Title: Insight: After disaster, the deadliest part of Japan’s nuclear clean-up
Author: Aaron Sheldrick and Antoni Slodkowski
Date: Aug 14, 2013
[...] “If you calculate the amount of cesium 137 in the [Unit 4 fuel] pool, the amount is equivalent to 14,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs,” said Hiroaki Koide, assistant professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute. [...]
[Unit 4's reactor building] may have tilted and was bulging after the explosion [...]
Corrosion from the salt water will have also weakened the building and equipment, [Murray Jennex, an associate professor at San Diego State University who is an expert on nuclear containment and worked at the San Onofre nuclear plant in California] said.
And if an another strong earthquake strikes before the fuel is fully removed that topples the building or punctures the pool and allow the water to drain, a spent fuel fire releasing more radiation than during the initial disaster is possible, threatening about Tokyo 200 kilometers (125 miles) away. [...]
Published: August 14th, 2013 at 12:41 pm ET