Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Japan May Have Lost The Race To Save Nuclear Reactor: Core of Reactor 2 May Have Melted Onto Floor

The Guardian in the U.K reports that Japan's Fukushima rector 23 core appears to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel and on to a concrete floor.
The warning was issued after an analysis by Richard Lahey, who was head of safety research for boiling-water reactors at General Electric when the company installed the units at Fukushima.

Lahey said that the Japanese have  "lost the race" to save the reactor. He added however, that there was no danger of a Chernobyl-style catastrophe.

"The indications we have, from the reactor to radiation readings and the materials they are seeing, suggest that the core has melted through the bottom of the pressure vessel in unit two, and at least some of it is down on the floor of the drywell," "I hope I am wrong, but that is certainly what the evidence is pointing towards."

"It won't come out as one big glob; it'll come out like lava, and that is good because it's easier to cool."
"The reason we are concerned is that they are detecting water outside the containment area that is highly radioactive and it can only have come from the reactor core," "It's not going to be anything like Chernobyl, where it went up with a big fire and steam explosion, but it's not going to be good news for the environment."

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