“Unprecedented”: Fukushima reactor “far worse than previously thought” — “Melted fuel has come in contact with underground water” — Molten core appears spread over “extensive area” — Japan “will have a much more difficult time decommissioning” — Official: “It’s a very big turning point” (VIDEO)

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Asahi Shimbun, Jan 31, 2017: Images indicate bigger challenge for TEPCO at Fukushima plant… possible melted fuel is seen strewn on grating… Experts believe nuclear fuel melted the paint and components of equipment nearby and has hardened — If confirmed, the first images of melted nuclear fuel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant show that Tokyo Electric Power Co. will have a much more difficult time decommissioning the battered facility. The condition of what is believed to be melted fuel inside the No. 2 reactor at the plant appears far worse than previously thought… [I]mages showed black lumps scattered on a wire-mesh grating in the lower part of the containment vessel… This indicates that the fuel melted through bottom of the pressure vessel, spilled through the grating and fell on the floor of the containment vessel… The images could show only part of the melted fuel in the No. 2 reactor. And there is still no indication on how widespread the black lumps were strewn, their volume and state.

Mainichi Daily News, Jan 31, 2017: Footage points to difficulty in removing possible melted fuel at Fukushima plant — The footage released on Jan. 30 by [TEPCO] showing what could be melted fuel inside the No. 2 reactor… has highlighted the difficulty of salvaging the object, which is apparently stuck to footholds and other equipment at the facility… black and brown sediments — possible melted fuel — are stuck inside the reactor’s containment vessel over an extensive area. “If what was captured in the footage was melted fuel, that would provide a major step forward toward trying our hand at unprecedented decommissioning work,” said [TEPCO’s] Yoshiyuki Ishizaki… there were 548 nuclear fuel rods totaling some 164 metric tons inside the No. 2 reactor… The melted fuel has since come in contact with underground water flowing from the mountain side, generating radioactively contaminated water every day…

Yomiuri Shimbun, Jan 31, 2017: “It’s a very big turning point,” Yuichi Okamura, a senior official at TEPCO’s Nuclear Power and Plant Siting Division, said at a press conference Monday. “We’ve obtained some valuable data toward work to extract melted nuclear fuel.”

Bloomberg, Jan 31, 2017: The unprecedented nature of the Fukushima disaster means that Tepco is pinning its efforts on technology not yet invented to get the melted fuel out of the reactors.

Watch Tepco’s footage from inside Unit 2 here

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  • theworldisalie theworldisalie

    What I gather is the same crap as always, we have no idea what it is, everything is screwed and highly radioactive everywhere and we have no idea what we are doing or how we are going to clean up what we don't know of or where…..

  • Jebus Jebus

    Looks like #2 reactor was just your run of the mill normal nuclear reactor meltout…

    As opposed to, #1 reactor.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psAuFr8Xeqs

    As opposed to, #3 reactor.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haUawwm7l4k

    And then some. In the Earth. In the sea.

    Almost six years taken to get to so far to go…

  • W8R W8R

    Hello,
    #2 did exactly what it was designed to do. Dump it straight down. So in its case, they know where to look.
    #1 was a structurally inferior, non hardened building. I'd be willing to accept a hydrogen explosion. Hard to tell, they covered it up first and foremost, so who knows how bad it is.
    #3 well, #3 could not happen. The explosion necessary to accelerate the roof of the building at supersonic speeds over a thousand feet in the air.. the extensive damage to unit 4 next door.. the pressures necessary to create a thermonuclear explosion do not, and can not exist in a nuclear power plant. I don't buy gunderson's prompt criticality. In instances where that has occurred all that was generated was a tremendous gamma flash, generally cooking anyone within range, but not generating an explosion. So…
    #4 noble gases were being drawn from Mox reactor 3, and piped into a basement research facility under 4. That's how you get an explosion in a reactor that has been offloaded, and was having its liner replaced.
    So..
    #1 and #2 are underground
    #3 is everywhere…..
    Everywhere………

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Tepco announces Units 1-3 core injection water are reduced to deal with wastewater issues; monitoring temperatures…
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/f1/pla/index-e.html

    Interesting nitrogen injection differences between reactors… http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/f1/pla/2017/images/table_summary-e.pdf

    Flow rate of nitrogen gas injection to Reactors
    Unit1: RPV:28.69N㎥/h PCV:-N㎥/h (as of 5:00 , 1/30 )

    Unit2: RPV:13.60N㎥/h PCV:-N㎥/h (as of 5:00 , 1/30 )

    Unit3: RPV:16.65N㎥/h PCV:-N㎥/h (as of 5:00 , 1/30 )

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      Butchered to fit…apologies:

      http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/column-is-tepco-injecting-liquid-nitrogen-into-reactor1/

      …(cf. To avoid the risk of explosion, Tepco is to inject nitrogen gas to suppression chamber of reactor1 for a month)

      In Earlier 2012, Tepco had one of the nitrogen gas injection equipment stopped by strong wind.

      They were injecting nitrogen gas to avoid the risk of hydrogen gas explosion, but the temperature increased by 6.4℃ only within 90 minutes while the nitrogen gas injection was stopped.

      (cf. Reactor 1 goes over 100℃ within 8 hours without nitrogen injection)

      In Chernobyl, Soviet union injected liquid nitrogen for coolant material. [Wikipedia]

      With the bubbler pool gone, a meltdown was less likely to produce a powerful steam explosion. To do so, the molten core would now have to reach the water table below the reactor. To reduce the likelihood of this, it was decided to freeze the earth beneath the reactor, which would also stabilize the foundations. Using oil drilling equipment, the injection of liquid nitrogen began on 4 May. It was estimated that 25 metric tons of liquid nitrogen per day would be required to keep the soil frozen at −100 °C.[18]:59 This idea[67] was soon scrapped and the bottom room where the cooling system would have been installed was filled with concrete.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/06/tepco-plans-dangerous-liquid-nitrogen-injections-at-fukushima-reactor-2/

      …Then they tried to toss in some instruments but, of course, they melted – like their little helicopter and their robot – which was built to go into reactors, except no one bothered to see if it would work BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE – which it didn’t.

      Now they are going to pump liquid nitrogen into the core of reactor 2. Liquid nitrogen freezes at -346 degrees F and boils at -321 degrees F. A 25 degree F difference. First, they will probably never actually get any liquid nitrogen near the core – it will boil away immediately upon being pumped into the containment (they tried it at Chernobyl – it didn’t work there, either). If, by some physical quirk they manage to pump some on a nuclear core at 3,000 degrees F, they will be mightily surprised at what happens. The expansion ration of liquid nitrogen is about 1:7. They will probably manage to asphyxiate everyone within a block if it doesn’t blow up in their face. But maybe they will get lucky. Maybe they will only release a few billion more lethal doses of radiation.

      Will it cool the core? Not exactly, but it will certainly rupture anything that goes from 3,000 degrees to – 300 in a microsecond – basically anything it touches at the bottom of that reactor. Within about five seconds after they finish screwing THAT up – they will run out of liquid nitrogen.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/05/tepco-to-restart-nitrogen-gas-injection-into-reactor1/

      According to Tepco, they are going to restart the nitrogen gas injection into the suppression chamber of reactor1 on 5/8/2013.

      6~7m3/h will be injected in order to “push out the retained hydrogen gas” and also “look into the effect of radiolysis of water within suppression chamber”, which implies Tepco admits hydrogen gas is being produced from the radiolysis of water.

      If the hydrogen gas density goes over 2%, there is a possibility of further hydrogen explosion.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      Now: 28.69N㎥/h
      Then: 6~7㎥/h

      What gives?

      • AirSepTech AirSepTech

        I am not sure HHD. In the beginning, throw what you think helps at it?
        This is for H2 control from what I understand, currently?

        Now: 28.69N㎥/h
        A 2 car garage is about 90m3
        Volume, for comparison, to get a perspective.

        So every hour, they are putting a 'blanket' about 1/3 the volume of a garage. It is not a lot, in the world of all kinds of crazy uses for gases. If you were using 'cylinders', like most people see commonly, it would be a big deal, their volume is less than 10m3.
        It would be a lot of cylinders.

        I would think (guess/hope/??) they would have 'gas analyzers' to give them some idea what the heck is going on, if this is for fire/explosion suppression.

        Am I even close to what your asking?

        • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

          I read that it would be for a few days (6), then just for a few spurts and now, continual… Also has been increased x5. (ie what gives- why the increase?)

          http://enenews.com/tepco-krypton-85-increased-at-reactor-1-nitrogen-injected-to-reduce-explosive-hydrogen

          • AirSepTech AirSepTech

            I can only guess, the info they give isn't always what I 'think' makes sense. But then they are nukers, sooooo.

            2 general reasons.

            1 Provide a purge for 'atmosphere control'. Applies to any gas, any containment, any reason.

            2 A high rate/volume flow, to evacuate a containment/space of an 'undesirable content'. Could be to work in, paint, dry, stabilize some process, many things.

            Their flow isn't surprising to me, considering the size of things around that hellhole.

            BUT !!, what goes in comes out, and what is in 'that gas' is more than just gas I would think. It is venting something somewhere, hopefully, into a filter of some sort.

            NukeWorld, triple redundant, from equipment to trashbags, there is always an added layer of BS to make things safe.

            70+ years, still can't figure it out. 🙁

      • Sol Man

        Who got the contract to supply the nitrogen?
        They're rolling in the dough now!

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      We may have to use the Nuclear option!

      I have heard this statement 15 times in the last couple days from main stream news media pundits..

      This has to be a sent subliminal message for all the human livestock listening..a promotion of Nuclear Technology.

      Not subtle if you know what to listen and watch out for.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Exercising the nuclear option. Hmmn.

    It''s hard to imagine things getting much worse, but my truth sniffer says they can and probably will.

    x

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Was Dr Anne shown the can? Haven't seen the spam for a couple of days.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Bear through the beginning…

    Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific Ocean Six Years after the Disaster

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUmHCMeG5kk

    Share.

  • Gasser Gasser

    Jimi Hendrix; All along the Watchtower

    Got'a go here to get the rhythm gist down there

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pJV81mdj1ic

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    "There must be some way out of here" …said the ENEnews in grief

    "There's too much lying confusion", …we can't get no Becquerel relief

    
Businessmen make Nuclear reactors, …Plutonium pollutes our earth
    
All of them along the line, …greedily know what its all not worth.

    "There's reason to get excited", …the concerned posters spoke

    "There are many here among us. …who see reactors are broke

    
But you and I, were going through that, …and this may be our fate
    
So let us not talk falsely now, …the ELE hour is getting late".

    All along the watchtower, …enenews keeping the view

    While all the women were there also, …posting facts too.

    Outside in the distance …reactors did blow
    
Two clouds were approaching …turned into radioactive snow.

    [cont]

    • Gasser Gasser

      [Cont]

      "There must be some way out of here" …said the World to the thief

      "There's too much suffering", …we can't get no relief

      Doctors, they sell my blood, …machines dig my grave

      None of them along the line, …know how many they can't save.

      "No reason to get excited", …TEPCO blindly spoke

      "There are many among them. …who treat life like a joke

      
But you and I, we've been through that, …and this is not our F'ing fate
      
So let us not talk falsely now, …the 11th hour, it's getting late".

      All along the watchtower,…enenews kept the view

      Some became solution cognizance.…some always knew.

      Outside in the distance…wild Bucky ball's went into no logic foul
      
Two electric charges were approaching, …the atomic wind began to howl.

      "There must be some way out of here"

      ~Gasser Classic~

  • Jebus Jebus

    So many parts are broken.

    So many ways to say it.

    So many need to know.

    So much needs to change.

    Hidden Truth // Ocean Pollution Awareness Short Film

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0DH14pqqho

    So many generations are now aware.

    Share it so there is, more…

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Is the off topic forum inaccessible to others, or just me? I had a dream that the admin loaded up the off topic forum with B420, HDog and a few others and sent it into deep space toward the most distant galaxy GN-z11 in Ursa Major. On the hand, maybe Ive been banned

  • Jebus Jebus

    Hopefully…

    Watch these two short vids of graphs off the coast of FU on a timeline.

    Did I say timeline?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvsVfXHp7Ig

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-03gj2QrwZI

  • Jebus Jebus

    Atoms For Parts No Longer There… 😐

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Cut Tepco some slack…There's a reason they can't find the cores…

    http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1667/RR3206
    Radiation-Induced Cognitive Impairments are Associated with Changes in Indicators of Hippocampal Neurogenesis
    …This study shows significant cognitive impairments after a modest dose of radiation and demonstrates that the Barnes maze is particularly sensitive for the detection of radiation-induced cognitive deficits in young adult mice. The significant loss of proliferating SGZ cells and their progeny suggests a contributory role of reduced neurogenesis in the pathogenesis of radiation-induced cognitive impairments.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      and the radiation induced cognitive impairment probably explains why I cant understand the posters innuendo here. Maybe innuendo comprehension is the first to go. In the end you believe in the ICRP model and CERN portals and that life can barely hang on with background radiation. Then you die

      • DUDe DUDe

        "..why I cant understand the posters innuendo here.."

        "..B420, HDog…and a few others.."

        Sentences like that always gives me the undefined creeps too..i'm i "a other" ? Just not sure after that post from AST that is now gone with the vanished OT section before i could flesh it out. It had some conclusion (and a good link) in it i'm not sure was warranted..since i did not order anything yet.. A hell of an overnight cleanup..but cleaner it is i admit..

        • Byrian420 Byrian420

          Oh my look at that Jebus got the whole Non-Nucler forum taken down. What a bunch of cry babies lmao. I guess that's a good thing though so that people can't see that stocks brain has been heavy damaged from Fluoride and everybody is blind as a bat when it comes to the MANDELA EFFECT/QUANTUM EFFECT. 🙂

        • DUDe DUDe

          AST..do i need to worry ? A simple yes or no would be decent..i'm not a "traitor"..i hope i'm not looked upon as one..

          • AirSepTech AirSepTech

            No, haha, I just included you with all the others that tried to have a rational discourse. I did forget Jebus by name, he was actually 'threatened', in a veiled manner.

            I'm sure someone will get another chance. 100% sure. 🙁

  • Gasser Gasser

    Radioactive Times Ahead

    The human species have amused their self to death
    We've all Rock and Rolled to our last Cesium breath

    All being reduced to blind Sheeple knowing lot less
    Millions of deformed babies born to ugly to caress

    Pink sunsets Wow! the Sheeple taken on Cellphones
    As Strontium 90 enters bodies saturating their bones

    And Gamma rays shooting through the Atmosphere
    The news quells the ELE factor, keeping down fear

    Paid off experts and professors say every things Ok
    But we are wise to their bullshit they spew each day

    Soon there won't be anyone left for World population
    Only Becquerel discharges into a total disintegration

    ~Gasser Classic~

  • GOM GOM

    Fukushima Molten Corium~ "The Lava Lamp Effect" Some of it Still Oozing

    Video (shows ENE)

    Fukushima Molten Corium ~ "The Lava Lamp Effect" …: http://youtu.be/AlJ3UIUmHXE

  • GOM GOM

    TEPCO: There is no fuel in the bottom of the RPV in any significant amount”

    The Mysterious Case Of The Missing Fukushima Fuel

    https://nuclear-news.net/2016/08/17/the-mysterious-case-of-the-missing-fukushima-fuel/

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    The text in the before picture is a typo. Instead of "flat bar" they meant FUHAR.

    the text in the after image is F-d up beyond all FUBAR.

    Looks like ALIENS acid blood melted through the hull

    This is just an experiment in incrementalism.

    excrementalism

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Big turning point, my ass.

    Captain Ahab sticks a harpoon in Moby Dick. Oh, yeah. Big turning point

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    What was thin, is now gone,
    What was hanging, went flying,
    What was healthy, is now sick or dead,
    What was contained and enclosed, is now free ,
    What was flourishing and promising, is now evacuated and abandoned,
    What was safe and secure, was hoaxed and exposed,
    What was flat, is now round or perforated,
    What was surreal and stumped, is now far worse than previously,
    Should it continue? Some say yes.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    164 metric tons of molten nuclear fuel from the core of Unit 2.
    What are we seeing in the video?
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/tepconews/library/archive-j.html?video_uuid=bo88kf1n&catid=61699
    Perhaps a couple hundred pounds of corium splatter on the Pedestal walls and grate.
    The wispy steam is from the corium splatter.
    Means that the corium is not in a neat pile under that grate.

    Muon imagery told us that, outside of corium splatter, there is no corium remaining in the reactor vessel.
    Conclusion: The molten corium dripped through the grate, to pool on the concrete pedestal floor.
    That corium puddle ate its way through the basement floor in about a week.
    The corium ran through a layer of gravel fill, melting the gravel as it went.
    The corium would then bury itself deep under the plant, in the mudstone aquifer.

    If it fanned out, the corium probably never went too deep.
    If it fanned out, and stayed within the 100' deep aquifer, the flowing groundwater has probably dissolved enough radiation to kill the Pacific Ocean.

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    The 40 years of decommissioning. It was foreseen and ignored.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTLbiz19qu4

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Prediction:
    Tepco will eventually announce that high radiation levels will keep workers from ever removing the reactors.
    A concrete underground wall will be built to a depth of 100', just below the aquifer.
    The wall will surround Units 1-4.
    The 4 reactors, containment vessels, and buildings will be filled with concrete.
    A sarcophagus of concrete, filled with dirt, will be built over the 4 reactors.

    If this work had been started immediately, the Pacific Ocean might have been saved.
    Tepco took more than 5 years to create a frozen underground wall.
    Probably, the damage has been done.

  • Cisco Cisco

    @freebywill…St. Lucie Nuclear Generating Station…A TICKING TIME BOMB

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/energy/cooling-tubes-at-fpl-st-lucie-nuke-plant-show-significant-wear/2166886
    "Cooling tubes at FPL St. Lucie nuke plant show significant wear"
    By Ivan Penn, Times Staff Writer Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:00pm

    "I'd have to agree that every steam generator has dents," Gundersen said. "But the magnitude of what is going on at St. Lucie is off the charts. These guys are a hundred times worse than the industry average."

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Cisco, havent seen you around here for a loooonnng time

      • Cisco Cisco

        Hey Code,

        Good to see a few of the old crew still here. The death and destruction continues, unabated, under reported and not attributed to the radioactivity that is blanketing North America. Background levels are 3/5 times what they were 5 years ago, and NOAA and the fishing industry assures the masses that their Pacific catches are safe to eat. California and West Coast produce is safe too, I bet.

        Now with our great exalted ruler, we can get rid of some of those pesky regulations that are holding up development and construction of more nuke plants.

        Is this a great country or what?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    “Unprecedented”: Fukushima reactor “far worse than previously thought” — “Melted fuel has come in contact with underground water”

    Gee ..and this is the one they vented.
    The others ..not unprecedented?

    SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Extended Report 2015
    Feb 23 2015

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=14318

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Unprecedented?
    Unit 1 ..Boom!
    Unit 3 ..BOOM!
    Unit 4 required photo shop.

    Only the situation at Unit 2 is unprecedented?!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Ok..I'm emotionally involved..
    I'm furious.
    Lot of good that does…

    • DUDe DUDe

      Hi Heart..Not much..:( On top of that..it has the potential to hasten up a burnout from powerlessness..its amazing how much evil can be generated/done if you fragment it over a enormous amount of individuals and each of them just "a bit" corrupt if at all in their own perception..but the litle part they allow to sell or whatever..to coöperate , the sum of them all..is behind all redemption or recuperation..literally 🙁

  • from the story, Mainichi

    there were 548 nuclear fuel rods totaling some 164 metric tons inside the No. 2 reactor… The melted fuel has since come in contact with underground water flowing from the mountain side, generating radioactively contaminated water every day…

    So after 5 years, MSM finally starts telling the truth. Trickle out, as expected.

    shameful to the 3 pound monkey brain.

  • I had a pHD government nuclear "expert" trolling me, saying that because the strontium is so much less soluble than cesium, that it wasn't a concern.

    I did the chemistry calculations, and found that 36 tons of strontium, 6% of 600 tons of fuel exposed to groundwater, could be dissolved in a 2 Olympic size swimming pools.

    "not so soluble" indeed.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      ape-man gets a little information and then thumps his chest as if he knows it all. This problem is big in mainstream science. Did you see the video of Busby and Valentine? –no, we didnt include the hundreds of studies done by Russians, peer reviewed or not…didnt read them and dont believe them because there are too many confounders– THAT is the type of comeback from three pound ape brain man to preserve his hubris.

      'Strontium reacts with water slowly, generally to strontium hydroxide and hydrogen gas. It reacts with water quicker than calcium.
      Strontium is water insoluble, but it does react with water and the Strontium compounds can be water soluble. Examples include strontium carbonate with a water solubility of 10 mg/L, and strontium chromate with a water solubility of 9 mg/L. 90Sr decays to radioactive yttrium, which accumulates in the pituitary and ovaries'

      http://www.lenntech.com/periodic/water/strontium/strontium-and-water.htm

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      Them nuke guys always got an answer.

      Question: When can we live and farm on that 'reclaimed' land where those reactors currently smolder?

      250000AD +/- 2011 years? Thanks!

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    SimplyInfo has posted additional photos of Unit 2 pedestal probe, captured from the video.
    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?cat=33
    Here is the an outline of what can be deduced by the inspection so far:
    Melted fuel dripped out of the bottom of the RPV.
    All of the 640 metric tons of fuel melted and dripped out.
    Muon imagery shows little or no corium remains in the RPV.
    Deposits of corium splatter remain on the grate in the pedestal.
    No corium splatter will be found outside the pedestal, on the containment walls or floor.
    No corium will be found in downcomer pipes or torus.
    All the corium appears to have passed through the pedestal grate, onto the basement floor.
    Wispy steam (not roiling steam) is seen in the video of the interior of the pedestal, means that most of the corium has left the building.

    What is going to be found on the pedestal floor, 10.5' below the grate?
    Probably a large, water-filled hole.
    But the robot will be limited to inspection of the pedestal from the grate up.
    It cannot pass through the grate and capture images of the basement floor.
    At this slow pace of exploration, we are another 5 or more years away from exploring the path the corium took on its way out of the building.
    The question remains:
    "Where is the damn corium, Tepco?"

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This morning..I woke with a 'start' as I often do..
    Remembering ..how many times I mentioned.
    It went down basically whole.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Staring at the corral door.. the horse is gone!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    See image.

    Nuclear fuel likely melted through Fukushima reactor vessel
    Feb 3 2017

    http://asia.nikkei.com/Japan-Update/Nuclear-fuel-likely-melted-through-Fukushima-reactor-vessel

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Looking at it..and they still say 'likely'.

  • Gasser Gasser

    Peering into Pluto's Plutonium Top Ten Hell

    10. The Liberal's don't see Pluto's Hell, only their own.

    9. The Conservatives looked away from Pluto's poison.

    8. The Scientist $ee a whirlwind of Atoms for potential$.

    7. The Food suppliers see a perplexing Cancer product.

    6. The Worlds Governments see it as Knife to Gun fight.

    5. The average peon is Tax enslaved to feed Pluto's Hell.

    4. The Pessimist sees a full blown Atomic Genie FUBAR.

    3. The Optimist sees/seeks Genie Becquerel sequestering.

    2. The Realist sees 300 tons of Corium criticality fissioning.

    1. The ENEnews folks saw it all unfold as it was never told.

    ~Gasser Classic~

  • W8R W8R

    Hello,
    In the first weeks following the accident I was ridiculed for the statement "The corium has left the building".
    It 6 years for them to admit it.
    Yet there was never any question..
    It's actually the best case scenario, as horrific as that sounds.
    What number 1 and number 3 did was much worse.
    Not that any of it is good obviously.
    Massive poisoning worldwide.
    " third of the air third of the land and a third of the sea"

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