Fukushima: Find the corium? Maybe in a few thousand years or so

By Christina Consolo

Contributing writer for End the Lie and host of Nuked Radio

So another week or so has gone by since I wrote my first piece on Fukushima for End the Lie, and still no progress has been made at Fukushima, although they did throw a sheet over the spent fuel pool of Reactor #4.

They are talking about building a 100-foot long wall under the reactors and digging some wells on the property to deal with the radioactive water problem. For now, it just pours into the ocean, 24/7 and keeps steaming out of the ground after which it is carried into the air which then sends it blowing around the planet.

Of course none of the things Tepco did in the past week brought them any closer to containing, circumventing, repairing, or fixing the rickety structure that is Reactor #4 (see photos).

In the past thirteen months, a lot of what Tepco has done has failed miserably. For example, the machines brought in to “clean” the radioactive water kept breaking because the radiation is so high. The robots sent in the reactor buildings to assess the situation also kept breaking, because the radiation is so high. The drone they tried to fly over the site to take air measurements crashed into the roof of Reactor #2 last year, because the radiation is so high.

Humans can’t get near the reactors and/or corium either, because… yeah, you guessed it, the radiation is so high.

So, what is corium?

Corium is a lava-like molten mixture of portions of nuclear reactor core, formed during a nuclear meltdown, the most severe class of a nuclear reactor accident.

It consists of nuclear fuel, fission products, control rods, structural materials from the affected parts of the reactor, products of their chemical reaction with air, water and steam, and, in case the reactor vessel is breached, molten concrete from the floor of the reactor room.

In the case of Fukushima, the corium melted out of the reactors, probably the first day. It has been estimated to be 30-40 ft under the reactors, although this topic has been extensively debated.

There are 3 corium blobs, between 100-150 tons in size, at a temperature of approximately 3000 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course no one really this precisely, since humans/robots/cameras can’t get near it without dying or breaking.

With our current level of technology, we should know in a few thousand years. With new, as of yet non-existent technology, we might know sooner.

In fact, all that Tepco has seemed to be able to do is to keep pouring tons and tons of water on everything and monitor the gauges they have left (which they just say are broken when they read too high). And of course lie, lie and lie some more about everything.

The lying part is actually something that the so-called “powers that be” surrounding nuclear accidents all seem to get right, probably because they have had some practice (i.e. Chernobyl, Three-Mile Island).

But when a nuclear accident like Fukushima happens, which has the potential to kill everyone on the planet, the lying just isn’t acceptable anymore.

In fact, there is a little thing called “Crimes Against Humanity,” usually reserved for the likes of evil dictators and lying degenerates who conduct mass murders.

Spent fuel pool is just behind this wall

The management of Tepco certainly qualifies for this designation, as well as certain government officials in Japan, Canada, the US, and Europe. The list keeps spreading like a nuke plant evacuation zone, enveloping not only government leaders but the groups and/or agencies below them.

You know, the ones created to “keep us safe.” In the US, the taxpayers fund these agencies and programs, buy their equipment (which they often end up giving to domestic law enforcement agencies when they get tired of it), and pay people to run it.

In fact, we also generously provide those people with top quality health care, dental, day care, travel, tuition reimbursement, vacation time and retirement. In some cases we continue many of these benefits for the rest of their lives after they work for one of these bureaucracies.

The corporate controlled mainstream media, which is supposed to report on important news that can affect our lives, also qualifies under the label just as Tepco does.

Their lack of attention to this is inexcusable. It is their job to investigate. This includes our beloved weather reporters, who should have been researching and reporting on the fallout and radiation levels in their forecasts, for the past 13 months (instead of a few concerned people on YouTube).

The research was already done for them by the Civil Defense in the 1960s, when we were worried about getting nuked from Russia during the Cold War. In a future article I will name names for the Fukushima Crimes Against Humanities List, but I’m going to need a lot of space, and I want to make sure I don’t leave anyone out.

So in the meantime, what do we do?

We have to talk about this. We have to circumvent these government officials, useless agencies, and corrupt corporations in order to do our own research. We must ignore the establishment media. We must make our health a priority. We must become citizen journalists. We must use our common sense. We must avoid exposure as much as possible.

We must mitigate against the harmful effects of radiation. We must document what is going on right now. We must take pictures of mutations. We must write, post, meet, and brainstorm.

We need every single person that cares about the future of humanity in our effort. If you can even do just one of these things, it will help. We must become the solution. And the solution is to help each other.

I see more potential for dealing with the radiation problems than I see for fixing our political and economical problems. Many of them don’t even seem solvable, unless we start with a clean slate.

But there will be no clean slate for Fukushima. It will require adaptation, at the very least. There has never been a nuclear accident even close to Fukushima’s severity. And for right now, it is a disaster with no end in sight, that at any moment could become a million times worse.

But if we work together to find solutions, and share love, caring and concern for our fellow man, then regardless of the outcome, it will be okay.

Geomagnetic monitoring and random event generators showed the outpouring of concern, sympathy, and empathy after 9/11 was the highest ever recorded worldwide. Do you believe in the Global Consciousness? Science has proven that it exists.

Einstein was continually perplexed by his observations, where electrons from the same organic matter, when separated, continued to react together without delay and without an observable, physical connection to each other.

This has yet to be thoroughly explained, and represents a serious puzzle amongst the physics community. There has never been a better opportunity to activate this, whatever it is, than right now.

Do you believe that one person can make a difference? We need to find that one person. We are in uncharted territory, and although much of this is outside of our control, you can control how you react to it. Knowledge is a powerful thing, even for the powerless. And so is love.

Just because our leaders are acting like evil degenerates doesn’t mean we have to follow their example. When faced with a global threat the likes of which have never been seen before, we need innovative and creative ways of dealing with it. Nuclear power may have been a mistake, but it will never be a mistake to care for one another.

Please send mutation images to [email protected]. Shoot at the highest resolution possible, and include your name, location, and date the mutation was found, for proper credit if the images are published. If it is from store-bought produce, include the location where it was grown and purchased. The more information you provide, the better you will be helping the rest of us.

Please help Christina purchase a spectrometer in order to get the most accurate radiation readings and thus get you the most precise information possible by shopping through her Amazon link or donate directly via PayPal to [email protected] Keep in mind, this is expensive equipment and it is the only way that specific isotope readings can be obtained from food items.

Minor editing by End the Lie

Christina Consolo is a former clinical researcher supervisor with NIH credentialing; a former Member-at-Large for the Board of Directors, Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society; A peer reviewer for the Journal of Ophthalmic Photography; She has written, published, and contributed to numerous scientific research in retinal imaging and ophthalmogy for the past 24 years; She is also an award-winning biomedical photographer and maintains several websites to teach people about radiation, mitigation, and other nuclear issues. She is also the host of “Nuked Radio” Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12-1:00 pm EST on the Orion Talk Radio Network.

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24 Responses to Fukushima: Find the corium? Maybe in a few thousand years or so

  1. End time servant April 29, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    This is beyond tragic no words really express what has happened and going to happen many souls are going to suffer even the good

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  3. nukealicious April 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    There are a number of significant factual errors in this article. Many of them are obvious, some are probably just due to ignorance of basic physics.

    I would go through it line by line, and refute them, but that tends to just get my posts deleted.

    All I’ll ask is, why does a site called ‘end the lie’ have such misleading content?

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    • dead again April 29, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      Just for the sake of argument you posted one or two corrections to benefit us all… I would really like to use my critical thinking skills here…

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      • dead again April 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

        should have read “if you posted”…

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        • nukalicious April 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

          Ok, I’ll have a go. Corrections and comments are welcomed.

          “They are talking about building a 100-foot long wall under the reactors and digging some wells on the property to deal with the radioactive water problem. ”

          The wall will not be under the reactors, but between the reactors and the sea. It will go down to the bedrock to prevent contaminated water in higher permeable rock layers from reaching the ocean. I’m not sure where the ‘wells’ comes from. I know they are sinking some boreholes to map the spread of contamination.

          “For now, it just pours into the ocean, 24/7 and keeps steaming out of the ground after which it is carried into the air which then sends it blowing around the planet.”

          The fuel pool cooling is a closed system that is fully recirculating. The fuel pool water also goes through the caesium/iodine scrubbers and desalination/ph balancing process plus radiators for heat removal.

          The reactor cooling is semi-recirculating. Water is being pumped out of the reactors to treatment/iodine scrubbers, but much is still leaking into the turbine buildings. This water is being pumped out, but can leak into groundwater, so it’s not a good situation.

          The scale of the treatment facility is huge:

          http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201112220059

          I seem to have run out of space here.

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          • nukalicious April 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

            “The robots sent in the reactor buildings to assess the situation also kept breaking, because the radiation is so high.”

            I think they may have lost one, but due to physically getting stuck, rather than radiation.

            The robots are radiation hardened, and have geiger counters, so they avoid damaging them by simply not going into areas with very high radiation. There have been explorations by humans inside the reactor buildings, and the measurements are dangerous, but not at the point where gamma effects on circuitry becomes a problem.

            There are, however, certainly places on site, like inside the reactor pressure vessels, where robots cannot go.

            “For example, the machines brought in to “clean” the radioactive water kept breaking because the radiation is so high.”

            The whole caesium and iodine treatment plant is admittedly a bit ad hoc. They have had continuous problems leakage and sludge in the ion exchange tanks. with It’s certainly not just a couple of machines though, there is about 20km of temporary pipework, and even the desalination plant is somewhat complex:

            http://photo.tepco.co.jp/en/date/2012/201204-e/120427-02e.html

            “The drone they tried to fly over the site to take air measurements crashed into the roof of Reactor #2 last year, because the radiation is so high.”

            I don’t think there is any indication that it crashed from radiation effects.

        • nukalicious April 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

          “There are 3 corium blobs, between 100-150 tons in size, at a temperature of approximately 3000 degrees Fahrenheit. ”

          That’s just silly. 100 tons of metal at 3000 degrees would instantly vaporise the water they are injecting, and require an amount of energy way beyond what the decay heat could provide.

          All the simulations, and the records from TMI and Chernobyl would indicate it had cooled off and solidified a long time ago. There are no indications of criticality, so I don’t see where the required heat would be coming from.

          I really don’t want to downplay how serious this accident is. I do however want to give credit to the engineers at the Fukushima site who are risking their health, and who are working so hard to protect the Japanese people and others from further contamination. To dismiss their efforts and accomplishments by saying they have made no progress is just rude.

          I’ll wait for the moderation results to see if these posts go through before continuing.

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          • Timothy April 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM

            How about thr recent revelation that Chernobyl’s core is still molten, after 26 years ? Have you ever seen 2500 *F lava dropping into the ocean ? It doesn’t explode, a “skin effect” occurs where the hottest interior parts are insulated from the water by cooler exterior “skinning”. Something down there is really hot, 14 months later, or there would not be non-stop emission of hot radioactive steam.

          • nukalicious April 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM

            “How about thr recent revelation that Chernobyl’s core is still molten, after 26 years ?”

            I think that is very unlikely. I’d appreciate a link to some supporting data.

            The problem is that when the reactor core melted at Chernobyl, the corium literally flowed along corridors, and down pipes beneath the reactor. It’s so spread out that there just isn’t enough density to achieve the very high temperatures required to liquefy metal.

            Also, the biological shield included 140 tons of sand (actually serpentine mineral) surrounding the RPV which fell and mixed with the corium at an early stage of the accident. Along with concrete and other contaminants, the corium is too dilute for decay heat to provide sufficient energy.

            “It doesn’t explode, a “skin effect” occurs where the hottest interior parts are insulated from the water by cooler exterior “skinning”.”

            That is certainly a possibility, but it would still leave us way below the even the lower estimate of 100 tons of molten fuel mentioned in the article. It would also require a low level of spreading and contamination of the fuel, which (and this is a guess) is not consistent with the manner in which it would have dropped from the RPV when it melted through.

            “Something down there is really hot, 14 months later, or there would not be non-stop emission of hot radioactive steam.”

            It’s actually more dangerous than that. The iodine and caesium isotopes are rather volatile, and can dissolve in water and be released at very low temperatures. I don’t think the water even needs to be boiling for significant amounts to be released though vaporisation.

            I expect they will find that virtually all the inventory of caesium and iodine has already left the corium, and the entire inventory of zirconium to be oxidised. This would be consistent with other meltdowns.

            The water in Unit 1 was visibly boiling about a year ago, but temperatures have fallen enough that no reactor appears to contain boiling water. (hence the ‘cold shutdown’). But, like I said, it’s the volatility of the isotopes that is the real problem here.

  4. last radioactive man standing April 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    damage control is kind of late in this game
    when radioactive isotopes are five times the limit what a shame
    those of you still shilling for nuclear energy
    are working with the nwo scum bags in evil synergy
    ain’t offering any remedy
    to this current tragedy
    effecting all of humanity
    and excuse my profanity

    FUCK OFF

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  5. Anonymous April 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    for those of you still in denial
    the reality of the nuclear crisis might take a while
    until you wake up one day
    with a love one dying from nuclear tumors in disarray

    until the very air you inhale
    brings death like you are being impaled
    until the very water you drink
    makes your brain unable to function and think

    maybe you are already suffering from cesium in your sushi
    radioactive uranium, plutonium and iodine in your green tea
    to the point that you can’t even take a pee
    and through your eyes you can no longer see

    maybe you enjoy nuclear misery
    the sound of dying people brings great pleasantry
    to your evil hearts and souls
    for obvious shilling roles
    fo

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  6. Steve April 30, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    My family and I like to leave this planet. Can ET please take us anywhere but here?

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  7. Shut the lights off when you leave April 30, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    This is a fuc*ing hopeless situation. The bad guys have the wheel and the bus is flying down hill with no brakes and the gas pedal is pushed to the floor!

    Everyone connected to this tragedy…including the World’s population…are just hope for the best or ignoring everything they hear about it. Too few people from around the World care what is happening here.

    So, this is what the end will be for this version of man and planet. His technology has kill him off.
    Hideous mutations have evolved.
    Everything is poisoned and the WMD was a nuclear plant.

    Who would have believed it…..

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  8. Whoopie April 30, 2012 at 6:19 AM

    :( speechless.

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  10. Anonymous April 30, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    weapons of mass destruction
    ain’t in iraq but in fukushima’s nuclear plant malfunction
    caused by an earthquake that created a tsunami
    which swept into japan faster than a fat man eating salami

    the catastrophe happen last year
    putting the planet in red alert for melt down fears
    with the governments biting their lips to quell the suspicion
    of the reality that nuclear plants are all on the same end game mission

    radiation is invisible, odorless and unstable
    making it easy to spread in the food and water table
    nuclear energy was never safe and should be abolish
    humanity needs free energy devices before we all are demolished

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  11. Robert May 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Talking is not going to solve the Fukushima problem.

    Writing is not going to solve the Fukushima problem.

    We need to hang a lot of people. We need identify who needs to be hanged, and we need to go find them and put the rope around their necks ourselves and kill them. The law and the courts should not be consulted. These actions are justified because our lives are being severely threatened. Self defense requires that we take such action. All corporations, governments and other organizations should be ignored in this matter. If they were competent to wield power over these matters, this problem would not have occurred.

    That is the only thing that will begin to deal with the problem.

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    • Dave May 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Unfortunately hanging a bunch of people won’t cure our ills either, though I do share in your frustration. God bless us all, we’ll need it.

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      • Robert May 3, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        A god is not going to come down out of the sky and save us. If there is something we need, we must do it ourselves. Getting rid of the people who have enabled these problems is a legitimate first step.

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  12. killroy May 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    The games up people reactor 4 is just a distraction it wasnt running or fueled at the time. Reactor 3 on the other hand was running and was feuled with plutonium mox fuel and its gone look at the photos the floor it was on is gone, the reactor is gone that means all its fuel has been vapourized into our atmosphere game over there was tons of fuel inside. 10 pounds of plutonium evenly distributed around the world can kill the planet .What you think tons of this crap are doing right now

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  14. pierre October 25, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Nuclear is a crime against humanity and against the future of humanity. Plutonium remains toxic for thousands of years!

    Reply

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