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Nuclear plant designer: Tokyo “supressing information” — Serious meltdown “highly likely”

Published: March 13th, 2011 at 8:53 pm ET
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<a href=”http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/world/Japan-Crippled-nation-on-nuclear.6733523.jp” target=”_blank”>Japan: Crippled nation on nuclear knife-edge</a>, The Scotsman, March 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm EST:
<blockquote>Masashi Goto, a former nuclear power plant designer, told a press conference in Tokyo that the consequences of a serious meltdown “would be tremendous”, adding that he believed such a scenario was highly likely. …

Mr Goto said the reactors at Fukushima-Daiichi were suffering pressure build-ups way beyond that for which they were designed, creating a severe risk of a second explosion. …

Mr Goto said a worst-case scenario for Japan would be an explosion of Fukushima-Daiichi’s nuclear core.

“It is difficult to say (exactly what would happen], but that would be a core meltdown,” he said. “If the rods fall and mix with water, the result would be an explosion of solid material like a volcano spreading radioactive material.

“Steam or a hydrogen explosion caused by the mix would spread radioactive waste more than 50km. Also, this would be multiplied. There are many reactors in the area so there would be many Chernobyls.”</blockquote>
<a href=”http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/234401/Battle-to-stop-nuclear-meltdown-in-quake-zone”>Battle to stop nuclear meltdown in quake zone</a>, Express, March 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm EST:
<blockquote>But a former nuclear power plant designer said Japan is ­facing an extremely grave crisis and accused Tokyo of suppressing information.

Masashi Goto said one reactor at the Fukushima-Daiichi plant was “highly unstable” and warned that if there was a meltdown the “consequences would be tremendous”.</blockquote>

Published: March 13th, 2011 at 8:53 pm ET
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