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It’s not over: Fukushima nuclear disaster goes from bad to worse

Such an event would cause widespread nuclear fallout throughout the region and force the government to evacuate the nearly 10 million residents of Tokyo and surrounding areas, a scenario which government emergency planners are now taking into serious consideration.

It’s Not Over: Government Plans for the Worst: Forced Evacuation of Tokyo. Mac Slavo SHTF Plan.com, April 3rd, 2012  While it has for the most part disappeared from mainstream view, the Fukushima nuclear disaster is anything but over. In fact, the situation in Japan has gone from bad to worse.

Bottom line: There is no way to contain the radiation.

Even more alarming is that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and other agencies have warned that the nuclear storage pools (the containment units that are being used to cool the nuclear fuel) have been damaged and may collapse under their own weight.

Such an event would cause widespread nuclear fallout throughout the region and force the government to evacuate the nearly 10 million residents of Tokyo and surrounding areas, a scenario which government emergency planners are now taking into serious consideration.

Leading Japanese newspaper The Mainichi Daily News reports:

One of the biggest issues that we face is the possibility that the
spent nuclear fuel pool of the No. 4 reactor at the stricken Fukushima
No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant will collapse. This is something that
experts from both within and outside Japan have pointed out since the
massive quake struck. TEPCO, meanwhile, says that the situation is
under control. However, not only independent experts, but also sources
within the government say that it’s a grave concern.
The storage pool in the No. 4 reactor building has a total of 1,535
fuel rods, or 460 tons of nuclear fuel, in it. The 7-story building
itself has suffered great damage, with the storage pool barely intact
on the building’s third and fourth floors. The roof has been blown
away. If the storage pool breaks and runs dry, the nuclear fuel inside
will overheat and explode, causing a massive amount of radioactive
substances to spread over a wide area. Both the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC) and French nuclear energy company Areva
have warned about this risk.

A report released in February by the Independent Investigation
Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident stated that the
storage pool of the plant’s No. 4 reactor has clearly been shown to be
“the weakest link” in the parallel, chain-reaction crises of the
nuclear disaster. The worse-case scenario drawn up by the government
includes not only the collapse of the No. 4 reactor pool, but the
disintegration of spent fuel rods from all the plant’s other reactors.
If this were to happen, residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area would
be forced to evacuate.

Former Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Sumio
Mabuchi, who was appointed to the post of then Prime Minister Naoto
Kan’s advisor on the nuclear disaster immediately after its outbreak,
proposed the injection of concrete from below the No. 4 reactor to the
bottom of the storage pool, Chernobyl-style. An inspection of the pool
floor, however, led TEPCO to conclude that the pool was strong enough
without additional concrete. The plans were scrapped, and antiseismic
reinforcements were made to the reactor building instead…….
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/its-not-over-government-plans-for-the-worst-forced-evacuation-of-tokyo_04032012

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April 6, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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