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Originally posted by DrZrD
reply to post by Alternative4u
IMO, absolutely not, the danger is worse than most suspect.
First, the data released by TEPCO on July 23, 2012 shows uncontrolled recriticality restarting after a long decline in reactor #1 following a series of shallow April 2012 earthquakes near the Fukushima Daiichi complex.
Notice that two independent Krypton 85 measurements dramatically increase in early April 2012 and that random recriticality spikes continue after this date. On average, 1000 Uranium-235 fissions only produce 3 stable Kr85 atoms making the 2 order of magnitude increase in Kr85 observed in April significant.
Second, this same report by TEPCO shows very high oxygen levels in reactor 3 strongly suggesting the primary containment is breached.
Note that while all three reactors are purged with pure nitrogen gas, reactor 3 alone shows an anomalously high oxygen content compared to the other air tight reactor complexes.
I am looking for more current data to learn the current status. Nevertheless, uncontrollable recriticality should worry everyone.