Title: Scientists say they can find melted reactor fuel
Source: Japan Times Online
Author: MINORU MATSUTANI
Date: Friday, Jan. 20, 2012
One major mystery — and a source of serious concern — at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is the exact location of the molten fuel from reactors 1, 2 and 3.
Hindered by the dangerously high radiation coming from the melted rods, Tokyo Electric Power Co. can’t determine where the fuel came to rest. Tepco does say, however, that computer simulations indicate the fuel should still be inside the reactors’ primary containment vessels.
One solution may be found with a Nagoya-based scientist group that is working on capturing images from inside nuclear plant reactors, much like X-ray photos, by using muon cosmic rays. [...]
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Published: January 19th, 2012 at 7:57 pm ET
- NHK: TEPCO doesn’t know where melted fuel is at in reactors or actual level of radioactive particles still being released — About to start checking July 29, 2011
- Japan Times: Much of melted fuel is believed to have burned down to bottom of containment vessels — At “last line of defense” January 20, 2012
- Mystery Continues: ‘Difficult to determine’ location of melted fuel during Unit 1 investigation, says Tepco — Radiation dose highest at top of containment vessel October 10, 2012
- Tepco: 68 tons of nuclear fuel melted at Fukushima Reactor No. 1 December 1, 2011
- Japan Times: Melted fuel burned holes in Fukushima reactors — Explosions cracked containment vessels? March 8, 2013