Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) verifies a long suspected theory: complete nuclear meltdown confirmed in the No. 1 reactor.

Claire Bernish  |  The Pontiac Tribune

On Thursday, just over four years since a deadly earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) confirmed a long suspected theory: complete meltdown in the No. 1 reactor.

TEPCO and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decomissioning (IRID) have been studying the interior of the reactor using tomographic imagery to determine precisely where the fuel is — or, in this case, isn’t — located.

The xray-like images confirmed no fuel remained in the building itself, likely having melted through the floor into a holding unit below.

We presume that despite the meltdown, the fuel is still in the containment vessel,” said Tomohisa Ito, spokesman for IRID, “but we still need to directly check the situation one day using remote-controlled robots.”

TEPCO has faced major obstacles in the battle to contain the radioactive disaster. Immediately after the plant was knocked offline — which some suspect may have started with the earthquake instead of the ensuing tsunami — hydrogen explosions spread radioactive winds over an area wide enough to have warranted more significant evacuations than were actually carried out.

Japan’s leaders — at first unaware the technology was ready and available to track this emission — downplayed the severity of the problem in what is seen by many as a PR issue for a country so heavily reliant on atomic energy.

A massive influx of groundwater has further complicated the issue.

Rain from the site and from further inland naturally permeates the soil and makes its way to the sea, but it’s pouring into the basements of the buildings which house the reactors. At a rate of 75 gallons per minute, groundwater pours into the basements — which have been deemed to risky for humans to enter — where it mixes with tainted cooling water from cracks in the reactors and becomes highly radioactive.

How to best contain this waste water is an open question, as the enormous tanks designed for that purpose are notoriously faulty — even though they continue to be built for that purpose.

In February, the discovery was made that TEPCO had knowledge of cesium-laced water leaking directly into the ocean from a drainage ditch it was using for runoff from the roof of Sector 2. The company had known about this for ten months, but failed to release the information.

Four years after this began, TEPCO has developed a plan for containment, but the company’s history of secrecy and deception about the actual scope of the problem have many people doubting its efficacy.

First, filters would be installed in the ground to collect the leaking water, filter the radiation, and then pump it back out to sea. Second, an enormous ice wall would be created in the ground as a fortress around the basements to prevent further groundwater from creeping in. Tests will be conducted once construction gets underway.

News of complete meltdown officially makes Fukushima the second worst nuclear disaster next to Chernobyl.

Reactors No. 2 and 3 are also scheduled for imaging, and it is widely suspected complete meltdown will be discovered in both locations.

About the author

Claire Bernish is the Editor-in-Chief of The Pontiac Tribune.


  1. Mats Rune Torgersen

    Yup Hell i didnt even know this wasnt official. hmm Activist Post or someone has been covering it for years. A nuclear plant ON THE CONTINENTAL PLATE RIFT??? mmmmmhmmmmmm?

  2. The Pontiac Tribune

    In which way are you trying to contact us, and are failing? I’d like to make sure that is resolved.

  3. Harry Noemas

    Stop blaming this on an earthquake/tsunami. Blame it on the superior thinking of the engineers who are supposedly kicking our arses in education. Blame it on these geniuses who built a wall so assuredly to stop a tsunami that the emergency generators were protected by the same wall the plant was. While you are at it, lets think about how smart the Japanese are that they placed the power plant on the ocean side of the island. Oy Vei!

  4. Romanna Helg

    Free energy exists and people keep inventing it but they keep getting silenced…

  5. John Kitchin

    I tried many times to contact The Pontiac Tribune, but none of your regular web mails work. They auto-delete. Using FB is dangerous because they can shut you down, anytime. Look what they did to the Sacramento Z. John Kitchin, Publisher, San Diego Homeless News.

  6. Michael Hynek

    Fear mongers. Micro thorium nukes for everyone!

  7. James Washin

    yes. But there are already hundreds if not a thousand. Uh sorry I brought it up. And yes they are old and probably leaking.

  8. Aaron Van Meter

    this tech is like 50 years old so its not a good measure of modern, clean variant.

  9. Aaron Van Meter

    “melt down” isn’t actually a thing.

  10. Jeffrey Sloan

    It depends on what kind of isotope is the fuel source and the application it’s used for. Lyndon Laroche makes a pretty good argument in favor of nuclear power. Fukushima makes a better argument against using uranium as the isotonic fuel source.

  11. Amy Kearsing

    There’s just no reason that we are depending on nuclear power. We are far too smart for that.

  12. Amy Kearsing

    Common sense question

  13. Joshua Caschera

    I think nuclear energy is a great idea, however I don’t personally feel like we have the means to contain it if a meltdown were to occur, like they have time after time. So is nuclear energy good? Yes but can we actually handle it? No

  14. Jonathan Stopsprayingus Shaw

    We could employ a lot of people, installing and maintaining these new earth friendly systems, by diverting some of the lions share of our budget that is spent on machinery of destruction and death. We could also be building networks of desalination plants, to help the drought stricken southwest become independent of the whims of nature. Our system is wicked, though, and doing this wouldn’t benefit the elite, who get to decide that destruction and death is more important for us, than an earth friendly. secure future.

  15. The Pontiac Tribune

    Agree, safer technology does exist. Even if it is a bit more costly, I’d rather pay extra knowing it won’t create a nuclear disaster.

  16. Jay Longley

    GE designed the nuclear plants at Fukushima.

  17. Guerrero KF

    no more Nuclear, It has posed a threat to mankind since its conception.

  18. Jonathan Stopsprayingus Shaw

    Get rid of it. We could supply all of our energy needs with ultra safe and clean solar power, paired with new power storage technologies. It’s not worth the risk anymore.

  19. David Smith

    Absolutely. The Nuclear waste already on the planet is enough to kill us all should it be released into the environment through natural disaster. If Fukushima doesn’t kill us all. If you have not studied the case of John Titor, time traveler from the future who came to our time period in the late 90’s or early 2000’s if I recall correctly, he reported that the future earth was so radioactive that you had to take a Geiger counter with you everywhere and perform various detox rituals and dietary supplements in order to survive in the highly toxic environment. We are well on our way to creating that reality right now, which lends more credence to his story.

  20. Mike Montplaisir

    The elephant’s foot in Chernobyl was more than a good enough warning in itself but hey, humans always think they can outsmart everything and ignore upcoming consequences thinking theyll always find a solution until it all blows up. lol

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