Further Communications from the Wilderness Underground
Folks, almost ready to come out of the wilderness and rejoin life if the coast is clear. I had to completely isolate myself from all of life so I
could focus on the book. Im sorry if Im missing something important, or something needs correcting in the book. Ill get around to everything before
it goes to press.
I have a feeling the Japanese government is about to admit that a bomb factory exists. Thats a rumor anyway.
The nuke industry is reeling. We have them against the ropes. Now is the time to punch them out of the ring (figuratively speaking of course).
Love from z
"'Maintenance in a rut' is a common failure at a long-term, shut down plant and our plant was no exception. Non-operating facilities had been slowly
and steadily deteriorating with time. We had overlooked some cases of ageing because the progress had been too slow to detect....Despite every effort
to keep the standard of maintenance high, we have experienced certain events due to lack of experience caused by the loss of knowledgeable workers who
had been engaged in the construction of the plant."
Kazuo Mukai, former Director General of Japan’s MONJU fast breeder reactor discussing the problems faced with restarting MONJU operations.
This was another tidbit I found from inside the industry that should scare the hell out of people. It did me. "Slowly and steadily deteriorating with
time". According to the above, unless there are sufficient numbers of the original workforce still involved in plant operations, and that understand
the myriad of piping and cables and meters and whatever, then these plants can't be properly maintained. And since they are slowly falling apart from
neutron embrittlement, ageing and lack of use the moment they are shut down, poor maintenance after that is a recipe for disaster.
When a plant is 30 years old, how many of the original workers are still around. 40 years old. 50 years old. At some point I'm sure there are none.
"Hey Charlie, what's this pipe here for?"
"Not sure. What's it going to?"
"A bunch of weird looking orange colored valves and then down somewhere."
"No idea. Damn I wish Pete was still alive. OK....forget it and come over here. Let's start tracing this other line."
Dante and Dai-ichi Both Begin With the Letter D....Coincidence...I think NOT!
I marvel at the simplicity in that classic line from Dante's "Inferno". Our ignorance is exceedingly great indeed if it is proportional to the harm we
have now created. In fact, you might say that it's immeasurable. An ignorance that could destroy all life on this planet, today, tomorrow, 50,000
years from tomorrow. Just from that which we have already created. Out of our ignorance.
And yet, even today industrialists scream for less 'environmentally friendly' regulations for earth destroying industries (coal, nuclear, plastics,
logging etc ), while claiming to support family values, as if the two could co-exist in a symbiotic fashion. In a word.....bullsh!t.
Bottom line. Earth is our home. The only one we will ever have. As it flourishes, so flourishes those living things dependent on it. Like humans. And
as it deteriorates, so does it's biota. Like humans. Bottom line.
Capitalism is a great idea if kept in check and not allowed free reign. It is a terrible idea as the lynchpin of society. Capitalism is founded on the
principle that one must always get a little bit more than they give. This is an anti-spiritual concept. Jesus and Lao-tzu, the masters I personally
follow, each said to give and then give some more, not expecting anything in return. In this way life is renewed and grows ever greater, allowing more
gifts for all.
If everyone were to take more than they give, eventually the cookie jar runs dry. And that is the situation we face today. Except for a few crumbs
that the greedy and selfish can't wait to get their hands on and profit from after destroying, there's nothing left in the cookie jar called earth.
And the waste left behind will pollute the earth for thousands of years. Time to ask ourselves....WWJD.
Do Not Ask For Whom The Bell Tolls
That's another classic lit line. Hemingway got it from a book written in the 1600s by John Donne called "Devotions upon Emergent Occasions", a book of
prayers and meditations, and possibly the most ripped off piece of literature ever produced. The following is the paragraph from Meditations Number 17
that the quote above is derived from.
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the
less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am
involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee".
I have taken the above deep into my heart. The suffering of the beautiful people of Japan is my suffering. The suffering of the beautiful people of
Haiti is my suffering. The suffering of the beautiful people of Afghanistan is my suffering. Never again will I ask for whom the bell tolls, for it
tolls for me.
Fukushima Dai-ichi no longer belongs to Tepco, the SDF, the country of Japan or anyone else. It now belongs to all living things in this world. The
harm that it represents affects the entire world. And the message that it conveys speaks to the entire world. We are one. And we are in trouble.
Excuse me for sermonizing, but all of this has touched me very deeply. And the Japanese people, their history and cultures through the years, they
have touched me very deeply as well. I now have profound respect for a place I've never seen.
And when I say that their pain is my pain, this I mean seriously. I am sad when I see them sad. I cry when I see them cry. I smile when I see them
smile. And I am happy when I see them happy.
Right now they are in danger. And they need our help against a common foe. Plutonium is possibly the most reactive substance on earth and it has
altered the very symbiosis of life itself. We have created an invisible disease at the subatomic level that will still be active long after the human
race has killed itself off.
Fukushima represents the greatest nuclear dragon of all time, with unlimited potential for subatomic mayhem. To understand how great, one needs to
consider this. A dirty nuclear explosion in a plutonium factory used to be the nuclear worlds greatest fear. Until Fukushima. Which was a dirty
nuclear explosion in a plutonium factory underneath one of the world's biggest and oldest nuclear power plants in full meltdown and containing 35 to
40 years worth of spent, brittle rods from 6 reactors. That's gonna be a hard one for even Hollywood to top.
The people of the world must help the Japanese people in demanding that the government and military of Japan stop their charade and start finding ways
to permanently relocate anyone who wishes to do so in at least a 50 mile radius. And relocate them with great respect. And care for them afterwards.
As God demands.
The people of Japan are rising up, and we must rise up with them. As the author of the EX-SKF Fukushima news site explained recently "there are two
very distinctive groups of people in Japan whose take of the nuclear accident and outlook on life after the radiation contamination are so vastly
different that there is no ground for compromise".
This is the situation in Japan. The pro-nuclear forces see it as their Waterloo, and are desperately doing anything they can to avert this. We can not
let them use our brothers and sisters in Northern Japan as guinea pigs so their monetary windfall continues.
In The Belly Of The Beast
Let us now explore the scenario that may have occurred at Fukushima. After the R3 nuclear blast, above ground there were thousands of tons of fuel and
waste, and some of the corium left behind in the RPV and drywell. Not far underground there were numerous 2000 C corium fingers approaching
groundwater. Deep underground there was a bubbling lake of molten material in the cavity left behind by the main blast and continuously heated by
decay. This cavity in the beginning is isolated from groundwater by primary melt which reformed into the igneous glassine walls of the cavity.
Dai-ichi was a cauldron filled with lava of the worst kind. A radioactive volcano waiting to happen.
Compare the following photos. The first is of lava on the island of Hawaii. The second is the Elephants Foot, a blob of corium that workers came upon
unexpectedly when tunneling under Chernobyl for the purpose of constructing a concrete basemat under the reactor.
The temperature of magma is usually between 700 and 1500 C.
The temperature of the corium when first forming will reach 2800 C. Then, depending on the material it is traveling through, it's radioactive decay
can maintain a high level of heat for a long time. At Chernobyl, once the core had dropped out of the reactor in three distinct plumes, it was exposed
to the air in the basement rooms below the reactor, and cooled before reaching earth and groundwater.
At Fukushima, this air-cooled process didn't occur, as the corium dropped onto the basemat and was soon traveling through solid concrete and
maintaining higher temperatures after that.
Now consider that a nuclear explosion reaches temperatures exceeding millions of degrees Celsius. It would hold this heat underground for a long time
even without the help of ongoing criticality. It is this bubbling mass of molten actinides, rock and other materials that is the cause of the later
explosion at R4, and the expulsions and fires seen at both R3 and R4 from the 15th to the 21st.
Who's On First?
Putting the Fukushima puzzle together took more effort than any case I have ever worked on. The entire forensics process was extremely convoluted. I
kept looking at hundreds of pieces to the Dai-ichi puzzle in an uncoordinated fashion. This piece was over here. That piece was over there. Nothing
Until I saw the baseball diamond.
In studying R4 damage it became obvious that three locations were affected. The northwest corner was the worst, followed by the southeast corner, and
then to a much lesser extent the northeast corner. Why the corners only? That's where all the heat was coming from. The corners. Why? Below is R4.
Then I realized that R3 was the same. Exactly. The worst damage was the northwest corner, then the southeast corner, and to a much lesser extent the
That didn't make sense at all. Not even a little bit. All heat signatures in both R3 and R4 were in the corners of the buildings, away from the
reactor and SFPs. And to top it off, the damage at R4 was unrecorded, and the damage at R3 was caused by a fireball out one side of the roof, and a
mushroom stem cloud out the other.
How do you put it all into a single picture. It was like cramming a Rubik's Cube into a coke bottle.
Then recently I sat staring at a BWR diagram, looking at the corners, running from one to the other as if they were bases in a baseball diamond. From
one corner to the next. Over and over again, asking 'why are you important' each time.
And then it hit me like a lead ball dropped from an airplane. It was so simple. Open areas. You had to come up from below.
(The above diagram shows both the lower and upper floors. The upper floors are much smaller than the lower floors. In the early days of the disaster
this caused confusion on the net as to location of the reactor well).
The primary purpose of R3 and R4 is to produce spent fuel for reprocessing in the UC. If this is true, R3 and R4 must have at least one, and possibly
multiple shafts that lead down into the UC. These shafts are most likely elevator shafts, and would have to be placed in the corners of the building
as the torus blocks everything else.
I suspect that if the above is true, the shaft in the northwest corner is larger and used for moving everything other than spent fuel, and the shaft
in the southeast corner is the primary elevator for spent fuel, with a specially equipped system. The northwest shaft ends at the 2nd floor if
blueprints can be trusted, and the southeast shaft I think must come up to the service floor, but not into it. The top of the elevator would open at
floor level so spent rod assemblies could be lowered into it, and it would be a pool of coolant. (The above diagram was done quickly from memory as to
reactor size and nothing's to scale)
And that was really the last piece of the puzzle. Everything flowed into place after that. It all made sense. Perfect sense. Below is a blueprint of
R3 and R4's 1st floor. Note the shaft entrance.
In the above diagram, the circled area goes to the second floor and is the most likely candidate for the ejection point of an underground explosion.
However, it could also be the x box to the left. Since it is unclear what the x box represents, it's hard to say.
The problem of identifying structures in the northwest corners of both R3 and R4 is due to the fact that Tepco doesn't release pictures of it. Walls
are always in the way, or it's too dark, or there's a pile of mangled crap blocking the view.
Great Balls Of Fire
There was still a piece to the puzzle that didn't make sense, and that was why the fireball on R3 came from the southeast corner instead of the
northwest corner. Even after realizing that there was the possibility for a second shaft leading to the UC from the area of the SFP for extracting
spent rods, it still didn't make sense.
Then I came across Operation Teapot and it put everything into perspective. Teapot was one of the earliest underground explosions. Here is a photo
analysis of this explosion, and how it relates to Dai-ichi's R3 explosion.
The only difference between the R3 blast and Operation Teapot is that OT pushed up through the earth while the R3 blast followed the tunnel system up
and out. The fireball emitted on the right side that came up through the southeast corner of R3's roof shot through the spent fuel elevator shaft. The
fireball on the left side is hidden in the dark cloud mass that ejects from the north wall. The mushroom stem cloud then sucks them both back into
and up the stem cloud, as happens at Operation Teapot.
As Forrest Gump would say, "and that's all I'm going to say about that".
Next: Chapter 16) Danger Will Robinson, Danger
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