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WEBCAM July 2016
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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.  

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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#2
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TBS/jnn cam back online.

Birds or bugs.  Maybe both?     They move oddly and there are a lot of them.


   

btw - Thanks for setting up these organized monthly observation archives.
 The cam links help too.   Smile

* Observed center crane moving 2016-07-03 12:20 jst. Not usual for a Sunday.
 
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(07-02-2016, 11:14 PM)Chasaha Wrote: TBS/jnn cam back online.

Birds or bugs.  Maybe both?     They move oddly and there are a lot of them.

btw - Thanks for setting up these organized monthly observation archives.
 The cam links help too.   Smile

*  Observed center crane moving 2016-07-03 12:20 jst.  Not usual for a Sunday.

TY, monthly threads seemed easiest to keep observations organized for reference.  Good to see TBS/JNN back!  The grab you posted has a date time stamp on it; the link I posted doesn't show the time stamp.  Could you post the link you use; that's so much better with a time stamp, I'll add it to the first post.

Looks like a bug.  Noticed birds on the tepcams; darting around, probably chasing bugs.  

I noticed the crane moving too, tried to compare movements side by side when the r3 crane moved into both views.  Still trying to figure out the time difference between the two tepcams, maybe a TBS/JNN time stamp will add to the confusion.  Yes, the Sunday morning work was very unusual and the crane line tracked down on cam1 to where I think the r3 sfp is.  On cam4 that area is quite nicely covered up by that grounded crane.  

Looking to a fun Fourth of July with a good fireworks show.  Hope you all enjoy the holiday.
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#4
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Just past midnight jst.
Bright reflections from crane and the wall of Unit 2.

It periodically looks like there are some lights and movement behind the CSFP curtain at night.

   
 
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#5
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Device being placed into the NW corner of the roof at Unit 1.

Looks like a giant pencil.  (imo)  Shy 


   
 
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#6
@Chasaha, the crane tool looks like a huge dentist drill to me.   I wonder if it’s used to knock chunks of concrete walls down so they can vacuum up the pieces.  I don’t know much about cranes and the tools they use, but the cranes haven’t been that busy lately.  The work we can see has slowed to a crawl.  

Grey foggy days and nights filled with sparks.  

7-05 20:00:02 and 20:00:29 they turned off the two work lights that shined two beams of light on the top right part of cam1.  The lights were down at the base of the cooling tower lighting up the walls in the lower right hand corner of the screen.

7-05 22:00 to 23:00 had 13 sparks and two distortions.  

7-06 00:46:27 watched a spider crawling across cam1 for a few minutes.  

7-06 17:58:19 a faint rainbow formed for a couple minutes on cam1.

Sunsets are showing brilliant pinks and lavenders.  When I’ve looked in the evenings for sparks I’ve found a steady regular stream of sparking.  Waiting for the next spark doesn’t take too long.  They flash on the monitors and I note the times.  I don’t notice the distortions glancing at the monitors occasionally; but I usually find them when I scan an hour at 2x speed doing a spark count.  The pics I’ve posted of distortions are just the first frame where the lower half blips out. The distortion is followed by several frames of random squares as the camera restores sync to the picture.  They last less than a second and probably wouldn’t show up in a time lapse video.  Are the distortions another effect of radiation on the cameras?  

Less time for looking at the cam feeds and recordings lately, been busy with home improvements, yard work, and a very sick cat.  

7-09 09:55 thought an EQ shook cam4 but it was probably just an outflow wind from a rain that came thru.  

7-09 10:43 fancy crane rig over r3 on cam1, blocked by the downed crane on cam4.  

Chores keeping me busy this summer and they’re calling again.
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#7
odd white splotches/steam on the last 30 seconds on this vid .... at the bottom part of the view -

2016.07.16_18.00-21.00.Unit1side

http://youtu.be/PKc1efuiMY4

... maybe its moisture on the lense, but I haven't seen it look like that before.
 
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#8
Happen to turn on cam4 around 8:00am Fuku time and watched a white flash in the distance near R5 & R6 I think. Soooo, i recorded it and caught a few pics. Behind the grey moving filter, it looked like a white crane was working around and near the white building on the right. Perhaps it's welding flashes but they are rather big considering the distance.
   
Different spot.
   
Closest to the building where the crane was moving around. 
   
YouTube Fuku 3 min. vid recorded only 1 min. (6:00-7:00am) The flashes were from 8:00 to 8:10am. It's been 3 hours since they updated the Utube website. No doubt they didn't want this to be seen.
   

Yes, the TBS/JNN webcam was down for more than a week. Did you notice they moved the cam more to the right making the crane on the left disappear? The view on the left where Horse captured the brilliant flashes are from that area including the white flashes I saw today. 

Older pic before they moved it. Kind of unusual too, there were lights lit up behind the tree line at night.
   
New webcam position.
   
Horse's brilliant flash of light pic again just because it was a great catch. 
   

 
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#9
Well, well, well - looks like Utube Fuku vids removed 8:00-9:00am on cam4 during the white flashes near R5&6.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC34BJEX...6YBksIYY6Q
   


Here is a better picture of the light flash when I use http://www.postimage.org.
https://postimg.org/image/wdw6nyu8x/

Horse, did you record during this time? I only recorded from 8:00am to 8:15 but I was watching cam4 at the same time and didn't see much after that.

BTW, I posted a remark on enenews tonight about WheepingWillows recent video. He's saying building 5 & 6 had an explosion but he's actually showing an out-of-focus boat sitting on the ocean from cam1. It's unfortunate he is over dramatizing wrong information, but it's good that he is trying to cover the webcams.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00HYvp5HSY4

 
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#10
Some spark counts to start with.

7 sparks in the 10 mins from 7-11 19:49:00 spark to 7-11 19:59:28 spark
10 min gap no sparks
15 sparks in the hour from 7-11 20:10:23 spark to 7-11 20:53:45 spark
Left off counting at 7-11 21:00:30 spark

A couple nights later with more fog in the air; I noticed more sparking.
17 sparks in the hour from 7-13 20:05:16 spark to 7-13 20:53:53 spark
23 min gap of no sparks
12 sparks in the hour from 7-13 21:17:47 spark 1f to 7-13 21:47:25 spark
Stopped count at 22:00

The WheepingWillow2 video is more zoomed than I can get.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00HYvp5HSY4
Got 3 pics to zoom but they just show pixels.  Just to note on the boat light, I saw two military boats docked at Iwaki a few days ago.  Seems likely it was something at sea but I thought maybe some activity on the top of r3.  Not enough detail for me to say but definitely not r5/r6.  Even on cam4 we can’t see those reactors.  R5/R6 are just to the left out of cam4’s view.
7-15 17:45:09
7-15 17:48:27
7-15 17:50:42

7-18 08:00 to 08:15 Califnative light flashes on cam4.  I grabbed 22 pics of the light flashing from the recordings.  Not sure what to make of those.  Thought maybe a light on a crane but it jerks to different locations faster than a crane would move.  Flashes last 2 frames like a spark.  Going thru the still grabs, got the idea something hanging from the big remote crane might be flashing reflected light to account for the flashes jerking to different spots.  No satisfactory answer but I do have good recordings of that timeframe even if time lapse is missing.  

   

   
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#11
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I agree with pia regarding the WeepingWillow links.   Never an opinion, just a link to another overly annoying youtube video.  I wish we had more cam watchers.   But, when people don't analyze thoroughly and try to sensationalize first... it shows.  To be honest, I don't think it helps overall.

@califnative 
I have seen those 'reflective' bright flashes in that same area on several different occasions. (daytime)

  Exclamation   I was wondering if those flashes might actually be daytime sparks occurring just above the CSFP area?

   Sleepy   Disappearing video footage happens. 
That's why when I see something I try to snap a screenshot or at least write down times and my personal observation.
 
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#12
I noticed more c4 light flashes on 7-19 about 10am, more on that later.  I clicked on the wrong file and opened the 7-08 am recording, was skimming thru when I noticed men walking around.  Not sure if this was already posted.  I think we miss a lot with so few watching and posting.  3 pics
7-08 09:58:53 men on csfp
7-08 10:04:02 men on csfp
7-08 10:04:03 men on csfp

   

   

   

2016.07.08_09.00-12.00.Unit4side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SapCBVtE6U
Look for men in white suits on csfp from 10am to 11am.  Note the activity over the tent.
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#13
7-19 10am was more flashing lights.  Found people walking around the csfp tent.  

3 pics
7-19 09:51:51 men on csfp
7-19 10:01:25 light flash
7-19 11:07:38 men on csfp

   

   

   

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7-19 10am flashing lights
https://vimeo.com/175502315





sengoku1904 time lapse
2016.07.19_09.00-12.00.Unit4side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIto9uBumB0
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#14
I don't want to call this a fire ---
BUT --- lower right side corner is ver-ry interesting (today)

2016.07.20_21.00-00.00.Unit1side
http://youtu.be/3etlNPyaFAY
 
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#15
7-21 pm
I saw a spark on cam1 and looked closer to see what time to jot down and saw a bright blue spark first on cam1 then on cam4 almost the same instant and both were bright blue; on cam1 at 20:12 and cam4 at 20:13.  Went to the cam4 recording and found 2 sparks in the 10 minutes I looked at; quite the catch.  Counted the cam1 sparks in the hour from 20:00 to 20:59 and found 13 sparks.  The similarities in the first few grabs and the close times caught my eye.  The first two sparks both show a pair.

7-21 20:09:53 spark
7-21 20:10:29 c4 spark faint pair

   

   

The next two are the bright blue sparks.  

7-21 20:12:48 spark blue
7-21 20:13:35 c4 spark blue

   

   


The next hour saw a Fuku fog develop and it rained briefly.  Saw water dripping down cam1.  Clears up; saw a spark at 23:20 while I’m getting this ready to post.  

@Chasaha, maybe closer to proof of some kind of aerial phenomena; thought you’d like these.  And thanks for linking the recent worker sightings to the worker sightings thread, good job.
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(07-21-2016, 10:40 AM)Horse Wrote: 7-21 pm
I saw a spark on cam1 and looked closer to see what time to jot down and saw a bright blue spark first on cam1 then on cam4 almost the same instant and both were bright blue; on cam1 at 20:12 and cam4 at 20:13.  Went to the cam4 recording and found 2 sparks in the 10 minutes I looked at; quite the catch.  Counted the cam1 sparks in the hour from 20:00 to 20:59 and found 13 sparks.  The similarities in the first few grabs and the close times caught my eye.  The first two sparks both show a pair.

Wow!  Fantastic catch.

I think the 'double'  spark from the 2 angles with a clock difference of  seconds is what  I would call a match up.  

IMO - We may be witnesses to a phenomenon that has never before been seen.   Certainly, not anticipated by the nut-job builders of these DNA Destroying Death Machines that some call Nuclear Power Plants.

I have felt that most of the sparks are literally occurring in air (theory 1) since I first began to observe them.   Then, I wasn't so sure, because I watched several tests done on cameras that show the spots and fuzz effect.  (theory 2)   I did think it was odd they were different specific colors at times and they seemed to move upward.   Seeing several sparks that left trails or traveled at angles made me consider the literal theory again, along with Horse's counting sparks and noting the time patterns.

DOUBLE Spark both cams ->

Unit 1 cam:
http://caferadlab.com/attachment.php?aid=565

Unit4 cam:
http://caferadlab.com/attachment.php?aid=566
 
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(07-21-2016, 09:30 PM)Chasaha Wrote: Wow!  Fantastic catch.

I think the 'double'  spark from the 2 angles with a clock difference of  seconds is what  I would call a match up.  

IMO - We may be witnesses to a phenomenon that has never before been seen.   Certainly, not anticipated by the nut-job builders of these DNA Destroying Death Machines that some call Nuclear Power Plants.

I have felt that most of the sparks are literally occurring in air (theory 1) since I first began to observe them.   Then, I wasn't so sure, because I watched several tests done on cameras that show the spots and fuzz effect.  (theory 2)   I did think it was odd they were different specific colors at times and they seemed to move upward.   Seeing several sparks that left trails or traveled at angles made me consider the literal theory again, along with Horse's counting sparks and noting the time patterns.

Yes, a close match up, this time, actually twice in one night.  I need more to be fully convinced.  Why don't we find more match ups?  Most c4 sparks don't have accompanying c1 sparks.  All sparks may not have the same source.  Equipment strobe lights can look like sparks; the vacuum cleaner tool has strobe lights that show up like sparks.  Before flowplayer most sparks were white and I worried that they were just noise in the signal.  Radiation can cause the sparks as several tests have shown.  Not enough data yet for me to completely drop theory 2 (CCD effect) for theory 1 (aerial effect) but the 7-21 evidence is something to be considered.  I can work out a mechanism for theory 2 but haven't worked out a mechanism for theory 1.  I don't have enough proof to say for sure what the nighttime sparks in the sky are but I have used them for a couple years now to gage conditions like greater emissions, Fuku fog, and higher radiation readings.  For me, the sparks are an indicator of the ongoing radiation being created by the out of containment fuel melts.  The sparking hasn't stopped; the rates fall for a bit but then rise again.  

We are witnesses to a phenomenon that has never before been seen.  TEPCO has been lying for five years about the ionizing radiation pouring out of Dai-Ichi.  To the casual viewer looking at the tepcams nothing much happens; a still picture.  I hope that pointing out unusual events like the sparks may counter some of the lies and disinformation.  Too many people heard the words 'cold shutdown' and think the disaster is over but it will continue to get worse with the uncontrollable nuclear reactions occurring in the fuel melts under three broken reactors. The people that want to believe that Fukushima wasn't that bad won't be interested in fancy sparks. TEPCO admits it lied about cold shutdown and will eventually admit that Tokyo and most of Japan should have been evacuated and the radioactive fallout killed the oceans and helped change the weather and caused early mortality from radiation induced cellular damage.  TEPCO hasn't admitted anything unless they had to.  I figure the following generations tasked with radioactive waste remediation may like to see what happened at Dai-Ichi.  They might be able to say that the yellow cloud pouring out of r1 last year caused the EURDEP spikes.  They might scan the recordings for sparks to estimate radioactive releases to the air.  They might have the sense to shut down nuclear power plants before they explode and make a Fuku mess.
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7-22 pm was a fairly clear night and the amount of sparking jumped out at me.  An hour long count before midnight bagged 20 sparks.  I picked out these spark grabs to show the work lights for the lower right hand work area going out one by one.  The work lights are also reflected on the top right of cam1.  

7-22 23:10:12 spark
7-22 23:17:27 spark
7-22 23:18:35 spark
7-22 23:21:54 spark

   

   

   

   

The histogram shows the 20 spark times and their frequency.  

7-22 hist 2300

   
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#19
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Amazing screenshots on a sparkly night. 
Orange, Green, Purple and Blue.

If I have the time I may check the alternate angle on the high speed replay. I might catch one. Smile

Re: " Why don't we find more match ups? "
- Horse  #22

I think the reason we have not seen more cross checked, Unit1 Cam vs Unit4 Cam, is because most people might not think to do it,  take the time to do it or have the knowledge to do it.    

I also know the TEPCO cam clocks are not synced.
Currently they are off by about 45 seconds which is the difference on the double spark multi-angle shot.

I have cross checked many times and never seen one like the other night's double catch.   Although, I have always thought it probable, as a way to possibly verify Theory 1.   I'll be checking more now.   

Distance and angles are hard to determine with these zoomed cams.

Exclamation  The purple spark on the smoke stack screenshot is interesting.  (2016-07-22 23:18:35) If an Aerial Spark, then it is between the stack and the camera.  It would be great to catch a 'longy' spark that is partially blocked by a stack or crane.   That might tell us something.

Did your screenshots come from the high speed recording or from your own recording?
 
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(07-23-2016, 05:01 PM)Chasaha Wrote: Amazing screenshots on a sparkly night.  
Orange, Green, Purple and Blue.

If I have the time I may check the alternate angle on the high speed replay. I might catch one. Smile

Re: " Why don't we find more match ups? "
- Horse  #22

I think the reason we have not seen more cross checked, Unit1 Cam vs Unit4 Cam, is because most people might not think to do it,  take the time to do it or have the knowledge to do it.    

I also know the TEPCO cam clocks are not synced.
Currently they are off by about 45 seconds which is the difference on the double spark multi-angle shot.

I have cross checked many times and never seen one like the other night's double catch.   Although, I have always thought it probable, as a way to possibly verify Theory 1.   I'll be checking more now.    

Distance and angles are hard to determine with these zoomed cams.

Exclamation  The purple spark on the smoke stack screenshot is interesting.  (2016-07-22 23:18:35) If an Aerial Spark, then it is between the stack and the camera.  It would be great to catch a 'longy' spark that is partially blocked by a stack or crane.   That might tell us something.

Did your screenshots come from the high speed recording or from your own recording?

Hi Chasaha, I’m glad the two sets of well timed sparks stirred a little excitement.  Since you first raised the ‘aerial’ theory, I have been cross-checking when I find a c4 spark.  I’ll admit to a bit of surprise at finally finding two matchups.  The spark grabs come from scanning my recordings.  I sometimes go thru the time lapse vids and have grabbed from there but it’s much more difficult, kudos to those with the patience.  I encourage anyone spotting a suspected c4 spark to post a jst time so we can cross check.  I say suspected c4 spark because most of the ones I note down to check aren’t really there; my old eyes get tricked by the flash of a neon light.  The sparks flash by so quickly watching in real time and I’m never sure if I really saw one until I check the recording.  

“purple spark on the smoke stack screenshot is interesting.  (2016-07-22 23:18:35)”
I have not found a spark that is partially blocked by cranes or tower.  They all appear closer to the lens, in front of objects.  The ones on the r1 tent are obviously between the camera and the reactor building.  It’s been strong evidence for a CCD effect.  However, I have noticed that Fuku fogging seems to dim the sparks.  We also need to come up with a mechanism for an aerial effect.  Something exploding in the distance wouldn’t be a pinpoint spark.  The closest I can get would be a comparison to fireworks, sparks from igniting metal particles.  

Here’s a funny, most of the sparks I noticed before I started recording the tepcams I saw on cam4.  That was when r3 sfp was having debris removed and r4 spent fuel was said to be removed and the common pool was much hotter than now.  In the early days, sparks were hardly mentioned and everyone was fascinated by webs.  What did the old-timers think of the sparks?  Nuckelchen pointed out the distortions, but that didn’t get much traction.  When I see sparks on cam4 I think of something on the south side, like r3 sfp.  Cam4 doesn’t spark as much as it used to.  When the roof came off of r1 the sparking on cam1 increased.  The radiation in the air near the cameras make sparks flash in the view.  I have no problem with both theories being correct; I think we’re just figuring out the details.  The switch to flowplayer put color into most of the sparks, and changed the colors; red now looks orange.  I think they adjusted the f-stop or exposure time on the cam feeds.  

Majia and the watchers on the Enenews webcam forum are complaining how difficult connecting to the TEPCO Flowplayer feeds is and they get rather alarmist.  I haven’t had any problems with maintaining connection to the tepcams.  Even the early morning disconnects have stopped.  Flowplayer is more demanding of video and browsers are more demanding of computer memory resources than the old direct feeds were.  Clean your computer or consider equipment upgrades.  

“I also know the TEPCO cam clocks are not synced.
Currently they are off by about 45 seconds which is the difference on the double spark multi-angle shot.”
Yes, so which one syncs to official jst time?  Been meaning to check, is either one the real jst or are both delayed?  

Thanks Chas for debating the true nature of sparks, I might not have looked or known what to look for without your input and it helps me to stay objective.
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