Facts and truths will be in short supply
Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 10:29 AM
Back when the Fukushima event was unfolding, we coordinated a group effort to figure out what was happening as best we could from the sparse video evidence that was available. Certainly there were the dramatic videos of the hydrogen explosion of Reactor #1 and then the far more exothermic and dramatic explosion of Reactor #3. Whatever happened to #3, it was not a hydrogen explosion as claimed at the time by TEPCO.
Along the way we also uncovered some pretty compelling evidence that Reactors #1 and #2 had melted down, and we were certain that #3 had suffered the same fate. At the time, though, the official pronouncements were still that meltdowns had not happened -- and then 'partial' meltdowns were admitted, and every step of the way, quite confusingly low temperature readings, allegedly from the vessel cores, were being released.
We accepted none of that as fact, as neither the official statements nor the data comported with what we could see with our own eyes on the video evidence, nor from other tangential evidence, such as the US military preparing for full-scale evacuation of the island.
At the time, we urged our Japanese readers as far south as Tokyo to consider leaving, because if what we were seeing was true, and the winds shifted, then potentially dangerous levels of radiation could have drifted over Tokyo with no means in place to safely evacuate the city. » Read more