March 22, 2011
It looks like the Japanese and Obama will try to cover-up the out of control reactors and exposed fuel rods at Fukushima the same way the U.S. government covered-up the Gulf oil disaster.
Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan has proclaimed he can see “light at the end of the tunnel” and that progress has been made at the number one and two reactors at the plant.
It was also reported that a power cable was connected to the number 3 and 4 reactors.
Obama’s bureaucrats were obliged to chime in. “With each passing hour, each passing day, things are more under control,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu on the Fox News Sunday program. “Step by step, they are making very good progress.”
Chu said the Obama administration believes the worst of the crisis is behind us. Unit two, where TEPCO connected a 1.5-kilometer power cable March 18, was the main source of concern, Chu said on CNN’s State of the Union program.
Meanwhile, IAEA director-general Yukiya Amano said he had “no doubt that this crisis will be effectively overcome.”
On March 21, Zero Hedge posted thermal photos of the site. “Thermal images from Fukushima have just been released. One is based on data from Die Welt, the other one comes straight from NHK,” the site notes.
The Die Welt photo shows a temperature at 128 Celsius, well above the boiling point of water. Zero Hedge speculates the area in question is the pool containing spent nuclear fuel rods. If the water is boiling, the rods are more than likely exposed and radiation is being emitted. Water boils at 100 Celsisu.
So much for Chu’s optimism.
Related: Latest Radiation charts
In the video below, we see an animation based on the radiation readings released by theGerman Meteorological Agency on March 21. Note the increase in radiation levels.
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