Recently, former diplomats and experts both in Japan and abroad stressed the extremely risky condition of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool and this is being widely reported by world media. Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), who is one of the best-known experts on spent nuclear fuel, stated that in Unit 4 there is spent nuclear fuel which contains Cesium-137 (Cs-137) that is equivalent to 10 times the amount that was released at the time of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Thus, if an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain, this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.
US Senator Ron Wyden, after his visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 6 April, 2012, issued a press release on 16 April, pointing out the catastrophic risk of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4, calling for urgent US government intervention. Senator Wyden also sent a letter to Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan’s Ambassador to the United States, requesting Japan to accept international assistance to tackle the crisis. (See PDFs)
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Unit 2 we now know completely liquified.
We’ve never seen this before in the history of
nuclear power. A 100% liquification
of a uranium core.
We knew it was much more severe than
they were saying, because radiation was
coming out left and right. So
in other words, they lied to us.
Realize Chernobyl was one core’s worth radiation
causing a $200 billion accident and
it is still on- going. Here we have 20 cores
worth of radiation. Three totally melted, one damaged
and the [rest in] spent fuel pumps, 20 cores
worth of highly radioactive materials.
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