Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fukushima reactor — Total meltdown “highly likely”

TV: Experts conclude no nuclear fuel left inside Fukushima reactor — Total meltdown “highly likely”

Published: September 26th, 2015 at 7:38 pm ET 

NHK, Sep 25, 2015: Up to 100% of No. 2 reactor fuel may have melted— A group of researchers says it is highly likely that 70 to 100 percent of fuel has melted at one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The group includes researchers from Nagoya University. It has been probing the plant’s No. 2 reactor since April of last year… The researchers say the results of their study show few signs of nuclear fuel at the reactor core… This led them to believe that 70 to 100 percent of fuel at the reactor has likely melted. The researchers say further analyses are needed to determine whether molten fuel penetrated the reactor and fell down. The No.2 reactor is said to have released large amounts of radioactive substances following the March 2011 accident… The locations of nuclear fuel will have a significant impact on the process to remove it…

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