‘Major Mystery’: Serious concern at Fukushima as Tepco doesn’t know where melted fuel came to rest -Japan Times

Published: January 19th, 2012 at 7:57 pm ET


Title: Scientists say they can find melted reactor fuel
Source: Japan Times Online
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. […]

Read the report here

Published: January 19th, 2012 at 7:57 pm ET


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17 comments to ‘Major Mystery’: Serious concern at Fukushima as Tepco doesn’t know where melted fuel came to rest -Japan Times

  • Bones Bones

    Did I not say that about using gamma rays or neutron rays for imaging on a recent post? lol Just tooting my own horn. lol

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Huffer just posted this. Within this article, there is a short list of cities where some of the highest detected levels of Iodine-131 in precipitat­ion were found across the US.

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    One day, one of these will be a “direct hit” on earth and will cause massive electrical interruption, similar to the Carrington Event of the in which damage was done even though there were hardly and wires or pipelines at the time. PS 5000 visitors to site below, 3 add click, total revenue $2.77, hmmmmmmmm


  • Room101 Room101

    Thia should be a headline from March 2011.
    Pathetic. Our memories as individuals fade so quickly, and the industry/government uses it against us. I wouldn’t be surprised if someday they deny this even happened.

    • many moons

      They deny that now…..in the USA…Nuclear plant Japan..what?
      Haven’t heard a word…kind of like building 3 World trade, that is a very little known fact even by new yorkers…the truth fades away as it is recorded in fictional terms…..centuries of this in the USA.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    “can’t determine where the fuel came to rest.” Interesting assumption that it DID come to rest. Apparently that is based on the computer model, if I understand the story correctly.

    I hope Tepco feed their models better data than they feed the public.

  • I hope they have some really long extensions for this camera thingy…. the melted 65 ton radioactive corium blob that is flash steaming any water poured on it, is about 2 stories down from where the camera is, best case, but very low probability, that is, if any of it is still inside the containment building.

    There is a high percentage bet here by most ENE contributors that little or none of these highly radioactive, out of control nuclear fire balls of corium are still inside of the vessels..

    In other words, WALDO has LEFT THE BUILDING(S). They are headed down to H#%%, together with all of the other highly radioactive, out of control nuclear fire balls of corium from all of the other reactor buildings.

    To find Waldo may take enough camera line extensions, to reach all the way down to where the Debill himself lives.

    But then again, this may turn out to be a good thing, because many of the people now moving their mouths have sold their souls to the Debill himself, for a fee of course.

    The Debill may be visiting and sipping some ‘cold shutdown’ radioactive tea, flavored with Fukushima basement water with his minions very soon.

    The corium blobs are very likely creating a direct route right into the living room of the Debill himself..