Published: July 22nd, 2012 at 8:21 am ET
July 10, 2012 tweet by Fukushima Daiichi worker @ZillionSoul translated by Fukushima Diary: Radiation doesn’t kill you immediately, but debris of concrete or rebars are falling off from reactor3. They are highly radioactive but moreover, it would kill you if it hits you. That’s what is going on here.
中継班：８６ @原発作業中 @ZillionSoul
Thank you for giving this person a voice. It sounds like they're an incredibly brave soul who seems to be working hard in the midst of the greatest SNAFU of his life. Lack of leadership here? Can anyone with experience help this guy?
If true, this is a particularly disturbing headline. Gundersen has said that, although SFP #4 would spread the most radiological material if it collapsed or drained and caught on fire, SFP #3 is actually in even greater danger of doing so because, unlike #4, SFP #3 has NOT been structurally "reinforced" since the accident:
"The damaged Reactor 4 cooling pool was reinforced by workers who went in and "jury-rigged" it after the tsunami, but the structure still contains a massive amount of fuel, Gundersen said.
Reactor 3 has less fuel inside its cooling pool, but it has not been strengthened since the disaster and poses a greater risk of failing.
"Reactor 3 has a little less consequences but a little more risk, and Reactor 4 has more consequences but…a little less risk," he said."
We must not forget this. There are TWO spent fuel pools in danger of collapsing (and thereby catastrophic radiological fires), not just one.
… And of course if just one of them goes, the other one AND the enormous common spent fuel pool AND the three melted coriums will likely ALL have to be abandoned–and left to run out of control–too.
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