Fukushima Event 12/5/2011: Reactor 4 South Roof Is Gone
Fukushima Diary reports "it was confirmed that the wall of reactor 4 was lost on the south side. At least since 12/5/2011, the wall is missing." SimplyInfo believes it looks like it was deliberately cut because it is so clean. I (artnuke) think it's wierd it could have come done so fast and clean without an annoucement and nobody noticing since that section is the size of a high school gym and there isn't any way for machines to get in there to cut up the steel beams of the roof to be lifted out, and the concrete pillars are so thick you'd need to sever them with explosives if you didn't use a wrecking ball or snippers. I've only seen these two reports and nothing else in the press, we should have heard from TEPCO or the Japanese government as a collapse would be truly troubling. - OK I see the pictures, the snippers they have were strong enough to cut the pillars.
Contrary to what you may have heard, the rumor of the collapse of Reactor 4 is, for now, just a rumor. What you have instead is the result of a planned cleanup/demolition by TEPCO.
Several readers of my blog sent me the link that shows photographs of Reactor 4 at different times in December and links to a post that claims Reactor 4 is falling apart.
Alarmed, I started looking for information. There was absolutely no news or rumor of that in Japan, not even in the Internet message boards on the Fuku-I disaster. I looked at the photos again. I noticed that part of the ceiling trusses were gone, and it looked they were removed systematically.
Then I remembered the tweets a few months ago by the worker who tweets from Fuku-I, saying the debris clearing in Reactor 3 and Reactor 4 upper floors were ongoing. On checking his recent tweets, sure enough, it was a planned take-down of part of walls and ceiling in Reactor 4:
In Reactor 3, they are removing the debris on the operation floor using a crane. It will take a long time still. In Reactor 4, they removed the failing beams, columns and ceiling trusses from the south side of the operation floor. It looks cleaner now. They also removed the wall panels on the east and west side of the southern end of the operation floor, so there is no more wall panel that had the letter "4" for Reactor 4 on the top floor on the east side.
Posted by Mochizuki on December 12th, 2011 · 39 Comments
The wall of the south side is falling apart at reactor 4.
Reactor 4 is in the most serious situation. It is assumed that if another aftershock hits it to drop the spent fuel pool hung in the building, the entire area in eastern Japan would be too contaminated to be inhabitable.
On 12/2/2011 (JST), something like “fire” was observed beside reactor 4.
Since then, a strong light has been set toward Fukuichi camera as if it was hiding something by white out.
However, thanks to JNN Fukushima live camera, it was confirmed that the wall of reactor 4 was lost on the south side. At least since 12/5/2011, the wall is missing.