Fukushima storage pool near boiling point: Lies vs. cover-up?Submitted by SteveMT on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 11:46
These stories are getting harder to find. Does this mean that there is ongoing fear-mongering or that the truth is being suppressed? Everyone desperately wants this story to go away, but that does not change the physics involved.
Fukushima nuclear storage pool near boiling point
Updated: Tue Mar. 22 2011 05:50:16
Workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant are working urgently to cool an overheated storage pool while a second team works to try to reconnect electricity to critical cooling systems.
In a reminder that the battle to stop the spread of radiation at the plant is still not over, officials said Tuesday that a pool holding spent nuclear fuel had heated up to around the boiling point.
Even spent fuel rods can generate intense heat and dangerous radiation. The rods need to be stored in a water-filled pool for a year or more to allow them to cool, and the heat from the pools needs to be constantly removed.
The worry at the overheating Fukushima fuel pool is that if it's not cooled down soon, radioactive steam will be emitted. And if the situation worsens, the water within could boil away, exposing the fuel rods, which would throw up much more radiation.
IAEA monitoring stations have detected radiation 1,600 times higher than normal levels -- but only within the 20 kilometres radius of the evacuation area declared by the government last week.
Japanese official says storage pool at troubled nuclear plant is at or near boiling point
By Associated Press, Tuesday, March 22, 5:02 AM
TOKYO — A Japanese nuclear safety official says a pool for storing spent fuel at the crippled nuclear plant is heating up, with temperatures around the boiling point.