Fukushima has 9 days to prevent ‘unsafe’ overheating

Fukushima operator TEPCO has been forced to switch off the cooling system at mothballed Reactor Unit 5, after it was discovered that it had been leaking water. In nine days, if the system is not repaired, temperatures will exceed dangerous levels.

Engineers have discovered that 1,300 liters of water leaked from a cooling system intended to stabilize the temperature of the spent fuel at the Reactor Unit 5, which was offline but loaded with fuel rods when the plant was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

The source of the leak was a 3 mm-diameter hole near a flow valve, a statement published by the Japanese energy giant on Sunday asserts. However it is unclear from company data if the location of the opening has been discovered, or whether it was calculated with flow measurements.

If no new cold water is pumped in at such rate it will reach the dangerous threshold of 65C by the midpoint of the month in roughly 9 days.

Such temperatures, which have not been routinely seen at the plant since the failing of the cooling system in the immediate aftermath, would increase the possibility of dangerous reactions and further radiation leaks in the plant.

TEPCO however says that currently, there have been no abnormal readings anywhere in the plant.

Full article: Fukushima has 9 days to prevent ‘unsafe’ overheating (Russia Today)

6 responses to “Fukushima has 9 days to prevent ‘unsafe’ overheating

  1. Since March of 2011, radioactive water has been pouring into our oceans for 3+ years. The consequences of this disaster will be seen increasingly with each subsequent generation as the human genome is slowly unwound by the effects of an uncontrollable radiation leak. This event will no doubt have an everlasting effect on the lives of countless humans, wild and domestic animals as well as the plants that provide food, oxygen and shelter to the entire ecosystem. If we are to survive this horror, it will only be as a unified species making a conscious effort toward clean and safe renewable energy practices.

    • “Everlasting?” Hello, ever heard of something called a half-life? The leakage of radioactive water will eventually be stopped, the nuclides will decay to stable isotopes, and life will go on. Lessons have been learned, just as they were at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island (both grossly archaic plants by today’s standards), and nuclear will continue to be one of the safest and least-polluting power sources known to man.

  2. And we should believe them, because they have been so honest about everything else since the disaster hit. Right. Best advice you will ever get is this: Run. Now. As fast & far as it is humanly possible to evacuate a section of a country, get out.

  3. Reblogged this on An Average American Woman and commented:
    The issue with Fukushima is exasberated by mis-information from our governments, and certain authorities who, understandably, do not want public outcry on a situation where this is little if anything , the authorities can do.

    However having said that, I find fault with this type of stance from our authorities. Everything is better with collaboration, perhaps a solution could be found were enough involved in a think tank to find a solution.

    This is a Global Crisis and it needs a Global Response.
    ~elaine o.

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