The TBS cam is down again. The TEPCO cam was caught running a loop yesterday by an Enenewser. TEPCO has announced it is taking a one week vacation over the holiday (see Fukushima Dairy here).
Plant conditions looked bad before the TBS cam went down. Steam was seen coming from unit 3, but the volume was relatively small. However, smoke (indisputably) was seen at the plant, but it was not coming from units 1-4 (maybe unit 5 or 6? See here). Additionally, pixilation of both the TBS and TEPCO cams had worsened significantly (see here). Some strange phenomena had also been sighted (see here).
The Ecologist is now reporting 'Fukushima meltdown? Mystery steam rising over Reactor 3' here. The article offers 3 different explanations for the steam:
1. A meltdown in unit 3's spent fuel pool
2. Melted corium reaches groundwater
3. Rainwater on stray fuel elements
The author, Oliver Tickell, doesn't tell us what he thinks.
TEPCO says it doesn't know why steam is erupting because the building is too hot to approach. However, I think TEPCO lies. Modern drone surveillance and satellite technology are probably good enough to give TEPCO an idea what is happening in unit 3. So, I doubt the problem is simply rain water because TEPCO would have been happy to report that. Scratch option 3.
Options 1 and 2 are bad but I also think they've been ongoing since 2011. So, what I don't understand is why 'steam' at Daiichi is getting so much attention when the plant previously had FIRES visible on the webcams. For example, I saw fires June 2011, August 2011, November 2011, July 2013. I have screen shots. The ones from 2013 were sent to The Guardian newspaper but they chose not to print them. How could the screenshots be 'fact-checked' in the face of international official denial?
So, why the attention NOW when the emissions into the atmosphere have been intermittent since March 2011 and the ocean and fresh water contamination have been escalating unceasingly?
Sample PowerPoint of evidence of criticalities from the summer of 2013, which can be seen here http://www.academia.edu/4314657/Fukushima_Update_Aug_2013 or here https://www.dropbox.com/s/11xz1zjgwcsbpo0/Fukushima%20Update%20Aug%202013.pptx
Are the media attention and defection by low-level scientists because the effects are now becoming undeniable? Animals are dying up and down the US Pacific coast (see here). The official stance has been no evidence of 'excess' radiation. Now the consensus is cracking as scientists and more mainstream type environmentalists are starting to raise the 'r' word (see here).. Soon the chorus for testing and transparency will grow much louder.
An alternative explanation is that truly ferocious nuclear FIRES have finally broken out on the surface, perhaps in the badly damaged fuel pools. Nuclear fires on the surface could lead to nuclear dominoes. That is an apocalyptic scenario if it unfolds quickly.
It had seemed to me that plant workers and consultants had been able to prevent loss of all control at the site. But I knew that some areas of the site were completely inaccessible because of high radiation when TEPCO reported that a vent was measuring 25 sieverts an hour, which can you kill you pretty immediately. Perhaps there are many areas of the site like that now. Perhaps TEPCO left the site to simmer and burn.
I sure hope this worst case scenario has been avoided. It is indeed tragic that we have no transparency so we could prevent the worst exposures by avoiding highly radioactive rain, milk, etc.
The problem is government and industry fear 'panic' and economic liability and loss OVER LIFE ITSELF. I've posted previously on the alarming increase in allowable radiation levels in food and water by the EPA in radiological emergencies. The response of the machine is simply to raise the acceptable levels.
I apologize but I don't know if nuclear fires have erupted on the surface at Daiichi. I don't know if we are about to be deluged with very high levels of radionuclides from fuel pool fires.
I do know that unless some sentiments change we will not be warned.
We dwell in peril because we are dispossessed by so-called democratic governments.
WEBCAM VIDEO AND SCREEN SHOTS AVAILABLE HERE