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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."
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."
Quote:Mars is approaching Earth for a 15-year close encounter on July 27th. The Red Planet now outshines every object in the sky except the sun, Moon, and Venus.

"Mars was shining brightly in the early morning sky," he says. "At an altitude of only 6.5° above the horizon, the turbulence was extreme, sometimes splitting the planet's disc in 2 or 3 slices and displaying a green and blue flash resembling those usually seen on the sun."

That's not all. Mars is also making its own glitter paths. A glitter path is a band of light in the water. It is caused by reflections from the troughs and crest of tiny waves. Normally, only the sun and Moon (and sometimes Venus and Jupiter) produce glitter paths. Now Mars is doing it too.

Mars is almost 3 times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, and 30% brighter than the giant planet Jupiter. In other words, you can't miss it. Look south at midnight and remember, the best is yet to come.

I'm going to say that's Mars I've seen transiting cam1.  The article talks about green and blue flashes on Mars as seen thru a telescope.  The green spark in my collage was caused by gamma radiation striking the camera sensor.    

07-15 210036 spark.bmp
07-15 210216 spark.bmp
07-15 210225 spark.bmp
07-15 210236 spark.bmp
07-15 210247 spark.bmp
07-15 210334 light.bmp
07-15 210710 light.bmp
07-15 210753 spider.bmp
07-15 210819 spider.bmp
07-15 211208 light.bmp
07-15 211558 spark.bmp
07-15 212208 light.bmp
07-15 212708 light.bmp
07-15 213035 spark.bmp
07-15 213150 spark.bmp
07-15 213610 light.bmp
07-15 213808 light.bmp
07-15 215000 fog.bmp
07-15 215227 spark.bmp
07-15 215232 spark.bmp
07-15 215238 spark.bmp
07-15 215703 spark.bmp
07-15 215939 spark.bmp

13 sparks in the hour.  The spider movements can be distracting.  Here's 3 sparks in an eleven second burst when the fog rolled in.  Notice the fog buildup over r2.

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
7-16  Remote crane work in the morning.  I've watched a number of these panels being moved from the area under the vent tower to the shore side of the reactor.  They finished the day with another strange looking piece headed for the dockside.  

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
07-19  Excerpts from a scary movie I've been watching.  

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
07-25  The crane in front of cam4 moves back and forth but doesn't usually lift the load high enough to see; but once in awhile we get a peek.  Cam1 had an unusual tool hanging from the remote crane.  It was lifted from the land side of r1; moved to the sea side dropping behind r1 for a half hour and returned to the land side of r1.  The dark grey streaks and blobs showing on cam1 are spider webs.  Pictures at sunset showing some color in the overcast sky.    

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
07-26 The evening was clear and I captured a moon transit at sunset that took 15 minutes.  
07-26 191000 sunset.bmp
07-26 191040 sunset.bmp
07-26 192530 spider.bmp
07-26 192531 spider.bmp

There was an unusual spark burst at 19:38.  The sparks lined up and were all white; looking more like a plane or a drone than normal random sparks.  Could be strobes on an aircraft heading south.  
07-26 192607 spark 1f.bmp
07-26 193841 spark.bmp
07-26 193843 spark.bmp
07-26 193857 spark.bmp
07-26 193858 spark.bmp
07-26 193924 spark.bmp

07-26 194922 spark.bmp
A random spark
07-26 200328 spark.bmp
07-26 200335 spark.bmp
07-26 200339 spark.bmp
Another burst going in the same direction as the first.
07-26 200456 mars.bmp
07-26 201000 mars.bmp
07-26 201500 mars.bmp
Mars starts it's transit

Random sparks
07-26 201835 spark.bmp
07-26 202000 mars.bmp - not shown
07-26 202214 spark.bmp
07-26 202530 spark.bmp - not shown
07-26 202657 spark.bmp
07-26 203000 mars.bmp - not shown

07-26 203205 spark.bmp
A random spark
07-26 203706 spark.bmp
07-26 203730 spark.bmp
07-26 203743 spark.bmp
Spark burst, this time heading north.

07-26 203755 spark.bmp
07-26 203807 spark.bmp
07-26 203832 spark.bmp
Burst heading north, very faint.

07-26 204000 mars.bmp - not shown
07-26 204503 spark pair.bmp

07-26 204952 spark.bmp
07-26 205000 mars.bmp - not shown
07-26 205210 spark.bmp
07-26 205500 mars.bmp
07-26 210000 mars.bmp - not shown
As Mars finishes it's transit.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
07-27 Cam4 shows a load being moved in the morning.  Diesel smoke puffs up during the operation.

A worker appears on the walkway of r3. Captures show when he first appears and just as he disappears behind the red wall. Even with a zoom the worker is barely visible, only noticed it from his motion.  

Another load being moved mid-morning.  

More rain in the evening, this time showing small webs of reflected light.  
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
07-30 Tonight's Mars transit diminished by the fog developing.  Not many sparks in the 45 minutes I scanned.  

07-30 194329 mars.bmp
07-30 194752 spark.bmp
07-30 195704 spark.bmp
07-30 200634 mars.bmp
07-30 200754 spark.bmp
07-30 201104 spark.bmp
07-30 201136 spark 1f.bmp
07-30 201415 spark.bmp
07-30 202155 spider.bmp
07-30 202457 spark.bmp
07-30 202649 spider.bmp

"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
07-31 194222 spark.bmp
07-31 194644 spark.bmp
07-31 195923 mars.bmp

07-31 200126 spark.bmp
07-31 200208 boat.bmp
07-31 200238 spark.bmp
07-31 200618 spark.bmp
07-31 200751 boat.bmp
07-31 200808 boat.bmp
07-31 200910 spark.bmp
07-31 200915 spark.bmp
07-31 201224 spark.bmp
07-31 201300 spark.bmp
07-31 201825 spark.bmp
07-31 202145 mars.bmp
07-31 202322 spark.bmp
07-31 202603 spark.bmp
07-31 202622 spark 3f.bmp
07-31 202834 mars.bmp
07-31 203017 boat.bmp

1/2 hour 11 sparks

This Mars transit faded in and out from the clouds passing by.  The boat light made brief appearances by r2.  I've been calling it a boat light but I'm not sure that's what it is.  The light only appears on the edge of r2.  It doesn't cross the gap to r1 like most of the boats do.  A few more sparks than last night. Typical fog buildup over r2.  

"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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