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Plan to encase a Fukushima nuclear reactor and then flood it.

Its fuel rods melted and mixed with concrete, metal and other materials in the reactors, all fusing together as they cooled.

A plan is being considered to completely encase one of the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant in steel and then flood it with water in order to retrieve radioactive melted fuel. There are about 880 tonnes of melted nuclear fuel debris still inside the three reactors that suffered meltdowns in 2011, when a tsunami triggered by an earthquake off the coast of Japan disabled the plant’s cooling systems.

Nearly 20,000 people were killed and thousands more were injured by the tsunami, which also destroyed 123,000 homes. The highest waves topped 40m (133 feet). The nuclear plant was inundated, knocking out cooling systems and back-up generators.

Its fuel rods melted and mixed with concrete, metal and other materials in the reactors, all fusing together as they cooled.

Times 15th Sept 2022

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fukushima-nuclear-reactor-may-be-flooded-to-tackle-radioactive-debris-bbmp5jvlk

September 21, 2022 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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