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WEBCAM December 2015
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Post webcam observations for December 2015 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
Cam1
Cam4

Cameras nearby
TBS-JNN
Tomioka
Iwaki

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

Time Lapse Archive  sengoku1904
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(11-30-2015, 07:57 AM)piajensen Wrote: Thanks!

YW Pia, haven't had too much to report on lately.  I saw a few sparks on 11-29, then on 11-30 they did a spraying over r3.  R3 still seems to be the biggest source of emissions.  The vacuum tool continues to work on r1.  The solid wall tepco put in is already leaning; they didn't want to stop the flow ahead of the plant because draining the area too fast would cause subsidence, now they might have flooding issues.  Tepco announced they would remove the r2 roof next year to prepare for spent fuel removal; expect more sparks and steaming, r2 had the highest radiation readings.  

12-1 The tepcam views are both still, no overtime work this evening.  What we can't see on the tepcams are the spent fuel pools steaming or the three core melts churning out radiation.
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Hi Pia, Horse, Lucas - saw lots of sparks last night and a red flash event on R1 rooftop. At 18.11.25pm or 0:11 mark you can see a light flash INSIDE R1 and makes a shadow on the wall, the red rooftop flash shows up at 19.23.36. Slow the speed to see better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoLybQ2wKYo

Enlarged sparks to enhance the neon colors. I agree Horse, R3 emissions are running high. Boat is still trolling around in the background and the R4 horizon view showed that multi-colored vapors with background fireworks filtered by Flowplayer. I think the vacuum crate they've been using is stirring up the beast.

http://postimg.org/image/gmu6k2llx/ 19.23.36pm red flash on R1 rooftop
   
http://postimg.org/image/vp2x0ej7p/ blue/yellow double spark
   
http://postimg.org/image/7e432tfv1/ green spark
   
http://postimg.org/image/md31a6i6h/ blue/red worm spark
   

Glad CafeRadLab is here, you guys are doing a great job maintaining it.
 
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(11-30-2015, 09:27 PM)califnative Wrote: Hi Lucas - 

Glad CafeRadLab is here, you guys are doing a great job maintaining it.

Hi Cali;

Hope that you and yours had a great holiday.

Thank you for being here.

LWH
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(11-30-2015, 09:27 PM)califnative Wrote: Hi Pia, Horse, Lucas - saw lots of sparks last night and a red flash event on R1 rooftop. At 18.11.25pm or 0:11 mark you can see a light flash INSIDE R1 and makes a shadow on the wall, the red rooftop flash shows up at 19.23.36. Slow the speed to see better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoLybQ2wKYo

Enlarged sparks to enhance the neon colors. I agree Horse, R3 emissions are running high. Boat is still trolling around in the background and the R4 horizon view showed that multi-colored vapors with background fireworks filtered by Flowplayer. I think the vacuum crate they've been using is stirring up the beast.

Cali, wonderful, wonderful.  The 18:11 white light flash in r1 looks like one I saw Halloween 2014 lighting up the r1 tent. Odd timing; a year and a month apart.  

11-30-2015 18:11 white flash in r1 starts at 00:15




Spark count
11-30 17:00 – 17:59 = 14 Sparks
11-30 18:00 – 18:59 = 13 Sparks
11-30 19:00 – 19:59 = 18 Sparks
11-30 20:00 – 20:59 = 14 Sparks

At the time of the 18:11 white flash; Cam4 showed an orange light on one corner of the r4 extension, on since dusk, blinks off and on at 17:46 then stays off at 18:11.  At 00:15 in, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2N0BDrSFus


Grabbed 34 red flashes from 18:57 – 19:47 some big, some small, different shapes. Here's two at the start and one at the end. 

   

   

   
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11-30
[img][Image: 11-30%20181117%20Flash%20in%20r1_zpsermlbx05.png][/img]


Cali, that 11-30 pm event was another great find, kudos.  Glad you’re here too.  You found one of those white flashes in r1.  It had me up all night reviewing the recording.  From the sequence of events it’s possibly another radiologic event, triggered by debris removal work in r1.  The red flashes on the r1 rooftop peaked with the spark count.  Take a look.    HorseCam/library/11-30-2015 r1 flashes
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(12-02-2015, 03:42 PM)piajensen Wrote: Cali and Horse - Thank you for your ongoing attention to the webcams and events and for your reporting out. Much appreciated. Just on brief review, I see quite a few significant sparks. I think, not sure because I don't watch as much as you, but - it seems that the sparks are generally larger than those in the past... I think that because I usually have to look in a more concentrated fashion at the sparks in your collections and those newest sparks seem to jump right out. Easier to see.

Pia, don't know how to quantify the difference in intensity; bright or dim is still subjective as is the color.  The difference in variety; Cali and I started giving them nicknames.  The sparks on 11-30 pm had more variety and intensity than a slow night of plain white sparks.  Consider that the white flash in the r1 tent hasn't been spotted since 11-1-2014 when an explosion of those flashes occurred over three nights. This year's single flash was followed by the pulses of red flashes over r1 and the jump in spark count.  We're able to document the event better than we could a year ago at the old enenews webcam forum.  It’s been an interesting year; losing the enenews webcam forum, the attacks and disinformation left in the comments, airing the dirty laundry, a widespread active effort to silence or discount any unsanctioned research or researcher.  The uncontained nuclear fire and radioactive water and vapor releases at Daiichi dirty the clean reputation of the nuclear power industry.  Thanks for giving enenews outcasts a place to post our pictures of the disaster site.
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(12-01-2015, 09:02 AM)Horse Wrote:
(11-30-2015, 09:27 PM)califnative Wrote: Hi Pia, Horse, Lucas - saw lots of sparks last night and a red flash event on R1 rooftop. At 18.11.25pm or 0:11 mark you can see a light flash INSIDE R1 and makes a shadow on the wall, the red rooftop flash shows up at 19.23.36. Slow the speed to see better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoLybQ2wKYo

Enlarged sparks to enhance the neon colors. I agree Horse, R3 emissions are running high. Boat is still trolling around in the background and the R4 horizon view showed that multi-colored vapors with background fireworks filtered by Flowplayer. I think the vacuum crate they've been using is stirring up the beast.

Cali, wonderful, wonderful.  The 18:11 white light flash in r1 looks like one I saw Halloween 2014 lighting up the r1 tent. Odd timing; a year and a month apart.  

11-30-2015 18:11 white flash in r1 starts at 00:15




Spark count
11-30 17:00 – 17:59 = 14 Sparks
11-30 18:00 – 18:59 = 13 Sparks
11-30 19:00 – 19:59 = 18 Sparks
11-30 20:00 – 20:59 = 14 Sparks

At the time of the 18:11 white flash; Cam4 showed an orange light on one corner of the r4 extension, on since dusk, blinks off and on at 17:46 then stays off at 18:11.  At 00:15 in, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2N0BDrSFus


Grabbed 34 red flashes from 18:57 – 19:47 some big, some small, different shapes. Here's two at the start and one at the end. 

What's your guess or anybody else as to what the 'red flashes' on R1 are?

The stills look like a large gaseous flame.
 
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(12-03-2015, 02:29 AM)Chasaha Wrote: What's your guess or anybody else as to what the 'red flashes' on R1 are?  

The stills look  like a large gaseous flame.

Hi Chasaha, yes, the stills make it look like a gaseous flame, but it wasn't continuous.  The flashes are like the sparks lasting for 2 frames.  Some of the stills with the same times are numbered, trying to show the variations within four or six frames.  My guess, the first white flash unleashed the fury, plumes of vapor rise and get blown away at the open roof, subsequent weaker 'red' flashes reflect light off the vapors.  Did you notice the pink haze at daybreak? My guesses brought me a lot of grief over at enenews so I usually just present evidence and let people see what they want to see.  Thanks for asking, my wild theories of ongoing sub-criticalities could be wrong and I've only been watching for a few years so I like to read what others are seeing.  Anybody else?
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(12-03-2015, 07:36 AM)piajensen Wrote: My take is that criticalities and sub-criticalities are ongoing. How can there not be such activity when that is what radiation does... based on the type of environment the material is in, what it's "relating" to - I think it's accurate to say that one nature of radiation is to interact with it's environment and respond according to the types of materials it is interacting with. One type of response is criticality. Sub-atomic responses are bound to occur. Especially when mineral / metal and chemical laden seawater is thrown on the mess. 

I'm no physicist, so please correct me if I'm off in my best guess analysis.

Neither am I, here's a wiki entry to correct my phrasing.  

Quote:Blue glow[edit]

See also: Ionized-air glow

Many criticality accidents have been observed to emit a blue flash of light.

The blue glow of a criticality accident results from the fluorescence of the excited ions and atoms (or excited molecules) of air (mostly oxygen and nitrogen) falling back to unexcited states, which produces an abundance of blue light.[citation needed] This is also the reason electrical sparks in air, including lightning, appear electric blue. The smell of ozone was said to be a sign of high ambient radioactivity by Chernobyl liquidators.

This blue flash or "blue glow" is often incorrectly attributed to Cherenkov radiation. It is a coincidence that the color of Cherenkov light and light emitted by ionized air are a very similar blue as their methods of production are different. Cherenkov radiation does occur in air for high energy particles (such as particle showers from cosmic rays)[34] but not for the lower energy charged particles emitted from nuclear decay. In a nuclear setting, Cherenkov radiation is instead seen in dense media such as water or in a solution such as uranyl nitrate in a reprocessing plant. Cherenkov radiation could also be responsible for the "blue flash" experienced in an excursion due to the intersection of high-intensity gamma radiation with the vitreous body within the eyeballs of those in the presence of the criticality. This would also explain the absence of any record of blue light in video surveillance of the more recent incidents.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticalit...#Blue_glow

A blue flash might look white when seen thru the tent.  The flash reflecting off the vapor gave it a different color, reddish.  I'll try to refer to it as a blue flash to identify it with a criticality accident.
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Hi Kids - sorry for missing out on the conversation lately. Great red gaseous R1 flash pics Horse, thought that was an eventful moment. Watched this FD 3min video today and notices white flashes shooting out from the right side of cam1 starting around 11:30am on 12-7-15. Might very well be sunlight reflections on the lens or is it daylight arching flashes? They seem to be moving faster than a slow sunlight reflection. Starts around the 2:27 mark (11.33.59am)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcay9vaA1Og
Two white flashes bottom right corner
   
Multi-colors around R1 window
   

Puff of smoke coming from the left side of cam4 on 12-4-15. Tepco was really working the pixels to reduce clarity.
   
   
 
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Quote: "Many criticality accidents have been observed to emit a blue flash of light. The blue glow of a criticality accident results from the fluorescence of the excited ions and atoms (or excited molecules) of air (mostly oxygen and nitrogen) falling back to unexcited states, which produces an abundance of blue light. Cherenkov radiation could also be responsible for the "blue flash" experienced in an excursion due to the intersection of high-intensity gamma radiation."

Showing incredibly heavy emissions at night these days on cam1, JNN cam is heavy also. I'm sure you've also noticed a thick cloud lingering over R3, it seems to be higher and not sure which area it's coming from so looking at cam4 perhaps heavier emissions are starting to come from the R4 extension light room. I look for the areas that have intense neon colors when zooming in between 400%-800% and see the R4 extension rooftop corner emitting blue bursts. Could this be where the thick cloud is coming from? The new webcam Flowplayer has larger pixels that produce less sharpness & clarity unfortunately but the larger pixels enhance the colors and make them easier to see. I consider intense neon colors a hot spot, identifies an area of interest..
9th cam4 blue burst
   
9th cam1 sparks shooting right to left from over R3
   
10th heavy emissions cam1 and thick cloud above R3
   
10th cam4 blue burst over R4 extension bldg.
   
 
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Hi Cali, I see you caught a double spark and emissions from the R4 extension rooftop corner.  I think there's a vent on the north side of that r4 extension.  I've seen lights on in the early evening recently in that extension building, some activity still going on in r4.  The venting is visible in high humidity when the vapor hangs in the air.  In cam4 the vapor looks like it comes from r3 and over the r4 extension but in cam1 the vapor is to the right of the r3 pit so it must be coming from the north side of r4.  

In the cam1 view, R3 is constantly steaming and vapors rise over the r3 pit, heavy at times, but the vapor that brightly reflects the light is usually off screen to the right of the r3 pit.  I think we see occasional venting out of the north side of r4.  Many people argue about whether the r4 sfp was burnt up or emptied.  I suspect that the reason TEPCO’s storyline never made sense was because of military operations being secretly conducted and covered up.  What TEPCO did admit was that the pool had broken fuel rods in it and the pool leaked.    

One of the biggest arguments on the old webcam forum was about the webs, plasma or water caustics.  A vapor cloud of ionizing gases could be called plasma in dark mode but any dim glow is purposefully concealed by the bright equipment lights.  The equipment lights reflect off the vapor clouds and we see the vapor curl up over the buildings. When the vapor cloud drifts near the camera and sticks to the lens we see the dancing webs of water caustics.  

I've seen puffs of smoke drifting in front of cam4 like you've captured in the 12-4 daytime shot.  My guesses include; vapor from the csfp, debris burning, or an out of tune diesel engine.

I’m still thrilled that you caught a flash in r1.  I’ve wondered what the flashes were since I first saw them last year.  The ones you caught weren’t as bright or intense and didn't last as long but the flashes had the same characteristics, flashing on for just two frames.  This event showed the flashing from above the roof so I guess it was reflecting off of the vapors, smoke, or dust clouds coming out of r1 before they wind carries them away.  TEPCO was working on the muon detector last year at the time so I thought the flashes may be related to that, so what were the flashes this time?  

Work lights:
  • Last December I saw a flashlight shine briefly in the r1 tent.  
  • Once I watched a small part of the lower left panel light up with shadows moving from one side to the other and back, lasted maybe 3 minutes.  If workers are going inside r1 they wouldn't want to stay for long.  
  • Its possible that TEPCO has some shielded heavy equipment puffing smoke, stirring up dust clouds, or flashing bright lights in there but they haven't bragged about it to my knowledge.


Here’s a grab from last year.  Notice the bright golden glow at the top of the one open roof panel.  The flashes had a bluish hue when they were most intense and the way they strobed wasn't like an equipment light or an arc welder.  

   
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(12-11-2015, 07:30 AM)piajensen Wrote: so, what's the deal with my recent posts? 

I don't know but I haven't noticed others having the same issue
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#15
12-13 18:00  Cam4 has been down since morning.  Cam1 plays, still recording.  

12-12  Majia noticed a fog out on TBS/JNN.  

http://majiasblog.blogspot.com.au/2015/1...sible.html

The event was showing up on the tepcams, not a fog rolling in from the sea, but a fog coming from inland.  Here's timelapse showing fog building up and clearing while tbs cam was fogged out.  

2015.12.12_00.00-03.00.Unit4side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJjpvidNHq4
1:40 in fog builds from the left.

2015.12.12_00.00-03.00.Unit1side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfcrJjZdab0
1:45 in fog builds up from the right.

The night before showed the same fogging in the rain/high humidity.

12-11 rain and fog.
 
2015.12.11_03.00-06.00.Unit4side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TTawk_GUEY
about 3:40 in fog comes from the left, from the csfp area just out of view.

2015.12.11_21.00-00.00.Unit4side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaSyUK-6D-M
2:31 in fog builds from the left.

12-11 16:45 cam1 striped lights on in r1.  16:58 check for spark on c4.  Found several sparks on cam4 while the radioactive fog washed over the camera lens and made big webs. Rain rinses the lens but the radioactive fog splashes a few times and webs come an go.  My guess is the csfp might overheat in the high humidity producing the radioactive fog and the sparking and webs on cam4.  

2015.12.11_18.00-21.00.Unit4side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THgbtTxibp0


   

   
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The sfp4 was leaking and the structure could not reliably hold the full load stored there.  A super structure was built over the wreckage and fuel rod assemblies were removed.  Early narratives report sfp4 dry, smoking, burning up.  No video released of the r4 explosion that severely damaged the building.  Big secret what happened to r4.  Here’s a thought, some spent fuel is being removed from sfp4, the theatre was how fast and efficiently TEPCO accomplished this task.  Finding sparks on cam4 tells me some radioactive releases are going on at the south end; r4 and the common spent fuel pool.  The recent events remind me of the sequence of events during the publicized spent fuel removal.  The earlier events produced more smoke because the fuel was hotter. The fuel has been cooling almost five years; dealing with problematic assemblies might be easier.  No one’s looking at r4 because it was such a media success.  

12-14 12:30 Tepcam4 still won’t load for me.  Outage started 12-13 10:58:30.
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Is U4 cam back up for anyone yet?
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(12-14-2015, 09:03 AM)LWH Wrote: Is U4 cam back up for anyone yet?

12-14 22:13 cam4 still down for me. Saw the ship cruise by on tbs-jnn this afternoon. Maybe the camera fried.
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Did you catch the small black specs flying out of R1 today around 8:00am JST? At first I thought is was ashes or something then it was getting thicker and it looks like BUGS! They actually look like they are flying upward and out of R1, how can anything alive survive in and around that building? Radioactive tainted insects flying around Japan Sad

Cam4 still down, noticing more sparks around R1 and over R3 on cam1 last two nights plus the filtered fireworks are active behind the R4 horizon. Heavy blue, purple vapor colors mixing around between R2 & R4 ocean side.
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/f1-np/camera/index2-e.html
   
   
green spark enlarged with purple/blue halo
   
   
 
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Few more sparklers 12,13,14-2015...
Unusual spark, I think it came from R3 but it could of blipped off the ocean side horizon, was very active there.
   
Blue spark on left, blue light glow at R1 roof top edge on right with purple if you can see it
   
Bright white spark over R1
   
Green spark during the day on 12-12-15
   
 
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