Symposium Q&A: Explosion at Fukushima Unit 3 drove nuclear fuel out of storage pool — Scattered up to 2 miles away (VIDEO)
Source: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, Day 1
Author: The Helen Caldicott Foundation
Date Presented: March 11, 2013
Questions & Answers
Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: Unit 3 started as a hydrogen explosion – I am in the minority, but I think it’s more than a hydrogen explosion.
I actually think it was something called a prompt moderated criticality that was caused by a hydrogen explosion, which then drove the fuel and scattered particles of fuel for as far as two miles from the fuel pool. […]
The important thing though is that it was a detonation. How it was created is less important than the fact that it was a detonation shockwave and no containment can withstand that.
- Gundersen’s Kansai Presentation: Pellets of nuclear fuel were scattered around Fukushima site — Pieces, not atoms, but pieces — Hydrogen will not create explosion seen at Unit No. 3 (VIDEO) May 13, 2012
- Mag: Curium and plutonium outside Fukushima plant indicate nuclear explosion at Reactor No. 3 — Broken spent nuclear fuel rods may have been scattered December 17, 2011
- Japan Expert: It was a nuclear explosion at Reactor No. 3 — I believe fuel rods were blown out of spent fuel pool December 13, 2011
- Tepco: We don’t know if it was a hydrogen explosion at Unit 3 — Tell public it was though because “it’s a speed game” (VIDEO) October 8, 2012
- Gundersen soon after 3/11: Photo shows nuclear fuel is exposed to air at Fukushima Unit 4 fuel pool — Clean path for plutonium to escape offsite (VIDEO) February 23, 2013