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Originally posted by RUDDD
This is all that's left of #4, the one that's JUST gone sky-high.
HirokoTabuchi Contrary to some reports, a core group of workers remain at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. It is not abandoned.
PARIS - The concrete vessel around the No. 2 reactor at Japan's Fukushima plant, designed to contain radioactive debris, is 'no longer sealed,' Andre-Claude Lacoste, head of France's Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), said on Tuesday.
It appears that for the first time, the containment system around one of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors has been breached.
Reporting from Tokyo and Los Angeles
— Dangerous levels of radiation escaped a quake-stricken nuclear power plant after one reactor's steel containment structure was apparently breached by an explosion, and a different reactor building in the same complex caught fire after another explosion, Japan's leaders told a frightened population. Authorities warned that people within 20 miles of the crippled reactors should stay indoors to avoid being sickened by radiation.
Two sources told NBC News' Robert Bazell that the blast breached the containment structure and that radiation had leaked out.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
reply to post by rancher1
Just to add:
Those last 50 workers are still heroes. The clock has been slowed, giving a few more precious hours to evacuate the surrounding population. They will probably die an early death, but in doing so they may have saved the lives of thousands.
They stayed until the last possible minute. That is sufficient.
Dude that is so heavy!!!!
Those 50 workers are truly hero's! They should be honored by all of humanity, not just Japan! Here's to those who give their all!
Originally posted by okiecowboy
so how much fuel are we talking here. it's hard to get the exact number but
The Fukushima Daiichi plant has seven pools for spent fuel rods. Six of these are (or were) located at the top of six reactor buildings. One “common pool” is at ground level in a separate building. Each “reactor top” pool holds 3450 fuel rod assemblies. The common pool holds 6291 fuel rod assemblies. [The common pool has windows on one wall which were almost certainly destroyed by the tsunami.] Each assembly holds sixty-three fuel rods. This means the Fukushima Daiichi plant may contain over 600,000 spent fuel rods
Japanese commercial nuclear power plants began operation in 1970. Currently there are 53 nuclear power plants in operation. To date close to 20,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel has been generated by Japan's nuclear power program
The quantity of fission products (spent nuclear fuel) produced each year at a full-sized commercial nuclear power plants is massive. A total of approximately 50,000 times the fission products of the Hiroshima bomb are created by Japanese nuclear power plants each year, and this for the most part is cumulative, in other words the material remains radioactive. Most of this waste is being temporarily stored at nuclear power plant sites and must remain segregated from the natural environment