You see, the fuel pools (the nuclear fuel storage pools) are themselves suspended three and four stories high in the air, and have badly damaged structural support. Should either of these fall over and lose their cooling fluid, the thousands of fuel rods will overheat and explode, and threaten a world scale disaster never before seen.
Even a crack in the fuel pool would be enough to bring on catastrophe, and at a minimum, be the end of Tokyo, as reported on Asahi TV and translated on enenews.com.
The present conditions of Unit 4 are like this. You see, almost no walls. They were blown off, and honestly speaking, the Unit 4 is a wreck. A wreck.
Now, what if an earthquake occurred right now and the water in the pool started to leak?
I asked this question to Dr. Koide.
If a large aftershock occurred and the wall here collapsed, the water in the pool would leak out and the spent fuel would not be cooled any more. Then, they would start to melt, probably completely. And huge amount of radiation contained in the spend fuel would be released outside, with no walls to block it.
What if a destructive earthquake occurred during those years?
That would be the end. The end? Yes.- Advertisement -
You see, that would be the end.
TEPCO knows dealing with this problem is most important for now.
Reactor #3 had completely blown it's walls apart leaving the fuel pool (what's left of it) and the rest of the rubble entirely open. Reactor #4 had it's roof blown off and has almost no walls remaining. The primary concern is that of earthquakes in the region, and the possibility of an already weakened structure collapsing, leaving no further means to manually keep the thousands of spent fuel rods cool.
I read the following comment from a professor of physics, "There is no containment -- between you and hundreds of tons of spent and fresh fuel is just some water, and air, and time. Ask yourself -- what is the next step with the Unit 4 spent fuel pool? What has been done in the past year except to fill it with water and hope for the best? What happens if it fails catastrophically?"
The situation there, is and has been on the razor edge of full-on world catastrophe.- Advertisement -
Japan's former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Mitsuhei Murata, was invited to speak at the Public Hearing of the Budgetary Committee of the House of Councilors on March 22, 2012, on the Fukushima nuclear power plants accident. Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4--with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground--collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4. In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced. He stressed that the responsibility of Japan to the rest of the world is immeasurable. Such a catastrophe would affect us all for centuries. Ambassador Murata informed us that the total numbers of the spent fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi site excluding the rods in the pressure vessel is 11,421 (396+615+566+1,535+994+940+6375). MUCH MORE PLEASE VISIT THE LINK. THERE IS FAR MORE INFORMATION THAN I HAVE POSTED HERE, PLUS PHOTOS AND GRAPHICS THE ILLUSTRATE THE DANGER ALL OF US FACE!
Part of the anger I'm feeling right now is aimed directly at our corporate controlled Mainstream News (Sic) Media, who report upon what their Corporate Masters allow them to, even if the truth would cause such an outrage that the global community would demand immediate action. One more Great Quake in Japan or Tsunami could/would result in devastating radiation being released that will impact North America and place everyone in the United States and the entire global community is at risk. We will be starting a petition on this issue as soon as possible, but for now, trying to spread the word is of the utmost importance to us and the rest of the global community.
I'm 61 years old and I hereby volunteer to work in the high-radiation area at the Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima; (If I go, someone needs to step-up and assist my Sister and her two children who depend on me financially until she receives her SSI.) I'm betting that there are thousands of other grandparents who have lived a full life that would do the same right here in the United States. Protecting our families from this potential disaster must be our number one priority for the moment, and if the Japanese won't get in there and do something immediately, the Global Community must show some guts and do it themselves!