To top it all off, I came across this absolutely disturbing report from Alexander Higgins' blog, (www.alexanderhiggins.com), where the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), has admitted that it has absolutely no contingency plans what so ever if and when the spent fuel pool above reactor#4 collapses!
First, I want to present that entire disturbing article from Alexander Higgins for everyone to see for themselves right here. I have my own comments to follow:
TEPCO says they don’t know what to do if Reactor 4 collapses, instead declaring it safe from earthquakes after finding it leaning and with a bulged exterior wall.
Posted by Alexander Higgins - May 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm
Here is the building, if it collapses we are all gone.
Japan Nuclear Operator Conducts Check on Risky UnitThe operator of Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant completed its first detailed on-the-ground inspection of one of the reactors there since the the tsunami 14 months ago, though two others remain too radioactive to examine. Reactor Unit 4 houses, in a pool of water at its top, what is seen as the most hazardous collection of fuel rods in the plant. The examination confirmed earlier computer analyses that showed the structure was stable.
Experts say the spent-fuel pool is a concern because it holds all of Unit 4′s thousands of rods, which were being stored for maintenance on the reactor when the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit. Those disasters sparked a series of meltdowns and explosions at the plant, including one that blew the roof off Unit 4 and damaged some of its walls.
The utility did find slight buckling in an outside wall likely caused by an explosion, he said, but added that it was so small and the wall so far from the pool that it didn’t pose a danger.
But activists and concerned observers—including former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland Mitsuhei Murata and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden—continue to warn that if another big earthquake hits, Unit 4′s pool could collapse or spring a leak, exposing the thousands of fuel rods there to the outside, where they could overheat and emit huge amounts of radiation.
In a worst-case scenario, some say, the radiation from those fuel rods could drive workers from the plant, leaving the rest of the systems Tepco has jury-rigged to cool other crippled reactor cores to fail as well.
“This is a question of global safety,” says Mr. Murata, who has for years asserted that nuclear power is dangerous.
Such concerns highlight how unclear conditions at the plant remain after a string of recent disclosures, and how deep the distrust in Japan’s nuclear industry runs—even as Japan braces for a cleanup process that is expected to take as long as 40 years.
The heavily damaged reactors No. 1 through No. 3 remain largely too radioactive for people to approach, forcing Tepco to guess at their state by computer simulations and remote measurements.
[...]Many nuclear experts say it is nearly impossible to gauge what would happen if there is further trouble at Unit 4, because the consequences would depend on things such as whether the fuel rods stayed intact or were stripped of their protective covering and hidden in rubble, where they would be hard to cool.
Some say Unit 4 isn’t even as big a concern as the leaky system of pipes thrown together after the accident to keep water flowing to the other three damaged reactors.
If the pool springs a leak, Tepco has water-pumping trucks ready to spray more water on top of the fuel rods, said Mr. Matsumoto. As a last resort, Tepco is prepared to spray a concrete-like mixture over the rods so they are sealed, he said.
“It’s a race against time,” said Hajimu Yamana, a professor of nuclear engineering at Kyoto University, who heads a government committee on decommissioning the plant. Tepco says it aims to start the removal process by the end of next year.
NTS Notes: OK, I will say it... WHAT THE F*** ARE THESE MORONS DOING TO AVERT A WORLD AFFECTING CASTASTROPHE? (Sorry about the swearing, but I am pissed!)
I have long said that we have all been kept purposely in the dark by our governments and our media about the reality of this disaster, and I am more convinced now that these clowns who call themselves experts have absolutely no ideas on how to fix this problem!
We must all call upon our own governments to quit all their bickering and their insane push for war, and to put all their energy and attention into averting this catastrophe before it is too late... That time is extremely long overdue!
This disaster is far from over, and the worse may be yet to come...
More to come