Nuclear fuel may have fully melted in three of the Fukushima plant reactors, says an adviser with the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency Hidehiko Nishiyama. . . .
Two further reactors at Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant may have suffered meltdown, according to its operators. . .
Three reactors at the hobbled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant could be leaking highly radioactive water outside the reactor buildings following damage to pressure vessels by suspected meltdowns.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. has injected water into the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 reactors to cool fuel rods after normal cooling systems failed following the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
But with the meltdown of fuel rods at the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors considered highly likely, it is probable radioactive water is escaping the reactor buildings through holes in the pressure vessels and in the outer containment vessels as well. . . .
And Alexander Higgins’ blog has many items on it here –
And there are several vids & photos of the current reactor situation on Leak Spinner.
World Nuclear News has PHOTOS of the tsunami hitting Fukushima Dai-Ichi.
WHY ISN’T 3 MELTDOWNS WORLD NEWS??? IGNORED BY TV AND THOUSANDS OF NEWS ARTICLES REMAIN HIDDEN ON GOOGLE NEWS!! MEDIA LYING DOWN ON THIS ONE ( AND THE INVASION OF OIL-RICH N. AFRICAN COUNTRIES ALL AT ONCE AND OBL “HIT” FICTION ETC. ). – F.C.
The nuclear power plant, lawyers argued, could not withstand the kind of major earthquake that new seismic research now suggested was likely.
If such a quake struck, electrical power could fail, along with backup generators, crippling the cooling system, the lawyers predicted. The reactors would then suffer a meltdown and start spewing radiation into the air and sea. Tens of thousands in the area would be forced to flee.
Although the predictions sound eerily like the sequence of events at the Fukushima Daiichi plant following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the lawsuit was filed nearly a decade ago to shut down another plant, long considered the most dangerous in Japan — the Hamaoka station. . .
Mechanical problems caused critical delay
Emergency vents that U.S. officials have said would prevent devastating hydrogen explosions at U.S. nuclear plants were put to the test in Japan — and failed to work . . .
The Japanese government has revealed it had to learn key developments about the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant through media reports.
The news highlights tensions between the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, and the Japanese government. . .
The International Fund for Animal Welfare in April announced a team of radiation and animal rescue experts had been assembled to develop a plan for aiding animals inside the evacuation zone . . .
RENSE (see link on the sidebar) has a good audio file interview with nuke expert Yoichi Shimatsu. Download here.
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