Quote:UPDATE 23! GOOD NEWS!http://enenews.com/just-in-nhk-fuel-rod-...it-4-photo
[quote]*UPDATE* NHK: Fuel rod removal process underway at Unit 4!
@ENENews Trial removal process began a few hours ago for 1 of 204 unused fuel rods at Fukushima Daiichi NPP unit 4
Quote:UPDATE 22! BAD NEWS! TEPCO: Stabilizing Fukushima Reactors by Year End IMPOSSIBLE!
[quote]"Tokyo Electric Power Co. is coming to the view that it will be impossible to stabilize the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant by the end of this year, senior company officials said Sunday, possibly affecting the timing for the government to consider the return of evacuees to their homes near the plant"
Read more: kyodonews.jp
Now this information surfaced from ex-skf.blogspot.com Who has read the article in it's entirety which BTW, is not available to the general public:
Quote:The Kyodo Japanese article has a bit more information "leaked" by the TEPCO execs:
One executive said "6-9 month time-frame is only a target to strive for, and not a binding one." [So the "roadmap" is a wish-list.]
About the Reactor 1 whose Containment Vessel is now found to be leaking water, "We have to find the leak and stop it. If we don't know the extend of the damage to the Containment Vessel, we don't know how long it takes to stop the leak."
Another exec says "it will take 1 or 2 additional months" to bring the reactors in "cold shutdown" because of the bigger cooling system now envisioned.
Yet another one says "the works at three reactors [1, 2, 3] are not progressing simultaneously, as planned. We'll have to ask workers to work during the New Year holidays."
These executives are no doubt from the TEPCO's Tokyo headquarters and probably the same ones who ordered a fancy "roadmap" at the government's request, not people at Fukushima I Nuke Plant trying to contain the on-going crisis for the past 2 and a half months.
"Cold shutdown", as Kyoto University's Koide has repeatedly said, assumes the Reactor Pressure Vessel intact, and the fuel rods intact. There is no word for bringing the broken reactor with totally melted fuel into a stable condition so that it won't emit any more radiation. There is no established process to do that, particularly when the melted jumble, corium, is possibly eating away the concrete beneath the Containment Vessels.
This is not going to end any time soon, I fear this can not be brought under control.
TEPCO has now publicly admitted it wasn't telling the truth about the severity of the damage to Fukushima reactor No. 1. We're now being told what we've suspected all along -- that nuclear fuel rods in that reactor are totally exposed and have suffered a nuclear meltdown, releasing vast amounts of radiation comparable to Chernobyl. As Bloomberg now reports, the water level in reactor No. 4 is one meter below the fuel assembly itself. This means, of course, that the water isn't high enough to cover the fuel rods, which is why those fuel rods have suffered a nuclear meltdown.
The Associated Press is also reporting that "other fuel has slumped to the bottom of the pressure vessel and is thought to be covered in water." This statement is astonishing all by itself because it means the fuel rods were in a total meltdown hot enough to cause their metal containment cylinders to "slump" and melt their way down to the lower levels of the coolant pools. Notably, AP carefully avoids using the term "melt" and instead says the fuel rods "slumped." This is all part of the AP's determined downplaying of the Fukushima catastrophe
UPDATE 19: Breaking Video Nuclear collapse looms? Fukushima No. 4 reactor 'leaning'!
In this RT video Dr. Robert Jacobs says though TEPCO is allowing residents to come back briefly, "it's not safe". He stated that there are high levels of radiation outside the "exclusion zone" and the map he presented indicated dangerous amounts of radiation outwards of 80 plus kilometers, sad part is people are still living there, and the message is do not frighten them.
Radioactive sludge turned up in the sewage sludge of a nearby city so it is spreading in a variety of was as would be expected, but not discussed in the mainstream media.
Dr. Jacobs adds Tepco and the Japanese government don not have large amounts of information, upon entering rector #1 to reinstall a cooling system, they had to abandon the plan due to high levels of radiation.
Tepco and the Japan claim to have had no idea that workers would receive a lifetime dose of radiation in a mere 10 minutes.
As if things were not grim enough, we also have No. 4 reactor now "leaning" as is demonstrated in the video. "It's a very serious concern" Jacobs said. He added if it were to collapse there would be spent fuel rods all over the ground exposed creating a situation where radiation levels become so high "it would make it very problematic for workers to continue to work at the site at all"
The silence on this is deafening. We still have a situation that is just as bad now as day one. Jacobs stated public opion is the reason behind the media blackout.
JayRodney kritterbox.com updated 5/11/2011
Quote:Japan's nuclear safety agency has raised the crisis level at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to 7, from the current 5.
The agency told reporters on Tuesday that large volumes of radioactive substances that could affect human health and the environment are being released in a wide area.
Level 7 is the highest rank on an international standard and equivalent to the severity recorded after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
But the agency said the volume of radiation from Fukushima is one-tenth that at Chernobyl.
The agency said its calculations show that 370-thousand terabecquerels of radioactive iodine 131 and cesium 137 have been released from the plant.
The nuclear safety commission, in a joint press conference with the agency, put the estimated leak at 630-thousand terabecquerels of both substances.
One terabecquerel is equivalent to one trillion becquerels. Both organizations say the leak constitutes a level-7 crisis.
updated by octo 04-12-2011 11.02 AM EET
URGENT: Radioactivity 10,000 times the limit found from groundwater: TEPCO
TOKYO, April 1, Kyodo
A radioactive substance about 10,000 times the limit was detected from groundwater around the No. 1 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday.
A Tokyo Electric official said the radiation level is ''extremely high.''
Workers continue to search for the cause of leaking contaminated water. The government reported today that radioactive contamination in groundwater 15 yards beneath one of the facility's six reactors was measured at 10,000 times the government standard.