On January 31st, 2017, TEPCO Holdings (Tokyo Electric Power Company) released a document which updated the public on their progress in the assessment of Fukishima Daiichi Unit 2 power plant that was destroyed in the 2011 Tsunami. You can find the original TEPCO report embedded below. This excerpt is not a defense of the Fukushima Reactor design, but one aimed at separating fact from fiction, and putting the fear-mongers in their place.
Reports are circling social media and other sources that claim:
1) There is a spent nuclear fuel leak. [FALSE]
2) The reactor is falling into the ocean [FALSE]
3) Japan declares a state of emergency [FALSE]
What you need to know:
All of these claims are purely speculation at this time.
1: Looking at this image of the grate, which speculative reports claim have melted, we can see there is still a substantial grating shape. 1)http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2017/1371751_10469.html 2)http://photo.tepco.co.jp/en/date/2017/201701-e/170130-01e.html It is more likely that during the collapse and damage that this grating was stretched and/or torn. While it MAY have melted; it is highly unlikely and the data is not yet conclusive. I would also like to point out that the mess you can observe is that every piece of plastic, aluminum, cloth and non-dense material would have melted and would be highly altered due to the high radiation within this cavity. 3)http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2017/images/handouts_170130_02-e.pdf 4)http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2017/images/handouts_170130_01-e.pdf
2: The reporting of the high activity is greatly misconstrued. This activity is possible to obtain while the spent fuel is STILL inside the reactor core (container holding the fuel). Yes it could kill someone; however, this is akin to seeing the empire state building in New York City, and sensationalizing the fact that a person would die if they jumped off. Just a bit of perspective to go along with the fact that radiation does not “pour” out of a reactor to contaminate the ocean.
3: Lastly, We have found no report alerting the nuclear community that Japan has declared a state of emergency. Probably because their reactor is neither leaking or falling into the sea.
Sources are cited. If anyone has new information, I will always be glad to re-evaluate. It’s the truth we are after.
p.s. – news sites that do not cite sources are usually fake to some degree and written by someone unqualified… so be aware.
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