Mystery steam over Fukushima could be sign of another meltdown

January 1, 2014JAPANThe newest update in the highly disconcerting series of devastating failures that is the Fukushima cleanup effort is troubling to say the least. Tepco has confirmed that (unexplained) plumes of steam have been rising from the mangled remains of Reactor Building 3. In other words, there’s a chance Fukushima could be in the middle of another meltdown. The thing is, no one has been able to find out the exact cause of the rising, mysterious radioactive steam because the combination of physical damage and, more importantly, lethal radiation levels have made investigating the reactor impossible. Tepco has known that a follow-up meltdown was a severe possibility, though. The Reactor 3 fuel storage pond is still home to about 89 tons of plutonium-based mixed-oxide fuel according to the The Ecologist, and should that fuel storage pond dry out, the highly radioactive rods will melt down with devastating results. Still, there are two other slightly less severe possibilities outlined by The Ecologist. First, the molten fuel could have burnt its way through the base and into the soil below, producing steam as it comes into contact with groundwater (while simultaneously releasing radioactive contaminants into the ocean). Second, reactor rod fragments could have come into contact with rainwater, producing extreme amounts of heat and, consequently, steam. As The Ecologist notes, “Of the three choices this is probably the least serious.” –Gizmodo
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5 Responses to Mystery steam over Fukushima could be sign of another meltdown

  1. John Abent says:

    This not good news! It looks like the science that was the great hope of mankind, has turned into the greatest threat to mankind’s survival.

  2. Well we will never know and it’s not likely they will tell us what is happening anyways.

  3. nanoduck says:

    It is too late, and the damage have been done and will continue to escalate. A testimony to mankind’s greed and irresponsibility. No way to avoid the radiation. All we can do is make the best of our lives, do what we can, and when time comes to die, accept it. There is lot more to life than this one.

  4. Funki Arts says:

    This is not just Japan’s problem as it affects the whole world…so why isn’t the international community more involved in the clean up? I hope that politics isn’t getting in the way somehow…as the pollution will affect the whole planet, so we should help the Japanese people to find a solution, and perhaps consider greener sources of energy in the future (for all of us). Nuclear and fossil fuel energy is a 20th Century solution and it’s time for a change. My heart goes out to all the people who continue to suffer because of this calamity…no one seems to be interested in the displaced and irradiated! Big clean up needed now!!

  5. Beau says:

    Good god,how many eh,”unexplained” incidents does this place have to have before someone starts asking some real questions demanding real answers from the the ones who deserve full credit for the failures.
    Nothing should be “unexplained”.
    The place is staffed by experts who know the place like the back of their radioactive hands.
    Knowing the sick,corrupt world we now live in,those responsible for concealing a possible extinction event from the world are in all likelihood in line for Nobel peace prizes.

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