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WEBCAM December 2018
Post webcam observations for December here.  Observations should start with a date and ‘jst’ time (Japan Standard Time) and camera(s).  Describe as best as possible what you see.  Contribute data such as weather conditions, work activities, TEPCO or local news reports, radiation readings, earthquake activity, or any information that documents events occurring at Daiichi.  Comments and analysis welcome.  Help keep an eye on TEPCO's disaster site.  

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12-01  Watching cam4 I noticed a couple sparks.  It was obvious going thru the recording later that something unusual was occurring.  I was finding lots of sparks in two main clusters.  The first cluster was across the top of the screen while the other cluster centered right over r3.  Scanning thru the grabs, it started looking like a drone flying about.  I discount it being a bug because the lights blinked like sparks or a strobe light.  The cluster over r3 also seemed to alternate bright and faint.  The last light blink was on for about 2 seconds.  There were no other running lights like a plane or helicopter should have, so my best guess now is some type of drone.  It was too dark for a photo op.  The purpose of the flight seemed more an overall survey with a special focus on r3,  perhaps a radiation survey.  

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"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Hi Horse - I saw the same object yesterday morning flying over R3. It zipped by within a second and I caught only two frames. Can a drone fly that fast?
I also noticed when they changed the filter to black and white on Dec. 30th. I know the tower casts a shadow on this black area but they blacked out more from this comparison. Also, I think this daytime pic shows as an opening into R1?

And I just had to enlarge that HUGE multi-colored spark you captured over R2. 

Here's what it would look like with two men on the rooftop!

Howdy Califnative, thanks for posting those pictures.  The first two, a second apart, could be a  plane, a drone, a bird or insect flying close to the camera; hard to tell with just the two appearances.  The next two pointing out an opening to r1 are interesting; for a couple months I've been wondering if they were building an extension on r1 like they did on r2.  I've been watching that area for more development.  The close-up of the fancy spark shows just how strange camera smashing is.  The Cherenkov radiation hitting the camera sensor is usually just a dot of bright color but the ones showing multi pixel and multi colors still amaze me.  The last one looks like you caught a couple workers looking over the edge of r2.  There's been a lot of unusual activity lately.  You pointed out the boats last month and Majia has noticed the boat activity too.  I have some other work to do today but I'll take a look at your observations in the recordings later tonight. Thanks for posting, it's good to see you again.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."

Tough work they're doing in Fuk. this morning on reactor 1.
Happened to be watching

On webcam 4, the foreground has cleared away now. Cranes Fuk. walking. Cables dangling.
Busy morning.

Thought I saw workers working as the big thingy went down below #R1 on webcam 1
They're here in Fuk. We know that for sure and we feel for them. Take care all

Dangling again  2018 12 10  09 24 JST
        Hi'ya fellow webcam viewers. Good screen captures you got above Felibi! Was on watching around that time and saw same activity on r1. On your two r4 screen captures - is that a new white fence or structure they put at base of the r3 cover dome?

Was also wondering what the dump trucks are carrying at the Futabagun rest area location. Are they big diapers bagged with the radioactive leaking water from fuku?

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Howdy to you too Horse, thank you. It has been a long time posting, I wish I could do it more often but as you know, it takes time and effort! Thank you for keeping this webcam watching active, interesting and informative all these years. 

So I didn't know it was called "camera smashing" when a spark lights up and distorts on the camera lens? Zooming in and enlarging the spark to see the color it produces has always been intriguing to me. I'm always looking for the multi-color lights or atmospheric fumes when watching the webcam. This earlying am I noticed a red looking flare at the bottom of R2 and a pink haze saturating the air distinctly showing up on the tower pipe. Minutes later they switched the filter to blue to hide the pinkish hue. Also saw two subtle white flashes, one next to the red flare and the other lit the sky behind R3. It was difficult to catch but you can see the black line of the R3 roof top and dim white flash behind it. I wonder if it was coming from R4. We will never know but these bursts of energy are disturbing to see and obviously uncontrollable. 

Wow, the posts sure brightened up the thread while I was gone.  Good to see more webcam watchers jump in.  I’ll take a break more often if it helps get more viewpoints and observations.  

Felibi, you’re posting pictures like a pro.  They keep that crane busy moving a lot of things around on cam1.  Early morning is the best time to catch them doing anything.  On cam4 I see the crane moving but mostly don't see the loads they're moving.  They crane cables come up empty most of the time.  I’m glad you tossed in those daytime pics.

RogueRR, that’s an excellent catch at the Futabagun rest area location.  With the bags of contaminated dirt stacked up all over the countryside, do they even have landfill room for diapers?  Maybe those big barrels are headed for an incinerator.  No clue what’s in those barrels but they have truckloads of them.  

Cali, it was HHD that came up with info on Cherenkov radiation and the term camera smashing.  I thought it was an apt description of what the Cherenkov radiation does to the camera's charged coupled device, the CCD sensor. Radiation is invisible to the eye but a camera can pick up the trace it leaves behind, a spark.  

M 5.0 - 36km E of Iwaki, Japan
2018-12-08 01:54:04 (UTC)
10:54 jst

12-09  Cam1 has had regular boat activity with the boat lights shining ashore and moving back and forth.  

The Christmas work lights were on over the red fenced walkway across r3 the last two nights on cam4.  They were on from dusk to dawn but they aren't on tonight 12-10 at 17:22 jst.  So, I saw the lights on from Friday to Tuesday with the exception of Sunday.  I noticed big webs 12-12.  
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Yes Code, they are, but what causes them to stick to the lens instead of just rolling down like normal rain does?  It's like a radioactive bubbly foam that holds moisture to the lens to reflect incident light.  It's common for dust or pollen to briefly hold moisture electrostatically to the lens and make webs or orbs. I think radioactive fallout holds moisture to the lens even longer than dust or pollen does.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Code, I think the webs are fun and I know you're critical of ascribing any significance to them.  It was more a passing observation following the 5.0 earthquake. The r3 work lights came on for four work nights right after that EQ.  Careful inspections for damage?  Any sloshing of r3's spent fuel pool chemistry?  I was seeing little webs before the big web night.  Was the common fuel pool stirred up and venting more chemistry?  We just don't see webs like we used to.  We don't see as many local weather fogging events.  I haven't been watching as much as I used to.  Okay, we seemed to have survived that last 5.0 quake, what can I find to post next.

This load circled around for an hour and a half and came down.  

This tool reaches into r1 for a few minutes and pulls out something that looks like a giant dustpan.  
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
I'm having a great Yule.  I do notice that some life continues and more are waking up.  Those early local weather events were amplified by the increased conductivity of the air around the site, caused by radioactive emissions.  The plasma burst crowd was quite vocal.  After bursting their plasma bubble I tried to toss them a bone with the sticky fallout, visible radiation effect but alas it wasn't spectacular enough.  I don't think they've forgiven me yet.  I was reading somewhere that electric fields attract radionuclides.  It may be that bio-electric fields attract radionuclides too.  Something I noticed you've been looking into.  

Here's a couple of the crane loads side by side to show how little common viewing area we get at the tepcam's extreme angles.  Most of the common viewing area is blocked by cranes and towers.  
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Electrical storm south of Daiichi.

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
I saw a red light flash twice, reflecting on a building.  Must have been Rudolph's nose signaling a takeoff.  Then, a green star of Daiichi blinked on cam4, a rare and wonderful sight.

 Merry Christmas to all.   Big Grin

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Great catch Horse, haven't seen that area active before. I put together a close-up collage to see the colors better. 

I've been meaning to post this before, Safecast has a real time rad monitoring map if you didn't know about it already. 
Another Christmas Card for the pronukers. Take note the website link isn't secure though.  Safecast Live Rad Map

Light object dropped into R1 and reddish spark during the day.

Hi Cali, that crane load did look different, I noted it for a grab too. You beat me to it and caught a nice daytime spark too. Kudos.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Hi Horse and fellow webcam viewers. It looks like more dump trucks, with whatever that bagged white stuff is, passing through the futabagun intersection rest area...

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RogueRR, Microcarpa's comments in Pia's twitter might explain those truckloads you grabbed at Futabagun.

Quote:microcarpa‏ @microcarpa1 · Dec 27  
microcarpa Retweeted Fukushima ☢Watch

#Tepco rejects taking back 60,000 tons of radiaoctive sludge #Niigata Prefecture stores.Says "No permmission to dispose industrial waste"

Typical.In2011,Tepco claims"No ownership of radioactive substances"spread by #Fukushima disaster,in the #trial on contaminated #golf course

Possible that those truckloads could be Niigata sludge looking for a new place to hide.  

Quote:microcarpa Retweeted 東京新聞 原発取材班

#Tepco to begin removal of fuel assemblies from #Fukushima Dai-ichi's unit3 pool, as early as end of Mar,2019. Targets to end removal of all 566 assemblies in a yr.
The work planned to begin in Nov.2018 has Bn delayed four times due to malfunctions of equipments&etc.#脱原発

I thought the two occasions I saw the r3 work lights come on might have been the fuel removal process but it looks like they're still working on the equipment.  The removal was estimated to take two years but things are going so smoothly they think they can still meet a goal of having the fuel removed before the Olymipics get started.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."

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