"Cold Meltdown" in reactor no.5?

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Updated Monday, 7 nov 2011
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Cold Meltdown.  a reactor that  was in cold shutdown and started melting? Something is definitely very wrong with Fukushima Daiichi reactor unit 5 and the evidence is pilling up.

Featured on the 1st picture are frames of the glowing pipe, taken from the vid by alphaspheric on 24. 10.  showing Underwater Imagery of Residual Heat Removal System RHRS Pump of Reactor Units 5 and 6.

Underwater Imagery of Residual Heat Removal System RHRS(D) Pump of Reactor Units 5 and 6
Frames in the first image are taken at approx. 3mins 3seconds  in the video.

On the same day ENENews.com published the following article:

Report: Fukushima Reactors No. 5, 6 now in crisis — Cesium outside release points up 1,000% in recent days — Local says Hitachi engineers coming to help (VIDEO)

where article states that:

Though everyone pays attention to reactor 1 to 4, actually reactor 5 and 6 are in crisis. Engineers from Hitachi are coming to the area to get it settled down but it’s concealed. It’s likely that they are going critical so Iodine 131 are measured in Tokyo or Iwate,


Obviously that has put my paranoia nerve on highest alert and i believe clarified that what i was looking at  is nothing less but a molten fuel comming up the red glowing pipe.  In my mind there is little doubt on what can be RED, MELTED & GLOWING while UNDERWATER.  And let us not forget... recorded in Fukushima.

Thanks to James Corbett  who relayed my observations to Arnie Gundersen we now know that:

"There is no doubt that the service water was damaged from the tsunami which then cools the core through the residual heat removal system. But there is no physical link between the core and the service water system/RHR."

which of course negates my previous presumptions (used to that), that RHRS is connected to the core.

But this still leaves us with the question on where in the sistem was the above video recorded.

DIAGRAM of MARK 1 containment

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The small red dot is where i think the video was recorded. But again, it might as well be in a nearby building according to my extensive knowledge of the inner workings of nuclear reactors :)

Here is another possible  location.

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The problem as i see it is that if this pipe would be somewhere near the reactor vessel it would actually be a good case scenario.

Molten mass comming out in places that are in no way connected to any reactors or fuel pools is an even more scarry thought.

The story has somewhat developed further on 28.10.2011 with another great contribution by enenews team:

Major Study: Reactor No. 5 releases may explain why so much radioactive xenon detected… or “recriticality has occurred in one of the reactor units”

where we can read the following:

If there was only 12.6 EBq of xenon-133 inventory that could be emitted from reactors 1-3 and spent fuel pool No. 4 — yet 16.7 EBq was experienced — where did the extra xenon come from, according to the study?“

There is the possibility of additional releases from unit 5.


Something is definetly happening with reactor unit 5. And according to the information available and according to recorded imagery, things are looking serious.

Update 1 november 2011:

New article came out yesterday from Ex-SKF

Government Official's Ultimate "Performance": Drink Up Fuku-I Water

Yasuhiro Sonoda, 44-year-old official in the Cabinet Office, made good on his promise and drank the treated water from Reactors 5 and 6 basements.


Officials drinking water supposedly from reactor 5 & 6 to make a statement regarding safety? Why do they feel that the public needs reasurance? How idiotic is the whole spin alltogether?
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Update 4 november 2011:

Well, lots of things happened in Fukushima lately, you know fission, holes in reactors, "spontaneous" nuclear reactions, so who cares about some supposedly molten mass comming out in the wrong places...?

Anonymous ex-Fukushima engineer: “Fuel pellets could have been carried to different parts of plant” — TEPCO won’t deny that “fuel may have burrowed into ground” -NYT


What if fuel pellets were carried all around the place? What if the above video recorded melted fuel that came from reactors 1-4?

We have known for awhile that ground water is breaking into the plant, if i remember correctly the official number stated by Tepco was 500 tons per day. No one really knows whats happening under the surface, the surface it self is to dangerous to cope with, but that selfperpetuating radioactive molten soup underneath is taking its own path and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.

Update 7 november 2011:

We got an official experts opinion and it says fission or criticality...
(cheers to enenews.com for yet another excellent contribution).

Busby: On-going fission is occurring at Fukushima — Either a recent “enriched uranium fission” or an “explosive criticality”

Nov. 6 — Radiation expert Christopher Busby’s paper, The significance of Xenon isotope ratios in the Fukushima catastrophe, was posted by Mochizuki on Nov. 5.

He says the activity ratio for xenon isotopes reported by TEPCO can only result from:

1) “An enriched Uranium fission having occurred about 50 hours before the samples were measured”

Or

2) “An explosive criticality which occurred 60 hours before the measurements”


Well then again, it might be both. We have molten mass seeping out of broken pipes and then we got a fresh new hole in no.2 reactor building.  It still remains to be indentified on where exactly the video was taken, so we get a better idea on where the fuel is comming from.


PICTURES OF MOLTEN MASS

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Picture 1 - glowing underwater pipe

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Picture 2 - molten mass comming up the pipe

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Picture 3 - molten mass spilling over the edge

Now what happens to that molten mass in this boiling hot water?

This picture gallery of the same video on enformable.com might give us some indications. (hint* look for small glowing particles all around).

Please feel free to contact me if you think i made an error in my presumptions or you have any hints or new information.


At this point i will concetrate on reactor no.5 troubles and will therefore refrain from exploring discharge of these materials to Mega - Floats.

but for short reference:
Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 3:00 pm, Oct. 24).

From 10 am to 11:30 am on October 24, we implemented transferring the accumulated water brought from temporary tank to mega float.