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But government officials said Saturday night they are not sure whether the primary containment vessels have been breached and are still researching the source of contamination. Analysts say it could be from reactors or from cooling pools where used nuclear rods are stored.
Conditions at the site remain "very grave and serious," Prime Minister Naoto Kan said. "We are not in a position where we can be optimistic. We must treat every development with the utmost care."
The situation at the stricken plant remains unpredictable, government spokesman Yukio Edano said Saturday, adding that it would be "a long time" until the crisis is over.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. is now rushing to inject the reactors with freshwater instead to prevent pipes from clogging and to begin extracting the radioactive water, Hidehiko Nishiyama of Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Saturday.
Originally posted by mrbillshow
Here's another funny thing, they are making a very big deal out of the freshwater injections, fair enough it's better than continued sea water, but all that did was stop the salt build up in the reactor vessel which some estimate at thousands of pounds each. So what they are doing is pumping in fresh water...and turning it into salt water.
In other words, there still is salt water in those reactor vessels, it's still eroding the materials and still building up on the rods. Until they come up with a way to completely flush those vessels, that's not going to change. And I don't think they can do that until someone walks in, opens the RV access plate and does it by hand.
The reality of the situation is likely somewhere in the middle
Originally posted by Eurisko2012
It has been 2 weeks. The only big problem appears to be reactor 3.
This nuclear accident seems to be winding down.
Originally posted by monica86
reply to post by zorgon
See that big Water sewage into the sea?
It's probably underwater. That's where the water is going.
Funny how some official reports state (cannot find the links , i'm with iphone)
"the water injected has already returned to the sea" or something.
As if the water was walking ...
Originally posted by Fractured.Facade
Stick with the gloom and doom and you'll get more stars, and everyone will agree with you.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
reply to post by Fractured.Facade
Also, number three vessel may not be "cracked" ... Reports are showing that the leakage came from piping in the turbine housing not from the vessel itself... But that is still unconfirmed.
I hope that is spun reporting. That water came from wherever the corium is, and I really, really, really hope it is not flowing in the pipes to the turbine room.
Of course, corium would melt the pipes... but my point is, don't listen to the spin. The water came form around the cores. I am certain of that.