Dr. Koide: Massive amounts of radioactivity may again be released from Fukushima — Mentions “steam explosion” after melted fuel hits water

Friday, September 9, 2011
By Paul Martin

September 9th, 2011

Radiation expert says outcome of nuke crisis hard to predict, warns of further dangers, Mainichi, September 9, 2011:

Hiroaki Koide, radiation metrology and nuclear safety expert at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute shares what he thinks may happen in the coming weeks, months and years

[…] At present, I believe that there is a possibility that massive amounts of radioactive materials will be released into the environment again. […]

[I]t is necessary to keep cooling the No. 2 and 3 reactors, which are believed to still contain some fuel, but the cooling system itself is unstable. If the fuel were to become overheated again and melt, coming into contact with water and trigger a steam explosion, more radioactive materials will be released. […]

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