NYT: “Cores at three of plant’s reactors melted down, breaching their containment vessels” — Tepco maintains fuel stopped short of breaching containment vessels

Published: March 31st, 2012 at 6:14 am ET


Title: New inspections find grave risks persist at Japan’s ravaged reactors
Source: New York Times
Date: March 29, 2012

Fukushima Daiichi’s vital cooling systems were knocked out in the early stages of the crisis last year. The uranium cores at three of the plant’s six reactors quickly melted down, breaching their containment vessels and triggering a massive radiation leak.

The above New York Times article appears to contradict previous reports by Tepco, Japan’s gov’t, and the media. This article excerpt from The Japan Times shortly after a state of cold shutdown was declared is one of many examples:

Based on a computer simulation, Tepco believes reactors 1, 2 and 3 suffered meltdowns […] and that the fuel rods inside melted through the pressure vessels and stopped just short of breaching their containment vessels.

Yomiuri: “The worst-case scenario is a China syndrome” […] A China syndrome refers to a situation in which nuclear fuel in a reactor melts and goes through a containment vessel –Masao Yoshida, former chief of the Fukushima Daiichi plant

Published: March 31st, 2012 at 6:14 am ET


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19 comments to NYT: “Cores at three of plant’s reactors melted down, breaching their containment vessels” — Tepco maintains fuel stopped short of breaching containment vessels

  • dave14139

    And thousands of gallons of water are dumped onto the mess daily, which must be flowing into the ground and ocean along with the water soluable isotopes such as cesium. Great design GE!

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      "G.E. Brings Bad Rads To Life"

      • HoTaters HoTaters


        "From approximately 1947 to 1977, GE discharged as much as 1.3 million pounds of PCBs from its capacitor manufacturing plants at the Hudson Falls and Fort Edward upstate New York facilities into the Hudson River.[48] GE fought a media and political battle to avoid cleaning up the river and countered that dredging the river would actually stir up PCBs.[49] In 2002, GE was ordered to clean up a 40-mile (64 km) stretch of the Hudson River it had contaminated.[50]

        GE was the focus of a 1991 short subject Academy Award-winning documentary, Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons, and Our Environment,[70] that juxtaposed GE's "We Bring Good Things To Life" commercials with the true stories of workers and neighbors whose lives have been affected by the company's activities involving nuclear weapons.[71]"

  • NYT said it. 3 nuclear reactors melted/ing down. They omit what this means for children, friends, family and all other living things …

  • dosdos dosdos

    It doesn't matter where the cores are, since the reactor structures are sieves. Just as much radiation is being spread if the core is in "containment" or not. To discuss barriers is meaningless, as there are none between the core and environment.

  • "But should a problem also arise with cooling the spent fuel, the plant could run the risk of ANOTHER colossal radiation leak", experts say. – from article

    Colossal – 1. of immense size; huge; gigantic, massive, enormous

    Note: First time I can recall the 'experts' using the word colossal.

  • Gotham

    This is more "drip, drip, drip". It's news reporting by the NYT that makes them look legit. In fact they knew – just like the NRC. All the NYT deep throat sources must have told them. And since they are a part of the criminal elite they kept their mouths shut – unitl the "drip, drip, drip" dumbing down of the public pacified them, controlled them and got them to quickly move on.

    I keep recalling Obama's pledge "I will let you know what I know when I know it."

    When do you think "he knew it?"

    Where is the accountability?

    • NoNukes NoNukes

      Where were his daughters as the first plumes passed over the United States?

      Where are they now?

      • many moons

        They were in Brazil…all of them far from the plumes….I think he forgot to mention what he knew when he knew it! Has he even ever made anymore announcments about the worst nuclear accident the world has ever seen?


    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      @ Gotham…Great comment. And we can't say "better late than never"; sitting on this information is criminal.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      And what a great quote from Albert Einstein at the website you linked to!

      "Only two things are infinite: The Universe and human stupidity. And I'm not certain about the former." —Albert Einstein

      • dharmasyd dharmasyd

        Yes, and great info:
        "Exelon has donated more than $269,000 to his[Obama's] political campaigns, thus far. Obama appointed Exelon CEO John Rowe to his Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future."

        As repoerted in enenews just yesterday, Excelon's CEO John Rowe just resigned saying nuclear was not the future, not economically viable, and…

        So, will B.O. listen to this member of his Blue Ribbon Commission on our Nuke Future?

        I think now is a good time for letters to B.O. to do away with nuke energy, as Rowe advises.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    There you have it …New York Times reports "melted down, breaching their containment vessels".

    Seems the so-called nuclear experts of the world should think up a new plan, since their current one has falling short.

  • 24/7 Solar can be used to get rid of Nuke

    Video here, also a video of a US Wind map (motionized by Google)