posted on Mar, 16 2011 @ 03:47 PM
What an excellent post OP, well done.
I just read on the BBC news website that they are planning for a "joint op'" with the USA to fly a Global Hawk UAV over the site to take
photographs of the insoide of reactor #4 building on Thursday...
Given that the helicopter water dump failed due to radiation levels, and strong winds, and the USA statements about the spent-fuel-rod-storage now
being acknowledged as a critical issue, I am seeing a pattern of very many signs that things are in a very bad way there.
What perplexes me further is that we are still receiving so many conflicting and sketchy 'sound bites' of information.
Here in the UK I have heard various 'experts' briefing us and the media in apparently independent interviews, yet in which not one to my knowledge
mentioned anything about the spent fuel rod storage being a factor or likely to have been damaged in any of the explosions, or affected by the
problems with coolant/plumbing integrity - why? Did they genuinely ALL not understand the construction/arrangement of the plant/building (in a way
it has taken ATSers a few days to work out? Is it just me or does something not sit right there?
As this thread makes clear, there are perhaps MORE reasons to be concerned about the integrity of spent-fuel rod storage in the affected buildingS,
and that should surely have been clear to the 'experts' from the minute they knew of the first explosion documented on video and camera?
However, all of the discussion was carefully framed around concern for the integrity of the reactor core - yes very, very concerning - but as I
understand it if the storage tanks were breached by any of those explosions - or indeed caused them, then the 'experts' should surely have been
clarifying, or AT LEAST acknowledging the hazards and concerns there from that point - it could have made a difference to people in Japan, and perhaps
sped up the international response?
The Japanese gov, and TEPCO are clearly feeding out positive lines and fractured/sketchy info - like the news about the power cable - sounds
positive, but in light of what WE know, it could very well have NO effect if there is already an exploded spent fuel rod tank, partly spread in bits
around a building and partly burning in remains that nobody can get near?