3/12: Plymouth Daily News (with photos)
3/12: The Manomet Current (with photos & video)
3/12: Patriot Ledger (with photos & video)
3/12: Boston Globe (with audio)
3/11: NECN (with video)
3/11: Cape Cod Today (with photos)
An earthquake and tsunami triggered a loss of offsite power accident (LOOP), or “station blackout.” Onsite power was also lost, leading to core melt accidents and hydrogen explosions in units 1, 2, and 3.
Unit 4, which had no fuel in the reactor at the time, also suffered a large hydrogen explosion, which released radioactive material from the ‘spent’ fuel pool (SFP), and caused significant structural damage to the SFP.
All four units were GE Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactors – the same design as Pilgrim.
The Mark 1 containment was known to be defective at least as early as 1975, and three GE engineers resigned because their concerns weren’t taken seriously. Most Mark 1 reactors were later equipped with a vent system. This system has had three real-world tests (units 1-3) and all three failed completely. A containment with a vent is not a containment, it’s a sick joke.
Fukushima Reactor 4: The Most Important Story Nobody’s Talking About
“It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on No. 4 reactor.”Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland Mitsuhei Murata to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
It’s the most important story nobody’s talking about: the continued dire situation at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, ravaged by a massive earthquake and Tsunami last March.
Judging by the official position of the Japanese Government – which maintains the worst of the catastrophe has passed, declaring the plant now “stable” – and drying up of mainstream media coverage, it’s easy to see how most of the world has been lulled into a false sense of security about Fukushima.
But in recent months, increasingly troubling reports from high-ranking Japanese and American politicians, diplomats and nuclear experts have been trickling into the blogosphere and alternate media like the irradiated water still seeping from the plant into the Pacific Ocean.
They suggest, in a nutshell, that were another decent-sized earthquake to hit the stricken plant before thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods are properly secured, we could see the explosion and diffusion into the North Pacific’s winds and ocean currents of 10 times the radioactive material emitted by the Chernobyl disaster – rendering much of Asia, North America and many other corners of the globe uninhabitable for centuries.
No wonder no one wants to talk about this stuff!