[Nothing settled] Steam from reactor3 again

Following up this article..Thermography shows 50℃ on operation floor of “steaming” reactor3 [URL]

On 7/23/2013, Tepco announced they observed the “steam” coming out from the same location of reactor3 again.

Tepco was stating it was the rainwater heated on the top of the RPV.

There is no abnormality in the plant parameter and the monitoring post according to Tepco.

The press release is below,

This is a follow-up report on the statuses of steam found wafting through the air near the central part of the fifth floor (equipment storage pool side) of Unit 3 on July 18.

At around 9:05 AM today (July 23), we found steam coming from near the central part of the fifth floor (equipment storage pool side) of Unit 3 by a camera.

The plant status and the monitoring post readings at 9:30 AM are as follows, and no abnormality has been found.

– Reactor water injection, cooling of the spent fuel pool:
Continuing stably
– Monitoring post readings, continuous dust monitor amounts:
No significant change was found
– Temperature of RPV/PCV:
No significant change was found
– Pressure of dry well:
No significant change was found
– Noble gas monitor:
No significant change was found
– Nitrogen injection:
No significant change was found
– Weather condition:
Air temperature 20.3℃, humidity 91.2%
* The weather condition is as of 9:00 AM.

The steam is continuously wafting through the air as of 10:30 AM.

We will continue to monitor the status closely.





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[Rien de changé] Encore de la vapeur au réacteur 3


Article lié : Une thermographie montre 50 ℃ à l’étage opérationnel du réacteur “à vapeur” n°3

Le 23 juillet 2013, Tepco annonce qu’ils observent de la “vapeur” sortant encore du même endroit du réacteur 3.

Tepco affirmait que c’était la pluie chauffée par le haut de la RPV (enceinte principale du réacteur).
Il n’y a pas d’anomalie dans les paramètres usine et à la borne de surveillance, selon Tepco.
Le communiqué de presse :

Voici un rapport de suivi sur les statuts de la vapeur flottant dans l’air près de la partie centrale du cinquième étage (côté piscine de stockage des équipements) de l’Unité 3 le 18 juillet.
Aujourd’hui (23 juillet) vers 09:05, nous avons vu avec une caméra de la vapeur sortant de la partie centrale du cinquième étage (côté piscine de stockage des équipements) de l’Unité 3.
L’état de la centrale et de la borne de surveillance étaient les suivants à 9:30 et ne présentent aucune anomalie.

– Injection d’eau dans le réacteur, refroidissement de la piscine à combustibles usagés :
Processus stable
– Relevés de la borne de surveillance, surveillance des poussières en continu :
Aucun changement significatif constaté
– Température RPV/PCV (enceintes de confinement):
Aucun changement significatif constaté
– Pression de l’enceinte sèche :
Aucun changement significatif constaté
– Détecteur des gaz rares :
Aucun changement significatif constaté
– Injection d’azote :
Aucun changement significatif constaté
– Conditions climatiques :
température de l’air 20,3 ℃, humidité 91,2 %
* Les conditions climatiques sont celles à 09:00.
La vapeur flotte de façon continue dans l’air ) 10:30.
Nous continuons de surveiller l’état étroitement.


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  1. some mainstream news.. athletes that obliviously dont care about their health.. then again big bodies & small minds.

    Runners, cyclists to support disaster-hit areas in 1,000-km coastal relay

    Around 700 runners and cyclists will participate in a two-week relay through tsunami-hit areas along Japan’s eastern coast starting from July 25, the metropolitan government announced on July 19.

    The relay, called “Discover Tomorrow,” will begin in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, and end in Symbol Promenade Park in Tokyo’s Koto Ward on Aug. 7, one month before the site for the 2020 Olympics is announced. The relay will cover 1,040 kilometers divided into 145 sections, with selected elementary school students and wheelchair-users also participating. The course will include passing through municipalities that were heavily hit by the March 11, 2011 tsunami, such as Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture; Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture; Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture; and Asahi, Chiba Prefecture.

    Some runners will advertise local products by carrying them in transparent backpacks, while celebrities with local ties — such as Hachinohe-born Olympic wrestling gold-medalist Hitomi Obara and Sendai-born comedian duo Sandwich Man — will cheer on the participants.

    July 23, 2013(Mainichi Japan)

    Only 15% of election winners support need for nuclear plants: Mainichi survey

    Only 15 percent of winners of the July 21 House of Councillors election said Japan needs nuclear power stations, according to a Mainichi Shimbun survey.

    Nearly half, 46 percent, said nuclear plants should be eliminated in the future although they need to be retained for now.

    The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is the only political party that has stopped short of clearly calling for the future elimination of nuclear plants, but only 25 percent of individual LDP winners said Japan needs nuclear plants. Forty percent said nuclear plants should be done away with in the long run although Japan needs to rely on them for the time being.

    Only 7 percent of the winners on the ticket of the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) said nuclear power stations are necessary for Japan, while 67 percent said such power stations should be abolished in the future. Twenty percent said nuclear plants are unnecessary.

    All the successful candidates fielded by New Komeito, the LDP’s coalition partner, and 75 of those on the ticket of the Japan Restoration Party (JRP) said nuclear plants should be retained for now but abolished in the long run.

    All the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) winners as well as 88 percent of those on the ticket of Your Party responded that Japan does not need nuclear power plants.

    The government intends to review the basic plan on energy, which outlines the nation’s energy policy, possibly by the end of this year. The “Japan Revitalization Strategy — Japan is Back,” which the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved in June, calls for active use of nuclear reactors whose safety has been confirmed.

    Four utilities have applied with the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) for safety inspections on 12 reactors at their six nuclear plants in preparation to restart them. The NRA has already begun inspection procedures.

    The government is required to determine how it will characterize nuclear power as its future energy strategy will be called into question.

    In the meantime, successful candidates in the upper house election are split over whether Japan should promote the export of nuclear reactors — with 32 percent calling for the promotion of sales of nuclear reactors overseas and 37 percent opposing the idea.

    By party affiliation, 48 percent of LDP winners called for the promotion of nuclear plant exports, well above the 11 percent who were opposed. Similarly, just half of the JRP winners called for the promotion of nuclear reactor exports, while 25 percent were opposed. Nearly half, or 47 percent of the DPJ successful candidates and 73 percent of New Komeito winners as well all the JCP and SDP winners were opposed to exporting nuclear reactors.

    New Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi has suggested the party will approve the export of nuclear reactors with some conditions attached while many of its legislators are wary of such a move. Since Prime Minister Abe is actively promoting the sale of nuclear reactors overseas, New Komeito is expected to support the move to prevent a split within the coalition government.

    The survey has also hinted that the upper house is gradually leaning toward considering the possession of nuclear weapons.

    Over half, or 64 percent of the overall winners, said Japan should not consider possessing nuclear arms both now and in the future, down 13 points in a survey on winners of the 2010 upper house poll. Nearly one in three successful candidates — 28 percent — said Japan should consider arming itself with nuclear weapons depending on the international situation, an increase of 10 points from 2010.

    Of successful candidates in the LDP that scored a landslide victory in the election, 46 percent said Japan should consider possessing nuclear arms depending on the international situation, slightly above the 43 percent who were opposed to the idea. Of the 2010 LDP winners, 34 percent are supportive of the idea. The increase apparently reflects the increasingly severe security environment surrounding Japan as a result of the progress in North Korea’s nuclear weapons development.

    All New Komeito winners said Japan should not consider possessing nuclear arms, highlighting a wide gap in nuclear policy within the ruling coalition.

    Among opposition parties, an overwhelming majority, or 93 percent of successful candidates fielded by the DPJ, as well as all Your Party, JCP and SDP winners said Japan should not consider possessing nuclear bombs.

    In contrast, over 60 percent of JRP candidates who won the July 21 poll called for considering whether Japan should possess nuclear arms.

    July 23, 2013(Mainichi Japan)

    Fukushima fishermen angry over contaminated water leaks into sea

    FUKUSHIMA — Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said on July 22 that radioactive water was leaking from under its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean, raising serious concerns and questions among local fishermen who still face a self-imposed ban on working the sea.

    Local fishermen expressed their anger over contaminated water leaking into the ocean, which would spur harmful rumors and cause further damage to the fish industry in Fukushima Prefecture.

    Local fisheries cooperatives had planned to start test fishing for whitebait and other fish offshore of Iwaki in September for the first time since the March 2011 disaster. TEPCO’s announcement came after cooperative chairmen and related parties had a meeting on the matter with experts on July 22.

    “We sensed that contaminated water might be leaking into the ocean,” a cooperative-related source in Fukushima commented. Another person questioned the timing of the announcement, saying “I wonder why TEPCO chose the day after (the House of Councillors) election (to admit that the contaminated water was leaking).”

    TEPCO officials including managing director Tsunemasa Niitsuma visited the Fukushima prefectural fishery cooperative association in Iwaki to explain the situation at around 3:30 p.m. on July 22. Prefectural cooperative chairman Tetsu Nozaki and chairmen of Iwaki and Soma-Futaba cooperatives reportedly pressed the company to take immediate action to address the problem.

    The prefectural fishery cooperative and TEPCO have been discussing the operation of a bypass system, which pumps underground water out into the ocean, as a measure to control the amount of radioactive contaminated water.

    Senior cooperative officials said they would continue explaining the situation to their union members, but feelings of growing hostility among fishermen toward TEPCO are “unavoidable.”

    “It’s a tough situation,” commented Masakazu Yabuki, chairman of Iwaki fishery cooperative association. “It’s TEPCO and the national government’s responsibility to restore the ocean in Fukushima,” he added.

    Hiroyuki Sato, chairman of Soma-Futaba fishery cooperative which started test fishing last summer, expressed his frustration, saying “We have worked so hard to catch 15 types of fish that came in under the national limit (100 becquerels per kilogram) for radioactive contamination screening.”

    Meanwhile, some 100 Fukushima fishermen expressed their anger and slammed TEPCO for its slow action on handling the situation during an information session held by the company in Iwaki on July 23.

    July 23, 2013(Mainichi Japan)

  2. July, 21st 2013 – The Day When The Samuray became Nadeshiko.
    Damaging the LIFE in all its forms – that’s the job of the rulers, the vassals of the devil.(The sheep follow…)
    Second coming of THE LORD is the only future! Can you wait and look at this mud calm and happy?

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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.