Yes there is piles of fuel inside the shell of the former plant. No its not quite burning through the earth, but it is.Water is only a stop gap measure to keep the fuel from com-busting.
The heat is so intense near the fuel that Japanese robots cant withstand the heat and fail to operate. They have no idea of the location of the fuel of the current state the fuel is in. If the protective coating is gone from the fuel, when exposed to air it will com-bust.
The 'China Syndrome' (movie) is far from accurate - if you are referring to nuclear material being able to melt its way all the way through the crust and out the outside of the Earth that is. In reality it could only melt through several meters of concrete/soil before it cools enough to stop - in a worse case scenario.
The China Syndrome refers to a scenario in which a molten nuclear reactor core could could fission its way through its containment vessel, melt through the basement of the power plant and down into the earth. While a molten reactor core wouldn’t burn “all the way through to China” it could enter the soil and water table and cause huge contamination in the crops and drinking water around the power plant. It’s a nightmare scenario,the stuff of movies. And it might just have happened at Fukushima. Read more: science.time.com...
I don't think this would anywhere close to an ELE. Worst case scenario would be a large portion of Japan would be uninhabitable for hundreds of years. Radiation of ocean water could potentially (or is) affecting seafood that would cause worldwide food shortages but nothing that would cause an ELE. As for timetable for removal of the rods, I'm thinking decades is a realistic assessment.
Even the tiniest mistake during an operation to extract over 1,300 fuel rods at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan could lead to a series of cascading failures with an apocalyptic outcome, fallout researcher Christina Consolo told RT. Fukushima operator TEPCO wants to extract 400 tons worth of spent fuel rods stored in a pool at the plant’s damaged Reactor No. 4. The removal would have to be done manually from the top store of the damaged building in the radiation-contaminated environment.
Te It is certainly a major issue and will continue to be for many decades to come. As a side note, there is a typhoon heading up the coast of Japan at the moment and will affect Fukishima. Just a matter of days before we find out if their hundreds of hastily constructed water storage tanks can handle 200 km/h winds. xt
It's quite simple. Anyone who speaks of an ELE in relation to Fukushima has absolutely no idea what they're talking about. They're agents of disinformation.
There isn't a chance in hell that Fuku could wipe out the species. There isn't a chance in hell that it can kill the oceans.
There will be increased incidences of cancer and leukemia. We've been cranking up the dial on cancer cases since the onset of the industrial revolution, best I can tell.
This is an issue for Japan, but it doesn't truly impact the world.
Try to get real figures from someone who says this is an ELE, and if they actually do respond, follow their leads. Find their sources. Notice the lies by omission, exaggerations, changing of goal-posts, appeal to emotion, false appearance of authority... look for these things. It's littered all throughout the "truth-seeking" regarding this event.
You want to think of a potential ELE, think of an x-class solar flare pointed right at Earth. That will wipe out most of the infrastructure, and cause, amongst many other things, 400 reactors to go into meltdown all at once globally. Then we're cooking!
Until then, puff, drink, and play. Enjoy your day!
Christina Consolo: Although fuel rod removal happens on a daily basis at the 430+ nuclear sites around the world, it is a very delicate procedure even under the best of circumstances. What makes fuel removal at Fukushima so dangerous and complex is that it will be attempted on a fuel pool whose integrity has been severely compromised. However, it must be attempted as Reactor 4 has the most significant problems structurally, and this pool is on the top floor of the building. - The process of removing each rod will have to be repeated over 1,300 times without incident.
- Moving damaged nuclear fuel under such complex conditions could result in a criticality if the rods come into close proximity to one another, which would then set off a chain reaction that cannot be stopped.
What could potentially happen is the contents of the pool could burn and/or explode, and the entire structure sustain further damage or collapse. This chain reaction process could be self-sustaining and go on for a long time. This is the apocalyptic scenario in a nutshell.
"The computer-modeling study showed a nuclear war between the two countries involving 50 Hiroshima-sized nuclear devices [which are relatively small] on each side would cause massive urban fires and loft as much as 5 million metric tons of soot about 50 miles into the stratosphere [...]. The soot would absorb enough solar radiation to heat surrounding gases, setting in motion a series of chemical reactions that would break down the stratospheric ozone layer protecting Earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation." The study is titled "Massive Global Ozone Loss Predicted Following A Regional Nuclear Conflict" and it was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (April 7th issue):