Title: Fukushima plant ‘set to collapse’ from another quake or tsunami
Source: The Australian
Authors: Rick Wallace and Tomohiko Suzuki
Date: March 9, 2013
[...] Several of the workers also said the plant’s No 1 reactor was critically damaged by the quake even before the tsunami hit – a revelation that, if proven, would torpedo Japan’s attempts to swiftly restart its 50 stalled nuclear reactors. [...]
Mr Watanabe said although TEPCO was denying it, he had to admit the plant was damaged by the quake.
“If you ask me officially, it was the tsunami. But as an engineer and someone with a conscience, I can say there’s no doubt the reactors were damaged by the quake,” he said.
Another worker, who was on site when the quake struck, Kazuki Sasaki, said he could see white smoke pouring out of reactor No 1 well before the tsunami arrived. [...]
Japan’s nuclear industry is desperate to avoid admitting the quake crippled the reactor as it would necessitate tough new measures to strengthen the remaining plants. [...]
Published: March 9th, 2013 at 12:22 pm ET