Interview with nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen, KBOO, Nov. 9, 2013:
At 10:30 in
Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds chief engineer: There’s an enormous amount of radioactivity in a very precarious place […] the building is weakened structurally and a significant earthquake […] could topple the building in which case we could be in an apocalyptic position so you’ve got to empty the fuel pool.
At 22:45 in
Gundersen: The real apocalyptic thing would be an earthquake. Not just for Unit 4 which is structurally damaged, but Unit 3 had a detonation inside it, a severe explosion, and it’s actually structurally a lot worse than Unit 4. We’ve got to move forward quickly on Unit 3 as well — and frankly Unit 4 will be a walk in the park compared to the problems encountered on Unit 3.
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Published: December 20th, 2013 at 1:01 am ET
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