Fukushima Diary has a story where the CTBTO (Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization) radiation monitoring station in Takasaki, Japan has measured elevated levels of xenon-133 and xenon-131m. They say it is due to a North Korean nuclear test on February 12.
The Huffington Post quotes a Reuters story on this detection. Quoting the CTBTO,
“Two radioactive isotopes of the noble gas xenon were identified, xenon-131m and xenon-133, which provide reliable information on the nuclear nature of the source,” it said.
“Detection of radioactive noble gas more than seven weeks after an event is indeed unusual. We did not expect this and it did not happen in 2009,” the CTBTO added, referring to the reclusive country’s previous nuclear test.
Yes, it certainly is unusual to detect the xenon seven weeks after the event. The story posted on the CTBTO website has a graphic, using a depiction of the atmospheric dispersion of these gases. You can see it starting in North Korea on April 7, getting to Takasaki a day later.
WHAT MADE THESE GASES JUST SIT AROUND FOR SEVEN WEEKS?
Of course, what is really going on is that the release of xenon gas signifies a MAJOR FISSION AND CRITICALITY EVENT at Fukushima.
Going back to the Enenews webcam thread to the period April 7 or so (Japan time):
April 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm Log in to Reply
Close up of…
The Giant RED Spark/Flash/Bolt.
Check it out at 1:14 in on the above recording.
April 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm Log in to Reply
All I know is it looks very bad….I was hoping it was fog….but I don’t think so. Earlier today I saw several white flashes come from the third building.
April 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm Log in to Reply
Does anyone here recall seeing it that bad on the Tepco cam before? I know the JNN cam is blacked out sometimes, but I have never seen the Tepco cam like that.
April 6, 2013 at 6:29 pm Log in to Reply
Interested in people’s thoughts on this:
I’ve seen the plant largely obscured by fog before.
My question: Is what we are seeing actually FOG?
If PattieB is correct in her assessment that the fog is actually radioactive steam then, HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
I’ve been trying to figure out why Tepco is telling us about the plant power-outages.
It is not like them to admit to something as bad as two power-outages for spent fuel cooling in 3 weeks.
If what we are seeing is a gray out caused by radioactive steam then my guess is that the plant is going to be uninhabitable for awhile, maybe forever.
April 6, 2013 at 11:22 pm Log in to Reply
I don’t recall it being this bad… since.. oh,.. going into week 2 ?? of April 2011 as far as steam goes. Wasn’t this bad last year at this time.
April 7, 2013 at 7:48 am Log in to Reply
Have been observing a persistent flash at the upper right corner of the Common Spent Fuel Pool for several minutes.
Can’t really tell what it is.
Like a welder’s torch maybe?
2013-04-07 20:44 jst
And so on. Here is a youtube video of the JNN/TBS Fukushima cam around this time.
Radiation has been bothering me more the last two weeks than anytime since last June. And I believe that was a skinny rogue plume. This looks more like a major cloud over the northern hemisphere.