Fukushima: “China Syndrome Is Inevitable” … “Huge Steam Explosions”, “Massive Hydrovolcanic Explosion” or a “Nuclear Bomb-Type Explosion” May Occur

Fukushima May Blow

I’ve repeatedly noted that we may experience a “China syndrome” type of accident at Fukushima.

For example, I pointed out in September:

Mainichi Dailly News notes:

As a radiation meteorology and nuclear safety expert at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, Hiroaki Koide [says]:

The nuclear disaster is ongoing.

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At present, I believe that there is a possibility that massive amounts of radioactive materials will be released into the environment again.

At the No. 1 reactor, there’s a chance that melted fuel has burned through the bottom of the pressure vessel, the containment vessel and the floor of the reactor building, and has sunk into the ground. From there, radioactive materials may be seeping into the ocean and groundwater.

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The government and plant operator TEPCO are trumpeting the operation of the circulation cooling system, as if it marks a successful resolution to the disaster. However, radiation continues to leak from the reactors. The longer the circulation cooling system keeps running, the more radioactive waste it will accumulate. It isn’t really leading us in the direction we need to go.

It’s doubtful that there’s even a need to keep pouring water into the No.1 reactor, where nuclear fuel is suspected to have burned through the pressure vessel. Meanwhile, it is necessary to keep cooling the No. 2 and 3 reactors, which are believed to still contain some fuel, but the cooling system itself is unstable. If the fuel were to become overheated again and melt, coming into contact with water and trigger a steam explosion, more radioactive materials will be released.

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We are now head to head with a situation that mankind has never faced before.

Mainichi also reports:

The Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) and residents of the zone between 20 and 30 kilometers from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant held an emergency evacuation drill on Sept. 12 … in preparation for any further large-scale emission of radioactive materials from the plant.

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The scenario for the drill presupposed further meltdown of the Fukushima plant’s No. 3 reactor core, and a local accumulation of radioactive materials emitting 20 millisieverts of radiation within the next four days. …

And nuclear expert Paul Gunter says that we face a “China Syndrome”, where the fuel from the reactor cores at Fukushima have melted through the container vessels, into the ground, and are hitting groundwater and creating highly-radioactive steam:

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen said recently that a new build up of hydrogen may cause the reactors to explode again:

Hydrogen buildup at Fukushima? What does it mean & why does it happen? from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

Nuclear expert Dr. Ian Fairlie – former scientific secretary to the United Kingdom government’s Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters, who advises the European Parliament as well as local and national authorities in several countries – told Dr. Helen Caldicott:

Really it’s just a matter of time before it [the corium] goes through and into the bottom of the actual station itself. And if it ever hits ground, well… there’s a lot of water sloshing around there, if molten fuel gets into that water it will immediately flash to steam and you will have huge steam explosions going on.

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I’m not ruling out a nuclear bomb-type explosion”.

And the architect who actually designed Fukushima Reactor No. 3 – Uehara Haruo, former president of Saga University – told popular Japanese news source Live Door on November 17th that (translation courtesy of Fukushima Diary):

In this interview, [Haruo] admitted Tepco’s explanation does not make sense, and that the China syndrome is inevitable.

He stated that considering 8 months have passed since [the March 11th earthquake] without any improvement, it is inevitable that melted fuel went out of the container vessel and sank underground, which is called China syndrome.

He added, if fuel has reaches a underground water vein, it will cause contamination of underground water, soil contamination and sea contamination. Moreover, if the underground water vein keeps being heated for long time, a massive hydrovolcanic explosion will be caused.

(Or see this Google translation or this Babelfish translation).

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  • Wblogreader

    I wonder if wells have been drilled around the Fukushima complex to drain the area? Thanks for blogging info on this disaster.
    It is said that extracting and burning coal and petroleum releases more radiation than nuclear power plants…I wonder what the relative scale is? This is one of many articles comparing relative costs of energy sources: http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/03/deaths-per-twh-by-energy-source.html .
    I think solar is good, and I have 2kW on my house, but wonder about the big picture of solar taking up too much space, storage systems, and rare earth materials mining effects.
    Thorium fission power systems, not capable of the china syndrome, that can also consume the excess plutonium, seems like the most reasonable choice, for massive energy production, unless hot or cold fusion power is suddenly viable.

  • Steven Carter

    The New World Order is trying desperately to contain the news about what has now become the world’s greatest environmental disaster – Fukushima. The nuclear industry with its ties to the most powerful people in the world is controlling to the best of their ability the world’s perception of the Fukushima disaster. They haven’t a clue as to how to control what has happened at Fukushima and so they’re controlling the news about it. Its the same old story of deception and lies that the elitists have used to control the masses perception of what’s going on.

    From WWI through 9/11 they have manipulated the news, world governments, the finances, energy and just about every aspect of society. However, it seems that their house of cards is beginning to crumble. Their ill conceived world empire isn’t sustainable. With the advent of the internet and the easier flow of information the citizenry of the world are beginning to comprehend how they have been deceived. A world wide revolution is now in its infancy and promised to grow exponentially as more and more wake up to the true story of the last 150 years.

  • Ken Anderson

    Japan will soon be joined with the US as the world’s most devastating nuclear environmental disasters. The US has built 17 nuclear reactors on the New Madrid fault line. The last time the new madrid fault, located along the mississippi river including LA, MS, AR, TN, MO and a bit further north caused major earthquakes was in the early 1800’s and rang Church bells in Boston Mass. Back in those days this geographical area was very rural so very few perished. Today it’s a completely different story. Japan is a volcanic Island basically and is very prone to earthquakes. California has it share of nuclear reactors on faults…as the new Madrid. Scientists knew back when these were built that these areas were prone to earthquakes…..I think soon much of the world will be reconsidering nuclear energy and it’s potential devastating effects…….The Future is NOW…be happy

  • http://facebook john inman

    the atom bomb is the very flowering of the patriarchy[along with capitalism -the plutus in plutocracy,god of the dead] the hubris unbounded. as soon as you dig and refine and process there is endless poison;and here warnings and complaints the first peoples of the world and here are fleshed out every mine is an asault on the great mother,mother earth[a return to plutus here and oh well plutonium],capitalism is basically endless mining and loss in deading abstractions

  • vengencebelongs to god

    Nuclear poisoning on a global level. Already you have different Asian fishing fleets headed to new areas of the Pacific looking for fish. No one can eat contaminated nuclear fish, this spells trouble as foreign countries try and fish for a decreasing fish supply. America along with the rest of the world gets its Pacific tuna which spawns off Japan and the China Sea and heads for California and it can not spawn in nuclear contaminated waters. Its been a rumor for years that the dumping of nuclear waste killed Boston Harbor? And if that is true than what will save the Pacific Ocean from these three meltdowns? Never mind the fallout of contaminated rainwater on dry land. One nuclear meltdown is the equivalent I have heard of many, many Atom bombs. And we have three meltdowns? This is an end of the world scenario with apocalyptic consequences, if true. You can not put the nuclear genie back in the bottle, and nuclear contamination is trapped by the earths ozone layer to stay with in the sky-dome.Only Jesus saves!

 

 

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