Nov 15

- Gov’t aims for ‘cold shutdown’ of Fukushima reactors, but bemoans lack of data (Mainichi Japan, Nov. 14, 2011):

At the No. 1, 2 and 3 reactors, melted nuclear fuel seems to be penetrating the pressure vessels and even leaking out from the reactor buildings.

At the No. 4 reactor, which has no nuclear fuel in the reactor itself, about 1,535 fuel rods — about three times the number of fuel rods at the No. 1, 2, and 3 reactors — are kept in the spent nuclear fuel pool. For this reason, TEPCO completed the work to sustain the fuel pool with steel frames in late July.

See also:

- TEPCO Opens Fukushima Nuclear Plant To Journalists – Prof. Hiroaki Koide: ‘Nobody Knows Where Exactly The Fuel Is, Or In What Condition’

And if something happens to Reactor 4, …

- Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool Is Completely ‘EXPOSED’ – Ambulances Heard At Least 10 Times A Day At Fukushima Nuclear Plant (Video)

… it is all over:

- If Fukushima Reactor No. 4 Fuel Rods Spill On The Ground Tokyo And Yokohama Will Be Lost

- Excellent Arnie Gundersen Interview: Leave Tokyo If There Is A Severe Aftershock And The Unit 4 Building Collapses, Now That The Winds Have Turned

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