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Nuclear Risk Expert: Fukushima Fuel May Be Leaking 500

Posted by timothy
from the so-step-lively dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Three weeks after the nuclear crisis began at Japan's Fukushima Dai-1 power plant, there's still a real danger of melted nuclear fuel escaping the reactor buildings and releasing a large dose of radiation. So says Theo Theofanous, an engineer who spent 15 years studying the risks of nuclear reactors. Theofanous believes that melted nuclear fuel has already leaked through the reactor vessels and accumulated at the bottoms of the primary containment structures. All attempts to keep the reactor buildings cool may not be enough to prevent the overheated fuel from eating through the concrete floors, he says."
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Nuclear Risk Expert: Fukushima Fuel May Be Leaking

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  • by Antisyzygy (1495469) on Friday April 01, 2011 @09:42PM (#35691592)
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 02, 2011 @12:34AM (#35692098)

    Exactly. The reactor is failing through the modes it was designed for. First melting through the inner steel containment, then the outer containment shell, then sinking through a few meters of concrete, there to be dispersed harmlessly through the water table.
    Pfft! And some people thought the people who engineered the thing had no plan for graceful degradation!

  • by khallow (566160) on Saturday April 02, 2011 @12:36AM (#35692102)

    There is a good deal of information out there if you speak Japanese. Otherwise, you have to wait for someone to translate it which doesn't always happen. If you don't speak Japanese then you are in no position to comment on the amount of information that is or is not coming out.

    Nonsense, there is a one-size-fits-all narrative to describe anything in nuclear power. The management is corrupt, incompetent, and greedy. Nuclear power itself is like a coiled serpent, ready to strike at any moment, laying waste to hundreds of square miles of land.

What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away.