Asahi: Cables connected to Fukushima reactor thermometers “on verge of breaking” — “Plant still not out of the woods”

Published: July 24th, 2012 at 3:59 pm ET
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(Subscription Only) Title: After 500 days, Fukushima No. 1 plant still not out of the woods
Source: Asahi, AJW
Author: By TAKASHI SUGIMOTO
Date: July 24, 2012

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At the same time, TEPCO workers are still unable to accurately grasp what the situation is within the pressure vessels. Due to the high temperature and high humidity, cables connected to the thermometers are on the verge of breaking. Half of the 36 thermometers on the pressure vessel of the No. 2 reactor are not displaying accurate temperatures. TEPCO workers are considering the possibility of inserting thermometers directly into the pressure vessel.

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Published: July 24th, 2012 at 3:59 pm ET
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10 comments to Asahi: Cables connected to Fukushima reactor thermometers “on verge of breaking” — “Plant still not out of the woods”

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    This nuclear disaster will be going on for years. Uncharted territory with unknown outcomes, is what it is.


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  • Other excerpts from this article.

    Only one of these statements is 'True' or at least not misleading.

    1. "…the situation is certainly much improved."

    2. "The levels of cesium being emitted from the damaged reactors have dropped substantially…"

    3. "…core temperatures 'in the pressure vessels' are being kept within targeted levels…"

    4. "…the plant operator has started removing unused nuclear fuel assemblies as an experiment."
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    1. =False – Not even close.
    2. =False – They've lied before. Why stop now.
    3. =False – Misleading.
    4. =TRUE – WE, ARE the EXPERIMENT! :(

    Insert a thermometer directly into a pressure vessel?
    So, why would they need to do that? Should be everyone's question.
    Sounds 'tricky' to me.


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  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Are they referring to the "gaping" hole which is reported to be the size of a small house in the containment vessel according to Arnie? Now that might leak a little radiation. Wasn't the "manmade" hole drilled into the reactor itself to lower a camera scope in for a quick look? There's so much damage and leaking and spin on both that it's getting hard to keep track over such long periods of time. Maybe that's the point.


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  • Or even how they knew exactly the temperature, and so in this entire situation, nothing will help. We will never know exactly what is happening in this reactor. Therefore, the only reasonable alternative. Exit all …


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