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The head of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Takashi Sawada, said yesterday that fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3 have melted and settled at the bottom of their containment vessels, confirming fears that the plant suffered a partial meltdown after last month’s huge earthquake and tsunami.
Nuclear fuel inside the crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has partially melted and settled in granular form at the bottom of pressure vessels, according to an analysis by the Atomic Energy Society of Japan made public by Friday.
The panel has also said that the fuel grains with a diameter of between several millimeters and 1 centimeter are believed to have settled evenly at the bottom of the vessels, leaving almost no possibility of a nuclear chain reaction called ''recriticality.'' english.kyodonews.jp...
Originally posted by TupacShakur
reply to post by Maxmars
Yeah I figured the top scientific minds at work trying to solve this problem would have thought about using liquid nitrogen long ago. Well the gulf oil spill seemed like it would be the end of life as we know it, and so far we're still alive.
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