Worst scenario during Fukushima crisis was reactor explosion: Hosono, Kyodo, Jan. 6, 2011 [Emphasis Added]:
The government predicted two weeks after the nuclear crisis erupted at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in March that the worst scenario would involve an explosion at the No. 1 reactor and the water inside the No. 4 unit’s spent fuel pool drying up, nuclear disaster minister Goshi Hosono said Friday.
That scenario, which would have resulted in a more extensive release of radioactive material, was not announced because it was ”quite difficult to foresee” at that time, Hosono said, noting the No. 1 reactor’s containment vessel was believed to already have been damaged by an explosion inside the building housing the reactor.
“It was only a scenario based on a hypothetic assumption… We refrained from announcing it, as there was a possibility of triggering unnecessary concerns among people,” said Hosono [...]
Hosono also said that he was making “preparations to act against any kind of possibility” and “there was nothing wrong” in what he did in dealing with the nuclear crisis. [...]
No mention of Reactor No. 3?
- Mag: Curium and plutonium outside Fukushima plant indicate nuclear explosion at Reactor No. 3 -- Broken spent nuclear fuel rods may have been scattered
- Gov't officials investigating Fukushima want to know if "nuclear" explosions destroyed reactors -- Tepco "not in a position to comment"
See also:Japan Times: Alarming gov't report discussed 'Tokyo Exodus' and collapse of Spent Fuel Pool 4 as rods melted through concrete walls
Published: January 6th, 2012 at 10:21 am ET