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Fukushima Daiichi Still Releases 10 Million Becquerels Per Hour

Fukushima Daiichi Still Releases 10 Million Becquerels Per Hour

TEPCO admitted today that the plant is still releasing 10 million becquerels per hour to the atmosphere. This is in addition to all the initial and over time releases from the early phases of the disaster. TEPCO also claimed that the incident during unit 3′s demolition only released one trillion becquerels, much lower that the 4 trillion becquerels release estimate for the incident compiled by researchers at Kyoto University who found the releases in the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima: Unit 1 Cover Removal & Demolition Work To Begin Soon

Fukushima: Unit 1 Cover Removal & Demolition Work To Begin Soon

TEPCO has announced their plan to remove the cover of unit 1 so that debris on the refueling floor can be cleaned off. This work will enable viewing of the spent fuel pool and the condition of the reactor well. The work has come under increased scrutiny after it was discovered that similar demolition work at unit 3 had caused contamination up to 50km from the plant due to the wind blowing radioactive building dust. TEPCO’s … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Prepares For Tropical Storm At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO reported to NHK that they are preparing for the incoming tropical storm. Cranes and tank weirs have been prepped for the storm. TEPCO insists they will continue working on some tasks until a warning is issued. Groundwater pumping and frozen wall work will continue until warnings are issued. Other work appears to be suspended. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than … Read entire article »

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New Robot Inspection Of Fukushima Unit 1

New Robot Inspection Of Fukushima Unit 1

Two robots, sponsored by IRID conducted an investigation of unit 1. The areas between the 2nd and 3rd floors have radiation levels too high for humans to enter for any extended period of time. Robots Rosemary and Sakura were sent in to do a coordinated inspection.         Rosemary is equipped with a newer type of gamma camera to record radiation readings. Sakura provides additional views of the other robot and acts as a wireless … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Restarts Fukushima Unit 5 Pool Cooling Without Permanent Fix

TEPCO Restarts Fukushima Unit 5 Pool Cooling Without Permanent Fix

TEPCO has announced they have restarted the cooling system for unit 5 just days after stopping it due to a valve body leak. TEPCO mentions in this handout of the restart but there is no permanent fix mentioned as being completed or proposed. Earlier reports said TEPCO would suspend the system until they could determine a permanent fix. Apparently some patch on a cracked valve is now considered a permanent fix. Temps in the spent fuel continue … Read entire article »

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Welded Water Tanks Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

Welded Water Tanks Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

Welded water tanks to replace the miles of leaking bolt together tanks at Fukushima Daiichi are being installed. The tanks are welded off site and shipped in by barge, ready to install. This allows workers to do the bulk of the work somewhere safe, leaving only the final move and installation to be done in the radioactive areas. This does make one wonder why TEPCO hadn’t thought of this themselves when the first tanks were … Read entire article »

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TEPCO’s Tents For Tanks Plan At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO’s Tents For Tanks Plan At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO has told the NRA that they intend to cover contaminated water tanks at Fukushima Daiichi with some form of tent to help eliminate rainwater build up and contamination. TEPCO presented 6 ideas for how they might try to cover the tanks. Some appear more effective than others. There does not appear to be a timeline or deadline for this work yet. 1 proposed gutter + Weir cover system 2 to plan  tank top roof installation plan. 3 proposal for membrane material tent 4 draft simple roof system 5 large tents method 6 proposed permanent structure systems This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research … Read entire article »

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Japanese Govt.; Evacuating Around Fukushima Daiichi Would Take 5 Days

Japanese Govt.; Evacuating Around Fukushima Daiichi Would Take 5 Days

Interviews given to the government investigation of the Fukushima disaster and released by Asahi Shimbun showed the reality of evacuation attempts. Tetsuro Fukuyama, a deputy cabinet minister was put in charge of announcing evacuations related to the unfolding disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. Fukuyama admitted that evacuating the 30km zone would take 4-5 days. The government ordered evacuations first for those closest to the plant (3km) hoping to get those in the most danger out first. As conditions … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4; 1078 Fuel Assemblies Removed

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4; 1078 Fuel Assemblies Removed

1078 fuel assemblies have been removed from unit 4 and transferred to the common pool. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/index-e.html This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us … Read entire article »

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New Strontium 90 Removal System To Be Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

New Strontium 90 Removal System To Be Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

Kurion will provide a truck back filter system to remove strontium 90 from contaminated water currently held in storage tanks at Fukushima Daiichi. Kurion, Toshiba and TEPCO have all been mum about the exact role the new filter system plays vs. the ALPS system that has been the main hope for decontaminating water. ALPS is also intended to remove strontium but also to remove a wider array of isotopes. The system should be on line at some … Read entire article »

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New Unit 1 Findings Indicate Contamination Path

New Unit 1 Findings Indicate Contamination Path

TEPCO’s new reports on the unit 1 torus room already showed that a vacuum breaker caused an issue. Now they are admitting some issues near the venting pipe, but we found even more. The venting pipe has about 2.4 sieverts per hour near it as taken with the survey robot. Previous work found about 4 sieverts an hour in another section of that pipe on the first floor and considerable radiation coming from the vent pipe … Read entire article »

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Hosono Confirms TEPCO Corporate Wanted To Abandon Fukushima Daiichi

Hosono Confirms TEPCO Corporate Wanted To Abandon Fukushima Daiichi

In a rare interview prompted by the recent Asahi Shimbun article series on the statements of late Fukushima Daiichi plant manager, Masao Yoshida, former cabinet advisor Goshi Hosono granted an interview. Hosono was acting as a go between with Yoshida at Fukushima Daiichi and Prime Minister Kan during the disaster. Hosono’s communications and recollection of events at the Prime Minister’s office clearly showed it was TEPCO’s corporate office in Tokyo that wanted to abandon Fukushima … Read entire article »

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Asahi Shimbun Releases Yoshida Testimony On Fukushima Daiichi

Asahi Shimbun Releases Yoshida Testimony On Fukushima Daiichi

Asahi Shimbun has continued to release portions of an interview between the late Fukushima Daiichi plant manager Masao Yoshida and a government investigation team. The series of articles have had multiple revelations about the early days of the disaster. We will have more reporting on the findings and what they might mean as the articles are released. The Japanese government has refused to release the interviews claiming Yoshida didn’t want them made public. The government … Read entire article »

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New Documents Released Admit Concerning Events During Fukushima Disaster

New Documents Released Admit Concerning Events During Fukushima Disaster

Asahi Shimbun obtained a copy of Masao Yoshida’s testimony to the government investigation into the nuclear disaster. Yoshida was the manager of Fukushima Daiichi when the disaster hit. Yoshida testified that 90% of the plant staff including managers fled the plant when told to fall back to a safe location after radiation levels began to rise. This is now raising questions about the ability of private sector workers to effectively battle a major nuclear disaster. In … Read entire article »

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Japan Government To Take Over Fukushima Decommissioning & Costs

Japan Government To Take Over Fukushima Decommissioning & Costs

A new law has been enacted by the Diet to allow the current entity dealing with compensation for victims to now also manage much of the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi. They will also be tasked with using government funds for any decommissioning effort TEPCO balks at paying for. They will also have some authority to instruct TEPCO to do things. The The Nuclear Damage Liability and Facilitation Fund could be ready to take on the additional role … Read entire article »

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Muon Detectors To Be Installed At Fukushima Daiichi Next Year

Muon Detectors To Be Installed At Fukushima Daiichi Next Year

TEPCO and contractor Toshiba plan to install muon detectors next year at Fukushima Daiichi. This technology will allow scientists to “image” the melted reactor fuel and hopefully identify the location of the fuel. The concept has been discussed since 2012 when Los Alamos national lab suggested the project to TEPCO. The lead researcher was hired by Toshiba’s research division and has been working on the concept in Japan. A test run on a small research reactor … Read entire article »

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Prefabricated Tanks Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

Prefabricated Tanks Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

As part of the efforts by the government and METI to improve the contaminated water problem at Fukushima Daiichi new tanks have been being installed. Some tanks were welded together on site. A new set of tanks is being prefabricated elsewhere and shipped to the plant for installation. The pre-assembled tanks are put together and shipped by barge to the plant where they are transferred by crane to a flat bed trailer and driven to the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Work Stopped Due To Tsunami Warning

Fukushima Daiichi Work Stopped Due To Tsunami Warning

Due to the tsunami warning caused by the earthquake in Chile, work at the plant was called off yesterday. There was no formal announcement of the resumption of work as of this morning US time. Routine reports including well testing were released later in the day. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources … Read entire article »

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Worker Death At Fukushima Daiichi Completely Preventable

Worker Death At Fukushima Daiichi Completely Preventable

TEPCO released an interim report into the recent construction worker’s death at the plant. The report showed that the worker had been working in a small cave like area while jackhammering concrete overhead. This was under the overhang of the building foundation. This scenario would have been considered inappropriate under the worker safety rules in most developed countries. The hole dug for access to this area of the foundation was held back with plywood and steel … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Proposals To Be Validation Tested In Japan

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Proposals To Be Validation Tested In Japan

METI announced today in an email and press release that four ideas brought about by the IRID call for proposals will be funded by the Japanese government for further research. Mitsubishi Research Institute will manage the projects with a proposal process for individual labs to do the hands on work in the near future. The four concepts that will be funded for validation are: (1) Demonstration Project for Seawater Purification Technologies Our proposal (2) Demonstration Project for Technologies for … Read entire article »

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Fukushima ALPS System To Be Offline Indefinitely

Fukushima ALPS System To Be Offline Indefinitely

Asahi Shimbun is reporting that the ALPS system will be offline for an unknown amount of time. The B train of ALPS was not properly processing contaminated water for 4 days without anyone discovering this. The water was then mixed with finished water from the A and C train and routed to storage tanks. This mistake has contaminated a multitude of pipes and tanks intended for lower level water. TEPCO mentioned possibly reprocessing all of the … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Releases Two New Technical Papers On Fukushima

SimplyInfo.org Releases Two New Technical Papers On Fukushima

SimplyInfo.org has released two new technical papers on the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The first addresses technical concerns with the reactor support skirt. It looks at potential events during the meltdowns and possible measures that could partially lower the risk factor. The second paper looks at the early failure potential of the core spray and feedwater systems used for emergency cooling of the reactors at Daiichi. Reactor Vessel Support Skirt Concerns By Dean Wilkie  http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?page_id=12603 Fukushima Daiichi BWR Reactor Spray … Read entire article »

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Big Fukushima Daiichi Update; March 18, 2014

Big Fukushima Daiichi Update; March 18, 2014

Small bits of information have been coming out in recent weeks regarding Fukushima Daiichi. Here’s what you need to know: ALPS: A new improved version of ALPS is being installed based on research by METI. Installation began in March 2014. The current 3 versions of ALPS have been stopped for inspections after it was discovered that one unit was no longer decontaminating water properly. Water Tanks: Work has been underway to install the new welded tanks the Japanese government is … Read entire article »

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5 MILLION bq/liter Strontium 90 Found In Well At Fukushima Daiichi

5 MILLION bq/liter Strontium 90 Found In Well At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO released readings for two seafront wells that have not been published before. Wells 1-2 and 1-3 were not on any older reports from before January.These are the first strontium 90 readings for these wells. The strontium 90  reading for well 1-2 was 5,000,000 bq/liter dated July 5, 2013. The “all beta” reading for the same date was actually lower than the strontium 90 alone at 900,000 bq/liter. TEPCO gives no explanation for how they … Read entire article »

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264 Fuel Assemblies Removed At Fukushima Unit 4

264 Fuel Assemblies Removed At Fukushima Unit 4

264 fuel assemblies have been removed to the common pool from unit 4. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/removal4u/index-e.html This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.Org Zeolite Plan To Be Tested At Fukushima Daiichi

SimplyInfo.Org Zeolite Plan To Be Tested At Fukushima Daiichi

NHK is reporting that the government task force and TEPCO will implement one of our submitted ideas at the plant. The underground zeolite wall strategy we submitted to IRID will be given a trial near the waste water tanks on the hill that have been leaking high amounts of strontium 90. A 20 meter deep hole will be dug and filled with zeolite to test the ability of the material to absorb the strontium 90 leaked … Read entire article »

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More On Fukushima Unit 3, TEPCO Fails To Explain Levels

More On Fukushima Unit 3, TEPCO Fails To Explain Levels

TEPCO released two new handouts on the leak at unit 3. This gives some additional insight but still fails to explain a number of critical issues. Handout 1: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_140122_05-j.pdf Handout 2: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/roadmap/images/l140120_01-e.pdf TEPCO does not provide any data to explain their claim for where the water level in containment is. They cite using pressure readings to determine this but give no information to show how they came to such a conclusion. Available pressure readings show a single sensor for the … Read entire article »

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Groundwater Well At Fukushima Daiichi Hits 3.1 Million Bq

Groundwater Well At Fukushima Daiichi Hits 3.1 Million Bq

Groundwater well 1-16 at Fukushima Daiichi has hit 3.1 million bq of beta radiation. This is a new high for this well. TEPCO still has not provided an explanation for this rising problem. The levels began soaring when this section had impermeable wall installed. well 1-16 at 3.1 million bq beta http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/f1/smp/2014/images/2tb-east_14012101-j.pdf This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted … Read entire article »

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176 Fuel Assemblies Removed From Unit 4 Fukushima Daiichi

176 Fuel Assemblies Removed From Unit 4 Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO’s weekly update on fuel removed from Unit 4′s spent fuel pool now sits at 176 spent assemblies removed from the reactor pool to the common pool. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website … Read entire article »

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ALPS Still Not Meeting Targets, Operation Date Uncertain

ALPS Still Not Meeting Targets, Operation Date Uncertain

NRA is saying that ALPS is still not meeting the radiation removal targets claimed for the system. A problem with the removal of radioactive iodine is still unsolved. A target date for full operation is still not being set due to the setbacks. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/science/news/20140114-OYT1T01083.htm?from=tw   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Releases More Details About Frozen Wall

TEPCO Releases More Details About Frozen Wall

TEPCO released a short video (in Japanese) giving more information about the test run of the frozen wall technology. The test location has been running for at least a month according to previous reports. The video provided a few more views of the equipment being used and the sealing capability. The test location appears to have been running successfully. This test has been going on in winter so it is unclear if they wall would … Read entire article »

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Fukushima News Roundup; January 11, 2011

An in-house Tepco panel has found that the financially troubled utility paid two to five times more than reasonable levels in buying goods and services to run its operations. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/01/10/national/tepco-overpaying-to-procure-goods-services-contract-screening-panel/#.UtB-StIVorU JAEA plans to do an experiment in a test reactor to simulate the fuel meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi using a very small model fuel rod. We are still trying to fully understand the plan but it appears to be the gathering data that has been gathered by other nuclear experiments and may be redundant. http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000924969 TEPCO has admitted they have withheld strontium 90 data from the public for 6 months. TEPCO claims that they were unable to solve discrepancies in their testing and withheld data rather than giving out data they were unsure about. They now claim they will fix it by the … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Re-Installs Unit 1 Web Camera At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Re-Installs Unit 1 Web Camera At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO is reporting they will re-install the web camera near unit 1. The camera is not live yet but will give another view of the work at the plant. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any … Read entire article »

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First Implementation Of Ice Wall Will Allow Emptying Of Highly Contaminated Trench Water

First Implementation Of Ice Wall Will Allow Emptying Of Highly Contaminated Trench Water

NHK reports that the test operation of the ice wall technology done earlier in December will enable them to isolate a trench that has been leaking highly contaminated water out to sea. Earlier TEPCO reporting showed that the ice wall produced at the end of the trench froze the space in the trench including inside pipes. The trench water will be stored onsite with other contaminated water. Once the trench is emptied they should be able … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Fuel Storage Locations Updated

Fukushima Daiichi Fuel Storage Locations Updated

As part of the larger roadmap document TEPCO has reported some major changes in the location of spent fuel around the plant. The cask storage building on the sea front now has no casks stored inside. At the time of the tsunami there were a number of casks inside the building. TEPCO now records there to be 0 casks in that building. The temporary cask storage facility on the hill has increased inventory considerably. A total of 1274 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi ALPS Water Treatment System Hits Big Problem

Fukushima Daiichi ALPS Water Treatment System Hits Big Problem

Lack of planning again foils efforts at Fukushima Daiichi. Ex-SKF found the very bad news in a METI report from a closed meeting. The report explains how the ALPS treatment system is unable to properly filter out the radioactive contamination properly in the state it exists in. The portion of the system capable of extracting that contamination does so but makes a huge amount of waste in the process. So now Toshiba, TEPCO and Energy … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Groundwater Well Hits 2 Million Bq Beta Radiation

Fukushima Daiichi Groundwater Well Hits 2 Million Bq Beta Radiation

Well 1-16 in the sea front area at Fukushima Daiichi has hit another new record. 2,100,000 bq/liter of beta radiation was found in the well. TEPCO has yet to explain why this particular well is so high in beta radiation without related increases in other types of radiation. They have also provided no explanation why this specific well has been consistently much higher than any of the surrounding wells. The well does sit adjacent to the … Read entire article »

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Inspection Of Damaged Fuel Assembly Unit 4 Fukushima Daiichi

Inspection Of Damaged Fuel Assembly Unit 4 Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO released a brief report on the bent fuel assembly in unit 4′s spent fuel pool. The outer box of the bent assembly showed cracks in the steel on both sides of the bend. They stated that there we no increases in radiation near the assembly. This would indicate that the interior fuel rods were not broken to the point of leaking contamination that was detectable. TEPCO previously admitted a pre-disaster bent fuel assembly was … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Begins Seismic Review Of Unit 3

TEPCO Begins Seismic Review Of Unit 3

TEPCO has begun a seismic review of the condition of unit 3. With the debris removed from the refueling floor, efforts have begun to inspect the building for more damage. They will begin reviewing the refueling floor with a camera hung from a crane tomorrow. TEPCO also intends to do similar work on all levels of the building but does not clarify how they intend to reach some portions of the building that fell in … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org’s Fukushima Corium Research Experiment Results

SimplyInfo.org’s Fukushima Corium Research Experiment Results

In our research we have tried to find ways to help explain some of the behaviors seen in meltdown accidents. A picture can be better than just explaining it. A full on experiment can be even better. We have been investigating the processes of the melted fuel escaping the reactor vessel and how it behaves. Below the reactor vessel is a round concrete pedestal that helps hold up the reactor vessel. This round structure has a … Read entire article »

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