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Fukushima: It’s much worse than you think

Posted By admin On June 16, 2011 @ 9:08 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Dahr Jamail
Al Jazeera [1]
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Scientific experts believe Japan’s nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public.

“Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind,” Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera.

Japan’s 9.0 earthquake on March 11 caused a massive tsunami that crippled the cooling systems at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan. It also led to hydrogen explosions and reactor meltdowns that forced evacuations of those living within a 20km radius of the plant.

Gundersen, a licensed reactor operator with 39 years of nuclear power engineering experience, managing and coordinating projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the US, says the Fukushima nuclear plant likely has more exposed reactor cores than commonly believed.

“Fukushima has three nuclear reactors exposed and four fuel cores exposed,” he said, “You probably have the equivalent of 20 nuclear reactor cores because of the fuel cores, and they are all in desperate need of being cooled, and there is no means to cool them effectively.”

TEPCO has been spraying water on several of the reactors and fuel cores, but this has led to even greater problems, such as radiation being emitted into the air in steam and evaporated sea water – as well as generating hundreds of thousands of tons of highly radioactive sea water that has to be disposed of.

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[4] Japanese Officials Admit That Fukushima Suffered Nuclear Meltdown: http://www.prisonplanet.com/japanese-officials-admit-that-fukushima-suffered-nuclear-meltdown.html

[5] Fukushima: Strontium levels up to 240 times over legal limit near plant, uninhabitable land area now the size of 17 Manhattans: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fukushima-strontium-levels-up-to-240-times-over-legal-limit-near-plant-uninhabitable-land-area-now-the-size-of-17-manhattans.html

[6] Japan’s TEPCO admits further nuclear reactor meltdowns: http://www.prisonplanet.com/japan%e2%80%99s-tepco-admits-further-nuclear-reactor-meltdowns.html

[7] Rising temperatures at Fukushima raise questions over stability of nuclear plant: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rising-temperatures-at-fukushima-raise-questions-over-stability-of-nuclear-plant.html

[8] Fukushima nuclear plant may have suffered ‘melt-through’, Japan admits: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fukushima-nuclear-plant-may-have-suffered-melt-through-japan-admits.html

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