NYTimes on “Ejection of Nuclear Material”: Confidential US doc suggests pieces of fuel blown up to a mile away — Some between two units bulldozed over

Published: April 6th, 2011 at 8:59 am ET
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U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant, New York Times by James Glanz and William J. Broad, April 5, 2011:

… The [confidential U.S.] document also suggests that fragments or particles of nuclear fuel from spent fuel pools above the reactors were blown “up to one mile from the units,” and that pieces of highly radioactive material fell between two units and had to be “bulldozed over,” presumably to protect workers at the site.

The ejection of nuclear material, which may have occurred during one of the earlier hydrogen explosions, may indicate more extensive damage to the extremely radioactive pools than previously disclosed. …

Read the report here.

Published: April 6th, 2011 at 8:59 am ET
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6 comments to NYTimes on “Ejection of Nuclear Material”: Confidential US doc suggests pieces of fuel blown up to a mile away — Some between two units bulldozed over

  • radegan

    There was an early aerial photo of what appeared to be fuel rods strewn on the ground. Much as you would expect from a huge hydrogen explosion striking an empty fuel pool from below at about 45 degrees. I thought, how will they ever clean that up without drafting every industrial robot in the world? Ask Seniors to “Run a Rod to Safety” as a condition of getting their pension? Covering the whole mess with concrete will do little to stop a meltdown from reaching groundwater. They have to pump a layer of boron-infused concrete beneath the reactor and above the groundwater.

  • Jack

    A contributor on another thread mentioned a rumor
    of US Marines tunneling under the site to accomplish some
    containment structure or removal of meltdown ingots or
    something like that. haven’t searched further for info.
    I’ve gotten more like the Ground Zero club now,
    let’s be silly.
    What we need is Dr. NO, and SPECTRE, and James Bond,
    and Jules Verne for this job.
    Who in the World has any investment money, recovery money,
    robots, to make Japan habitable again?
    It is likely a Dead territory. But then, so is everywhere, really,
    given the inevitable famines, wars, diseases, and Death, now.

  • pete

    “They have to pump a layer of boron-infused concrete beneath the reactor and above the groundwater.”

    – The ‘Plan’ does not include that option… In it, servant Ted Turner suggested that t-here is 6billion xtra mouths on this planet – “optimal would be 500million ppl”.

  • Start drafting Nuke Industry supporters and use them as “jumpers”. Ann Coulter can go first and show her followers how the “radiation is good for you”.

  • Nancy

    Dudes, this is serious stuff. Yet, I have it on good authority that there are extraterrestrials who are helping out in this crisis. I kid you not. In short, Japan is going to be o.k. and so are we. The interim may be a little hairy, but it will all come out “in the wash,” as they say. (A nod to Jack and Dr. No; however, this is for real.)