Forum Post: Serious long term concern as Fukushima’s “bizarre” melted fuel interacts with environment
Posted 3 years ago on March 21, 2012, 11:34 a.m. EST by GildasSapiens
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Release of radionuclides now poses much longer threat compared to initial meltdowns — “We know very little” says lead author (AUDIO & VIDEO)
"In Fukushima, the meltdowns were somewhere in the range of partial to complete depending on the reactor. Hydrogen explosions did cause breaches in containment. Volatile fission products, the gaseous things, probably were largely released early in the accident. But what’s different about Fukushima relative to the earlier events is the vast quantities of water that were pumped into the reactor cores and into the storage pools in order to try to cool them. And that created a whole new release pathway for radionuclides out of the reactors into the environment. We don’t know how much radioactivity was released through the water flow, and we don’t know very much about how the water interacted with the fuel and other structure materials."