Japan Times: China Syndrome was near at Reactor No. 2, believed Fukushima boss Yoshida

Published: December 28th, 2011 at 6:58 am ET


Conflict over handling nuclear crisis revealed, Japan Times, Dec. 28, 2011 [Emphasis Added]:

Masao Yoshida, general manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, believed the worst-case scenario — the “China syndrome” — might be near and he braced for death during the late-night hours of March 14, three days after the crisis started.

Pressure was rising at an alarming rate inside reactor No. 2, keeping plant workers from injecting critical coolant water into the reactor’s core to prevent the fuel rods inside from melting down […]

Yoshida was thinking that the dreaded China syndrome — in which nuclear fuel melts down and burns through the containment vessel, spreading massive amounts of radioactive materials into the environment — might happen soon in reactor 2.

If that were to occur, workers would have to flee and the same catastrophe would also hit reactors 1 and 3, Yoshida judged. […]

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Goshi Hosono, Minister of State for the Nuclear Power Policy and Administration (Nuclear Accident Minister) with translator

Recorded Dec. 19, 2011

Transcript Summary

  • In regard to where the nuclear fuel might be there are 3 possibilities:
  • Possibility 1: In pressure vessel
  • Possibility 2: In containment vessel
  • “The third possibility is it [nuclear fuel] might have worked it’s way out through the containment vessel and be underneath it” […]
  • “In regard to that third possibility that some fuel may have worked its way out of the containment vessel and gone underneath it, I think there’s a very strong possibility…we think there is a strong possibility that some fuel is in that location as well.”

Published: December 28th, 2011 at 6:58 am ET


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18 comments to Japan Times: China Syndrome was near at Reactor No. 2, believed Fukushima boss Yoshida

  • alexa

    Always scary when the Japaneese admit to something only because they cannot hide it anymore or something worse is going to happen soon. Does this mean reactor 2 is the next one to hit water?

  • Bobby1

    Richard Lahey, a top expert who was on the design team for the reactors, and is editor of a top journal in this field, said the same thing in March:

    “Richard Lahey, who was head of safety research for boiling-water reactors at General Electric when the company installed the units at Fukushima, told the Guardian workers at the site appeared to have “lost the race” to save the reactor, but said there was no danger of a Chernobyl-style catastrophe.

    Workers have been pumping water into three reactors at the stricken plant in a desperate bid to keep the fuel rods from melting down, but the fuel is at least partially exposed in all the reactors.

    At least part of the molten core, which includes melted fuel rods and zirconium alloy cladding, seemed to have sunk through the steel “lower head” of the pressure vessel around reactor two, Lahey said.

    “The indications we have, from the reactor to radiation readings and the materials they are seeing, suggest that the core has melted through the bottom of the pressure vessel in unit two, and at least some of it is down on the floor of the drywell,” Lahey said. “I hope I am wrong, but that is certainly what the evidence is pointing towards.”


  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Seals with damaged flippers and hair loss ‘are being killed by radiation from Fukushima plant’, biologists warn

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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Busby: Fukushima ‘criminal event’ calls for investigation

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      A newly released report on the Fukushima nuclear crisis says it was down to the plant’s operators being ill-prepared and not responding properly to the earthquake and tsunami disaster. A major government inquiry said some engineers abandoned the plant as the trouble started and other staff delayed reporting significant radiation leaks. Professor Christopher Busby, scientific secretary to the European Committee on Radiation Risks, says health damage after contamination will be more serious than Japan announced.

      • Misitu

        … and something about the plant already having holes due to lack of maintenance as I recall, an accident waiting to happen

  • James2

    The biggest criminals are those who misinform.

    I’m glad we have more and more “criminal” talk. Eventually the mind controllers will be jailed.

    Oblama already knows they will go under the bus.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Yoshida..telling lies..again……hell might be too good of place for him…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    …such a coward…. for such a young man…

    • arclight arclight

      BREAKING! scapegoats found

      and behind the scenes…

      TEPCO asked to consider coming under temporary state control
      National Dec. 28, 2011 – 11:40AM JST
      “TOKYO —
      The government on Tuesday floated the idea of putting the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant under temporary state control, as it asked for $8.9 billion more in compensation aid…”

      “..TEPCO said the increase results from government moves to widen eligibility criteria for claimants and to alter the evacuation zone restrictions around the stricken plant, which was hit by the tsunami. The decisions have increased both the amount of compensation that the firm is liable for and the number of people entitled to claim it, TEPCO said…”

      “We submitted a change to the amount of financial assistance” required, it said in a statement.
      A government panel has estimated claims from victims affected by the nuclear disaster could reach 4.5 trillion yen by 2013….”

      “The report did not say what percentage of TEPCO shares the government would own after the sale, but added that Tokyo would move to replace company chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and most of its senior executives.”


      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        …here come the big severance and retirement bonuses..insuring silence…
        …just like Tony Hayward…a little shuffle of staff…bring in your best deceiver…and crook ..like Bob Dudley….a few advisory positions…bingo…everything is all better…they got their lives back….
        …except the fools that went to Fukushima to prove it is safe…they are going to die…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    …along with the rest of the victims…because unlike BP..where they could run off to the Marshall Islands…or hide among friends …members of the City of London..etc..
    There is no place safe..
    Many government already know of the deceptions…of TPTB…and if they do not this is a heads up..
    Do not allow these criminals in your countries…..
    Radiation is making it’s way to the Southern Hemisphere..IMHO…
    …may the officials and the Japanese government…stay and die among their people…
    But then… the looks of our State Dept….it’s part of the plan.
    Japan has been thrown under the bus….

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    …so may they stay and watch their people suffer…as befitting of the cowards they are.