Japan is admitting that that Fukushima’s reactors may have cracks around the fuel cells. The managing director of Tokyo Electric Power said the government should have warned the people of the seriousness much earlier.
The excellent graphic to the left is courtesy of Know About Health. I hope you will visit and read their article on what needs to happen to prevent a meltdonw in the Fukushima reactors. The article gives this ominous quote from The Japan Atomic Industrial Forum:
“We have cracks now, cracks in the containment vessels and if those cracks grow or if there’s an explosion, we’re talking a full blown Chernobyl, something beyond Chernobyl,”…
Slightly off-topic, I found an interesting report at Paul Langley’s Nuclear History blog, quoting a CNN report out of Tokyo in 2002:
The Monday announcements came after Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) admitted last week that it may have failed to accurately report cracks at its nuclear reactors in the late 1980s and 1990s.
That report was not about the Fukushima plant but clearly shows a government history of not being fully invested in keeping the public informed. Doesn’t matter the country, government never thinks we are capable of deciding our own future without them.
From this Fox report, the live anchor used the “c” word, “cracks” but while the online print report says an elevated threat alert applies to reactors 1, 2 and 3, the “c” word is not used. Memorandum is also discussing the Japanese official who said the people should have been warned earlier.