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Gov't aware of possibility of reactor core's meltdown before quake | Kyodo News

The government was aware of the possibility that the reactor cores of nuclear plants could partially melt down if all power supply equipment was crippled, making it impossible to cool down the cores' nuclear fuel, even before the March 11 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, according to last May's lower house minutes.

Nobuaki Terasaka, who heads the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, said on May 26, ''It is logically possible for a reactor core to melt down if all outer electricity sources were lost, leading the plant's cooling functions to be lost for many hours,'' according to the minutes of a House of Representatives committee.

Terasaka also said the operators of Japanese nuclear plants ''have ensured safety'' by fitting the plants with multiple backup electricity sources. He was responding to a question from Japanese Communist Party legislator Hidekatsu Yoshii.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 06:36:40 PM EST
Why does a course in reactor physics 101 to politicians count as news?

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 07:05:08 PM EST
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well it does cut off the "Evil corporations should have told us this was possible, and we'd have never allowed them to build it there if we'd known" defence

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 07:29:33 PM EST
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But I mean, doesn't everyone already know that if a nuclear core is not cooled, eventually it will suffer a meltdown?

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 07:32:29 PM EST
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Im sure there are many who think you just drop the contaimnment rods in and its turned off like a lightbulb.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 08:11:16 PM EST
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