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WEBCAM July 2018
Post webcam observations for July 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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"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
More remote cranes surround r1 and they've been working late.  There's been a noticable increase in the activity around r1, I wonder what's going on.  What brought me to this evenings recording was that odd little light transiting the upper left hand corner of cam1.  I haven't been able to watch much or skim thru recordings lately, just been busy with other chores.  I could use some help at watching the cams.  I haven't checked if it happens every night now; it was only by chance I noticed it again.  No moon or moonlit sea this time.  The light didn't have a crane in the way.  The color seemed to pulse white or pale to a deep orange but it was on steady. The event lasts 25 minutes.  The combo pics are 3 minutes apart except where I included the distortion, spider movement, and sparks.  

07-02 170255 crane.bmp
07-02 171050 crane.bmp
07-02 220800 light.bmp
07-02 220811 spark pair.bmp
07-02 220900 light.bmp
07-02 221000 light.bmp
07-02 221100 light.bmp
07-02 221200 light.bmp
07-02 221300 light.bmp
07-02 221400 light.bmp
07-02 221500 light.bmp
07-02 221600 light.bmp
07-02 221700 light.bmp
07-02 221750 d.bmp
07-02 221752 d end.bmp
07-02 221800 light.bmp
07-02 221900 light.bmp
07-02 222000 light.bmp
07-02 222100 light.bmp
07-02 222200 light.bmp
07-02 222300 light.bmp
07-02 222400 light.bmp
07-02 222500 light.bmp
07-02 222540 spider.bmp
07-02 222544 spider.bmp
07-02 222600 light.bmp
07-02 222700 light.bmp
07-02 222800 light.bmp
07-02 222900 light.bmp
07-02 223000 light.bmp
07-02 223100 light.bmp
07-02 223131 spark.bmp
07-02 223140 spark.bmp
07-02 223300 light.bmp

07-02 220811 spark pair.jpg
Combo light.JPG

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
The week was full of foggy conditions.  Fog developed during the day and at night, sometimes just a layer over the buildings up to a complete grey out of the screen.  The fog was sometimes localized showing on one camera before engulfing both cameras.  I noticed cam1 had gone black and white so I looked for the filter change hoping to catch a camera resetting.  The change was abrupt, no zoom outs.  The camera reset back to color later in the light of day.  Watching the fog roll in and out I still see the thickest fog developing over r2 and the CSFP area.  A spider crawled across the screen.  I didn't see any crane activities in the brief periods of clearing to report, just a busy spider working hard in front of cam1.  I noticed a lot of sparking and started to count.   22 sparks in an hour.  

07-07 222052 filter 2.bmp
07-07 222052 filter 3.bmp
07-07 222052 filter 4.bmp
07-07 222052 filter.bmp
07-07 222053 filter.bmp
07-07 222134 spider 1.bmp
07-07 222134 spider 2.bmp
07-07 222639 spark.bmp
07-07 223008 spark 1f.bmp
07-07 223112 spark.bmp
07-07 223425 spark pair.bmp
07-07 223524 spark.bmp
07-07 224057 spark.bmp
07-07 224359 spark.bmp
07-07 224549 spark.bmp
07-07 224646 spark.bmp
07-07 224913 spark.bmp
07-07 224917 spark.bmp
07-07 225357 spark.bmp
07-07 225449 spark.bmp
07-07 225807 spark.bmp
07-07 225816 spark.bmp
07-07 225826 spark.bmp
07-07 230052 spark.bmp
07-07 230203 spark.bmp
07-07 230446 spark.bmp
07-07 230619 spark.bmp
07-07 230731 spark.bmp
07-07 232156 spark.bmp

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
7 July, Microcarpa said this about Fukushima during recent rains (western Japan).

"Flooding in west #Japan has no effect on #Fukushima, 'cause it's too far away. Rainy and seasonal cold & humid wind called "Yamase" may cause dense fog surrounding Dai-ichi.Making it look like radioactive plume,but it's just a fog(or partly not?)"
just pm me if needed.
I understand that Daiichi gets dense fog this time of year naturally.  I also know that radionuclides promote fog formation.  From the camera views I can't really measure how dense the fog is.  Sometimes it looks thicker or it seems to linger longer over certain parts of the plant but that is a subjective observation.  Once fog engulfs the cameras the view becomes very limited.  Whether foggy or clear the sparking on the cameras can be a measure of the gamma radiation in the air around the cameras at the north and south ends of the plant providing a more objective observation.  The sparks are indicating that the fog over Daiichi sometimes shows more radioactivity than at other times.  

07-08 More foggy pictures; the camera views at dawn to show the pink in the sky and the morning and noon shots to show how different the weather conditions can be from the north end to the south end of the plant.  

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
The fog comes and goes, often several times in a day or night, on one camera or the other but most often on both.  To be clear, I don't think the fog is a new radioactive plume.  I think the spark activity in the fog is just fallout of the emissions over the plant.  The small increase of sparks I saw could have been because of the added burden from the recent opening of r2.  

07-09  The fog cleared for a bit and I saw that light transiting in the upper left hand corner of cam1 again.  


I wasn't scanning for sparks but when I skipped thru the recording I landed on a green spark.  In the spark pic, if you look between r1 and r2 there is a moon lit glow in the water.  The moon must have passed by earlier when it was still foggy.
"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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