Bone Idle says:

      Earthquake forecasts are voodoo science. The USGS spent millions of dollars using professionals trying to find a workable method of forecasting quakes. For all that money they discovered that they could actually forecast quakes up to a few minutes before the event. However the few minutes are not enough to give a practical general public warning. They closed the program down and labelled forecasting as unfeasible.
      They have recently opened up another program – however with a very small budget and team.

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    • onthemark55 says:

      Daniel wants a fee with no obligation for results, hmmmm, sounds like he has a day job on Wall Street.

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  7. Fukushima remains a slow motion train wreck. We all know what’s going to happen, when it’s going to happen is the only question left to answer…

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