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A belated comment on the widespread interpretation that TEPCO and/or the Japanese government must have known about the total meltdown and kept it secret. The details deep in the government report don't seem to support that. TEPCO and NISA announced their new timelines for meltdown and the likelihood of pressure vessel melt-through on the basis of running a simulation program. This program was fed with information that included various instrumental readings, guesstimates, and – crucially – information recovered weeks after the earthquake from the abandoned control centres within the reactor buildings (including stuff written with chalk on boards). On the other hand, a meltdown (though with less certain timeline) might have been analysed much earlier on the basis of fallout isotopes, as done by the Americans.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Jun 18th, 2011 at 09:40:27 AM EST
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