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ABC Headline: “Fukushima fuel rods eating through solid concrete” — Just 37 cm away from outer casing

Published: December 1st, 2011 at 5:31 pm ET
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Fukushima fuel rods eating through solid concrete, ABC (Australia) by Mark Willacy, Updated December 02, 2011:

Molten fuel rods at the Fukushima nuclear plant may have eaten two-thirds of the way through a concrete containment base, the plant’s operator says. [...]

Simulations predict the molten fuel has eaten through 65 centimetres of concrete in a containment base below, stopping just 37 centimetres short of an outer steel casing. [...]

The operator’s assessment comes about six months after international nuclear experts warned that molten fuel could eat through containment vessels below the reactors.

Published: December 1st, 2011 at 5:31 pm ET
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