True Horrors Of Japan Nuclear Disaster Revealed In Confidential Leaked Government Document

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A leaked confidential NRC document on the Japan nuclear disaster reveals the situation in Fukushima is worse than anyone expected.

Top scientists in the United States and Japan have discovered a “wide array” of “complex problems” warning that the japan nuclear disaster could continue on indefinitely and things could get much, much worse any minute.

Perhaps the worse news is confirmation that radioactive fragments and particles, including the deadly Plutonium “MOX” fuel, has been shot high into the atmosphere during the hydrogen explosions which means the Plutonium, which would have otherwise caused only localized damaged, will now be carried around the globe.

 

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Breaking from The NY Times Via Energy News:

*Confidential U.S. document* exposes “NEW” threats at Fukushima: “Likely no water” in No. 1 reactor core… Risk of explosions inside containment structures” — “Could persist indefinitely”

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant, New York Times by James Glanz and William J. Broad, April 5, 2011:

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United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats thatcould persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential assessment [dated March 26] prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. …

The Times’ article spotlighted several items of extreme importance:

  • “Semimolten” fuel rods and salt are “impeding the flow of fresh watermeant to cool the nuclear cores” in ALL THREE REACTORS
  • The water flow in reactor No. 1 “is severely restricted and likely blocked
  • Similar problems exist in No. 2 and No. 3, although the blockage is probably less severe
  • “There is likely no water level” inside the core of reactor No. 1
  • There is a possibility of “explosions inside the containment structures

Read the article here.

Source:Energy News

The NY Times goes into much detail with interviews from government officials and recommended courses of actions to help alleviate some of the issues.

Major Problems Found

Here is an overview of the major findings of the problems being faced revealed in confidential document.

  • Measures taken to keep the plant stable have created a wide array of problems.
  • The weight of the water injections have made the reactors vulnerable to ruptures during an aftershock.
  • The release of hydrogen mixed with seawater raises the possibility of the explosion.
  • The mixture of seawater with molten fuel is blocking fresh water from reaching and cooling the reactors.
  • New explosions could lead to further breaches in the containment vessels resulting in a much more serious release of radiation and leave a radioactive mass that would stay molten for a very long period of time.
  • Pouring water to cool the reactors may not be able to be sustained indefinitely
  • Fragments and particles of nuclear materials may have blown up to one mile high in the sky.
  • Radioactive material lying around the plant needed to be bulldozed over.
  • Because of the wide array of complex problems in three different reactors a successful outcome is less certain than ever.
  • Reactor 1 is likely fully blocked from new water entering to cool it and most likely has no water in it at all.
  • Similar problems exist in reactor 2 and 3 although blockage is less severe.
  • The spent fuel rods pose an even greater potential for damage then the reactors themselves.
  • The hydrogen explosion at reactor for is believed to released lots of radioactive material into the environment in what is termed as “a major term release”.
  • Spent fuel rods are being exposed directly to the environment as opposed to the reactors themselves which are still in their containment vessels.

The most blaring thing I read was that the radioactive materials from the plant were blown up to a mile in the sky during the hydrogen explosions.

The document also suggests that fragments or particles of nuclear fuel from spent fuel pools above the reactors were blown “up to one mile from the units,” and that pieces of highly radioactive material fell between two units and had to be “bulldozed over,” presumably to protect workers at the site. The ejection of nuclear material, which may have occurred during one of the earlier hydrogen explosions, may indicate more extensive damage to the extremely radioactive pools than previously disclosed.

Many will find some of the other major points to be the most shocking, such as the weight of the radioactive water in the cooling  pools could bust open the nuclear reactors at any minute and findings by experts that the situation could last indefinitely with no end in sight.

Personally, the news that the nuclear fragments and were blown up to a mile in the sky is very bad news.

Why? Because the most dangerous radioactive contaminant, the Plutonium in the “MOX” fuel,  is very heavy. While kept near ground levels the devastation it can cause is kept localized. Now with the new news that it has been blasted up into the atmosphere, the risk of it spreading to the United states and around the globe is a very real and frightening prospect.

 

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