TOKYO â€“ One of the reactors at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant has been damaged more severely than originally thought, officials said Thursday â€” a serious setback for efforts to stabilize the radiation-leaking complex.
Repairs to monitoring equipment revealed the new data, which also showed that the water level in the core of Unit 1 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is much lower than previously thought, leaving the portion of the fuel rods still intact fully exposed. Other fuel has slumped to the bottom of the pressure vessel and is thought to be covered in water.
The findings also indicate a greater-than-expected leak in that vessel. Radioactive water pouring from troubled reactors has pooled around the complex, hindering work to bring the plant under control.
Red the rest here.
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
Quote:"The situation (in the core) hasn't changed since (early in the crisis), and the fuel rods are being cooled by water continuously being injected into the core," nuclear official Takashi Sakurai said.
Nuclear Industrial and Safety Agency officials said the new data indicates that it is likely that partially melted fuel had fallen to the bottom of the pressurized vessel that holds the reactor core together and possibly leached down into the drywell soon after the March 11 quake and tsunami that struck Japan's northeastern coast.
While officials said it was unlikely that the chunks of fuel were still dangerously hot or that they could melt through the concrete base of containment vessel, they acknowledged that the level of damage could complicate plans detailed in April to bring the plant to a cold shutdown within nine months."
I'm not getting a warm fuzzy thing going on with these possible scenarios.
It will be 35 - 50 years before levels in mushrooms and berries subside. We still have radiation in the mushrooms in Finland from Chernobyl.
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
Nobody over here seems to remember this thing is still going on.
On the other hand - WTF do you do about it?!
My guess is no open doom scenario, just a slow increase in cancer rates.
Say what you will about communist Soviet - at least they handled it.
Sure, Chernobyl was smaller, but the Russkies did something
to rectify the shituation.
Arigato a million billion, TEPCO :kissmyass:
No reason to shut Fukushima down in a hurry, this is the population reduction that they have always wanted and spoke of publicly, without the physical destruction that a nuclear war would bring.
It's a win - win.
I can't help thinking back to this from time to time:
The following is a verbatim transcript from last night's Art Bell Show at
approximately 1:45 A.M. Friday Sept. 12, 1997
Art: On my Area 51 line, you're on the air, hello.
Male caller: Hello, Art?
Caller [sounds frightened]: I don't have a whole lot of time.
Art: Well, look, let's begin by finding out if you're using this line
properly or not.
Caller: OK, in Area 51?
Art: Yes. Are you an employee or are you now?
Caller: I'm a former employee. I, I was let go on a medical
discharge about a week ago and, and... [chokes] I kind of been running
across the country. Damn, I don't know where to start, they're, they're
gonna, they'll triangulate on this position really soon.
Art: So you can't spend a lot of time on the phone, so give us something
Caller [voice breaking up with apparent suppressed crying]: OK, um, um, OK,
what we're thinking of as aliens, Art, they're extradimensional beings,
that, an earlier precursor of the space program they made contact with.
They are not what they claim to be. They've infiltrated a lot of aspects
of, of, of the military establishment, particularly the Area 51.
The disasters that are coming, they, the military, I'm sorry, the
government knows about them. And there's a lot of safe areas in this world
that they could begin moving the population to now, Art.
Art: So they're not doing, not doing anything.
Caller: They are not. They want those major population centers wiped out so
that the few that are left will be more easily controllable...."
Art [fragment]: ...discharged...
Caller [sobbing, then fragment]: I say we g ....
[Dead air for 25 seconds, followed by theme song and repeat of Mark Fuhrman
interview talking about marijuana busts]
[2:29:43 elapsed time] Art: We are now on a backup system....The entire
transmitting system went down...
Art's radio network engineer later reported that the network's
communication satellite lost 50 channels (including Art's feed) at that
moment, possibly due to a "lost earth sensor" (so it no longer pointed to
the earth station).
Art reported that the telephone conversation continued off the air for
about a minute, when the caller "screamed" and "screeched" and the
telephone connection went dead. Art also reported that his Web site
registered 5 million hits just after the outage.
Later, a Tucson caller who he said worked for Hughes (which Art said
supplies microwave systems to Area 51) reported that his computer memory
and electronic watch were zapped at the same time that the broadcast went
dead, and suggested both events may have been caused by a cloud-reflected
EMP (electromagnetic pulse, which are created by nuclear explosions or by
special EMP generator).
A caller claiming he was with Area 51 security said: "[We're] Professional
cleaners, you know they dig a lot of holes in the desert...I use a lot of
acid....We worked with satellite operations in the Gulf War when we cut
down certain transmissions...." He predicted the caller would not be
calling in again.
Weâ€™re now being told what weâ€™ve suspected all along â€” 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.
So basically all of Japan is now contaminated, 130 mllion people.
Nuclear Fuel Meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi Confirmed
TOKYO, Japan, May 13, 2011 (ENS) - Tokyo Electric Power Company, operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, revealed Thursday that nuclear fuel at one of the reactors is in a state of "meltdown."
TEPCO officials said that most of the fuel rods in the Unit 1 reactor have melted and fallen to the bottom of the reactor. They said cooling water in this reactor has fallen to a level that would expose those fuel rods that are still intact.
Holes have been created by melted nuclear fuel in piping at the bottom of the reactor's pressure vessel, allowing tons of water the company has been spraying into the reactor to cool the fuel to escape.
Sigh... Read the rest there if you want...
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
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