Quote:Another reactor at Fukushima nuke plant loses cooling functionsCNN
TOKYO, March 13, Kyodo
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday another reactor of its quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plants had lost its cooling functions, while at least 15 people at a nearby hospital were found to have been exposed to radioactivity.
The utility supplier notified the government early Sunday morning that the No. 3 reactor at the No. 1 Fukushima plant had lost the ability to cool the reactor core. The reactor is now in the process of releasing radioactive steam, according to top government spokesman Yukio Edano
CNN is reporting 2 reactors in meltdown and a third that seems to be on its way.
I read Reactor 3 is fed with fuel containing plutonium MOX. God forbid that one looses containment, it could be a real game changer in that it would be like a giant dirty bomb.
MOX fuel is that it is a way of disposing of surplus weapons-grade plutonium
Heres the latest on reactor 3:
Quote:Unit 3(Shut down)
- Reactor has been shut down. However, High Pressure Core Injection System
has been automatically shut down and water injection to the reactor is
currently interrupted. We are examining alternative way to inject water.
Also, following the instruction by the government and with fully securing
safety, steps to lowering the pressure of reactor containment vessel has
been taken. Spraying in order to lower pressure level within the reactor
containment vessel has been cancelled.
- Currently, we do not believe there is any reactor coolant leakage inside
the reactor containment vessel.
Efforts to lower pressure have been cancelled?