Smoke rises from the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan.

The Sendai nuclear plant is the first Japanese facility to be started after all the nuclear plants were taken offline in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. The Unit 1 reactor was started on August 11. It was expected that energy would be produced from it by Friday. Smoke started coming out of it on Saturday. (link)

Here is a video a citizen took at the gates of the plant. You can skip to the 20:00 mark.

Shooting location is 31.828774, point of 130.192194. (Google map, check their street view.)

Photographer has reportedly dosimeter has risen to 0.2μSv / h.

By location, depending on the viewing angle that is, rather than the color of the smoke has been changed, the color of the smoke itself is changing.

Smoke generation location, it is estimated that exits from the front of the Unit 1 turbine building around. (Unit 1 from the front, Unit 2 of the order.) (link)

The opening of this nuclear plant was widely protested by citizen groups. The Kyushu Electric Power Co. was criticized for not addressing volcano issues from the nearby Sakurajima volcano.

But the utility has not designated a site for relocating nuclear fuel in the event of a massive volcanic eruption, claiming that warning signs would give Kepco enough time to prepare and transfer the fuel.

The utility and the Nuclear Regulation Authority have also decided there is little chance of a major volcanic eruption in the next several decades.

In the event of a major eruption, however, pyroclastic flows could reach the plant and disable cooling functions for its reactors and spent fuel, which could trigger massive radioactive emissions.

There are five major calderas around the Sendai plant, suggesting that massive eruptions have occurred there.

The plant currently stores 1,946 fuel assemblies in spent fuel pools. The sheer volume makes it hard to find a relocation site big enough to take them. (link)

On Saturday a Level 4 warning was issued for the eruption of Sakurajima.

From Mining Awareness Plus,

“It is the first time that the Level 4 alert has been issued for Sakurajima since the volcanic eruption alert system was introduced in 2007.”…

“The analysis reveals that Kyushu Electric has underestimated the potential impacts of ash deposits on operations of the Sendai nuclear reactors following a major volcanic eruption. This could lead to loss of electrical power and cooling function for the reactors and a nuclear accident… 30 cm ash layers at the nuclear plant would exceed the building code for the spent fuel buildings with the risk of structural collapse.”

Whether the smoke coming out of the plant has anything to do with this, who knows. Nuclear power in Japan has been proved to be a dangerous and disastrous proposition.

19 thoughts on “Smoke rises from the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan.

  1. Invisible ELEphant in the room made an interesting comment on enenews today. He explains briefly how and why the banks are putting the pressure on the Japanese parliament. Is there no end to human insanity?

    • Good point he made. Japan has the second most debt in the world next to the US, and the most per capita. The nuclear utilities have been keeping afloat from borrowed money while their hugely expensive assets are offline. Abe, the mouthpiece of the bankers, wants them back up.

      But Abe’s suspending of the Japanese constitution to enable wars is part of this too. Nothing enriches the banks’ bottom line like wars.

      Working nuclear power plants produce plutonium. You better believe that restarting the nuclear plants is about this too… manufacture of nuclear weapons.

      • Yes, thanks for pointing that out. I tend to forget how very necessary wars are to this overall madness. Like so many of the readers here, I cannot understand how the lives of creatures and people are considered as nothing more than numbers. That is why I am a vegan.

      • http://www.thewindpower.net/country_en_11_japan.php
        Growth in capacity seems to have slowed after the end of 2011.
        Oh, look at the companies involved, including Hitachi & Mitsubishi.

        Thankfully, the growth of solar power in Japan has been nowhere near as stagnant. Actually, it appears to have beamed forward in leaps and bounds.
        http://www.eurotechnology.com/japan-energy/solar-faq/
        Quote: “Driven by high LNG costs Japan approves almost as much solar energy projects in a single month as ever installed in Germany”

        I wonder if sales of pitchforks & torches have seen similar growth as of late.

        Agreed; “nukular” power in Japan (et al) is a plutocratic fools errand.

    • Gee, d’ya think there could be a problem? Hi StillJill, it seems like ages since we’ve chatted. How are you? Did you stay in touch with Ex Dr. Fox? I was so sorry when you both left Enenews. Wasn’t ever the same without you.

      Experts warn of volcano destroying Japan at any moment, causing nation’s extinction — Millions buried by lava in minutes, ‘hopeless’ for 120,000,000 people — Reactors would be devastated and spread nuclear waste worldwide — Gov’t: Volcano near nuke plant is shaking, tremor 7 minutes long… ‘Stay away’ — Increased eruption risk due to 3/11 quake

    • Thanks, Jill. I’m still undergoing a relapse… in fact, it is getting worse. It should fade somewhat if and when the weather cools off.

      I considered listing every symptom I have now, but it would take too long to type.

      But I will say that some of them, skin symptoms especially, that have appeared lately are environmental and have little to do with ME disease. Radiation, ozone, benzene etc etc.

  2. JAPAN NEW NUCLEAR MELTDOWN HAPPENING AT SENDAI 1;; radio free UNITED STATES and JAPAN REPORTING

    Published on Aug 29, 2015
    8/29/2015
    The restarted nuclear WEAPONS POWER PLANT IN SENDAI JAPAN was directly hit by the Typhoon and has been without POWER FOR 5 DAYS, reports are coming in to ME that they have experienced a partial meltdown the Readings around the plant support my sources, kevin D. blanch RADIO FREE JAPAN RADIO FREE UNITED STATES REPORTING, kevin D. blanch 8/29/2015

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GugYPDa9sZI

    • I watched Kevin at your above link and then tried to find something on the internet. I found a bit by typing in “radio free japan sendai”. I suppose meltdowns continue to go on all over the world without any of us ever being the wiser. And when we become ill, we are told it is because of our diet, smoking, lack of exercise, depression, stress, etc. I laughed outloud when I read recently that they’ve now decided that being overweight can cause cancer. What a farce!

      • Yeah, they try to blame the illnesses we get on ourselves. Then the insurance companies won’t pay, because it’s our own fault. Then doctors then take our life savings. Etc. etc. The world as a giant nuclear prison camp, not for just our bodies, but our minds too.

        • A precedent seemed to have been set by the ‘nukular’ company that employed the Radium Girls. That is to blame their symptoms upon their lifestyle. They didn’t simply suffer a little discomfort, they must have suffered in the extreme and for the remainder of their lives. http://www.ccnr.org/salzburg.html#ra

          (Quote: “Believe it or not, the price of uranium in the 1920s was $100,000 a gram — and this is using dollars of the twenties!” – a small very rare err by Dr. Edwards. That should probably state Radium instead of Uranium)

          To further suffer from psychotic employers & medical community must have been very psychologically damaging too.

          Quote: “”Not to worry,” their bosses told them. “If you swallow any radium, it’ll make your cheeks rosy.””

          • A precedent seemed to have been set by the ‘nukular’ company that employed the Radium Girls. That is to blame their symptoms upon their lifestyle. They didn’t simply suffer a little discomfort, they must have suffered in the extreme and for the remainder of their lives. http://www.ccnr.org/salzburg.html#ra

            (Quote: “Believe it or not, the price of uranium in the 1920s was $100,000 a gram — and this is using dollars of the twenties!” – a small very rare err by Dr. Edwards. That should probably state Radium instead of Uranium)

            To further suffer from psychotic employers & medical community must have been very psychologically damaging too.

            Quote: “”Not to worry,” their bosses told them. “If you swallow any radium, it’ll make your cheeks rosy.””

            “It is thought that the x-ray machines used by the medical investigators may have contributed to some of the sickened workers ill-health by subjecting them to additional radiation. It turned out at least one of the examinations was a ruse, part of a campaign of disinformation started by the defense contractor. U.S. Radium and other watch-dial companies rejected claims that the afflicted workers were suffering from exposure to radium. For some time, doctors, dentists, and researchers complied with requests from the companies not to release their data. At the urging of the companies, worker deaths were attributed by medical professionals to other causes; syphilis was often cited in attempts to smear the reputations of the women.”
            quoted from: http://www.toxipedia.org/display/toxipedia/radium+girls

            They say that history doesn’t necessarily repeat itself, yet it certainly does at least rhyme, here at least in Dr. Yamashita fashion. The fake tests may be true today too. Of certainty the smearing of many good people is ongoing. The lowball compensation is another.

            The industry playbook is not new at all, it would appear.

            May the truth shut the omnicidal maniacs down. May it be then that we are truely privilidged to work towards at least some solutions to the ‘nukular’ waste debacle (et al) in honor of all past, present, & future ionizing radiation victims. Sign me up.

  3. We all are downwinders. This time the news about the wild fires near Kiev were well manipulated, but why on earth will they recommend several showers per day. One of the fires is in Ivankovskij region – may be the most contaminated region after Chernobyl. No data about radiation levels. Here are the levels of other poisons in Kiev and areas on fire:
    http://rian.com.ua/infografika/20150903/373118735.html
    Is it possible to follow all the wind patterns, even if we inform each other?

      • Hi, Still Jill! I read and follow what is going on as much as I can. You are real inspiration for me! I have no clear idea what or who is nuking this world of ours, but with brave, honest human beings out there, it is still our beutiful world and there is HOPE!

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