“Cover over Reactor 1 is only cosmetic” — Built to keep webcam from filming badly damaged building — Has nothing to do with preventing radioactive materials from escaping
Tweet by Fukushima worker @Happy11311 summarized by EXSKF:
[...] the fabric cover over the Reactor 1 building is only cosmetic, and nothing to do with preventing the radioactive materials from escaping. There was a talk, presumably from the contractors, to build a more permanent structure (more like the one they are building for Reactor 4) but that was shot down by TEPCO over the cost concerns. They wanted the badly damaged Reactor 1 building out of sight of the live cam, he says.
- Tepco was concerned about high winds damaging Reactor No. 1 — Risk that cover “would spill over to the reactor building” — Only designed for winds of 56 mph April 4, 2012
- Tepco to demolish makeshift cover at Fukushima Reactor No. 1 — Trying to remove “radioactive material” — Will take 4 years for new one (PHOTO) May 10, 2013
- Nihon TV: Japan prof. says the explosions at Reactors No. 1 & 3 may have damaged suppression chambers — “Saturated steam that contains fission products” was apparently observed escaping December 8, 2011
- Pressure in Reactor No. 1 drops close to normal air pressure — Proves that ‘air’ inside reactor is escaping outside June 5, 2011
- So much “mud” in reactor No. 1, it’s preventing water from getting into core April 16, 2011