Nov. 3 — “A rare type of radioactive decay, not a renewed chain reaction, appears to have produced the radioactive xenon gas,” reports CNN.
According to the report, on Thursday Tepco said “it believed the gases were produced by ‘spontaneous fission’ of uranium, since the shorter-lived isotope persisted after the use of boric acid”.
Gary Was, a nuclear engineering professor at the University of Michigan, told CNN that ‘spontaneous’ fission occurs when an element like uranium splits on its own, though it’s an “improbable phenomenon”.
Professor Was noted that the detection of xenon happened less than a week after Japan began taking new gas samples from the reactors.
It is highly coincidental that so soon after the sampling began an “improbable phenomenon” like ‘spontaneous’ fission would occur.
Additional recent reports of fission at Reactor No. 2
- TV: Experts conclude no nuclear fuel left inside Fukushima reactor -- Total meltdown "highly likely" -- Conducting more tests to determine how far down corium has penetrated (PHOTOS & VIDEO) (900) September 26, 2015
- Documentary: Photo captures moment containment vessel destroyed at Fukushima -- Workers: White steam is coming out of reactor! Radiation spiking in central Tokyo! -- US Nuclear Official: “Fukushima was nuclear power’s finest hour... everything worked as engineered” (VIDEO) (898) October 3, 2014
- Top-Secret Fukushima Interview: All the melted nuclear fuel will escape from containment vessel ... it's completely exposed -- Nuclear annihilation of entire eastern part of Japan envisioned (262) September 12, 2014
- Japan TV: Injecting water into Fukushima reactor accelerated meltdown -- Nuclear fuel rods had "reaction generating large amounts of heat" -- 'Restricted' Data: Monitoring post measured nearly 1,000,000 microSv/hr; Within hours radiation dose spiked 30,000% far away from plant (VIDEO) (182) August 13, 2014
- Japan TV 'News Flash': Officials fear melted reactor fuel is now exposed at Fukushima -- Tepco: We don't know at this point if fuel is uncovered -- Large drop in water level -- Experts 'struggling' to find condition of nuclear cores, nothing is known for all 3 reactors (VIDEO) (127) June 10, 2014
Published: November 4th, 2011 at 12:31 am ET