Yet, as we are now slowly coming to realize, Fukushima is worse
than Chernobyl. In a revealing recent feature article published
by al-Jazeera, Dahr Jamail conveys the comments of Arnold
Gundersen, a senior former nuclear industry executive in the
"Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history
of mankind," Gundersen asserts. "We have 20 nuclear cores
exposed, the fuel pools have several cores each, that is 20
times the potential to be released than Chernobyl ... The data
I'm seeing shows that we are finding hot spots further away than
we had from Chernobyl, and the amount of radiation in many of
them was the amount that caused areas to be declared
no-man's-land for Chernobyl. We are seeing square kilometers
being found 60 to 70 kilometers away from the reactor. You can't
clean all this up."
Molten nuclear fuel in three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi
power plant is likely to have burned through pressure vessels,
not just the cores,
said in a report in which it also acknowledges it was unprepared
for an accident of the severity of Fukushima.
It is the first time Japanese authorities have admitted the
possibility that the fuel suffered "melt-through" – a more
serious scenario than a core meltdown.
Over the last several days, evidence has emerged indicating that
the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was
far more dire than previously recognized. The main evidence is
extensive—rather than partial—melting of the nuclear fuel in
three reactors ...
The worst case
scenario is that the fuel rods fuse together, the temperatures
get so hot that they melt together in a radioactive molten mass
that bursts through the containment mechanism and is exposed to
the outside. So they spew radioactivity in the ground, into the
air, into the water. Some of the radioactivity could carry in
the atmosphere to the West Coast of the United States.
UPDATE - Kevin Kamps, specialist in nuclear
waste at the nuclear watchdog Beyond Nuclear, talks with Amy
Democracy Now about the status of the Japanese nuclear
reactors and how a similar disaster could occur in the United
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