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WEBCAM March 2017
Post webcam observations for March 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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Time Lapse Archives
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
02-26 11:08:39 cam4's last broadcast image.  

One minute video from cam1 located on the seismic isolation pad shaking in the magnitude 5.6 earthquake off the coast of Fukushima at 16:49 JST Feb. 28.  

I wonder if that quake splashed another puddle out of the common pool?  Hard to tell with cam4 gone.  Cam4 gave us a glimpse of part of the common pool and off in the distance a part of r5 and r6.  Have to wonder if someone accidently cut a wire; did the camera fail; or was it deliberately shut off.  It looks bad when TEPCO doesn't have that video feed working on their website.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
03-03 Cam4 is back online. Started recording Cam4 again at 19:30.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
03-04 pm  Cam1
20:00 – 20:59   Thirteen sparks and 3 distortions, a dozen lightening strikes
21:00 – 21:59   Twenty sparks and 1 distortion, one lightening strike
22:00 – 22:59   Twenty sparks and 3 distortions

The electrical storm to the south made for some dramatic pictures, some that look like a fire in r1.  No fancy sparks, only a few small pairs.  Last couple of nights watching there’s been a steady stream of sparks.  I notice on both tepcams that the black scaffolding around the outside of r2 is expanding.  I’ve seen some reports about the different crane tools being used at r1.  I’ve seen the vacuum cleaner tool and a similar tool used for spraying.  There’s also another sprayer tool that looks like a toy robot.  I’ve seen a couple other tools being used but I don’t know what for.  It’s hard to identify different details from a distance.   It could be too that different tanks are being used in a general purpose frame to do different jobs.  Some of the spraying could easily be mistaken for smoke in r1 instead of vapor.  Want to mention the unusual ‘emissions’ look on cam1 because it looks to be getting worse.  Haven’t been able to figure out if its some condensation on the lens or some vapor in the sky reflecting light.  Can’t see it in the daylight and it doesn’t match the background clouds.  From a single photo, lightening could be easily mistaken for a fire but the lightening only shows for two frames like the sparks.  Noticed the lightening was all red this time; not electric blue.  Take a look.  

03-04 202459 lightening
03-04 202904 lightening
03-04 203202 lightening

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
6 years ago, at that time of day, Tohoku didn't know the fiercest earthquake was to strike and provoke a tsunami that killed so many. Little did I know that #Fukushima NPP even existed.
Unfortunately, it did.
After seeing the explosion/deflagration of reactor #3, I knew it was the greatest disaster mankind had ever faced,
May the most fabulous brains find solutions if there are any.
The ones we've heard about don't seem to be working.
But they'll tell you it's experience learning. In French they say "le retour sur expérience".
Here in caferad lab thanks to Pia (thx to you too Horse) Fukushima Daiichi webcam watchers report what they see.
6 years later, with you guys and gals, we are commemorating the catastrophe, our eyes still open,
Let us hope mankind survives nukes even though the odds are not in our favor.
Thinking of Japan on the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster
"All models are flawed, some are useful."
George E. P. Box
Six years since three more nuclear meltdowns and some spent fuel fires changed the world again.  Another large release of radioactive material and gases to reliably date the Atomic Age.  It wasn't that long ago, six years, when you consider how long the cesium and strontium, uranium and plutonium will last.  The worst industrial pollution there is.  Japan has a wound that will not heal.  Japan must get better containment of the radionuclide pollution spewing out of Daiichi.  The neighbors are noticing problems but Japan's nationalistic interests exclude paying for outside help.  The nuclear industry has blackmailed us all into giving them money to mine, develop, and spread nuclear materials and technologies that will take seven generations to try to cleanup, adding more dead zones when man will be looking for better places to live.  People should not be forced to live with elevated radiation hazards.  Quit leaking tritium, it destroys aquatic life.  Earthquake zones are no place for Nuclear Power Plants.  I've watched earthquakes shake Daiichi, worried that a spent fuel pool will crack or fall and start another smokin' show on the tepcams.  I used to see the steam and fog coming out of r3, r4, or the common pool so they've turned off the TBS-JNN camera.  I think they turned off cam4 for a few days for a planned release.  They try so hard to cover up the disaster site that the only way I know things haven't gotten worse is to look at the tepcams and see what they show.  

03-09 201013 c4 spark
03-09 201014 spark 3f
03-09 213622 c4 spark
03-09 213745 spark

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
3-12 04:59 I watched cam4 shake. Checked out recent quakes.


56km E of Namie, Japan

2017-03-11 19:57:46 (UTC)

40.3 km


28km SSE of Makurazaki, Japan

2017-03-11 18:48:41 (UTC)

141.1 km
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
The 5.4 Namie EQ on cam4.

Men walking on r2 and the new platform.

03-12 105533 men on r2
03-12 105738 men on r2
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
The workers on r2 in the video above were such small little white specks moving across the roof, hard to spot.   Next up a cam1 spark and a crane tool disappearing behind the smudges on the lens.  
03-13 051553 spark 1f
03-13 094217 crane tool
03-13 102047 crane tool
03-13 102143 crane tool


03-13 102242 crane tool
03-14 Rain
03-15 Snow

The rain cleaned the lens on cam1 for a clearer view.  The snow coated cam4 for a few hours blocking the view.  The snow was thick enough to coat the protruding wall on the south side of reactor 1; it melted in the heat of the day.  Cam4 is showing some residue in the middle of the lens now.  Majia had mentioned the red light on the csfp at night, I thought was probably a parked crane, but watching a few nights into dawn it looks more like a small group of red lights.  They’re mostly steady but I have seen them dim once while skimming thru the recording and they go off at dawn.  See the collection of cam4 sparks below.  

Been watching tepco put together the new r2 extension or platform. They're covering it with panels. I watch the panels swing around in the wind at the end of the crane, wild. Can't imagine how they get a panel in place and bolted in. The panels show on both cams at the same time but since they turned cam4 back on the time-stamp has been off from cam1 by about 40 seconds again.  
03-17 103233 r2 panel
03-17 122055 r2 panel
03-17 122056 r2 panel

03-17 122220 r2 panel
03-17 123823 r2 panel
03-17 124630 r2 panel
03-17 133042 r2 panel

03-17 222011 c4 spark
03-19 043857 c4 spark
03-21 041137 c4 spark 1f
03-21 043238 spark
Notice in the next one the small blue blob on the vent tower.  I've seen these before with the sparks; this one was obvious enough in the spark grab to mention.  

03-21 20:50 rain dripping down cam1, webs on cam4

Notice how quiet TEPCO's been about r3, I thought we were going to get a new cover on it for the fuel removal. Extra shielding must be on back order.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Tepco tries to spray something into r1 again from the west side and the north side. Radioactive dust suppression? Some blows the wrong way.  
03-23 100813 spray tool
03-23 101505 spray tool
03-23 104002 spray tool
03-23 104846 spray tool
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
One hour spark count

03-23 195147 spark.bmp
03-23 195202 spark.bmp
03-23 195258 spark.bmp
03-23 195320 spark.bmp
03-23 195429 spark pair.bmp
03-23 195701 distortion.bmp
03-23 195704 distortion end.bmp
03-23 200006 spark 3f.bmp
03-23 201010 spark.bmp
03-23 201826 spark.bmp
03-23 202123 spark.bmp
03-23 202335 spark.bmp
03-23 202343 spark.bmp
03-23 203107 spark.bmp
03-23 203344 distortion.bmp
03-23 203346 distortion end.bmp
03-23 204430 spark 1f.bmp
03-23 204523 spark.bmp
03-23 204539 spark double.bmp
03-23 204758 spark.bmp
03-23 205245 spark.bmp

17 sparks, 2 distortions

03-23 195429 spark pair
03-23 204539 spark double
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Hi Folks, been awhile, still around, check the cams almost every day, you guys & gals are great. Cam4/Cam1 is all we have left to look at. This morning (PST) both cams were down but came up not long after that. Captured two puffs or bursts of smoke on 3-23-17 or whatever we are calling it. The first was between the CSFP and R2 which lingered for about 5 minutes before it dissipated. The other spot was in front of R3 side panels that dissipated after 3 minutes.  
New colorful red, hot pink, blue rad night lights on CPFP (common spent fuel pool) and R2 platform area 23rd & 25th.

One more thing I noticed which may have been there before but I'm just now noticing it. A yellowish light that looks like it's from inside the CSFP. TEPCO eventually grayed it out to hide it.
Took this picture 2-19-17 before the R2 white unit on top of platform and captured a redish area. Perhaps gas/emission venting, now it's always smudged out of view. 

Hiya Califnative, I’ve seen a lot of strange lights around the csfp lately, mostly in the early morning; sections of the csfp with light on for a bit; lights on the top of the csfp or behind it.  Good catch.  

Here’s one of the crane tools I’ve seen a couple times going into r1.  It looks like tepco is inserting a big needle into the reactor.  
03-25 081226 tool
03-25 081602 tool
03-25 082102 tool

An hour later they pull up the crane leaving the rod in place.
03-25 093400 tool

It looks like the rods may be some sort of support for the reactor building.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
03-26 050415 c4 spark double; the daylight filter came on, caught my attention, and I glanced up at the monitor and saw the spark about a minute later.  When I grabbed it from the recording I noticed I'd caught a nice double cam 4 spark.      
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Thumbs Up 
(03-26-2017, 07:05 AM)Horse Wrote: 03-26 050415 ...a nice double cam 4 spark.  

Great shot Horse.  

IMHO - Fuku is slowly crumbling in upon itself.   

They can say that the radiation is of no concern and compare triple ongoing EXPLODED Nuclear Plant FALLOUT to bananas, but that's about all they can do.  They cannot change what has happened and they know it.
March 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm • Reply
@Horse. … @1:09, is this art?
Cobalt-60 gamma source irradiation …
…the source will slowly start emerge from its lead shielding.
The effects of the irradiation were observed on CCD chip. Direct gamma ray impacts and of the blue Cherenkov radiation from a water bottle, located directly at the source are visible. The glass lens of the camera cannot focus the gamma rays, so bright pixels appear all over the image frame.
The movie was recorded by OLYMPUS XZ-1 camera with a CCD chip. Maximum gamma dose rate at camera position was approximately 100 mGy / minute, while the dose rate at the position of the water bottle is almost 1000-times higher, approximately 90 Gy / minute.
The video compression on Youtube washed away a lot of the speckling detail, but the final footage still preserves most of the observable information.

@HHD … @0:49 first spark.  Quick count of 8 sparks to 0:50.  Counts to 0:55 comparable to ISS gamma storm.   By the time it gets to 1:00, I’m seeing the red and blue blobs.  It begins to look like the paint splatter that passes for modern art.  A hundred million sparks a minute, not that I counted.  They probably put the glass of water in front of the source so as not to blow out the CCD chip with 1000 times more 'hundred millions' of sparks a minute.   Quick, shield that source; don’t let it out of containment; that will just ruin selfie’s.  Source, distance, and time define a radiation dose.  The tepcams are far away from the reactors but closer than the monitors on NETC.  The tepcams are only seeing about 17 sparks and hour on cam1 at last count and a guess of a few per night on cam4.  

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Wiki -Cobalt-60, 60Co, is a synthetic radioactive isotope of cobalt with a half-life of 5.2714 years. It is produced artificially in nuclear reactors. Deliberate industrial production depends on neutron activation of bulk samples of the monoisotopic and mononuclidic cobalt isotope 59Co.

The cobalt-60 video was a good representation of gamma sparking.  About half of the CO60 remains from the initial meltdowns unless more is still being created and escapes.  A bit of gamma still strikes the tepcams.  

A search for '100 mgy dose' brought up this reminder from Ian Fairlie.  

Hi Chasaha, Saw your post, they shutdown Radnet again.  That certainly makes radiation invisible.  Hope a cloud isn't passing thru.  

03-27 am snowing on the tepcams, real snow.  Saw a crane tool above r1 but couldn't tell which one or what it was going to do.  Heavy snow seems to have stopped remote crane work.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
So... does anyone know what the structure being built at R2 is for?
Is it a sarcophagus?

I know a reactor containment vessel, like this one, is located just inside that wall.  
August 2012 - note the sign on it's side.

Apologize if I'm playing catch up.  Wink
(03-27-2017, 10:54 PM)Chasaha Wrote: So... does anyone know what the structure being built at R2 is for?
Is it a sarcophagus?
Apologize if I'm playing catch up.  Wink

It looks to me like what they built off of r4.  The elevator on the external wall of r2 gives them access to the upper part of the reactor building where the spent fuel pool is.  The platform is a staging area for workers to be somewhat protected from the high radiation inside r2.  When they get to the fuel removal it will block the view of the defueling efforts just like they did with the extension on r4.  If the r2 sfp area wasn't as damaged as the other reactors, they might be able to effect repairs and rig remote control of the existing fuel crane over the pool.  Defueling the pools is a priority; r3 looks stalled and r1 has yet to clear rubble.  What could they do with the core melts if they find them?  I doubt that Japan will ever build a sarcophagus because all the emissions flow away from Japan.  When will they isolate the port from the ocean?  When the rest of the world catches up to what Fuku is doing to the ocean, to us, will Japan apologize?  Ha, no, they want to force people to live with the contamination, show off with an Olympic Game, and smile like they do.
"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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