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Japan Reactor Nuclear Core May Have Breached : NPR.

March 25, 2011

Japanese nuclear safety officials said Friday that they suspect that the reactor core at one unit of the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant may have breached, raising the possibility of more severe contamination to the environment. (etc.)

 

Well, yeah -

- cricketdiane

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The photos of the building for the Reactor No. 3 Unit looks like nothing but twisted metal – more than just the roof and top floors. From the side elevation, it is obvious there was a lot more damage than a little boom would’ve caused.

And, I still can’t understand why they workers were – well, I just don’t understand why they didn’t finalize those three reactors that were so damaged rather than sending workers to their permanent harm to try and fix them. There is every reason to see that three of the four can’t be reasonably “fixed.”

To let it go on like this has risked the lives of those workers – which are far more than 50 – because they have had as many as 660 workers sent back into that complex over the last couple days or so. A lot of people from there to Tokyo and beyond have been impacted too – which never would’ve happened if they had simply stopped the things with a complete final assault from the get-go. But, no . . .

It has also sent remnants of nuclear isotope materials all around the world, on things, in things – in the winds and on planes, onto the volunteers helping in the recovery efforts and onto the decks of the ships sitting out in the ocean to be of help. It is just wrong.

There were some photos released yesterday showing the inside of one unit at the plant. The workers were going through there with flashlights of course and apparently several have had radiation contamination from walking through water and no telling what else. Aren’t people’s lives worth anything? They haven’t saved the millions within range of exposure – they’ve exposed them instead doing it this way. And, for what? Are they trying to save the fuel rods?

- cricketdiane

Photos: Rare Look Inside Fukushima Daiichi Plant

Photographs from inside the Fukushima Daiichi power plant show workers as they struggle, amid peril, to stabilize the damaged reactors.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2011/03/pictures/110323-inside-fukushima-daiichi-japan/

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