Saturday, March 12, 2011

More on #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor No.3: Emergency Battery Died

From Yomiuri Shinbun (original in Japanese, link added; 7:20AM 3/13/2011):

  • The emergency battery power ran out for the High Pressure Core Flooder System, and the system shut itself down at 2:44AM. The cooling water stopped entering the container.

  • At 4:15AM, the fuel rods started to get exposed as the water in the container started to boil and water level started to go down.

  • The No.3 Reactor of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant uses a mixture of uranium and plutonium as fuel (MOX fuel).

The battery died at 2:44AM. They did nothing for 1.5 hours until the fuel rods started to get exposed at 4:14AM. Then, they waited nearly 2 hours to issue a nuclear emergency. What is the matter with these people?

From this read, it sure looks like all they needed was the POWER to run the cooling system.
If that's the case, the solution was, and still is, very simple:



kliguy38 said...

THere is NO chance ZERO....that this can be harnessed now....process will go to full meltdown in all three currently in meltdown

Anonymous said...

"What went wrong" -- the news reports still miss the point. What went wrong is: During the 8 hours that the batteries sustained the cooling pumps, the operators did not manage to get portable generators to the site to keep the pumps running. A country with an army, navy, and air force did not manage to keep the pumps running. With a billion dollars of plant at risk, a trillion dollars worth of real estate and lives, everlasting contamination of land and sea, and worldwide disgrace at stake, they could not keep the pumps running. Everything that happened (except maybe the spent-fuel pond catastrophe) happened because the pumps stopped. That's all there is to it. It all might have been averted by not building 6 nuclear reactors in a tsunami corridor, or not placing the backup generators where they would be drowned, or by not putting fuel ponds on rooftops, but that is another story. Overheat might have been averted by adding emergency passive cooling (convection-driven cooling), maybe. Explosions might have been averted by making emergency vents send gases away from ignition sources, but that is another story. They suicided -- themselves and everyone else with them.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

They were too stupidly proud to ask. Self Defense Force had those helicopters. The US military actually offered helicopters. TEPCO had 41 power generating vehicles. They could have easily airlifted them.

Instead, those pinheads (Prime Minister, his mouthpiece) needed to be briefed for hours after each new development so that they could go in front of the TV and speak intelligently.

And they got angry when the reactors started to blow up in the middle of their press conference.

Government kills. It's not just Tunisia, Bahrain, and Libya.

And you know the saddest thing is? The Japanese continue to want to believe them. Extend and pretend, disaster version.

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