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.
Published: December 10th, 2012 at 12:13 pm ET
- Journalist: Trouble reported at Fukushima Daiichi after M7.3 quake — Gov’t and Tepco officially saying ‘no problem’ December 9, 2012
- Classified Interviews: Multiple Fukushima reactors were melting down on first day of crisis, hours after quake — Plant chief thinks ‘very serious’ blast at Unit 3 NOT from hydrogen — Professor: Nuclear explosion can’t be ruled out due to plutonium in MOX fuel — TEPCO employees wouldn’t get within 50 km of reactors (VIDEO) August 26, 2014
- Gundersen: Major problem inside pool at Fukushima Unit 3 — Pieces of nuclear fuel rods were blown out during criticality explosion — Building could ‘shatter’ if another big quake hits (VIDEO) October 5, 2013
- Fukushima Daini Unit 1 had pressure increase after quake, before tsunami — Gundersen: “They should also talk about just how damaged Fukushima Daiichi 5 and 6 are but we’re not hearing that either” (VIDEO) December 10, 2012
- Real severe problem cooling Unit No. 3 reactor — Hydrogen explosion possible (VIDEO) May 13, 2011