31 Dec '13, 1pm

Fukushima meltdown? Mystery steam rising over Reactor 3 - News in Brief - The Ecologist

Fukushima meltdown? Mystery steam rising over Reactor 3 - News in Brief - The Ecologist

Fukushima's Reactor Building 3 exploded on 13th March 2011 as a result of a hydrogen buildup, breaching the building's containment and emitting a huge plume of radiation. The reactor itself is in meltdown. And now fresh plumes of steam have been seen coming out the structure. These have now been confirmed by Tepco, the owner of the nuclear plant, from 19th December onwards. The company believes the steam is coming from the fifth floor of the building. However it does not know the cause of the steam. Lethal levels of radiation and the physical damage to the structure have so far made entry and inspection impossible. Possibility 1 - a meltdown is taking place The Reactor 3 fuel storage pond still houses an estimated 89 tonnes of the plutonium-based MOX nuclear fuel employed by the reactor, composed of 514 fuel rods. Ever since the explosion Tepco has been concerned that if t...

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