Water level now below BOTTOM of fuel rods in No. 1 — Suggests nuclear fuel is in a molten mass at bottom of reactor (VIDEO)

Published: May 12th, 2011 at 5:55 am ET
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Water leaking from No.1 reactor, NHK, May 12, 2011:

Tokyo Electric Power Company says water may be leaking from a hole in the No.1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, causing a sharp drop in the water level inside the reactor. […]

On Thursday morning, it was found that the water level was more than one meter below the bottom of the fuel rods. The water is believed to be leaking into the containment vessel. […]

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said that if the latest data is accurate, it seems parts of the fuel rods have melted and accumulated at the bottom of the reactor. But it added that it believes the fuel rods are being cooled.

Unit 1, you need substantial revision of the cooling system, MBS Mainichi News, May 12, 2011:

Excerpts from translation by EX-SKF

[I]t is possible that the fuel rods have melted to the bottom of the RPV, and the molten mass is being cooled by the water at the bottom, according to the [government] source.

Published: May 12th, 2011 at 5:55 am ET
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21 comments to Water level now below BOTTOM of fuel rods in No. 1 — Suggests nuclear fuel is in a molten mass at bottom of reactor (VIDEO)

  • fireguyjeff

    And we thought Homer Simpson was stupid!
    Every day seems like they consulted with him on how to deal with this nightmare.

  • radegan

    “…fuel rods have melted and accumulated at the bottom of the reactor. But it added that it believes the fuel rods are being cooled.”

    The blob is being cooled? Not the center of the blob. Maybe the outside crust of the blob.

  • radegan

    And you won’t need to watch those pesky, fear-inducing animations anymore, either:

    “Thank you for your interest in the FLEXPART products for Fukushima. The Forecast system is no longer running.”

  • Heart of the Rose

    Sometimes I like to consider the back halls in Washington.
    I like to think about the lying, cheating, stealing.
    I like to think about the ones that know about the situation in the GOM, the ones that know the situ in the Middle east and now.
    It’s a bit messier than they expected and the people are closer to the truth than they expected.
    You have to know the scrabble is on.
    I know they are sweating this.
    GOOD!..and while they are at it ..they might sense the flames of HELL upon their ankles.
    They want the people to die blind.

  • OneWhoRelates

    Hmm Corium confirmed in R1, highly suspect in R2, probable in R3, potentially forming in the cooling pool in R4.

    But remember folks
    {begin sarcasm}
    There is no problem everything is under control and no radiation from Fukushima Daiichi will reach the US, Canada, or Europe.

    And in off chance radiation does reach you, Ann Coulter said “it’d be good for us, after all cancer is killed by radiation.”
    {end sarcasm}

  • This seems so out of step ….
    Pakistani premier inaugurates nuclear power plant

    ISLAMABAD, May 12, Kyodo

    Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday inaugurated a 330-megawatt nuclear power plant built with Chinese assistance.

  • johnlh

    It is good, the Jap are learning their lesson, and they will understand better next time….

    If they will have a Japan ,say 1,000,000years later

  • Ben

    There is another live cam you can access from here: http://www.webcamgalore.com/EN/webcam/Japan/Fukushima/10886.html

    It’s the one from behind the plant, looking toward the sea, with the plant in the foreground.

    That camera is now off as well. The last picture it took was at 18:01 (6 pm) and it showed a pretty large and low-hanging BLACK CLOUD above the plant, covering most of it and very distinct from the grey cloudy sky above it. It had to be smoke, and it looked worse (larger and thicker) than I’ve ever seen it. No longer those white plumes of smoke/steam going upward. It was a black cloud of smoke spread across and low above the plant, parts of it hugging the ground. The next picture, taken one hour later at 19:01, shows nothing but a black screen.

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/f1-np/camera/index-j.html