Tuesday, May 10, 2011

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Videos of Spent Fuel Pools (Reactors 3 and 4)

TEPCO's "Photo for Press" Page has the videos of Spent Fuel Pools for Reactors 3 and 4 at Fukushima I Nuke Plant. The video for Reactor 3 Spent Fuel Pool was taken on May 8 according to TEPCO. The video for Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool was uploaded to TEPCO's site on May 8 early morning, so it could have been taken on May 7.

The Spent Fuel Pool of Reactor 3 looks like a shipwreck. Let me know if you see a fuel rod in the Pool.

TEPCO also did the analysis of the water in Reactor 3 SFP:

You can download them yourself here for Reactor 3, and here for Reactor 4, or see them in Youtube videos:

Reactor 3 Spent Fuel Pool:

Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool:


Anonymous said...

Gundersen was right.

Anonymous said...

Was right about criticality in the spent fuel pool?

Anonymous said...

Robbie001 sez:

Hello all I'm back and refreshed after a short trip to the Florida Keys. It seems this and a handful of other blogs are the only source of news for Fukushima outside of Japan. Like WMD the MSM is dropping the ball on coverage but I doubt they'll even bother with a belated apology this time around. Most everybody I talk to thinks the nuclear problem is fixed because of the lack of coverage. When I explain the actual situation most people look past me like I'm not there as if that will make the problem go away. Others say they don't care because there is nothing they can do about it. I point out they care about a lot of thing they "can't do anything about" this just happens to be an ostrich issue like the response and aftermath of Katrina. Nobody wants to admit our lack of preparation for National disasters around the world. When major powers like the US and Japan falter in disaster responses it make you realize something I learned while whitewater rafting in my youth. Self rescue is the only true assistance you can actually count on in a real emergency. It doesn't hurt to think about what you would do if you had to move at a moments notice. Do you trust your elected officials to put your individual safety above national economic concerns?

I can see the reactor's secondary containment (the building) failing in a spectacular fashion due to a deflagration but I think an open pool would require quite a bit more force to achieve the localized damage to the pool we are seeing. I think I might see part of a fuel assembly in the video at the 01:37 mark you see an I-beam bent like "C" in the center of the frame. Look at the inside of that bend you'll see a square plate with what I think could be a single bent fuel pin (I could be very wrong). At the 02:15 mark they zoom in on the end of what I think is the rod (just past the re-bar). It looks like a smashed hollow rod and if you look along the I-beam in the close-up there is another what looks like a mashed twisted hollow tube. As I said I could be wrong these hollow pipes could just as easily be wire conduits or plumbing pipe. It is quite a contrast to #4.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Welcome back, Robbie. It's hard to tell whether it's fuel rod or broken pipe. And as you say, no one cares anyway.. But I skimmed through the congressional testimony of the NRC chief, and I think I saw the reference to the safety of spent fuel pools 4, 5 times. The NRC has gone quiet, because, I think, they know what happened at Fukushima, though they are not disclosing the data I'm sure they already have.

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