NHK: Tepco can’t find holes at Reactor No. 2 — Nuclear Expert: It’s leaking like a sieve — “No one knows how they’re ever going to remove fuel in my lifetime” — Likely 50, 60, 70 years — Radiation like outer space (VIDEO)

Published: April 18th, 2012 at 12:56 pm ET
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Title: TEPCO says no water leaks found at No.2 reactor
Source: NHK
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 20:56 +0900 (JST)

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says inspections using a robot have yet to find serious damage or water leaks at the facility’s No. 2 reactor. [...]

TEPCO said the robot found no water leaks or traces in manholes on the north and southeast sides of the [suppression] chamber, where leakage had been suspected.

Workers also maneuvered the robot to check about 90 percent of the upper part of the 125-meter doughnut-shaped chamber, and found no serious damage or deformation. [...]

The level of radioactive water accumulated on the plant’s premises keeps increasing. [...]

(A rather strange article was published by NHK shortly after the above report — ‘Why containment vessels must be examined‘ is filled with formatting errors and cites no sources for any of its information)

Title: Arnie Gundersen Interview
Source: WBAI’s Five O’Clock Shadow
Date: Tuesday April 17, 2012 5:00pm

At ~21:00 in

The radiation fields at Reactor No. 2 are comparable to what we see in space…

It’s leaking like a sieve…

No one knows how they’re ever going to remove the fuel in my lifetime… likely for 50, 60, 70 years until some of this radiation decays away… and that’s the good news. Units 1 and 3 they can’t even get into because they’re even worse.

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