Nov. 1 — “Xenon was detected in the order of 10^-5 (ten to the power of minus 5) per cubic centimeter, says TEPCO’s Matsumoto in the press conference that is on-going right now in Japan,” reports EX-SKF, “It is significant enough to conclude it is not from March.”
“Matsumoto does think a localized, small-scale, and/or temporary nuclear fission may have occurred in Reactor 2,” the article continues.
Some possibilities put forth by TEPCO to explain the detection of xenon-133 and -135 include:
- “Neutrons that exist inside the reactor hitting uranium or plutonium”
- “Curium-244, -242, causing ‘spontaneous fission’”
The TEPCO spokesman said, “It would be difficult to deny that the same thing is not happening in Reactors 1 and 3,” according to EX-SKF.
Published: November 1st, 2011 at 11:09 pm ET