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Originally posted by 00nunya00
reply to post by rancher1
No, we've seen "will soon" over and over again. You said IT'S BEEN DONE and that CNBC is saying it----I've been watching, and they've not mentioned it once. NO OTHER news outlets are reporting this----don't you think it would be pretty huge breaking news that everyone's waiting for? I still call BS until you can provide something other than "I heard it, I swear!"
Originally posted by windwaker
Regarding CNBC World, I'm watching it now. Notice that TEPCO stock is down 20% today. I'm sure they'll say anything to keep the company from going under.
If the rods remain hot enough and exposed above the necessary level of cooling water, they will start to melt. If this condition - called slumping - is unarrested, the material will eventually puddle on the containment floor and probably eat away at it, eventually becoming exposed to the external environment. There is still a possibility of introducing enough coolant before that happens to impede damage, but because the geometry of the rods - their very shape - is lost through melting, water's ability to wrap around and cool the radioactive material is greatly diminished. What you have is a large amount of liquid sitting above deadly sludge but not completely enveloping it, and so it continues to eat away at the bottom.
All of this can happen in a matter of days. At Fukushima - and throughout Japan, as rescuers search for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami - time is of the essence..