Confidential U.S. document reveals “new threats” at Fukushima: Risk of explosions inside containment structures… “Likely no water” in No. 1 reactor core — “Could persist indefinitely”

Published: April 6th, 2011 at 3:16 am ET
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U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant, New York Times by James Glanz and William J. Broad, April 5, 2011:

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United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential assessment [dated March 26] prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. …

The Times’ article spotlighted several items of extreme importance:

  • “Semimolten” fuel rods and salt are “impeding the flow of fresh water meant to cool the nuclear cores” in ALL THREE REACTORS
  • The water flow in reactor No. 1 “is severely restricted and likely blocked
  • Similar problems exist in No. 2 and No. 3, although the blockage is probably less severe
  • “There is likely no water level” inside the core of reactor No. 1
  • There is a possibility of “explosions inside the containment structures

Read the article here.

Published: April 6th, 2011 at 3:16 am ET
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6 comments to Confidential U.S. document reveals “new threats” at Fukushima: Risk of explosions inside containment structures… “Likely no water” in No. 1 reactor core — “Could persist indefinitely”

  • When you come to think of it: the “most advanced” technology and always the “safest” of course and then they can’t find enough water (w/o salt) to douse the thing in weeks!


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    When does this “fall out” become unhealthy? It’s like that question how many zero calorie diet fudgsicles can I eat, before it becomes a calorie?


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    A fall out = safe?????? I don’t think soooo…Sorry not buying that…I see nothing safe or ok about this.

    What do I see happening here? Nothing..No warnings of what to do ..No instructions in where to go, if this gets out of hand.

    Each City should be prepared for the worse. If the time ever comes to find shelter, there will be less of a panic and confusion if things were organized and a plan that the public knew about.

    Why isn’t there a plan that the public knows about, because they just put these potential dangerous nuclear plants up, without any places or provisions for the public.

    If they are not going to dismantle the nuclear plants, then there should be a plan that the public knows where to go incase of an accident.
    We know where to vote, we also need to know where to go.


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  • radegan

    Dean Kamen invented a centrifugal water purifier a few years ago and has been working on bringing down the price for use in villages with polluted water. I wonder if it can remove radioactive particles as well? If I were Japan and had 12 tonnes of hot water to get rid of, I’d damn sure be giving him a call.


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  • Rick

    I wonder what Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino thinks about all these new developments?


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