The 2015 Fukushima Pinup Calendar - March



 Unit 4 and the Fourth Anniversary Party

 Years Later, the Daichi Plant keeps Celebrating

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 March 1, 2012

Top US Nuke Official: Melted core penetrates concrete at 2 inches per hour — No doubt containment is lost during blackout — Manual tells you everything except how to stop it —

Asahi Flyover: No spent fuel pool seen in Reactor No. 3 — SFP ‘must’ be in center of screen, however we can’t see any of it






 March 4, 2012

New Asahi doc: NISA team knew of triple meltdowns by March 18 — Kept secret until Tepco’s admission two months later — Says melted fuel only ‘largely’ submerged in water


 March 5, 2013

Guardian: 2 years later and “still no closer to gauging state of damaged fuel” at Fukushima — Reuters: “Little useful data on fuel debris”

Fukushima 50 Special: Unit 4 pool “had boiled dry, raising the spectre of a nuclear fission chain reaction” — Feared nearby nuclear plant would be evacuated


 March 6, 2014

Nuclear-friendly Magazine: Fukushima melted fuel is glowing, could still be ‘lava-like’ — Only vaguest idea of where corium is — Pouring concrete in structure being discussed — They may not be able to decommission plant, but have to give it a try


 March 7. 2014

New Studies on Mystery ‘Black Substances’ found in downtown Tokyo.  Released: Fuel core materials from Fukushima plant detected — Plutonium, Uranium-236, Curium discharged into environment likely in form of fine particles


March 8, 2012

Japan Times: Fukushima faces “insurmountable hurdle” if containment vessels are source of lethal radiation in reactor buildings

 March 8, 2013

Japan Times: Walls are cracked below ground at Fukushima reactor buildings — “As if the damage above ground isn’t enough to worry about”


 March 9, 2013

WSJ: Molten fuel could be outside Fukushima reactor — Experts concerned it’s not being cooled properly

Quake shifted Fukushima underground water and pushed it to surface all at once — Still gushing out 18 months later


March 9, 2014

Fukushima plant hanging by its fingernails, about to fall off — Disaster is “warning to all of civilization” — “Gov’t & Tepco announce dates for completion, but no one really believes them… this is new territory”


March 10, 2012

Asahi TV: “Unbelievable” — If Unit 4 pool gets a crack from quake and leaks, it would be end for Tokyo -Expert — Doesn’t have to be large tremor, already shaken many times

 March 10, 2013

AP: Over 30 million tons of nuclear waste in Fukushima alone — Smoking mounds of disaster debris, possibly from spontaneous combustion

March 10, 2014

Anonymous Senior Tepco Employee: No one knows what to do at Fukushima, it’s impossible to fix — Reactors not under control — “We just can’t deal with the melted fuel”


March 11, 2011

Earthquake and Tsunami strike Japan

March 11, 2013

Gundersen: The containment vessel exploded at Fukushima Reactor 2 — “There’s definitely a large crack”

 March 11, 2014

Japan ex-Prime Minister: Fukushima very close to ‘China syndrome’ — First time in history where melted fuel “burned through, leaking to outside of container” — Reactor melted down 4 hours after M9.0 quake

AP: Radioactive material spews into air & sea at Fukushima — Asahi: Exposure levels spike — Nuclear Expert: We don’t even know where 3 melted reactor cores are… it’s not under control at all; Still getting worse 3 years later


March 12, 2011

Explosion heard at Japan nuclear plant — “High possibility of meltdown” for reactor No. 1: Government

Japanese TV showing walls at power plant have crumbled



March 13, 2011

Japan’s Prime Minister now saying situation is “worrisome” at Fukushima nuclear plant

Nuclear plant designer: Tokyo “supressing information” — Serious meltdown “highly likely”

 March 13, 2013

Japan Nuclear Expert: “Containment vessel continued to break at various spots, one after another” from Fukushima melted fuel — “It lost the protective wall which seals in radiation”


 March 14, 2011

Fuel rods at Fukushima’s No. 2 reactor FULLY exposed

US Navy detects “radioactive plume” 100 miles from Fukushima

Radioactive releases may continue for a YEAR or more even after fission has stopped: New York Times


March 15, 2011

Analyst: What we have already is the worst case scenario at Fukushima

Advisory: “Radiation too high for TEPCO personnel to stay in Fukushima nuke plant control rooms”

 March 15, 2012

Fukushima Report: Fire created “8 square meter hole in the wall” at Unit No. 4 — Fuel pool only 15 degrees from boiling point by March 14, explosion next day

NHK: Radiation levels too high for humans to continue at Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Workers must repair damage to suppression chambers


March 16, 2011

Official: Container of No.3 reactor feared damaged and leaking “high-level” radiation

 March 16, 2012

NHK: Large volume of unidentified floating white matter seen in No. 4 reactor and spent fuel pool — Tepco to investigate where it came from

NYTimes in ’93: Worst type of reactor accident is nuclear fuel melting, burning through vessel and reactor basement, then into earth


March 17, 2011

Spent Fuel Pool in reactor No. 4 damaged and leaking very fast: UK’s top scientific officer

Water cannon unable to spray reactor, turns away because radiation levels too high – NHK

 March 17, 2012

Analysis: Melted fuel completely penetrated concrete in under 15 hours at GE Mark I — Shows little decline in speed

CBS: “The worst case scenario was happening” at Fukushima — Cores may have burned into earth, releasing untold amounts of radiation if not for sea water injection — You really won’t know what happened until you see inside, says NRC

Interim Report: Tepco prepared to airdrop ice into Reactor No. 1 Spent Fuel Pool — 3.5 tons brought to Fukushima


March 18, 2011

Nuclear expert: “These things could go on for months — You could lose all six of the reactors”


 March 18, 2013

Seawater and sand caused blackout at Fukushima Daiichi? — Crucial power device “left on back of vehicle… exposed to the elements”

‘Rat-like animal’ blamed for Fukushima blackout — Rodent able to endanger nuclear plant?

Temperatures rise in Fukushima fuel pools after nearly 20 hours without power — Crews “scrambling” to fix problems — Tepco placing “highest priority” on Unit 4



March 19, 2011

Reactors will have to be entombed.  "This could go on Forever"

 March 19, 2013

Asahi: The explosion at Fukushima Reactor 3 had seriously damaged Reactor 2 — “Worst possible case” was predicted soon after — Many workers abandoned facility

Power still not restored at Fukushima Unit 3 fuel pool and Common Fuel Pool — No fresh cooling water for over a day — Tepco: Extremely sorry it took so long to announce blackout


March 20, 2011

Confusion: Radiation still being released from Fukushima — Officials don’t know where it is coming from

Fukushima radioactive inventory is “30 to 40 times as high as in Chernobyl”: German radiation expert

 March 20, 2014

Japanese TV: Fukushima fuel cores have ‘molten-through’ containment vessels — Location of molten fuels is unknown — “Risk of re-criticallity” from filling vessels with water


March 21, 2011

UPDATE: Neutron beams suggest uranium and plutonium have leaked and nuclear fission has occurred


March 21, 2014

NY Times: ‘Shameful’ situation at Fukushima — Tepco “seems unaware of what is happening” — Gov’t must take control of plant — “So little is understood about how to deal with the melted-down reactors”


 March 22, 2011

Fukushima radioactive iodine and cesium emissions nearing Chernobyl levels — Carried far by the wind and absorbed readily by humans

Boiling Point: Reactor No. 4 spent fuel pool at 212 Fahrenheit


 March 23, 2011

“Highly radioactive water was later found leaking near ALL FOUR troubled reactor units” — From reactors or spent fuel pools?

Japan Gov’t: “No immediate likelihood the plant will stop emitting radiation” — High radiation areas should voluntarily evacuate


March 24, 2011

TEPCO official admits radioactivity too high to measure — Exceeded limit of gauge

March 24, 2014

 PBS Reporter: “The whole world needs to pay attention” to what’s going on at Fukushima — “Magnitude of mess is actually staggering” — “We really don’t know how they’re going to clean it up”


March 25, 2011

Report: Radioactivity at 10 MILLION times usual levels at No. 2 reactor — Workers evacuated

 March 25, 2013

Gundersen: Image shows radioactive “thermal flare” was coming from Fukushima Reactor 3 — “Exactly where the containment should be”

Tepco: Animal caused extended power outage at Fukushima Daiichi — Nearly a foot long rat


March 26, 2012

Fear of radiation a “psychiatric disorder” in Japan — The Cure? Have them work at decontaminating radiation, says doctor -Mainichi

German TV: Armageddon if Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 collapses and melts down — Could change the world — Most likely consequence is that reactors 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 get out of control — Interview with nuclear engineer

 March 26, 2013

Report: Nuclear material came off unused fuel assembly removed from Fukushima Unit 4 pool — Cobalt-60 at 1,400,000,000 Bq/kg — Debris “felt like grit”

NRC: Fukushima reactor’s containment leaked at 300% per day — Assumed only 1%


March 27, 2013

AP: “Hardly any cooling water inside one of the reactors” — Water level only 6% of estimate — Radiation at 10 times fatal dose

 March 27, 2013

Symposium Q&A: Explosion at Fukushima Unit 3 drove nuclear fuel out of storage pool — Scattered up to 2 miles away


 The Three Mile Island accident was a partial nuclear meltdown which occurred in one of the two Three Mile Island nuclear reactors in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States, on March 28, 1979

March 28, 2011

TEPCO VP: Possibly years before crisis ends

March 28, 2012

NHK: Suppression chamber “may have been destroyed” at Reactor No. 2

March 28, 2013

“Game Changer”: Fukushima cesium releases likely 20-30 times higher than revealed


March 29, 2011

IAEA says Fukushima reactors may have achieved “re-criticality” — Increased radiation releases possible

March 29, 2012

NYT on Reactor No. 4: “Risk of another colossal radiation leak” if cooling problems arise, experts say — “Tepco has been racing to fortify crumpled outer shell”

March 29, 2013

Worker: Rat at Fukushima Daiichi measured 15 microsieverts per hour — “It’s a moving radioactive material”


March 30, 2011

Radioactive iodine now at 4,385 times legal limit in water near Fukushima plant — “Radiation may be leaking continuously into sea”

March 30, 2012

NYT: “Cores at three of plant’s reactors melted down, breaching their containment vessels” — Tepco maintains fuel stopped short of breaching containment vessels

 March 30, 2013

Japan PM discusses restarting Fukushima Daiichi reactors — Safety to be confirmed?


March 31. 2012

Local Official: Japan gov’t did not reveal plutonium-241 detection — Radiation dose was 50 times higher than total of other three plutonium isotopes that were mentioned

March 31, 2014

TV: Fukushima crisis “much more severe than we’re led to believe” — ‘Mind-boggling’ — Small quake could tip over reactors and start it all over again — Japan “selling soul to devil” if they restart nuclear plants


May 6, 2014 Update:

“Nuclear fuel fragments” from Fukushima found in Europe — 10,000+ kilometers from reactors — Study: Plume “directly from N. America” — Hot particles a “significant part” radioactive releases — Quickly spread over entire hemisphere — Film shows core material on Norway air filter


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