Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Latest Updates On the Fukushima Nuclear Emergency

The ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi in Northern Japan isn't going to come to an end anytime soon, and it appears that TEPCO understated the seriousness of the containment issues from the outset. Substantial damage occurred to the cores of at least two of the reactors; partial meltdowns mean that the damage is far more extensive and difficult to cleanup and contain than previously indicated.

For the first time since March 15, TEPCO sent crews into Reactor 2 to examine radiation levels.

There's also new video footage from within the stricken reactors and containment pools and ongoing efforts around the plants to contain dust and radioactive particles to keep them from being stirred up and affecting the surrounding area. Some of the video shows just how devastating the hydrogen explosions were in damaging the secondary containment facilities and it appears that vents that were supposed to alleviate the danger of hydrogen buildup didn't work.

The following video shows debris within one of the containment pools, including a ladder from elsewhere in the facility resting atop the stacks of fuel rods:

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