Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fukushima Update: Just Getting Worse

Readers of this blog know that I was alarmed about the real status of the Fukushima nuclear disaster within 24 hours of the 9.0 earthquake on March 11th.  The first hydrogen explosion ended any doubt about whether Fukushima was experiencing a catastrophic event. 

It was also obvious that both the Japanese Government and Tokyo Electric Power were both not fully aware of what was happening at the plants and were being less than forthright with the public about what they did know.

So just how bad were things at Fukushima? Worse than even I thought. 

It is now clear that 3 reactors have melted down, with fuel dropping to the floor. 

At least 2 containment vessels have breaches allowing massive radiation to contaminate the reactor buildings and reach the environment.

And it is also clear that the fuel damage and breaching of the containment vessels happened within hours of the earthquake. 

It will probably be the case that the earthquake delivered a fatal blow to the plants, even before the tsunami hit.

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