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


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

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Good questions, TEPCO silent “@FreyaFoust: Fire At Fukushima Likely Hydrogen Purge: #fukushima #nuclear #genpatsu”
    4 minutes ago

  • goathead goathead

    Headless chickens have taken over!! Imagine Tepco in a court of law having to give a clear account of what has happened since March, being constantly stopped during questioning because their story never adds up!!

  • Before TEPCO kills us all, I want them to hear this:


  • Whoopie Whoopie

    So THIS is how dumbed down we are in the USA
    I’ve lost all faith in waking up the masses HERE. 🙁

  • retali8 retali8

    Ok, so,,, partly speechless at what has come out and what’s bring reported all of a sudden, but all of this we have known months ago,, what credit do we get?? Nice pat on the back
    All of this happened since the takeover of tepco? The new boss wants to save his ass in a way, he might of read some of these posts who want tepscum hung up high for all to see, even it’s admitted now it’s far too late, will there be outcry? I guess foreign people will understand and switch of first an the Japanese will still think and say “I’m fine because I don’t live in Fukushima and the earthquake has gone” and “what’s danger in Japan? Earthquake? Yeah we get many of them”
    Next stage will be interesting as we all screamed for the evacuation of Tokyo months ago,, it can’t and probably won’t happen, the economy needs Japan not to collapse, although it will eventuate,
    part of me feels ripped out as I’ve tried to warn so many people especially Japanese about what’s unfolding here , this is a global ELE event 🙁

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      I hear you retali. We’ve known for months but few listened. And STILL aren’t listening.
      To me 3/11 is the ‘New 9/11″
      The Nuclear Cheerleaders are The New Chickenhaw­ks.
      Never serving in a NUCLEAR CRISIS like Japan.
      The awful truth is they LIED….every last one of them LIED. The NRC is full of narcissistic, egotists and they’ll never EVER admit that Japan is out of control. Why even just NOW, they are all over the Huffington thread saying everything is fine.

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

    More baffle-us-with-bullshi*, this melt through happened not very long after 3/11.

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

    Oh how the CIA (and other information management charged covert orgs) just love to create miss-contextualizations and depend on dumbing down…they must have a lot of faith in their methods to just come out in world media saying absolute, bald-faced lies.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      If we watch this blog, maybe we’ll find some stuff to hang the Pro-Nukes with.
      “Our lack of ability to pursuade the public is our industry’s Achiles heel
      “Eventually some college students will become the CEO’s of the large utilities. The CEO’s of tomorrow are just as important as the CEO’s of today.
      “The only way to change the minds of these Cross is through natural attrition. These old fogies need to die off, because no magic combination of words is going to change their minds.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Me too, Whoopie.
        I try not to spend too much time on those “pro” sites,it’s just too depressing. Try to concentrate on what we can DO instead. And hang out with some Life-loving, positive people.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    I think the melted fuel rods are already well below the concrete:

    What’s happening in Fukushima?
    Posted by Mochizuki on September 20th, 2011

    “Koide [from Kyoto university] estimates nuclear fuel rods may be now 12m deep under ground at reactor 1-3. Only God knows about reactor 4.

    “Melted rods can not be taken out for 1~2 years. One piece of the fuel rods is estimated to sink into the ground at a rate of 17m per year. Therefore, 2 years from now,they may be 34m underground….”
    12 meters is 39.4 feet.
    34 meters is 111.5 feet.

    • Captain Quark Captain Quark

      Given the state of information from tepco I can believe your statement. At what point can we expect what the Russians feared; I.e molten fuel hitting ground water?

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    New Video Dutchsinse
    12/1/2011 — Large scale chemtrail spraying — CLOSE UP shot of the plane responsible

  • thelili

    Very shortly America will be very limited in their aid to Japan due to upcoming war/economy/election needs.

    If you want to get Japanese/Chinese/Indonesian people here-HURRY.

    You have until June 2012 to bring Japanese people here at the very,very latest unless something major is done by the American people to extend this time frame.

    Trust me on this. No one will be traveling except for emergency after then.

    Make your guests as comfortable as you can for as long as you can. Start petitioning Doctor Without Borders to formulate health care diplomacy plans with the governments.

    As always-legalize marijuana. America is about to know what true agony feels like if it doesn’t.