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C: In some of the images below the round floor is a large hole that lets you see deeper inside the reactor building. There appears to be a roundish structure below.
Originally posted by burntheships
reply to post by Tworide
Hi and welcome to ATS, and to the "Nuclear Emergency" thread.
Seems we attract all kinds of attention here. I see that you are 42 Milliways, Dont Panic.
Interesting name and avatar.
So you dropped in and your first post is about PU- 239 and your not worried, right?
''I can't tell you. It's private information as well,'' said Yasuki Murata, a 44-year-old TEPCO worker from the planning and public relations section for the plant, batting away repeated questions about the extent of his radiation exposure in a telephone interview Wednesday with Kyodo News.
Since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant, causing it to release radioactive materials into the environment, Murata has been staying inside a two-story antiseismic building on the plant's premises whose few windows are all covered with lead plates to prevent radiation from penetrating inside.
The only time Murata goes outside is when trucks arrive at the building with food from the J-village soccer training facility around 20 kilometers away, which serves as the base in Fukushima Prefecture for dealing with the nuclear disaster, he said.
That, my friend, is the reactor pressure vessel itself (or what is left of it) where there was once uranium and plutonium rods separated by control rods. ... The corium melted its way out the bottom just before the explosion, opening the inner part of the reactor up. When the steam flashed, it immediately filled the area right above it, which was apparently the reactor vessel. ... I originally thought the steam explosion had come from around the sides of the RPV. Nope. It came from the RPV itself. That massive plume of dark gray smoke was the innards of the reactor being blown into the air.
Originally posted by DancedWithWolves
reply to post by burntheships
Agreed about the MOX fuel. My concerns remain about how much fresh and spent Mox (destined for their future storage facility already under construction) was housed at Fukushima in the reactor pools or more likely in one of the two common spent fuel pools (there are two apparently.)
How much MOX did Fukushima have in those pools is still the lingering question. If the neutrons start picking partners and dancing together across all of Fukushima I...well...you want to know who or what you're dancing with. I haven't seen TEPCO come out with anything resembling an inventory list of fresh and spent fuel yet.
Yes, we owe green peace and others who kept MOX from Reactor 1 for so long.
Linda L. Gunter, a spokeswoman for Tokyo Electric, dismissed the N.R.C. analysis, saying Thursday morning, “We believe the containment for the reactor is still functioning at Unit 2; however, the damage to the suppression pool may be the source of the radiation.”