They said that half the length of the fuel rods are exposed in unit 2 , Ummm ... what they didnt say is they have been since yesterday . Which means
they are melted and are at the bottom of the inner containment vessel . Or at the bottom of the suppression chamber . That would mean full melt down ,
Im not sure. Is this possible without a huge explosion redneck?
To me it sounds like (just a guess on my part) it sounds like the molten core hit the suppression pool..that would explain the noise would it not? It
so hard trying to figure this out...seems like most of the broadcasts from the area are just chopped up bits and parts that add to the confusion
Is reasonable to assume that if containment is breached in reactor #2, and a subsequent explosion occurs, given the relatively close proximity of the
other reactors we may see a domino effect with other reactors?
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What they have been saying all along..in fact its the only fix I have heard for any reactor is "more seawater"
If in fact the core has melted and breached the reactor, and is in the suppresion pool,, and If in fact it is damaged like they think.....not sure it
is fixable without just building a concrete tomb or something ..
With regards to pumping water and the explosions, yes that will happen as water breaks down into hydrogen and oxygen, and with something that hot
will ignite. And also i guess the explosion might be due to fuel or melted rods hitting the containment chamber creating excess pressure.
I would think that is very reasonable to assume..given the fact that we have damage at reactor 1, 2,3,4 to some extent...and If radiation levels
are getting higher..they will all be almost impossible to take care of..
just my 2 cents tho
This does not include all nuclear power plants in Japan, just the plants (or operating company's) that have come-up for discussion so far. Of
course, all this information is coming from "official" (or Powers-That-Be) sources, such as the companies that are the owner/operators. The
assumption, is that information from their press releases is at least delayed (i.e. not real-time), and fixed for political-correctness. Obviously,
there is discussion about how bad things are (compared to the "official" story). So, presuambly the "official" story is the "best case" scenario.
Where possible, both Wikipedia and Company links are provided below.
I got "Tokyo Electric Power Company" (aka TEPCO) and "Tohoku Electric Power" confused.
TEPCO owns/operates Fukushima (I and II) and Kashiwazaki-Kariwa.
"Tohoku Electric Power" owns/operates Onagawa.
Here's a hiearchial quick-reference that you may find helpful:
No reports from owner/operator (Tepco) about any on-going issues at this site.
Two reactors on-site (two more are still under-construction).
There are also coal-burning generators at the same plant.
Reactor #1: No reported issues.
Reactor #2: No reported issues.
Obviously, if there is a company or goverment source we can site that would change what I have posted here, let me know so we can get it
The goal of this is not to try to explain everything that might be going-on, just to get some basic facts out about the site's
involved. Hope this helps!
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The past few days I've been trying to be a voice of calm since (at that time) there was no need for serious concern, although the plant was having
difficulty the main containment structures were holding together.
Now that #2 has had a breach I'm officially frightened. I still haven't heard a good explanation of what was different with this explosion but this
just feels different & does not feel good.
I had tried to maintain a mindset similar to yours. However, as this thing has unfolded with the continuous ups and downs, my timid disposition has
been thrown into the washing machine. This is becoming the never ending roller coaster ride, and sadly if it is indeed confirmed that the reactor
containment structure has been breached this roller coaster is about to venture off the tracks. That containment structure is the last line of
defense. I hope I am wrong and the structural integrity has been maintained. However, as more information trickles down it seems the Japanese
engineers have lost the war? This is indeed a very serious crisis.
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Just got back from fleshing out my emergency food supplies, duct tape, plastic sheeting, etc. I suggest you all do the same. It NEVER hurts to be
prepared for disaster. None of the supplies you buy will be a waste; they can be repurposed if they reach the end of their shelf life.
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