Monday, November 11, 2019

Maybe more than cost-cutting at Fukushima Daiichi

An article published in the Yomiuri Shimbun and covered in the link below by Dailymotion reports that cracks were discovered in the Daiichi's infrastructure aimed at keeping buildings intact:
Inspectors find 41 cracks in the grounds of Fukushima nuclear plant: local mediaVideo player from: Dailymotion Nov 10, 2019

Dozens of cracks have been found in facilities built to contain radiation at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. Tokyo-based Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday that 41 cracks were found in the plant's concrete floor. It says Tokyo Electric Power Company appears to have neglected the facilities,... with inspectors having discovered weeds growing through the concrete.
The original article is not available in English and I could not find more details at this point but news of cracks in the floor of the new constructing, following previous reports of under-staffing and short-cuts at Daiichi, raise important questions about what is going on there.

Most everything you see on the right side of this screenshot was built after the hydrogen explosions that wracked units 1-4 (with some believing unit 3 was a prompt criticality and therefore a nuclear explosion).

Units 3 and 4 to the right were held together by the post-disaster construction that you see in the screenshot.

If the buildings collapse, which remains a severe risk because of the water saturated soil at the site, the remaining fuel in the spent fuel pools could ignite and the fires from spent fuel are far dirtier than conventional nuclear weapons.

Is TEPCO slowly retracting from the Daiichi site? If that happens, the Pacific Ocean and us all are at great risk.