Japan Gov’t Expert: Water could get sucked out of Fukushima spent fuel pools by tornado and expose nuclear rods

Published: June 22nd, 2012 at 7:48 am ET


Fukushima Plant Faces Typhoon Summer With Added Tornado Threat
By Tsuyoshi Inajima
Jun 22, 2012 2:36 AM ET

[The] Fukushima nuclear plant faces its second typhoon season since the March 11 disaster last year, raising the risk of further radiation leaks if storms thrash exposed pools of uranium fuel rods or tanks holding contaminated water.

Typhoon Guchol hit Japan this week


The difference this year is Guchol arrived just a month after one of the most powerful tornadoes ever recorded in the nation hit Tsukuba


“Uranium spent fuel pools of No. 3 and No. 4 reactors are currently naked,” Kazuhiko Kudo, [one of 12 members of the advisory panel to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, or NISA and] a research professor of nuclear engineering at Kyushu University, said on June 5. “A tornado with winds of 100 meters per second like the one that hit Tsukuba could suck up the pool water,” exposing the fuel rods. He raised the concern during a meeting assessing safety measures at the crippled plant in May, he said.


Published: June 22nd, 2012 at 7:48 am ET


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8 comments to Japan Gov’t Expert: Water could get sucked out of Fukushima spent fuel pools by tornado and expose nuclear rods

  • Shammalammadingdong

    15 months + and they are naked, uncovered, and bleeding into everything. Vulnerable to nearly everything but mouse farts.


  • Way things have been going, I would not bet there wouldn't be a gathering of farting mice.

    Just where do these pro nuke bastards plan to sail their caviar powered yachts when the Earth is uninhabitable?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Because it takes years (many) to dismantle a nuclear plant after an accident. The substance is millions of times more dangerous than anything known to man. And the sad part is, it was intentionally developed, and forced on the world.

    • Shammalammadingdong

      Maybe there's something to be said for an oppressive socialist society then…..the Soviets took their balls in their hands and did what needed to be done.

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  • Longjohn119

    Suck the water out of the pool? A decent sized tornado could suck some of the fuel rods right out of the pool …. I've seen (literally) one take a 65 ft diameter by 70 ft tall corrugated steel grain bin, lift it up in the air in one piece and then suck it closed collapsing it like sticking a vacuum cleaner nozzle in a plastic baggie and then just dropping it straight down like "I'm done wit ya' into a crumpled heap …. It sucked out 5 of my house windows (About half a block away) all my garage windows, the big garage door and left the entire garage tilted at a 14 degree angle toward the collapsed grain bins

    Don't disrespect the power of Mother Nature, she'll beat you like a red headed stepchild every time you step out of line ….

    • zaadik

      It's improbable, but it could happen, yes. I'd worry more about the tarp on Unit 1 though, for now. It is positively flimsy and by now it must be soaked in radioactive cesium. Someone, somewhere is apt to have a VERY BAD DAY (TM) if that thing were to fly off in high winds (which is many times more probable than a tornado passing right through.

  • glowfus

    "the pools are naked and they could get sucked" this should be probably be deleted !