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(Channel 4)   Hurrah, we're not all going to die in a nuclear accident. Probably   (channel4.com) divider line 12
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2013-11-20 12:31:55 PM  
We're not?

/good
 
2013-11-20 12:32:55 PM  
What an eyebleedingly terrible font.
 
2013-11-20 12:40:59 PM  
Subby underestimates the mendacity of TEPCO.
 
2013-11-20 12:50:01 PM  

germ78: Subby underestimates the mendacity of TEPCO.


Or the trolling potential of a China syndrome in Japan.
 
2013-11-20 12:54:39 PM  
It ain't over til' the fat lady sings. What about the fuel in the reactor itself? Last I heard, it was molten
 
2013-11-20 01:13:17 PM  
It's about freakin' time!
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They should have called in the Beastie Boys right at the beginning.

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2013-11-20 02:12:20 PM  
Ship the reactor cores to Mars, and let Quaid deal with it.
 
2013-11-20 02:13:48 PM  

tuxq: It ain't over til' the fat lady sings. What about the fuel in the reactor itself? Last I heard, it was molten


They have yet to remove all the rods, hopefully that will be finished by the end of 2014. As for the reactor fuel being molten

"We just can't be sure until we actually see the inside of the reactors," Yamana said. "We still need to develop a number of robots and other technology."( It's on page 2)

Tepco pixelates 2 parts of fuel container of reactor 4 pool

fukushima-diary.com

It's a security thing.
 
2013-11-20 02:38:15 PM  
neversubmit:. As for the reactor fuel being molten

The fuel was out of water for an extended period of time, days after a shutdown from high power.

There is no question units 1 through 3 melted.  The questions are "how much?" and "where did the fuel go?"

So far, for units 1 and 2, the answer seems to be that the fuel's in the reactor vessel, at the bottom.  No idea on unit 3, yet.
 
2013-11-20 02:42:11 PM  

tuxq: It ain't over til' the fat lady sings. What about the fuel in the reactor itself? Last I heard, it was molten


Okay, no.

Please realize: The temperature you have to reach, and MAINTAIN, for liquid fuel is five thousand degrees. That's the temperature when the fuel rod alloy will actually start to break down and the fuel pellets, which are ceramic coated, start to fracture and melt.

What this all means is the very second they started pulling heat off the reactors, which was some time ago, we went from "molten" to just "melted." The fuel rods are probably broke down TMI style, melted halfway down or whatever, and there's a strong possibility of suspended solids, given what they're seeing in the reactor water storage tanks (RWSTs). The fuel's rattling around loose, since there's no rod integrity.

The fun part from here will be breaking those bundles apart, as the chances of them being melted together? Pretty good.
 
2013-11-20 06:39:14 PM  

germ78: Subby underestimates the mendacity of TEPCO.


Speaking of which, as it turns out 3 of the fuel rod assemblies were damaged prior to the earthquake.  One as far back as 1982.
 
2013-11-20 09:47:28 PM  
Not from THAT nuclear accident, anyway.
 
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