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Unit 1 Torus Inspection Review

New work done around February 21 to 22 has been posted by TEPCO and confirmed by workers. The newest work was done at a new location about 17 meters from the previous torus inspection location. (ignore the blue route lines, those are from a previous use of the floorplan diagram at another unit.) The video was considerably different than what was seen on the previous torus inspection. The newest inspection video can be found here on our Youtube channel Our work and data from the previous torus inspection back in June 2012 can be found here. We also processed the new inspection video into individual images that can be found on our Flickr page. Two TEPCO handouts from the newest torus inspection: U1_torusday2_handouts_130222_05-e U1_torusday1_handouts_130220_02-e Workers drilled a large hole into the concrete floor in the north west corner of the … Read entire article »

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Unit 1 Refueling Floor Video & Exclusive New Photos

TEPCO’s lightbulb balloon inspection of the refueling floor did result in some interesting findings. The overhead crane was found to be significantly damaged and partially resting on the refueling crane. This may complicate safe removal of the cranes and debris from unit 1. The power of the hydrogen blast itself is evident in some of the findings on the video. Videos at the end of the article.   Overhead crane, broken open above the refueling crane. Another view of the overhead crane. W hat appears to be the other portion of the overhead crane on the refueling deck. A thick steel beam pulled apart and split in half shows the massive force of the hydrogen explosion at unit 1. This heavy steel I-beam curved during the explosion. This blue object appears to be some sort of small … Read entire article »

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TEPCO’s Photo Failure Gets “Better”

TEPCO’s public image management took itself to laughable heights when they released this horribly photoshopped image on August 30th. Our documentation shows that the area they so poorly attempted to block out is the garage doorway. This has raised suspicions about why they are trying to block this view from the public. TEPCO then outdid themselves with a new solution to their Photoshop woes. They re-released the image & the handout announcing a correction! This is the correction announcement: “We had fabricated a part of the photo in terms of physical protection. We replaced the photo of which the fabrication may be taken in appropriate. (September 4, 2012)” TEPCO’s English translations have also recently changed, as if someone new is doing them and doing them not nearly as well as they had been done in the … Read entire article »

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Unit 4 Reactor Well Cover, Hiding In Plain Site

We were reviewing the images from the METI tour earlier this week and caught this from an older image and confirmed in the newer one. The reactor well concrete cap sections are under the yellow containment cap. This image shows some details of the pieces, how they lock together and into the well. These details may be of use towards better understanding of unit 3′s condition. The exact location of these objects inside unit 4 had been a concern very early in the disaster. A lack of decent images and the abundance of debris littering the refueling deck made it harder to clearly identify things. More images below, click for larger view. Please leave watermark on images if reusing. Don’t forget to check out our growing image library at Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/simplyinfo/             This article … Read entire article »

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New Images Inside Unit 4

TEPCO released some new images inside unit 4. A METI official was on site, his tour was the purpose of the images. These images show some not before seen views inside unit 4. Click on an image for a larger view. Please leave any watermarks in place if you reuse images. Unit 4 reactor well April 2012 Unit 4 spent fuel pool and reactor well. Debris cover over. Inside of the damaged end of the building is visible with concrete slabs hanging down. Unit 4, under the spent fuel pool, inspecting concrete support work. Enhanced and enlarged image of unit 4 to make inside of the end wall more visible. Early in the disaster people had concerns that a large object inside the reactor could have pushed out the top of the end wall. … Read entire article »

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New Flyover Video Of Fukushima Daiichi

This new video released by NHK was taken by the first civilian helicopter to fly over Fukushima Daiichi since the disaster. They show some new views of unit 4 and workers walking along the overhead crane. A view of the work being done to dump cement over the floor of the lagoon and a good view of the tank farm. The quality is limited but it does give a good idea where things are located and some views we don’t normally get from land based shots. Thanks to Majj for finding this! This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are … Read entire article »

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Part 3: Unit 2 Containment Scope New Images & Video

More images from inside the scope exam of unit 2 Fukushima Daiichi. These are from the 4th video. The video is included at the end of the article. These are not the photos released by TEPCO. Descriptions above each photo, click on the photo for a larger version. All images can be reused, please leave the watermark on the image and include a link back to our site when using. Containment wall Washout from reflection or radiation Upright pipes with some sort of vertical structure or ladder Upright pipes Upright structure looking up from access point Upright pipes looking up Upright pipes, same set of pipes looking up with some form of bracket or structure upright pipes upright pipes upright pipes upright pipes with good view of the ladder type structure behind upper structures looking up upper structures, different view of same structure in previous images upper structures, … Read entire article »

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Part 2: Unit 2 Containment Scope New Images & Video

Earlier today we released a new set of video stills from the scope camera put inside the containment at reactor 2 at Fukushima Daiichi. These are not the photos released by TEPCO. These images are from videos 2 and 3 released by TEPCO of the work inside unit 2. Images with descriptions and both videos at the end. Click on an image for a larger version. There is one more video forthcoming along with images from that video and analysis of what has been found. All images can be reused, please leave the watermark on the image and include a link back to our site when using. I-beam type structure, it wasn’t clear what this is part of Light or reflections. The lower one appears to be very clear through the interference with the camera on … Read entire article »

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Enhanced Photos Inside Unit 2 Containment Scope Effort

TEPCO successfully inserted the scope camera inside unit 2′s containment Thursday. Statements by TEPCO and NISA indicate they were unable to obtain clear pictures or an image of the bottom of the reactor vessel. High radiation and steam were indicated as the cause for being unable to obtain better imagery. Images below have been enhanced to bring out details. Please leave the watermark on photos and include a link back to our site if you reuse these images elsewhere. TEPCO pdf document of the images and notes EX-SKF has more details and English translations of the press conference information. Floorplan of the reactor building. 1st floor Interior wall of containment heavily rusted. Grate on right side. Light spots are radiation impacting the CCD chip on the camera. Photo enhanced for better visibility. Containment wall interior, heavily … Read entire article »

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Ft. Calhoun Admits Failing Safety Culture, We Have Visual Proof

In a recent interview with the Omaha World Herald, OPPD CEO Gary Gates admitted that Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Station has had a slipping safety standard. “Gates thinks there has been subtle slippage. He thinks one factor in the switch failure was a conscious falling back on the fact that the plant had redundant systems.” Plant union representative Ken Dowdy agreed. “Ken Dowdy, a union official who works as a maintenance planner at Fort Calhoun, said there are definitely management issues within the plant. “I can’t tell you leadership is wonderful but we’re in column four,” Dowdy said. “That’s where the rubber meets the road.” He declined to specify what he thinks the management issues are but said he has confidence Gates will make necessary changes.” The plant was left surrounded by river flooding, had a fire, … Read entire article »

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New Images And Video Inside Units 2 And 3

TEPCO released two crane videos. One viewing in the hole of unit 2 and the other some views of the top of unit 3. The images of unit 3 show what looks like at least a portion of the reactor well concrete plug still in place adjacent to the equipment pool. There is also a rust colored stain on the concrete where a steam path has been. We have found rust stained areas in other places where highly radioactive steam or water are leaking in large quantities. Ian Goddard has an illustration showing that this may be due to cesium rather than iron oxide. Unit 2 images show the wall panel that blew out was a removable panel. The bracket appears to be what the wall panel connected to. There … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Reactor Building Detail Solved

There were questions early on about possible large access doors in the top building sections of the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. In this press photo released by TEPCO details can be seen that show this to be a removable panel in the building wall. Early reports said the blast at unit 3 blew this hole into unit 2. It is clear that at least some of the buildings have a removable hatch panel above the refueling floor. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it … Read entire article »

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Enhanced Photos Inside Unit 3 Fukushima Daiichi

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