Nuclear Engineer: We know pieces of Fukushima Unit 3 reactor core got released and “spread all over the place like a virus” — ‘Scary part’ of finding one very potent hot particle is there’s going to be a lot more (VIDEO)

Published: April 4th, 2014 at 11:47 am ET
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Interview with Chris Harris, Nutrimedical Report, Apr. 3, 2014 (h/t MsMilkytheClown1):

  • At 6:30 in — Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator and engineer: The scary part of finding one hot particle, they’ve actually found several, well there’s got to be more. They’re very hard to detect, they’re very potent. We have to treat the homes almost like an operating room […] a clean area on the inside instead of the on the outside. That makes a lot of sense to me, the thing is if you’ve got one particle, there’s going to be more, a lot more. Because we know that the core, at least out of Unit 3, was squeezed out and spread all over the place like a virus.
  • At 12:30 in — Harris: What’s likely to happen, based on experience if another earthquake of some size […] If that happens it could be anywhere from mild to extremely severe […] At one end of the spectrum you can lose power again — another period of a black out at the plant. If that happens once again you lose all the cooling systems, you could literally to square zero, square one again. And be in a situation where you’re melting again, you’re not cooling. […] The other end of the spectrum is the most severe, you have actual physical to the structures supporting the equipment necessary for cooling. And some of the equipment is outside, not internal to the actual plant, it’s in a non-seismic area. […] Then what do you have? You have massive releases of the radioactive material […] And of course right on up to the worst where, you actually have building collapse.

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Published: April 4th, 2014 at 11:47 am ET
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43 comments to Nuclear Engineer: We know pieces of Fukushima Unit 3 reactor core got released and “spread all over the place like a virus” — ‘Scary part’ of finding one very potent hot particle is there’s going to be a lot more (VIDEO)

  • Max Sievert Max Sievert

    It`s sad but we all will get it or got it aready ,"Nuklear Ebola" and there is no cure no vaccine no healing for the young , old , rich , poor , christ , muslim , animal , plant , water , air .

  • Nick

    What cooling systems? Only those for the spent fuel pools are keeping things cool, the flushing of the awol cores in the nether reaches of the basements and beyond are not cooling systems of any merit.

  • SadieDog

    Rainwater leaks over barriers at Fukushima …
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140404_21.html

    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      you need to submit this story, SadieDog, to admin. See right-side and slide-down to "SUBMIT YOUR NEWS STORIES" window…

      • SadieDog

        I will rarely submit a story as a tip. Sometimes, if I feel it's worthy. I have noticed that admin reads most if not every single comment, and they will occasionally use a comment article in a post. I dont want to annoy them. 😉 But like I said, if you think something I post is tip worthy, feel free to send to admin, copy or use. 🙂

        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          I often do, SaddieDog, when something's deemed worthy of their attention. IMO, your find is…

    • 4Warnd 4Warnd

      SDog,

      From that article was this little gem: "TEPCO said levels of radioactive materials such as cesium and strontium contained in the water were below detectable amounts. Workers piled up sandbags around the barriers to stop further leaks."

      So, now its come to "sandbagging!" Tepco is quite the expert on that operation, of course.

    • califnative califnative (NY)

      TEPCO is checking whether the leaked water is contaminated. Really?

      That reminds me, have we officially heard back from the "real" Admin yet? I feel like we are playing What's My Line, will the real Admin please stand up. Who ever is monitoring the website, why don't they introduce themselves.

      • SadieDog

        Be careful with that 'real' crap. It's a little insulting.

      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        while you're about the business of outting others, califnative, do let us know who you are. And just in case things go sideways out here, your street address would be equally helpful, should we need to check on your welfare…

    • name999 name999

      sadiedog, these reports are just saying what is obvious. The storage is a joke and it is leaking.

  • Securitize

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, step right up and participate in the FUKUSHIMA LOTTERY. Entry is free (and involuntary) and, my, what wonders await our lucky winners!

    Winners need not claim their prize (it will claim them) and they will not be informed of having won. Rules and regulations apply. Maybe.

  • Max Sievert Max Sievert

    Say Heil to the new leader , now everything becomes clean and safety
    NEW LEADER TAKES OVER FUKUSHIMA CLEANUP, SAYS TOP PRIORITIES ARE WATER, ACCOUNTABILITY, SAFETY.
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2014/1235345_5892.html

    • Max Sievert Max Sievert

      Am I mistaken or is that not the same thing they tell us for at least two 1/2 years?
      "First priority, Masuda said, will be to address the persistent challenge posed by contaminated water on the site. Rainwater runoff and groundwater mix with water that has been contaminated from cooling the nuclear debris, requiring the treatment and storage of large quantities of water to prevent it from running into the sea. The company is pursuing a variety of approaches to reduce the amount of water that enters the facility, to prevent the water that does enter the facility from becoming contaminated, and to ensure that the water that is contaminated is treated and safely stored. These measures include a "groundwater bypass" system, physical barriers, and an advanced water treatment system, among others.

    • name999 name999

      max, how about the Yakuza. Where do they fit in with this new guy Masuda?

  • Hot and Bothered Hot and Bothered

    Happy Friday Yall!
    Fukushima Sucks A Big One!
    Here is a song for the Enews crew…..

    Chernobyl Disaster What Really Happened-Massive Attack

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfKm0XXfiis

  • Nick

    Theese hot particle is very interesting. Did we actually manage to create such a hot goodie? Vow! I never thought dat I vuud see de day ven the genie got outside of da bottle. Dis is von for de record books. Now where did I leave my glasses….

  • Ontological Ontological

    Fuku dust screwed up my life forever. A walk for my 'health' in May 2011 caused me to never be able to properly chew, or talk, or walk again. Those 3 things are very important in life. I have lost 90 pounds in a year, and no one ever did understand my non layman speaking terms anyways. Life now is observing idiots in SUV's with no clue hopelessly running the rat race their boob tube screen tells them they MUST run. They refuse to give me right of way limping like a gimp, with there middle finger sign language high up in their 10 cylinder RAM truck in a parking lot fopr a supermarket, promptly returned by what they have NO IDEA is said with sign language. They refuse to put anything I can eat on resort menus, not that we eat that shit anymore. And disrespect me in EVERY moment for my 'medical hair'. Trust me yall can be VERY cruel at times, keep that in check please, it looks bad on people who once may have cared. People missed the freekin boat from birth these days I fear. This crap in the air has made people so stupid now it is VERY scary! Wife and I are eating so little now, our bio accumulation is primarily from inhaled air full of garbage. Good luck weathering all this shit in the air folks. Randomness of fuel dust bunnies will be lurking inside your Easter baskets! :pretty music…"Listen up kiddies, nuclear boy has spread his shit, so don't forget to rinse and spit."

    • name999 name999

      ontological, powerful message. Our culture seems alien to me also, for different reasons. I am
      glad to have gotten out of it.

    • Ontological, in days gone by, I have been that impatient yuppie.

      I regret that, and I pray that compassion will replace my impatience.

      I have much to learn as I walk among giants.

  • Sol Man

    There is no telling where the hot particles will come from as any drink of water, bite of food, and breath or air can deliver them to us.

    How do we separate from the cruelty and serial genocides?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Scary part’ of finding one very potent hot particle is there’s going to be a lot more."
    Well..yaah ..there was an explosion.

    • name999 name999

      heart, I still remember your response when that socref guy was arguing about how many protections were designed into Fukushima to make it so that it could not become flooded. You said…
      "well, she got pregnant anyway" or something to that effect. It was funny and you have a way
      with words.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "one very potent hot particle is there’s going to be a lot more."

    Really?

    Shimpei Takeda Makes Art Out of Radioactive Dirt
    June 28 2013

    http://www.vice.com/read/shimpei-takeda-123/109413

    And in infinitesimal numbers

  • weeman

    The question I want to know did these particles come from the reactor core or did it come from the SFP.
    Can you say vapiourized, they can't.

    • Jebus Jebus

      We know pieces of Fukushima Unit 3 reactor core got released and “spread all over the place like a virus”

      I think that answers your question weeman…

      • weeman

        No question about that, but how bad is it, do you know, I don't, I like to know, Japan is toast are we,
        If not this time next time, get a grip mankind, don't dabble in what you don't comprehend or can control.
        We look like the fool on the hill, we see the world going round and no more.
        Sitting on a corn flake, waiting for the sun to rise.

  • Jebus Jebus

    "but how bad is it, do you know"

    Look around you, what have we done?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dE0A8ToCMI