Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Situation

Here is a document I wrote up for friends and family and posted on Facebook. It is from last night and a lot has happened since midnight U.S. time, but if you want a summary written in lay terms, here it is. I'll try and get an update tonight.

FYI - the key thing you want to worry about now is if the spent fuel cooling pools go totally dry. I cannot even fathom how that could be allowed to happen, but if it does, then we have a chance for a very, very significant release of radioactive material.

I don't want to come across as fear-mongering, but this continues to be bad, friends. Very bad. Still not catastrophic, but we continue to dance on the edge of the abyss.

Fukushima Reactor Accidents Status Rev 0

3 comments:

a. miller said...

Worrisome?

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_JAPAN_QUAKE_SPENT_FUEL?SITE=KTVK&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Flagg707 said...

@a. miller: Very worrisome. Still hunting down rad level info.

Flagg707 said...

@a. miller: Something is very odd. Either TEPCO or the Chairman of the NRC is lying. One of the two.

Those spent fuel pools have 16 feet of water just over the fuel rods themselves. While there is a good deal of heat there, there should have been no way that all of that water boiled off. Physically, it looks impossible, especially since there have been no reports of a massive amount of water dumping down into Unit 4.

On the other hand, I cannot fathom that the NRC Chairman, in a time of great stress, would make a comment like that without solid information.