To Fukushima embodied the worst scenario

According to the news mail.ru operator emergency Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has recognized that the station has already melted fuel rods in the three reactors. Prior to that, the Japanese officially confirmed meltdown only at the first power, but now they say that the second and third — the same situation.

New data released by Tokyo Electric Power, confirm the most pessimistic forecasts that have been made two months ago, when the destroyed reactor nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" pumped tons of sea water for cooling. But, as we see today, even then, there was nothing cool: the complete destruction of the fuel rods — not only the first but also the second and third reactors — comes a day after the tsunami hit.

The main danger of sintering fuel — it's likely that it proplavilo reactor vessel and partially went under ground. In this instance, the destroyed reactor can form permanent foci of contamination that threaten to further massive radiation leak into the ocean. Now the authorities claim that this threat is minimal, but many such assurances skeptically.

Of fuel rods also initially said that the full fusion was avoided. "The Japanese government has from the beginning tried to present the disaster at the plant in the most attenuated form — confirms professor of Kyoto Institute of experimental nuclear reactor Hiroaki Koide. — Despite the fact that the situation has become critical in a very short time, the government continued to reassure people, asserting that the accident did not cause much damage. However, as information becomes available, the government had no choice but to recognize the seriousness of the situation, and now — two months later — it is said that nothing can be corrected. "

Now the main efforts are focused on the liquidators to pump highly radioactive water. In the premises of its nuclear power plants have accumulated tons. It was assumed that all the contaminated water is collected in reservoirs by early June, however, and here we have to move the date. After 3-4 days, all of the empty container is over, and before the arrival of new (to order them in France), the work will be suspended for at least two weeks.

In the first days after the accident the company TEPCO, along with the Japanese government kept repeating the phrase that the worst-case scenario has been avoided. Today's belated recognition that this scenario is still incarnate, and in the first day after the tsunami hit, coincided with the arrival in Japan of international experts from the IAEA, which will assess the actions of the Japanese authorities in a crisis situation. Is this a random coincidence — is uncertain. Admit that they failed to ensure the safety of its nuclear facilities, the Japanese had themselves — before it for them would be able to make international inspectors.

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