Japan Times: Melted fuel burned holes in Fukushima reactors — Explosions cracked containment vessels?

Published: March 8th, 2013 at 11:20 am ET
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Title: Water is both the savior and the bane at Fukushima No. 1
Source: The Japan Times
Author: Kazuaki Nagata
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Water is both the savior and the bane at Fukushima No. 1 [...]

Tokyo Electric Power Co. isn’t making much progress decommissioning reactors 1, 2, 3 and 4 [...]

Water is perpetually needed to keep the melted fuel cool, but the meltdowns burned holes in three of the six reactors, allowing water to leak into the basements of the containment buildings after being tainted with deadly amounts of radioactivity.

This was exacerbated by hydrogen explosions, which possibly cracked the containment vessels and ripped the buildings housing the reactors apart. [...]

Update here: "Too many holes" in Fukushima reactors? May have to fill up suppression chambers with cement -Tepco

Published: March 8th, 2013 at 11:20 am ET
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12 comments to Japan Times: Melted fuel burned holes in Fukushima reactors — Explosions cracked containment vessels?

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "Water is both the savior and the bane at Fukushima". Ground water flows around underground Corium1,2,&3, become heavily contaminated, and flows right into the Pacific Ocean.
    http://www.bienetravie.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/fuku-corium.jpg
    When lava is flowing on land, it gives off heat and a bit of smoke. When the lava falls into the ocean, there is lots of steam. If the lava is corium, it seems as if the amount of radiation released when lava is in contact with water is a lot more than when the lava is only in contact with air.
    Contaminated ground water is the largest problem at Fuku right now, IMO.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Unfortunately (and it's tragic for the Japanese, of course) The Pacific Ocean is no longer THEIR water. It's OUR water. THE WORLD'S water and much of the chain of life on the planet. They should just evacuate THE PEOPLE in northern Japan who are already poisoned enough, and then work to keep that water IN JAPAN. They've already killed Japan. I don't see where the Pacific Ocean should be theirs to kill at all.


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  • I am just AMAZED! They say this now like it is news, and NEW information! NOT !!


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear can't be controlled, melted fuel controls man. Radiation will leak for many years, nonstop.


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  • jec jec

    Fill up Containment vessel with concrete? Like a little bit of frosting on the top of a cake..the corium is NOT IN THE CONTAINMENT..TEPCO says its outside. So the plan..to 'cork' a broken bottle is stupid.Just saying..and I hope someone here at ENENEWS gently tells me I am totally off in left field..but I dont think so. Go for it guys and gals..


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  • This article asserts that unit 4 contained PLUTONIUM

    [Excerpted]…The only progress Tepco seems to be making is on reactor 4, which was defueled prior to the crisis but had become a storage site for both fresh and spent-fuel rods — including some containing plutonium. [END]


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    • patb2009

      Unit 4 took a lot of EQ damage and the explosion sure beat it around hard.

      TEPCO has been shaving the unit down because of that.

      Don't mistake whistling past the Graveyard for progress.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Yes. You see, if they came clean on how much plutonium these reactors contained and why, they would have to be going into MILITARY secrets. It's time to unmask the flat-out lie of "peaceful nuclear energy." Electricity is alternately a by-product or a pretext. If electricity for the populace was the primary goal of nuclear plants, then there would have been no need to quash patents for GENUINELY clean energy, or to shelve the deadly nuclear waste for future generations to solve.


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  • Sickputer

    And other observers thought the earthquake cracked holes in the containment foundation walls. But blame it on the hydrogen explosions. Which came first? The scrambled chicken or the scrambled egg?


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  • nedlifromvermont

    Isn't Nuclear Power Wonderful, Jeff Immelt??? Isn't it though??? Just ducky!!! What?

    peace …


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