So much “mud” in reactor No. 1, it’s preventing water from getting into core

Published: April 16th, 2011 at 11:24 am ET
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Three Mile Island expert: Fukushima could kill 200,000, GlobalPost, April 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm EDT:

Interview with Arnold Gundersen; 39-year veteran of the nuclear
industry, has worked as a nuclear plant operator and served as an
expert witness on the Three Mile Island accident

… In unit 1, there’s so much mud in the reactor that they can’t get water into the core, which they would normally need to do to prevent it from overheating and melting down. Instead, it appears that they are flooding it from the outside, and cooling it that way. …

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Published: April 16th, 2011 at 11:24 am ET
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9 comments to So much “mud” in reactor No. 1, it’s preventing water from getting into core

  • Northern Exposure

    Chain reaction full-scale nuclear meltdown in 3…2…1

    Atomic explosion resulting in 3…2…1

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Maybe the mud will packed it enough so it won’t explode..Thinking positive here.

  • Noah

    Now how did mud get in there?

    Could it be because Homer Simpson has been using his fire hose to cool down his computer? No I guess not. The situation is stable, stable like the ticking, what, what is that ticking I hear. As long as it’s ticking all is stable. Go about your business folks, nothing to see here.

  • Ashen Romeo

    And so it begins…

  • xdrfox

    Enough mud builds up the reactors heat will bake it to clay, that will make it very hard for water to saturate.
    It is getting thicker in the pit until it starts surrounding the vessel, it has to becoming more solid each day, while they are flooding in more water with mud and radioactive debris !
    I have to concur with Northern Exposure !

  • xdrfox

    Japan nuclear commission fails to send experts to Fukushima
    TOKYO, April 16, Kyodo
    The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan has failed to send designated experts to Fukushima Prefecture to look into the crisis at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant even though a national disaster-preparedness plan requires it to do so, many of the experts…
    http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/04/85930.html

    No wonder !

  • xdrfox

    New cooling systems may be installed outside Fukushima reactor buildings
    http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/04/85919.html

    • radegan

      This might actually help. Too bad they didn’t think ahead and already have them in warehouses around Japan.

      • xdrfox

        They didn’t even plan that a wave may carry/foat away the fuel tanks to run backups ! Were not even bolted down !