Tuesday, April 26, 2011

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Reactor 1 "Water Entombment" - Same News, Different Spin

First, the Kan administration's favorite Yomiuri Shinbun (4/26/2011):


According to TEPCO, [Reactor 1] building's outer walls were severely damaged by the hydrogen explosion on March 12, but there is no discernible water leak on the Containment Vessel...

Never mind that the hydrogen explosion only blew up the 4th and 5th stories, above the Containment Vessel.

Now, not so favorite but still major news Mainichi Shinbun (4/26/2011):


Also, TEPCO disclosed on April 26 that the survey by the robots inside the Reactor 1's reactor building could not pinpoint the location of the damage on the Containment Vessel.

But no matter. TEPCO and NISA are going with their "accidental entombment" and about to gradually pour over 7,000 tons of water in the Reactor 1 Containment Vessel.


netudiant said...

This seems like a logical step.
The plant is flooded and will be so till year end, so no repairs are possible.
Adding more water will help the cooling and reduce emissions somewhat.
Main objection is the concern that the extra water weight could create more damage if another quake takes place.
Given TEPCOs luck thus far, that seems a reasonable risk/reward.

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