Gundersen: I don’t believe what Tepco said — Some indications of a problem in Unit 1 at Fukushima Daiichi after quake — Hydrogen levels up dramatically (VIDEO)

Published: December 10th, 2012 at 12:13 pm ET
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Fairewinds Podcast, Dec. 9, 2012:

At ~4:30 in

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: I don’t believe that what Tokyo Electric said [after the M7.3 quake] is true. They said, ‘Don’t worry be happy, everything is fine.’ There’s some indications of a problem in Unit 1 where the — this is at Fukushima Daiichi — Unit 1, where the hydrogen gas started to increase after the accident. It’s still not at explosive levels, but it’s gone up dramatically.

At ~12:00 in

Gundersen: I’m sure that components that were already damaged fell. They’ll go back in that building, and things that were hanging on the ceiling have now fallen on the floor. They weren’t usable before now they’re certainly not useable. It’s almost like after a hurricane, you have a lot of tree limbs that are still stuck in trees so the next storm that comes through those tree limbs that come down. So the same thing is going to happen in each of the Daiichi Units. They are going to see damaged components get more damaged or in fact fall to the floor.

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11 comments to Gundersen: I don’t believe what Tepco said — Some indications of a problem in Unit 1 at Fukushima Daiichi after quake — Hydrogen levels up dramatically (VIDEO)

  • dosdos dosdos

    Nuclear widow makers.

    Widow makers are trees damaged in a storm that fall at a later date, taking some stroller (usually a hunter or hiker) nearby with it. Ice storms are notorious for making widow makers.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Units1,2,&3 are so radioactive that workers can't go in to work on plumbing near their containments or reactors. When these pipes and pumps fail, or corrode due to use of seawater, can they be repaired? And if not, what then?


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  • patb2009

    well some of the short lived isotopes are burning away, so if the whole smash holds together another year or two, we will see the isotopes with 90 days or less lives basically gone.

    The Iodine, the Kr, the Te, is mostly now trace. it's the stuff with 1-30 year life that's sticking around.

    Cs, Sr, and the Long lived Uranium, Plutonium that will stick around forever in human terms.

    if the short lived isotopes drop out, the cooling requirements drop, Tepco has gone from pumping in using 4" and 8" lines down to 1" lines, and if we can hold together with this Rube Goldberg machine, for even 18 months more, they may be able to feed coolant using a garden hose.

    the trick is going to be, how they deal with the continous leakage of isotopes out of the building, now, more then cooling.

    Maybe the hotspots in the corium will flare up, but, i think without any analysis the real issue will be mostly radiation leakage of long lived isotopes.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear reactors should be outlawed before the next slew of accidents and meltdowns happen. Why wait?


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  • Sickputer

    Why wait?

    SP: I agree, but the nuke pukes are running full steam…Clinton over in Czech ville trying to shill US crap.. Russians right beside her.

    Besides… Haven't you heard? The Finns have perfected 100,000 year storage. Yeah it was bentonite that was the magic solution. Yeah, right.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    How bout Arnie's new word we all learned – WEAKERS – when some of the fuel rods are cracked open and leaking radiation. It is impossible to remove all the fuel rods even when they get around to it in 2 years. Many are broken, warped, bent and stuck forever. And who knew about units 5 and 6? AS IF? Now we find out that unit 1 at DAINI has had core damage since 3/11/01. Tepco has been and is so DAMN irresponsible, it is criminal. So criminal that the heads of Tepco, both present and the ones in charge when the accident happened , need to be put behind bars and the whole mess turned over to an idependant international conglomeration of PLANET SAVERS! Every country in the world needs to send their experts and put them all in a room until they have a plan of attack. PERIOD… This is the only chance of avoiding a catastrophe of biblical proportions. I'm sure that there a few russian experts that would gladly participate. Obama knows exactly what is going on over there. He is not being truthful and forthcoming to the american people and the world in general as a proper american president should. They should team up Arnie Gundersen and DR. Helen Caldicott and pay them a million dollars a year in salaries for life to be available for consulting as long they they humanly could. Let them assemble a team as they see fit. This is bigger than politics, and bigger than life as far as that goes. This is the defense of the human race as we know it. Thats my story, and I'm stickin to it!


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    razzz – lol thanks WEEPERS! – brain fart! I knew that just misspelled :(
    WEEPERS = that is short for FUKUSHIMATEPCOLIARWIDOWMAKERS :)


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