3 Nuclear Reactors Melted Down

The news from Fukushima just gets worse. On June 7, CNN reported that Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) admitted that not one but, all three operating nuclear reactors had melted down.

Previously, they had admitted to only one melt-down and that admission came more than two months after it happened. Now we find that all three melted down within a week of the tsunami.

Regular readers of this blog won’t be surprised about this cover-up. What’s frightening is the bullshit the authorities keep cramming down our throats. What’s even more frightening is the crap we’re breathing and probably eating. The media is all atwitter with the e-coli in Europe that has killed a couple dozen people. Where’s the ass media when it comes to warning about the increase of millions of early deaths that are going to be caused in the future by Fukushima’s radiation-induced cancers? Europe’s e-coli scare is nothing but a distraction.

Ok, so how bad is the nuclear disaster going to get? Consider that it takes a million gallons of water an hour to keep all six Fukushima reactors under control when they are operating normally (3 were not operating during the quake). This huge water requirement is why they were built on the sea coast. Consider also that when fully operational, the cooling system is a closed system. Water heated by nuclear fuel is isolated from circulating cooling water that re-enters the ocean. Consider also, that when operating, the heat produced by nuclear fuel is converted to steam which drives turbine generators, Consider further that the adjustable fuel rods’ zirconium cladding controls heat output.

All that changed after the tsunami. The cooling system is broken beyond repair. It is no longer a closed system. Seawater is directly applied to the melted fuel rods. Plus, the radioactive steam created by the fully exposed fuel rods no longer dissipates its energy turning turbine generators. It is now vented directly into the atmosphere that we all breathe. Furthermore, the zirconium cladding has melted, it’s no longer regulating thermal output and now 100% of the nuclear fuel is generating heat. This means that many times more than one million gallons of water per hour is required to prevent over-heating. So what is happening to the millions of gallons of seawater pouring on the melted nuclear fuel every hour? Some turns to steam and enters the atmosphere that we all breathe and the rest flows back into the ocean whose fish we eat.

Oh, and just because the other three reactors had been shut down for repairs before the tsunami doesn’t mean they’re safe. They still contain nuclear fuel rods that need to be immersed in water and all six reactors have pools of spent fuel rods that also need to be cooled by water. In fact, reactor No. 4 fuel pool ran dry, burned several times and blew up, strewing highly radioactive debris outside the containment building and adding to TEPCO’s difficulties in cleaning up the site. To put it into perspective, Fukushima has more than ten times the amount of active and spent nuclear fuel than Chernobyl had. Plus, some of Fukushima’s fuel contains highly radioactive Plutonium which Chernobyl did not use. And TEPCO keeps telling us that they’ve only released 10% of Chernobyl’s radiation. Do you believe anything they tell us?

So why is the ass media not reporting this? Because it’s a cover-up! Because the disaster is out of control. Because they don’t want to create panic. Because they don’t want to admit their culpability and face the public’s wrath. They want us to be happy little mushrooms; fed shit, kept in the dark and wondering when we get canned or in this case, planted back in the earth after an early cancer death. Is it any wonder that Germany has announced it will dismantle its nuclear generators?

Read my article “Japan Nuclear Disaster and What You Can Do to Protect Yourself” for advice on how to protect yourself and your loved ones. Don’t wait for the authorities to warn you; they won’t.

Reprinted below is the June 7th CNN article with my comments in italics.

3 nuclear reactors melted down after quake, Japan confirms

By the CNN Wire Staff
June 7, 2011 — Updated 0956 GMT (1756 HKT)

Tokyo (CNN) — Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday.

The nuclear group’s new evaluation, released Monday, goes further than previous statements in describing the extent of the damage caused by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

The announcement will not change plans for how to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the agency said. (Gerold comment: no shit Sherlock!!! What do you think? They can’t exactly walk away from it, can they? Part of their plans include building giant tents over the whole mess. Do you think tents will contain radioactive steam and seawater? Of course not! It will simply hide the mess, i.e. more cover-up.)

Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced a full meltdown, it said. (Gerold comment: Yeah, “It said”. It said it more than 2 months after the melt-down.)

The plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., admitted last month that nuclear fuel rods in reactors 2 and 3 probably melted during the first week of the nuclear crisis.

It had already said fuel rods at the heart of reactor No. 1 melted almost completely in the first 16 hours after the disaster struck. The remnants of that core are now sitting in the bottom of the reactor pressure vessel at the heart of the unit and that vessel is now believed to be leaking.

A “major part” of the fuel rods in reactor No. 2 may have melted and fallen to the bottom of the pressure vessel 101 hours after the earthquake and tsunami that crippled the plant, Tokyo Electric said May 24.

The same thing happened within the first 60 hours at reactor No. 3, the company said, in what it called its worst-case scenario analysis, saying the fuel would be sitting at the bottom of the pressure vessel in each reactor building.

But Tokyo Electric at the same time released a second possible scenario for reactors 2 and 3, one that estimated a full meltdown did not occur. In that scenario, the company estimated the fuel rods may have broken but may not have completely melted. (Gerold comment: so incorrigibly incompetent TEPCO was wrong again.)

Temperature data showed the two reactors had cooled substantially in the more than two months since the incident, Tokyo Electric said in May. (Gerold comment: what they don’t tell you is how many years it will take to cool down before they can encase the whole thing in a concrete sarcophagus and until that happens it will continue spewing radioactivity.)

The earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems at Fukushima Daiichi, causing the three operating reactors to overheat. That compounded a natural disaster by spewing radioactive material into the atmosphere. (Gerold comment: Duh! No kidding? Do ya think we haven’t figured that out a long time ago?)

Tokyo Electric avoided using the term “meltdown,” and says it was keeping the remnants of the core cool. But U.S. experts interviewed by CNN after the company’s announcement in May said that while it may have been containing the situation, the damage had already been done.

“On the basis of what they showed, if there’s not fuel left in the core, I don’t know what it is other than a complete meltdown,” said Gary Was, a University of Michigan nuclear engineering professor and CNN consultant. And given the damage reported at the other units, “It’s hard to imagine the scenarios can differ that much for those reactors.”

A massive hydrogen explosion — a symptom of the reactor’s overheating — blew the roof off the No. 1 unit the day after the earthquake, and another hydrogen blast ripped apart the No. 3 reactor building two days later. A suspected hydrogen detonation within the No. 2 reactor is believed to have damaged that unit on March 15.

CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki and Kyung Lah contributed to this report.

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About gerold

I have a bit of financial experience having invested in stocks in the 1960s & 70s, commodities in the 80s & commercial real estate in the 90s (I sold in 2005.) I am appalled at our rapidly deteriorating global condition so I've written articles for family, friends & colleagues since 2007; warning them and doing my best to explain what's happening, what we can expect in the future and what you can do to prepare and mitigate the worst of the economic, social, political and nuclear fallout. As a public service in 2010 I decided to create a blog accessible to a larger number of people because I believe that knowledge not shared is wasted.
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2 Responses to 3 Nuclear Reactors Melted Down

  1. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say superb blog!

  2. gerold says:

    Good question, Glenna: “Are you sure about the source?” Although one can never be 100% sure about anything, I don’t print anything that isn’t corroborated by at least 3 other sources. On those occasions where I have less than three sources, I’ll use the appropriate ‘weasel-words’ (qualifiers) like “apparently” or “it would seem” or else I’ll reference the single source. For instance, I heard on the radio that the children of the Hiroshima atom bomb survivors were healthier and had fewer mutations than other children. I have not been able to corroborate this counter-intuitive report so I would never run it.

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