Land of the Sinking Sun…

May 29, 2015 – Alamosa, Colorado – Disclaimer and Don’t Share in Full Request.

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March 11, 2011 – at 14:46 Japan Standard Time (JST) an earthquake categorized as 9.0 MW struck off the northeast coast of Japan, one of the most powerful earthquakes in history.  The nuclear reactor complex Fukushima-Daiichi’s units 4, 5 and 6 had been shut down prior to the earthquake for planned maintenance, but the remaining reactors 1, 2, & 3 were running until the quake triggered automatic shutdown.  A subsequent monster tsunami, with waves of up to 14 meters innundated the site about 1 hour later,  disabling all emergency generators required to cool the reactors.  Cores began to heat up alarmingly withing hours, reaching temperatures of at least 2400 degree Kelvin [= 2,127 Celcius = 3,860 Fahrenheit].   Note that 11 temperature sensors dropped to zero within 15 hours, likely due to being destroyed, meaning actual temps may have gone significantly higher:

The fuel rods and everything they came in contact with melted down…   The inventory of the entire Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) melted through the steel bottom of the RPV.

How much fuel was in those reactors?

& Scientific American, March 17, 2011, “How Much Spent Nuclear Fuel Does the Fukushima Daiichi Facility Hold?“:

•    Reactor No. 1:  50 tons of nuclear fuel

•    Reactor No. 2:  81 tons

•    Reactor No. 3:  88 tons  (MOX)

Muon scans in spring 2015 confirmed the complete reactor meltdown at Fukushima Reactor #1.  Note the absence of darker RPV lining at the bottom:

SOURCE: Extreme Tech, March 20, 2015: Muon scans confirm complete reactor meltdown at Fukushima Reactor #1  @ http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/201706-muon-scans-confirm-complete-reactor-meltdown-at-fukushima-reactor-1

SOURCE: Extreme Tech, March 20, 2015: Muon scans confirm complete reactor meltdown at Fukushima Reactor #1 @ http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/201706-muon-scans-confirm-complete-reactor-meltdown-at-fukushima-reactor-1

Part of this mess escaped into the atmosphere, but a large amount melted down:

SOURCE: Extreme Tech, March 20, 2015: Muon scans confirm complete reactor meltdown at Fukushima Reactor #1  @ http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/201706-muon-scans-confirm-complete-reactor-meltdown-at-fukushima-reactor-1

SOURCE: Extreme Tech, March 20, 2015: Muon scans confirm complete reactor meltdown at Fukushima Reactor #1 @ http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/201706-muon-scans-confirm-complete-reactor-meltdown-at-fukushima-reactor-1

The water [“Feed Water” in above image], pumped into the RPV in an attempt to restore cooling, very unfortunately, ended up doing the very opposite, as discovered in experiments done long after the facts, as reported on in a segment of the NHK (Japanese TV) Report (Jan 29, 2015),  Nuclear Watch: New Findings on Fallout, @ about 2 minutes in.   Merely sprinkling water on 1200 degree-hot Zirconium (the metal fuel rods are clad with) made them heat up more, rather than cool down:

In addition, see also this excerpt from Wikipedia “Many of the internal components and fuel assembly cladding are made from zircaloy because it is relatively transparent to neutrons. At normal operating temperatures of approximately 300 °C (572 °F), zircaloy is inert. However, above 1200 degrees Celsius, zirconium metal can react exothermically with water to form free hydrogen gas. The reaction between zirconium and the coolant produces more heat, accelerating the reaction.

When the extremely hot nuclear fuel hit the floor of the concrete “containment vessel”, it began to “melt” the concrete [the decomposition temperature of concrete is about 1100 °C], with the extreme decay heat liberating water from the concrete, and setting off a series of chemical reactions that generated additional exothermic heat.

Experiments have been conducted to study what really happens when hot corium is dropped on concrete.   See Scandia Laboratories report, DOE/NRC Analysis of Fukushima Accident using MELCOR 2.1 (March 12, 2013)OECD MCCI Project2-D Core Concrete Interaction (CCI) Tests and various other  Core-Concrete Interaction Studies – Molten Core (Corium) – via Enformable.   The experiments were done on a small scale, and with coriums that were hot but not fissioning.  Therefor, it is practically certain that the temperatures reached in in the Fukushima meltdowns were significantly higher than any experiment ever conducted.

So… Alright then…  Likely the majority of 219 tons of Uranium and mixed Uranium-Plutonium fuel, spread over 3 RPVs,… what didn’t escape into the air or water… melted down… and out…

IEEE Spectrum (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Eliza Strickland, Feb 28, 2014 [H/T ENENews, March 6, 2014]:

  • [Japan’s nuclear experts] have only the vaguest idea of where the melted fuel ended up
  • Damaged reactor cores continue to glow with infernal heat
  • Melted fuel may also have a lava-like consistency, with a hard crust on top but softer materials inside […]

WIRED magazine, April 18, 2013: The Most Dangerous (Man-Made) Lava Flow:

“[…] researchers at the Argonne National Lab have created corium in the laboratory […] They found that corium lava can melt upwards of 30 cm (12″) of concrete in 1 hour! […]”

If nothing slowed it down, that means 7 meters per day…  2628 meters per year…  10 km in 4 years…   Now, of course, as the molten cores cool in the groundwater-inundated soil, they won’t melt through the ground very fast.  Most likely they got stuck relatively early on.  To what depth did they sink is yet to be revealed…

[What I don’t understand is why they haven’t used drill rigs to drill to various depths (under a bit of an angle) to make sure it’s still “possibly within reach”.  For instance, drill to a depth one mile under the site, either from the land side, or from the ocean side.   Tons of expertise from the oil and gas industry to make that happen.  I mean… what is this freak circus?  Find out where exactly the coriums are, TEPCO, admit it publicly with zero deception, so global creativity can be unleashed to respond to the challenge.]

‘Cause otherwise it will simply continue to leak very large amounts of various radioisotopes into the groundwater and ocean, including massive amounts of Strontium-90 (linked to leukemia and bone cancers), Cobalt-60, perhaps even Polonium-210 and lead into the Pacific Ocean.   For centuries to come…

Flare-ups of fission chain reactions may continue to send hot radioactive gasses and particles into the atmosphere as well.   Undeniable evidence of recent fissioning, namely upticks of Iodine-131 detected downwind in the Northern Hemisphere, as recent as Cyprus in November 2014, and Finland & Norway this month of May 2015 has illustrated that this is indeed still happening.   That the detected levels are “merely a trace” that “pose no health threat” is irrelevant to their main significance:

FISSION CHAIN REACTIONS HAVE NOT ENDED YET.

And, very importantly, this in turn implies that aside from decay heat, actual “freshly” fission-created heat may prevent the lava-like super-hot corium blob(s), down there in the upper part of the Earth’s crust somewhere, from cooling as assumed.  And thus… it can not be ruled out that the molten core, or cores, are still moving…

Where to…, for how long…, with what consequences…    is anyone’s guess…

Make no mistake about it: This could happen again in almost all commercial nuclear reactors worldwide.  If a major Coronal Mass Ejection from the sun were to strike Earth and DESTROY all electronics, it actually could happen to all reactors simultaneously.

It is time for industry insiders to acknowledge this and work to IMMEDIATELY shut down ALL meltdown-capable fission reactors worldwide, as well as stop all construction of the dozens of new nuclear reactors under construction.

The cover-up must end.

May Sanity Prevail On Earth.

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