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WEBCAM May 2018
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Post webcam observations for May 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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Tomioka
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#2
05-02 It rained the last two nights.  Grey days, no crane activity showing in the tepcam views.  The rains have washed some of the fallout from the air around the cameras, at least cam1 sparking has slowed but I found another cam4 spark.  Here's some spark pics and a combo shot of the tepcams at noon.  

   
   
   
   
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#3
05-04 There hasn't been any signs of life or work activity the past week on the tepcams, not even around r1 which usually has regular activity.  The shift in cam1's positioning cuts off half of r3 now.  The rain has washed the lens clean and the view at noon is clear.

   
   
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#4
Yes, I saw that too and took some tepcam grabs from that day.  I wish we had that TBS camera view but no one is offering it, yet the Japanese seem to have it still.  The post is indicating that a steam event is occurring because of some rad waste dumping.  There does seem to be a difference between a radioactive fogging or steaming compared to normal rainfall.  I think the webs are an important indicator of the different local weather.  I've noticed the last few nights more web activity mixed in with the scattered rains.  I wish someone would post a link to some of that TBS view.  

   
   
   
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#5
TBS hasn't been available outside Japan for a long time now; Ustream remains off-line too.  I hoped you could get 'Fukushima exposed' to post some of that video.  The tepcams don't show much of the bay or much of the plant inland of the line of reactors.  What little view the tepcams offer doesn't show fogging coming from the sea so the source must be inland of the line of reactors on the coast.  Dumping radioactive material into the sea wouldn't result in steam unless it was boiling hot but the radioactive material all over the site would contribute to radioactive fog forming in high humidity.  My guess would be that the CSFP area spewing radionuclides is probably a big source of the radioactive fog that forms inland.
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(05-09-2018, 06:21 AM)Horse Wrote: TBS hasn't been available outside Japan for a long time now; Ustream remains off-line too.  I hoped you could get 'Fukushima exposed' to post some of that video.  The tepcams don't show much of the bay or much of the plant inland of the line of reactors.  What little view the tepcams offer doesn't show fogging coming from the sea so the source must be inland of the line of reactors on the coast.  Dumping radioactive material into the sea wouldn't result in steam unless it was boiling hot but the radioactive material all over the site would contribute to radioactive fog forming in high humidity.  My guess would be that the CSFP area spewing radionuclides is probably a big source of the radioactive fog that forms inland.

I really hope you're wrong on that one Horse.
"Madam Secretary" advocating clean nukes with 0 (zero) casualty due to TMI, Chernobyl, Fukushima.
Relax TV Viewers, everything is fine and dandy.
This is one of the reasons I've never had any TV. Duh.
And if it were the only lies we were fed, it still wouldn't feel fine nor dandy.
And if one argument was enough to say No to nukes, NPPs were built to produce fissile nucleides to make bombs.
But I'm thick and many other frightening arguments were needed for me to wake up.
Wishing you and us all well. All the best and thanks always Horse and caferadlab.
Cloudy morning on Webcam #1 and #4. At least we can still watch those.2018 05 10 07:17 JST
 
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#7
We all woke up for a while back in 3-11 when the failing reactors started popping their lids.  It has taken some time and effort to lull most everyone back to sleep.  The lies and misdirection from the onset of the disaster have resulted in a cognitive dissonance.  Atom bombs kill, be very afraid; but nuclear power is safe, be very happy.  I kept watching the tepcams waiting for the smoke to clear and the distortions to stop so we could see the mess that would need to be cleaned up.  Why were the webs so frequent, big, and they lasted longer than they do now?  Distortions were color bands in the view that lasted minutes and hours are now quick blips that I can only catch reviewing the recordings.  Spark rates that were two and three times what I find now.  Its only lately that the rain runs down the screen like it should and the local fog doesn't constantly blur out the view.  The common spent fuel pool area has been nudged further out of the tepcam views so we won't see the radioactive fog reflecting the site lights.  Cleaning up and covering up, the cranes have started moving again.
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#8
A rainy month but only one night showed some webs on cam4; the night after a big fog was reported on the TBS-JNN cam.  During the work break would be a good time to do some maintenance of the CSFP that might have produced a big radioactive fog cloud; fewer workers around to be impacted by foggy conditions.  Pia posted Forever Fog that has a good picture of tritium fog and describes beta burns from such a fog.  I missed the post the first time around and just noticed it; thanks Pia.  I've seen that band or layer of fog floating in front of the tepcams and that fogging usually comes with webs.  I've wondered why webs, if they were so radioactive, didn't always produce more sparks.  The beta radiation doesn't penetrate the cameras like gamma radiation does to produce sparks.  The tepcams can help us detect beta with bands of fog and webs on the lens while the sparks and distortions show the gamma radiation.  

Three hours of spark counts.  

05-21 200855 spark.bmp
05-21 201605 d.bmp
05-21 201606 d end.bmp
05-21 202516 spark.bmp
05-21 202728 spark.bmp
05-21 203211 spark.bmp
05-21 204230 d.bmp
05-21 204233 d end.bmp
05-21 204421 d 2f.bmp
05-21 205100 d.bmp
05-21 205101 d end.bmp
05-21 205206 spark.bmp
05-21 205256 spark.bmp
6 sparks, 4 distortions

05-21 210207 spark.bmp
05-21 212226 spark.bmp
05-21 213238 spark.bmp
05-21 213621 spark.bmp
05-21 213941 spark.bmp
05-21 214349 spark.bmp
05-21 215412 spark.bmp
05-21 215601 spark 1f.bmp
8 sparks

05-22 020841 spark pair.bmp
05-22 021044 spark.bmp
05-22 021420 spark.bmp
05-22 021513 spark.bmp
05-22 022637 spark.bmp
05-22 023746 spark.bmp
05-22 024309 spark.bmp
05-22 024924 spark.bmp
05-22 025413 spark.bmp
05-22 025809 spark.bmp
05-22 030135 spark.bmp
05-22 030221 spark.bmp
12 sparks

   
   
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#9
I have noticed lots of crane activity mostly around r1.  Aside from the usual tools it looks like Tepco is unloading parts for another construction or structure.    

   
   
   
   

   
   
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#10
05-27 It does look like something coming out of r2.  It doesn't move much just watching for a bit like you'd think smoke might.  If it's a smudge it is persistent because rain hasn't washed it clear.  The cam1 monitor died and I'm using a smaller spare now; it shouldn't matter much but I mention it in case you notice other differences.  I didn't get recordings the 25th but here's the 26th and 27th to compare and some rain from the 23rd.

   
   
   
   
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#11
Maybe less smudge or smoke.  

   
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#12
05-28 214100 boat.bmp
05-28 224728 boat.bmp
05-28 224901 boat end.bmp
05-28 225502 spark.bmp
05-28 225522 spark.bmp
05-28 225653 spark.bmp
05-28 230316 spark.bmp

I watched this orange light flickering on the sea side of r2 for a little over an hour.  Thought it was a boat light maybe.  It didn't move; just stayed right on the edge where it first appeared.  It started looking more like an orange flame flickering on the side of r2.  When I looked at the recording closely it looks like a boat might have drifted in and out of view.  One picture I grabbed looked like the light was on r2 though.  Some six minutes after the orange mystery light was a little burst of three sparks in two minutes.  

   
   
   
   
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#13
5-29 am, I watched a long rod being placed along the sea side of r1.  The remote crane moved it into place, hung there for a half hour before the crane moved off without the rod.  The remote crane picked up another tool and went around r1 pausing at different spots.   That was a really long rod.  The pics also show the smudges, smoke and/or clouds that look like something is still coming out of r2.  

05-29 085000 r1 tool.bmp
05-29 085122 r1 tool.bmp
05-29 085514 r1 tool.bmp
05-29 085733 r1 tool.bmp
05-29 092313 r1 tool.bmp
05-29 103025 r1 tool.bmp

   
   
   
   
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#14
05-29 I saw a tank move thru cam4's view.  I missed the second one but saw the identifying lights and found it in the recording.  They are rather large but they move thru quickly.  They appear to take them to the sea side of r4.  Maybe water storage tanks that are past their prime.  Markings look to be covered with a tarp as the ones before were.  Eight pm seems to be the favorite time to move these things.  I hope the tanks were completely empty and not dumped at sea.  The recycled metal might get  used to make brand new Olympic bleacher stands.  

   

   
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#15
05-31  Another good rain fell today.  This seems to have cleaned the lens of smudges or cleaned the air of smoke; maybe both.  No webs to report and I didn’t notice any sparks.  

   
   
   
   
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#16
So those tanks could be the dry casks. That makes more sense than water tanks. They always look freshly painted and not worn. Thanks Pia.
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