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WEBCAM January 2017
Post webcam observations for January 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.  

TEPCO Cameras

Cameras nearby
Direct network stream  Futabagun  http://stm.futabagun.jp/510.swf

Time Lapse Archives
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Spark report

01-02 180232 spark.bmp
01-02 180414 spark.bmp
01-02 180420 spark.bmp
01-02 180840 spark.bmp
01-02 181607 spark.bmp
01-02 181839 spark 1f.bmp
01-02 182217 spark.bmp
01-02 182349 spark.bmp
01-02 182521 distortion.bmp
01-02 182524 distortion end.bmp
01-02 182631 distortion.bmp
01-02 182632 distortion end.bmp
01-02 182717 spark.bmp
01-02 183204 spark 3f.bmp
01-02 183523 spark.bmp
01-02 184329 spark.bmp
01-02 184610 spark.bmp
01-02 184633 spark double.bmp
01-02 184656 distorton.bmp
01-02 184700 distorton end.bmp
01-02 185124 spark 1f.bmp
01-02 185253 spark.bmp
01-02 185341 spark.bmp

17 sparks 3 distortions

01-02 190112 spark.bmp
01-02 190405 spark 1.bmp
01-02 190405 spark 2.bmp
01-02 190429 distortion.bmp
01-02 190433 distortion end.bmp
01-02 191140 spark.bmp
01-02 191217 spark.bmp
01-02 192959 spark.bmp
01-02 193049 spark.bmp
01-02 193410 spark.bmp
01-02 195903 spark.bmp

9 sparks 1 distortion

Seeing spark activity bursts of once every couple minutes.  The activity is lasting awhile longer before the next pause.  This two hour sample shows the spark/distortion count going from a high of twenty per hour back down to the lower rate of ten per hour.  Found a fancy double spark to post.  

01-02 184633 spark double
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
01-03 Histogram


25 sparks in one hour is a notable rate.  The histogram shows the spark clustering.  Want to say that after this last earthquake the spark activity has been on the increase.  Watching tonight, 01-05 pm, still noting a regular high rate of sparking with lots of bright ones.  

Here's a pretty blue spark pair.  The discoloration Majia noted in the lower right hand corner is still apparent.  

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
January 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm • Reply
Hay Horse.  Long time. See you're still busy @caferadlab…
Checked on u1 Tepco webcam…Seems clearer? Five minutes and saw a daylight flash of blue light. I would say spark, but it was BIG. In front of u1, 2017/01/09, 09:16:..ish. Let me know if ya find it/have it.
Happy new year

Hay Hillbilly - You spotted another daytime spark, nice deep blue and bright against the r1 framework.  The new year has started with more emergency than I can keep up with.  Working on good outcomes.  Glad someone's still watching.  I've had less time lately, maybe an hour or two at night.  I keep the recorders going as much as I can.  You all keep an eye on the tepcams.  I'll post that spark on CRL in a bit.  Here's the link to CRL's January webcam.


01-06 10:28 spraying r1
01-07 06:00:45 spark green
01-07 10:54 spraying r1

More dust suppression spraying during the day while it’s been raining at night.  Sparks still pop up from time to time.  Here's that daytime spark HillbillyHoundDog found.  

01-09 091607 spark

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
1-11 pm Still noting many sparks on cam1. Last night I found a spark on cam4.  Later that night, a short local rain or something causing webs and orbs on cam4.  I think finding a spark right before the webs indicates the radiation in the air near the camera could be making droplets stick to the cam lens. Watched as more rain eventually washed the fallout crud off the lens and left a clear view.  The webs don't come as often or last as long as they did in the early days.  Maybe not as much fallout in the sky as there was a couple years back but still enough to kick off bursts of sparking.  Regular high rates continue even after the dust suppression spraying in unit 1.  Was the cam4 spark something emanating from the south end or was it just the wind carrying r1's radiation to the far south end where cam4 is located? Tepco has said the radiation on the north end is higher, too high to approach.  Radiation levels at unit 3 are still high enough to have delayed the fuel removal plans.  Camera 4 did the most sparking until they covered unit 4.  Camera 1 does the most sparking now since the roof and tent came off of unit 1.  The tepcams seem to act like radiation detectors.  TBS-JNN has been off-air since we noticed the spark activity on that camera.  Radiation on-site is to be expected but the TBS-JNN camera is far off-site where sparks hadn't been noticed before.  Why does accurate radiation detection and reporting present such a problem for Tepco when radiation is always declared to be so safe?  The radiation is spreading off-site into the air and water.  Radioactive heavy metal and gaseous releases known to be harmful to health shouldn't be ignored or covered up or down-played; they should be stopped from further contaminating the environment.  

01-10 173106 c4 spark
01-10 233802 c4 webs

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
01-12 12:27 and 01-13 most of the morning watched it snow; putting white specks on the screen.  Weather report forecast heavy snow in Fukushima prefecture.  Watching in the early evening the view didn't look like just snowflakes on the lens, maybe the white ones and faint ones but the colorful and fancy one's still look like a lot of sparking even in possible snow.  Found three cloud lightening events.  Because I wasn't sure if they were all sparks, in this review I marked the ones with color p,g,r,b,o for purple, green, red, blue, orange.  White sparks and faint sparks are commonly mixed in with the more colorful ones but I can't say for sure when it could be snowflakes.  I can say that the snowy weather seems to have it's share of the colorful and fancy sparks.  

01-13 175905 spark p.bmp
01-13 180610 spark g.bmp
01-13 181019 spark g.bmp
01-13 181054 spark b.bmp
01-13 181535 spark r.bmp
01-13 182044 spark.bmp
01-13 182056 spark o 1f.bmp
01-13 182651 spark faint.bmp
01-13 182715 spark faint.bmp
01-13 182729 spark o.bmp
01-13 182740 spark faint.bmp
01-13 182811 spark faint.bmp
01-13 182813 spark.bmp
01-13 182821 spark.bmp
01-13 182823 spark faint.bmp
01-13 182836 lightening.bmp
01-13 182837 spark.bmp
01-13 182953 spark b.bmp
01-13 183458 spark o.bmp
01-13 183553 spark g.bmp
01-13 183756 spark b.bmp
01-13 185037 lightening 1f.bmp
01-13 190420 spark b pair.bmp
01-13 190618 spark b pair.bmp
01-13 190743 spark double.bmp
01-13 191041 spark.bmp
01-13 191405 lightening.bmp

I've seen regular sparking every evening; rain, snow, or clear.  It was the 18:50 lightening that caught my eye and made me take a look.  When I found the little 1 frame lightening I noticed a speck on the left side on the crane.  Sensational headline: bright explosions and radioactive sparkling snow.  Here's some pics.

01-13 185037 lightening 1f
01-13 190618 spark b pair
01-13 190743 spark double



"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Fukushima breakthrough? Japan’s TEPCO finds possible nuclear fuel debris
"The exciting find on Monday was made by a remote-controlled camera fitted on a long pipe, MHK reports. Underneath the No. 1 plant, just below the inactive Reactor 2 – one of three that had melted down in 2011 – scientists with TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) saw a black spot they had not seen before, and one not visible in recordings taken prior to the catastrophe."

Tons of fuel melted and they've finally found a black spot of it. While they investigate and debate what to do next the nuclear toxins continue to flow into the environment.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Big news at the end of the month, TEPCO continues looking for traces of reactor two’s core fuel melt.  Reactor two is the least damaged building but the most radioactive inside.  We’re left guessing whether the melt spread out to slow nuclear fission or remains a large corium blob somewhere below the surface.  Radiation levels should tell them where to look and it’s hard to believe that TEPCO doesn’t have a pretty good idea where the hundreds of tons of material are.  Perhaps they’re waiting for the basement water to slowly dissolve the hundreds of tons of uranium and fission products out to sea.  Six years after the ‘accident’ and TEPCO admits what everyone else guessed very early on; the reactor lost primary containment and will continue to fission till the neutrons run out.  

The cranes continue to hover over reactor one.  Several tools dip in and out of the exposed frame; the vacuum and the nitrogen injector plus a couple other unidentified tools.  Saw workers again on the CSFP building.  Saw workers three days scuttling across the top of reactor three.  They might be installing the extra shielding required for the spent fuel removal projected to start 2018.  More delays announced, can it get any more difficult?  What can they get done before the Olympics drags the work down further?  

Noting many sparks each night I’ve had a chance to watch.    Here are some excerpts from my notes to give an idea of what was happening the last half of January because I haven’t had the time to write anything up.  

01-16 194506 spark b.bmp
01-16 195059 spark o.bmp
01-16 195130 spark faint.bmp
01-16 195221 c4 spark faint.bmp
01-16 195234 distortion.bmp
01-16 195237 distortion end.bmp
01-16 195312 lightening.bmp
01-16 195714 distortion.bmp
01-16 195717 distortion end.bmp
01-16 195809 lightening.bmp
01-16 195930 distortion.bmp
01-16 195933 distortion end.bmp
01-16 20:00 to 21:00 counted 21 sparks 1 distortion

01-21 004038 c4 snow light.bmp
01-21 004453 c4 snow light.bmp
01-21 004913 spark.bmp

01-21 193124 spark.bmp
01-21 193318 spark.bmp
01-21 193321 spark.bmp
01-21 193334 spark faint.bmp
01-21 193335 spark faint.bmp
01-21 193335 spark.bmp
01-21 193336 spark.bmp
01-21 193337 spark faint.bmp
01-21 193338 spark.bmp
01-21 193345 spark faint.bmp
01-21 193354 c4 spark faint.bmp
01-21 193406 spark.bmp
01-21 193407 spark.bmp
01-21 193409 spark.bmp
01-21 193830 spark.bmp
01-21 194222 spark.bmp
01-21 194619 distortion.bmp
01-21 194622 distortion end.bmp
01-21 194636 spark.bmp
01-21 194654 spark faint.bmp
01-21 194804 spark.bmp
01-21 195252 spark.bmp
01-21 195322 spark faimt.bmp
01-21 195606 spark.bmp
01-21 195909 spark pair.bmp
01-21 195949 spark faint.bmp

01-21 Half hour count from 19:30 to 20:00 shows 23 c1 sparks and one distortion.  Here was another faint c4 spark.  

01-24 102429 men on csfp
01-24 102649 men on r3

00-26 112057 workers on r3

01-28 124451 workers on r3
01-28 181725 c4 spark
01-28 191323 c4 spark

The workers are hard to see in a still snapshot.  The faint c4 sparks weren’t showy but had a close timing to c1 sparks.  The last two c4 sparks were very bright blue.  I noticed the 191323 spark when I stop/started the recording files.  I looked around one hour before and found the 181725 spark.  Wanted to skip thru the rest of the night every 50 – 60 minutes or so because I’ve noticed a periodicity of activity of just under an hour but I probably won’t get there.  I won’t have time to count the c1 sparks.  Here’s a few pics I thought were interesting.  

01-16 195312 lightening
01-21 004038 c4 snow light
01-28 181725 c4 spark
01-28 191323 c4 spark
"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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