Japan Declares Emergency as Fukushima Reactor Starts to Fall into the Ocean



Scientists at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan have declared a state of emergency as one of the reactors is on the verge of falling into the ocean. 

Lethal levels of radiation have been detected around the site which scientists say stems from a hole caused by melted nuclear fuel.

 Rt.com reports:

Radiation levels of up to 530 Sieverts per hour were detected inside an inactive Reactor 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex damaged during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, Japanese media reported on Thursday citing the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

A dose of about 8 Sieverts is considered incurable and fatal.

A hole of no less than one square meter in size has also been discovered beneath the reactor’s pressure vessel, TEPCO said. According to researchers, the apparent opening in the metal grating of one of three reactors that had melted down in 2011, is believed to be have been caused by melted nuclear fuel that fell through the vessel.

The iron scaffolding has a melting point of 1500 degrees, TEPCO said, explaining that there is a possibility the fuel debris has fallen onto it and burnt the hole. Such fuel debris have been discovered on equipment at the bottom of the pressure vessel just above the hole, it added.

The latest findings were released after a recent camera probe inside the reactor, TEPCO said. Using a remote-controlled camera fitted on a long pipe, scientists managed to get images of hard-to-reach places where residual nuclear material remained. The substance there is so toxic that even specially-made robots designed to probe the underwater depths beneath the power plant have previously crumbled and shut down.

However, TEPCO still plans to launch further more detailed assessments at the damaged nuclear facility with the help of self-propelled robots.

Earlier this week, hopes for a more efficient cleanup at Fukushima were high, as the plant operator announced a portion of nuclear fuel debris responsible for a lot of the lingering contamination from six years ago may have finally been found.

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  1. Williambtm Reply

    Japans Tempco seems not to have not cottoned onto the idea of containment.
    Imagine a sudden outbreak of a virulent strain of syphilis, containment is immediately a vital necessity.
    The Fukushima disaster is far far worse contagion or be it a more compelling deadly manifestation.
    Were the immediate (safely accessible) region to be segregated from its dangerous core emitting source by a concrete or similar effective mixing alternative to be combined for an earthen containment wall, then a process of surface screening could also be implemented, this could immediately confine the spread of highly toxic matter to a specified zone.
    Today there are various foam coating retardants or call them coating substances (this may be an iconic means of dealing with such a fatally poisonous emitting substance) to at least provide a basis for further limitation, or hopefully a realistic containment of the deadly outfall.
    One must admit that there has not been proven at this point of time just how vital this method of containment can be.
    “Somewhere in the realm of psychics, there is the mention of one force being equal or susceptible to the power of an opposing force………. or words to that effect.”
    This magnitudinous disaster demands the powerful thinking minds of the highest academic achieving persons.

    Recall the WW2 German enigma code-breaking ‘grouped crowd of brilliant minds’ formed up to search for the means to ‘crack’ the multi-scrambled secret naval code.

    Today, of course, we have the high-powered almost speed of light electronic devices to handle the computations dealing with whatever the mathematic potentials now available to execute the numerical challenging perspectives, then if all else fails at least a containment process will be best instituted sooner rather than later.

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