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Water was sprayed into the reactor for a total of 7 hours during the day. TEPCO reported afterward that the water had been effective in lowering the temperature around the spent fuel rods to below 100 °C.
Officials learn that the crisis will not end with power recovering as the cooling pumps are damaged beyond repair and must be replaced. An emergency order has been placed for new pumps for unit 2 that suffered less damage than the units 1 and 3. Smoke was still rising from units 2 and 3 but was less visible and was theorized to be steam following operations to spray water onto the buildings
Radioactive water from Japan's quake-striken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is leaking into the sea, its operator said. The 20cm (8in) crack in a containment pit under reactor two may be the source of recent radiation in coastal waters, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) officials said.
Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) was forced on Monday to release low-level radioactive seawater that had been used to cool overheated fuel rods after it ran out of storage capacity for more highly contaminated water. TEPCO said it would release more than 10,000 tonnes of water about 100 times more radioactive than legal limits in order to free storage capacity for more highly contaminated water.
Continued work from yesterday, we have put 6,000 litters of coagulant into the breakage and surrounding ground after investigation of the leakage route by putting tracer into the 9 holes drilled around electrical conduit and the pit. As at 9:30 am, we have been observing there is no leakage of water into the sea from the pit.
The ongoing radiological release from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has led Japanese authorities to raise the rating of the accident there to Level 7.
One of the reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant did suffer a nuclear meltdown, Japanese officials admitted for the first time today, describing a pool of molten fuel at the bottom of the reactor's containment vessel.
Originally posted by mileslong54
Amazing post! S&F Thank you for this information, so sad but the truth must be told. Thanks!
Thanks for the intelligent post and you're right about entombment, in fact if they do it prematurely, it could make matters worse. At least they can get water on the reactor and fuel while it's not entombed. once it's entombed the heat will build up for several reasons, one because there's no longer water taking the heat out, and secondly because the tomb will actually seal the heat in. So they really need to get it under control before they entomb it, and it's not in control yet. It was never about trying to salvage it.
Originally posted by GhostR1der
Entombing won't solve all the problems if the corium is in the bedrock producing high pressure, radioactive steam, or where seep and water channels may exist. It's all sitting on fractured, crumbly sandstone, so many errors have lead to this event occuring.