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Expert commentary, including from the METI Nuclear Accident Response Director, has warned that the constant flow of water may lead to further structural instability of the buildings. [...] 1000 tonnes of water per day runs down from the surrounding hills, further softening the ground [...]
So, here we have a potential catastrophe unfolding in plain sight [...] They know – or certainly should know – that they are drifting into ever more risky circumstances, as the volumes of water increasingly render the ground underneath the reactors unstable. All parties also know that Tepco is prepared to start removing fuel rods from November [...]
Given the implications of a mishap in fuel-rod removal, as well as the myriad other problem areas at the plant, the word “shameful” seems hardly strong enough. [...]
If something went wrong and the site went into uncontrollable meltdown would we ever consider nuking the site?
Originally posted by this_is_who_we_are
reply to post by Awen24
So.. what is the general consensus on duct tape as a means to keep fallout laden air from coming in anyway?
Originally posted by stirling
They have reports of steam rising from cracks in the ground already....They are just marking time...............
Originally posted by Shiloh7
I struggle with the thought of how much nuclear pollution can the ocean absorb before becoming toxic? Will the spill travel in a pool - like oil- or will it simply permeate throughout the oceans?
Liquefaction threat adds to Fukushima ills [...]
[The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear] plant, part of which was built on filled-in land, also faces the risk of liquefaction if another big temblor hits. [...]
The large volume of groundwater flowing under the plant is creating [...] the possibility that the land it stands on will liquefy if another major earthquake hits.
The east side of the reactor buildings, in an area close to the sea where land was filled in, appears more vulnerable to liquefaction. [Atsunao Marui, a groundwater expert and principal senior researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology] said the reclaimed land consists of clay and crushed rocks, through which water can easily pass. [...]
And because the [underground] wall is blocking a certain amount of groundwater, the level of groundwater has risen in the fill area, raising the risk of liquefaction if and when another earthquake hits, Tepco said. [...]
“(Tepco) is seeing a danger that the area near the sea might become like mud, so it is pumping up the groundwater,” said Marui. [...]