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Fukushima Meltdown: Earthquake not Tsunami

formfeed (703859) writes | more than 3 years ago

Japan 1

formfeed (703859) writes "As the data from the Fukushima reactor is being reviewed it looks like the meltdown happened much earlier: "the fuel rods in the No. 1 reactor were completely exposed to the air and rapidly heating five hours after the quake."

Apparently, the earthquake had caused a crack in the containment vessel. Which means, that even without the generators failing, the meltdown might still have happened.

With this new data, it seems a similar incident could happen in an earthquake zone even without a tsunami."

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crack in containment (1)

mdsolar (1045926) | more than 3 years ago | (#36153048)

The article does not say that coolant loss was a result of a crack in the containment. Radiation release before the tsunami may indicate damage. But, the next step inferred in the summary is not stated in the article. The summary does not express the article contents accurately.
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