Fukushima Update: Unit 4 Is Sinking … Unevenly

… And May Begin Tilting

The spent fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4 is the top short-term threat to humanity, and is a national security issue for America.

As such, it is disturbing news that the ground beneath unit 4 is sinking.

Specifically, Unit 4 sunk 36 inches right after the earthquake, and has sunk another 30 inches since then.

Moreover, Unit 4 is sinking unevenly, and the building may begin tilting.

An international coalition of nuclear scientists and non-profit groups are calling on the U.N. to coordinate a multi-national effort to stabilize the fuel pools. And see this.

Given the precarious situation at Unit 4, it is urgent that the world community pool its scientific resources to come up with a fix.

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  • Gil

    Another feather in the cap that oil and coal are the safest and viable energy sources?

    • elmo

      Now that’s really dim reasoning. Thanks to big oil and Haliburton, gulf seafood is now inedible, unless you don’t mind the carcinogens, shrimp with no eyes, deformed crabs, etc. And how about all the mercury pollution in the air and water from burning coal?

      • They have scrubbers on the coal plants (in the U.S. anyway). Then they take that, re-label it “fluoride” and sell it to your local water district “for your teeth”.

      • My brother-in-law is a Louisiana shrimper for over 30 years. He says that the shrimp this years appear normal, get tested by the government regularly, and pass every inspection. He is there and knows shrimp intimately, while you sit at a computer somewhere else reading alarmist reports. Go there, ask any shrimp boat captain, and then you’ll actually know what you are talking about.

        • Satariel

          I’ll trust the scientists over bubba gump, thanks.

          • soe schmoe

            scientists kinda got us into this mess. i’m not knocking science, just the hubris that accompanies many “scientists”.

          • InnerCynic

            Oh! Great… The man who actually lives and dies with his profession is the ignoramus while the one who gives opinions and runs away to his ivory tower is “god”.

    • CAmbullrun

      Everyone knows the safest energy is renewable. But we can’t tax air for wind power, or sell solar rays for solar power, so it’s kept in the dark. BS

  • The technology does not exist yet to handle this situation. Japan will be a wasteland and we are powerless to do anything about it. The whole world will suffer for the greed of just a few.

    • Bev

      The technology would exist to add supports or perhaps to build the needed adjacent container that the water and fuel rods in the existing, collapsing container could “fall” into. I am not an engineer, but I bet this would be an easier task than many that have to be solved associated with Fukushima.

      • Bev

        Correction. Though there are many engineering problems so difficult that have to be done to 100% perfection….my without research notion above about “falling” into containers is a very bad idea. I am not an engineer. For a real nuclear engineer:

        Arnie Gundersen’s website: http://fairewinds.com/

        An Arnie Gundersen interview. Start at 24:30 to hear Arnie Gundersen
        a nuclear engineer, a licensed reactor operator, holder of a nuclear
        safety patent, and former nuclear industry senior vice president:


        Olympic Insanity + If Gundersen were in Charge at Fukushima

        Libbe HaLevy from Nuclear Hotseat radio interviewed Arnie Gundersen
        about the current state of problems at Fukushima Daiichi and asks what
        he would do if he were in charge of the disaster site.


        Harvey Wasserman references Arnie Gundersen and makes strong demands to do this correctly in his following article. See:

        Published, September 20, 2013 by Common Dreams

        The Crisis at Fukushima’s Unit 4 Demands a Global Take-Over
        by Harvey Wasserman

        We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most
        dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis.Fukushima’s badly
        damaged Unit 4.

        There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can
        muster must be focused on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4.

        Fukushima’s owner, Tokyo Electric (Tepco), says that within as few
        as 60 days it may begin trying to remove more than 1300 spent fuel rods
        from a badly damaged pool perched 100 feet in the air. The pool rests on
        a badly damaged building that is tilting, sinking and could easily come
        down in the next earthquake, if not on its own.

        Some 400 tons of fuel in that pool could spew out more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released at Hiroshima.

        The one thing certain about this crisis is that Tepco does not have
        the scientific, engineering or financial resources to handle it. Nor
        does the Japanese government. The situation demands a coordinated
        worldwide effort of the best scientists and engineers our species can


        We have two months or less to act.

        For now, we are petitioning the United Nations and President Obama
        to mobilize the global scientific and engineering community to take
        charge at Fukushima and the job of moving these fuel rods to safety.

        If you have a better idea, please follow it. But do something and do it now


        Arnie Gundersen on a visit to Japan was told that Japan does not
        have the money to fix the problem the correct, safest way. This is a
        world problem, not just Japan’s. We all need to help.

        In order to have the public/government Debt-free, Interest-free
        money to fix Fukushima, I think the American Monetary Institute has the
        best solution. The site is at http://www.monetary.org/ and is headed by
        Stephen Zarlenga, Director, along with former U.S. Representative Dennis
        Kucinich. A past supporter is current U.S. Representative John Conyers.
        This topic should be foremost to the (all) politicians most affected: U.S.
        Senators from California, Oregon and Washington need to be interviewed,
        called, emailed, visited about a bill that needs to be re-introduced
        fast, HR 2990, see:

        And, a similar bill should be passed in Japan.

    • Bradtastic

      Exactly. but with the best and brightest minds collaborating on this I have no doubt they can make an adequate band-aid at the very least.

  • Bev

    This feels like a crossroad. We get this corrected is the only road to take. And, since Debt Money, lack of money, has stood in the way of all that is needed to concentrate all best efforts, the following is also a crossroad, and the one we should take fast.

    So, happily, finally, more coverage of the important way to have the means to fix Fukushima and so much more:


    IMF’s Paper on The Chicago Plan Continues to Stir Opinions

    Posted on October 22, 2012 by Mark OByrne

    Should governments just wipe away all debt & create a new monetary system?


    via: Jesses cafe




    Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

    2:31PM BST 21 Oct 2012


    IMF’s epic plan to conjure away debt and dethrone bankers

    So there is a magic wand after all. A revolutionary paper by the International
    Monetary Fund claims that one could eliminate the net public debt of the US
    at a stroke, and by implication do the same for Britain, Germany, Italy, or


    If we can do this now, we owe the following organization, the American Monetary Institute, and this group of people our thanks and perhaps even our lives–for being able to fix Fukushima and prevent the further collapse of our homes, cities, societies, countries.


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  • And Nagasaki will glow for a thousand years? The sky is falling.

    • Tell me the reason governments agreed to stop above ground nuclear testing?

  • They have scrubbers on the coal plants (in the U.S. anyway). Then they take that, re-label it “fluoride” and sell it to your local water district “for your teeth”. Is that correct ?

    • Pretty much, though most fluoride is a waste product from aluminium plants

      • Fluoride works on the surface of the teeth. You are not supposed to swallow it.

        • LordOrlock

          They mean water fluoridation. Theyre talking about the small traces of flouride purposely and dubiously put into the water supply, ostensibly to help societies teeth…

          • derp

            They’re after your precious bodily fluids as well!!

  • How about no new startups until they do have the tech? Is that something that can be done Alan? Pussies arent gonna fix it either.

    • soeschmoe

      how about no nukes? there are much cheaper and safer ways to boil water.

  • Yeah if those fuel rods become exposed they will irradiate an area the size of NY State. Pollute water off the coast of California and Alaska and sicken the people in and around reactor for decades Oh and for your information Nagasaki has the HIGHEST rates of incurable cancers in the world second is the people evacuated from Chernobyl