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


(Subscription Only) Title: After 500 days, Fukushima No. 1 plant still not out of the woods
Source: Asahi, AJW
Date: July 24, 2012


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.


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.

  • 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."

    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.

    • JustmeAlso

      The word ''logs'' comes to mind… 🙁

    • jec jec

      Dont forget "cold shutdown state"!! Plus wonder if the "hole" made in the containment vessel –operative word is MADE–was MAN MADE. Sounds like the drilled opening for the exploration is leaking. Sure hope they had a way to PLUG the hole they made..but from Feb. on..10,000,000 Bq/hr. TEPCO is drip driping out the bad news -bet the Japanese panels have a lot more bad news that TEPCO is trying to get ahead of to prevent murder charges…

      • jec jec

        Jan 19, 2012 video of scope of Reactor 2(thats very close to FEBRUARY)! See the video..

        So was the hole mentioned in the report of high radiation..MAN MADE? And what of the other exploratory holes? If that caused emissions to increase into the air…?? Think some ENENEWs blogger was concerned specifically about the danger of continuous leak after the exploration. Just saying..The timing looks very close..and the interesting.

  • 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.

  • 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 …